March Pals Blog Hop: Get Ready for Spring

Thank you for joining us for the March Pals Blog Hop! Today the Stampin’ Pretty Pals are excited to share new ideas and projects to get you ready for spring.

You should have just left the sizzling hot stop number 12 on the Pals Hop – Brian King at Stamp with Brian.  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.

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I currently live in a Golden State and I have also lived in the Beehive State, the Old Line State, and the Garden State.  My favorite visits have been to the Aloha State and the Sunshine State.  My card reminds me of the rich colors of those states and the memories made living in each one.  May you have a bloomin’ marvelous day in which ever state you live. 

If you are wondering how banners are made, don’t worry you do not need a special tool to make them.  Cut out strips of paper measuring at your desired length.  Then simply snip the ends in a “V”.  You can mark them with a pencil on the side that will not show.  Yes, it’s that easy.

Interested in receiving this blog candy below?  I am giving away to a lucky winner the Petite Curly Label Punch and the Pretty Petites Stamp Set that can only be awarded from Stampin’ Up! after a $100 order during Sale-a-Bration.  How generous is that???

To enter to win simply click on the egg below and leave a comment by 6 PM CST on Thursday, March 14.  One recipient will be chosen at random from the comments received and the runner up will receive the card.  The blog candy recipients will be announced on Friday and the winners will need to email me their mailing address within 24 hours.  Good luck everyone! =)

Blog Candy

The next stop is Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full , stop number 14 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

  1. Dawn Tidd at tiddbitsfromdawn
  2. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  3. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  4. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works 
  5. Debbie Mageed at Scrappin’ & Stampin’
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  8. Ann Schach at The Stampin’ Schach
  9. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  10. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  11. Kerry Willard Bray at stampgoodness
  12. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  13. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <== YOU ARE HERE
  14. Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full 
  15. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
  16. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons 
  18. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  19. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  20. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair
  21. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Ginger Toivonen at
  23. Amy Williams at Stampin’ on the Range
  24. Shannon Jaramillo at ezpeasycards
  25. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  26. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  27. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  28. Peggy Noe at
  29. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!

Thank you for visiting.

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. I love every card you post! Keep them coming you give me inspiration to keep making cards

  2. Chris R. from Iowa

    Oh how pretty! It is all in the details and you have some really cool details! The colors are just perfect!

  3. Wow – awesome “blog candy” – Would love to have the set. And your card is cool too. Thanks 🙂

  4. I really like the texture of the card. You gave me ideas to add texture. Thanks!

  5. I just love the simplicity of this card, will print it out for my files.
    Thanks for the inspiration and I look forward to seeing more.

  6. Hillary Lobenstein

    I love you color combination! So spring-y!

  7. Beautiful card. Love the colors and texture. Awesome blog candy. Thanks for sharing

  8. Beautiful!

  9. What great spring colors on your card. Thanks for sharing your ideas and the chance to win your blog candy.


  11. Thank you for these great ideas, each are beautiful!

  12. I love the yellow & green on this card; so bright & fresh for spring. Thanks for the tip on creating the banner. I like how you have it curved for more interest.

  13. I love how you used the banners and I can’t wait to give it a try.

  14. Pretty cards!!!

  15. Love the freshness of your card!

  16. I always appreciate the inspirational ideas on the blog hops, but this candy just makes it “sweeter”. 😀 Thank you!!

  17. Lovely cards. Thank you for all the ideas.

  18. Your card looks so bright and cheery. Love the colors.

  19. Love your card! You’ve added such great details!

  20. inspiration for my new stamp set. love the banners! thanks for chance at blog candy!!

  21. Wow! What a beautiful card. I have been “wavering” towards this stamp set. I think after seeing this card, I may have to get it! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  22. Pretty spring cards. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win some blog candy

  23. I like the flowers and the yellow, very spring like

  24. Love your card especially the combination of colors! Very well done! Thank you for sharing!!

  25. Very cute 3-dimensional card! Love the flowers.

  26. Thanks for the daily inspiration and the chance to win a treat.

  27. Love the use of the embossing folder to give that banner some dimension and interest.

  28. Love the colors and design of the card.

  29. Mary Anne Schnettgoecke

    Cute card! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Very pretty, I think I may have to case this card I hope you don’t mind, my mother would love to get this card!
    thanks for sharing, be well -Vanessa

