October 3, 2015

Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest Scarecrow…

by Pam Sparks


It’s World Card making day so I had to finish this CUTE scarecrow from Lawn Fawn, in honor of our very own holiday!!! YAY!




I fell in love with this set when I saw it… so many fun elements to use with this guy and so much fun to color!

I used Canson watercolor paper 90# and colored with the Zig Brush Paint markers, a paint brush and water.




The background is the corn stamp, inked with Peeled Paint Distress ink and the mid-Brown Zig Paint Brush marker, inked multiple times and stamped.  Then I inked the lower area with Peeled Paint and the ink blending tool.  Then Squeezed Lemonade on top of that and then a combo of Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky at the top.

The picture wasn’t complete until I added the kraft telephone wires! hahahahaha  Really I wish I’d thought of that sooner and stamped on some telephone wires and little birdies!


Linking to some challenges…

Virginia’s View Challenge – All Things Colored

The Daily Marker – 30 day coloring challenge

Simon Says Stamp – Work it Wednesday – stamp!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge – Ombre


That’s my fun for today!  Many thanks to you all for stopping by and all your encouraging comments are much appreciated!  I love hearing from you all!

Happy World Card Making Day! ttul!

Dies and Supplies I used on my card…

October 1, 2015

Taylored Expressions October Release Day!

by Pam Sparks




Welcome to my post for Taylored Expressions October Release day! Open the door and come on in! Last month brought us the Door to Door die set and Door to Door Décor. This month we get the accessory set, Door to Door Winter Décor! YAY! So…let it snow!




The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the awesome New In and Out Christmas stamp set.  My weakness is sentiments…ok, maybe I have more than one weakness. lol

I used the Bead Board embossing folder to make the card front look like siding and embellished with the new Little Bits Snowflake Confetti dies.  I hope you’ll come in out of the cold!  : )



My next card is the moose image from the New Critters on Ice stamp set with matching dies…




SO cute!  I love critters with personality!  So fun to color too! I die cut the pieces in white card-stock and colored them with Copic Sketch markers.

The frame is the New Picture Perfect Horizontal die… love it! Then the trees and lake are from two new Build a Scene die sets… Winter Trees and Central Park. Oh.what.fun!




I used some Stampendous Frantage Chunky Enamel embossing powder on the lake… snow!  Ranger White Enamel Accents on the tree.

I tore a piece of copy paper and using the ink blending tool, sponged on Tumbled Glass Distress ink for the horizon line.

I LOVE this release! Everything is available in the Taylored Expressions online store today! hurray! You will want to see what all the other TE designers created for release day too!  Head over to the TE blog, read through to the bottom of the post for the links to the other gals that are posting today.

Merry Christmas creating to you! Thank you for visiting!  I love sharing and can’t wait to send cards!

p.s. be sure to scroll down two posts and comment, if you haven’t already, for a chance to win the new Creative Cards book.  I have two TE cards published in it!


Here’s the list of what I used and is now all available @ Tayloredexpressions.com!

September 30, 2015

Memory Box….Winter Wonder…

by Pam Sparks




Happy card making Wednesday to you! Here’s 3 Memory Box cards that scream the wonders of Winter! haha  I love the red hearts. : )




This die truly does live up to it’s name, Spectacular Snowflake.  I die cut it in the pool color card-stock, layered it over a white piece of card-stock, die cut the love into the pool card front piece, die cut the little hearts in the snowflake die and the love die in red card-stock and pieced them in.  A fast card to make and you could vary it/bling it up so many different ways!  I love Christmas!





Then there’s the new Open Studio Dies Snowglobe BasesI used the Stitched Circles but there’s new Pinpoint Circles too!  oh duh, no I didn’t! lol  I used the NEW Stitched Snowflake Circle Frame!  I did use the circles layers dies behind the Snowflake circle. lol




I love the look of falling snow in the scene… the Beaded Background die is perfect for that look.

For the card front, I used the Snowy Scene Background die, it cuts and embosses.




The sweet tree border die is from the Open Studio Wide Open Spaces die set.  The NEW Mama and Baby Deer diesthe holly leaves are from the NEW Newbury Ornament Vignette die set and the heart is from the Cross Stitched Heart die set

The December month stamp is from the Open Studio Clear stamp set Well Planned


The 3rd card just came together too!  Love it when that happens!  There are things you could easy vary here too!




