Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thanks Merve!

Here's a thank you card for my hostess for the past trip. It was my pleasure to use AirBNB to stay at her house and I highly recommend her for women who are traveling alone or as a couple.  It's a great location near the train and quick ride to Sultanhamet.  She was a wonderful hostess.  If interested, just check my recommendations on AirBNB or email me for info

Hope you have a great day, it's going to be a super long flight home tomorrow.  sigh.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Stamp from Turkiye

Thought nearing the end of my trip in Turkey I would share a card I made using a stamp that I bought while in Turkiye last summer.  Isn't this sweet?  I added some orange buttons and of course, some turkish lace to go with it.  I am living it up on my last couple days, mostly at the lace stores and of course, looking at the Hagia Sofia.

Hope you all have a great end to July

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Hey Stud

Here's a great Unity stamp card that I made for my DH, now that I am just a week from coming  home I thought I would share this for him.  Hey there stud, I miss you lots and I am coming home!!  Of course, I couldn't find a stamp that says all that, so I just had to use the sentiment below, lol!  Hope you all are having a great day!


Monday, July 26, 2021

Cherish Simple Things

 Here's a beautiful stamp from Turkiye.  It's among the numerous sets I got last trip.  I finally got around this past winter to sitting down and stamping all of them up to make wonderful cards.  Now I am sharing them.  I hope to see new stamps now that I am back in Turkiye.

I added a basic sentiment, "Cherish Simple Things." and of course, some lovely Turkish lace to go with it.  Just a couple days left to enjoy this amazing trip.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Guest Designer Karin

Here's another amazing card from artist Karin of Karins Art Scrap blog.  She makes the most stunning creations.  Be sure and check out her blog HERE.  On this card she is using a stamp that she won last may when I had my one million prize contest.


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sending you lots of Love

 Can you believe it's my last weekend in Turkiye?  I  can't.  I will miss this place, but here'a a sweet card to
let the DH know that I am on my way home next week.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend everyone!

The card says sending you lots of LOVE!  I got this cute kit from Simple Stories.  What a fun card making kit.  Hope the DH like it.

Friday, July 23, 2021

I know ...

 Here's one of those awesome cat stamps from Tim Holtz.  I added a sentiment, "I know right from wrong, Wrong is the fun one."  HA!  how great is that?  I just adore this fun set of stamps.  You can also find this great cat from Cat's Pajamas, KatzelKrafts and at least one other company.  They are super cute!

have a cat filled day!  I know I will in Istanbul for my last week!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Booty Chick

Sharing this hilarious Unity stamp today, It says, "Cute? i'm not cute i'm fierce!"  ha!  How fun is that? I just adore their darling images. This one is too fun and I added some great Turkish Lace to go with it.  How perfect is that?  I just love this yellow lace.

have a sweet day today!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

All my favorite...

 Here's a super cute card from Simple Stories. It says, "All my favorite Chapters include you!"  Awe, how sweet is that?  I thought the DH would like that one.  He's such a sweetie to let me go in the summertime.  I love him dearly.  Having fun though and will enjoy sharing with him about my trip when I get home.

Can't wait to share all my new lace with you guys!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sending a cup of love

Here's a super cute card using Hero Arts stamps and of course, coffee theme which my husband loves so I thought I would share this card for him today and let him know I am thinking of him.  Huge hugs DH.  Have a great week.

Having lots of fun and lots of relaxation here. Hope you are all having a nice relaxing summer as well

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Wish Big

 Wishing you a very Happy Birthday today Cemil!  I hope this card finds you well and living out all your dreams.  Best wishes for a great birthday and a wonderful year.

I made this card for a dear friend's son whom I remember being born in Lubbock, TX.  Now he's back home in Istanbul.  Of course I may or may not get to see him on my trip but either way I wish him the very best for his birthday

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Guest Designer Suzanne H

 Here's the most precious gift I got during my celebration month this year. It's the card that artist Suzanne H made for the contest we had plus this darling cross stitched ornament. It says "Ewe be well"  How precious is that?!?  TOO sweet.  Thank you so very much Suzanne.

Friday, July 16, 2021


Sharing this cute card today as a little countdown for my trip, I still have about 2 weeks to go, but thought this card would be fun.  It says 1,2,3,4,5...You can count on me!  It's from a great card making kit by Simple Stories.

