Sunday, May 31, 2015

Meet the Flockers

I created this fun card for the Outlawz Greeting card challenge this week, it starts on Monday morning and the theme will be sports card.  I used a fun set of birds called Meet the Flockers. 
The contest is very open as far the sport theme goes, it can include, summertime activities, running, fishing, we even have an adorable snowbuilding card that you can check out made by the DT.  The only other requirement is that you also include a sentiment on your card.  Mine is "Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is - Zig Ziglar."

Hope tomorrow you will drop by the Outlawz Greeting card challenge and check it out.  There's a different challenge each day at outlawz with different prizes as well as awesome monthly prizes.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, May 30, 2015

No one can EVER fill your shoes

Here's an adorable image from Stamping Bella.  I thought this little girl was super cute dressing up to walk around in heels like I think all of us have done in our childhood.  Isn't she a sweetie?  With more rain in our forecast today, I am guessing I will be getting lots more crafting done.

The majority of the time lately has been spent on VBS crafts, preparing little kits for each day for the children so they can just come in and complete their craft projects.  Super tedious work so far.  I have cut out about 300 elephant die cuts, over 150 spellbinders trees, 60 sets of grass (by hand I didn't have a die cutter for that).  Now I am getting ready to do dragons.  Print them out in white card stock and cut out the heads and feet which will get attached with folded paper in between.  Almost done!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

I'm a little teapot....

Here's a fun Sweet Pea stamp from artist Karen Middleton who is the featured artist this month. This adorable image is called Teapot Pixie.  I colored up her teapot in a set of Blue-Violet copics.  This card opens from the center, so the image is connected to the left and side and the sentiment is mounted only to the right side.    The lace in black and white is washi tape.

Here's a close up of this adorable image from artist Karen Middleton. Be sure and check out all of her fun images at Sweet Pea stamps available in both rubber and digi format.
Be sure and check out the Facebook Group for Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans.  We have lots of fun contests, giveaways, coupon codes, card shares and more.  Join in the crafting with us there.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Here's one of my all time favorite stamps, Gorjuss Girls.  I am sure that's obvious given the Header on my blog.  I just love this artist's images. So very beautiful. I am using some paper from Cosmo Crickett and fun die cut from Spellbinders

Thanks to those who inquired about the storms we are having here in Texas.  Being in Austin, I am right in the middle of it.  I am watching the rives (i.e the ones that were totally dried up due to 4 years of severe drought) turn in to amazing and crazy destructive forces.  My house is in a good location so unlike many, I am safe for now.  I have developed quite the pond in the yard. I am considering adding some fish so I can go fishing.  J/K.  Initially all this crazy rain was not helping the lakes (from which most of this community gets their drinking water), it was down below 40% now, in this one month it has gained over 27 FEET of water and is sitting at 67%.  Much of which happened in just one week.  It's expected to continue to rise as the floods dissipate. My prayers go out to those who have lost significant property, those affected by the tornados that also occurred and those who lost loved ones during this flooding.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shaker Box, Goth Girl with Fish

Here's a fun image from SLS Lines digi stamps.  She's called Goth Girl with Fish Balloon.  Here I turned her into a shaker box card. I totally love the fun skirt she has on, I had to color it up in bright pink along with a yellow and orange combo and then I colored her dog's getup to match.  Too cute.
Here's the image before it went into the shaker box so you can get a much better view of how fun this image is.  Don't you love her fish balloon?
Hope you adore this fun image, check out the SLS Lines site on Etsy for all her images and we have a fun challenge blog here.  Join in the challenge and you could win a stamp!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello Friend

Hello!  Here's a wonderful new image from Sherri Baldy, She's img 447.  There's a brand new contest happening over at the SSS CHallenge blog, it's Anything Goes + tag theme.  As you can see I used these adorable little tags which I hug from this cute little tree.  This is the tree I was referring to last week when I said I had to cut 150+ little trees for one of the VBS crafts (and 150+ little scallop circles to go behind the trees).  Yep, 300 die cuts, one at a time.

