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Memory Box, poppystamps Festive, Fun and Flat Christmas Cards Class…


Hi card makers! I wanted to share the pictures of the Festive, Fun and Flat Christmas Cards Class I taught at Scrapmania last Saturday afternoon. I tell ‘ya the gals are getting the hang of using my embedding technique with scor-tape!  So fun and such a neat look!  (pull down under the tab under the blog header for a video about it)

Three cards that you can embellish or leave flat for easy mailing but are still beautiful!


Merry Christmas To You Ring die embedded into an A2 size card base. On the back side it looks embossed.


Die cut layers…so pretty with Nuvo Crystal Drops Winter Blizzard to make the snowy scene look cold!  brrrrr


Here I added some dots that I made with the same Nuvo drops.  I made them on a piece of slick paper and then glued them on with Tombow Mono Multi glue. The top photo shows the card without any dots though.


This is a see through card…a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of acetate behind the front card base.


The Memory Box/poppystamps Holiday/Christmas release is exceptional again this year! More to come!

Thanks for visiting today! Enjoy the weekend! We’re having beautiful weather here in Iowa! yay!

Shopping links for the products I used…

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Taylored Expressions – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Class


Hi everyone!  Getting back in the blogging groove again. This class was Saturday morning the 22nd and we did have fun! yay! Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA is a fabulous store!  Classes all the time and new inventory all the time! I’m sure they do mail order too!

Here’s some pictures of the cards individually too.


Most of the dies I used are from the TE October Release…


I just love this sleigh and I thought using the sentiment for the chimney smoke was a brilliant idea! lol   I know Scrapmania has several of the dies in stock!


I couldn’t love this die more… ‘so you wanna build a snowman’…so cute!

I made too many class kits so if you’re interested in one…I have 4.  Shoot me an email and I’ll get you the particulars!  

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I wish there was a way for me to see what you’re all making these days!  I love Christmas.  Send me pictures or a link to where I can see them!


Products I used to make these cards…


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Taylored Expressions Bushel of Blessings and Stamp Joy!


It was so fun to get in some Copic coloring again! I used to color all the time but then… dies happened! lol

The September Release is full of beautiful and fun products for Autumn.

The Bushel of Blessings stamp set has a coordinating die set which I used here and the sentiment is from the set too.  I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Gold embossing powder. Four beautiful sentiments and three gorgeous pumpkin images in the set.

Fabulous for getting us in the Fall spirit!

I wanted to share that I will be teaching at TE’s Stamp Joy again this year! yay!  If you haven’t signed up yet…we’d LOVE to have you come!




Here’s a little blurb about my class…so festive and fun!

Get a jump on your holidays with this very merry class where you will create four charming Christmas cards. Join designer Pam Sparks for a joyful journey through the winter wonderlands she will help you craft using our bestselling holiday stamps, tools, and dies.

This class is offered during the Morning Session (9:30-11:30am) and Afternoon Session (1:30-3:30pm).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Scroll down for a step by step video on the poppystamps Hour Glass Shaker Card.

I will be teaching two card classes on October 22nd at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids too!  With the new Oct. TE release!

TTUL!  I have to go make some more cards! lol

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Memory Box and poppystamps Christmas Classics cards…


Hi everyone!  Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!  So many memories of Christmas tree lots past.  ❤  I had so much fun creating this card for class.


Hello Frosty goodness!  I love this frame with the beautiful addition of the Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve die behind the opening.


I hear you caroling! lol  Joy to the World! Everything festive about this card!

I posted all three cards from this class together because I have more to post in the days to come and time is marching on!  I have a time card coming up! hehe


Hope the cards inspire you and make you as happy as they make me!  I enjoyed teaching this class 3 times to a bunch of awesome kindred stamper/diecutters!  Thank you so much Scrapmania and Crafters Haven!

I had some kits leftover of this class and I’m down to one (sold)…if anyone is interested, hit the contact/email me tab under the blog header.  $25 for the kit and then priority postage at $6.45 ish.

Linking my cards to some challenges…

Scrapyland Challenge #49 – Anything Goes (Memory Box)

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing the Christmas spirit with me!  You know I love to share and I appreciate your comments so much!

I’ll be back soon!

The following stores have these dies and stamps in stock…

Scrapmania – awesome store in Iowa…

Crafters Haven – awesome store in Minnesota…

Be sure to shop your local stores, I’m sure they appreciate it!

Tell them Pam sent you!  hehe

Online Shopping links for the products I used on these three cards…

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Memory Box Poinsettia Candles…

Pam Sparks Poinsettia Candles

And today, the last card from the Christmas Elegance classes. Memory Box Poinsettia Candles die set on the Memory Box Modern Tile background die.

poppystamps Swirled Peace die and 3 small Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins finish it off.