 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Don't be Normal

Here's one of my favorites of the Creepy kids from Deep Sea Toons by Miss Rach.  I just love her stamps, you can find them on Etsy.  TOO cute, esp these girl stamps.  I added a fun sentiment, "Don't be normal, be marvelous."  How perfect is that?

 well, off for another wonderful day of vacation

Thursday, July 15, 2021

I may appear harmless...

Here's a hilarious cat image today, it comes from Katzelkraft.  I think this fun sentiment comes from Unity stamps, but I am not 100% certain.  If you are, please lmk in the comments section. I added a great lace butterfly that I got in Turkey.  This particular one comes from a string of turkish lace and i cut the butterfly off to use on this card.  There's also cute butterflies that are sold individually.

I love this cat's attitude.  Go out and have some attitude today!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Coffee time

 I thought it was time for another Coffee theme card.  YUM.  Turkiye is one of the places where I enjoy having some coffee, though now at home I have a turkish coffee pot that works excellent and makes a pot of coffee perfectly.  You can get one on Amazon for less than $100;  

This cute stamp is from Hero Arts along with the sentiment inside.  I hope you like it.  Have a little coffee treat today.  Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

I just want...

 Here's a sweet card that I made for the DH before I left for Turkiye and added to my blog, it says, "I just want to Thank You for being my reason to look forward to the next day."  He does make me look forward to the future. I can't believe we have been together 20+ years already, seems like just yesterday in one since, and forever in another.

Have a great day everyone. I hope you enjoying the summer.  Right now I wish for a tad of air conditioning and some ice, lol

Monday, July 12, 2021

Follow your arrow

Here's a wonderful image and sentiment from Cat's Pajamas.  I thought they were just SO cute, it says, "Follow your Arrow"  I guess my arrow is in Istanbul because that is where I love to go.  Hmmm.  makes my heart feel happy.

So follow your arrow today, and go where it leads you.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Happy Birthday Kathy

Wishing my mother in law Kathy a very Happy Birthday today!  I hope she gets to do something very special and all her wishes come true.  Huge hugs.  

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Guest Designer Audrey R

 Here's a wonderful card that I received a while back during celebration month that I want to share. doesn't this person know me too well?  YEP, it has SKULLs on it!!  Just a perfect valentine for my heart.  Thanks so much to Audrey R of Austin for this one! (You know I love that paper too!!)

Friday, July 9, 2021


 Thinking of you dear!  I would just pick up a phone and call, but nowadays with what's app and facebook and texting,'s ridiculous to pay for international phone calls. Plus I can hear my DHs response, "What you have only been gone X weeks?" lol MEN!  that's  how they think.

Well, I know he will eventually see this and know that I am thinking of him, now if only he had such a blog.  HA!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

i just love you

Sharing this darling elephant stamp from Kinda Cute by Patricia.  It comes in a super cute set with a couple other elephant Stamps.  TOO cute.  I had to post this sweet card for the DH while I am away I thought he would love it.  Hugs dear, thinking of you.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Celebrate the Everyday

 Here's a card with some gorgeous lace and a wonderful stamp from Unity Stamps.  I just love this cat.  Did I mention before that there are just all sorts of cats in the city?  They are all taken in to a vet, spade or neutered and health screened and then let loose in the city as the "Cats of Istanbul."  They are cared for by the local city folk.

Well, there are also people like my hostess, who also have their own cat/dogs as pets.  They are generally kept indoors and away from the city cats.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

I really like you...

 Here's fun stamp from Avery Elle along with a sentiment stamp from Sugartree Stamps (on Etsy).  I also added some nice Turkish Lace on the bottom of the card.  I will say, and have probably said it before that I usually don't drink much american coffee but I will have me some Turkish coffee, which shocks a lot of people.  it's way stronger and more earthy I guess is the word for it.  I just like it.  What super surprises people is I drink my Turkish coffee then promptly go lie down.  They are like, how can you take a nap after that?

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Little Bird

Here's a gorgeous blue bird stamp, well, I colored it blue, i suppose it's just a bird stamp, lol.  I just adore it though.  It comes from Unity stamps and I added the most gorgeous turkish lace to go with it. What a sweet little bird.  

I can't wait to get back home and show you all the amazing stuff I found while in Turkiye this summer:  stamps, lace, stickers and embellishments to boot!  WOO HOO

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Guest Designer Valerija

 Here's an amazing card created by Guest Designer Valerija using a stunning die cut that she received in the February celebration.  I just love the gorgeous Yellow.  You can see her amazing blog HERE:

Moje veselje: Rumena (

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Cool Cat

 I just love this fun cat theme stamp.  I got this from a stamp set that I bought in Turkiye.  I added an embossed card and a simple die cut to go with it. I thought that was just enough to go with this cat's attitude.  How fun is it?

