Blog Hop · cards · CAS · Christmas · Distress Ink coloring · Simon Says Stamp · Winter

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Blog Party!

Hi everyone!  Here it is September and time for ALL the excitement of the 10th STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp!!! Throughout STAMPtember there will be exclusive collaborations, contests, prizes, special promotions, announcements, and more surprises!

Starting today with this blog party, participants listed on the SSS blog will be sharing a special code for a free gift with your order today. You’ll want to click around to see what code you want to use when you order!  A code scavenger hunt! 

Click over to SSS store HERE to see the release and see the stamp set I used to make this Christmas card!

This is the NEW Chunky Christmas stamp set.  I stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock and heat embossed with Ranger Gold Detail Embossing Powder and colored in with Distress Ink Refills and water.  Faded Jeans for the blue,  Fired Brick for the berries and Peeled Paint for the leaves.  The die cut pine branch is from the Christmas Foliage die set.

I used some NEW Memory Box Fairy Sugar glitter glue in Dewdrop, Ruby and Sunlit Gold.  The frame is Stitched Rectangles.  I skipped a die so I’d get a wider frame when I die cut them.

I think that pretty much covers it… thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the blog party!

Here’s what I used to make this card…

CZ Design Clear Stamps CHUNKY…
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD…
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Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE…
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Memory Box RUBY Fairy Sugar Glitter…
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Memory Box DEWDROP Fairy Sugar…
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Memory Box SUNLIT GOLD Fairy Sugar…
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Blog Hop · Reverse Confetti

Reverse Confetti ‘fetti friend February Blog Hop…

YAY You!  I’m back today to share another card as a ‘fetti friend for Reverse Confetti this month.

Here’s the list of cardmakers participating in the hop…

Reverse Confetti Blog

Amy Kolling

Tricia Barber

Lisa Henke

Heather Hoffman

Amy Tsuruta

Kathy Schweinfurth

Jeanne Jachna

Deanne Kuntz

Michele Ferguson

Olga Moss

Olga Matyushevskaya 

Ali Farmer

Pam Sparks  (me)

What a sweet little mouse and elephant duo!  I struggled today…not feeling the greatest but coloring and keeping this simple makes me smile anyway! The name of the set is so fitting!  ‘Cheerful Pals’!

I used the new Confetti Cuts Hearts Dies and So Very Lovely sentiment stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the posts by the other designers and happy crafty day!

Here’s what I used to make this card…

Reverse Confetti CHEERFUL PALS Clear…
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Reverse Confetti Cuts CHEERFUL PALS…
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Reverse Confetti Cuts HEARTS Dies
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Reverse Confetti SO VERY LOVELY Clear…
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Blog Hop · cards · Distress Ink coloring · Perfect Layers Tools · rubber stamps · Watercolor

Perfect Paper Crafting and Art Impressions Blog Hop…





Hi everyone! I have a card to share here and a card on the PPC blog today. There’s a blog hop happening there this week!




What a fun set to color!  I love these Try” folds stamp sets form Art Impressions!  The one I used for my card is Shoppes TF-4339.

I stamped with Ranger Archival Black Ink on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Markers.  I add color to an area and move it around with a paintbrush and water.  Love how easy it is and that I’m happy in the end! lol

I didn’t do the try fold for my card… I just turned it into a scene by cutting and layering with 3D mounting squares.

Of course I had to mat the focal piece with my 1/16th inch Perfect Layer Tools… I will never quit using them! : ) They work so slick and what a time saver.  None of the back to the trimmer thing going on!  YAY!  Link to shop in the sidebar and don’t forget to use the coupon code for 10% off.




I don’t remember all the colors I used but you can’t go wrong with these stamps!  So much fun!  I have a few other sets too…thinking they could work up fun for Christmas!  You know…when you start getting tense as the holidays approach, you can always use a little color book therapy!  I know it’s good for me!

