Tuesday, August 22, 2017

With Sympathy

Sympathy cards are always hard for me to make - especially when I need them.  So I try and make them ahead of time so I'm not in the moment.  I shared last time about my brother's passing.  But in the past two months we also lost my hubby's cousin, my Sister-in-law's mother, a friend's hubby and a friend's daughter.  Such losses can be a bit overwhelming.  So I'm going to share the last group of sympathy cards I made. 
These were done at a class last month - and customers were able to choose a different verse, if they didn't need sympathy.
It was put together from a few different cards I saw on Pinterest -and I really liked the elegance of it.  Below you can see that pearls were added; and also the dimension of the card.
Although I hate to make sympathy cards - I love having them ready when I need them.  This batch is now gone - so time to make some more.
Hug those you love today!  ~Maureen
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hard cards to share!

So, recently my older brother, Richard, passed away.  Even though his health had not been great - it still happened quickly and unexpectedly.  So very sad to lose him :(  I am thankful though, that we had gotten back to Wisconsin several times over the  past few years, and were able to get together with him when we were there.  But today I just want to share some of the beautiful handmade sympathy cards we received.  Enjoy! 
From Harriet
From Jean
From Jeri
From Kelea
From Lois
From Lori
From Paula
Thank you all for thinking of me and brightening my days with your thoughts and cards.  You are all a wonderful blessing to me. ~Maureen

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