Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Just Bee-cause

Sharing this CAS card using some stamps out of the spring KOTM.  I really appreciate that the hubby still buys me those stamps. I do so appreciate them and get excited when they come every month.  The kit this stamp was in was wonderful.  There's several cute BEE sentiments with it as well.

Hope you all have a BEE-utiful day just BEE cause you deserve it!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Spit Happens

Here's a quick and cute Llama card using a sweet set from The Cat's Pajamas stamps. I do so adore (and own) practically every set they sell lol!  Call me a stamp addict!  This set is just TOO cute.  I thought the sentiment was TOO funny.

I am also using some tiny but adorable Turkish lace to go with the card along with my other favorite embellishment of course, buttons!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Guest Designer Karin

Here's a precious card created by Karin of Karins Art Scrap blog.  Isn't this gorgeous?  She is using two of her prizes this year (the flower and the swirl).  I just love her creation.  Check out all her amazing creations on her blog HERE.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Happy Birthday Kathy

Sharing this adorable Birthday card today to say Happy Birthday to Kathy!  I hope you have a wonderful day and I hope John and you do something special.  Huge Hugs from Texas. and Long Distance Hugs from Istanbul!

This cute image comes from Sandra Caldwell and you can find it in her store on Etsy, Babycakes DND, and cute little lace doily from Stampin' Up.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Coffee anyone?

Here's a CAS card using a sweet and simple image as well. This was a freebie I was given but I don't have the giver's name on the image. If you know who made this image, please tell me so I can credit the artist.  I am using some stunning cardstock, it's shimmery and just gorgeous.

I also had to add a little Turkish Lace to the project to really pop at the bottom, it looks really good with the mica cardstock even though you can't tell that on this photo.  You can find this gorgeous card stock at Paper Temptress HERE.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Beach Lady

I adore this gorgeous image from Unity stamps.  I think the orange I used goes perfectly with these papers. I added a wonderful thoughtful sentiment, "remind yourself it is OKAY not to be PERFECT."  Isn't that the truth?  aren't we our own worst critics?  I know I can be.  I am typically way harder on myself that other people are.

Hope this sentiment makes you think today.  P.S. YOU are OKAY just the way you are.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Coffee card

Here's a little card to give you a laugh today. The cup image comes from Echo park and the sentiment is from Picket Fences.  It says, "I don't know what I would do without coffee but I'm guessing five to ten."  Bwaahhahaha.

Just thought you could just a chuckle this morning.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


Sharing this adorable Unicorn-pug?  Uni-pug?  well, he's too cute.  He's from La Petite Market on Etsy.  The fun sentiment comes from Newton's Nook.  Cute matchup.  I think they go perfect with this beautiful lace from Turkiye.
Have a wonderful July day. I can't believe summer is already in July.  Have a beautiful sunny day.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Love You

sharing a Clean and Simple card (CAS) today using a wonderful image from Lizzy Love. These girls just make me smile.  I adore her image, both the cute and the creepy as she calls them.  They are all too perfect. I love her zombie images.

Hope you are having a great week and it's not as hot where you are as it is in South Texas.  Whew!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Guest Designer Dana M

Here's a stunning card created by Dana M of MN that surprised me in the mail back in mid April.  WOW, it's way more stunning in person!  It's like a sheer white embossed ink lightly dusted with a grey ink on top, then the Thankful for you tag added on top with the twine and several beautiful cardstock layers.

So Gorgeous!  Thanks so much Dana. I hope you loved your prizes.

To all the other prize winners, I would love to see what your making with your goodies.  Feel free to send me a pic of your work! htondre@aol.com

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Cat's Meow

Here's a darling image from Katzel Krafts the fat cats line.  I just love these stamps, I am pretty sure the same artist also made the recent cats for Tim Holtz (which you know I own).  They are just TOO cute. I added a fun sentiment, "You are the cats meow" plus some fun buttons and bling.

Have you had a stamping obsession lately?  I think my latest stamping craving has been cats and coffee.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Coffee anyone?

