cards · Mother's Day · PTI · Spring

Coloring Card Set and Crochet Basket for Mother’s Day Gift…

Look at this adorable little basket!  I wanted to give my mother in law a Coloring Card Kit for Mother’s Day so I stamped a bunch of cards and ordered the Zig Brushables Markers from Hobby Lobby.  I love these brush markers…BOTH ends are brush tips!  One end is one color and the other end is another color!  So in the pack of 12 you get 24 colors!  Pretty colors too!  Win!

Oops…took a few pictures before we took this over to her house but I didn’t realize I was focusing on the bow in all of them. lol  Oh well, I think you can see the markers ok.

The little tag is from Papertrey Ink and I tied on a roll of Doodlebug Washi tape.

Here’s the cards I stamped for the kit…two of each one. Penny Black, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp images.

I die cut the felt flowers with Memory Box dies out of Taylored Expressions Felt. I used dies from 3 flower sets, Plush Gardenia, Plush Ranunculus and Plus Moda Petals. They all have holes in the center so it was easy to put the centers through the layers.

One of our daughters crocheted the basket for me following this tutorial online HERE… so cute!

I hope you all had a lovely day/weekend! Thanks for clicking over to see what I’ve been up to!

Birthday · cards · PTI · Taylored Expressions · Winter

A snow-globe kind of birthday card…


I had fun using some Papertrey Ink dies and Taylored Expressions stamps to make this card.  A Distress ink background with ink spatters…some copic coloring and fussy cutting and it was ready to put together.


A very fun shape card and the first time for me to use this stamp set!  So I’m linking up to Darnell’s NBUS challenge #10!  yay!

The challenge at Stamping Sensations Challenge blog is Animal Magic so I’m linking up there too.

The challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges blog is a card with an animal too…count me in!

Over at Jingle Belles Challenge the theme is ‘let the flakes fall where they may’  So cute!

Here’s a close up…


It could’ve easy been a shaker but I like it a lot this way too!  Just making paper snow this year!  I think the snow is all going north of us. hehe  Sorry northerners!

Thanks for stopping by!  ‘preciate it and no I won’t ask you to go count how many snow-globe stamps and dies you own already. #chuckle

cards · Christmas · Memory Box · PTI · Sizzix

PTI Christmas Card for stamp club


Hi everyone! Here’s the card I made for our area stamp club gals!  PTI (Papertrey Ink) had a challenge going on for assembly line card making so I had to enter. hehe



Dorothy had my name in the gift exchange and she gave me this old Santa Memory Box stamp that I wanted.  She got it last year in the club gift exchange!  It was so fun to open it and see she’d given him up for me!  One of the other things in the package was this Sizzix tree die that I used on a thanks card that I mailed to her.  Hopefully she’ll get it before she sees this! hehe  A fun time was had by all!  We missed the gals that couldn’t be there though!


Thanks for stopping by today!  See you again soon!

Avery Elle · Birthday · cards · Distress Ink coloring · PTI · Watercolor

Happy Birthday with PTI Twig Wreath…

Pam Sparks PTI Twig Wreath

Hi everyone! I needed a birthday card for stamp club yesterday afternoon so I got up determined to use some stamps and dies I hadn’t used yet! That was a decision in and of itself! lol

I settled on this Twig Wreath set from Papertrey Ink.  Watch out though if you buy it, the dies aren’t open.  So that’s a lot of time spent making templates to cut what you stamped! ugh.

I did an ink smooshed background with Fossilized Amber Distress ink on Watercolor paper. I linked to the paper section of SLS.  WOW… look at all the options Cindy has to offer!  Then stamped the images in Picked Raspberry, Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress inks.

I used mounting squares on the flowers and glued the wreath down with Mono Multi glue.  Tied on some twine.

You’ll notice the edge around the perimeter of the card.  I use an Avery Elle Rectangle die that is the exact size of the card-base… I love the finished look it gives the card. I don’t see it as still available to link to though.  THIS set from Simon Says Stamp shows the largest die is the size of a card front though.

Linking to….

Sieze the Birthday Challenge – Birthday/Anything Goes

My card won Birthday Honors!  Thank you ladies!

