Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Cup of Thanks

HUGE thanks to everyone at Brentwood Elementary for doing such hard work this year on what has been a challenging and tough pandemic time.  I am so proud of the work we did, and I know that everyone will continue to do their very best whether they stay at Brentwood or have endeavors elsewhere.  You all are my friends that I count lucky to have!

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Hot air balloons

Had to share this wonderful hot air balloon stamp today.  As the end of school nears and vacation starts, I always think of Turkiye when I see hot air balloons, just google Cappadocia, dozens of gorgeous images of the chimney fairy rocks will appear with wonderful hot air balloons flying over them.  I didn't get to go in one when I went because of covid.  I don't know if I would have, but it was not an option even when I was in Cappadocia.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Guest Designer Dana

 I received this great card from Dana. I love the stitched die cutting and the bright and bold coloring.  Gorgeous work.  Thanks so very much for the card and your lovely note.

If you would like to share something you made with your prize, or share a thank you card, I'd love to see it, htondre@aol.com

The lace store closes on Saturday!!  LacePlaceByHolley | Etsy

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Beauty in Green

 Here's some great Turkish Embellishments that I got last year while in Antalya (I think, it might have been in Istanbul, but pretty sure Antalya). Anyways, I bought a handful and thought they would make nice cards.  I often see cute things like this, as well as, patches and other embroidered items that makes me want to create cards with them.

Closing soon for summer break!!  Check out my lace store on Etsy:  LacePlaceByHolley | Etsy

Friday, May 27, 2022

Bye Kiddos

Today is the last day of the school year for the kids!  WOOHOO! I know they are all excited for SUMMER BREAK!  I hope everyone, kids and teachers included have a nice summer (teachers and I will be back next week for work still, but not much, lol.)  Bye kids, huge (socially distanced) hugs because we are still in a pandemic.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

The eve of the end of school

 Well I can see excitement from both the kids and teachers.  It's funny how when we were kids we just assumed the teachers didn't ever leave school.  When my kids see me outside of school they act SO suprised like WHAT? you live outside of school? ha.  But then when I was in school I probably was the same way.  Sad enough I do recall seeing teachers work other jobs when I was a kid.  WOW.  It never hit me back then, teachers having to work second jobs!!

Hope all my kiddos have a wonderful summer!  Just one more day to go kids!

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The store will close on June 4th

Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Here's a fun coffee theme card from Unity Stamps today.  I had to use this saying during the last week of school, most definitely, "CAFFEINE: It maintains my sunny personality"  HA!  I think the kids would agree with that one.  TOO funny. Hope you have a SUNNY day.  Cheers!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Hey Chick

 Sharing this hilarious chicken image from Stamping Bella's Oddballs line.  I just need to come up with a funny saying to go with him.....anyone got one? To me je just looks like a babe magnet who's trying to pick up the chicks!  HA!  Hope this card gave you a smile today.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Happy Monday

Happy Last week of school!  I thought we definitely needed a coffee card for that!  Here's a cutie from Rabbit Hole Designs.  Isn't he adorable? I can't believe it's the last week of school.  Teachers will have to come back one day next week (the 31st).

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NOTE, the store will close for summer on June 4th

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Guest Designer Sue T

 I received this lovely card in the mail from Susan T of Austin, Texas.  What a beautiful surprise.  She is using one of the sentiment stamps that I sent to her.  Don't you love it?

If you got a prize and would like to share, email me, htondre@aol.com

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Saturday, May 21, 2022


Here's a sweet stamp from Twistoon stamps (what used to be Bloobel stamps). I just love her fun lady stamps.  This one is just TOO cute.  Doesn't she look like she needs a little bit of love?  (Don't we all need a little love?)  Have a great weekend.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Imagine the places you will go

 Well, now we have just 5 days of school left but 17 days total until it's time to go!  WOW.  It's really soon now. I am getting packed up, well, not really, I have a suitcase sitting in my room that's been accumulating stuff for the last several weeks including goodies for those that I know in Turkiye.  I suppose soon enough I really will need to get with it and pack.  This cute card from Simple Stories says, "Imagine the places you'll go."  WOO HOO, so many places I want to see this summer including Urfa, Diyarbakir, Antakya.  Hmmm.

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There's just TWO weeks left before the store closes for the summer

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Fairy princess

Wow, just about to finish up the school year now, just 6 more days of classes and then one in person day without the kiddos.  Whew.  Sharing this card today with a sweet girl from Lili of the Valley.  I thought she was just TOO cute.  Makes me think of some of the sweet little girls at my school.

My store will be closing while I am in Turkey, so get that lace now!  LacePlaceByHolley | Etsy

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Friends make life bear-able


Here's a super cute image from Noturrno Digital stamps on Etsy.  With the end of what has been a long and extremely stressful school year coming to an end we are all sad because so many teachers will be leaving us.  SIGH.  I know it's not just my school, but the teachers at my school are so very talented and the school system in Texas is running them off.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Best Friends

 Here's another great Unity Stamp today.  I am using some stunning Turkish lace on this one.  I hope you love it.  Here's my tribute to best friends out there.  Huge hugs to mine.  They know who they are.  Love you guys, thank you for always being there and supporting me.

