September 15, 2014

Frosted Pine trees and Maple Leaves…

by Pam Sparks

A couple cards I posted on the Memory Box blog today…


No, I’m not ready for the sparkly, fluffy stuff but I sure like it on cards! lol

For the starry background, I applied Imagine Crafts Delicata Silver ink through the Stardust Stencil with Imagine Crafts large round ink Dauber onto a Memory Box A-2 Sapphire Notecard.

I die cut and embossed the Frosted Pine die five times in Memory Box Dill card-stock.  I went over the embossed snow areas with Dries White glue, shook on and tapped off the glitter and let it dry.

Merry is die cut from a Memory Box White notecard.

The word Christmas is left over from the Grand Merry Christmas Script die card I made and posted last week HERE.

I used two of the holly leaves from the HO HO Holly Leaves die and a couple red glitter domes finish it off.
Now for some Fall colors!


Very simple but maybe a nice, easy to mail, ‘flat’ card! Gotta love that once in awhile! lol

The card base is a Memory Box Lagoon A-2 Notecard with a 5 1/4 inch x 4 inch panel from a Memory Box Parchment Notecard layered on top. I used Gathered Twigs Distress ink to edge the panel and all the leaves, letters and the Woodland Branch die.

I used the new Marvelous Maple Leaves die and cut the small leaf in 3 Memory Box card-stock colors, Meadow, Sweetcorn and Jack O Lantern. The large leaf is cut once out of Jack O Lantern.

Upper and lower case Classic Alphabet dies for happy FALL.


Our daughters call their baby diaper inserts ‘flats’, so I can call my flat cards ‘flats’!  lol  Children are a blessing even when they create a lot of laundry!  I guess we big people make a lot of laundry too!  Now how did I get off on that! lol

I’ll link up to some challenges and call it a post!  ttul!  TFL!

(my merry Christmas card at the top)

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – the words have it

Simon Says Stamp – Make your own background 

Divas By Design – Anything Goes 

Sister Act Card Challenge – Anything Goes 

Paper Creators Crafts – Early Christmas

(my happy FALL card)

2 Cute Ink Challenges – Fall 



Dies and Supplies I used on these cards…


September 13, 2014

Simon Says Stamp 50% off Stamp Sale…

by Pam Sparks


 AWESOME SALE!  Click through the pages…lots of good stamps!

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September 10, 2014

Festive Friday Challenge…

by Pam Sparks



Here I am sneaking into the Festive Friday Challenge with only a couple hours to spare!  eek!   It’s a photo inspiration challenge and I love the photo so I just had to play!


I used the Impression Obsession Pine Branch to make my wreath…following the tutorial on Klaudia’s blog, HERE.  She made a beautiful ornament…I want to do that too! : )

Some wood veneer stars that I colored with a Krylon 18 K Gold paint pen…My Favorite Things Pierced Fishtail Flag die (I tried to edge it with the gold pen after I already stuck it on the card…oops, kinda messy but hey… it’s a rustic looking sign in the photo) and Memory Box Merry Christmas die.  Links below.

This ended up being a 6×6 inch card!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good rest of the week… it’s stamp club Friday here… fun! ttul!

Dies and supplies…

September 9, 2014

Lawn Fawn One Layer Card Challenge…

by Pam Sparks



Sometimes I feel like a kid at Christmas… giddy with excitement!  I can hardly wait to share what I make! lol

If you lived across the street from me… I’d be over showing you… asking your opinion on this or that until I was done!  Well, then I’d probably be asking you if I should change this or that after the fact! ugh. lol

I had so much fun making this scene!  When I saw the Lawn Fawn Challenge was create a one layer card… I had a good idea what I wanted to do!   Here it is down to the wire but I’m getting it in before the deadline!

