Friday, January 31, 2014

YOU complete ME

 Here's a stunning image from Sweet Pea artist Helena Reis.  I just love this artist's  images.  This one is Amelia.  I thought she would be perfect for Valentine's day.  I colored her up with gorgeous black hair and a black and red dress.  I added some simple heart d├ęcor from K&Co and some gorgeous embroidered ribbon that I got while visiting Istanbul.
I added a sentiment that I sold at Sweet Pea stamps, "YOU complete ME" which is just perfect for my hubby.    Here's a close up of the image:
I hope she tugs at your heart the way that she tugs at mine.  Drop by the Sweet Pea store and check out all of Helena Reis' images.  She has a bunch of wonderful images in digi-format as well as some in rubber stamp format.   Blog candy starts tomorrow, are you ready???

Well, here's a few more photos for you....have you been seeing them, you can see some of the earlier ones by clicking here...
Grand Prizes--Die Cut sets from Spellbinders and Xcuts
Other asst Prizes:  Embellishments--Basic Grey, Queen&Co, Karen Foster, Momenta
 Stamp Sets--Crafters Companion, DoCrafts, Embellishments IKan'Dee, ProvoCraft, K&Co, Little Yellow Bicycle
 Bling-Michaels, Prima; Embellishments Jollees, DoCrafts
Feb 1st, Here we come!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Meet Mary

Here's a gorgeous Vintage Lady stamp named  Mary from Queen Kat artist Beverly Cowan.  Queen Kat has just started to show a set of vintage stamps again.  This sentiment is actually among a whole set of sayings that are a digi-set freebie that you can get when you make an order from them, to see it, click here.

I added some embossed embellishment and some fun ribbon from K&Co.   Just 2 days to blog candy!!  Are you ready?  Check out some photos, there are in all over the place....see the link at the upper right hand corner....

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Images (Queen Kat); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Ribbon (K&Co);  Embossing (Sizzix); Bling (Recollections); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue, Glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm a princess

Here's a beautiful Princess Tilda stamp from Magnolia today and I am using stunning Papers from Paper Temptress along with some brand new Die Cutters that I just got.  It's almost Feb, so I am totally excited to get the blog candy started.  Paper Temptress is one of the sponsors and will be giving away some gorgeous paper to some winners during the month!  I personally just got a package of the Valentine's Day special. It's on sale and has tons of specialty papers in colors that love!!

This fun card is using Neenah Solar white, that I dusted the edges with Colorbox Chalk.  The backside pink cardstock is Pink Lemonade Poptones.  The shimmery Brown with pink circles is from Hambly Screenprints and is called Chic Circles.  The fun printing is a clear overlay from Hambly Studio and is called Hambly Overlays Magenta Brocade.  They also sell the overlays in a great set of 6x6 mini sets, which gives a who bunch of different patterns that a perfect size for cards, this stock is in Overlay set #1

2 Days until the candy starts now!!  Will be Feb 1st when we get started, so be sure to be dropping by each day, please read the post during the day, there may be a game or question associated with that day's candy.  All countries are welcome.  If you want to play the pregame, go to this posting here....CLICK HERE.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's me, Holley!!

Here's an awesome stamp of me!  How cool is that?  Artist Sherri Baldy made this stamp of me for my birthday. She used a photo of me holding a basketball from my photos.  So adorable.  You can get this stamp at the SSS website, she's called Holley Besties.  I am entering this card in the SSS Challenge, which is to include some ribbon on your card this week. I have some black and white ribbon on the base of my card just above the white punch border.

For those of you who don't know me, I used to be a HUGE basketball collector, I mean HUGE.  I had one of the biggest sports card collections, so big that I was actually featured in a Basketball Magazine, Beckett, as a Super Fan.  My hubby and I went on our first (BLIND) date to a basketball game.

