Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Halloween Card

Sharing another SEI kit Halloween card today. Their kits are so lovely and come with lots of extra stuff in case you want to make extras or  you want to create your own designs instead of the suggested examples.  I highly recommend them (plus, sometimes they go on sale on the SEI website for like $5 a kit!! WOW, but even regular price is $10 a kit)


Hope you are having fun making cards this week.  Cheers, Holley

Monday, September 16, 2019

Foxy and Fabulous

Here's an awesome image from Unity stamps. I just love their animal images.  I have also added some great Turkish lace to this card. I am so ready to go back to Turkiye to add some new lace to my collection, not that I need more, lol!!

Hope this card gave you a smile today, happy Monday!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Happy Graduation

Here's another graduation card that I have to share, I know I shared one a couple weeks ago, this one is for the OTHER daughter of my same friend.  Her daughter graduated from DeVry with a tech degree.  She will be going into cyber security.  I wanted her to see the card before sharing it on my blog.  Can you imagine having 2 daughters graduating within a month of each other?  my friend has been one busy mom.

Hope you had a great weekend!  Let's start off this upcoming week with some good vibes.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Guest Designer Gaye Valle

Here's another wonderful card from Guest Designer Gaye Valle.  She was so nice to share with me some wonderful cards that she had made with her prizes in addition to the lovely thank  you card that she sent me back in March. I am just delighted to share her art today!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Kitty Costume

Here's the cutest brand new image from Artist Sandra Caldwell.  This cute girl will be on sale at her Etsy store Friday afternoon along with many other wonderful brand new stamps.  This stamp is 2954 kitty costume.   Be sure and check it out with all the other new images.  Her store is Babycakes DND.  There will also be several new cards shared on the facebook group Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.  I can't believe that this month will be half over after this weekend.  Time sure is flying! Cheers, Holley

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Forever Fabulous

Here's one of the cutest stamps from Unity stamps!  I just love the stamp sets with these ladies in them.  TOO cute.  Aren't they just adorable?  I colored her up with Copic markers and added some lovely matching green embellishments.  Check her out at the Unity website.

Hope you are having a great week, just one more day to go!  Hang in there.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Creey halloween card

Time for another Halloween theme card, this one from an SEI theme kit that I got recently. Don't you love their papers? they have the most gorgeous array of paper including that black one which is more like a velvety fabric.  YUM.

Hope you are having a great week!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Happy Birthday Ms Tapscott

Happy Birthday today to Ms Tapscott who works at Brentwood Elementary with the all the Kiddos!  It's her big 60!!  WOO HOO.  all the staff and kids wish you the very best today on your special day.  I hope you get everything you want in life, even though I know your number 1 is that precious grandbaby!!

Thanks for all you do for so many people.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Skelly dog

Here's a great image from Lizzy Love (Oddballs Art Stamps) that I used to create this card for her current monthly challenge over on the Oddball Art Challenge.  I just love her lady stamps, but also her great skeleton/skull stamps!  WOO HOO.

Drop by and check out her challenge today and join in the fun over there.

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pressed flowers

Sharing this beautiful pressed flower today, even though the sentiment is spring theme instead of summer, I make these cards year round for the annual church bazaar. A friend from church gave me a whole bunch of wonderful pressed leaves and flowers to make cards.  Sadly, this will be the last year for the bazaar as our current church will be closing and my dear friend whose husband passed and is quite elderly, has moved to be taken care of by her family.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Guest Designer Karin

Sharing a beautiful Fairy card today created by Karin, this stamp was a prize that she won from my blog back in February.  Don't you love the coloring and the gorgeous background card she made?  I just love the leaf die cuts in blue.  Check out her blog HERE

Did you create something with your goodies from the Celebration back in February?  I'd love to see it, just email it to me, htondre@aol.com

Friday, September 6, 2019

Trick or Treat

It's time to start sharing some Halloween cards. Here's a quick an cute one I made with an SEI set that  I bought.  I would say just stare at it for a couple of seconds and make yourself dizzy, it definitely looks like it is moving on its own.

