November 22, 2015

Merry Monday, Memory Box, Make It Monday – Motif, Papertrey Ink…

by Pam Sparks



Pam Sparks Deer Snowglobe 1



Almost a last minute loo-loo here…. whew! I couldn’t just not play in the Merry Monday Challenge – use a reindeer!

So here’s my cutie little Memory Box ‘reindeer’ called Happy FawnI colored him with Copics and then built a scene for him to live in.

I die cut the Circle Forest die in white cardstock, recut it with a pinpoint circle layer die to make it the right size,  mounted a couple extra trees in the snow… die cut the frame first with the Pinpoint Circle Layers die, then recut it with the Shaker Circle Frames die That way I still had the little dots, although I think I would’ve liked it just as well with just the frame cut! : )

I used one of the Snowglobe Bases  dies, cut in woodgrain cardstock.  Adhered everything to a top folded A2 card base and stamped the sentiment from Into The Words clear stamp set. The holly leaves and berries are from the Mini Holly Leaves die set.

I’ll tell you how I made the sky sometime this week in another post.



Pam Sparks Deer Snowglobe Close 1



Then I watched the Papertrey Ink Video Monday on motif building…well…I’ve been thinking about it most of the week! ugh!  I just don’t have enough of their stamps for the center motif, so being me, I used dies so I’m linking up!  I hope it counts! lol  CAS!



Pam Sparks PTI Sled Motif



Yes, we’ve got snow!  All of the dies I used are from Papertrey Ink.  I cut the word snow away from one of the dies that says Let It Snow.

In the Meadow
I think the snowflake center and flakes are from the Tinsel and Tags set, can’t remember for sure.
Christmas Cheer 



Here’s another shot…



Pam Sparks PTI Sled Motif Close




Thanks for stopping by!  Here’s some snow from Iowa for all my friends that went south or live in warm states! : ) I took this when I got up yesterday a.m. The city had already been out making all kinds of racket. grrr  They can’t just leave it pretty, they have to plow it a million times and make it look dirty.  boo.   This is one of the churches across from us…we live on a corner.  Sympathy for ppl that live on the corner please?! lol



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ttul!  TFL!


November 19, 2015

Memory Box Plush Frosty Mitten and Plush Sheldon…

by Pam Sparks


I just couldn’t WAIT to show you this project!!!  So melt your heart cute!  Meet Sheldon. irresistibly CUTE!



Pam Sparks Plush Frosty Mitten and Sheldon



Blanket Stitch again… with Carribean twine from the Twinery and the white on Sheldon is from Doodlebug, the holiday Twine set that I linked to in my last post… links at the bottom.  oh man!  Just linking him up to SLS and I see I did him upside down to the picture on the package!!! ugh.  His head is supposed to be bigger than his body!  Figures. *sigh*  Oh well, I still LOVE this!!!  I will have to make another with a BIG head! lol


Pam Sparks Plush Frosty Mitten and Sheldon Close



The felt I used is from Taylored Expressions… Tiffany, Avocado, Marshmallow, Charcoal and Black.  I colored a scrap of Marshmallow with an orange copic sketch marker and then trimmed out a teeny carrot nose and glued the eyes, nose, scarf and buttons on with Tombow Mono Multi glue.  (green lids)


The candy cane is an organic, no artificial food dye, candy cane that I get at Christmas time at Whole Foods or through one of the online stores.  : )


One more look and holler if you have any questions…



Pam Sparks Plush Frosty Mitten and Sheldon 2



Linking to some challenges…
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge – Christmas Decoration


I’m working on cards!!!  Can’t wait to post what I’ve been working on for cards too!  : )

Happy Thursday!  The sun is shining today! Hurrah!  Thanks for stopping by and checking out UPSIDE DOWN Sheldon! lol


Shopping links for the Dies and Supplies I used to make this ornament…

November 16, 2015

Memory Box Plush Mitten dies…

by Pam Sparks


Pam Sparks Plush Mitten Felt 2



A month ago or so, Cindy from SLS sent me this mitten cut from felt to stitch up!  I finally got around to it a couple weeks ago.  I have the Plush Frosty Mitten die now and more felt, so I wanted to make a ‘pair’!  Well, I have three pieces of three different reds and none of them are big enough to cut four mittens! So she began to cry! haha

But not for long… you’ll see my pair, a couple photos down but I cut and stitched it in cardstock just to show that it can be done!  : )  I’m on the scout for bigger pieces of felt now!

A close up of the snowflake… and yes it’s handmade… I just now saw, looking at this photo, the signature mistake that you’re supposed to see in anything handmade! Crying again. lol



Pam Sparks Plush Mitten Close 1



and another….see those cute white pom poms?!  The holly die I used on this one is from poppystamps.



