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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Change Up the Pumpkin

The picture below includes my own stamp set, ink, and sequence.  It is not included with the kit.  The kit has the cards, boxes, and different stamp set as seen in the video below.

My Paper Pumpkin

The month’s paper pumpkin is one of my personal favorites!  Stampin’ Up! has truly stepped it up and made the monthly kit F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.    I love being a little different so I changed it up just a tiny bit and used a different stamp set on the tag.  The card I kept it the same as the kit card.


These kits are great for all levels of crafters.  Beginners love them because everything you need is in the box (ink, paper, stamp set, adhesive, and all items are pre-cut), advanced crafters love it for the same reason as the beginner, but they get to give it their own personal touch.  It also comes straight to your door, each month.  You can cancel at any time and there are no obligations.

This is July’s fabulous kit and I’ve already had a sneak peak for August and I can’t wait to get it.

You’re also in luck, the current My Paper Pumpkin Promotion is…

Paper Pumpkin New Subscriber Promotion – Ends Sept 10th
NEW SUBSCRIBERS click HERE and use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

Weekly Deals:  Click here to view this weeks Specials.

Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper – Ends Today
July is more than half over and so is this special on designer series paper.  Time is our enemy…don’t miss out on this incredible offer.  Check out the paper here.

Local August Card Class – Aug 24th
You will make two cards each of three designs.  If you live locally, click here to view the three cards and sign up for the class.

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Impromptu My Paper Pumpkin

As you know, I’m in Los Angeles visiting family and so is one-quarter of my stamp room… LOL.  Thank goodness I brought some extra My Paper Pumpkin kits too!

My two beautiful nieces wanted to know what the hype was all about… and they decided to rename the kit… My Way with Paper Pumpkin.

They do not have blogs, so please show them love by leaving a comment about their unique kit cards made their way.

My Paper Pumpkin My Way

Jessica decided she didn’t want to use the photopolymer set that came with the kit, but instead substituted it with the Perfect Pennants Stamp Set.  This is the best thing I absolutely love about My Paper Pumpkin… you can use any stamp set may already have.  Everything goes well together!

My Paper Pumpkin My Way

This is Veronica and this is her first time ever making a handmade card.  I think she’s hooked.  She went a little crazy on the arrows, but this is her own version of the card and she even “borrowed” an extra gold glitter sticker from her cousin. LOL.

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The coolest thing the impromptu card class with My Paper Pumpkin tonight is that my nieces will now be able to pre-pay their subscriptions.  How exciting is that!  These pre-paid kits also make the PERFECT gift!

Contact me today about getting your pre-paid kit and do what my two nieces did and make them your own!

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Please leave a comment below… tell Jessica & Veronica what you think of their individuality?

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Thank You My Paper Pumpkin


There are two simple words that show you are grateful for what was done or given to you.  I often like to say, “There are not enough thank you’s in the world to show you my gratitude.”

So, today I say THANK YOU to you… my friend!  Thank you for signing up to follow My Paper Journey.  I’ve been at this for two years and I have learned so much from you and the blog.  If you haven’t signed up you can click right here and sign up now.


The card is an upscaled version of March’s My Paper Pumpkin and if you haven’t signed up to get the monthly kit delivered straight to your door step all I can say is your missing out on some fantastic kits.  If you missed the orignal kit card, you can find the original right here.

Lesson Learned:  You can take an original design and change it up a bit to make it your own.  With this card I used the same elements that came with the kit… the wooden ‘thank you’ die cut and the arrow stamp.

To make it my own I stamped the die cut in Silver Metallic ink with sponge daubers.  Then I embossed the arrow stamp with Silver embossing powder to give it texture.

Finally, to mimic the original card I used the flower punch that comes with the Punch Pack to give it a sparkle finish.

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Live in the Sunshine Part 1

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I absolutely LOVE this sentiment!  It reminds me of the how nice and warm it has been in Northern California.  I love driving with my windows rolled down and the warmth of the sun shining upon my face.

What does that mean for you!?  More Stampin’ Up! inspiration. =)  I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it….. But what’s just as exciting as that!?  Keep reading and scrolling down down down……………..

Sunshine 2

Introducing the new remodeled wood case!

The posibilities for the new case are endless and I can’t wait to put the few wood stamps I have in them.

They are also perfect for storing your My Paper Pumpkin kit you get each month!
What!? You don’t know what it is!? Well click on link above and read all about it!!!


The PAPER PUMPKIN PLAYERS were activated earlier this week and if you want to W-I-N a My Paper Pumpkin kit for FREE… you must Follow My Paper Journey.

Winner will be announced on or about April 15th.

