June 27, 2015

Memory Box Circle Forest Scene BBQ…

by Pam Sparks




You can plan a BBQ even if it’s not your birthday though!  Celebrate Summer with a fun scene card!

I cut a white piece of card-stock 4.25 in. x 11 in., scored and folded it for a top fold card base.  Top fold cards are the easiest to photograph and another photo tip, if you’re using natural light, be sure to pull up the blinds!  Open blinds let in light but you’ll be amazed how much better it is when you pull them all the way up and out of the way! Your camera will thank you! lol

oops!  Got off track there for a minute, back to the card!

I die cut the Circle Forest Scene parts from cold press watercolor paper.  Then I watercolored them, the grass/trees with Peerless and the grill, houses and clouds with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

The little curvy fence is from the Wide Open Spaces Open Studio die set. I just trimmed off the bottom…perfect fit!




I wish I’d  used the Celebrate from this set because it’s just enough larger. I didn’t see it until I’d already stamped this one from poppystamps Into the Words set.  ‘It’s your birthday’ is from the same set.

I die cut a circle frame to place over the top from the Shaker Circle Frames die set.

Well, I see I goofed.  The Grill has been discontinued!!!  I wouldn’t have thought… so think bicycle or golf cart or even the new tractor die!  Sorry about that!

All that’s left to do is layer everything up!  I use ATG, Tombow mono multi glue, thin and regular 3L/Scrapbook Adhesives mounting squares.

Happy Summer day to you! Hope the weather is treating you right! haha  Thanks for stopping by! TTUL!

June 26, 2015

Memory Box Blooming Sketch Border Thank You…

by Pam Sparks





Thank you for being such super blog friends!!!  I have a Memory Box card to share today and one tomorrow too!

For this card, I started by stamping the beautiful Blooming Sketch Border stamp with Ranger Archival Black ink  on watercolor paper and coloring with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

After it was dry, I die cut the panel with the largest rectangle die from the Cross Stitched Frame Borders die set and layered it to an A2 card base.  I did put a little piece of washi tape on it… it was just laying there on the table, from Little B.




I embossed the poppystamps Thank You sentiment with super fine white embossing powder on a black banner from the poppy Classic Ribbons die set and stamped the friend sentiment directly on the watercolor paper with the MISTI stamp tool. Both are from the Hope and Thanks set.

I die cut the Pennington Rose Border die in white card-stock but just used the right end and one other rose from the cut to embellish above the banner. I added a few enamel dots in green.  I love the fun touch the dots add to the mix.

Thanks for stopping by today!  8 )   I’ll be back tomorrow with a birthday card or two!

p.s. if you’re in the market for a new die cutting machine I have to share this with you… I was and when I saw it was white… I was delighted! lol  Silly things make me happy!  Anyway, over at Scrapbook.com they have a terrific sale going on and the new Big Shot is $79.99!  A terrific price and a great online store!  All their Sizzix products are on sale!  If you’d like a larger platform, the Big Shot Plus is awesome!  I love it too. Room for an A2 card sideways, easy to crank and it stays put!  Holler if you have any questions!

June 18, 2015

Perfect Paper Crafting and Art Impressions Blog Hop…

by Pam Sparks





Hi everyone! I have a card to share here and a card on the PPC blog today. There’s a blog hop happening there this week!




What a fun set to color!  I love these Try” folds stamp sets form Art Impressions!  The one I used for my card is Shoppes TF-4339.

I stamped with Ranger Archival Black Ink on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Markers.  I add color to an area and move it around with a paintbrush and water.  Love how easy it is and that I’m happy in the end! lol

I didn’t do the try fold for my card… I just turned it into a scene by cutting and layering with 3D mounting squares.

Of course I had to mat the focal piece with my 1/16th inch Perfect Layer Tools… I will never quit using them! : ) They work so slick and what a time saver.  None of the back to the trimmer thing going on!  YAY!  Link to shop in the sidebar and don’t forget to use the coupon code for 10% off.




