A quicky post with a THANK YOU & SALE info…

In case any of you are shopping the deals today….I just finished I hope. haha

First of all, I want to say the BIGGEST THANK YOU possible here to all of you that shop through my links!  I appreciate it so much and I’m sure the stores do too!  When I look at my shareasale account and see some action,  I personally thank you even though I have no idea who it is ordering. If I knew, I’d send you a thank you card! 😀

Tim and I have had a rough couple of weeks, I won’t bore you with the details here but if you want to know, I’ll tell you if you email me. lol  This week I’m back full steam ahead with cardmaking happening and sharing here on the ‘ole blog!

I think you know my favorite online stores but just in case, here they are!

If you haven’t ordered from Starlitstudio.net yet, well, when you do, you’ll be amazed at Cindy’s TOP NOTCH personal, customer service with a smile, answers to your questions and amazing fast shipping!  She’s back from vacation and your orders are going out the door!  I know a lot of you are shaking your head agreeing and already know and love Cindy!!!  ❤

Scrapbook.com has been around for some time, used to be more scrapbooking but the last year or so, they have added TONS of stamping, diecutting stuff!  A very well stocked and set up store, if you haven’t looked around there yet… you are going to be amazed! A coupon code to save even more through today!

Simon Says Stamp.com is celebrating STAMPtember with a new release right now and also have a Golden Bone giveaway going on!

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope all is well at your house and cardmaking and shopping are progressing well toward Christmas!  EEEK! It’s September!



birch press design ADI Cards…

Back today with two cards that really could be used for any occasion. These layer die sets cut a lot of pieces and it hit me when I was piecing the center of the circle layer card here that I could just use the pieces and make a fun design!  So I die cut a Wrapped Scalloped rectangle and started gluing the pieces on.   That was fun… so many ideas for using these sets!

a close up…

I like how the little petal parts almost look like hearts!

a close up…

I just love the simplicity of this one!

Linking it to some challenges…

The Paper Players – Clean and Simple Blooms

and it’s the headliner!!!  YAY!  Thank you so much gals for choosing my card as the headliner!


Holler if you have any questions… I’ll link up below what I used. Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to switch gears and get some ‘color book therapy’! lol

Birch Press Design ADI LAYER SET…
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Design TIME TO CELEBRATE…
[ SSS ]
Memory Box / Open Studio – 30112…
[ STR | SSS ]
Birch Press Design MANDALA CARD FRAME…
[ SSS ]
[ SSS | STR ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS | HLM ]
Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black; Ranger
[ STR | SSS | SBC | HLM | JGG ]
Archival Re-inker – Jet Black from…
[ STR | SSS | SBC | HLM | JGG ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Plus Machine -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Express Machine…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Accessory – Tool…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Pads – standard
[ STR | SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix On the Edge Cutting Pads -…
[ STR | SSS | SBC ]
Sizzix Big Shot Plus CUTTING PADS…
[ SSS ]
Sizzix – Accessory – Cutting Pad,…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Extended Magnetic Platform…
[ SBC ]
Sizzix – Accessory – Magnetic…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Plus – Accessory -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tool Basics Flush Cutters – 5 inch…
[ STR | SSS ]
Retractable Paper Piercer / Pick -…
[ STR | HLM | SSS ]
Crystal Katana – placement tool by…
[ STR | SSS ]
Hallmark Scrapbook – TEFLON BONE FOLDER
[ HLM | SSS ]
Embossing Heat Gun; Precision Heat…
[ STR | SBC | SSS | HLM ]
EK Success – EK Tools – Small…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 8.5 Inch…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – 12.25…
[ SBC | SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
[ STR | SBC | HLM ]
Mini MISTI – Most Incredible Stamp…
[ SBC | SSS | HLM ]
MISTI Stamping Tool – The Most…
[ SBC | SSS | HLM ]
Simon Says Accessories MISTI GRID…
[ SSS ]
[ SSS | HLM ]
Scor-Pal – Scor-Pal Eighths Measuring…
[ SBC ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring…
[ SSS | JGG ]
Scotch ATG – Adhesive Applicator Gun…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Scotch Adhesive Refill for Pink ATG…
[ SBC ]
Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottles 20ml…
[ STR | SSS ]
Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive – 4oz
[ STR | BLIC ]
Mono Multi Liquid Glue
[ SBC | STR | SSS | HLM | BLIC | BLT ]
adhesive pick-up square
[ STR | SBC ]
Scotch 3/4 inch Double-Sided Foam…
[ STR | SSS ]
Foam Mounting Tape – Scotch – 12.5 feet
[ STR ]
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D 217 WHITE FOAM…
[ SSS | JGG ]
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D FOAM SQUARES…
[ SSS | SBC | JGG ]
Scrapbook Adhesives THIN 3D 217 WHITE…
[ SSS | HLM ]
Scrapbook Adhesives THIN 3D ADHESIVE…
[ SSS | HLM | BLT ]
Avery Elle Stamp & Die Storage…
[ STR | SSS | HLM ]
Tonic 14×14 inch Easy Clean Craft…
[ STR | SSS ]




Birthday · CAS · copics · Die Piecing · Simon Says Stamp · Uncategorized

Two Simon Says Stamp cards and SALE!!!