Now, if you would like to see the other card I made with Art Impressions, Chameleon Pens and Perfect Paper Crafting… hop over to the Perfect Paper Crafting blog HERE!  From there you can hop to the Art Impressions and Chameleon Pens blogs for chances to win prizes!

Thanks for stopping by today… if only we lived close enough we could run across the street for show and tell now and then!  Wouldn’t that be fun!  : )  Happy creating for Father’s Day.  I’m working on birthday cards for two of the grandsons also. Always cards to be made!  Take care!

Supplies I used …

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



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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!


Blog Hop · Card Sketch · cards · CAS · Paper Smooches · Perfect Layers Tools

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge and Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop




Hi everyone!  Sharing a CAS card I made for the Paper Smooches Sparks February Designer Drafts Challenge.   Last minute Lulu! haha





I also wanted to make some cards and link up for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Lots of inspiration there and TONS of cool prizes they’re giving away! I hope I win something! hehe




I used Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe Stamp set and Coffee/Tea die set.  Pattern paper from a Christmas 6×6 pad, some brads,  Versafine onyx black ink and my 1/8 inch Mini Perfect Layers Ruler and Cutting Mat.  (link in the sidebar – be sure to use my code to save!)

oh eek… here we are talking Spring and it just started snowing here! lol  That’s ok, I love snow!   Take care and I’ll be back with some more coffee!  : )

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…

Blog Hop · cards · Christmas · PTI · Snowman · Winter

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge…Snow


Snow…sparkly, frosty, glittery snow…that’s what I was going for!  I love this Diamond Dust Vintage Glass Glitter for snowy scenes!

All the stamps and dies I used are from Papertrey Inkhere’s a link to the challenge post and and all the links if you want to hop along.  WOW…tons of inspiration!

I used the Snowglobe die set, Snowglobe sentiments, Tinsel and Tags kit and In the Meadow stamp set.


It’s really hard to get ready for Thanksgiving Dinner when there’s so many fun challenges to play in.  Are you the same way?  I’m looking forward to company and pie but…all the stamps, dies, paper and ink are always callin’ my name! haha

Here’s a close up of the glittery, frosty scene…brrrrr!  I ran it through the xyron so the adhesive would be on the front and then glittered it.





Linking my snowglobe card to the Festive Friday Challenge – inspiration photo.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and thanks for stopping by to see what I made today! Enjoy the hop!

Blog Hop · cards · Christmas · copics · Lawn Fawn · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · Snowman · Winter

Perfect Paper Crafting and Lawn Fawn Blog Hop…



Welcome everyone!  It’s a blog hop Monday for Perfect Paper Crafting and Lawn Fawn!


If you hopped to my blog from Tracy’s Blog, you’re in the right place!  

Today you’re hopping and commenting for a chance to win your choice between two prizes from Perfect Paper Crafting and from Lawn Fawn the prize is a stamp set and a 6×6 pattern paper pad! Good luck!

You’ll want to check out the Perfect Paper Crafting and Lawn Fawn blogs everyday this week for more inspiration and chances to win. 

For my card today – I used Lawn Fawn’s darling Making Frosty Friends clear stamp set, You’ve Got Mail clear stamp set and the holly is from the NEW Joy To the Woods clear stamp set.  I used the coordinating die sets too… all linked below. Don’t you love all the clear stamps and matching die sets?!

The snowflake pattern paper (beanie) is from the adorable Snow Day Collection that just came out.

