Friday, July 31, 2015

Take a Journey

Have you seen the new shaded images at the Sweet Pea store?  These images make coloring so simple and easy, you can still add your own shading techniques and colors, but you can also just print them out in black and white and leave them as they are OR just add a single highlight color (like skin tone) OR do full coloring to add even more depth.  Here's a stunning image from artist Katerina Koukiotis called Beautifully Red.
Here's a closeup of this lovely image, the paper shown here that is actually stitched is wall paper!! Did you have any idea of that?  Lots of places you can get fabulous free remnants the perfect size for stitching up and making little fun boxes for your cards.
Have a great weekend and be sure and check out the newest images from artist Katerina Koukiotis, esp. these fun pre-shaded ones.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

No Jokers Allowed!

Here's a beautiful card using gorgeous Papers from Paper Temptress and a stunning image from Sweet Pea Stamps called We're all mad Here.  Isn't she stunning?  I wanted to using some striking papers to make sure this image popped off the card.  The image is actually the shape of the gold cardstock, the pink is just the background for the image.
Here's an closeup of this beautiful image from Sweet Pea Stamps:
The paper for the background of this card is called Gold Metallic Glossy.  The center stripe is handmade by me using a clear transparency which is inked with droplets of alcohol ink. I am using a strip of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest behind it to ensure you can see the alcohol ink colors.  The image is mounted on three papers:  Neenah Solar white Classic Crest, Ruche Deep Blue Crepe, and Azalea Mica/Metallic.  I printed out both my sentiment as well as my digital stamp image on the Neenah Solar White paper. To add sentiment, my clever husband came up with the saying"Seeking: King of Diamonds; No Jokers Allowed."

I hope this card inspires you to pull out some fun images and gorgeous papers this week to create something!  Have a wonderful weekend.
Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Need a maid?

Here's another one of the new releases from SLS Lines this month, click here to see him in the store.  Isn't he a hunk?  I know I might hire a maid if more of them looked like he did.  I took a fun sentiment that used to say "you sweep me off my feet" and changed it to just say "Sweep me OFF my feet!"  I am guessing no matter which way this man is sweeping, the housewife is going to be happy!  We were laughing about it on Facebook and my comment was, I just wish my husband would dress like this and clean the house.  I think everyone else just said that they wished their husbands would clean ANYTHING.

Check out all the fun stamps at the SLS Lines store on ETSY. We're also have a Christmas theme challenge on our Challenge Blog, it's Christmas/creepmas so share your Christmas card in any fun to funky theme with us, we can't wait to see them.

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock(Pebbles, Neenah, Heidi Grace, Hobby Lobby); Image (SLS Lines; Sentiment-Unity Stamps); Lace (JoAnns); Buttons (); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, GLue all, GLue dots, Ribbon glue);

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A cup of Good Wishes

Here's the cutest Sherri Baldy image today, she just love's a little coffee.  I wanted to add some cute little cupcakes to the mix as well.  Who wouldn't want a little tea or coffee and some cake?  Sounds like a perfect afternoon! This stamp is Img514.

We're having a wonderful challenge over on the SSS Challenge blog, it's Anything goes with a holiday option.  Please share your latest and greatest Sherri Baldy card with us for your chance to win some wonderful prizes.  We can't wait to see what you make.

Big news, Besties have moved to a big store with all sorts of nicer features and free shipping for many things to start off with.

Check this out--

Cheers, Holley

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Greetings Challenge

Here's a great image from SLS Lines today, I am using this  card for the Monday Greetings challenge over at Outlawz.  The challenge is Anything Goes and our sponsor is SLS Lines.  This fun image is called Cute Goth Girl with Teddy Bear.  I added a funny 2 part sentiment from Creative Vision.  I just love the cute little skulls in her hair, so I had to add some fun skull die cuts everywhere and go with the creepy cute them of the image of course, I did color her smile using Warm Grey copic markers.

Isn't she fun?  There's so many other fun images over at SLS Lines, but also so beautiful fairies, some lovely Christmas images and  other great digi papers and coloring books to check out.  Play along over the the Outlawz Challenge this week and win some digi stamps from SLS Lines and there's also a monthly challenge on the SLS Lines blog.

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Baby Shower!

Here's the card I made for my Brother and his wife for their baby shower today.  I had previously sent them a little gift, but today they are having a formal shower, so I wanted to make a handmade card and get it in the mail to them.  I made this sweet little shaker card that says "Celebrate Life's Little Miracles" with lots of fun baby theme confetti in it.

