Pals March 2012 Blog Hop

You Did It!

Spring has sprung and it’s time for Pals Blog Hop!  Today the Stampin’ Pretty Pals are sharing some fabulous Spring themed cards and projects that we think you’ll enjoy!  You’ve probably hopped over from the wonderfully talented Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki’s Creative Corner, I’m stop number 16 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 spring themed paper projects 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.

On Sunday afternoon, as the plane I was on prepared to land all I could think about was my next card project.  I was away for three whole weeks and oh how I missed my craft room.   Being away for such a long time really does tend to freeze the little creative cells I have.  But that is what is so wonderful about Stampin’ Up!, I don’t have to be supremely talented to create beautiful cards.  Blog Hops are a perfect source of inspiration to your creative side… for you and for me.  =)

I will share my South Korean trip pictures with the MaggieMadeCards Blog subscribers via private post on March 14th.  If you’d like to see my adventures, simply subscribe to this blog.

Handmade Card Ingredients
Stamp Set:  Hostess, Up in the Air (Wood 124605; Clear 124607)
Paper:  Cheerful Treat (122381); Daffodil Delight (119683); Old Olive (100702); Tangerine Tango (111349)
Ink Pad:  Old Olive (102277); Pumpkin Pie (105216)
Bling:  Basic Pearls (119247)
Write Markers: Pumpkin Pie (105115); Pretty in Pink (100045); Wild Wasabi (120975)
Punches:  2 1/2 Circle (120906); Modern Label (119849); Word Window (119857)
Other Tool: Simply Scored Diagonal Scoring Plate (125586)

 Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from the awesomely creative Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements, stop number 17 on the Spring Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for “hopping” by!

  1. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  2. Kim Luithle at Kim’s Stampin Stuff
  3. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  4. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  5. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations
  6. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair!
  7. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  8. Marian Kay at All Aboard the Crafting Train
  9. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  10. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  11. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin’ Blog
  12. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  13. Linda Fisher at Linda’s Stampin Loft
  14. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan
  15. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki’s Creative Corner
  16. Maggie Mata at MaggieMadeCards
  17. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  18. Leah O’Brien at Leah’s Stampin’ Corner
  19. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  20. Emily Steggell at Stamping With Emily
  21. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin’ Space
  22. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  23. Angie Blake at Angie’s Musings

for ingredients to make this card.

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Sale-a-Bration with Elementry Elegance

Yes, I am still in Korea… my work here is done and I’ll be home this weekend.  I can hardly contain my excitement.  I breath, live, and love Stampin’ Up!  My co-workers must have gone mad listening to me talk about our products and awesome company…LoL.  Where we work there are no windows, no music, no cell phones, barely any Internet (when we’re lucky), and we sit in very close proximity to each other… there is no escape for 12 hours a day, five days a week.  The room is a miniature cubicle city filled with at least 30 people and by the end of this week they were all exposed to Maggie Made Made Cards and Pampered Chef.  How did Pampered Chef get into this blog?

I share a common bond with a special nurse that works with me.  We both adhere to the Direct Selling Association’s Code of Ethics.  Denise is a Pampered Chef Consultant.  We love to share stories about our team, our specials, my cards, business ideas, etc.  Funny thing is… she’s not into crafts and I don’t like to cook… hilarious isn’t it?  But… even though I don’t like to cook, she has helped me make cooking easy peasy… just like I’m bound to show her how making a card is easier than cooking… LoL.

Mata-’bout Tips:  When you’re short on time, as often as I am, and you need to make a card in a jiffy… grab a piece of our Designer Series Paper.  They already come with pretty designs on them and you don’t have to rack your brain to come up with a design or pattern.  Get your favorite paper punch.  Doesn’t matter if it’s a scallop, circle, or a square… punch out eight pieces that have the same or similar pattern and place on the card as shown above.  You’ll need one plain piece punched to stamp the sentiment and use stampin’ dimensionals to make the sentiment piece pop.  Add pearls or rhinestones, which you can color with a sharpie or leave in their natural colors.  If you don’t have paper with already painted designs… make your own with a stamp of your choice.  I sincerely hope you find my tips helpful.

Handmade Card Ingredients
Stamp Set:  Sale-a-Bration Elementary Elegance (C125122)
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie (105117); Bashful Blue (105120)
Ink:  Tango Mandarine (111834)
Punches:  Postage Stamp (122344); Itty Bitty Shapes (118309); 1/2″ circle (119869)
Embossing Die:  Square Lattice (119976)
Bling:  Pearls (119247); Large Pearls (12557)

to make this card.

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Something Fabulous for Your Birthday

I first saw this card style on a video called, Create an Easel Card with Brian Pilling from the  Stampin’ Up! corporate office.  Stampin’ Up! created a video tutorial for everyone to use and enjoy.  I loved it immediately!  It allows the card to be easily displayed on a desk or shelf.  It stands up on its own and it will not be knocked down easily.  Creating an easel card is fun and easy peasy… go on and give your next card a leg to stand on.

BEST TIME TO GET YOUR STAMPIN’ UP! STARTER KIT: The beauty of becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and joining the Mata-about Paper Club is the outstanding training and support Stampin’ Up! offers us FREE!!!  They set you up for success… whether you choose to become a Hobby or Business demonstrator.  Take a look at the CURRENT STARTER KIT bonus…available only during Sale-a-Bration, which ends March 31st.

EARN FREE STAMPS:  When you order from me, you will automatically be enrolled in my Mata-about Paper Rewards Club.  Receive a Butterfly Punch for every $25 spent in product through my on-line store or via email.  Order more than $150 and also receive Hostess Rewards… WoW!

Card Ingredients
Stamp Set: Not So Seriously (C123087)
Paper: Night of Navy (100867); Daffodil delight (119683); Old Olive (100702); Twitter DSP (125406)
Ink: Night of Navy (102977); Soft Suade (115657)
Punches: Postage Stamp (122344)
Marker: Marina Mist (119679); Rose Red (100063)
Bling: Rhinestones (119246)

for supplies to make this cute handmade BIRTHDAY card.

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