Here's an adorable stamp from Neat and Tangled plus a sentiment stamp from Picket Fences.  I thought they went well together and were super cute in pink with cuppie cakes.  How cute is this? Hope it gave  you a little smile today.

Have a great weekend. I can't believe the summer break is almost half over. I mean, I know everyone feels like we got all this extra break since school didn't go back into session ("in person") but the amount of work behind the scenes to get everything running "online" was crazy.  it's like a lot of extra work and no benefits of getting to be with the kiddos everyday!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Love, Coffee, and Flowers

Sharing this bright and cheerful image from Unity Stamps today.  This wonderful set was a freebie that came with an order of stamps a couple months ago (prior to the pandemic).  I just love the beautiful flowers and of course, the fun coffee saying to go with it.  I hope it brightens your day.

Have a wonderful week, almost weekend!  Happy July.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Contest

Happy July everyone!  It's time for a brand new contest on Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog (YSBP).  Drop by over there and check out all the design team's creations and then join in by sharing your latest creations with us!  our sponsor this month is Star Stampz.  I am using this awesome girl today.  She is called Red String, find her HERE.

We'd love to see all your creations and you could win a prize from Star Stampz by joining in with us this month!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Sharing this CAS cat theme card using a wonderful stamp from a KOM by Unity stamps. I just adore this cute cat!  What a great image. I think it's perfect in black and white with a simple background and black and white embellishments.

There's a wonderful CAT theme contest every month HERE.  Drop by and share all your cat card creations for a chance to win a monthly prize.

Monday, June 29, 2020


Here's something YUMMY, it's coffee, or latte, or??? whatever you like in your cup!  This adorable stamp is called Img116 I love Coffee.  Too cute.  Let me tell you what is really awesome, Turkish Coffee.  Let's all hope that is what I am going to get to enjoy that in Istanbul soon enough

Check out all of Sherri Baldy's amazing stamps, including lots of other wonderful coffee theme stamps at her site, www.MyBestiesShop.com!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Guest Designer Barbara

Here's a wonderful card I received from Barbara.  WOW, stunning coloring.  I just love your adorable snowman. He's one of the prizes that she got from me this year.  Thanks so very much for sharing this awesome card with me!  It was a total treat to get in the mail!  Cheers!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Enjoy the Ride

Here's a super cute card from an SEI kit that's very summery I think.  Enjoy the Ride is the perfect sentiment as I am just a few more days from vacation.  WOO HOO, let us all keep our fingers crossed for me.

At any rate.  I should just be very thankful for everything that I do have.  Amen to that.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Over there Sis!

Here's the cutest new image from Sandra Caldwell today.  This cutie will get added to her store on Etsy today, Babycakes DND.  It's called Over There SIS 3174.  Isn't she just TOO cute. I adore her little girl stamps.  I am also using some great Turkish lace on this card and some adorable little buttons.

Well, at this point I should have been a week and half into my trip, but, instead, I am just FIVE days from going to Turkiye.  Perhaps I shouldn't get my hopes up too much.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Slow Down

I think the sentiment on this card is just perfect for life the last couple of months.  We were all pretty much given this mantra.  "SLOW DOWN"  hopefully the enjoy the day thing happened as well, but definitely the "SLOW DOWN" just had to happen when nearly everyone in the world got quarantined to their homes.
I just adore this cute little turtle from Unity stamps. What a darling image.  I hope you are having a nice "SLOW" day.  Hugs all!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cat Portrait

Sharing this funny cat portrait stamp today.  This image comes from La Petite Market on Etsy. I got a whole bunch of their stamps a while back.  I just adore their cute animals. I also added some gorgeous Turkish lace to the card.  I couldn't resist this bright blue lace while shopping the last time I was in Turkiye.

I hope this card brings a smile to your face today.  Hugs  all!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Love you a Latte!

