Stampin’ Up! I Miss You (FMS #89)

Today marks two months and two weeks since I have been deployed.  It also marks the day I got the mother of all care packages.  I jumped up and down with so much excitement… I just couldn’t contain myself.  I received my favorite flat bread from Costco… my favorite cool-aid packets (grape and cherry), my favorite Oreo’s (Golden), my favorite Crystal Lite (Appletini), my favorite nail polish (french), Chicken of the Sea, nail file (score!), and other goodies.

One thing we realize when we are deployed is just how much the little things in life we take for granted mean so much to us.  A simple nail file will bring so much happiness it’s unbelievable.  I have been blessed on this deployment.  I have received cards, post cards, and letters in the mail.  I’m not talking e-mails… we prefer hand-written notes that remind us of home.

I know I’ve written that before, but those are the things we take for granted with social media.  I consider myself lucky and loved and this card is dedicated to my family & friends.  I sure do miss talking to you, I sure do miss hugging you, I sure do miss seeing your smile, let me just say, “I miss you period!”   Thank you  so much for the cards, letters, coffee (YES!), and for the little things you do for me… they mean so much.


Almost forgot to mention, I’ve entered many sketch challenges in the past… and just a couple times my card was selected as the winner, but this card is my first challenge while in a deployed location.  Freshly Made Sketches #89 (A sketch by Rita) is one of my favorite challenges and I’m so grateful I’m able to join the challenge from the other side of the world… LoL.

This week I was on my private FB pals page and I shared with my 300+ stamping friends that not only have I had a new member join my Circle of Pals, but I also get together with some of my friends here and we stamp while we are deployed!  Yes deployed to another part of the world far far away from home.

My point was , I’m the furthest one away, yet I stay connected with them virtually.  I AM living proof that this hobby can be taken anywhere in the world and we military folks get a little extra special treatment from Stampin’ Up!

So, if you want to try Stampin’ Up! and take it for a test drive… click here!

I used two new products from our new 2013 Catalog:
Quatrefancy Specialty Paper (130141)
Really Good Greetings Clear Stamp Set (130333)

If you don’t know a deployed military member leave a comment and I will share your thoughts, prayers, and comments with my co-workers.  I know they will appreciate it.

Am I the only Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that you know serves in the military and has a blog?

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. Carol in Minnesota

    First, and most important, Thank You for your service! Over 24 years as a military wife, I know firsthand how important communication between the deployed member and their spouse and children is needed. I found your blog through Mary Fish’s Stamping Pretty blog post today. Love your card. I make many, many cards to send to Operation Write Home. These cards are then boxed and sent to various contacts overseas to be set out and offered so deployed service members can select one or many — they are blank inside so the service member can write a personal note or a letter before mailing these cards back home to their loved ones. Check out

  2. I love this bright and cheery card! I enjoyed reading your blog and I am so happy that you were able to join us while you are deployed! Thanks so much for your service! And thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  3. This is such a beautiful card! I love those gorgeous vibrant colours – such a happy card! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  4. Jodiann Johnson

    I love this card! With my husband still deployed it really touched my heart!

  5. I’m so glad that you are able to join our challenge even though you are deployed! I just adore this colorful card. The heartfelt sentiment is especially meaningful and the little rhinestones give this some nice sparkle! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches and more importantly thank you for your service!

  6. Hi Maggie:

    Love your card. The new paper is soooo colorful. I love it. I love all the ‘bling bling’, the banners and the way you tied the baker’s twine. Your card should definitely win. It is fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing!

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