Friday, October 23, 2020

Oh what a WEEK! and fun Pumpkin Tag

For all of my followers - you may have seen my posts; or FB lives; or been part of my postponed events - but, I threw my back out bad a week ago.  I can move sometimes - but most of the time the pain is excruciating when I try to walk.  So mostly I rest and sit - heat - then ice - then heat, etc.  I thought I was on my way to getting better - but a couple hours ago - I was stopped in my tracks!  Yikes!! So will continue to take it easy for a bit.  

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I wanted to post this cute little gift tag I made on my morning "Coffee and A Card" Facebook Live today.  I am not often a huge fan of punch art - but these pumpkins are so easy and cute - I just had to share.  It uses the In Good Taste DSP and the Gather Together Stamp set.  But mostly uses punches -

It's two layers - so you can write your name and message on the second piece without it showing.  I just think this would be so cute on a Fall Hostess gift - maybe hung around the neck of a bottle of wine - or tied onto a bag of treats!
For full details on this tag and a video on how I made it - you can check out my video - https://www.facebook.com/818228691544155/videos/378183963327754 - be sure to leave a comment by midnight 10/24/2020 for a chance to win it.  See you all soon! ~Maureen

Don't forget to check out our Designer Series Paper sale - it ends on October 31, 2020 - and includes the "In Good Taste" paper we used on this project - www.stampingwithmaureen.stampinup.net

And don't forget to use my current hostess code - M6SY73UF -


 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Paper Crafting Blog Hop - DSP Theme / Fall - October

 

Welcome to our Paper Crafting Blog Hop featuring talented Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe including the USA, United Kingdom and Australia are participating. We have a wide array of fun projects and design styles to share with you this month - all spotlighting Fall and Designer Series Paper!

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I told you last month how much I love Fall - the weather has  now turned really crisp - Fall with a hint of winter in the air at night.  But that is fine with me.  Stampin' Up! is having a sale and select group of the Designer Series papers are on sale.  So DSP is our focus along with Fall this month.  I chose to use one of the papers that is not on sale - but worth every penny - the Gilded Autumn DSP. 


I made a cute little tote using two pieces of 6x6" DSP along with a card to match - perfect to tuck in a little hostess gift for your Fall festivities.


Here is the inside of the card - I used the Love of Leaves stamp set and dies to create the leaves on this card - stamping first in Mango Melody and then sponging with Cajun Craze ink around the edges on the stamp; using a sponge or dauber, before actually putting the stamp to paper.  You get this lovely two-toned affect.


As I mentioned - I used the sheets of DSP to make this quick little tote - perfect for gift-giving; or even to fill with goodies and use as a place setting at a special Fall dinner.  I love the colors on this paper - as well as the hints of copper and gold.  You can watch the video on how I created this - HERE!

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I hope you enjoyed my post and would love it if you'd leave me a comment. Now click on through to the rest of those hopping this month to see all of their wonderful creations! ~Maureen

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  *NOTE: If your personal order is not part of a current party and you are ordering over $150 in merchandise - please do not use this code; as your order without the code will qualify you to earn a minimum of 10% in hostess benefits.   

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If you don't currently have a demonstrator, and would like a catalog or to learn more about Stampin' Up! and our products, please email me at crazystampinglady@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

First Monday Card Challenge! #2 - October 7 to October 25, 2020

Month two of my - FIRST MONDAY CHALLENGE.  But this one is coming out on Tuesday - sorry!  Life has been little hectic and I am always a day late and a dollar short recently.  But better times are ahead.  So ideally on the first Monday of each month you can check my blog (and my Crazy Stamping Lady! Facebook business page) for that month's challenge.  Then you will have till midnight three Sundays later to post your card challenge picture on the post in Facebook (in the comments of the current First Monday post) or you can email me your photo indicating it is for the First Monday Challenge that month - crazystampinglady@gmail.com.  On the next day after the deadline I will draw for a winner and that person will receive a fun current embellishment or dsp sampler from me.  So hoping many of you will join in the fun!

Here is your challenge this month - entries must be received by my no later than midnight on Sunday, October 25, 2020.  On Monday, October 26, 2020 I will draw for a winner from all the entries.  Use the LAYOUT indicated below to create a card of your choice.   Watch my FB Live video on Friday, October 9 at 9:30 AM (MST) if you'd like to see what I can come up with for this challenge.  Can't wait to see what you all create!! Have fun with this.
See you all soon!  ~Maureen

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Hopping Around the World Blog Hop September -Halloween Fun!

Once again, so very happy to be hopping with this lovely group of stampers for the month of September as we share some Halloween fun with you.  Be sure to hop on through the links at the end for some SPOOKY inspiration.

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For my card today - I chose to make a simple spinner card - this was a request by a member of one of my technique club members - so why not go Halloween! This bat was just calling out to me saying it wanted to "spin" lol!

