Pals Blog Hop: Retirement Party!

Thank you for joining us for the May Pals Blog Hop and our annual retirement party! It’s time to say goodbye to stamps and accessories that will not be available in the new  2013-14 Stampin’ Up!catalog. Although it’s always sad to see wonderful products retire, it is exciting to think about all of the new products that will soon be available. So enjoy the farewell tour for our favorite retiring products – and remember you have until June 3rd to order from the retiring product lists. 

You should have just left stop number 19 on the Pals Hop – Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter.  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.

Just in case this is the first time you’ve visited me, I serve on active duty with the Air Force for the last 23 years.  I am Livin’ the Dream!  I look forward to the day that I can retire and commit  ALL my time making cards and working on my scrapbooks.

I am currently deployed and with each new post I talk about the deployment life from my perspective.  I pretty much work 12 or more hours a day, but the time for me is flying by… I don’t know if it’s because of all the hours I put in or because this time around (3rd deployment) I’m making cards and finding others here who enjoy doing it too! =)

This is the first card I make on this deployment.  One of our warehouse logistician’s became a first time uncle and greeting cards are a premium around here, so I used this opportunity to use one of my favorite retiring stamp sets, Moving Forward.

He will be sending this card off to the new parents and he is very excited to meet his nephew in five months and three weeks (but who’s counting)… LoL.

This stamp set is part of the Making a Difference program which Stampin’ Up! made exclusively for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).  You can read more about the program here or view the first time I used the set here.

The next stop is Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping, stop number 21 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

  1. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  2. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  3. Amy Williams at Stampin’ on the Range
  4. Kathleen Law at Craft With Kathleen
  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  6. Kari Linder at Stampin’ Essentials
  7. nicole watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  10. Lynn Hoyt at Cattail Designs
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  13. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  14. Amy Lazzell at Just a Thought…Cards by Amy
  15. Leslie Davis at Life’s Moments
  16. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  17. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  18. Debbie Mageed at Scrappin’ and Stampin’
  19. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <—YOU ARE HERE
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  25. Peggy Noe at
  26. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  27. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair
  28. Shirley Sumption at look at my cute stuff
  29. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  30. Barbara Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  31. Elaine Fleming at Studio Elaine

Stampin’ Up! a Baby!


Perfection!  Not just the card, but the baby that was born three weeks ago today.  My BFF was blessed with a little girl with ten little fingers and ten little toes.  A healthy baby girl with two older brothers and oodles of aunties and uncles that loved her before she arrived.  She’s cute as a button and I made this sweet pink card for her mommy.


I added a touch of color using the  Itty Bitty scallop using Certain Celery and topped it off with the smallest of the rhinestones in the Basic Rhinestone pack.


The One in a Million stamp set has so many more sentiments you will have several options to choose from.  Expressing your feelings to someone special can sometimes be difficult, but this ten-piece set gives you lots of inspiration for doing just that.

Products Used

Window Frames CollectionWindow Frames Collection Framelits 129021

Pretty In Pink CardstockPretty In Pink Card Stock 100459

Basic RhinestonesBasic Rhinestones Jewel Accents 119246

One in a Million  One in a Million 126382

Rose Red Card StockRose Red Card Stock 102544

Tulips Embossing FolderTullips Emobssing Folder 121809

Certain Celery Card Stock

Itty Bitty Punch

Very Vanilla Cardstock

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Two by Two Equals One

Please forgive my coloring, I’m still learning… this is one of my many favorite stamps. It so darn adorably cute!  How could you not think of the story of Noah’s Ark. Speaking of Noah’s Ark, I’m flying the friendly skies as I type this.  (I typed this two days ago, so I was not flying when this card posted… lol).  Technology is just so amazingly convenient.

What makes this post so amazing to me, besides technology, is that on my second leg of my flight a nun sat next to me.  Well, there’s no one in the middle seat, but you get my picture.  For some odd reason, I’m reminded of my childhood, and my grandmother, Nena.

Amazing what my hobby does to me.  I’m mesmerized by the calmness I feel sitting on a plane high in the heavens writing about a stamp that reminds me of my childhood and  sitting next to me is a beautiful elderly woman who has no idea what her mere presence has done to me.

I am humbled and inspired at the same time.

I made this card for a friend who announced to me she is expecting her third child and she couldn’t be happier.  I’m sure she will be forgiving of my coloring skills.  I used the Two by Two stamp set with some Story Time Designer Series Paper and Lucky Limeade and Real Red to add a little bit of pop to this cute little card.



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Baby Pumpkins… They are Neither Pink or Blue

Mmm mmm mmm, I love me some pumpkin pie.  Who would’ve ever thought that Pumpkin Pie could be mixed in with a little bit of International Bazaar Designer Series Paper and make something sweet enough for a baby?  I debated whether to use pink or blue for a Fall baby, so I settled for Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The International Bazaar Designer Series Paper brought out the richness of the bright orange.  I found the miniature clothespin at my local craft store.  What other non-traditional colors would make a great baby card?

There is still time to grab the August Spooktacular Project with your new Starter Kit.  You get the fabulous kit below, plus my gift to you of the Color Coach, and I will throw in a black ink pad (doesn’t come with Spooktacular Kit).  Email me ( to find out more or ask any and all the questions you need to help you decide what you want in your kit.

The Halloween Spooktacular Project Kit includes:

  • Black Tray w/handle
  • Toxic Treats stamp set in choice of wood or clear-mount and English or French.  Prefer your Halloween sentiment stamps in Spanish?  You have the option to choose  Spooky Bingo Bits in Spanish instead of Toxic Treats.
  •  1 Pack of Bakers Twine in Lucky Limeade
  • 1 Pack of Basic Jewels Rhinestones
  • 2 – 12×12 sheets made with My Digital Studio. Images include rectangular shapes of DSP from Howlstooth & Scaringbone, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie & More Mustard CS. Images of all the inserts, flags, pennants and bats, etc.  All papers included are MDS digital images.
  • Laser cut spider web, pennant and flag in Silver Glimmer Paper
  • 6 buttons – 1 Vintage Faceted Designer, 2 Basic Gray, 2 Pumpkin Pie and 1 Old Olive
  • Glue Dots Adhesive
  • Ribbon – Very Vanilla Seam Binding, approx 18″ in length and 1/2″ Black & Gray Striped Satin Ribbon, approx 36″ in length.
  • Ink and clear blocks not included.

To make the tiny petals I used the Itty Bitty punch set and colored in the Basic Pearls with an orange Sharpie.  I covered the heart with Crystal Effects to give it the wet look.  I bought the mini clothespin at my local craft store.

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