There’s that beaded background again, that’s perfect for snow… yes, I used it the wrong direction but I like it!

The pretty Mountain Evergreen… I left it plain but on one other card I made, after die cutting it, I put it on the beaded background and cut snow into it.  : )

Then the Deer in the Trees … I hand cut the deer out, put the trees behind and the deer in front!




Down to the end…one last die!  The Curved Merry Christmas the perfect foundation for this festive Winter scene.


Have you heard the NEWS?!  There’s a NEW Memory Box/poppystamps release and Cindy at Starlitstudio just received her shipment today!  So they’re in her store if you want to get your order FAST!  LOVE her service!  Top notch!  I am one very happy customer of her’s! lol  But you could tell that already, right?! lol  ; )


Hope you’re inspired to get to creating those Christmas cards!  If you want my address to send me one!  oh, I’d love that!!!  hohoho

Have a great rest of the week… I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Christmas goodness!

Take care and thanks so much for stopping by!  oh, scroll down to comment for a chance to win the book giveaway!  TTUL!

Dies and Supplies I used to make these cards…

September 29, 2015

Creative Cards book…

by Pam Sparks


Do you love having an idea book to look at while you’re having breakfast, coffee time or lunch? I do! *grin* Well, have you heard of Scrapbook and Cards Today’s NEW Creative Cards Volume One?

I have two cards in it! I’m so excited to share with you and I have one copy of the book to give away to a lucky winner in the USA that comments on this post! I’ll leave it open for a few days. The book is also available for purchase HERE.  There are a few other TE designers in the book this time, including Taylor!

The two cards in the book are from a set of four Christmas cards I made with non-traditional colors.




Here’s a peek at the two in the book…








I’m also sharing the two cards that didn’t get published and linking below to the supplies in the TE store.  It was so fun to use extraordinary colors…although, I love red, green, kraft and white!!!  : )


Pam Sparks TE Snowlfakes


I LOVE the Distress ink color Shaded Lilacs…here I combined it with Tumbled Glass, both colors on the embossing folder before I ran it through the Big Shot.


Pam Sparks TE 3 circles die


Some of the Little Bits dies…so cute!

Stop by the TE Blog because it’s release week!

Thanks for stopping by again today!  I’ll be back release day with three more cards from Taylored Expressions…

Supplies I used on the cards I’m sharing today…

September 28, 2015

Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks…

by Pam Sparks




The end of September and the rush/fun is on to make Christmas cards! with snow on them! hehe

Look at this cute little snowman!  A new die in the Taylored Expressions Little Bits ‘line’.  I love the Little Bits dies!  So fun to create with!

Then I used two new for October ‘Build a Scene’ die sets… Winter Trees and Central Park.  SNOW much fun!

I’m sure Anne with an ‘e’ would call it the ‘lake of shining waters’! lol I love Anne!




The sweet JOY frame is from the new TE Picture Perfect Horizontal die set and I can’t forget the new Little Bits Snowflake Confetti die set! This release is a card makers night before Christmas dream!  All those visions of sugarplums are visions of new stamps and dies to come! YAY!

I die cut the pieces in white card-stock and colored them with Copic Sketch Markers.

Two new embossing folders also!  The one I used today is called Holly.  So pretty!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!




Here’s the scoop for the release…sneak peeks start today and go through Wednesday with the release on Thursday!  Each day over on the Taylored Expressions Blog you will find Taylor’s card creations with the new release, links to the participating designers AND you will want to comment there each day for chances to win fabulous giveaways!  Visit the TE blog for the details on how to enter to win!   : )

Thanks so much for visiting today! ‘preciate it!

Links to the products I used, in the TE store… (release product links will work Thursday!)

September 15, 2015

Taylored Expressions Birthday month…

by Pam Sparks




oh wow!  It’s been too long since I posted! Hard to believe September is half gone!  boohoo!  I’ve missed you all! lol  I’m working on cards for a Christmas Memory Box Look Book, our stamp club had a shoebox card party and then we had a family birthday party!  Eek… it’s a lot of card making going on!

Here’s one of the cards I made for our grandson Gilbert.  He’ll be turning three next week. Time goes by so fast.  We still have three grandsons younger though. lol  We’ve got boys!