Pam Sparks Plush Mitten Felt



I took too many pictures of the felt one. lol  It’s so sweet and I love the blanket stitch!



Pam Sparks Plush Mitten Close 2



ok – Here’s the pair that I cut and stitched in cardstock… it worked great, didn’t tear or anything.  I used Maraschino Bakers Twine from the Twinery to sew the blanket stitch on all the mittens and Peapod Bakers Twine from the Twinery to sew the holly leaves on the ‘pair’.  I used a needle from a pack that just said book binding needles.  Sorry I don’t have a size to tell you.



lights off…

Pam Sparks Plush Mitten 3



lights on…

Pam Sparks Plush Mitten Pair 4



I had to google for a refresher course on adding on thread and going around corners… I really liked this site HERE.



Pam Sparks Plush Mitten Close 3



The holly leaves on the mitten pair are from the Plush Holly Leaves and Berries die.

I made sure I started in the same place on each mitten so that I would have long tails to knot together so I can hang them as ornaments or easy use them to embellish a gift package.

Oh, to make a pair, you do have to use the back side of the mitten cut but because you are stitching around the edge, you can’t tell!

I used to hand sew all the time so this was fun!  I’m going to do up some more of the new Memory Box Plush dies!

Thanks for stopping by!  What are you making for Christmas?

Shopping links for what I used on the mittens…



November 7, 2015

Penny Black Brush Pines…

by Pam Sparks


Pam Sparks PB Brush Pines



Penny Black stamps and dies put me in a festive mood! I had fun inking up this brush art style stamp…I used the MISTI for stamping…some watercolor markers and stamp pads.  Next time I need to try the Zig Clean Color Paint markers!  I didn’t think of that ’til now!

The sentiment is embossed in gold detail powder and is from the Believe Transparent stamp set.

In this next pictures you can really see the Tim Holtz Jingle Bell brad!  I LOVE these! I did poke holes in the watercolor paper first for the prongs.  I used Canson Montval 140# this time.



Pam Sparks PB Brush Pines Bell Close



The snow is Stampendous Frantage Chunky Embossing Enamel.  Another reason why the heavy watercolor paper was better this time.  You lightly sprinkle on the chunks and heat from the underside.  Years ago we used to heat up an old electric frying pan and lay the card in it to heat UTEE.  That would be easier to keep the chunks in place for sure!  Be careful you don’t get too much… you can see I kinda did on the left pinecone.


Pam Sparks PB Brush Pines Close


A pretty stamped card…the bell brad might be a little too much for Uncle Sam’s mail machines though. ugh.

Oh the twine is one of Lawn Fawn’s, sparkle green.  love it!

I inked the edges with Broken China Distress ink and the ink blending tool.


Sharing my card on the following challenge blogs…
Penny Black and More – Anything Christmas
Craft Stamper Magazine – Take a Stamp/Anything Goes
Stamp Ink Paper Challenge – CAS Christmas
Addicted To Stamps – Clean and Simple
Stamping Sensations – Festive Flowers and Foliage


THANKS for stopping by again!  I am so excited to ‘make’ Christmas! I’m hoping to post a lot cuz I love to share and  I miss hearing from you if I don’t post! lol Enjoy the pretty weekend!


Shopping links to what I used on this card…

November 6, 2015

Memory Box Christmas Look Book…

by Pam Sparks


I can finally share with you what I spent so much time on this Summer!  YAY!!!!  Click on the photo below to go to the book.



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I hope it inspires your Christmas card making and I love it when you email me with the cards you’re making!  If you see something you need… lol… here’s the link to Starlitstudio.  Cindy has the best customer service and the fastest  shipping around!  :D

Thanks for looking!!!!

November 5, 2015

Taylored Expressions November Release Day and Book Winner!

by Pam Sparks




Hi everyone! Looking at this card makes me want to celebrate! EEK!  We’re so close to a new year…hard to believe…can I just live in denial?!

Today I’m featuring this fabulous Happy New Year die from Taylored Expressions. All the NEW for November release is in the store today! I die cut the Happy New Year die in metallic silver cardstock. I used four other dies for this card too. The Celebration Confetti die is new also and cut in gold metallic cardstock. Perfect for shaker party cards!  Then I used the Starry Night Cutting Plate cut in teal-ish glitter cardstock for the background, the Frame in a Frame Cutting Plate cut in metallic silver cardstock and one of the banners from Skinny Mini Party Borders cut in metallic gold cardstock. Sparkle and Shine!





Next up…a sweet gift idea…keep them by the computer for all the recipe sharing that happens online!




