Origami Bow-Tie Shirt for Dad

This post is dedicated to my friend Darren Tate, a young man whom I was honored to serve with in Afghanistan and keep his memory in my heart.  “All gave some, but he gave it all.”  Today,  Memorial Day, is a day of Remembrance for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could have tomorrow’s.  I miss ya kid!

Father's Day

I love Origami shirts and bow-ties and if you’ve seen my past year’s Father’s Day cards you’ll see that this style is my favorite to do for the father’s in my life.

The Bohemian Designer Series Paper measures 8-1/2″ x 11″ and when you view the Origami shirt visual instruction below you will fold on the 11″ side. You’ll see what I mean when you view the directions.  I used this size because I wanted the card to bow-tie to measure the same ratio as the shirt. Does that make sense?


  • Bow-Tie Madness:  I used to make my own bow-ties and when Stampin’ Up! released the Bow Builder Punch I was happy happy happy.  I was actually dreaming of making this card for a few days before I made it too.  Don’t you dream of designing cards?  I thought everybody did. HA!  I used glue dots on the bow-tie because I want the bow-tie to be just a little moveable for a more realistic look.
  • Origami Shirt:  The Origami shirt is so easy to make and you see the step-by-step instructions here.  Designer series paper works perfect for the shirts too because of the awesome patterns.
  • Silk Handkerchief:  Oh yeah!  Use a nice silky smooth ribbon to put inside the pocket.  I took a two inch piece of Whisper White Satin Ribbon to finish off the pocket in style.  For ribbon I love to use the Fast Fuse adhesive because it gives a real strong hold on the material.  Have you tried it?
  • Tiny Banner: When I initially completed the card I had not adhered the word “DAD” to the pocket and it looked pretty plane.  That’s when I decided to pull out DAD stamp in Guy Greeting.  It was the perfect size for the Banner Punch and it made a boring pocket stand out.  After all, the card is for a lucky dad.

Occasions Catalog Ends This Weekend:  So often I hear these words, “Darn it, I knew I should’ve ordered it!”  Then depending on how bad you want it…you’re gonna pay a little more and I know eBay prices is NOT what you want to pay.  I highly recommend that you take one last look at the 2015 Occasions Catalog and order what you really desire.

A FREE Trial Membership.  Let me to show you how you can get a FREE membership with FREE shipping and only pay the tax!  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner!  This offer is only for the serious minded who want to take Stampin’ Up! out for a test drive,  rejoin after a sabbatical, or just want a bargain!  Fill out form below and I will call you at your convenience. 

Error: Contact form not found.

Blog Signature

You’ll Need These Supplies to Make This Card:
Print the Supply Lis to make ordering easy for your projects.

Hitting a Brick Wall with CYCI #70

Sympathy Vase
Did you know that the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack is one of my all time favorite? Nope you wouldn’t because I love it so much I don’t want to use it up. I have issues, I know (LOL). I love that it’s so realistic looking.

Today’s card is a challenge card from Can You Case It and the challenge is anything you want with May Flowers.  I’m in Northern California and we didn’t get much rain in April, so our flowers were a little far and few between. Well, except for these little bitty one’s I plucked from my craft room.

Sympathy Vase

Why did I make a sympathy card with these two images? Have you faced a situation that you felt like you hit your head on a brick wall? We’ve all been there. But knowing that there is mystery and beauty behind the wall is what helped me deal with whatever I was going though.

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

  • Water vase. I made it with the Bow Builder punch. I used a piece of Vellum to punch out the vase. For the water in the vase I used Tempting Turquoise from the Stampin’ Write Markers Brights Collection and colored in the vellum. To adhere the stems I dabbed a tiny bit of Crystal Effects. I also dabbed it on the outside of the vase, but it’s harder to get the wet effect on photo.
  • Window frame. To make the frame I nested two Squares Collection framelits together and it cut out a perfect frame!

Win a piece of the action. There’s a raffle going on and it ends June 2nd!  For $5 you can enter to win product from the new catalog. Click here to see it now!

More product for less. In a nutshell, you can get $125 worth of product for $99 with free shipping with a temporary membership! No strings attached and the bonus is…get 30% off your firs order and then just kiss me good-bye. Find out the details here.

Blog Signature

You’ll Need These Supplies to Make This Card:
Print the Supply List to make ordering easy for your projects.

There Are No Words


If waking up to an earthquake wasn’t bad enough, waking up a second time to the news of a passing of a loved one (through marriage) is even worse.  I had the card sketch ready with a different sentiment, but decided on “I’m Sorry” when I heard the sad news.Loss

Although banners are so super easy to make with snips, I decided to use the Bitty Banners Framelits because it made layering easy. The Night of Navy card stock gives the sentiment a little more focus.

