May 27, 2015

Memory Box cards, HELLO and more…

by Pam Sparks


I have a bunch of cards I made a few months ago that were too late to get in the first Memory Box look book, so I’m going to start sharing them here before we’re on to another release!

* * * In case you haven’t noticed, I added a new TAB under the blog header with my photos of the cards I made for the first Memory Box look book…take a look!

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For this HELLO card, I stenciled the background on watercolor paper with Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks.




I was inspired by Cindy’s fabulous card to make this nest in a tree card… at the time I took the photo, I didn’t have a stamp from MB to use but if I was to add a sentiment, I would use an alphabet set and stamp, “What’s Up?” or Hello!  Look around Cindy’s blog… so many gorgeous creations!


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One more bird idea…I’m bummed I can’t remember what I did here. ugh.  Too many cards since!  I know it’s regular embossing paste over a stencil.  Pretty sure I sprayed it with the color spray stuff.  Sorry about that.

I’m pretty sure I colored the branch die cut with markers…might’ve been Distress markers but it could’ve been Copics too!  I use both all the time!


I better quit for today! Memory Box overload!  Thanks for stopping by!  Holler if you have any questions and thanks for looking and commenting!  I appreciate it so much!  ttul!


Dies and Supplies I used…


May 24, 2015

Taylored Expressions CAS Party and Early Memorial Day…

by Pam Sparks


Memorial Day…reflect…be thankful…

I don’t know about you but it’s rare I sit and look back.  So many memories and yes I’m thankful! Yesterday we went to a Civil War Reenactment that our grandson participated in.  History brought to life. So many things going through my mind now.

On the fun side though, they started the afternoon with a fashion show.  They showed and talked about the ‘ins and outs’ of dressing in that era. The hoop skirts…what a contrast to the skin tight jeans of today. eek!  Glad I can be in the middle and be comfortable!

oh cards… yes, I have two to share today! lol  Both are from the May Release at Taylored Expressions.


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I die cut the new Starry Night Cutting plate in kraft card-stock and layered it to a navy, top folded A-2 size card base.

I embossed the new Brick embossing folder in red card-stock and then ran it through the Big Shot to die cut it with the new Build a Tag 4 die set.  Stitched edges… love!  It smashed the brick a little but I had inked one side of the folder with fired brick distress ink so I kinda like how it turned out!

I die cut the bell in gray from the new Patriotic treat toppers die set. Layered it on navy card-stock and mounted it to the tag with thin 3L mounting squares.

I stamped along the bottom of the tag with the word celebrate stamp from a TE Christmas set, A Winter View.

I glued on Studio Calico wood stars for embellishing and Lawn Fawn twine and hemp to finish off the tag.



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Doodlebug Washi tape for the rainbow tea party and birthday party CAS cards I made… so fun… I know, it’s looks like I spent 10 minutes but actually I messed around for a few hours to get to these two cards! lol


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Here I used the new Block Party die and Eventful Birthday Party die.  I put washi on a piece of white card and die cut it for the background behind the gifts.   I love how it turned out!


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This one I used just a part of the new Eventful Tea Party Border die.  Glad I don’t have to pick a favorite!  love them all!


Linking to some challenges …
Scrapyland Challenge – Birthday
Seize the Birthday – Birthday
CAS on Sunday – Tic Tac Toe


That’s it from me today! Thanks for stopping by and thank you so much for your wonderful, encouraging comments!  Happy remembering loved ones and celebrating our freedom that was hard won by a lot of heros!



May 20, 2015

Printworks and Perfect Paper Crafting…

by Pam Sparks


I have a Father’s Day card over on the Perfect Paper Crafting blog today!

Click over, it’s a super fun one!


Then a couple whimsical birthday cards using Printworks Birthday stamps… a couple from the new Birthday release HERE … super cute cupcake and cake stand!




I colored with Chameleon Pens and embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.

The scallop border is an EK Success border punch and the pattern paper is from Printworks.