Here's a super cute image from artist Sherri Baldy today.  It's a wonderful Coffee theme image, who doesn't know someone who will love this stamp?  I added some adorable coffee theme embellishments and some coffee theme washi tape to go with this darling image today.
Wishing all of you a wonderful day today.  Have a nice cup of coffee on me!  Cheers, Holley

Monday, June 22, 2020

Happy Birthday

Sharing this adorable Happy Birthday card using a cute image from Hetty Clare.  We are having a contest on the YSBP challenge blog this month and Hetty Clare is our sponsor.  Please join in by sharing your latest and greatest creations with us for a chance to win some wonderful stamps from Hetty Clare.

Check out this cute set which comes with this image and two other cute dog birthday theme images HERE.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Thank you, Front Line workers!!

Here's a wonderful new digi image from artist Sherri Baldy to thank all those amazing store clerks who are staying at work and working extra for you and me so that we can still access groceries and other needed supplies everyday!  Kudos to all of them and all of those who help keep that food chain (like the truckers, factory workers, warehouse employees, stockers, etc.) going so we can all have what we need!  God Bless all of you.

Here's another adorable new Sherri Baldy stamp that you can find her store, MyBestiesShop.com that's just perfect for making for those medical professionals on the front line of the fight against Covid 19.  Isn't this stamp too cute?  I just love that she has this plus a bunch of other stamps available in this theme.
Hope you have a great start to June and a Happy Summer.  

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Guest Designer Karin

Here's a wonderful card made by Karin van Ejik using a two of her prizes that was sent this year!  I just love her beautiful work.  You can check out her blog, HERE, she shares a great cards everyday!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Cactus Girl

Here's an adorable image from Notturno Digital Arts on Etsy.  I just love her girl images plus her cute animal images.  Check out her store on Etsy as well as her groups on Facebook which has some wonderful freebie digi stamps like this one!

Hope you have a great summery day!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Life begins after coffee

Sharing this fun coffee theme card today.  I got these cute die cuts pre-made so I don't know which company sells the die.  The stamp comes from  Hampton arts and was a wood mount.  Too funny.  I added some wonderful Turkish Lace in the background.

I am not sure what I love so much about coffee stamps. I really don't drink a lot of coffee though I do love the smell of freshly brewed coffee and when in Turkiye I will drink a cup or two.  Hmmm.  Something about the stamps really appeal to me though.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Best is yet to Come

Here's a hilarious image from  Unity Stamps. I just love these lady images from artist Tierra Jackson.  They are super cute and super fun.  I made a quick and simple card using this image today and added a unity sentiment, "The Best is yet to Come".  I hope you are having a wonderful start to the summer.

I don't ever seem to go to the beach, but perhaps when I am old with cute curly hair and flamingo earrings, I will be brave enough to put on a swimsuit and off I go!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Remember When

Well, I made this card back in Feb, around my blog celebration time.  At the time I was thinking Remember when....I had surgery 10 years ago.  Nowadays, Remember when means something so very different.  Not just to me, but to everyone around the entire world.  It seems like so very long ago when things were "normal" and that things will never truly go back to what we will fondly remember as the "good ol days now."

So, Remember When?  have a time you want to remember? and event?

like, remember when you could just walk up and shake someone's hand?
or remember when you could pay with cash?
or ???? your turn

Monday, June 15, 2020

Birthday Bash

Here's a mid month reminder for the contest that is going on at YSBP (your scrapbook place blog).  Drop by over there and join in our month card making contest!  This month our sponsor is Hetty Clare. I am using an adore image from a set of three doggie birthday theme digi stamps.  Perfect for those bday or party occasions.

We'd love to see all your newest creations and you could win a prize from Hetty Clare!

Sunday, June 14, 2020


Taking off today for my trip.  I am both nervous and super excited.  I think more excited than nervous.  I think the virus is surrounding me no matter where I go, so I might as well use my plane ticket and all the $ spent on lodging and go experience some social distancing far away.  OK--so TODAY was the day I was SUPPOSED to go, Turkish Airlines cancelled my ticket (SIGH), so now I am not leaving until July 1st!  so what you read is what I had wanted to say....IF I was leaving.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful summer and I will be posting cards all summer long.  This cute card is for my DH who has been super supportive and encouraging. Love him to bits and I will miss him so very much. Great Big Hugs as the card says!

