Thursday, July 20, 2017

Having FUN with July Stampin' Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Anything Goes Blog Hop!  Okay - so anyone who knows me basically knows if anything goes - well then - that anything, will be COFFEE.  So I seized the opportunity to share Stampin' Up's great new Coffee Break suite.  You can find it on pages 30 and 31 of the Annual Catalog.
First I'm sharing a great Shaker Card made with real coffee grounds.  I gotta say the room smelled wonderful while I was making this - and yes - I am a coffee addict.  These were the cards we also made in my July techniques clubs.
The inside of the coffee cup is cut out with the coffee cup framelits, and I added a window sheet, the cup lid and amazing coffee grounds inside the shaker - 
The front portion of this card acts also as a pocket to hold a gift card for the recipient - just pull on the tab at the top to reveal it - 
Here is a picture of the inside of the card -
Then - since I am such an addict - I made myself this amazing notebook set to carry in my purse using the SU stamp case and the Coffee Break designer series paper.  The sentiment is taken from the new Ribbon of Courage set.  
I punched out the starburst and fussy cut the pot and cup to make a cute little cover image.  But inside is where the magic happens - 
It features the reverse side of the same sheet of designer series paper, another verse from the Ribbon of Courage set - a pocket for coupons, etc - a pen and a post-it note tablet.  The best thing is because this is all contained in the stamp case - you can throw it in your purse and it does not get ruined.  I really, really LOVE it and hope you do too.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think - and encourage your friends to check out our blog hop this month for great stamping ideas.

Now be sure to continue on the hop by clicking the names below! You’re at Maureen Rauchfuss’ post to help orient yourself.  ~Maureen
1. Raquelle Clifton  
2. Lana Staab  
3. Twila Davis  
4. Lynn Streifert  
5. Steph Jandrow  
6. Melissa Thomas  
7. Maureen Rauchfuss  
8. Jennifer Cerizo  
9. Andrea Tracy-Tucker  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Christmas In June - Card 1

So here is the first of two cards we did at my June Christmas cards and coffee class.  I so love having all my Christmas cards done by the time the holidays come around.  And this one is just too adorable.  I made our little reindeer using the Foxy Friends set and the sentiment is from Holly Berry Happiness.
We cut a scallop oval out of the green and then layered that on red to make the cute framing.  You can see below that the white oval is popped up on dimensionals - and we added a cute little red nose by coloring SU's pearls with a sharpie marker.
Of course we had to stamp the envelope too - as you all know how I feel about naked envelopes.  Hope you enjoyed this little cutie.
Check out my upcoming events tab at the top of this blog for my scheduled July events.  ~Maureen
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Friday, June 30, 2017

An Elegant Eastern Beauty card

I am so in love with the richness of this new Eastern Palace Suite of products from Stampin' Up!  Today I wanted to share this elegant card - simple notecard - or maybe a masculine birthday card.
Here's another picture without the glare from my flash.
You can find this suite of products on page 18 and 19 of the new catalog.  Click on the next two pages below to go to an online version of our catalog.
Below is another angle -  you can hopefully see here that the white layer is popped up on dimensionals, and the golden floral image is actually a sticker.  How cool is that.
Let me know what you think - I love to read your comments.  See you soon!!! ~Maureen

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Round of Hostess Gifts

So for the last year I've been sharing the composition notebooks and RSVP pens I was giving my club hostesses.  I really love doing those - and they are a great seller at craft fairs.  But now we are into a new round of clubs, and I wanted to share what I am making my hostesses this year.  It is one of our stamp cases - decorated -
and filled with a little pocket for notes, receipts or business cards; a pen, and a post it note tablet.  I just LOVE these.  This is the first one I gave and I'll be sharing a few more in the future.
I've made these for many gifts and craft fairs over the years - and they are terrific - as you can carry them in your purse or tote and your papers won't get lost or ruined.  Perfect organizational tool!  And the Beautiful You set and sentiments are also perfect.  It's a great way to use up some of that beautiful retired DSP.  Hope you like it too!  ~Maureen

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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