Did I tell you all that Besties Artist Sherri Baldy is also going to have lots of giveaways during my celebration month?  she is!!  She has the most adorable stamps out there, check out her wonderful images at Scrapbook Stamp Society.  We are having a challenge over at the Challenge blog (click here).  Get ready for the fun here on my blog, it starts Feb 1st!!

Today I am off to See Dr Aboumater!!  Taking him and his office some wonderful treats as a thank you for my 4 year anniversary of the Brain surgery.  Oreo Balls, some peanut butter chocolate treats, handmade earrings for the female staff, handmade cards for the doctor and a pen that my husband John made.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, January 27, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Here's a card for this week's Squigglefly Challenge, which is called Have a Heart, Please!  To play along, please include a heart on your card. It can include a heart on the image itself, heart in the paper (printed papers), heart in the embellishments, or even a heart shaped embellishment or card shape!  As you can see on my card here, my image, a cute girl from Country Kids Set 1 by Pamela Lehto, has adorable hearts on her dress.  I also added a heart shaped border as well as a tiny heart on my embellishment that says "happy {heart} day".

Hope you will drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog and see the heart filled cards that the Holley Hobbyists created and then join in by sharing your own card.  You can even use a freebie from Squigglefly to play along!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Image (Squigglefly); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Border Punch (EK Success); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Sentiment (AC); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Strawberry Mouse!

Here's a gorgeous stamp from Sweet Pea artist Karen Middleton called Strawberry Mouse.  Isn't he just SWEET?  I also used some wonderful glittery paper from Doodlebug to add some sparkle.  With Valentine's approaching, I think of all the places I will be seeing strawberries with cream, huge chocolate dipped berries...oh, yum!!

Hope you have been watching the blog candy photos, so much fun is coming in Feb.  There's a link at the upper right hand column to see pictures.  Goodies will start on Feb 1st.  This is in celebration of the brain surgeries that saved my life!  Huge thanks to all the companies who sent wonderful prizes and HUGE thanks to Dr Aboumatar!!

Also, there's a HUGE sale going on in the store, be sure and drop by, CLICK HERE

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A New Card, Guest Cards and more Blog candy photos....

Three quick things to share today, Here's a quick card I made on a visit to Archiver 's.  Sad to see this store closing down. I guess over the last year I saw it coming as they had moved both their stores in Austin and after moving, immediately closed the second store.  The other store was located out of town, in a location that I could not access anymore.  But on a visit with a friend, I did get to make this cute card:
Second, here is couple of fun cards that I have gotten in the mail, This beautiful card from my Godmother Jan, this was a card she made from the stamp set that I gave her for Christmas:

The Second is a couple of cards from Mary K of Scrapbook Place:
And this fun card was for my Birthday, sent to me from Holly of Squigglefly, using an
image from Squigglefly!

And, Finally, I have had a chance to add in some more photos of the blog candy that is coming up in's SOME of the fun embellishments that I have to hand out....
all stuffed in a HUGE box.....
 Lots of ribbons, ATCs, SMASH, Chipboard
 Flowers, Twine, Fancy Embellishments

Brads, Brads, and more Brads....
Ink, More Flowers, Fancy Stickers, You name it!! LOL!!

More Stamps: 7 Gypsies, Stampendous, Stampavie
 Sizzix, Little Yellow Bicycle, Brads, Bottlecaps, Basic Grey
 Stamp sets and BRADS....
 So many embellishments, lol!!
 Gorgeous ribbons, rubons, Bling, Alphabets,....
 Stamps from Queen Kat, Basic Grey, 7 Gypsies, and more!!
Blog candy will start on Feb 1st!!
Have you seen the other candy photos?  Check HERE
And a pre-game contest that you could win candy in GO HERE!!
Finally, some wonderful candy that Sweet Pea stamps has donated, it was shown yesterday, Click here;  Also, know they will be giving some wonderful Digi Stamps as well!!
We are also going to be getting Prizes from Squigglefly as well as Paper Temptress!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

My Beloved

 Here's my card this week using a card from the Featured Artist Charmaine Flannery. I just LOVE this artist's images.  I am sure many of you have been checking out all the awesome images from this artist on the Sweet Pea Blog this week.  She has a lot of big eye and gothic style gorgeous works that I really like.  This image here is called My Beloved.  WOW.  Love it.  It's a vampiress holding a skull of a vampire.  I added the Be Mine sentiment to go with it.  As Valentine's approaches, that is what this card is for, even though the colors are SO very different here.  I am totally excited about the color change for the holiday.
Here's a close-up of the stamped image, also available in digital format.

