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poppystamps Winter Porch Pop Up Easel Card…

Welcome to my paper house home today!  See all the sparkly Christmas trees on display!

I had so much fun creating this home with this new poppy die set, Winter Porch Pop Up Easel Set!

Just die cut all the pieces in the colors you want and layer them up.  I used mounting tape for the top layer because I wanted the trees behind the windows. The trees are the new poppy Evergreen Trio die cut in glitter cardstock.

I used the new poppy Snowy Merry Christmas cut in Green cardstock and embossed the snow with white powder. I used a Versamark pen to get the powder to stick to the snow.  The door knob is a tiny brad but it could be a small enamel dot, gem or make your own with black Nuvo drops.

This is one time I liked the embossing powder static! lol  I melted the first time, then while it was hot, stuck it back in the powder for a second and third time to get a deeper snow pile.

The card folds down to fit in an envelope.  It is A2 size but I will use a larger size envelope to mail and have it hand cancelled.

The card folded up but standing for the photo.

Did you notice the new Memory Box Vintage Sled die?  Pretty cool… separate die to cut the slats and steering wood!

For the porch and sled holly and berries, I used the clipped ends of die cuts from the Memory Box Holly Double Arch die set. Fairy Sugar on the roof snow.

Here it is flat, ready to go in the envelope.  Oh, the snow on the bottom of the siding is from the snow die in the Winter House Pop Up Easel Set. I used the roof line and trimmed it down.

I wish I could run across the street and show you this card in real life!  Something the receiver will treasure I’m sure.  I know I would if someone sent it to me!  So have fun making these and sharing your love of papercrafting!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Holler if you have any questions and share your cards with me too!

Here’s what I used to make this Easel card… 

Poppystamps – 2397 Winter Porch Pop…
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Poppystamps – 2387 Snowy Merry…
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Poppystamps – 2390 Evergreen Trio…
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Memory Box – 94495 Vintage Sled craft…
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Memory Box – 94307 Holly Double Arch…
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Poppystamps – 2394 Winter House Pop…
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American Crafts Glitter Cardstock -…
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Memory Box – GP1004 Frosted Glitter Pad
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Memory Box – GP1005 Holiday Glitter Pad
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Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black
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Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Red Berry
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Memory Box DEWDROP Fairy Sugar…
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Cement Gray Prestige Card Stock
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Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and…
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Sizzix – Extended Magnetic Platform…
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Sizzix – Cutting Pad – Bigz XL – 1…
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Sizzix – Big Shot Accessory – Tool…
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
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All Occasion · cards · Christmas · Die Piecing · Easel · Memory Box · Poppystamps · Shape Cards · Winter

poppystamps Bird House Pop Up Easel Card…

Hi everyone!  Yesterday while two of our granddaughters were here making cards, I started this NEW Bird House Pop Up Easel card. After supper and this morning I had to finish it and take pictures.

In my excitement to share it, I forgot the plan!  I meant to put the new Memory Box Fairy Sugar Dewdrop on the snow! lol  I will add it to the snow and berries on my card before I send it.

I have a lot of pictures to throw in this post.  This is a super well thought out die set and goes together easily!

The only other die I used is the poppy Garden Leaves and Berries die. I die cut them in white cardstock and colored them with Copics to embellish the base sentiment.

I die cut the birdhouse piece in white cardstock and inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink to give it an old birdhouse feel.  I edged all the pieces with the same ink.  Next time I will use Gathered Twigs though, that’s what I usually use with kraft.  Vintage Photo was already out. lol

The cardinal die has embossed markings where the black piece and beak are.  I just die cut it in red, a scrap of black and a scrap of gold, then trimmed out the black and gold and glued them on.

Here it is from the front again…

Here it is from the side…

Here it is flat, ready to go in the envelope…

Here I’m showing how easily it will fit into an A2 size envelope.

A perfect gift that can be mailed with one forever stamp but treasured for years because of this easel fun fold!

I want to play with it and jazz it up some more! lol This was going to just be my prototype but I ended up carrying on and finishing it, well, except for the Fairy Sugar!  ugh. lol

I’m also thinking it will make super cute ornaments!  I’m all about Christmas tree ornaments. lol

Thanks for clicking over and holler if you have any questions!

Here’s shopping links for the dies and stamps I used…

Poppystamps – 2396 Bird House Pop Up…
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Poppystamps – 2329 Garden Leaves and…
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Memory Box – CL5245 Tidings Wreath…
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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…