Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TEAM Congrats cards for May

I am so excited to share these cards - as I am so in love with this new Stampin' Up! set "Crafting Forever".  First here are the TEAM cards I made to send out to some of my top achievers.  Are the just adorable?!

I watercolored the pots of brushes on white shimmer paper using archival black for stamping and an aqua painter and ink directly from the pads for the painting.
Here you can see that these pots were cut out and popped up on the white layer to give the card some dimension.

Below - getting ready to go in the mail.
I did a similar thing for my recent Open House.
This is what was given out to the first 10 people that RSVP'd.  So cute!
Hope you all check out this set.  If you want to order, or would like more information about this product or Stampin' Up! in general - please email me at
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Card 2 - Advanced Card Class

So here's the second card we made at Advanced Cards last month.  - it is a double Z card and a little less labor intensive than the last card.  I used the Guy Greetings set - which I really love.

Above it is folded closed for mailing, but below you can see it standing up open.

Each lady was given a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that they can write on and adhere to the third over brown panel.  Otherwise - if they adhered it first - it would be impossible to write on. 

They were also given a choice of "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Father's Day" to use as their sentiment.  This is a fun, relatively easy card to make - that packs a punch! 
The group really seemed to like it, and now I have some masculine cards on hand.  Loving that!  See you all soon.  ~Maureen

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Advanced Card Class - Card 1

Sharing one of the two cards we made last month at my Coffee and Advanced Cards class.  I focused on using one of my very favorite retiring sets and framelits - Botanical Blooms and Botanical Builder Framelit Dies.  Really I am so sad that these are now gone - I have made so many beautiful cards - just can't seem to go wrong with these.  So this first card is a gatefold card with a belly band.  We used VersaMark ink on the background to leave that great watermark.
Then also continued it down the center under the sentiment.  You can see here how the card opened.  You just slide the belly band off and it opens in the center.
Here is a bit more of a side view.  We layered the flowers and leaves so they were all attached only to the belly band and also slide right off with it.  Added a few pearls or gems (their choice) for a finishing touch.  The card was scored to fold and become a 5.5" x 4 1/8"  - slightly narrower than our norm.  This allows it to fit a regular envelope without being crunched. 
Finally - here is the finished card and envelope - crying just a few tears here as this set goes.  But I'm not ready to part with the set or framelits just yet.  So you may see a few more creations :)
See you all soon ~Maureen

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I Scream ---- You Scream ---- We all scream for ice cream!

Love this fun, fun card - I send soooo many birthday cards - I need cute and quick.  So for this one - the banner is from the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.  There are so many cute patterns in that DSP - that it is really hard to pic a favorite.
The ice cream cone is stamped from the Cool Treats set, and even though the DSP is retiring - this set is sticking around and it is stinkin' cute!   I took this second picture to showcase the Wink of Stella I added to the swirls on the ice cream - but it is still hard to see.
You are just gonna have to believe me that the glimmer on the dark part of the ice cream - simply made the card extra adorable.  Hope you stop by soon - as I have a lot more to share!!!   ~Maureen

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Celebrating our newest grandchild with fun!!

So I promised last post that I would share some of the fun decorations we made for Heidi's shower.   The theme was an old fashioned carnival of sorts - with lots of pinwheels and medallions.
Below was one centerpiece made with balloons, medallions, pennants, Cracker Jacks, Animal Crackers and entry tickets.  Note the little party hat on the elephant!
We had a sweets bar with fun treats - peanuts, cotton candy, zebra caramel corn, more Cracker Jacks and more animal crackers.  Note the cute chain below made with the roll of tickets.
Around the room we placed clusters of these medallions and pinwheels with ribbon hanging down.
My daughter is an amazing baker and didn't want store bought - so she made and decorated her own cake and cupcakes - homemade vanilla and lemon cake - buttercream frosting with sprinkles, animal crackers and a few pinwheels and pennants.
Here's another view of the sweets - note the clear balloons - they had colored confetti in them - so cute!
This was the favor that was given to each person attending -
We put them in little strawberry baskets with a pinwheel attached.
It was a really fun and nice day celebrating the anticipated arrival of our 8th grandchild due in June.  Can't wait to meet this new little guy.  Hope you liked the decorations!  Stop back soon.  ~Maureen