Monday, November 30, 2015

Warm Hooliday Wishes

It's time for the Monday Outlawz Greeting Challenge. This adorable image comes from.  You know I just love these cute little owls.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps.  The lovely die cut borders are from Memory Box. The challenge at Outlawz is ANYTHING GOES, so drop by this week and share your latest card with us, but of course remember that for the Monday challenge, you must include a greeting on the front of your card, it can be a stamp, a printed sentiment, a die cut sentiment,....

This adorable image is from Di's Digi Stamps and is called Warm Hooliday Wishes.  Are you ready for December because here it comes! 2 weeks to my birthday and only 25 days until Christmas.  Are you feeling the pressure? 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Here's a great freebie that fans were given from Kenny K.  If you don't follow him, I totally recommend that you drop by his blog and/or his website and do.  You get a free digi a month and he draws the most awesome digis.  Here's the Christmas card that I made with the stamp

They are having a Christmas theme challenge over on the KennyK Krafty Krew blog, so check it out.  Have a blessed Sunday everyone and a wonderful December.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, November 28, 2015

It's autumn time

Here's the cutest little scarecrow from CC Designs.  I just had to get this stamp and make a quick fall card using some fun cardstock stickers from BoBunny.  It's starting to feel like fall around us now, but to most Texans, we really don't know what fall is, so it's either warm or cold.  Things like the 40s& 50s which I suppose are fall, are actually just cold to us.  And during winter months, that's often the average temperature.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you are avoiding the crazy crowds if you are out shopping for the holidays.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Fall Y'all

He's just a hoot!  Here's a fun image from Sweet Pea stamp artist Sandra Caldwell. This fun guy is called Hoots a Gentleman.  How fun is that?!?  He's just too cute and make's a great fall theme card. Below I added some great ribbon that's metal with woven fiber and eyelets.  I picked up a couple colors of that while in Istanbul many years ago.

Here's a close up of the image that I colored using Copic markers.  Be sure and check out all Sandra's images at Sweet Pea, but please hurry, as Sweet Pea will be closing soon!!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's a great image from Ike's Art called Autumn Nymph.  I combined her with some gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress and some beautiful wire leaves.  I thought this would be a lovely fall theme card.  We haven't really had the leaves fall here yet, I am expecting our first freeze of the year will take care of that.  Of course, that could be a week away or two months away. You never know in South Texas.

The gorgeous papers here all from Paper Temptress.  The base is a dark brown cardstock Pop Tones Hot Fudge.  The shimmery cardstock in the center is a beautiful Mica/Metallic cardstock called Copper.  The torn cardstock on the right hand side is Brawny Tuscan Sun.  The image has been printed on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  This cardstock runs through my printer with ease and is a great cardstock for coloring with copics.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving today!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Sweet Pea stamps Blog Hop!

This hop is from a loyal group of Sweet Pea stamp fans who want to let Lynette know that we appreciate all her hard work bringing us the wonderful stamps in both rubber and digi format over the years.  Thanks so very much for all the wonderful images we have collected from you!

There are some random prizes along the way, as certain blog owners, myself included, have decided to include a prize, so please leave some comments along the way as you see everyone's gorgeous Sweet Pea Stamp creations.

Also, the store closes at the end of the day on the 25th, so if you see some wonderful stamps on this blog hop, today is the last day to get them, so please drop by the store!
Here's my first card using Ms Dorothy from artist Sandra Caldwell

Here's a close up of this adorable image, if you like her, she also has images for the scarecrow, tin man, lion and the wizard available at the store.

This adorable image is called Angel of Nursey from artist Sandra Caldwell, isn't she sweet?
Here's a closeup of this sweet Nurse.
This image is just perfect for those fun fall theme cards, he's called Peeking Jacko.
This image is from Sandra Caldwell.
You have until Midnight Eastern time USA to get these images from Sweet Pea!
We also have a fun group just for those of you who love Sandra Caldwell's images, it's called Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.

Here's the Blog Hop order, I know a few people will offer a prize (including this blog!!) so please leave some comments along the way....

