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
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…Scrapbook.com 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!


Starlitstudio.net 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…


July 8, 2015

NEW Memory Box dies!!!

by Pam Sparks


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I know…Christmas already?!!!  YES!  You are going to love so much of this Memory Box and poppystamps release!  : )

Here’s the NEW Corby Ornament die…I die cut it in green and red card-stocks, trimmed the green branches and leaves from the green cut and glued them on the red cut with Tombow Mono Multi glue.  The red cut stayed intact. It was easy to do because most of the green is connected.

With a gold gel pen, I colored the little flowers and circle buds.

I die cut the NEW Drop Ornament Layers die in metallic gold card-stock and glued the Corby Ornament on top of it.




The NEW Blissful Bundle die I cut in green card-stock.  For the red berries, I just placed a small piece of red card-stock over the die where the berries were and ran it though my Big Shot. I used a little piece of scotch tape on the back side of the green cut to hold the red berries in place.

I glued the two extra pine branch cuts behind the berries and used a mounting square to adhere the Blissful Bundle to the top of the Corby ornament.

I mounted the ornament to a top folding, A2 size, red card base with mounting squares and added the gold May Arts 1/4 in. wired gold ribbon.

Next I want to die cut these in watercolor paper and watercolor them!

The Corby Ornament is so pretty, it’ll be awesome cut from everything!  Glittery, sparkly, glitzy goodness!



Next up…




I die cut the NEW We Wish You die two times, once in red and once in black cardstock.  I glued the black cut over the red but left the poinsettia petals showing in red. I die cut the medium bow from the  NEW Stitched Bows die in red card-stock and glued it together.  I used thin mounting squares behind the petals, leaves and bow to adhere it to the vellum panel.  Then I put thin mounting squares on the vellum, behind the petals, to adhere it to the white, A2, top folding, card base.

I love Poinsettias so I’m always excited to use these dies! Under the vellum overlay, I embedded the NEW Poinsettia Border die two times.  HERE is the video on how to do this technique….I love it!




I added two black enamel dots and then tried to capture it on camera! lol  I think it takes me longer to take pictures than it takes to make a card! lol




Cindy at Starlitstudio.net will have these in stock tomorrow!  Click over and read her info about  ordering and shipping this time.  She also has the Tombow Mono Multi glue, Score Tape, card-stock, Doodlebug Enamel Dots and lots more!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Thank you for all the wonderful comments… I didn’t get replies made after the last post.  Things kinda went haywire here… I’ll spare you the details! ugh.  I read them all, smile so big and am encouraged to make more cards!  Thank you for being a kindred stamper friend… I appreciate it!  More cards coming soon!

p.s. I saw that Simon Says Stamp has their brand stamps and dies 25% off HERE. Use code ‘simon25′ Ends tonight!  Shopping!!! lol


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! ; )



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