I don’t remember all the colors I used but you can’t go wrong with these stamps!  So much fun!  I have a few other sets too…thinking they could work up fun for Christmas!  You know…when you start getting tense as the holidays approach, you can always use a little color book therapy!  I know it’s good for me!

Now, if you would like to see the other card I made with Art Impressions, Chameleon Pens and Perfect Paper Crafting… hop over to the Perfect Paper Crafting blog HERE!  From there you can hop to the Art Impressions and Chameleon Pens blogs for chances to win prizes!

Thanks for stopping by today… if only we lived close enough we could run across the street for show and tell now and then!  Wouldn’t that be fun!  : )  Happy creating for Father’s Day.  I’m working on birthday cards for two of the grandsons also. Always cards to be made!  Take care!

Supplies I used …

June 11, 2015

Taylored Expressions Wild About You and On The Line…

by Pam Sparks




Wow!  We survived 91˚ weather to watch our 5 yr. old grandson’s baseball game last night!  These Summer temps always bring to mind my growing up days and going to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha every Summer.  Seems like the family always picked the hottest day of the year to go! lol

This card brings up all those Zoo days.  Nowadays I prefer the Des Moines zoo.  You can get through it in an hour or so!





This cute little swinger is in the new TE Wild About You stamp set.  Color with Copics and stamp a sentiment and you’ve got a quick card.  There is a coordinating die set for it also.






The other thing I did growing up in Council Bluffs/Omaha with lots of sidewalks is bike riding! Sometimes I wonder when we stopped playing and ate lunch and supper! lol

I cut the bike in silver paper, colored it with a permanent black pen and layered it on a couple other cuts before I glued it to the scene.





I love the new On The Line die set… the squirrel is from the new On The Line Accessories set.  So cute!  The leaves on the tree are supposed to cut when you run it through but instead of cutting them for this card, I embossed them with the die.  :D   I inked the die with Peeled Paint Distress ink, placed the tree top cut back in the die and ran it through with a tan mat.

To get the hill… I used the clothesline part of the tie.  I die cut the line in dark brown and in green.  I used the waste from the green cut and placed the brown line on top of it.  I thought it made an awesome sidewalk!

The ‘thanks’ die cut is one that you get when you order from Taylored Expressions.  Every time you order you receive a complementary die, thanking you for ordering!  Isn’t that awesome?!  I think so!  I love getting something that I love free! : )   The free die varies every time, you don’t know what you’ll get.


Thanks for stopping by today! Holler if you have any questions.  Links to the products I used from the TE store below…

June 7, 2015

Memory Box and poppystamps 50% Christmas/Holiday SALE…

by Pam Sparks


Popping in quick to tell you about a great SALE at BlueMoon Scrapbooking!

  HERE… Memory Box and poppystamps Christmas/Holiday dies are 50% off


Christmas/Holiday stamps are 50% off too…mixed in HERE


I have tons of cards made up with these dies on my blog…not even sure where to start to post some!  I can’t believe it’s close to time to be thinking about making Christmas cards again!  Even though I love them…oh wait, I just finished 8 a week and a half ago! lol  My mind, it moves on way too fast! ugh

If BM doesn’t have the dies or stamps you want… you can always purchase from Cindy at Starlitstudio too!  Her everyday prices are so FABULOUS!

(clicking on the photos below should take you to the blog post about the card. TFL!)


















































oh wow!  So many cool dies to create with!  I love Memory Box and poppystamps!  :D  You can tell, can’t you! lol

There is a search box in the side bar… you can type a die or stamp name and most of the time it works great!  There’s also the category option… just pull down until you come to what you’re looking for, or contact me if you have a question!

Thanks for stopping by and scrolling through this long review!  eek!  Hard to know where to start and where to stop! lol  I appreciate your support so much…your comments mean the world to me and shopping through my links too!  Thank you so much!  I just gave you an excuse to stay in the air conditioning a little longer! ; )


June 4, 2015

Taylored Expressions June Release DAY!

by Pam Sparks


Release DAY @ Taylored Expressions!!!