  • I stamped the postcard, cancellation and wavy lines stamps on white card-stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • I die cut the stamped postcard with the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles die (love them!)
  • I stamped the sentiment from You’ve Got Mail stamp set in red ink
  • I stamped the snowflakes from Making Frosty Friends stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder
  • I masked off the edges with Eclipse Masking strips
  • I inked the postcard area with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink and the ink blending tools, the clear embossed snowflakes resist the ink
  • I die cut red pattern paper with the new Stitched Rectangles die,  then I used my Perfect Layers mini rulers and mat to achieve the 1/16th inch black frame.  I LOVE the 1/16th inch ruler!  Links to the tools below and in the sidebar…be sure to use the code Sparks5% to save 5% off your order!
  • I die cut another Stitched Rectangles die from white card-stock and adhered it to a white A2 card base.
  • The snowman is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, die cut with the coordinating dies and colored with Copic Sketch markers. Hat T3 – 7, Red R24 – 29 and 59, Scarf and holly YG93 – 97
  • I die cut a Memory Box snowflake to embellish the upper left hand corner

You next stop on the hop is Roxie’s blog

Have a great week and I’ll see you next time!  ‘preciate you stopping by!  Remember to comment for a chance to win prizes!

P.S. Here’s another fun Lawn Fawn card and it’s a winner! : )  I woke up Sat. a.m. to a  wonderful surprise!  Queen of the Green at the Lawnscaping Challenge.  A very fun challenge to enter!  Thank You Lawnscaping team!


Stamps, Dies and Supplies I used to create my card for today…

Birthday · Blog Hop · cards · CAS · Lawn Fawn · Memory Box · MFT · Paper Smooches · Perfect Layers Tools · Printworks · rubber stamps · Techniques · Wedding

Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron Blog Hop…



So excited to share some cards with you, that I made using Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron’s awesome products!

The Perfect Paper Crafting team is posting today but you can take all week to hop around and comment for a chance to win a fabulous prize!  $50 gift certificate! (winner to be announced the 25th on the PPC blog)

The Xyron team will be posting each day on the Xyron blog and giving away prizes every day!

My first card for today will make you laugh…brrring brrring



I do! lol

I love this sentiment from Printworks and use it anytime I use a telephone!  This adorable telephone image and the floral background stamp are NEW and also from Printworks.  I embossed the telephone and the flowers (multiple times) with white pigment ink and Tsukineko’s Imagine White Embossing Powder.  The sentiment is stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with Tsukineko’s Imagine Black Embossing Powder.  I die cut the sentiment with a die from Lawn Fawn.

I used Printworks stamp pads for watercoloring the white embossed flowers (watercolor paper).  Go back in time…the first CHA type show I went to was in 1995.  Printworks was there teaching Annette’s (the owner and artist) watercolor techniques.  She introduced using stamp pads for watercolor way back then! It’s stood the test of time for sure!

What can I say that I haven’t said a million times about the Perfect Paper Crafting Layering Tools!  They are the BEST!  I Love these tools!  I didn’t think there would be any room for improvement but I love the mini tools and mat more!  I’m glad I have both sets though because today I needed to use the one inch ruler that just comes in the long ruler size.

It’s so nice to get the professional look of even borders along with the charm of a handmade card.  Use Sparks 5% off at checkout to get 5% off your PPC order!  Thank you for clicking through my links.

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What did I use from Xyron?  Well, they have this awesome Mega Tape Runner… looks like this…


wow!  It’s great!  It dispenses permanent adhesive dots and is refillable.  So easy to operate too… not too big and not small either!  It just works!  YAY!  I used this to put most of my layers together.

I adhered the telephone panel to the white embossed panel with Xyron ¼ in. High Tack Double Sided Tape…


and the sequins with Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots…perfect!


My next two cards are wedding cards…



Here I used the Perfect Layers Mini Tools and Mat to cut my card base.  I scored and folded a sheet of 8.5×11 card-stock, then adhered my main panel to the folded card base with the Xyron Mega Tape Runner, then used my mini tool to cut the border on the other three sides.

I used the Xyron Mega Tape Runner to adhere the Studio Calico wood veneer potty people to the circle too!  Yep, they stick great!  I was able to rub away any excess before I stuck them down, so easy because it’s dot adhesive. (looks like the wood veneer potty people have been discontinued)

My inspiration for this card came from Maile Belles’ card HERE.

I partial die cut a circle and then die cut two complete circles for the layers.


Another fun wedding card using a Memory Box border die, Printworks stamps, wood Potty People and a Doodlebug red heart embellishment.

