Memory Box Let Heaven and Nature Sing Standing Deer Winter card…

Pam Sparks Standing Deer

Hi everyone!  Time to share the cards I’ve been teaching for Memory Box! This one is part of the Christmas Elegance class.

The Standing Deer Oval Frame die cut in metallic gold card-stock takes center stage in a winter wonderland created with the Forest Clearing Oval Frame die, the Country Hills Oval Frame die, the Cheery Cardinals die and poppystamps Delicate Holly Frame die. (links below)

The sentiment is from poppystamps Christmas Greetings stamp set, stamped and embossed in gold on a strip of vellum.

I enjoyed meeting so many kindred card-makers!  Good times!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! TTUL!

Links to the dies I used on this card…

Memory Box and poppystamps card and class tease…

Pam Sparks Bellina Flora & Chrysanthemum Collage

A floral birthday card for you today….Memory Box Chrysanthemum Collage and poppystamps Bellina Butterfly Stem…sentiment from poppystamps Ornamental Butterflies stamp set.

I die cut the Chrysanthemum Collage in a die cut rectangle from the Memory Box Rectangle Layers die set. I thought it was a fun idea to just use a part of the collage die.

I inked the card-base where the flowers would be placed on top with Picked Raspberry Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

Pam Sparks Bellina Flora & Chrysanthemum Collage Close

I die cut poppystamps Bellina Butterfly Stem die in white and inked it to color it with Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry Distress ink and the ink blending tools.

I stamped the sentiment with the MISTI stamping tool and Versafine Onyx Black ink.

The finished card is a top folding A2 size.

Classes update….if you’re in the MLPS/St. Paul area of MN… I’ll be at Crafters Haven this weekend teaching four classes!  Friday night, Saturday a.m. and afternoon and Sunday a.m. There are still spots open in 3 of the classes!  I’d love to meet you!


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Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I’ll be back next week!  Catching up! lol

Take care and ttul!

Happy Birthday with PTI Twig Wreath…

Pam Sparks PTI Twig Wreath

Hi everyone! I needed a birthday card for stamp club yesterday afternoon so I got up determined to use some stamps and dies I hadn’t used yet! That was a decision in and of itself! lol

I settled on this Twig Wreath set from Papertrey Ink.  Watch out though if you buy it, the dies aren’t open.  So that’s a lot of time spent making templates to cut what you stamped! ugh.

I did an ink smooshed background with Fossilized Amber Distress ink on Watercolor paper. I linked to the paper section of SLS.  WOW… look at all the options Cindy has to offer!  Then stamped the images in Picked Raspberry, Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress inks.

I used mounting squares on the flowers and glued the wreath down with Mono Multi glue.  Tied on some twine.

You’ll notice the edge around the perimeter of the card.  I use an Avery Elle Rectangle die that is the exact size of the card-base… I love the finished look it gives the card. I don’t see it as still available to link to though.  THIS set from Simon Says Stamp shows the largest die is the size of a card front though.

Linking to….

Sieze the Birthday Challenge – Birthday/Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Memory Box, poppystamps Traditional Christmas Wreath…

Pam Sparks Freida Wreath Christmas

I just had to stop class prep and make a couple cards yesterday! I was going through withdrawal! lol A simple card that took me a few hours. lol  I tried a couple other things but came back to this traditional layered up card!  At least we have stitched rectangle dies now to dress up the layers! lol

I love this little holly duo stamp and die from the NEW Purrfect Holidays stamp set  and Purrfect Holidays die setI stamped and painted 7 of them with Peeled Paint Distress ink and the water brush , die cut them (using the On the Edge Cutting plates because they are smaller and faster to run through small things) and glued them to the wreath with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Pam Sparks Freida Wreath Christmas Close

Now for the fun part… A TIP... in case you haven’t already thought of this.  Because I glued the holly to the Freida Wreath die cut already, I can turn the wreath over and put ½  squares of mounting foam tape on the back behind each of the holly, making the whole wreath popped up from the card base when I stick it on then! No gluing a few wreaths together to get dimension!  YAY!

