Birthday · cards · copics · Family · Masculine · Memory Box · MFT · Summer

MFT Warm and Fuzzy Birthday card…

Hi and welcome to a beautiful Summer’s eve campfire! This set is so cute, can’t believe it’s the first time I’ve used it.  The kids have used it but me, I’m the last one!  Now it’s retiring but we know there’s always more cute coming… You can still find it HERE and the dies HERE…hurry if you want them!

This was our grandson Cedryk’s 5th birthday card.  They live in the country and at night they’ll go visit the cows in the gator… the cows love to come talk to Cedryk! lol  Actually Ced talks to them and they listen!  lol

I used Distress Oxide inks for the sky and grass ink blendingwater dripped on and dabbed off for the faint spots in the sky.  Puffy cloud dies, you can find them HERE.

So cute!  Love that little hedgie!  I colored the images with Copic Markers on MFT  Sweet Tooth Card stock.  I have a little trouble with the copics bleeding on it but I like how easy it blends. A basic A2 size card.

Sharing my card on some challenge blogs…

The Paper Players – The Great Outdoors

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Birthday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – For a Child

Seize the Birthday

Thanks for stopping by and hope these critters made you smile!




Birthday · cards · Christmas · copics · Family · Lawn Fawn · Memory Box · MFT · Poppystamps

Memory Box Purrfect Holidays and MFT Jungle Friends Birthday…


Hi card makers! I can’t believe a week has gone by without me posting again! Yikes!  I have two cards today though.

Tonight and tomorrow I’ll be at Stamp Joy in Ankeny for Taylored Expressions.  I’ll post the cards I’m teaching there next week or so.

Then the 22nd I’ll be teaching two classes in Cedar Rapids at Scrapmania!  I’d love to see you either place!  Be sure to introduce yourself to me if you are there!

Back to my festive kitties!  This is a super cute set from poppystamps called Purrfect Holidays. Matching dies too!  I love it!  The mittens on the cat! and the hat! Purrfect is right.  So many cute elements to make scenes with.


Just colored with Copics… the gray the both is the T series.  The blue green is BG11, 70, 75, 78.  The reds are R02, E07,08. Nuvo White Crystal Drops on the Santa hat fur.  Nuvo Winter Blizzard Drops on the tree star, ornament and here and there.

The patterned paper is from an older Lawn Fawn 6×6 pad.

Linking to…

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 



Christmas Card Challenges – Decorations

Next is a birthday card for one of our 4 year old grandsons, Gilbert.  I hope he loves it! I do! lol


The gator slides in the groove over to the giraffe and then….



Guess he was hungry! yikes!  Anyway, I had fun making this cute card! Elements are all from the MFT Jungle Friends kit except for the number 4.  It’s from Taylored Expressions.

Linking to ….

Seize the Birthday Challenge – Anything Goes, Birthday

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Thanks for shopping through my links too!  Happy stamping/creating weekend to you!

Shopping links…

Birthday · cards · copics · Die Piecing · Family · MFT · Poppystamps

MFT BB Cool Cat Purr-thday card and sale…

Pam Sparks Anya's b-day card 2016

Hi everyone! I’m sharing a birthday card I made with MFT stamps BB Cool Cat stamp and die sets today.

One of our granddaughter’s, Anya, turned 11 the beginning of May! Wow, time flies. She loves to stamp and color with Copics and was so delighted to get her birthday present this year…a Mini MISTI!  I think this picture of her says it all! lol


I used the old Swiss Dots embossing folder for the background…remember when we all went ga-ga for this folder?! lol  It’s a timeless one!

poppystamps window and end table dies (inked with Gathered Twigs Distress ink) and MFT Blueprint set #27 for the banner. (the end table is discontinued, grrr)

I colored this ‘princess’ kitty, her ‘throne’ and the bouquet with Copics. hehe

I embossed the window curtain die cut by leaving the cut in the die and running a stylus over the parts that emboss on the die cut/card-stock side. HERE’s a video about it. Then using the ink blending took, I inked the raised edges with Distress ink Spun Sugar. (the curtain is discontinued, I’ll link to MFT’s window set)

Pam Sparks Anya's b-day card 2016 Close

I’m still LOVING this white pen from that Cindy sent me.  It makes the best little white dots! and white lines too! YAY!

Linking to…

Seize the Birthday Challenge – topping option/dimension

Happy Memories to you and yours today!  Thanks for stopping by!

SALE at today! All Sizzix on sale already, so save more!


Shopping links for products I used for this card…

Birthday · cards · CAS · copics · Family · rubber stamps · Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions Birthday month…




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.

Birthday · cards · CAS · Family · Patriotic · rubber stamps · Summer · Tags · Taylored Expressions · Washi Tape

Taylored Expressions CAS Party and Early Memorial Day…


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.


PamSparksPatrioticTreatToppersBellMay3 (1)


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.



PamSparksEventfulTeaBirthdayMay5 (1)


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


PamSparksEventfulBirthdayPartyMay4 (1)


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!


PamSparksEventfulTeaPartyMay5 (1)


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!



cards · copics · Family · Memory Box · Paper Smooches · Penny Black · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · Promarkers · rubber stamps · Step card · Summer

Memory Box and Bildmalarna Birthday cards…


Birthday fun with a step card again…for some reason, I just kinda drift toward this fold!  See that cute little kitty?  They have a black outdoor kitty at their house… so cute just sitting there watching for Henry and the other kids!

Grandchildren… so precious.  I still remember the day we met Henry.  He was two and from Ukraine.  You know I rarely post family things because that would be a blog in itself!  Six years ago Henry was the first of four to be adopted internationally into our family.  Oh, the excitement of waiting for them to get to the waiting area of the airport!  He had to be scared!  So many people waiting to welcome him to his forever home!

Precious memories.  I’ll post one picture that I love so much… Henry meeting Grandpa Tim and granddaughter Attie in the background.  Henry hugged Tim for 5 minutes… he already sensed that he was getting an awesome grampy!  : )

Pam Sparks Henry Grandpa Attie 2008

Time moves on and he’s 8 already! Since then,  Anya came from Ukraine,  two more from Bulgaria and then you know the story….pregnant and Cedryk was born.  He just turned 2 and he loves tractors and Curious George!

So I had to use an image with a little blonde boy on a tractor!


I used Mimo on a Tractor from Bildmalarna, HERE and  colored with Promarkers and Copics. The number 2 is from an old Quickutz die set.  My Perfect Layers Mini rulers and Mat to cut the ‘perfect’ black border around the image… links below and in the sidebar.

On Henry’s card, the It’s Your Day sentiment is from an old set by Hero Arts and the sun is a medium EK Success punch.  I die cut the trees in green and in brown.  I clipped off the leaves on the brown one and glued the brown over the green then… like I did this tree in this video…

This video and card were originally posted HERE.

Linking up to some challenges…

Dies R Us – Birthday (first card)

Milk Coffee Challenge – use two die cuts or more (first card)

A Blog Named Hero – Die A Little (or a lot) – sentiment is Hero Arts (first card)

Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes

Stamp and Create – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!  It’s always so fun to share with you.  Scroll down to my Perfect Paper Crafting post and comment for a chance to win, if you haven’t already… the Crazy Dayz hop has been extended….the last day is Aug. 11th now!


Dies and Supplies I used on these cards…