Wishing them the best as the end of the pregnancy draws near and it comes time for the baby girl to arrive!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Guest cards and prize cards

Card made on Jensi's Loo's Crafty blog using a prize she got from my blog celebration in Feb, a stamp from Sherri Baldy

Card made by Ace Cards Blog using a prize she got from Sherri Baldy as well

Here's some wonderful cards sent to me by Mary K.



Here's a stunning card made by Karin using a stamp she got from Bugaboo with her Prize
Linda Simpson using this Stunning image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Teresa Sherman, WOW!!
Do you have a picture of a card you made using a prize you got from the Feb celebration?  I'd love to see it, drop me an email
I know I have seen several other, so If I missed your link, let me know!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Green Bubble Sprite

Here's a delightful image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Ronne Barton.  Have you been loving the cards you are seeing with his stamps this week?  He has some really magical fairy stamps  This one is called Green Bubble Sprite.  Be sure and check out the link to the Sweet Pea store to see how different the coloring is there, as she really looks beautiful in the Pink combo on the website.  I chose to color her in a "sunflower" dress with green leaf wings and shoes.
Here's a close-up of this adorable fairy image

Check out all of Ronne Barton's lovely images at the Sweet Pea store.  Also, be sure and join in the fun at our Facebook group, Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans.  We have tons of card sharing, regular contests and coupon sharing.  Drop by and chat with us!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Create your own beauty

Sharing a sweet and simple card today using an awesome image from Simply Betty Stamps.  You know I just adore her fun images and esp as Halloween gets closer, you will be seeing more of them.  This image is called Steampunk Kay.

Have a great Thursday and I can't wait for the upcoming weekend.  Family will be passing through as they go on vacation so we look forward to visiting with them and wishing them a  Howdy Y'all from Texas.  Have a fun day, go out and create some beauty.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, DCWV, Neenah); Image (Simply Betty Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Die Cuts (Spellbinders); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Bling (Michaels); Twine (Doodlebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, glue dots); Color (copic markers);

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SLS Lines New Releases, meet the Tree Hugger

SLS Lines is have some new releases today, check out the awesome new images over on the SLS Lines blog (click here). My favorite totally had to be this fun image, he's called Tree Hugger.  I added some fun sentiments to go with him "I used to be a tree hugger."  "Now I am the tree huggee."  HA!  He's looking like that tree has got the better of him.

Check out all the new SLS Lines stamps. There's also a fun challenge contest going on that will run through Aug 12th, the theme is Christmas/Creepmas, so share any Christmas theme card with us.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SSS Challenge Time!

Hello!  It's time for a brand new contest over at the SSS Challenge blog. Our new theme is Anything Goes + Holiday.  Well I am sure you all know that HALLOWEEN is just my favorite holiday, so I chose Sherri Baldy's  Img3482 for this fun card.  Isn't she a cutie?

Whether you are already creating your Christmas cards, making Halloween cards like me or celebrating another holiday, drop by and share your creations with us at the SSS Challenge blog.  Winners will get wonderful prizes from Sherri Baldy.  We can't wait to see what you make!

Monday, July 20, 2015

You are my guilty pleasure

Here's a card I made for an awesome challenge over at Monday Greetings on Outlawz.  The challenge this week is to combine patterned paper and buttons (and of course, a greeting). I am using Allura Von D from Kenny K.  You know I made this sizzling hot card for my hubby. 

Drop by over on Outlawz and check out all the other designer's card for this week's challenge and then share your creations with us for your chance to win some stamps from Kenny K this week. We are the Monday Greetings group, here's this week's challenge, click here.

They are also having a great contest over on the Kenny K blog, with a Christmas twist, so when you join in our contest, please join theirs as well!

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Just having fun....

Everyone having a little summer fun?  this girl is!  She's a super cutie from Lizzy Love of Oddball Art Stamp Co. I totally adore these images.  The newest challenge on their Challenge Blog is include die cuts on your card.  I am using some spellbinders, some spider webs, some border spiders (that I cut to be individual spiders). 

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and a great week.

Also--if you love her images and make cards with them, please join in our challenge over at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog. Theme is anything goes and our sponsor is Lizzy Love of Oddball Art, so if you share a project made with her images you will get double entry!! Can't wait to see what you make.  here's a link to that contest--click here.

