Birthday · cards · CAS · Easel · Memory Box · MFT · Poppystamps · Summer

Memory Box, Simon Says Stamp and Summer!

A few weeks ago I received an email from Stephanie, the marketing director at Simon Says  She wondered if I’d make a card or two for a feature on their blog…I replied, “I’d love to”!  On went my thinking cap!



So I set to work to make a couple cards… I always love making scene cards and it was time to make an easel card again!  It’s been awhile…  I have an easel category over in the sidebar and a couple videos under the video tab under the header photo.  I used a lot of Memory Box and poppystamps dies!



Hope I’m not making you hungry! : )



oh no!  Cherries….food again! lol


Memory Box Sweet and Sour Cherries dies,  My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Stax dies and Winnie and Walter clear stamps for the sentiment.


Thank you Simon Says Stamp and Stephanie for the opportunity to be a guest designer this week! Visit the blog HERE… there’s blog candy!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Summer!  We’re enjoying some delicious Bing cherries from WA state right now!

Dies, Stamps and Supplies I used…

Blog Hop · cards · copics · Easel · Fall · Perfect Layers Tools

Perfect Paper Crafting meets Some Odd Girl Blog Hop…


Welcome to the Hop!  It’s been a hopping weekend and now it’s just moving right on to Monday!


The Perfect Paper Crafting gals and Some Odd Girl gals are hopping together!  Starting today and running through the 17th, you’ll be inspired.

You know I ‘heart’ my Perfect Layers Tools from Perfect Paper Crafting.  I used them on my Easel card today.  I used the 1/16th inch ruler to mat my inner layers and the 1/8th inch ruler to mat the outer layer.  Check them out HERE and use the code Sparks 5% when you checkout!  You will love them too!


I used images from the Some Odd Girl Fall Friends stamp set.  I know, I know… I’m really into kids in piles of leaves this year! lol  I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  My Easel card is 5 inches square when folded down for mailing. The pattern paper I used is Nightfall from American Crafts but it’s older…sorry ’bout that!

TIP: I mounted the pumpkin on a folded in half circle of card-stock and it serves as the ‘stopper’ for the front panel, holding it in place when it’s standing up.  I adhered the bottom half of the circle to the base of the card and the pumpkin is mounted to the top part of the circle.  When you fold the card down, the pumpkin just lays down flat too!



If you’re not already familiar with Some Odd Girl, you are in for a TREAT!  They offer clear and digital stamps, cut files and new accessories, and they are super cute and quirky too!  Once you see their unique style, you’ll always be able to spot them!  You should have arrived from Alexis’ blog, but in case you get lost or distracted along the way, here’s the hop order:

Some Odd Girl blog
Perfect Paper Crafting blog
Suzanne Bier
Eva Uyeunten
Alexis Kemp
Pam Sparks (you’re here)
Judy Bagwell
Wendy Ramlakhan
Jenn Cochran
Mary Pat Siehl
Katie Perry
Roxie Glaza
Kristy Dalman
Jenny Gropp
Leah l’Orange

Enjoy the hop, comment on every blog for a chance to win one of two prize packs that include one Perfect Paper Crafting Tool and one Some Odd Girl stamp set of your choice.


You have until midnight EST, Sunday  to leave comments.  The winner will be announced Monday, the 18th.

 All the best to you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies I used…

cards · Christmas · Class · Classes · Easel · Memory Box · Multi Easel · Winter

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!

cards · Christmas · Easel · Memory Box · Multi Easel · Poppystamps · Winter

Memory Box and Poppystamps dies Christmas Easel Scene…


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I’m posting over on the Memory Box blog today… NEW release Blog Blitz time!  Be sure to click over and comment on all the posts, this week and next, for chances to win!

Where to begin…I heart everything about this Scene! Fabulous dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps…Thistle, Raspberry, Water, Juniper, Licorice and Dove Gray card-stocks, all make for a charming Christmas scene!

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I created a Multi Easel, Easel card that folds down flat to mail.  It’s 5 1/2 inches square.

New dies I used…
Grand Merry Christmas 98680
Snowflake Burst 98719 (the snowflakes behind the acetate in the window)
Classic Staircase 98665
Frosted Christmas Tree 98668
Bare Sapling 98666 (behind the acetate in the window)
Festive Lights 98662
Christmas Lights Set 98650
Train Set 98710
Christmas Stockings 98727

Dies from past releases…
Graceful Chandelier 98493
Fabulous Phlox 98511 (the branch for the stair garland)
Penne Frame 98387
Poppystamps – Large Hayward Chair stamp
Poppystamps – Large Hayward Chair die
Poppystamps – Small Madison Window
Poppystamps – Plush Curtains

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Lots of pictures to share so you can get a good idea how to put this card together… I love having this style easel card sitting out for all to enjoy.  Some other posts where I share cards I’ve made like this… videos too… HERE, HERE and HERE.

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I used acetate in the window to imitate glass. I applied glue gloss  (link below) to the tree while the cut was still in the die, removed the cut and then embossed the glue areas with Judikins white diamond embossing powder.