When our daughters were growing up we always went to a tree farm, picked out the tree and had it cut down.  Well, we didn’t keep doing that after they left home… haha.  We started going to Des Moines to a wonderful tree lot and sure enough…there is an Airstream camper there for you to go settle up and pay in.  So I had to put one in my scene!  Cute!

So here it is… the lighted Christmas tree lot!  I love it!  Silly me!



I will put links to all the sets I used below… I used Distress inks…peeled paint, tumbled glass, broken china, chipped sapphire.  I colored the camper and bunny with copics.  The silver on the camper is a metallic silver gel pen.  White embossing powder for the snowflakes and lights.  Frosted Lace stickles for the bit of sparkle.

It’s ALL one layer!  : )

Linking to…

Lawnscaping Challenge – one layer card








NBUS Challenge # 2 – Christmas

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Simon Says Stamps, Work it Wednesday Challenge




Thanks for looking! Hope my card makes you smile! ttul!

Stamps and supplies I used to make this card…

September 8, 2014

Memory Box Fall cards and one Christmas card…

by Pam Sparks

 *** Some new Fall stamps added to my ‘for sale’ page… click on tab under the blog header ***


It’s looking like Autumn here today!  Love the cooler temps!  The fabulous colors of Fall are showing up everywhere!

I started with a MB Crimson Notecard and stamped the Autumn Leaf Collage stamp on a MB Parchment piece of notecard.

The Alessandria Tree Background die and Marvelous Maple Leaves die were cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with distress inks. I added the leaf veins with the smallest stylus from the McGill Stylus set.

Then the Alessandria Tree on top.



I started this card with a MB Parchment Notecard, stamped the Journey Collage stamp on it but covered up the word journy with the new Give Thanks Combo stamp.

Die cut the Caseta Bloom die from three colors of MB card-stocks. Add a couple sequins to the flower centers and some 1/16th inch brads.

Die cut the Grapevine Wreath die from MB kraft card-stock and ink.

Linking my card up to…
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog - ‘stamp it’




Here’s a festive CAS Christmas card using techniques we love and easy to create multiples of!

1. I stenciled the Memory Box Flurry Frame Stencil with Tsukeniko’s Delicata Silver ink and one of their large ink daubers on the top portion of a Memory Box White A2 notecard.

2. I die cut the Grand Merry Christmas Script die from Silver Glitter card-stock and Memory Box Cranberry card-stock. Be sure to keep the cranberry dot for the i and the silver inside piece for the tail of the y.

TIP: You could use any color for the word Christmas! A way to use up scraps. Try Black, Teal and Royal purple! (wish I’d thought of that while I was making it! lol)

3. I trimmed the silver cut to fit the white notecard.

4. Adhere the Grand Merry Christmas to the notecard.

5. Keep the word Christmas from the cranberry cut, insert into the silver cut.

TIP: If you use double sided tape to adhere your silver Merry Christmas to the card, there will be adhesive where the cranberry Christmas fits, if you go ahead and place tape over the cut out area too.

6. Die cut the Bristol Snowflake die in white and silver glitter card-stocks.

7. Adhere the silver center to the white snowflake and adhere the snowflake to the card.  I just glue the center.

8. Add some pretty silver cord at the top, tying with a square knot.

9. I used the clear Wink of Stella brush marker on the word Christmas.

That’s it for today!

Holler if you have any questions!  Always love reading your comments!  Happy Fall Y’all!  TFL!

Products I used on these cards…

August 27, 2014

Adhering Intricate Dies Video…

by Pam Sparks


I did take this in high definition so after you click play,  you can click the gear for a better picture and click the frame to see it large!

Here’s my technique for making your die cuts into stickers for perfect placement.  I’m really pleased with how it works… so many of the fine line dies from Memory Box are easy to pull out of shape.  After trying several things, this is what I came up with! I hope you’ll try it too!

One thing I didn’t show in the video is changing the color of the petals.  It’s really easy though… just cut the die in the color card-stock you want the petals and adhere them over the top after the process I show in the video.

