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Taylored Expressions April Release Day…

Pam Sparks Some Like it Hot 1 Thursday

Welcome to my post for Taylored Expressions April Release! Today I’m showcasing the NEW ‘Some Like it Hot’ stamp set! So many FABULOUS sentiments! Made you smile!

The NEW April release products are in the TE store right now! YAY!

I used the NEW Build a Bookmark die cut from watercolor card-stock for the base and the ‘steam’. Then the NEW Stacked Mugs die cut in black card-stock and coated with Glossy Accents. (the steam too)  The die cuts the card-stock pieces to go behind the mugs too!  I used Red Pepper and Cookie Monster TE card-stock.

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I inked the tag a lot with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, then I got the bookmark wet, threw on some Walnut Ink crystals and dried it with the heat tool.  An eyelet, ribbon and brad embellish the top. I love it!  We used to make everything brown and coffee stained, so it was fun to revisit this technique!

Here’s what I used for the bookmark…

Next up, a card…
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Another fun sentiment from this NEW stamp set! This time I embossed it with white embossing powder.  The NEW Stacked Mugs is cut from white card-stock three times and glued together.  I used the flowers from the NEW Build a Bookmark to embellish the corners of the frame.
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Here’s what I used for the card…

Such fun NEW stamp sets and die sets!  To see what the other TE designers made, click over to the TE blog and scroll through Taylor’s post and at the bottom you’ll see links to their blog posts. Always LOVE more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy creating!

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Memory Box Shabby Chic Spring class…


Scrapmania April 11 Shabby Chic Spring


Hi everyone! Just wanted to share the cards from my Shabby Chic Spring class.  I had nine awesome stampers in the a.m. class, April 11th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA and we had a great time!


Here I am giving instructions…



Ready, set, go!  machines lined up and ready!



I was so happy with these cards…Memory Box dies, pool, natural and dark brown notecards and pattern papers…so pretty!







I wish you all could’ve been there! 😀  Thank you Scrapmania for having me come!

I have a couple kits left if anyone is interested.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I’m working on some more fun stuff to share soon!

Dies, Machines and Supplies I used to make these cards…

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Memory Box…NEW stamps and dies!


Memory Box NEW die, Graceful Silhouette…a beauty!

Add some grass…a butterfly… stamps…Memory Box pattern paper…all dies cut out of Memory Box card-stock too!  It’s awesome stuff!  Ask your local stamp store to carry it!  Perfect Layers Rulers used to make the mats/layers. A little Copic coloring on the white puffy flowers…Peeled Paint Distress ink to stamp the Fresh Spring Wreath stamp over the sentiment.


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Graceful Silhouette card #2 for today!   I was going for a light, delicate look here…


I love the Corner Bow die… I clipped off the part that was extending off the card and used it to attach the tag to the stem of the Graceful Silhouette cut!  I hid the end up the leaf. Memory Box Butterfly pattern paper in the background. Perfect Layers Rulers used to make the mats/layers.

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It’s NEW STAMP Blitz week over on the Memory Box, Outside the Box blog HERE!  click over and comment for a chance to win!

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White on white with Broken China Distress Ink and Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  The image behind the window is inked with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress stain. Memory Box Butterfly pattern paper in the background…


Happy stamps and dies!

I enjoyed creating these cards to show you today!  Tomorrow I’ll be back with two more cards!   click over to my Memory Box class page,  link/tab under the blog header photo.  I’d love to have you join me for class! It’s great weather for a road trip!  : )

Thanks for stopping by!  I Love it when you visit and comment!  Thank you so much!

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Magnolia, Tilda’s Town Challenge…


It’s a little bit fussy  and isn’t Tilda fancy!  She makes me smile on this fine Spring day!  Time for a new challenge at Tilda’s Town Challenges!  You get to pick… Fussy and Fancy OR Understated and Elegant!  Take the challenge… Understated is always easier for me so I took the challenge and went for F&F this time! hehe

I’m pretty happy with the card!  Well… I’m wondering about the ribbon but NO, don’t tell me if you don’t like it! I’ve already pulled it apart once! lol

Click over to Tilda’s Town ChallengesHERE and enjoy the inspiration from the Design Team and enter the weekly challenge!  We’d love to have you!  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.

Great NEWS!  The newest ‘Once Upon A Time‘ collection is in the store now!  So CUTE!

For my card today, I used Tilda in Summer Rain, in the store HERE.

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I love this Tilda… so cute!  I stamped her on Copic x-press it card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copic Sketch markers.

Skin – E000, 00, 21 – Cheeks diluted R20 (with R00)
Hair – E50, YR31, 21, 23, E37
Dress/boots/umbrella – R20, 21, 22
Water/shadow – B0000, 000, 00

I used my Perfect Layers Tools to make the mats for the layers,  Martha Stewart border punches – birds on a line and flourish. Scroll down a couple posts for the Perfect Paper Crafts and Faber Castell blog hop…another Tilda card and you can still comment for a chance to win through today!!!

