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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…

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Scrapping Center SALE and Caroling Daisy…

20% off PLUS an additional 10% off when  you use the code VETERANS!

The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your cup anymore!!!  It’s waking up to a SALE! lol   

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Meet Caroling Daisy… a new clear stamp from the Don and Daisy line by Marianne Design.  She is stamped on Hammermill 80# Color copy paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  The pattern paper is from the NEW Fancy Pants Christmas 6×6 pad.

I used the new Book die from Marianne Design and stamped a stamp from Embossing Arts on the book page.  I had to use a negative mask (I made it by stamping and cutting out what I wanted to stamp)  to stamp the image.

Martha Stewart holly branch punch and holly border punch. ok – the holly branch punch is hard to find, some places say discontinued… I found it at Blue Moon, link below… if you want it… grab it while you can!  The JOY sentiment is from Printworks Collection.

I wish I’d thought to stickle up the candle beams… there is always something I think of after the fact… this is already version 2! lol

Believe it or not,  I used the Sweet Stop Sketches sketch for my card!!! lol   I’m going to go ahead and link it up even though I had to take a detour or two! hehe

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate it! I love hearing from you and appreciate all your awesome comments and friendship!!!

Stamps and Supplies I used…

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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…

ATS · ATS Preview · cards · CC Cutters · CC Designs · Flexmarkers · Promarkers · Sugarplums

Sassy Emma…

Emma of Sugarplums fame is  back! Standing tall in the strawberry patch!  Love the sentiment too…part of the NEW Berry Logos cling stamp set.  The Strawberry die comes with the berry, the top and the blossom… so sweet!  I used the Dottie Trim Border die for the dirt.  The fence is the new die from last month… my video on how I shaped it is HERE.  The pattern paper pad is from We R Memory Keepers and the twine is from My Minds Eye.  The stitching lines stamp is from Sandylion… it’s discontinued but HERE is a picture of it, so you know what you’re looking for.

I colored Emma with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  Skin – ivory, vanilla, oatmeal, apricot and soft peach for her cheeks.  Hair – Champagne, Nutmeg and Auburn, all Flexmarkers.   Shirt and headband – Pastel Pink and Berry.  Jeans – Pastel Beige, Soft Khaki (flex) and Khaki.  Shoes – same as jeans only add Umber.

I love the dirt/Dottie Trim die cut out of the pattern paper but the fence,  not so much.  Funny how that works… ok,  not so funny when you’re all done! lol   I’ll quit looking at the picture and go eat some strawberries!

Sassy Emma, the Strawberry die and Berry Logos are all part of the May release… they’ll be in the store Thursday night at 8 p.m. CST, HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the creations by the rest of the ATS Design Team HERE.  While you’re there be sure to link up on yesterday’s preview post and today’s!

Stamps and such…

cards · CC Cutters · CC Designs · Flexmarkers · Perfect Layers Tools · Promarkers · rubber stamps · Spring · Swiss Pixies · Tutorials · Video

Umbrella Lula and how I store my thin metal dies…

For today’s card,  I used Umbrella Lula and colored her with Promarkers and Flexmarkers… scroll down to my post from yesterday for  the color information.  See that cute paper pieced umbrella?  That’s a new die and the umbrella stamp and sentiments are from the Umbrella Logos set!  Very cute!

I’m sharing a video I made quick the other day…I know… I got carried away with videos…hohoho!  I wanted to show how I keep my thin metal dies… so without further ado… here’s a 2 minute quickie!

Stamps and Such…

First link is the magnetic holder… it’s in stock now! Thanks!

CC Designs · Flexmarkers · Promarkers · Swiss Pixies · Tutorials

Coloring with Promarkers and Flexmarkers…

Today I’m coloring with Promarker and Flexmarkers colors. I’ve colored five skin tones and a variety of colors to hopefully give you an idea of how the colors look and work together.  I haven’t colored with these markers very long…I’m still learning for sure! I like them and enjoyed learning to use the chisel tip for covering larger areas and getting in tight places! 

