Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stampin' Friends Blog Hop October - Thanksgiving Theme!
Fall is such a wonderful season - full of cool weather, wonderful golden and red colors, and lots of THANKFUL thoughts.  For this month's hop I decided to use my very favorite set from the SU Holiday catalog - "Painted Harvest."  I love everything about this set - but most of all how forgiving it is.   My projects were a card with a "thankful" thought inside, and a "thankful" notebook - where you can write daily thankful thoughts of affirmation.
First my card - I used Tranquil Tide, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso to create this beauty.  I used the eclipse technique to "pop" the word FALL.  Then added some matching ribbon to finish it.
Here's the card a little more from the side so you can see how the letters literally do POP off the card.  I added a flower on the inside (see the first picture) and one on the envelope to match (see the picture directly above).
Then to match I covered a small magnetic notebook that I had gotten for the purpose of altering.  On this I used the same sentiment, but eliminated the word "you", so I can record what I am thankful for....   It's a wonderful way to daily remember all the blessings in my life.  When I concentrate on all the positives - the negatives just seem to blow away in those fall breezes!
This last picture isn't great (a bit of a blur) - but I wanted to show how it opens and closes - the piece to the right of the picture folds down on top of the notebook, and the piece from the left of the picture clicks down on top because of the magnets in each section.  The paper in the notepad is a lighter shade of the espresso - so matches perfectly!
Congratulations to our Blog Hop winner in September - Sue Lovejoy!  Now it's  your chance to win this month's amazing prize giveaway - just follow the instructions in the graphic below!
Now hop along to see all the other wonderful "Thanksgiving" projects this month!  See you soon - Maureen

                                   1. Maureen Rauchfuss  
                                   2. Lana Staab  
                                   3. Kathie Rotti  
                                   4. Cindy Waldroff  
                                   5. Kirsteen Gill  
                                   6. Raquelle Clifton  
                                  7.  Sue Vine 
                                  8. Barbara Welch  
                                  9. Steph Jandrow  
                                10. Kim Lamos  
                                11. Lynn Streifert  
                                12. Twila Davis  

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Can't beat some Christmas Coffee!

So recently I posted a cup of Fall coffee for the Coffee Lovers Blog hop -  you can see it HERE.   And the thought of having a Pumpkin Spiced Latte in the crisp fall weather - just warms my heart!
But - this set from Stampin' Up! (Coffee Cafe) - was so cute I had to create a Christmas card with it.  I used some DSP for the cup, and then added holiday touches with elements from the Hang Your Stocking set. 
My first one was above - and the cup was at an angle - which I loved.  But my daughter thought it looked like it was just falling over - so I made some straight ones also.  Now can't decide which I like better.
But I do know I LOVE coffee - and looking at this card just makes me want to smile.  The wood table was made using the wood designed cup in the set - we just stamped it up and then down to fill in the wood grain.  Then finished it off with our new Smokey Slate gingham ribbon.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (coffee) around here.  Can you almost smell it?!?!  ~Maureen
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hostess gifts!

Today - I'm just sharing some of the Hostess gifts that I have given out in the past months.  These will be for this round of hostesses in my clubs, and when we start the next round the gift will change :)
Outside of Flo's hostess gift
and the inside of Flo's hostess gift
Outside of Cathy S's hostess gift
Inside of Cathy S's hostess gift
Outside of Nancy's Hostess gift
Outside of Kathy C's hostess gift
Outside of Lori's Hostess gift
I really love making these sets using the SU Clear-Mount stamp cases.  A notepad, pen and pocket all fit nicely inside, and you can just toss them in your purse to go where you go.  So convenient!  I'll be back soon with more stamping fun!  ~Maureen
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