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Memory Box Forest Branch Collage and Enchanted Deer Collage Card and Video…

Hi everyone! A card and a video to share today. I love all the dies Memory Box has come out with for layering die cuts and these two really lend themselves to the tunnel card look!  I’m always so happy when I get to use kraft and brown ink too! lol

Here’s a couple close ups of the dimension you can achieve with just the 2mm craft foam between the two layers…still perfectly mailable in an A2 envelope!

Here’s a sped up video with no sound. hehe I tried adding music but it wasn’t long enough for the video and I couldn’t figure out how to add more. You Tube’s video manager threatens to add ads to your video if you use it. ugh. sigh. They have to pay for all the HUGE and I mean HUGE buildings they are building north of us for Google and all things connected, Facebook etc. If you’re traveling across Iowa ever on Interstate 80, you won’t miss them!

Now for the not fancy video! lol  Hey, at least it’s in living color! hoho


Holler if you have any questions…

Linking my card to some challenges…

Freshly Made Sketches

Dies R Us Challenge – Celebrations

Scrapyland Challenge – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies June


Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all your comments and emails so much!

Shopping links to the products I used for this card…








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Pam Sparks Typewriter Valentine

I had great fun using stamps and dies to make Valentines last week! Our family party was yesterday so now I can show what I made. I don’t have a picture of one of them and two others didn’t get finished! I always run out of time!

This typewriter (CG280 My Type) card is Hero Arts stamps except for the row of hearts…it’s from Printworks.  I used the Misti to stamp so I could get this super, wonderful black inking!  love it!

Pam Sparks World Valentine

This one is the size of an ATC and uses Reverse Confetti’s world die and an Avery Elle sentiment.  The background embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.  The woodgrain stamp is from All Night Media.

Pam Sparks Airplane Valentine

I made a few of these for the younger grandsons…Avery Elle stamp and die sets and a Hero Arts sentiment stamp. Silver Wink of Stella Brush Marker on the wings and more.

Pam Sparks Fishing Valentine

Here’s the Memory Box Rectangle Frames die with a partial cut heart die, also from Memory Box.  The sentiment stamps and Little Bits Fishing pole and Fish are from Taylored Expressions.  The background is the All Night Media woodgrain stamp again.

Pam Sparks Tree Ring Valentine

I was inpsired by Sarah G for this card. I used the Winnie and Walter Tree Ring stamp, a Memory Box heart die, WPlus9 you die and the Hero Arts sentiment again.  Oh the arrow stamp is from My Favorite Things.

I made envelopes for all the Valentines using the old penmanship lined paper we had in grade school. Fun!

Whew, I could’ve made Valentines for a couple more weeks… it’s like Christmas cards once I get started I don’t want to quit! lol

Now, it’s time to clean up! lol All 17 of the grandkids loved the Valentine exchange party we had yesterday afternoon and hey, the adults had a great time too!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share with you. Happy stamping!

Links to some of the products I used to make these cards…

(the typewriter I used is CG280, I linked to a bigger typewriter by HA below but it doesn’t come with the 3 messages that CG280 does, if you can find it)

cards · copics · LOVE · rubber stamps · Taylored Expressions · Winter

Taylored Expressions December Release Day!


Pam Sparks Picture Perfect Valentine Thurs



Taylored Expressions December release is here!  Time to think about Happy Heart Day!  Valentines! I admit I wasn’t quite ready to myself but once I got started, I was delighted with the new stamps and dies!

I’m featuring the NEW Picture Perfect Valentine Dies today.  I love the TE series of stitched frames and words. I added a little ‘snow’ Frosted Lace stickles to the tops of the words and banners.



Pam Sparks Picture Perfect Valentine Close Thurs



The colored images I’m using in my cards today are from the Love Makes the World Go Round  stamp set and with this release there are dies to cut out three of the images from the set too! I fussy cut this penguin by hand though.  It’s colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  There’s a NEW Swiss Hearts Embossing folder and a NEW Banner set called Skinny Mini Valentine Borders and a NEW Love and Be Mine Borders dies set. 




