August 22, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #200 – A Celebration…

by Pam Sparks


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I made two cards for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #200 yesterday… here’s the sketch, I turned it horizontal on both of my cards and the twist is to keep your project clean-lined and fresh!



Here’s hoping I succeeded! : )  Lots of great prizes from great sponsors for the celebration!

A close up photo of the poinsettia…





My 2nd card for the challenge…using Peerless Watercolors for the presents.




The Border die is from Taylored Expressions and the sentiment is from Winnie and Walter. At first I just thought of this border die for birthdays but I really like it for Christmas too!




and a close up photo…I did use the MISTI to stamp the merry Christmas.




Thanks for the fun challenge ladies…tons of ppl linking up, so if you have some time, check out all the inspiration over there!

Thanks again stamping friends for coming over to see what I’ve been up to!  ‘preciate it! TTUL!

Supplies I used for the cards…


August 22, 2015

Peerless Watercolor Palette…

by Pam Sparks


Do you have the Peerless Watercolor Sheets for watercoloring? I purchased some years ago when they were all the rage but never used them! I know…crazy! Now that they are popular again, I started using them. I had to figure out some way to use them so they weren’t just scattered all over the place but yet I didn’t want something 8.5 x 11 size or larger taking up so much space on my desk either.

So I came up with this…


Pam Sparks Peerless Palette Cover


I know, it’s ugly! lol  Now I’m thinking I should’ve taken the time to cut some watercolor paper and painted it to cover the chipboard!  Especially since it bends when I flip through it! lol


Here’s what I did…take the 9 pocket ATC/playing card size protector sheet and cut it into three strips.




Just showing two of the strips in this photo because I had to use one in my palette.  I used 5 full sheets, cut in strips, plus one more strip.  There are a few empty pockets but that’s ok, I put a piece of 2.5 x 3.5  cardstock in those and if I need to mix some colors, I can mix on top of that pocket.




I cut strips of watercolor paper, 2.5 x .5, painted with the color that’s in that pocket and taped it to the top of the pocket with ATG tape.




Then I cut the Peerless WC sheet with the name of the color on the back, the size of the pocket and slipped it in the pocket for later. Some of the colors you can see the name between the watercolor sample and the paint piece.  The remaining piece, that you will use to paint with, I taped with ATG tape again, on all four sides, to the front,outside of the pocket.




The Peerless colors are fabulous!  So pretty… I love them!




Time to get out the old Bind it All!  I punched each of the strips.  It works the best to put a piece of paper in with the sheet protector when you’re punching. (the holes look kinda rough but it works fine anyway) I had my pockets all full before I punched too… helps to have the strips stabilized.

Then after punching, cut the covers out of chipboard, a little larger than the size of the strip, punch and bind with 3/4 inch owires!   It was somewhat time consuming but it will be SO much easier to use these paints now and save time in the long run.

Birch Press Design is carrying Peerless (a division of Memory Box) and Simon Says Stamp has them too!


Simon Says Stamp has a sale going on too! 



Thanks for stopping by!  I have two cards to post so I’ll be baaack!  I just thought this should be a separate post. Happy Saturday and coloring to you!

August 18, 2015

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Pumpkins and Summer Fun!

by Pam Sparks



Hi everyone!  Summer is in full swing and keeping everyone busy I’m sure!

My first card today is using a new for August Peek-a-Boo stamp set and Peek-a-Boo die set. Swoon…do you ever think back to the days before matching stamps and dies?!  Oh, we are so fortunate to have such fun ‘things’ to create with!

I stamped the pumpkins with Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink using the MISTI and then die cut with the coordinating dies.

The sign post is a new Little Bits die, I swiped it a couple times with the Gathered Twigs Distress Ink pad…the dirt is a new embossing folder called ‘Weathered’.

