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Little Boy Birthday Card and Some Valentine ATCs…

Family Birthday time Sunday afternoon!  This is our youngest grandson Charles. hehe. He doesn’t like his picture taken any better than Grandma does!

He loves playing in his kinetic dirt with this big machinery so I had to make a fitting birthday card for him. So cute!

I tore and inked (Gathered Twigs Distress ink) some kraft cardstock for the hills.  I sponged the clouds with Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink and a cloud stencil, it’s an old one, I think from Rosie’s Roadshow stamp co.

The panel is ATC size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  I matted it with black cardstock and stamped the Happy Birthday in the MISTI with Ranger Archival Black ink.

Loads of Love is from a Taylored Expressions stamp set, stamped in the MISTI with Ranger Archival Black ink also.

I used two Memory Box dies, one is still available, the Mighty Dump Truck.  The Little Dozer die is from 2016 and is now discontinued.  For some reason I ordered 3 of that die! ugh.  So I have one to sell if someone wants it $4. (EDA – SOLD)  Email me at the contact tab under the blog title at the top of the page. I can send it in a 5×7 envelope for one postage stamp I bet, unless you want tracking. Dump truck, links below.

We had a super fun party. Youngest and Oldest grandson’s birthdays and Valentines!  I’ll be back with oldest’s card another day.

Linking my birthday card to some challenges…

Seize the Birthday – anything goes

Addicted To Stamps and More – anything goes

HLS March CAS Challenge – special day

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – create a scene

Here’s some of the ATCs I made and gave to the grands for Valentines…

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share what I’ve been up to! 😀

Shopping links to what I used to make these cards…

Memory Box die – Mighty Dump Truck
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Mini Ink Blending Tool *new* – 2…
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Mini Ink Blending Foam Refills – pkg…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black; Ranger
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Lawn Fawn – Stamp Shammy
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Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive – 4oz
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
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Foam Mounting Tape – Scotch – 12.5 feet
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Birthday · cards · CAS · copics · Impression Obsession · Memory Box · One Layer Card · rubber stamps · Snowman · Winter

Two Cards…a Birthday and a Snowman!

Hi cardmakers and friends!  It was Tim’s birthday the other day… I made him a card!  He was surprised! lol

This cute little raccoon is old, from Stampendous, the sentiment too.  I searched and didn’t find it anywhere but I thought it was fun enough to share and bring some smiles!

Colored with Copics on Neenah 110# Solar White cardstock.


Then our swap at club Friday was a snowman theme.  I made this…

It’s from a clear stamp set by Impressions Obsession.  I stamped with Ranger Archival Black ink on kraft and colored it with white and blue color pencil.  A Memory Box Postage frame die and a little red heart to jazz it up. Add a heart any time you can. lol

A jolly happy soul!  May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Memory Box …it’s high time we get together!!!

Pam Sparks Postal Balloon HI

Welcome Saturday and everyone! Guess I’ll settle for this is how we’ll get together today! haha

Some time ago, I did a couple Balloon cards with inlay die cutting…when I saw a couple challenges this week, I knew, I HAD to play!  So yesterday I made this.  A happy card.

Memory Box dies, a little Doodlebug washi tape and a poppystamps sentiment!  Now this balloon is retiring but Cindy has it in stock still.  I saw there are new balloon dies though, so I’ll link to all of them in the inlinz below.

Pam Sparks Postal Balloon HI Close

Using the mini ink blending tool, I sponged Salty Ocean Distress ink on to the Stitched Square die cut… I die cut a few of the clouds in the square first, that’s why they are deeper color around the cloud.  The two clouds going off the square I die cut after I thought I was finished with the square. lol  So I had to do a little inking to get the same deeper inking effect around the clouds.  Just do it before you tape in the clouds.

I had fun making this! yay!

Linking to some challenges…

Virginia’s View Challenge – miss you, hello or friendshipPanama-322
Muse Challenge #161 – the square and inlaid die cutting

Happy Little Stampers – CASE the designer (take the design out of the box)

Curtain Call – Simplicity

And before you go… here are the inlaid balloon cards from my past…


A very happy hello to you card is in this post…


the sky’s the limit card is in this post…

Hot Air Balloons and clouds can be so much fun with clever sentiments! and good for this time of year when congrats are in order!

Thanks for ‘flying’ by today!  It was so good to see you from high up!

Links to the products I used on this card (links for the other two cards are in their posts)…

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Two more Winter Cards…


Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Season! We did!