STB Honours Badge

Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes With Dies HLS AG with Dies Badge

Thanks for stopping by!

cards · Christmas · Hero Arts · Magnolia · Poppystamps · PTI · Reverse Confetti · rubber stamps · Tags

A little more Christmas…


Pam Sparks PTI Christmas Wishes


I really enjoyed playing with this Spruce and Sprigs set from Papertrey ink after seeing what their design team did with it. I wish I’d had more time to make more!  : )

So festive.  I used Stampin Up’s Real Red ink,  Peeled Paint and Pine Needles Distress Inks.  Then I brushed in a little Copic Sketch marker.


Pam Sparks PTI Christmas Wishes Close


So I moved on to making Gift tags…they always make me happy.  I’m trying to use up wrapping paper so I can buy new again, so I ended up with a variety of tags trying to match the wrapping paper.


Pam Sparks Christmas Tags 2015


Hero Arts Elf stamp and die set,  Merry and Bright circle tag set, Dotted Merry is a poppystamps die and Magnolia dies.


Pam Sparks HA Elf Tag


Sloppy, sketchy Copic coloring…Santa and Sleigh are from Taylored Expressions.


Pam Sparks Merry Tag


Pretty sure this Holly stamp and die is from Papertrey Ink.


Pam Sparks HA Circle tag


Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


Pam Sparks Inkadinkado gears tag


Some wood mounted stamps from Inkadinkado and the sentiment inside from MFT.  The tag is from Papertrey Ink.


Pam Sparks Brown Paper Pkgs tag


Tag from MFT and the sentiment from Stampers Anonymous.


Pam Sparks RC Santa Merry tag


More sloppy, sketchy coloring on this Reverse Confetti Santa and Rudolph.


Pam Sparks RC Santa HOHOHO tag


Pam Sparks RC deer tag ATC


I had fun making and I think the kids all enjoyed their gifts!  I know the adults did!  : )   Lots of smiles and memories.

Thanks for stopping by again!

cards · CAS · Christmas · copics · Memory Box · PTI · rubber stamps · Winter

Merry Monday, Memory Box, Make It Monday – Motif, Papertrey Ink…



Pam Sparks Deer Snowglobe 1



Almost a last minute loo-loo here…. whew! I couldn’t just not play in the Merry Monday Challenge – use a reindeer!

So here’s my cutie little Memory Box ‘reindeer’ called Happy FawnI colored him with Copics and then built a scene for him to live in.

I die cut the Circle Forest die in white cardstock, recut it with a pinpoint circle layer die to make it the right size,  mounted a couple extra trees in the snow… die cut the frame first with the Pinpoint Circle Layers die, then recut it with the Shaker Circle Frames die That way I still had the little dots, although I think I would’ve liked it just as well with just the frame cut! : )

I used one of the Snowglobe Bases  dies, cut in woodgrain cardstock.  Adhered everything to a top folded A2 card base and stamped the sentiment from Into The Words clear stamp set. The holly leaves and berries are from the Mini Holly Leaves die set.

I’ll tell you how I made the sky sometime this week in another post.



Pam Sparks Deer Snowglobe Close 1



Then I watched the Papertrey Ink Video Monday on motif building…well…I’ve been thinking about it most of the week! ugh!  I just don’t have enough of their stamps for the center motif, so being me, I used dies so I’m linking up!  I hope it counts! lol  CAS!



Pam Sparks PTI Sled Motif



Yes, we’ve got snow!  All of the dies I used are from Papertrey Ink.  I cut the word snow away from one of the dies that says Let It Snow.

In the Meadow
I think the snowflake center and flakes are from the Tinsel and Tags set, can’t remember for sure.
Christmas Cheer 



Here’s another shot…



Pam Sparks PTI Sled Motif Close




Thanks for stopping by!  Here’s some snow from Iowa for all my friends that went south or live in warm states! : ) I took this when I got up yesterday a.m. The city had already been out making all kinds of racket. grrr  They can’t just leave it pretty, they have to plow it a million times and make it look dirty.  boo.   This is one of the churches across from us…we live on a corner.  Sympathy for ppl that live on the corner please?! lol



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ttul!  TFL!


Christmas · Die Piecing · Lawn Fawn · PTI · Savvy · Tags · Taylored Expressions · Winter

A little more Christmas…


Some tags to share today…I had so much fun making these!  It was a tag happy Christmas for me!  The grandkids were over to make tags a couple times and then I made tag kits for the ones that couldn’t make it over.  A happy ‘gram’!  : )

Then I made tags for our gifts, to match the Hallmark gift wrap.

For the ladies gifts I used the Stampin Up Wondrous Wreath stamp and die sets.


