All Occasion · Birthday · cards · CAS · Die Piecing · Memory Box · Oxide Inks · Spring · Washi Tape

Memory Box…a Spring Hello Card…

Hello! I was just looking out the window at the wonder of everything blooming so beautifully!  YAY for Spring!

A clean and simple card to share with you today…not so much white but simple layers and elements.

I covered a piece of white cardstock with Cornelia Variegated Wide Washi Tape from Memory Box and die cut it with a Memory Box Stitched Circle die but this Wrapped Circle die from Memory Box would be great too!

I used the Memory Box Gloriosa Butterly Duo Outlines and Background smaller butterfly of the set.  Die cut in Memory Box Glitter Cardstock.

The Memory Box Antique Leaf Label die cut in white and partially inked so I could stamp the hello from the Memory Box Sunflower Wreath stamp set on the label part.

The cardbase panel and the panel under the circle are both die cut with Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies out of Taylored Expressions cardstock.

Layer everything up for this A2 card. I only used mounting tape for the label.

Here’s another card I made with this Antique Leaf Label…

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope all your flowers are budding or blooming! ❤

Here’s what I used to make this card…

Memory Box – WT504 Cornelia…
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Memory Box – 94383 Gloriosa Butterfly…
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Memory Box – 94387 Gloriosa Butterfly…
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Memory Box – 94258 Antique Leaf Label…
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Memory Box – CL5253-D Sunflower…
[ STR | SSS ]
Memory Box – CL5253 Sunflower Wreath…
[ STR ]
Memory Box / Open Studio – 30094…
[ STR | SSS ]
Memory Box / Open Studio – 30114…
[ STR ]
Memory Box – GP1002 Graceful Garden…
[ STR | SSS ]
TE Premium Cardstock
[ TE ]
TE Blender Brushes
[ TE ]
TE Bitty Blender Brushes
[ TE ]


All Occasion · cards · Die Piecing · Easter · Embossing Folders · Flowers · Memory Box · Oxide Inks · Poppystamps · Spring · Techniques · Washi Tape

poppystamps Happy Easter and Memory Box Blossom 3D Embossing Folder Cards…

Made you smile!  I know, I know!  Thank you Jan for reminding me to add the puffy tail!  Keep scrolling for the pretty floral embossing folder card.

Grab a grass die cut it in green….add washi tape to white cardstock and die cut eggs…stamp some words…heat emboss some other words…layer it all up and you’ve got a cute card!  I’ll link what I used below.

I love using washi tape… it just adds a little bit of homespun or something!  The cute sentiments add the whimsy!

Hippity hoppity to the next card…

Here I used the NEW 3D embossing folder. I lightly spritzed the panel of Memory Box Watercolor paper with water on both sides before I ran it through my Big Shot.  Using blending brushes I blended ink on the panel with Distress Oxide inks.  I used one of the finger daubers to do the green.  I used my water droplet, clap on technique to get the white spots.  Spray water into your hand, then rub them together and clap over the panel.  I got a little green on the edges of the flowers so I went around the flower edges with a white gel pen. Oh and a few white gel pen dots on the flower centers.

The detail on this type folder is amazing!  My pictures do not do it justice!

I die cut the NEW Glade Butterfly and NEW Just a Note Posh Script dies from white cardstock and vellum.

I layered the panel onto black cardstock and then to a light yellow A2 size cardbase.

I’m really happy with how it turned out… it almost went in the trash! lol

Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a fun week creating!  I might be outside some!  After a dreary week last week, it looks like we’re in for some sunshine!  YAY!


Here’s what I used to make these two cards…

Poppystamps – 2460 Spring Bunnies…
[ STR | SSS ]
Poppystamps – 2459 Farm Fresh Eggs…
[ STR | SSS ]
Memory Box – CL5254 Big and Little…
[ STR | SSS ]
Poppystamps – 2335 Hill and Valley…
[ STR ]
Memory Box – WT504 Cornelia…
[ STR | SSS ]
Doodlebug Design – Fun in the Sun…
[ SBC ]
Doodlebug Washi Tape – Rainbow Bright
[ STR ]
Doodlebug Washi – School Stripe
[ STR ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
Memory Box – SP1005 Ocean Blue 6×6 pack
[ STR ]
Memory Box – SP1003 Lush Green 6×6 pack
[ STR ]
Memory Box – EF1014 Blooming 3D…
[ STR | SSS ]
Memory Box – 94527 Just a Note Posh…
[ STR | SSS ]
Memory Box – 94578 Glade Butterfly…
[ STR | SSS ]
TE Blender Brushes
[ TE ]
TE Pastel Blender Brushes
[ TE ]
distress oxide ink pads at Simon Says…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad -…
[ STR | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Memory Box – WP101 Watercolor Paper
[ STR | SSS ]
ATC's · cards · copics · Hero Arts · MFT · Valentine · Washi Tape · Your Next Stamp