Happy Holiday weekend to you!

As many of you know, I’m an affiliate for Simon Says Stamp, Scrapbook.com, Blick Art,  Bluemoon Scrapbooking and Hallmark Scrapbook and link up to the products I use when I can to these stores. (links in the sidebar too)  Being an affiliate means I make a small percentage on your order, at no expense to you, when you click from a link on my blog.

I’m also a big fan of starlitstudio.net and love to support Cindy’s store!  Great prices, fast service and top notch customer service. So I link to her store a lot!

Today I’m using Simon Says Stamp own line of stamps and dies on these two cards. They are on SALE right now 15% off!  Yes that is exciting!  It doesn’t happen very often. lol

OK – I need to make a couple decisions and wouldn’t you know because I feel like you’re my fellow cardmakers and friends I need help!

The linking system that I’ve used for the last few years is changing especially for me and the other gals that use wordpress.com.  It isn’t going to work anymore because wordpress doesn’t allow ‘script’ which is the code the new LinkDeli uses.  So, that means I need to move my blog to wordpress.org and become expressionswithheart.com to use it, which means a yearly domain fee and a monthly fee to have a blog…then they add on a fee of security…it really adds up fast.  Then there is the new monthly fee to use LinkDeli.  LinkDeli is amazing!  Much faster then Inlinkz and I would love to be able to use it because it’s such a time saver.  I was able to beta test it even though it didn’t work when I put it on my blog. ugh. sigh.

So, I need to make money here on this ‘ole blog to pay for all this.

I’m just wondering how you all feel about affiliates and shopping through links on blogs?  I spend a lot of time linking up to stores when writing blog posts, after spending the time to make the cards and take the photos.  It’s a big deal, but I know I appreciate seeing what other ppl use and I think you do too!  I don’t want to be a martyr about it but until you’ve done it, you don’t realize what a time sucker it is.

I know there are a lot of us out there trying to make a little to pay for blogging.  Kinda crazy. hehe

Any thoughts you can leave me here as a comment or email me, would be most helpful.

For this fun little bear card I used SSS Birch Tree Window die, Stitched Rectangles die, Sending die, Sending and Wishing stamp set and the bear from Abby’s Spring Showers stamp set.

I colored him with Copic Sketch markers.  I love these Stitched Rectangles…SSS was the first to come out with the stitching on both sides of the cut!  Clever…now several other companies are doing it too.


As part of SSS affiliate program, when they have a new release, they usually send me one thing to use from that release.  This time they sent the new Heart Sprinkle Trail die… very fun… I have some ideas to use it for the holidays too. 😀

I embossed it in my white panel with the Big Shot and tan embossing mat.  (I have videos about embossing under the video tab under my blog title)  Then I die cut it in red card-stock and glued the red pieces onto the embossed panel… gives it a really nice dimension.  It really didn’t take much time either… I just put little dots of glue on top of each place on the embossed panel and used the pick up tool to place the little pieces on the dots of glue.  Nothing new, I’ve done it before.

I stamped the sentiment from the SSS Roses For You stamp set with the MISTI stamping tool.  Someone is asking on a FB group if it is a worthwhile investment… YES!!!  lol

I do love Washi tape…hehe…as you can tell!  I used 3 different ones and then tied on some twine…love all that white space!

ok – here’s the SALE info! ALL Simon Brand products are 15% off!
Use the code SSSFLASH

I hope you have some time to shop, when you’re not outside enjoying this beautiful Summer weather!  There are some awesome new dies and stamps under the SSS brand. Anyway, it’s been unusually nice here for a week! I hope it stays! haha

Holler at me if you have any questions and I do appreciate your friendship and that you follow my blog!  I do!!!  😀






Taylored Expressions January Release Day…

Pull up a chair, you’ll be scrolling for a few… hehe

Pam Sparks Simply Succulents Thursday

Today is Taylored Expressions January Release Day and all the NEW stamps, dies and embossing folders are available in the TE store TODAY!

