Saturday, August 19, 2017

Meet Jacko and Jill

Here's another beautiful stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell.  This week she is releasing TWICE as many wonderful stamps for you!  Check out her Etsy store, Babycakes DND to see them all.  This great stamp is called Jacko and Jill 1718.  You all know how much I LOVE Halloween.  She has just released a whole bunch of new Halloween stamps!  WOO HOO.

Drop by and check out our Facebook group, Sandra Caldwell stamp fans, where we have fun contests and games and prize winning goodies get handed out on occasion.  There's also lots of great card sharing every week.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Lou the Waitress

Check out this adorable new stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell.  She is called Waitress Lou 1733.  Isn't she so adorable?  I just loved this stamp (and so many of the other brand new images being added to the store this week!!).  Wait until you see all the new goodies at Babycakes DND on Etsy.

This is the first week that we have had the kiddos back in the school.  WHEW, it's hard to get them back and used to the routine, but I am  hoping in another week or so, they will be used to the schedule and raring to go.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I love Chemistry!

With school coming back (I guess not that long for the teachers, as they will be starting at least two weeks before the kids), I thought this cute image from Faery Ink would be perfect.  I added a fun sentiment "Try my Love Potion."  Wouldn't she be a great teacher?

I hope all is going well for everyone and those of you who are enjoying your summer off will make the best of these last couple of weeks!  Have a great time and refresh yourself before the next school year comes.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

who makes this stamp?

Here's an awesome quirky stamp that I found at some resale house.  It was self mounted on a wood base and I just had to pick it up for a couple dollars.  She's too irresistible.  I don't know who made it, if you do or if you have any ideas or perhaps companies that make similar stamps, LMK I would love to look them up.  Here's the card I made with her

Thanks for checking out what I made and if you have any leads, let me know!  Thanks.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Enjoy your Life

Here's an awesome image from artist Rick St Dennis that I made for the current challenge over at the YSBP Challenge blog.  Check out all of the amazing card using Rick St Dennis images and then join in our challenge HERE.  
You could win an awesome prize from Rick St Dennis.  His images are found HERE, he does everything from Cute to scary to sexy images like mine.  I just love his amazing variety.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Flowers

Here's a lovely image from Sherri Baldy that I used to create this card for the newest contest over at the SSS Challenge blog. The theme is to use die cuts on your card, so please create something fun and drop on over to join in with us! I am using an embossed/die cut frame from Sizzix plus a lovely flower die from Tattered lace.
I hope you will join in the fun over at SSS Challenge blog! You could win some wonderful stamps from Sherri as well as a chance to be the guest designer over at the Addicted to Stamps blog!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Calling Dr. Hippo

Calling Doctor Hippo, Calling Doctor he is!!  A brand new stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell this week.  Isn't he too cute?  this fun stamp will be added to her Babycakes DND store on Etsy and he's called Dr. Hippo 1712.  Check him out along with many more wonderful stamps.

Hope you have been having a great week. Today finishes up my first week of my new job.  Normally I would just be a substitute for the district, so I would not be working this week (which is an  teacher inservice week).  Starting Monday all the kiddos will show up.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Old Lady Skeleton

Here's another brand new stamp from Sandra Caldwell this week!  WOW! Two new images from the same artist in the same week.  How great is that?  And a skull lady to boot! You know I am in heaven.  This wonderful image is called old Lady Skeleton 1680.  Too cool. I added a Dia De Los Muertos embossing image across the bottom.

I hope you enjoyed this card today and you will all have a wonderful weekend.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fashion Hippo

Here's a brand new stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell called Fashion Hippo 1701.  Isn't she just a delight? I just love her hippo images. I added a fun sentiment that says "Shop like it's your day job" ha!
I also added some great Turkish lace on this card at the bottom and a beautiful rainbow colored flower to go with it.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sweet Pea stamps, oh how I miss them!

Here's an adorable image from Sweet Pea stamps!  I do so miss this company so much.  They always had the most wonderful images from several great artists.  This image is no exception. I love her.  I added a sentiment "I think you are so beautiful" because she just looks like she needs a little cheer.

