Thank You So Much Pals!

Recently, I needed some of our Spanish catalogs for a Show & Tell and I ran out.  I asked my creative sisters (over 400+) if anyone had any left they could sell me.

Immediately, they responded and they helped me out FREE of charge!  Do you have people in your creative life that have never met you, yet your hobby has brought you together and your friendships are so meaningful you feel truly connected?

I have my own Circle of Pals and we belong to an even stronger group of Pretty Pals…. over 400+ in all!  I’m NOT exaggerating either.

We connect not just in person, but virtually, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.  They give me creative ideas and feedback when I’m not feeling creative or I need some coaching.

My hobby and new friends have enriched my life and to thank them I send them “thank you” cards for their generosity.  YOU too can be in my Circle and become a part of the most wonderful beautifully creative people in the world.

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Today’s beautifuly fun filled flower card sketch is brought to you by Freshly Made Sketches #75 – A Sketch by Tui.  Their card sketches are great and they give you beautiful inspiration when you suffer from creative block.  Go on give them a try.

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Until the next post…….

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Can Stampin’ Up! Make Some Freshly Made Snow?

Freshley made snow?  LoL… that’s the first thing I thought while putting this card together for Freshly Made Sketches #59… LoL.  What a perfect sketch to add to my Christmas card collection.  I will be sending my friends and family one of two sketches… the other one was previously published here.

I used the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper, and left over pieces of Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, and Riding Hood red.  The colors all blend together perfectly and beautifully.  A little bit of Chrochet Victoria lace ribbon, and large Pearl Basic Jewels pulled it all together.  I punched out two little blossoms from the Festival of Prints covered up with the Basic Grey cardstock.  The blossom is from the Itty Bitty punches collection.

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Freshly Made Sketches #31

This card has two meanings for me.  First, I think of ALL my friends who are serving in the military and are deployed for months away from their families.  Everyday I pray for their safety and safe return home.  Second, although there are tons of card challenges out there… my thoughts are always with Freshly Made Sketches.


To make my card I turned it around and used my 2 1/2″ cirle punch through the paper and stamped my image on the Very Vanilla colored base paper.  The red ribbon adds a splash of color and brings the clean and simple card to life.  Three brads to the bottom right of the image add a cute sparkle too.


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Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Lean on Me (122285)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), Patterns Stack – Neutrals Collection (117157)
Ink Pad:  Jet Black Stazon Pad (101406)
Ribbon: Use Real Red 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (117286)
Punches:  2 1/2″ Circle (120906)

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Card Challenge: {Freshly Made} Sketches #30




When I made my usual rounds to check in on one of my favorite card challenge blogs, Freshly Made Sketches, I knew immediately I had to use the Large Paper Doily.  I cut it in half to fit the challenge and used the sketch to Inspire me to Create the only thing I could Imagine.  I love bright bold colors and I felt the Rose Red card stock was meant to be married with the colors in the Twitter Pad Designer Series Paper.  I took it just one step further and embossed the doily, but the picture does not do it justice.  It gives it an ever so soft and subtle texture.  I know exactly who I will send this card to, but can’t mention it because this person checks my blog on a daily basis.  But you will know who you are when you see it in your mailbox.  =)

MaggieMade Tip:  When cutting doily’s or other intricate designs, such as this one… use a guillotine type paper cutter.  I thought I could use a paper slicer that has a pointy edge that slices paper and boy did I wish I had not destroyed the perfectly doily cutout.  Intricate lacy cuts need to be sliced straight down to achieve a perfectly clean cut.  Hope this advise helps you before it’s too late… =)

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Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts (Clear 125845)
Paper: Twitter Pad (125406), Rose Red (102544), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Ink Pad: Whisper White Craft Ink (101731)
Make it Pop: Basic Pearls (119247)
Embossing: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132), Square Lattice Embossing Folder Die (119976)
Sizzlits Die:  Large Paper Doily (125592)

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Stampin’ Up! Two Challenges with One Card

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Seems these colors have become my favorite lately.  What perfect timing to use my favorite colors in not just one, but two card challenges… Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge #132 and {Freshly Made} Sketches! #29 This is the first time I used the water coloring paper and it works great when you are coloring in stamp images.  I think you will LOVE it too.

