cards · Christmas · copics · Die Piecing · Penny Black · Winter · Wreath Building

Penny Black Nature’s Gifts Joyful Wreath Card…

How’s it going out there in cardmaker land?  I keep seeing the piles of Christmas stuff I want to use and trying not to panic!  I’ve been playing with this stamp set off and on, trying the pine branch in the set with my homemade wreath builder template.

I was SO excited when I landed on the placement that resulted in this! I took a picture to show you how I placed it. This is the stamp I used from a Penny Black stamp set, I’ll link it up at the bottom of my post. Isn’t that crazy! Love it! (I think I might make the wreath a smidge larger next try)

I used Lawn Fawn’s Noble Fir ink pad to ink it up each turn.  So simple!

Then I die cut the holly in white cardstock and colored it with Copics and the centers with sparkle red Nuvo drops.

I die cut the word JOYful from gold glitter card-stock and glued it flat to the card.

The white panel I stamped the wreath on is 4 ¼ inch square.  I matted it with a dark green cardstock and then onto a 4 ¾ inch red glitter cardstock square. It will fit into an A7 envelope for sure, so no extra postage. The holly is glued in the center so the leaves still are up a little but they lay completely flat.

Now to try to incorporate the pine cone from the stamp set on to a wreath!  😀

I’m linking my card to some challenges…

Penny Black and More – Traditional Christmas Colors  (my wreath, main image, is stamped)

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Winter or Christmas

Crazy 4 Challenges – It’s a Tree-mendous Time of Year  (pine branches)

As You See It Challenge  – Wreath

Stamping Sensations – Winter Sparkle (wreath is stamped)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re making festive cards or crafting away at something! Have fun!

Save with this code at Simon Says Stamp YAY225  AND there’s this promotion going on right now!  How fun is this?!  *** While Supplies Last though…

Here’s what I used to make this…

Penny Black Clear Stamps NATURE’S…
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Penny Black CHRISTMAS BOW Thin Metal…
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Penny Black JOYFUL WINTER Thin Metal…
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Nuvo Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers
[ STR | SBC ]
American Crafts Glitter Cardstock – Gold
[ STR ]
American Crafts Glitter Cardstock -…
[ STR ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS | HLM ]
Copic Sketch Markers
[ BLIC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Plus Machine -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Express Machine…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Accessory – Tool…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Pads – standard
[ STR | SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix On the Edge Cutting Pads -…
[ STR | SSS | SBC ]
Sizzix Big Shot Plus CUTTING PADS…
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Sizzix – Accessory – Cutting Pad,…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Extended Magnetic Platform…
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Sizzix – Accessory – Magnetic…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Plus – Accessory -…
[ SBC ]
Tool Basics Flush Cutters – 5 inch…
[ STR | SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Retractable Paper Piercer / Pick -…
[ STR | HLM | SSS ]
Crystal Katana – placement tool by…
[ STR | SSS ]
Hallmark Scrapbook – TEFLON BONE FOLDER
[ HLM | SSS ]
EK Success – EK Tools – Small…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 8.5 Inch…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – 12.25…
[ SBC | SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
[ STR | SBC | HLM ]
Mini MISTI – Most Incredible Stamp…
[ SBC | SSS | HLM ]
MISTI Stamping Tool – The Most…
[ SBC | SSS | HLM ]
Simon Says Accessories MISTI GRID…
[ SSS ]
[ SSS | HLM ]
We R Memory Keepers – Basic Tools -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Scor-Pal – Scor-Pal Eighths Measuring…
[ SBC ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring…
[ SSS | JGG ]
Scotch ATG – Adhesive Applicator Gun…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Scotch Adhesive Refill for Pink ATG…
[ SBC ]
Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottles 20ml…
[ STR | SSS ]
Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive – 4oz
[ STR | BLIC ]
Mono Multi Liquid Glue
[ SBC | STR | SSS | HLM | BLIC ]
adhesive pick-up square
[ STR | SBC ]
Scotch 3/4 inch Double-Sided Foam…
[ STR | SSS ]
Foam Mounting Tape – Scotch – 12.5 feet
[ STR ]
Avery Elle Stamp & Die Storage…
[ STR | SSS | HLM ]
Tonic 14×14 inch Easy Clean Craft…
[ STR | SSS ]



cards · Christmas · Memory Box · Penny Black · Poppystamps · Shopping · Sizzix · Winter

