Thursday, September 20, 2018

Stampin' Friends September Blog Hop - Halloween theme!

Halloween - are you kidding me - but in reality - I know it's right around the corner.  Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop for September - check out my blog post below, and then be sure to hop through all the rest (links at the bottom) to see all the amazing HALLOWEEN projects and ideas.
So this month's theme fit perfectly with what I was doing for my technique clubs this month.  This first card though, was a sample for my recent new catalog open house - it uses the  Toil and Trouble DSP and Spooky Sweets Stamp Set - that little witch is just sooooo cute!
Since that card was such a hit, I decided to use the same DSP, along with our new shimmer paints for my clubs.  Here is the card we came up with for that.  The sentiment here is from the Cauldron Bubble set.  The cauldron and the black cat were cut out with the coordinating dies - Cauldron Framelit Dies.  But we fussy cut the cute little witches.  There is actually a die that will cut out one of the poses of witches on the DSP, but does not work with all - so we just fussy cut.
The cauldron is glued flat on the card, while the witch and the kitty are popped up on dimensionals.  You can see how they layer over the cauldron, side layer and sentiment.  Here's the inside of the card, along with the outside of the envelope - so fun for Halloween!
Below you can see the shimmer paint used 3 ways.  1) we used a sponge to sponge it all over the Blueberry Bliss layer.  Then 2) we added a bit of the paint to a folded baby wipe, and using it as a pad, stamped the stars around on the same layer.  Finally 3) using an aqua painter, we painted the champagne shimmer onto the green potion oozing out of the cauldron.  Hope you can see all the shimmer and dimension in this picture.
We also made the cute little treat holder below.  The original design came directly from Angie Juda Kennedy - her blog post can be reached by clicking here -  I loved it, but it takes a large piece of DSPso you can only get two out of a sheet.  I wanted to be able to get more out of a sheet, so I adapted the pattern down to do a little treat holder that will hold three Hershey's nuggets.
Below is the pattern and measurements of the little box the way I made it.  You can now get 6 from each sheet.  When you are done cutting as below -  you assemble just as shown on the video in Angie's blog post.
 Next I cut three strips of coordinating DSP - 1"x3" each -
And using a glue dot on the each end of the wrong side of the DSP - I wrapped them around Hershey Nuggets.
 Adhering on the bottom with the glue dots!
So here are two of the little treat holders - each the same design just using different DSP -
And a side view so  you can see the three little nuggets tucked in there - you can get all three in perfectly if you stand them on their ends.  What an adorable little gift for friends, family, neighbors - or how about a RAK for your hair stylist, your mailman, the guy at the post office - the possibilities are endless.  With 6 out of each 12x12" sheet of DSP - one package of this paper goes a long way.
Hope you liked my projects and would love if you left a comment below.  Don't forget to click on each name in the list to see more wonderful Halloween blog posts!  See you soon ~Maureen

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6. Kim Jolley  
7. Stephanie Jandrow  
8. Melissa Thomas  
9. Maureen Rauchfuss  
10. Barbara Welch  
11. Anastasia Radloff  
12. Lori Mueller  
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New Holiday catalog and Day 7 of our Alaskan Cruise!

So today is the day - the Holiday Catalog is LIVE and you can purchase!  Click on the catalog before and you can view the entire thing - and believe me -  you are gonna love it!
Oh Man, can't believe I'm sharing the last full day of our cruise - here we are at sea early morning headed down to Victoria, Canada.

Paul and I took a bus tour around the town, and it was amazing - the architecture just blew my mind - all of the history in those buildings.  But - I cannot find the pictures I took - and I took a ton.  They are hiding in my camera somewhere - argh!
After we got back on the ship - we headed down to SU!'s base camp one more time -
Took pictures of a bunch of the great share cards that were posted -
Spun the wheel for a prize - one more time!
Got a few more treats on this last day -
After all this SU! hosted a farewell get-together with more yummies - but again - I cannot find those pictures.  Double argh!  But back in our cabin we were once again welcomed with pillow gifts.  In that tube is a large scratch off map - where you can scratch off the areas you travel too - how cool is that.
And we got one of my very favorite new bundles in the Holiday catalog - this Dashing Deer set and framelits.  I LOVE IT!
 Thank you, thank you to Stampin' Up! for a memorable week - I love working for this awesome company.  This is my last month to earn the Greek Isles trip - so watch for a big HOORAY from me when that happens.  See you soon!  ~Maureen

Friday, August 31, 2018

Last Day to ORDER this amazing BUNDLE!

I am so sad this amazing Color Your Season promotion is leaving us - SU! put it out for a limited 1 month only - and I have loved it!  Last Sunday I hosted a class for those who had purchased the bundle (and a couple who had not :) - and today I'm going to share those projects.
You can order this beautiful stamp set full of wonderful images and sentiments  - I especially like the font used in this set - plus there is something there for every season of the year.
 We made these beautiful little boxes using the set and our alcohol markers - SU Blends - to color them. 
Very simple pattern - that I will share in a day or two with full measurements and details. So be sure to stop back for that.  You can also buy these amazing framelits - they coordinate with the set - and the larger images leave a stitched image around the cut out and the negative image left so you can use both pieces on your projects.  How cool is that!

