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poppystamps Basic Junk Journal Set…

Hi everyone!  I know!  I know!  You came expecting Easter!  I’ve been thinking about this die set and what I would make with it….then I walked by this little stack of Santas that I’d printed before Christmas and didn’t use and thought one would be adorable with the Journal set!

So I die cut the journal in watercolor paper and did some ink smooshing with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs ink refill and water. I didn’t wait for it to dry on it’s own.  I dried it with the heat tool.

Here’s a video of it… it might be low resolution at first until it completely downloads…even though it’s only 27 seconds!  See it HERE on Instagram…

I had some scraps/strips that I kept of plaid from the Memory Box Jolly Christmas 6×6 pad and I love how they worked out on the front and on the inside!

You can tell what the size of this folder is because there’s a gift card inside.

You could stamp or write in permanent ink on the mirror gold little labels.

close up of the inside circle label…

the back….

And now I’m thinking what a cute tag this would make on an Easter basket!  There’s several dies in the set I didn’t even use!

Linking to some challenges…

Peace on Earth Christmas – anything goes Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

AAA Cards – inspired by a song….Up on the House Top!

I’ll link up what I used below.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I always appreciate your encouraging words and that you come back to visit!

Poppystamps – 2451 Basic Junk Journal…
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Poppystamps – CB496 Christmas Quotes…
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Memory Box/Open Studio – 30087 Circle…
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Memory Box – CL5261-D Spirit of…
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Memory Box – PP1019 Christmas Jolly…
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double-sided tape holder – holds…
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Scor-Tape; Scor Tape
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Linen Thread – 40 yds – by the spool
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May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap…
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Bazzill Foil Cardstock – Gold 12×12
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Memory Box – WP101 Watercolor Paper
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink…
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Ranger Ink Jet Black Archival Ink Pad
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
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Sizzix – White and Gray – Big Shot…
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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 Town.com!


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 Town.com 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!