It’s ALL about Summer! Relax, walk on the beach, ride a bike and maybe visit the zoo?! Maybe you don’t have to go very far to feel like you’re at the zoo! lol  Personally, I prefer my own little zoo inside my air conditioned house! lol


My husband would love this… goin’ fishin’!




Here I used the NEW Build a Scene – Rolling Waves dies …three stitched dies, each with a different wave pattern.

Here’s what I did – I cut a piece of watercolor paper…dropped water on to it with a dropper bottle…then drops of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink reinker straight from the bottle onto the water drops…let it spread…then removed the excess with a paper towel.  Let it dry, then cut the waves from that piece.  Cool! See those white caps?! I love how it turned out! YAY!

I also used the new Build a Scene – Underwater dies in the scene foreground.

Don’t you love the new Little Bits Fishing Boat and Lighthouse!  So cute!


Meet this cute little crab!




The new Build a Scene – Underwater dies make the scene again here. Super cute plant life dies to perfectly complement the Under the Sea stamp set and new Under the Sea dies!

Well, he/she doesn’t look very crabby with that cute smile and googly eyes! lol Quick recovery! lol  I colored the crab with Copic Sketch Markers and die cut it with the new Under the Sea dies.

I used the new stitched Peek a Boo Circles die at the top of the card and the new Beadboard Embossing Folder for the lower part of the card front.


So glad you stopped by today! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of the participating designers!


Hope you’re inspired to create some cards with TE stamps and dies! I have two more cards…I’ll post them soon!

See ‘ya!


All of the new products are available for purchase at the TE web store today!

June 2, 2015

Steampunk Pipes Roses and Splendid Clarkia…

by Pam Sparks





Hi everyone!  Something a little different…I love how the Steampunk Pipes grunged up!  Distressing with Distress Rusty Hinge and Black Soot inks and the ink blending tools.

Then it was what do I put with it! I decided to distress up the new English Rose Bouquet, Gearworks Border, Uppercase Alphabet Soup letters the same way and add them to the frame I made with the die cut pipes.




I die cut everything from white card-stock, inked completely with Rusty Hinge and then Black Soot Distress inks.  The Rose Bouquet I die cut from white twice.  Inked the roses on one with Rusty Hinge and Black Soot and the other with Peeled Paint and Black Soot.

I pounced a Versamark pad on the pieces to hold the chunky embossing powder while it melted.

On the inside, I stamped a coordinating sentiment from the poppystamps Hope and Thanks clear stamp set. HOPING (on the front)… you have a terrific birthday (on the inside).

Very fun!  I think it’d make a cool man card too, without the Rose Bouquet… maybe just embossing the new clear stamps in the frame.



The next card I made back in February…another one that didn’t make it in the look book on time.  Link under the blog header…




A breathy, Spring-ish card for sure! A dash of this and a dash of that!  Love putting vellum behind butterflies!




The washi tape I put on card-stock first and then taped it on the card.  Six dies on that one A2 size card! lol   It looks busy in the photo but IRL, it’s really dimensional and pretty.

And pearls… oh how did we ever make cards without pearls! lol

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back Thursday with some Taylored Expressions Release Day cards!  TFL!


Supplies and Dies I used on these cards…

May 27, 2015

Memory Box cards, HELLO and more…

by Pam Sparks


I have a bunch of cards I made a few months ago that were too late to get in the first Memory Box look book, so I’m going to start sharing them here before we’re on to another release!

* * * In case you haven’t noticed, I added a new TAB under the blog header with my photos of the cards I made for the first Memory Box look book…take a look!

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For this HELLO card, I stenciled the background on watercolor paper with Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks.




I was inspired by Cindy’s fabulous card to make this nest in a tree card… at the time I took the photo, I didn’t have a stamp from MB to use but if I was to add a sentiment, I would use an alphabet set and stamp, “What’s Up?” or Hello!  Look around Cindy’s blog… so many gorgeous creations!


