poppystamps Stitched Poinsettia, Botanical Frame and more!

Pam Sparks Stitched Poinsettia Botanical

Hi everyone!  I wanted to show you this beautiful poppystamps Stitched Poinsettia Trio die, Holly Leaf Branch die, Merry Christmas Script die and Botanical Frame dieI love all of them and how elegant they look in Christmas colors!

Basic die-cutting and gluing up here. I die cut the Botanical Frame in gold and green card-stock, pieced them together, put tape on the back, laid the little pieces in.  I like to leave the little pieces in the die and use the Quickstik to put them in place. Another tool I’m liking these days is the Marvy Jewel Picker. Unless they stay in the cut, if they do, you can lay them over the top of where you want them and push them into place.

Die cut and glue the Poinsettia Trio layers together. Glue on three small Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins. Die cut the holly and stick it in.

Die cut Merry Christmas in Silver card-stock…adhere with dots of glue on the wider areas… an easy one to glue up!  yay!

I’m a Tombow Mono Multi glue girl! lol

This card ended up a little larger than A2 size but will still fit in an A6 or 7 envelope, can’t remember at the moment.  But card-makers have all sizes of envelopes, right?! lol It’ll still mail with the forever postage stamp.

Linking to…

Happy Little Stampers Challenge – Anything Goes With Dies

Christmas Card Challenges – Anything Goes

Merry Monday Christmas in the Summer link up

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Add Some Texture (textured card-stock)

Thanks for stopping by today! Always so fun to hear from you…I appreciate your comments and friendship so much!  ttul!

Memory Box and poppystamps Delicate Holly Frame, Fresh Pine Landscape and Ardmore House…

Pam Sparks Delicate Holly Frame Ardmore Landscape

Hi everyone! What color is your front door? Mine is boring but this Mustard Distress ink colored one is so inviting! lol  I die cut in white card-stock and colored the dies and background with Distress inks and the ink blending tools.

Merry Christmas is from the Christmas Botanicals stamp set.

Pam Sparks Delicate Holly Frame Ardmore Landscape Close

I am having so much fun creating with this new release!  I wish I could show you everything!  I have a lot to share though so keep watching! hehe

Soon… after classes I’ll be able to post the six cards the gals will make in the classes coming up August 6th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA and the weekend of August 19th at Crafter’s Haven in Minneapolis, MN.  I’d love to meet you if you’re anywhere near these stores!!!

This is an A2 size card…
die cut the Fresh Pine Landscape in white, ink with Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint Distress inks and the ink blending tool…
die cut the Ardmore House in white, ink with Festive Berries, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Distress inks and the ink blending tool…
stamp the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and the MISTI…
die cut the Delicate Holly Frame from white card-stock…

Linking up to some challenges…

Addicted To Stamps and more – Holiday

The Christmas Challenge – just punched or die cut, not stamped

AAA Cards Challenge – One Stash Favorite (dies)


Christmas Card Challenges – color challenge


my card made the top three!  Thank you CCC!


Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – Summer Link up

I think that’s it!  Holler if you have any questions.  Always love hearing from you!  Thanks for stopping by!

Memory Box NEW Gift Wrapped Poinsettia two ways…

Pam Sparks Gift Wrapped Poinsettia Black

Hi everyone! You know me…I have to make at least one glossy black, metallic gold and silver poinsettia card each holiday season!

Today I’m using the new Memory Box Gift Wrapped Poinsettia die, the new Memory Box Poinsettia Flourish die and the sentiment from the new poppystamps Christmas Greetings clear stamp set. I love this sentiment set!

Pam Sparks Gift Wrapped Poinsettia Red

Same dies but different orientation… I added a rectangle tag using the Memory Box Open Studio Tag You’re It Rectangles die set, stamping the sentiment in the center from the same poppystamps Christmas Greetings clear stamp set.

To back the tag (hold the center piece in place) I glued it to the same size shape cut from the Memory Box Open Studio Rectangle Layers die set.

Some black gems on the first card and little red pearls on the second.

Linking my cards to some challenges…

Stamp Ink Paper – Christmas in July

Happy Little Stamper – Anything Goes with Dies

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday – use wafter thin dies or stencils

Muse Christmas Visions – poinsettia was my inspiration

Happy Little Stamper July Christmas Challenge – Gold

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – Summer Link up

Classes coming up! I’ll be at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA for two classes on August 6th… and at Crafter’s Haven in MLPS, MN the weekend of August 19th and 20th. It’s gonna be fun!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Keep cool!

All Aboard Card! Taylored Expressions Retired SALE…


Taylored Expressions is bidding a fond farewell to over 200 products as we retire some of our favorite items with an amazing SALE. Choose from a variety of stamps and dies at up to 80% off retail price — but hurry, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever! Check out the graphic above to see how you can earn an even greater discount off the sale price and then visit the SALE HERE to start shopping! Additional discounts expire July 17th.

I’m sharing a card today that I made with two retiring stamp sets and one of the retiring dies…

Pam Sparks All Aboard 7.7.2016

I had so much fun coloring up this adorable train from the All Aboard stamp set! I colored with Copic Sketch Markers and hand cut all the pieces. TIP: I like to cut the images out before I color so there aren’t any white edges left after coloring. I accented here and there with the Extra Fine Point White Sharpie Pen. 