Simon Says Stamp Free Stamp set with purchase!!! and a Memory Box Hutton Wreath Card

Good Morning Cardmakers and Friends!  Some super good shopping news JUST FOR TODAY!  Spend $50 or more and get free USA shipping at Simon Says Stamp today!  Use the code SBS842

Thank you so much for clicking through my links!  I make a small percentage and it doesn’t cost you anything but it supports me and encourages me to keep blogging!  I appreciate it so much!   😀

Now for a card…this is the card I had the gals make at our yearly Stamp Club Christmas party last Friday.

Very traditional… I used two embossing folders, the 3D texture fades Lumber for the Stitched Circle under the wreath and a Richard Garay folder Lumberjack. It’s not in stock at the link I posted below but hopefully they’ll get more?!

The festive Memory Box Hutton Wreath with some gold glittery stickles on the berries…the sentiment is from Penny Black’s Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set.

The poinsettia is from Memory Box Poinsettia Blooms die set and the smallest holly dies from poppystamps Holiday Holly die set.

The banner die is from a My Favorite Things Blueprint set.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope you have a relaxing, thankful day and weekend!

[ SSS | STR ]
holiday holly
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Penny Black Clear Stamps CHRISTMAS…
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Spellbinders – Lumberjack Days…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix LUMBER 3D Texture…
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Memory Box – 94008 Hutton Wreath…
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Ranger Stickles GOLD DUST Glitter…
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Birthday · cards · copics · Memory Box · Penny Black

Penny Black Flower Cascade and Memory Box Happy Birthday Friendship Script…


Hello!!!  It’s about time I got a blog post written! Our middle daughter’s birthday was Friday and this was her birthday card… I sat down and colored for a change!

This beautiful image is from Penny Black, Flower Cascade.  I purchased it from  It’s out of stock now but Cindy has a ton of other gorgeous Penny Black stamps to stamp and color!  An amazing and I mean AMAZING Penny Black sale HERE and FABULOUS new releases HERE and HERE with great prices!  It’s out of stock at Simon Says Stamp too. ugh. Hopefully you can find it at your local stamp store if you’re fortunate to have one!

HERE’s another store with Penny Black and a sale going on right now too!

2107_slider-hobby-month-march-2017 is celebrating National Craft Month with a store-wide sale! For 3 days only, take an EXTRA 10% OFF EVERYTHING in the store. Many items are already on sale, so your final prices in the shopping cart will be 10% to 80% OFF. Use coupon CRAFTYDEAL at checkout. Coupon expires on March 8th, 2017 at midnight MST. *Only one coupon code per order. Offer excludes gift certificates.  (they have the best price on the big shot HERE – my favorite die cutting machine!)

Back to the card…hehe

I colored with Copic Sketch Markers…the pinks are RV00 and the R80s.


The Happy Birthday die is NEW from Memory Box…I love it!  So pretty.  You can find it HERE at  Cindy has the newest release in stock too!  yay!  I don’t have any of them yet but they’re neat.

Linking my birthday card to some challenges…

Penny Black and More – Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday – Birthday theme

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Scrapyland Challenge – Anything Goes with dies they sell (I used Memory Box)

Stamping Sensations – Close to Nature

Cards and More Challenge #9 – Anything Goes with Flowers

I’ve been making Easter cards for Memory Box and poppystamps and hopefully they’ll show up soon on those sites or on the QR code pkg thing.  Have you noticed that?  Download a QR reader app on your phone and when you scan the code on the envelope a sample card will come up. The Valentine ones do now anyway.  Just keep checking back.

