July 14, 2014

Memory Box 2014 Holiday Stamps Blog Blitz starts today and a Paper Smooches/poppystamps Rainbow…

by Pam Sparks


Today I’m starting the week off with the NEW Memory Box Bramble Surprise rubber stamp. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted it!!  I love the whimsical feel of it!  I decided on some Copic colorbook therapy with some Distress ink blending for the background.

I matted the image and the Distress Dot paper with the Mini Perfect Layers Tools and cutting mat… love them!  Links on the right and below…



After I colored the image, I went around the perimeter of the card with Weathered Wood Distress ink first, then I added in Chipped Sapphire,  then Dusty Concord and on the very edge a bit of Black Soot. Walnut Stain on the bottom.

Then I sprayed water into the palm of my hand and dropped it onto the inked part, staying away from the moon.

I shook up a bottle of White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray real good, opened it and spattered the white dots on by tapping the cap and letting the ink flick off the end of the tube.

I die cut the letters for the word ‘fall’ from the Alphabet Soup die. I put scor tape on the back of Memory Box White card-stock before I cut.  The letters are really easy to adhere to the card when the tape is already on there. The drawback is, the thicknesss causes the holes in the die, (for poking out the waste) to emboss.

I layered Memory Box Violet Distress Dots Card-stock to a top fold A-2 Memory Box Kraft card base that I embossed with the Memory Box Dots Stencil.

Click over to the Memory Box Blog, HERE to comment for a chance to win this stamp!

Linking to the Artistic Expressions Challenge Blog – Anything Goes


I’m behind getting my cards posted on my blog but I will catch up soon!  I wanted to share this CAS Summer card that I made for our area stamp club monthly swap.  July’s theme was a Summer scene.




The sentiment is from Magnolia, rainbow is Paper Smooches, cloud border is poppystamps and the sun is an old EK Success medium size punch.

Linking up to Addicted to CAS – Sky
the Cutting Edge Challenge #3 – card inspiration


Thanks for stopping by!  Catch up with you later!

Links to supplies I used…

July 11, 2014

Memory Box Elliana dies…

by Pam Sparks


There is just something so dramatic about a tall card!  I love how this turned out! Clean and beautiful!  Memory Box dies are so gorgeous!

Here I used the NEW Sturdy Stem die, Elliana Ornament die and Ornament Hooks and Caps die. All of these were die cut from Silver Glitter Card-stock.


The Drop Ornament is cut from Memory Box Lagoon Card-stock.  I adhered Scor-tape to the color side before I die cut it.  After cutting, remove the release paper (the paper on the tape that keeps it from sticking to everything) and glitter with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


And finish it off with the pretty NEW Merry Christmas rubber stamp. I stamped it in Versamagic Turquoise Gem Chalk ink and heat embossed it with Detail Clear Embossing Powder.

Almost makes a gal want to put up her Christmas tree!!!  HOHOHO!

Card Size… 3 3/4 in. x 9 in. fits a #10 business envelope



Have you seen the NEW Elliana Background die and Eliana Detail Plate?  Really, REALLY cool!



On the left is the Detail plate and on the right is the cutting die…
Look right there in the middle where they overlap and the camera focused…you can see the detail…looks like corduroy!  Click to see it better.



I die cut a Memory Box A2 Parchment Notecard with the Elliana Background die, then embossed the die cut with the Elliana Detail Plate and inked it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and the mini ink blending tool.  So pretty!  Going for a vintage look for this card…


The NEW Poinsettia Bloom Trio die cut from Memory Box Cranberry and Licorice Card-stock just makes me happy! Add the leaves from the NEW Sturdy Stem die, cut in Memory Box Licorice Card-stock and use the pieces separately this time!  Love that!


The NEW Merry Cursive die…cut three times from Memory Box Parchment Card-stock, glued together and edged with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  The word Christmas is from the NEW Grand Merry Christmas Script and also cut three times, glued together and edged with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

I used my Perfect Layers Tools to cut the mats and the card base… link over on the right.. Special Deal going on right now!!!

Would you like the chance to win the NEW Elliana Ornament die? Click over to the Memory Box Blog, Outside the Box and leave a comment!