The Corrosive Challenge is also having a wonderful Challenge using Lizzy Love images!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I {heart} us

Here's the sweetest image from Sherri Baldy today. There's a wonderful contest going on over on the SSS Challenge blog this week that is ANYTHING GOES!  So please drop by over there and share your latest and greatest creations with us. We'd love to see your Besties Cards using Sherri's images too.
Check out all of the DT creations here, and then enter your work. You could win a wonderful prize from artist Sherri Baldy at the end of the week. I can't wait to see what you create.

 Cheers, Holley

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dark Fairy

Here's one of the newest images at the Sweet Pea stamps store from artist Katerina Koukiotis called Dark Fairy.  WOW. This image is just stunning. I comes with a lot of shading already in the image, which makes coloring it more straight forward than many other stamps.  This image would also look just stunning in black and white.  Be sure and click the link to see the image in black and white at the Sweet Pea store.
Here's a close up of this stunning image which I used copic markers to color over
Be sure and check out all of Katerina's amazing images here.  She has some gorgeous ladies, some beautiful angels, some adorable kids, and some wonderful Halloween theme.

Left of Center Creative Challenge is having a three of Kind challenge (like say, three buttons) this week sponsored by Sweet Pea stamps so join in the fun!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gorgeous Ike's Art Maiden using paper Temptress Papers

Here's a beautiful combination of papers from Paper Temptress and a lovely image from Ike's art.  This image is called Muse 5, isn't she a stunner?  I am using Copics E00-E02 and E93-E99;  I am using two different sheets of Hambly Clear overlays along with one of their screenprint sheets to complete this card.  Ike's Art is having a contest for Anything but Square card, so share your creation with them!
The shaped base of the card comes from the Hambly Overlay called Orange Bohemian.  If you check out the product from the link above, you will see the design I cut from the overlay.  From the photo of the overlay on the website, I am using the pattern in the upper left hand side. What's great is that you will still get to see this pattern on the back of the card, AND, you have so much left of that 12x12 sheet.  (To be honest, I have already used the other parts of this sheet, I had been saving this pattern for a special card; I just love the orange speckle on the rest of the sheet)

I am using some white cardstock, so that you can see the additional overlay, as well as have a place to write a message inside the card.  I used a sheet of Neenah Solar White and cut it 5.5 x 11 to create a 5.5" square.  The image was then printed on the remaining piece of the Neenah Solar White cardstock;  I attached the second Hambly Overlay to the white card front using some adorable Queen&Co brads with Doodlebug sequins, it's called Brown Heliconias.  The shimmery printed paper is Hambly Studio Screenprint called Script tease.  I definitely recommend the 6x6 package Screenprints as you get a little of everything and always have the perfect paper to match your product.  Finally I added an additional piece of copper mica paper to highlight the image.

Hope that gives you some good ideas for creating a unique card using a bunch of papers (even those great scraps) and layering everything together.  Have a great Thursday!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I need some coffee!

Here's a fun card using a great stamp from artist Lizzy Love. I totally LOVE her images.  There's a challenge being sponsored by Oddball Art Stamps over on the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog this month, it's anything goes, so please share your latest creations with us. You will get an extra entry if you use any of Lizzy Love's images.  We can't wait to see what you make.

This fun stamp is called Frazzled Fran Needs her Coffee image 154.  It comes with the sentiment shown plus two additional sentiments.  Just too cute.  Check out all of Lizzy Love's fun images and be sure and share your newest projects, any type of handmade works with us over at the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog. The contest will go through July 30th and the winner is announced on the 31st!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hello There

Here's a beautiful tiny fairy image from Day for Daisies.  I just love this artist's images, esp her little fairy stamps.  This one is no exception.  I made her bright and beautiful so she would pop right off the card.  The challenge this week on the Monday Greetings Challenge at Outlawz is to use chalk somewhere.  I used chalk on the background paper, I smeared it across the background to add the beautiful color as well as on the edges of the die cut. 

Share a card that you use a little chalk on...and, don't forget a sentiment for the Greetings Challenge.  no image is required. Monday Outlawz Greetings.

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock(Bazzill Glazed, Neenah); Image (Day for Daisies); pearls (Micheals); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Chalk (); Sentiment (); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all);

Monday, July 13, 2015

Watching Fireworks

Here's an awesome freebie that was given to us this month from The East Wind. The challenge was to create a card using your country's colors. So I colored her up in Red, White and Blue and then created a card in matching colors.  She is looking up in the sky to see the fireworks!  Thanks so much for this awesome image, you can check out her Facebook Page The East Wind and the Sweet Pea stamps Store also sells her images in rubber!

