Sunday, January 31, 2016

It's almost time.... (Celebration info)

Tomorrow starts the celebration, are you all as ready as me?!? Here's a fun card today using an awesome image from artist Rick St Dennis. She is called Batty Bettina. There's a new challenge starting tomorrow morning at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge blog and it's called "Love is in the Air".  The challenge is to include something with wings on it, be it in your image or your embellishments.  I can't wait to see what you all make and share for that challenge.

Now on to the Blog Candy Celebration starting up tomorrow, are you ready? Here's a little info:

If you are outside the USA, I do have to limit what I can send, I can send flat items like stamps or die cuts. I can send you digi gift certificates to stores.  If you don't have a die cut machine or printer, please let me know.

Those in the USA I can send packages to, nowadays the post office charges the same for 2oz or 8oz, so that's good for you!  Most prize packs are things like a stamp set plus 6 pack of embellishments or multiple stamp sets. 

NOW, most days I seem to ask some general question-- about all those questions I ask everyday, I may seem to be babbling, but I am actually asking them for a reason, it's a little get to know you so I can see what people like (and don't like) as well as know what they have (or don't, for example, you don't stamp or you don't have a die cut machine);  I do pay attention to what people say and try to pick their prize packs  accordingly!  so, it's very much to your advantage to answer the questions.  I don't always have that one thing you may really want, but you never know.  You might just LOVE shoe stamps and I happen to have a whole bunch of them.

I expect that several people will win more than once and that many people who already won will win grand prize items, so I always wait until the end of Feb to mail things out. I think if you have played in past years you know that I am pretty speedy at getting out the number of packages that I have to.  I am usually done in 2 weeks and I mail out 50-100 packages.  Each day in March I will be listing the names of whose packages have gone into the mail that day.

Thanks so much for joining in my celebration with me. I am so very thankful to be here and so very thankful to still be seizure free and still have my health. Thanks to all the crafters out there, old and new who have been so very helpful both during my procedure and since.

Cheers, Holley

Did you see all the candy photos, start here, and you click links to see even more!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Card Making Class in Austin, TX

I am having a card making class if you are in the Austin TX area!  Here's the three cards we will put together.  It will be held at Crestview United Methodist Church on Feb 9th. Class times are 10am or 7pm.  There is child care option for the 7pm class. Cost is $5 to cover materials.

Please come join in and leave with three beautiful cards.

contact me, if you would like to come and join in!

BLOG CANDY Celebration is starting in just TWO days now...have you seen all the photos?  there's going to be stamps, die cutters, embossing folders, ribbons, embellishments, everything you can think of! CLICK HERE

Friday, January 29, 2016

Birthday Card

Here's a great image from artist Sherri Baldy today.  I made this darling birthday card for a sibling who's birthday is approaching.  I thought she would love the cupcake and ice cream cone together.  This cute image is called Img 642.

Be sure and check out the latest challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog, the current theme is Anything Goes + Add Three.  As you can see I used three different die cuts on this lovely card, the Cupcake, the Happy Birthday Banner, and the image die cut.  There's also three types of candy on this cute image!  I hope you will join in our fun and win some wonderful images from Sherri Baldy!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Here's a lovely card today using beautiful papers from Paper Temptress and a gorgeous freebie stamp from Faery Ink digi stamps.  This artist's images are so very adorable and go perfect with the papers chosen.

The base cardstock is a wonderful bright pink called Watermelon Sorbet.  The lace printed sheet is from Hambly Studios. It's one of their screen prints and it's called Old Lace.  I cut out a lovely Hello sentiment using some beautiful shimmery white cardstock called Vintage Silver Lustre.  The image was printed out on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest paper and colored with copic markers.

Only three days from blog candy now!! Are you ready?!?  I am ready to celebrate.  Every year away from surgery and seizure free is a huge celebration.  It truly betters my odds that life will remain seizure free.  check out some blog candy photos HERE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Blog candy...

