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The WINNER IS…. NEW Memory Box Gloriette Snowflake Collage Card

Congratulations Nancee!  Email me your address and I’ll get this in the mail to you! ❤

So a month or so ago, on a Saturday afternoon, I made a bunch of backgrounds on watercolor paper following Jill Foster’s tutorial video!  It was so much fun!  I ended up with 35 pieces this size!!!  I know, you’re laughing at me but it was so fun!  I’m using two for the first time today!  I need to use them so I can make some more!

The New Memory Box Gloriette Snowflake Collage die is great fun too!  Just wow, so many variations you can come up with using the two dies that come in this envelope!

Top picture is what I did first, then I had leftover pieces and instead of making another card at the time I glued them together and made another snowflake which could be a tree ornament or a tag but to show you how it looks on a card I took a picture of it inserted into this card!

Really pretty both ways!  I love this set!

So then I needed to fill in a little bit so I die cut the NEW Memory Box Starburst Snowflake Discs and just used the snowflakes from the cuts and glued them directly to the card front. 

What’s a card without words?  Is it still a card? hoho  I wanted words so I die cut the NEW Memory Box Merry Christmas Curled Script die three times and glued them together.  I love it!  I love that the dot for the i is on the flourish of the capital M!  I’m always losing those little dots!   I lost an exclamation mark clear stamp this week.  So crazy! lol

I’m really tickled that I actually stamped inside this card and even stamped the back with my name stamp!  Normally I wait until the last minute then I’m hurrying but I wanted to use this NEW Memory Box Sweet Christmas stamp set because it matches the font of the Merry Christmas die on the front!  It’s a beautiful sentiment set!  I always love a match too!

See?  Isn’t that pretty! Many more to choose from too.

ok – I’m gonna quit talking now and get links made and try to get out of the house for a bit this afternoon!  It’s so beautiful out! Sun is shining and I love the cooler temps!  🙂

Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy Cardmaking day tomorrow or whatever it’s called. hehe

Dies and Supplies I used to make this card…

Memory Box – 94696 Gloriette…
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Memory Box – 94679 Starburst…
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Memory Box – 94682 Merry Christmas…
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Memory Box – CL5283 Sweet Christmas…
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Scor-Tape; Scor Tape
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
[ STR | SBC | SSS ]

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poppystamps Sylvan Frame, Susanna Blossom and WINNERS!

Pam Sparks Sylvan Susanna

Hi everyone! Here I am with inky fingers, posting a card and the two winners of the NEW Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers Die sets!  YAY!

I used some Hobby Lobby watercolor paper, Distress inks, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers.  Brushed on some water, brushed on some color, dried with the heat tool but…don’t try to pick off any black marks!  That’s what happened in the bottom right dark violet area. Silly me, just leave it alone! When you try to remove, it makes it white!  So then, you add more color and the paper pills up, so then, you have a mess and end up darker and remembering again why you should just leave well enough alone!!!  Will I ever learn?! Rolling my eyes at myself!  : )

I decided to post it anyway…running out of daylight (for photos) so no starting over and I wanted to post the winners!

Pam Sparks Sylvan Susanna Close

I spritzed some pearl spray into the drops of Distress ink refills but it’s hard to see it in the pictures. boo.  It’s really a nice touch though.  The green leaves are Twisted Citron Distress ink.  There was a time in my life when I would’ve never put these colors together! WOW!  I’ve changed! lol

Die cut the Susanna Blossom, emboss it, leave it in the die, flip it over and ink it with Wilted Violet Distress ink and the ink blending tool. I spritzed it a little with the pearl spray too but be careful cuz it moves easy!  You don’t want too much. (I had to do it twice) lol

The ‘happy spring’ sentiment is from the Springtime Bunnies stamp set. There is also a ‘thinking of you’ in the set and it would work nicely also.  I’ll link you up to everything below.

SO…..DRUMROLL or Cymbals…you pick… haha

THE WINNERS ARE… #38 Linda Pearce and #42 AnnieC!  Congratulations gals! I will email you. I’ll need your snail mail address.  Happy die cutting to you!

Thanks so much everyone for commenting and following my blog! I love coming here and showing you what I’ve been up to!  If you could see my email inbox, you’d know I love seeing what you all are up to too! lol

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!  ttul!

Shopping Links to the Dies and Supplies I used on this card…

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Taylored Expressions November Release Day and Book Winner!




Hi everyone! Looking at this card makes me want to celebrate! EEK!  We’re so close to a new year…hard to believe…can I just live in denial?!

Today I’m featuring this fabulous Happy New Year die from Taylored Expressions. All the NEW for November release is in the store today! I die cut the Happy New Year die in metallic silver cardstock. I used four other dies for this card too. The Celebration Confetti die is new also and cut in gold metallic cardstock. Perfect for shaker party cards!  Then I used the Starry Night Cutting Plate cut in teal-ish glitter cardstock for the background, the Frame in a Frame Cutting Plate cut in metallic silver cardstock and one of the banners from Skinny Mini Party Borders cut in metallic gold cardstock. Sparkle and Shine!





Next up…a sweet gift idea…keep them by the computer for all the recipe sharing that happens online!




Look at this cute NEW Little Bits Mixer die!  Darling!  The Recipe Card Pack is NEW also…the TE designers have been showing what they’ve made with the new kitchen stamps and dies all week. So cute!

I used the Tag Stacklets 2 dies, Tag Reinforcement dies, Special Delivery stamp set and tied the pack up with twine.