I used Stampin' Up!'s linen thread, Memento Ink, Cajun Craze marker, the Hallows Night Magic set and coordinating dies from the bundle. And for the card above I cut the bats out of the coordinating Magic in the Night DSP - 

Magic in the Night DSP #153517 $11.50 USD
Simple Spinner Instructions - Start with an A2 card base and a DSP layer that is 5 ¼” x 4”.  Layer the DSP lightly on the front of the card base with a small amount of snail or seal (1/4” to hold temporarily).  Cut through both layers with a punch or die cut to make a window opening.  At the top of the opening on the card base front only, secure one end of the twine with strong adhesive.  Next punch/cut two symmetrical images (you can also layer images on a square or circle, etc.).  Adhere these back to back on the twine in the center of the opening, so that it will be able to spin freely.  Then secure the other end of the twine with strong adhesive to the bottom of the opening.  Layer your DSP layer on the front to cover the twine – it should line up perfectly.  Decorate card as desired.  Twist the image about 5 times before closing card – when you open it, image should spin freely.
Above is the same card - but for this one I stamped and die cut the bat images on Whisper White, rather than cutting from the DSP - kind of a positive and negative contrast in them.
And here's the card open -  you can see how the big bat freely would spin, and there is a strip of white with a creepy spider image where you can write your sentiment.  Of course, if you wanted to write more - you could always add another panel to the back of your card.  These and fun and easy to make and could be duplicated in any theme. Try one and let me know how it goes!
 
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Now be sure to "hop" on through the rest of the blogs on the list below to see all their great takes on this same sketch.  Before moving on, be sure to leave me a comment at the bottom of this post - they make my day!  
A little bit crazy and always stampin' ~ Maureen

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If you do not have a current demonstrator and would like an annual or mini catalog - be sure to let me know.  
To order any of Stampin' Up's products you can go directly to my online store -www.stampingwithmaureen.stampinup.net and click on SHOP NOW.  
Please use my current hostess code EXQWMY9U before checking out to get full benefits from me as your demonstrator*   
 


*NOTE: If your personal order is not part of a current party and you are ordering over $150 in merchandise - please do not use this code.  Your order without the code will qualify you to earn a minimum of 10% in hostess benefits.  

Thursday, September 17, 2020

SF 2020 - September - Fall/Outdoor/Halloween - Blog Hop

Be sure to hop through all the blogs on the list near the bottom for tons of wonderful inspiration!
 It is a Fall/Outdoor/Halloween kind of month!  
 
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I LOVE FALL!  Finally getting some relief in our 90 degree temperatures - and I'm loving that too.  So for a recent class we made a beautiful peek-a-boo wreath card using the Beautiful Autumn Bundle of products from page 45 of the August-December Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.  Let me tell you - this is only two of many projects you are going to see me make with this suite - as it is just simply amazing!  In fact, check out yesterday's post HERE.  Then  continue down in this post and you'll see a lovely 3D item using this bundle.

Start out by cutting about an approximately 2 1/2" circle through the two layers of the front of our card.  (Card base is an A2 base of Cajun Craze, first layer is 5 1/4" x 4" layer of Very Vanilla)  This allows a visual hole that we could stamp our sentiment through (I used Cinnamon Cider for the sentiment - and it is stamped on the inside layer of Crumb Cake also 5 1/4" x 4").  Next I inserted a piece of scrap paper and stamped the leaf clusters around the circle using Garden Green to form the base of my wreath.

I had stamped and cut out many different elements for this wreath - five maple leaves stamped with Soft Sea Foam on Soft Sea Foam cardstock; five Oak Leaves stamped with Cinnamon Cider on Very Vanilla Cardstock and five acorns stamped with Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock.  These were all punched out with the three punches in this bundle.  Next I stamped five of the elm outlines and inside with Cajun Craze and fussy cut them.

Finally, using these elements I assembled the wreath with glue dots, being careful no glue showed in the center of the hole so it would not stick to inside of the card.  I added a strip of plaid DSP for an accent, a triple linen thread bow and several little gems that were colored with the Cajun Craze blends.  I really like the way it turned out.

But, I love this bundle sooooo much and the beautiful DSP that coordinates with it - Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper - that I decided to alter a cute little stand up frame that I found at the local .99 Store.

I traced around the clip at the top with lightweight paper.  Then cut out four strips of the DSP.  On the top one, I cut out the traced opening to fit around the clip.
After adhering all four strips in the pattern I wanted, with Tombow Liquid Glue - I added this wonderful sentiment from the bundle, some braided trim; and a cute little punched out acorn.  Just loving how it turned out.

I hope you like it too and found some inspiration - altering wooden 3D items is so easy and has so much impact. 

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Once again, thank you for stopping by my blog.   I hope you enjoyed these projects and got some inspiration for creating something wonderful of your own.  I would love it, if you would leave me a comment below and stop back soon.  Don't forget to click through on each name below to see even more amazing Posts.  

See you soon with more ideas!  

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September SF Hoppers - check them all out by clicking on their links for some more great ideas - and please leave comments if you can, to show appreciation for their work :)
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To order any of Stampin' Up's products you can go directly to my online store -www.stampingwithmaureen.stampinup.net and click on SHOP NOW.  Please use the Hostess Code below to get full benefits from me - EXQWMY9U*
 
*NOTE: If your personal order is not part of a current party and you are ordering over $150 in merchandise - please do not use this code; as your order without the code will qualify you to earn a minimum of 10% in hostess benefits.   

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If you don't currently have a demonstrator, and would like a catalog or to learn more about Stampin' Up! and our products, please email me at crazystampinglady@gmail.com
 
Stop back soon for some more creative fun and inspiration.     ~Maureen