1. Sweet Pea stamps Blog
2. Holley's Blog   <===== (YOU ARE HERE)
3. Colleen Dewis
4. Suzi Baker McKenzie
5. Cindy van Oorschot
6. Vannessa Hasty
7. Barb Poole
8. Pat Martin
9. Debbie Ebat
10. Olivia Rivera-Marmara
11. Winnie A Ludvigsen
12. Tera Thelma Borer- Fujan
13. Susan Salyer
14. Danni Bindel
15. Denise Pustelniak
16. Samantha Aguilera
17. Angelique Engeldesignsscrap
18.  Sharon Rogers Http://
19. Ann Cutts
20. Hilde Larsen
21.  Jane Bradshaw
22.  Jennifer Scull
23. Margaret Ashby
24. Michele Storms Http://
25.   Ria ZonneStraaltje
26. Margo Davis
26. Kathi Rerek
28. Aletha Jane
29. Christina Gudgeon

Just let me say that I have been with Lynette for over 6 years now and I have loved all the wonderful stamps over the years as well as the amazing support I have received from her.  She was there with me, as was the team when I went through Brain surgery and she was there with me when I began celebrating years of successful health.  Such a blessing and I wish her the very best!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If I only had a brain

Here's a fun Magnolia image of her as a scarecrow. I had to add a classic sentiment that goes with the scarecrow, "If I only had a brain."  Then, I printed out my own paper in the background using a great brain image from Ike's Art.  I gave this card to my Epileptologist, the one in charge of my brain surgeries right before Halloween along with two trays full of mini brains for his whole office at Austin Epilepsy.

Here's some pictures of the Brain Candy, and I made some fun brain sentiments with the Ike's art image on the top of the containers.

A day later I actually got a nice thank you card in the mail from the office.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, November 23, 2015

We give thanks

Check out this lovely Sherri Baldy stamp today. We have just started a new contest over on the SSS Challenge blog and the theme is anything goes + Thanksgiving. I thought this lovely image of sisters would be just perfect and I added a thanksgiving sentiment "We give Thanks" to the front of the card.

Drop by the SSS Challenge blog and please share your wonderful Sherri Baldy creations with us. There's great prizes available this week and we'd love to see what you create.

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New Releases at SLS Lines

Here's a darling fairy card that opens from the center.  This goth girl fairy is from SLS Lines. Their blog is featuring a bunch of new releases this month, so be sure and check them out.  I just adore this fun image.  There's a sugar plum fairy she drew that I will also be sharing a card with soon.

Be sure and check out our current challenge, which will end on Dec 12th, the current theme is Fall theme, so we'd love to have you join in the fun. Click here.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Autumn Love

Here's a fun Pumpkin theme card using the cutest little kitties from Tiddly Inks. I just adore this sweet image.  I am using pumpkins in my image, pumpkin printed paper, pumpkin bling, and a pumpkin shaker.  How much more pumpkin can you get?
Have a great pumpkin day everyone.  Let me ask, do you like to eat pumpkin?  do you have a favorite pumpkin food (other than pie)?  The other day I had pumpkin cheesecake gelato.  Other than that--hmmm, this season I have had Pumpkin bread, pumpkin walnut bagels with pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin chocolate bar, pumpkin caramels, oh, pretzels dipped in pumpkin choc., of course, pumpkin pie....that's all I can think of so far...

How about you?  what pumpkin things am I missing out on?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Kitty Queen

Here's a great image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Zorimar Lezama called Kitty Queen. I created this stair step card which you can see below standing and on the following image how it folds to fit into a  A2 sized envelope.
Each step on this card has a great sentiment from Cosmo Cricket.  "Dear Thoughts, be happy" "Dear Joy, let's get together." "Dear Self, I know you can do this."  I also added some cute buttons in oranges to match the shimmery cardstock from Paper Temptress.

I hope you adore this cutie!  She's a fun image for all those teen or tween aged girls in your life.  Be sure and check out all of Zoimar Lezama's images at the Sweet Pea store.