Here’s a close up of this cute bunny and his birthday balloon…





It was fun to color with Copics again… I need to do it more often! Funny that for years that was all I did! You can go back on my blog and see lots of coloring. It’s hard not to love everything anymore! I’m sure you agree…so many wonderful stamps, dies, inks and papers!

Linking to some challenges…

NBUS – anything goes (Balloon Buddies stamps/dies and trees dies are NBUS!)

button aqua use this the

Seize the Birthday – anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – love that technique (mine are coloring and die cutting)

Happy Little Stampers – Coloring


Thanks for not forgetting me!  I’ll be back!



Linking up below to the stamps and dies I used for this A2 size, top folding card.

September 3, 2015

Taylored Expressions September Release Day…

by Pam Sparks





Welcome!  We’re celebrating release day at Taylored Expressions today!

I have two cards to share using the NEW Door to Door and Door to Door Decor die sets. The first one is a Fall setting so I used the NEW Little Bits Leaves dies cut in fall colors, shaped with a stylus and edged with some Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the ink blending tool, on the wreath.

The ‘celebrating’ banner is from the NEW One and Only You stamp and die combo…a gift set when you purchase $50 for a limited time only… check it out on the TE blog. I love it!

I used the TE Brick Embossing folder and inked it with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the ink blending tool also.





My second card is a Winter/Christmas card with the same Door to Door and Door to Door Decor sets.




I used the Bead-board Embossing folder for the background…I wanted it to look like siding. The Ice Border die across the top, the Rolling Hills Build a Scene die for the snow on the bottom, the Stitched banner from the Pockets and Pages Stitched Essentials die set, the holly leaves are from the NEW Little Bits Leaves die and the sentiment from the Baby It’s Cold Outside stamp set.

The rest of the pieces are all from the Door to Door and Door to Door Decor die sets.




These dies are so much fun!  I can see a Spring and Summer door too, a congrats on your new home, happy anniversary… good for so many occasions!  I know some of you will need a critter in the picture!  : )


Want to see more?  Click over to the TE blog for the link up to all the participating designers. Fabulous inspiration from the TE Creative Team! It’s a HUGE release this month. So much to see!


Thanks again for joining me here today. Happy creating!

Click the links below to see the products I used and shop the TE online store.

September 2, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks Day #3…

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone!  Funny how fast time flies when you’re having fun! I found it hard to believe it’s already Taylored Expressions 7th birthday!!!  It’s a WOW of a release for September and I will be sharing what I created for the celebration today and on release day, tomorrow.  I have three cards for today…eek…I had a hard time deciding what to start with! lol

I’m focusing in on the NEW Bloomers Greenery die set today. My thankful for you card uses one of the fern looking branches.  I die cut it several times in two colors of TE cardstock and formed a wreath.  This is an awesome set of dies for making wreaths, bouquets and whatever you can come up with!




The flowers are from the NEW Mini Bloomers die set.  I die cut the set in two colors of TE cardstock and glued them together.

The ‘thankful for you’ stamp and ‘you’ die are part of a Stamp and Die combo called ‘One and Only You’. TE designed this set especially for you. When you order $50 or more from September 3rd – September 13th, you’ll receive it free!  Read all about it and see the picture of it on the TE blog HERE.





I’m all over the place with these cards today! lol  Here’s a CAS card showing the swirly vine that is in the NEW Bloomers Greenery die set. Again, I used the same two colors of TE cardstock and then added the roses and the crosshatch cuts from the NEW Scribbles die set.  See,  I told you… a lot of NEW stamps and dies this month! : )  The two little rosebuds I cut by hand from the center of the scribbled rose die cut.




There’s the NEW One and Only You stamp and die combo again too.





Here’s another wreath card I made using another branch from the NEW Bloomers Greeney die set. I can see using this card for pretty much any occasion!  A very versatile set and I still haven’t used all the pieces!

The swirly vine, die cut four times and glued to the card base.  A layer of vellum over that and then the wreath popped up with mounting squares on top.




and close up…



Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.



If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, head over to the TE Blog, scroll through to the end of the post for a complete list of today’s participating designers!

Thanks for clicking to my blog today! I love sharing what I’ve been up to with you!

Here’s the links to what I used in the TE store… (the die links will work tomorrow on release day)

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!


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