Stopping to say “HI” CAS card today with Lawn Fawn…

Hi everyone…doesn’t this just make you want to run out and get a watermelon?!  Fortunately Tim already stopped and bought one this week so we’re set!

I used the Lawn Fawn alphabet die set Quinn’s Capital ABC’s.  I die cut it in white Bazzil texture cardstock, removed the letters H and I and inked them with Distress Inks and the ink blending tool.  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries were the pads I used.  I added the seeds with a Ranger Fude Ball Black ink pen.

I adhered the die cut panel to an A2 top folding card base, then I adhered the watermelon HI with mounting tape.  Happy Card!  Well, until I sent my husband a picture of the card and he replied, “why is the w upside down”?  So I might think twice before I send him a picture again! haha  This was my Summer swap card for stamp club yesterday.

Linking my watermelon HI card to some challenges…

Lawn Fawnatics – Summertime Fun

Color Throwdown – photo inspiration and colors

Shopping Our Stash – CAS (clean and simple)

Addicted To CAS – Summer

It was so fun to see everyone and make the card Carolyn prepared for us. July, the month for celebrating!

The tag is a Taylored Expressions Build a Tag die and the background is a Memory Box star texture plate that’s discontinued.

I’ll sign off for now and get busy…thanks for stopping by on your busy Saturday!

Diorama card with Memory Box Lavender Butterfly dies…

Hi and how did it get to be Friday already?!  This week has been so mixed up! hoho holidays!   I have a card that I started a few weeks ago…made a prototype first and then neglected to keep after it!  It’s finished now though! yay and I like it!

The very background/back is Ranger Distress Oxide ink ink blended in 4 colors, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick….can’t stop using these inks! haha  New colors coming…can’t wait… SLS has them coming too…check her coming soon category…first one on the left.

Everything is cut from XL watercolor paper, colored with Ranger Distress Markers and a waterbrush. Marker colors I used are Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade.  Very fun… I do like these markers for watercoloring…along with every other kind of medium! lol  We’re doomed to own everything aren’t we?!

Here’s the dies I used to create the foliage and butterfly scene…

front to back on the left…
Small Lavender Stems Left Corner
Lavender Butterfly Left Corner
Lavender Stems Left Corner

in the middle…
Lavender Bunch

on the front top…
the largest butterfly from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio

front to back on the right…
Small Lavender Stems Right Corner
Large Lavender Butterfly Right Corner
Small Lavender Butterfly Right Corner

I’ve made this type of card before and just go off the top of my head…I’m bad about that.  It will fold flat and fit in an A7 envelope.  I am conscious of envelope size whenever I’m making something out of the ordinary though.

I die cut the rectangles, all the same size with the Memory Box Rectangle Basics Rectangle die set in three pieces of watercolor paper. ’bout can’t make a card without them!  😀  I did all the same size rectangle but you could easy do larger to smaller for a tunnel type card…I see your minds racing with ideas! lol

Then just score the ends and trim then to layer inside the front and back  pieces,  I did ¼ inch increments.  Sides of the front and back are scored at ¾ inch.

Linking up to some challenges…

Just Us Girls Challenge – ink blending

Scrapyland Challenge – anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Summer sunshine


Great NEWS!  Starlitstudio has the new release from Memory Box/poppystamps in stock and ready to ship!  I know…it’s so exciting but how could it be time for Christmas in July already! hehe

Holler if you have any questions!  So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed this little piece of Summer in a diorama.







Two cards for MFT Camp Create 2017

My first card today is for Day One – Wonderful Watercolor.

I chose to use the MFT Bold Blooms stamp set and matching die set.

First I die cut all the flowers and then they went swimming. lol  I did the watercolor dip technique but instead of painting with a brush, I stamped the solid images from the stamp set onto the soaked, wet die cut, with Distress Ink stamp pads.

So much fun! Hope you get some time to try this WC technique…scroll down a couple posts and there’s a link to a video about it.