I stamped this fun sentiment on the inside… G4338-R Hope Your Birthday CLING




Linking my cupcake card up to the Retro Sketches Challenge





Here’s the new Stacked Happy Birthday stamp… I did a watercolor background with Peerless watercolors, added some white, gold and silver spatters and white embossed the sentiment on black card-stock and die cut it with an Avery Elle label die.

I die cut the background piece with Memory Box Stitched Square Layers Set, layered to black card-stock and cut the 1/8th inch border with my Perfect Layers Tools 1/8th in. ruler. Link in the sidebar…use my coupon code for PPC and Printworks!!!

Finishing touch on the front – 3 Doodlebug Sprinkles!


I stamped these fun sentiments inside… E4544 Let Your Light and D4548 As You Glow





Thanks for stopping by today!  It’s raining here… a good day to work on cards! ttul!

May 15, 2015

Memory Box…a three card kind of a day!

by Pam Sparks




Spring, flowers and Memory Box! Today I’m sharing three cards using more of the Spring collection for this year.

I used the NEW Aberdeen Branches die for my first card…die cut in green, then used scraps of yellow and orange to cut extra flowers and the butterfly.  Trim those cuts and glue in the centers to the green cut.

The sentiment is from the NEW poppystamps clear set ‘Into the Words‘.

I used a white Signo Broad gel pen on the little white flowers and Ranger White Enamel Accents to make the green ‘buds’ white.

Linking my Aberdeen Branches Card to Virginia’s View Challenge – Layers and Dimension


Here’s a close up so you can see a little better…


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How about a CAS card using the NEW Pennington Rose die and NEW Kindness of People stamp…I love how this turned out. The beauty of a single Rose!




Linking my Rose card to the Happy Little Stampers CAS May Challenge – Dies or Punches


And one more card using the NEW Row of Poppies die, the NEW Open Studio Postage Rectangle Layers die set and the NEW Open Sudio Party Time Clear Stamp set. Poppies are layered on one of the Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers dies.




Linking my Poppies card to the Happy Little Stampers CAS May Challenge – Dies or Punches to Virginia’s View Challenge – Layers and Dimension and to Seize the Birthday Challenge – anything goes birthday.

My poppy card made the Top TEN at Virginia’s View Challenge!  Thank you so much Stephanie

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All three cards are A2 size.

Thanks for stopping by today! I know you’re busy so I kept my chatter to a bare minimum!  lol  Holler if you have a question!  Thanks for all your comments too!  ‘preciate it!

May 9, 2015

Printworks – Happy Mother’s Day…

by Pam Sparks




A beautiful weekend to celebrate Mothers!  Wishing you all a wonderful day!  I used a NEW stamp from Printworks collection Fabulous Day 2015 release called Birthday Bouquet.

I love it colored up with Distress Marker watercoloring.  So easy… I stamped with Ranger Archival Black ink on Canson Cold Press watercolor paper then just add a line of marker and move the color with a wet paint brush, let it dry and add as many colors and layers as you like! I used Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Dusty Concord and Peacock Feathers markers.




I did cut the watercolor paper with a NEW die set from Memory Box Pinpoint Scalloped Circles.

I stamped Happy Mother’s Day with Versamark ink on Black card-stock and embossed it with Fine White embossing powder.




On the inside I stamped A Family Blossoms with Versamark ink and embossed it with fine White embossing powder on black card-stock also.

Linking up to the Happy Little Stampers May CAS Challenge – use dies or punches


I love how it turned out! Click HERE to see Annette’s card…she’s the artist and owner of Printworks… It’s gorgeous!  :D

*** use the code Pam’s blog, in the comment section, for 5% off your Printworks order ***


Just for fun…if you get a chance to shop today…great sale on Washi tape and the Spring Copic Sale at SSS! I’m lovin’ my little stash of washi tape these days.  :D





All the best to you all! So thankful God made Mothers!


