October 31, 2014

NEW poppystamps dies, Video and Horse Country exclusive die…

by Pam Sparks

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Hi everyone!  Isn’t this a neat die?  love it and the fancy thanks too!  I have several things to share with you today.  I don’t mean to have long posts but it seems like it always turns out that way!

Here’s a video of the NEW poppystamps ‘poppy’ dies and Starlitstudio’s exclusive die!

Click on the gear to see in high definition… or the frame to see larger.  Sorry about the blurry ‘fancy Merry Christmas’ die.  I have not idea why! ugh.

I used the Perfect Layers Tools to cut the ⅛ inch border on each side of the main panel.

Linking my first card to the Festive Friday Challenge – inspiration photo

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Here’s the Birthday Stack die again…


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I used the Embedded Die Cut technique I show in a video… pull down the video tab under the blog header.

Here’s the tags I show in the video…

 

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and the NEW Vintage Merry Christmas and Celestial Star Border.

 

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Lots of NEW to play with!

The NEW exclusive die for Starlitstudio.net is gorgeous!  Horse Country and you can make it up for all four seasons!

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Holler if you have any questions… ‘preciate you stopping by. Have a creative weekend!

Supplies I used to make these cards and tags…

October 28, 2014

Memory Box and Imagine Crafts…

by Pam Sparks

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Hi everyone! Today I’m posting with some Memory Box and Imagine Crafts goodness!

I started with a Memory Box Parchment A-2 Notecard for my card base.

I cut another Parchment A-2 Notecard in half and die cut the Musicality collage die in it. (don’t worry about keeping any of the pieces, you just want the hole)

I die cut the Musicality Collage die in black glossy card-stock and inlaid it into the cut in the parchment piece.  Doing it this way keeps the lines straight and everything in place. Because I’m mounting it on the same color card-stock, I don’t need to inlay all the little pieces. Works slick!  : )  I scotch tape it in place on the back side.

Adhere the Parchment panel to your notecard.

I stamped the sentiment Joyful Combo  with Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black Pigment Ink and embossed it with Imagine Crafts Clear Embossing Powder. (I use a stampamajig for stamp placement)


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I die cut the Poinsettia Bloom Trio die in Cranberry card-stock and covered all the pieces with Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Love Letter Pico Embellisher. It’s a glossy color finish that comes with a  fine line applicator.

Add a black pearl in the center of the poinsettia.

I die cut the Elliana Ornament die in White card-stock.  I inked all the pieces with Imagine Crafts Versamark ink and embossed them with multiple coats of Imagine Crafts Black and Sparkle Embossing Powders to get an ornament that ‘looks like glass’ effect. (You might want the background ornament too… it’s HERE)

I die cut the Ornament Hooks and Caps die in Black glossy card-stock for the cap and from Silver Glitter card-stock for the hook.

Wish I could show it to you IRL!

I’m linking up to some challenges…

House of Cards Challenge – use a die or punch or both

Christmas Card Challenges – Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge – Christmas

 

Here’s another card I made because I wanted to use some more inks and spray… as if I hadn’t made a big enough mess already! haha

 

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I started with an A-2 top folding White card base.

I cut a white card-stock panel and embossed the panel with the new Large Snowflakes Stencil  by running it through my Big Shot. (I show this on a couple videos. Click on the video tab under the header)

Leaving the stencil in place, I adhered it to my desk with removable tape and using Imagine Crafts finger daubers, I inked the snowflakes with Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe Wedding Dress pigment ink.  Remove the stencil and emboss with Imagine Crafts White Embossing Powder.

Using three Imagine Crafts Versacolor square ink pads, Opera Pink, Peony and Raspberry, I rubbed ink over the snowflakes.

Then I sprayed on Imagine Crafts Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and rubbed the inked surface to blend and wipe the ink off the snowflakes.

I die cut the Peace Script die in White card-stock, smeared it with Versacolor Opera Pink ink and embossed it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder.

I die cut the Pine Border Background die in White card-stock also.  I adhered the Peace Script cut to the trees with little dots of Tombow Mono Multi glue, then sprayed them with the Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and mounted the trees to the card with mounting squares.