Camera update…I’m loving it!  whew!  Such a big investment and you just have to bite the bullet and do it.  I took pictures at our family birthday party with it Saturday night and was pleased with people pictures too! Double whew! lol

It’s good to be back here sharing with you! I truly can’t believe it’s already March, can you?!  Thanks for stopping by!

cards · Christmas · copics · Penny Black

Penny Black and Day 2 of the 30 days of coloring challenge…


Hi everyone!  I tried a different card-stock for coloring today. hmmm… can you say splotchy?! grrr  Then it’s dark for taking pics here on this rainy, dreary day, but I am not defeated! lol  iPhone pictures for you today! lol

I figure in 30 days of coloring, might as well try new things while I’m at it! hehe  I am out of practice though!  I forgot to color her cheeks!


Also linking to…

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – How will you decorate your door?

Penny Black’s Mimi decorating the door is my cute image today… I just love Mimi…reminds me of my red headed Granddaughters!  Although their hair is a much prettier color than I came up with for Mimi!  I enjoyed coloring her though and maybe for tomorrow I will color a flower! lol


Penny Black word dies cut in American Crafts Glitter card-stock…

Copic colors I used…the lighter green colors on the wreath are Yg17 and 25, darker are G05 ,07, 19, the red T3, R27, 89, the door trim E43, 44, 47, the door BG72, 75 (yuk) lol  Almost forgot her hair!  YR23, E97, E08. and her face!  E000, 00, 21, 11, 13.

White gel pen for her socks, mittens, hat, cheeks and snow.

Tumbled Glass Distress ink blended background, MFT stitched and scallop rectangles and that little holly is left over from yesterday’s card.  The Purr-fect Holidays stamp and die sets from poppystamps.

I wish I had some holly bushes…next year I need to get a green thumb somehow.  I want some peony bushes, some hydrangeas and some holly bushes!  The first time in my life I’ve ever wanted bushes! lol

Thanks again for stopping by!  Hope Mimi made you smile!

THIS is BIG!  Cindy at has a lot of Penny Black on sale!  BIG SALE!  Check it out!   HERE! 

Shopping links to the products I used today…

cards · CAS · copics · Die Piecing · Easter · Penny Black · Simon Says Stamp · Spring

Penny Black Easter Bunny Mimi…

Pam Sparks PB Mimi Bunny Easter

Happy Easter weekend everyone! I have a cute card to share and then for the real reason for Easter, a video to share…they’ll both make you smile and celebrate!

Mimi is from the Mimi and Miles clear stamp set from Penny Black.  I stamped her Hammermill Color Copy Cover card-stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copic Sketch Markers.

The sentiment is from Printworks Collection and inked with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Both images were stamped with the MISTI stamping tool.

Pam Sparks PB Mimi Bunny Easter Close

I die cut the stamped panel with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies.

Very basic A2 size card but she’s so cute she stole the show and didn’t need any embellishing IMO!  lol

and here’s the video I wanted to share… super cute kids with the Easter story. This little gal is like a real life Mimi!


Thanks for the visit today!

Supplies I used to create this Mimi card…

cards · Christmas · Penny Black · rubber stamps · Watercolor · Winter

Penny Black Brush Pines…


Pam Sparks PB Brush Pines



Penny Black stamps and dies put me in a festive mood! I had fun inking up this brush art style stamp…I used the MISTI for stamping…some watercolor markers and stamp pads.  Next time I need to try the Zig Clean Color Paint markers!  I didn’t think of that ’til now!

The sentiment is embossed in gold detail powder and is from the Believe Transparent stamp set.

In this next pictures you can really see the Tim Holtz Jingle Bell brad!  I LOVE these! I did poke holes in the watercolor paper first for the prongs.  I used Canson Montval 140# this time.



Pam Sparks PB Brush Pines Bell Close



The snow is Stampendous Frantage Chunky Embossing Enamel.  Another reason why the heavy watercolor paper was better this time.  You lightly sprinkle on the chunks and heat from the underside.  Years ago we used to heat up an old electric frying pan and lay the card in it to heat UTEE.  That would be easier to keep the chunks in place for sure!  Be careful you don’t get too much… you can see I kinda did on the left pinecone.


Pam Sparks PB Brush Pines Close


A pretty stamped card…the bell brad might be a little too much for Uncle Sam’s mail machines though. ugh.

Oh the twine is one of Lawn Fawn’s, sparkle green.  love it!