All the papers in this image come from Paper Temptress, the base of the card is from Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  It's cut out using a wonderful die from Spellbinders.  I am then using two shades of gorgeous Mica/Metallic cardstock as my accents, Flame and Azaela.  Finally I layered the image and fussy cut it with an additional layer of Basis Black behind it. It really helps the image POP right off the card.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Grandma Rules!

Here's a fun combination of a Sandra Caldwell image from Sweet Pea stamps with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.  This stamp is called Grandma Rules.  I colored her up with Copic markers in fun pink colors with a  sweet hat.  Now that I have colored her the first time, I think it would be totally adorable to do her in purple with a red hat.  I can't wait to see someone create a card with her in those colors!

All the papers on this card are from Paper Temptress.  The base is brown bag cardstock, cutting an 8.5x11 sheet to 5.5x11 and folding it in half to make a square card.  On top I used a beautiful Hambly Overlay called Magenta Brocade.  You get this sheet when you buy the Hambly Overlay package #1. These packages are absolutely great for cardmaking as you get 6x6" pieces of many different sheets and they are perfect sizes for card fronts.  The bright pink and brown paper is a specialty paper from Hambly Screenprints called Mod Circles.  They also sell wonderful packs of Hambly Screenprints in the 6x6" packages.  I printed out the image on Heavenly White and cut it out with a Sizzix nestability. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Little Gnome

Here's the cutest little gnome stamp, she comes from artist Julia Spiri.  Currently they are having a contest over on their Challenge Blog to Add a sentiment to your card.  I made this fun fall card and included a lovely fall theme embellishments to go with it.

Today should be our first day back to some sunshine. Will be chilly in the morning but the sun should be back out by midday.  Looking forward to getting out of the house for a while and getting some walking in.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A very merry Christmas 2 u

Here's a lovely Sherri Baldy image today, she's so warm and cuddly in her winter clothes.  I can't say that I even own any real winter theme outfits. I do so love this adorable image though. I am using some new paper and new die cuts that I got.

Be sure and check out the recent challenge over on the SSS Challenge blog and join in the fun this week.  There's wonderful prizes from Sherri Baldy and beautiful samples from the Design Team to check out.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Greetings Challenge

Here's a wonderful image from A&T Emerald called Bindie. I made this fun card for the Monday Greetings Challenge at Outlawz.  The challenge this week is to include some Magenta on your card.  I used some fun background cardstock that I embossed, some ribbon as well as a couple of embellishments.

Drop by over at the Monday Greetings Challenge and join in. There's a new contest with a wonderful prize every week and there's a great prize chosen every month as well.  It's a fun way to meet lots of other card designers and share your creations.  As always, for Monday challenges, be sure and include a sentiment on your card.

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, November 15, 2015

YSBP Challenge

Here's a card I made for the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge, this card is our halfway reminder.  ALSO--the first winner this month has been announced, so please drop over to the blog and check to see if you have won.  Click here  This fun stamp is named Cinders from artist Charmaine Flannery.

The contest will continue now through the end of the month and a winner will be chosen at the end of the month (from all the participants).  The final winner will receive a RUBBER stamp, so please continue to play.  Reminder that Sweet Pea stamps has announced their closure, so if you love these stamps, please drop by the store and get some goodies now!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pilgrim Crow

Here's an awesome image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Sandra Caldwell called Pilgrim Crow that's just perfect for fall time. I combined that with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress as well as some stunning matching ribbon that she sells.  Sweet Pea will close on Nov 25, so if you love their stamps, please order them now!

The papers on this card come from Paper Temptress.  The base cardstock for this card is called Dark Orange.  The image has been printed on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest and colored with Copic markers.  On the right hand side I am using a small piece of Hambly Studios Overlays 6x6 pack. These packages are awesome! They contain wonderful sheets of many of the overlays cut to a perfect size for most card projects. I also got this awesome ribbon from Paper Temptress is it called Brown Woven Dimensional Diamonds.

