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

She Believed She Could…

My Paper Pumpkin

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Being deployed sometimes has it’s moments.  The other day my allergies were getting the best of me… my eyes were itchy, my nose was running faster than me, and the sun was so bright – I had to return to my room to get my sunglasses.  Funny thing is, when I walked into my room, I put my hat down on my desk as I grabbed my sunglasses.  Don’t ask me why I did that… I was probably in a hurry.

Anyway, I ran back to my office and went right back to work.  Around lunch time I began searching for my hat, if you know anything about wearing a military uniform, our hats must be worn at all times when we are outside.  So, after spending 10 minutes looking for it, someone suggested I go back to my room.  How dumb do you think I felt finding my hat in my room!?  I busted out with laughter and I know this is a moment I will never forget… LoL.

With this story, I had to share this card made for a friend of mine who was promoted to the rank of Captain.  I used the Feels Good stamp set, which you can also use to bring a little sunshine to those you love with these “feel good” sayings.

Until the Next Post…

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I would just love to look forward to having you in my Circle before I get home from this deployment.

Thank you so much for visiting me and helping me feel loved while I’m away from my family, friends.

It means so much to me.

A Formal Congratulations

Sending you a Congratulations card from San Antonio, Texas. As you may know, I’m in the Air Force and I’m getting some much anticipated training to assist me in doing a job that is of great honor to our 1% Club. What is that? I’d tell you to Google it, but you may not find it.

Basically, it represents the 1% of the American population that defends our freedoms by serving in our Armed Forces.


It has a formal feel with the sparky silver paper and the real red adds a quick “look at me” statement. I stamped the sentiment in Versa Mark and embossed it with silver embossing powder. Due to time constraints and limited Internet, I’m unable to list a link to the products used.

But, If you think you’d like to make a similar card with the items I used, please send me an email ( with “List” on subject line and you will have the list emailed to you.  I will be home this weekend and will have just enough time to do that for you before heading out again. =)



Congratulations for Flying in Below the Zone

In the Air Force, top notch, exceptionally qualified enlisted Airmen are rewarded with promotion early on in their careers. Such young troops are the go-getters, society’s over-achievers (if you may), the one’s who want more out of life and know that hard work and dedication pay off.  They go from an Airman First Class (E-3) to a Senior Airman (E-4) six months ahead of schedule, which helps with the increase in pay.  Statistically, these exceptional men and women go on to bigger and better things like completeing their college degrees and becoming officers or reach the top 1% of the Air Force and become Chiefs (E-9).

Well, I know such a young man. His name is Cesar. He was transferred into my work center a little over 2 months ago. He was definitely a breath of fresh air to the five group practice managers (including myself) who needed help with managing our medical center’s business plan.

Here’s to you Cesar for flying OFF THE CHARTS! I am very proud of you!  In my 23 years in the Air Force, you are the BEST airman  I’ve ever worked with.  You are bound for greater things.  I’ll make you another card with a lighter blue when you receive your commission and will pass along my first set of butter bars.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set: Layered Labels
Paper: Real Red, Wispher White, Blue
Ink Pad: Real Red, Basic Black
Apothecary accents

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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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