I hope you adore this sweet image. I just love her huge wings.  Be sure and go over the SSS Challenge blog to see the other DT creations and then share your latest Sherri Baldy creation with us.  You could win some wonderful prize from Sherri.  Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Making Memories, Bazzill Bling, Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Addicted to Stamp--Sherri Baldy); Die Cuts (Nestabilities, Spellbinders); Border punch (Martha Stewart); Tag (K& Co); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Bling (Michaels);  Butterflies(); Twine (Doodlebug); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic Markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);

Monday, May 25, 2015


It's Challenge time over at Outlawz Monday Greetings.  The sponsor of our challenge this week is Crafty Sentiments.  I am using this adorable little boy called Henry Why Not.  Isn't he adorable?  I used a matching color combo on the card and the sentiment as well.  Our theme this week is Anything Goes! So share some cards with us and win a prize.

We'd love to see what you create, be sure an have a sentiment of some kind on your card. 

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Crafty Sentiments); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Embossing (Crafter's Companion); Punch (Martha Stewart); Sentiment (Basic Grey); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots);

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steampunk Lady

Here's a darling image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Sandra Caldwell, she's called Steam Punk Old Lady.  There's currently a progressive challenge over on the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans page on Facebook.  Go over there and check out everyone's stunning creations with this stamp!  Too fun.  The information about the Progressive challenge is at the top of the group page that I provided a link to.

If you like this image, check out Sandra's other fun stamps at the Sweet Pea stamps store online, click here.  I am a huge fan of her work.  Hope you are all having a great Memorial Day weekend.

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, AC Metallic, Neenah); Image (Sweet Pea Stamps); Die Cuts (Memory Box); Embossing Folder (); Ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Charms (); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots, ribbon glue);

Saturday, May 23, 2015

My Friend

Here's a wonderful new stamp from SLS Lines Sitting Girl with cute kitty.  Don't you love this pretty lady and her cat?  SLS Lines has a whole bunch of fun cat images, from snooty princess cat to funny alley cat to a rebel kitty on his bike.  So adorable.  I am using gorgeous Paper Temptress papers to create this fun card.

The base of the card is mica cardstock called Flame.  I printed out the image on Neenah solar white classic crest.  The background is actually comes from Hambly Studios.  It is an overlay called Magenta Brocade.  You can also get the overlays in 6x6" format, which is perfect if you make greeting cards as you get all different types that work perfect on cards this size!  The borders on the sides of the overlay are beautiful mica in Azalea.  Finally I used a tiny piece of Gold mica to go behind the "friends" embellishment. It's just enough to make the sentiment pop right of the front of the card.

Hope you loved this fun card, have a Happy Memorial Day weekend.  If you are in my area, be safe from the rain.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, May 22, 2015

I was born to dance....

Here's the cutest dog, she was BORN to dance. She's Pugllarina.  How sweet is that?  She was designed by Sweet Pea artist Fernanda Oravec. Super cute.  Fernanda has a bunch of adorable dog theme stamps at the Sweet Pea store and one of the most amazing things is that proceeds from her stamps go to various charities for them.  Periodically there will be a posting on the Sweet Pea Friends and Fans page that lets you know how much money was donated and to which organization it went to!  How great is that?

Just an aside note, Fernanda is also an astounding colorist, she does regular coloring for all the artists on the Sweet Pea Stamps site. Drop by the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans page and check out her amazing work.  She's just the sweetest person with great talent.

Happy Friday Everyone!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's Good to be Queen!

Here's a stunning image from Simply Betty stamps.  I paired that with a fun sentiment from Kraftin' Kimmie and beautiful papers from Paper Temptress to create this card today.  She's definitely the Queen of  Hearts.  I hope you adore her!

Here's some of the gorgeous papers I used for this card today.  The base of the card is brown bag.  The shimmery layer is lustre called Vintage Silver Lustre Text.  The image is printed using Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  The image was layered on to some black basis card stock, which was also used to cut out the corner die cuts.  Finally I added some lovely heart die cuts from a Sizzix set, this card stock is a somewhat shimmery red with gorgeous tiny golden flecks in it, Vermillion Sparkle.

