Saturday, January 31, 2015

Are you ready to party?

I know this lady is!  She's a Sassy Studio Designs image and she's going to celebrate with her love.  Me?  I am ready to celebrate with all of you!!  Starting tomorrow is BLOG candy every day in celebration of five years seizure free! It's a huge time point to reach.  I often see people who have the surgeries I did and will go back to having seizures at 5 years, 7 years, 10 years....there's often some remnant left in your brain that can cause seizures still or problems in a different section and at some point the episodes return.  Thus, I won't ever cease to be thankful for every year I am given.
So, starting tomorrow celebrate with me and get some goodies to craft with.  I would like to give early thanks to those who are celebrating with me already!  Sweet Pea Stamps, Sherri Baldy-My Besties, Bugaboo Stamps, Limited Run Stamps, Paper Temptress, and SLS Lines!  Then I have a ton of wonderful goodies that I have to share with you all! 

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (WE R Memory Makers, Bazzill, Neenah, Bazzill Swiss, AC Metallic); Image (Sassy Studio Design); Lace (JoAnns); Bling (Michaels); Heart (Little Yellow Bicycle); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Sentiment (Hobby Lobby); Wood (); Adhesives(Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue);

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rockabilly Rose

 Here's an awesome image from our featured artist at Sweet Pea stamps this month, Maigan Lynn. This image is Rockabilly Rose.  I did a pink monotone card with this image using a tiny bit of grey for the roses. That's a reverse color pattern of the artist's actual coloring, be sure and check her coloring out to see how very different the image looks.  I think she looks so very much innocent with this color scheme.
Here's a closeup of the image. I just love the eyelashes, it's very much a trademark of Maigan Lynn's images.

Drop by and check out Maigan Lynn's other stamps at the Sweet Pea store and then share your creations with us at the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans page on Facebook!
Did you know that Sweet Pea is going to be one of the sponsors of blog candy next month? They are!! I will have both Rubber and Digi stamps from this wonderful store!  Have you seen the amazing blog candy photos?  CLICK HERE, it all starts on the 1st of Feb!
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Let the Sunshine In

Here's fun stamp from an artist that I have been eyeing for quite a while. I finally just had to go over and get some of her stunning images at Ppinkydolls.  I combined her stamp with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress today to create this card.  Isn't she cute?

The base of this card is created using wonderful textured cardstock that is narrow columns called Sunshine Yellow.  The shimmery orange cardstock which I diecut using Spellbinders border die is Mica/Metallic called Flame.  The center cardstock is a gorgeous  Amethyst Mica/Metallic cardstock.  I printed out the image using my computer on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest paper.  I fussy cut out the girl and added some cute sunshine ribbon.  I inked the edges of the card to let you see the beautiful texture of the cardstock.

Did you know Paper Temptress is giving away a wonderful gift certificate to their store during my celebration next month?  they are!! It all gets started on Feb 1st!!    Also--if you missed out, there was a little pre game goodie yesterday--go back to the previous post and leave a birthday wish to my friend!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Lynette!

Hi everyone, today we are having a blog hop for Lynette of Sweet Pea stamps!  She's the Store owner and our fearless leader. I also need to say that she's just the nicest person ever. I have known her for well over 5 years. I was on her design team before I was even eligible to have brain surgery and she and all the other members of the DT team at Sweet Pea stamps went through the whole process with me step by step as I got tested, prodded and poked to qualify for surgery and then every step of the way post brain surgery!  Not only that,  but she celebrates with me every year since.  A true friend.

I am using this wonderful Sweet Pea image from Conie Fong called Bella with Rose.  I hope you  have the best Birthday Lynette!

In celebration of Lynette's Birthday, please leave a comment here today wishing her a happy birthday!  In case you didn't know, I am having a HUGE blog candy celebration next month with Candy everyday including both rubber and digi Sweet Pea stamps, so I will pick a winner amongst those of you who leave Lynette a wonderful Birthday wish today (winner to be announced in early Feb!!).

Here's the Hop for the Bday Girl:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Bday!