I inked the edges with Broken China Distress ink and the ink blending tool.


Sharing my card on the following challenge blogs…
Penny Black and More – Anything Christmas
Craft Stamper Magazine – Take a Stamp/Anything Goes
Stamp Ink Paper Challenge – CAS Christmas
Addicted To Stamps – Clean and Simple
Stamping Sensations – Festive Flowers and Foliage


THANKS for stopping by again!  I am so excited to ‘make’ Christmas! I’m hoping to post a lot cuz I love to share and  I miss hearing from you if I don’t post! lol Enjoy the pretty weekend!


Shopping links to what I used on this card…

cards · copics · Penny Black · rubber stamps · Simon Says Stamp · Winter

Penny Black Twinkle & Wish and Believe Clear stamps…





This cute little red haired gal, Mimi has a gift for someone special!  It’s hard to see the sentiment but it says BELIEVE in the magic of the season. I white embossed it on a strip of vellum.






I inked a piece of watercolor paper with Broken China Distress ink with the mini ink blending tool, then spritzed with water, dried it with the heat tool and then I used the NEW Tim Holtz Splatter Tool with white Distress Paint!  Cindy at has them in stock!  It worked slick!






I colored Mimi with Copic Sketch markers…

face: E000, 00, 11
Cheeks: diluted R20, R11
Hair: Y21, E97, E08, E18
Green: YG05, 17
Red: R46, 89
Gray: W’s
Bluegreen: BG11, 13, 15, 18


Sharing my Mimi card on these challenge blogs…
Penny Black and More – Anything Christmas
Sweet Sunday SketchIMG_6641

Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes


This week has been so beautiful here…the last of the trees are turning colors and the temps have been wonderful!  I have been up to my eyeballs in working on a new computer!  I won!  I conquered! lol  But oh the time it takes. ugh!

I could hardly wait to make a card but then I didn’t feel good yesterday! Yes, I whined about it.  Thankful I feel better today!  YAY!


Thanks for stopping by today! So happy to be posting again! I’ll get the book winner in the TE post on Thursday!  Finally!  I know…. time just gets by me! lol


Here’s the stamps and stuff I used for this Mimi card linked below…
SSS and links are affiliate.  Thank you!


Birthday · cards · CAS · Lawn Fawn · Memory Box · Paper Smooches · Penny Black · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · Printworks · rubber stamps · Watercolor

Birthday Cards…


How’d it get to be August already?!  Here’s some of the birthday cards I made in July…




An older Penny Black stamp, watercolored with the Zig Clean Color Brush Pens HERE… love them! (Free shipping coupon code for August w/$80 order – AUG888)

Linking my kitty card to the Seize the Birthday Challenge – topping option embossing.




So much personality in these images!  Next up an older Penny Black Frog stamp…done up the same way.




Just makes you smile! I matted all the cards with the Perfect Layers Tools… link over in the sidebar.

On the inside of both of these cards with balloons, I stamped the Printworks sentiment E2628 E.E. Cummings – it says “and up with joy and up with laughing”.







So cute!  I would never touch one in real life! lol


A Flower card with Paper Smooches Flower stamp, vase die HERE and Printworks sentiments on the front and inside…




You can find this woodgrain cardstock at HERE.  They have it in three colors, this dark brown, kraft and white.  Their shipping is FAST!  I just ordered metallic gold and silver on Friday and there is a box on my front porch and I think it’s from them!  YAY!

Stitched Rectangles are cut with the Lawn Fawn sets HERE and HERE.


Happy Birthday stamp HERE




and the inside the stamp, Though Everyone HERE.





The next card is the Memory Box happy die from the Open Studio set HERE on a watercolor background I painted with Peerless Watercolors HERE.  The little birthday sentiment is from a poppystamps clear stamp set HERE.  I put water on the watercolor paper first, then painted in the colors. The panel is cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame die set HERE.




Coming this Thursday is the Taylored Expressions August Release Day.  I’ll be back with some cards then! Sneak Peeks from the TE Bakers Dozen are up on the blog starting today.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy birthday celebrating…don’t we celebrate our birthdays all year…every time we buy new stamps and dies?! haha  We try to be good! lol  Take care and ttul!




