Lots of Thanks to Our Heros

World Card Making Day

Thank You

I am in awe of World Making Card Day.  This is my first time participating as a card-maker and not as a giver or receiver of one of these beautiful handmade cards.  I have had the pleasure of sending OWH cards to my loved one's a few years back and I have also received them from friends who were deployed.

Since then I too have become a card-maker and today I give thanks to the men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom.  Thank you OWH for using today to showcase the beautiful works of art that I have personally benefited from.  Now, I give back to my comrades.

Thank You

For this card I used OWH's Sketch #45 simply because my birthday is October 16th and I will turn 45 years old.  I like to celebrate my birthday the entire month because I like to brag about I am…. growing old gracefully… LoL.  However, this year I am deployed and will celebrate my birthday for a whole month when I get home. =)

OWH 45

I was actually quite pleased with the way the card turned out.  Not bad #45… you made me proud.  Funny, in a couple weeks I will turn 45 and I don't know what 45 is supposed to feel like… so I'll just keep acting as young as my heart feels.  That's what my dad always says and he just turned 86 yesterday. =)


Thank You
Stamp Set(s):  Lots of Thanks
Paper:  Eastern Elegance
Inks/Color:  Night of Navy
Thank you so much for stopping by today and please feel free to leave a comment to be entered to win a pack of Basic Pearls Jewel Accents.  Winner will be announced on Sat., Oct. 12th.  I'm so grateful I am able to keep up with my blog while being deployed.  Thank you to those who follow My Paper Journey faithfully.  You truly keep me inspired and your company is very much appreciated.
Winner will be announced on Thur., October 10th.

World Card Making Day

About Maggie

I'm a Graphic Art Designer and Greeting Card Maker. It's a form of therapy and I love what I do, so I never have to work a day in my life. It's my win-win situation after a 25-year Air Force career as a hospital administrator.


  1. Thank you for your service! So glad you have joined us to make cards for OWH.

  2. Maggie, Thank your for service. I look forward to blog everyday. Love the colors on this card my favorite.

  3. I love the beautiful colors you chose and this design really helps the sentiment be the focal point. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity as well as your patriotism by serving our country! ((hugs))

  4. Lovely card! I love the bright cheery colors! Happy 45th birthday to you! Thank you so much for your service to our great country!

  5. Thank you for your service, and happy birthday! Your card is gorgeous! I love the papers you used, and you managed to balance everything beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Wonderful card. I like the colors you used. I love the story of how you decided which sketch to use. Happy Birthday!

  7. Glad you were able to participate. Stunning card! Thanks for your service!

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are amazing for keeping up a blog, crafting cards and being a hero. This card is stunning. The colors are so bright and cheerful and the sketch is put together perfectly. Happy early birthday 🙂 Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim

  9. Maggie, First off, thank you for your service and for your up beat attitude! I love that you’re committed to keeping your business alive while deployed! I can’t imagine how you managed to take enough product with you! My hats off to you girl and I look forward to reading your blog and enjoy seeing your creations, You’re Amazing! Sheila Thompson

  10. Love the banners and the color combo!
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  11. The colors are so pretty. Love those banners!

  12. First, THANK YOU for your service to our country! Now, on to the fun stuff…your card rocks! Love the colors and patterns, CAS and very effective! Doesn’t OWH rock?! I love it, doing something I enjoy that can then also bring joy to our brave Heroes and their loved ones, how can you go wrong?! As for 45, can’t say it felt any different. I think your Dad’s advise is perfect you are as old as you feel. (somedays that’s about 12, others 112!) Have a good birthday and look forward to that month long celebration when you get home.

  13. Happy Belated Birthday to your Dad. I love your card and with the banners makes it special. I actually won 2 huge card stock packs from sending in OWH cards last year. Happy Birthday Maggie I hope to get together with you when you come home. If I mail your card now will you receive it before you go home? I spent Card Making day with a group of six stampers.

  14. Yes, I do like the color choices and the sentiment. TFS

  15. Blue and yellow what a great combo!! Very nice cards. Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH.

  16. Very pretty card. I love the colors.

  17. I love this card, especially the colors and patterns. Happy 45th!!

  18. Lovely card! Love the papers and color combos! TFS, Happy WCMD, and Happy Birthday (early)!

  19. Happy Birthday! What a beautiful card! I love the colors and the designs. Thank you for your service and congrats on being in the hop!

  20. Wonderful choice of papers and design.

  21. Love your card! The colors are fabulous together!

  22. It’s so nice to hear from someone who’s been personally affected by our work and even better to know that you’ve joined our ranks. You’ve done a great job with this card and sketch!

  23. Happy birthday to you (a few days in advance) and know that your service is greatly appreciated! Your card is just great! I love all the layers and the color scheme. Isn’t card making a great stress reliever? Keep it up! I look forward to seeing what you create.

  24. Teresa Godines #6857

    Thank you so much for the service to our country.

    Beautiful card. TFS

  25. Happy Birthday, Maggie. Ah to be 45 again… I love your clean lines and color scheme. Thanks for sharing – and thanks so much for your service to our country. We appreciate you!

  26. The blue, yellow and grey is a really striking combination in this. How great that you got to hop with us today and that you’ve both used and received cards from OWH. Thanks for your service.

  27. thank you for your service and so glad you have become such a beautiful cardmaker – great card – thanks for supporting OWH

    Barb Housner

  28. Gorgeous card…love this color combo!

  29. Such a beautiful Layout and card. Love the blues. Happy Birthday to you and your dad ! Maggie 45 is still very young. Happy World Card Making Day!

  30. Nice card!!! I have trouble with some of the sketches, and I think that being creative is the idea involved!

  31. I love the colors on your card! My favorite part is how you used the banners on the white squares. Thank you for your service. Happy birthday to you and your dad!

  32. Awesome card Maggie! The colors ROCK. So elegant together. I especially love the flags and how you got the flagged ends so perfect. I still struggle with that.

    I discovered OWH last year and told myself that I would participate this year. But, I really struggled with my life in general this year. I love the concept and how everyone comes together and participates. I will check out WCMD site later tonight when I have more time.

    Thanks so much for serving and for sharing! BIG blessings to you and Happy early Birthday!!! =)

  33. Awesome card, Maggie! And don’t worry, 45 is kinda like 44 and 46. But the numbers are getting harder for me to remember! I was interviewed for a newspaper that wrote down my age as 39 instead of 49, and now that’s thrown me off even more…..so since it printed me at 10 years younger, I’m going with it. LOL!

    Thanks so much for your service!!! On both sides of the cardmaking venture 🙂

  34. Beautiful card, Maggie! I love the navy and yellow color scheme. Thank you for your service and have a happy WCMD!

  35. Love the colorway on your card. The banners are a lovely addition to the sketch.

  36. Maggie, First-Happy Birthday month…I too like to celebrate all month. I am in awe of all you have given for us, thank you for doing what you do. OWH is an awesome organiztion and I send cards when I can. You are a great card maker and I am thrilled that I found your blog!

  37. Maggie: I just recently discovered OWH on the web and was so excited to see that they have all the measurements with their sketches. Isn’t that nice?? One of the hardest things with the bazillion sketch challenges out there is figuring out measurements, so I loved that feature. Besides that though…. it is a fabulous organization with a worthy mission. Hope you are having a fun WCD and can take some time to create!

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