Winter cards to share today but one is Christmas. I had good intentions of getting everything posted before but that fell through! I still want to show you though! lol

Here’s a card I made for one of our son in laws…birthday… it was late too! waaahhh  But, I love it!



Pam Sparks Sledding Winter Scene



October Afternoon Washi tape, the Under the Tree collection.

Memory Box Large Winter Sled cut three times in woodgrain, red and silver cardstocks and hemp added for the rope.

Memory Box Dashing Through the Snow for the snow hills.

Memory Box Beaded Background embossed instead of die cut in the background.



Pam Sparks Sledding Winter Scene Close



and the cute background sledding die is from Cottage Cutz.

It’s snowing here today! Frosty goodness. hehe…since I don’t have to go out in it!




A Christmas card…I saw a gal’s one layer card and I just couldn’t resist giving it a try!  Now, since I waited to post, I can’t remember who it was.  She was a winner in a challenge and now I can’t find it! If you know who it is, let me know and I’ll link to her. *sigh*  FOUND HER!  My friend Annette emailed me her name!  YAY!  HERE is Julie’s card!



Pam Sparks One Layer Santa Night Scene



Santa and the sentiment are from an old Inkadinkado set (they show it in stock at Michaels but you have to buy two! Strange. At least you can see the picture and know what to look for if you want the set.  The trees are from Embossing Arts.  Embossing Arts is owned by I Brake For Stamps now if you want to find them. I have used this stamp so many times over the years.  You can tell I was hurrying again… sloppy inking.  I didn’t send this one to anyone!  I still love it though.  It was fun!



Pam Sparks One Layer Santa Night Scene Close



I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the trees…’s snowing!  I try other stickles but I always come back to Frosted Lace.

Oh no!  I can’t remember what color Distress Ink I used! Blue Jeans and Chipped Sapphire???  I don’t know!  Maybe if we find the gal I CASed…she might’ve used the same colors!  lol


I was going to post pictures of the gift tags I made but I’m afraid this is already toooo long and I still have another card to take a picture of! HELP! lol  I’ll be back with those pictures tomorrow.


THANK YOU all for making my Christmas merry and bright!  Smiling here and so thankful!

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Printworks Collection Birthday and Christmas…


HI Everyone!  Three A2 size cards to show you today…I really have six but I’ll hold off on the other three for another post!

Do you have any Christmas birthdays coming up?  I’ve had these santa hat brads and I just had to use one!

I matted the main panel with black card-stock cut with the Perfect Layers Rulers.  Can hardly make a layered card without them!

If you’re shopping, be sure to use my coupon codes over in the sidebar for Printworks and for Perfect Paper Crafting!




and on the inside…



A masculine card with a nature twist…I used a gold Krylon pen for the gold dots… dispensed some out on the craft sheet and dotted the ink onto the card with the end of a paintbrush.  Edged the sentiment with Distress ink and then the Krylon pen.  Stamped with Printworks Ivy and Oak Brown ink pads.  I did shadow the stag with a little copic coloring.



on the inside…Printworks has the best scripture sentiments…stamped with Printworks Ivy Ink pad.



I love this one… the gold embossing and pretty Christmasy colors.  I stamped and embossed several stamps and then colored with watercolor markers – Tombow and Memento.  Tied on some twine.



then on the inside…stamped in black versafine ink.



Entering my Dear Friend card into the following challenges…

Addicted to Stamps – Make your mark

Catered Crop – Anything Goes

Penny Black and More – Anything Goes


Here’s the stamps I used on these cards…available @ Printworks – links to cling stamps but wood available also.  If the stamp isn’t on the website, add it to your order in the comments section.



So glad to have you stop by!  Can you believe this???  I didn’t use any dies!!!  Whoa! haha! Happy stamping weekend to you!

Stamps and supplies I used on these cards…


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NEW poppystamps dies, Video and Horse Country exclusive die…



Hi everyone!  Isn’t this a neat die?  love it and the fancy thanks too!  I have several things to share with you today.  I don’t mean to have long posts but it seems like it always turns out that way!

Here’s a video of the NEW poppystamps ‘poppy’ dies and Starlitstudio’s exclusive die!

Click on the gear to see in high definition… or the frame to see larger.  Sorry about the blurry ‘fancy Merry Christmas’ die.  I have not idea why! ugh.

I used the Perfect Layers Tools to cut the ⅛ inch border on each side of the main panel.