Pam Sparks Love Makes Couple



I was so tickled with how this whimsical scene turned out!  I used the new cardstock color Mint Julep from last month to ‘play’ off of.

The darling couple is part of Love Makes the World Go Round die set that is part of the release this month.  Such a cute stamp set and I had so much fun coloring them in a ‘sketchy’ kind of way, with Copic Sketch markers.

The other TE dies I used are Build A Scene Winter Trees dies, Build A Scene Central Park dies and the Neighborhood Border die.



Pam Sparks Love Makes Couple Scene Close



I swiped Distress inks on the Neighborhood Border die and the background embossing folder is Snowfall. The sentiment is from the TE stamp set Ready, Set, Snow, inked with Shaded Lilac Distress ink.




Pam Sparks Love Makes The World Go Round Pigs



Did you laugh at this one?  What a cute couple!!!  See why I told you I ended up having so much fun with this stamp set?! lol

Some more sketchy Copic coloring…then die cutting the piggies with the NEW die set.  I stamped the background stamp twice but leaving off the sun and cloud on the right.  Carrying over that mint julep influence.  😀



Pam Sparks Love Makes The World Go Round Pigs Close




Last one!



Pam Sparks Love Makes House



The House and sentiment are from the same stamp and die sets.  Colored with Copics.  Floral Vine embossing folder with white gel pen highlights and die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets.  I used the Welcome Home Stamp set and Build a House dies for the banner.



Pam Sparks Love Makes House Close



and…look at the beautiful NEW Stitched Heart Stacklets dies!  They cut so beautifully!



Thanks for visiting my blog today and this week! If you’d like to see more TE projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our participating designers!

Links to shopping the new release at the TE web store…


Blog Hop · Card Sketch · cards · CAS · LOVE · Memory Box · Paper Smooches · Perfect Layers Tools · Spring · Uncategorized

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Memory Box…


Have you heard of this event? It’s been a coffee kind of day!  Lots of people love coffee, me, not so much!  I’m a cocoa kind of gal! Have you heard of raw cacao powder?  That’s what I use… love it! ; ) So what am I doing making coffee cards?  I know people that love coffee and would like receiving coffee cards!  So here I am with 2 more cards to show you and link up!  I got inspired!  Scroll down to my previous post to see the CAS card I made with a Paper Smooches stamp and die.


HERE is where the action is.  Make a card or two and link up!  All the info is at that link too.  Hop around and enjoy the inspiration!


The card at the top is the 2nd card I made… I used some Memory Box dies and some Pink Paislee papers… yay… using some of the stash! I crimped the little cozy and embellished with Lawn Fawn Trimmings.


Dies I used…
Cross Stitched Frame Borders
Cross Stitched Frames
Splendid Clarkia
Large Coffee on the Go


Here’s the first card I made…my go to colors…lol



PamSparksCoffeeCup XOXO700


Here I used Memory Box dies again, a bit of paper twine and pattern paper from the 6×6 Authentique Crush paper pad.  So much fun!  I love this card! hehe  It’s got ‘faux’ coffee in it! haha


Dies I used…
Large Coffee on the Go
Stitched Rectangle Layers set
All About the Love set
Cross Stitch My Heart set


Linking up to some challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – no rules!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – anything goes!
City Crafter Challenge – use it up (white and red scraps and old silver brads)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  Happy creating!


cards · Chameleon Markers · LOVE · Perfect Layers Tools · Printworks · rubber stamps · Snowman · Valentine · Washi Tape · Winter

Super cute Suzie Q from Printworks…




Hi everyone!  It seems like it’s been some time since I blogged a card!  eek!  It has been!  I’ve been making cards though and will have a Memory Box surprise to share with you soon!

This SUPER cute Suzie Q snow gal from Printworks has just been on the desk staring at me, waiting for me to ink and color her up since before Christmas!  She’s just in time for Valentines Day!

Have you heard about the NEW Chameleon Markers?  That’s what I colored with!  Very cool and my favorite thing today was how easy it was to color her cheeks!  I used the RED marker!  I know…crazy cool!