Again I used my Perfect Layers tool to cut the three sides of my card base and the Xyron Mega Tape Runner to adhere the layers and the potty people.

Wonderful tools!  Wonderful adhesives!  Thank you PPC and Xyron!

Your next stop is Jenny’s blog! Enjoy the hop, be inspired and I hope you win!

Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us!  ttul!

I’m linking my first card up to the Seize the Birthday challenges – anything goes 

I’m linking my second card up to the Simon Says Monday Challenge – anything goes

I’m linking my third card up to the Clean & Simple Stamping  challenge 303 – sketch

Supplies I used on these cards…

Blog Hop · cards · Christmas · copics · Perfect Layers Tools · rubber stamps · Taylored Expressions

Perfect Paper Crafting Crazy Dayz with Taylored Expressions…



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ETA…I’m linking my scene to the Foxy Foxes Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  You’ll want to play along!

Hi everyone! Welcome!  Today I’m hopping with Regina Mangum from Taylored Expressions Design Team.  Perfect Paper Crafting and Taylored Expressions design teams have been posting random days throughout July and there will be one more day of hopping together, August 11th… so keep commenting on this post for a chance to win!

Today I used the ‘cool’  Perfect Tears, 3 Tool setI used the scallop edged ruler, both sides…the larger for the snow and the smaller for the ice skating rink.   The set comes with a water pen… very nice… the water pen is different than the one Julia shows in her video below.  Really works slick!  Love it!

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PPC’s Video showing how the Perfect Tears work…

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I created this 5 ½ inch square card with Taylored Expressions, Woodland Winter stamp set and Neighborhood Border die.   I’m in love with these cute, cute critters, sentiments and scenery!

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Here’s a close up of the scene…


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I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  I hand cut out the critters and the tree and then colored them.  I like to do it that way so the white edges get saturated with color too.

Tree/wreath – YG23, 25, 67
Deer – E43, 44, 47
Red – R24, 27, 29, 59
Raccoon – W3, 4, 5, 7
Fox – YR27, E08

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So wintery and festive!  I spattered the blue background with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Shake it up really good…unscrew the cap and tap the ink from the tube onto your card-stock!  It’s a winter wonderland!

I’m linking to some challenges…

A Blog Named Hero – Die cut a little or a lot!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

2 Cute Ink Challenges – Animals

Marker Pop Challenge #49 – Copic markers

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – skis, skates or sleds (deer is ice skating, coon on the sled)

thank you ladies for choosing my card to be in your Honorable Mentions!

Honorable Mention

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Perfect Paper Crafting!!!

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Supplies I used to make this card…

Avery Elle · Blog Hop · cards · CAS · Christmas · copics · Perfect Layers Tools · Summer

Perfect Paper Crafting and Avery Elle Blog Hop!


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Hi everyone!  Welcome!  Good to be back sharing cards with you today!
Perfect Paper Crafting and Avery Elle have teamed up this week for a blog hop! The Design Teams are creating with Avery Elle stamps and dies and Perfect Paper Crafting tools. Both companies are giving away a $50 gift certificate to two lucky winners!!! How do you win? Just leave comments on the designer’s blogs as you hop through the list!  Remember to use my Sparks5% code when you shop PPC. Thank you!

The hop started Monday, July 28th and will go through August 1st at 12:00 midnight.  The winners will be announced on August 2nd.  You still have time to comment!
Just in case you missed any of the amazing projects created by the Avery Elle design team and the Perfect Paper Crafting design team, here are the links to all of the designers blogs…scroll down to get to my cards!
Avery Elle – every day
Perfect Paper Crafting – every day
Caryn Davies – Monday
Yainea – Monday
Jenny Peterson – Monday
Kasia Curry – Tuesday
Chunyuan Wu – Tuesday
Roxie Glaza – Tuesday
Maska Vanacker  – Wednesday
Jenny Gropp – Wednesday
Heather Campbell – Thursday
JJ Bolton – Thursday
Tracy Valure – Thursday
Avery Elle – Friday (Jamie Gracz)
Pam Sparks – Friday

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Only one Christmas card today! : )


Here I used the Mini Perfect Layers Tools and cutting mat to border the angle (cut with one of the dies from the Custom Panel Elle-ments set) of the kraft card-stock with red.   I do love Christmas and I love these colors together!