I’m spotlighting the new TE Simply Succulents stamp and die combo today.  I googled Succulents and then proceeded to have fun coloring these images with my Copic Sketch Markers.

Surprise!  I wrote the colors down I used!
The long planter is colored with Yoo, YR20 & 21 and the plants from the left side are YG63 & 67; BG11, 13, 15, 18; YG00,01,03,05; G40,43,46; YG90’s; G07 and V17.
The short pot is colored with E97 and E08, the plant with G90’s.
The tall pot is colored with BG53, 57, 49 and E97, E08. The plant is colored with YG90’s and BG13.

Pam Sparks Simply Succulents Close Thursday

This month the release consists of several petite stamp and die combo sets! When you click over to the TE blog you’ll see all the inspiration that’s been happening so far this week on the blog and the designers that are posting today will be linked.


Next up I worked with this adorable Petite stamp and die combo called Happy Hens!  Now this makes us smile! They are so cute!  I love them!Pam Sparks Happy Hens Hello

Then there’s the New Picture Perfect Smile/Hello die set. I love the combo of the stitched frame and the die cut word!

I colored the images with Copic Sketch Markers.
The Henhouse is R24, E07, E35, 37, YR20, 21; BG15, 18; The chickens are YR20, 21, 23 and W0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7

Pam Sparks Happy Hens Hello Frame Close

I cut strips of Lemon Meringue cardstock with the paper cutter, then cut them into short pieces and glued them to the scene for straw.

The sky and the Cookie Monster card base are inked with Broken China, the ground, the frame and watermelon cardstock layer with Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.


Forest Friends Stamp and Die combo is another set that makes up so cute!  Making scenes has never been easier!  Gotta love that!  I do! lol

Pam Sparks Forest Friends

I combined this new set with the Shaded Tree Cutting Plate Die. Die cut it in Toffee cardstock, then color with Copic Sketch Markers – E34, 35, 37 and G07.

I stamped the deer on Toffee cardstock, die cut him and colored with the same E Copic markers.  A little white gel pen on his spots and eye.

Pam Sparks Forest Friends Close

Happy Birthday and the woodpecker are from the set also.  I stamped on woodgrain tape and die cut with the Banner Stacklets Die set.

Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress Inks sponged on for the sky on watercolor paper.


Pam Sparks Lets Talk 2 Flower Power

THANKS everyone! Another new die this month! Let’s Talk Edger 2 and then a new embossing folder, Flower Power.

A very simple card but I liked it!  : )  The THANKS die is a freebie die I received from TE with one of my orders.  Don’t you love that you always get a free die when you order?! I colored it with Copic Sketch Markers again!  We do like to color any chance we get! lol

Pam Sparks Lets Talk 2 Flower Power Close

Deep breath…I’m done posting pictures! lol

Thanks for stopping by my blog again this week…remember to click to the TE blog and scroll down for the links to the other designers that are posting more of the January release, available TODAY!


Links to the TE Online Store…


cards · Christmas · copics · Die Piecing · Taylored Expressions · Uncategorized · Winter

Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks…




The end of September and the rush/fun is on to make Christmas cards! with snow on them! hehe

Look at this cute little snowman!  A new die in the Taylored Expressions Little Bits ‘line’.  I love the Little Bits dies!  So fun to create with!

Then I used two new for October ‘Build a Scene’ die sets… Winter Trees and Central Park.  SNOW much fun!

I’m sure Anne with an ‘e’ would call it the ‘lake of shining waters’! lol I love Anne!




The sweet JOY frame is from the new TE Picture Perfect Horizontal die set and I can’t forget the new Little Bits Snowflake Confetti die set! This release is a card makers night before Christmas dream!  All those visions of sugarplums are visions of new stamps and dies to come! YAY!

I die cut the pieces in white card-stock and colored them with Copic Sketch Markers.

Two new embossing folders also!  The one I used today is called Holly.  So pretty!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!




Here’s the scoop for the release…sneak peeks start today and go through Wednesday with the release on Thursday!  Each day over on the Taylored Expressions Blog you will find Taylor’s card creations with the new release, links to the participating designers AND you will want to comment there each day for chances to win fabulous giveaways!  Visit the TE blog for the details on how to enter to win!   : )

Thanks so much for visiting today! ‘preciate it!

Links to the products I used, in the TE store… (release product links will work Thursday!)

Blog Hop · Card Sketch · cards · CAS · LOVE · Memory Box · Paper Smooches · Perfect Layers Tools · Spring · Uncategorized

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Memory Box…


Have you heard of this event? It’s been a coffee kind of day!  Lots of people love coffee, me, not so much!  I’m a cocoa kind of gal! Have you heard of raw cacao powder?  That’s what I use… love it! ; ) So what am I doing making coffee cards?  I know people that love coffee and would like receiving coffee cards!  So here I am with 2 more cards to show you and link up!  I got inspired!  Scroll down to my previous post to see the CAS card I made with a Paper Smooches stamp and die.


