Handmade Cards Because…

A fellow card-making friend emailed me last week to request a laser engraved frame that she could display at a craft fair.  She sent me a snap shot of a hand-written sign with the words in the frame above.  I have heard way too many people (in general) comment that it is a waste of time to make and give handmade cards and this phrase speaks of why we make them.  Wouldn’t you agree? 

After finishing the frame above someone asked if I could make a smaller one and that’s when I came up with this one.  This frame is laser cut and I can attach a kickstand style arm to show it off on a table or a hanging triangular single to hang on a wall.  If you’re interested in getting one for yourself or as a gift, click on the image to get the specifics.

Thank you so much for sharing my love for all things crafty, but especially card making, which is my first love.  But the laser machine is high up there too! LOL



I’ll Tumble for You!

I have a love for all things craft related and that means more than just hand-crafted greeting cards. Especially vinyl, heat vinyl, t-shirts, and I’ve dabbled with painting wood, but I’ll show you that later.  I’m still trying to perfect my painting skills (LOL).  These two tumblers were made as a gift for two family members, sisters.  One of them is a diesel mechanic and when her dad tells his friends his daughter is a diesel mechanic he beams a great proud smile and says, “She’s my little grease monkey!”  

The other daughter loves all things Japanese, so much so that she minored in Japanese in college!  Her senior year in college she ventured on a two-week vacation to Japan with a friend.  When she returned home she told stories of how the wonderful people of Japan repeatedly asked one question, “Where did you learn Japanese? You speak it so well!” 

If you want to make something with these two designs here you go!  Select desired file: Grease Monkey Evolution (PNG, SVG), Japanese Girl Drinking Tea (PNG, SVG).


Negative Vinyl Image

Vinyl Image

For Christmas I put my handy-dandy vinyl skills to work and made tons of hot/cold drinking tumblers for family & friends with their favorite drinks and logos.  Then a few days after Christmas I watched a YouTube video on How to create a negative image to cut from vinyl and boom, I used that technique to cut a scrap piece of black vinyl of Bob Marley.  It’s not perfect, but with practice I know I’ll improve my skills.

Tumbler Vinyl

I also couldn’t hold off on showing you my very own custom tumbler that I made (also with my Silhouette).  I just can’t stop making them….ugh-lol!  There isn’t enough time in the day to make all I want to experiment with….LOL.  Although I officially start my Hawaiian vacation tonight, I’m seeking ideas of what other designs I can make for tumblers.  I’m addicted to crafting….LOL…but then again, so are you if you’re reading this. HA!


  • Try New Things.  Although I try new craft techniques and products, I will never leave Stampin’ Up!  With my negative vinyl image I used Stampin’ Up! cardstock for the layers.  No other paper adds up to the quality of our cardstock.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice.  To get good at your craft one has to continue to practice as often as possible.

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Vinyl purchased at the Vinyl Outlet

You Are Fabulous!

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I absolutely love the Work of Art stamp set and I think it’s perfect when used to create a gift for a gift.  Did that make sense?  Often a handmade card is a gift in itself, but this gift bag was made for the purpose of giving a gift.  It’s become a 2 for 1 gift.

Fiber Lash Bag


  • Measure twice and cut once.  It’s a carpenter’s saying, but it holds true to anyone who cuts anything.  The popular size to this cute little purse is 4″ x 4″, but it can be made to any size.  Measure the length, width, and depth and then just double it for each side.  The original video to the purse can be seen here, but remember you don’t have to use just one sheet of paper to make one.  You can’t see the seams and as long as you measure twice and cut once…it’ll come out perfect!
  • Make A Layer with the Note Tag Punch.  First punch out two pieces of the Note Tag Punch and adhere them both together to the desired size.  It coordinates perfect with the oval punch.  Try it next time you use the Work of Art stamp set.

Keep Calm

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas You Can Make with CYCI #67

Mother's Day 1CCThis week’s Can You Case It Challenge is for Mother’s Day gifts and I have three to share with you today. I have to admit that I miss our Blendabilities so much, but until another set of alcohol based markers are found…I’ll stick close to my Stampin’ Write Markers. My friend Nicole gave me a really cute card that she (a newbie in card-making) made using our markers. I thought, “Hey, if she can do it, so can I!” If you missed that post, you can see it here.

Mother's Day 2CCThis card is for my mom’s who are koo koo for CoCo Chanel. I would love to have a Chanel purse, but when I think of spending that kind of cash on a purse…my mind converts it into Stampin’ Up! product. I think I’d rather buy product and make Chanel inspired crafts. LOL.

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The purse is so very easy to make and I initially saw it on a post made by one of my Pals. If you want to make one yourself, it is the easiest purse I’ve ever made. Please try it, I know you’re going to love making them for Mother’s Day.

You’re going to be so addicted to making these too cute for words purses, watch!


Thank you so much for stopping by. I can never seem to say enough Thank You’s to my friends & customers for supporting my blog that now going strong for the last three years.

MAGGIE MADE TIPS: Not in cash, but great crafting recommendations.

  • Get Out of Your Comfort Zone. Make something a little more different now and again then a card. Change it up here and there. This is the perfect opportunity too. Make sure you watch the video and break out with some extra paper you have laying around. The purse makes the perfect holder of additional small cards that you can give as a gift too.

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Stamp Class Week – One Sheet Wonders

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This week (Fri., April 17th at 6 pm) my Stamp Class will make these six cards from the Painted Blossoms Designer Series Paper pack. The paper is perfectly designed to use as backgrounds and so easy to make.