Classes · Memory Box · Penny Black · Poppystamps · Shopping



Hi everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that Cindy @ is having a crazy amazing  May Arts Ribbon sale , HERE.   I mean, deep discounts!  and she has a huge selection!




While you’re there… her selection of Memory Box and poppystamps dies and stamps is crazy amazing too!  and AWESOME prices!


She’s carrying Penny Black now also and I see some Tim Holtz and lots more!  Check it out!  Tell her Pam sent you! hehe


Hope you’re having a great week… I’ve been working on classes and will have more to share soon!


Scroll down HERE ’til you come to the IOWA heading and you’ll see the info and photos for the two upcoming classes at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA.


Thanks for stopping by!  talk to you again soon!

Christmas · copics · Penny Black · Stencils · Tags

Mixed Media Tag…


Festive and lots of techniques!  I just had to play in Loll’s Twelve Tags of Christmas!  I LOVE tags!




Getting a good photo of all these techniques was almost too much for a very amateur photographer like me!  I have a terrible time giving up though! lol  So, the top two close ups are to show the gold embossing powder on the embossing paste.


Here’s what I did…

I cut a tag with the largest MFT pierced tag die in white 110# cover card-stock

I did Loll’s pearl background technique on it next…the only thing I changed from what she does is instead of using plastic wrap, I used a plastic bag and put my hand inside it, scrunched it up a little, picked up the pearl mixative and pounced, keeping my hand clean! haha The right one anyway! lol

Next, using the ink blending tool and Gathered Twigs Distress ink pad, I inked the whole tag.

Over the top of that I placed the Tim Holtz stencil and applied white embossing paste. Cleaned it up then…

I dumped Ranger Queens Gold embossing powder over the whole tag, removed the excess and heated it with a heat tool.

I LOVE the look of the powder on the paste!

I die cut the Seasons Greetings Avery Elle die from gold metallic card-stock

I did cut the Penny Black holly die from Copic coloring card-stock.

Color the holly cut with Copic markers

Then with the matching Penny Black holly stamp, I stamped the colored die cut, after stamping off on scrap paper, with Gathered Twigs Distress ink pad.  This stamp is from several years ago and they don’t advertise that it matches but it does and looks so awesome!  Another, exclamation when finished!!!  LOVE it!

I adhered everything to the tag with mounting squares cut to fit.

I think I will hang this on my Christmas tree, that’s how happy I am with it! : )

Linking to some challenges…

Stamping with Loll – 12 tags of Christmas



Virginia’s View Challenge – all things metallic

CASology Challenge – festive

Winter Wonderland Challenge – Christmas Decorations

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Ornaments

Cute Card Thursday Challenge – Red and Green

Sweet Stampin Challenge – To Die For

Stamping Sensations – Christmas



Thanks for clicking over to my blog today!  I love to share what I’ve been up to with you.  Leave your blog link when you comment so I can come visit you too!

p.s. I still have some card kits for sale too…thank you!

Supplies I used for this tag…

cards · copics · Family · Memory Box · Paper Smooches · Penny Black · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · Promarkers · rubber stamps · Step card · Summer

Memory Box and Bildmalarna Birthday cards…


Birthday fun with a step card again…for some reason, I just kinda drift toward this fold!  See that cute little kitty?  They have a black outdoor kitty at their house… so cute just sitting there watching for Henry and the other kids!

Grandchildren… so precious.  I still remember the day we met Henry.  He was two and from Ukraine.  You know I rarely post family things because that would be a blog in itself!  Six years ago Henry was the first of four to be adopted internationally into our family.  Oh, the excitement of waiting for them to get to the waiting area of the airport!  He had to be scared!  So many people waiting to welcome him to his forever home!

Precious memories.  I’ll post one picture that I love so much… Henry meeting Grandpa Tim and granddaughter Attie in the background.  Henry hugged Tim for 5 minutes… he already sensed that he was getting an awesome grampy!  : )

Pam Sparks Henry Grandpa Attie 2008

Time moves on and he’s 8 already! Since then,  Anya came from Ukraine,  two more from Bulgaria and then you know the story….pregnant and Cedryk was born.  He just turned 2 and he loves tractors and Curious George!

