Love You with Pals Paper Arts

Love You

Growing up my mom used to say to me, “El corazon no manda.”  Meaning, the heart doesn’t tell us what to do.  I never knew what she meant by it until I fell in love.  I also used to hear people say, “Love is blind.”  I never knew what that meant either. LOL…until you guessed it, until I fell in love.  This card is dedicated to my mom who taught us that Love is universal and our hearts is what we love with.  Love you mom.

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I’ve been truly challenged to the limit with card challenges and I must let you know that I’m officially obsessed with card challenges.  I would love for you to be crazy about it too…LOL.  You don’t have a blog?  You don’t need to.  you can use Pinterest and a few weeks ago I made a video that shows you how to post a challenge though Pinterest.  Check it out here.


  • White Space.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.  Especially if your goal is to showcase one thing.  My showcase is simply the word LOVE.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Of all days in the month, today is my monthly two posts  in one day.

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Introducing Stamp, Ink, Paper Card Challenge


Nobody knows….how excited I am for today!  Why?  Because today Stamp, Ink, Paper card challenge is born.  The brain child of Justin Krieger is going to take card challenges by the tail.  I urge you to join us in celebrating today’s birth by entering the challenge and give it all you’ve got.  I’m also giving away some blog candy to one lucky player who enters the challenge.

Blog Candy:  A complete paper share of the Designer Series Paper Stacks.  One lucky winner will win a total of 36 page share of the Go Wild, Cherry on Top, and Pretty Petals.      The number of entries will be assigned a number as cards are uploaded onto challenge page.  Random.Org will be used for winner selection and winner will announced here the day after the challenge ends.

Challenge 1

I’m an earth tony type of girl and I have traveled the world many times over during my 25 year stint with the Air Force.  I used numbers instead of a sentiment for my card to introduce myself because numbers play a huge part of my life.  Although it’s June 8th…(19)68 was the best year of my parents life.  Why?  It was the year their only daughter was born.  It was a great for my mom because she was surrounded by nuts! LOL…now go on over to Stamp, Ink, Paper and read more about me and the other design team members.


I met Justin just shy of two years and he is the epitome of card-making perfection!  When he invited me to become a part of this fabulous design team I felt so overwhelmed with happiness.  I feel so honored to be among the truly best card designers out there…I aimed for the moon because I knew I’d end up among the stars.  The blog candy is a brand new LOTUS BLOSSOM stamp set.


  • Sentiment Not Need.  That’s right, there is no rule that states a card must have a sentiment.  I have numbers that mark the birth of today’s card challenge.  Numbers mark a day of most importance in our lives like an anniversary or birthday.

June On-Line Orders.  Receive a sample (one of each) Expressions Natural Elements when you place an order via my on-line store and use Host Code: 7XAYE9K4

No Contact – What it really means.  When you select “No Contact” when you place your on-line order it literally means, “Don’t tell Maggie I placed an order.”  I will not be told who  you are and can’t send you the free product samples.  I would love for you to instead check-mark, “YES, allow my demonstrator to contact me with order updates and other important information.”  Please know that I will never send you junk mail. I want to show you how much I truly appreciate your business.

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A Hawaiian Anniversary


Today’s card is dedicated to my brother and his beautiful bride of 25 years.  They went to Hawaii to celebrate and they shared with me the photo of the mass dedicated to them. Lovely and slightly jealous they were in Hawaii. =)


  • Use real photos.  Card-making doesn’t always have to have a stamped focal point. Real photos are so personal in nature that using one to make a card that much more special. However, I did use three stamp sets to make the frame and add the lovely flowers to represent the Hawaiian adventure.
  • Photo frame video.  Yesterday’s card had a wood frame that did not require any cutting and I made a very quick video to show you how I did it.  My disclaimer…I’m pretty much straight and to the point in my videos. I’m still getting used to recording myself… LOL. Hope you enjoy.  If you want a video on today’s frame, please comment below and I’ll post it tomorrow.

New Catalog On The Way:  Anyone who has ordered from me in the last year will automatically receive the fun packed new catalog. I’ve already seen it and my wish list has 75 stamp sets on it.  This year I’ll have to pace myself (LOL).

Two Types of Demonstrators.  Business and Pleasure. What do they have in common?