If you live in Solano County, you can register to attend the class here.

Supplies Needed to Make Your Own Painted Blossom Cards

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How to Make the Cut

  1. Cut 1-1/2″ from the bottom where the stems are.
  2. Cut the sheet vertically at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Cut the 4″ strips horizontally at 5-1/4″.

You will have six 4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces and all you do now is adhere them to the card base (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). Stamp them and attach the tags and adhere the sequins.

If you prefer to buy the cards already made, you can purchase the set on The Card Shop for $30. You get the cards, plus a decorated container for you to store your cards. [product id=”20151″]
or you can purchase the kit for $23 and all you’ll need to do is put them together. However, you will need to purchase the adhesive and stapler separately.[product id=”20157″]

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Pals Blog Hop: Earth Day is Every Day

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April where every day is Earth Day.  This month we are showcasing projects that use recycled, reused or other earth inspired elements and colors.  We hope you enjoy the Pals creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie, number 6 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Cuba Libre

Today’s card is made of recycled tortilla chip basket paper liner from Cuba Libre Restaurant in Orlando, FL. What was I doing there? Do you remember I wrote about Stampin’ Up! Leadership? We had dinner there the night before we said “see you at Convention” to our fellow demonstrator friends.

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Well, not only did I love the food, I also fell in love with the paper and they gracisously donated a few pieces to me just so I can make them a card.  I still have more sheets left and I’ll definitely make them more cards. Hope they like this one. 

The next stop is Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully, number on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting, I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!


  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’ s Owlery
  3. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  4. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
  5. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  6. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  7. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <— You Are Here
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Site
  12. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  13. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  14. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  17. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains

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My Haydee-Inspired Name Plaques

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Name Plates 

Over the weekend a friend of mine asked if I knew someone who made personalized name plates. I had to remind her that my name Maggie Made Cards had the words, “…and More” right below it. So, my “…and More” went to work and delivered these just in time for Easter. Aren’t they just fabulous!?

Signs are ‘Made to Order’ not mass produced, therefore, may vary in accent availability. Inquire about a theme (i.e. cowboy, Sock Monkey, animals, etc). Arrow measures: 16″ x 6″ x 5/8″. Rectangular wood plaques available for longer names. More to come soon, I just couldn’t keep the excitement about my ‘…and More’ part of Maggie Made Cards (LOL).

Please contact me via email (maggie@maggieamdecards.com) with interest.

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Not the Typical Beer Cake

Beer Cake Welcome Home

Beer cake anyone? Although I absolutely love the beer cake batter mix sold by Pampered Chef there is someone else in my household that loves liquid beer cake. It’s known to many as liquid courage too, but this household has enough liquid courage, especially since we are a military family…LOL.

As ink is to paper, barley is to beer and since are both low in fat and protein but rich in satisfaction, I made this wonderful welcome home beer cake for the better half when he returned from deployment.

Listed below are the products used to make the sign, but you must know that the straws came from the June My Paper Pumpkin monthly surprise kit. I already knew I was going to make a beer cake and when I received the June kit, I knew right away how I would use them, so I held on to a few straws. They were perfect!

What!? You’ve never heard of My Paper Pumpkin? Click HERE and see what it is.

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Unedible Macaroons!

Macaroon Dessert

My most favorite (and a little expensive if you ask me) snack in the whole world is the macaroon. Any flavor… I love it. When I first saw the Something for Baby stamp in the Num Num stamp set, the only thing my eyes could see is a macaroon. LOL… how could that be. Simple, I love them!  I know you will love baking them… I mean stamping them.  I even made a video (although I hate my voice) so you can start on them right away.


You are going to love these paperlicious macaroons I created. They were so easy that I even made a video so you can make them too!  Even if you think they look more like hamburgers. LOL

I hope many of you are like me and you don’t too much talk or introductions in videos.  That’s why my videos are kind of plain and straight to the point.  I hope you enjoy learning how to use our stamps in different ways to make new images.  Please leave a comment and tell me if the video is just right, needs more fluff, or re-do completely… LOL.

Local August Card Class – Aug 24th
This card is one of three designs that you can make at my local card class. If you live locally, click here to view the other two cards and sign up for the class.

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).

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July Pals Blog Hop: New Hues Review


Welcome to the July Pals Blog Hop. This month we are featuring a New Hues Review. Let the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors for 2014-16 inspire you – Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, and Tangelo Twist.  We hope you find great inspiration from our creations.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains, Stop #11 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

When my eyes first scoured through the 2014-2015 catalog I pretty much fell in love with everything, but I must admit the 2014-2016 In-Colors took a few days to grow in love with.  My all time favorite colors are the Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.  That’s probably why I chose the Moonlight Designer Paper Stack to use with my project.

Box & Candle

I made a sweet little box big enough to fit a candle, which I stamped as a gift.  I used the Today & Everyday stamp set to stamp tissue paper and I colored in the paper lamps with the lightest of three Blendabilities alcohol based markers (Light: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, and Melon Mambo).


I placed a Fun Flower on the lid with the same sentiment from the candle, “You Light Up My Life”… how sweet is that!? It fit perfectly inside the Window Word punch too.

The next stop is Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat, Stop #13 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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  1. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Amy Hoptay at inkingofyou.com
  10. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  11. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  12. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  13. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  14. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  15. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  16. Donna Kopenski at craftycardmaker.wordpress.com
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  20. Cheryl McAskill at A Stampin’ Holiday
  21. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  22. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  23. September Gray at Septembergray.com
  24. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  25. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  26. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  28. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com

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