AND of course I used my Perfect Layers mini Rulers and cutting mat for layering up the papers!  Thee best things ever!  Truly are time saving in lining up and getting everything ‘perfect’!  Shop through my links and use my code to save 10%

Super cute new sentiments too… on the outside and on the inside!  One of the new snowflakes… AND Printworks is having a sale JUST TODAY!  I’ll add the details at the end of my post.  If you don’t make the sale today, shop anytime and use the code in my sidebar to save!


This is the inside of the card…



lovin’ this MME Crush 6×6 paper pad too!  I haven’t purchased pattern paper since….fortunately my memory is bad! lol   and the snowflake paper clips?!  oh my, had to have them! 5 in a pack, so two packs please! lol

oops! Beware taking pictures of the inside with vellum sticking off the top of your card front. When you fold it back and crease it…well, you get a nice line that wasn’t there before!  Like I always say, “all of life is education”.  Applies to card making too! grrrr

Then I had to have something to hold the card up to photograph the inside cuz of course it STILL wouldn’t stand up even after creasing!  I’m proud of me.  I didn’t tear it apart and do it over! @@

Linking up to some challenges…

Curtain Call – Kissing Booth  kissing booth

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – All Things Bright and Beautiful

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – H is for… heart balloon in my case

Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Add a heart

Our Creative Corner – Tic Tac Toe ( twine, stamps, embossing powder)

Paper Sweeties – Inspiration photo

{PIN}spiration Challenge – Inspiration photo

Cute Card Thursday – Crazy in Love

Loves Rubberstamps Challenge – Anything Goes

Have a wonderful weekend and hope you have sunshine today too!  If you get a chance to shop, here’s the Printworks info…


This Saturday we will be offering 10% off your entire order plus a free grab bag of some Vintage Printworks Product only found at our warehouse sale.
(Minimum Order of $25)
The Free Grab Bag will include: 
1 Large Stamp, 2 Medium Stamps, 3 Small Stamps, and Diecuts.
Use code WAREHOUSE2015 in the COMMENT section of our website to receive the special. The 10% discount will be deducted from your total when we ship the order.
Offer Valid Saturday, February 7th only. Minimum $25 Purchase Required.


Thanks for stopping by!  TTUL!

Stamps and Supplies I used…

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Die Cutting, Embossing and Inking Memory Box Dies…

Embellishing die cuts is so fun with inks and stamps!  I have a video for today’s post showing you how I emboss and ink die cuts.

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I used the Chesapeake Circle and Precious Butterflies dies, cut from white card-stock.  The LOVE stamp heat embossed on black card-stock.  The card base is a MB Lagoon A-2 Notecard.


Here’s another video I made last week but I didn’t get a card made to go with it after -all.  This was my 3rd try and I was happy with it until I got it off the camera and watched it!  The blooper is at the end. haha.. boohoo!  Oh well, there might be something on here you’d want to try so I’m sharing it!

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Thanks for stopping by today! Have a creative die cutting, embossing and inking day!

Supplies I used…

cards · CAS · copics · LOVE · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · rubber stamps · Valentine

Tulip Stems and Queen of Hearts…


Thank you So much – white heat embossed on vellum.  So fun that vellum is new again!  I die cut, embossed and colored the Tulip Stems die with Copic Sketch markers… V22, 25, 28 and YG21, 23, 25, 17.

Memory Box Distress Dot violet paper and Violet A-2 Notecard.

I’m entering this card in the CASE Study Challenge #176.

Here’s a close up…

I just had to use this Queen of Hearts die!  Of course you think of black and red with Queen things!  oh and Silver glitter paper is a must! haha

I dry embossed the NEW Flourish Stencil on the red heart and rubbed over it with a little Walnut Stain Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

Just a subtle look but I like that it’s delicate to go with the fine lines of the die!

This die cuts perfect and beautiful every time!
LOVE is cut with the UpperCase Classic Alphabet… love Memory Box Alphabets!

I’m linking up to Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by!  Hoping to do a snowman next!  It’s still Winter even though we’re working with all these new flower dies!

Supplies I used…