I had to throw in some other TE dies to finish off the scene.  I love the word ‘fall’, standing in as a cloud! *grin*




I know…goofy, goofy angle, now why didn’t I notice that before I finished the photos!  It happens! lol

I’ll never get enough of the TE Shaded Thanks Tree die…love it.  Cut in Toffee/kraft cardstock and colored. Wispy grass and the fence from the Garden Arbor and Gate die set.


Next up…a Summer fun birthday card…




It’s an overcast rainy day here…so I’ll bring on the sun with this card!  I love this basket die from TE and when you emboss it with the new We R Memory Keepers Woven embossing folder…well… it really looks like a basket!  So cool!




There’s that fence again and this time I used the tree from the On The Line die and the word dies from the June Script set.

Stamps, dies and cardstocks I used are from Taylored Expressions HERE.


Thanks so much for clicking over to my blog today!  Now what to make next!  : )

August 9, 2015

Taylored Expressions Southwest Cutting Plate card…

by Pam Sparks


Another FAB Cutting Plate from Taylored Expressions!  I made it up three times… third time was the winner in my mind!  Taylor liked it too and used it in her post on Friday!  I just now saw it!  Now that puts a smile on a gal’s face!


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I cut a piece of watercolor paper…painted water on it and dropped two drops Distress reinkers  one color at a time…tipped the paper a bit so they’d move some, then moved on to the next color.  What colors you say?  oh eek… thinking…. I just have to start writing this stuff down! I think they are all new colors because I hadn’t put them away yet.  The ‘story’ of my life! lol


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White embossing on the black die cut banner… sentiment from the new TE stamp set Free Spirit. Doodlebug enamel dots.

Linking to…

Scrapyland Challenges – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today for a quick post!  If you must see the other two cards that aren’t my favorites, they are in the TE gallery HERE.   : )


Supplies I used…



August 6, 2015

Taylored Expressions August Release Day…

by Pam Sparks




Hello!  A bouquet of daisies for you today.  This is a new set from Taylored Expressions called Simply Daisies.  It’s a big stamp set, large and small flowers and sentiments and a set of matching dies.

I stamped the daisies and leaves with the MISTI.  I used multiple colors of chalk ink from the Colorbox Queue pads.  I love how fall-ish the colors turned out and how crisp the white looks with them.




A new embossing folder called Weathered.  I have to try sanding it and inking it next!





The daisies set has three small flowers in the set too…here I just used one of the small stamps and stamped in Ranger Archival black ink on watercolor paper and painted with Peerless watercolors. Then die cut the flowers.




I was going for a gerber daisy look.  I love the font Taylor used for the sentiments too.

I couldn’t decide what photo to use… here’s a white background too.  : )




Thanks for stopping by today!  Click over to the TE Blog for the links of the gals posting today…hop around and enjoy all the inspiration with this month’s release!  It’s awesome!

Challenges I’m linking to…

Addicted to Stamps – Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes and optional topping embossing

Muse Challenge – inspiration card (inspired by the bow, the hearts/enamel dots and the sentiment taking front stage)


Here’s the dies and supplies I used for my cards…Click a link to see the August release in the TE store!


August 3, 2015

Birthday Cards…

by Pam Sparks


How’d it get to be August already?!  Here’s some of the birthday cards I made in July…




An older Penny Black stamp, watercolored with the Zig Clean Color Brush Pens HERE… love them! (Free shipping coupon code for August w/$80 order – AUG888)

Linking my kitty card to the Seize the Birthday Challenge – topping option embossing.




So much personality in these images!  Next up an older Penny Black Frog stamp…done up the same way.




Just makes you smile! I matted all the cards with the Perfect Layers Tools… link over in the sidebar.

On the inside of both of these cards with balloons, I stamped the Printworks sentiment E2628 E.E. Cummings – it says “and up with joy and up with laughing”.







