February 28, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Memory Box…

by Pam Sparks


Have you heard of this event? It’s been a coffee kind of day!  Lots of people love coffee, me, not so much!  I’m a cocoa kind of gal! Have you heard of raw cacao powder?  That’s what I use… love it! ; ) So what am I doing making coffee cards?  I know people that love coffee and would like receiving coffee cards!  So here I am with 2 more cards to show you and link up!  I got inspired!  Scroll down to my previous post to see the CAS card I made with a Paper Smooches stamp and die.


HERE is where the action is.  Make a card or two and link up!  All the info is at that link too.  Hop around and enjoy the inspiration!


The card at the top is the 2nd card I made… I used some Memory Box dies and some Pink Paislee papers… yay… using some of the stash! I crimped the little cozy and embellished with Lawn Fawn Trimmings.


Dies I used…
Cross Stitched Frame Borders
Cross Stitched Frames
Splendid Clarkia
Large Coffee on the Go


Here’s the first card I made…my go to colors…lol



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Here I used Memory Box dies again, a bit of paper twine and pattern paper from the 6×6 Authentique Crush paper pad.  So much fun!  I love this card! hehe  It’s got ‘faux’ coffee in it! haha


Dies I used…
Large Coffee on the Go
Stitched Rectangle Layers set
All About the Love set
Cross Stitch My Heart set


Linking up to some challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – no rules!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – anything goes!
City Crafter Challenge – use it up (white and red scraps and old silver brads)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  Happy creating!


February 28, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge and Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  Sharing a CAS card I made for the Paper Smooches Sparks February Designer Drafts Challenge.   Last minute Lulu! haha





I also wanted to make some cards and link up for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Lots of inspiration there and TONS of cool prizes they’re giving away! I hope I win something! hehe




I used Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe Stamp set and Coffee/Tea die set.  Pattern paper from a Christmas 6×6 pad, some brads,  Versafine onyx black ink and my 1/8 inch Mini Perfect Layers Ruler and Cutting Mat.  (link in the sidebar – be sure to use my code to save!)

oh eek… here we are talking Spring and it just started snowing here! lol  That’s ok, I love snow!   Take care and I’ll be back with some more coffee!  : )

February 26, 2015

Birthday card, SFYTT and a winner!!!

by Pam Sparks


Hi everyone!  Thank you all for your wonderful comments on the giveaway post! and all your comments all year long!!  So fun to hear from you all and I failed to get replies sent this time!  My computer has the craziest problem right now and I’ve been wasting too much time trying to figure it out on my own.  I think I better just take it to the store! ugh.  Of all things,  MUTE is stuck on!  So I can’t watch the videos of our grandkids or stamping videos!  My videos won’t work in iPhoto either! No sound at all!  Have any of you ever had this happen?


ok – now that I got the complaining out of the way….


the WINNER of the Warm Wishes stamp set and die IS….


#36 Rannah Romps!!!!  

congratulations Rannah!

email me with your snail mail address!


I’m sharing a birthday card today that I made with Reverse Confetti stamps and dies.


Every month Reverse Confetti has a Sketch For You To Try Challenge and I wanted to enter!



I really did make this card for the challenge – I had my computer open to the sketch, made the flowers and look where I ended up!  I’m still linking up though because I played!  : )




I used the Petals ‘N Posies stamp and die sets, Roundabout Additions stamp set, Memory Box stitched circle die and Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Mat. (link in sidebar – be sure to use my code if you shop)




I used Colorbox Chalk inks for the leaves and flowers, Pink Pastel, Rouge, Lime Pastel and Deep Green.  Black ink for the flower centers is Versafine Onyx Black.  I inked up the birthday wishes stamp with Versamark and embossed it with Ranger Detail Embossing powder.

The card is top folding and 5 1/2 inches square.

and Washi tape!  Two different black patterns.  The dot one is from K & Company, the smash book line and the other I don’t know the brand…sorry about that.

Thanks again for your support of Cindy’s store and my blog!  ‘preciate it so much!  Happy Friday and Happy weekend to you!

February 20, 2015

Birthday cards and giveaway!

by Pam Sparks


Hi everyone! Sharing a couple birthday cards today and…

Cindy from Starlitstudio.net set me up with an extra cutie Birdie Brown, Warm Wishes stamp and die set by Torico (MFT) to give away!  YAY!  So leave a comment and I’ll post the winner in my next post!