Have a happy day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

You are amazing

Here's a great image from Make it Crafty, I love the boots she has, I always wished when I was little that I would be a tall girl.  I guess that is why I date super tall men.  My husband is about a foot taller than me.

Hope you are having a great week, I can't believe we are at the end of May!  Where has this month gone?  I am about three weeks from VBS and spending every evening now making die cuts and such for the kids.  I have to do about 150 little spellbinder trees, I find I can get about 20 done per evening.  They take quite a bit of time.  Then I will cut out cute circles to go behind them as the "leaves".  Will definitely share a pic so you can see what the kids will make when I get done.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You are my Sunshine

Here's an adorable little girl from artist Sherri Baldy.  This cutie is img 524.  Super cute.  She looks like she is off to celebrate and bring some balloons to her friend.  The challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog this week is New Beginnings. This card seemed very fitting for the occasion. 

Drop on over to the Challenge Blog and share your Bestie creations with us!  You could win some wonderful stamps designed by artist Sherri Baldy.  We'd love to see your creations.  Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Sherri Baldy); Ink(Colorbox Chalk); Buttons (American Traditionals); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilties); Embossing (Cuttlebug); Wood (); Heart (Making Memories); Ink (Copic markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Monday, May 18, 2015

Outlawz Greeting Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Here's a fun card for this week's challenge over at Outlawz Monday Greeting.  Our Sponsor this week is none other than Lizzy Love (Oddball Art Stamp Co.).  You all know how much I adore her stamps! I am using a fun set that comes with the sentiment and the image shown, it's called Unicorn Girl on Valentine's Day - Carly's Crush.  The theme for the challenge is Red, White and blue.

Please drop by and check out the other creations for this week's challenges and then share your red, white and blue creation plus don't forget to include a sentiment for the Outlawz Monday Greeting.

Cheers, Holley

project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Images (Oddball Art-Lizzy Love); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities; Marianne); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Basic Grey); Buttons (); Bling (); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots);

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Celebrate Simplicity

Here's a sweet image from Simply Betty Stamps. I colored her and then found some matching papers and ribbon to create this clean and simple card. I added a sweet sentiment "Celebrate simplicity"  Don't we all need a little more simplicity sometimes?
Been getting really geared up for VBS now as I am pre-cutting all the materials for the final two projects.  There's three weeks until it happens, but I am the only crafter doing the pre-cutting so I try and get a little done each day.  (Keep it simple that way).

have a blessed day!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hello There, Panda Bear!

Hello There, Panda Bear, here's an adorable image from Imagine That!  This guy comes from a HUGE set of images that gives you colored images, black and white images, sentiments, papers and all!  It's called Pandas.  I made this fun card for the contest over on Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog, the theme is Anything Goes. 

Drop on by the YSBP challenge blog and share your creations with us. The theme this month is anything goes.  We'd love to see what you make and the winner will get a wonderful prize from Imagine that!

Have a panda-riffic day!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fairy Princess of Autumn

 Here's a stunning image from Sweet Pea artist Enys Guerrero called Fairy Princess of Autumn.  She's so very striking. I totally love this beautiful image.  Be sure and check out the artist's coloring of the image (click here) so you can see how very different this image looks compared to my coloring.
Here's a wonderful close up of this beautiful stamp that is currently available in both rubber and digital format.
Be sure and check out the other wonderful images from this artist and drop by the Facebook page for Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans where we have ongoing contests, daily card sharing and overall fun! We'd love to see what you are making. Cheers!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just a little Joy

Here's the cutest fairy from Lizzy Love, she's Img170,  when you get her, she comes in two forms, the one I used here, as well as a more typical little girl (without the stitches across her mouth...);  I just loved this one and wanted to use it first.  I am using a recent border punch from Martha Stewart and the tiniest every little black buttons (they look like little specs on the photo, but they are actually real buttons, 1/8");

There's a fun contest on the facebook page for card making with Oddball Art images as well as a challenge blog that you can enter your creations in.  I hope you love this cutie today.  Stay tuned for the upcoming week as Oddball Art images will be sponsoring a contest over at Outlawz as well.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SLS Lines Challenge