Hope you have a wonderful day, thanks so much for dropping by.

Hugs, Holley

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hello Friend

Here's a delightful Zebra stamp from Unity stamps.  The sentiment in the background says "Embrace your stripes."  Too true. I think that is just perfect with this image.  I love this adorable image, Unity has the best quality rubber and the cutest images all around.

So Hello Friends, I hope you all had a wonderful week and are planning a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Happy Graduation

Sharing this graduation card that I made for a dear friend's daughter who just graduated from college at Neumont in Utah with a  tech degree. So proud of her.  Blown away by how much she has grown and how very smart she is.  I know she will do great things.

If you don't have any college kids in your life, I am sure you are familiar with the belly-ache about college debt.  It's real.  This great girl will have a monthly payment of 1500.  that's more than my monthly salary! (not when I was an engineer but now when I am working with special education kids).  So thankful she is in a good tech industry job or she would get swallowed whole by the debt!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Brilliant

I wanted to share this "brilliant" unity card. I just love their fun sayings that go with their stamps.  I made this card for a friend at school.  The year has started off hectic and we have so many new teachers which makes the initial start a bit harder to get going. Today will mark the completion of two weeks of school.
Hope you are all having a bright and cheery day.  Share your light with others!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day Everyone!!

Here's a lovely card from and SEI kit that I made recently.  I am feeling very Blessed and I thought this card was great for Labor Day.  I hope all of you are enjoying your day off today! Huge Hugs to all of you.



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Happy September!

 Happy September!  I can't believe it is already here.  You know what that means, yep, it's time to start a new challenge over on the YSBP Challenge Blog.  This month we were given a lovely image from Katerina's Art, you can find her amazing creations on her website and her ETSY store.

Our contest this month is anything goes, no back linking please. You can enter as up to three entries unless you are using our sponsor's images, at which case you can enter as many as you like (so for example, you can enter three entries that not our sponsor, plus any additional images creations using her art).  The prize this month will get mailed to the winner, anywhere in the world, but if you are overseas (i,e, if you are outside the usa, I may need to fold it to fit in an regular envelope to make postage more affordable):


we'd love to have you join in!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Guest Designer Scarlett

Sharing this beautiful creation from Scarlett today, she does that most fabulous Journal pages.  This is an image that she won during our February celebration contest using Sandra Caldwell's images.
Check out more of Scarlett's work on her blog, HERE

Do you have creations you have made from your prizes from Holley's Blog celebration last February?  I would love to see them and share them here!  Email me, htondre@aol.com

Friday, August 30, 2019

Happy Birthday

Wishing a dear friend from Church a very happy birthday this week!  we went out last Saturday (just because I have to work during the week, isn't that sweet him and his family?).  He's in his 90s now!  Huge happy birthday to you!!  Wishing you all the best this year.  Missing you at church each week and praying for you!


This cute image is from Unity Stamps, I just love their adorable animal stamps and I added some Turkish lace to go with it.  Have a wonderful weekend and happy three day weekend to those in the USA.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Furry Friend

Here's the cutest image from Sherri Baldy today.  Who doesn't love a boy and his dog?  I though this card perfect for the beginning of the school year. I am just now seeing all my kiddos from last year, it's just amazing to see how much they have grown up in two and half months!

Hope you love this cute little card, drop by www.MyBestiesShop.com and check out all of Sherri Baldy's new stamps today!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SEI card

Here's a lovely card that I made with a wonderful kit from SEI.  I just love their cardmaking sets.  They make 8 different cards and come with lots of extra stuff so you can change what you make if you don't like the patterns that they give you.  Also, if you happen to be at a scrapbook convention, they give away fabulous prizes at their classes.