Your Next Stamp, Hero Arts and MFT ATC’s…

Hi everyone!  Excuse me while I backtrack to Valentines Day but I just have to share these Artist Trading Cards I made for our grandchildren for V-day! I made doubles and triples of most because we need a lot for our awesome grandkids!  I know, I know, I’m bias! lol sells these little sacks, so I decorated them a wee bit with washi tape.  I’ll link everything below…

It’s impossible to get googly eyes to behave for a photo laying down! lol

I had a few versions of this cactus one…

These for the older girls…

These for the older boys…

I had fun making (so did they) and our valentine exchange party was so fun for everyone!  I took sheet protectors for all the sizes of cards so they can keep them in ring binders.

Well that’s it for today!  Holler if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share with you!

Doodlebug HEARTFELT Washi Tape Yankee…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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My Favorite Things SWEET SUCCULENTS…
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My Favorite Things SWEET SUCCULENTS…
[ SSS ]
My Favorite Things BLACK AND WHITE…
[ SSS ]
[ SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts – Clear Acrylic Stamps -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Hero Arts – Frame Cuts – Dies – Love…
[ SBC | SSS ]
My Favorite Things PEEK A BOO STRIPED…
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts – Clear Acrylic Stamps -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Hero Arts – Frame Cuts – Dies -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool *new* – 2…
[ STR | SBC | SSS | HLM ]
Mini Ink Blending Foam Refills – pkg…
[ STR | HLM | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Distress Mini Ink Pad 1×1 -…
[ STR | SBC | SSS | HLM ]
Ranger Distress Mini Ink Pad 1×1 -…
[ STR | SBC | SSS | HLM ]
Mini White Bags – pkg of 25
[ STR ]
Mini Kraft Bags – pkg of 25
[ STR ]
Copic Sketch Markers
[ BLIC | SSS ]
Super Fine Detail White Embossing…
[ STR | SBC | SSS | HLM ]
Embossing Heat Gun; Precision Heat…
[ STR | SBC | SSS | HLM ]
powder anti static tool
[ STR | SBC | SSS | HLM ]
Ranger Ink – Pigment Ink Pad -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Clearsnap Colorbox FROST WHITE INK…
[ SSS | HLM | SSS ]
Memento – Tuxedo Black – full sized pad
[ STR | SSS | SBC | HLM | BLT ]
Memento Tuxedo Black – reinker
[ STR | SSS | SBC ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Plus Machine -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Express Machine…
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Sizzix – Big Shot Accessory – Tool…
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Sizzix Cutting Pads – standard
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Sizzix On the Edge Cutting Pads -…
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Sizzix Big Shot Plus CUTTING PADS…
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Sizzix – Accessory – Cutting Pad,…
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Sizzix – Extended Magnetic Platform…
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Sizzix – Accessory – Magnetic…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix – Big Shot Plus – Accessory -…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Retractable Paper Piercer / Pick -…
[ STR | HLM | SSS | BLT ]
Crystal Katana – placement tool by…
[ STR | SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – 8.5 Inch…
[ SBC | SSS | HLM | BLT ]
EK Success – EK Tools – Small…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
[ STR | SBC | HLM | BLT ]
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 | BLT ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring…
[ SSS | JGG | BLT ]
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 | BLT ]
Scotch 3/4 inch Double-Sided Foam…
[ STR | SSS ]
Foam Mounting Tape – Scotch – 12.5 feet
[ STR | BLT ]
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D 217 WHITE FOAM…
[ SSS | JGG | BLT ]
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D FOAM SQUARES…
[ SSS | SBC | JGG ]
Scrapbook Adhesives THIN 3D 217 WHITE…
[ SSS | HLM | BLT ]
Scrapbook Adhesives THIN 3D ADHESIVE…
[ SSS | HLM | BLT ]
Avery Elle Stamp & Die Storage…
[ STR | SSS | HLM | BLT ]
signo white gel pen
[ STR | SSS | HLM ]
Winter Scene Border Die
[ YRN ]
Economy Packed Black Wiggle Eyes
[ BLIC ]
Studio Katia SMALL GOOGLY EYES 3mm…
[ SSS ]
[ SSS | SBC ]
[ HLM ]
Doodlebug Washi – Snowballs
[ STR ]
Doodlebug Washi – Tutti Frutti
[ STR ]
Doodlebug Washi – Christmas Candy Stripe
[ STR ]
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Tonic 14×14 inch Easy Clean Craft…
[ STR | SSS ]