Wishing you a very Happy Bday!  Isn't this card cute? this fun image is from Sherri Baldy.  I made this birthday card for a sweet child who goes to my church.  I hope he loved it.  He was sick that day so I gave it to his family.  This adorable image of a little girl sitting on a tea cup was just the perfect happy image to make a birthday card.

I hope you will drop over to the SSS Challenge blog and join in our fun this week, it's Birthday Card theme. There's wonderful Bestie stamp prizes given by Sherri Baldy for the winners.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, January 26, 2015

I would pick you everytime!

Happy Monday everyone!  As I am sure you know, it's time for the Squigglefly Challenge.  I am very sad to say though, this will be the last Squigglefly Challenge.  The owners of the store have decided to pursue other endeavors (like their beautiful new kids/grandkids) so I wish them the very best and want to have a wonderful last challenge for them.  The challenge this week is called "Put a little Love in your Heart."  Your card must have EITHER the word LOVE or a Heart.  It doesn't have to be valentine theme, but it can be.  As you can see, my card does have both, a cute heart in the image, a button shared heart in black with little white polka dots and a stitched sentiment with the words "love-ya."

This wonderful image is called He Loves Me from artist Sandra Caldwell.  Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge Blog and check out what the other Holley Hobbyists created for this challenge and join in on our last challenge!  There will still be a prize given away by the store, three images that are preselected by the store owner.  Good luck!

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, January 25, 2015

You are simply wonderful

Here's a darling image from artist Elisabeth Bell. Isn't she adorable?  I just love this artist's work. I have several beautiful Elisabeth Bell stamps to giveaway as prizes next month.  So adorable, just like this sweet image.

Hope you have a beautiful Sunday.  Looks like the weather should be looking up here in TX again, the storms should clear and hopefully we will return to some nice outdoor weather.  Hugs and blessings everyone!

Just a week to go!! Are you ready for a month long celebration?!?  Prizes everyday, check out some candy photos here CLICK HERE  Starts on Feb 1st

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Back to School

Here's a cutie, Wrynn from Tiddly Inks who's going back to school. Isn't she just adorable?  I know most all of the kids started back last week including those locally who are in college.  The weather has just been horrible, well, sometimes. We had some just gorgeous days filled with sunshine and 70 degree weather then followed by storms and cold 40 degree weather (thankfully no colder!)

I hope your weather is treating you better.  Just a week until blog candy gets going!! If you are on facebook, look me up there--there's a link to the blog candy that you can share to be in running for the first blog candy or you can put the link in the upper right onto your blog.  ALSO here's a little secret--be sure and check in on the 28th, there's a surprise for someone coming....and you can win a little candy that day too.....  Have you seen all the blog candy photos?  CLICK HERE

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, AC);  Image (Tiddly Inks); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts(Spellbinders Nestabilities); Border Punch (Martha Stewart); Bling (Michaels); Sentiment (); Adhesive (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic markers);

Friday, January 23, 2015

Toadstool Fairy

Here's a stunning Sweet Pea image from artist Ching Chou Kuik called Toadstool Fairy. This gorgeous image is available as a rubber stamp. I just loved the grace and beauty. I made a simple and elegant card with this image coloring it with Copic markers and using matching papers from Bazzill.
Here's a close up of the actual image, isn't she stunning?
Be sure and check out all of Ching Chou Kuik's stamps at Sweet Pea. There's many gorgeous rubber stamps and a whole bunch of lovely digital stamps as well (NOTE: this particular stamp is only available as a rubber stamp); 
Also, I am excited to announce that we will have prizes given by Sweet Pea stamps during my Feb Celebration!! Both rubber stamps and digital stamps! WOO HOO!!
Cheers, Holley
Have you seen all the blog candy photos?  CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lizzy Love

Here's an awesome image from Lizzy Love.  I just adore her images.  This cutie is no exception.  I would totally wear a hat just like that myself as well.  I colored up the whole thing in a brown and green pattern.

Hope you have a wonderful day and are looking forward to the weekend.  I feel tired and frustrated this week and I wish sometimes I could just put on my cute little bear hat and hold my little bunny and have life be that simple.   Well, tomorrow is a new day!!  The Oddball Art Stamp Challenge is currently to add some about cute metallic tages, sweet brads and this cute image is full of her own sparkle if you ask me!!