Only four more days until Feb 1st when the contest starts, and I still have some more photos to share, here's some of the Embossing Folders I have to give away

Have you seen the other blog candy?

The Die Cuts....CLICK HERE


The Embellishments....CLICK HERE

how about the Rubber Stamps....CLICK HERE

PLUS, I do have a few more photos, believe it or not!!

Candy days start on Feb 1st and will go through Feb 29th with prizes going out everyday.

Simply Sweet

Here's an adorable image from Dilly Beans and she's simply sweet. I totally love rag dolls with button eyes. I guess to some they seem a little creepy but I love this little girl. She's just too cute.

I have just about everything laid out now, there's stuff everywhere.  The things I haven't shared with you yet are all the embossing folders, the final pictures of all the embellishments after I finished loading them and a few more goodies that will remain a surprise!!

Hopefully tomorrow I will get in one more posting of prizes before the contest starts.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Here's a stunning image from Crafty Sentiments Designs called Just Relax.  Isn't she adorable?  I just love this sweet little girl.  I made this card for the challenge this week on Outlawz Monday Greetings.  Their theme is Anything Goes, and for the Monday group, you need to include a greeting on the front of you card.  As I did here, a die cut sentiment is fine.

Drop by the Outlawz challenges to see a new challenge everyday of the week. There's two prizes on the Monday challenge this week, one from Crafty Sentiments and one from an additional sponsor, Decosse Dynamite.

Cheers, Holley

Just a week until BLOG CANDY CELEBRATION, are you ready?  What kind of blog candy are you looking for the most?  what is your favorite topic?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Doctor Terrific

Here's a brand new image from artist Sandra Caldwell of Babycakes DND on Etsy.  He's called Dr T for TERRIFIC!  That's my doctor and the reason for the upcoming celebration.  Though, I must say, he doesn't look quite like this stamp or at least he would say, "that doesn't look anything like me."  He's sweet though, so he would probably just laugh and say thank you for the card.  I take him and his whole office a card when I go to visit them every 3 to six months.

I hope  you will drop by the Etsy store and check out all of Sandra's newest images this week and please come join us at her facebook group, Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans where we have progressive challenges going and share all our creations. We'd love to have you.

Cheers, Holley

P.S. Sandra will be giving away some awesome stamps during Feb and she drew me (yes, just for me!!) a stamp just for the occasion, how sweet is that?  Have you seen all the other blog candy?  check it out here

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Life is Good

Here's a lovely sentiment stamp from Decosse Dynamite Doodles who has wonderful digi papers and sentiment stamps.  I made this card for the Monday Greetings challenge at Outlawz this week, the theme is anything goes and of course as always you need to include a Greeting on your card.

Please check out our challenge which starts late sunday night or first thing Monday morning.  We have two wonderful sponsors this week, Decosse Dynamite Doodles and Crafty Sentiments Designs.  I hope you are one of the lucky ones who wins a great prize!

Cheers, Holley

Did you see all the die cutters?  there's a LOT of them! so much blog candy that was posted yesterday, CLICK HERE to check that out!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

More Blog Candy -- DIE CUTTERS!!

OK, did I say I had more blog candy to share?  I do!!  Here's something lightweight and small enough to fit in an envelope so I can send it ANYWHERE in the world, the US and abroad.

I also have some more amazing Digi stamp prizes, WOO HOO!!

$21 gift certificate to Bugaboo Stamps

Awesome Digi stamp Prizes from Limited Runs

Check out some more of the Blog candy sponsors, and then go see even MORE goodies that are going to be given away in the celebration!! CLICK HERE

Mini Calendars

Here's some more of the cute little calendars that I made for both the church bazaar as well as my fellow church members.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Blue haired Maiden

Here's a stunning image today from The East Wind.  I just love her awesome stamps.  The challenge over on their blog is black/white and one other colors. So I hope my grey tone card with a colored image qualifies.  I think this image stands out perfectly without a lot of embellishing for a card.  She's beautiful all by herself.