Happy Fall everyone!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Be My Sunshine

Here's a gorgeous image called Be My Sunshine from artist Ching chou-kuik of Sweet Pea stamps.  Don't you just love her beautiful maidens?  This image is super stunning and I combined it with a very simple sunflower color combination plus very few diecuts to make the image stand out.
Here's a close up of this wonderful image

Be sure and check out all of Ching Chou Kuik's stamps at the Sweet Pea store.  Also, we have a great Sweet Pea stamps friends and fans page on Facebook with a progressive challenge, wonderful card shares and regular chat, so please drop by over there and join in the fun!  There's just a little over 2 weeks now that Sweet Pea stamps will be selling, so please drop by the store if there is anything you want before they close!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Whimsical Owls

Hello everyone! It's time for the new challenge over on the SLS Lines Challenge blog. This month the challenge will be fall theme.  I am using a wonderful set of owls, you get three different owl images in this set for only $3.  I created these two cards to give you some fun ideas for using them.

The above card using a tree image from Darice and some leaves that I cut from a memory box die.  I printed out all three of the owls in a small format so they would fit the size of the card and added a cute owl saying.

The card below I am using one of the same images that I printed much larger and colored to match the papers.  Aren't these owls a delight?  They are at the SLS Lines store called Whimsical Owls.

Drop by the SLS Challenge this month and share your Fall theme cards with us! You could win a wonderful prize from SLS Lines. We look forward to seeing all your fall theme creations.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fabulous Awesome Wonderful

Here's a beautiful image from Sherri Baldy today, the challenge this week is pearls and lace.  As you can see, I am using some gorgeous lace from Turkiye and some cute little pearls in pink to match the colors that I did on her adorable dress.  I hope you will join in our challenge over on the SSS Challenge Blog.

Drop by the Challenge blog and join in the fun!  Share your latest Sherri Baldy creation and you could win some awesome images from Sherri this week.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Holidays- new challenge

Hi everyone, I am happy to announce that there is a new challenge for Paper Temptress. here's an awesome card that I created using a beautiful image from The Stamping Boutique and gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress to create this lovely card.

The contest requires that you use any Paper Temptress papers.  I am using some Canyon Brown skinny columns, some beautiful shimmery mica Quartz, and Mica Coral for the sentiment and Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  I also added some lovely Turkish lace.  Check out the contest on our facebook page and join in the fun!

Monday, November 9, 2015

You are sew fine!

Here's an awesome image from Bugaboo.  The challenge this week at Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge is to include some real or faux stitching on your card.  As you can see, I did a little of both!  I added some faux stitching all the way around the border of my card and I added a flag banner on the top left of the card. 

This wonderful image from Bugaboo is called JJ Sewing Tape Measure.  She's just TOO fun.  I added a funny sentiment, "You are sew fine!" Then I used little tiny button shaped brads on the card.  Sweet.  I hoep you will go check out our challenge at Outlawz Monday Greetings, as always, be sure to include a sentiment on your card.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ring your Bell!

Here's an awesome image from Simply Betty stamps today. There's a great Facebook contest going on that is being sponsored by The East Wind and Simply Betty Stamps. Yesterday I shared my East Wind creation so today I am sharing my Simply Betty Elf.  Don't you love her skully cap and the skull buttons on her blouse?  You had to know I would adore that!

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend and may everyone have a blessed week. Yesterday was the big bazaar at the church and I hope to post some photos of all the things I made as the time comes. Right now I have so many projects already scheduled up on my blog, but eventually you will get to see them I am happy to say that those fun bottlecaps that you saw, they were a big hit.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Merry Creepmas

Here's a fun image that I got from The East Wind for a Facebook Contest. It's a combo contest between The East Wind and Simply Betty stamps.  (You'll get to see my Simply B card tomorrow). I love that they both made some Christmas images with a little attitude.  I called this image "Merry Creepmas"

Do you like the green and purple bling?  I made those using perler beads.  I don't know who originally came up with that idea as I have seen it multiple places, but I finally decided I would get my hands on some and melt them to make my own dots.  I found these cool dots that had multiple colors and made the ones above.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Angel with a star

Here's a sweet little angel from Sweet Pea stamps artist Molly Harrison called Angel Holding a Star.  This artist has some adorable little girls and angels as well as some much more intricate ladies and fairy images.  Here I am using some of the new die cuts from Crafter's companion as well as some jumbo sized ric rac in the center of the card.