cards · CAS · copics · Die Piecing · Distress Ink coloring · Memory Box · Poppystamps · Spring · Summer · Washi Tape

Five Cute A2 Just a Note cards…

Pam Sparks 5 cute poppy cards

Hi stamping, coloring, die cutting, creative friends!  Pictures are ready, page open to start blogging and it dawns on me, I should be posting something for Mother’s Day! lol  Hmmmm…maybe tomorrow! hehe

Today I have 5 cards I made using two poppystamps  sets, Mail Delivery stamps and dies and Easter Excitement stamps and dies. I could’ve easy made 5 more!  How fun is that and what a variety of cuteness!

Pam Sparks ps Mail Delivery Bike

I stamp, die cut and then color.  The backgrounds are Distress inks applied with the mini ink blending tool.

White pen accents added with a white pen that SLS just started carrying, thanks to the heads up from Linda!  Thank you Linda!

I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiments. Distress ins on this one are Hickory Smoke for the sidewalk and Salty Ocean for the sky.

Pam Sparks ps Bike close


Since it’s time to plant…what a perfect card for that gardening friend!

Pam Sparks ps Dig In Fence Carrot

Here I used the Memory Box Shaker Square Frames die set and for the background layer a square from the Memory Box Stitched Square Layers die set. Salty Ocean and Gathered Twigs are the Distress Ink blended background colors.

Pam Sparks ps Dig In Close

I cut a slit in the bottom to fit the carrot into the ‘dirt’. The butterfly antennae is drawn on with a black pen.


Pam Sparks ps Mail Delivery

oh yes!  I love this one…it’s all about the mail! lol  A couple washi tapes a long the bottom.  The airmail is from Little B and the special delivery is from October Afternoon.

Pam Sparks ps delivery close

I added a few embossed lines with the Scor-buddy to simulate house siding. fun!


Pam Sparks ps Tree Just A Note

Always fun to find a tree in a set to color!  The same frame and stitched dies that I used above, just a larger stitched square for the background. I used Salty Ocean (pounced it off on scrap paper more) and Mowed Lawn for the ink blending on this one.

Pam Sparks ps Tree close


and last a little more Washi tape to embellish this cute CAS card… Doodlebug cloud Washi and Little B Green Herringbone Washi… I just love it for grass.

Pam Sparks ps Miss Ewe

Whew – long post!  Happy cards and I hope they inspired you to make a card!

Thanks so much for clicking over and happy weekend to you!

Shopping Links for the products I used on these cards…

Card Sketch · cards · CAS · Christmas · MFT · Washi Tape · Winter

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #276…

Pam Sparks CAS Cardinal Sketch

Hi! ok, so a blogging friend, Sandy keeps posting cute Christmas cards so she influenced me to think Christmas for this sketch! hehe She collects the cutest little figurines!!! Her name is ‘linky’ if you wanna go see.

This is my 2nd take on the sketch…I thought I was short on time because that’s pretty normal for me but it worked out that I had time today after-all so I made it over and I’m happier with the inking on this one.

Here’s the first one…

Pam Sparks Cardinal Sketch1

I added the polka dot washi tape so I could link it up to the polka dot challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.

Here’s the MFT Sketch Challenge.  I thought it was pretty clever to use the twine for the band in the sketch.. hehe


Over on the Muse Christmas Visions Challenge blog, I was inspired by the holly paper, the white sentiment panel and the cluster of florals.

So I’m back with my love of kraft, red, green and white!  Happy day!  Hey, at least it’s not Christmas yet!  whew!