Pam Sparks All Aboard 7.7.2016 Close

For the background I die cut one of the Build a Scene Rolling Clouds in white cardstock and layered it on an A2 white card-base. Using the MISTI stamping tool, I stamped the words choo choo from the All Aboard set with TE Premium Dye Granny Smith Ink and the words under the track from the Loads of Fun stamp set with TE Premium Hybrid Oreo ink. 

Pam Sparks All Aboard 2 - 7.7.2016

I added the cloud layer to the card-base with a piece of thin white craft foam, glued the track directly to the card and mounted the train pieces with foam mounting squares.

A super fun and cute birthday card!

My second card for today is very CAS (clean and simple) but I loved it. An encouragement card for sure! This time of year with it being so hot, it could even be a card to encourage a friend to keep drinking water! lol

Pam Sparks Keep Chuggin 7.7.2016

I die cut the Train Track Border die in white and colored it to look like wood. The top track pieces are cut in silver metallic cardstock and glued on top. I stamped the sentiments from the All Aboard set with TE Premium Hybrid Oreo ink and the MISTI stamping tool. 

Linking up to…

Addicted To Stamps and More Challenge – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!  My cards will be on the TE blog  today too!

Be sure to click over to the SALE!

Links to the products I used in the Taylored Expressions Webstore…

Memory Box Winter Scene from the NEW Holiday Release!

Pam Sparks Snowflake Deer Oval Scene

So excited to start sharing some cards with the new Memory Box and poppystamps  release!

Today’s card features some new Memory Box dies…so pretty! I die cut the following in white cardstock…

New Fresh Pine LandscapeForest Clearing Oval Frame, Standing Deer Oval Frame and Snowflake Oval Frame

I die cut a matching size oval from the Studio Oval Layers in white cardstock and inked it with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the ink blending tool.  I used the rectangle size tool this time… I just like how it covers a larger area. You will also need to cut the Fresh Pine Landscape with the same oval layer die.

Pam Sparks Snowflake Deer Oval Scene Close

I die cut a Stitched Oval Layers die a size larger than the other ovals for the first layer adhered to the A2 card base. Then it’s just a matter of layering everything else on top! I did use cut up mounting squares for the Fresh Pine Landscape layer…it just adds beautiful dimension.

Linking up to…

Freshly Made Sketches 244

The Paper Players – Christmas in July

Cut Above Badge

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – Summer Link up

I sure wish I could’ve captured the beauty of this card with my photo.  I tried and tried and tried some more!  I finally gave up… dreary here today.

So many gorgeous dies and stamps in this release! I’m in love with all the trees and well, everything!  I have other cards started and I’m working on cards for classes too.

Holler if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow with cards for Taylored Expressions!  Their retirement sale starts tomorrow!

poppystamps Weeping Willow three ways…

Pam Sparks Weeping Willow Birthday

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share some cards that I came up with after playing around with the poppystamps Weeping Willow dies.  This first one is using my Embedded dies technique…HERE’S the video for how to do it.

This die has more waste to remove than the die I used in the video but I love how it turns out. My pictures don’t do it justice…rainy day…

Use the release paper from the Scor-tape to hold the cut in the die while you’re removing the little waste pieces…

Linking to the Seize the Birthday Challenge – Birds, Bees or Butterflies

The next picture is an iPhone photo and before I added the bird but I like how it shows the detail when it’s laying flat.

Pam Sparks Weeping Willow Birthday Close Flat

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Ornamental Butterflies stamp set. A simple but elegant look.

Pam Sparks Weeping Willows Summer

For this Happy Summer card, I used both the poppystamps Weeping Willow dies, the Memory Box Summerville Landscape die  and the sentiment from the poppystamps Flower Patch stamp set.

And the last one for today…

Pam Sparks Weeping Willow Hello

The Weeping Willow die again, the butterflies from the Ornamental Butterflies stamp set and the Fancy Hello die. 

The pattern paper is an old Memory Box pattern that isn’t available anymore. Sorry about that. I just thought I’d have a try at using a pattern paper for a change! lol

I’ll add some links below… Happy 4th of July weekend and thanks for taking the time to stop by and look!

p.s. Memory Box and poppystamps Christmas cards coming soon.  Working on cards for classes but I’ll make some to share here too!


Printworks Winston, Peeking Cats and Calories!

Pam Sparks Winston Sunshine

Hi everyone!  I know, I know…I forgot to warn you… get your sunglasses! lol Meet Winston from Printworks Collection, so cute!  I did all the painting here with Zig Clean Color Brush Paint Pens….some distress inks sponged on for the yellow and green.

I also used the new Garden Tulips stamp The Good Earth stamp and Sunshine Flowers stamp.

Pam Sparks Cats

Next up…the adorable Peeking Cats stamp and Friends Are the Sunshine stamp.

Watercolored with Zig Clean Color Brush Paint Pens…a Memory Box Postage Layers Rectangle die and some washi tape a long the bottom of the card.

Pam Sparks Cupcake Calories

You HAVE to love this sentiment!  Isn’t it the cutest?!  This is a new stamp, Calories Fall Out.  Oh, there’s that washi tape again! lol  I used the Large Cupcake stamp and colored with Zig Clean Color Brush Paint Pens and Heart Sprinkles from Doodlebug.

Distress ink background and to get the distressed look to the paper, just pounce a piece of tape around in places and it ages it. A fun pretty much one layer card!

Hope I made you smile!  Thanks so much for stopping by today! ‘preciate it!  TTUL!

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