Year in Review

2014 in Review…

Happy New Year’s Eve Day!

The sun is shining and warming me up! Take off the gloves and type! haha

So…what did I do in 2014?  Good thing I blog and have something to jog my memory! eek!

January is a busy month with a new release from Memory Box…

I had fun working with stencils and an embossing technique on this card…


Delightful Peony card and the video

Love the crisp white and how the colors pop on this card…


Yorkshire Tree

and this happy Twinkle Toes card with Distress Marker watercoloring…


Turn on the Twinkle

February ended up being a birthday card kind of month…

Distress Marker watercoloring


Happy Birthday (check out the stamp I used on the inside)

I did have one Valentine card though!

Copic Marker coloring


Tilda with Cozy Heart

Oh, I have too many I like in March! : )

Distress Marker watercoloring


Spring Blessings (check out the tip I share for lining up layers)

Piecing and inlaying die cuts, this card and a couple others during March
using these techniques…


Happy Hello

Something CAS too…


Calm Countryside

April was a big class preparation month…

May brought more flowers and butterflies on the scene…


Delicate Butterfly Arch

June  – a lot of Memory Box and poppystamps cards!


Massa Leaf Frame

Summer in July?  Well, how about a little Fall and a lot of Christmas!  Ok then, I’ll start with a baby card! lol

I love how these sweet pea dies worked up!



So many Christmas cards!  I fell in love with the simplicity of this card though…


Tall Taper Candle

and the gorgeous new MB snowflake dies…


Limoges Snowflake

August – tons more Christmas cards! I can’t post them all here! : )

I love the graphic look of this one though, the unusual colors and just the right touch of glitz…


Merry Christmas

another one with text…love how this worked out…


Joyeux Noel 


Embedded Die cuts video


Winter Wreath

and then I did color a card!  Such cute critters!


Woodland Winter

I’ll narrow down September to one Fall and one Christmas!


Give Thanks

This card brings so many freezin’ memories of picking out Christmas trees with the girls…I love this card!  At the moment it is my favorite for the year! : )


Trees for Sale

October – new dies from poppystamps!


Birthday Stack

Check out the NEW Horse Country die cards in November

I had to make one Mixed Media tag, it’s on my fireplace mantle in some greens. : )


Seasons Greetings

and a cute guy…Copic coloring


Be an Elf

December has a vapor feel to it!  Is it that way for you too?  Blink and it’s gone! I did get a lot of cards mailed though!  yay!


A Very Merry Christmas

and the reason for the season…



It’s been a great year!  Sharing with friends old and new! Our family is looking forward to more blessings in 2015!  Grandchild #17 is due mid March! So much to be thankful for but at the same time I can’t help but be touched by the agony of loss in Asia right now. My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones.  It has touched our design team for Tilda’s Town. Joe Shien Shien’s brother and family from Indonesia were on that plane.  It’s been so neat to see the stamping community from all over the world reaching out to her and surrounding her with love and prayers. Thank you all for your friendship and support.  Even though we are miles apart, we span the distance with our caring, supportive community.  God bless you all!  Thank you for being there!

Christmas · Die Piecing · Lawn Fawn · PTI · Savvy · Tags · Taylored Expressions · Winter

A little more Christmas…


Some tags to share today…I had so much fun making these!  It was a tag happy Christmas for me!  The grandkids were over to make tags a couple times and then I made tag kits for the ones that couldn’t make it over.  A happy ‘gram’!  : )

Then I made tags for our gifts, to match the Hallmark gift wrap.

For the ladies gifts I used the Stampin Up Wondrous Wreath stamp and die sets.


PamSparksSUWreathJoyTagOnPkg copy



I used a Lawn Fawn background stamp for the stitching lines on the My Favorites Things Pierced fishtail flag die.  A Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle for the red piece behind the stamped stitched background banner.


A picture of all six together…



Using the SU sets was a bit of a challenge.  They match up but the only way I could get them good enough to suit me was using the Stamp a ma jig to stamp.  I cut the center of the wreath in the card-stock first, then stamped with the Stamp a ma jig, then die cut the outside of the wreath.  I purchase Stampin Up HERE.  Tell her ‘Pam’ sent you!




I added a little SU Real Red marker to the bow and die cut the word Joy from the die set in Gold metallic card-stock.



The tag for the guys turned out really neat too!



