Monday, July 16, 2018

From Alaska to the Greek Isles Special - DON'T miss it!

Hi Friends - Most of you know Paul and I will be heading out for our Alaskan Cruise courtesy of the wonderful company I work for - Stampin' Up! I am so very grateful to all of you have supported me and my business - and made this trip a reality!  While I'm gone - I want to offer you an amazing special!!!  I need to keep working toward the next incentive trip - so this will help me - and help you!  Because, after all, who doesn't need help getting more crafting supplies?!
You probably all know that SU! had a promo - buy 3 of the DSP listed below, and get 1 free this month!  Be sure to check that out and take advantage of the offer!

But here is MY Alaska to the Greek Isles Special deal - from 7/17 - 7/28/18 Midnight - I'll make it buy 3 of any like thing and I'll send you a coupon in August to get one free in the future.*  So, buy three stamp sets - get a coupon for one free stamp set of the least value; buy three stamp pads - get a coupon for one free stamp pad of the least value; buy three embossing folders - get a coupon for one free emboss folder of the least value - well, I think you get the picture.  The three items need to be basically the same thing.  This offer does not apply to the current DSP sale, but can apply if you buy 3 of any of the DSP's that are not included in that sale.  But anything else goes.  The three items need to be basically the same thing - but not the same exact item. You could do 3 adhesives - 1 glue dot, 1 snail, 1 snail refill - then the coupon would be for an adhesive of the least value of those.  Hope that makes sense.  You can do 3 stamp sets for a free one; and 3 adhesives for a free one; and 3 framelits for a free one, and 3 pkgs of cardstock for a free one, etc.  All orders must be placed online at my website by midnight on 7/28 - and MUST use the Hostess Code indicated below - 
*Coupons will be valid August 1st must be redeemed by September 29th of 2018 or will expire - as I need to earn the Greek Isles trip by then.  Coupons will be emailed to you on August 1. 
Since I will be cruising these dates, I will not be available to answer questions - but I think this is a special you won't want to miss out on!  So go to my website above and shop you hearts out! I promise to do my best to honor the essence of this sale - so we'll work it out if you order. See you all in August! ~Maureen

Friday, July 6, 2018

May Club - Polished Stone Technique

Polished Stone Technique I'm sure many of you have done this technique before - it's an oldie but a goodie.  So simple, fun and easy.  And each time you do it you get a little different result. 
Above is a close up of the sample we made at club to put on our technique card below  -  which also features some brief instructions!
Below are four samples of the cards we made - you can see that even though we used the same colors - each one turned out different from the others.  I did not re-ink my cotton - so from left to right is my first to my last one done with the same alcohol and ink.
Here's a close up of one of the cards - isn't that a lovely background?  The flower was then stamped with black memento ink (note - be careful your stamp does not slide - the glossy cardstock can be a bit slick); then we cut out the sentiment, scallop and leaf and added.  Final touch on the outside a little coordinating bow.
And a little flourish on the inside and envelope to bring it all together.  
Hope you liked this technique.  Stop back soon for more inspiration! ~Maureen
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Monday, July 2, 2018

JULY is REALLY special this year!!!

