Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Christmas Card 1

Here is the first Christmas card we made this month using the Sunburst technique.  I had this great Christmas hostess set that I had never used - so i decided to break it out.  The deer on the punched label is popped up on dimensionals.  It's a little hard to see, but there is linen thread wrapped around the background layer and a little bow tied to the right side. 
Stop back tomorrow for the second card we made.  ~Maureen

Friday, May 30, 2014

Downline Catalog Launch Preview

So I just wanted to share these cute little baskets I made for my downline for our Catalog Launch in Long Beach - they were perfect for grabbing the new catalog and perusing it. 
Each basket included a pen, a highlighter, post-it notes, a wish list and some little treats.  What's that you say???  You'd like one? Then order your catalog now.  Just $5.00 and you'll get a $5.00 off coupon for your first purchase (yes - that's like getting the catalog FREE) and if you order between now and June 15 - I'll include a similar catalog survival kit with your catty!  Just email me at  ~Maureen

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Join Stampin' Up! for ONLY $50!

Take your passion for paper, stamps and ink to a new level!  Beginning today (for a limited time only) you can choose from one of TWO Stampin' Up! Starter Kits!  Purchase your kit through me HERE, and you'll not only join Stampin' Up! (with all the perks and discounts), you'll instantly become a member of my Crazy Stamping Ladies! ( offering exclusive resources, friendships and fun)!
$99 STARTER KIT (choose up to $125 in products)
or the
$50 STARTER KIT (choose up to $55 in products) -  FOR A LIMITED TIME.  Offer ends June 30, 2014
Choose up to $55 in product.  This is a perfect way to REJOIN Stampin' Up! or  start  your "test drive" of all the perks of being a demonstrator with no obligation to purchase anything further!
With either starter kit, you can enjoy all SU demonstrator discounts and benefits - here are just a few highlights!
  • Customize!  Choose up to $55 ($50 kit) worth of any Stampin' Up! products OR up to $125 ($99 kit) worth of any Stampin' Up! products.
  • A 30 percent discount on your first order (minimum $150 order placed within 45 days).  The new catalog starts June 2 . . . Imagine getting 30% off all the new goodies!
  • A 20 percent discount on all your orders.
  • Free Paper Pumpkin Kit included with the starter kit.
  • Free registration to our annual Convention (must be registered by the 20th of June and subject to availability).  SEE BELOW!
  • The starter kit ships FREE (another 10% savings).
  • At a minimum, enjoy Stampin' Up! discounts and benefits through October 31 (the end of the first FULL quarter plus a pending month) with no penalty if you decide to drop.
  • Renew additional quarters if you reach $300 in purchases or sales.
  • There's no obligation to host workshops or purchase anything further. 
BONUS!  FREE CONVENTION REGISTRATION!  Stampin' Up! is offering FREE registration ($295 value) to the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City (July 17 - 19) for anyone who joins or rejoins after July 1, 2013.  It's a total immersion into paper, stamps and ink!  

Still have more questions????   Join me for information at a "I Wanna Know More" coffee event Saturday June 14, 10:00 AM - at my house in Simi Valley!! Let me know if you want to come. ~Maureen

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mario Bros Birthday Cards

The other day I shared pictures of Kyan and Zavian's Birthday party.  Today I wanted to share the Birthday cards I made for them.  Just printed a couple pictures and colored them (wish I would have had my blendabilities :))  But I think they still turned out cute.
I punched a bunch of bright colored circles and adhered them to black cardstock for the base - really made the colors pop.  The used dimensionals to add the Mario guys to the card fronts.  See you soon. ~Maureen

Monday, May 26, 2014

In Memory.....

Happy Memorial Day 2014
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Happy Memorial Day 2014
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~Happy Memorial Day 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Boys "MARIO BROS" birthday

Some how I think I forgot to post these pictures from Zavian and Kyan's birthday party in April.  Wow - don't know how that happened - but better late than never.
Zavian blowing out his "4" candles.
Kyan enjoying his "1st" birthday cupcake.
Treat center that Heidi set up for the kids.
Mario decorations.
Yoshi gift bags.
Boys dress up items.
Girls dress up items.
Zavian and his "buddy Mario" ready for a PARTY!
Kyan doing his best Luigi impersonation.
 It was a fun day celebrating to amazing little guys.  So blessed!  ~Gramma

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Fabulous is what they ARE!!  This is my first attempt at using the brand new Blendability markers from Stampin' Up!  These markers are available in several different color groups of three - this is the Pumpkin Pie set.  These markers are amazing - I just started playing and they are so fun.
Just look at the amazing colors and blending was so easy to do - you just can't mess these up.
Can't wait to try all the color groups.  Watch for much more of these to come.  ~Maureen

