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I would love for you to help me help you.  I want to give someone FREE Stampin' Up! product aka blog candy.  I'm happiest when you are happy and since I love making cards, I want you to experience the same happiness.

When people first meet me they think one of three things:1) she's a little nutty, 2) she loves making cards, or 3) wow, she's a nutty card maker.  Would you love to have what I'm having?  This post is your chance!

Let me tell you about this card and then you can help me… Keep Calm and Read On.


Can you believe that I still have quite a few boxes of My Paper Pumpkin kits laying around!?  To my surprise I found this kit and quickly put them together.  But I think I'm going to need more.

The picture really does not do the card justice.  The actual card is so bright and cheery… I just love it.  If you stare at the red stripes the card appears to be moving as the pattern plays a trick on your eyes.


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To enter to win the My Paper Pumpkin Memo Medley Kit (October) all you have to do is answer this question in the comment area below:

Did you have a holiday tradition either growing up or did you start one?

Growing up my parents had a big birthday party to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve.  Family and friends dropped by throughout the night and ate tamales, posole, buñuelos, and so much other types of dishes that you better had showed up hungry.

At midnight we sang happy birthday to the Baby Jesus in Spanish and a piñata would be brought out for the kids to break apart.  Candy fell out everywhere and it was so much fun.

You're thinking "at midnight!?"  Eeeeek!  Yup we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning.  On Christmas day we pretty slept all day.  Those sure were such beautiful memories that will live in my heart forever.

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Merriest Wishes to You

I've been trying to keep up with my blog since returning home from overseas and I must confess that I'm having a tough time.  Everyday something fascinating happens to me and I tell myself, "you must share this with your blog visitors!"

Then something happens once I get home… My thoughts become jumbled (is that even a word) and they overwhelm me.  I feel as if you will not feel the same excitement I did when I write it (am I going bananas?)… LOL.

As I start to re-live the excitement, I feel like I'm writing way too much (like right now).  So let me get to  my quick & easy cards I made after I ran out of my batch of original Christmas cards.


I used most of my left over scraps to make these cards because as you know I throw nothing away. The Tag It stamp set was perfect too!  I stamped the tag twice… first with basic black ink and then real red ink.

I then punch Santa Clause with the Curly Label punch.  I love anything with a 3-D effect.


Jennifer G.

You won the This and That Epic Day Journal I posted in the Congratulations on Your Wedding post!


Now, I'm going to tell you about an amazing lady I had the pleasure of meeting last week.  Her name is Linda (her real name too… LOL) and it's amazing how I met her, but I'll save that story for another day.

I was simply picking up a handmade pen a friend of her husband made for me (does that make sense)… one thing led to another and we sat and drank coffee and chatted up a thunderstorm for a little over three hours!

It was met to be and I made a new crafting friend… I'm still giddy from her friendship.  I accidently dropped my identification card in her living room and I had to swing back and pick it up (I wonder if it was really an accident or just an excuse to go back and chat some more)… LOL.

Linda even made me cookies when I returned to pick up my ID card… I'm so thankful and blessed to have made a new friend!

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Christmas Cheer & Happy New Year


This is my second set of mass produced Christmas cards and they were made during two lunch breaks.  That's how easy Stampin' Up! makes it with matching product.

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Christmas Messages with Joyful Tidings


One of just a few clean & simple Christmas cards for some very lucky people.  I designed this card more than a month ago and I only made 20 of them.  All my Christmas will be quick and easy for you to recreate. 

As a matter of fact, they were all cut and stamped while I was deployed.  They were all ready to go and I carried them in my backpack because I thought I would stamp on my way home… on the plane.

Then a week before my homecoming, I hurt my lower back and was hardly able to move, much less enjoy some stamping while flying the friendly skies.

After reintegrating with family, friends, work, and starting my recovery with physical therapy… I put all 20 cards together.  They are now ready to be written in and put in the mail.


There is so much going on in preparation for the new year… take a look at what already here now and get ready ahead of time…. click here now!

My questions to you today is… have you finished making your Christmas cards?  I can't wait to read your comments.





Stamp Set:  Christmas Messages 
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Winter Frost Specialty
Inks/Color:  Island Indigo
Tools/Punches/Dies:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits

Merry Christmas to You and Your’s

May your heart be filled with happiness knowing that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. I thank you humbly for visiting my blog. If I had your address, I would’ve sent you this card, which does not need a sentiment because the Christmas Tree has become a world wide symbol of Peace & Joy.