As you know Blog Candy is coming soon, including a whole bunch that has been given by Sweet Pea stamps.  I will be showing some more blog candy photos tomorrow, but I got this package in the mail yesterday and I can't wait to show you all the awesome stamps that came from Sweet Pea stamps!!  WOO HOO!! In addition to this, she's also giving some digit stamps!  WOW! Huge thanks to Lynette from Sweet Pea stamps for her incredible support and amazing generosity.  She has been there since well before I even knew I would have to have brain surgery, all the way through my surgery, and then since my recovery.  Big Hugs to you!!

Here's the giveaway stamps from Sweet Pea, Tons of great images from Ching Chou Kuik, Karen Middleton, Rebecca Sinz, Elisabeth Bell, Helena Reis, Charmaine Flannery, Concetta Kilmer  and more!! Let me tell you I was holding up two full hands of rubber and showing my husband, his jaw dropped open.  He's a man who understands the amount of stamps that was.

Can't wait for the fun to start on Feb 1st!! if you missed yesterday's posting, there is an early game, a link in which you can put a message on your sidebar for the blog candy and join in the early entry game! (Click here)
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Endless Love

Here's a brand new stamp from Queen Kat called Endless Love!  Don't you just love it? I know I did. Can you imagine a young couple, who grows old together and then passes away, to be buried together in each others arms? that is what this image makes me think about here.  I added a great little brad that says Love U.

Be sure and check out all of this month's new releases at the Queen Kat store.

So, we are about a week away from blog candy about a little's a little sidebar image you can put on your BLOG or you can share it on facebook, yahoogroups or other places and be eligible for a first candy drawing!

Here's the image:

Be sure to link back to my blog:

When done, please leave a comment on THIS posting, so I will know you did it, you can leave your blog link so I can check it or your groups,....winner will get announced early in Feb.  More blog candy photos coming on Saturday....

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interested in: You

Here's a gorgeous image from Sassy Studios she's called Ballroom Babe. I just LOVE this artist's work.  I thought this image went well with this fun saying from Cosmo Crickett.  This is one of my first valentines of the year....

Hope that you are having a great week.  Can you believe there's only 9 days left in January?  That means it's just 9 days left until the blog candy starts this year.  I am actually going to go see Dr. Aboumatar next week.  Think I will take him and his office staff a little treat.  I always do on my anniversary from surgery.  This year I am just fortunate to have an appointment near the approximate time.  More blog candy photos will get posted on Saturday!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, AC); Image (Sassy Studio); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Lace (JoAnns); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Country Kids

Here's a brand new image from Squigglefly artist Pamela Lehto called Country Kids 1.  This image is the boy stamp.  I colored him up in violet and green and then found the perfect papers from Paper Temptress to match up with him.  The background of this card is a beautiful striped paper in a dark brown called Canyon Brown Skinny Columns.  I highlighted the columns texture with a little white ink.  The next layer is some Clear Transparency from Hambly Studio.  It's Lime Brick.  I printed out my digital image on Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored it with copic markers.
Drop by the challenge this week at Squigglefly Blog, the challenge is Clean and Simple, so I think this card is just perfect for this week's game.  Join in the fun!  There's also a Clean and Simple challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room and it's sponsored by the Paper Company I am showing here, Paper Temptress!!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Image (Squigglefly); Die Cuts (Nestabilities); Brads (Basic Grey); Color (Copic markers);

Monday, January 20, 2014


Happy Monday everyone!  here's my card for the SSS Challenge this week.  The challenge is to include some ribbon on your card. As you can see, I have added two strips of ribbon on this card, they are red with white flowers printed on there.  This stamp is one of the newer images from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy. She's called Img671.  She's totally adorable with her polka dotted, striped socks. Too cute.

