OSAT Blog Hop – Happy Father’s Day

OSAT Hop Button Father's Day My Soldier

“There are many brave Soldiers, but this one is mine!”

Good Day my sweet stampin’ friends…you may have hopped here from Andrea Pancrazio’s awesome project and I urge you to Keep Calm and Hop On (LoL).  If you tuned in from Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge don’t worry the post wasn’t abducted by aliens, it’s right below this post.  Before scrolling on down, why don’t ya check out “One Stamp at a Time” (OSAT) Father’s Day/Masculine blog hop for June.  This hop was created by none other than the Super Power Paper Ninja, Andrea Tracy Tucker at One Stampin’ Mother Tucker and I’m still in awe by the team’s extra-ordinary talent.

Father's Day My Soldier

The next stop Kim Smith of Crafting Buddy on the OSAT Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you on next month!

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  • Don’t Spill Your Coffee.   All I’m going to say about this is, “keep a lid on it!”  Just because I now work from home doesn’t mean that I can leave an open coffee cup on my craft desk.  Enough said! (LoL)
  • Add Dimension.  When your image is flat and you want to add color or dimension all you have to do is stamp the image on a different piece of yardstick or designer series paper and cut it out close to the lines and adhere it to the image with dimensional.
  • Printed Sentiment.  Nope, it’s not a stamp set.  It’s the Marine’s Corp’s Riffleman’s Creed.  The first line goes like this, “This is my rifle.  There are many like it, but this one is mine.”  That’s when it hit me……as I was exploring which stamp set to use and I saw G.I. Joe in his cute little parachute.

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.

MY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE PERSONAL OFFER.  I welcome Hobby stampers who want to simply receive some great quality product at a discount or just want to take advantage of this month’s additional (means FREE) stamp offer!  Click here to read the details.

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Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Justin Krieger of JKCards On-Line
  2. Andrea Tracy of Tucker of One Stampin’ Mother Tucker
  3. Darla Roberts of Stamp with Darla and Sisters
  4. Megan Thompson of Megan TT Stamps
  5. Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher of Crafts by Happy Stamper
  6. Wynne Grob of My Crafty Side
  7. Debra Vance of Dav Designs
  8. Marisa Gunn of Dzines by Meg
  9. Holly Stene of Holly’s Hobbies
  10. AJ Bodine of Rutabaga Pie Designs
  11. Andrea Pancrazio of Andrea’s Card Shop
  12. You Are Here at Maggie Made Cards!
  13. Kim Smith of Crafting Buddy
  14. Tina Riddle of Tina’s Crop Shop
  15. Martie Pollard of The Crafty Bandit
  16. Diane Squires of Stamp and Embellish
  17. Lori Mueller of Stampin’ Dreams
  18. James Weber of Stampin’ Stud
  19. Ginger Pelfrey of My Hearts Pleasure

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Introducing Stamp, Ink, Paper Card Challenge


Nobody knows….how excited I am for today!  Why?  Because today Stamp, Ink, Paper card challenge is born.  The brain child of Justin Krieger is going to take card challenges by the tail.  I urge you to join us in celebrating today’s birth by entering the challenge and give it all you’ve got.  I’m also giving away some blog candy to one lucky player who enters the challenge.

Blog Candy:  A complete paper share of the Designer Series Paper Stacks.  One lucky winner will win a total of 36 page share of the Go Wild, Cherry on Top, and Pretty Petals.      The number of entries will be assigned a number as cards are uploaded onto challenge page.  Random.Org will be used for winner selection and winner will announced here the day after the challenge ends.

Challenge 1

I’m an earth tony type of girl and I have traveled the world many times over during my 25 year stint with the Air Force.  I used numbers instead of a sentiment for my card to introduce myself because numbers play a huge part of my life.  Although it’s June 8th…(19)68 was the best year of my parents life.  Why?  It was the year their only daughter was born.  It was a great for my mom because she was surrounded by nuts! LOL…now go on over to Stamp, Ink, Paper and read more about me and the other design team members.


I met Justin just shy of two years and he is the epitome of card-making perfection!  When he invited me to become a part of this fabulous design team I felt so overwhelmed with happiness.  I feel so honored to be among the truly best card designers out there…I aimed for the moon because I knew I’d end up among the stars.  The blog candy is a brand new LOTUS BLOSSOM stamp set.


  • Sentiment Not Need.  That’s right, there is no rule that states a card must have a sentiment.  I have numbers that mark the birth of today’s card challenge.  Numbers mark a day of most importance in our lives like an anniversary or birthday.

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.

