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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!!!


Class · Classes

Memory Box class coming up…

 Christmas Class coming up…

I’d LOVE it if you could come!

Snow Place like Home

Join me Thursday Nov. 14th, 1 to 3 p.m.

@ Craft and Hobby Connection in Ottumwa, IA

404 Church Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Wednesday – Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

call 515-965-1102 or stop in to reserve your spot!


Bring Basic Class Kit, liquid glue (Tombow Mono Multi) or glue pen, mounting squares, dbl sided tape, bone folder, adhesive eraser, tweezers, pencil, ruler, paper piercer; Optional: stylus set with mouse pad, Die Cutting machine such as Big Shot, etc.

Create 3 beautifully-detailed cards designed with snowy accents and pretty poinsettias from Memory Box! Plus, learn the mechanics to make an easel card and tips for cutting detailed dies.

Click photos to see full size…

PamSparksDeerSceneUPFront700 PamSparksManorHouseSnowClose   PamSparksGwynethPoinsettia700

Classes also available as kits… email me!

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Memory Box Precious Mittens…


A little non-traditional on the colors here but I love kraft with red and white…throw in the Memory Box color Pool and it’s a winter wonderland!

I used the NEW Sussex Globe and Precious Mittens dies… the NEW Walking in a Winter Wonderland stamp.

Red Glitter domes and small and medium pearls for a touch of bling… I love it!  Hope you do too!  (I put links below to glitter domes…I love them! used them last  year too)


*** This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in Sacramento, CA the weekend of August 3rd and 4th in the ‘Pam’s Favorites’ card class. It would be so awesome to meet you!  If you’re in the area join us for some creating fun!***  HERE is the store newsletter with all the class info…

Thanks for stopping by today!  I love hearing how much you’re loving the Memory Box dies and stamps! Thank you so much for the comments!  I love sharing what I’ve been up to!  Holler if you have any questions!

Supplies I used…

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Memory Box, Merry Christmas Winter Scene…


I just had to post something snow related to cool us off here!  It is so hot and the humidity… can you say ‘thick’?!   So thankful for A.C.!

I love all the new frosty fun Winter dies in the Merry and Bright collection! I used several for this multi easel, easel card.

Look closely and you can see the new Mini Snowmen!


Winter Cabin Landscape
Bare Sapling
Mini Snowmen
Snowflake Burst
Grand merry Christmas

Past releases…
Evergreen Landscape
Deer Trio
Leaping Deer

Raspberry, White, Vanilla Bean and Sapphire (deep blue) Memory Box card-stocks


*** This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in Sacramento, CA the weekend of August 3rd and 4th in the Winter card class. It would be so awesome to meet you!  If you’re in the area join us for some creating fun!***  HERE is the store newsletter with all the class info…

Thanks for visiting today! Thank you for all the kind words during the blog blitz!  It’s always appreciated and so encouraging!

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Memory Box Holly Holiday Frame and Scene…


Merry Christmas and to all a good night! I’m posting today on the Memory Box blog… the last day of the Merry and Bright Blog Blitz!  Be sure to click over and comment for a chance to win!

It’s been so fun to introduce this new collection from Memory Box!  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how the NEW dies and stamps look!  This is an A-6 size card.

My card today uses the NEW Holly Holiday Frame die set, Peace Script die, Holiday Hats dies, Mini Holly Leaves die, Deers in the Field stamp and “to all a good night” stamp. 

Memory Box Kraft, Cranberry and Dill note cards and card-stock…a couple red gems and it was done.  

I love the beautiful embossing on this NEW Holly Holiday Frame die… I used a dauber to add gold Delicata ink to the embossing while the die cut was still in the die.


It was fun to work up a Christmas card with a masculine feel…


A close up of the NEW Peace Script and NEW Mini Holly Leaves dies…


*** This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in Sacramento, CA the weekend of August 3rd and 4th!  It would be so awesome to meet you!  If you’re in the area join us for some creating fun!***  HERE is the store newsletter with all the class info…


Here’s the card I posted yesterday on the Memory Box Blog… more NEW dies!  The gorgeous NEW Cluster of Carnations, NEW Bells are Ringing and the NEW Winter Joy dies.


Thanks for stopping by today!   It’s been a lot of Christmas in July the last two weeks! Thanks for hanging out here with me! hehe    We’ll all be glad to have some cards done come December!

Supplies I used on my cards…

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Memory Box, Swirling Snowflakes, Manor House Scene…


I’m sharing this card on the Memory Box blog today…be sure to click over for a chance to win the NEW Swirling Snowflakes die!  Isn’t it gorgeous?!

Love the NEW sentiment stamp… snow place like home,  the NEW Silent Snowfall, the NEW Manor House die, the NEW Pine Trio Outine and the NEW Pine Trio Background too!

 *** This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in Sacramento, CA the weekend of August 3rd and 4th!  It would be so awesome to meet you!  If you’re in the area join us for some creating fun!***  HERE is the store newsletter with all the class info…


I’d take some snow right now, here in Iowa!  It was so hot and humid yesterday.  At 8 p.m. it was still 90˚! We went out to go for a bike ride but came right back in! lol

I love making scenes with Memory Box dies and stamps!  A Sapphire notecard for the card base, Dill, Vanilla Bean, Sapphire and white notecards to cut the dies from.  Someone, please makes some snow! lol   OK – I’ll settle for staying inside in the air conditioning!


