Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall in LOVE with the new STAMPARATUS!

This new crafting tool from Stampin’ UP! awed me so much at On Stage this past week.  It’s going to be a must have addition to mine and (your) crafting stash.
This VIDEO will give you some amazing tips on how to use this even more amazing stamping tool!

Designed to work on any size stamp, with stamps that you want precision placement, two step stamping and so much more – you have to see it in action to truly understand it’s potential.  Check it out BUT be ready to act fast reserving yours November 16th WHILE SUPPLIES LAST…  I have a free gift for all who reserve - that will be sent once the your final order is placed! 

You must create a customer profile – CLICK HERE TO DO SO  - if you have not already ordered from me online.  Cost is $49.00 plus S&H and Tax.  Here are all the pre-order dates - 
After this you will need to wait till the annual catalog is released - at which time you will not need to pre-order any longer.

STAMPARATUS Reservation Questions ~

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally - you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; but in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. This will be available on the 16th.  For step-by-step instructions, please see the images below.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card. 

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. 

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?
A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

Lots of FUN stuff going on here - don't miss out!!  If you have any questions - email me HERE! ~Maureen
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Never Enough Birthday cards....

Sharing a cute and quick card we made at my September cards class.  Seems I NEVER have enough birthday cards - so I love when they are featured at one of my classes, and I make up a few extras.  This card is made with Balloon Celebration - we used Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi and Rich Razzleberry - although for this card - just about any color combo would work.
Measurements: card base 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded horizontal; Coral layer 5 1/4" x 4"; White layer 5 x 3 3/4"; Razzleberry layer 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" and top white layer 4 1/2" x 3 1/4".  The Razzleberry layer is popped up on dimensionals to give the card a little bit of character.  Added a couple gems for some sparkle, and a little Coral bow too.
Then finished the inside with this cute little balloon.
This set is a wonderful set for some quick and easy cards - sure to put a smile on anyone's face.  Thanks for stopping by.  ~Maureen
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Stampin' Blends 3 month CLUB option

It's November 1 and Stampin' BLENDS are available.  These are AMAZING - and if you like to color - they are a must have.  Actually - if you do not like to color - these might just change your mind.  They are alcohol markers that color and blend so smoothly - you will not believe it!  Each has two tips - a nib tip and a brush tip - to help you get in all those little spots.  But - to get the entire set at once - it's $121.50 plus SandH and Tax.  So lets make this a little less painful - I'm breaking the purchase up into 3 month chunks for you - each of the months you will get 9 of the 27 blends available, at $40.50 a month plus SandH and Tax.  At the end of the three months you will have all 27 blends, plus I will throw in a package of our Thick Whisper White cardstock with your first month's order - FREE as long as you commit to all 3 months.  The thick cardstock is what is recommended for use with these markers, as alcohol markers will bleed through cardstock when used correctly.*
Month 1 you will get Old Olive 2pk, Cherry Cobbler 2pk, Crumb Cake 2pk, and Pumpkin Pie 2pk - plus the Color Lifter and your FREE package of Thick Whisper White cardstock for your 3 month commitment (a $7.00 value). 
Month 2 you will get Calypso Coral 2pk, Pink Pirouette 2pk, Pool Party 2pk, and Daffodil Delight 2pk - plus the Ivory Blends marker.
Month 3 you will get Bermuda Bay 2pk, Night of Navy 2pk, Rich Razzleberry 2pk, and Smokey Slate 2pk - plus the Bronze Blends marker.  Completing your kit. 

You can sign up anytime in November or December to join this club.  You must order directly through me, by emailing me at  Please let me know you are committing to the three months and include your full name, mailing address and contact phone number.  I will then call you for your credit card information if I do not have it on file with Stampin' Up! already.  Once ordered -  you will receive your first set within 10 business days, and the 2nd set 1 month later, and the 3rd set 1 month after that.  You will be billed each month as that set of markers is ordered.  *additionally it is recommended to use Memento ink with alcohol markers - so if you need that, please let me know.  It will be an additional $6.00 plus SandH and tax.

You can see full information on these markers at  Sign-up NOW and let's get coloring!!! ~Maureen

Happy Halloween!!

So much fun - my Technique CLUB 1 made this adorable project as their renewal thank you for our next round of club.  It was tons of fun to design, and I think they turned out super cute!  I purchased the black frames at a local craft store, and removed the glass so we could pop up some images. 
After checking Pinterest for tons of Halloween sampler ideas - I came up with the panels above and below.  The orange hat, the front gravestone, the small pumpkin and one of the bats are all popped up to give it that great dimension.
Here it is from the side - where  you can see (maybe) some of those images popped up. 
I love holiday samplers - they are such a cute and fun addition to your decorating.  Have a Happy Halloween - and be careful out there!!~Maureen
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Stampin' Blends are COMING - November 1

Stampin' Up! is introducing their new line of Alcohol Blending Markers - Stampin' Blends - in 12 exclusive Stampin' Up! colors and they'll be available for you to order November 1st!!  So watch for full details coming soon!  In the meantime check out their beauty.  We demonstrators were able to pre-order and play - and that is what I've been doing!

I've been using the images from the "Just Add Color" designer series paper in our annual catalog - and just look how beautiful these colors come out!  You can also stamp and color - but be sure to use Memento ink - as our Basic Black does not work with alcohol inks.  And a tip - either heat dry the Memento - or let sit several minutes before coloring to be sure it is perfectly dry.  Then it works great!

Besides their beauty - they coordinate perfectly with our current colors - so each card you make looks so nicely finished!

After I finished the entire 12"x12" sheet - I just cut it apart and added to layers on my cards - popped on a sentiment and a bow - and DONE!

What a fun, relaxing, creative way to color - be sure to get your hands on them as soon as you can!  ~Maureen

Merry Patterns - what a fun set!

So for the month of October ONLY Stampin' Up! is offering this beautiful incentive set for orders/parties over $300.
I FELL IN LOVE with it as soon as I saw it.  So I've been playing and making some beautiful cards.  I found one similar to the card below on Pinterest - but it was done in blues.  I switched it up a bit, with vanilla, espresso and cajun and this is what I came up with.  The buck with the sweater - is fussy cut, and then popped up on dimensionals.
The foil doily below kind of gives him a special pedestal to stand on.
To me it's such a woodsy, natural feeling card - perfect for the holidays - and masculine enough for any guy you need to send a card to.  Anyway, I hope you liked it too -would love to hear your thoughts. ~Maureen
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