Hugs everyone

Cardstock (Making Memories, Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Lizzy Love); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic Markers); Flower (Prima); Brads (Stampin' Up, Making Memories); Tag (unknown); Sentiments (Cosmo Cricket); Die Cut (SpellBinders Nestabilties);  Adhesives(pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Squigglefly Challenge

Here's my card for this week's Squigglefly Challenge. This week's challenge is to include a little snow in your card. I am using this funny image from artist James Horvath called Robbery.  But he's not trying to take anything, he's just trying to get in from the cold!

Check out all the other design team cards over at the Squigglefly Challenge blog and then join in the contest this week. You can win a prize if you use a Squigglefly image.  ALSO, please keep in mind that Squigglefly will be closing soon, so if you are wanting any of those images, best get to the store soon as they will be gone :( 

Stay Warm everyone!!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, Making Memories); Image (Squigglefly); Embossing (Sizzix); Sentiment (Computer Generated); Snowflakes (AC); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all);

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Skelekinz! Yea

So, I am super excited that Bugaboo will be celebrating with me next month. I am a HUGE fan of their images. My totally favorite, hmm, well, definitely near the very very top of my list at their store is the Skelekinz. OH My, these are TOO adorable.  I probably own at least 1/3 of them already, too cute. I know you guys know how much I love a Skeleton Balloon!

The other cool thing?  Just as I am having my 5th anniversary in FEB, Bugaboo is having their 5th anniversary right NOW!  They have 25% off everything at their store, until Jan 23rd.   Drop by and check out their sale.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Bird-Day

Hello everyone! I made this fun Birthday card for the new SSS Challenge. We are having an Anything goes challenge + Birthday theme.  I got this adorable bird from Sherri Baldy named Squeaky and just had to print him out in different sizes to make this fun creation.

I hope you will drop by the SSS Challenge blog and see what the other DT members made and then join in the fun and share with us your creations. If you use a stamp from Sherri Baldy, she's giving away wonderful prizes, so please play along with us!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, Crafters Companion, DCWV); Image (Sherri Baldy); Die Cuts (Memory Box, Spellbinders Nestabilties); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Flowers (Prima); Adhesives (Pop dots, glue all, glue dots); Sentiment (Computer generated);

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pressed Flower Cards

Here's some more of the lovely pressed flowers that I got from a lady at my church.  I made these cards for my church's bazaar.  I had a bunch of lovely sentiments that I thought went well with them.
"Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it. Confucius."

"Different Flowers look good to different people.  --Chinese Proverb"
Have a beautiful Sunday.
Another fun Announcement Today, Here's some more companies that are joining in the Celebration!!
Wonderful Digi stamps from Sherri Baldy!! WOO HOO
And Awesome Digi stamps from Limited Run Digi Stamps!!  YIPPEE!
Thanks so much!
Have you seen all the other candy??

Saturday, January 17, 2015


This beautiful winter image comes from Sweet Pea artist Marlon Teunissen and is called Cold.  She's available as a rubber stamp as well as a digital image.   I am using a shimmery flocked paper in the background with a combination of blue/brown paper for winter theme.  Here's the sentiment I added "Live in a way to make happy memories."  I love how she looks so lost in thought.  Also note that she definitely has some steampunk theme given her hat jewel and coat embellishments.

Here's a closeup of the image itself

Definitely drop by the Sweet Pea store and check out all the gorgeous images from this artist.  Also, drop by our Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans page to share your gorgeous creations with us. We have regular contests there with wonderful prizes, regular coupons and lots of fun!

Cheers, Holley

P.S. I am happy to say that today will be the first day for us to finally get to the mid 60s again. WOO HOO. It's about time Texas.

Have you seen the blog candy?  Click the box on the upper right column.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Desi!!
I wanted to share this card today as a Birthday card for a dear family member.  I am using one of the Veritcal Sentiment stamps from Sweet Pea stamps and an adorable angel stamp from artist Karen Middleton. This gorgeous angel is called Blue Star Angel. She was just perfect for my cousin's child, who just turned 18 today.  Wow! Happy Birthday Desi, you a quite a special person to me.

