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

A Very Bright Easter

One of my team members (Melanie Greenfield) once told me that her favorite color was green.  She said that green complimented all colors.  She was absolutely right!  Thanks Melanie for opening my eyes to color.  I LOVE the mix of these colors… they put me in a happy mood.  =)  The sentiment is in Spanish and translates to Happy Easter.

MaggieMade Tips:  A great way to spruce up a card without spending more money on ribbon is to simulate ribbon with a with paper.  I NEVER throw away any left over paper from a project for this specific reason.  I used a brown polka dotted paper to add a little extra slice of color between the pink lime green.   It somehow blends the two colors and give it an added “pop” to the card.

Blog Candy Give-a-Way:  Originally posted on April 1st, be ensured it was not an April Fools joke.  It is the “Sprinkled Expressions” clear cling stamp set from Sale-a-Bration. The clear-mount block is not included.  All you have to do is take a look at the new Summer Smooches and leave me a comment and tell me which products I should buy.  The winner will be chosen using the random number generator.  I really do want to give this awesome stamp set away…. will you help me?

Fellow Demos:  If you are interested in getting free advise on your blog, then you may be interested in checking out InkBig… Lisa freely gives great advise to anyone that is involved with the Direct Business Association.  I am in NO WAY associated with InkBig, but I love her free advise she gives through her FREE newsletter… =)


Don’t forget about…

Summer Smooches

Handmade Card Supplies

Stamps:  The Nicest Things (120531)
Paper:  Regal Rose (105130)
Ink:  Melon Mambo (115320)
Punch:  1 3/4″ x 7/8 Oval (119855), 2″ x 1 3/8″ Oval (119859)