Supplies I used on my card…

May 7, 2015

Taylored Expressions May Release Day…

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions today!  My first card is a new stamp and die combo called Under the Toadstool. Super cute and whimsical with the little glittery fairy and her magical kingdom.




I inked up an acrylic block with Distress ink pads, spritzed with water and smooshed a piece of watercolor paper onto it for the background.  The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Then die cut with the coordinating dies.  The dies are very easy to use because you can see where to position them!  YAY! A coat of Wink of Stella Clear Brush Marker finished her off.


To complement the scene I used the TE Wispy grass and Arbor Accessories dies. I colored the stems and flowers with Copic Sketch markers, shaped with a mat and stylus then glued them to the corners.


This month’s release has us looking ahead to Father’s Day!




I made an A2 size Center Panel Step Card.  Don’t you love that cute Little Bits lawn mower die?!  The window, well, it’s really a new die called Gridlocked!  Love the new Brick Embossing Folder too!


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I die cut the Shades of Thanks tree in white card-stock and colored with Copic Sketch markers.

The Wispy Grass die I cut from green card-stock and embossed it with the Cable Knit Embossing Folder.

The cute sentiments on the front and inside are from the new Punny Man stamp set… so fun!

and here’s the inside…




So glad you stopped by today! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of the participating designers!


Hope you’re inspired to create some cards with TE stamps and dies!  :D

See ‘ya!


All of the new products are available for purchase at the TE web store today!

April 28, 2015

Memory Box Forest Archway Scene…

by Pam Sparks




Hi Everyone! The NEW Archway Forest dies…are so neat! When I first saw them, I knew, I had to have them for scenes!  : )   Then I decided I had to make them up for Spring!

My next idea was to inlay the NEW Small Forest Archway die so I could stamp over the top of it!  Awesome, right?!  Don’t you love it?!  I do!  You have to try it!




Photos just don’t do it justice!

The stamp I used is the NEW Happiness stamp.

I die cut the NEW Grand Forest Archway die, popped it up by just putting mounting squares, that I cut in half on the tree trunks, top to bottom.

Die cut and shape the flowers from the Blooming Border die and glue them on here and there for the blooms on the trees.

Yes, it had to have a butterfly! I die cut and shaped with my fingers, the smallest butterfly from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio die.


I’m so glad to you checked out my post today!  Thanks so much for all your encouraging comments too!  I appreciate it so much!

Shopping links to what I used on my card today…

April 27, 2015

Taylored Expressions News!

by Pam Sparks




It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I’ve got exciting news to share!   Taylor from Taylored Expressions emailed and invited me to be on her Creative Team!  Of course I said, “YES”!!!  What’s really fun is that her business is only an hour away from me!  Road trip! lol  What a girl will do for more new stamps and dies!  :D




Click over to the TE blog for more exciting news!  I’m so delighted to work with Taylor and her stamps and dies!  The May release is coming soon! YAY!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I always look forward to hearing from you and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me!

Dies I used… Shades of Thanks from TE,  Wispy Grass Border from TE and Cable Knit Embossing Folder from TE

Other… Doodlebug Happy Clouds Washi tape, Distress ink and Distress markers and various card-stocks

p.s. one of the grass cuts I ran though the Big Shot in the Cable Knit embossing folder… isn’t that fun?!  love this folder!

April 23, 2015

Memory Box Shabby Chic Spring class…

by Pam Sparks


Scrapmania April 11 Shabby Chic Spring


Hi everyone! Just wanted to share the cards from my Shabby Chic Spring class.  I had nine awesome stampers in the a.m. class, April 11th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA and we had a great time!


Here I am giving instructions…



Ready, set, go!  machines lined up and ready!



I was so happy with these cards…Memory Box dies, pool, natural and dark brown notecards and pattern papers…so pretty!







I wish you all could’ve been there! :D  Thank you Scrapmania for having me come!

I have a couple kits left if anyone is interested.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I’m working on some more fun stuff to share soon!

Dies, Machines and Supplies I used to make these cards…

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!


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