Butterflies: Live Laugh Love

Last weekend I was at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Event in San Diego and besides having a blast with my crafting friends, I met an extraordinary woman named Doris Martin.  A Holocaust Survivor, she beat the odds in life! Let me tell you, she was something else and I’ll never forget her.  She signed my book and as I hugged her she held me tightly and said in my ear, “Sweetie, with Peace & Love you have everything.  So live life, laugh always, and give away your love.”  Her words put tears in my eyes and I just had to share this with you.  I just started to read her book, Kiss Every STEP and I have to say, “I can’t put it down!”  You can get one yourself on Amazon.

Having visited Dachau in Germany years ago and remembering what I saw at the museum came flooding back as if it was just yesterday.  The weird thing was that I made the card a few weeks ago before ever meeting her and I found it lovely that she used the words on the card when I hugged her.  I think I’m just going to have to send her the card.  Be Blessed and Be Thankful!  Keep on Living, Laughing, and Loving!

The Details:

  • Simplicity is in the details.  Punch, Adhere, Stamp & Emboss and BOOM you’re done!  The particular Designer Series Paper on my card is no longer available, but don’t let that stop you!  Use your favorite or whatever you have on hand.
  • Butterfly punches are retiring.  Yes, they are being retired in May and they’re only available while supplies last.  So you may want to grab them now before they’re gone for good.  With a bone folder give the butterfly wings a little curl inward to give them the in-flight 3D look.
  • Embossing powder.  Use whichever color your heart desires.  The black one I used is retired by us, but you can get more colors here.

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Blendabilities Sneak Peek

Mother's Day and Blendabilities

Mother's Day and Blendabilities

My 2014-2015 Catalog pre-order arrived earlier this week and I told myself I wouldn’t post anything until you too are able to order the awesome new product on June 1st. But I just couldn’t resist showing you a sneak peek.

Coloring in the Blended Blooms with the Blendabilities alcohol based markers have become an obsession.  If I didn’t have to go to bed for work… I would’ve stayed up until the wee hours coloring.  You do NOT need to have coloring talent, the markers do ALL the work for you!

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Stampin’ Up! a King for a Day

In chess the King is only as good as his Queen… LoL.  You can check out the previous Queen card post here.  The stamp set is from the You Rule Spring Collection, which will debut tomorrow!  Yes, you are going to love it just as much as I do!  The other stamps say… Princess and You Rule!  I think it is my favorite… for now.

The card was made for my brother Reyes.  It’s Spanish for King, so this stamp is perfect for his birthday.  He was born on January 6th, which is the Three Kings Day also known as Epiphany or the 12th day of Christmas.  To many it marks the arrival of the magi (three kings) who were bearing gifts for baby Jesus.  That is why I don’t take down my Christmas decorations until January 6h… LoL… well, that and because it’s my all time FAVORITE holiday.

I’m not worried about my brother seeing his card before his birthday, since he doesn’t visit my blog… LoL.  But his wife does and she’s already seen the card… =)

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:
Paper:  Early Espresso Card Stock(119686), Baja Breeze Card (111352), Very Vanilla (101650)
Stampin’ Pad Ink:  Early Espresso Ink (126974), Basic Gray (126981)
Ribbon: Early Espresso 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126871)
Punches:  Modern Label (119859), Word Window (119857), Scallop Edge Border (119882)

From Spring Catalog (Click HERE Get Your Catalog Today)
Stamp Set:  You Rule (W129261/C129264)

Stampin’ Up! a Queen for a Day

Every little girl deserves to be a Princess, but when she grows up she must become a Queen, even if for just one day.  Stampin’ Up! makes that possible with their You Rule stamp set that will be bestowed to the world on January 3, 2013.  The Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (129312) makes it possible for smashing designs in a fun pad of paper.  You can use it for card fronts, mounting photos, anything your Queen or King desires.

A very small 1 inch peek-a-boo of Tea for Two Designer Series Paper adds a ray of sunshine to the Primrose Petals colored daisies.

You will soon see that it is a MUST have.  Reserve your sampler pack today!  [wp_cart:2013 Spring Catalog Paper Share:price:20.00:end][show_wp_shopping_cart]

With the exchange from a Tiara to a Crown, so does the upgrade in rhinestones.  The Spring Catalog debuts a Large Rhinestone Basic Jewel (129324) fit for a Queen.  Show it off and “Shine Bright Like a Diamond!”

Hugs & Inspiration,

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Stampin’ Up! has added 15 more products to our Clearance Rack Blitz.  Great way to use your Christmas gift cards.

Quick & Easy plus… Stampin’ Up! Giveaway w/Other Surprises

Has someone ever done something so thoughtful & nice beyond your expections and you just want to give them a simple ‘Thank You’ card?  This is just that card.  It can be made in a matter of minutes.