Pam Sparks Christmas Elegance Class 2016

All three of the cards together…

I can’t help but think back to the days when we just had circle, heart and star punches!  WOW! The paper crafting industry has come so far! Really makes me appreciate Memory Box and all the other companies out there that provide us with so much to create with.

Linking to…

Allsorts Challenge – use at least two dies

Happy Little Stampers – anything goes with dies HLS AG with Dies Badge

yay!  my card was a winner here! Thank you ladies!hls-dies-winner


Christmas Card Challenges – anything goes  My card won for the week!  Thank you so much gals!!!weeklywinnernewgraphic


Enjoy your ‘stuff’! lol  Thanks for looking and I’ll show the other class cards next week.  Taylored Expressions release is this week! yay!

Click for the Dies and Supplies I used for today’s card…

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Memory Box, poppystamps Lavinia Snowflake and Scrollwork…

Pam Sparks Lavina Snowflake Scrollwork

Another festive card from the Christmas Elegance class today….Beautiful dies from Memory Box and poppystamps in the wonderful world of snowflake white and metallic gold.

The sentiment is from the poppystamps Christmas Greetings clear stamp set again.  Dies I used in the links below!

Linking to…

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Snowflakes HLS Christmas Challenge August 2016

My card was a winner here!  Thank you ladies!christmas-favourite-badge


djkardkreations – anything goes with NBUS Challenge (new dies & new stamp set)button aqua use this the

Crazy For Challenges – Holiday

Addicted To Stamps – Holiday

Allsorts Challenge – use at least two dies


Thanks for looking and thank you so much for the comments!  I appreciate it so much!

Dies and supplies I used to make this card…

(99213 ornament caps and hooks – can’t find a place to link to, there is a cap with the Lavinia Snowflake ornament die)

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Memory Box Let Heaven and Nature Sing Standing Deer Winter card…

Pam Sparks Standing Deer

Hi everyone!  Time to share the cards I’ve been teaching for Memory Box! This one is part of the Christmas Elegance class.

The Standing Deer Oval Frame die cut in metallic gold card-stock takes center stage in a winter wonderland created with the Forest Clearing Oval Frame die, the Country Hills Oval Frame die, the Cheery Cardinals die and poppystamps Delicate Holly Frame die. (links below)

The sentiment is from poppystamps Christmas Greetings stamp set, stamped and embossed in gold on a strip of vellum.

Linking to…

Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies HLS AG with Dies Badge

I enjoyed meeting so many kindred card-makers!  Good times!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! TTUL!

Links to the dies I used on this card…

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Memory Box and poppystamps card and class tease…

Pam Sparks Bellina Flora & Chrysanthemum Collage

A floral birthday card for you today….Memory Box Chrysanthemum Collage and poppystamps Bellina Butterfly Stem…sentiment from poppystamps Ornamental Butterflies stamp set.

I die cut the Chrysanthemum Collage in a die cut rectangle from the Memory Box Rectangle Layers die set. I thought it was a fun idea to just use a part of the collage die.

I inked the card-base where the flowers would be placed on top with Picked Raspberry Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

Pam Sparks Bellina Flora & Chrysanthemum Collage Close

I die cut poppystamps Bellina Butterfly Stem die in white and inked it to color it with Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry Distress ink and the ink blending tools.

I stamped the sentiment with the MISTI stamping tool and Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Linking to…

Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies HLS AG with Dies Badge

The finished card is a top folding A2 size.

Classes update….if you’re in the MLPS/St. Paul area of MN… I’ll be at Crafters Haven this weekend teaching four classes!  Friday night, Saturday a.m. and afternoon and Sunday a.m. There are still spots open in 3 of the classes!  I’d love to meet you!


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Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I’ll be back next week!  Catching up! lol

Take care and ttul!

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Memory Box Shabby Chic Spring class…


Scrapmania April 11 Shabby Chic Spring


Hi everyone! Just wanted to share the cards from my Shabby Chic Spring class.  I had nine awesome stampers in the a.m. class, April 11th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA and we had a great time!


Here I am giving instructions…



Ready, set, go!  machines lined up and ready!



I was so happy with these cards…Memory Box dies, pool, natural and dark brown notecards and pattern papers…so pretty!







I wish you all could’ve been there! 😀  Thank you Scrapmania for having me come!

I have a couple kits left if anyone is interested.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I’m working on some more fun stuff to share soon!

Dies, Machines and Supplies I used to make these cards…

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Memory Box Limoges Snowflake…



Here’s a frosty, freezin’ season card for you!  This is one of three cards I taught at the Scrapbooking Studio last Saturday morning.  A lot of steps to it but fun results!

I have a video HERE, that shows the embossing technique for how to do the Snowflake center.