Ribbon is from May Arts… other links below… THANKS for looking!  I love hearing from you/reading your comments!  They always make my day and are very much appreciated!  Smiles and laughs… thank you!

Live & Love Crafts Challenges – Bingo, Pink, Two designer papers, pearls
Lovely hÄnglar or Magnolia – Butterflies
You, Me and Magnolia – Spring
Magnolia-licious – Spring
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes

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Memory Box…Lovely Aster


Today is my first time to post on the Memory Box blog, HERE!  Exciting and challenging!  I wanted to use the new Lovely Aster die… it’s so cool, I ♥ that the flowers and the leaves are embossed and cut out with one pass through the die cut machine!

I started my card by cutting 3 of the medium size flower and 3 of the flower center from the Lovely Aster die set.  I shaped them with an embossing stylus on a mouse pad and glued them together with Tombox Mono Multi glue.  The leaves are cut with the leaf dies from the set.

This is an A2 size card… mats are cut with the Perfect Layers Tools, even around the Sideshow Tickets die cut (I used a corner rounder punch on the corners though)… link in the sidebar and below.


I used the Flower Mound die for the teeny white flowers.  They are shaped with a stylus on a mouse pad then glued to die cut Chloe flowers.  I cut two of the  Isabella butterfly die and glued them together.  The center piece is colored with an E47 Copic Sketch marker and glued on.

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The label is one of the Pastry Label dies.  ‘Wishing you’ is from the Wishing you a happy bee-day rubber stamp. I used the next to the largest Sideshow Tickets die, matted it and used a small corner rounder punch on the corners. Do you see the embossing on the ticket die… cool!  I used Memory Box Distressed Violet, Moroccan violet, Moroccan squash and sweet corn  8.5 x 11 papers.

The bow is made with Lawn Fawn’s Trimmings.  Stitched on the sewing machine with heavyweight thread.  All the papers and pieces are edged with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress inks and the Ink Blending tool!

My card is in the favorites thread at SCS  3 times this week! Wow!  So thrilled and honored!  Thank you ladies!


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your support and friendship!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a Tilda card for Spring!


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Marianne Design Vintage Christmas…

Merry Christmas to you!  Marianne Design has some lovely vintage prints you can buy, cut and use on your creations.  So pretty! (sorry, I can’t find a place to link to them in the US)  I used some new dies too… I’ll link them all below.  Merry Christmas sentiment is from Printworks,  tags and tag sentiments from Stampin Up.  Ribbon is by May Arts.  Sewing machine stitching and then to get the thread to match the paper, I used a Copic Sketch marker, the chisel end to go over the stitching to make it match the paper better.  The paper is an older line from Cosmo Cricket,  Winter Wonderland.  I have a bunch of it… ugh… used to over buy when I liked something and now I have way too much!  So you’ll be seeing  it again… lol    I really like it but I sure can’t get the colors to show up right in the pictures!  giving up and just posting them!

Beautiful dies to work with.. cut so well… take a look and enjoy creating your Christmas cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

Dies and Such…

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Marianne Design…Passport to adventure

Silhouettes are so popular right now… I love them all so every once in awhile I have to try my hand at using them again!

I used a variety of Marianne Design products…
The travel/map papers are from Marianne’s Pretty Paper Bloc – Vintage Journey HERE
or preorder HERE
I used two dies, the Creatables die – Lord and Lady HERE or preorder HERE and the Craftables die – Lacy Rectangle and flower HERE or preorder HERE. (I cut the rectangle die down and just used the center part of it)
Stamps are from a Vintage stamp set called Journey CS0585 HERE.

I did the usual… antique linen and walnut stain distress inks on all the pieces… applied with the ink blending tool.  Perfect Layers Tools to cut the mats… the sentiment is from an old PSX travel set…. I wish they were still around!  It’s weird not to color but fun for a change too!

I’m linking to…

StampArtic  Challenge blog – make a card with dies
Delightful Sketches Challenge blog – punches and dies
Paper Pretties Challenge blog – Square card
Waste Not Wednesday Challenge blog – unused products
Word Art Wednesday Challenge blog  – encouraging/uplifting sentiment
Clear it Out Challenge blog – manly…use two pattern papers
Creative Card Crew Challenge blog – maps/newsprint/sheet music/script

Thanks for stopping by for something a little different from me! = )   ttul!

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Magnolia…Tilda’s Town Shabby Chic Challenge…

It’s Tilda’s Town Challenge day and my week to play.   The challenge is…Shabby Chic!  I love collecting stuff to do shabby chic but it’s challenging to me… coming up with a balance and yet some feeling of collage type designing too!