Keep cool and stamp on!  yikes!  Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoying my snow! I’ll be back Friday with two posts!  This week of posting could easy be a record for me!  Never fear,  I won’t be able to keep it up! lol

Take care and thanks again!  I appreciate your comments and encouragement so much!

Supplies I used on my card today…

cards · Christmas · Class · Classes · Memory Box · Poppystamps · rubber stamps

Memory Box, Merry and Bright… NEW Gwyneth Flourish…


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The Blog Blitz for Memory Box continues this week!  Aren’t you loving the show and tell!  I look forward to checking the blog every morning and evening.

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 *** This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in Sacramento, CA the weekend of August 3rd and 4th!  It would be so awesome to meet you!  If you’re in the area join us for some creating fun!***  HERE is the store newsletter with all the class info…

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So elegant,  so lovely… the NEW Gwyneth Flourish die.  Cuts and embosses like a dream…beautiful swirls…so classy!  So much to love with this release!

I also used the Pine from the NEW Pinecone Corner die,  the 25 ornament from the NEW Advent Calendar Set and the NEW Merry Christmas Flourish stamp, all from this new release!
Combined with the beautiful Poppystamps Poinsettia die, the Virtuoso Music die and the Cherise Label die. (isn’t it cool how the ornament dangles from the label?!) I used Memory Box Thistle, Juniper, Graphite and Raspberry card-stock and Thistle Moroccan card-stock.
Thanks for stopping by … it’s  Christmas in July!  So fun to share these wonderful new dies and stamps from Memory Box with you!  LOTS more to come!

Supplies used to create this card…

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NEW Memory Box Merry and Bright…


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Another nostalgic Christmas scene that brings back memories of growing up in the city.  Oh I had fun creating this card!  When I first saw the new release I spent hours pouring over what I could do with them all!  When they got here, I had to adjust a little but in the end,  I’m so happy with everything I’ve made so far!  I hope they inspire you and add creative energy to your day!  : )

*** This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in Sacramento, CA the weekend of August 3rd and 4th!  It would be so awesome to meet you!  If you’re in the area join us for some creating fun!***  HERE is the store newsletter with all the class info…

I used a lot of dies and a new stamps too… I’ll link to them all below.  White card-stock for the card base, Memory Box Licorice, Granny Smith, Lagoon, Raspberry card-stocks, silver card-stock and Doodlebug Glitter paper for the snow and stars.

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Inside, I had to add the new Gift Bag die and the top hat from the Holiday Hats dies.  OH and that Washi Tape Stripes and have yourself a Merry little Christmas are both NEW stamps from Memory Box too!  Awesome!

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Can you tell I’m excited to share?!!! yea!  I’ll be back on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons with more cards for this class.

I sure appreciate your visits and comments!  I’m working away here and not getting back to everyone as good as I usually do but your words always bring a smile to my face and encouragement to my heart to keep working away!  ❤  Thank you!

***Click over to the Memory Box blog, HERE and comment for chances to win on the blog blitz posts! ***

Supplies I used on this card…

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Memory Box Marvelous Bridge step card…


I had fun creating this step card for one of my classes in Ottumwa, Iowa!  It’s a city with a lot of bridges and hot air balloon festivities too!  I do have a few class kits left for purchase if any of you are interested.  They come with complete instructions, die cuts for three cards and I can stamp the sentiments for you if you’d like too. I would mail priority with delivery confirmation.  Email tab is under my blog header.

The Marvelous Bridge die is so cool!  I teamed it up with the new Dancing Butterflies die, Balloon die, Puffy Clouds and the Grand Old Oak tree.  Then from Poppystamps dies, I used the Picket Fence and Grassland dies.

Memory Box Dill, Granny Smith, Water, Licorice, Vanilla Bean, Dove Gray, Kraft, Raspberry and White card-stock.  Currant Distressed Dots paper.

So glad you stopped by! Happy Memory Box creating!

p.s. tomorrow the Memory Box design team starts showing the new Fall and Christmas release over on the Outside the Box, Memory Box blog, HERE  

Supplies I used to make this card…

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Memory Box dies… Just a Note


I love this Honeyblossom Sprig die paired with the Corner Bow die, the Virtuoso Music die and the just a note sentiment stamp.  Memory Box Distress Dots and solids card-stocks die cut so easily!  A great quick and easy card to create!


I used mounting squares behind the leaves, flowers and notes for a little 3-d…

And here’s one in Currant…


Thanks for visiting today!  I appreciate it and love your comments!!!  Thank you so much!

Supplies I used to made my card…

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New Class Blog…


Hi everyone!  I wanted to tell you about a new page/blog I added to my Expressions With Heart blog. There is an option to follow there too.  I’m going to be teaching classes now and then and wanted a place to post to keep class information current.

This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in an April 18th Memory Box stamps and dies class… click on the ‘Classes’ tab under the blog header picture and it will take you to the information!

If you’re anywhere close to come… I’d LOVE to have you!  We will have FUN!  : )

Here’s a picture of the rest of the class cards…yes, we will be busy creating!


Thanks for looking!  Scroll down for the Perfect Paper Crafting and Faber Castell blog hop post…still a day to comment for a chance to win!


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