PamSparksSUWreathJoyTagOnPkg copy



I used a Lawn Fawn background stamp for the stitching lines on the My Favorites Things Pierced fishtail flag die.  A Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle for the red piece behind the stamped stitched background banner.


A picture of all six together…



Using the SU sets was a bit of a challenge.  They match up but the only way I could get them good enough to suit me was using the Stamp a ma jig to stamp.  I cut the center of the wreath in the card-stock first, then stamped with the Stamp a ma jig, then die cut the outside of the wreath.  I purchase Stampin Up HERE.  Tell her ‘Pam’ sent you!




I added a little SU Real Red marker to the bow and die cut the word Joy from the die set in Gold metallic card-stock.



The tag for the guys turned out really neat too!



I used the Papertrey Ink Phrase Play #9 die, cut in white…cut a tag snowflake for each in dark blue.  (the tag back is a dark blue rectangle I cut on the paper cutter and used the corner rounder punch on the corners)

I popped out the white snowflake and pieced in the blue snowflake.  Yes, you need to put the itty bitty white pieces back in the snowflake but it’s really easy.  Put scotch tape on the back, lay the white snowflake on top of the blue and with your paper piercer push the itty bitty pieces into the holes. They will stick there because of the scotch tape. When I die cut the white, the snowflake stayed intact.  I used the heavier white card-stock, so if yours doesn’t stay together, try heavier card-stock.  Although I did have to use one piece of copy machine paper to shim it, didn’t take much at all.

I still used the white snowflake too!






The Deerhead die cut is from Savvy! I love that it’s a side view!  The twine is Lawn Trimmings from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut the word winter from dark blue card too and pieced it into the white.  Scotch tape on the back of the Winter banner, holds the letters in place.  Then I used mounting squares to put it in place on the tag.  Sure you could use scor-tape of dbl sided tape but in this case, since I’m using mounting squares, scotch tape is my new best friend! hehe

Linking up the Deerhead tag to the Showcase Your Style challenge blog – die cut

For the two youngest grandsons, I used a little bear stamp from Lawn Fawn on their tags.  The older boys got owls.  The girls tags I made with snowflakes but I didn’t get a picture of the girls. oops!




The Jingle all the way die is from Taylored Expressions.  Back in October Taylor had a stamp day here in Iowa, called Stamp Joy.  I was able to go and help with make n takes. I’m finally getting to use one of my purchases anyway! TE put on an awesome day of stamping!

The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.  The greenery is from the Magnolia, All I want for Christmas die club kit.




and a close up of the owl tag…





I used a white gel pen on the hat and a white glitter dome for the pom pom on the hat.  Cute!


A happy time with family and lots of pictures to treasure these days that go by so fast!



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If you’re a Magnolia fan Tilda’s Town has a great sale going on right now… 45% off Magnolia stamps!


Over at Simon Says, Ranger products are 25% off!!!




We have one more Christmas celebration with hubby’s family today! Back to wrapping a few things!

Thanks for stopping by today…a wonderful stamping and die cutting New Year to YOU!  I am so thankful for your friendship!


Blog Hop · cards · Christmas · PTI · Snowman · Winter

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge…Snow


Snow…sparkly, frosty, glittery snow…that’s what I was going for!  I love this Diamond Dust Vintage Glass Glitter for snowy scenes!

All the stamps and dies I used are from Papertrey Inkhere’s a link to the challenge post and and all the links if you want to hop along.  WOW…tons of inspiration!

I used the Snowglobe die set, Snowglobe sentiments, Tinsel and Tags kit and In the Meadow stamp set.


It’s really hard to get ready for Thanksgiving Dinner when there’s so many fun challenges to play in.  Are you the same way?  I’m looking forward to company and pie but…all the stamps, dies, paper and ink are always callin’ my name! haha

Here’s a close up of the glittery, frosty scene…brrrrr!  I ran it through the xyron so the adhesive would be on the front and then glittered it.





Linking my snowglobe card to the Festive Friday Challenge – inspiration photo.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and thanks for stopping by to see what I made today! Enjoy the hop!

cards · CAS · Christmas · copics · Magnolia · Paper Smooches · PTI · Tags · Tilda's Town · Winter

Tilda’s Town Magnolia card and some tags…

Sweet Christmas childhood memories… I’m sure we all had a rocking horse of some kind or other!   This cutie is one of the dies from the Magnolia DooHickeys Club Kit #2, All I Want For Christmas.   It is chock full of cuteness!  Here’s the tag I made with the Santa and border that are also part of  the kit.  Lots of dies for a great price and a little magazine full of ideas too!  OH, almost forgot!  The little lace piece is another die in the kit… see… tons more too!

