A 4th of July Salute to Maggie Mata

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Today’s card and post are a heartfelt tribute to a member of my Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Maggie Mata.  Maggie is currently serving in the U.S. military in Kyrgyzstan.  Her commitment and bravery are the essence of what the 4th of July means to me.


It warms my heart to see Maggie continuing to create beautiful handmade cards and share her love for Stampin’ Up! on the other side of the world.  See what Maggie’s making on her MaggieMadeCards blog, HERE.

I used this week’s  Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge (MOJO298) for Maggie’s card.


  • Stellar!
    I inked up the Simply Stars stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.   The stars were easy to snip with Paper Snips (although I’m going to keep wishing for star framelits) and stand proudly at attention
    when popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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  • Those sweet little Cherry Cobbler flagged ends are so easy to crop with the Stampin’ Up! Bitty Banners Framelits and my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine!

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MaryRealRedTulipMY FAVORITE THINGS!  Candy Dots, A Dozen Thoughts . . . Check out what else landed on My Favorite Things List for the new Stampin’ Up! 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.  See My Favorite Things.

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Stamp Sets:  Simply Stars (Wood-Mount 130889, Clear-Mount 130892), A Dozen Thoughts (Wood-Mount 131056, Clear-Mount 131059)
Paper:  Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (130139), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Night of Navy (126970)
Cool Tools:  Paper Snips (130579), Stripes Embossing Folder (123128), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
The Perfect Touch:  Regals Candy Dots (130932), Candy Dots Brads (132293), Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (120992), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. Teresa Zuehls

    Mary, I love your card and take on the sketch! And those stars are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Wow, what a fabulous patriotic themed card! Love your layered stars and the striking way you used the colors!

  3. Beautiful card in true Mary fashion. :). I loved your tribute to Maggie. We just can’t thank our military enough for the sacrifices they make on our behalf every day. THANK YOU MAGGIE!

  4. The retired Star punch cuts those stars perfectly, Mary! What a beautiful tribute to a true patriot–God bless and God speed, Maggie! Mary, your card is a perfect July 4th remembrance–you are so clever!!!

  5. Mary – Thank you so much for making this tribute card for Maggie. I follow Maggie’s blog and face book and I am sure that she is just beaming from ear to ear. That was so kind and thoughtful of you. And, your card is totally awesome! Every thing about it is just awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!


  6. Yeah, Maggie! Thank you for your service! And I love your card, Mary!

  7. Carol Carriveau

    Nothing I can add to all of the comments, except my personal thanks to Magda for her continuing service and to you Mary…for all you do and for this fabulous card, i am excited to receive this set in a few days!

  8. Absolutely LOVE this card, Mary! Graet use of the sketch.

  9. This was very touching. A beautiful card for a wonderful patriot, what could be better.

  10. I hadn’t planned on making any 4th of July cards this year, Mary, but after seeing this card, I know I am going to be making them for every hero in our family. (Big Pete will be 92 in August!)

  11. Mary, this card is stunning and I was touched by your tribute. I, too, am so proud to call Maggie a Pal!

  12. Seriously MY KIND OF CARD Mary! Love the Candy Dot Brad in the center…..PERFECT TOUCH. Thanks for sharing friend.

  13. Great tribute to Maggie and awesome card! Thanks for sharing all!!!

  14. Kristine Porter

    Perfect card for such a sweet and thoughtful tribute!

  15. thank goodness for the internet, maggie. the pals and i love being able to stay in touch!

  16. Gorgeous card and a beautiful tribute to our Pal, Maggie!

  17. Mary, I love how you used the stars on this card and those adorable little banners down the side! Maggie, you look great 🙂 Thanks for your service and have fun stamping with new friends!

  18. Beautiful! Maggie rocks!

  19. Great card, Mary. What a beautiful tribute to Maggie.

  20. What a wonderful card, Mary. Also, Thank you Maggie for your service!!!! God bless!

  21. Thank you Mary, for such a beautiful card! AND thank you, Maggie for serving our country:)))

  22. Mary, I don’t have the words to express how humbled I am by your post today. I can say that Stampin’ Up! has made it possible to keep my spirits up and I am thankful to have the Pals in my life. I’m proud to serve willingly and freely. <3

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