HERE is where the action is.  Make a card or two and link up!  All the info is at that link too.  Hop around and enjoy the inspiration!


The card at the top is the 2nd card I made… I used some Memory Box dies and some Pink Paislee papers… yay… using some of the stash! I crimped the little cozy and embellished with Lawn Fawn Trimmings.


Dies I used…
Cross Stitched Frame Borders
Cross Stitched Frames
Splendid Clarkia
Large Coffee on the Go


Here’s the first card I made…my go to colors…lol



PamSparksCoffeeCup XOXO700


Here I used Memory Box dies again, a bit of paper twine and pattern paper from the 6×6 Authentique Crush paper pad.  So much fun!  I love this card! hehe  It’s got ‘faux’ coffee in it! haha


Dies I used…
Large Coffee on the Go
Stitched Rectangle Layers set
All About the Love set
Cross Stitch My Heart set


Linking up to some challenges…

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – no rules!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – anything goes!
City Crafter Challenge – use it up (white and red scraps and old silver brads)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  Happy creating!



Magnolia, Tilda’s Town, Tilda with Cozy Heart…


It’s about Love, Love, Love!  I’m sure that’s a song!  but for sure that’s the challenge this week @ Tilda’s Town Challenges!

I used Tilda with Cozy Heart and Love Heart stamps,  a Martha Stewart Around the Page punch set, Some twine and glitter stickers!  The stickers weren’t the right color, so I colored them with an R29 Copic Sketch Marker.

Tilda and the Chocolate tin are colored with Copic Sketch Markers…
hair – E50, YR31, 21, 23, E37
skin – E000, 00, 21, 11
heart and tin lid – R24, 27, 29, 59
dress and socks – R20, 21, 22
shoes – E42, 43, 44, 47
tin – N1, 3, 5, 6, 7

Perfect Layers Tools to mat the image… LOVE the 1/16th inch ruler!  Sweet and have you seen the new Mini Rulers?  Gotta have them next!  Link in the sidebar and be sure to use the code for a discount!

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.

Linking to some challenges…
Midweek Magnolias – Valentine/Love
Crafts For Eternity – Love
Fussy and Fancy – Be My Valentine
SSS Wednesday Challenge – have a heart

Have fun this week with your Valentine preparations!  Thanks for stopping by! lots of love to you!


Cherry – O…


Swiss Pixies Cherry Lucy here to wish you a cupcake kind of day!  She’s so cherry-licious!  yum… we had a cherry tree in our backyard when I was growing up and my mom made the best cherry pies… those were the days!  Now I just make paper cherries! lol  Love this cherry die from CC Designs Cutters… so fun!  I love the dainty stem!  The days of chunky die cuts are over!  yea! hip, hip, hurray!



Lucy is stamped on Letraset Cartridge A4 card (All That Scraps ordered it for me, email Christine if you want to try it)  with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  For her skin I used, Ivory, Vanilla, Oatmeal and Apricot.  Soft Peach for her cheeks.  Her hair… oh,  it’s crazy! waaaaah… I haven’t gotten the brown combos down yet… but I’ll tell you whats under here… Caramel, Cinnamon, Henna, Auburn and Burnt Umber.  It was blah,  until I added the last two colors.  I used the chisel tip to get the hair strands… that works slick.  The reds are Poppy, Crimson and Burgundy.  The pinks… again crazy… trying to match the paper.  I started with Sunkissed Pink and Dusty Pink…. then added Blush and I can’t even remember!   The awesome thing about alcohol markers is you can just keep coloring over stuff.  (well except skin,  it goes really wonky IMO)

If you like coloring and like markers you’ll have fun with these… they are different than Copics.  I would hate to give up my Copics but…these are fun.  I will say I’m glad I have them and it’s just fun to change it up!  Here’s a tutorial I made on coloring with PM and FM HERE.



The paper is October Afternoon Modern Homemaker,  Wilton Doily,  sentiment is from the new CC Designs Berry Logos set, cupcake die is from CC Designs Cutters and sewing machine stitching.  I use Heavy duty thread from Joanns in my machine for paper stitching.

Linking to the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog… inspiration photo



More cards from the ATS DT on the blog today…fabulous inspiration again!  yea! HERE!

Cherry-O!  See you back here tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!  Oh and today is the last day to purchase the Sugarplums Beach Kit at 20% off!  Don’t miss it!


Stamps and Stuff…