I am going to share this card in the bi-monthly challenge that she has, East Wind Challenge Blog.  Have a great week everyone.  Happy Summer

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Pebbles, DCWV, Neenah); Die Cut (Sizzix); Image (The East Wind); Bling (Grandma's Button Bag, Pebbles); Magic Mesh; Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Santa, I want to be a reindeer!

Here's an awesome image from SLS Lines.  The new monthly contest is starting today over at the SLS Blog just click the challenge link on the toolbar. Our theme this month is Christmas/Creepmas.  So you can do anything Christmas theme, creepy or not.  I decided to do something funny as I find so many of SLS Lines image just hilarious!  This cutie is called Earth Day Warrior.  As you can see, I totally turned him into a Christmas theme card by coloring him up in red/black like an elf and added some funny sentiments

"Ummmm, Santa, can I be a reindeer this year?"

"I don't want to be an elf anymore. Please?
I have been studying up on my geography."
I added some fun Christmas ribbon and some pine die cut with some hanging ornaments.  I must say seeing this guy just totally makes me think of that elf from Rudolf, the one who just didn't want to be an elf anymore, he wanted to be a dentist!  Well, I am thinking this little guy, he wouldn't want to be making toys for a living either!  Ha ha!

Have a great day and join in the fun at the SLS Lines Challenge.  Share your Christmas cards with us, be they Creepy, Cute or hilarious?  Not sure exactly where mine fits.  I think hilarious but I have family who tells me that it's creepy, lol!!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Here's another great image from Sandra Caldwell that I would like to share today, it's called Mickey Fan.  Looks like a lady after my own heart!  I would be that grown up lady at Disney with Mickey ears on too, just like the kids beside me.  How adorable is this?  I always see things for kids but never for adults.  This is just too cute.
Here's a close-up of this wonderful image.

I hope you love these fun images from Sandra Caldwell today, check out all her adorable creations HERE.

Happy Friday!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Queen of our hearts

She will fill our lives with sunshine and our hearts with love.  Here's an awesome image from Sweet Pea artist Sandra Caldwell. She's called Old Ladies Crowning Glory.  Too awesome.  I just love her beautiful crown.  Be sure and check out all of Sandra Caldwell's images at the Sweet Pea stamps store.
Here's a close up of this fun image!  I love her old lady line of stamps.

Check out the Sweet Pea Stamps Friend and Fans page on Facebook.  There's a lot of card sharing, coupons and regular contests that go on!  Join in the fun!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Owl Miss You!!

Here's the cutest little owl from 2 Cute Stamps! I just adore their images.  So sweet. Doesn't this cutie just touch your heart?

Don't have much time to leave a message today, but have a great one!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

All occasion card

Here's some beautiful papers from Paper Temptress today.  It's a quick and cute card that can be made quick and when finished it looks very elegant and store bought. These fun vase die cuts come from Die-Versions.  The embossing done on the second layer is a 6x6" folder from Crafter's companion.  I left the sentiment off the card for now as I am not sure what I will use it for, but a sweet and simple sentiment in the bottom right corner will be just the perfect touch to finish off this card and make it perfect for almost any occasion.

The base of the card is often referred to as lunch bag or kraft paper.  Here's the different kinds you can get at Paper Temptress. I am using the Craft 100 on this card, but I also love the brown bag one.  The white cardstock I used here is Neenah Solar white classic crest.  I cut it to fit the card width and then used a tear to create the edges .  The beautiful shimmery red cardstock is Vermillion Sparkle.  The gorgeous die cuts are done with Mica/Metallic cardstock called Gold.

Hope this inspires you to create some quick and cute cards that you can set aside so you will have some cards for those occasions when you realize you need a card RIGHT NOW....this sweet card would be a great thank you, happy birthday, thinking of you, get well soon, or other theme that you can grab and write a quick note for that friend and pop in the mail.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Outlawz Challenge

Yesterday the challenge got started for the week on Outlawz for the Monday Greetings.  I am using this adorable image from Di's Digi Stamps called A Bouquet of Spring. The challenge this week is to create a card with a song in mind, so I made this fun card for a birthday.  My mother in law's birthday is right around the corner!  I hope she will have the best birthday this year.