  31. Maggie, this is such a sweet card! Love it!!

  32. Cute card, the banners really set it off.

  33. It’s in the small details that makes your card beautiful. Thanks

  34. love the yellow its beautiful

  35. I LOVE your card – the colors are “springy”!! Gives me some inspiration!!

  36. What a fun and “springy” card! I love the flower embellishments and your curving of the “banners”!

  37. love the use of colors on this and your flag banners are gorgeous.
    hugs, m

  38. Your card is lovely and makes me think of spring with those cute 3D flowers! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win your awesome candy:-)
    Inky hugs,

  39. What a lovely spring card!
    Love the green centers of the flowers~

  40. Love what you did with this car!

  41. your cards are beautiful

  42. Love the card and colors, bring on Spring!!!

  43. Your card is definitely bloomin’ cute — and great blog candy too!

  44. OOHHH!!! Love that color combo!

  45. I really love your card!! Simple and beautiful! Not over done as so many are. Thank you for the opportunity to win your blog candy.

  46. Love your colors so pretty and especially like the way you did the banners by popping up the center.

  47. I am kind of thinking I need this set now that I have done this blog hop. Thanks!

  48. love this set!!

  49. Love the dimensions you gave to the card.

  50. Love the cute little flowers on your card!

  51. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  52. Love your card! The colors remind me of spring! Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Cute card idea.

  54. Love the colors, and I always love anything embossed! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  55. Such a pretty card. So many extra’s that make it pop out. Thanks for sharing.

  56. Maggie, terrific use of the little pearls! A very sunny card.

  57. I love your card – the colors of spring and Easter and it makes me think that spring is around the corner! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

  58. Kellie Cavallaro

    I love the idea of embossing the flags. What a great way to step them up a notch. I can’t wait to try this idea on my own. Thanks!

  59. I LOVE that stamp set – it reminds me of Vintage Vogue stamp set. I hope they come out with a similar stamp set to put in the new 2013/2014 Catalog. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day!

  60. Ooo, I really like the color combination – looks very fresh and springy! And using the little flower from the Itty Bitty punch pack for the centers really gives them a different look and adds just the right amount of pizzazz. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Bonnie in Virginia

    LOVE the card and thanks so much for chance to win this great blog candy!

  62. Like the card – those Bloomin Marvelous flowers are good ones.

  63. What a pretty card. Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy!

  64. Great way to make those flowers pop!!

  65. Very generous blog candy offering! Thanks!

  66. i love the color combo, such a great card!

  67. Love your card!

  68. I really like the colors you chose for the card. Very pretty 🙂

  69. what a great card! love that set!

  70. I love the simplicity of the white card with the pops of color. So springy and beautiful!

  71. Love the banners and the colors on your card! So pretty!!

  72. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  73. Very nice Maggie. I like the 3D effect with the flowers.

  74. Just love your card!

  75. Great card, love your color choices.

  76. I wonderful Spring color combo for this card. Thanks for offering the spectacular blog candy.

  77. So very pretty. I’m now ready for spring.
    Sally S

  78. Beautiful card – Spring YEAH!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  79. Great card — the banners are great!

  80. Love the card. Thank you for sharing.

  81. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card!

  82. I love your cards, especially the color scheme.

  83. Awesome card. Beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.

  84. Creativity brings out the best in you!

  85. Love your card…makes me think spring is really on its way !

  86. Love the colors you used. Yep, that card reminds me of any of the states you mention – but especially the Sunshine State. The card is just a ray of sunshine!

  87. Beautiful card! I love the little pop-up flowers!!

  88. Beautiful card! The two banners and the buttons on the flowers make this card “pop.” TFS!

  89. Love the flowers.. so pretty! Great blog candy too!

  90. Love your creativity!

  91. Nice, clean and simple. Very pretty.

  92. I love the colors and the texture, so cute and springlike 🙂

  93. Hi, Maggie … thanks so much for sharing your card creation! And my but you’ve lived in so many states! You can usually find me in the state of confusion (grin).

  94. Love the little punched flower centers in the middle of the stamped flowers.

  95. Simple, yet oh so cute! Thanks for sharing!!!

  96. Very pretty

  97. Florals are one of my favorite themes for cards. Your’s is so pretty both in color and layout.

  98. Excellent card and I love the colors and banners.

  99. Love the banners! They just add so much to all those gorgeous flowers.

  100. Great card and I love the banners.
    Thanks for a chance to win some blog

  101. Dicta Schoenfelder

    This is a great spring card!

  102. Love the colors. I’m from the state of WI. Home of the Green Bay Packers. Your use of the “Green & Gold” would make this a perfect card to send to my Packer fans.

