Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Just Bee You

Here's an adorable image from Stamping Chef. I totally had a bee costume on a past Halloween, so I just love this girl. TOO cute. I added some great wood die cuts and adorable bling in glittery yellow to go along with it.  Yep, that's me just being me!!

Can you believe May is almost here? I know I can't!! Just had an appointment with my Epileptologist! Love that doctor.  He's a real inspiration. My total loss for the last three months was 24lb.  He was like, "Seriously, How do you do that?"  Just exercise.  Lots of it, about 1000 calories worth a day.

Have a great day everyone!  I am sharing this card for this week's Stampin Chef challenge here.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Queen for the day!

Here's a gorgeous stamp from Sherri Baldy. The challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog is Anything Goes, add a sentiment. So I chose this adorable image. Drop by the Challenge blog and choose your favorite image to create a card this week.

Off to my favorite doctor today, Dr Aboumatar, who is the one who set up everything for my brain surgery. Just a routine visit.  Hope you all have a great time. Let me also add that I am actually walking 2 hours to get to his office as well as the two hours home.  Yep, getting back in shape. I have dropped 20 pounds since Feb.

Hugs all. Holley

Monday, April 28, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Hi all, just wanted to share a card I made for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This fun card was done in all black and white, as I thought it very much went with the image itself.  Then I added a tiny amount of bling, with the silver rhinestones as well as the brad that says MOM.  The Challenge this week is to create a mother's day card.  I am using a new image from artist Carmen Gamble called Vintage Car. It comes with the saying shown plus two additional birthday sentiments.

Join in the fun at Squigglefly Challenge Blog this week.  If you use a Squigglefly image, even a freebie, you will be eligible to win the prize. 

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock (Neenah, Making Memories); Images (Squigglefly); Flower (Recollections); Punch (Martha Stewart); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Brad (OTC); Bling (Recollections); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cute Little Calendars

Here's some more of those cute little calendars. I must say, at church esp, I have people telling me all the time that they have these little calendars now and they think of me everytime they look at them! What a quick and cute little gift to give someone.

It's a great way to make a gift that gives all year and doesn't break your bank, it actually fits inside a card you would mail to someone and depending on how fancy you make the topper, might not even cost you additional postage!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, April 26, 2014

You are Loved

Here's an adorable image from Lili of the Valley.  It's a cute little bunny, so I thought I would share it just after Easter time. I am using some green twill that's printed with sweet day dream sentiment from Heidi Grace.  The fun flocked paper is also Heidi Grace.

Did you hunt easter eggs?  did you die some eggs this year?  I really wish I had a couple hard boiled eggs to eat right now. That would be great.
Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, Heidi Grace); Image(Lilli of the Valley); Diecut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Sentiment (Cosmo Cricket); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Ribbon (Heidi Grace); Buttons (Recollections); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue);

Friday, April 25, 2014

Little Elf Kia

 Here's a gorgeous Sweet Pea stamp from artist Mitzi Sato-Wiuff.  This girl is Little Elf Kia.  Isn't she adorable?  I do so love the detailing in Mitzi's stamps.  So very gorgeous.  I colored up this cute girl with a bright spring shirt and khaki pants.  So adorable.  Can't you just see this kid in the field?
Here's a close up of this image.  Sweet Pea stamps blog is featuring cards this week using stamps by this artist, so if you love her images, drop by there and see what all the other design team members made!
Did you know Sweet Pea is having a sale? it's our 5th Birthday!
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamp (Sweet Pea stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Border (Adorn It);  Flowers (Prima); Transparency(Little Yellow Bicycle); Brads (Bo Bunny, Recollections); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Elphaba and her Monkey

Here's a gorgeous creation using a combination of papers from Paper Temptress and an image from Sweet Pea stamps.  This Charmaine Flannery image is called Elphaba and her Monkey.  My coloring is very different from the artist's original, so be sure and check it out to see a different variation.  The variety of papers I am using here are from Paper Temptress.
The base of the card is a gorgeous Mica cardstock called Ruby.  It's a very deep red, almost purple looking color.  The die cut layer is a gorgeous green Heavyweight Cardstock called Citron. THe top cardstock with die cut edges is a lightweight specialty paper from Hambly Studio Screenprints.  It's a tiny piece of a paper called Out on a Limb. Isn't this a great way to use that extra paper that doesn't have the image on it. I just love the shimmery black with the silver accents.