I hope everyone is having a great week, next week should hopefully be something special for everyone! If I am right, I will be starting up at my new job (well, I was always a substitute for the school district, but now I should be full time!)

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Here's an adorable stamp from Taylored expressions.  I saw these hilarious sentiments and funny images called "Grumplings".  HA!  I just had to get one of those sets.  TOO funny.  Here's one of the stamps from the set and a matching sentiment to go with it.

Hope you enjoy this funny card today.  These stamps are so hilarious. Think I may add some to my Amazon gift wish list :)  Off I go this morning to the AISD office to get some paperwork done and get my badge for the school.  Then I am off to see the doctor AGAIN, lol.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sweetest Mermaid

Here's an awesome new image from Lizzy Love (Oddball Arts).  The theme on the blog challenge is sky full of stars. I hope this cute card counts as the mermaids sky is the sea that surrounds her and the sea surround this lovely mermaid not only has skulls in it, it also has beautiful embossed (though hard to see the embossing on the photo) starfish!  Check out her amazing challenge at the Oddball Art Challenge blog.

I though that was a fun play on the theme of the contest this month.  I hope everyone is having a great week.

Thanks for all your well wishes yesterday!  I got the job!!  Woohoo.  So I will be starting up on MONDAY which is when the school district starts (for teachers and staff).  so  thank God for that, I have very much been working towards that goal for a while.  Thanks so much for all your kind words, prayers and well wishes!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Little Blue Button stamp

Here's a gorgeous image from Little Blue Button. Check out her store for some Awesome stamps. I love her little girls and her cute doll theme stamps.  I am also using some of the wonderful Turkish Lace that I got last summer on this card.  

I heard from the school that the job is still in progress with the district offices, but I know that the majority of the school employees will begin next week so I am hoping that paper work will be done and I will get the job in time to be starting next week!  I hope that will also ensure that I get health benefits and other such items :)  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Laugh some every day

Here's a CAS card that I did recently as a quick and cute little project for a friend.  I needed something simple and sweet to cheer her up. I thought she would like this simple sentiment with a sweet summer flower.

I hope you are all having a great summer time.  For those of you getting ready to go back to school, esp the teachers who will be back by next week, thanks so much for all the work you do! Have a wonderful school year!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Pressed Leaf cards

Here's more of the beautiful leaves that I have been given by a fellow church member to create cards to sell at the church's annual bazaar.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Wabbit

Happy Friday everyone, today I am sharing this adorable image from Sandra Caldwell. She is currently on vacation, so she is not adding new digis to the shop today, but there will be wonderful surprises next week!  Stay tuned.

I colored up this card using all pinks. how do you think it looks?  would another spring or summer color look better?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Beautiful Maiden

Here's a beautiful card from Mitzi-Sato-Wuiff that I am also using some gorgeous Turkish lace on.  I just love the beautiful orange on this card.  I hope you like it as well, it's definitely something  unusual. 

I am happy to report that my mother is now conscious!! She has gotten up in the hospital (after over a WEEK!!) and is talking, she's going through some level of ICU delirium, which is a problem that happens to people who are under long term care in the ICU especially if they are sedated.  But the progress is so very encouraging and just having her come back is amazing.  Thanks so much to everyone for all your positive thoughts and prayers.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Morning Time

Love this Kraftin Kimmie girl, she is just too cute. She's my reminder that I need to be turning into a morning person because I have to start getting ready to be working at the school this year!  I am thinking we will be going back starting on Aug 14th, so I best start getting back to the morning schedule, lol!  I would say break out the coffee, but I don't do coffee, so break out the Diet Dr Pepper!!

I haven't heard back from the school district yet, but I did have two calls from the principal at the school right next to my house last week. It's the one that I worked at last year so I was thrilled.  She called, did my interview on the phone right then, and then called the next day to let me know that my paperwork was going on.