Next up…a super cute NEW set of Holiday Charms! I used the snowflake charm on this card.




I cut the three flakes in silver glitter foam and then added silver stickles glitter too!  Sometimes you just need more you know! lol

The vellum banner is cut with the NEW Stitched Banner Stacklets die set and I embossed a sentiment from last months new In and Out Christmas stamp set.

I hung the flakes on twine hidden behind the Peek A Boo Circle die panel.

The background is embossed with the Winter Flurry Embossing Folder.





Next up…two cards using the NEW Basketweave Cutting Plate die.




Here I used it in a traditional way… just like you would think a basket should look!  The NEW Stitched Banner Stacklets again stamped with the Simply Stamped Pinecones stamp set and the Simply Stamped Pinecones Dies.

A little Frosted Lace Stickles on the pinecones and tied up with twine.





Here is a CAS use for the Basketweave Cutting Plate.  I die cut it in Red and Green cardstock.  Placed it on the diagonal and trimmed off the excess after I taped it to the back of the card.




There’s another one of the NEW Holiday Charms.  A cute little Santa Hat cut in white and red cardstock. Trim the white and glue to the red and Frosted Lace Stickles just makes it more festive!


PamSparksSantaHatParty copy


I hope you’ve enjoyed the Taylored Expressions November release posts this week and can get over to the TE Blog for a complete list of the participating designers. Take a look around for more inspiration and NEW product info! All the stuff we love! 


*** AND the WINNER of the Creative Cardmaking book is…..  #34!  Carmen Willis you have the lucky number my hubby picked!   Congratulations!  I will email you for your address…be watching for it!!!  Thank you everyone for commenting.  Always makes me happy!

Thanks for stopping by today… links for what I used on these cards in the Taylored Expressions store below. Holler if you have any questions!

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Birthday card, SFYTT and a winner!!!


Hi everyone!  Thank you all for your wonderful comments on the giveaway post! and all your comments all year long!!  So fun to hear from you all and I failed to get replies sent this time!  My computer has the craziest problem right now and I’ve been wasting too much time trying to figure it out on my own.  I think I better just take it to the store! ugh.  Of all things,  MUTE is stuck on!  So I can’t watch the videos of our grandkids or stamping videos!  My videos won’t work in iPhoto either! No sound at all!  Have any of you ever had this happen?


ok – now that I got the complaining out of the way….


the WINNER of the Warm Wishes stamp set and die IS….


#36 Rannah Romps!!!!  

congratulations Rannah!

email me with your snail mail address!


I’m sharing a birthday card today that I made with Reverse Confetti stamps and dies.


Every month Reverse Confetti has a Sketch For You To Try Challenge and I wanted to enter!



I really did make this card for the challenge – I had my computer open to the sketch, made the flowers and look where I ended up!  I’m still linking up though because I played!  : )




I used the Petals ‘N Posies stamp and die sets, Roundabout Additions stamp set, Memory Box stitched circle die and Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Mat. (link in sidebar – be sure to use my code if you shop)




I used Colorbox Chalk inks for the leaves and flowers, Pink Pastel, Rouge, Lime Pastel and Deep Green.  Black ink for the flower centers is Versafine Onyx Black.  I inked up the birthday wishes stamp with Versamark and embossed it with Ranger Detail Embossing powder.

The card is top folding and 5 1/2 inches square.

and Washi tape!  Two different black patterns.  The dot one is from K & Company, the smash book line and the other I don’t know the brand…sorry about that.

Thanks again for your support of Cindy’s store and my blog!  ‘preciate it so much!  Happy Friday and Happy weekend to you!

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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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Giveaway Winner and Memory Box Butterfly Vine…


Such a habit… I always seem to put a photo at the top of the post!  hehe  Oh well… go ahead…scroll down and see who the winner is!

Here’s the Butterfly Vine stencil debossed into Strathmore Bristol card-stock… It really worked great… the other side was nicely embossed, so you could use either side.

It was great to use the debossed side because the stencil stayed in the grooves while I misted it with three colors of Glimmer Mist. Patina, Frosty Nights and Mistletoe.

Let that dry…

Then I replaced the stencil in the grooves again and stamped with a variety of Memory Box stamps inked with Distress Ink pads. One of the stamps, Vintage Scroll has been discontinued.  Sorry about that… some shops still have it in stock.

I used the Perfect Layers ⅛ inch ruler to mat the stenciled and inked piece on black card-stock.

Here’s a close up…


I really like the definition the debossing/embossing gives… like letterpress without the ink.

I layered it up like this in my Big Shot…

Multi purpose Platform set on Tab 1

Clear Cutting Mat

Spellbinder Tan Embossing mat

Bristol card-stock (I very lightly spritzed it with water on both sides – spritzing on the back side helps keep it from curling)

Butterfly Vine Stencil

Clear Cutting Mat

5 pieces of 5 ½ x 8 ½ in. 65# cover card-stock, stacked together and placed on top (shims)

Then run it through!

NOW FOR the WINNER of the MB Lunette and Oriel Butterfly dies from SLS!!!

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#30 is Linda Ward!  Congrats Linda!  It’s your lucky day!
Watch your email, I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address.

Thank you everyone for stopping by, linking up and shopping at!

*** Linking up to…
Clips N Cuts blog  – giveaway
ETA – 
Moxie Fab World – Styling with Stencils Challenge

Supplies I used on my card…