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope to be back with a couple more cards but time will tell!  It’s always ticking and ticking faster and faster for me it seems! : )  Have a great and weekend creative friends!

P.S. Cindy aka Starlitstudio.net will be heading out on vacation tomorrow… orders shipping until 9 p.m. eastern time tonight!  Otherwise she will be back home July 20th and orders will ship Monday the 21st!

July 7, 2014

Splash Inks….Just for FUN post!

by Pam Sparks

oh my!  Some enabling of a different kind from me today! After being enabled by my friend Jan!!! Thanks Jan! lol  Splash Inks!  Have you heard about these or watched the You Tubes?  I’ll put a link to where you can purchase them below but in the meantime… look at Karen’s videos on You Tube (links below)… what great Summer fun for the ‘kid in us’ and our kiddos and grand kiddos!

If you like/love to color….



More videos HERE,  HERE,  HERE, HERE and HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried these yet!!!  I want to know!

hohoho – Merry Christmas in July to me… maybe! lol

Where to order…

July 5, 2014

Memory Box Dazzling Snowflake and Limoges Snowflake cards…

by Pam Sparks


The NEW Dazzling Snowflake die (in the store now) and NEW Merry Christmas rubber stamp, (stamps will be in the store real soon)!  WOW!  I love it! Turned out so cool!

I cut the die in a white panel, embossed the sentiment with Silver embossing powder and layered it, with mounting squares, onto a white A-2 card base that I adhered a piece of Silver glitter card-stock to.

That’s it! CAS it is but so dramatic and lovely!

A CAS Favorite at Splitcoast Stampers!  Thank you ladies!


I’m linking to the Merry Monday Challenge – Create an All White Christmas card (sentiment can be in silver)

and to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – W is for White (both my cards work for this one)



Will you look at all the detail in this NEW Limoges Snowflake die!  Isn’t it a stunner?!  So pretty!

I die cut in white card-stock, embossed it by running it back through the Big Shot again, then leaving the cut and embossed piece in the die, turn it over, ink through the die, after inking all the open areas, remove the die, cover with embossing powder and heat.  Wow! Beautiful!


Ink, stamp and emboss the sentiment Walking Winter Wonderland on vellum.

A somewhat CAS, A-2 size card…for a special someone!

Just for fun… a photo of four of the six cards I made this week for Memory Box.   Be watching…next week the 2014 Holiday Memory Box blog blitz starts!


See you again soon!  Have fun shopping… I see the NEW Memory Box and poppystamps dies arriving in stores!  YAY!  Thanks for shopping through my links.  I appreciate it so much!




July 3, 2014

More Christmas in July…

by Pam Sparks



Three white CAS cards in a row!  At least I got the white part of the holiday weekend in!  I think everyone else is getting ready for the 4th of July and here I am making Christmas cards like crazy!

I’m thinking you want to see the NEW stuff made up though so I’ll just keep making.  Although I think tomorrow is going to be clean out the garage day. ugh.  I’d rather make cards!!! lol

I cut the NEW Tall Taper Candle die out of gold metallic card-stock then again for just the berries out of a scrap of silver metallic card-stock.

I glued this with Tombow Mono Multi glue, green caps, directly to a top folding A-2 size card base. Teeny dots where the lines meet and there is a tad bit bigger area to leave a teeny dot of glue.

*Tip*  Always keep the tip of your glue clean and it won’t clog up on you.

*Tip* and the most important one… always keep your glue laying down. If you keep your glue upside down, it will come out uncontrollable!  eep!

(I did try die cutting this with double sided tape on the back. It didn’t work well for me…too sticky and didn’t hold it’s shape)

Isn’t this Taper Candle die gorgeous?!  Can you just see it made up to look like stained glass?!  awesome!  Can’t wait to do that next!

The holly and berries are from the NEW Cabrini Ornament die.  Three little snips with the scissors and you have the perfect embellishment for the candle!  : )

Did you notice the sentiment?  NEW rubber stamps!!!!  YAY!  This is the NEW Let Your Heart combo rubber stamp.



