Stamp Ink Paper: Graduation

I read a post the other day on a crafting Facebook page and it said that a lady asked if she could leave her crafting supplies at a demonstrator’s home.  The demonstrator thought it was a strange request, so she asked the lady, please tell my why you want to do that.  This was the lady’s response summarized because I can’t remember word-for-word, “I bought all the supplies for make cards I like, but it seems too many others make cards that are too much work and I just can’t make them.  Well, my friends, I took to heart what the lady said.  Why?  Because, like the lady, I don’t like making complicated cards either.  Hence, why my cards are so often simple and so easy to reproduce by anyone!  It’s all about cut, stamp, adhere and done! 

If you don’t have a graduate to make and give this card to there are many more sentiments that can be used instead.  Maybe like Happy Birthday and instead of 2017, put the year of their birth…now that will go over well to anyone who is age conscious. LOL

Although this card was designed for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge, I was on a mini-vacay to Reno, Nevada and I completely got my dates all twisted by thinking Sunday was Saturday and Monday was Sunday, I missed the dead-line and missed out on posting my card.  However, I’m entering this card into the players pool knowing I can not win, but can show off my card.  So, play along side me this week at the Stamp Ink Paper Card Challenge

The Details:

  • Die-cut with Big Shot.  Our Large Letter Framelits will never go out of style for any occasion that revolves around numbers and you don’t even need electricity.  Run them through your Big Shot and boom! You’re all done!
  • Congratulations!  The sentiment used is from the Floral Phrases stamp set and I aligned it with my handy dandy Stamp-a-Ma-Jig thingy (LOL).  It’s perfect for making things straight!
  • Easy Stick Numbers:  Due to the thickness of the Gold Glimmer paper, I used the Multipurpose Adhesive sheets for the number to make ensure they adhered to the black cardstock.  It works like a charm.

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Congratulations: Watercolored Rose


My mom called me the other day and asked if I would please make a card for her to give to my brother and his new bride.  I got right on it and did some water-coloring….did you see my post from a couple days ago? It’s water-coloring of the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set and lately it’s my go-to method for coloring in my stamped images.  I absolutely love it!


The Details:

  • No Need To Be Perfect.  That’s right!  Why worry about being perfect?  I used to worry about it and it never got me anywhere!  I was too intimidated to try because I thought it had to be perfect.  However, once I no longer feared perfectionism…I just can’t stop water-coloring. You should really give it a try if you are like I once was.
  • Easy Frame. Let me tell you how easy peasy this is to do.  After stamping and coloring in your image, use the  Layering Squares Framelits to cut out the center of the image.  Adhere the inside image flat on the card base and use Foam Adhesive Strips to give the outer layer and make the frame pop up.  It gives it a completely different look.  Go on and try it!

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Music to My Ears

Yay You!

Today I come to you from Hawaii!  A long needed holiday that I should’ve taken two years ago, but nevertheless I am here now and I’m loving it!  But in the meantime, I want to share my card for the Stamp Ink Paper sketch challenge this week.

Stamp Ink Paper #29

FREE product with purchase begins this week and it’s called SALE-A-BRATION!
Weekly Deals – Clearance Rack – Occasions 2016Free Product (Sale-a-bration) 

MaggieThis is how I feel about Sale-a-bration and the Occasions catalog debuting today.  Seriously, who doesn’t like FREE product!  I know I do! LOL

January On-Line Orders.  Use Host Code ZKSJDM6J and receive SIX of the Botanical Garden Jewels  when you place an on-line order via my on-line store.  Please do not select “No Contact” when placing your order, I will not receive your information and will NOT be able to send you the Botanical Gardens Jewels.

ALWAYS A GOOD DEAL!  I WELCOME HOBBY STAMPERS!  Maximize your savings by purchasing the $99 Starter Kit.  You can choose any current product up to $125 (that’s $26 free) for $99 and it ships free for another 10% savings.  You’ll  enjoy demonstrator discounts (20% or more) on additional orders placed through at least June 30, 2016!

