SALE on SSS and birthday cards…


YAY! So many cool stamps, dies, papers, inks, stencils and more from Simon Says Stamp!  Congrats on 13 years Simon Says Stamp!

A couple birthday cards that finally made it to the birthday kids so I can post them!  hehe

Pam Sparks Ethan's 16 b-day

For Ethan’s 16th birthday I used the MFT Smart phone die and one of the borders from the Memory Box Geometric Borders die set…

The Doodlebug enamel black dot for the button at the bottom and Ranger Black enamel accents in the top holes.

It’s hard to see but the phone is cut from Silver metallic card-stock.


Pam Sparks Lilli's 11th b-day

Lilli’s card is made with the Distress Ink Smooshing background and Avery Elle stamps and dies.  I used the dies to make masks to keep the ink off the images.

The rainbow Washi tape is from Doodlebug…not sure about the skinny triangle one.

Linking my cards up to Seize the Birthday challenge!

Working on cards for two Memory Box classes coming up March 12th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids! Looking forward to seeing the ladies there again!

Happy Weekend everybody and thanks for stopping by!


Taylored Expressions February Release Day…

Pam Sparks Door To Door Spring Decor Thurs

Hi everyone!  It’s release day at Taylored today!  I’m featuring the NEW Door to Door Spring Decor die set that goes along with the previously released Door to Door die sets.

I love all the elements that come in these sets! Unlimited creativity!

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I used the Bead Board Embossing Folder for the house siding…the New Little Bits Mailbox, NEW Welcome Spring banner die,  Wispy Grass Border die, Door To Door die set and the wreath from the Door to Door Decor die set.

I scored the steps with my scor pal and inked the edges of pretty much everything with  Hickory Smoke and Peeled Paint Distress Inks and the ink blending tool. I used a white gel pen to decorate the eggs on the wreath.

My past Door to Door cards are HERE and HERE.


Pam Sparks In the Garden

Look at this darling NEW In the Garden die! I wanted to make it a vintage sepia ‘look’ so I used Tea Dye Distress Ink and did watercolor ink smooshing on canvas looking card-stock for the background. Edges of everything are inked with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks and the ink blending tool.

Pam Sparks In The Garden Close

The sentiment is from the Shade Tree Scripture stamp set.


Pam Sparks Light of the World

A beautiful New stamp set, Light of the World, with lovely stain glass windows and sentiments. I stamped in dark brown ink, then blended on Distress inks…Shaded Lilac, Cracked Pistachio for coloring.  I can’t remember what the orangish color is. ugh. sorry about that!  I used white gel pen over the flower petals after I finished inking.

Pam Sparks Light of the World Close

I covered the stain glass piece with double sided adhesive and glittered it with Vintage Glass Glitter…so pretty!

I gold embossed the sentiment on vellum die cut with the Stitched Banner Stacklets and adhered with little dots of Tombow mono multi behind the words.  The little bird’s tail from the NEW Little Bits Birds die set, is glued to the vellum also then a mounting square behind the top part of the bird.


Pam Sparks Simply Stamped Tulips

The ‘true’ way to welcome Spring in our area anyway is with Tulips!   Gorgeous new stamp and die sets, Simply Stamped Tulips.

I stamped, die cut and placed them on the NEW Leafy Vine Cutting plate die cut in white.  So romantic! lol

That’s it from me today but there’s tons more inspiration from the TE creative team!  Click over to the TE Blog HERE, scroll down to the link up of designers and enjoy all their beautiful creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

You’ll find the products I used at Taylored Expressions…links below

Memory Box…love cards

I used a couple stamp and die sets from Memory Box today…Pam Sparks Sent With Love

So tickled with how cute this turned out! A little plane with personality!

Memory Box Flying High stamp set and Flying High die set…then I needed a city below, YES! I die cut the city scene from the Memory Box Open Studios Wide Open Spaces set.  The perfect complementary size!