Here’s my card with it…




She’s so cute!  love her!  I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch Markers. Her dress, scarf, socks are the RV11, 13, 14, 17, 19 series.

The sentiment on the front and the one on the inside are stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I used the Perfect Layering Mini Rulers and mat to make the 1/16th inch black mat.  Link in the sidebar!  Be sure to use my code for a great deal going on right now!  10% off and free priority shipping with a $30 order!

The pattern paper is the 6×6 Crush paper pad by Authentique and the pierced rectangle die is from MFT.


Then I have a card to share that I made for our oldest grandson who just turned 15, ( wow! time flies) using the NEW Memory Box die, Steampunk CornerI cut it twice from some pattern paper by Basic Grey and glued them down with Tombow Mono Multi glue… just little dots here and there.




The rest of the pattern paper is from the Basic Grey Oxford pad. (probably discontinued now)

Linking up to some challenges…

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes (2nd card)

Cute Card Thursday – Floral Delight (1st card)

Addicted to Stamps – Make Your Mark

Cindy carries a wonderful selection of My Favorite Things products, in the store HERE and Memory Box HERE.


Here’s the stamp set and die that I’m giving away!  All you need to do is comment for a chance to win!


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Thanks for stopping by today!  So fun to hear from you and glad you liked the splats the other day!  What to splat next, that is the question! lol  TTUL!

February 18, 2015

Memory Box – Make a Wish Candles…

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  I made a birthday card using the NEW Make a Wish Candles die set.

I cut the largest candle dies in white cardstock and colored each one with Copic markers and the Clear Wink of Stella Brush Marker.  I used V20, 22, 25, 28, BG11, 32, 34, B00, 01, 02, 04 for the candles,  YR02, 04, 07, 18, 23 for the outer flame and R02, 05, 08 for the center of the flame.  White pen on the embossed lines of the candles.

I made the big splats on a white A2 card-base with Wild Honey Distress Stain and colored them with Clear Wink of Stella Brush Marker after they dried.

I cut ‘happy’ from the NEW Share the Happiness die set three times in black, glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi glue and colored it with Clear Wink Stella Brush Marker.

I mounted the candles to the card-base with 3L mounting squares and glued happy directly to the candles.

The birthday word came from the Happy Birthday Special Combo rubber stamp.  I stamped in Versafine black ink and trimmed around the word. Mounted it to the card with 3L mounting squares.

I love the splats behind the flame! Kinda like a birthday sparkler! lol

Linking up to some challenges…

CASology – Monochrome

Simply Create Too – Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly – Bingo (Die Cut, Free, Glitter)

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

Addicted To Stamps – Make Your Mark

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Dies and Supplies I used for my card…


February 7, 2015

Super cute Suzie Q from Printworks…

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  It seems like it’s been some time since I blogged a card!  eek!  It has been!  I’ve been making cards though and will have a Memory Box surprise to share with you soon!

This SUPER cute Suzie Q snow gal from Printworks has just been on the desk staring at me, waiting for me to ink and color her up since before Christmas!  She’s just in time for Valentines Day!

Have you heard about the NEW Chameleon Markers?  That’s what I colored with!  Very cool and my favorite thing today was how easy it was to color her cheeks!  I used the RED marker!  I know…crazy cool!

AND of course I used my Perfect Layers mini Rulers and cutting mat for layering up the papers!  Thee best things ever!  Truly are time saving in lining up and getting everything ‘perfect’!  Shop through my links and use my code to save 10%

Super cute new sentiments too… on the outside and on the inside!  One of the new snowflakes… AND Printworks is having a sale JUST TODAY!  I’ll add the details at the end of my post.  If you don’t make the sale today, shop anytime and use the code in my sidebar to save!


