Friday, February 10, 2017

Earning Alaska Blog Hop - Dragonfly easel card from January CLUB

So - I'm part of a wonderful group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators determined to earn the Incentive Trip from SU! this year - that will take us on a cruise to Alaska.  As part of that group we are doing a series of blog hops now through October - this month we're featuring some of the new stamps from the Occasions mini and Sale-a-bration!  When it came time to pick what I wanted to feature - it was a no-brainer - it had to be the Dragonfly Dreams bundle.  When I saw this in the catalog - it was instant LOVE!
So I'm featuring the card we made in January at our Technique Clubs - it uses the Acrylic Block Smash background technique - which I think is just amazing with this set. Gives it that surreal look that is perfect with Dragonflies! That along with the shimmery white cardstock gold thread behind and the scattered gems - makes it feel almost magical.  Even more lovely in person.
This picture below is kind of bright due to the flash - but I wanted to show how we colored the wings below with the same colors from the background - it shows through just enough to look beautiful.
Below, from the side,  you can see it is a standard easel card.  Start with an 4 1/4" by 11" base and score at 5 1/2" and again at 8".  You can see then the the layers on top are adhered only to part of the base  - that is what allows you to do the easel and stand up  your image.  I'll be posting more on the Acrylic Block Smash technique soon - so be sure to stop back!
Hope you like this card - now please hop along to the next stop on this amazing Blog Hop - See you soon!! ~Maureen

Maureen Rauchfuss

Monday, February 6, 2017

A couple Christmas Trees....

Found these pictures in my blog folder - and I don't think I ever posted them - so I think today is the day!  I made these for two different classes - but both the same framelits and DSP.  Simple, quick cards for the holidays - hope you like them!
Card one with gems! Tree cut out of DSP.
View of cards and envelope.
Card two - similar but with some frayed gold thread.
Close up so you can see we used the negative over DSP for this card.
  See you soon!!! ~Maureen

Saturday, February 4, 2017

It's Sale-A-Bration - don't miss out on FREE products!

Hey All - If you haven't heard Stampin' Up! is having it's huge Sale-a-bration now through March 31 - this is the best time of year to stock up - because for every $50 in product you purchase  - you'll receive your choice of a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Today I'm going to feature the Pretty Pocket Card Kit which is one of the items you could choose for FREE!  You can see the description in the image below -
At my recent Open House we each made one of these as a Make and Take project - my grand-daughter, Paisley, helped at my M&T table and everyone said she did a great job.  Here is the finished project - after the pocket is put together, the labels are adhered, and you tie the twine around for a finished pocket card.

The kit comes with envelopes - but you know I don't like naked envelopes - so we used the "Penned and Painted" stamp set to add some coordinating flowers to the envelopes.
I just LOVE how quick and easy they are - and for FREE you can have a kit of 8 to make your own.  Be sure to click on the Catalogs link on the right to check out all of our amazing products.  If you have any questions - let me know.  See you soon for more Sale-a-bration fun and samples.  ~Maureen

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Birthday Balloons for a few friends!

This is such a cute and simple card.  It was a copy from someone else who just used different colors - actually just about any colors.  I saw it a few days back and I needed more birthday cards so had to make them.  But now I cannot find the original post - that always happens.  So a shout out and a thank you to whomever inspired me with their card. 
The card above was just layered white on white with dimensionals.  The one below had a layer of turquoise behind it - and honestly, I don't know which I prefer.  I think they are both just happy cards - which is what birthdaying is all about!
If I get a chance today I plan to do a few more with some different color combos.  The balloon set has a couple ribbon choices, but for this card I just got out my markers and freehanded - it's a little faster than switching ink pads and cleaning the stamps.  But either way I'm sure they'll look great!  Still taking comments on my Jan.19th post here - to win some of that beautiful Valentine paper.  Leave a comment on that post by Thursday evening - and on Friday I'll choose a winner!!! ~Maureen
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Monday, January 30, 2017

January Anything But a Card (ABC) Class Project

Today I'm sharing this beautiful desk calendar/post it note/pen combo.  This is what we made at our January Anything But a Card class.  The design was totally cased and inspired from Juana Ambida from Australia - it is one of the prettiest uses of the Special Reason Bundle, that I have seen.  I had ordered little calendars, but they did not arrive in time - so I had to print, cut, space, copy and cut them again - but they turned out great. Sorry about the glare - the flash added way too much brightness to the picture - but the calendar on the right is pretty clear.
And below  you can see it even better.  We cut out the framelet flower and sponged some green to give the two tone on the turquoise flower.  The we cut out the leaves, pink and yellow flowers and mounted with glue dots and dimensionals.  The border of DSP was added at the top and the bottom to coordinate with the DSP we added to the RSVP pen - making it all match beautifully.
It is basically an easel card - you can see here from the side - but with the added calendar, post-it notes and pen - it becomes a wonderful desk accessory.
Stop back soon to see more of what I did with this bundle.  ~Maureen
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hard Cards - to make and send

What a rough few days - in the past week I've had a friend break an arm, one break a foot, one recovering from cancer surgery and one with pneumonia.  I also had a dear friend lose her father; and another lose her sister.  These cards are never fun to make or send --- but I am so glad I can do it.  To me stamping has become a ministry, and as I make cards I think of and pray for the recipients.  So last night I pulled out this beautiful set - Thoughts and Prayers - and created 10 cards -several of each of the designs below.
I was able to specifically pray for the six I mentioned above, but even on the others, I prayed for who they will go to one day.  God already has that information - even if I don't.

I really love the simple elegance of this set - not a lot is needed - and the sentiments are beautiful.  A few simple pearls attached and they were ready to go in the mail today.  Hopefully each person that receives one will know how much I care.  ~Maureen
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Shoe Box Swap and Networking -

Last weekend I had the opportunity to get together several other lovely Stampin' Up! Demonstrators in our area to get to know each other, stamp and do some networking.  Several were from my TEAM - but there were a few who were not.  It was just a delightful time and we hope to do it again soon.  Today I thought I'd share the cards we made.  Hope you can glean some inspiration!  The theme was general - but as you can see - there was a lot of LOVE going around!
Stamping is such a creative and social hobby.  I want to encourage each of you to try something like a shoebox swap with your friends - and get out there and STAMP! (Note: there is a link at the top of my blog that tells more about what a Shoebox Swap is, if you're interested in trying one.) ~Maureen