Thanks for the visit and best wishes for the week anyway! lol

Shopping Links to the supplies I used to make these cards…

cards · Die Piecing · Lawn Fawn · Memory Box · One Layer Card · Poppystamps · Spring · Techniques · Washi Tape

Memory Box …it’s high time we get together!!!

Pam Sparks Postal Balloon HI

Welcome Saturday and everyone! Guess I’ll settle for this is how we’ll get together today! haha

Some time ago, I did a couple Balloon cards with inlay die cutting…when I saw a couple challenges this week, I knew, I HAD to play!  So yesterday I made this.  A happy card.

Memory Box dies, a little Doodlebug washi tape and a poppystamps sentiment!  Now this balloon is retiring but Cindy has it in stock still.  I saw there are new balloon dies though, so I’ll link to all of them in the inlinz below.

Pam Sparks Postal Balloon HI Close

Using the mini ink blending tool, I sponged Salty Ocean Distress ink on to the Stitched Square die cut… I die cut a few of the clouds in the square first, that’s why they are deeper color around the cloud.  The two clouds going off the square I die cut after I thought I was finished with the square. lol  So I had to do a little inking to get the same deeper inking effect around the clouds.  Just do it before you tape in the clouds.

I had fun making this! yay!

Linking to some challenges…

Virginia’s View Challenge – miss you, hello or friendshipPanama-322
Muse Challenge #161 – the square and inlaid die cutting

Happy Little Stampers – CASE the designer (take the design out of the box)

Curtain Call – Simplicity

And before you go… here are the inlaid balloon cards from my past…


A very happy hello to you card is in this post…


the sky’s the limit card is in this post…

Hot Air Balloons and clouds can be so much fun with clever sentiments! and good for this time of year when congrats are in order!

Thanks for ‘flying’ by today!  It was so good to see you from high up!

Links to the products I used on this card (links for the other two cards are in their posts)…

Avery Elle · Birthday · cards · Memory Box · MFT · Shopping · Washi Tape

SALE on SSS and birthday cards…


YAY! So many cool stamps, dies, papers, inks, stencils and more from Simon Says Stamp!  Congrats on 13 years Simon Says Stamp!

A couple birthday cards that finally made it to the birthday kids so I can post them!  hehe

Pam Sparks Ethan's 16 b-day

For Ethan’s 16th birthday I used the MFT Smart phone die and one of the borders from the Memory Box Geometric Borders die set…

The Doodlebug enamel black dot for the button at the bottom and Ranger Black enamel accents in the top holes.

It’s hard to see but the phone is cut from Silver metallic card-stock.


Pam Sparks Lilli's 11th b-day

Lilli’s card is made with the Distress Ink Smooshing background and Avery Elle stamps and dies.  I used the dies to make masks to keep the ink off the images.

The rainbow Washi tape is from Doodlebug…not sure about the skinny triangle one.

Linking my cards up to Seize the Birthday challenge!

Working on cards for two Memory Box classes coming up March 12th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids! Looking forward to seeing the ladies there again!

Happy Weekend everybody and thanks for stopping by!


cards · CAS · Christmas · Memory Box · One Layer Card · rubber stamps · Techniques · Washi Tape · Winter

Two more Winter Cards…


Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Season! We did!

Winter cards to share today but one is Christmas. I had good intentions of getting everything posted before but that fell through! I still want to show you though! lol

Here’s a card I made for one of our son in laws…birthday… it was late too! waaahhh  But, I love it!



Pam Sparks Sledding Winter Scene



October Afternoon Washi tape, the Under the Tree collection.

Memory Box Large Winter Sled cut three times in woodgrain, red and silver cardstocks and hemp added for the rope.

Memory Box Dashing Through the Snow for the snow hills.

Memory Box Beaded Background embossed instead of die cut in the background.



Pam Sparks Sledding Winter Scene Close



and the cute background sledding die is from Cottage Cutz.

It’s snowing here today! Frosty goodness. hehe…since I don’t have to go out in it!




A Christmas card…I saw a gal’s one layer card and I just couldn’t resist giving it a try!  Now, since I waited to post, I can’t remember who it was.  She was a winner in a challenge and now I can’t find it! If you know who it is, let me know and I’ll link to her. *sigh*  FOUND HER!  My friend Annette emailed me her name!  YAY!  HERE is Julie’s card!



