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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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The Give a way Winner and more cards…

AND… the winner is….

Lynn Gauthier!!!!

CLAP! CLAP! Congrats Lynn!!!  YAY for you!

I had Breanna pick a number between 1 and 63 and she picked 42!  Congrats Lynn!  Send me an email with your mailing information!

I tried to add names… for some reason you all didn’t put your names in for each thing, so I had to add a bunch.  Lesson learned…links must be too big a pain…stick with comments I guess!

THANK YOU Cindy from Starlitstudio!

I started posting the cards I designed and taught at the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape a week ago… eek… time gets away so fast!  HERE’S the post with the Sunflower cards and HERE’S the post from a couple weeks ago telling about the weekend and about the process of getting ready for the classes.

Today I’m posting the other three cards…


‘fore you’ – layering up dies to create a scene.  Love making scenes!  Memory Box dies and stamps and poppystamps dies.

I had the ladies cut out the golf cart in white cardstock and color the pieces with markers. Easy and so cute!



more Memory Box and poppystamps dies…the Memory Box Chic Chevron makes an appearance on the panel.  Inked with Mowed Lawn Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool.  Some spatters and sequins add to the fun of the design!

Linking up this card to the Keep it Simple Challenge – Splatters


YAY!  My Pavilia Bloom card was in the favorites at SCS on Sunday!  Thank you ladies!




I had the ladies emboss the flower just like I did in this video HERE.  Then it was inked with Dusty Concord Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool.



Another sweet Summer scene with Memory Box and poppystamps dies.  So fun to make!  I love step cards!

Linking my card to the Seize your Birthday Challenge – Summer Time

My card was a winner there too!  Thank you ladies!

STB Challenge Winner

Enjoy the Summer days!  We’re sure having some beautiful ones here in Iowa.  Love it when it’s not so hot and humid!   I hope to hop on my bike for a bit today!  : )

Thanks for visiting!  Love hearing from you and hope you enjoyed my cards today!

Dies, stamps and supplies I used to create these cards…

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Some of My Favorite Creations for 2013…

Debby has a linky party for your Favorite Five creations for 2013 going on HERE…  I tried to keep it to five but it didn’t work.  I stopped at 12! lol

Catered Crop has a remembering 2013 linky party HERE

AND… I started a Facebook page for my blog… click over to like it if you have time! 

Welcome Winter ATC’s

Tilda with Mittens

Tilda with Mittens 700

Love Snowman


Tilda with Heart Arrows


Tilda Hiding Heart


Meadow Bird with a Spring Song

Jasper Leaves


Mannequin in the Rain

Tilda with Lace Flag

Marvelous Bridge Step card


Just a Note


Chess Tilda


Happy New Year to you friends, kindred stampers and papercrafters!  TFL!  Looking forward to more in 2014!  Be watching…Memory Box new designs coming soon!  Blog Blitz starts the 6th!

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Magnolia, Tilda’s Town, Christmas Challenge…


‘O Holy Night’…looking at this card IRL takes me right to the true meaning of Christmas!   I love this Nativity Collection from Magnolia Rubber Stamps!  Edwin the Wiseman is colored with Distress markers on Canson watercolor paper and has a sparkly coat and crown from the Wink of Stella Clear Brush Glitter marker. I love the Star of Wonder Memory Box dies cut from the Silver Coredinations glitter card-stock too!

Here’s a close up of Edwin…


The Challenge at Tilda’s Town for this week, starting today is Christmas!

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.

I used A Merry Christmas text stamp  HERE, Edwin as Wiseman HERE, Jacob the Camel HERE and Paradise Palm HERE.   Star of Wonder dies HERE.

Challenges I’m linking to…
Cute Card Thursday – Christmas Catch up
Magnolia Down Under – Anything Goes
You, Me and Magnolia – Christmas
Time for Magnolia – Christmas in Anything but Square

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Always love having you ‘over’!  I’m still hoping to get a few more Christmas cards made!  Last minute me!  Oh wait, I better do some shopping too! lol

Take care and ttul!

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Magnolia, Tilda’s Town, On the Road Tilda…


Hi everyone!  Wow!  Time Flies!  I’ve been gone and now it’s time to switch gears from what I’ve been doing!  That’s a challenge! lol  I’ve missed you all!!!

Time for this week’s challenge at Tilda’s Town challenges blog.  We’re celebrating ‘Special Occasions’…. hope you can get inky and play along!

I love this new Tilda from the Sea Breeze Collection… you’ll find her at Tilda’s Town. com.


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.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your Summer has been good!