Card design inspired by:
card sketchClick here and stop kicking yourself in the behind for missing a great sale!

Products Used to Make Card:

Blog Signature

Just For You

Just for You

There are times when I try to get a vision for a card that I found in a sketch challenge and I still have creativity block… similar to writer's block and I become frustrated.  This was one of those cards… LoL.

Mojo308SketchI wanted to put together a card to send off to a friend, but I was completely at a stand still for a layout.  So, I set out to find a sketch challenge that I thought wouldn't take a hours to put together.  I found it in Monday Mojo 308's challenge.

Just for You

I chose a color I don't use often just because I wanted a challenge.  Boy did I meet that challenge face to face!  Although it didn't take me hours to put together… the colors itself stumped me.  I hit a bump in the road and I was left wondering if the recipient would like it.  I guess I'll have to let you know once my friend receives it. =)

Just for You

Product contest going on over at my Facebook page.  Hop on over and check it out now by clicking HERE.


The summer's greatest deal-the Paper Pumpkin promo code-is only good through August 31, 2013! You have just a few days to get on the bandwagon.

Here are the facts in case you didn't catch them:

  • Through August 31, 2013, new Paper Pumpkin subscribers can use the promo code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin for only $10 a month for the first two months!

Then, after you receive two months' worth of Paper Pumpkin kits, the price for future kits will go back to the regular price: $19.95.  Click HERE to get yours today!


Just for You

Products Used:
Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Happy Day, A Round Array
Paper:  Epic Day This and That, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Large and Regular Rhinestones, Oval Framelits, Modern Label Paper Punch,
Black & Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Emboss Powder

It’s August Anniversary Month

Seems a whole lot of people I know personally decided to get married during the month of August.  I figured it was a perfect month to show off my Crushed Curry card stock!  The color is so bright and actually triggers a taste for curry… LoL.
Happy Ann 2


Pick a FREE Kit Offer: When you take Stampin' Up! for a Test Drive with a starter kit.  With my Circle of Pals there is absolutely NO obligation ever to make a sale or conduct classes.  We are a circle of Hobby Stampers who want a bargain and discovered the Demonstrator Benefits to being hobby stampers!  We took a chance and Explored Our Creativity with absolutely NO COMMITMENT ever!

Click HERE to Pick Your FREE Kit Today:
Kit Description 
Total Value
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit


Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit


Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle

Stampin’ Up! Some Thank You Cards

I have something other than a Valentine’s Day card.   I’ll return to those tomorrow, which will happen to be the Pretty Pals January Blog Hop.  Make sure to come back and check out some Spring Catalog favorites.

These cute little cards were made for a customer who placed an on-line order.  It is my way of saying, “Thank You” for placing an order with me.  The cards were quick & easy to make and they will certainly bring a little bit of sunshine to the people who receive them.

The Papillon Potpourri stamp set is absolutely stunning with magnificent details.  I used the Hearts A Flutter framelit on a little piece of Primrose Petal card stock leftover scrap to make the little tag behind the sentiment.  The rhinestone was added to add a bit of pop.

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT:  I’m on a countdown before going overseas for six months and I’m beginning to have separation anxiety from my craft room.  What items do you suggest I take with me?

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am so grateful that you have reached the bottom of the post.  I know 2013 is going to bring me a whole lot of blog visitors.

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:
Stamp Set: Papillon Potpourri (123759), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370),
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Primrose Petals (126841), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Primrose Petals (126858)
Punches: Word Window (119857), Elegant Butterfly (127526)
Embossing Folder: Lacy Brocade (127819)
Framelits: Hearts A Flutter (130159) from Spring Catalog

Accessories: Rhinestone (119246), Medium Envelopes (107301)

Sign up for eMail Blog Updates

Explore Your Creativity Now

Spring Catalog Paper Share

New Arrivals

Current Promotions

Pals April 2012 Blog Hop: Babies and Children

Oh, Baby!  It’s time for the Pals Blog Hop!  Today the Stampin’ Pretty Pals are sharing some fabulous cards and projects for babies and children that we think you’ll enjoy!  You’ve probably hopped over from Nakaba Rager at My Stampin’ Blog, I’m stop number 4 on the Pals Hop and I’m glad you hopped in!  I’ll help you “hop along” from blog to blog where you’ll find great ideas for paper projects for babies and children from the Stampin’ Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you’ll be back on track

This card is not one of my ‘orignal’ creations, it has been around for quite awhile, but this is my version of the baby carriage.  I have never used so many punches ever and this card required use of seven different punches, to include my 17 year old’s protractor.  I made two four inch circles and folded them in half leaving space to write two messages in each.  The diaganol plate came in handy too… it’s what I used to score the lines on the hood.

MaggieMade Tip:  Don’t ever get stuck buying tons of different colored rhinestones to match your projects… buy the clear ones and simply use a colored Sharpie to color them in.  In the long run, you save money.