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I think this could be used for a lot of occasions but would make up cute for a Valentine too!


Pam Sparks Moose Be Love

This happy, singing moose is from the Memory Box Moose Crossing stamp set and Moose Crossing die set.

I LOVE all the accessory pieces in these stamp and die sets!  So easy to mix and match and they die cut wonderfully with the magnetic platforms.  I don’t tape down with these at all!

The music notes are from the Hoppy Holiday stamp set and Hoppy Holiday die set.  A super cute frog set that will make cute love/valentine/anytime cards also!

Mr. Moose’s sweater is stamped with the cross hatch cloud stamp from the Flying High stamp set!  It worked out perfect upside down! lol  Tip…if a little inks over to the white border… yep, that good ‘ole white gel pen to the rescue!

He is colored with Copic Sketch Markers.

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I used the poppystamps Classic Ribbons dies for the two little banners in the upper left corner.  The little heart die is from the Memory Box Cross Stitched Hearts dies.  The big heart die cut from the red panel and the white heart are both cut with the Memory Box Open Studio Cross Stitch My Heart die set.

The red panel is cut with Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders, partially die cut.  Line up the cutting plates where you want it to stop cutting.

Versafine Black ink for the sentiment.  A staple to hold the banners in place. I did ink the white heart  background with a little Broken China Distress ink.

Love is in the air today in this post anyway! lol

Thanks for stopping by! and thank you so much for the get well wishes! It helps! : )

Shopping Links – what I used for these cards… * I love using the on the edge cutting plates for these images instead of the standard plates.  They fit right on your platform and allow for faster crank through!  I keep the stamp set and the die set in the same Avery Elle Pocket.

Simon Says Stamp Steals and Deals…

Heads up… tons of new stuff at SSS these days… click over to the sale page HERE but be sure to check out the new in the stamps and stamping category and in the die cutting category also!  WOW!

What I thought might interest you the most on the sale page is the Teflon Bone folder!!!  I’ve had mine for years and it truly makes a difference in your card folding and creasing. So professional and no shine where you rub!

SSS Stitched Oval dies and Rectangles are in this too! Love the stitching on both sides of the cut!

Several other great products too!  Limited time offer…

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 Then Copics are 25% off right now too! Thee best markers ever!  : )  I am biased about it. hehe



I have some cards to post! They’re coming!  : )  I’ve been under the weather since Thursday…grrrr  Caught a cold.  Hoping today is the last of it! I hate being sick!  Hope this finds you all well!  : )

Thanks for stopping by and if you don’t have a Teflon bone folder…well, you need one! You won’t leave home without it!  I have a friend that carries one in her purse at all times! hehe  Be back soon with cards!

Memory Box Plush Heart Pocket in wool felt…

Pam Sparks Plush Heart Pocket White felt

I just couldn’t resist hanging this on a vase of winterish branches. One of my favorite things about Winter is the holly and the ivy!  : )  And that includes pine! lol

For this Memory Box Plush Heart Pocket I used Taylored Expressions wool felt again… love this felt and her gorgeous color choices.

Backstitching again (by hand)…I layered up the hearts and leaves for fun…not a fancy heart pocket but it’s classy lookin’ and works for Valentines and Christmas! Gotta love that! A cute pocket for a little note or gift card too!

Pam Sparks Plush Heart Pocket White felt Close

I glued the heart and leaves on with Tombow mono multi glue (green lids).

Hand stitching in felt and card-stock is so easy when the die cuts the holes. Almost feels like cheating but I love it! lol

Linking up to the Dies R Us Challenge – Stitching

Time to get back to card making!  Thanks for stopping by again!  I love all your comments!  Makes me happy!

p.s. scroll down for the Memory Box Plush Heart Pocket I posted yesterday… TFL!