WOW is right!  LOVE the NEW Grand Merry Christmas Script die!  It’s a beauty!  I paired it with the NEW Plush Poinsettia Corner die. Another beauty!


The Grand Merry Christmas is cut from white card-stock and the Plush Poinsettia Corner is cut from white and cranberry card-stock.  The cranberry petals I colored with Copic markers after I glued them in place.  A gal can only go so long without a little colorbook therapy! : )

Several red glitter domes on the berries and this A-2 size card was done.

My last card for today is colorful and picks up the chalkboard trend that has been so popular.


Isn’t it fun?!  I love it!  This is the NEW Have a Jolly Christmas die!  FABULOUS!  First I die cut it in white and it was great…but I just had to try some retro-ish colors.  I know…even though I’ve been on a white kick!

So here you have Lagoon, Sage, Cranberry, Licorice and White Memory Box card-stock or notecard colors.

I used my Perfect Layers Mini Tools and Cutting Mat to layer.  The ⅛ th inch ruler for the white mat and the ½ inch ruler on three sides of the card base.  Click HERE. Be sure to use the code Sparks5% at checkout.  The rulers are so awesome!  They save me so much time!  You will love them too!



See that poinsettia at the bottom?  That is a NEW die too! It’s the smallest flower from the NEW Poinsettia Bloom Trio die.  YAY!  More of everything I love!

Well, this is a lot today…holler if you have any questions!

I’m linking up to some challenges…

Virginia’s View Challenge # 5 – Die Cut

Wonderful Words Challenge – Word Dies

Keep it Simple – lots of turquoise

Thanks for looking, enjoy the holiday weekend and keep coming back to see more NEW * NEW * NEW!!!

July 2, 2014

Christmas in July with Memory Box and Baby!

by Pam Sparks



HO HO HO Merry Christmas!  I know, I know… it’s early!  Still…it’ll be nice to have a stash of cards and ideas before the last minute!

Here’s the NEW Memory Box Christmas Ribbon Ornaments die…soon to be HERE!

I broke out the glitter… haha… the Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter HERE works great for this!  It’s not getting all over everything after!  YAY!  THIS would work also… pretty!

I die cut the ornaments with Scor Tape HERE on the right side of the Memory Box card-stocks.  Peeled off the release paper, dumped on glitter, dumped it off and burnished it on with a bone folder (place a piece of scrap paper on top of the glittered piece and rub).  All without getting it all over me!!!

After you have your pieces cut and glittered,  I lay the main piece right side down on the table, then place the pieces in right side down.   I used Scotch tape this time but you could easy use ⅛ th or ¼ th inch scor tape too.

If you’re mounting it with mounting squares like I did,  the scotch tape works because you don’t need the double stick.

If you are adhering the design directly to the card, scor tape would work great instead of scotch tape.

Linking to the Christmas All Year Round Challenge, non-traditional colors
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas challenge extra – anything goes
Dies R Us Challenge, Christmas in July
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge – Glitter
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes, Make it Christmas-ey

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Here’s a couple Baby cards.  We welcomed Leo to our family in December and Rogan the 1st of June!


I LOVE the Winnie and Walter clear stamp sets HERE!   For this card I used the Big, Bold and the Happy set. I stamped with Versafine Black Ink.


Just darling! lol  I love the gingham pea!  I used  Memory Box A Pea in the Pod die HEREGeneva Vine die HEREUrban Upper and Lower Alphabets HERE and HERE and the poppystamps Classic Ribbons die HERE.


Now to finish up the insides and get them mailed!  eek,  I am so bad about that!   So tickled with how these two cards turned out… Cute!  Don’t you love it when you’re happy with what you make?! lol   Memory Box and poppystamps…a great combo!  Win, win!

My baby cards were in the Favorites this week at Splitcoast Stampers!  Thank you ladies!


Linking my baby cards to… Tuesday Throwdown Challenge – Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes
Cardz For Guyz – Baby Boy
Lady Bugs Crafts Ink Challenge – Anything Goes
Sweet and Sassy Stamps New Release Challenge – Anything Goes
The Card Concepts – Baby, Freestyle Collage – Winner!  Thank you Kay for choosing my Sweet Pea cards!