I embossed the sentiment from the NEW Christmas Botanicals stamp set with Embossing ink and gold embossing powder.  I love this stamp set!  I plan to use it some more soon!

I used some skinny ribbon to make little bows tied on to the wreath here and there and then a piece along the bottom to finish it up!


Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

Muse: Christmas Visions – photo inspiration (the wreath)

Merry Monday Christmas – Christmas in Summer Link up

Thanks for clicking over to my blog today!  ‘preciate it so much!

If you are anywhere near the MLPS, MN area, I’ll be at Crafter’s Haven teaching 4 classes, Aug. 19th – 21st!  I’d love to meet you!  


P.S. A great time to buy a Big Shot, MISTI, Scor-Pal 8ths, trimmers…eek!  What a great sale!


Taylored Expressions August Release Day!

Pam Sparks By The Fireside Thurs

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the fireside! Today’s the day! The Taylored Expressions August Release is in the store HERE !

I’m showcasing the new By the Fireside die and paired it up with previously released dies to create a Fall scene.

I used TE Sprinkles card-stock and the Beadboard embossing folder for the ‘wall’. The Frame in Frame Cutting Plate for the mirror, Little Bits Leaves on the wreath and Door to Door Decor for the wreath, vases and greens. I ran the topiary through the Weathered embossing folder.

Pam Sparks By the Fireside Close Thurs

The vases on top of the fireplace are the same as the ones beside the fireplace, I just cut the tops off.

I wanted some ink inside the embossed lines of the die, so I tapped the Distress ink pad Gathered Twigs on the die and then I die cut it with TE Toffee card-stock. It added an aged look to the rest of the fireplace too.

I inked all the die cuts with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the ink blending tool. I glued the mirror and fireplace back to the card with Tombow Mono Multi and used mounting squares from 3L in thin and regular to adhere the pieces. The wreath parts are glued together with Tombow Mono Multi.

A little bit of twine to hang the wreath and a 1/16th inch brad from the old stash for it to hang from.

Click over to the Taylored Expressions blog to see what Taylor has shared this week and the link up of participating designers also showcasing release products today!

Linking my card to some challenges…

The Paper Players – Tic Tac Toe (texture/scene/die cut) My card was chosen as the headliner!  Thank you ladies!

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Scrapyland Challenges – Anything Goes (dies from the co. they sell)

Thanks for stopping by and always love hearing from you!  Thank you so much!

Shopping links to the Taylored Expressions webstore for the supplies I used for this card…

A CAS Memory Box Merry Christmas card…

Pam Sparks Merry C-mas Snowflake bdr

I fell in love with this Memory Box Fancy Merry Christmas Channel die when I saw it.  I want to try using it in a Winter scene but just playing around with dies I had laying on my desk, I made this.  The Memory Box Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve die cut twice, makes up the top and bottom border pieces on the card front.

You could easy slide a family photo or gift card in for a fun presentation.  Fast to make too!

I added a few glitter domes (SLS has the larger size HERE, I do love them, especially the red and white) but any fun embellishment would work.  Have you seen the new Nuvo Crystal Drops?  Video about them at the link.  I want them all! lol  And now Ranger has 12 colors of Enamel Accents waahhhh… can I have them all?!   I’m excited about these because I do love the enamel dots ‘thing’.  Remember when we were ga ga over brads?!  I do still love them but, I forget to use them!

Linking to some challenges…

Happy Little Stampers – Case the designer (sentiment surrounded by images)

Merry Monday Christmas – Christmas in Summer link up

I’ll be back with more!  Thursday is Taylored Expressions August release and I have more Memory Box to share too!

Thanks so much for looking!  Always love hearing from you!

P.S.  So happy to let you know that Printworks has NEW stamps and STENCILS!  So Cool!
Stencils HERE, new Wood Mounted Stamps HERE, new Cling Stamps HERE, HERE and HERE.
More info on the FB page HERE and some cards made with the new.  So MUCH FUN! Check ’em out!