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Marian Kay at All Aboard the Crafting Train, stop number 5 on the Babies and Children Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for “hopping” by!

  1. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  2. Leslie Davis at Lesliesellalicious
  3. Nakaba Rager at My Stampin’ Blog
  4. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  5. Marian Kay at All Aboard the Crafting Train
  6. Max Conrad at Stamp to the Max
  7. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan
  8. Amanda Cramer at Mrs. C With Style
  9. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  10. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  11. Kim Luithle at Kim’s Stampin
  12. Mary Fish at Stampin Pretty
  13. Dawn Tidd at Tidd Bits from Dawn
  14. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  16. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki’s Creative Corner
  17. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin’ Blog

Handmade Card Ingredients
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (Wood 115370)
Paper:  Pretty in Pink (100459), Crumb Cake (120953), Basic Black (121045),
Whisper White (100730), Cheerful Treat (122381)
Ink Pad:  Melon Mambo (115656)
Bling:  Basic Rhinestones (119246), Basic Pearls-Large (125577)
Embossing Folder: Square Lattice (119976)
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes (118309), 1″ Circle (119868), 3/4″ Circle (119873), 1/2″ Circle (119869), Word Window (119857), Boho Blossoms (119858), 2″ x 1 3/8″ Oval (119859)
Other Tool: Simply Scored Diagonal Scoring Plate (125586), Pink Sharpie

Subscribe to my Newsletter

Stampin’ Up! Two Challenges with One Card

FMS Princess Badge

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.

Do you think my card hits the mark?

Maggie Made Tip:  To give a suttle pop to a card that is clean and simple add a button and see it come to life.

Blog Candy:  Don’t forget… I’m still trying to give away some blog candy.  Click HERE to see posting.  I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to give it away for FREE.  Will you help me?


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)

A Leap Year Mixed Bunch Birthday

Those of you who follow me know that I’m once again at a temporary duty location missing my craft room.  Knowing I would be gone for several weeks, I made a few cards ahead of time to keep the blog updated with pretty cards for you to see and duplicate.  There are many Leap Year babies that celebrate birthday’s today and I know one of them.  My co-worker turns 8 today! =)  Happy Birthday Ms. Tina.  She deserves this special card because she listens to all of my stamping adventures with a smile.

Mata-bout Tip:  If you are limited on the number of punches you own and you feel like some are over-used, play with them.  Punch out a piece of scrap paper and take out your scissors and start cutting.  You’ll be amazed at how versatile our punches really are.  I took the Blossom punch (125603) and simply cut across the middle to make a quick and easy mat for the sentiment that I punched with the Window Punch (119857).  What punch have you Mata-fied lately?

I’m on the lookout for hobby & business stampers to join my team:  If you are on the fence about joining…you have exactly 31 days left to get your kit at reduced price ($125)…plus you will get designer paper or a digital download every month for the rest of the year….alternate if you’d like too!  Are you worried about quotas or obligations?  No worries… there are NO future obligations (Scouts Honor, cross my heart).  It’s the best time to take advantage of this great opportunity to get the starter kit that contains over $340 worth of products!  FREE paper doesn’t come around often. After you join…make your wish list and place an order before your 45th day for other items you want and get 30% off your order. Don’t let this deal slip away… =)  Send me an email if you have any questions what so ever… if you don’t want to pass up this GREAT opportunity… Join now!

Card Ingredients
Stamp Set: Mixed Bunch (C125537); Teeny Tiny Wishes (W115370)
Paper: Twitter Pad (125405); Crumb Cake (120953); Baja Breeze (111352)
Ink: Real Red (103133); Soft Suede (115657)
Retired Ribbon: Real Red 5/8 Grosgrain (109052)
Punches: Blossom (125603); Word Window (119857); 1″ Circle (119868)
Marker: Marina Mist (119679); Rose Red (100063)
Bling: Basic Pearls (119247)

for supplies to make this cute MIXED BUNCH BIRTHDAY card.

Stay on Top of Stampin’ Ups! Trends & New Products
Subscribe to Newsletter

Sizzlits Birthday

My cousin Veva sizzles… so on her birthday she deserved a SIZZLITS Paper Doily.  I took the large sizzlits die and cut the center out.  The card can easily be turned into a Valentine’s Day card by using a Loving Thoughts stamp, such as FOR EVER & ALWAYS, WONDERFUL YOU, or THOUGHTS OF YOU.  Take a look at the Occasions Mini Catalog to check out what you can make.

Happy Stampin’

Supplies needed to make card:
Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Mocha Morning (122366), Real Red (102482)

Pad: Real Red (103133)
Punches: Modern Label (119849), Word Window (119857)
Sizzlits Die: Paper Doily (125592)