Check out their contest on their challenge blog.

Have you seen all the blog candy that is coming?  Beginning in Feb there will be a HUGE celebration for 6 years after two successful brain surgeries and seizure free life.  Come each day to leave comments and win prizes, so many prizes!!  Check out the photos Here, and HERE, and HERE!!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bearly Cupid

Another brand new image from Sandra Caldwell this week is called Bearly Cupid.  Isn't he darling?  This is one of her brand new images that came out this week in the etsy store.  Check out all the other fun images by clicking here.  We are having a contest on her facebook group, Sandra Caldwell stamp fans and round 1 is still going, it's anything goes.

You can use any Sandra Caldwell image that you already have or drop by the store and pick up a new image and play along.  Round 2 you will be given a coupon and can then pick up a new image to play along with the next contest and round 3 is a freebie image!  Come on by as there is still a week and a half left in round one.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All you need is Love

There's a fun challenge going on over at the Lizzy Love (Oddball Art Challenge Blog).  It's called All you need is love.  Well I LOVE her fun stamps, so I did this quick and cute card to showcase one of her adorable images.  You know I just love this little girl's socks! Eeek. Gotta get me a pair just like this. Too cute.

Hope your week is going well and you are having some crafty fun.  I can't believe we are getting so close to Feb now....are you ready for blog candy yet?  I am ready to get it out of my house and make you all smile!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Three of a kind Challenge

Here's a darling image from Sherri Baldy this week, it's Img 697. Isn't she just darling. There's a brand new challenge happening over on the SSS Challenge blog to use three of something on your card. As you can see, my card is filled with lots of 3...sets of three flowers, sets of three bling, sets of three layers of paper, sets of three buttons.  How fun is this challenge?

I hope you will join in the fun over at the SSS Challenge this week. You could win some awesome stamps from Sherri Baldy.  let me also say that this particular image has another version in which the cute little girl has some goodies which sit beside her, it's also marked at Img 697 and is the exact same little girl with some embellishment.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cottontail Cutie

Here's a darling stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell. This cute image is called Cottontail Cutie.  if you check out the Facebook group, Sandra Caldwell Stamp fans, everyone on the design team will be sharing a card today featuring this image so you will get to see several different cards with this adorable image.

We have just started a progressive challenge on the Facebook page and there's plenty of time to join in, Round 1 is to create any card using any Sandra Caldwell image, new or old.  Check out all her new images in the Etsy store Babycakes DND.

Cheers, Holley

DID you see yesterday's BLOG CANDY update...there's more CLICK HERE

Sunday, January 17, 2016

More Blog Candy

Hi everyone.  I also have some Digi stamp companies who are sending prizes and some who are giving me a nice discount that I will be using to purchase goodies to send to you.  As many of you know, esp my friends overseas, as of Jan 17 it's $9.80 for the ounce to go overseas in a package!  Really?!?  I would rather give one of these amazing artists that money instead of the US post office!

That being said, I do have some prizes that I will send, great stamps and die cuts that fit inside a single card and can be sent as letter mail without declaring them as packages.  Please understand of the financial limitations in sending. In fact, it's cheaper to send you THREE 2 oz letters than ONE three ounce letter!  So three single stamp mailings is cheaper than one mail with two stamps in it.

Craftin Desert Divas (digi stamp prizes!)

If you are with a store who would like to provide a prize for this celebration whether here or overseas, I would love you have you join in! Please drop me an email,  Any prize is wonderful and you are more than welcome to pick the winner and send directly to them!

You can check out all these places by clicking on the NAMES of the vendors to see their images.  Also many you have seen right here on my blog already. I try to pick companies whose images I really love. I hope you will love them as well.

Have you seen the other blog candy photos...CLICK HERE to see  just SOME of the embellishments. From there you can click a link to see the rubber stamps!

Cheers, Holley