This is Secret Tilda… A Christmas image from the Merry Little Christmas Collection.  She’s in stock HERE!

Tilda’s Town is an awesome place to shop!  Free shipping world-wide and discounts by order amount too!  Love that!

I used a NEW Marianne Design Heart die… LOVE the dainty scallop border… more heart shapes in the set too… and a snowflake!  Check it out HERE.

Tilda is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers. I started out with her pants, colored gray T3 all over… then I colored over that with R35, then pulled in R37 and R39 for the creases. The shirt and bow I colored gray T1 on first and then did the reds the same way as the pants.

I used some pattern paper from an old collection by Cosmo Cricket called Wonderland.  Flowers by Prima… buttons from SEI…seam binding is hug snug I colored with Copic Various refills…Border die is Edwin Lace, link below.

Today’s TIP!  I machine stitched around the panels on this card.  I finished pulling the ends to the back side and taped them down… turned them over and it hit me… I didn’t change the thread color!  UGH!   White isn’t very shabby chic… so I used the brush tip of a copic marker, E51 to match this paper and just pulled it along the thread!  YEA!  Sometimes a gal has to be so creative! lol

Thanks for stopping by and hope you can play along in this week’s Shabby Chic Challenge HERE @ Tilda’s Town Challenges!

Linking up to…
Midweek Magnolias – Use two punches/dies
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel – stitching
Sweet Stamps – Stamped Background,  I stamped on the Marianne Design heart die cut with a music stamp but it’s really hard to see!
Christmas Stampin -Anything Goes

GRANDSON NEWS Flash… won’t be long and Cedryk will be coming home!  (could be in a day or two!) So thankful!  We’re shouting from the rooftops here! = )

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McGill Stylus Set (SSS|AMZ)


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Forever Young…

Distress Marker coloring!!!  I like these markers!  I stamped with Color Box Archival Dye, acid free, Wicked Black ink on Canson Manga paper (card weight) and I love it!  Calls for a video…maybe… hehe

More of the new stamps from Printworks Collection… J4287 Antique Urn, K4247 Roses, C4264  Forever Young and the hand is from the Vintage collection D1808…and then you can stamp this on the inside… E4272… = )

I used Distress Markers, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door and for the flesh on the hand, I mixed Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold and painted it on with water.   Some of the coloring I placed the marker directly on the paper and then moved it with water and some I colored the marker on a stamp a ma jig imaging sheet and then picked the color up with a wet paintbrush or I added water to it on the sheet.  I tried some other papers but this is the one I liked the best.

Course I should’ve stopped before I watercolored some vintage photo ink on the leaves… IRL, it looks fine but for some reason the camera picks what I don’t like and emphasizes it! lol  oh well,  kick the camera! lol

Check out Laura’s fabulous creations with the new Printworks stamps…. when you order, mention her blog and you’ll receive a free stamp on orders over $25!!!

HERE’S the deal… NOW through the end of May… PrintWorks would like to offer FREE shipping on orders $20 or more!  ($5 shipping on orders under $20).  Please type SPRING2012 in the comments section of your order.

***All That Scraps has some of the Distress Marker colors still in stock,  HERE

Link below to the Canson Manga Drawing Pad…. it says Fanboy… 150# drawing… this one when you click to the page… 1244-1100 Manga Drawing Pad, 20 sheets  9×12  250 gsm List $10.95  Price $6.29

Thanks for stopping by!  Always fun to hear from you and I wonder what new thing you’re trying out today! or should be trying! hehe

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Shabby Chic “style” Mother card…

Oh,  I had some die cut creating time early this a.m.!  I absolutely LOVE how the CCD Cutters Squiggles die looks for the corner under the CCD Rolling Rose die and CCD Mistletoe die!  Then I used the Curly Q border die along with my Perfect Layering Tools to make the flower paper border and sentiment panel.  The pretty CCD Butterflies dies are three layers glued together so they are a little heavier and really stand out IRL!  Another card I wish I could just run across the street to show you!  = )

I love the touch of clear rhinestones everywhere… the pattern paper is from a Crate paper 6×6 pad. I can’t find this one to link to,  so I linked to a new pad that is really neat from them.  The little flourish tab thing is from an EK Success border punch… I just used a section of it!

Thanks all for visiting my blog again…I love the stamping community I feel such a part of on the WWW!  I just saw there is a stamp convention in Ohio next weekend… anyone going?


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Beautiful Butterfly…

Had some fun creating with Marianne Designs Butterfly… I love the swirly,  dots and overall style of this one!

A Crate Paper 6×6 pad, hand stitching, rhinestones flourish, flowers, dies, punching and it’s a card!  Oh,  I punched the holes in the wings with my Japanese screw punch…

Happy Tuesday!