My Money-Back Guarantee.  I welcome Hobby stampers who want to simply receive some great quality product at a discount or just want to take advantage of this month’s FREE stamp offer!  Click here to read the details.Blog Signature

An Awesome Thanks with Blog Candy

Thank You

As you are aware, the Pals Paper Arts Design Team selected me to join them and I just can’t stop beaming with excitement. As a way to THANK YOU for the last three years of support I have some blog candy to give away. But before I tell you how you can enter to win look at how easy it is to make cards with wash tape.

Thank You

Thank You


Don’t blink…or you’ll miss it. I used the already scored and cut Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes – 131527 and the Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape – 133000, stamped the sentiment with the Yippee-Skippee Clear Stamp Set – 131344 and BOOOOM!  Just don’t forget to use your Paper Snip Scissors to cut of the excess. Be careful not to cut yourself…they are sharp.


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I’ll be giving ONE lucky winner a pack of our gorgeous Lullaby Designer Series Paper and the Host Let Your Hair Down (Clear Mount) Stamp Set.

Let Your Hair Down

Here’s how you can win it.
Leave a comment below and tell me

which designer series paper is your favorite in our annual catalog?

WINNER will be announced Fri., Jan. 9th.

Good luck and thank you for stopping by today. This is going to be the best year yet as a demonstator with Stampin’ Up!

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Full of Gratitude & More Blog Candy!

ThanksgivingThis week started off with a promise to give blog candy all week and as promised I’m showing you that I am truly Grateful for You.

I love the bright Fall colors in the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. The colors blend very well together and talk about complimenting each other.

I’m semi-colorblind and I must say, this is a stack of paper I can not go wrong with regardless of what color my brain thinks it sees. LOL

TIP: If you don’t have a particular shape, like an arrow punch… improvise! I cut out the arrow with the Burlap

This gorgeous bright beautiful card is a sketch challenge brought to you by The Creative Challenge Clubs.

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If you didn’t enter to win Monday’s blog candy you still have time just click here.

Today I have even sweeter blog candy, so keep on reading to make sure you enter yourself to win.

 Grateful: For You and Where We Go in the Next Chapter


I found out on Monday that I will be retiring from my 25 year career in the United States Air Force. As I read the letter I had flashbacks of my first day of basic training… more to come!

As I prepare for my retirement, I’ll be revving up my demonstratorship with Stampin’ Up! and I’m hitting the gas pedal hard this week. The next three days will determine if I have to go back to getting a full-time job like so many other retirees.

Here’s how I plan on moving forward…

Perfect Timing: To Welcome You to My Circle of Pals!

I welcome hobby and business demonstrators to my Circle of Pals and you can get $125 in product for $74.25, but you have to join by Friday. Read more here.

Or may you LOVE big discounts?  The Stampin’ Up! On-Line Extravaganza is one of the biggest sales of the year!  Save up to 50% on many products.  While supplies last! SEE WHAT’S ON SALE!

Sweeter deal for blog subscribers. Email me (maggie@maggiemadecards.com) your order over $50 and I’ll pay your shipping. Not a subscriber? Sign up now and get the same deal. Offer ends at midnight.

Comment: What Are You Grateful For?

Blog candy is a $10 gift certificate from me. Winner will be announced Friday, November 28th and must be redeemed on same day.

Perfect Time To Stock Up on your Supplies with All the Wild & Crazy Sales!

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So Much Blog Candy – You’re Gonna Be Blown Away!

Santa Curvy BoxI come bearing gifts! Everyday this week I have blog candy for you and to start this wonderful week of formal Thanksgiving I bring to you the most adorable Santa Curvy box ever!

Get not just one, but FIVE of these boxes and fill them with sweet treats for your family, friends,or co-workers.

I made these to sell at a craft fair last weekend and they were a huge hit! You will love giving them away.

Keep reading and find out how to claim them.

But first let me show you my simple, yet cheerful Merry card.

Less Is More: Classy Without the Bells & Whistles


One word. Merry is all you need to say it all this Christmas season. Often many feel that in order to send a holiday greeting it must have tons of glimmer and sparkle, but that’s not the case.

Do you have males in your life (family, friends, co-workers) you’d love to make a Christmas card for, yet don’t want to give him the swirls and curls of a girly card?

I bet he won’t even notice that I used ribbon. Ha! The Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon is strong enough for a man, yet ridiculously delicate for a lady… LOL.

The Deals: They Start Now!