This is the inside of the card…



lovin’ this MME Crush 6×6 paper pad too!  I haven’t purchased pattern paper since….fortunately my memory is bad! lol   and the snowflake paper clips?!  oh my, had to have them! 5 in a pack, so two packs please! lol

oops! Beware taking pictures of the inside with vellum sticking off the top of your card front. When you fold it back and crease it…well, you get a nice line that wasn’t there before!  Like I always say, “all of life is education”.  Applies to card making too! grrrr

Then I had to have something to hold the card up to photograph the inside cuz of course it STILL wouldn’t stand up even after creasing!  I’m proud of me.  I didn’t tear it apart and do it over! @@

Linking up to some challenges…

Curtain Call – Kissing Booth  kissing booth

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – All Things Bright and Beautiful

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – H is for… heart balloon in my case

Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Add a heart

Our Creative Corner – Tic Tac Toe ( twine, stamps, embossing powder)

Paper Sweeties – Inspiration photo

{PIN}spiration Challenge – Inspiration photo

Cute Card Thursday – Crazy in Love

Loves Rubberstamps Challenge – Anything Goes

Have a wonderful weekend and hope you have sunshine today too!  If you get a chance to shop, here’s the Printworks info…


This Saturday we will be offering 10% off your entire order plus a free grab bag of some Vintage Printworks Product only found at our warehouse sale.
(Minimum Order of $25)
The Free Grab Bag will include: 
1 Large Stamp, 2 Medium Stamps, 3 Small Stamps, and Diecuts.
Use code WAREHOUSE2015 in the COMMENT section of our website to receive the special. The 10% discount will be deducted from your total when we ship the order.
Offer Valid Saturday, February 7th only. Minimum $25 Purchase Required.


Thanks for stopping by!  TTUL!

Stamps and Supplies I used…

January 18, 2015

Memory Box Open Studio dies…

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone! Sharing another LOVE card with you on this pleasant Sunday in January!

I started out by cutting three of the NEW Open Studio Shaker Rectangle Frame dies and gluing them together with a narrow line of Tombow Mono Multi glue for the white frame.

Using the NEW Open Studio dies, A Lovely Smile, All About the Love and Amazing You dies I created the sentiment.

A heart from the NEW Open Studio set Cherub Hearts was trimmed a bit and glued to the frame.

Then I made the banner from the NEW Open Studio Banner Parade die set I love this set!  So many ways to be creative with it! Cut three times, layered together with mono multi glue and stuck on to the card with Scrapbook Adhesives mounting squares.

The hearts were all cut in red from the Banner Parade set also.

I edged the top folding A2 size kraft cardbase with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

That’s it!  A CAS valentine to get you in the mood for ‘love’! haha


Linking up to the NBUS Challenges @ CASology and Darnell’s

Week 129 - NBUS


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Thanks for stopping by!

January 12, 2015

Memory Box Blog Blitz starts TODAY! and a video….

by Pam Sparks


Are you wondering about the NEW Detail Plates from Memory Box?  I showed a Christmas card last year with the Elliana set… so pretty but this January 2015 release has several more!  More toys!  YAY!

I made a video over the weekend because so many have questions about how to use them.  I hope this helps… it’s basically just embossing.

Here’s the video… be sure to click the gear after you hit play and switch to HD… the picture  is so much sharper and click the frame to watch it big… easier to see the action and results!



Let me know if you have any questions…

 I have a card for the Memory Box Blog Blitz that started today.  Click over to the Memory Box blog HERE and while you’re at it, check out the poppystamps blog HERE too!  They both have a blitz going on with a chance to win a die in each post… so comment on all the posts through Sunday!


I LOVE all the heart dies in this release!  I used the Loving Hearts Arch and the Heart Waterfall for the heart between the two Love words. The LOVE words are from the NEW Open Studio Line, the die set called All About Love.




I kept the leftover stenciled piece from die cutting the rectange on the card in this post, HERE, and trimmed off a sliver to glue on to the left side of my top fold A2 card base.




I die cut the Loving Hearts Arch twice, once in white and once in red.  I glued the white arch to the kraft card base and then glued in the red hearts with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

A sliver of red cardstock over where the arch and dot strip meet.  Easy to trim a strip on your paper trimmer and glue it on with a thin line of the same glue.

Then some red/white twine tied in a knot across the top fold! All my favorite colors and things!


Linking up to Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Anything Goes (all the dies I used on my card are new and the dies in the video are new)

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and CASology – NBUS

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Have a great week and enjoy all the inspiration with the New Memory Box release!  Thanks for stopping by!  and Good Luck!

January 9, 2015

New Memory Box dies and New Open Studio line…

by Pam Sparks


Here’s the NEW release!



Be sure to click the gear and go up to HD – really makes the video sharper…or click the frame to see it big and the gear to watch in HD.


Lots to love!  See anything you need? haha


A couple cards with some of the new 2015 Memory Box release!




Fabulous new designs and I especially enjoyed creating some ‘love’ themed cards.


