Friday, August 31, 2018

Sprinkled with love

Here's a cute little shaker card today made with some great lace from Turkiye.  This lace has flowers and pearly sewn into it!  Woah,  needless to say it was among the priciest of the laces that I bought.  But I just love it.  Thought it would add a nice little umph to this sweet shaker card which is very simple and CAS.

Hope your day is sprinkled with love everyone!

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Here's a sweet and simple Friends theme card I made using a cardstock sticker from BoBunny and some wonderful metal butterflies that I got in Turkiye.  I got a huge bag of them for 15 lira (at the time, about $3);  I love the antique look of them, but even on a non-antique looking card like this, I think they add just the right touch.

Hope you are having a great end to the month of August.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fall Time Cheer

Here's a great Fall theme Bestie image from Sherri Baldy.  Isn't she too cute?  these new stamps are available in her shop,, so check them all out.  This image is IMG752.  She looks like she is mailing herself to her family.  In my case, that would be somewhere that they actually have fall time :)

Hope this cute Bestie makes you smile today.  There's a great contest going on over on the SSS Challenge blog, drop by and join in the fun over there for a chance to win some stamps from Sherri Baldy as well as an opportunity to be a guest designer on the Addicted to Stamps blog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Follow your heart

Here's a lovely image from Paper Nest Dolls.  I have made this card for the Monday Greetings Challenge over at Outlawz.  The theme this week is to include some ribbon on your card. I have combined some awesome ribbon that I got on my last trip to Turkiye.  It has a combo or orange/blue and red in it, which was just perfect to match the colors on the image I colored.

Drop by outlawz and check out the design team's creations and then share your current cards using ribbon and of course, the card must have a greeting on it, showing on the front of the card.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Love of my life

Here's a wonderful Fluffy Bestie for the current contest on the SSS Challenge blog.  The theme of the current contest is monochrome, I chose reds for my card.  I hope you like it.  I would love for you to join in our contest. You could win a prize from Sherri Baldy.

I made this sweet image for my dear hubby. Thought he would love it.  Hope you are all having a hugs and kisses kind of day!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Count your Blessings

Here's a couple of lovely pressed leaves that I got from a fellow church member and used to create these cards for my annual church bazaar.  

Saturday, August 25, 2018

what I found in Istanbul, part 3

So over the last couple of weekends I have been sharing the crafting goodies that I came across while I was in Turkiye.  This is in addition to the lace, which I always spend much time getting.  I will have to take some photographs of the lace for you later on. I got quite a nice selection of that.

These fun project patterns

Here's some great embellishments

Guest Designer Nikki

Here's a card from a guest, Nikki B from Facebook who has a card she wanted to enter in the Your Scrapbook Place contest.  I am posting it for her here so it can be entered.  If you have cards that you want to enter in the YSBP monthly contest, feel free to contact me and I can make sure they get entered.  They need to be a newly created card for the month, and you get an extra entry for a Rick St Dennis card this month.

I just love her coloring and her background on this beautiful image!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Card Kit, project #2

Here's another card I made from the kit I bought in Istanbul.  It's an A6 sized card. I am using some glittery paper in pink layered on some printed cardstock with the image and some lovely brown ribbon on a shimmery gold card.

Well, tomorrow starts our first week of school for the kiddos.  Are we ready?  lol, do we have a choice?  I am ready to see their excited little faces.  That's what is great about elementary school, the kids are still excited to come back to school.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Happy Birthday Sister

Happy Birthday Sister!  Hope you have a wonderful day today.  Here's a cute shaker card that I made for you.  I hope you and the kids have a special day.  Big hugs from me and John.

This cute card comes from a kit that I got from SEI for making shaker cards. It was not a card in the directions, but you have all the pieces leftover to make this card instead of the other cards in the kit.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Here's a wonderful image from Ppinky Dolls,  I have always loved this artists beautiful images.  She also does gorgeous dolls that look just like her beautiful stamps.  You can find her on Facebook.  I can't believe this week is already over.

