April 15, 2015

Memory Box Spring 2015 Release…

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  I’m posting today on the Memory Box blog HERE.  It’s time for the Spring 2015 Release Blog Blitz!  It started on Monday and goes through Friday.  Comment on the blog posts there for chances to win!

For my card today, I die cut one of the corners from the NEW Open Studio Distressed Windham Collage die set twice.  Once in the upper left corner and then again in the bottom right corner of a 4 in. x 5 1/4 in. piece of parchment card-stock. I distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz paper distresser tool.  Then I inked most of the piece with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and a mini round ink blending tool. I spattered with Walnut ink and Metallic Gold spray ink.




I die cut the English Rose Bouquet die in Parchment card-stock and colored it with Copic Sketch markers. The flowers are the RV 90 series and the leaves are the BG 90 series.


I hope I can explain what I did without it being confusing.  Here goes…

* I leave the rose cut in the die after I cut it, this is one time I hope the pieces stick in the die (if any of the pieces come out I stick them back in the die)

* With the wide yellow frog tape (painters tape), I put pieces of the tape over the die cut card-stock  I left in the die (tape goes adhesive down on the wrong side of the card-stock and extends over the edges)

* Now I remove the die cut from the die and all the pieces stick to the frog tape

* Take the outline part of the die off the tape and color it

* The flower petals I left on the frog tape and colored

I know, this is getting long…do you want me to carry on?!  : )  ok!

* After coloring lay your outline die cut wrong side up and put mounting squares all over it in strategic places so they will be overlapping all the lines.  I cut mounting squares in half for this and yes, it takes a lot but it’s worth it!

* Now turn your colored outline die cut right side up and you’re ready to place all the colored petals into the rose outline.  The rose petals will all stick to the mounting squares.  YES!

*  Add mounting squares to your leaves and place it on the background piece

* Add mounting squares to the background piece and place it on an A2 Juniper notecard


Here’s the inside!




I die cut the NEW Pennington Rose Border die in Juniper card-stock, glued it to the top and  stamped the words, happy birthday from the NEW Party Time stamp set.  

Lots of NEW stamps!  Clear sets, wood mounted and cling!  YAY!  HERE

It’s been a lovely Spring so far in Iowa!  I love this cooler but not cold weather!  I just got a new bike!  So excited! Now to get the sound fixed on my computer… ugh…but how can I go without it?!  I know, a video would’ve been a whole lot easier than explaining this card! lol

Happy Wednesday!  TTYL!

April 6, 2015

Birthday card and Easter Baskets…

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  I was so excited to get this stamp and die set from Avery Elle!  Perfect for boys of any age!  The sentiment is stamped on vellum with pigment ink and embossed with clear powder.  The clouds are stamped and inked with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the buildings are colored with Copic Sketch markers.  A row of chevron washi along the bottom.  I was happy with it and Lane liked it too!  The grandkids are growing up so fast!  This is grandson #2 turning 13!!!  Whoa!

Linking my Birthday card to…

Virginia’s View Challenge #14 – Layers and Dimension




We’ve got grandkids!  Anyone have more than us?! lol  We have 17!  lol  We have so much fun! They range from 15 years old down to 2 months old.  Happy gram!  Saturday I made Easter baskets and Tim filled plastic Easter eggs with dollar bills.  Here’s the box with all 17 baskets  ready to pack in the car for the hunt.  The kids loved them and wanted to keep them too!  YAY!




The girls baskets were lilac with light green tags.  The paper ‘carrot’ is a scallop circle taped in a cone shape and a couple poppystamps  die sprigs stapled with the tiny attacher for the carrot top!

I filled little zip lock bags with ‘Sundrops’. So cute!




I googled baskets made from 12×12 paper and was reminded of this basket that we’d made several years ago!  I tried it multiple sizes and it ended up the 7.5 inch square size worked the best for what I had to put in it.  Score your paper in thirds both directions.  Cut up the score lines on two sides then you can position into the basket shape!  Very easy after you decide what size to make! lol




I stamped and die cut the egg carton and chick from Reverse Confetti’s Carton Cuties stamp and die set.  So cute! Then on the back I stamped ‘from the bunny’, from the same stamp set.

: )




Baby Charles is way to little for an egg hunt or to eat.  But he needed something in his carrot!  So I put in a few Late July Organic mini cheddar sandwich cookies.  His basket had his 5 eggs in it instead of the fruit snacks.  Fortunately I had just the right color plastic eggs in the egg collection.  :D




I’m linking my Easter baskets to the following challenges…

Addicted to CAS – Cute

After we had our Easter Basket/egg hunt, we ate supper and sang happy birthday a few times. A beautiful day with family.  It was nice to be able to be outside. Thankful it wasn’t muddy! eek!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!  I’m prepping for two classes Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Can’t wait to see the gals @ Scrapmania again!

p.s. Next week is the new Memory Box release…be watching!

Shopping links…

April 2, 2015

Memory Box…Florina Corner meets Prim Poppy

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  I know… a card finally! lol  CAS, Springy color and Memory Box pretty dies!

I die cut the Florina CornerPrim Poppy and Shaker Rectangle Frame dies in Black card-stock and glued them together.