Hugs, Holley

Have you seen the Blog Candy's coming and here's LOTS of pics of the goodies, CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I have always loved you!

Here's a super cute stamp from Scrapbook Stamp Society (My Besties) artist Sherri Baldy combined with wonderful specialty papers from Paper Temptress.  This stamp is just too sweet and perfect for the upcoming Valentines day, so I colored up in dark pinks and combined her with beautiful papers for this creation. They are having a challenge over on the SSS Challenge blog that is Anything Goes, so please share your wonderful Besties creations there!

To create this card, I am using Neenah Classic Crest solar white paper.  Both as the 6x6" background as well as the die cut in which the image is printed out on.  The beautiful background is a  Hambly Studio Screen Overlay.  This overlay is called Magenta Brocade.  I will also say that these overlays are sold in 6x6" value packs where you get a bunch of sheets of different overlays, they are just perfect for card making! I attached it to the white card base with multiple glue dots.  I used a strip of White Ruche (crepe) paper that I brushed the edges with colorbox chalk ink.

Did you see all those blog candy photos from yesterday?  CLICK HERE

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress); Image (Sherri Baldy); Sentime(SEI, Cosmo Cricket); ink (Colorbox Chalk); Bling (unknown); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Playing in the Crafter's Café Challege --KISS
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge-Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Now HERE's some blog candy photos

WOW, Time to REALLY see some Candy Photos.  Candy starts on Feb 1st.  I am also going to post this to my Facebook page, you can post the link on my sidebar to you blog OR you can go to my Facebook page and SHARE the link to your facebook page encouraging your friends to share it as well.  That will be the PRE-GAME candy....

First let me say we will have some great DIGI stamps given by


                               TWO AWESOME GIFTS, $30 and $21 packs from Bugaboo Stamps!!

                                 A $25 Gift Certificate from the Paper Temptress online store

Wonderful Digi stamps from Sherri Baldy!! WOO HOO
And Awesome Digi stamps from Limited Run Digi Stamps!!  YIPPEE!

Now, here's some photos of the stamps that are coming
SWALK, Humprey's Corner
 My Mind's Eye, Bo Bunny
 CC Designs, Kraftin Kimmie
 7 Gypsies
 Jillabean, Fancy Pants, Prima
 Stamps Of Life (Stephanie Barnard), Papermania
 Hero Arts, TPC Studios
Penny Black, Steam punk, SEI, Saturated Canary, Lora Lei 

Basic Grey, Elisabeth Bell,..
LOL, I got tired or laying them all out, so as Gilligan's Isle would say "and the rest....."

Did you miss the previous blog candy photos (the DIE CUTTERS?)
Would you like a little background about WHY such a big celebration--
Well, two brain surgeries saved me and it's going to be the FIFTH anniversary.  Five years is a really big deal as the area inside the brain that was removed, as it heals there's a chance that a remnant will cause the seizures to return.  Often people have seizures quickly but there's that handful with a tiny remnant who have their seizures come back 5yrs, 7 yrs, 10 every year you get is a TRUE Blessing!!
I can say my crafting friends have been SO awesome and incredibly supportive, esp when I first found out. It was a true blessing.  Now that I have been given this amazing gift of my health back, I want to give to ALL the crafter's out there.  All countries are welcome to play but I must say early on that in foreign countries, I have to limit what I can send due to the postal costs to flat items OR digital treats!!  However, I am more than happy to have goodies go anywhere in the world!
If you want to see my story, CLICK HERE.


Here's a gorgeous stamp from Lizzy Love (Oddball Arts). I just love this artist's designs, esp this girl that she has. I colored her up in a greenish blue and matched her with all sorts of décor.  She just wants to say Hello!  I hope you are having a great January and no matter where you live, I hope your weather is getting nicer, as here in TX, we have been fighting the cold.

I can't wait to be back in some shorts with pretty flowers, blue skies and butterflies everywhere.  Want to wish my brother a very Happy Birthday Today!!  Hope you have something special planned



Project Materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, Neenah); Image(Lizzy Love); Flowers (Prima); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Ribbon (Michaels); Sentiment (); Butterflies (); Color (Copic markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all, Ribbon Glue);

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Work Hard, Play Hard

Here's an awesome image today from Ike's Art. Totally love this artist's images.  I added a fun sentiment "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."  ha!  This lady certainly doesn't look like she is seeking any equality at all.