IT ALL STARTS SUNDAY, JULY 1!  Raise your hand if you love a great deal!  Stampin’ Up! is offering two fantastic promotions in JULY.  Plus, the eleven NEW colors of Stampin’ Blends Markers are in stock and available for purchase! 
FIRST - our new BLENDS - 
Amazing colors - Lovely Lipstick, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Suede!  These eleven NEW Stampin’ Blends marker colors are available NOW!  Go to and click on SHOP to shop for combo packs (light and dark of each color for blending) in the new colors.  Markers are also available individually!   Don't forget to use this month's HOSTESS CODE -
SECONDLY - July 1 – 31!  THIS IS THE ONE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!  When you purchase the $99 Starter Kit (your choice of up to $125 in products) and join Stampin’ Up! in July, you’ll receive a FREE color collection of 10 Classic Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads as a bonus.  That’s up to a $75 value!  In addition, you’ll enjoy a 20 to 25% demonstrator discount on Stampin’ Up! products through at least January 31, 2019!  Learn more about the benefits of joining Stampin’ Up! and my TEAM hereJULY’S $99 STARTER KIT BONUS!  Choose from 5 Stampin’ Up! color collections in the new ink pad design when you purchase the $99 Starter Kit and join.  Please contact me for further information on joining at
FINALLY: July 1 -31:  The new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog has the best collection of designer series paper EVER!  It’s even better when you can buy three and get one FREE!  Mix and match or purchase all the same! Note that this special cannot be included on the starter kit for the for the promotion above; but it you sign-up you can order this special on your first order in July!  Here are the papers you can pick from - click on any one to take you right to my online site and you can order.  Any questions - just ask me!  ~Maureen

Monday, June 25, 2018

DSP (or catty pages) bags -

So recently I saw an great video by Ronda Wade showing gift bags made out of two sheets of DSP.  I wanted to link it here - but I cannot find it now :(  But I remembered making them from years and years ago - I'm pretty sure I first saw the idea at a Stampin' Up! convention presentation.  I have so many old catalogs that I just hate to throw away, so I thought I'd adapt the pattern to make some cute little gift bags for my doorprizes at events.  Here are a couple I came up with -
They were so easy to make - that I decided to feature a larger DSP bag at my clubs this month for one of our projects.  Here was my sample -
This is retired DSP  and I used the leftovers from the bag for decorating a matching 3x3 card.  
Here it is from the top.  The ribbon handles are just fed through and tied in a knot.  So - I'm going to try and come up with some simple instructions and post them here soon - with a few more samples I made.  In the meantime - hope you are inspired to do something creative today!  ~Maureen

Saturday, June 23, 2018

TOMBOW glue holder

These Tombow liquid glue holders are such fun items to make and useful to boot!   The packages below were made as a gift for my TEAM members attending OnStage in Las Vegas. 
Here is another view from the side lying down, so you can see  how it was put together.
Below is a diagram of how I cut the pieces - the first is the insert that is scored, punched, folded and placed inside as that bottom section that holds the tip of the Tombow glue. 
Here it is punched and scored.
The long piece is the out layer and top of the holder - here it is punched and scored.
The other two pieces in the diagram above just show you how the sections fold together and then the small one will adhere inside the folds of the larger piece.  Below are the two pieces of DSP used to decorate (although different from the one used above.)  They are 4 x 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" respectively.
Below is a picture of the ones I use on my tables and for classes.  These were made with our thick Whisper White - which seems to stand up a little better.
See you soon!  ~Maureen
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stampin' Friends Summer Hop -

It's SUMMER!  You know - lazy, hazy, crazy days!  Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop for June - 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 summertime projects and ideas.  
It's a time of relaxation and contemplation - and hopefully lots of peace and tranquility - and that's exactly what the new set LilyPad Lake from Stampin' Up! brought to mind.
So I made this beautiful diorama card - just to share a little bit of the peacefulness.  All the coloring was done with the Stampin' Up! blends and the water and sun have some Wink of Stella for sparkle.  Can't  you just imagine being there!?!
Above it a picture taken from a side angle - so you can see how the background image is set back because of the folding of the card, and when it lays flat it fits perfectly in the envelope.  For my coordinating project - I decided to make this beautiful tumbled tile coaster.  For this, the image was stamped with StazOn ink, colored with watercolor pencils, then sealed twice with glossy sealant (or matte would work also).
I've been making coasters like this for years and they hold up so well.  Here is a side image where you can see I sponged a bit of crumb cake around the edge just to soften it a bit.   I love the sentiments with this set, and every time I use this coaster - I will be reminded of who is in control.  What a peace that gives me.
Hope you enjoyed my projects - now continue to hop on through the other blogs for more inspiration!  ~Maureen

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