So I had to use an image with a little blonde boy on a tractor!


I used Mimo on a Tractor from Bildmalarna, HERE and  colored with Promarkers and Copics. The number 2 is from an old Quickutz die set.  My Perfect Layers Mini rulers and Mat to cut the ‘perfect’ black border around the image… links below and in the sidebar.

On Henry’s card, the It’s Your Day sentiment is from an old set by Hero Arts and the sun is a medium EK Success punch.  I die cut the trees in green and in brown.  I clipped off the leaves on the brown one and glued the brown over the green then… like I did this tree in this video…

This video and card were originally posted HERE.

Linking up to some challenges…

Dies R Us – Birthday (first card)

Milk Coffee Challenge – use two die cuts or more (first card)

A Blog Named Hero – Die A Little (or a lot) – sentiment is Hero Arts (first card)

Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes

Stamp and Create – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!  It’s always so fun to share with you.  Scroll down to my Perfect Paper Crafting post and comment for a chance to win, if you haven’t already… the Crazy Dayz hop has been extended….the last day is Aug. 11th now!


Dies and Supplies I used on these cards…

cards · Memory Box · Penny Black · punches · Quickutz · rubber stamps · Sizzix · Snowman · Valentine · Winter

New Memory Box dies and a Snowman card…

Oh WOW! Have you seen the new Memory Box dies? Here’s a short video from BlueMoon Scrapbooking…at the end, you’ll see tons more and a new longer size too! Yikes… I can see it’s going to be hard to “be good” this year! HERE they are in the store.  Can’t wait to get to using some of them. I have four of the new ones so far (I had to have the pine needle border)  but I’m sure I will be tempted to get more! ; )   Free ship @ $50 for US 48 states and special International rates too!  Blue Moon has awesome customer service too!

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Here’s a snowman card I made for the Snowman swap at stamp club last Friday….inspired by different ones I’ve seen online… so cute sharing hearts!


I used a snowman Sizzix die that is discontinued… I found him on ebay last year…good luck ‘hunting’ him down!  The name on the die is just ‘Snowman’ and the item # is 656299.

The music is a Penny Black stamp HERE.  I stamped it twice.. masked the bottom and stamped the head, then stamped again on his body.  Old Hyglo heart punch and Quickutz mini Studio alphabet for the X and O.  Buttons from Lasting Impressions for paper and pattern paper is old Basic Grey Blush I think.  Button on the scarf is from  My Favorite Things Die-namics Button die HERE.  Hemp is from the Scrapping Center HERE.  Love this stuff, it’s just the right weight… comes in other colors too.   : )

I’m working on catching up with emails and comments!  I’m coming to visit you soon!  Today is Tim’s birthday and I need to make a card for the Don and Daisy blog tomorrow and then hopefully it’ll slow down and I can catch up again! woohoo!  I should be making Tim a card… ugh. oops.  I have some steak for supper! hehe

Thanks for stopping by!  ttul!

cards · Christmas · Penny Black · Perfect Layers Tools · rubber stamps · Sizzix · Tim Holtz dies

Leaping Reindeer…


The front…


the inside…

I saw Shelly’s pop up leaping reindeer card HERE and wanted to try… I didn’t succeed with the swivel yet but went ahead and finished the card just as a pop up inside.  I like it anyway…funny thing is…when I started it Monday, I thought I would make six! hahahahaha, joke was on me… just because my prototype worked! lol

It was fun to try and check out her post for today… so cool!

I used some older Basic Grey paper and Tim Holtz dies HERE.   I used a Sizzix tree die but after, I thought the Tim Holtz tree sure would’ve been cool!  The pine branch on the front is from Impression Obsession. I swiped some Delicata gold ink on the branches… oh, the scene has Gingerbread Glimmer mist on it also…hard to see.  Perfect Paper Layers tools to mat the front…link in the sidebar…

The gold berries on the front are from Marianne Design.  The stamp I used for the winter scene on the front is from Penny Black, it’s called Heaven and Earth and you’ll find it HERE and 20% off too!