I used the Avery Elle Winter Wreath Clear Stamp Set and Custom Panels Elle-ments for this card. I heat embossed the wreath with white embossing powder. Inked the kraft card with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and spattered it with a little water. Stamped the pinecones and bow on kraft and cut them out by hand. Stamped the sentiments with Espresso Truffle Memento ink, spattered with Dylusions White Linen spray and added red glitter domes for berries.

Linking up to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted To Stamps Anything Goes Challenge
Crafting For all Seasons – Christmas in July
Southern Girls Challenge – Christmas is a-coming
Creative Card Crew – Christmas
Avery Elle Challenge – Die Cuts

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Here I used the Mini Perfect Layers Tools and cutting mat to mat my stamped white panel with 1/16th inch green.  I love being able to cut a perfect 1/16th inch mat every time!!!

I used the Avery Elle Laurels Clear Stamp set, Laurels Elle-ments, Build a Banner Clear Stamp set, Build a Banner Elle-ments and Petals and Stems Clear Stamp set for this card.

I stamped with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink for the green and Versacolor Pigment inks for the pink flowers.

It’s so fun to be able to die cut the images!  Love how the Elle-ments dies work!

Linking up to 7 Kids College Challenge – Anything Goes, Get Wordy
Avery Elle Challenge – Die cuts

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My last card for today. I was inspired by a card I saved from the Avery Elle blog some time ago.  Sorry, I didn’t save the link and there isn’t a name on the photo.  : (   I just had to make it though! It’s perfect for one of our grandson’s.   Our July family birthday party is tonight… so more birthday cards coming soon!


I used the Mini Perfect Layers Tools and cutting mat to mat the white panel with an 1/8th inch border.

I used the Avery Elle Happy Camper Clear Stamp set for the images and the happy birthday is from the Red and Goldie Clear Stamp set. 

I hand cut the images out and colored the mountains and canoe with Copics and stamped with Versacolor Pigment ink. Happy Birthday is embossed with white embossing powder on black card-stock.

Linking to the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge – use the color blue
Color Q Challenge 

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Thanks for visiting my blog today! It was so good to use some of the ‘collection’ today!  wink, wink… I know you know what I mean! lol

Have a great weekend and I hope you win! : )

Supplies I used… 

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Blog Hop · cards · copics · Die Piecing · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps

Perfect Paper Crafting and Simple Stories Blog Hop…



WELCOME to Day One of our Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop with Simple Stories.  I’m starting the week long hop here on my blog.  The other PPC and SS gals will have a post on another day of the week.  Check in on the Perfect Paper Crafting Blog each day, April 7 – 12,  for what two blogs to visit!

Prizes!!! * A set of Perfect Paper Crafting Rulers and a Simple Stories Paper Collection! Comment on the blog posts all week for a chance to win!

My first card today, I colored the cut from the Joyful Bouquet die by Memory Box with Copic Sketch markers. Then I colored the flower centers and some of the stems with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush marker.  (forgot to take a close up to see the sparkle)  I kept the negative/waste part and pieced it back in like I did on this card, in this post HERE

I trimmed it down, matted it with black card-stock and the Perfect Layers Mini Rulers ⅛ inch ruler and layered it on SS Lookin’ Good card-stock trimmed down to an A6 size card. I also used one of the label stickers and the circle heart chipboard sticker from the DIY Boutique Collection.