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Until the next post…

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Earth Day Number Two

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Recycle Mom Day1

Hello there, if you are here looking for the Pals Blog Hop: Earth Day is Everyday, don’t worry you’ll find it on yesterday’s post… LoL.  These are more cards using recycled left over paper from other cards I’ve made.  I do not have the innate ability to color match, but after viewing all thepretty left over paper, I didn’t think it mattered.  The colors remind me of Spring and it has sprung… LoL.

I made my own mom a special Mother’s Day card that I will preview some time this week…. and I can’t wait to show it to you because like these cards…. I also used my stash of paper.  Do you keep your scarps of paper in a box all thrown together or neatly separated and labeled?  how do you think I keep mine?  Hmmm… maybe I’ll show you pictures next time too… LoL

Happy Mother's Day2

If you’re wondering about the crinkled leaves… I used a retired Stampin’ Up! product, a Crimper.  I folded the leaves in half length wise and pulled it through.  They give the leaves a beautiful embossed real leaf look… don’t you agree?


Hurry, time is running out to sign up for Paper Pumpkin this month!  Sign up by midnight tomorrow (April 10) so you won’t miss out on any more kits.

Everyone surely won’t want to miss out on paper, stamps, and fun-we know you’re gonna love it!  Remember, each month’s kit is only available for a month at a time; go towww.mypaperpumpkin.com to sign up and don’t forget to list me as your demonstrator… Maggie Mata/Zip Code 94535.

Don’t be the one that misses out.


Stampin’ Up! a Big Wheel Masculine Birthday


My dear friends.  I have been out of touch this last week because I was out in Mississippi participating in an inspection with our DoD Inspector Generals.  Although it is a task that many people hate, I embrace things like this.  Not everyone will ever get the same opportunities to train and be inspected and I must say that embracing the “suck” takes on a whole new meaning.

The camaraderie’s built with people I’ve never worked with and the flow of communication is so important is vital to ALL of us.  I will say that I am glad to be home today and the sleep deprivation was worth the new friendships made.  I will know at the end of the week how well our group did and you can read about it on my Facebook page this Friday.


I made the cards before I left a week ago in hopes that I would sneak in and post them for you to enjoy, but unfortunately, Internet was limited and after a 14 hour work day, my mind just couldn’t process the words to put on the post.

Needless to go on and on, I made this card for my brother Gilbert’s birthday.  He got it a few days late, but wanted to show him that I was thinking of him.  Gilbert was the clown of the family always making faces when taking family photo’s… LoL.  If we had this old style bike while growing up, he certainly would have been the one riding it.


I think this was one of the fastest easiest man cards I’ve made in a while.  Be sure to get your FREE Feeling Sentimental stamp set when you order just $50 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise!  You actually get FREE product for every $50 you order.  How do you order it?

  1. Get your FREE catalog from me HERE.
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  3. Take a look at the Sale-a-Bration brochure to select your FREE product HERE.

Products Used:

[one-fourth-first]Feeling Sentimental 129630/one-fourth-first][one-fourth]Basic Black 126980[/one-fourth][one-fourth]Neutrals Collection DSP 117157[/one-fourth][one-fourth]Crumb Cake Card Stock 120953[/one-fourth]

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This video was just too cute to pass up! Making a handmade card will NEVER get old… and they are much more valuable because YOU made time to make it.

Cards do not have to be like a foo foo cup of coffee… they can be clean and simple like the one in the video and still make a gigantic impact.  Especially for the person getting the handmade card.

I love your comments:  Here’s a question for you… What kind of card or cards will you make today?  If you’re a Paper Pumpkin Player, I will be announcing a winner for March’s Introductory My Paper Pumpkin on February 28th.

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How much more simple can this cute little simple layout get?  I cut out this very pretty and delicate Paper Doily Sizzlit (125592) when the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (DSP) was first announced and shown to us.  I just put it in my pile of “use it later” scraps and tonight I figured I should start using my scraps to make quick & easy cards.

The Old Olive button came from the Brights Designer Button (119747) and was added just to add a little simple dimension and depth to the lace.  I fell a few weeks behind on my birthday cards and decided I would show you how to quickly throw a simple card together that had little bits of bright colors.

I added a peak of the Pretty Petites Stamp Set (C129642/W129639) that you could earn for FREE with any $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.  If you buy $100 worth then you can get the complete bundle, which includes the Petite Curly Label Punch (129405).  It comes with a total of EIGHT mini stamps, which if you think about it, translates to an additional EIGHT different cards.

A close up of the Paper Doily shows off it’s intricate cuts and fascinating twirls.

Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by.  Be on the lookout for more Blog Candy this month.  I’m fixin’ to clean out my stash of Stampin’ Up! paper.

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