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Muse Challenge, Memory Box and Paper Smooches…

Pam Sparks April Showers Umbrella

Hi everybody!  yep, it’s raining here and it’s our youngest daughter’s birthday which got me to thinking about cards and the Muse Challenge that I’ve been wanting to jump in on this week!


I love Michele’s card and was inspired by her element popped up in the corner of the rectangle.  I left my rectangle kinda big cuz I didn’t want to cut off that much of the die but I kinda wish I would’ve now.  Oops, I added a layer and forgot the sentiment was on a banner. I should’ve sent myself the picture and had it up on my phone I guess.  Can’t trust my brain! lol

Pam Sparks April Showers Umbrella Close

I used some dies I haven’t used very much so that was fun.

The Umbrella is from Magnolia Sweden (I don’t see it in stock in any of the US online stores, you can probably order it directly from Magnolia Sweden though)… the scallop stitched rectangle is from My Favorite Things… the rain background and stitched rectangle are Memory Box and the boots are from Paper Smooches. I stamped the boots with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink on the mini MISTI.  I stamped and cut out a mask and inked the inside of the boots with Evergreen Bough and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.


The next card I made for stamp club here.  The theme was April Showers Bring May Flowers, so puddles with splashes just seemed like fun!  All the stamps and the die are from Paper Smooches. The stitched rectangle die is Memory Box.  The polka dot paper is My Favorite Things, the Lollipop and Cookie Monster layer and card-base are Taylored Expressions.


Pam Sparks PS Welcome Spring

and a close up … splish splash…

Pam Sparks PS Welcome Spring Close

It’s interesting to see the difference in the background colors of the photos.  The welcome Spring card pictures were from Friday a.m. when the sun was shining… the umbrella card was late afternoon today with no sun but plenty of light.

Both cards are A-2 size.

Thanks for looking at my Spring cards! I appreciate it!  Have a good week!

Here’s shopping links to what I used…

Card Sketch · cards · CAS · Christmas · Die Piecing · Memory Box · Peerless WC · rubber stamps · Taylored Expressions · Watercolor

Freshly Made Sketches #200 – A Celebration…


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I made two cards for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #200 yesterday… here’s the sketch, I turned it horizontal on both of my cards and the twist is to keep your project clean-lined and fresh!



Here’s hoping I succeeded! : )  Lots of great prizes from great sponsors for the celebration!

A close up photo of the poinsettia…





My 2nd card for the challenge…using Peerless Watercolors for the presents.




The Border die is from Taylored Expressions and the sentiment is from Winnie and Walter. At first I just thought of this border die for birthdays but I really like it for Christmas too!




and a close up photo…I did use the MISTI to stamp the merry Christmas.




Thanks for the fun challenge ladies…tons of ppl linking up, so if you have some time, check out all the inspiration over there!

Thanks again stamping friends for coming over to see what I’ve been up to!  ‘preciate it! TTUL!

Supplies I used for the cards…


Birthday · Card Sketch · cards · CAS · Christmas · Die Piecing · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · Washi Tape · WPlus9

Memory Box and WPlus9…





Christmas in July is always so fun! I have two more cards with the Memory Box Chatfords Wreath to share today.  I love how these turned out!  I threw in some teal card-stock to throw me off the traditional Christmas colors path!  But wait…keep scrolling…I hopped back on with the second card!  Another card with this wreath HERE.





I die cut the wreath two times from two different green card-stocks, kept all the pieces and just interchanged them between the two cards.

I die cut the alphabets with score tape on the wrong side of the card-stock so they’d be stickers. It works so slick!  Easy to line up when you use the smallest size banner too! JOY is cut from metallic gold card-stock.




The white just makes it pop! Some pearls and Liquid pearls and it’s time to celebrate!  or bust out singing a carol or two!  : )

I’ll link up the dies and everything I used in inlinkz below.

I’m also linking to some challenges…
Merry Monday Christmas Challenges  – Christmas card with a heart on it

Honorable Mention

ABC Christmas Challenge – O is for Off the Edge

Dies R Us Challenge – Christmas in July
Live and Love Crafts – Christmas in July
Pile it On – Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – ‘i scream for’  DIES!
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday – Die cuts
Jingle Belles Challenge – Old Fashioned Christmas 
(my card has a retro feel/colors)


Next I have a birthday card I made for the WPlus9 Challenge and the CAS-ology Challenge…




I used the sketch from the Get Sketchy Challenge at WPlus9HERE


the challenge over at CAS-ology is Line – HERE


the challenge at Addicted To Stamps is CAS – HERE

I cut a quarter panel with the WPlus9 banner long die… it was the perfect amount of space I wanted for the ‘gap’ and an easy way to get a perfect gap! I lined each side with Washi Tape.  Stamped the Blanket Stitch flowers with chalk inks, the sentiments with Versafine black and all with the MISTI.

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy, creative weekend to you!

Supplies I used on my cards…

Birthday · Card Sketch · cards · Chameleon Markers · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · Printworks · rubber stamps · Watercolor

Printworks and Perfect Paper Crafting…


I have a Father’s Day card over on the Perfect Paper Crafting blog today!

Click over, it’s a super fun one!


Then a couple whimsical birthday cards using Printworks Birthday stamps… a couple from the new Birthday release HERE … super cute cupcake and cake stand!




I colored with Chameleon Pens and embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.

The scallop border is an EK Success border punch and the pattern paper is from Printworks.

I stamped this fun sentiment on the inside… G4338-R Hope Your Birthday CLING




Linking my cupcake card up to the Retro Sketches Challenge





Here’s the new Stacked Happy Birthday stamp… I did a watercolor background with Peerless watercolors, added some white, gold and silver spatters and white embossed the sentiment on black card-stock and die cut it with an Avery Elle label die.

I die cut the background piece with Memory Box Stitched Square Layers Set, layered to black card-stock and cut the 1/8th inch border with my Perfect Layers Tools 1/8th in. ruler. Link in the sidebar…use my coupon code for PPC and Printworks!!!

Finishing touch on the front – 3 Doodlebug Sprinkles!


I stamped these fun sentiments inside… E4544 Let Your Light and D4548 As You Glow





Thanks for stopping by today!  It’s raining here… a good day to work on cards! ttul!

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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!


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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!  : )