Pam Sparks One Layer Santa Night Scene



Santa and the sentiment are from an old Inkadinkado set (they show it in stock at Michaels but you have to buy two! Strange. At least you can see the picture and know what to look for if you want the set.  The trees are from Embossing Arts.  Embossing Arts is owned by I Brake For Stamps now if you want to find them. I have used this stamp so many times over the years.  You can tell I was hurrying again… sloppy inking.  I didn’t send this one to anyone!  I still love it though.  It was fun!



Pam Sparks One Layer Santa Night Scene Close



I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the trees…’s snowing!  I try other stickles but I always come back to Frosted Lace.

Oh no!  I can’t remember what color Distress Ink I used! Blue Jeans and Chipped Sapphire???  I don’t know!  Maybe if we find the gal I CASed…she might’ve used the same colors!  lol


I was going to post pictures of the gift tags I made but I’m afraid this is already toooo long and I still have another card to take a picture of! HELP! lol  I’ll be back with those pictures tomorrow.


THANK YOU all for making my Christmas merry and bright!  Smiling here and so thankful!

cards · CAS · Peerless WC · rubber stamps · Simon Says Stamp · Valentine · Washi Tape · Watercolor

Simon Says Stamp You Have My Heart release…





Pam Sparks SSS Stitched Hearts Pinks



I was so fortunate to receive a new die from Simon Says Stamp to play with for their December release You Have My HeartToday’s the day to share!  I have two cards…this colorful one, I painted a background with Peerless Watercolors on Canson Montval 90# watercolor paper. Spattered with some white Dylusions spray and black Peerless watercolor.



Pam Sparks SSS Stitched Hearts Pinks Close



I used the SSS Stitched Rectangles to cut the watercolor piece.  Mounted the frame cut directly to the card and popped up the Stitched Heart Collage die cut piece.  Oh before I stuck that piece to the card, I stamped the sentiments from the SSS Sending and Wishing stamp set with the MISTI  and Versafine Onyx Black ink.



Pam Sparks SSS Stitched Hearts Pinks Inside



I couldn’t just throw the die cut hearts away!  NO!  I glued them inside! 😀




My second card is the red/kraft/black ‘thing’ that I always seem to find myself doing! lol



Pam Sparks SSS Stitched Hearts Kraft



Here I used the SSS Sending and Wishing stamp set and the Sending die with the new Stitched Heart Collage die.  A little strip of Little B Washi and Divine Twine to finish it off.



Pam Sparks SSS Stitched Hearts kraft Close



Very CAS but still fun!

Linking to some challenges…
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Just a Pinch
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Die Crazy


I still have some Christmas cards coming…time marches on and I’m trying to get everything made that I want to. I’m still addressing cards!  I sure made a lot of Christmas cards this year! lol  A long with shopping for 17 grand kids and stocking stuffers!  Oh what fun!  Where is Santa when you need him! hohoho Actually my husband is really good shopping help!  YAY!


Thanks for stopping in quick! Have a great rest of the week!  eek! 😀


The supplies I used on these two cards…


Birthday · Card Sketch · cards · CAS · Christmas · Die Piecing · Memory Box · Perfect Layers Tools · Poppystamps · Washi Tape · WPlus9

Memory Box and WPlus9…





Christmas in July is always so fun! I have two more cards with the Memory Box Chatfords Wreath to share today.  I love how these turned out!  I threw in some teal card-stock to throw me off the traditional Christmas colors path!  But wait…keep scrolling…I hopped back on with the second card!  Another card with this wreath HERE.





I die cut the wreath two times from two different green card-stocks, kept all the pieces and just interchanged them between the two cards.

I die cut the alphabets with score tape on the wrong side of the card-stock so they’d be stickers. It works so slick!  Easy to line up when you use the smallest size banner too! JOY is cut from metallic gold card-stock.




The white just makes it pop! Some pearls and Liquid pearls and it’s time to celebrate!  or bust out singing a carol or two!  : )

I’ll link up the dies and everything I used in inlinkz below.