So fun to see all the kids making new friends and happy to see their old friends at school now.  Sweet times in lives of youngsters.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Back to School

Here's another card that is just perfect for the back to school time. This awesome image is from Ike's Art.  I also added some great lace that I just on my last trip to Istanbul.  What a cute girl who is at school.  Check out all of Ike's Art images in their store and join in the Ike's World Challenge.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Happily Ever After

Here's a wonderful image from Sheepski Designs. I just love this artist work, and esp love this skeleton image.  How awesome is it?  This card was made for the current contest on the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge. The theme is Just Because.  I thought this sentiment was too cute with this image.

Drop by Outlawz and join in the challenge this week.  As always, please include a sentiment on the front of your card.  You could win a wonderful prize from Sheepski designs.

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, August 19, 2018

What I found in Istanbul, part 2

So here's some more of the stamp sets that I found while in Istanbul.  The stores that I found these in were in Kadikoy neighborhood.   There was quite a bit of stamps in a couple of stores.  They were all hanging on the same hooks.  One store even had stamps on the outside of it, in the diplays in front of the store.

Next weekend I will share some of the embellishments that I found.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Ruveyda!

Happy Birthday to Ruveyda today!  She's a dear friend's daughter but she was not there when I was visiting in Turkiye, she was in America working in California!  I hope you have a wonderful birthday Ruveyda.  Special wishes for you today and all year long.  May you have many Blessings.  I left  a present for you in Turkiye with your mother. Enjoy the rest of your time in America

This cute image is from The East Wind, isn't it precious?  I thought the card would look great in green.  Offhand I can not think of who did the sentiment, I want to say Unity stamps, but I am not sure.  If you know, please tell me.

Friday, August 17, 2018

For the expectant mother in your life

Here's a card for the expectant Mom in your life.  We have several ladies in my church who are going to have babies so I am making a couple of cards.  I thought this was a sweet and simple card for the occasion.

Hope you are having a great week.  Take Care.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Here's a collage style card which is very unusual for me.  I got this card kit while I was in Istanbul, so you will gradually see the projects from it.  The photo makes the sequins look a weird green color I think, but they are actually a glittery gold, which goes nicely with the gold paper that the card it.

Hope you like this vintage card theme today. It was way out of my typical comfort zone.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Feeling Crabby today?

If you are, then this is the stamp for you?  Isn't he adorable?  this stamp comes from Ike's Art. I got it as part of her wonderful sea creatures set.  You get 12 images for $12!!  who can beat that?  There's a great contest going on at the Ike's World Challenge blog called All Under the Sea.  I thought this stamp would be perfect for it.  There's also a wonderful freebie on her website that you can get, it's a wonderful seahorse stamp.  CLICK HERE and scroll down for the freebie and the contest.

Hope if you were having a crabby day this card made you smile and your day is now better.  Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Forever & Always

Here's a sweet image from Sweet Pea stamps that I used to make this card for my Hubby.  So happy to be back home with him.  Such wonderful things to talk about.

Hope you too are having a great day.  School for the staff has gotten started up. Just three more days until the kiddos will be here!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Ball

Here's a great image from Sherri Baldy today, img 309.  There's a brand new contest on the SSS Challenge blog.  The theme is Summer!  So pull out your wonderful summer theme stamps, papers, embellishments and create a Bestie card to share with us.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Can you believe it?  The staff of AISD is back and starting up for the new school year today.  After such a long and amazing vacation, I am ready to settle in for the upcoming year.  We will have a whole new SpEd unit at our school (LifeSkills) as well as two new teachers who is replacing my boss from last year and at least one additional paraprofessional (like me)….woah, huge curve at the beginning of the year is coming.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pressed Leaves

I have still been getting some wonderful pressed leaves from a fellow member of my church.  I take them and make cards for the church's bazaar.  I love that sometimes she presses some spring time leaves or leaves with some different color in them

Saturday, August 11, 2018

what I found in Istanbul, part 1

So I am sure as you all know, in additional to all the lace I am always looking for when traveling in Turkiye, I do also keep my eyes open for other crafting materials and of course, especially stamps.  Believe it or not I was tickled on this trip to find some actual stamps.  Not stamps imported from the USA, I will have to check where these stamps came from, they were not make locally in Tukiye, so I am guessing they were made somewhere in Europe.  At any rate, it was fun to find stamps that I can't ever see in the USA.