Happy Wed everyone!  Here's an awesome image from artist Sal Scheibe today.  We are starting up a new challenge over on the SLS Challenge Blog. The theme this month is Anything Goes with a twist of Fantasy.  This fun stamp is called Art Nouveau Girl. 
We'd love to see what you create using an SLS Lines image this month to join in our challenge!  Drop by and see what the DT made to inspire you.
Cheers, Holley
Project Materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, Neenah, AC); Images (SLS Lines); Die Cuts (Spellbinders, Marianne); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Bling (Michaels); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots, ribbon glue); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

With Love

Here's a sweet baby card using a wonderful image from Sherri Baldy.  I created this card for my brother and his wife Amanda. They are expecting their first girl this summer.  We are having a challenge over on the SSS Challenge blog this week, it's Anything Goes New Beginnings. This card is perfect theme for that, she's IMG749

I hope you will drop by the challenge and check out all the fun cards made by the DT and then share your Besties card with us. You could win some gorgeous creations from Sherri Baldy.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cupcake Happiness

"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy cupcakes. It's kind of the same thing!"  Hmmm, well I don't know if that's totally true, but it's awful close.  For me, I think it's more donuts than cupcakes.  I know when I get that super sad face, my hubby says something like, "you wanna donut?"  then I made that sad sad puppy dog face and nod.  I mean, how can a donut not make you happy?  This awesome image comes from a wonderful set of stamps from DeeDee's digi stamps called A Little Something. For only $3, you get three different images (both colored and b/w), five sayings and four papers!  WOW.

We're having a fun contest this week over on Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge sponsored by DeeDees Digi stamps, so please come by and share a creation with us!  The theme is to include flowers somewhere on your card.  So please come on over and share your creations with us!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Taking my skull for a walk....

Here's a super cute little girl from Ppinky Dolls. I love this artist's adorable little girls, esp this one, because she's got a little skull!!  You know that's something I would want.  I did a mixture of pinks and orange for springtime with a tiny skull charm as well.

There's fun challenge over at the Come & get it Challenge blog to create something Girly and Ppinky dolls is one of the sponsors.  There's also a great Anything Goes contest this month at the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog.  Cheers, Holley

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Three Heads are better than one!

Here's an awesome image that was a freebie from Ike's Art on their facebook pace (click here!).  If you haven't gone over there, please do and grab this fun digi stamp. She also had a recent freebie that was a gift to all the followers for her birthday.  The group shares all their fun cards made with Ike's images. This great image totally made me laugh and think up the "Three heads are better than one" sentiment below.

Ike's Art also has a challenge blog, the current challenge is Naughty or Nice?  Well all I can say about this lady is she sure looks nice but she must be naughty!  Hmmm, or is it the other way around.....

Drop by their challenge blog and share your latest Ike's Art creation.

Friday, May 8, 2015

If I only had a heart

Here's the second of the Wizard of Oz images from Sweet Pea artist Sandra Caldwell.  Oh, how cute is this?  Yesterday I shared the Scarecrow.  Today is the Tinman.  This image is called Tin Can Man. I used this adorable black and white polka dot card and decorated it with hearts, just what the tin man is looking you think he will find one?  well, I guess if you don't know you will have to watch the film.  OH, when I posted this card, this stamp was on sale, only $2.10!!!

Here's a wonderful close up of this adorable image, currently available as a digi-stamp from Sandra Caldwell.  Be sure and check out her other Wizard of Oz series images as well as her adorable digi-stamps.
If you enjoy any of the Sweet Pea stamps, drop by our Facebook group and share. We show tons of cards there and play games, chat, and color together. 
Have a great weekend everyone! 
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, May 7, 2015

If I only had a brain

Here's one of the most adorable Scarecrow stamps!  He's from Sweet Pea Stamps artist Sandra Caldwell and is called Scarecrow Dude.  How cute!  I am grouping him here with awesome papers from Paper Temptress to create this fun card today.