Tools and Supplies I used…

I couldn’t find the Crate Paper pad I used so I linked to a new one that looks wonderful too!

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NEW Wings stamp set and die…

Isn’t it so much fun to have dies to match stamps?!!!  I’m lovin’ the fun things to create with dies and stamps! Today I used one of the butterflies from CC Designs new Wings Stamp set and the CC Designs Cutter Wings die.  I stamped the butterfly, used my clear die cut template I cut with the guide holes for marking where to place the die on the stamped butterfly before you cut,  then cut!  I love this butterfly with the dots… I used my Japanese screw punch to punch the holes and wrapped the center with wax linen.

So fun to get out some other stamp sets with a butterfly theme to use too… this is the Butterfly Postage Rubber Stamp set.  The dotted line on the postcard is from a Marianne Design border clear stamp set called Don and Daisy Decorations.

I cut the red doily out of the October Afternoon Thrift Shop paper… the pattern paper for this card is all from this 8×8 paper pad.


Happy Spring wishes winging your way!  ttul!

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Silhouette Ladies…

Yesterday I had some creating fun with the new Marianne Designs Creatables dies for MarchAnja’s Rose small corner and Baby Cameo.  I knew what stamp I wanted to use… a Hero Arts wood mounted image I just picked up last weekend at Michaels (I can’t find the exact one to link to, so linking to a similar one),  so I stamped it on the Basic Grey paper added an old Hero Arts sentiment, Style is eternal and the little stamp image on the edges is from a Tattered Angels Traveler clear stamp set.  The perfume bottle one of four stamps on a B Line Designs stamp cube.

The  rose corner is so pretty… there are a few more Anja’s Roses dies in this release…a border, a centerpiece and a large corner… very pretty…

A close up of the corner…

This is the Basic Grey Granola 6×6 paper pad.  The fancy black rose is from Marianne Designs also… comes as a strip of roses and I just cut one off… love the netting that it comes on!  I couldn’t make out the detail of it in my card photos so I took an up close photo and really lightened it. Might have to move your screen to see it… they’re pretty.  

Yes,  I used the Perfect Layers Rulers!  I thought about distressing the edges but I do love the straight mat look and I think it lends itself to the look of the classic silhouette ladies too.  HERE is my video about them and there’s another video at the Perfect Layers link in my right sidebar. I used the 1/8th and 1/16th in. on this card.

A fanciful card for a beautiful early Spring day in Iowa!  My DH should be out fishing but instead he’s dealing with a flat tire on his truck and working.  I noticed this a.m. while out picking him up that the weeds are already growing!!!  UGH!  Silly ground ivy… we’ve tried a few things to get rid of it but haven’t been successful.  I hate the idea of chemicals in the yard.  We play out there so much with the grandkids.  So many people walk their dogs by here too… they’re supposed to pick up their poo but they don’t always… ugh,  I hate stepping in it!  Isn’t there something you can put on your grass to keep the dogs from doing it?  Guess I’ll be googling away soon! chuckle!  Oh the joys of living in town on a corner!  I’d rather think about the next card!

ok  – I’ll catch  ‘ya later!

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Kicking off 2012 with 5 faves from 2011…

Everyone is posting their faves from the year,  so I had to jump in!  Thanks for sharing everyone and thanks for looking on my blog too!

I loved how this easel with add on’s card worked out…Hot, hot days of Summer

You Make Me Happy

Shabby Birdhouse Gift-cards in a Pizza Box

Anya’s Birthday Easel card with a Stopper

Tilda with a Letter

That was hard!  So many I could have picked that I liked!  It was a fun creative year ! I’m looking forward to 2012 and more fun stamping and sharing!  Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your stamping too!

Thinking up to Debby’s challenge…

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the new dies again….

I had fun again this afternoon playing with the NEW Leafy Branch and Phlox dies… I don’t think they’d hire me for flower arranging at the florist but I sure enjoy trying with paper!   The dies and new stamps are in the store now… links below!

I used some paper and die cuts from a Kaisercraft 6×6 Christmas pattern paper pad… can’t find it anywhere to link to.  All That Scraps did have it so hopefully you already have it too!   Bazzill card-stock and a holly punch from The Punch Bunch.  The pearls are from Hero Arts and I colored them with a YR23 copic sketch marker.  The sentiments are from  Amy R Stamps Merry and Bright sentiments set,  linked below. On the inside I used the Friends sentiment from the Handy Greetings Amy R Stamps set.  I edged everything with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

I’m linking to a Christmas anything goes challenge at Joan’s Gradens Weekly Challenge… another fun store!

I’m linking to the Christmas Wishes challenge at Joanna Sheen Challenges blog… I love this store too!

Holler if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the new CC Designs December Release!  I appreciate it!

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