I die cut the Rocking Horse die from white card-stock and colored it with Copics. The words happy and christmas are from Paper Smooches.

I made this card for Tilda’s Town Challenges this week.  We’d love to have you link up if you’re a Magnolia fan!

Each week there is a random winner, chosen by Inlinkz, for a $10 gift certificate to Tilda’s!


Tilda’s Town is a most magical shop specializing in Magnolia Stamps. Over 1,100 stamps in stock at all times. Tilda’s Town offers FREE worldwide shipping on every order, every day. You can also save up to an additional 20% on your purchase by using one of the famous coupon codes. Shop at Tilda’s and live the magic.

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Last Friday at our area stamp club meeting we swapped Christmas tags.  I made two and let the gal that got my name choose which one she wanted.

I made a bookmark style tag with Paper Smooches dies and the PTI Tinsel and Tags set and then a Snowglobe style tag with PTI Tinsel and Tags set, the Winter die and snowglobe die.







I could make tags all day! lol  So much fun with all the new stamps and dies out there!   Hope you are having a good time using your stash too or shopping to increase your stash … oh my… so much!  I’m addicted!  lol

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, stamps and dies I used…

cards · Christmas · Impression Obsession · Martha Stewart · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · Printworks · PTI · punches · rubber stamps · Savvy · Tags · Tim Holtz stamps · Washi Tape · Winter

More Christmas cards and a tag…


The minute I saw this car on Savvy’s FB page, I knew I had to have it and it needed a tree on top!  Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?!  love how the tag turned out.   Friday afternoon was our stamp clubs annual Christmas party and this was one of the things we made.

I had to hang it on my tree and take a picture too! lol  (the snow background stamps is an older background stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms, not sure if it’s available anymore or not)

Linking to…
Cuttin’ and Stampin’ Challenge – tag
Die Cuttin’ Divas – Happy Holidays


We always give each other Christmas cards.  I had plenty of cards already made but when Debby posted this card on Thursday, I immediately set to work totally inspired by  her beautiful card!!!


It’s great that vellum is coming ‘on trend’ again!  What’s old is new again… good thing because I have a stash! lol  And embossing powder too!  Just can’t throw anything away because it’ll cycle around again and you’ll love it once more!  YAY!  Perfect for Christmas and Valentines!

Linking to…
Deep Ocean Challenge – Something Old


Memory Box Trulani Wreath die,  Papertrey Ink sentiment, Hearts from a Martha Stewart big border punch and pearls.


Next up…a card designed by Annette Kerr, that we made at club.  It made it into the Splitcoast Stampers CAS Favorites thread!  Yay! thank you ladies!



Memory Box Bianca Snowflake die and Printworks Merry Christmas.  So pretty and sparkly too!  Thank you Annette!

Linking to…
Addicted to CAS Challenges – Snowflakes

Next up…a card designed by Linda Ward, that we made at club.


The Washi Tape was so much fun and the little metallic border stickers too!  Thanks Linda!

Barbara had us make the cutest elf shoe but I left mine there so I won’t have it until next meeting. : (

I could keep making Christmas cards for a few more months!!!  So many wonderful ideas out there!  Thanks everyone for stopping by and for sharing your creative spirit!  I appreciate it and it inspires me to keep creating!

Supplies I used to make these cards and tag…

cards · Christmas · PTI

October 2012 Papertrey Blog Hop…

This is my first time to participate in one of the Papertrey Ink blog hops!  I LOVE the color combos they challenged everyone with.. I hope to use some of the other combos too!

I used this one… I found the colors in card-stock and then it hit me… these are the colors of one of the Basic Grey Christmas collections from a few years ago!  I knew I had some pieces and scraps, so I dug them out and started working.   The colors matched perfectly! yea!

I used PTI Sweet Blush and Dark Chocolate card-stocks.  The Ripe Olive was a little dark, so I used a tad bit lighter green card-stock for the leaves.

The poinsettia is the PTI Year of the Flower Poinsettia set and die set.
The sentiment is from the Think Big Favorites #20 Mini Stamp Set .
I used the Tag Sale #5 Die for the ‘tails’ under the poinsettia.
I colored a bit on the poinsettias… I used RV21… I know… sounds too pink but it was better than the R11, 20 or 21..they made it too peach.