Challenge Winner

You know I love Copics too!  Here’s a deal if you’re in the market!

SALE – Simon Says Stamp Copic Sale


Back to cutting and pasting!   So happy you stopped by!  More Christmas coming at you soon!


June 29, 2014

Memory Box, Simon Says Stamp and Summer!

by Pam Sparks

A few weeks ago I received an email from Stephanie, the marketing director at Simon Says Stamp.com.  She wondered if I’d make a card or two for a feature on their blog…I replied, “I’d love to”!  On went my thinking cap!



So I set to work to make a couple cards… I always love making scene cards and it was time to make an easel card again!  It’s been awhile…  I have an easel category over in the sidebar and a couple videos under the video tab under the header photo.  I used a lot of Memory Box and poppystamps dies!



Hope I’m not making you hungry! : )



oh no!  Cherries….food again! lol


Memory Box Sweet and Sour Cherries dies,  My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Stax dies and Winnie and Walter clear stamps for the sentiment.


Thank you Simon Says Stamp and Stephanie for the opportunity to be a guest designer this week! Visit the blog HERE… there’s blog candy!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Summer!  We’re enjoying some delicious Bing cherries from WA state right now!

Dies, Stamps and Supplies I used…

June 25, 2014

Memory Box Birthday and Thinking of You…

by Pam Sparks


Just thinking of you today!  I am enjoying the Memory Box Summer Release… aren’t you?!

Here I used my Perfect Layers Tools to mat the MB Tremaine Square die a few times on a MB Pool A2 notecard.  Just thinking of you is stamped with Versafine Black ink.   I cut the Kensington Branch from MB kraft card-stock.


Some taupe-ish colored baby pearls, a couple birds from the Resting Birds die and it was done.  Love MB Pool Dot pattern paper!

The next card reminds me of a vintage greeting card.  I love vintage cards and papers.  If I wasn’t making cards all the time,  I bet I’d be out looking for old cards and papers! : )


Here I used the poppystamps Masa Leaf Frame die to build up from.  I used the Leaf tool from the Sizzix flower tool set to score the leaves!

There’s the MB Tremaine Square again…


The MB Happy Birthday Garland die and Fabulous Phlox Flower dies…


So pretty… love the dainty greenery that comes with the Fabulous Phlox set.   Yikes…I don’t see it in any of the stores I link to… sorry about that!


A little carried away with photos today… sorry… hehe   Now that the trees are fully leafed out,  it’s trickier to get photos with natural light.  Takes me forever and I have a hard time deciding which ones to post!  It’s crazy how light changes the colors!   It’s nice to have shade though…much easier to air condition!

Linking up to the NBUS Challenge  HERE… my first times to use the Tremaine Square and Fabulous Phlox dies.

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and to Simon Says Stamp Challege – Anything Goes,  HERE

and to Simon Says Work it Wednesday, HERE

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope Summer is treating you well!

Dies and Supplies I used…

June 14, 2014

The Give a way Winner and more cards…

by Pam Sparks

AND… the winner is….

Lynn Gauthier!!!!

CLAP! CLAP! Congrats Lynn!!!  YAY for you!

I had Breanna pick a number between 1 and 63 and she picked 42!  Congrats Lynn!  Send me an email with your mailing information!

I tried to add names… for some reason you all didn’t put your names in for each thing, so I had to add a bunch.  Lesson learned…links must be too big a pain…stick with comments I guess!

THANK YOU Cindy from Starlitstudio!

I started posting the cards I designed and taught at the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape a week ago… eek… time gets away so fast!  HERE’S the post with the Sunflower cards and HERE’S the post from a couple weeks ago telling about the weekend and about the process of getting ready for the classes.

Today I’m posting the other three cards…


‘fore you’ – layering up dies to create a scene.  Love making scenes!  Memory Box dies and stamps and poppystamps dies.

I had the ladies cut out the golf cart in white cardstock and color the pieces with markers. Easy and so cute!



more Memory Box and poppystamps dies…the Memory Box Chic Chevron makes an appearance on the panel.  Inked with Mowed Lawn Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool.  Some spatters and sequins add to the fun of the design!