I’m also linking to some challenges…
Merry Monday Christmas Challenges  – Christmas card with a heart on it

Honorable Mention

ABC Christmas Challenge – O is for Off the Edge

Dies R Us Challenge – Christmas in July
Live and Love Crafts – Christmas in July
Pile it On – Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – ‘i scream for’  DIES!
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday – Die cuts
Jingle Belles Challenge – Old Fashioned Christmas 
(my card has a retro feel/colors)


Next I have a birthday card I made for the WPlus9 Challenge and the CAS-ology Challenge…




I used the sketch from the Get Sketchy Challenge at WPlus9HERE


the challenge over at CAS-ology is Line – HERE


the challenge at Addicted To Stamps is CAS – HERE

I cut a quarter panel with the WPlus9 banner long die… it was the perfect amount of space I wanted for the ‘gap’ and an easy way to get a perfect gap! I lined each side with Washi Tape.  Stamped the Blanket Stitch flowers with chalk inks, the sentiments with Versafine black and all with the MISTI.

Thanks for visiting today!  Happy, creative weekend to you!

Supplies I used on my cards…

cards · Memory Box · Poppystamps · rubber stamps · · Washi Tape · Watercolor

Memory Box Blooming Sketch Border Thank You…





Thank you for being such super blog friends!!!  I have a Memory Box card to share today and one tomorrow too!

For this card, I started by stamping the beautiful Blooming Sketch Border stamp with Ranger Archival Black ink  on watercolor paper and coloring with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

After it was dry, I die cut the panel with the largest rectangle die from the Cross Stitched Frame Borders die set and layered it to an A2 card base.  I did put a little piece of washi tape on it… it was just laying there on the table, from Little B.




I embossed the poppystamps Thank You sentiment with super fine white embossing powder on a black banner from the poppy Classic Ribbons die set and stamped the friend sentiment directly on the watercolor paper with the MISTI stamp tool. Both are from the Hope and Thanks set.

I die cut the Pennington Rose Border die in white card-stock but just used the right end and one other rose from the cut to embellish above the banner. I added a few enamel dots in green.  I love the fun touch the dots add to the mix.

Thanks for stopping by today!  8 )   I’ll be back tomorrow with a birthday card or two!

p.s. if you’re in the market for a new die cutting machine I have to share this with you… I was and when I saw it was white… I was delighted! lol  Silly things make me happy!  Anyway, over at they have a terrific sale going on and the new Big Shot is $79.99!  A terrific price and a great online store!  All their Sizzix products are on sale!  If you’d like a larger platform, the Big Shot Plus is awesome!  I love it too. Room for an A2 card sideways, easy to crank and it stays put!  Holler if you have any questions!

cards · Die Piecing · Memory Box · Spring · Washi Tape

Steampunk Pipes Roses and Splendid Clarkia…





Hi everyone!  Something a little different…I love how the Steampunk Pipes grunged up!  Distressing with Distress Rusty Hinge and Black Soot inks and the ink blending tools.

Then it was what do I put with it! I decided to distress up the new English Rose Bouquet, Gearworks Border, Uppercase Alphabet Soup letters the same way and add them to the frame I made with the die cut pipes.




I die cut everything from white card-stock, inked completely with Rusty Hinge and then Black Soot Distress inks.  The Rose Bouquet I die cut from white twice.  Inked the roses on one with Rusty Hinge and Black Soot and the other with Peeled Paint and Black Soot.

I pounced a Versamark pad on the pieces to hold the chunky embossing powder while it melted.

On the inside, I stamped a coordinating sentiment from the poppystamps Hope and Thanks clear stamp set. HOPING (on the front)… you have a terrific birthday (on the inside).

Very fun!  I think it’d make a cool man card too, without the Rose Bouquet… maybe just embossing the new clear stamps in the frame.



The next card I made back in February…another one that didn’t make it in the look book on time.  Link under the blog header…




A breathy, Spring-ish card for sure! A dash of this and a dash of that!  Love putting vellum behind butterflies!




The washi tape I put on card-stock first and then taped it on the card.  Six dies on that one A2 size card! lol   It looks busy in the photo but IRL, it’s really dimensional and pretty.

And pearls… oh how did we ever make cards without pearls! lol

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back Thursday with some Taylored Expressions Release Day cards!  TFL!


Supplies and Dies I used on these cards…

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Taylored Expressions CAS Party and Early Memorial Day…


Memorial Day…reflect…be thankful…

I don’t know about you but it’s rare I sit and look back.  So many memories and yes I’m thankful! Yesterday we went to a Civil War Reenactment that our grandson participated in.  History brought to life. So many things going through my mind now.