So cute!  I would never touch one in real life! lol


A Flower card with Paper Smooches Flower stamp, vase die HERE and Printworks sentiments on the front and inside…




You can find this woodgrain cardstock at HERE.  They have it in three colors, this dark brown, kraft and white.  Their shipping is FAST!  I just ordered metallic gold and silver on Friday and there is a box on my front porch and I think it’s from them!  YAY!

Stitched Rectangles are cut with the Lawn Fawn sets HERE and HERE.


Happy Birthday stamp HERE




and the inside the stamp, Though Everyone HERE.





The next card is the Memory Box happy die from the Open Studio set HERE on a watercolor background I painted with Peerless Watercolors HERE.  The little birthday sentiment is from a poppystamps clear stamp set HERE.  I put water on the watercolor paper first, then painted in the colors. The panel is cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame die set HERE.




Coming this Thursday is the Taylored Expressions August Release Day.  I’ll be back with some cards then! Sneak Peeks from the TE Bakers Dozen are up on the blog starting today.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy birthday celebrating…don’t we celebrate our birthdays all year…every time we buy new stamps and dies?! haha  We try to be good! lol  Take care and ttul!




July 24, 2015

Memory Box and WPlus9…

by Pam Sparks





Christmas in July is always so fun! I have two more cards with the Memory Box Chatfords Wreath to share today.  I love how these turned out!  I threw in some teal card-stock to throw me off the traditional Christmas colors path!  But wait…keep scrolling…I hopped back on with the second card!  Another card with this wreath HERE.





I die cut the wreath two times from two different green card-stocks, kept all the pieces and just interchanged them between the two cards.

I die cut the alphabets with score tape on the wrong side of the card-stock so they’d be stickers. It works so slick!  Easy to line up when you use the smallest size banner too! JOY is cut from metallic gold card-stock.




The white just makes it pop! Some pearls and Liquid pearls and it’s time to celebrate!  or bust out singing a carol or two!  : )

I’ll link up the dies and everything I used in inlinkz below.

I’m also linking to some challenges…
Merry Monday Christmas Challenges  – Christmas card with a heart on it

Honorable Mention

ABC Christmas Challenge – O is for Off the Edge

Dies R Us Challenge – Christmas in July
Live and Love Crafts – Christmas in July
Pile it On – Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – ‘i scream for’  DIES!
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday – Die cuts
Jingle Belles Challenge – Old Fashioned Christmas 
(my card has a retro feel/colors)


Next I have a birthday card I made for the WPlus9 Challenge and the CAS-ology Challenge…




I used the sketch from the Get Sketchy Challenge at WPlus9HERE


the challenge over at CAS-ology is Line – HERE


the challenge at Addicted To Stamps is CAS – HERE

I cut a quarter panel with the WPlus9 banner long die… it was the perfect amount of space I wanted for the ‘gap’ and an easy way to get a perfect gap! I lined each side with Washi Tape.  Stamped the Blanket Stitch flowers with chalk inks, the sentiments with Versafine black and all with the MISTI.

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy, creative weekend to you!

Supplies I used on my cards…

July 21, 2015

New Memory Box…

by Pam Sparks




Hi card making friends!  I promise something other than Christmas soon!  Some family birthday cards coming.  I wanted to play a long with the Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge They provide an inspiration card for a jumping off point and yep, I jumped! lol  I’ve got the circle thing going, the colors and a banner.  I positioned my wreath too low though and you know how hard it is to pull up those mounting squares… so I added twine and the words at the bottom! Not exactly what I had in mind but I decided to post it anyway!

and it was a star! Thanks for the votes!

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I had another card started, so I decided to go ahead and finish and post it too before I lost the parts.  I love this poppy Seasons Greetings die…such a vintage feel to it.  Another card that didn’t turn out exactly what I had in mind!  I know.. two in a row!  I’ll keep trying! lol




The Seasons Greetings fit on the card horizontal but the diagonal placement reminded me of the vintage Christmas cards so I went with it instead.

