Pals Blog Hop: Out with the Old…

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May where we are preparing for the retirement of some Stampin’ Up! products.  Though it may be goodbye to some very loved supplies, it will make room for the much anticipated new catalog products.  We hope you enjoy the Pals’ creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from the crafting mastermind Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery, number 32 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Father's Day

Of all the product that will retire next month, there is only ONE that I will miss the most! My Digital Studio (MDS).   It’s the only thing that saddens me because the only space MDS uses is on computer.  I do a lot of custom orders with it and I have it backed up on FIVE different hard-drives.  Yes, I’m that paranoid about losing the program.  Don’t laugh at me…I can almost hear you.

Father's Day

Both of my cards were designed and colored in MDS and printed with my sweet Color Laser Jet printer.  I love the smooth print it creates on our Whisper White card stock.

The next stop is the wonderfully talented Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky, number 2 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  2. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps!
  6. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  7. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  12. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  13. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  14. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  15. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  16. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  19. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds 
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  26. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  27. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  28. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  29. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  30. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  31. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  32. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery

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Take Me Out To the Ball Game

Last weekend I was invited to participate in a local fundraiser in support of our local Little League Club.  I made a few baseball specific cards that I printed with My Digital Studio and have quite a few left over. Please feel free to browse through The Card Store to purchase.

Baseball Fear

To give the card a baseball look I used the Chevron punch and adhered the pieces in a half-moon to give it a rounded shape. I found the poem on Pinterest.

Thanks Coach

All of the coaches that take time to teach, mentor, and coach children deserve a huge “thank you.”  I played softball growing up and I remember all of us pulling our couple dollars each to buy our coach something nice to say thank you for putting with us.  Sports made me feel confident and I especially loved that my coach was also our mentor.

Congrats Homerun

In the mean time, sing along with me…”Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd;
Just buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…”

MAGGIE MADE TIPS: Not in cash, but great crafting recommendations.

  • Always An Occasion To Make a Card.  There is nothing in the world that is too big nor too small that doesn’t deserve a card. Especially when a child needs added encouragement if (s)he struck out during a ballgame. Most important they should know that they should never give up.
  • Show Gratitude with A Thank You.  Everyone who is involved in teaching our children valuable skills should always be thanked.  It’s a kind gesture to say we appreciate them.

RETIRING PRODUCT:  Have you seen what happens on eBay when you missed what you would’ve purchased because you knew you really wanted it?  You’ll be shocked out of your mind!  Don’t believe me, just go check it out and then come back and get it before it’s too late. See it all here.

PREFERRED STATUS: This happens to every single person who purchases from me. They earn extra little treats and getting to buy my retired stash before I open it to the public for 50 percent off. Yes, that right…my current customers will get a chance of buying anything they missed if I have it in my stock. Learn more about the kudos of Shopping With Me.

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Happy Retirement Major Gill


Ever find yourself wanting to do more with your Stampin’ Up! stamps and ink? Well you can do so much more than you’ve ever imagined with My Digital Studio, but first let me tell you about my co-worker & friend Dave.

Dave is a fellow hospital administrator (like me) and he joined the Air Force December 1989 just five months shy after me.

Today we celebrate his retirement and I wanted him to have a card that is extremely personal. It doesn’t get any more personal than having your name printed on the front with the logo that represents 25 years of service to our country.

Dave knows I have a blog, but he doesn’t check it, so you know what’s the next best thing since sliced bread? For YOU to leave him a comment and thank him for his 25 years of honorable and dedicated service to our great country.

Now, on to how I made the card.


I used My Digital Studio to print the words and then used my Cameo to cut out the Air Force Logo, which I downloaded from the internet. It made it easier to cut out the blue outline that overlapped the silver. I then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the AF logo a 3-D finish.

MAGGIE MADE TIPS: Not in cash, but great crafting recommendations

  • When Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have an ink, paper, or anything that can personalize a special card, break out with My Digital Studio. You can try it FREE for 30 days and play with it. It really is FREE to try.
  • Or you can submit an order to me for that special card. Simply send me an email ( with your name and phone number and we’ll connect to go over the details. It’ll be cheaper than Hallmark and much more personal.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: Click on titles for additional information.

  • FREE Shipping From Me: How? Make a $50 minimum purchase (before taxes) and receive the following:
    • One FREE product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure
    • FREE shipping paid by me!
    • Use this Order Form and view Occasions Catalog HERE.
    • Include your full name, mailing address, and product number with quantity and I will invoice you.
    • This offer has been so popular and I thank all of you who have submitted orders that I’ve decided to offer it through the end of Sale-a-bration… March 31st.
  • Mini Paper Share w/FREE Washi Sheets: Thank you to those that took advantage of this awesome share. I have just ONE left and it’s up for grabs and will order more once this one is sold.
  • Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration Product: With the purchase a 3-month Pre-Paid My Paper Pumpkin kit receive FREE product instantly!
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Notecard Gifts in My Digital Studio

Note Cards MDS

Do you use My Digital Studio? If you do…have you used it to make notecards like these for gifts? If you don’t…you should. Why? Just look at what you can make for gifts! LOL

Seriously, I made a few sets of classic his & her notecards and gave them as Christmas gifts. But hey, you can still make them for Birthday, Anniversary, or Congratulations gifts. Imagine all the money you can save AND how much more a handmade gifts are appreciated.

