Saturday, October 19, 2019

Scary Paper Pumpkin Banner

Today I'm sharing a quick post that features a cute little September Paper Pumpkin kit alternative.  Below is the kit components we received.  It was made to make little treat boxes - but you can use it for so much more.  This kit comes to you monthly in the mail - each month features different projects - and if you haven't yet tried it, well, you just need too!  November's kit is a set of 24 Christmas gift tags - and they promise to be beautiful - but you must sign up by 11/10 to get yours - here's the LINK!

As soon as I saw those purple and black tags and the mini black clothespins - I immediately thought BANNER!
So we took the tags and alternated the colors - added the letters for SCARY - and a couple cute stamped skeletons for good measure - and created this adorable Halloween banner.
It is very lightweight - so here it is hung up on the bottom of a picture frame with just a couple glue dots.  When Halloween is done, I can pull off the glue dots and put away till next year.
Hope you liked this fun Paper Pumpkin alternative - stop by over the next few days as I share more Halloween ideas - and get your SPOOKY Crafting On!  ~Maureen
 
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Lined Coffin Treat Box

Just look at these Treat Boxes Stampin' Up Has for Halloween - they come together in a jiff with just a little extra sticky tape and glue dots.  They come 12 to a package for only $7.00 and if you order now you'll still have time to get and decorate for Halloween.  You can find them on page 53 of the Holiday catalog - product #150451.
We had a treat box class this week and my customers that attended got to make two of these.  After putting the boxes together we used a piece of the Monster Bash Designer series paper (pg 53 #150447) to trace the lid and cut out.  Sponged the DSP with Memento ink and adhered with snail to the top of the box. 
Then we stamped the little Dracula from the Spooktacular Bash stamp set (pg 53, #150544), and colored the border with a Real Red marker.  Next we cut him and the beautiful frilly frame out, using the Ornate Frames dies (pg 53, #150664).  Layering the frame with snail and popping Dracula up on dimensionals.  You can get the Spooktacular Bundle (set and dies) at a 10% discount by using item number #153040.
The last step - that really completed the box for me - was that using extra sticky tape, we lined the box with Real Red Ruched Ribbon - it was all satiny and coffin like.  Just a great touch - and the ribbon is beautiful for using with all your Christmas holiday projects.
Hope you like this treat box - stop by over the next few days as I share more Halloween ideas - and get your Crafting On!  ~Maureen
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cards Brighten my LIFE!

Hi all - can't believe it's been over a month since I posted.  Just a quick update - Since May I have been in a huge flare-up of my autoimmune disease causing me pain, stiffness and extreme fatigue.  Argh!!! Also in that time - we went to Greece, came  home, moved to a new house, started to get settled, took a 2 week road trip to Wisconsin, and came home - - - and, well, enough said.  Through this all I have struggled just to do the absolute necessities, and many things fell by the wayside, including blogging.  But, I am hoping to do better - my symptoms are better as far as the pain and stiffness - but I have not beat the fatigue yet - so wish me luck.

But during all of that I have received cards - cards to welcome me to my new home, to wish me to get healthy, and cards - well, just because.  And even though I was usually too tired to acknowledge them I want you to know each and every one made me feel loved and gave me hope and brought a smile to my face.  So today - I am sharing that love with all of you -

Housewarming - Melodie S.

Thank you - Lisa L.
Thinking of You - Karen B.
Thinking of you - Lori W.
Thinking of you - Karen B.
Housewarming - Darle M.
Housewarming - Deb M.
Housewarming - Karen B.
Congratulations on earning Maui - Lori W.
Housewarming - Bill & Nancy R.
Housewarming - Lori W.
Thank you /Thinking of you - Lori W.

Housewarming - Flo S.

How cool is that - I hope you also can get some inspiration for your own card making.  If you sent me a card, and I have not featured it - please know it was also so appreciated.  I am sure during the move that some cards are not here.  I will probably come across them (as I never throw them lol) and will post in a future post.  