On the fun side though, they started the afternoon with a fashion show.  They showed and talked about the ‘ins and outs’ of dressing in that era. The hoop skirts…what a contrast to the skin tight jeans of today. eek!  Glad I can be in the middle and be comfortable!

oh cards… yes, I have two to share today! lol  Both are from the May Release at Taylored Expressions.


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I die cut the new Starry Night Cutting plate in kraft card-stock and layered it to a navy, top folded A-2 size card base.

I embossed the new Brick embossing folder in red card-stock and then ran it through the Big Shot to die cut it with the new Build a Tag 4 die set.  Stitched edges… love!  It smashed the brick a little but I had inked one side of the folder with fired brick distress ink so I kinda like how it turned out!

I die cut the bell in gray from the new Patriotic treat toppers die set. Layered it on navy card-stock and mounted it to the tag with thin 3L mounting squares.

I stamped along the bottom of the tag with the word celebrate stamp from a TE Christmas set, A Winter View.

I glued on Studio Calico wood stars for embellishing and Lawn Fawn twine and hemp to finish off the tag.



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Doodlebug Washi tape for the rainbow tea party and birthday party CAS cards I made… so fun… I know, it’s looks like I spent 10 minutes but actually I messed around for a few hours to get to these two cards! lol


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Here I used the new Block Party die and Eventful Birthday Party die.  I put washi on a piece of white card and die cut it for the background behind the gifts.   I love how it turned out!


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This one I used just a part of the new Eventful Tea Party Border die.  Glad I don’t have to pick a favorite!  love them all!


Linking to some challenges …
Scrapyland Challenge – Birthday
Seize the Birthday – Birthday
CAS on Sunday – Tic Tac Toe


That’s it from me today! Thanks for stopping by and thank you so much for your wonderful, encouraging comments!  Happy remembering loved ones and celebrating our freedom that was hard won by a lot of heros!



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Memory Box…a three card kind of a day!




Spring, flowers and Memory Box! Today I’m sharing three cards using more of the Spring collection for this year.

I used the NEW Aberdeen Branches die for my first card…die cut in green, then used scraps of yellow and orange to cut extra flowers and the butterfly.  Trim those cuts and glue in the centers to the green cut.

The sentiment is from the NEW poppystamps clear set ‘Into the Words‘.

I used a white Signo Broad gel pen on the little white flowers and Ranger White Enamel Accents to make the green ‘buds’ white.

Linking my Aberdeen Branches Card to Virginia’s View Challenge – Layers and Dimension


Here’s a close up so you can see a little better…


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How about a CAS card using the NEW Pennington Rose die and NEW Kindness of People stamp…I love how this turned out. The beauty of a single Rose!




Linking my Rose card to the Happy Little Stampers CAS May Challenge – Dies or Punches


And one more card using the NEW Row of Poppies die, the NEW Open Studio Postage Rectangle Layers die set and the NEW Open Sudio Party Time Clear Stamp set. Poppies are layered on one of the Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers dies.




Linking my Poppies card to the Happy Little Stampers CAS May Challenge – Dies or Punches to Virginia’s View Challenge – Layers and Dimension and to Seize the Birthday Challenge – anything goes birthday.

My poppy card made the Top TEN at Virginia’s View Challenge!  Thank you so much Stephanie

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All three cards are A2 size.

Thanks for stopping by today! I know you’re busy so I kept my chatter to a bare minimum!  lol  Holler if you have a question!  Thanks for all your comments too!  ‘preciate it!

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Taylored Expressions News!




It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I’ve got exciting news to share!   Taylor from Taylored Expressions emailed and invited me to be on her Creative Team!  Of course I said, “YES”!!!  What’s really fun is that her business is only an hour away from me!  Road trip! lol  What a girl will do for more new stamps and dies!  😀




Click over to the TE blog for more exciting news!  I’m so delighted to work with Taylor and her stamps and dies!  The May release is coming soon! YAY!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I always look forward to hearing from you and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me!

Dies I used… Shades of Thanks from TE,  Wispy Grass Border from TE and Cable Knit Embossing Folder from TE

Other… Doodlebug Happy Clouds Washi tape, Distress ink and Distress markers and various card-stocks

p.s. one of the grass cuts I ran though the Big Shot in the Cable Knit embossing folder… isn’t that fun?!  love this folder!