I hope you can see the sparkle in the photo.  I took the picture in full sunlight, hoping it would show up.  I really like all of Imagine Crafts products.. hard to say what is my favorite because they are all FABULOUS!!!

THANKS so much for stopping by today!  It’s sunny and beautiful here in IA… yay!

 

Supplies I used on these cards… 

October 21, 2014

Snowy Tree and Class Photos…

by Pam Sparks

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Today I’m sharing a card I made with the technique I introduced in my last video, Embedded Die Cuts, HERE and the beautiful new Snowy Tree dieLove it!

I also used the Beloved Snowflakes die and placed it at the bottom of the card. When you die cut it, there are extra snowflakes!  I used the extras, dots from the waste and a piece that I cut off to create the snowy background.

The swag like snowflakes toward the top of the tree are cut from the inside of the Sparkling Tree Tile die and glued on. So instead of strings of lights… you have a few strings of snowflakes!

It was fun to put unusual colors together.  I used Memory Box White, Sage and Sky A-2 Notecards.

I used the 1/16th inch Perfect Layers Ruler to cut the white mat for the Sage layer… love these rulers!  Link in the sidebar… be sure to use the coupon code if you order!

 

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I’m linking my Snowy Tree card to some challenges…

ABC Christmas Challenge – uncolored image

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – non-traditional colors

Addicted To Stamps Challenge – Holiday

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Anything Goes

 

Over on the Memory Box blog there is a Blog Blitz that started yesterday, Monday the 20th and will go through Friday. You have until 11:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 26th, to leave comments on all the posts. The winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday, October 27th. Good Luck!  

I also wanted to share some photos from two classes I taught on Sunday at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The morning class – Winter Wonderland…with 15 ladies creating the cards in the photo below.

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The afternoon class – The Night Before Christmas…with 10 ladies creating the cards in the photo below.

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(I do have two of the afternoon class kits to sell… $25 plus $5 flat rate shipping in the USA.  International we’d have to figure out)

Here’s Jo Ann working on her Fireplace card…

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We had a great time!  Stacy has an awesome store and awesome customers!  Thank you so much for having me!  I’m still smiling!

I’ll be teaching two classes at The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL Nov. 8th.  For class info, scroll down on the class page HERE. We’d love to have you come!

Thanks for stopping by! Good to be back!

ttul,

October 7, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Cold Hands Warm Hearts release…

by Pam Sparks

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Hi everyone! Are you enjoying the beautiful days we’ve been having?  love it!  Soon enough we’ll be thinking about staying warm, here in Iowa anyway!

I made a few cards using some of the new Simon Says Stamps October Release Cold Hands Warm Heart.


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Oh what fun!  Awesome stamp sets, die sets, stencils and supplies! The mug, heart and sentiment are from the Winter Warmth stamp set.  The oval the mug is sitting on is from the Dash Line Shapes stamp set.

I took a CAS approach for my three cards today and some color book therapy!  Oh, the little holly and berries with the mug is from Lawn Fawn though.

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On this Brrr card… I used one of the dies from the Stitched Slopes and Hills die set to make the clothes line. I stamped the images from the Winter Warmth stamp set to appear like they are hanging. What an awesome die set!  Can’t wait to use it for landscape type scenes!

 

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Images stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Copics I used…
green – (brr card) YG41, 45 (mug YG61,63, 67)
red – R27, 59
teal – (brr card) BG45, 49 (mug) B00, BG53, 57

Snowflakes stamped with Memento Teal ink pad

Sentiment stamped with Versafine Black

I’m linking up to some challenges…

Virginia’s View Challenges – CAS  First card is in the wrap up, HERE. YAY!  THX Virginia! AND in the Honorable Mentions!  woohoo!  Thank you so much Virginia and family!

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Addicted to Stamps Challenge – Anything Goes First card is an honorable addict!  YAY!  THX ladies!

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Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes

Here’s another new die I got to play with…it’s called the Triangle Pattern Wafer die.


