Thursday, March 15, 2018

SF March No Rules Blog Hop

It's mid-March and time for another Stampin' Friends Blog Hop - and this one you do not want to miss out on - because we are giving away a BRAND NEW Stamparatus!  And this is my kind of hop - NO RULES!!!  So be sure to read through to the end - then hop on to all the other links commenting on each - each of those comments will get you an entry in the drawing - but be sure you add all your comments by 3/25/18 midnight (ET)!
So last week I did a fund-raising event for Ronald McDonald Charities - and we came together and made this amazing kit.  I just knew I had to feature it for the blog hop this month - as you get so much for your money -'s just plain beautiful.  Here is the box - all set to go - and you put labels on the dividers - then you can add all your birthdays to each month's divider card.
The kit makes four each of the cards shown below -
And I love them all.
You just have to assemble them - and you'll be all set to go -
Make this your year to never forget an important birthday!
Below is the kit contents - and the box can be used forever !!
Perennial Birthday Project Kit - everything but adhesives included!*
Here are all the blogs on this hop - be sure to check each one out and COMMENT on each to get multiple entries for the Stamparatus giveaway!
1. Jenny Hall  
2. Kim Lamos  
3. Elizabeth Jeanne  
4. Katja Ettig  
5. Sue Vine  
6. Steph Jandrow  
7. Kathie Rotti  
8. Kirsteen Gill  
9. Melissa Thomas  
10. Raquelle Clifton-Batth  
11. Lori Mueller  
12. Andrea Tracy-Tucker  
13. Lynn Streifert  
14. Barbara Welch  
15. Cindy Waldroff  
16. Maureen Rauchfuss  
17. Sandra Mastello -Australia  
18. Sara Levin  

*For the month of March I am donating all my profits from the sales of this kit, the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set, and the Ronald McDonald House set from Stampin' Up! - Sharing Sweet Thoughts.  All profits will be sent to RMHC the first week in April.  For this donation you must order through me at
Perennial Birthday Project Kit Sharing Sweet Thoughts Wood-Mount Stamp Set Perennial Birthday Clear-Mount Stamp Set 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thanks a Latte....

You all know me and Coffee!!! Or if you don't you haven't been checking my blog often enough.  I am addicted!!!  I love anything and everything coffee related - but most of all I just LOVE drinking it.  So I saw this adorable tutorial on Sarah-Jane Rae's cardsandacuppa blog, on how to make a little treat bag using our Coffee Cafe set and framelits - and I had to try it.  Here is a link to the post - COFFEE TREAT BAG  Her instructions are great, but measurements were metric - so I'll give you my measurements for my treat holder, later in this post.
So here is the finished treat holder - front and back.
And inside I wrapped Hershey nuggets - put them in a cello bag and tied with a coordinating ribbon.
We made these at a recent club meeting -
and then I made a bunch more for treat at an upcoming BUNCO event I'm doing.
I did the large cup - so here are my measurements and tips - 
Large Cup: 
Cut 2 cups from 2 1/4"x3" piece of Espresso cardstock
Cut 2 lids from 1 x 2 3/8" piece of White cardstock
Cut 2 sleeves from 11/2x2" piece of DSP of your choice
Stamp and cut 1 oval with verse from a 1 x 1 1/4" piece of white cardstock (for front of treat holder)
My measurements to make the bottom and sides of cup - a piece of Espresso cardstock 5 1/2" by 3".  Score long side at 2 1/4" and at 3 1/4".  Score short side at 1/4" and at 2 3/4".
Then follow her video to complete.  She left  her bottoms on the cups rounded, but I wanted mine to sit flat, so I trimmed the extra rounded part off the bottom on each side -and it worked great.  Hope you enjoyed!  ~Maureen
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Monday, March 5, 2018

A Sale-a-bration Favorite

If  you missed it, back in February, Stampin' Up! released a 2nd round of products you can get FREE with purchase during Sale-a-bration.  You have till the end of March to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.  One of the new products is this amazing Foiled paper below - Springtime Foils - you get three sheets of each of the four single sided designs.  The foil is a combination of Rose Gold, Silver and Gold and they are so, so beautiful in person.
Each sheet is heavier than our regular DSP - more like our thick cardstock and smooth, and slightly glossy and did I say beautiful?!  But the bonus is you can color on it with our alcohol markers (Blends) or our inks and it is beautiful.  This picture shows me playing a bit when mine first arrived.
And here is one of the cards I made with the colored images - so much fun!
Below are four more projects from the Stampin' Up! website done with this amazing paper.  Don't miss out - check out my website and click on SHOP to place your order and you can choose this for your free item!
Be sure to use Hostess Code 6T4S4HX2 before checking out to get credit toward my Greek Isles celebration in October!  Thanks for your support! ~Maureen

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Christmas in February

Many of you know that I hold a Christmas card class once a month January - November.  If you attend each session - you'll have a total of 44 cards ready to go :)   It is always a really popular class.  This month I made a super sparkly card - and the ladies LOVED it!  It uses the Night in Bethlehem set with the coordinating edgelits - both on the Carry Over list and still available from the Occasions catalog.  The layer of buildings in the back is Basic Gray to look more shadowy.  Then we used our Silver Glimmer paper for the front part of the village; and the star.  Just how beautiful is that!
We lightly sponged the light blue sky with Marina Mist to give it a twilight feel - and Mary, Joseph and the donkey are popped up in front with dimensionals. 
This is one of my favorite Christmas cards I've made, and I came  home and made 10 more for my personal stash.  My next class is on March 20th - so let me know if you'd like to join us.   Each month features two new card designs.  Full details are in my Upcoming Sections Page - link at the top of this page. ~Maureen
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Quick and Easy - Adorable swap card

So last November (I know I'm a little late in posting) I participated in a swap at an OnStage event - we had to make (Hmmmm, can't remember how many) a lot of them.  So I wanted something quick and easy and this is what I came up with.  It's a one layer card - but with lots of color and pop!
Of course I go crazy when I have to make a ton of the same thing - so I change up the color.  It's not much - but makes it so much easier for me to stay sane while doing.  I have to do the same thing when I crochet - the more I can change colors - the happier I am.
Below are the three colors I went with close up - and the little bee is fussy cut and popped up -
And has Wink of Stella on the little wings.
Hope you like them.
Stop back soon for more inspiration!  ~Maureen
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