Look at this cute NEW Little Bits Mixer die!  Darling!  The Recipe Card Pack is NEW also…the TE designers have been showing what they’ve made with the new kitchen stamps and dies all week. So cute!

I used the Tag Stacklets 2 dies, Tag Reinforcement dies, Special Delivery stamp set and tied the pack up with twine.





Next up…a super cute NEW set of Holiday Charms! I used the snowflake charm on this card.




I cut the three flakes in silver glitter foam and then added silver stickles glitter too!  Sometimes you just need more you know! lol

The vellum banner is cut with the NEW Stitched Banner Stacklets die set and I embossed a sentiment from last months new In and Out Christmas stamp set.

I hung the flakes on twine hidden behind the Peek A Boo Circle die panel.

The background is embossed with the Winter Flurry Embossing Folder.





Next up…two cards using the NEW Basketweave Cutting Plate die.




Here I used it in a traditional way… just like you would think a basket should look!  The NEW Stitched Banner Stacklets again stamped with the Simply Stamped Pinecones stamp set and the Simply Stamped Pinecones Dies.

A little Frosted Lace Stickles on the pinecones and tied up with twine.





Here is a CAS use for the Basketweave Cutting Plate.  I die cut it in Red and Green cardstock.  Placed it on the diagonal and trimmed off the excess after I taped it to the back of the card.




There’s another one of the NEW Holiday Charms.  A cute little Santa Hat cut in white and red cardstock. Trim the white and glue to the red and Frosted Lace Stickles just makes it more festive!


PamSparksSantaHatParty copy


I hope you’ve enjoyed the Taylored Expressions November release posts this week and can get over to the TE Blog for a complete list of the participating designers. Take a look around for more inspiration and NEW product info! All the stuff we love! 


*** AND the WINNER of the Creative Cardmaking book is…..  #34!  Carmen Willis you have the lucky number my hubby picked!   Congratulations!  I will email you for your address…be watching for it!!!  Thank you everyone for commenting.  Always makes me happy!

Thanks for stopping by today… links for what I used on these cards in the Taylored Expressions store below. Holler if you have any questions!

November 3, 2015

Penny Black Twinkle & Wish and Believe Clear stamps…

by Pam Sparks





This cute little red haired gal, Mimi has a gift for someone special!  It’s hard to see the sentiment but it says BELIEVE in the magic of the season. I white embossed it on a strip of vellum.






I inked a piece of watercolor paper with Broken China Distress ink with the mini ink blending tool, then spritzed with water, dried it with the heat tool and then I used the NEW Tim Holtz Splatter Tool with white Distress Paint!  Cindy at has them in stock!  It worked slick!






I colored Mimi with Copic Sketch markers…

face: E000, 00, 11
Cheeks: diluted R20, R11
Hair: Y21, E97, E08, E18
Green: YG05, 17
Red: R46, 89
Gray: W’s
Bluegreen: BG11, 13, 15, 18


Sharing my Mimi card on these challenge blogs…
Penny Black and More – Anything Christmas
Sweet Sunday SketchIMG_6641

Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes


This week has been so beautiful here…the last of the trees are turning colors and the temps have been wonderful!  I have been up to my eyeballs in working on a new computer!  I won!  I conquered! lol  But oh the time it takes. ugh!

I could hardly wait to make a card but then I didn’t feel good yesterday! Yes, I whined about it.  Thankful I feel better today!  YAY!


Thanks for stopping by today! So happy to be posting again! I’ll get the book winner in the TE post on Thursday!  Finally!  I know…. time just gets by me! lol


Here’s the stamps and stuff I used for this Mimi card linked below…
SSS and links are affiliate.  Thank you!


October 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Ready Set Snow…

by Pam Sparks




Don’t panic!  It’s really not going to snow yet!  Although one year, Tim and I were in Chicago at a stamp convention in October and we got a phone call from home that there wasn’t any electricity, trees were down, snow so deep you couldn’t get through the streets…we could hardly get home from Chicago!  It was so strange driving into town and we couldn’t even get in our driveway! If I’m remembering correctly, we lost 3 trees that year.  I think it was the fall of 1996 but I would need to get my photos out to be sure. yikes!  Glad that doesn’t happen very often.  It was so bad because it was a really wet, heavy snow.  I really like the weather we’re having right now! haha  50’s, 60’s, 70’s… love it!

When I saw this cute set, I knew I had to have it!  It was so fun to color cute again!

I used Copic Sketch markers… her hair Y21, E97, E08 and E19; his hair E23, 25, 29; her coat and accessories BG53, 57, 49; her boots T’s; his coat and hat R24 and E07; his pants B91,93,95,97; his shoes, mittens and hat E43,44,47.

