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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!

posted this in Designer greeting cards on December 29th, 2016

Pressed Leaves

Here’s a beautiful combination of pressed leaves from nature with some gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.  I get beautiful leaves from a lady at my church who loves to collect and press them.  I create these cards with them and donate them to the annual church bazaar.  These cards I made using wonderful Paper Temptress papers

Papers: Heavenly White


Papers: Neenah Solar White Classic Crest, Emerald Mica, White Gold Mica



Papers: Gold Metallic Glossy, Basic Black,

Check out all the gorgeous papers at the store and wishing all of you a very happy new year!


posted this in Designer greeting cards on December 18th, 2016

Mickey Mouse Birthday


This is the first birthday card I made for the little girl of my nephew.  I wanted something that had some dimension to it so this is what I settled on.

The base for the card is Spirit Red Feltweave.  I wanted the base under the Mickey Mouse to have some sheen to it so that is Silver Lustre


The rest of the bright colors came from the Pop Tones Line.  This line is so great because the colors are all so vibrant.  The red for the name is Red  Pop Tones.  Mickey Mouse head is Black Licorice Pop Tones.  The pink for the bow is Razzleberry Pop Tones.  The Yellow is Lemondrop Pop Tones.  and the blue is Blu Raspberry Pop Tones.