I know I have mentioned before that I consider card making and sending; as a ministry.  As I make cards - I pray; as I send cards - I pray; and my hope is that the recipients are blessed by them.  These cards just reaffirmed my belief that it is a ministry - as I certainly feel BLESSED!  Thank you all -  back soon with more fun and creativity! ~~Maureen

Sunday, September 8, 2019

August Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

I love FALL - all the smells, colors, sights and the cooler weather.  And I super loved this month's Paper Pumpkin kit -
It was gift bags (to which I will admit I am a little addicted) - so it was right up my alley - but not for everyone.  So Stampin' Up offered a great add-on to this month's kit for those who wanted to just make cards.  Here is the information - and although it is while supplies last - as of this morning it was still available.
This month I started a new Paper Pumpkin class - that I hope to offer each month.  At the class, those who attend bring their own kits to work on, and I provide 3 alternative kits and written instructions, which are also sent out after to all my PP subscribers.  During the class they can make up their kit as is, or use the alternatives, or both - either way the kits are theirs to keep.  PLUS - for class attendees only I bring a print out of a fourth alternative with directions.  So here are this months alternatives -

Card 1 - Happy Thanksgiving -
Card 2 - Grateful -
Card 3 - Thankful -
And 3D item - masculine gift bag - This was their BONUS project.
The September kit has to be subscribed to by 9/10/19 - you can subscribe with me by clicking HERE! 
It is going to be a great one - 
My class for this kit will be early October due to previous vacation plans.  So watch for it in my upcoming events - and plan to join us if you get this kit through me.  Happy Stamping! -Maureen
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

A great Fisherman Masculine card

So I have a LOT of men in my family - so I'm always happy when I can come up with a cute masculine design.  Today I am sharing a card I made earlier this year with the Best Catch set from Page 150 of the annual catalog.  And I just love it!
I did use the Burlap background stamp that we no longer carry - but I think it would look great with the current Birch or Crackle Paint background stamp on page 156 of our Annual catalog too.  I had a lot of fun using our watercolor pencils and blender pends to add some color to these rainbow trout - and then using the edge of my scissors distressed the edges of the burlap layer.
Here is how the inside and envelope were finished.
All and all a great card - and I especially love those cattails in the background, as they remind me of growing up in Wisconsin. 
I hope you enjoyed seeing this card and got some inspiration - stop back soon! ~Maureen
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

SU Greek Isles Incentive trip 2019 - Greek Isles Cruise - Day 4!

So sorry for the long wait for Day 4 lol - as many of you know we have sold our Victorian 2 story home and are moving to a Southwest style 1 story home - and WOW do I have a lot of stuff!  Been busy dealing with my autoimmune flare-up, getting ready for my 7 classes between now and when we move, and packing - and, well, time is of the essence :)  So we are now onto Monday, July 8 - 

Day 4 - Today was a day at sea -
After a wonderful breakfast in the main dining room - sitting and chatting with several other demonstrators - we headed to our Stampin' Up! Main Session - it was a lot of fun as always, with Paul getting this awesome back pack as a gift.
Forgive me if I mix up a few of the items I received and when - as now it is so much later it is a bit of a blur.  But I think this is pretty accurate :) I'm pretty sure the cardinal set below, the Tags Tags Tags set and the copper Stars were all prizes we were given at this session.
 
 
And - we got the amazing new Holiday Catalog - this is mine, as you can see - but if you'd like one - just let me know and I'll be sure you get one.
During this session we were able to hear from Shelli Gardner - the co-found of Stampin' Up! and several others with inspiration and creative ideas.
They also announced the 2021 Incentive trip - which will be on Royal Caribbean's newest and largest cruise ship - and will take us to the Eastern Caribbean - how exciting.
 
After that session it was lunch - and even though everything was amazing I had to share this picture of the dessert buffet.  Everything was always so beautifully displayed.
 
Paul and I decided to share a sampler plate of baklava -four different varieties - so yummy!
 
In the afternoon we headed over to the Stampin' Up! base room for a chance to spin the wheel and win a prize.  Note sure what day I took this week picture - but you can see you can win one of several items and they are different each day.
On this day I think it was the Toile wrapping paper.
This room was constantly filled with yummy treats - everyday the bowls were full for the taking - how fun is that - they really spoil us.
Got a chance to sit and catch up with demonstrator Melissa Kerman who I met on last year's incentive trip to Alaska - she and her family are so sweet.
Plus met up with one of our Dining Room tablemates, Raphael, who was about to enter the make your own boat to race contest.  He made his with flip flops, water glasses, and plastic; and at dinner we found out he WON!  We know a celebrity :)
 
Even got a chance to get a quick picture of Paul and I together, just enjoying talking with everyone and relaxing.
My dinner was delicious - beef tenderloin in mushroom gravy with mashed potatoes and asparagus; and cream of lobster bisque.
 
Back at the room this cute little elephant awaited us - wearing Paul's sunglasses.
 
 And then my pillow gift - this beautiful Santorini canvase tote -
 Filled with all of these goodies - WOW!!
 
We changed from out formal close to something more comfortable and went down to the cinema to watch Aquaman before bed.  All in all - another wonderful day!
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Stop back in a few days for Day 5 of our amazing adventure!  ~Maureen

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