I used…

Tiny Snowflakes Stencil

Limoges Snowflake die

Lindeman Snowflake die

Classic Lower Alphabet die set

Memory Box Lagoon and White A2 notecards

Imagine Crafts irResistable Wedding Dress spray

Imagine Crafts Silver Delicata ink pad

Imagine Crafts large dauber

The snowflake pieces are die cut from Coreindations Opulent Glitter card-stock.

Another Limoges Snowflake card HERE.

The snow is blowing here… wow… how can it be 64˚on Monday and in the 20’s a few days later! brrrrr  Makes a gal thankful for heat!

Stay warm and keep creating!

P.S.  I do have some class kits available… if you’re interested, send me an email!  THX!

Links to products I used…

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Memory Box Christmas cards…



More Christmas cards… it is the most wonderful time of the year after-all!  The cards in this post were what the gals made in the afternoon class at the Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL.  We had a great time!  (at least I hope they did) lol




Winter is coming… it feels like it today in Iowa anyway… haha.. nothing like stating the obvious!  I love creating scene cards though and Winter is a favorite for sure!



and may your holidays be merry and bright!

* I’m linking the first ‘merry’ card to some challenges…

Festive Friday Challenge – inspiration photo – My ‘merry’ card got a shout out!  Thank you FF ladies!

Shout Out

7Kids Challenge – anything goes

Addicted To Stamps Challenge – anything goes

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – anything goes

Inspiration Emporium – Happy Holidays

* I’m linking the 2nd card to some challenges…

Moxie Fab World – Tree-mendous Tree Challenge

Paper Shelter Challenge – snowflakes

Scrapyland Challenges – anything goes

Creative Card Crew Challenge – Christmas Joy

Jingle Belles Challenge – the Great Outdoors

* I’m linking the ornaments card to some challenges…

Virginia’s View Challenge – metallic

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – ornaments

Completely Christmas Challenge – #37 Anything Christmas Goes with a twist – use blue

Thanks for stopping by today!  All these stamps and dies are available online too, @ Starlitstudio. net!


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Snowy Tree and Class Photos…



Today I’m sharing a card I made with the technique I introduced in my last video, Embedded Die Cuts, HERE and the beautiful new Snowy Tree dieLove it!

I also used the Beloved Snowflakes die and placed it at the bottom of the card. When you die cut it, there are extra snowflakes!  I used the extras, dots from the waste and a piece that I cut off to create the snowy background.

The swag like snowflakes toward the top of the tree are cut from the inside of the Sparkling Tree Tile die and glued on. So instead of strings of lights… you have a few strings of snowflakes!

It was fun to put unusual colors together.  I used Memory Box White, Sage and Sky A-2 Notecards.

I used the 1/16th inch Perfect Layers Ruler to cut the white mat for the Sage layer… love these rulers!  Link in the sidebar… be sure to use the coupon code if you order!



I’m linking my Snowy Tree card to some challenges…

ABC Christmas Challenge – uncolored image

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – non-traditional colors

Addicted To Stamps Challenge – Holiday

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Anything Goes


Over on the Memory Box blog there is a Blog Blitz that started yesterday, Monday the 20th and will go through Friday. You have until 11:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 26th, to leave comments on all the posts. The winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday, October 27th. Good Luck!  

I also wanted to share some photos from two classes I taught on Sunday at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The morning class – Winter Wonderland…with 15 ladies creating the cards in the photo below.





The afternoon class – The Night Before Christmas…with 10 ladies creating the cards in the photo below.

PamSparksNight Before Christmas

(I do have two of the afternoon class kits to sell… $25 plus $5 flat rate shipping in the USA.  International we’d have to figure out)

Here’s Jo Ann working on her Fireplace card…



We had a great time!  Stacy has an awesome store and awesome customers!  Thank you so much for having me!  I’m still smiling!

I’ll be teaching two classes at The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL Nov. 8th.  For class info, scroll down on the class page HERE. We’d love to have you come!

Thanks for stopping by! Good to be back!


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The Give a way Winner and more cards…

AND… the winner is….

Lynn Gauthier!!!!

CLAP! CLAP! Congrats Lynn!!!  YAY for you!

I had Breanna pick a number between 1 and 63 and she picked 42!  Congrats Lynn!  Send me an email with your mailing information!

I tried to add names… for some reason you all didn’t put your names in for each thing, so I had to add a bunch.  Lesson learned…links must be too big a pain…stick with comments I guess!

THANK YOU Cindy from Starlitstudio!

I started posting the cards I designed and taught at the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape a week ago… eek… time gets away so fast!  HERE’S the post with the Sunflower cards and HERE’S the post from a couple weeks ago telling about the weekend and about the process of getting ready for the classes.

Today I’m posting the other three cards…


‘fore you’ – layering up dies to create a scene.  Love making scenes!  Memory Box dies and stamps and poppystamps dies.