Memory Box Plush Heart Pocket…

Pam Sparks Plush Heart Pocket Cardstock 2

Hi everyone! What did I do on a cold Winter’s day?  Stitch of course! I’m using the NEW Memory Box Plush Heart Pocket die today with card-stock and felt but I’m going to post the felt pocket tomorrow. I love how easy they are to stitch when the holes are already perfectly placed!  happy happy!

This one is die cut in cardstock and backstitched.  No stuffing inside.  Before I stitched them together though, I die cut the Memory Box Clementine Heart in one of the plush hearts. I was lucky and all the pieces stayed on the cutting plate and not in the die! yippee! lol  So I held it tight to the cutting plate, turned it over and slid it off so I could scotch tape the back.  Then I was able to remove the light pink frame leaving the inside pink pieces stuck to the tape. Then I die cut the Clementine heart again in mint green and pieced the frame back in. Fortunately the scotch tape releases what you want it to because I don’t press it down real hard until I’m done.

Pam Sparks Plush Heart Pocket Cardstock Front Close

I die cut the small heart button that comes with the Plush Heart Pocket die set three times, glued them together, thread through the holes and knotted.

Here’s the back side…

Pam Sparks Plush Heart Pocket Cardstock Back

I put the pocket die cut piece on the back. I cut a smallish card to put in the pocket, similar to a gift card size.  Perfect for the times you want a special gift card holder!

Pam Sparks Plush Heart Pocket Cardstock Back Close

I stamped the image and sentiment from the NEW Memory Box Springtime Bunnies set, with mint Colorbox pigment ink.

The bow is where my thread ends met from stitching. Triple cut and glued together the heart button again, in the mint color cardstock.

Pam Sparks Plush Heart Pocket Cardstock

Fortunately the sun was out today and helped warm the house up… eek… waking up to zero degree weather…let’s just say, I didn’t have any trouble staying inside today!

Thanks for stopping by!  Holler if you have any questions!

Shopping links!


poppystamps Sylvan Frame, Susanna Blossom and WINNERS!

Pam Sparks Sylvan Susanna

Hi everyone! Here I am with inky fingers, posting a card and the two winners of the NEW Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers Die sets!  YAY!

I used some Hobby Lobby watercolor paper, Distress inks, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers.  Brushed on some water, brushed on some color, dried with the heat tool but…don’t try to pick off any black marks!  That’s what happened in the bottom right dark violet area. Silly me, just leave it alone! When you try to remove, it makes it white!  So then, you add more color and the paper pills up, so then, you have a mess and end up darker and remembering again why you should just leave well enough alone!!!  Will I ever learn?! Rolling my eyes at myself!  : )

I decided to post it anyway…running out of daylight (for photos) so no starting over and I wanted to post the winners!

Pam Sparks Sylvan Susanna Close

I spritzed some pearl spray into the drops of Distress ink refills but it’s hard to see it in the pictures. boo.  It’s really a nice touch though.  The green leaves are Twisted Citron Distress ink.  There was a time in my life when I would’ve never put these colors together! WOW!  I’ve changed! lol

Die cut the Susanna Blossom, emboss it, leave it in the die, flip it over and ink it with Wilted Violet Distress ink and the ink blending tool. I spritzed it a little with the pearl spray too but be careful cuz it moves easy!  You don’t want too much. (I had to do it twice) lol

The ‘happy spring’ sentiment is from the Springtime Bunnies stamp set. There is also a ‘thinking of you’ in the set and it would work nicely also.  I’ll link you up to everything below.

SO…..DRUMROLL or Cymbals…you pick… haha

THE WINNERS ARE… #38 Linda Pearce and #42 AnnieC!  Congratulations gals! I will email you. I’ll need your snail mail address.  Happy die cutting to you!

Thanks so much everyone for commenting and following my blog! I love coming here and showing you what I’ve been up to!  If you could see my email inbox, you’d know I love seeing what you all are up to too! lol

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!  ttul!

Shopping Links to the Dies and Supplies I used on this card…