Hugs, Holley

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Guest Designer Beverly J.

Here's a stunning floral card from Guest Designer Beverly Jordan today.  How wonderful is this? I just love the coloring on this flower and the layout.  Thank you so very much for this beautiful card today.

You can check out more of her work on her blog HERE.

Friday, June 12, 2020

3 Bears

Here's a brand new image from artist Sandra Caldwell today.  This cutie is called 3 Bears image #3193.  It will be available for sale in her Etsy store, Babycakes DND later today along with many other awesome images.  In addition to the cute image, I also added some wonderful Turkish lace to go with it.

Hope you are having a wonderful Friday.  have a great weekend.  I realized yesterday I said I was leaving in 3 days.  Well, that was my original plan!!  The airline however had different plans for me because they cancelled my flight (mine and everybody else!!)  sigh.  So now my office date for Turkiye is July 1st!  here I come.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Do what makes you happy

Here's the cutest image from Notturno Digital Arts.  I just love this cute Beach Girl with her little bag. I added a great sentiment, "Do what makes you Happy" I am sure you all know what that means for me!!  I am just three days away from going to Turkiye!  it's time, though I think July would be a better time, my plane ticket and arrangements are already happening, so it's time to go.

I hope you are having a great summer.  Be sure and check out this artist's adorable stamps (and other products) in her Etsy Store (HERE).

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Feline Good

Here's a fun cat card using a wonderful digi stamp from Marie Medel Illustrations on Etsy. I just love her beautiful stamps. I had introduced her several years ago when I was celebrating my 8th or 9th year post brain surgery, I can't recall which.  Her cute stamps were a huge hit!

This image comes from a cute set of Cat theme stamps.  I have cards using several of the others as well.  I will be sharing them as the time comes.  Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Cup of Tea (or coffee)

Here's a little cup of tea (or coffee if that is your preference) using a wonderful set of stamps from Unity stamps today.  As you can see, I actually made the card with some cute coffee bean embellishments.  I also used some great Turkish lace to go with it. The sentiment says, "our talks are always the best talks."

Missing "talking" to people in person, though it's nice to chat with people online, it's still not the same as seeing people in person and chatting. I am sure many of you are feeling the same way.

Also, is it just me or is it weird to be talking to be when they have masks on?  it's so hard to read a person when you can't really see their face.  WOO HOO, just five more days.

Monday, June 8, 2020

In my defense,

Here's a hilarious cat and sentiment from Tim Holtz. I have seen stamps by the same artist (I assume) from the Cat's Pajamas and Katzel Krafts. I just love this cat, He's hilarious!  TOO FUN, I have to have all of them.  The sentiment is "In my defense, I was left unsupervised."  The cat has that look that I think I would have if I got caught.  Hmmmm.

Have a wonderful day!!  This cute little doily on the card comes from Stampin' Up.  I thought it was a nice eye catcher to go with the other items.  Just 6 more days :)  WOO HOO

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Nurse Card

Here's another nurse theme card that I made.  It's among those that I sent to the local nursing home (at the end of my street in Austin) when I sent them a bunch of cards around Easter time.  I sent cards for all the residents along with cards for the staff including a couple of cards for the nurses.  

These cute stamps were freebie images from Tiddly Inks stamps in digi format on their Facebook Group.  I love this company's images. I have made a number of wonderful cards using their images (see HERE). So drop by their page and maybe get this freebie and check them out!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Guest Designer Jan E.

Here's a super cute image from Unity Stamps on a beautiful card created by Jan E of Texas.  I just love this fun stamp, which is now a digital image that they sell.  SO sweet. I hope you love this wonderful card she is sharing today!  Thanks so much Jan.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Need some Water?

Here's  super cute Sandra Caldwell image that she gave to me as a prize from her Facebook group.  If you are not a member there, you should check it out, it's Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.  She posts contests, sales, new stamp images and pictures of cards from her design team there.