Here's a wonderful close up of the image itself from Sweet Pea stamps. Below I am showing a close up of the gorgeous papers as well as some translucent flowers.  I used some cute polka dot buttons on them as well as a flower rose. I also added some green pearls as highlights.

This card opens normally, and will fit perfectly into those 5.5" square envelopes. So it's just great as a slight variation on general A2 sized cards.  I hope you have some great ideas now.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Love Conquers All

Here's an awesome image from Stamping Chef.  I totally love this warrior woman. I added a fun sentiment to go with her, Love Conquers All, though guessing, she looks like she could conquer a whole lot on her own.  She's Georgia the Brave.

Hope you are having a great week, it's the end of April now and time for May to begin.

Project materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, AC, Neenah); Image (Stamping Chef); Sentiment (Hobby Lobby); Flowers (Prima); Bling (Recollections); Color(Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fly Away

Here's the cutest little boy from artist Sherri Baldy.  There's a challenge at the Scrapbook Stamp Society blog this week that is anything goes plus a sentiment.  I colored up this cute guy (img210) and added a kite sticker plus a great sentiment border "Let's go fly a kite."

I am using some printed cardstock from DCWV and Bazzill papers. The cardstock stickers are from Adorn It.  I hope you will join in the contest this week at the SSS Challenge blog. The winner will get wonderful prizes from Sherri Baldy.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, April 21, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone! It's time for the Squigglefly Challenge. This week, the Holley Hobbyists are showing cards for the Flutterby Butterfly challenge.  All you need to do is have a butterfly somewhere on your card, be it in your image or as an embellishment.  Here's my fun card using a new image from artist Lynne Stansbery called Well, Helloooo!  The fun sentiment comes with the image.

Drop by the Challenge blog and join in the fun by adding a butterfly to one of your cards this week.  If you add a Squigglefly image, you will be in the drawing for this week's prize, so join on it!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, DCWV, Neenah); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Image (Squigglefly); Bling (Michaels); Butterfly (Recollections); Adhesives (glue dots, Pop dots, glue all);

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sweet Bunny Easter Card

Here's an adorable image from artist Sandra Caldwell of Babycakes Doodles N Designs. Happy Easter Everyone!! I hope you have a wonderful day. I am off to church. We are having a breakfast there along with a fun little petting zoo for the kids, as well as an open invitation to the whole neighborhood to stop by. Last year it was quite a draw for people, both those walking by as well as those who saw us and wanted to stop in.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday. Many blessings.  Please say prayers for Anjelina who is having a baby and was just diagnosed with medical problems. Due to the pregnancy she can't yet get treatment for the issues.  Pray that God will hold her and the baby close and then heal her after birth so that she can get chemo.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wink Wink

Here's a quick and cute little easter card using a sweet stamp from Simply Betty stamps. I totally love this image and if you can't tell, the little outfit she has on is decorated with skulls!! How cute! I would totally wear that (well, maybe it would have to be a tad bit longer for me).

Hope you all have plans for a wonderful holiday tomorrow. I will be going to church and doing lots of church activities.

Hugs all, Holley

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Blessings

Here's a gorgeous stamp that's being featured all week long at Sweet Pea, it's Easter Blessing from artist Katerina Koukiotis.  I just loved this gorgeous stamp.  I chose to color her first in Copic markers and then cut the image out.  Then I used some gorgeous wings that I die cut from beautiful yellow paper to add wings to her.   I added a vellum sentiment with dark blue bling and a cross brad.

This gorgeous image is available both in rubber as well as digi format.  I think this stamp is great for lots of different card topics.
I hope you all are enjoying all the great ideas with this stamp, be sure and check out all the other Design Team Member's creations this week.  I think they would be gorgeous for Easter Cards or any other topic you might need.
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lizzy Love

Here's one of my new favorites at the Queen Kat Store, this image is Lizzy Love number 21.  All of this artist's image are so wonderful!! I colored this girl up in bright yellows with a pink skirt. Do you love the flocked paisley paper?

Drop by the store and check out all the Lizzy Love images, so hard to pick a favorite, but I am definitely partial to number 7 and number 21.  Eek, so cute!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Here's a beautiful stampavie image. Thought this sweet little fairy girl was just perfect for now as she has her sweet bunny. I added a bright and fun stitched Hello sentiment to the card along with some gorgeous lace that I got from Istanbul.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday!  or for the rest of you Happy Taxes day....Here's an adorable Penny Black stamp that I used to make a sweet birthday card. I added lots of oranges including a birthday sentiment "Celebrate this day and embrace all the reasons to believe in wishes again."
Project materials:  Cardstock (Neenah, Bazzill); Image (Penny Black); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Queen & Co); Buttons (Jesse James); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Sentiment (); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's a Bestie kind of day!