There was quite a stack of them in several of the larger art stores in Kadikoy, Istanbul;  (Lol, I guess by several I can recall three).  I only bought ones I thought I would use or perhaps give out as prizes during the Februrary Celebration!!

Here's some photos of some of them:

Next, weekend, I will post again with some additional photos of more of them.  Then I will share photos of some of the embellishments and other crafty items I found.

Friday, August 10, 2018

SEI Shaker Card

Here's a darling Shaker Card that I got in a kit from SEI.  I took several kits with me to Istanbul, but needless to say I never got around to doing them.  I did manage to get a 1000 piece puzzle completed during the first week and then started another one, but never had time to complete the second one.

SEI has some wonderful card kits that have all the materials included except basic materials like glue, adhesives, scissors,...;  They turn out such cute cards as this one.  I thought Home was a great theme for this week.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

We go together like Eggs & Bacon

Here's an adorable image from CC Designs. I just love this cute stamp and fun sentiment to go with it.  I am on my last couple of days off now and preparing for the upcoming school year.  Here it comes!!  lets hope the new teachers we get to work with the SPED kids will just love them as much as our current staff does.

Hope you are having a great end to your summer.

Hugs, Holley

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Be positive, patient and persistent

Here's an awesome image from Marie Medel Illustrations.  This cute image can be found in a wonderful set of stamps (or is sold separate).  With the school year starting, I have added a school theme sentiment, "be positive, patient, and persistent."  I thought that was some great advice for both the teachers and the students.

Next week just the staff is in session and the following week our students will be starting.  On this cute card I am using some awesome lace from Istanbul and fun silver paper from Paper Temptress.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Catch a falling star

Here's a sweet image from Lizzy Love, I just adore her beautiful girl stamps.  This sweet image says Catch a falling star, which is just perfect for now, the start time for the school year. I totally miss my friends at work and of course, the kids.  I look forward to getting going again.

Hope you all are finishing up your summers and having a great time.  Check out the current contest on the Oddball Art Stamp Challenge blog.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Missing that cold yet?

I can remember all the complaining that happened about the extreme winter we had this year.  Are you missing that yet?  Well, not quite for me, but this summer has been record setting that's for sure.  I don't know if I can recall another year that it's been this hot.

Hope you have a great August and the kiddos are getting ready for school.  As staff at the school, we are required to report for duty next week.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Anna Griffin good luck cards part 2

I showed you some cards I made yesterday using a card kit from Anna Griffin, here's the other two cards in the set.  These were really simple easy to assemble cards that were perfect for when I was dealing with my elbow injury!  They are quick and elegant for handing out when you need a last second project done.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Anna Griffin Good Luck cards, part 1

Here's some wonderful cards I made using a card kit from Anna Griffin. These were really simple easy to assemble cards that were perfect for when I was dealing with my elbow injury.  The four cards in this set are all Good Luck theme.  I got mine at Tuesday Morning, but if you are interested in seeing the set, you can see it here at Amazon.

Friday, August 3, 2018

New contest at YSBP!!

Here's a wonderful image from artist Rick St Dennis called 1935 Hat.  Check out his amazing stamps at his website, HERE  The new contest has started up at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog and you could win a great prize from Rick St Dennis for sharing your cards with us!  Please drop by and check out all our Rick St. Dennis creations and then share your newest creations with us all month.

I can't wait to see all your card sharing on our blog and if you don't have a blog to share them on, it's no problem, you can email me your cards ( or we can post them on your facebook site or other location so you can play along!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mac N Cheese

Should be arriving today and I will be so happy to be home safely with John.  LONG LONG flight, but good to go home and sleep in my own bed for a change.  Missed the hubby so that was the best part of coming home.  Already miss my dear friends and I can't believe vacation is over.

Just a couple days (make that 11 and I will be back at work for another school year!  woah!!)

Cheers everyone!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ya Wanna?

Here's an adorable stamp set from Unity Stamps.  You all know I made this card for my Hubby.  It's just a few days now before I will be home, so he is running on my mind a lot now.  Miss him so and looking forward to seeing him even though I am totally in LOVE with Turkiye and wish I had more time to stay.

Alas, work at the school calls and my DH needs me at home, so summer is ending for me.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day!