Monday, May 19, 2014


Here's the second card we made at my Cute and Clean Stamp Camp last week.  I love the way the Razzleberry, Tangerine and Garden Green colors play together on the Brown Sugar cardstock.
To me what makes the card is that adorable row of little hearts embossed across the front of the card. 
Cute Huh!?!  See you soon.  ~Maureen

Saturday, May 17, 2014

2014-15 Stampin Techniques Club

We're starting our new round of Stamping Techniques Club
here are just a few of this past year's cards -

Stamping Techniques Club
Offered by:  Maureen Rauchfuss ~ Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator and Sr. Manager
805/404-8183,  /
So, why would you want to join?  Because “membership” has its privileges!
2014-15 Stamp Club Information - One Friday a month (see schedule at bottom) - 7:00 PM - Maureen's Home  
Your Commitment to the group -
-$22 Merchandise purchase (pre-s&h and tax) per month
-1 yr (10 mo. commitment) - off months - May and December
-Order to Maureen before the beginning of that month's club if you will not be there (or back-up order will be placed)
-Provide a credit card information for ease of ordering.
-On your Hostess month you provide cold drinks, snacks and paper goods (I'll have ice, water, coffee and hot tea)
-Please be on-time or notify me if you will be arriving last so we don't wait.
My Commitment to you -
-Each mo. - 3 projects (a 6x6" technique card, a greeting card, and one another project)
-If you miss I will have your projects for you when your order comes in.. 
-A guaranteed $200 workshop - for which you'll get the hostess benefits your month (can be more and you can bring in outside orders to raise it)
-A hand stamped gift from me the month you are hostess
-Free 2014-15 Idea Book and Catalog and all mini catalogs that come out during the time of your commitment.
-Invitation to my yearly Hostess Appreciation event
-My home as a location to hold your workshop (no cleaning before or after for you :) )
BONUS offers -
-Sign-up by May 25 and pick up your new catalog June 1 - otherwise get at our June Club
-All members get 5 Free - 6x6" plastic page protectors to hold your technique sheets for the year
-Once you make your commitment - if you bring in a new member who commits to 10 months (not already a current or previous club member) I'll give you a $25.00 Stampin' Up! shopping spree!! (Cannot apply to mo. order.)
-Throughout the year - other Club bonuses.
It’s great being a part of a group that meets every month and become wonderful stamping friends. 
To Join - complete and sign the agreement below and return to Maureen. 
I, _____________________________________________ agree to participate in the Stampers Club(s) for 10 months minimum.  I agree to all of the above mentioned information.
Sign:__________________________________________________________  Date:_______________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________
City: ___________________________  Zip code: _______________________
Home Phone: _________________________________  Cell Phone: __________________________________  
Credit Card #: ________________________________   Type: ______________   Expire Date: ______________
Let the FUN begin!!                                                ~Rev 5/14
2014/15 Schedule
June 20, 2014
July 11, 2014
August 15, 2014
September 12, 2014
October 17, 2014
November 14, 2014
January 16, 2014
February 13, 2014
March 13, 2014
April 17, 2014
I'll draw months for hostesses on May 25th - but you can still join after that date!  Just let me know by emailing    ~Maureen

Friday, May 16, 2014


We made this card this week at my Cute and Clean Cards Stamp Camp.  Each attendee made 3 each of 2 different card designs. 
This card uses the Polka Dot DSP from last year's SU catalog - I love polka dots and the great colors in this paper. 
It's simple and sweet and the envelope liner with matching paper just really finishes it with a florish. 
This would be a great card for those grads this year - bright, cheery and cheers to them!  ~Maureen

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

More Easter Fun!

Just had to share a few more Easter pics - here's the crew of grandkids - had to share two pics as some look great in one - some in the other - between the two we did pretty good :)
Zamarah, Zavian, Prince, Kamili, Paisley, Kyan and Makai!
There is a story behind Kyan being in the basket.  Every grandchild has an Easter picture in this basket -so we had to get him in there also.
He is such a cutie - and they all make my life so wonderful.  Thanks for indulging me.  ~Maureen

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Come and Join the Stamping Fun!!!

One of the three designs we'll be making Tuesday at my house! My fav part - the lined envelope of course!

 Tuesday, May 13, 2014    7:00 – 9:30 PM
Cute and Clean Cards Stamp Camp
Maureen’s Home in Simi Valley*
Cost: $15 or get the Stamp Camp FREE with a $50 merchandise purchase at the event.
 We'll make 6 cards - 2 each of 3 clean and cute designs using exclusive Stampin’ Up! sets and embellishments ONLY! This stamp camp is fun and easy for all crafting levels. 
Light refreshments, coffee, tea and wine served. No additional purchase required.
All materials to make cards provided.  Doorprize drawing!
Limit 12.  Must RSVP to hold your spot.