So everyone please keep your fingers crossed that I hear from the HR department as it is not 100% controlled by the local principal at the school.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Paper Temptress and Graciellie Design Team Blog Hop

We are having an amazing blog hop today using some stunning stamp and digi paper set from Graciellie Designs as well as some great papers from Paper Temptress today.   I am using a wonderful stamp set called  Magnolia Dreams stamp set and the Magnolia Dreams digi paper pack. I am using two stamps from the set as well as two pieces of paper from the package. Don't they match perfectly?

From the Paper Temptress site the base of my card is made from pink ice parchment;  I have printed out my images on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper.  I layer that paper on a wonderful shimmery black paper with a gold undertone called Nero. Then I used a super cute grosgrain bow in pink.

There's wonderful prizes if you are participating in the blog hop today!  Please just leave a comment and continue on in the hop!  There will be prizes from bother Paper Temptress as well as Gracielle Designs!

You are currently at Holley's Blog

Here is the Hop order:
Gracielle Designs 

Holley               ================ YOU ARE HERE

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunshiny Day

Here's an awesome image from artist Sherri Baldy. I made this fun card for the current contest on the SSS Challenge blog. The contest theme is sunshine.   She's looking full of sunshine so I added some wood embellishments and some sunshiny sentiments.

Wonderful news, my mother was taken off the ventilater and is breathing on her own!! This now allows her to talk and they can remove all the sedatives that they have been giving her!  WOW. So much progress has happened just on Sunday.  So very thankful for that much.  We have a long road ahead, but this was a huge step in the right direction.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


It's time for a brand new contest over on Outlawz for the awesome Monday challenge! Tomorrow the challenge will get started and it will be anything goes with of course the theme, Monday Greetings, so be sure and include a sentiment somewhere on the front of your card.  I was thrilled to see our sponsor is Mari's Digis.  She mades just the cutest as well as the SMARTEST stamps like this wonderful scientist image!!  WOO HOO.

Thanks so much for everyone who's sent in message and asked me about my mom, she's only 65 so it's been shocking to see her in the hospital and not breathing on her own.  We are still praying that she will be able to recover.  It's been over a week in this condition.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Here's a stunning fashionista designed by Sherri Baldy. I just love this amazing image.  She has several wonderful stamps like this.  Check them all out at her My Besties store.   I added a "chalkboard" sentiment that says Living the dream. I thought that was just perfect for this lady.  Doesn't she look like she is living the dream?

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer?  Can you believe it is the end of July?  UGH, I know I can't.  Where has it gone?

Friday, July 28, 2017


Here's a stamp favorite of mine from Sandra Caldwell. You know I love Halloween, but I had to color up this lady in totally different colors this time.  Isn't she adorable?  She is definitely a wild one.  I love her.  I had to do her hair up in greens and pinks so I could make a card base in the same colors.
Hope you love this card, here's a close up of the image I did.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Christmas in July

Hello and I hope you are having a great week.  Well everyone I notice seems to be sharing at least one Christmas in July card, so here's mine. I made this cute holiday theme card using a wonderful stamp from Magnolia.  Isn't she just precious?

I hope you are crafting away this summer. I would say I was getting a lot of Christmas theme cards done, but that really isn't happening, just this one.  But hey, I did the Christmas in July theme!

Woo hoo.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Snokeling Bunny!

Here's a perfect image for summer time and a lovely stamp from Tiddly Inks.  I just love that artist's adorable images, esp her cute little girls.  This fun oceanic image goes well with the sentiment I chose. It says "My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.  Anna M Unlich"

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far.  Live it up while it is still summertime!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Prayers Please

Please say prayers today or send out positive vibes or special thoughts for my mother.  She is in the hospital and has not been responding.  They have been trying to wake her up from a state of sedation and it's been very serious.  They have been testing her for everything and trying to figure out why she is not conscious.  She is only 65 years old.  Despite her medical issues (diabetes, arthritis, thyroid, sleep apnea), it's quite unusual for a women her age.

Her name is Gayle Tondre.  Thoughts and Prayers are most appreciated.

Thank you all

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wonder Woman!

Happy Monday everyone!  There's a brand new contest over at Outlawz for the Monday Greetings Challenge.  The contest this week is sponsored by Bugaboo.  This adorable stamp is Wonder woman!  Isn't she too fun?  I love this stamp.  Bugaboo has an amazing selection of stamps in every style and occasion.  The theme this week is to include flowers on your card and of course, for the Monday challenge, don't forget to include a sentiment!