So we used those to make these festive Christmas Cards - just look how cute those sprigs and bow look.  But my favorite are those three layering shapes in the set above.  Just look how elegant looking on this card layout.
Or you can bundle the set and the framelits - #149894 for $64.75 Clear-mount - that's a 10% savings.  But today - August 31 - is the very last day to order these - then they are gone!
 The final item in this special are the Watercolor Pencils Asst 2 below.  These are different colors than we currently carry in our Annual catalog - and they may (or may not) come back in the future.  
 So here is the project we made using them.  These beautiful fall cards.
Here is a close up so you can see the beauty - the leaves were actually colored with the watercolor pencils, then blended using the Wink of Stella pen - to add all that amazing glimmer with no effort at all - 
To order your products today while they are still available go to - choose SHOP NOW and you can enter the item numbers I shared above with the product pictures.   Then get ready for some creativity!!  See you all soon with more creative inspiration ~Maureen

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Reverse Stamping and a step outside my comfort zone!

So - for our August Club we did Reverse Image Stamping as our technique for this month.  This is really super easy to do with our Stamparatus - but I wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to do with just our silicone mat.  So for club that was the route we went -

But then here is where (with a little push from my granddaughter Paisley) I stepped out of my comfort zone.  I did my very first YouTube video - I would love for you guys to check it out and subscribe to my channel - as this is the first of many to come.  At first I did not want to even post it, as I had my camera going the wrong way - but after watching it still works.  So --- I figure it was my first - and I'll be able to look back on it some day and laugh lol! Here it is below - and you can go to this link if you want to find it on YouTube and subscribe -
So here is the card I made with this little birdies from the video - I had seen another card with the hole cut out and some thing embossed behind it and it reminded me of a birdhouse.  I thought it was perfect for a wedding card - these two little chickadees are setting up house. The layer of Crumb Cake that is embossed is put on with dimensionals - so there is actually a little space between those layers - which I love.
Above you can see how I stamped the envelope - and here is the inside of the card - I left that embossed layer showing on the inside too.  I think it is really pretty and this side shows the debossed section of it.
To color my birdies I used the limited time set of watercolor pencils that is available for August.  Don't miss out on these beautiful colors if you like watercoloring - as they are lovely! 
Hope you all have an amazing, creative day!  See ya'll soon - and let me know if you try the Reverse Image stamping and how it goes!  ~Maureen
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Alaskan Cruise - Day 6

So we started Day 6 right with this amazing breakfast of lox and bagels; as well as oatmeal, OJ and of course my traditional 6 cups of coffee :)  The coffee was really good on the cruise - which was a bonus for me.
Today I spent a quite a bit of time at the Share Fair that SU! arranged for us - seeing some wonderful demonstrators at their stations - and getting pictures of their awesome projects.
My favorite was this station that my friend, Amy Combs had with all new Christmas products - it was just fabulous, as is she.
Below is some of her beautiful work.  Believe me I say I plan to CASE some of it for my classes - why reinvent the wheel when she has done such a good job!  Thank Amy - you're the best!
After that, we headed down to base camp one more time to spin the wheel and win a prize - so here are all the prizes I won in Base Camp this week.  How fun is all of that!
Once again, our pillow gift did not disappoint.  We got this amazing Making Christmas Bright bundle from the new Holiday Catalog.  Speaking of which - if you would like a Holiday catalog from me - just let me know and I'll get one out to you!
Not only that - but this adorable guy was waiting for us when we got back to our cabin - end to another wonderful day!  Although we spent some time sitting out on the balcony enjoying the warm evening.
Getting a little sad to think this is coming to an end soon - but not quite yet.  Stop back in a couple days for our final cruise moments.  Till then - I'll be throwing some stamping projects in.  ~Maureen

Thursday, August 23, 2018

August In Color Club

Hi All - hope your week is going great! Today I'm sharing the monochromatic cards I made for my 5 month In-color Club packets in August.  Each month they get a packet of one new in color and everything that coordinates with it - plus a hand made card from me they can use as a sample.  I have had so much fun with these.  So here are the five cards - in the five new In-colors - Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch and Blueberry Bushel -
Aren't they so pretty!  I went the simple route with these using our Accented Blooms set and the coordinating Tailored Tag punch.  What a great simple notecard to send to a friend.  You can see below - I also stamped the little flowers on the envelope.
And inside the card -
Plus added some of the coordinating Designer Series Paper to the flap of the card. 
These are just so my style - clean and simple - ready to go out in no time!  Stop by soon for Day 6 of our Alaskan cruise!  ~Maureen
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