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I die cut it twice, in white and green, then filled in the white with green to give it a tree like look.  A neat die and it cut beautifully!

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from a poppystamps Merry Christmas background die.  I cut it but left the letters in the cut.

Click over to Simon Says Stamp.com to see the rest of this awesome release!  Copics, stamp pads and supplies, everything you need to stamp out cold hands and warm hearts…  : )

Thank you for stopping by!  I’ll be teaching Memory Box/poppystamps classes soon… two on Oct. 19th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids and two on Nov. 8th in Moline, IL at The Scrapbooking Studio.  If you’re anywhere close… come! I’d love to meet you!  : )

October 4, 2014

World Card-making Day and SALE!

by Pam Sparks

 

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Something I love to do on special days… SHOP! Here’s a deal for you @ scrapbook.com!

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Lawn Fawn, Wink of Stella, Inkadinkado, Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous, Sizzix, Spellbinders and more!!!  

I’ll be back later with some NEW to show you! thx for stopping by and happy shopping/card-making today!

September 29, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting and Lawn Fawn Blog Hop…

by Pam Sparks

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Welcome everyone!  It’s a blog hop Monday for Perfect Paper Crafting and Lawn Fawn!


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If you hopped to my blog from Tracy’s Blog, you’re in the right place!  

Today you’re hopping and commenting for a chance to win your choice between two prizes from Perfect Paper Crafting and from Lawn Fawn the prize is a stamp set and a 6×6 pattern paper pad! Good luck!

You’ll want to check out the Perfect Paper Crafting and Lawn Fawn blogs everyday this week for more inspiration and chances to win. 

For my card today – I used Lawn Fawn’s darling Making Frosty Friends clear stamp set, You’ve Got Mail clear stamp set and the holly is from the NEW Joy To the Woods clear stamp set.  I used the coordinating die sets too… all linked below. Don’t you love all the clear stamps and matching die sets?!

The snowflake pattern paper (beanie) is from the adorable Snow Day Collection that just came out.

  • I stamped the postcard, cancellation and wavy lines stamps on white card-stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • I die cut the stamped postcard with the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles die (love them!)
  • I stamped the sentiment from You’ve Got Mail stamp set in red ink
  • I stamped the snowflakes from Making Frosty Friends stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder
  • I masked off the edges with Eclipse Masking strips
  • I inked the postcard area with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink and the ink blending tools, the clear embossed snowflakes resist the ink
  • I die cut red pattern paper with the new Stitched Rectangles die,  then I used my Perfect Layers mini rulers and mat to achieve the 1/16th inch black frame.  I LOVE the 1/16th inch ruler!  Links to the tools below and in the sidebar…be sure to use the code Sparks5% to save 5% off your order!
  • I die cut another Stitched Rectangles die from white card-stock and adhered it to a white A2 card base.
  • The snowman is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, die cut with the coordinating dies and colored with Copic Sketch markers. Hat T3 – 7, Red R24 – 29 and 59, Scarf and holly YG93 – 97
  • I die cut a Memory Box snowflake to embellish the upper left hand corner

You next stop on the hop is Roxie’s blog

Have a great week and I’ll see you next time!  ‘preciate you stopping by!  Remember to comment for a chance to win prizes!

P.S. Here’s another fun Lawn Fawn card and it’s a winner! : )  I woke up Sat. a.m. to a  wonderful surprise!  Queen of the Green at the Lawnscaping Challenge.  A very fun challenge to enter!  Thank You Lawnscaping team!

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Stamps, Dies and Supplies I used to create my card for today…

September 15, 2014

Frosted Pine trees and Maple Leaves…

by Pam Sparks

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


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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!


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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.


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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

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

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September 10, 2014

Festive Friday Challenge…

by Pam Sparks

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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!

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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

 

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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!

 

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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

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I won!!!!  So happy and delighted…thank you Lawnscaping team!

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NBUS Challenge # 2 – Christmas

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Simon Says Stamps, Work it Wednesday Challenge

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

Stamps and supplies I used to make this card…

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