Here's a most adorable image from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy!  I just love her cute girls. The challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog this week is to include yellow on your card.  I started this card with a mustard yellow cardstock then added a bright yellow knit flower on top.  This adorable girl is img208.

 I hope you will join in the fun and share your card with us.  The winner gets a bunch of images from Sherri's store Check out all the other designer's fun cards, here.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, DCWV); Image (Addicted to Stamps--Scrapbook Stamp Society); Diecuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities, Memory Box); Embossing (Sizzix); Flowers (Linda Weber); Adhesives (pop dots, glue dots, glue all); Ink (colorbox chalk); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sweet Baby

Sharing this sweet baby stamp from Crafter's Companion's SWALK stamp line.  So adorable. I have two ladies (sisters!) at my church who are both about to have kids, I thought they would like this cutie.  Hope you are having a blessed Sunday.

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Diecuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Bling (Hobby Lobby, Michaels); Ribbon (Michaels); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue); Stamp (Crafter's Companion); Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Guest Artist Karin

Here's an awesome card from one of the winners of the Holley's Blog contest back in Feb.  She won one of the Grand Prize, two dies from Marianne Crafts.  The set of Skis on the left hand side of her card and the adorable house on the right hand side of her card (the house also has cuts of the snow and such).  She shared this gorgeous card on her blog this week (and with me the day before).

drop by her blog as she makes the most beautiful cards --

Friday, April 11, 2014

Angel Wings

Here's a gorgeous image from Sweet Pea artist Regan Kubecek called Angel Wings.  I wanted to make a monotone card using all different pinks. I mounted the image on some paisley flocked paper from Heidi Grace and added a sweet sentiment from Adorn It.  Be sure and check out the artist's original colors as these colors really make it look different.

Here's a close up of the stamp.  This image is also available as a rubber stamp.
Hope you are having a wonderful Spring now.  Are you all ready for Easter?  Even though this card is not totally Easter theme, I think an Angel card with a gorgeous sentiment inside or a verse on the front would make a lovely Easter card!
Cheers, Holley
Project Materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, Neenah, Heidi Grace); Stamp (Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Bling (Michaels); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life's Good

Here's a fun new image from Queen Kat artist Mary Ellen Smith called Planting Carrots Bunny Wabbit.  Perfect for Easter time as well as a fun gardening theme card for spring time.  I am using some wonderful papers from Paper Temptress on this project.
The base of the card is a shimmery Mica cardstock called Flame.  It's gorgeous with all the oranges in the image as well as the oranges in the embellishments.  The top layer used in the border is also a shimmery Mica cardstock called Fairway.  I used these two colors as they are great from spring time.  The image itself was printed on Heavenly White.  It's a beautiful cardstock for copic markers.  There's also just a tiny piece of yellow behind the sentiment (this is why you save those little offcuts! I keep mine in a baggie for just such an occasion) it's called Gold. That's cute little sentiment in white is a sticker that comes from Cosmo Cricket. I love that is printed in the perfect green to match the card!

Hope this card inspires you to make some fun Easter theme cards!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's the Easter Bunny!

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's Way!!  Here's an adorable bunny image from artist Sandra Caldwell.  So cute. I just love her fun images.  This cutie is available at her Etsy site Babycake Dnd (Designs N Doodles).  I colored it op in cute pinks with a dark pink cardstock and a tulip boarder.
Are you making any Easter theme cards?  I hope this one inspires you to.

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Sandra Caldwell); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Border (Adorn It); Bling (Michaels); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Easter

Hi everyone. I am showing another fun easter card today, this cutie is from Sherri Baldy. Isn't she darling? the SSS Challenge is Anything Goes, so I am going to be sure and enter this card in the contest this week.  With Easter only two more weeks away I have been making some fun cards for the holidays.  Digi-stamps can be perfect for that because I can get them immediately once I pay for them. That's great when you are in a pinch and need your image quickly.