On this first one, I used…

Cross Stitch My Heart

All About Love

Heart Waterfall




My second card is a shaker card.




I used…

Tag You’re It Rectangles

Studio Rectangle Layers

Stitched Rectangle Layers

All About Love

Amazing You

Cross Stitch My Heart

Library Alphabet Tags

Mini Dots Stencil (on white card-stock I inked up the dots through the stencil with Versamark ink and embossed with Imagine Crafts Black Embossing Powder)




All 3 cards are A2 size.


Here’s a CAS Happy New Year card that I didn’t get posted yet…I love the Word Pop dies and wanted to share this quick idea!  Happy Cloud die and Classic Upper Alphabet die set




Linking to some challenges…

DiesRUs – Anything Goes with a twist/NEW

Cute Card Thursday – What’s New

ABC Challenge – Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations – Dies

Scrapyland Challenges – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Make New Friends but keep the Old

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Something New

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Color Throwdown Challenge #324 – Red, White and Black

Can you believe it’s the 9th already! eek! Thanks for stopping by today!   Holler if you have any questions! Shopping links below…thanks for clicking through my links!

Dies and Supplies I used on these cards…

Starlitstudio.net had them HERE

BlueMoon Scrapbooking has them HERE and HERE

Simon Says Stamp has them HERE


December 31, 2014

2014 in Review…

by Pam Sparks

Happy New Year’s Eve Day!

The sun is shining and warming me up! Take off the gloves and type! haha

So…what did I do in 2014?  Good thing I blog and have something to jog my memory! eek!

January is a busy month with a new release from Memory Box…

I had fun working with stencils and an embossing technique on this card…


Delightful Peony card and the video

Love the crisp white and how the colors pop on this card…


Yorkshire Tree

and this happy Twinkle Toes card with Distress Marker watercoloring…


Turn on the Twinkle

February ended up being a birthday card kind of month…

Distress Marker watercoloring


Happy Birthday (check out the stamp I used on the inside)

I did have one Valentine card though!

Copic Marker coloring


Tilda with Cozy Heart

Oh, I have too many I like in March! : )

Distress Marker watercoloring


Spring Blessings (check out the tip I share for lining up layers)

Piecing and inlaying die cuts, this card and a couple others during March
using these techniques…


Happy Hello

Something CAS too…


Calm Countryside

April was a big class preparation month…

May brought more flowers and butterflies on the scene…


Delicate Butterfly Arch

June  – a lot of Memory Box and poppystamps cards!


Massa Leaf Frame

Summer in July?  Well, how about a little Fall and a lot of Christmas!  Ok then, I’ll start with a baby card! lol

I love how these sweet pea dies worked up!



So many Christmas cards!  I fell in love with the simplicity of this card though…


Tall Taper Candle

and the gorgeous new MB snowflake dies…


Limoges Snowflake

August - tons more Christmas cards! I can’t post them all here! : )

I love the graphic look of this one though, the unusual colors and just the right touch of glitz…


Merry Christmas

another one with text…love how this worked out…


Joyeux Noel 


Embedded Die cuts video


Winter Wreath

and then I did color a card!  Such cute critters!


Woodland Winter

I’ll narrow down September to one Fall and one Christmas!


Give Thanks

This card brings so many freezin’ memories of picking out Christmas trees with the girls…I love this card!  At the moment it is my favorite for the year! : )


Trees for Sale

October - new dies from poppystamps!


Birthday Stack

Check out the NEW Horse Country die cards in November

I had to make one Mixed Media tag, it’s on my fireplace mantle in some greens. : )


Seasons Greetings

and a cute guy…Copic coloring


Be an Elf

December has a vapor feel to it!  Is it that way for you too?  Blink and it’s gone! I did get a lot of cards mailed though!  yay!


A Very Merry Christmas

and the reason for the season…



It’s been a great year!  Sharing with friends old and new! Our family is looking forward to more blessings in 2015!  Grandchild #17 is due mid March! So much to be thankful for but at the same time I can’t help but be touched by the agony of loss in Asia right now. My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones.  It has touched our design team for Tilda’s Town. Joe Shien Shien’s brother and family from Indonesia were on that plane.  It’s been so neat to see the stamping community from all over the world reaching out to her and surrounding her with love and prayers. Thank you all for your friendship and support.  Even though we are miles apart, we span the distance with our caring, supportive community.  God bless you all!  Thank you for being there!


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