  • Both get a Starter Kit with their choice of product for just $99, but choose $125 in product, to include not yet publicly released items.
  • Both have no obligation to stay active – sign up for pleasure and keep having fun or make it a business…you decide with penalty. Whether you take it or leave it…keep your goodies with a discount and get the heck out of dodge!
  • My job is to support whatever you choose and/or share my success with you.  I would love to sponsor you into my family here.

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Happily Ever After


Here’s the story of how this card came about:

Hubby: Can you please make me a wedding card for a co-worker.
Me: Sure
Me: (10 min later)… Here you go.
Hubby: Wow! That’s gorgeous! Is that a swap or did you make it?
Me: You just bought it for $100! LoL

He actually threw me off when he asked if it was a swap card.  We laughed and then he told me I better not tell anyone about the conversation.  Too late!  You can’t make this stuff up.  I still chuckle when I think about it.


I was serious when I said it took me 10 minutes to make this cute golden wedding card.  The card base is in Whisper White and used some Basic Black to give it a little frame around the gold foil paper.  I heat embossed the ‘happily ever after’ on the ‘Gold Fancy’ designer paper.

Wondering how I glued it down without showing adhesive marks?  It’s no secret… I place tiny dots of our Crystal Effects behind the gold hearts and the sentiment.  Crystal Effects dries clear my friends!  A-ha!

Now in the comments below tell me if you would have you ever guessed and what type of adhesive do you use on vellum.

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WeddingBuilt for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Renewed Wedding Vows

Renew Vows

I think I have everyone fooled into thinking I am crafty… LoL.  When in reality, it’s about 40% me and 60% Stampin’ Up!  It takes me an average of 3 days to a week to come up with an orginal sketch/project on my own.  I have to go into my thinking spot and bring into my mind different shapes, textures, and colors in my brain.

I have a network of 500 plus friends and fellow stampers/crafters that share their ideas, thoughts, and even help me when I’m stuck or have card block… similar to writer’s block… HAHA!

However, this beauty was printed with My Digital Studio and scored to resemble a matchbox.  Doesn’t get any simpler that my friends.  I would say “a monkey could do it”, but then again… I am often referred to as a monkey… and that would make that statement true… LOL.

The card was made for my cousin Jenny and husband Ray who will renew their Marriage Vows in a ceremony to celebrate their Tenth Wedding Anniversary.

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EventsI would love to hear from you… if time was no object… which class would you attend?  What would you like to learn, regardless of your skill level?

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You & I In Spanish & Show Me Video


Oprima La Bandera Española  al Ariba al Lado Derecho Para Leer en Español

My bilingual experience since childhood is quite an eye-opener for me when I  had to translate for my ama (mom) everywhere we went.  She took me everywhere… to the grocery store, bank, doctor’s office, and I loved it!

I’m glad my mom took me along because it made me realize that you don’t always have to say, “my mom said…blah blah blah”.  Proper translations are always in the first person and it’s difficult to master… when you’re only 6 years old… LOL.


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Este sello me recuerda a mi madre cuando me llevaba con ella a traducir Inglés para ella.  Ella nunca se llevó a mis hermanos con nosotros y ella me decía, “es sólo tú y yo“.  Me daba gusto porque eso significaba que iba a conseguir dulces sólo para mí… jajaja.

Paper Surgery

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This star filled card is brought to you by the Paper Player PP183 and Mojo Monday.  I haven’t killed two birds with one stone in a very long time, so I figured why not!?  If you need to challenge yourself Sketch Challenges are awesome!  You can catch up on all the sketch challenges I have ever participated in here.  If you’re curious and want to know if I’ve ever won any… check the winners here.

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Products Used to Make Card

I Lava You – Crazy, Mixed-Up Love


I'm crazy about the Crazy, Mixed-Up Love stamp set!  It is perfect for use on Valentine's Day too!  Did you know that a simple handmade card lifts up the human spirit better than spoken words or emails?  I know this from my own personal experience.

But did you also know that "handmade cards are generally cheaper to make or purchase than store bought cards?" (M.J. Meeker/view full article here).  Which of course… that's where I can show you how.  Read more


As you go about your day today think about who can use a pick me up with a handmade card.  Trust me skill is NOT necessary.  I am always amazed at how people think you need some kind of mad paper talent to do this.