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Stampin’ Up! is Happiness Always


Notice anything new?  Keep looking and I’ll tell you what it is down below.  Today’s card is my entry into Freshly Made Sketches #189 Card Sketch.  I haven’t entered there challenges in a while and I don’t have a good reason!  I simply got carried away with my retirement and all the planning up-coming changes.  Oh, I love change!

FMS Final 189-001


In my excitement to update my stamp sets in unison with the new catalog I left this set on the shelf by accident.  It wasn’t until after I sat down to blog that I noticed we don’t even carry it anymore.  So, you can buy it right now for $10 with FREE shipping.  I only have one set, so it’s first to click is first to buy.


  • Partial Stamping.  Did you know that when stamping an image you don’t have to stamp the entire image on the cardstock to show it’s beauty?  It’s okay to have partial stamping or to miss a tiny bit of it off the page even if you have a Type A personality.  I didn’t want to show the entire stem and the tiny line of missing pedal was done on purpose.  Why?  Because I only need the flower.  I wanted the Blossom to be the main focus.
  • Watermark On Your Photos:  This is the new thing I added…I changed the watermark on my photos.  I can’t stress it enough…when sharing your photos of your cards always watermark them.  Get credit for your gorgeous artwork!  They’re so easy to make too and here’s a link that will show you how to do them with PicMonkey (free internet software).

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Take Me Out To the Ball Game

Last weekend I was invited to participate in a local fundraiser in support of our local Little League Club.  I made a few baseball specific cards that I printed with My Digital Studio and have quite a few left over. Please feel free to browse through The Card Store to purchase.

Baseball Fear

To give the card a baseball look I used the Chevron punch and adhered the pieces in a half-moon to give it a rounded shape. I found the poem on Pinterest.

Thanks Coach

All of the coaches that take time to teach, mentor, and coach children deserve a huge “thank you.”  I played softball growing up and I remember all of us pulling our couple dollars each to buy our coach something nice to say thank you for putting with us.  Sports made me feel confident and I especially loved that my coach was also our mentor.

Congrats Homerun

In the mean time, sing along with me…”Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd;
Just buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…”

MAGGIE MADE TIPS: Not in cash, but great crafting recommendations.

  • Always An Occasion To Make a Card.  There is nothing in the world that is too big nor too small that doesn’t deserve a card. Especially when a child needs added encouragement if (s)he struck out during a ballgame. Most important they should know that they should never give up.
  • Show Gratitude with A Thank You.  Everyone who is involved in teaching our children valuable skills should always be thanked.  It’s a kind gesture to say we appreciate them.

RETIRING PRODUCT:  Have you seen what happens on eBay when you missed what you would’ve purchased because you knew you really wanted it?  You’ll be shocked out of your mind!  Don’t believe me, just go check it out and then come back and get it before it’s too late. See it all here.

PREFERRED STATUS: This happens to every single person who purchases from me. They earn extra little treats and getting to buy my retired stash before I open it to the public for 50 percent off. Yes, that right…my current customers will get a chance of buying anything they missed if I have it in my stock. Learn more about the kudos of Shopping With Me.

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Painted Blooms One Page Wonder

Painted Blossoms

It’s been a little over three years since I joined the Pretty Pals via my up-line Mary aka Fearless Leader and CEO at Stampin’ Pretty. I’ve always wanted to be a guest on Mary’s blog, but I just didn’t have the nerve to actually go through with it until now. Here it goes………

Painted Blooms

Painted Blooms

Painted Blooms

These six cards were made with just one page of my umpteenth favorite designer series paper…Painted Blooms! With one sheet of paper you can make all SIX cards.

If you are local to me, Fairfield, California, please email me ( I will send you the details to sign up for the workshop. It will be held on Fri., April 17th from 6-8 p.m. and you’ll make the cards as shown above.