I used Ranger Black Enamel Accents on her coat buttons and boot buttons and a little white pen on their cheeks.




The background circle is a Memory Box die called Stitched Snowflake Circle Frame, the sentiment and little heart is from Simon Says Stamp.

I die cut the circle in white cardstock, die cut the center waste piece with the Memory Box die Beaded Background and inked with Broken China and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks. Drops of water on it to make it splotchy.

The sentiment is straight, I just curved it to fit the circle and stamped it on the MISTI.

A few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and it was making me smile! YAY!


I’m off to Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy tomorrow.  I hope you’re coming! hehe  A fun Friday night and Saturday.  Taylor puts on an amazing event!!!  Saturday I’ll be teaching two classes and 4 other gals are teaching classes too.  It’ll be so fun to catch up with kindred spirit stampers again!  I’m sure you’ll be there in spirit!  hehe  I’ll try to make time to snap some pictures!

You have a fun, creative weekend too!

Shopping linkes to supplies I used to make this card..

October 16, 2015

Printworks NEW halloween…

by Pam Sparks




Isn’t this hilarious!  Printworks always has the best sentiments!  ‘Stomp your feet, down the street, and have a happy Trick or Treat’.  So whimsical and fun!

Adorable halloween stamps… cling stamps HERE!

Wood mount stamps HERE!


Remember to use the code “Pam’s blog” in the comment section of your Printworks order for 5% off!


I used

F4636 Fresh Wrap

G4627 Stomp Your Feet

E4628 Haunted Condos

There are a ton of stamps that would work on the inside too!

I just found this one HERE!  How cute! ‘Keep you guessing’  How fun!




I black embossed the condos, inked with Distress inks, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord on Canson 90# coldpress Watercolor paper.  Spattered with Copic white opaque ink and Black H2O watercolor paint.

The Fresh Wrap guy is stamped on Hammermill Color Copy Cover with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers, the T series and a little purple V15 I think it was.

Glossy Accents on the eyes and condo windows.

A silly wrap job! hahahaha




ok – watch out!  Halloween smooches!!!!  ewwwwww!

I used…

A4647 Spider

C4637 Bugs & Kisses

E4629-R Spider Web

and on the inside (which I forgot to take a picture of, ugh)

C4632 Spooky Icky

D4644 Happy Halloween

and on the back

A4625 Cat Face

I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black on Premium Neenah White Cardstock, colored a little with orange and purple Copics.  YR04 and V15, a little Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and then Glossy Accents again.




Silly but stamped up so cute and CAS!


That’s it for me today!  Always fun to share the whimsy that is Printworks with you!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies I used for these cards…

October 15, 2015

Printworks NEW stamps for Thanksgiving…

by Pam Sparks




Ahhhhh Autumn!  NEW stamps from Printworks!  Just in time for Autumn colors and crisp apples!  These new images are so wonderful for coloring!

I embossed the images Autumn and Pumpkins, HERE in Ranger Detail White powder, HERE on Ranger watercolor paper, HERE … love how white it is!  I used the smooth side.


Remember to use the code “Pam’s blog” in the comment section of your Printworks order for 5% off!




Have you seen the new Earth Color Bursts?  This was the first time I’d used these watercolor powders! Cindy/SLS has them in stock HERE.  I painted water over the embossed images and ‘poofed’ on a little powder or I should say I just shook the bottle a little. I did end up moving the color some with a paintbrush.





On this card I used the NEW Cornucopia and Happy Thanksgiving stamps, HERE. I stamped in Ranger Archival Coffee Ink and watercolored with Distress Markers, HERE.

I die cut a Geo Fragment die, HERE in the card front and embellished with a wood leaf.





Linking to some challenges…

Repeat Impressions DCC1014 ~ Pumpkin Time

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Wonderful Watercolor

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Color Inspiration


Well, I have two more PW cards to post and then I will post a TE card and get the book winner posted!  So much for a few days… in the meantime, you can still comment to win on that post!  :D


And in other news… the Memory Box cards I was talking about posting, did end up going for a look book, so be watching… I hope it’s soon before everyone has their cards decided!  : )


In the meantime, I know you are enjoying all the new out there and this wonderful Autumn weather!  Happy creating whatever you are working on at the moment!  Seems like we go back and forth, don’t we?!


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to click over and see the new stamps from Printworks… Annette, Nicole and Chelsea have put up 5 new collections this year!  SO MUCH FUN!

Happy Fall

Trick or Treat

Live Out Loud

Robot Baby

Fabulous Day



Shop ’til you drop! haha



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