I’m linking to some challenges…

Everybody Art Challenge – Christmas
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash – Winter Holiday


New arrivals at the Scrapping Center and 20% off a lot of items too!  Always love that!


AND… just noticed that has some deals too… stamps on sale and a great shipping offer!


Thanks for looking at my post today!  I know, it’s crazy busy, isn’t it!  Look what was at my house today!  My DH and his crew for a few hours making sheetrock dust!  So I’m off to vacuum to clear the air! eek! lol  So exciting to make progress on the house though! yea!



Card Sketch · cards · Christmas · copics · MFT · Penny Black · Perfect Layers Tools · Quickutz · rubber stamps · Spellbinders dies

Guest for Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge…

It’s sooooo fun to play in challenges here and there… awhile back I won a guest designer position on the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenges blog with my Hay Rides Kiddos card!!!  YEA!  You can see it HERE.   Love Karen’s sketches!

Thanks Karen for the sweet sketches and the invitation to join the challenge this time!

Here’s the sketch I used today…

Here’s a list of the Sweet Sunday Sketch designers… click to see their fabulous takes on the sketch!


I had to mirror image the sketch so the Penny Black Mimi image would fit between the houses in the October Afternoon pattern paper from a few years ago.   I will always love this house paper!   I’ll be so sad when the last piece is used up… it’s timeless!  The dot and the poinsettia are from the same collection.

The sentiment stamp I used is from a clear set by PaperTrey Ink, called Stylish Sentiments: Holiday.  It was new last year I think.  I stamped it with Colorbox Dark Brown Chalk ink.

Mimi is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers. I used W3 under the reds, R24, E07 and R59.  Her coat started out with BG10…had to add other BG colors and then use some W1 gray to get it to match the paper.  I edged the papers with Antique Linen Distress ink and the Ink Blending tool.  I used my Perfect Layers Tools for Perfect mats… love, love the 1/16th inch ruler!  For this card I used 1/16th and 3/16ths.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Click over to the Sweet Sketches Challenge and play along!  ttul!

Stamps and supplies I used to make this card… (I couldn’t find the same flower punch I used to link up to, so I linked to another that I also thought about using)

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Mimi and Friend for Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge…

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It’s YOUR Day!  A cheerful friend is like a sunny day which spreads it’s brightness all around.

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SSPC #5  – Color challenge… use blue, tan and yellow with your pixie/sprite/fairy stamp!  I used Mimi and Friend from Penny Black,  colored with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  Memory Box Honeyblossom die and AmyR Stamps Oh So Beachy Sentiment set.  October Afternoon pattern paper and a SU stamp to go around the edge of the image.  I think the name of the set is Tiny tags.  I went with kraft for the “tan” in the color scheme. Layers are all cut with the Perfect Layers Tools… even the card base. I scored and folded an 8.5 x 11 piece of kraft card-stock in half…then I held my ruler on the fold at 1/4 in.  and placed the image rectangle right up to it, stuck it down… then used the 1/4 in. Perfect Layers Tool to cut the sides and bottom at 1/4 in. for perfect spacing!  love these tools!

Click over to see the fabulous creations by the SSPC team, HERE!  Check out the totally charming prize too!  We’d love to have you play a long! All the details are on the SSPC blog.

The marker colors I used…

hair – FM buttercup, PM burnt orange and FM Firebrick
skin – FM blush, PM oatmeal, PM apricot and PM soft peach for cheeks
dress – PM Pastel Blue, PM Denim Blue, PM Midnight Blue
wings – FM buttercup, PM tulip yellow

hair –  PM ivory, FM buttercup, PM Tulip yellow
skin – PM ivory, PM vanilla, PM oatmeal, PM apricot and PM soft peach for cheeks
wings – PM pastel blue
dress – FM buttercup, PM Tulip yellow and FM Sunflower

Challenges I’m linking to….

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Blog – Summertime
Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog – Card for something special
Let’s Ink It UP Challenge Blog – All Girl
Penny Black Allsorts Challenge Blog – Summer Blooms 

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Stamps and Such…