Hope your week is going well, school is almost starting to settle down, at least a little.  It will take another couple weeks for SPED (special education) to get their schedules set up and locked down because the teachers haven't gotten their schedules set up and locked down yet, but for the most part my days seem to be running the same since I am doing the older kids.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Morgan Fitzsimmons

Here's a beautiful image from Morgan Fitzsimmons. I just love her lady images.  I can't believe we are already into week 2 of school.  I think the excitement and newness of it is wearing off and now we can all get down to actual learning again.  It's been really hard on several of "my kids."  Pretty soon, we will start doing pull outs and other activities with them to make their school days break up easier.

wishing you all a good week and we are all looking forward to Labor day this weekend.  Cheers, Holley

Monday, August 26, 2019

Happy, Happy Day.

Here's the cutest image from Unity Stamps artist Lisa Glanz. I think I own almost all her Unity stamps and a couple of her stamps from other companies.  I just love her work.  Isn't this bunny precious?

Well, today marks the 2nd week of school.  Woo hoo.  The kids are starting to get in the swing of things, I would say our schedules are getting settled, but for special education, they are far from that.  They usually are moving around for the first 6 weeks or so.  But I am also super happy with my schedule so I hope it doesn't change much.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Hello Lovely

Hello, all  you lovely people!!  Here's a great card I made from a card kit from The Paper Source store. I of course had to change it up from the kit's suggestion, by switching out papers and adding some gorgeous lace from Turkiye to it.  Hope you love it.  The store doesn't often have card kits, but this one was lovely and on sale so I couldn't resist.


Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Hugs from me!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Guest Designer Virginia

Here's a wonderful card today from Virginia M, using one of the prizes that she won during Februrary's celebration.  I love how she did the coloring on the paper before she stamped and cut out the butterfly. So very gorgeous.


Friday, August 23, 2019

I love my dog!

Here's the cutest brand new stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell today.  She is adding a bunch of images to her store on Etsy, Babycakes DND, including this cute dog, 2928 Wag.  I have been loving the cat and dog stamps I have been seeing lately.  TOO cute.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Drop by Sandra's facebook page, Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans, so you can see the latest and greatest of her images, card sharing and some fun games we play!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Happy Birthday Sister

Happy Birthday Dearest Sister!!

I hope you have a very special day!

I made this cute card for my sister's birthday today. It's using a wonderful stamp from Stamping Bella's Oddballs line. I just love their cute images. I hope she has the perfect day.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Unity Cupcake stamp

I wanted to share a happy card today, what makes people happier than a little cuppie cake?  I know it brings a smile to just about everyone!  
So, here's a little cupcake to bring you a smile this week.  Hope your August is finishing up well and if you are also in the school system where you live, I hope your school year is off to a great start.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Home is where the cat is.


Here's a great cat that is one of my favorite characters. I just love this guy from The Cat's Pajamas.  I have several sets with him (and other cat images).  TOO cute.  Their TCP Tuesday challenge this month is CAS (Clean and simple), so I made this sweet card for the contest.
Hope you are having a wonderful week.  Check out the contest over on the Cat's Pajamas blog and see all the amazing cards over there.

Monday, August 19, 2019

you have my heart

Here's a cute little stamp that is I believe Reverse Confetti (please correct me if I am wrong).  I adored this cute little set. Perfect for valentines or any other love filled occasion.  I also added a sentiment from the set, "you have my heart" with a lovely heart sticker and some beautiful lace from Turkiye.