Here’s the real deal, TREAT YOURSELF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! The Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is ON SALE! I can’t express it enough that 25% off a starter kit is unbelievable. You get $125 in product for $74.25 and you too will get 5% cash back on ANY personal purchases or sales you make in December. Get the details HERE

Down to Business: Claim Your FIVE Santa Curvy Boxes

Leave a comment below: Tell me which 50% off item you want on your wish list from the On-Line Extravaganza – see it here. You just may get one from Santa!  I will announce winner on Friday’s post.

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Burlap & Blog Candy



Lately, everything has been on the go and I just need to take a little breather, so today I have for you a cute little burlap bag that was given to us at convention as a make-and-take.  Since I mostly like to socialize like a little butterfly and didn’t put it together while at convention, I figured I’d show it to you now.  Isn’t it just so stinkin’ cute!?


However, since you can’t just buy it I’m giving you something in return!  Blog Candy… clap clap clap… yay yay yay!  Not only do you get the cute little bulap bag, you get all the goodies below.

Blog Candy

To sweeten the “blog” candy you will also recieve a sample of the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper (cut 6″x6″)… see my previous card with Motley Monsters HERE.  How do you like them apples!?  The picture above doesn’t give you a good image of the spooky stickers, so you can see a better image below.  Don’t get scared now…. BOO!

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To enter to win this cute little package all you have to do is leave a comment and let me know if you like spooky or sweet pretty costumes.  I’m a scary cat, so I prefer sweet pretty one’s…. LOL.

I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, Sept. 13th using the Random Number Generator.  Good Luck!

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Stampin’ Up! Noel

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.


Blog Candy Details 

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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.

Winner will be announced Friday., December 27th.


Did You Remember His Birthday?

I was asked to speak at the Hispanic Heritage dinner last night and talk about what it was like growing up a Latino woman.  I ended up speaking about my father because he molded who I am and taught me three important lessons in life.  I won’t type out the entire speech, but will highlight the three important one’s.

  1. Education opens doors: My father taught himself English while working in the fields under the Bracero Program started by President Roosevelt in the 40’s.  He knew that in order to support his family he needed to educate himself.  Not only did education opened doors for him… and windows too.
  2. Persistence pays off: After learning plumbing he showed up at a water plant in Los Angeles County at 7:00 a.m. every morning and as the owner drove in he would ask, “Sir, are you hiring?”  The answer was always, “No, sorry.”  Lets just say that after two weeks of his persistence the owner created a job for him.
  3. Give back to those that gave to you: I did. I now give back to the country that afforded my dad the opportunity to give us the American Dream through hard work and sacrifices.

Thank you dad, for molding me. I owe everything I am and everything I am still to be to my dad (and my mom who stands next to him).

I didn’t forget my dad’s birthday either… LoL  I’m on a roll with masculine cards and I absolutely love the Textured Impression Embossing Folder.  It adds a lot of masculine characteristic to any color card stock.


Stampin’ Up! is offering a special $25 Starter Kit (your choice of up to $26.95 in product and ships FREE) which will ONLY be available for purchase until Oct. 21st.  This special is the most incredible deal in Stampin’ Up!’s history!  It is a budget-friendly opportunity to “test drive” all Stampin’ Up! has to offer (discounts, resources, fun, even a little extra income if you want) through April 30, 2014. 


WINNER OF WORLD CARD MAKING DAY BLOG HOP:  CONGRATULATIONS… Teresa Godines!  You have won the Basic Rhinestones from me!  Please email me your mailing address (maggie@maggiemadecards) and I’ll get them to you ASAP!

WINNER OF PALS TRICK OR TREAT BLOG HOP:  CONGRATULATIONS… jrgreedcoat you are the winner of the Pals Blog Hop!  You have won the Hostess stamp set… Stacks of Wishes.  Please email me your mailing address to maggie@maggiemadecard.com.


Paper: Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Marina Mist
Inks/Color:  Pacific Point Marker
Tools/Punches/Dies: Brights & Neutrals Candy Dots Hung Up Cute Clips

Pals Blog Hop: Trick or Treat!

Thank you for joining us for the Pals Halloween Blog Hop. We hope you enjoy our virtual trick-or treat hop where you will either learn great tricks for your creative projects or enjoy a blog candy treat. 

You should have just left stop number 2 on the Pals Hop – Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers. 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.

Hello and welcome once again… today I bring you a sweet little spider that is supposed to be a black widow.  But now that I look at it… it looks like a round cockroach… I'm laughing so hard, I just spit on my screen (go ahead and laugh)… hahaha.

Either way, spider or cockroach… I hate them both.  The only cool thing with this spider is that it's a paper spider.  They are cute and not scary what so ever.  They are fun and easy to make too.