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Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set: Bright Blossoms (Clear 125497), Teeny Tiny Wishes (Wood 115370)
Paper: Pretty in Pink (100459), Chocolate Chip (102128), Certain Celery (105125)
Ink Pad:  Soft Suade (115657), Old Olive (100702)
Marker: Certainly Celery (105016)
Make it Pop: Designer Twitterpated Button (125579)
Embossing Folder: Striped Textured Impressions (123128)

Freshly Made “Congratulatons” Sketch #27

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If you haven’t guessed it by now… Freshley Made Sketches is one of my favorite challenges!  Each time I’m in need of a freshly made sketch (no pun intended) for a card, I look to Freshly Made… =)  A good friend of mine will receive his railroad track promotiom to Captain!  He is looking forward to getting one of my cards and is sitting on the edge of his seat waiting for the mailman… LoL.  Hope you like it Chris… CONGRATULATIONS on your awesome achievement!!!

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Stampin’ Up in the Air with FMS #22

[pinit]As I head out the door to what I hope to be my last temporary duty assignment overseas (not Hawaii this time), I needed a card idea that was “out of my comfort zone”…so I chose colors I seldom use.  I put this birthday card together for the {Freshly Made} Sketches #22.  I enjoy using every bit of paper from my inventory, but I often find myself neglecting some of the prints I don’t know how to use.  I pulled out a print that I had not used before and whala.  Continue reading below to find out about how to get free stamp sets from me through my Mata-bout Paper Rewards.

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handcrafted card supply list
Stamp Set: Up in the Air Hostess (Clear 122477)
Paper: Well Worn (122359); Not Quite Navy (101722); So Saffron (105118); River Rock (108640)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (102977)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049); Stampin’ Scrub (102642); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Punch: Word Windows (119857); Modern Label (119849)
Bling: Rhinestones (119246); Pearls (104430)

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Memories Last a Lifetime (FMS #20)

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This post is dedicated to Mrs. Lydia Deocampo.  Her husband, Ed aka “Honeyboy” went to Heaven on Jan. 6, 2012.  She has been feeling sad and lonely without her husband of more than 50 years.  Her daughter Gemma said, “My Papa was her memory; couch potato & “iron chef” partner; breakfast, lunch, and dinner date; medicine reminder; bill payer & organizer; Christmas stuff decorator, idol & fan; dishwasher; shopping, prayer, and church companion; and, best of all, her best friend and partner for more than 50 years!”

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When I read her post I knew I had to make Mrs. Deocampo a special card that would let her know that she is thought of by many of us in her time of sorrow.  I had the perfect stamp and FMS #20 was the perfect sketch.  This is why I love my hobby… it lets people know that they are in the thoughts and prayers of others.

I hope that this card brings her just a little bit of sunshine and a smile to her beautiful face because she is held up high in prayer for peace and comfort.  Her sweetheart’s MEMORIES will live in her heart for an eternity and those same MEMORIES will be carried on by their children.  I met him years ago and he welcomed me into his loving home offering me his friendship, as I was visiting their daughter, Gemma, who served in the Air Force with me.

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Card Ingredients
Stamp Set:  Mixed Bunch (W125535) (C125537); Loving Thoughts (C125845)
Paper:  Cheerful Treat DSP (122381); Mocha Morning DSP (122366);
Pretty in Pink (100459); Melon Mambo (115320); Basic Black (121045)
Ink:  Melon Mambo (115656)
Punch:  Modern Label (119849); Punch Pack 3/8 Circle (118309);
Large Oval (119855); 1 3/4 Circle (119850); Blossom (125603)

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Freshly Made Sketches #16

WoW! is all I think of when I made this card.  I litteraly made this card in 15 minutes!  No kidding.  I wanted to make the Freshly Made Sketches #16 contest and my goal was to get it done sometime before midnight.  I have just a few minutes left… feel free to check out all the other cards that were submitted for the contest at Freshly Made Sketches.

The sketch seems simple enough and I just had to give it a try.

Happy Stampin,

 Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), Baja Breeze (111352), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Stamp Set: Take it to Heart (Wood 125520, Clear 125522), Teeny Tiny Wishes (Wood 115370)
Ink Pad: Not Quite Navy (103008)
Punch: Lace Ribbon Border (122362)
Jewels: Rhinestone (119246)
Framelits: Hearts (125599)

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