Stampin’ Up! Above & Beyond

Being the wanna-be crafter that I am… I visited where there is “More Saving. More Doing.” to buy some materials to make pendants inspired by one of my Pretty Pals (Kathleen).  But I won’t reveal it for a couple days… I’m so excited about what I’m doing that I’m jumping up & down.  You are going to LOVE it!  Check back in a couple days.

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In the meantime, you can duplicate this quick & easy card with a snip and a punch.  You can make several and keep them in your stash for those times when you suddenly want to tell someone you are proud of them.  All items used are listed below.  Don’t forget to stop by the last post BFF to enter to win FREE blog candy here.

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There’s Only One You

As the card says, we are all only one and so is this stamp set.  If you didn’t get it during Sale-a-bration, it may be very difficult to get it now.  But, I am willing to part with it soon.  When?  With the very next person who decides to get $125.00 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99!  Read about it now. Continue reading

Here’s to You

For the last few weeks I have been noticing many Clean & Simple cards that are also Quick & Easy and they deserve my attention.  That is why I made this one.  I’ve been on a roll now that I’m at 16 days and a wake up… =)  If you don’t know what I mean by that and this is your first time here… you can sign up here to follow My Deployed Paper  Journey. Continue reading

Lets Just “Fall” in Love

March Pals Blog Hop:  Get Ready for Spring


Leah, you win the stamp set and punch.

She said:  “Love the colors of this card.  Great job.

 The runner up is:  Shannon J.  She said: “What a lovely card! I enjoy the banners and they are so easy to make :) TFS!.
Shannon… you get the card, but I’m going to through in a pleasant surprise that I know you will love.

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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.

Who is a Blessing In Your Life?

Who are your blessings in your life?  I can name so many people, I would run out of room.  Even those people that caused me heartache are a blessing.  Why you ask?  Because they taught me lessons, lessons that the Good Lord needed me to learn and grow in my faith so that I could walk with my head up high.  I am proud of who I have become because of YOU… yes YOU.  You did not get to my blog by mistake.  I love you all and only wish happiness in your hearts and blessings to your life.

I have recently discovered paper quilting.  It was a little tricky at first, but I think I got the hang of it.  The secret is to let the papers touch and almost look like they overlap by a hair.  When you run it through the embosser, the paper will slightly stretch and it will become flush with the paper next to it.  I used a smaller piece of card stock to glue the smaller blocks on it.  It allows the paper to emboss smoothly and blend together.  Go on try it.


Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Blessings from Heaven
Paper:  Soft Suede, Neutrals Designer Series Paper
Ink Pad:  Basic Black
Accessories:  5/8 Crochet Trim Ribbon

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A Faithful Friend

There is a special friend that I think about everyday.  She came back from a deployment on the other side of the world earlier this year and as many of us have experienced… we are forever changed in one way or another.  When we deploy we change, some a little and some a lot. Everyone changes according to their personal experiences and one is not like the other.  It is neither a good or bad thing… it’s just something that happens.  It’s the hardest thing anyone can imagine and we are often expected to slip back into life and assume nothing has changed.  My friend is special to me and I want her to know that I understand the changes and that she is my treasured friend.

MAGGIE’S BAZAAR:  As a way to make room for new products from the 2012-13 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, I am selling my retired stamp sets.  Most of the stamp sets are slighlty used and in extremely excellant condition.  Shipping is free for all items and they are non-refundable.  Please email me if you have any questions.

There are also some one-of-a-kind cards that are for sale too.  I can hear some of my friends saying, “Finally!  I can buy a card from Maggie!”  =)  Thank you for the awesome compliment.  I will post them for sale as I make them, but not all will be sold since I make the majority of my cards as personal cards to give away.