I used the Papertrey Ink Phrase Play #9 die, cut in white…cut a tag snowflake for each in dark blue.  (the tag back is a dark blue rectangle I cut on the paper cutter and used the corner rounder punch on the corners)

I popped out the white snowflake and pieced in the blue snowflake.  Yes, you need to put the itty bitty white pieces back in the snowflake but it’s really easy.  Put scotch tape on the back, lay the white snowflake on top of the blue and with your paper piercer push the itty bitty pieces into the holes. They will stick there because of the scotch tape. When I die cut the white, the snowflake stayed intact.  I used the heavier white card-stock, so if yours doesn’t stay together, try heavier card-stock.  Although I did have to use one piece of copy machine paper to shim it, didn’t take much at all.

I still used the white snowflake too!






The Deerhead die cut is from Savvy! I love that it’s a side view!  The twine is Lawn Trimmings from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut the word winter from dark blue card too and pieced it into the white.  Scotch tape on the back of the Winter banner, holds the letters in place.  Then I used mounting squares to put it in place on the tag.  Sure you could use scor-tape of dbl sided tape but in this case, since I’m using mounting squares, scotch tape is my new best friend! hehe

Linking up the Deerhead tag to the Showcase Your Style challenge blog – die cut

For the two youngest grandsons, I used a little bear stamp from Lawn Fawn on their tags.  The older boys got owls.  The girls tags I made with snowflakes but I didn’t get a picture of the girls. oops!




The Jingle all the way die is from Taylored Expressions.  Back in October Taylor had a stamp day here in Iowa, called Stamp Joy.  I was able to go and help with make n takes. I’m finally getting to use one of my purchases anyway! TE put on an awesome day of stamping!

The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.  The greenery is from the Magnolia, All I want for Christmas die club kit.




and a close up of the owl tag…





I used a white gel pen on the hat and a white glitter dome for the pom pom on the hat.  Cute!


A happy time with family and lots of pictures to treasure these days that go by so fast!



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Over at Simon Says, Ranger products are 25% off!!!




We have one more Christmas celebration with hubby’s family today! Back to wrapping a few things!

Thanks for stopping by today…a wonderful stamping and die cutting New Year to YOU!  I am so thankful for your friendship!


cards · CAS · Christmas · Impression Obsession · Poppystamps

Impression Obsession Nativity card…




I love Christmas… tomorrow our family will gather and we’ll start our Christmas Eve celebration by putting out the nativity set.  Each child will pick a character and place it in the scene when we come to that part of the scripture.  Every once in awhile through the rest of the day and even through the year they will talk about it… makes my heart happy!




This is the card I sent to our daughters/families.  Inspired by Dina from the IO design team.

I sprayed and spattered white linen on the blue background.  The grass die is from poppystamps…the fence and nativity from Impression Obsession.

I edged the kraft with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

On the inside, I used the sentiment, ‘joy to the world’ from a Tim Holtz Sizzlet long die.

Linking my card to…

Addicted to CAS challenge – family

Time Out Challenges – Christmas is Love with all the Trimmings

CAS on Sunday – Christmas

I hope to get pictures of the tags I’ve been making…eek… it’s been so dark here the last few days…come on snow!  We’re had rain and dreary…weird for Iowa!  Oh well, when you’re busy, you hardly notice the weather!

Did you receive the email update from Memory Box?  WOW!  Gorgeous new dies coming!  woohoo!  to ‘die’ for! haha

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve Day!

Dies and Supplies I used to make this card…

cards · CAS · Christmas · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · Simon Says Stamp · Winter

poppystamps and SSS dies…




I’ve had this card made for a couple weeks and just now remembering to get it posted!  I saw the challenge is snow this week at CASology and it jogged my brain! yay!  So I’m linking up there!

A glittery, shiny, CAS card, perfect for a white Christmas!  Come on snow! haha




And on the inside bottom right I die cut a silver snowflake and glued it partially in the corner… pretty!  Forgot to take a picture of that though!

LOVE these new poppystamps word dies!  They are just gorgeous cuts!  LOVE them, I do!

The Simon Says Stamps snowflakes are gorgeous too and cut in the silver metallic that I didn’t take a picture of…perfect!  Fire me as a photographer! lol

I used the Perfect Layers Rulers to cut the silver mat, then adhered the layers to a white card-base.

This turned out to be a pretty much an A7 size card… hehe

Also linking up to the following…

Crazy for CAS Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Winter Inspiration photos

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Anything Goes

Scrapyland Challenge – Holidays (poppystamps die)

Tis the Season Challenge – jeweled snowflake inspiration


Thanks for stopping by on this busy Saturday before Christmas!  eek is right!

