Birthday · cards · CAS · copics · Impression Obsession · Memory Box · One Layer Card · rubber stamps · Snowman · Winter

Two Cards…a Birthday and a Snowman!

Hi cardmakers and friends!  It was Tim’s birthday the other day… I made him a card!  He was surprised! lol

This cute little raccoon is old, from Stampendous, the sentiment too.  I searched and didn’t find it anywhere but I thought it was fun enough to share and bring some smiles!

Colored with Copics on Neenah 110# Solar White cardstock.

 

Then our swap at club Friday was a snowman theme.  I made this…

It’s from a clear stamp set by Impressions Obsession.  I stamped with Ranger Archival Black ink on kraft and colored it with white and blue color pencil.  A Memory Box Postage frame die and a little red heart to jazz it up. Add a heart any time you can. lol

A jolly happy soul!  May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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cards · Christmas · copics · Lawn Fawn · Memory Box · Printworks · rubber stamps · Snowman · Winter

Cyber Monday at Printworks Collection and Card…

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and here’s one of the cards I’ve made with their awesome stamps!  There’s a new release too!  HERE!  I gotta get these made up!  So FUN!  I always love the Limited Edition snowman.

Printworks has what I used for this card all detailed out on this page of their webstore, HERE

I stamped and colored this Christmas holly several times, cut them out and made a wreath with them.

and on the inside I stamped this wonderful sentiment…

I used a Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Rectangles die (HERE) on the red panel (20% off everyday at SLS) and a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die (HERE) on the green panel. (extra 10% off at Scrapbook.com today)

I used a Brother Scan and Cut CM350 to cut out the holly and word joy.

ok – here’s the picture of what you get with your $30 order today!   Awesome!

 

I love this green pattern paper…it’s dots on the back side.  LOVE it!

ok – have fun shopping and I’ll talk to you later!

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cards · Christmas · Color Pencil · copics · Poppystamps · Printworks · Snowman · Winter

Printworks Collection Snow-people Cards…

Do you need a holiday invitation?  I love this cute couple called ‘It’s a Date‘ and isn’t the sentiment fun?  You can find all the stamps I used HERE.

The inside with room for all the details…

I colored the image with color pencils and used the poppystamps Scribble Snowflake Circle die, cut in white card-stock. Printworks pattern paper.

This guy is so cute!  He’s called ‘Big Howdy‘!  Just made you laugh, didn’t he?! You can find all the stamps I used, HERE

I stamped him and colored with Copic Sketch Markers and then the inside…


And for even more smiles…I bring you ‘Christmas Joe’!  Such happy snow-people!

Stamped and colored with Copic Sketch Markers again…you’ll find the stamps I used HERE. The background is a snowflake stamp, heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Makes you bust out singing, “let it snow”!  The Let It Snow frame is from poppystamps, you’ll find it HERE and the snow border, also from poppystamps is HERE.

Tis true…tis the season for us card-makers!  Pull out your ‘stuff’, get creating and show and tell!  lol

Thanks for stopping by and remember the code for shopping, 5% off at Printworks.  PAM5.  It’s always in the sidebar for future reference too!

Entering some challenges…

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Christmas (Join us for a Frosty Bite card)

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes (Join us for a Frosty Bite card)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes (Big Howdy card)

Christmas Card Challenges #24 – Anything Goes (Big Howdy card)

Thank you for all your kind and encouraging comments on my Winter Wonderland Bridge card!!!  I can hardly wait to share my next one!  😀

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Birthday · cards · Color Pencil · Neat and Tangled · Snowman · Taylored Expressions

Neat and Tangled Merry Bear Birthday Card…

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Look at this adorable little snowman! It’s family birthday time again and our youngest grandson is turning two tomorrow!  Where does the time go?!

I wanted to play in the NBUS challenge with the option of color pencil on kraft.  I love how this almost looks like wood!

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I stamped with the MISTI, colored with pencil, then went back and using the MISTI again, I left the stamps where they were, inked with black pigment embossing ink, stamped them and heat embossed them with black powder.

So many times when you color with pencils you lose the strong black line.  We used to do this years ago when Stampa Rosa had the House Mouse stamps. We would stamp them their stamp positioner, color them with Tombow markers and then come back and emboss them over the top of the marker coloring.  Amazing the difference.

Next time I am going to color the image right in the MISTI without moving the card-stock.  There was enough ‘user error’ this time that I had to stamp the bear a few times and ended up with a thicker black line then the stamp really has. grrr   Still cute though!

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Hopefully we’ll get some snow for his birthday!  haha  It’s been a weird, rainy Winter for Iowa.  Not used to dark and dreary.  It’s usually bright with snow!  I’m sure we’ll get those Winters again.

Linking up to Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #8 – optional theme ‘use color pencils on kraft’

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon and I’ll have a special announcement soon too!

Products I used…

Christmas · copics · Die Piecing · Felt · Memory Box · Poppystamps · Snowman · Winter

Memory Box Plush Bundled Snowman, Mitten and a TIP!