You can use any color you want and any shape punch to create this quick & easy card.  Click here see the instructions.

You will never notice that I stopped in the middle of writing this post to place my order from the Spring Mini Catalog and it’s killing me to not be able to share the catalog with you yet!

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Go to  http://bit.ly/MMMDSGiveaway to enter from December 1-29, 2012. You can enter once a day every day of the contest. Tell everybody you know to do the same!


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Only during the month of August you get for FREE this Howl-o-ween Project Kit when you take a Test Drive and join my Circle of Pals.  The Howl-o-ween project kit isn’t offered anywhere else.  Take advantage of this special offer in August!

The Howl-O-Ween Printer’s Tray Project Kit includes:

  • Products (shown on the right in photo above) needed to create the adorable project (on the left).  Ink and clear blocks not included, which are needed for the clear mount stamps if you choose.
  • You will receive the Stampin’ Up! Toxic Treats stamp set (Holiday Catalog) in your choice of wood or clear-mount.
  • Also included is a full pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, full Baker’s Twine and partial products (enough to create the project) of the ribbon and buttons shown.
  • I will personally buy the ink for you!  Yay!!!

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  • Fully customizeable Starter Kit is ONLY $99, but you get to choose up to $125 in any product you want!
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  • Not to mention the fantastic new friendships you’ll make from all over the world!
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Introducing the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! Catalog

YES!  It’s finally here in electronic form.  Check it out and have fun!

Place an order through me by sending me your order via email of $50 or more and I will pay your shipping costs!  Simple as 1, 2, 3!

1.  Download this WISHLIST form and fill it in as you review the catalog.  You can fill it in using Word or you can print it and then scan and send your written purchases to maggiemadecards@yahoo.com.

2.  Receive an invoice and pay on-line.

3.  I will have it delivered to your mailing address and I will pay the shipping fees.

Can’t get any easier than that!

2012–2013 Annual Catalog Stampin’ Supplies

Product Guide: 2012–2013 Annual Catalog (US)

A Masculine Happy Birthday

You asked for it… you got it!  Another masculine birthday card!

I’m pretty excited about the new products that will debut June 1st.  I just wanted to give you a peak at an awesome Itty Bitty Banners (126257) stamp set that will have a matching Framelits (page 191 of 2012-2013 Catalog).  The brad is from the Antique Brads Collection.  Do you have your new catalog yet?

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Retirement Items Available While Supplies Last or May 31st:

There are only two weeks left to get retiring products before they’re gone!  There are hundreds of products available for only two more weeks–and accessories and Definitely Decorative products are only available while supplies last!


Happy Mother’s Day!

Once a year we come together to celebrate all the Mother’s who have the honor of raising the next generation.  Although these special women do their jobs year round, we come together to celebrate their hard work and dedication.  A shout out to those men out there who also take on both roles as Mother and Father.

Enjoy this beautiful Sunday and give hugs and kisses and give a heartfelt “thank you” to that lady you call “mom.”  I salute you ama.  I am who I am because of how you raised me.  I was blessed to have been sent to you as a gift from Heaven.  I love you with all my heart Gumersinda Mata.

A card is not complete without the matching purse that carries the extra t-shirts, diapers, wipes, chapstick, lotion, and countless kid supplies.

New Stampin’ Up! 2012-2013 Catalog Available Now:  I have them available for you to start your wish list.  Click HERE to have one mailed to you today!  Complete your wish list then email it to me or wait until June 1st to shop on-line.  On-line catalog will become availabe June 1st.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper:  Not Quite Navy (101722), Pool Party (122924), Whisper White (100730)
Ink Pad:  Not Quite Navy (103008)
Framelits:  Labels Collection (125598)
Diecut:  Petite Purse Bigz L Die (125606)

Get Well Sooner with Freshly Made Sketches #32

Gosh, I feel ashamed, I haven’t made a get well card in so long that I can’t even remember when I made one.  I suppose that’s a good thing right… no one has been ill enough to get one… =)  I also figured that since our new catalog will be coming out soon, and the retired list has posted, I want to make as many cards with my remaining retiring supplies.  You can get a great deal on the retiring stuff now while supplies last too!


I also took adavantage of this time to create this card with the Freshly Made Sketches #32 card challenge layout.  I couldn’t believe that I had card block when I saw the layout… LoL.  But here it is for you to enjoy and replicate.



Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Retiring Sweetly Said
Paper:  Whisper White, Calypso CoralRetiring Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper
Ink Pad:  Basic Black
Added Dimension:  Basic Pearls
Punches:  2 1/2 Circle
Other:  Punch Pack