Friday, May 16, 2014 -
7:00 - 9:30 PM Technique Club Open Try-It Class  
Technique: Stamping with Embossing Folders   
Maureen's Home in Simi Valley*
Cost:  FREE with a minimum $22 merchandise purchase at the event.
 At this event we will make 1) 6x6" Technique page 2) card using that technique and 3) a 3D item.   This is the way my monthly club runs, and you'll be given the opportunity to join our group!  No obligation to join the club.   Join us for the FUN as we enjoy light refreshments, coffee, tea and wine.  All materials provided to make all the projects.  Doorprize drawing! 
Limit 12.  Must RSVP to hold your spot.


Sunday, June 1, 2014
 1:00 - 5:00 PM
 NEW Catalog and RETIRED product PARTY!
Maureen's Home in Simi Valley*
Cost: FREE – but be sure to grab your friends and your checkbook.  
Each friend that is not on our invite list gets you $5.00 BONUS CASH to spend at the event (note they must be over 18); and your checkbook will allow you to take advantage of our AMAZING sale.
This year, for every $1.00 you spend on our retired products at catalog price (and believe me – we have MORE than ever before) you will get $.50 in FREE product from the new catalog, as long as you order that day.  So buy $100 of retired product and order $50 new product – how great is that.  Please note that the free is merchandise price only – you will need to pay any shipping and handling and tax. 
There will be food, drinks, demonstrations throughout the afternoon of some of our popular items, FREE make and takes, doorprizes and retired items galore. 

  *Stamp Camp/Class/Club Cancellation Policy - PLEASE READ TILL END OF POLICY!! If you cancel your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of the event there will be no cost to you. If you cancel within that 48 hours I will try and place someone from the waiting and if that works there will be no charge to you; otherwise you will be responsible for the class fee (If a stamp camp - you will receive the material packet with pictures (by email) to make your projects.) Stamping will not be done for you, so you may need to adjust the project slightly using what stamps you have available. Or you can choose to purchase the purchase requirement for the event in merchandise from Heidi or Maureen. If no purchase requirement is listed for the specific event, you must purchase 2 1/2 times the cost of the class/stamp camp/event or pay for the event. If event is cancelled by me - full refund will be given of any pre-payment. All events must be half-full to avoid possible cancellation.  NOTE: If a different cancellation date is listed in event description it supersedes this policy.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Easter Egg Decorating!

Such a fun Easter.  We all were able to get together at our Prescott home to celebrate this blessed holiday - and Saturday we decorated eggs.  I always wondered how people got such rich colors on their eggs and now I know - they start with brown eggs.  Here is the crew have fun!

Zavian, Kamili and Paisley

Zavian, Kamili and Paisley

Kamili, Paisley, Makai and Zamarah

Eggs being decorated.

Beautiful, rich colors!
Paisley, Makai, Prince and Zamarah!!
Was so fun, everyone had a great time - no fighting - just making beautiful eggs!!  Love those kiddos! ~Gramma

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Special thank you!!

So at my last club - it was the end of this round of club - so I gave each of my hostesses a special little gift.  They were able to pick three colors of retiring stitched ribbon and create this little keepsake to take home.
This would be a great hostess gift, or little thank you for coming to a crafting party.
I think they are really cute, and I think the gals liked the little ribbon bonus :)   ~Maureen

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Card using Building Up Color Technique

Love, love, love this card.  It uses our technique this past month.  We used Fabulous Florets (gone in clear - but still available in wood on the retired list as of today).  This set is sooo beautiful and the Daffodil and Pumpkin Pie inks just make these flowers pop.  What a great card to get in the mail  -  can't imagine not smiling about this. 
My technique club starts again in June for a 10 year MONTH commitment (no club December and May), but in May I'm having this try-it class -

Friday, May 16, 2014 -
7:00 - 9:30 PM Technique Club Open Try-It Class     
Maureen's Home in Simi Valley*
Cost:  FREE with a minimum $22 merchandise purchase at the event.
 At this event we will make 1) 6x6" Technique page 2) card using that technique and 3) a 3D item.   This is the way my monthly club runs, each month a different technique is highlighted,  and you'll be given the opportunity to join our group!  No obligation to join the club.   Join us for the FUN as we enjoy light refreshments, coffee, tea and wine.  All materials provided to make the projects.  Doorprize drawing. 
Limit 12.  Must RSVP to hold your spot.

If any of you are local and would like to try it with no further commitment - this is your chance.  Email me to RSVP at - would love to have you join us.  ~Maureen

Friday, May 2, 2014

Easter Bunny?????

So the day after Easter look what I found in my front yard.  He was just sitting there nibbling on the grass - I guess he was tired from delivering all those baskets!
I wanted to share this month's club technique card - unfortunately this doily set is gone - but it made a lovely image on our card. 
Stop back soon to see what else we made at club this month.  ~Maureen