Her stamps are for sale on Etsy, Babycakes DND.  I just adore her, she's not only a good artist, she's been my friend for quite a while now.  Cheers all, Holley

Thursday, June 4, 2020


Here's the cutest image from Notturno Digital Arts today.  Makes me want to put on a bathing suit and get into my bath tub, LOL!  Sorry, no going down to the public swimming pool for me.  For one I am too darn shy to be doing that anymore, but also just this social distancing and such.  Frankly I highly doubt they will open up this summer, much the chagrin of all the kids and parents.

But I do adore this cute set of stamps that you get at her store, check them out HERE.  The countdown is on, just 10 more days until vacation!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Summer time

Well, now that school is "out." Hmmmm, I hope everyone and their kids can find some time to relax. I would say relax and be together, but haven't we all been together just a LOT lately?  I am sure for some that is just perfect and for others it is grinding on their last nerves already and summer is just now starting up!

Let's all pray for patience, joy and happiness this summer.  May we all be relaxed and may those who lead our (and all the other) country find solutions for the situations so that we may return to something more like the past we fondly remember.  Can you believe there will be a time when we will be saying things like, "I remember a time when we didn't have to wear face masks everytime we left the house."

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Happy Birthday Dad

Happy Birthday Dad!  Hope you have a very special day today!

Here's a lovely card I made using a wonderful kit from Anna Griffin.  I just adore her cute and quick card making kits.  They are a fun way to craft when you feel your mojo is lacking or when you don't have the time to color up a bunch of fun images.  They make the most elegant of cards for all your favorite people..

Monday, June 1, 2020

New Challenge starting at YSBP

Here's a super cute image from Hetty Clare.  This image comes in a wonderful set of three cute doggie images all perfect for Birthday or party theme. The set is called Birthday Dog.   I turned this one into a party theme card, which could be used for a birthday or any other celebration.  It's time for the new challenge at the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge.  Join us over at YSBP for this month's contests with great stamps from Hetty Clare.

We'd love to see any of your current crafty creations!  CLICK HERE

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Will you be my Quarantine?

Will you be my Quarantine?  I am guessing a lot of people have suddenly gotten a lot CLOSER to their loved ones.  LOL!  For some it was good for others, hmmm, not so much.  For me and my DH, it's been good.  We get along great and it's nice to have him around all the time.  He can easily and productively work from home.
I love this adorable set, it's free at the Cat's Pajamas website, it's called the Social Distancing Digi, check it out HERE.  They also have a great contest every month called the TCP Tuesday Challenge, join in!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Toilet Paper, anyone?

Here's a wonderful stamp from The Cat's Pajamas using a great digi stamp set that they gave out in their store for free!  This adorable stamp comes from the Social Distancing Set, find it HERE.  I made this cute card for their contest this month, click HERE for that.

Hope you enjoyed this funny card today.  I will say my local grocery store, the neighborhood one that is just a block away (not the mega store that is a couple miles from here) STILL only has like 1 small selection of toilet paper.  Seriously people?

Friday, May 29, 2020

Feeling Slothy?

Here's a super cute little coffee theme stamp and sentiment from Newton's Nook.  Aren't they just TOO cute?  They go perfect together.  I love this sweet little set.  I also used some wonderful Turkish Lace to go with the color scheme.

Today is the last day of the coffee theme challenge, I hope you got a chance to join in and play!  (click here).  Cheers all, Holley

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coffee and Cats??

Here's two of my favorite card items, coffee and cats.  This adorable stamp set from Unity stamps is just perfect for the coffee theme contest this week! Don't you love this adorable stamp?  I love it!  What a darling cat theme stamp and coffee to boot!
I also added some great lace and a sentiment, "To one cool cat."  Be sure and check out the fun contest, HERE.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Don't even talk to me...

Here's an awesome image from Lizzy Love. I adore her great girly images, esp this character (though, she does have some pretty cute zombie girls too).  Here's a fun coffee theme image for the contest that is going on this week (HERE).  Join in the fun!

Hope you like the orange on this card this week.  Have a wonderful day.  Our 5th graders are "graduating"  so adorable!  Cheers, Holley