FRIDAY CARD CAMP:  Date change… because many have the middle of the week off for Fourth of July, I have pushed the date back to Friday, July 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.  I have THREE seats left.  Please email me right away if you want a seat.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Lean on Me (122285)
Paper:  Verry Vanilla (101650); Soft Suade (115318); Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper (126898)
Ink Pad:  Soft Suede (115657)

A Blossom Flower for You!

I absolutely love the new In-Colors!  They are bright, bold, and they coordinate perfectly!  I began with the thought of making a clean and simple birthday card, but ended up using two punches and the banner framelits.  It is still simple, but added extra items that gave the card a little more dimension and pow.  I could use the card as a ‘Just Because’ or even as a ‘Birthday’  card.  I cannot wait to put it in the mail. =)

To make the vase I used the Petite Pennants punch and cut the tops off.  The melon mambo adds depth and dimenstion to the tempting turquoise cardstock layered together.  One of the main reasons why I joined Stampin’ Up! was because of the ease of coordination of all their paper.

FREE PAPER in JUNE:  This month only, the $99 Starter Kit not only comes with fully customizable products, you’ll also get products from the brand-new Patio Party Suite for FREE, including the Make a Cake Set, Patio Party Designer Series Paper, and the Patio Party Digital Collection DVD!  That’s up to $48 in additional FREE products!  Learn more about taking a Test Drive.

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Bright Blossoms (125497), Itty Bitty Banners (126257)
Paper:  Patio Party DSP (126916), Summer Starfruit (126839), Tempting Turquoise (102067), Melon Mambo (115320)
Ink Pad:  Gumball Green (126861)
Make it Pop:  Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Large Pearl Basic Jewels (125577)
Punches:  Boho Blossoms (119858), Petite Pennants (122361)
Framelits: Bitty Banners (129267)

A Retirement Hug with Pals Paper Arts #135

I made this card for a friend in mind who is deployed  at the moment.  I felt the wonderful hug tells a story without requiring a sentiment.  Time is quickly coming for the retirement of this stamp and the paper.  It instantly became my favorite and I know another will quickly replace it. =)

The hug is a sweet send off as this stamp officially retires as of June 1st and it’s perfect for the last Pals Paper Arts card challenge for the month of May.  I hope you are lucky enough to buy it before it goes away.  Click on the tree below to check out the remaining items on this year’s retirement list.


If you haven’t had a chance to look at the RETIRING ACCESSORIES or RETIRING STAMPS, click on each item, print them out and grab your laptop and open up the catalog.  Then sit back in your comfy chair or sofa with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and take a look at the items retiring on May 31st.  Enjoy!

Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  RETIRING The Nicest Things
Paper:  RETIRING Cheerful Treat, Whisper White
Ink Pad:  Basic Black

Can’t Get Enough Card Challenges… PPA 133

Clean and Simple (CAS)… Webster’s Dictionary has my cards next to that definition.  I also love cards that are made with all the bells and whistles, but my taste is CAS.  It’s not about making cards like others, it’s about making cards that are your style.

No other card challenge helps me achieve my CAS style, but Pals Paper Arts.  I know there are many CAS card lovers out there too.  Let me know what your style is by leaving a comment at the end of this post.  I love to hear about what you like.

Join in on the fun and make something out of the sketch.  These are they’re rules:

Rules for the Runway:

=>  Use ANY brand of products to create your card or papercraft project.
=>  Entry should be new and inspired, totally or partially, by this challenge
=>  Inlinkz will close at Noon (CST) Thursday, April 26th.
=>  We’ll announce our Pals Paper Artist Picks Tuesday, May 1st.
=>  Have a blast putting your card together… and good luck!
=>  Upload your card on the PPA Blog

I added tiny flowers using the Itty Bitty Punch Set.  It put a little bit of dimension onto the Cheerful Treats Designer Series Paper.


Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts (125845)
Paper:  Cheerful Treats (122381), Wisteria Wonder (122922)
Ink Pad:  Melon Mambo (115656)
Make it Pop:  Basic Pearls (119247)
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes (118309), 2 1/2″ Circle

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