You learn as you go and start off small.  Me, I use oodles of card/sketch challenges like the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge… I'm always afraid of 'color challenges', but how else am I going to learn?

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Clearn Rack New ItemGet your membership right now and stretch your dollar by getting double or triple supplies from the clearance rack.  They have added oodles of new items!

Order your supplies now to make handmade cards and make a difference in the life of some one who will benefit from your act of kindness.


Paper:  Venetian Romance
Inks/Color:  Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red
Tools/Punches/Dies:  Square Lattice Embossing Folder Die

Elegant Love You

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For two reasons I had so much fun creating this card.  Reason #1:  I used a sketched that I had originally thought I wouldn't have time to create… boy was I wrong.  Reason #2:  The inspiration came from an ad in a magazine.

Resident Artist and talented designer, Nicole Watt, designed a wonderful sketch for the Pals Paper Arts this week!  The two crossed panels lead was the idea for the card I created.

Here is the ad that inspired the color and the stamp choice.  Polo always reminds me of Royal Families all over the world (i.e. Prince Charles)… the crest in Lovely Romance stamp set is bold, classy, and full of character.  That is why it reminds me of Royalty.  What do you think?

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If it seems to good to be true, send me an email, I am more than happy to answer ANY of your questions.  But the offer will ALWAYS stand:

There is absolutely no obligation to sell or hold workshops/classes and no penalty if you decide to drop!


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Welcome to a new week and have yourself a very wonderful day.  If you don't like Monday's, think of it this way… it's all down hill from here. =)  Thank you so much for stopping by.

It’s August Anniversary Month

Seems a whole lot of people I know personally decided to get married during the month of August.  I figured it was a perfect month to show off my Crushed Curry card stock!  The color is so bright and actually triggers a taste for curry… LoL.
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Pick a FREE Kit Offer: When you take Stampin' Up! for a Test Drive with a starter kit.  With my Circle of Pals there is absolutely NO obligation ever to make a sale or conduct classes.  We are a circle of Hobby Stampers who want a bargain and discovered the Demonstrator Benefits to being hobby stampers!  We took a chance and Explored Our Creativity with absolutely NO COMMITMENT ever!

Click HERE to Pick Your FREE Kit Today:
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Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
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A Feliz Aniversario!


Seems many people I know are celebrating their wedding anniversaries… this card is for you.  A big shout out to Alfred & Leticia Mata and Mark & Shannon Sabroski.  May your marriage be as happy and loving as the first day you fell in love.  Happy Anniversary in Spanish… LoL. 


Card sketch brought to you by the one and only Resident Artist and talented designer, Margaret Moody at Pals Paper Arts 168.

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My deployment is winding down and with it is my time to make cards.  Maybe that's why the next two and a half months are going to fly by.  I've ordered the new Envelope Punch Board and I can't wait for it to arrive, so I can show you the wonderful personalized envelopes I'm going to make.

  • It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes (not to mention a million different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use). Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
  • It makes envelope liners too!
  • It's small and lightweight; it's super portable and easy to store. It's small and light enough that you could use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend's for craft night-anywhere.
  • It even has a slick scoring tool as well as a punch that lets you create rounded corners on your envelopes.
  • It's easy to keep it all together; the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don't have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won't lose them!).
  • The price is terrific-especially for a tool that does so much!  It will be only $19.95.
  • Send me an email with your name and email address and I will reserve one for you.

Heart 4 U!

Do you ever run out of sketches or ideas for a card?  I know I do all the time… that is why I participate in as many card challenges as I possibly have time for.

You can check out all the challenges I have ever participated in here.

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This is the first time I’ve participated with Cas-ual Fridays and as always, each challenge helps hone my skills and get better each time.  I search out the Clean & Simple cards because I know that is more my style, but you don’t have to.

How do you find more?  Easy peasy, just Google: card sketch challenges.  Some have actual prizes, while others give you the right to a special very cool badge you can show off on your blog, but you don’t have to have one.

These two hearts are proof that you don’t have to be perfect either!  But nothing goes to waste and I feel it adds a little bit of character to the hearts.  So, don’t you worry your pretty little heart about something not coming-out perfect.

Every handmade gift is absolutely perfect!

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