I just made another card recently using the same set (different stamp) that I  hope to share soon so keep your eye out for that.  Have a great weekend.  Lots of love for you!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Pressed leaves

Sharing this beautiful pressed leaf card today.  I just love the gorgeous colors it shows and I added some wonderful handmade paper in the background.  I know it seems early, but the bazaar is really right around the corner now, as it's the first week of Nov, so I feel like I have so much work to do to finish up cards and make a bunch of jewelry projects.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Guest Designer Audrey

Here's a lovely card created by another prize winner from February, Audrey R of Austin.  She made this wonderful card using some Jillibean papers.  I love this combination and the sentiment, "Creative Clutter is more blessed that tidy idleness"

Friday, August 16, 2019

Lemonade Kitty

Here's a wonderful brand new image from artist Sandra Caldwell.  This cutie is called  2931 Lemonade Kitty.  Isn't he awesome?  I just love the sunglasses.  Sandra will be adding him and a bunch of other brand new stamps to her Etsy site, today, so keep your eye's open at BabycakesDND.

Hope you are had a great week.  Have a blessed weekend.  Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Wish BIG

Here's the funniest stamp from Ericrafts.  I made this adorable card for the contest over at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge this month.  I love this image, TOO cute, find it HERE.  Just perfect for those people who you don't know WHAT to give them.  It definitely gives me a smile and a little giggle every time I look at it.

Hope you are having a wonderful day, please join in the contest over at Your Scrapbook Place for your chance to win some stamps from Ericrafts.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

You're my favorite nut!

Here's a fun new image that recently came out at Unity stamps. I made this cute unconventionally colored card for their contest on the Unity Facebook site, creative coloring challenge.  Sounds like fun, huh?   I just love the funny sentiment with him, You're my favorite NUT.

Day 2 back at work....lol, my body is still in shock,  HA! we are having training on the other side of town of course, which, without a car is a pain in my you know what and about $40 worth of Uber....

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Caffeine, please help me!

Lol, this card just cracks me up. This image is a stamp I knew I had to get the first time I saw it. I just love it.  I am back to work and seriously need the caffeine!! LOL, I am now forced (ha!) to get up at 6am and go in and NO NAPS.  oh, the torture.  lol, I have been so spoiled this summer.

Hope you all are having a great day.  Wish me luck, you know I can do it!


Monday, August 12, 2019

Have Faith, Stay Strong

Here's a lovely image from Clearly Besotted today. What a beautiful sunflower.  The sentiment is from Graciellie Designs.  These stamps came in the large stamp assortment that I bought a couple weeks ago, HERE.  I have made so many lovely cards out of this set, totally worth its price.

Wishing you the best week.  I am off to physical therapy again today and it's time for school to start for the staff at the schools tomorrow.  So, I will be getting up at 6am again.  Whew, that's going to be a tough one, lol.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Prayers

Happy Sunday everyone. Many blessings to all of you.  Here's a great image today from Pink&Main.  The sentiment on this card comes from Graciellie Designs.  I thought this would be a lovely card for Sunday.


I know I have mentioned all the changes going on at my church that is closing after this year, actually it will shut down the Sanctuary after Christmas.  Then come Easter, we will be disbanded as Crestview United Methodist.  I don't know if that is the right word as I am not a life long Methodist, at that point we are a "legacy" church, that was around for 60+ years and we have members currently who were there from the very start of that church when the ground was broken.  The district of the Methodist overseeing body (again, don't know what that is called) will then have a  new church of some kind come to our location at some point.  Our current pastor (as our beloved pastor retired in July) is a part time temporary, he's great will of course be leaving at Easter.


I have only been with this church since about 2003, which is a while, but compared to the 60+ year members not to mention the ones married in that church, had their kids grow up there, now elderly, it must be truly devastating.  Say a little prayer for them.  Thanks.

Prayers for you today.

Hugs, Holley

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Guest Designer Gaye Valle

Here's another wonderful prize from a guest designer that I am sharing today.  This card was made by Gaye Valle.  Isn't it a delight?  I just love the beautiful colors, the lovely bird and flower and of course, my favorite embellishment, the buttons!   Too sweet.  Thanks so much Gaye for sharing.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Just do your best...

