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…”

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  • 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.

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You Are Charged…

Ben Sheriff

Every little boy I know wants to become a super hero. Everything from Batman to Ironman.

But the little boys in my (extended) family want to be a Sheriff, just like their daddy.

Well, you can Deputize them and make them feel like they are the real thing!

The six point star will certainly bring a little bit of reality in their little lives.

Let their imagination run wild as they hoop and holler looking for the bad guys.

Heck a pair of plastic handcuffs can even finish off their fantasy.

Believable Badge: Gold Colored Rhinestones

Or you can make them silver, just don’t forget to write or stamp in their name. You’re not a Deputy Sheriff until your name is etched into the badge.

Make an extra badge so they can wear it proudly as they go around arresting the family dog, cat, or little sister/brother.

The most lovable smile you will have on your face will be when you are watching your son, grandson, nephew, Godson, etc. wear his badge proudly.

Boy Child Deputy

With Not Having This Stamp Set

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You Are My Sunshine

It’s been a week since I posted a card, but for good reason… I had abdominal surgery.  My entire body is finally 100% awake… for those of you have had ANY type of surgery, you know what I’m talking about.

Not only are you put to sleep, but every cell in your body (to include your internal organs) also go to sleep.  Abdominal surgery, however, is a little different.  As everything in your body begins to awaken, pain is one of them.  LOL

I thought I’d be able to post while laying in the bed, but nope… usually I just drifted off to sleep.  So, I’ll hurry and tell you about this card before I get tired again and take a nap.  This post alone has taken me several days to put together…LOL.


My card today was made with the  Ray of Sunshine stamp set and I think it’s just so cute.  As I sat to prepare this card for this post I could hear the Beatles in the background singing…Here Comes the Sun…and I say it’s alright.

How did I make the sun rays?  I stamped the rays and then snipped each one individually and adhered them straight on the DSP, but adhered the sun with Stampin’ Dimensionals for an a raised look.

To clear any confusion, I made this card and a few others way before my surgery.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to sit in a chair for quit a while.  See you back soon.

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Items Used to Make Card

Park Lane DSP Color MatchBlackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White.

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Fire Engine Kids Birthday – You’re My Hero


The You're My Hero stamp set reminds me of growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles hearing sirens as they left the station to respond to an emergency.  This card is great birthday card for that little boy in your life.

On Air Force bases fire trucks are yellow and I have no idea why.  I Googled it and I found out that there is no particular reason, but there must be in the military because every base I've ever visited has yellow fire trucks.

However, my research indicated that yellow fire trucks were more safe because they are more visible to drivers.  Now that makes sense.


The card is a quick & easy card, just like I like them!  I used real red card stock as the card base with a piece of whisper white to bring out the real red in the trucks color.  The black strip of basic black was a left over scrap and it fit perfect after I stamped the trucks.  To add a little dimension to the tires I placed candy dots from the Neutrals collection on all six tires.

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It's Friday night in my part of the world and I'll be getting to bed soon because tomorrow morning when you're on your way from work or cooking super… I will be reporting to the starting line to run the Air Force Maraton (10K).  You can follow the race on my Facebook page.

I feel so excited about it and I'm beside myself because I HATE running, but I'm so excited about tomorrow.  I feel like it's the first day of school… LOL.

Thank you so much for visiting me.  Wish me luck. —Maggie

You’re My Hero… A Salute to First Responders


A friend from long ago, whom I met through my sister-in-law over 20 years ago is an L.A.P.D. police officer.  She is very patriotic and has never hesitated to show her gratefulness to our nation's military.

However, she is my hero herself!  Her life is in danger every time she puts on her uniform.  She believes in her city and has done everything within her power to keep it safe.  Here's to you Ms. Y!  I'm so proud of you.


I love this stamp set because it reminds me of the police cars from long ago.  The car is somewhat from the 70's and I wouldn't call it antique… but it's pretty close to it don't you think?  Perfect for a kid's birthday card.