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One more bird idea…I’m bummed I can’t remember what I did here. ugh.  Too many cards since!  I know it’s regular embossing paste over a stencil.  Pretty sure I sprayed it with the color spray stuff.  Sorry about that.

I’m pretty sure I colored the branch die cut with markers…might’ve been Distress markers but it could’ve been Copics too!  I use both all the time!


I better quit for today! Memory Box overload!  Thanks for stopping by!  Holler if you have any questions and thanks for looking and commenting!  I appreciate it so much!  ttul!


Dies and Supplies I used…


May 24, 2015

Taylored Expressions CAS Party and Early Memorial Day…

by Pam Sparks


Memorial Day…reflect…be thankful…

I don’t know about you but it’s rare I sit and look back.  So many memories and yes I’m thankful! Yesterday we went to a Civil War Reenactment that our grandson participated in.  History brought to life. So many things going through my mind now.

On the fun side though, they started the afternoon with a fashion show.  They showed and talked about the ‘ins and outs’ of dressing in that era. The hoop skirts…what a contrast to the skin tight jeans of today. eek!  Glad I can be in the middle and be comfortable!

oh cards… yes, I have two to share today! lol  Both are from the May Release at Taylored Expressions.


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I die cut the new Starry Night Cutting plate in kraft card-stock and layered it to a navy, top folded A-2 size card base.

I embossed the new Brick embossing folder in red card-stock and then ran it through the Big Shot to die cut it with the new Build a Tag 4 die set.  Stitched edges… love!  It smashed the brick a little but I had inked one side of the folder with fired brick distress ink so I kinda like how it turned out!

I die cut the bell in gray from the new Patriotic treat toppers die set. Layered it on navy card-stock and mounted it to the tag with thin 3L mounting squares.

I stamped along the bottom of the tag with the word celebrate stamp from a TE Christmas set, A Winter View.

I glued on Studio Calico wood stars for embellishing and Lawn Fawn twine and hemp to finish off the tag.



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Doodlebug Washi tape for the rainbow tea party and birthday party CAS cards I made… so fun… I know, it’s looks like I spent 10 minutes but actually I messed around for a few hours to get to these two cards! lol


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Here I used the new Block Party die and Eventful Birthday Party die.  I put washi on a piece of white card and die cut it for the background behind the gifts.   I love how it turned out!


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This one I used just a part of the new Eventful Tea Party Border die.  Glad I don’t have to pick a favorite!  love them all!


Linking to some challenges …
Scrapyland Challenge – Birthday
Seize the Birthday – Birthday
CAS on Sunday – Tic Tac Toe


That’s it from me today! Thanks for stopping by and thank you so much for your wonderful, encouraging comments!  Happy remembering loved ones and celebrating our freedom that was hard won by a lot of heros!


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May 20, 2015

Printworks and Perfect Paper Crafting…

by Pam Sparks


I have a Father’s Day card over on the Perfect Paper Crafting blog today!

Click over, it’s a super fun one!


Then a couple whimsical birthday cards using Printworks Birthday stamps… a couple from the new Birthday release HERE … super cute cupcake and cake stand!




I colored with Chameleon Pens and embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.

The scallop border is an EK Success border punch and the pattern paper is from Printworks.

I stamped this fun sentiment on the inside… G4338-R Hope Your Birthday CLING




Linking my cupcake card up to the Retro Sketches Challenge





Here’s the new Stacked Happy Birthday stamp… I did a watercolor background with Peerless watercolors, added some white, gold and silver spatters and white embossed the sentiment on black card-stock and die cut it with an Avery Elle label die.

I die cut the background piece with Memory Box Stitched Square Layers Set, layered to black card-stock and cut the 1/8th inch border with my Perfect Layers Tools 1/8th in. ruler. Link in the sidebar…use my coupon code for PPC and Printworks!!!

Finishing touch on the front – 3 Doodlebug Sprinkles!


I stamped these fun sentiments inside… E4544 Let Your Light and D4548 As You Glow





Thanks for stopping by today!  It’s raining here… a good day to work on cards! ttul!


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