  103. Neat card! Love the banners! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win some blog candy.

  104. This card does sing spring no matter where you live! Yup, I could go fir the Aloha State and /or the Sunshine State about now! I am in the Northeast and Baby it’s cold outside! I am so wanting spring right now!!!

  105. Your card is so beautiful and wonderful blog candy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  106. Maggie, I love the texture on your banner and the center of the flowers. Very cute ideas and a wonderful card. Thank you for sharing it!

  107. It’s so cute and springy! Thanks for giving blog candy!

  108. Love these colors!

  109. I love how you did the banners – very creative!

  110. What a great use of texture!

  111. Wow…such cute ideas!!

    Have a great day!

  112. Thanks for the fun card idea. Love the colors and the little flowers.

  113. great card!

  114. Really like your sweet flowers! They are nicely popped by the pretty banners! Pretty colors and nice texturing!


  116. Cute way to do the flowers.

  117. Your card reminds me spring is on the way! Thanks for sharing. I like the embossed banner.

  118. Beautiful card for spring! Thank you for sharing & for a chance to win some Easter blog candy!

  119. So cute! Love the embossed banner! Very clever!

  120. So cute! Love the center of the flowers.

  121. What a lovely card. I especially like the banners and LOVE the one with using the impressions folder! Sweet!

  122. Love the spring card 🙂 Hadn’t though of embossing on a banner–great idea!

  123. Carmen Christner

    Such a pretty card & such nice blog candy!!!

  124. Love the springy card! Thanks for a chance to win the awesome blog candy!

  125. What a lovely card! I enjoy the banners and they are so easy to make 🙂 tFS!

  126. Very pretty, I love the soft colors. I live in the sunshine state and the colors remind me of the citrus we grow here. Thanks for sharing.

  127. Beautiful card, reminds me that spring really is right around the corner! Thanks so much for the chance at blog candy!

  128. So pretty…love the color combo!!

  129. Love the color combo, creates such a beautiful card!! And, a really sweet blog candy too!!

  130. Beautiful and simple. Really like the “waving” banners. TFS

  131. MMargaret Spencer

    I love the happy yellows! What a tremendous give away.

  132. Jennifer Kunselman

    Very nice colors!

  133. I love this design. Thank you for the chance to win!

  134. Charlene Brummitt

    Beautiful cards. Thank you for the candy blog.

  135. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent, truly inspiring.

  136. Love the embossing on your card. It definitely looks like Spring!

  137. How pretty….I love how you placed the buttons and embossed the banner. The color is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing.

  138. I absolutely love this stamp set and will be so sad to see it go. You have done a wonderful job with it!

  139. Love the colors and how you did the second flag. Never would have thought to do that. Thanks for sharing.

  140. Love the centers of your flowers!

  141. Love the colors of this card. Great job.

  142. I love that I can read everyone’s blogs! I just learned the method to make the banner…so easy!

  143. VERY pretty card !!!

  144. loved the yellow, reminds us that spring is coming and the sun is going to shine blessings!

  145. I love reading your blog. The colors of this card are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  146. your card is really pretty

  147. I love the colors on this sweet floral image.

  148. Beautiful card – love the color combo! Thank you for the chance to win some wonderful blog candy!

  149. Your card is so beautiful!

  150. WHat a lovely, happy card. Beautiful colors. Being from the Garden state and the sunshine state, I love that you travel like me!!

  151. Very pretty! Love the banners and thank you for the chance to win some awesome blog candy!

  152. Love your card!! I love the little green flowers!!

  153. Love the banners!

  154. Love your tip on how to make the banners. Mine always are crooked…so by marking them on opposite side will now keep them straight. This is a great stamp set and great looking card.

  155. Thanks for the tip on banners!! Your card is awesome!!

  156. Your comments reminded me of my 30 years in the Air Force and corresponded with several of my assignments. Love the spring colors and using the EF on your flag banner.

  157. I love coming to your website every day for new ideas. I love your fresh and simple take on card making. Thank you for sharing your love of stamping so often.

  158. Very Cute. Love the colors

  159. I adore the added green to your flowers! Such a cute idea. And of course the banners are so in right now and your are right, so easy to do! Love it.

  160. Love those little green flowers!

  161. Very pretty.

  162. Beautiful card, love this combination of colors. Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic blog candy.

  163. Love it!

  164. I’ve never thought to use the Elegant Bouquet EF and Bloomin’ Marvelous set together. Very cute! Thanks for sharing.

  165. Your card is simply fabulous! Love your banners, the embossing on one is the perfect touch. Going to miss this set after Sale-a-bration….

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