Drop by the challenge and check out the Design team's examples and then share your wonderful creations with us! You could win a great prize from Bugaboo this week.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Simply Betty Stamp

here's a darling image from Simply Betty stamps.  I do so adore her images.  I made this card in all reds.  I hope you are all having a wonderful summer time. I can't believe how quickly it has gone by, for teachers here, they will be back in just three weeks now. (or is it 4?) too soon at any rate.  I am applying at a very close school to my house so please keep your fingers crossed for me.  I need all the positive energy I can get!

Have a great week!  Also, my mother is in the hospital and is not conscious, they are keeping her sedated, so please also keep my mother in your prayers, she is only 65.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pressed leaves

Here's some gorgeous pressed leaves that I was given by a dear friend at church to create cards.  I use these cards to sell at the church bazaar to raise money.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kissing Kats

Here's a wonderful image from Sandra Caldwell, she's on vacation right now so we are sharing current stamps in her store.  New stamps will be coming soon after she returns!  So here's a fun stamp that I am sharing today, this cutie is called Kissing Kats image 263.  I am also using some awesome Turkish lace on this card.

Hope you all have a great weekend and that things are going wonderfully in your summer.  Is it super hot where you are too?  we have had a record number of days above 100 degrees now.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Let's Snuggle

Here's a darling image from Unity stamps.  I just got a whole bunch of new unity stamps in the mail including several of there adorable owls and teddy bears. I can't wait to share them with you!  I have already printed them out and will be making cards soon.

Have a great weekend. I just put in a new application at a school so close to my house (like WALKING distance) so please keep your fingers crossed for me that I hear back as they get hundreds of applications.

Hugs, Holley

Smile, it's Lizzy Love

Here's a sweet card using a wonderful image designed by Lizzy Love (Oddball Art Stamps). I totally LOVE her images.  She's having a new contest over at the Oddball Art stamps blog, their current theme is stars (if you want to follow the theme).  I had recently made this card though so I just wanted to share it.  

I can't believe we're over halfway through July, seems like summer is just passing by without even a real break, though I have to say having an injury has forced me to stay home and be sidelined. 

At least images by Lizzy Love make me smile :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Love you

here's an awesome stamp from Lili of the Valley. I just love this company's images.  I made this sweet card for the Hubby.  I hope you all are having a wonderful summer.  Something horrible happened to me and I ended up in the hospital in severe pain last Friday. I guess I somehow pulled a muscle on the side of my body and it got so bad that I couldn't lay down, sit up, move my arms...nothing.  And it was one of those things where there was nothing they could do for me but give me a little pain killer.

UGH, been spending since Friday (not to mention several days before nursing the injury) trying to heal and living in tears from the pain.  Please send some good thoughts or prayers my way!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's an orange kind of day!

There's a wonderful contest over on the SSS Challenge blog this week, it's mono-tone. I hope my card counts as I am using all different shades of oranges!  I thought that would be just perfect for summertime.  Don't you love this adorable Bestie from Sherri Baldy?
She is just too cute and she has some lovely flowers to share with you.  Drop by over at the SSS Challenge blog and you can join in the fun.  You could win some wonderful prizes from Sherri Baldy and perhaps be a guest designer on the Addicted to Stamps blog!

Monday, July 17, 2017

With Love

Here's an awesome image from artist Rick St Dennis.  he is sponsoring the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge this week and we are delighted to have him!  This wonderful stamp is called Souvenier.  How gorgeous is she?  You know I love an image with a skull in it! The theme this week is to use designer paper and embossing (wet or dry) somewhere.  I embossed a sentiment, it says "with love."

Drop by the Outlawz Challenge site and check out all the wonderful creations this week and then share your creations with us.  Don't forget to include a sentiment on the front of your card for the Monday Greetings challenge!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Elegant greetings

Here's a quick and cute card that you can make when you need something elegant for almost any occasion.  I am using two beautiful papers from Paper Temptress along with two beautiful embellishments from Jolees.  The final card sparkles and looks as good as any store bought product!