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  • Flowers make great backgrounds: I’m not a flower person, but this designer series paper is to scream for! It’s perfect for backgrounds and all you need is a sentiment.
  • Perfect for gift-giving: This entire back is so perfect for making sets of cards for gift-giving. 

SALE-A-BRATION: Not much time left and this year has been one of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest one.  They’ve added twice the number of FREE product that you can choose from them here, here, and here.

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SALE-A-BRATION BEGINNERS KIT BONUS:  During Sale-A-Bration, you’ll also get your choice of two FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts OR one FREE Occasions Project kit.  Free options HERE.  Ends March 31.  Four new Sale-A-Bration gift choices added.

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Happy Retirement Major Gill


Ever find yourself wanting to do more with your Stampin’ Up! stamps and ink? Well you can do so much more than you’ve ever imagined with My Digital Studio, but first let me tell you about my co-worker & friend Dave.

Dave is a fellow hospital administrator (like me) and he joined the Air Force December 1989 just five months shy after me.

Today we celebrate his retirement and I wanted him to have a card that is extremely personal. It doesn’t get any more personal than having your name printed on the front with the logo that represents 25 years of service to our country.

Dave knows I have a blog, but he doesn’t check it, so you know what’s the next best thing since sliced bread? For YOU to leave him a comment and thank him for his 25 years of honorable and dedicated service to our great country.

Now, on to how I made the card.


I used My Digital Studio to print the words and then used my Cameo to cut out the Air Force Logo, which I downloaded from the internet. It made it easier to cut out the blue outline that overlapped the silver. I then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the AF logo a 3-D finish.

MAGGIE MADE TIPS: Not in cash, but great crafting recommendations

  • When Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have an ink, paper, or anything that can personalize a special card, break out with My Digital Studio. You can try it FREE for 30 days and play with it. It really is FREE to try.
  • Or you can submit an order to me for that special card. Simply send me an email ( with your name and phone number and we’ll connect to go over the details. It’ll be cheaper than Hallmark and much more personal.

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Pumpkin Anyone?

This month’s My Paper Pumpkin was amazing! I’ve taught two free card classes with them and they are a hit. At first I thought that the kits would be great for beginners who want to experiment with the kit, but I quickly realized that the kits are great for the advanced card maker also. I love them because I can put them together with ease and I send them to my customers as well as give them to family & friends. I can give so many of them away because I order three kits a month. That’s how crazy I am about them.



I couldn’t believe that this kit also came with tiny cards that can also be used with gift cards too. They are so darn cute! Click here to learn more about My Paper Pumpkin.


 If you’ve been thinking about or considering a kit click on photo below to give it at least one try.

Paper Pumpkin

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A Baby Elephant


This card represented my mood over my three-day weekend.  It was full of happy moments followed by unexpected sadness.  News of a friend’s new baby on the way followed by the passing of a great man.

The baby elephant is the sign of good luck (so I’ve been told) for me it’s knowing that a friend has been blessed with new beginnings and a growing family.  The grass is the greener pastures that we are all bound to have with a positive attitude.

Yet, the half circle in the background represents the sun and the moon.  The transition of a life that was taken way too soon.   The moon is the passing on to another life with a departure of an awesome soul.  We are truly going to miss you Tim.  I promise to keep an eye on the Farmer’s wife.


Here’s a close up of the tiny baby elephant with a pink flower on its head.  We don’t know what the sex of the baby is but you instantly know what we are hoping for.  Yes, we will be prayerful for a healthy baby period… but there is nothing but boys in this family, so a baby girl, is slightly hoped for. =)


Only while supplies last, active Paper Pumpkin subscribers can purchase a selection of past Paper Pumpkin Kits and Paper Pumpkin Refill Kits.