Here's a close up of the image, printed on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper and colored with Copic Markers.  He's currently available as a digi stamp.
The other cardstock I am using for this card which matches perfectly for the fun is a base cardstock of Tuscan Sun Brawny.  I overlaid that card front with a wonderful clear overlay from Hambly Studio.  You can get these great packs in 6x6" assortments which are perfect for cardmaking and come with a large mixture of papers.  You can also get this transparency individually as a 12" square sheet, it's called Brown Hanging Heleconias.  For the borders on top and the "straw" die cuts, I am using a beautiful sheer mica type cardstock called Amber.  The complementary color on the border is called Copper Mica/Mettallic.
You know I had to add a little brain joke with this scarecrow card!
Come back tomorrow for another Wizard of Oz card!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I {heart} you

Here's a cute little girl from Tiddly Inks.  She's picking up sticks and has a special message to leave....I wonder who that is for?  I am sure the person she loves knows!
Are you all getting the amazing rain we are? I thought a nice green card would be appropriate for today given all the great rain we got. I will say though I got stuck under the pavilion at the park for over an hour last night as the thunderstorm really took a hold of things and it seemed best to just stay put!  WOW that was some great rain though.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

So Happy

Here's a brand new image from artist Sherri Baldy.  I am loving these lady theme stamps that she is adding to her collection.  This one is Swirly Girls Img584 Best Besties Forever. Totally awesome.  There's several other fun stamps in this line already.  I used some great Cosmo Cricket paper in yellow and pink to match the adorable yellow and pink colors that I colored her up in.

Have you seen the latest challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog?  the theme is Anything Goes + Springtime, so drop by over there and share a Besties card for your chance to win some beautiful stamps from Sherri Baldy.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  I am happy to announce that I am joining in on the Outlawz Greetings Challenge design team.  May will be my first month and this week the challenge is polka dots.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo.  I totally love this companies adorable image.  This one is called Kitties.
Do you make cards with a sentiment on them?  it's even ok if your card only has a sentiment (and no image), drop by the Outlawz Greetings Challenge and share your card for a chance to win a prize this week.  If you are new to Outlawz, you can go to the link, join and there's a discussions below that will list the contest for the week.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or email me.
Kitty hugs!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I'm the Boss

Here's an awesome image from artist Sal Scheibe of SLS Lines.  She makes the most awesome images, both beautiful and quirky.  I adore her sense of humor!  This image is called
 Goth Marie Antoinette.  Too cool. I colored her up with a blue wig to matched the color of the shimmery paper that I used on the card. I had to add some wonderful skulls to match the skull in her hair and on her necklace.    I guarantee you that this lady IS the boss.

The fun borders come from Spellbinders and the skulls are from Frantic Stamper.  I hope you will drop by the Etsy page of SLS Lines and check out all of SLS Line's other fun images.  There's also a monthly challenge blog that you can play in, CLICK HERE.  This artist will also do custom images for you, check out her amazing examples!

Brown Sugar Challenge  and Not Just Cards are having a contests with SLS Lines as the Sponsor, so drop by over there and join in!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

New Contest at YSBP!

Well now that May is underway a brand new Anything Goes contest has started up at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog.  The sponsor this month is Imagine That!  They have wonderful assortment of stamps and sentiments that are sold as sets and include both colored images as well as line images!  This cute girl (that I colored for this card) is called Emma.  She comes with a line drawing, a colored image and a WHOLE bunch of wonderful sentiments for only $3. 

Be sure and share your cards with us at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog this month and you could win a wonderful prize from Imagine That!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Lucy Loo Punk will never die

 Have you seen the images from The East Wind?  These stamps are totally awesome!  I am in love with this artist.  This fun image is called Lucy Loo Punk will never die.  Lucy Loo is definitely my favorite character among her stamps.  Sweet Pea now sells East Wind images, check them out!
Here's a close up of the coloring. She's currently available in rubber stamp and digi format

Be sure and check out all of the The East Wind images at the Sweet Pea stamp store.  So many gorgeous ones to choose from!  Then drop by our Facebook page and see all the wonderful creations that are being made.  We have regular contests that you can join in.