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Monday, May 16, 2022


Here's a fun quirky image from Starving Artistamps that I just loved.  I don't know why, but it just speaks to me, you know I love the bizarre.  I added a fun sentiment, "Create the world you want to see."  Now isn't that what card makers do?

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Little Blue Bird

Here's a sweet image from Day for Daisies.  I just love their cute little girls.  I added some wonderful Turkish lace to this project.  YUM.  Now that we are basically in spring here in Texas, I thought this card with the blue bird was just perfect.  This company is our sponsor this month at YSBP Challenge, so drop by over there and share your creations with us!

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Guest Designer Birgitta H

Here's a wonderful creation from Birgitta using a prize she got last year, some great cat stamps from Tim Holtz.  I just love her gorgeous layout and amazing coloring.  Beautiful!

 If you'd like to be featured on my blog, send me a photo of a creation or mail me one.  Either way.  htondre@aol.com

Friday, May 13, 2022

Happy Birthday DH

Happy Birthday John!
Wishing my DH a very happy birthday today.  May all his wishes come true because this man makes all my wishes come true.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

End is in sight....

 LOL, this cat card is just hilarious.  We are on the bottom stretch of the end of school and i think everyone at my school is either face planted into the ground or has their hand slapped up against their forehead.  Whew, 12 more school days with the kiddos.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022


 Here's a great stamp from Stamping Bella Oddballs. I just love that stamp line. "Life is all about balance"  Now that's the truth.  You are talking to someone who seems to just FALL down at least once a darn year.  Perhaps I need to head this saying about BALANCE!!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Missing Sandra

 Here's the cutest card using a stamp from my recently deceased friend, Sandra Caldwell.  She was just the nicest sweetest lady with wonderful talent. I added some cute butterflies and lovely Turkish lace to go along with the image.  RIP Sandra.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Happy Monday

 Happy Monday everyone!  Just three weeks of school left.  I am getting excited now (lol, just kidding, I have been excited all this time).  Thought today was a good day to start off the week with a coffee theme card. This cutie is made by My Favorite Things

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day

 Sharing this card today for Mother's Day.  I know my mom loves dogs, so I thought she would love this card.  It says, "A cuddle makes it all better."  I also added some great Turkish lace to it.  PLUS it's using a stamp from our sponsor, All Dressed up at the Challenge over on YSBP Challenge blog this month!  Drop by over there with any recent creation and enter our contest!

Happy Mother's day to all my friends!

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Guest Designer Karin

Here's a stunning project created by Karin of KarinArtScrap.  She's using an adorable die cutter that she got from me a couple years ago as a prize.  I just love her amazing Christmas projects.  Be sure to look at her blog HERE.

Do you have projects you have created with your prizes?  I'd love to see them.  Click a pic and send it to me!  htondre@aol.com so I can share it on my blog.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Less people please

I think this grumpy cat from Taylored Expressions is just hilarious. I added the sentiment, "I wanna be where the people aren't."  How funny is that?  I do often totally feel that way, but i go vacationing in places like Istanbul where the population is 20 million.  I tell my friends that in a city with SO SO SO many people, it's really like you are all alone.  Maybe it's because I don't speak Turkish (though studying on Babble for the last five months, i still know very little),  maybe I am just an introvert and tend not to engage with strangers.  I don't know.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Stay Paws-itive

 Well, it's the last month of school and things are in full swing.  I just LOVE this lace on this card.  I only got a remnant of it, not a full packet.  I wish I could find it somewhere.  This cute cat is from i-crafter.  So sweet.  Hope you all have a lovely Thursday!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

What's Up

 Here's a fun card from Unity stamps. I love their cute little puns.  This one is sweet. I think it's just perfect for the kiddos in your life.  I also added some great black lace from Turkiye.  Don't you love it?  I am about a month away from my trip now. Looking forward to it.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Alice Tea Time

 Sharing a great Alice Tea Time stamp from Blank Page Muse today.  This stamp was drawn by Sandra Caldwell and you can find it HERE in the Blank Page Muse store.  I know the theme is Alice in Wonderland, but I colored her up in different colors so you could get an different ideas and see different colors used with this image.  I added some great rose lace to match the rose cup along with an adorable little tea pot and cup.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Hang in There!

Well, here we are in May, Hang in there friends, just one more month of school to go!  I know my buddies and I here in TX are worn out from another pandemic filled year of education.  (Not to mention, but our campus is being rebuilt, so we are a guest at another campus in their "back field" all in portables.  SIGH.  It's been a long 2 years.)

When I goto Turkey, the lace shop on Etsy will be closed.  The official vacation dates for the shop are June 4-Aug 4th.  So get what you want from the shop now

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Happy May

 Happy May!  It's time for the contest over at YSBP Challenge!  The wonderful sponsor this month is All Dressed up and I have an image that i just LOVE!  Check her out!  She's called Kitty Hearts on Etsy.  How delightful!  I colored her up with copics and added some adorable buttons and delicious Turkish Lace.

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