On my candle card, I added the black pieces over the white after using the technique I show in the video.

  1. glue the musicality background die cut to the card base (little dots of  Tombow Mono Multi behind the notes)
  2. die cut the tall taper die just like I did the plush poinsettia in the video
  3. while still in the die, (after removing the waste) lay it right over the top of the musicality background piece, run it through the Big Shot just like I did in the video
  4. remove the die
  5. die cut the contrasting tall taper parts that you want a different color and glue on (or make them a sticker too)


The holly is from the Cabrini Ornament die. Die cut and then trim the holly away from the ornament with scissors.

Thanks for stopping by today!  ttul!

Dies and supplies I used…


August 26, 2014

Memory Box and poppystamps for challenges…

by Pam Sparks


My cards that I’m linking up today were totally inspired by the inspiration photo from Festive Friday Challenge blog.  Oh what fun!  I always enjoy FF designer Ardyth’s CAS/graphic cards and I love following her because my mom’s name was Ardyth!  Funny story for you…I remember so well coming home from school and saying to my mom, “what is your name again?”  lol  I could never remember her name and the beginning of every year we had to fill out a form with our parents names on it! lol  My dad always called her mom, so it was rare that I heard her name as a grade schooler.  Evidently they couldn’t remember her name either cuz I was the 7th of 8 kids to come through that grade school!  You’d think by #7, they would’ve know all about us Bryants!  lol

And it is a WINNER!  Thank you Festive Friday Challenge Blog ladies! You made my day!


Winner Badge



This is a 5 ½ inch square card… kraft card base…poppystamps Merry Christmas Background die cut in black card-stock…Memory Box Snowy Tree Border die cut in white card-stock.

Very straight forward CAS card!  YAY!  love it!

First pass through the Big Shot to cut the Snowy Tree…then back through with the tan mat and shims to emboss the snow detail…leave the cut in the die…turn it over… dauber on Tsukineko’s glue pad through the holes in the die…burnish on the Art Glittering System’s Winter White glitter.

Strips of white card-stock glued behind a couple of the words…

Also linking this card up to some other challenges…

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – CAS

Friday Mashup Challenge – die cuts

ABC Christmas Challenge – Q for quick and easy  - my card was in the top 3!  Thank you ladies!

Top 3

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – kraft

Winter Wonderland Challenge – anything goes

My next card was the second card I made but it kinda backfired on me…. ugh…every time I try to put white, ink, paint or even gesso over black card-stock, it turns blue!!!!  grrrrr  *sigh*   Oh well,  I’m posting this anyway.  : )



Pretty much the same as the card above except the card is 6 inches square and I used the poppystamps Frozen Flakes Border die.
My last card was the first I started with the Festive Friday inspiration photo colors in mind…




I did some experimenting here too, so it’s not perfect! hehe  I’ll do a video soon on gluing and tell about it then.

Memory Box Musicality die, Tall Taper Candle and Joyful combo rubber stamp.  The background paper is from an older Basic Grey Kraft 6×6 paper pad.

I used my mini Perfect Layers Tools and mat with black and then to cut the three sides of the card.  Link in the sidebar and below in the links too.  Be sure to use my code to get 5% off when you shop!

Linking this card to…

Catered Crop Challenge – musical expression

Festive Friday Challenge – photo inspiration

The Friday Mashup – die cuts

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – kraft


That’s it for today!  Thanks for all the wonderful comments about my last two cards!  You are all awesome!

Take care and TFL!

Supplies and dies I used on these cards…

August 22, 2014

Memory Box Christmas cards…

by Pam Sparks


I like challenges!  I created this card for the Cutting Edge Challenge – Kay Miller’s card for inspiration (I turned it) and for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – use black, gold and silver!  Yay! Such fun!