The sentiment is from the MFT Much Love stamp set.  I used the MISTI for all the stamping.

The scallop stitch rectangle die is from the MFT Blueprints #27 die set.

I’m linking my watercolor card to some challenges...

MFT Card Challenge Sketch 338

The Challenge – Keywords

Seize the Birthday – anything goes birthday

Tic Tac Toe – yellow, stitching, rectangle (bottom row) thank you for picking my card ladies!


My card for Day Two – Remarkable Resist is next…

First thing I did was stamp and emboss the background Bundles of Blossoms background stamp with a Versafine Black ink pad and Black embossing powder.  It’s hard to see the heat embossing in the picture because the lines are so fine in the image.  Next time I would use Black pigment ink to stamp it with.

I inked the background with some pigment ink pads that I’ve had for a long time and the little finger dauber things HERE.

I stamped and die cut the MFT Peaceful Wild Flowers stamp set and glued some down to the background and mounted some with foam mounting squares.

I used MFT Blueprints #20 for the Stitched Rectangle and the Stitched banner dies.

I’m linking my Wild Flowers card to some challenges…

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

The Foiled Fox – Simply Irresistible Challenge   I won, I won!  Thank you so much ladies! 


AAA Cards CAS Game #92 Resist Technique


That’s pretty much it!  Holler if you have any questions.  I had to hurry to get these posted before the challenge ends tonight. Last minute LooLoo strikes again!

I wish I could’ve done all the days but you know how it is…things come up!

I have a card posted on Instagram today too for Simon Says Stamp New ‘One of a Kind’ Release… link over in the sidebar to my IG account.  You can see even if you don’t have an account! Click the logo below to see all the sweet new stuff! A watermelon color stamp pad! lol   (it’s really hot and muggy here, can you tell?! lol)

Thanks again for stopping by to see what I’ve been up!  ‘preciate it!










Paper Smooches Best Buds Flower card…

Here’s that second card I had the gals make at our stamp club party Friday.  I colored this one at home though with Distress Ink refills.

At the party, I had the gals use Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and the blue waterbrush filled with water from this set HERE. These waterbrushes are really cheap but they hold up really well.  I buy them for the kids and end up using them myself! lol

The photo below is a close up of the watercolor pencil one. 

Very fun to color…love this sweet image from Paper Smooches Best Buds stamp set  HERE or HERE.  I don’t own the dies so I cut it with the My Favorite Things Inside and Out Rounded Rectangles Stax. If you want the dies to match, they are HERE.

The polka dot border is from the Geo-Graphic stamp set and the thanks sentiment is from the Sentiment Sampler stamp set HERE and HERE.

I stamped with Taylored Expressions Oreo Black ink and used Crafter’s Companion Watercolor paper.

Linking up…

 Paper Smooches GD – Search for July

Craft Stamper Magazine – Anything Goes Stamping Challenge

The Flower Challenge #9 – Anything Goes 

Thanks for stopping by today and thank you so much for your comments and help with my question yesterday!  I appreciate your views, comments and clicking so much! Hope you get to make a card today!





poppystamps Dogwood Blossom and Swirly Bird…

Pam Sparks Dogwood Trio

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I’m posting some easy on the eyes cards… hehe  Is there a color that doesn’t go with kraft card-stock?  I don’t know of any right off the top of my head! lol  Today it’s ‘pinks’ turn.

And what better way to use pink than these beautiful poppystamps Dogwood Blossom dies!  I’ll put links to all the dies below in Inlinkz since the post is gonna be a little picture heavy.

Pam Sparks Dogwood Blossom Corner

I started off with this Dogwood Blossom Corner die and one thing lead to another! lol  (I used my embedding die technique, video how to under the blog header video tab and titled Adhering Intricate Dies)

Pam Sparks Dogwood Blossom Triptych

and why not just use them all in pink and kraft?! lol

Pam Sparks Falling Dogwood

It’s not been a sunshiny week here so these cards are cheering me up and I needed some thank you cards. Win, win! hehe

Linking up…

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp August Work it Wednesday

Die Cuttin’ Divas – Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping in again… tomorrow is Taylored Expressions release day and I’ve got some fun cards to share!  Hope you’ll come back!