Notecards MDS

Notecards MDS

If it’s not obvious these to lucky friends are from New Orleans, LA and they just happen to be Saints fans (just in case you missed it)… HA!


  • Did you know that men’s and women’s teeth are shaped slightly different? What does this have to do with this post!?
  • Well, when I made these notecards I made the fleur-de-lis just slightly different in each card. Bryan’s set has a rigid sharp cornered fleur-de-lis and Sindy’s is more rounded with delicate curves.
  • So, in the same way teeth are slightly different, so are the watermarks in each card. Now does the first bullet make sense? LOL


I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for three years now and I’ve grown successfully in each year. In about a week or so I’m going to make a super announcement that has me ‘all shook up’ (in Elvis Presley’s voice). I’m so excited because when I was initially given the news I couldn’t stop smiling. When one door closed another opened and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Coffee News… Will You Spot It?

Coffee News

I spent the morning with my cup of coffee and making a few more Mother’s Day cards.  Normally, I only drink coffee Monday thru Friday, but today is a special day.  Why?  Because I decided to advertise in the Coffee News® and offer FREE classes!!!

I met a wonderful lady, Linda (if it wasn’t obvious) who owns this little publication in Solano County.  It’s my first time taking out an ad like this and I wanted to try it just once.  So, here’s to you Linda and a successful future stamping while drinking coffee.


Now, about the card… it’s 90% digital… can you tell?  Since I also have the stamp set, I stamped the cup on some left over scrap designer series paper and snipped that piece out and simply glued it to the card.  Get your FREE 30-day trial of My Digital Studio below and print away all the cards you can make in 30 days using your own printer.

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Hello with My Digital Studio Hybrid

Hello MDS Hybrid

Have your ever been minding your own business going about your day when suddenly in your thoughts someone you know pops into it?  I have heard that when this happens that we should pause and pray for that person.  Yesterday as I was preparing my service dress uniform ready to attend a Celebration of Life memorial, I received a text from a very good friend and it said, “Hi Maggie, I’ve been thinking of you and I just wanted to say hello, how are you?”

It was the second message I received tht morning and it brightened up my day and felt very grateful that I have friends who stop whatever they are doing to let me know they thought of me and wish me well.  It is proof to me that my friends and I connect on a spiritual level.

As a carmaker,  I know that when the Holy Spirit leads me to send this card to someone it is because I’m being used to bless someone.  Snail mail brings so much joy that one smiles from ear to ear.  Go on give it a try… send someone a card.

Hello MDS Hybrid

I can produce this card on my My Digital Studio software in multiples to have readily available, so that when a loved one pops into my mind, I can send them this card and make their day.

LESSON LEARNED:  To dress up a My Digital Studio card simply add a strip of ribbon with a little pop of color and in a minute you have a beautiful clean and simple card.

EventsLive in my area?  Check out my events calendar here.  Come stamp with me or attend one of my free beginners classes where I will introduce you to the basics of card making.  You will make new friends and if you’ve never made a handmade card before you will discover a new passion.  The best FREE therapy that will release your stress.  Let’s just call it Paper Yoga!

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Click HERE to see the Sale-a-bration brochure or send me a message HERE to get a FREE one mailed to you.


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MDS Free Trial – Digital Download $0.00

Chalk Talk Framelits Dies $24.95



Love You To The Moon Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download $4.95

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine $99.95


Whisper White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock $8.50

Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2X11 Card Stock $6.95[/one-fourth]

Hello… You’re On My Mind

The blog hop was yesterday and if you missed it, don’t worry you’re not too far from it… just scroll down and you’ll catch up real fast… don’t forget to leave comments on the cards that are especially nice to you.

On My Mind

On to my card… I didn’t stray to far away from My Digital Studio <— click there and get your FREE 30-day free trial!  You can make all the cards with the FREE digital stamps, paper, cardstock that comes with the initial trial.

Play with it and don’t worry about breaking it… you won’t damage a thing.  If you need additional help the My Digital Class Finest Simplicity Kit – Digital Download is the perfect fit for beginners.

On to what I did to make my hybrid card… extremely simple and I put it together while watching tv in between commercials… sent it to my printer upstairs, which always has Whisper White cardstock in it and boom… there it is.


On My Mind

See the two washers?  I made them with two circle punches and they are made in the same similar way rings are made.  Only difference is the size of the circle punch or circle framelit.  View the PDF on how to make rings here.