Stampin’ for the Weekend 
wants to see Spring Colors







Enjoy! it’s a beautiful day!  On this card I used the Perfect Layers Mini Rulers ⅛ inch ruler to mat SS Newspaper card-stock to white card-stock and then to an A2 size kraft card base.   I colored the SS enjoy sticker with Copic Sketch markers to get a closer match to the card-stock I used for the leaves in the die cuts. The sentiment is cut from the SS Who’s To Say card-stock and layered to one of the pieces from the SS Card Foundations pack.   I used the Memory Box Sophia Bloom dies to cut and layer up the flower border.



“Let’s Do This”… what a cute sticker.  We like to ride bikes and take pictures… so it was fun to make a card with the SS bike, flower and butterfly chipboard stickers and poppystamps Cinema Film Strip die.  I added the SS heart talk bubble sticker and a couple more behind the film strip.  I used the Perfect Layers Mini Rulers ⅛ inch ruler to mat SS Chevron card-stock (the back side) to white card-stock, then to SS Polka card-stock and then to a 5 ½ inch square white card base.



“You Are My Anchor”, I cut the sentiment from the SS Who’s To Say card-stock.  SS Anchor chipboard, some twine, a SS circle heart chipboard sticker and Memory Box Big Splash Border die at the bottom. This card uses the back side of the SS Outside the Box card-stock sheet and a narrow strip from the SS Herringbone sheet.



A cute “just a note” SS typewriter chipboard, some super sweet heart chipboard circles, a card foundation (I added the white stitching lines), a frame from the Freeze Frame sheet matted with the 1/16th in Perfect Mini Layers Rulera couple sticker labels and this and that word stickers.  A2 size card.



The last one!  hehe  A 4 ½ in. square card with the cute little SS Chipboard telephone sticker and word stickers.  The frame is from the SS Freeze Frame sheet, I used the 1/16th in. Perfect Mini Layers Ruler to mat it and layer it on a SS Polka square of card-stock.  I used one of the blooms from the Memory Box Sophia Bloom set in the corner.


No stamps!!! eek!  can you believe it!  I missed them while creating these though.  Paper is fun but I love my stamps!  At least I worked in some dies.  Simple Stories pattern paper, stickers and chipboard make cute and fun cards though and it was challenging for me to use pattern paper again!  I love a challenge! : )

So happy to promote Perfect Paper Crafting!  I LOVE my Perfect Layers Rulers and Mini Rulers.  The mat is awesome too!  Smooth and easy cutting every time! Be sure to use my code, Sparks5%, when you shop the PPC store.

Hop over to Simple Stories blog to see their FABULOUS work!  Comment here and there for a chance to win one of the prizes being given away at the end of the hop! Enjoy the week of inspiration!  Thanks for visiting my blog and happy creating!

Supplies I used to create these cards…


Blog Hop · cards · copics · Easter · Perfect Layers Tools · Printworks · rubber stamps · Spring · Watercolor

Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop and Printworks…


Welcome to the week long, Perfect Paper Crafting, Brand Ambassador blog hop.

  • the hop starts today, March 31st and goes through Friday, April 4th at Midnight PST
  • visit all of the participating blogs and leave a comment on every single one for a chance to win one of the prizes!
  • prizes…one $50 Gift Certificate to Perfect Paper Crafting and one $25 Gift Certificate to Sugar Pea Designs
  • the winner will be announced  Sunday, April 6th on the Perfect Paper Crafting blog

We’re posting today to show you what we created using the NEW Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Tools and the NEW Perfect Cutting Mat!  (use Sparks5% at checkout for 5% off your order)



I have a bunch of cards to show you so I better get started!  You know me… I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Perfect Layers Tools and NOW we have NEW Mini tools and an AWESOME NEW Cutting Mat!  I love this mat… it is different than other mats!  It has just the right amount of softness to it… so different than all the hard, hard, mats we’ve been using. I love how the craft knife works on it and you can hardly see any cut marks!  It’s the perfect size for card-making and so are the new mini rulers.

Fabulous products to save card makers time!  That is a BIG plus for me!  No more trimming, measuring, trimming, measuring, trimming, measuring, to get the right mat size! YAY!