I can't belive it's been more than 3 weeks already.  Just over 3.5 weeks to go and I am LOVING Istanbul.  What a fun city (when on vacation, it might be a lot harder to work in day to day).

Friday, July 2, 2021


 Here's a cute little girl from Unity stamps that I paired with a sentiment from Robert Brault (I think this also comes from Unity) "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were BIG."  I love her cute little hat and I added a sweet doggie to the card.

If vacation is going as planned I should be in Antalya now.  It's a beach area, but also full of historical monuments which I am there to see.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Just wanted to say Happy Birthday

Here's a wonderful image from Sheepski Designs digi stamps.  I think this image is just perfect for vacations, travel, and I used as a birthday image!  I am happy to say that Sheepski Designs is our wonderful sponsor this month at the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog.  You could win a great prize from them by joining in our contest this month!

 Just go over to the  Your scrapbook place challenge blog and enter your newest creations this month for a chance to win.  You get an extra entry into the drawing if you use our sponsor's images.  Cheers and Happy July everyone!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Turkish Coffee

 I love this awesome embellishment on this card (yes the lace!), but I was talking about the pot, which very much looks like a turkish coffee pot.  Now of course, I am not very good at making coffee in a turkish coffee pot, so I have an automatic coffee maker which does it perfectly.  I added a stamp from Hero arts (sentiment and the cup) it says, "you fill my cup completely"

Hope you  have some delicious coffee today!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Especially for you

 Here's one of my husband's favorite animals.  A moose of course.  He's always threatened to get a moose head and put it in his man cave (not that we really have a man cave in our house.  Frankly our house is not high enough ceilings for a moose head to work, lol.  But he still threatens it from time to time.  So, here you go darling, I don't want any "trophies" on my wall.  I am not a hunter but not necessarily opposed to hunting (unless you are just a trophy hunter!!)

Hugs dear, hope this moose card will suffice.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Just a little card to say...

Made this cute card for the DH so he would know that I am thinking about him even though I am so far away in Turkey right now.  I hope he is doing well and I am sure he is enjoying his time alone, it's like he has a whole house as a man cave.

Huge hugs babe, see you soon. Kisses, Holley

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Guest Designer Gaye V

 Here's a wonderful guest designer project from Gaye V.  Wow. I love the way she used tiny buttons.  One of my favorite embellishments!  Super cute Gaye.

She's using prizes she got in the celebration in Feb.  I'd love to see any creations you have made!!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Hello Sweet Friend

 Here's one of my fav characters but I don't have a lot of stamps of him.  If you know a source for them, please let me know.  It's Basik and Co.  I added a sweet sentiment, "Hello sweet friend."  I added some wonderful ribbon from Turkiye along with some great Turkish lace as well.

Hope all my sweet friends have a great day!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Meet Verbena

 I thought this awesome image from Dead Sea Toons was great for my traveling time.  She's named Verbena.  I just love this line of girl stamps that you can get at her Etsy store or at Blank Page Muse in rubber format.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Come Saturday I will be off to a local pazaar where one of the big things sold is LACE.  Who would think that.  Just row after row of lace and fabrics?  OMG, my dream come true, lol

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Perk Up

Sharing this adorable stamp from Notturno Digital Arts.  I love her cute images.  She sells all sorts of great stamps and other (colored) sets.  Check out her ETSY site, NotturnoClipArt.  I added a cute sentiment from I believe Technique Tuesday (please let me know if I am wrong).  and they cutest stickers along with some very elegant lace from Turkiye.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Good Meowning

Here's the cutest image from Cat's Pajamas Rubber Stamps.  I just adore their images, I swear I must own 2/3 of their store, lol.  This cat image is too cute and it comes in the best set.  I hope you like it.  I know meownings are tough, but my home away from home in Turkey has a sweet cat (well, I dunno about sweet), she'll warm up to me sometimes, when she wants something and the owner isn't home.

Have a great meowning and a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Sharing this fun card from Taylored Expressions for the DH back home.  I hope it makes him smile.  he knows how much I like silly cards and funny puns.  I know this is not a pun, but it is a silly funny card, so hopefully he gets a smile out of it.  huge hugs today dear.  