I’m also linking both my cards in this post to the Cutting Edge Blog Hop.



and to Freshly Made Sketches Challenge – Sketch 150  (I flipped the sketch)

FMS Final 150-001

This is an A2, white, side fold card…the black layer is glossy card-stock cut to 3 3/4 in. x 5 in.

I die cut the Pine Needle border die in Metallic Silver card-stock, taped it to the black layer and then rounded all four corners with the EK Sucess Medium size corner rounder punch.


Look at all the awesome detail!  YES!  That’s Memory Box for you! : )

I heat embossed the sentiment stamp, Wonderful Time Combo with detail Gold embossing powder.

I die cut the Plush Poinsettia die in Metallic Gold and Silver card-stocks.  Glued them together, then layered it on with mounting squares.

Love it!  Wish you could see it IRL!  It makes me smile!  Always love it when cards work out how you want them to! Doesn’t take much to make me happy! lol

Well, you know me!  I couldn’t just stop there… this card evolved from other things I was trying! lol


I die cut two of the Plush Poinsettia die and adhered them to the top and bottom corners of my A-2 size card panel.

Then I die cut the Grand Joyeus Noël die in that panel.  I had to trim the left side with a scissors.

I love how the design shows in the letters!  more FUN!


Then I used the Poinsettia Bloom die over the bottom corner and added some twine.


I’m linking my Joyeux Noël card to the Papercrafts Connection Link Party – Holiday Cards  and to the Winter Wonderland Christmas Challenge – anything goes

That’s it from me today!  I had fun and I hope you’re having fun with this new collection from Memory Box too!  Holler if you have any questions and thanks for commenting!  Nothing like encouraging a gal to keep die cutting and inking!

‘preciate it so much! Take care!


Supplies and dies I used to make these two cards…

FYI for Starlitstudio… We are currently closed (family vacation). Orders placed after 9am EST Saturday, August 23rd will ship Monday, September 1st. Please be aware of this delay should you place your order today. Thank you!

August 18, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron Blog Hop…

by Pam Sparks



So excited to share some cards with you, that I made using Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron’s awesome products!

The Perfect Paper Crafting team is posting today but you can take all week to hop around and comment for a chance to win a fabulous prize!  $50 gift certificate! (winner to be announced the 25th on the PPC blog)

The Xyron team will be posting each day on the Xyron blog and giving away prizes every day!

My first card for today will make you laugh…brrring brrring



I do! lol

I love this sentiment from Printworks and use it anytime I use a telephone!  This adorable telephone image and the floral background stamp are NEW and also from Printworks.  I embossed the telephone and the flowers (multiple times) with white pigment ink and Tsukineko’s Imagine White Embossing Powder.  The sentiment is stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with Tsukineko’s Imagine Black Embossing Powder.  I die cut the sentiment with a die from Lawn Fawn.

I used Printworks stamp pads for watercoloring the white embossed flowers (watercolor paper).  Go back in time…the first CHA type show I went to was in 1995.  Printworks was there teaching Annette’s (the owner and artist) watercolor techniques.  She introduced using stamp pads for watercolor way back then! It’s stood the test of time for sure!

What can I say that I haven’t said a million times about the Perfect Paper Crafting Layering Tools!  They are the BEST!  I Love these tools!  I didn’t think there would be any room for improvement but I love the mini tools and mat more!  I’m glad I have both sets though because today I needed to use the one inch ruler that just comes in the long ruler size.

It’s so nice to get the professional look of even borders along with the charm of a handmade card.  Use Sparks 5% off at checkout to get 5% off your PPC order!  Thank you for clicking through my links.

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What did I use from Xyron?  Well, they have this awesome Mega Tape Runner… looks like this…


wow!  It’s great!  It dispenses permanent adhesive dots and is refillable.  So easy to operate too… not too big and not small either!  It just works!  YAY!  I used this to put most of my layers together.

I adhered the telephone panel to the white embossed panel with Xyron ¼ in. High Tack Double Sided Tape…


and the sequins with Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots…perfect!