On my first card, I used the ⅛ inch and ¼ inch ruler and Printworks NEW Spring Release rubber stamps.  They come in CLING HERE and mounted on WOOD HERE(use the code “PAM2014” for 5% off your order total)




I was so excited at how this card turned out. I stamped in Archival Coffee stamp ink on Canson watercolor paper.  I painted in the grass and the little bit of yellow with Distress Markers, using them like watercolor.

I edged the piece with Tumbled Glass distress ink and the ink blending tool and then flicked water on it.

Here’s a close up…



Here’s the NEW sentiment I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black on the inside.  The flower is colored in with a white gel pen.




Here’s a pretty Spring card with the NEW Tulip Umbrella stamp and Spring Blessings sentiment stamp…



For this card, I used the ⅜ inch ruler to add the polka dot mat.  So easy with the new mini size ruler.  They make me happy!
Then on the inside I used another new sentiment from Printworks…stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.



I have a tip for you… did you notice the top layer of my card matches up to the card base layer in the top left corner?  This slant type card is really popular right now, so I thought, why not!  Then it was like, oh, well, I want the layers to fit together perfectly, what can I do?!   Did you guess?  I use my stamp a ma jig ALL the time!  YES!  It works perfect!  Another awesome tool!  I took a picture so you could see what I mean.  Lay the card base in the angle of the stamp a ma jig, then lay the top piece right in on top and it’s perfect.  I did use mounting squares on the image piece.




One more thing to make me very happy!  YAY!

The Tulip Umbrella is stamped with Ranger Archival Black ink on Canson 90# watercolor paper.  I wanted a similar white for the card base, so I used Strathmore Bristol card from a pad for it. I watercolored the image with Distress Markers.

***Linking up to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Anything Goes


Do I dare post another card?!  So many cute new stamps from Printworks!  Here’s a cute bunny card! I used the 1/16th inch and 3/8th inch ruler to mat the image.  Then I positioned it on the card and used the 3/8th inch ruler again for the sides.



I stamped the NEW Carrot Name Tag stamp and NEW thanks with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  The background is Tumbled Glass Distress ink applied with the ink blending tool.

Darling image and wouldn’t it be so cute for place cards at your big Easter Dinner! Just put the name where the ‘thanks’ is.  Cute!

Copics – green YG00, 13, 17;  orange YR00, 02, 04, 07, 09; bunny E40, 41,42 and R81,83,85

I have another card but I think I better save it for another day! : )  You’ve been so patient to make it clear to here in this post! eek!

Here’s the blog  hop list…

Perfect Paper Crafting & Laura Lynn 
Wendy Ramlakhan 
Pam Sparks  – you are here
Roxie Glaza 
Jenny Gropp 
Susie Moore 

Kim O’Connell
Jeanie Witmer 
Heather Hudson 
Lori Brown 
Kat Ancheta 
Dana Joy 
Kristie Maynard 
Kim Bush 
Diane Bove 
Patti Gilliam 
Cathie Rigby 
Linda McClain 
Leigh Brunton 
Nancy Baier 
Jenn Cocran 
Lezlye Lauterbach 
Faith Abigail Prado 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I always love sharing what I’ve been up to! Have a great week hopping and commenting for a chance to win! ttul!

Supplies I used on my cards today…

Blog Hop · cards · CAS · Christmas · copics · Impression Obsession · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · rubber stamps · Serendipity Stamps

Blog Hop – Perfect Paper Crafting and Serendipity Stamps…


Good morning and WELCOME to the first day of the week long Perfect Paper Crafting with Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!  So excited to be blogging with this wonderful group of stampers!

If you’ve come from Marybeth’s Blog, you are in the right place.

You will want to hop and comment on all the blogs… AWESOME PRIZES… I mean AWESOME!
Perfect Paper Crafting and Serendipity Stamps are both giving away a $50 Gift Certificate
Two winners will be chosen randomly from the people that have commented on all the blogs!
Winners will be announced on the PPC and Serendipity blogs on March 17th.