Who's to say what I will be doing today?  shopping (now I would never say that in America), walking around (definitely), drinking coffee (I would never say that in America), sitting at the coast side?  All sounds lovely....

Monday, June 21, 2021

Have a magical day

Sharing this lovely Unity stamp today.  This card and of course the Turkish lace with it just make me happy. I hope this trip will have me finding lots of wonderful new turkish lace to enjoy.  I really have too much but I just can't resist the hunt and find of some beautiful lace in the city.  I have to wonder if the other cities have it and if there are other districts in Istanbul that also sell it.  I am sure there are, I just don't know where all to go. (Maybe it's a good thing that I don't lol!)

Hope you all have a magical day!

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Guest Designer Karin

 Sharing a gorgeous Holiday card created by Karin of KarinsArtScrap.  How lovely is this card?  Be sure and check out her wonderful blog KARINSARTSCRAP and see all her other creations.  If you'd like to share your creations with your prizes from this year or previous years, drop me a message!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

with love

Here's the cutest little girl stamp from Julie Spiri.  I do so adore her image.  I am sending a little love home to the states today.  Hugs to the DH.  Love you Lots.  Hope you are having a nice summer.  Thinking of you always.

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Introverts Unite!

Thought this sentiment was just hilarious.  I am not sure if I am introverted or extroverted.  I think at times I am both, but by default I am more introverted.    However I am definitely one of those homebody people who's like ok everyone, go home!  stay to yourself.  Then I'm like, but I need a friend.....

Dilemmas of an introvert?

Using some fab ribbon from Turkiye here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Adventure Beckons

I thought this card was just perfect for vacation time!  Doesn't she look like she is ready to go?  I know I am.  I love that cute camper and how it turned out that it matched the card perfectly (no I didn't color and make it match, I colored first, then found the embellishment that matched!)  I added a great unity sentiment, "Adventure Beckons"  sounds like me....

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer


Sharing this card today for my DH because I am so going to miss him!  I love you lots sweetie.  I hope you have a nice relaxing summer as well.  I know that he misses me, but I also know that he enjoys the quiet house to himself.  Usually around week 4 to week 6 he's like, I'm ready for you to come home now.  That's how I know it's time to come home.  And truthfully, by that time, I am ready to go home.

I love you with my whole heart dear!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Oh Joy

 I thought this card was just perfect for vacation time.  I can imagine getting to Turkey and holding my arms out just like this little girl and saying, "Oh Joy"  Ahhh, How perfect is that?  and with some turkish lace too!

Wishing all of you a very wonderful summer.  I should be arriving in Turkiye today in the evening turkish time.

Monday, June 14, 2021


I thought this card was just perfect right before the trip.  I am so ready to get back to Turkiye.  Such a wonderful country.  I can't wait to just relax and enjoy.  I hope to make lots of happy memories this year.  Wish me luck!

Hope to find lots of wonderful fancy lace!  WOO HOO.  Hmmm, maybe I need to take an extra bag,  HA!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Guest Designer Audrey

 Loving this wonderful Christmas card I received from Audrey R of Texas.  how delightful is this?  Thanks so much for making my holiday brighter this year Audrey!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tea Time

I thought now that I was in Turkey, I would share some cards that I made using stamps that I bought while there.  This cute tea pot is one of them.  So adorable.  They are different companies, but all stamps that I got in Turkiye.  Some of them come from a Turkish company, some from various European companies and some from china.

I can guarantee you I will be having lots of Turkish tea this summer.  hugs, Holley

Friday, June 11, 2021

Feline Good

Sharing this darling cat card today using a fun image from Maria Medel Illustrations.  I added a great sentiment from another cute set, "Looking Good, Feline Good",I think it is Newtons Nook. Please let me know if you can verify or you know otherwise.

I can't believe when this publishes I will be up in the sky between america and turkiye!!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

good times,

I know one thing I hope to be doing BEFORE I go on this trip and that is SLEEPING.  I always try to sleep on my flight to Istanbul but I don't know if I am too excited too paranoid about snoring or too uncomfortable in those tiny seats but either way I can never fall asleep.  And it's like 12 hours on the plane from the time you are seated until you unboard.  UGH.  I also pretty much NEVER get up to go to the bathroom which means I don't eat or drink either.

Let's hope this next flight goes better and I get some sleep or something.  I will just be happy with some WIFI.  Please, just a little wifi so I can listen to music or something.  Well now I have spotify offline, so I can have music but I would love a little internet!  PLEASE,  off i go!