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Easy to feel the spirit of the season (even in July) when creating with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies! This release is awesome!

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Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me through this long post!

Supplies I used to make this card…

Birthday · cards · Easel · Memory Box · Multi Easel · Poppystamps · Tutorials · Video

Memory Box Easel card and video…

So excited to share an Easel card with you today… it’s a multiple easel, Easel card!  I love working with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and papers…to really see the card well in the video, change the ‘gear’ to HD and click the full screen.  It’s so much better BIG!  : )   This was my 3rd take… the first two…well,  I got the measurements and names right but messed up with construction!  oh well…be sure to note the ‘notes’!  Hope it inspires you to use your dies… hehe

I show the construction process and tell the sizes in the video…

I LOVE the addition of the kite to this scene!   It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!


You can swing for awhile… grab a friend and go for a bike ride and even rest for awhile on the awesome park bench!


Here’s a closeup of that FUN bike!


I used all Memory Box card-stocks… Water, Dill, Granny Smith, Vanilla Bean, Licorice, Crimson and White.  So much fun!  Holler if you have any questions… I think between the video and the photos it’s pretty much self explanatory!

Linking up to some challenges…
Simon Says Stamps – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge – O is for Open

Here’s another multiple easel, Easel card I made… love it too!  HERE  and HERE is one with just one mini easel, Easel card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I love hearing from you and appreciate it so much!  I hope you’re inspired… I love to share!

Shopping links for dies and supplies…

Easel · Looking back.... · Multi Easel · Step card

Looking back @ 2012 part one…

narrowed it down to 2! lol

No Place Like Home – PrintWorks Collection stamps
Chosen as a favorite for the year @ Splitcoast Stampers  Favorites: The Best of 2012   post #121.  Thank you Loll!


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It Had to be YOU – Printworks Collection stamps


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Winter Fun! – Marianne Design


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Spring Has Sprung – CC Designs


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oops!  narrowed it down to 3!

Princess Tilda – Magnolia stamps and dies


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Memory Box Window Scene


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Marianne Design Step card
Chosen as a favorite for the year @ Splitcoast Stampers  Favorites: The Best of 2012   post #171.  Thank you Kecia!


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Love is an Adventure of the Heart – Magnolia stamps and dies


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toooooo many for this month too! : )

Hello Butterfly Tilda – Magnolia stamps and dies


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Liberty Tilda – Magnolia Stamps and dies


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Lazy Days of Summer – Magnolia stamps and dies


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Magical Mimi – Penny Black stamps


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Relax – Marianne Design


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I can see I better stop here and do another post tomorrow with the rest of the year!  yikes… this got long fast!

2011’s Top Five cards for the year

Guess I didn’t do this for 2009 and 2010… all I can say is WOW,  time sure flies when you’re stamping and blogging!  Thanks for stopping by and looking!

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Linking up to Debby’s linky favorites of the year party!

favourite five of 2012

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 Happy New Year’s Eve!  I’ll be back tomorrow with June through December.

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Scroll down for the link to Scrapping Center’s 30% off SALE… today’s the last day!

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cards · copics · Doohickey's Dies · Easel · Magnolia · Multi Easel · Perfect Layers Tools · rubber stamps · Summer · Tilda's Town

Lazy Days of Summer…

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a close up of the pond…

Lazy Days of Summer is this weeks challenge at Tilda’s Town Challenges, HERE… an easy challenge to create with when Magnolia has so many fun images to play with!   I used a ton of stamps and dies on this Easel card with Easel add-ons.

 Here‘s my video from last year when I made this card. I wish you could see it IRL!  It’s so much cuter!

The pond is adorable… EK Success small paper shaper punch fish… the water ripples and lily pads are from a Cottage Cutz die, HERE.

I used Hooked Tilda, Little Miss MuuMuu, Barbed Wire Background, Magnolia Branch, Lazy Summer Days, Picnic Quilt,  Floral Swirl Corner and Clover with Flowers, at Tilda’s Town store HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE, and HERE

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I used the Quilting Creations crimper on the kraft strip for ground… link below. Edges inked with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Hammermill Color Copy 80# Cover card-stock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.

The sky is inked in with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the ink blending tool

Mats/layers were all cut with the Perfect Layers Tools.

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I just took this picture with natural light…a little different angle…notice the little birdie on the fence wire I added in these last two photos… an EK Success puffy sticker!

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and one more!  eek!  sorry about all the pictures!

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I don’t know anything about animals but this cow is so cute and was super fun and easy to color!  I have to say I love this scene!  So fun to use stamps and dies I’ve been collecting!

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I’m entering my Hooked Tilda Easel card in the following challenges…

Tomic Challenge – Anything Goes

Just Magnolia Challenge – purple and white

Paper Crafting Journey – Color it up!

7Kids Challenge – School’s Out for Summer

Truly Scrumptious – Flower Power

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Happy weekend to you!  Tim is working on our house so I’m sure it will be messy but worth it in the end! Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate it and love hearing from you!

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Stamps and Such…

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