Dies and Supplies I used on this card…

cards · Christmas · copics · Die Piecing · Memory Box · rubber stamps

Memory Box Cabrini Ornament Glittered…




I love Christmas!  All the creating, sending and receiving cards…just makes me happy! Here’s the Cabrini Ornament die cut in Licorice, Cranberry and Meadow card-stocks and pieced together.  I really like the black outline. I’m so glad I purchased the Pine Needles die!  They just finish the presentation of so many of the winter/Christmas dies.  I glittered with stickles glitter glue… I know… the glitter cheater way! haha


The whimsical touch of bakers twine…just have to stop myself from using it on every card!

A little Copic coloring on the ornament, holly and berries…

and then that background stamp… so simple but so much!  Merry Background stamp comes wood or cling mount.

The cranberry card-stock rectangle is stamped with the Candy Cane Stripes stamp in red ink.

The kraft card-stock rectangle is stamped with the Mistletoe Bundle stamp in Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

Ranger White Enamel dots on the berries.

The Christmas word is from the Grand Merry Christmas Script die.

An A2 size card – Dill notecard.

Linking to some challenges…

Dies R Us – Anything Goes


I’m off to the PO to get a stash of cards in the mail!  Hitch up the sleigh! HOHOHO

All the best to you this happy creating season!

Supplies and dies I used to make this card… · Shopping

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Blog Hop · cards · Christmas · Die Piecing · Memory Box · Poppystamps · Tags · Winter

Memory Box and poppystamps Blog Hop – Holiday Gift Tags or Treats…


Hi everyone!  It’s Day 3 and the final day of the Memory Box/poppystamps blog hop.  If you arrived from Jeanne’s blog, you’re on the right track! We’re celebrating gift giving with holiday gift tags and or treats.

Have you checked out the new online gift store, Birch Press Design?  Wow, gorgeous gifts to give yourself, friends and relatives!




Dave Brethauer, the owner and creator of Memory Box and poppystamps, has a new venture called Birch Press Design that features letterpress, laser cut, and printed card designs, as well as beautiful products for your home.


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Each day of the hop (December 2-4) Memory Box and poppystamps will be giving away a prize from Birch Press Design. Two winners each day. Comment now through December 10th for a chance to win. *Winners will be selected from the Design Team posts.*

The prize for today is the winner’s choice of a Birch Press Design ApronPhoto of one below… love it! I only own a few aprons but I think they would be so fun to collect!



I made two tag/envelope/paper bag treatments for some really cute dark chocolate bars I picked up at the grocery store.  Oh my, I LOVE the wrappers on them…so festive and inspiring! Here’s a link to their online site… Theo

I’m not sure how good they will be but I’m going to keep the wrappers! I suppose I could give them away and not eat them… maybe they’ll still have some when I go back!  Then I could get a few to share! lol

My favorite dark chocolate bars are Green & Blacks organic dark chocolate mint and 70% dark chocolate. So good.  oops. sidetracked. hohoho


Here are some pictures!




A close up of the dies I used…



poppystamps Vintage Merry Christmas

poppystamps Everygreen Trees

Memory Box Twirling Snowflake


And another one…



The base for my gift tags is one of those office type envelopes, from the Timbergrove paper collection by Fancy Pants, with the circles on the back that you wind the string back and forth  around.  A great holder for some ‘cash’!  The ‘treat’ can fit in the paper bag. I get the paper bags at  Isn’t this one fun?!  Great for a lot of occasions.


A close up of the dies I used… (the paper comes already distressed)



poppystamps Teacup Stack

poppystamps Garden Sprig


Here’s the list of blogs to visit today…

Memory Box  


Kay Miller 

Deborah Nolan 

Marybeth Lopez 

Jeanne Jachna 

Pam Sparks  (you’re here)

Lezlye Lauterbach  

Patty Tanuz 

Zuzana Obert


For a second chance to win – ‘like’ our Birch Press Design Page on Facebook and share the post featuring information about today’s blog hop and prize.  One random winner will be selected from FB. If you already like us on Facebook, all you need to do is share the post.


Your next stop on the hop is Lezlye’s blog


Linking up to some challenges…

Simon Says Stamp – Christmas

7Kids College Fun – Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS

Dazzling Diva Challenge #54 – Snow/Snowflakes or Anything Goes

Scrapyland Challenge – Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes/opt. make a gift or decoration

Sparkles Christmas Challenge – It’s a Blue, Blue Christmas

The Card Concept – Snowman Tag Clean and layering style


Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us today!  Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Supplies I used for today’s post…

Printworks · Shopping

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We saved the best for last! Featured in our stamp give away today is JB2808 My Hero, our retired limited edition snowman from 2004. The only way to add this snowman to your collection is through our offer today. Happy shopping!

I have this snowman pair and made them up for a 4×4 Chunky Book Page Swap!  So FUN!