  • This special offer is available to any active Paper Pumpkin subscribers.  Former Paper Pumpkin subscribers are not eligible unless they resubscribe.
    • An active or current subscriber is someone who is receiving one or more Paper Pumpkin Kits on a monthly basis.
    • If a subscriber decides to skip a month, they are still considered an active subscriber.
  • Kits and refill kits will count toward Sale-A-Bration rewards (through March 31) and hostess benefits for all subscribers.
  • Active subscribers can order as many kits and refill kits as they’d like; however, this offer is good only while supplies last.  Once our current inventory of a kit is depleted, the kit will not be available for ordering.
  • There is no guarantee that we will sell additional past kits or kit refills again.
  • Kit prices do not include shipping; standard shipping rates apply.
  • To order these kits,  contact me today at
  • Kits cannot be ordered in the Online Store or via OEX (Online Ordering Express).
  • Paper Pumpkin Refill Kits do NOT include the stamp set or ink from the original kit.

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Refill Kits (refill kits do not include stamp set or ink):

Seriously Refill Kit (April 2013) $7.95
Hello to You Refill Kit (June 2013) $7.95
Party Pennants Refill Kit (July 2013) $5.95
Pedal Praise Refill Kit (August 2013) $7.95
Wahoo! Refill Kit (September 2013) $7.95
Noel Refill Kit (November 2013) $7.95

If you dropped your subscription and you want to re-subscribe to get these past kits, you will also receive the FREE set of In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (if they sign up by March 31).

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Finally, A Day About You!

After I made this card, I got around to thinking that it can be used for a variety of occasions.  A birthday, Mother’s & Father’s Day, Graduation, a little hokey for a wedding, but hey don’t judge… hahaha.  Any other’s you can think of?  I think it’s perfect for any occasion really!

I used my paper-piercing mat and tool to give the card a little subtle face lift… since I did not use the framelit that coordinates with the pattern.  But maybe you can try it and show it to me.  I’d love that!

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Pals Blog Hop: Retirement Party!

Thank you for joining us for the May Pals Blog Hop and our annual retirement party! It’s time to say goodbye to stamps and accessories that will not be available in the new  2013-14 Stampin’ Up!catalog. Although it’s always sad to see wonderful products retire, it is exciting to think about all of the new products that will soon be available. So enjoy the farewell tour for our favorite retiring products – and remember you have until June 3rd to order from the retiring product lists. 

You should have just left stop number 19 on the Pals Hop – Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter.  If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Just in case this is the first time you’ve visited me, I serve on active duty with the Air Force for the last 23 years.  I am Livin’ the Dream!  I look forward to the day that I can retire and commit  ALL my time making cards and working on my scrapbooks.

I am currently deployed and with each new post I talk about the deployment life from my perspective.  I pretty much work 12 or more hours a day, but the time for me is flying by… I don’t know if it’s because of all the hours I put in or because this time around (3rd deployment) I’m making cards and finding others here who enjoy doing it too! =)

This is the first card I make on this deployment.  One of our warehouse logistician’s became a first time uncle and greeting cards are a premium around here, so I used this opportunity to use one of my favorite retiring stamp sets, Moving Forward.

He will be sending this card off to the new parents and he is very excited to meet his nephew in five months and three weeks (but who’s counting)… LoL.

This stamp set is part of the Making a Difference program which Stampin’ Up! made exclusively for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).  You can read more about the program here or view the first time I used the set here.

The next stop is Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping, stop number 21 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

  1. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  2. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  3. Amy Williams at Stampin’ on the Range
  4. Kathleen Law at Craft With Kathleen
  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  6. Kari Linder at Stampin’ Essentials
  7. nicole watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  10. Lynn Hoyt at Cattail Designs
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  13. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  14. Amy Lazzell at Just a Thought…Cards by Amy
  15. Leslie Davis at Life’s Moments
  16. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  17. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  18. Debbie Mageed at Scrappin’ and Stampin’
  19. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <—YOU ARE HERE
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  25. Peggy Noe at
  26. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  27. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair
  28. Shirley Sumption at look at my cute stuff
  29. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  30. Barbara Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  31. Elaine Fleming at Studio Elaine