For the ribbon, I took the Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, cut it in half and slid the rings into it and used Sticky Strip for adhesive.  It’s stronger and will prevent the ribbon from fraying.

To make the rings silver, I used the Silver Foil Sheets to give them the washer look.

On My Mind

The digital stamp set is from Love You To The Moon.  One of the easiest things about digital stamp sets is that you can fill them in different colors and they are just as pretty compared to ink pads.

Did You Know Starter Kits Also Come With

Starter Kit Digital

Starter Kit Digital

I offer you the gift of choice when you join my team.  You decide your membership (hobby for the discount or go for the gusto and have a side business part-time/full-time… honey you can have it all!  Read more here.

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to design with you!

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Two of a Kind in Hybrid

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It’s fraternal two of a kind in hybrid using My Digital Studio (MDS)!  Two reasons why I used MDS to make these quick & easy cards.  1)  I do NOT feel intimidated by digital card making.  2) You can print from your home printer and add a couple of cute buttons (or ribbon) and turn it into a hybrid card.

I’m sure you can see the difference (real quick) in these two cards.  No, the angle the pictures were taken is not what I’m talking about… LOL.  I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the card on th right just to show you what you can do.

So, go on and get your groove on with a free trial of My Digital Studio.  Click here to get it now.  Those of you who signed up to receive the free template… it’s already  in your inbox.  You can still sign up here.

Products Used:  Crushed Curry cardstock, Subtles Candy Dots, and of course My Digital Studio.  Click here to get your free trial.

Pals Paper Arts #188

With this design I took advantage of Margaret Moody’s sketch challenge over at the Pals Paper Arts.

Don’t Forget Your Kid’s Valentine’s

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Your kids will love giving these cute monsters away to their friends and classmates.  Buy them the cutest valentines around.  Only available for a limited time.  Comes with 18 boy or girl monsters (sold separately, 18 googly eyes, 18 adhesive hearts…. and they’re only $5.95!

Your children will love putting on the hearts and googly eyes. =)

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A Digital Christmas

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I've heard some of you say, "Oh, My Digital Studio is too much for me to handle."  Well, I'm here to share a secret with you!  Use a sketch challenge to design your card… at least until you feel comfortable enough with designing your own.

Question of the Day:  Please comment below… Will you be sending handmade or store bought Christmas/Hanukkah cards?

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I used Operation Write Home's #195 card challenge because it comes with measurements!  Imagine that!  I can never get the paper sizes right to begin with and they are awesome for My Digital Studio beginners.

If you already have MDS and want this layout send me an email ( with Digital Christmas in the subject line and I will email it to you in a flash.  Play with it, change the paper, just have fun with it!

Single Stamps Holiday Collection


The holidays will be here before you know it, and these holiday-themed single stamps may be just what the budget-conscious stamper needs.  There are eight different stamps to choose from, six of which coordinate with Framelits dies or punches.

Hostess with MostessThere is still time to enter the monthly Hostess with the Mostess contest.  Simply place a minimum $25 dollar and you are instantly eligible to win October's hostess money.  It can be anywhere from $25 to $160!  Read more…


Escape with My Digital Studio

Did you notice anything different here?  No, not the card… LoL… My new header and picture… I created it using My Digital Studio (MDS)!  I'm actually quite proud of myself.

I'm still learning more and more each day, but the card is very basic.  I'm going to take through a series of cards over the next few weeks to show you how you can dress up a card from basic to more advanced.

When the card is complete, I will send the file to you… my sweet subscribers.  So, if you don't already have MDS, please take the plunge learn MDS for free for 30 days…. get it here.



We're celebrating Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary all year long, but during the week of the actual date (October 25th to be exact) we thought we should pump up the party even more.  So what better way than a sale on the very products that started it all: stamps, of course!  See the stamps here!

Cut and Scored Bases

Wow!  Just in time for Christmas!  These already cut and scored card bases will save countless hours in cutting and folding, especially if you only have just a few hours a week or month to get your cards prepared.

Also a great option for making just a card or two.  Available in: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, and Very Vanilla.  Colors perfectly coordinate with the holiday catalog Designer Series Papers!  See them here now!


My Digital Studio… All Digital

5x5 Card Front-001I created this card last week while I was in training.  It took me a little over three days to get ‘er done… LoL.  Don’t panic, My Digital Studio (MDS) isn’t difficult to learn.  I took me that long because I was in a training environment and my time to do my own things was very limited in the evening.

It just goes to show, it can be done!  It’s a 5×5 size and I can send it off to the printers, print it from my personal printer, or send it via email.  I think I will print it from my printer and take a picture and post it later and show you a side by side afterward.

If you’re thinking of trying MDS, right now is the perfect timing.  We have ONE DOLLAR content discs on SALE right now!  Click HERE to view them.

Then go on and download your 30-day free trial of MDS.  Click HERE to read more and download your FREE copy now!


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