Linking up this card to the Keep it Simple Challenge – Splatters


YAY!  My Pavilia Bloom card was in the favorites at SCS on Sunday!  Thank you ladies!




I had the ladies emboss the flower just like I did in this video HERE.  Then it was inked with Dusty Concord Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool.



Another sweet Summer scene with Memory Box and poppystamps dies.  So fun to make!  I love step cards!

Linking my card to the Seize your Birthday Challenge – Summer Time

My card was a winner there too!  Thank you ladies!

STB Challenge Winner

Enjoy the Summer days!  We’re sure having some beautiful ones here in Iowa.  Love it when it’s not so hot and humid!   I hope to hop on my bike for a bit today!  : )

Thanks for visiting!  Love hearing from you and hope you enjoyed my cards today!

Dies, stamps and supplies I used to create these cards…

June 7, 2014

More New Memory Box and SALES!!!

by Pam Sparks


First up…the SALES!!! 

I use my Perfect Layers tools all the time!  Perfect Paper Crafting is offering an awesome deal!  If you haven’t gotten yours yet…don’t miss this opportunity to get a deal on the new set of Mini Rulers and the mat!  You will not be sorry!  LOVE them!   If you already have them, maybe you want another set or what an awesome gift for a stamper friend!
Click the box below to check it out!


I have admired and been tempted to buy for some time the New stamp and die sets from Simon Says Stamp.  I still don’t have any but if I have time to shop tomorrow, I want to but where to start!   In case you didn’t know and want to shop too… here’s the deal and a link to the sale. 


thanks for shopping through my links! 



Cards! Here’s another card using the NEW Summer 2014 Memory Box release. I started with the Floating Butterflies die cut out of a Memory Box white notecard. Next I cut out two of the inner lines with a scissors so I would have one complete butterfly.  Here’s a picture of the die so you can see the lines I cut off.




I cut the Floating Butterflies Background die from a Memory Box Sweetcorn notecard. Using the Butterfly Vine stencil, I inked up the complete butterfly first, with Wild Honey Distress ink and the mini round ink blending tool.  Then moved the stencil to fit over the other two butterflies, making sure not to ink into the complete butterfly I stenciled first.

I die cut the Bursting Berry Vine and Blushing Flower Branch from a Memory Box Kraft notecard. I inked them with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool and then colored the leaves with YG Copics.

Cut the Blushing Flower Branch again with little pieces of Memory Box Lavender notecard placed over the flowers, emboss them with a stylus or run it back through the Big Shot with a tan mat and shims.  Leaving the flowers in the die, flip it over and ink through the die with Dusty Concord Distress ink and an ink blending tool.





Using a variety of Memory Box butterfly dies… cut some butterfly bodies in lavender card…ink them a little with Dusty Concord Distress ink too.

The word ‘fly’ is cut from the Library Alphabet Tags set.

I glued with Tombow Mono Multi, Scrapbook Adhesives mounting squares and the ATG gun.

A2 size card…

Linking up to the NBUS Challenge HERE…  all of the dies have never been used!

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Over on the Memory Box  facebook page this a.m., I posted the Floating Butterflies card and a gal said she wanted to see something with the Curling Cloud die.  So I took the challenge for this afternoon!

I inlaid the Mini Hot Air Balloon and Beautiful Balloon dies with the Curling Cloud, cut the Memory Box initials with the Classic Uppercase Alphabet dies, cut summer with the Alphabet Soup die and fun with Parker Lowercase Alphabet dies.





Another Curling Cloud glued on top of the card to finish it off.

It’s an A2 size card – Memory Box Lagoon notecard for the card base, white, cranberry and meadow for the cuts.





So when it’s hot and humid… I stay in the house and keep cool!  How about you?  So my Summer fun is not in the air but on the ground, in the house playing with Memory dies, stencils and stamps!

I still have 3 class cards to post next week, some new Printworks stamps to play with and it’s time to color again!

TFL! and happy weekend…hope you get to make something too!

Here’s what I used to make these cards…



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