A paper snipped the legs in an L and just glued them to the back of the body.  The body was made with a 1" circle punch and for the red dot belly I used the circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  Stampin' Up! punches are very versatile and have a gazzilion uses.  Is that even a word? LoL

I've Got a Treat to Give!

1StacksMy treat for you today is a brand new Hostess stamp set… Stacks of Wishes.  If you'd like a chance to win, simply leave a comment below by Fri., Oct. 11th.  One random winner will be announced on Sat., October 12th, so be sure to come back and check on Saturday!  U.S. address only please.

If you're signed up to follow My Paper Journey, you will receive an email announcing the winner the moment it is posted.  Winner has 24 hours to email (maggie@maggiemadecards.com) me mailing address, so stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!

May the cards be with you – Good Luck!

The next stop is Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner, stop number 4 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


Blog Hop Line Up:

  1. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery 
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers 
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <—- You Are Here
  4. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  5. Debbie Crowley at  expressivelydeb… 
  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts 
  7. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair! 
  8. Kerry Willard Bray at  Stampgoodness 
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty 
  10. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit 
  11. Colleen Mollema at My Crafty Habit 
  12. Lisa Davis at Cherry Street Paper Treats 
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at  Queen B Creations 
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat 
  15. Nancy Gleason at  My Stampin Space
  16. Beth Beard at  My little craft blog 
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons 
  18. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine 
  19. Peggy Noe at  Prettypapercards.com 
  20. Debbie Mageed at  Secret Stamper 
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping 
  22. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin' 
  23. Shirley Sumption at Look at my Cute Stuff 
  24. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions 
  25. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary 
  26. Margaret Moody at Margaret Moody

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.

Don't Forget the Special Announcements

  1. My Paper Pumpkin Kit give-a-way happening on my Facebook page.  You and a friend can both win a kit each!
  2. Hostess with the Mostess Contest: Win September's Hostess Benefits! Ends Sept. 30th at midnight (PST).

Use Hostess Code QBQSHUMW to place a minimum $25 order… excluding shipping & tax. Qualify to win the hostess benefits. Benefits can range from $25 to $1,000+.  Get instructions on using Hostess Code here.



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

Clean & Simple Grateful Heart

Grateful1I always read that we should be grateful for what we have instead of thinking of what we don't have.  Life is much more enjoyable and it creates a happiness like no other.  It's so true and this stamp captures the feeling of being grateful.

I may be 6K+ miles away from the USA, but know that this blog has allowed me to keep in touch with so many of you.  I am truly grateful for your kind emails, cards, care packages, and prayers.  You are the reason why I keep this blog going.


The card layout is brought to you by Clean & Simple Stamping #52 sketch challenge.  I fell in love with the sketch so much I made a small batch of these cards to send out to my loved one's while on this deployment.

Today started of hot, as the day went by it stayed hot, when I left work for dinner, it was still hot.  The 80/20 rule came to life and I have yet to grow tired of it.  It keeps me on my toes and challenges me to come up with better ways of maximizing my time and efforts to ensure that the 20% of what matters keeps going.

Did I lose you? LoL… I lost myself too.  The 80/20 rule is Pareto's Principle and can be applied to anything in life. Long story short, being aware of this rule will help you stay focused with the 20% of the stuff that matters most.

grateful4Blog Candy Alert:  It's happening… right now on my Facebook Page.  I'm giving away  a Fancy Friends Card Kit to a lucky winner.  To enter to win all you have to do is LIKE and SHARE the first post my FB page.  You have until next Friday, August 16th to win it!

If you are a Pinterest follower, I have started a second contest specifically to those of you who are not Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  Go on here for a chance to win.


Don't let the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine ($99.95 value)  get away.  Only two people haven entered to win it and it's still up for grabs.  Click here to read more.

NEW! Pick a FREE Stampin’ Up! Project Kit!

PURCHASE THE STAMPIN’ UP! $99 STARTER KIT & GET A BONUS!  Choose one of four Stampin’ Up! project kits for FREE when you purchase the Stampin’ Up! $99 Starter Kit! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE…

If all you want is a starter kit and not sure you want to continue your membership with Stampin' Up! then the kit is for you!  We have a no commitment clause within my Circle of Pals.  If you join this month, you will have until December 2013 to make a decision.  A NO-PRESSURE DECISION, that is!  I would love for you to experience the special friendships I have personally experienced.


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Thank you so much for visiting me today.  I know you have a busy day and could be doing something else instead of coming all the way down to the bottom of the post… LOL… know that I am grateful you have stuck with me this far down. =)  Have a very beautiful wonderful Friday.  Enjoy your weekend.