There's a great challenge going on at Left of Center Creative Challenges with Ike's Art as their Sponsor as well at the current Challenge at the Ike's World Challenge Blog. Old an new--my old is the paper, flowers, my new being the image I just got from Ike's Art, the bling from Queen & Co and that awesome sentiment!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, unknown); Image (Ike's Art); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Sentiments (Adorn It, ); Flower (Prima); Bling (Queen & Co); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Monday, January 12, 2015

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This is the first challenge of the year for the Holley Hobbyists.  The theme is Anything Goes!  I am using a brand new image from artist James Horvath called Clipboard.  It comes with the sentiment shown plus two additional sentiments for only $2!!

Drop on over to the Squigglefly Challenge Blog and check out what the Holley Hobbyists made and then share a creation with us!  If you use a Squigglefly image, even a freebie, you could be eligible to win the prize this week!

Special Note:  Squigglefly has announced that they are going to close at the end of this month so if there are any artists there that you just love (Like James, or Sandra Caldwell or Fawn Palmer....) run over there and get their stamps now!

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Shaker Cards, part 2

Here's two additional Shaker cards that I completed in the SEI class during last year's scrapbook convention.  It was a very quick paced fun class.
I came out of it with a huge assortment of 12x12 papers, a whole set of adorable wood embellishments, a ton of die cuts and instructions for other fun cards to make!

The label on this card was printed on both sides, I honest can't recall anymore what the other side said, something like Congrats! But I definitely make way more "Love ya!" cards than Congrats! cards myself, so I changed up the design to show what I wanted.

Have you seen the blog candy that's coming?  CLICK HERE......

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shaker Cards, part 1

So, a while back, ok a LONG while back, like September, I told you that I took a fun shaker card making class at a scrapbook convention in San Marcos TX.  Here's one of the cards that I made in that class, hosted by SEI Scrapbooking.  They now have the cutest shaker card windows that make it just SUPER easy and way less messy for making shaker cards.  I have to admit, I was totally impressed with the class. I finished up three cards in a short time and had a blast.

Tomorrow I will share the other two cards that I did in the class, and I came home with a ton of goodies. I will say that when going to scrapbook conventions I find that SEI classes are always well planned out, have their supplies well done (and are very generous in their giving) and always hand out awesome prizes. Everyone in the class will get a prize with the grand prize always being something really great like a $50 goodie per class.  The lowest prizes being a treat like a bag of buttons or other store item (and you know I love buttons!).

Friday, January 9, 2015

A card by Kaye

A dear friend made this card using a wonderful image from SSS artist Sheri Baldy.  Here's a couple photos of the card.  I am entering this card for her in the SSS Challenge this week.

Leave Kaye some love here on my blog so she can see your comments!

Red Poppy Fairy

 Here's a gorgeous image from Sweet Pea Stamps artist Meredith Dillman called Red Poppy Fairy.  This stunning stamp is currently available in rubber stamp or digi stamp format.  I used lots of bling to go with this image as well as some shimmery brads, buttons and a shiny coated butterfly.
Here's a close up of the image. Isn't she just stunning?
Drop by the Sweet Pea stamps store and check out all of Meredith Dillman's designs.  She has a beautiful assortment of gorgeous maidens, fairies, and even steampunk.  Also, drop by our Facebook group, Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans to share your creations with us. We have lots of fun contest and giveaways there.  Cheers, Holley

Ready for more Blog candy photos?  I didn't have time to pull them out of the boxes, so let me show you the boxes, lol!!  As a reminder, this HUGE celebration will be going on in February on my blog with candy everyday, all month long, in celebration of my now FIVE year anniversary of two brain surgeries that saved my life.

Here's JUST the STAMPS...ALL stamp sets in this box!!

Here's some embellishment goodies (lol, note that I said SOME, as there's actually more, i.e. more than just this box)
And here's a couple more large die cut sets that I didn't get to last time....

did you see the goodies posted last time? they are HERE....

Cheers, Holley