Friday, August 18, 2017

Christmas Cards Sleigh Ride

So each month I do a Christmas card class - so that by the time Christmas actually rolls around - we all have a stash.  The card I'm featuring today was from a few months ago already. Time just gets away from me.  This class always gets pretty full - which makes me happy - because I love making Christmas cards year round!
It uses the "Santa's Sleigh" set from the SU annual catalog page 119.  This set is so versatile.  For this card it is a more natural look - but I've seen beautiful cards made with a metallic sleigh and in black, white and gold - whole different look - but so pretty.
Here's a closer look at the sleigh - isn't that scroll detail in both the sleigh and the runners just beautiful.  Makes me want to hop in and take a ride in it, then come home and snuggle by a fireplace. And you can see we cut the Whisper White in two curvy layers and sandwiched the tree between - then added some Wink of Stella to the edge to make it look sparkly like snow.
In the above image - hopefully you can see we also added Wink of Stella to the Tree and Snowflakes to finish it.  Thanks for stopping by - see you soon!  ~Maureen

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Succulent Class

So - just realized I never posted the pictures of the cute little succulent arrangement we made at my "Anything But a Card" (ABC) class a few months ago.  I loved it so much and have one currently sitting on my desk - but it will be given to a friend from church tomorrow.  Hope she likes it too!
It uses the retired succulent dies from Stampin' Up!  and it is so easy to recreate the look of actual little succulent plants.  We used three different colors of cardstock and three different inks to sponge the edges.
And then added the adorable little "Happy Day" sign.  Here's a close up of the petals.
The pot had a piece of floral foam glued inside and moss glued on top of that - and then as we completed each little plant we hot glued it to the moss, making sure to put enough to hold it in place.
Everyone of them turned out just a little different - but each was adorable.  ~Maureen

Sunday, August 6, 2017

So many, many cards... Part III - Final installment

So this is it - the last of the handmade birthday cards I received - enjoy!!!
Darle - outside

Darle - popup inside

Jeri C.

Michelle M.

Yvonne H - sorry so washed out - picture does not do it justice!
Back to stamping - stop by soon to see my creations!! ~Maureen

Sunday, July 30, 2017

So many, many cards .... Part II

Here's another round of beautiful cards from my friends - enjoy!  ~Maureen
Marianne B.
Marilyn V.
Nancy R.
Paula B.
Sarah N.

Friday, July 28, 2017

So many, many cards.....

The past month or so I have received so many cards from my fellow card-makers some sad - due to my brother's recent death.  Many happy, as a celebration of my birthday ... and a few others.  So over the next couple posts I'm going to share a bunch of them.  Please note, that card-making for me, is such an important thing.  It is a ministry - a creative outlet - a time to relax and enjoy myself - and a wonderful opportunity to meet other stampers - so each of these cards mean the world to me.  I hope you can find some creative inspiration from them.  ~Maureen
Fourth of July - Lori W.
Birthday - Betty C.
Birthday - Cathy S.
Birthday - Jean B.
Birthday - Karen O.
Birthday - Kelea N.
Stop back soon for more wonderful cards!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Having FUN with July Stampin' Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Anything Goes Blog Hop!  Okay - so anyone who knows me basically knows if anything goes - well then - that anything, will be COFFEE.  So I seized the opportunity to share Stampin' Up's great new Coffee Break suite.  You can find it on pages 30 and 31 of the Annual Catalog.
First I'm sharing a great Shaker Card made with real coffee grounds.  I gotta say the room smelled wonderful while I was making this - and yes - I am a coffee addict.  These were the cards we also made in my July techniques clubs.
The inside of the coffee cup is cut out with the coffee cup framelits, and I added a window sheet, the cup lid and amazing coffee grounds inside the shaker - 
The front portion of this card acts also as a pocket to hold a gift card for the recipient - just pull on the tab at the top to reveal it - 
Here is a picture of the inside of the card -
Then - since I am such an addict - I made myself this amazing notebook set to carry in my purse using the SU stamp case and the Coffee Break designer series paper.  The sentiment is taken from the new Ribbon of Courage set.  
I punched out the starburst and fussy cut the pot and cup to make a cute little cover image.  But inside is where the magic happens - 
It features the reverse side of the same sheet of designer series paper, another verse from the Ribbon of Courage set - a pocket for coupons, etc - a pen and a post-it note tablet.  The best thing is because this is all contained in the stamp case - you can throw it in your purse and it does not get ruined.  I really, really LOVE it and hope you do too.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think - and encourage your friends to check out our blog hop this month for great stamping ideas.

Now be sure to continue on the hop by clicking the names below! You’re at Maureen Rauchfuss’ post to help orient yourself.  ~Maureen
1. Raquelle Clifton  
2. Lana Staab  
3. Twila Davis  
4. Lynn Streifert  
5. Steph Jandrow  
6. Melissa Thomas  
7. Maureen Rauchfuss  
8. Jennifer Cerizo  
9. Andrea Tracy-Tucker  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Christmas In June - Card 1

So here is the first of two cards we did at my June Christmas cards and coffee class.  I so love having all my Christmas cards done by the time the holidays come around.  And this one is just too adorable.  I made our little reindeer using the Foxy Friends set and the sentiment is from Holly Berry Happiness.
We cut a scallop oval out of the green and then layered that on red to make the cute framing.  You can see below that the white oval is popped up on dimensionals - and we added a cute little red nose by coloring SU's pearls with a sharpie marker.
Of course we had to stamp the envelope too - as you all know how I feel about naked envelopes.  Hope you enjoyed this little cutie.
Check out my upcoming events tab at the top of this blog for my scheduled July events.  ~Maureen
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Friday, June 30, 2017

An Elegant Eastern Beauty card

I am so in love with the richness of this new Eastern Palace Suite of products from Stampin' Up!  Today I wanted to share this elegant card - simple notecard - or maybe a masculine birthday card.
Here's another picture without the glare from my flash.
You can find this suite of products on page 18 and 19 of the new catalog.  Click on the next two pages below to go to an online version of our catalog.
Below is another angle -  you can hopefully see here that the white layer is popped up on dimensionals, and the golden floral image is actually a sticker.  How cool is that.
Let me know what you think - I love to read your comments.  See you soon!!! ~Maureen