I’ll Tumble for You!

I have a love for all things craft related and that means more than just hand-crafted greeting cards. Especially vinyl, heat vinyl, t-shirts, and I’ve dabbled with painting wood, but I’ll show you that later.  I’m still trying to perfect my painting skills (LOL).  These two tumblers were made as a gift for two family members, sisters.  One of them is a diesel mechanic and when her dad tells his friends his daughter is a diesel mechanic he beams a great proud smile and says, “She’s my little grease monkey!”  

The other daughter loves all things Japanese, so much so that she minored in Japanese in college!  Her senior year in college she ventured on a two-week vacation to Japan with a friend.  When she returned home she told stories of how the wonderful people of Japan repeatedly asked one question, “Where did you learn Japanese? You speak it so well!” 

If you want to make something with these two designs here you go!  Select desired file: Grease Monkey Evolution (PNG, SVG), Japanese Girl Drinking Tea (PNG, SVG).


I Now Wear Two Hats

I have been blessed with a gift I didn’t know I had until after my military retirement.  I’m a naturally gifted Graphic Art Designer.  I don’t create graphic designs, I purchase them from other designers and I incorporate them into my custom pieces.  I’m so blessed with the addition to my endeavor that my cup overfloweth.   Hence the reason to this oh so cute banner I made for a customer.  You can see more of my custom pieces here.

Beside being super busy with creating personalized master-pieces, I’ve discovered that our Whisper White Cardstock is oh so perfect for printing rich colorful prints.  You can’t even tell that the banner is an actual print straight out of my color laser printer can ya?


Today’s post is about doing a gift-away.  What’s a gift-away?  It’s when I gift an item to someone on your behalf.  I don’t have it designed yet, but just know that it will be BEAUTIFUL!  How do you enter?  Share this post on any of the social buttons at the bottom of the post and cut & paste the following:  #MaggieMadeCards is gifting-away a Merry Christmas banner to someone of my choosing and I want to win it!”   Winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 8th.

December On-Line Orders.  Receive four of the Botanical Gardens Jewels that will debut in the Occasions catalog,  when you place an on-line order this month and use Host Code RW2MBJGV.  Simply place an 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.

Share the gift of crafting…the deals are out of this world right now!
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On the Wedding Day


Simple Elegance is how I feel about this card.  A little card for a big day!  This very card has had the biggest (almost said hugest…LoL) impact in my card-making hobby/business.  How?  It all began with friends requesting I make them a very special one-of-a-kind (not anymore) card.  Then someone else asked of I could make some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cards for their son’s birthday and that’s when I couldn’t keep up.  Heck, I’m still catching up.

Although I already know that my card-making will never stop, I will always make time to make those sweet little kid birthday card requests.  I know Etsy is a big deal now-a-days and everyone orders digitally created invitations then print them from home or a local box store.  Well I researched it one step further and found out that YOU too can make your custom-made party themed invitations with Mini/Micky Mouse, Superman, Batman, or whoever you wish.  To find a free theme invite simply search the name of the character and add PNG to the end of the search and you’ll get thousands of ideas.  However, you do have to be a little computer/software savvy to get the party started.

 I posted a few of my custom-made items on the local Facebook groups in my area and within a few hours I received more requests and orders that I didn’t step foot into my craft room the entire week!  I thought to myself, “What was I thinking!”  The answer was simple, I love to share my God Given talent with others! 


  • White Space.  I’ve written about white space before and besides loving it so much, there is something you should know when attempting to leave so much open space on a card.  Layers!  Yes, it’s all about the layers…the more the better because the variations in color make all the difference and pull the eye away from seeing all that white space.  The eye doesn’t like clutter and the borderd layers gives the perception of nothing but elegance.  Seriously, look at the card and what do you see?  Husband…it doesn’t get any sweeter than.

August On-Line Orders.  Receive a Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack Paper Share.  That’s 20 sheets of one each of double-sided designs in 10 colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, gold, Sahara Sand, silver, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack cut 6″ x 6″.  Simply place an order via my on-line store and use Host Code: BZMUS7PV.

Awesome Offer…Paper Share.  The offer will continue until they are all gone (I have 2 left).  What you will receive?  One of each of all our DSP papers cut 6″ x 6″.  Perfect for cards, such as this one for that perfect size background.  Save the scraps for another day.  Why spend over $100+ just to test them and see which is your favorite.  Get your sampler pack for only $25 with FREE shipping here.

Always Open.  This week I had a conversation with a friend who expressed her desire for a discount on her paper-crafting supplies, but fear a committment or a penalty if she signed up just to receive constant reminders about making sales or holding workshops.  I told her that my team is a non-hassle, non-committment, no sales requirement team.  What does that mean?  Read it  here.

Thank you so much for cathing up with me…until tomorrow Stay Crafty My Friends.


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Personalized Baby’s Welcome

Baby Welcome

As a part of my home-based business, I branched out into the custom-made market after the urging of my BFF, Pam.  Although I initially resisted, I’m comforted in knowing that when I make such wonderful personalized cards my customer is elated.

Baby Welcome

The main requirement for this card was to incorporate the baby’s name into the sentiment.  Although Stampin’ Up! retired their My Digital Studio software for personal designing cards, I now use My Memories Suite, which is almost the same thing, but with a bit more functions.

Baby Welcome

What makes my custom orders different?  a) they’re affordableb) no minimum order require, and c)  if you don’t like it, you don’t buy it!  Basic card size is A2 (measures  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and start at $5 and up depending on embellishments.

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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The Golden “M”

This is my second monogramed card I’ve made so far… you can see the first one here, only difference with this one… is that this one is for me!  LoL… I make cards as I need them and sometimes things happen that prevent me from making a personalized card on the spot.  So having a set of monogramed cards will help me during those times.

CAS-ology Week 54 - Gold

The card was also inspired by the CAS-ology Cue Card challenge and their only suggestion was “gold”.  So, I broke out with my gold embossing powder and champagne glimmer paper which is more gold than anything else.

For news on my side of the world is at a stalemate.  The weather has been too hot to handle to be outside for long periods of time.  I call it lung hot weather.  The warmth of the air actually makes one feel like your lungs are sweating on the inside with each breath.  LoL.

I tend to stay indoors and running outside is for truly dedicated runners who think 100+ degrees is all a mind set.  I’d rather stay inside a cool room and read, make cards, or watch movies.

I did venture out on my day off today, and I lasted about 1.5 hours in the shade.  I was brave enough to walk to the Pizza Hut that is inside of a trailer (kind of like a semi truck hauler) and sat on the patio outside the watering hole called Pete’s.

There is even a Burger King on base, but since the only hamburgers I eat are from Five Guys or In-n-Out, I’m afraid to try them here… LoL.

Don’t forget to stay tuned for your chance to win a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine!!!

Stampin’ Up! Items Used

Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Mosaic Madness Clear Stamp Set
Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Typeset Alphabet Bigz
Champagne Glimmer Paper
Whisper White Cardstock