Here’s cute Umbrella Lula showin’ her colors!


 forgot to add, I used Dusky Rose on her cheeks!

Markers and Umbrella Lula in the store, click the links below…

 Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy Coloring!

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Let a leaf be your umbrella on a rainy day…

Another month of Swiss Pixie adorable-ness!  This is beautiful Rainy Day Birgitta… sweet, sweet, sweet… keeping dry under her leaf umbrella!  Birgitta is illustrated by Christine Wooden for her stamp line CC Designs. I stamped Birgitta with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Promarkers.

I’m sure you’re dying to know about the new dies I’m showing today!!!  Well… I’m dying to tell YOU!  Aren’t they awesome?!!!  Awhile back Christine asked the Design Team gals on our forum what ideas we had for dies!  Guess what I asked for… hehe.. yep… a flower border!  I couldn’t be happier!  It’s totally charming!

The Grass border is separate from the Flower border and then there is the Fence… purely fun! I will make a video on how I shaped it for dimension. Easy, I promise and the video will be short! I stamped the fence with a woodgrain stamp… so cool and then inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink and the ink blending tool. I added some copic colored grass to the grass border die cut and some copic pink to the flowers in the flower border… I did do some paper piecing to the dies also… yep… true love… I ❤ these dies!

The Happy Spring Words and Hello sentiments are from a new for this month AmyR Stamps sentiment set called So Wordy…. cool name even and fun fonts too!  The flowers I used in the word border are from the NEW Watering Can Logos set we’ll be showing tomorrow… I know… I got a head… just a bit! hehe   I used my trusty ‘ole stamp a ma jig to do the word/flower border… no pattern paper was harmed in making of this card!  Oh,  there are two flower stamps…one solid and one outline… cool… more stamping!

The die cut clouds are CC Designs Cutters cloud dies.  I also cut one of the top one to use as a mask to make a cloud background. Following Tracy’s tutorial on the ATS blog,  HERE… only I reversed it… used blue paper and white distress stain!  I really liked it when I was done too… there is always that chance, it’ll be a bomb ‘ya know… so happy when it isn’t! hehe   Always fun to try something different anyway!

Thank you for visiting…

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zoom…speeding Laugh!


She’s cute, she’s in a hurry…there’s a sale somewhere and she’s gotta get there!!!  Hilarious coming from me… I don’t even like to shop!  well,  except for stamp stuff!   This is CC Designs New Laugh Christmas Car, part of the October release… I know,  I’m coming in at the last minute!  That is common for me! lol

The inside… two new sentiments sets for Christmas… love them. Combining the sentiments is so fun! On the outside words from the Big Christmas Wishes set. So fun… the banners are the CC Cutters Tag die, shortened! Martha Stewart holly and branch punches.  Magnolia Doohickeys new flower die.

I’m linking up to the Lily Pad Challenge blog Sketch Challenge, HERE.

The paper is Season’s Greetings 6×6 pad from Echo Park,  out of stock right now at ATS…bummer BUT the Authentique Wonder pad is back in stock!   The rick rack is an EK Success chain punch.  I colored Laugh with Promarkers and Tria markers.  The grays are Copics.  All That Scraps has Promarkers now!

hair – cinnamon, Burnt Orange and a Tria brown 0345

skin – ivory, Tria 9220, Dusky Pink, Sunkissed Pink  ( need to work on the skin combo)

dress – Pear Green, Marsh Green

car, scarf – Red, Crimson, Burgundy

bulb tip – Gold, Tan, Burnt Umber

eyes – cornflower

HO HO HO – I had fun with her!  May your Christmas preparations speed on!  Thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow starts CC Designs November Preview days!!!  I know…how do they keep coming up with more cute, cute stuff?!  I LOVE it!

See ‘ya back here and on the ATS blog tomorrow!

Stamps and Supplies I used on this card…