Dies and Supplies I used on these cards…

All Aboard Card! Taylored Expressions Retired SALE…


Taylored Expressions is bidding a fond farewell to over 200 products as we retire some of our favorite items with an amazing SALE. Choose from a variety of stamps and dies at up to 80% off retail price — but hurry, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever! Check out the graphic above to see how you can earn an even greater discount off the sale price and then visit the SALE HERE to start shopping! Additional discounts expire July 17th.

I’m sharing a card today that I made with two retiring stamp sets and one of the retiring dies…

Pam Sparks All Aboard 7.7.2016

I had so much fun coloring up this adorable train from the All Aboard stamp set! I colored with Copic Sketch Markers and hand cut all the pieces. TIP: I like to cut the images out before I color so there aren’t any white edges left after coloring. I accented here and there with the Extra Fine Point White Sharpie Pen. 

Pam Sparks All Aboard 7.7.2016 Close

For the background I die cut one of the Build a Scene Rolling Clouds in white cardstock and layered it on an A2 white card-base. Using the MISTI stamping tool, I stamped the words choo choo from the All Aboard set with TE Premium Dye Granny Smith Ink and the words under the track from the Loads of Fun stamp set with TE Premium Hybrid Oreo ink. 

Pam Sparks All Aboard 2 - 7.7.2016

I added the cloud layer to the card-base with a piece of thin white craft foam, glued the track directly to the card and mounted the train pieces with foam mounting squares.

A super fun and cute birthday card!

My second card for today is very CAS (clean and simple) but I loved it. An encouragement card for sure! This time of year with it being so hot, it could even be a card to encourage a friend to keep drinking water! lol

Pam Sparks Keep Chuggin 7.7.2016

I die cut the Train Track Border die in white and colored it to look like wood. The top track pieces are cut in silver metallic cardstock and glued on top. I stamped the sentiments from the All Aboard set with TE Premium Hybrid Oreo ink and the MISTI stamping tool. 

Linking up to…

Addicted To Stamps and More Challenge – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!  My cards will be on the TE blog  today too!

Be sure to click over to the SALE!

Links to the products I used in the Taylored Expressions Webstore…

poppystamps Weeping Willow three ways…

Pam Sparks Weeping Willow Birthday

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share some cards that I came up with after playing around with the poppystamps Weeping Willow dies.  This first one is using my Embedded dies technique…HERE’S the video for how to do it.

This die has more waste to remove than the die I used in the video but I love how it turns out. My pictures don’t do it justice…rainy day…

Use the release paper from the Scor-tape to hold the cut in the die while you’re removing the little waste pieces…

Linking to the Seize the Birthday Challenge – Birds, Bees or Butterflies

The next picture is an iPhone photo and before I added the bird but I like how it shows the detail when it’s laying flat.

Pam Sparks Weeping Willow Birthday Close Flat

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Ornamental Butterflies stamp set. A simple but elegant look.

Pam Sparks Weeping Willows Summer

For this Happy Summer card, I used both the poppystamps Weeping Willow dies, the Memory Box Summerville Landscape die  and the sentiment from the poppystamps Flower Patch stamp set.

And the last one for today…

Pam Sparks Weeping Willow Hello

The Weeping Willow die again, the butterflies from the Ornamental Butterflies stamp set and the Fancy Hello die. 

The pattern paper is an old Memory Box pattern that isn’t available anymore. Sorry about that. I just thought I’d have a try at using a pattern paper for a change! lol

I’ll add some links below… Happy 4th of July weekend and thanks for taking the time to stop by and look!

p.s. Memory Box and poppystamps Christmas cards coming soon.  Working on cards for classes but I’ll make some to share here too!