I had the ladies cut out the golf cart in white cardstock and color the pieces with markers. Easy and so cute!



more Memory Box and poppystamps dies…the Memory Box Chic Chevron makes an appearance on the panel.  Inked with Mowed Lawn Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool.  Some spatters and sequins add to the fun of the design!

Linking up this card to the Keep it Simple Challenge – Splatters


YAY!  My Pavilia Bloom card was in the favorites at SCS on Sunday!  Thank you ladies!




I had the ladies emboss the flower just like I did in this video HERE.  Then it was inked with Dusty Concord Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool.



Another sweet Summer scene with Memory Box and poppystamps dies.  So fun to make!  I love step cards!

Linking my card to the Seize your Birthday Challenge – Summer Time

My card was a winner there too!  Thank you ladies!

STB Challenge Winner

Enjoy the Summer days!  We’re sure having some beautiful ones here in Iowa.  Love it when it’s not so hot and humid!   I hope to hop on my bike for a bit today!  : )

Thanks for visiting!  Love hearing from you and hope you enjoyed my cards today!

Dies, stamps and supplies I used to create these cards…

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Memory Box and poppystamps Sunflower Card…


I really had a lot of fun creating this card!  I LOVE the poppystamps Bountiful Sunflower die!  I used it here with the Memory Box Toulouse Background die (trimmed off the flower head), the Memory Box Honey Comb Stencil, the Memory Box Happy Birthday Combo stamp and the poppystamps Bountiful Sunflower Background die.

I inked the front of a Memory Box Jack o Lantern A2 Notecard with the Honey Comb stencil, Wild Honey Distress ink and the mini Round Ink Blending tool.



Remember this card and video?

I took the background piece and put it in the outline die, ran it through the Big Shot to emboss the detail into the background piece, that’s what I did here too… LOVE this look!

Then I inked the edges a little with Wild Honey Distress ink and the new mini Round Ink Blending Tool.

There is ONE big difference though… see it?

Instead of putting the background behind… I put it on top!

When I die cut the Bountiful Sunflower outline die in dark brown, I made sure to keep the seeds in the die and inked them with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the mini Round Ink Blending Tool.  TIP – to make sure the seeds stay in after you remove it from the die…tape them on the back side with scotch tape.

Then here is a card I made to show how you would normally think to cut this die and use it…


Only instead of lining up the background piece exactly, I decided to place it ‘off’!  I like it a lot this way!  YAY!


I inked the edges of the Memory Box Kraft A2 Notecard with Walnut Stain Distress ink, stamped the Journey Collage stamp in black and ended up with a CAS card I’m really happy with too!

New Grandson and Mama are doing great!  Thanks for stopping by!

Still time to link up to the give a way… scroll down…

Supplies I used for these cards…

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The GREAT Yosemite Stamp Escape…


 ***click the photos to see full size – they are larger than the column this time***

AND it WAS great!   I posted on the Memory Box Blog today… more pictures there.  I spent the month of April preparing card kits for 93 women.   A BIG undertaking… do you want to see some behind the scene pictures?  I hope so! Since you can’t reply… lol

It’s a BIG deal cutting and cutting and cutting.  Pieces EVERYWHERE but it’s so nice when the piles start adding up!  At times you NEVER think you will get to the 100 mark!   By the way, I do have 7 kits left if anyone is interested! : )

3 ½ trash cans of paper pieces!



200 Vercelli Outline trees and 200 Vercelli Background trees for the step card…



oh man,  I cut 300 of this Beach Sprig die!



I cut and scored 100 Center Panel Step cards by hand…



The parts for the step card…



Step card packaged up and ready to go into the kit…



Parts ready for the Golf, Fore You card…



All four cards packaged and ready to go into the kit envelope… sweet!  I wish I’d taken a picture of the huge suitcase it took to get them to California! lol



How to keep your sanity while cutting your brains out?  Audio books.  yep… I found that I love listening to them.  Good deal!

So now you know where I’ve been!  : )

It was an honor to represent Memory Box and work with 93 creative and talented stampers.  They stuck with me, pun intended, hahaha, gluing, cutting, stenciling, embossing and assembling their cards like the true stampers they are!

If you ever get near Oakhurst California, be sure to stop at the wonderful stamp store owned by Sharon Fitzgerald,  The Cat’s MeowThis was Sharon’s 14th year for the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape If it would ever work out that you could attend… DON’T miss it!

*Next week I will post the four cards I designed for them to make, the supplies and links.  Just to much to put all in one post!

Tomorrow I will be back with more cards I’ve made with the Summer 2014 release!  YAY!

Thanks for stopping by!  I love hearing from you and reading your comments!  I wish I could stamp and create with all of you too!!!