Here's a beautiful image from Graciellie Designs (also a Unity affiliate, but she too has her own stamps on Etsy).  This wonderful image I got with my kit from the wonderful charitable assortment HERE.   I just LOVE this stamp set, it turned out really beautiful when I colored it.  The sentiment shown also comes from Graciellie Designs.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Hugs.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Smile

Sharing this Whimsy stamp today, isn't she just the cutest?  Here's another wonderful image in that giant stamp collection that I bought last week!  aren't there so many great stamps in that collection?
You can find it HERE.  The great sentiment on this card is from Polka Dot Orchard.

Well, it's Friday, the last day of my summer vacation.  I don't start up Monday (it's Tuesday), but I do have to go to physical therapy on Monday, so this is like my last real day of vacay.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned.  Blessings.

Holley

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Be brave and do it

Here's a lovely image from Unity stamps. I just adore their wonderful images.  This itty bitty image is no exception. I added a simple sentiment, which seems to go with the card, "Be brave and do it."  I hope if you have any challenges coming, this card will give you a tiny bit of inspiration.

I am needing a little push myself, both to be going back to school and to start walking again everyday.  Man, it is just SO SO SO hot outside,  come over here and DRAG me outside, PLEASE, I need help.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Wishing you...

Here's a beautiful flower image from artist Tierra Jackson (you  probably know that name from her wonderful images at Unity stamps).  She created this great image for a special charitable set HERE. How fabulous that some many amazing artists and stamp companies came together in support of someone.  I just love their sentiments that came in this set as well.  The one I am using below was created by Polka Dot Orchard.

You can drop by and read about this charitable event here.  Else, have a wonderful day today, just a couple more days before we head back into school.  The time has come!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Sending all kinds of Happy

Here's a wonderful image from Graciellie Designs that came in the set I have been talking about, the Petals for the Pittman's charity set, HERE.  I just love their beautiful stamps, especially set number one.  This artist  is fabulous.  She also makes stamps for Unity stamps.  How sweet that all these companies came together for another crafter.

Sending all of you some happiness today.  This awesome sentiment from the card is from Polka Dot Orchard.  Huge hugs.

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Happy Sunday

Here's a great image from Ink Road Stamps. It came with the set I got HERE.  I added a wonderful sentiment from Polka Dot Orchard that I just love. I thought this was a great card for Sunday.  I hope you are all have a perfect weekend and getting time to do whatever you want.

For me that is just spending a little time with the hubby and getting in a little nap and of course, some crafty time.  Cheers all, Holley

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Guest Designer Karin

Here's an awesome image using a wonderful House Mouse stamp that was sent to Karin.  She created this wonderful tag with it.  I just love the colors on the background.  Fabulous.  She does creations for the House Mouse team, so this prize seemed perfect for her during the celebration month.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Happiness stems from Kindness

There is a wonderful set for sale HERE, which is a very large set, like 20+ stamps and sentiments too, by some very great stamp artists who all came together for someone in our crafting community to raise money by selling this wonderful collection. Some big artists and stamp companies that you know like Unity Stamps, All dressed up, Simply Betty, Whimsy stamps,...and SO many more all donated and made images in several sets including this one that I bought.  Over the next couple weeks I will be sharing different stamps from it.  The set is $20, which is expensive it seems, but for the amount of goodies in it, not really and my understanding is the end profit all goes to the persons in need.

This beautiful stamp is called the Daisy by Crystal O. Minkler who I think is affiliated with Unity stamps. I just love this image, so perfect it takes up it's own card all by itself.  The sentiment shown also comes from the set and was designed by Polka Dot Orchard.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Contest at Your Scrapbook Place

Happy August everyone! I can't believe we are in the last month of the Summer Break!  Of course here all the teachers will be going back on Aug 12th.  I made this gorgeous card for the new contest on the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog. Our wonderful Sponsor this month is Ericraft from Etsy.  The challenge is anything goes, so please come by and enter your latest creations.
The image I am using is called Rachel to the Sea.  Drop by and check out the Design Team's creations and then share with us this month for a chance to win a prize!