Here's a close up of this image, currently available as a digi-stamp in the store.
Be sure and check out Molly Harrison's other beautiful images, she has stamps available both in digi as well as rubber stamp form.  Drop by our Facebook page called Sweet Pea stamps Friends and Fans and share your gorgeous creations with us. We also have fun contests, giveaways, and coupons as well as just a bit of chatty fun there!

There's just three weeks left before Sweet Pea stamps closes, so please drop by the store and pick up the goodies you want, check out their Facebook Group to find out what the best current coupon might be and huge thanks for all the support over the years for this wonderful company. I know I will be missing Lynette as she has been a wonderful friend and supporter.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Let your heart speak

Here's a stunning image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Ching Chou Kuik called Hello Magnolia that I added with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress today to create this beautiful card.  I embellished with simple border punches and wonderful sequins.

The base of the card is a beautiful orche color called Tuscan Sun.  I added some navy cardstock called Blue Basis on each side and used a Martha Stewart border punch.  I printed out my image on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest paper and layered it on Basis Black. Then I trimmed out the image again.  The sentiment is from Cosmo Crickett.

I think this simple card turned out very elegant and she's just perfect for those forlorn teens as well as friends who just need a friend's touch.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Handsome Pirate

Here's a great image from SLS Lines, this Pirate is one handsome man.  I used one of the newest card die cut sets from Sizzix to create this foldout card.  Here's the front of the card which I embellished with this Tattered Lace die cut and pirate flag charm.

Inside the card stands up and you can see the Handsome Pirate from SLS Lines.  How fun is that?  SLS Lines has several other great pirate images to go with this set as well as a paper collection that matches perfectly.  Here I added some Bling which also seemed so appropriate for the topic.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Check out the latest challenge over on the SLS Lines blog and keep and eye out for the new challenge, which will begin on Oct 12th!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Holiday Projects

Here's a lovely image from Poppy Seed Graphics called The Fairy of Christmas.  I am using it here to create this lovely gift bag that I will donate to my church's bazaar this coming weekend.  I made so many projects, this lovely bag, tons of cards, those bottle caps that I shared, many jewelry projects, some calendar magnets and more. It's been a busy busy couple of months making crafts.

This bag I made for the Outlaws Monday Greetings Challenge.  The theme is Christmas, and of course on the Monday challenge, you must include a greeting, please join in the fun and share something great with us!

Cheers, Holley

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's November, time for a new challenge at Your Scrapbook Place!

 Happy November everyone!!  Can you believe it's time for a brand new challenge already?  It is!  Over at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog, we are starting a new Anything Goes Challenge using beautiful and fun stamps from Sweet pea stamps.  Please drop by and check out all the great samples from the design team and then share your cards with us this month.  It's your chance to win some prizes from Sweet Pea stamps!
Here's a wonderful close up of the image I am using by artist Sandra Caldwell of Sweet Pea stamps, she's called "Old Maid Ballerina."  You're never too old to dance. 
Be sure and check out all of Sandra Caldwell's amazing stamps over at Sweet Pea stamps, they are just TOO cute and some are so funny that they will just put a smile on your face.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos will actually start tomorrow on Nov 1.  Are you familiar with this holiday?  Having grown up in San Antonio, TX, I am.  It's actually very similar to a day celebrated by many Christians called All Saint's Day.  Dia de los Muertos in English, Day of the Dead is a celebration, but also a very respectful day for those who have passed.  It is a day of remembrance for all the family and friends who are gone.  In many cultures a table is set up with photos and beloved articles of the deceased person along with candles and gifts.  People gather and tell stories and visit the graves to leave their loved ones offerings which they believe will prevent the dead from haunting them. Overall is very much a celebration of the people who have come before you.

I hope you love this stunning image from SLS Lines today, she's called Day of the Dead Calaveras Girl. Such a beautiful image.  Be sure and check out her other awesome stamps over at the SLS Lines store on Etsy.  Also, we are having a fun Challenge over on the SLS Lines Challenge blog, click the button that says Challenge on the SLS Blog, and join in the fun with us, we'd love to see your creations.