My first card for the hop is a window card…cut a circle from an A-2 top folding card, die cut the Serendipity Ornament die…lovin’ this die! Poked a couple holes for the twine bow, die cut some pine branches, glued them on and there you have it!  It was hard for me to leave it without a sentiment, but I’ll figure something out! lol


Up close…that is dark brown card-stock in the background…helped it show up for the photos.

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On this card I used the Ornament Stamp and Die set from Serendipity Stamps.  I heat embossed the ornament stamp, twice on the background, then die cut the ornament die, heat embossed it and using mounting squares, adhered it to the card front.  I used black pigment ink to ink up the ornament stamp all three times and Judikins Egyptian Gold embossing powder.  I used the Stamp a ma jig for positioning.

The ornament stamps beautifully and the ornament die cuts perfectly!

Here’s a close up…


I used my Perfect Layers Rulers to mat the image panel and the base of the card.  I love how perfect and elegant the 1/16th inch ruler cuts the mats.  I’m lovin’ the new shorter rulers and the cutting mat… both are AWESOME and I’m telling you true!  : )

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I was in the mood to color, so I cut the ornament die from white card-stock so I could color it with Copics!  I wanted to use my Wink of Stella Red and Silver Brush pens too!  It’s Christmas…bring on the sparkle!


Then I needed some greenery to hang the ornament!  poppystamps Pine Needle Border, Berry Sprig and Memory Box Ribbon Candy Border all combined to make a festive arrangement for it to hang from. Ranger Cranberry Liquid Pearls on the berries.


A festive sentiment from Serendipity Stamps, Tis the Season… stamped beautifully with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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*** Serendipity has a SPECIAL going on right now… Everything in their Easter Category is 20% off until Wednesday March 12, 2014. ***

The HOP will go through Sunday, March 16, Midnight Pacific time. Enjoy, be inspired and comment for a chance at the prizes!

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Your next stop on the HOP is Julie

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Thanks so much for stopping by and see you next time!  Working on a scene card with Serendipity Stamps and Perfect Layers tools..

Supplies I used on my cards…

Blog Hop · cards · Christmas · copics · Perfect Layers Tools

Perfect Paper Crafting and The Craft’s Meow Blog Hop…

Welcome to our hop today!  
So happy to have you hopping a long with us!  You’re gonna love the awesome prizes too!

$50 gift certificate to Perfect Paper Crafting!
$50 gift certificate to The Craft’s Meow stamps!


Comment on all the blogs for a chance to win… Monday, Nov. 18 – 6:00 am PST  through  Friday, Nov. 22 -Midnight PST.

Here’s what I made using The Craft’s Meow stamps and Perfect Paper Crafting’s Perfect Layers Rulers…


Super, super close up first today because I wanted you to see the Judikins Micro Beads I used over the Poinsettia image. There are two sizes of beads from Judikins… I used the Micro Beads but there is also a Clear Beads that is equally as fun!  I have a couple other posts using them here on my blog.  I colored with Copics, covered it with a sheet of double sided tape and applied the Micro Beads.  I love this look!  IRL it really has vintage appeal to me.


First I matted the image in black with the 1/16  inch ruler… than the red with the ¼ inch ruler and the green with the  ⅜ inch ruler.  Perfect Layers Rulers save me so much time!  Link to shop in my sidebar…be sure to use my code to save!

I love this beautiful Holiday Poinsettia clear stamp set from The Craft’s Meow!   The stamps inked up and stamped perfectly!  Always love that! and made in the USA!!!  Several sentiments in the set to choose from too.  The Craft’s Meow designers have created gorgeous cards with this set HERE.


I wish you could see this card IRL!  The Micro Beads are so pretty!  Thanks for stopping by today…

but before I go, I better give you the hop list! : )  Your next stop is Jennie Harper

Supplies I used…