My next two cards are wedding cards…



Here I used the Perfect Layers Mini Tools and Mat to cut my card base.  I scored and folded a sheet of 8.5×11 card-stock, then adhered my main panel to the folded card base with the Xyron Mega Tape Runner, then used my mini tool to cut the border on the other three sides.

I used the Xyron Mega Tape Runner to adhere the Studio Calico wood veneer potty people to the circle too!  Yep, they stick great!  I was able to rub away any excess before I stuck them down, so easy because it’s dot adhesive. (looks like the wood veneer potty people have been discontinued)

My inspiration for this card came from Maile Belles’ card HERE.

I partial die cut a circle and then die cut two complete circles for the layers.


Another fun wedding card using a Memory Box border die, Printworks stamps, wood Potty People and a Doodlebug red heart embellishment.

Again I used my Perfect Layers tool to cut the three sides of my card base and the Xyron Mega Tape Runner to adhere the layers and the potty people.

Wonderful tools!  Wonderful adhesives!  Thank you PPC and Xyron!

Your next stop is Jenny’s blog! Enjoy the hop, be inspired and I hope you win!

Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us!  ttul!

I’m linking my first card up to the Seize the Birthday challenges – anything goes 

I’m linking my second card up to the Simon Says Monday Challenge – anything goes

I’m linking my third card up to the Clean & Simple Stamping  challenge 303 – sketch

Supplies I used on these cards…

August 16, 2014

Savvy Stamps, Memory Box and Merry Monday Challenge…

by Pam Sparks

Two cards to share with you today… I wanted to play in the Merry Monday Challenge  - use Pinecones, greens and plaid on your card.  Just right up my alley!  So Christmas again from me today!  Two cards to link up if they’ll let me.  : )

The first one is all Memory Box, so it’s over on the Memory Box blog too…


Awhile back my husband was looking for new shoe strings for his work boots.  He ran into this video and ended up learning how to tie his boots a different way so they’d stay tied and no need for new strings!  He sent the videos to me and of course I had to try it out too!  I LOVE it for tying bows on presents and it works great on cards too!  I’ll just link you up to the videos and if you want to go to the man’s site,  he gives the link in the videos.  HERE and HERE.  It’s so fast and wonderful for kids with tie shoes….no need to keep retying time and time again every day!


Here’s a close up…see the bow?  It stays balanced and straight across!  LOVE that!   I do knot it first on a card before I do the bow.

I cut the Pinecone Corner die from Dill and Vanilla Bean Memory Box card-stock.

Cut the brown pinecones away from the greenery, shape them with a stylus on a molding mat or mouse pad, ink them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the ink blending tool and then mount them over the green pinecones die cut with mounting foam squares.

Die cut the NEW New Castle Snowflake die from white card-stock, adhere it with Tombow mono multi liquid glue.

Emboss the Merry Christmas sentiment with Tsukineko Imagine white embossing powder, tie on a festive little ribbon and embellish with some White Glitter Domes.

Card #2 for today…


Here I used Savvy’s Peace and woodland branch dies and their coordinating woodland branch stamp. Poppystamps Frozen Flakes border cut in white card-stock, Memory Box Corner Bow die,  Tim Holtz Wreath and Bow die for the red bow and an old PSX Pinecone stamp G1956.

Embellished with plaid ribbon and red glitter domes.


I’m also linking both my cards to…

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – my favorite things

Crafting at the Weekend – anything goes

Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Christmas in August

Sparkles Christmas Challenge – Snowflakes

Winter Wonderland Challenge – anything goes for Christmas

My Peace card won an honorable mention on the Merry Monday Challenge blog… Thank you so much ladies!

Honorable Mention


That’s all from me today!  : )  Grocery shopping to do! ick… I’d rather be making cards! lol  Have a great weekend and I’ll talk to you on Monday!  TFL!

Here’s the links to what I used to make these two cards…


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