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posted this in Designer greeting cards on February 22nd, 2017

Think Fast, Live Slow

Here’s a beautiful image from Ike’s Art today in combination with some gorgeous spring papers from Paper Temptress.  I love this combo with the copic marker colors on the flowers it goes perfectly.

The image is called Snowdrops and is just $1 on the Ike’s Art site!  WOW.  It very much reminds me of a Texas wildflower we have here that I believe is called Mexican hats (see here).

I am using wonderful Paper Temptress papers for this project.  The image was printed out onto Heavenly White paper.  The project was layered on Mica Flame and Astrobright Solar Yellow,  The card base is pop tones Gumdrop Green.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on February 19th, 2017

Snowman for Ian


This is a birthday card for my grandson.  He decided he wanted a snowman birthday party.  We live in Missouri and the winter here has been exceedingly warm.  It is weird to be 70  at times in  February.

The design for this card came from Splitcoast Stampers.  It is called a Z Box Pop-Up card.  It was easy to make but suggest you watch the video for placement of the layers inside the box.

All the white on the card is cryogen white so it has some shimmer to it.  The black eyes are Onyx Mica Metallic.  The touch of orange for the nose is Poptones Orange Fix.  All the snowflakes are Aquamarine Mica Metallic.  The happy birthday is Lapis Lanzuli.  Finally the ovals for the base for the Ian and 4 is Light Blue Basis.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Easy and fast! on February 18th, 2017

Typewriter Card

Hello and happy weekend!  Here’s a throwback card using one of the vintage typewriter images by Hambly Studio.


This is a one-layer card.  I started out with a base of Neenah Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  It is such an easy one to use for so many different applications.  The neutral color is perfect for this card.  Then, I added stamps using Coffee Archival and Tuxedo Memento Black ink, stamped with stamps from the Stampin’ Up You’re My Type set.   I also added a vintage pink typewriter, which is one of the Hambly Studio overlays.  I think it adds just the right touch.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on February 15th, 2017

Fairy Prince



Am popping in this am before a day off filled to the minute with errands and projects….first project of the day is this card that I finished off early this am to show you today 🙂

The image is from Selina Fenech from her grayscale coloring book. I colored it with polychrome pencils onto cryogen white paper from Paper Temptress of course!!! I really don’t use any other paper but rarely. I do like Neenah Desert Storm paper for a great craft colored cardstock with a smooth surface – and guess what – Paper Temptress has it too!!!

The base cardstock is the red columns cardstock that I also really love – is a great red color and just enough texture with the columns to add a special touch.

I also added some silver gray corners made from clay and a pretty gray ribbon with some pearls on it to bling it out a bit.

All for now – gotta get a move on…

Take Care


posted this in Blog Only Special, Designer greeting cards, Fun stuff, Giveaways on February 8th, 2017

Holley’s Brain Power

It’s time for something very special!!!  Here’s an amazing stamp designed by artist Sandra Caldwell!  This awesome image is ME!! This stamp is called Holley Brain Power!  I just love her Brain Power shirt along with her “brain” cap!! How cool is that?!?  What an honor to have Sandra create something so very special for me this year.  She is going to be putting this very stamp on sale, I think it’s just perfect for all kinds of fun (and smart) cards for all your loved ones!

I am using some GORGEOUS papers from Paper Temptress on this card.  The base of the card is Mica Citrine, the dark brown mica on the right is Bronze;  The image is printed on Heavenly white and layered on Mica Azalea then ruche.  The sentiments are layered on gold glossy paper.

Both Sandra Caldwell and Paper Temptress are celebrating along with me this year as Feb 2017 marks SEVEN years since my brain surgery. I invite all of you to drop by my blog and leave comment to win a prize.  Paper Temptress is offering a very generous $25 gift certificate and Sandra is selling this adorable stamp for half prize during which we will have a fun contest and then have a great prize as well!  for more info, CLICK HERE

posted this in Designer greeting cards on February 5th, 2017

Showing off the specials


Hi all!  Happy Sunday.  There is a special  on mica metallic and vellum is  going on at Paper Temptress so when I was deciding on my project it just seemed perfect to showcase  a couple of the sale items.

The base for this card is Neenah classic Laid. I have been around for a while so this is no longer available but I think the Baronial Ivory Linen would work well.   The dark blue layer is Lapis Lazuli Mica Metallic.  I wanted some contrast so the strips are Serpentine Mica Metallic. The amber Mica Metallic was good for the wording.

I wanted a layered flower to set things off.  Layers of Mother of Pearl Vellum did the trick.  In the picture below you can also see the shimmer in the mica metallic.


posted this in Designer greeting cards on February 1st, 2017

Tangled Valentine

Tangled Valentine - 3


I am a bit late getting my post up today – so sorry about that!! I have been doing some Zentangle  lately from one of Ben Kwok’s ‘Tangle Easy’ books – this one from the Medallions book. I printed it out onto ‘cryogen white ‘ (of course!!) and then spent a couple evenings immersed in tangles and symmetry . Once I had the piece  tangled – I copied it again and colored one of them with reds, pinks and turquoise shades. I too me a couple nights to color also….

Cryogen white is my go to paper for coloring as well as Zentagle. I glued both hearts together with a thin piece of cardboard in between to make it a bit more sturdy and also added a ribbon to hang up my little Valentine Decoration.

All for today – Take Care


Tangled Valentine - 2 Tangled Valentine - 1

posted this in Designer greeting cards on January 15th, 2017

Second birthday card


I wanted to see what I could do with one type of cardstock.   This whole card is done with Neenah Ivory.    I cut the flower out and colored it with Copic markers.  I used a Misti alignment tool for stamping the sentiment.  I could stamp the sentiment numerous times in exactly the same spot with the Misti.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on January 1st, 2017

First Birthday card of the New Year


First off Happy New Year everyone!

I need several birthday cards right at the beginning of the new year, so that gave me my theme.  The base, sentiment and stamped image are all Neenah Super Smooth Ivory.  The beautiful olive green layer is Olive Basis.

The ribbon used for the accent is from Paper Temptress also.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on December 30th, 2016


Hey guys!

Stephanie here with you today and I’m so happy because like most people, I’m off until the second week of January, woot woot! A loooooot of crafty plans, may I say so!

So for today’s post, I’m quickly going to show you how you can not only use Cryogen White for colouring with alcohol markers, but also as a sturdy background/cardbase! I decided to use a new technique with those cute Gingersnaps from SugarPea Designs, whereas you cut your sparkly Cryogen White cardbase to 4″x11″ and simply stamp all along your gingerbread house. Try alternating the start of your “lines”, so that they don’t necessarily happen at the same level. When you’re done, simply score the cardbase from the top, add two die-cuts in the corner and two gingerbreadmen. In using the same cardstock, you are 100% to have the same sparkly white effect!


Like it? Make sure to try it, too!