The base of this card is a wonderful mica/metallic cardstock called Citrine. It has a whitish to golden hue over it.  I then added a piece of Glamour Gold cardstock on top of it.  On the inside I put a simple "thinking of you" sentiment on a Glamour Gold piece of cardstock, but I think this card would also be perfect for a sweet get well, congratulations, or missing you theme card.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sea Horse

We are having a fun contest over on the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog this month and our sponsor is Ike's Art.  I am sharing this fun card as our theme is anything goes!  Drop on by and share your cards with us and you will get a bonus entry if you use an image from Ike's Art.
This cute image comes from the Sea Life set.  Currently Ike's Art is having a summer sale, half price on everything!  WOO HOO, drop by the store and pick up some fabulous images.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sweetie girl

Here's the cutest little girl image from Sandra Caldwell. This stamp is brand new and will be added to the Babycakes DND store on Etsy today, she is called Clara Sweetie #1678.  Check her out and so many more new stamps at the store!  There will also be a bunch of brand new cards shared on the facebook group, Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.
Hope you are having a wonderful Summer, I can't believe we are already in July. I am very much enjoying this summer off. I have been spending most of my time (not counting that three weeks solid of working on VBS) visiting a dear friend each day back and forth from the hospital and the rehab.  She and I (ok mostly I though I tell her about it each day) have been using to research her family, so far we have gone back over 6 generations and we are with some of her family members in the late 1600s!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Love, Hot Airt Balloons

Here's a beautiful Hand-stitched Hot air balloon.  I wish I could say that I did this stitching myself, but I found this little beauty at a local resale store called Austin Creative Reuse.  I had to pick it up to make a card for a dear friend who just loves sewing and quilting.  It was much bigger when I got it (the paper background), but I trimmed it down to fit on this card.

I hope she will love it.  She's out of the hospital and now in rehab, so I go to visit her each day to see how she is doing.  I am fortunate to be off this summer since the job I started works for the local school district.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I love you so much!

Here's something that I rarely have, a card using a male image!  I guess I just don't see a lot of men/boy stamps that I like.  This cutie was from Simply Betty though and I had to color him up and make a card.  TOO cute.  He has some white roses for his sweetie.

I hope you are having a great summer, I don't know how it has flown by!!  where has the time gone?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Create something special

Here's the cutest image from artist Sandra Caldwell, she's doing some patchwork in green and purple, so I had to use some cute paper that's purple with buttons paired with some green "patches" and a sweet sentiment "create something beautiful."  I hope you are feeling inspired this summer to do some crafting.  Are you working on some special project?  I'd love to hear about it....

Happy Tuesday!  There's a new sale going on over on the Etsy shop for Sandra, Babycakes DND and there's a fun contest on the blog, Sandra Caldwell stamp fans.  Drop by and join in the fun.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Love you more everyday!

Here's a fabulous image from artist Rick St Dennis.  I made this card for the challenge at Monday Outlawz Greetings Challenge. The theme is to use a cut edge, such as a die cut around your image or a scissor edge on your card, or ?? surprise us.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Drop by the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge and share your wonderful weekly creations with us and as always be sure to include a sentiment on the front of your card!

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Here's a super cute image from Ike's Art.  This fun stamp is just perfect for two challenges currently sponsored by them.  There is one over at Your Scrapbook Place which is Anything Goes and you get a double entry for using an Ike's Art image.  Plus over at the Ike's Art Challenge Blog, they have a fun twist this week which is "relax."  Tell me this image isn't just perfect for that!! TOO cute.  So create a fun card and you could use it for BOTH challenges.

Also, if you have been over to the Ike's art store this month (JULY), it's half price off everything,  WOO HOO! So grab a stamp and play in the contests.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Guest Designer Kaija

Here's a beautiful card using one of the Prizes from the February Celebration this year.  This card was shared with me from Kaija.  I just love her beautiful work and esp the gorgeous ORANGE bow, as I know she just knows that is my favorite color.

check out her work HERE