This image is called Messy Bessy img 249.  I hope you are having fun making some holiday cards.  Join in one of the card contests too, you could win some great prizes.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, Bazzill); Image(SSS); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities, La La Land); Punchs (Martha Stewart); Embellishments (); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all); Color (Copic markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);

Monday, April 7, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  You know what that means, yep, time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This week the challenge to create something in BRIGHT spring colors.  I am using a brand new image from artist Carmen Gamble called Easter Tree.  I colored it up in all those fun easter theme colors and use a bright cardstock from MAMBI.

I hope you will drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog to see what the Holley Hobbyists have created this week and then share with us your OWN fun card using some bright colors.  Your card doesn't have to be spring theme or spring related, just needs to use bright colors. 

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bunny Cupid

Here's an adorable image from Cat's Pajamas. I love this cute bunny cupid.  He comes with this funny saying "Fly softly and carry a pointy stick"  Have your been shot by the Love Arrow lately?  Perhaps the love arrow shot you a long time ago and it's still there.  Been with my DH for a long time and love him more now than ever.

I also have an adorable set from Cat's Pajamas with a different bunny set and it's funny saying is "walk softly and carry a big carrot" HA!

Have a great Sunday. Blessings to you all.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Guest Designers

I have been getting some amazing thank you cards from people after sending out blog candy....Here's some of them:

From Laila....emailed me her creation.  She made this using one of her Digi-stamps that she got as a prize.  So adorable!!
Shelley sent me a thank you, this stamp comes from her store, Wild Frog Creations
 This gorgeous card came from overseas, Slovenia to me from Maja (Cebelica)
This stunning card came from the Netherlands by Karin (Karin's Blog)

Here's some treats from Melody, she made me this thank you card, PLUS, she enclose two ATCs that she made from items that I sent to her! Thanks!!

This sweet Thank You came from Teresa Godines.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Meet Minerva

 Here's a great image from a brand new artist at Sweet Pea stamps.  I was so excited to see her images!  This one is one of my favorites, she's called Minerva by Enys Guerrero.  Drop by the store and check out all her images, I also really love the Sad Valentine image from her.
Here's a close up of the colored image that I made, be sure and check out the artist's coloring, so you can see how very different it looks with my color combo here:

I hope you are all having a great week!  Can you believe we are already in April? I know I can't!  This year is just flying by. Have a wonderful weekend and have some great crafting! 
Did you all know we have a contest going? I hope you will all join in for the contest. I know I have created a fun card for you to see (click here). I do so love those cute little bunnies and duckies!!  Join in the fun, it ends on the 15th, so get your cards ready to share
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Wabbit

Here's a brand new image from Queen Kat Stamps. Don't you love this cute bunny? Not only perfect for Easter time, but also just great for spring.  I added a simple spring sentiment to it along with a gorgeous die cut and some adorable Jolees flowers.  This image is called Planting Carrots Bunny Wabbit from Mary Ellen Smith.

She has a bunch of adorable new Wabbit stamps this month, be sure to check them out. So adorable.

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock (Neenah, Hobby Lobby, misc); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Sentiment (ATB); Die Cuts (Spellbinders, Memory Box); Flowers (Jolees); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All); Color (Copic markers);

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Be Yourself

This stamp has to be one of my all time favorites. It's from Kraftin' Kimmie.  How can you not totally love this girl, dollies and all?  She's just perfect!!  Too fun.  I always loved this artist's images (Annie Rodrigue of Midnight Whispers).

I am using my favorite spring colors here, ORANGE, lol, and a tiny bit of yellow. I also added some fun spring flowers as the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge this week is Spring theme. 

Project materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Kraftin Kimmie); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Flowers (prima); Brads (Imaginesce, Basic Grey); Bling (Hobby Lobby); Sentiment (Colorbok); Twine (Doodlebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bow Tie Bear

Here's a wonderful image from artist Sandra Caldwell. This is one of her digi stamps from her Etsy store Babycakes Dnd (Designs N' Doodles).  I adore her images. She also has some great stuff at the Queen Kat store if you like rubber stamps.

I got some wonderful cards from people, I can't wait to share them with you all, stunning card from Karin in the Netherlands, a beautiful thank you from Teresa G, a gorgeous Magnolia card from Cebelica and a great stamp from Shelley who has her own stamp store. I can't wait to make something to share!  I also had someone show me a card they made with a digi stamp already!! I can't wait to share all these great creations.  There's nothing more exciting than handing out crafting goodies to everyone and seeing what people make.

Cheers, Holley