It is not the materiel gifts we receive, but the love we share with all we meet. This year I am humbled that God has given me a gift. The gift of card making. For that I am thankful because something that is made with our hands uses our hearts and our minds to bring love, peace, and friendship to someone.

May you be Blessed and thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting me today on Christmas Eve!

My wish for the following year is that you are blessed with good health. Without health we have nothing. I also hope that next year brings me many friends to share my hobby with as I travel around the world next year.

Merry Christmas,
Maggie Mata

Chocolate, Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue… A Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Initially, I wanted to make a just because card, but then I got to thinking… “how easy can it be to make non-traditional Christmas card?”  I cut out a 4.25″ x 5 1/4 piece of International Bazaar Designer Series Paper and then looked in my scrap drawer where I throw all the left over paper from other cards and picked those colors that matched the design.

I then took he different size buttons from the Designer Buttons from the Regals Collection and used glue dots to hold them down.  I didn’t want to run string through them, so I simply layered the button with our basic rhinestones.

Don’t even think I came up with the design layout all on my own.  I used Merry Mondays design challenge #43  to create this very lovely card.

A big shout out to Florence!  Thanks for finding me on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Finder.  I hope you enjoy the card I placed in the catalog.  It’s my way of saying THAK YOU for finding me.

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Products Used:  International Bazaar Designer Series Paper , Regals Collection Designer Buttons, More Merry Messages Stamp Set, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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Merry Monday Christmas


When this gorgeous designer series paper was shown in the Holiday catalog I knew I had to have it.  It gives the card a crisp festival feeling just right for Christmas cards.  I know we are just getting ready for Thanksgiving, and I am thankful that out of the hundreds of other things you can be doing, you have stopped by to look at my cards and read this blog.  On another note, have you started your Christmas cards?  Get hoppin’ you don’t have much time left.

Today I stumbled upon a card challenge blog dedicated to Christmas cards and I took the challenge to create a card for their Merry Monday #42 card challenge.  Thanks again for stopping by and have yourself a fabulous day!

The two highlighted products used to make this card were Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper and Chock-full of Cheer stamp set.

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Pals August Blog Hop: Holiday Catalog

Glad you could join us for some holiday crafting with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals! You’ve probably hopped over from Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers, I’m stop number 22 on the Pals Hop and I’m glad you hopped in! I’ll help you “hop along”   blog to blog where you’ll find great ideas for Stampin’ Up! projects featuring the new Holiday Catalog!  Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you’ll be back on track.

Up until the night before the blog hop, I had no idea what in the world I was going to make for this month’s blog hop.  But then I remembered that a little over a week ago, my monthly card class made simple Christmas cards.  The original was similiar, but used a differnt stamp set.  This card has only one item from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Can you guess what that item is?

No, it isn’t the Whisper White cardstock, but if you guessed the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, you are absolutely spot on!  When I ordered the paper I had not realized this one was a flocked window sheet.  I instantly fell in LOVE with the paper.  I also punched out a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper to add that beautiful sparkle in the back ground.

I used basic black ink to stamp the sentiment from the Chock-Full of Cheer stamp set and punched both papers using the Ornament Punch.  The newly introduced 1/4″ Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon tops the Ornament with a simple loop.  The Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder completes the elegant yet simple card.  Hope you enjoyed my card and please feel free to reproduce it.  You can email me if you have any questions.

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap With Susan, stop number 23 on the Pals Holiday Catalog Blog Hop! Thanks for “hopping” by!

  1. Lynn Hoyt at Cattail Designs
  2. Shannon Jaramillo at
  3. Debbie Pierce at Stampin Sunshine
  4. Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full
  5. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair!
  6. Cathy King at chattycathycardcreations
  7. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  8. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  9. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Mary Fish at Stampin Pretty
  11. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  12. Diane Roberts at Scoreatfourandaquarter
  13. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at stamppaperscissors
  14. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  15. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  16. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin’ Space
  17. Naki Rager at My Stampin’ Blog
  18. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  19. Kim Luithle at Kim’s Stampin Stuff
  20. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikkis Creative Corner
  21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  22. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards<=== You Are Here
  23. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap With Susan
  24. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  25. Bobbi Mangas at My Therapy
  26. Angie Blake at Angies Musings
  27. Kris Kilcoyne at Kween Bee Kreations
  28. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  29. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  30. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee

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