I don’t own any PTI stamp inks but the Colorbox Rose Coral and Olive Pastel Chalk inks matched great, so that’s what I stamped the poinsettias with.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Thanks for stopping by… click on the PTI links above to go the inlinkz list of other blog hop participants!

I know…two poinsettia cards this week! hehe  and I used this one week before last I think and colored it… so pretty… love poinsettias!  So I’ll cool it on poinsettias for awhile! lol

Stamps and Supplies I used…

cards · CAS · Christmas · copics · Perfect Layers Tools · Photography · PTI · Scrapping Center

CAS Merry Christmas…

Our stamp club has a card swap each month at our meeting… the second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. if you ever want to come!   Links below to the products I used.  This is the card I made to swap. Papertrey Ink Poinsettia year of the flower and die.  I used the small one out of the set, inked it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamped on PTI white select card-stock and colored it with Copic Sketch markers.  The sentiment is from the same set…inked with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Happy Day… this card made the CAS Favorites over at Splitcoast Stampers today… always an honor.  SCS is a great place to play!  Click on the logo to see the thread and other favorite CAS creations.  Thank you SCS!

I love the look of the Cuttlebug Herringbone Embossing folder…have you noticed how often the folders are being used again?!  Love that… I own so many and rarely use them… always need inspiration to use the stash!

I used my Perfect Paper Layers tools to mat the sentiment strip… they work so slick… can’t make a card without them anymore!  I use an omnigrid ruler for placement on the fold, then I can use the layers tools to cut the other three sides.  Would that be a good video for me to make???

Juliene had the program this month and here’s a photo of the card she had us make…Stampin Up stamps and supplies.

and here’s a photo Juliene took… this is the window in the room we use at the Public Library here… so glad she snapped it and shared! Friday was a lovely day!

I’m almost done! hohoho

I wanted to tell you that the Scrapping Center has 20 % off all new arrivals!  Click on this Tilda to go see and shop!  Lots of new stuff!

Thanks for stopping to see what I’ve been up to!  I love hearing from you and appreciate all your comments and love to chat.  Email me if I’ve forgotten something!

Stamps and supplies I use when I stamp…

ATC's · Christmas · copics · Distress Stains · Magnolia · PTI · punches · Quickutz · rubber stamps · Tags · Winter

An ATC and two tags…

Merry Christmas to all!  Every year I’m more amazed at how fast time goes by!  ssssshhhh I don’t want to admit it’s because I’m older and just slower! pout!

Here’s an ATC (artist trading card) I just made for a “four for four” mail swap…had fun with the  In the Meadow stamps and dies from PTI (Papertrey Ink).  The Winter Town stamp is from Hero Arts.  I used Distress stains to ink up the stamp… can’t remember which two now…ugh!   Frosted Lace stickles for the glitter.

For stamping and die cutting the sledder, here’s what I did… I die cut the sledder,  tacked it down with a little tape to my craft mat.  Used the stamp a ma jig to stamp the image on the die cut.  I tried stamping it first and then cutting but I just couldn’t get it lined up good enough to suit me that way.  The partial silhouette of the snowman is an older Stampin Up punch. The sentiment is from PTI also.

A couple gift tags…

This was for our oldest daughter, Heather.  Her birthday is Christmas Day.  The nurses had sewn up flannel stockings for the Christmas Day babies…I have photos of her as a baby in that stocking.  When this Tilda image came out,  I had to have it!  Tilda is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  Hair E30, 15, 08. 17 and 18 or 19,  can’t remember at the moment.  Skin E000, 00, 21 and cheeks diluted R20.  Green BG93, 96, Red W3, R35, 37, 39 and 59.  Fluff E40,41, 42, 43 and a white gel pen.

I stamped this Hero Arts typewriter on kraft card-stock and on natural card-stock too.  I cut out the natural and adhered it to the typewriter after I stamped the message on it with the stamp a ma jig.  The two holly leaves are an EK Success punch and the bow is an old quickutz die.

I could go on creating for Christmas for months and still have new stuff to use!  Crazy!  My favorite time of year!  What a mess I have in my stamp room! EEK!  oh well,  I’m resting up today and enjoying the Christmas tree a little bit longer!

Here’s what 1800 lights on a 9 foot Christmas tree look like at night and it didn’t tip over once this year!  yea! lol  (my photo skills don’t do it justice!)

Merry Christmas and God bless you!  I appreciate your friendship and support through this blog!  

Stamps and Such…