Maybe what it needs is some pattern paper! I’ve gotten to where I hardly want to get into the patterns because I have such a hard time making up my mind what to use.  I guess I tend to cheat and use solids! I love to buy the stuff though!

It was fun playing with more of the NEW Memory Box dies anyway.  It’s that time of year with lots of new product coming out to play with! Watching for CHA photos! I saw the darling Lawn Fawn scarecrow yesterday!  So cute!

I’ll shut up and get some links made.  Thanks for the visit and happy July day to you!

Dies and supplies I used…

July 16, 2015

New Memory Box Poinsettia Ribbon card…

by Pam Sparks




It’s time for the Memory Box Blog Blitz this week.  Click over and comment for chances to win dies from the new 2015 Holiday/Christmas release!

Today I’m using the NEW Poinsettia Ribbon die.  I die cut it in Metallic Gold and Red card-stock and mounted the gold ribbon piece with mounting squares behind the ribbon part and then mounting squares behind each of the red poinsettia petals. A gorgeous die!  I love it!




I did the ink smooshing watercolor technique for the background in three Distress ink colors, Abandoned Coral, Barn Red and Fired Brick.  A few spatters of gold ink and some pearls to glam it up a little.

I mounted the panel to gold card-stock and then to a 5.5 inch square white card base, that I stamped the Merry Christmas Combo stamp on, and embossed in gold embossing powder.

Deep Ocean Challenge – Christmas in July
Happy Little Stampers – Sketch Challenge


Some shopping news for you… is having a free standard shipping special on all orders over $60!!!  AWESOME deal.  Today through the 19th! They have thee best price on the new Big Shots!!!  I love them…so happy with them…while you’re there…the magnetic platform and spare cutting plates are a great deal too!  They carry my favorite mounting squares in regular and thin…in white and in black…by 3L Scrapbook Adhesives.


While you’re there… get the free tote! shopping… Cindy will be back packing and shipping orders this weekend!  YAY!


ok – I’m headed to Ankeny IA later this afternoon for a class at Taylored Expressions Studio! Here’s the fb page if you would like to keep up with the fun classes and activities happening there!  August release in a couple weeks!  oh eek!  August…no way!  The year is flying by way toooooo fast!

Happy stamping, die cutting Day to you! It’s ok to track little bits of paper all over the house! lol

Thanks for stopping by!  : )

July 9, 2015

NEW Memory Box Winter Scenes…

by Pam Sparks





Brrrr…it’ll be a Winter Wonderland before we know it! haha!  I love creating Winter scenes!  I started this card with the NEW Stitched Snowflake Circle Frame die. I knew it would work with one of the NEW Open Studio Snowglobe Base dies that I die cut in kraft wood grain card-stock.

I used the NEW Open Studio Pinpoint Circle Layers die set for the blue card-stock circle background.





The poinsettia is from the NEW Poinsettia Border die cut in green and red card-stock.  I trimmed off the smallest flower and a couple of the flourishes/holly leaf and colored the little flowers with a white gel pen.




Inside the snowglobe circle I die cut the NEW Deer in the Trees die in black card-stock, trimmed it to fit and added some Frosted Lace stickles to the branches.


After I made the snowglobe piece I started working on what to put it on.  I just kept adding because these dies are so cool and build on each other so well!  I ended up with a card under the snowglobe!  An all white card, so I took pictures of it before I put the globe on it!



I die cut everything from white card-stock and then glued the layers down in this order, with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

NEW Simple Evergreen Frame die first, then the NEW Deer in the Trees die and on the top, the NEW Cascade Evergreen Frame die.  They line up perfectly and Mono Multi glue gives you just a little bit of wiggle room to get things adjusted!  I appreciate that! lol





That was my adventure in card making yesterday!  : )  I hope it sets your mind to racing about all the things you can create with these new dies!  LOVE.THEM.ALL!

After all this ‘snow’, I think I need to go for a bike ride! lol  Thanks again for stopping by! ttul!

Dies and Supplies I used…



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