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NEW Memory Box Merry and Bright…


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Another nostalgic Christmas scene that brings back memories of growing up in the city.  Oh I had fun creating this card!  When I first saw the new release I spent hours pouring over what I could do with them all!  When they got here, I had to adjust a little but in the end,  I’m so happy with everything I’ve made so far!  I hope they inspire you and add creative energy to your day!  : )

*** This is one of the cards I’ll be teaching in Sacramento, CA the weekend of August 3rd and 4th!  It would be so awesome to meet you!  If you’re in the area join us for some creating fun!***  HERE is the store newsletter with all the class info…

I used a lot of dies and a new stamps too… I’ll link to them all below.  White card-stock for the card base, Memory Box Licorice, Granny Smith, Lagoon, Raspberry card-stocks, silver card-stock and Doodlebug Glitter paper for the snow and stars.

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Inside, I had to add the new Gift Bag die and the top hat from the Holiday Hats dies.  OH and that Washi Tape Stripes and have yourself a Merry little Christmas are both NEW stamps from Memory Box too!  Awesome!

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Can you tell I’m excited to share?!!! yea!  I’ll be back on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons with more cards for this class.

I sure appreciate your visits and comments!  I’m working away here and not getting back to everyone as good as I usually do but your words always bring a smile to my face and encouragement to my heart to keep working away!  ❤  Thank you!

***Click over to the Memory Box blog, HERE and comment for chances to win on the blog blitz posts! ***

Supplies I used on this card…

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Memory Box Marvelous Bridge step card…


I had fun creating this step card for one of my classes in Ottumwa, Iowa!  It’s a city with a lot of bridges and hot air balloon festivities too!  I do have a few class kits left for purchase if any of you are interested.  They come with complete instructions, die cuts for three cards and I can stamp the sentiments for you if you’d like too. I would mail priority with delivery confirmation.  Email tab is under my blog header.

The Marvelous Bridge die is so cool!  I teamed it up with the new Dancing Butterflies die, Balloon die, Puffy Clouds and the Grand Old Oak tree.  Then from Poppystamps dies, I used the Picket Fence and Grassland dies.

Memory Box Dill, Granny Smith, Water, Licorice, Vanilla Bean, Dove Gray, Kraft, Raspberry and White card-stock.  Currant Distressed Dots paper.

So glad you stopped by! Happy Memory Box creating!

p.s. tomorrow the Memory Box design team starts showing the new Fall and Christmas release over on the Outside the Box, Memory Box blog, HERE  

Supplies I used to make this card…

cards · Memory Box · rubber stamps · Spring · Step card

Memory Box…Mannequin in the rain?


Is this too silly to post? ok, Don’t answer that! lol  I got this mannequin die without the dresses that go with it…so I’ve been puzzling over it. A couple days ago I got this idea to put it with the umbrella in the rain!  So it just grew from there! lol  (I know, the buttons are big but it just adds to the whimsy of it? a raincoat!)


I had fun making it into a front panel step card and bringing in the tree too!  It screams Spring!  I forgot to add dandelions though! hahaha


The rain die was really fun and easy to run through several times to make the raindrop background.  Lots of Memory Box dies, stamp and card-stocks…Water, Key Lime Gingham, Licorice Gingham, Licorice Distressed Dots,  Sage, Vanilla Bean and Cherry Blossom.

Hope this finds you laughing in the rain! (it’s raining here)  Thanks for stopping by!

Oh Happy Day!  Susie listed my card in the SCS Favorites thread this week!  Thanks Susie!


Shopping links to the products and tools I used…

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Memory Box – Hello Spring…


Spring is around the corner!  Yesterday we stopped at my mother-in-law’s and sure enough, her daffodils are coming up!

I started this step card with the Orchard Tree Frame die.  I cut it three times and layered/glued them together.  If you get a little glue where you don’t want it,  I linked below to the adhesive pick up I use… it’s the best one, in my opinion!  The background piece is Memory Box Morroccan Bluebird card-stock,  I ran it through the big shot with the frame die but I didn’t shim it, that way it didn’t cut clear through. The pieces that did cut completely I pieced them back in.  The next layer up was cut in black and the top layer in white.  The white layer I colored with Copic Sketch Markers.


I used the Summer Border die for the bottom.  I cut it out of Memory Box color card-stock and pieced it together.  I cut two green pieces, cutting the flowers and stems completely off of one.  Then I sanded them, just a touch!


I LOVE the Parker lower case alphabet!  I die cut it in white and mounted the words ‘hello spring’ with thin mounting squares that I cut into strips.  I used Poppystamps Picket Fence die and Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Set of Swings, Lavish Branch and Vintage Bicycle dies. I cut the swing out of white card-stock and colored it with Copics to look like rope and a tire.


Step cards are easy to make and so fun to create a scene with!    There’s a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, HERE.


Challenges I’m linking to…

Di’s Digi Design Challenges – Easter/Spring
Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes
ABC Challenge – Just as you like
A Gem of a Challenge – Easter/Spring
Oozak March Challenge – Anything Goes and Spring

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Happy Spring to you and yours!