I die cut one of the Studio Rectangle Layers dies in Pool card-stock and glued it to the back of the glued together black pieces.

I die cut the smaller Forest Hummingbird die in White card-stock and using a thin mounting square, adhered it over a flower.




Then I adhered the rectangle to a white A-2 card base.

Tied  hemp twine around and in a bow.  Added three enamel dots.

That’s it!  Fabulous dies together and don’t you love this pool color?!  I do!

Linking up to some challenges…

CASology – Spring

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – pastels

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – happy birthday

the Challenge – anything goes

One Year Celebration

Crazy for Challenges – Think Spring

Time Out Challenges – CASE with your twist (Cased this card HERE)

Fusion Card Challenge – use the sketch or photo or both



Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Easter to you and yours!


March 26, 2015


by Pam Sparks


Hi everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that Cindy @ Starlitstudio.net is having a crazy amazing  May Arts Ribbon sale , HERE.   I mean, deep discounts!  and she has a huge selection!




While you’re there… her selection of Memory Box and poppystamps dies and stamps is crazy amazing too!  and AWESOME prices!


She’s carrying Penny Black now also and I see some Tim Holtz and lots more!  Check it out!  Tell her Pam sent you! hehe


Hope you’re having a great week… I’ve been working on classes and will have more to share soon!


Scroll down HERE ’til you come to the IOWA heading and you’ll see the info and photos for the two upcoming classes at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA.


Thanks for stopping by!  talk to you again soon!

March 13, 2015

Memory Box Spring 2015 Look Book…

by Pam Sparks

Hi everyone!  Memory Box just published a Look Book full of Spring inspiration!  I wanted to post a link to it and I will add it to my sidebar too, for later if you want to find it again! Click on the butterfly card below and it will take you to the Look Book.  I’m so excited to have my cards featured!  Thanks for stopping by and all your encouraging words!  What awesome stamping/die cutting friends you are!  Enjoy!


March 5, 2015

A little Memory Box Spring and a SALE!

by Pam Sparks




I’ve noticed the dark chocolate bunnies showing up in the grocery store aisles! These two cute NEW bunnies are hiding out under the flowers in their own little miniature world!


I created the little scene on an A-2 size card with the following dies…

links go to Starlitstudio.net – great prices on Memory Box and check out the new Penny Black stamps and dies while you’re there too!

Shaker Rectangle Frames (30003)

Stitched Rectangle Layers (30009)

Oh Hello Again (30010)

Fanciful Fences (30035)

Springtime Bunnies (99109)

Florina Corner (99081)

Puffy Clouds (98172)

Alphabet Soup (98795)


Here’s a close up of the bunnies… I drew in a little brown line with an E49 copic marker to define the ears, a black dot for the eyes and a little white gel pen on the eye. An itty  bitty white pom pom for the tail.





Next… the NEW Tulip Bouquet die!  So pretty and ready for Spring!

Linking up my Tulip Bouquet card to the Card Concept Challenge – thinking of you photo inspiration (CAS)



Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – anything girly/feminine

and Addicted to Stamps Challenge – CAS




Here’s the steps to create this card…

  • *die cut the Tulip Bouquet in an A-2 white top folding card-base (you’ll want to keep a few of the white pieces to stick back in)
  • *then die cut it in black card-stock, keeping the Tulip outline
  • *line the inside of the card with a piece of Raspberry Dot Signature Pattern Paper
  • *piece and glue the black cut into the white negative die cut space in the white card-base
  • *glue in the little white pieces you kept
  • *die cut the middle size butterflies from the NEW Leavenworth Butterfly Trio die in black card-stcok and NEW Cascadia Butterfly Trio die in Raspberry Moroccan Signature Pattern Paper
  • *glue them together and glue to card
  • *wrap the card with two rows of Black and White Bakers Twine, knot is under the rectangle
  • *die cut the smallest rectangle from the NEW Cross Stitched Frame Borders set in white card-stock
  • *stamp just the word ‘hello’ from the Hello Combo stamp (I used my stamp a ma jig to stamp it)
  • *adhere the rectangle over the knot with mounting squares


While I’ve got you here, I wanted to tell you about a sale where I’m an affiliate…Scrapbook.com…a four day stamping sale event!


 Save BIG on all stamping supplies! Every stamp, ink pad, and stamping accessory is on sale. You save 20% to 60% off! This stupendous stamping sale starts now and lasts until Sunday March 8th at midnight MST. Check out a few of our best-selling stamping brands below or shop all stamping today! The stamp a ma jig, paper for masking, clear blocks, Delicata ink, Memento ink, tack ‘n peel, Distress ink, Tim Holtz stamps, Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle and so much more!

All Inkadinkado Stamping 20% to 60% off!
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All Tim Holtz Stamping 20% to 60% off!
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All CC Designs Stamping 20% to 60% off!
All Avery Elle Stamping 20% to 60% off!
All Stamping on SALE 20% to 60% off!


Have fun shopping and so glad you stopped by! Thank you for all the comments on my coffee blog hop cards!

It’s still cold with snow on the ground here in Iowa but that is going to change!  My computer dashboard says it’ll be a high of 19˚ on today but watch out Friday!  We’re jumping to 46˚!  Almost bike riding weather! lol

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!


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