I hope you will all drop by the Outlawz Challenge and share a fun card with us. You could win an awesome prize from Di's Digi Stamps this week.  Think of a great song and create a card that makes you remember it.  I can't wait to see it.

Hugs all, Holley

Monday, July 6, 2015

Give me Chocolate!

Here's just the cutest Sherri Baldy image! I love this little fairy who has a shake the size of herself!  Can you imagine that?  Sounds great huh?  If only I could get a shake that big.  Of course, I know my eye's would be a bit bigger than my stomach as they say.  I am using a fun spellbinders die cut and an embossing folder from crafter's companion on the background.  This adorable image is Img624.

Check out the current challenge at the SSS Challenge blog, the contest is Anything Goes!  So share with us your newest Bestie card. We can't wait to see it.  You could win an awesome prize from artist Sherri Baldy.

Have a chocolate kind of day!

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, July 5, 2015


As I mentioned last week, the supreme court recently made headway for couples in 13 states in the US to now get legally married.  Friends at my church did so on that very Friday after the ruling.  I made this card for them using a beautiful image from Ike's Art.  They have already been together for 13 years and have two adorable adopted kids who are just a delight.  I wish them all the best.  May everyone treat others the way they would like to be treated, with love, dignity and respect.

Have a blessed week everyone.

Going to share this card with the people over at the Ike's art challenge, but this card is not for their challenge this week as their challenge is about Fantasy!  But this card is no longer Fantasy, this is reality! But I do want to share it there as I very much appreciate the owner for getting the image to me immediately Friday night so I could get the card done in time for church on Sunday (Thanks Sue Eisnehauer!)  I have another fantasy card coming for the challenge later this week!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  Here's a wonderful image from artist Sandra Caldwell of Sweet Pea stamps.  He's just perfect for those patriotic card you want to make, he's called American Elephant.  I added some adorable die cuts from Heidi Grace and beautiful papers from Paper Temptress to create this holiday card
The base of the card is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  I used a layer of gorgeous textured ruche on top of it, it's called deep blue crepe.  I layered all the 4th of July die cuts on Brown Bag cardstock and fussy cut them out.  I layered the adorable Elephant image on a small piece of Red Hot Pop Tones paper.
Here's a close up of this adorable elephant stamp

Wishing you all a very happy 4th of july!!
Cheers, Holley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lucy Loo Flower Goddess

Here's an awesome Sweet Pea stamp from The East Wind, she's called Lucy Loo Flower Goddess. I am totally in love with this character from the East Wind. She has several wonderful stamps using this woman.  I added some beautiful lace from Turkiye and a wooden sign "Seek it out"

This gorgeous lady looks like she is seeking out love.  Be sure and check out the other lovely East Wind stamps at the Sweet Pea store.  Here's a close up of this image
Drop by the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans page to share your Sweet Pea stamps creations, to see all the design team creations, to join in our contests and meet all the other crafters!
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A new challenge has begun!

Now that July is here, a new challenge has begun over at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog. The theme this month is Anything Goes and the sponsor is Lizzy Love of Oddball art stamps.  You will get an extra entry if you use any of her images, but everyone is welcome to play with any of their handmade creations! We'd love to see what you make.  My card here is using an adorable image by Lizzy Love called Starlynn.  I totally love her images as I am sure you all know.

Go on over to the YSBP Challenge blog and check out the other Lizzy Love creations and then share your latest project with us!  We can't wait to see it.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Heidi Grace, Neenah, AC);  Image (Oddball Art Lizzy Love); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities, Tattered Lace); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all); Color (Copic markers);

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Feel Good today

Here's a fun image from SLS Lines called Voodoo Doll.  What a fun image.  As you can see, I can turn any image into a pink filled card!  Even the poison is ink.  Looks like this doll is a bit unsure about that huge pin he's holding....just seeing that made me add the hilarious text on the card...which might I add came from a sticker set that has absolutely nothing to do with this image or topic!
Hope you love this fun image, SLS Lines also have some fun retro images, gorgeous ladies and fairies, and hilarious fun images.  Check out the etsy store.  There's also a challenge this month that runs until the 11th, so please share a card with us for your chance to win!

Also, wonderful Challenge at Left of Center Challenge is still going on being sponsored by SLS Lines!  It's called Ink it up (like adding the ink I did on my die cut image).  Join in that challenge as well.

Cheers, Holley