I also added in some ribbon created bows and lots of fun die cuts.  I hope you will join in the challenge this week.  We have now changed the challenges to give a two week deadline on them.  So you have more time to participate.  There's wonderful prizes handed out by Scrapbook Stamp Society, so go by the Challenge blog and share your creation!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Hobby Lobby, Neenah);  Image (Addicted to Stamps--Scrapbook Stamp Society); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities, Memory Box); Ribbon (Michaels); Buttons (unknown); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Flowers for you

Sharing this image from Lili of the Valley today, Isn't she just darling?  I also embossed the background and brushed it with white ink, then added some silver-y bling.  The die cut here is from X Cuts.  Wish I could give you some flowers today, Guess I can just give you virtual flowers :)

HUGE Blog candy is coming, it will be here all the month of Feb with winners posted almost everyday (Everyday starting the 7th, games will be happening everyday so you are eligible to win!!).

See the prizes here:

and here:

more photos will get posted next week!!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Be Brave to be an artist!

Here's an awesome image from Simply Betty Stamps.  I love her unique style.  She has a several different stamp lines at her store, I have gotten both stamp and digi images from her.  This one is fun!  Be sure and check out her great challenges too.

HUGE Blog candy is coming, it will be here all the month of Feb with winners posted almost everyday (Everyday starting the 7th, games will be happening everyday so you are eligible to win!!).
See the prizes here:
and here:

Project materials: cardstock (Making memories, Neenah); Images (Simple Betty Stamps); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic markers); Sentiment (Cosmo Cricut); Tree (); Button (Grandma's Button Bag); Twine (Doodlebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);

Friday, January 17, 2014


 Here's a stunning image from Sweet Pea artist Rebecca Sinz called Wither.  This gorgeous stamp is available both in rubber or in digital format.  Be sure and click the link to see the artist's original coloring as I did my card using totally different colors so you can see a different way to feature this image.
Here's a great close up of the image itself, if you haven't dropped by the Sweet Pea Blog, this week, all the designers are making cards using this same stamp, it's a great way to see how many different things you can create with the same image!

Hope this card gives you more ideas for using Rebeca Sinz's Wither.
Did you know there's going to be lots of Sweet Pea stamps in the Feb Blog Candy Celebration.  That's thanks to Sweet Pea Stamps owner Lynette!  She's donating both Rubber stamps as well as digital stamp images!! WOO HOO. HUGE thanks to her for that.
Have you seen the new blog candy photo?  It went up on the blog last night, CLICK HERE
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, January 16, 2014

More Blog Candy to check out.....

OK, time to see more photos of the blog candy that is coming in Feb!! As I said, there is just SO MUCH good stuff coming, here's a bunch more of the stamps.  I have a WHOLE box, just filled, FILLED with stamps plus a huge box that is OVERFLOWING with embellishments.  Last year I sent out over 100 packages to so many crafters all over the world as my thanks to everyone for their wonderful support.
Here's what's coming:
Stampendous, Unity Stamps
 Sweet Pea Stamps (more photos of their goodies coming!!)

 Lol, and the rest....A stack that I got too tired to photo each one, Stamps of Life, TAC, KI Memories, Hero Arts, Stampin Up, and more.....
 Brand new die cutters from Marianne
 Asst die cuts and embossing folders from Sixxiz, Quickkutz, CC Designs

Did you see the first set of blog candy photos?  CLICK HERE.....

I have lots more photos to show, the next goodies will be great embellishments....PLUS I have a WHOLE stack of stamps from Sweet Pea Stamps!! And there will be Wonderful Digi-Stamps given by Squigglefly!!

Cheers, Holley