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Stamp Set:  You're My Hero
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Modern Melody DSP
Inks/Color:  Real Red

Pals Blog Hop: Our Favorite Tools

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Thank you for joining us for the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showcasing projects made with the Stampin' Up! tools we love. 

You should have just left stop number 18 on the Pals Hop – Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb.  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.


All of my friends and family, including my co-workers… know first hand how crazy I am for Hello Kitty.  I've seen so many Hello Kitty cards that I think I racked my brain for weeks trying to figure out which punches I could use to re-create this beautiful kitty… LoL.

I finally found the cat's meow… with three punches that you may already have.  They are the Owl, 1" Circle, and Word Window punches.  You too can make this sweet popular feline that has never stopped being popular since I was an early teen.

Make sure that the whiskers are in line with the eyes and nose.  I've created a step by step PDF instruction sheet to help you.  I hope it helps you put together your own Hello Kitty.  Please feel free to share with anyone you want.


The next stop is Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit, stop number 20 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


Blog Hop Lineup

  1. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  2. Shirley Sumption at Look at My Cute Stuff
  3. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  6. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  7. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  8. Maria Flores at Maria's Sandbox
  9. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  10. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  11. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  12. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  13. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  14. Peggy Noe at Prettypaprecards.com
  15. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  17. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  18. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <—You Are Here
  20. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  22. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  23. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin'
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts


Paper: Card Stock – Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Inks/Color: Basic Black Marker
Punches: Owl, 1" Circle, and Word Window punches

Owl Wish Big Today

Wish Big

I was amazed that I could not recall ever making a card for a little girl's birthday!  I've always made them for boys… LoL.  Then again, males seem to be very popular in my family.  I am one of six kids, with five being boys… and we went on to give my parents seven grandsons with one granddaughter.  Go figure… LoL.

So, this one was definitely a challenge.  It took me two days to put this quick and easy card together after my original thoughts went heywire.  I had envisioned a party hat with girly colors… needless to say, I couldn't get the design out of my head and on paper.

Wish Big

Then I realized, I could use a pair of owls from the Owl Punch and make the colors bold and girly… is that possible?  It sure is!  I once had a co-worker who crossed into the Circle of Pals tell me that green goes with everything… her words still hold true… LoL.  The googly eyes add dimension and character to the sweet pals.

Wish Big

The Wish Big sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set completed with the card into a perfection.  =)  I wasn't so disappointed that my party hat idea didn't pan out.

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Wish Big


Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts

Paper:  Birthday Basics, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gumball Green

Inks/Color:  Melon Mambo

Tools/Punches/Dies:  Owl Punch, Basic Rhinestones



A School House Friend (FMS #42)

This weeks Freshly Made Sketches #42 was perfect to use my new Story Time designer series paper.  After completing the card, I was reminded of my childhood best friend, Gabriela Gomez.  I met her on the first day of school in 1st grade and we where like peanut butter & jelly.  She was wearing a yellow chaffon dress patiently waiting for our teacher Ms. McCarthy.  Gaby went home to be with our Heavenly Father seven years later and I still miss her to this day.  Kenny Chesney reminds me of Gaby every time I hear his song, ‘Who You’d You Be Today.’

FUND RAISER FOR AUSTIN MOORE:  A little boy in my community is fighting leukemia.  You can read about him on his Facebook.  A local company is sponsoring a CHRISTMAS IN JULY for Austin Moore Fundraiser on July 14th at the Courtyard by Marriott in Vacaville, California.  I will also contribute by donating ALL profits for any Stampin’ Up! purchases made through me during the month of July.


  1. Call me (707-646-1972), email me directly with your order, browse though the catalog, or shop on-line directly.
  2. ALL profits during the month of July will go directly to Austin Moore’s family to help with medical costs.

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MAGGIE MADE TIPS:  The actual stamp has a little girl next to the little boy.  I covered the little girl with tape and inked up the boy.  Before stamping it, I peeled the tape off and only used the little boy.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids
Paper:  Story Time, So Saffron, Real Red, Water Color Paper, Basic Gray
Ink Pad:  Basic Black, Real Red
Ribbon:  Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon
Word Window Punch

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