Linking my first card to the Festive Friday Challenge – inspiration photo

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Here’s the Birthday Stack die again…


I used the Embedded Die Cut technique I show in a video… pull down the video tab under the blog header.

Here’s the tags I show in the video…



and the NEW Vintage Merry Christmas and Celestial Star Border.


Lots of NEW to play with!

The NEW exclusive die for is gorgeous!  Horse Country and you can make it up for all four seasons!

Holler if you have any questions… ‘preciate you stopping by. Have a creative weekend!

Supplies I used to make these cards and tags…

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Simon Says Stamp Cold Hands Warm Hearts release…




Hi everyone! Are you enjoying the beautiful days we’ve been having?  love it!  Soon enough we’ll be thinking about staying warm, here in Iowa anyway!

I made a few cards using some of the new Simon Says Stamps October Release Cold Hands Warm Heart.




Oh what fun!  Awesome stamp sets, die sets, stencils and supplies! The mug, heart and sentiment are from the Winter Warmth stamp set.  The oval the mug is sitting on is from the Dash Line Shapes stamp set.

I took a CAS approach for my three cards today and some color book therapy!  Oh, the little holly and berries with the mug is from Lawn Fawn though.




On this Brrr card… I used one of the dies from the Stitched Slopes and Hills die set to make the clothes line. I stamped the images from the Winter Warmth stamp set to appear like they are hanging. What an awesome die set!  Can’t wait to use it for landscape type scenes!




This card was ‘spotted’ on the SSS Flickr page!  yay!  Thank you SSS!




Images stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Copics I used…
green – (brr card) YG41, 45 (mug YG61,63, 67)
red – R27, 59
teal – (brr card) BG45, 49 (mug) B00, BG53, 57

Snowflakes stamped with Memento Teal ink pad

Sentiment stamped with Versafine Black

I’m linking up to some challenges…

Virginia’s View Challenges – CAS  First card is in the wrap up, HERE. YAY!  THX Virginia! AND in the Honorable Mentions!  woohoo!  Thank you so much Virginia and family!

Panama-322 - Copy - Copy - Copy

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – Anything Goes First card is an honorable addict!  YAY!  THX ladies!

honourable addict

Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes


Here’s another new die I got to play with…it’s called the Triangle Pattern Wafer die.




I die cut it twice, in white and green, then filled in the white with green to give it a tree like look.  A neat die and it cut beautifully!

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from a poppystamps Merry Christmas background die.  I cut it but left the letters in the cut.

Click over to Simon Says to see the rest of this awesome release!  Copics, stamp pads and supplies, everything you need to stamp out cold hands and warm hearts…  : )

Thank you for stopping by!  I’ll be teaching Memory Box/poppystamps classes soon… two on Oct. 19th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids and two on Nov. 8th in Moline, IL at The Scrapbooking Studio.  If you’re anywhere close… come! I’d love to meet you!  : )

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Lawn Fawn One Layer Card Challenge…



Sometimes I feel like a kid at Christmas… giddy with excitement!  I can hardly wait to share what I make! lol

If you lived across the street from me… I’d be over showing you… asking your opinion on this or that until I was done!  Well, then I’d probably be asking you if I should change this or that after the fact! ugh. lol

I had so much fun making this scene!  When I saw the Lawn Fawn Challenge was create a one layer card… I had a good idea what I wanted to do!   Here it is down to the wire but I’m getting it in before the deadline!

When our daughters were growing up we always went to a tree farm, picked out the tree and had it cut down.  Well, we didn’t keep doing that after they left home… haha.  We started going to Des Moines to a wonderful tree lot and sure enough…there is an Airstream camper there for you to go settle up and pay in.  So I had to put one in my scene!  Cute!

So here it is… the lighted Christmas tree lot!  I love it!  Silly me!



I will put links to all the sets I used below… I used Distress inks…peeled paint, tumbled glass, broken china, chipped sapphire.  I colored the camper and bunny with copics.  The silver on the camper is a metallic silver gel pen.  White embossing powder for the snowflakes and lights.  Frosted Lace stickles for the bit of sparkle.

It’s ALL one layer!  : )

Linking to…

Lawnscaping Challenge – one layer card







I won!!!!  So happy and delighted…thank you Lawnscaping team!



NBUS Challenge # 2 – Christmas

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Simon Says Stamps, Work it Wednesday Challenge





Thanks for looking! Hope my card makes you smile! ttul!

Stamps and supplies I used to make this card…