Pam Sparks Felt Snowman with heart

SMILE! This snowman with his sweet heart addition is helping me say Happy New Year to all!

I used the Memory Box Plush Snowman cut from Taylored Expressions wool felt…love her felt!  I cheated though on the orange… I used white and colored it orange with a Copic Sketch Marker!  : )  I didn’t have black thread either, so I colored it with a Copic Sketch Marker! I sewed him up with the backstitch.

I stuffed him with batting.  I pull it apart several times so it’s easy to work with.  One thing I would suggest when you’re making this guy is, cut two of the hat, then you can put the cord between the two for the hanger. I just glued the second hat on the back after I was done.

Pam Sparks Felt Snowman with Heart Close

I know…I’m having a little trouble moving on but I will!  : )  I have some of the new dies from Memory Box and poppystamps to work with so I’ll be sharing REAL soon!

Linking this guy to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Something New

Thursday this week is Release Day for Taylored Expressions and I have 4 cards to share with you then! YAY! I think you’ll like them. Colored and die cut!

BUT…in the meantime, here’s another Plush Mitten from felt.

Pam Sparks Pink Poinsettia Mitten

I saw this variation on the blanket stitch on the inside cover of a CD case! I had to search to find something similar and I do think this is it.  It’s a German Knotted Blanket Stitch.  I love it!

Don’t be mad at me but I just had to experiment with adding a die cut to the top of the mitten.  It’s a discontinued die.  Hoping some of you have it already. It was released in 2013 I believe and it’s a poppystamps die. I used it HERE.

It’s a border die but I used partial die cutting to fit it on the mitten.

Which reminds me, I have a TIP for you!  ok – so you have your BIG standard cutting plates on your Big Shot or die cutting machine.  Well, you know… Sizzix has smaller plates, 3×6, that work AWESOME for stuff like this.  I use them all the time for smaller dies and especially for die cutting the smaller stamped images!  The cutting pads are called Frameworks on the Edge.  I’ll link to them below in the inlinkz.  Just faster to run through the machine!  I love time saving!  AND if you have the cutting plates from the old Sidekick machine…those work great too!  I still use my Sidekick for small dies.  Happy, Happy!

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French Knots in the Poinsettia center.  I love French Knots for some reason!  They’re just cool!

Well, that’s it for today!  I can’t believe it’s already the 4th and I missed posting my favorite Christmas cards and favorites for the year!  bummer.

I just changed the blog theme and I like it!  Hope it’s easier for you to see categories and search things.  Holler if you have questions.  I’m here!

Thanks for stopping by!  ttul!

Supplies and dies I used…

If you have a chance – stop by Starlitstudio.net and check out her clearance page… just WOW!

cards · Christmas · copics · Memory Box · Printworks · rubber stamps · Snowman · Winter

Printworks 2015 Christmas release stamps…

 

Pam Sparks Big Bow Bertie

 

 

Meet Big Bow Bertie … some serious personality for a snowman!  I love this happy guy!  I mean, how many guys would wear a big festive bow like this?!   I stamped him on Hobby Lobby watercolor paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Brush Paint markers. Spritzed with Pearl spray…

 

 

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The happy winter sentiment is from Printworks too.

I used four dies from Memory Box, Modern Tile Background for the window look, Dancing Snowflake Frame and the Small Winter sled.  I die cut the sled from three cardstocks.  Silver for the base, red for the curved guide bar and woodgrain for the slats.  I left the silver whole, trimmed off the red bar, trimmed the woodgrain down and used a silver gel pen between the slats so it’d look like the base showing through. Easy and it looks like one of those Jolee stickers!  The snowflake is from the Wintry Snowflake BundleOh, I did use an ⅛ inch hole punch to put the paper cord through on the red guide bar.

 

 

 

Pam Sparks Fairy Snow Queen

 

 

Next –  This delightful creature is this year’s Limited Edition Snowman!  Isn’t she gorgeous?!  Fairy Snow Queen is her name! I softly watercolored her, then painted Frosted Lace Stickles over her.  Heart of Gold Prills on her crown.

The sentiment is new, Magical Winterheat embossed on vellum with Judikins Silver Twinkle embossing powder.  She’s mounted to a piece of American Crafts Glitter cardstock.

 

 

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I think she’ll be a hit with the granddaughters!

 

 

 

Pam Sparks Grinchmas Tree

 

 

Last for today… the Grinchmas TreeI love it!  Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored sloppily with two green Copic sketch markers!  Oh and a couple browns.  Some Heidi Swapp Gold splatters… some more Prills…Minnie Pearls this time.

 

Some Washi tape… one of the faster cards I’ve ever made!

 

 

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So many wonderful stamps in this release and in all the past releases too!  Be sure to check them out at Printworks Collection.com

Thanks for stopping by!  ttut!

Christmas · Memory Box · Snowman · Stitching · Winter

Memory Box Plush Frosty Mitten and Plush Sheldon…

 

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…