Thursday, May 25, 2017

Celebrating our newest grandchild with fun!!

So I promised last post that I would share some of the fun decorations we made for Heidi's shower.   The theme was an old fashioned carnival of sorts - with lots of pinwheels and medallions.
Below was one centerpiece made with balloons, medallions, pennants, Cracker Jacks, Animal Crackers and entry tickets.  Note the little party hat on the elephant!
We had a sweets bar with fun treats - peanuts, cotton candy, zebra caramel corn, more Cracker Jacks and more animal crackers.  Note the cute chain below made with the roll of tickets.
Around the room we placed clusters of these medallions and pinwheels with ribbon hanging down.
My daughter is an amazing baker and didn't want store bought - so she made and decorated her own cake and cupcakes - homemade vanilla and lemon cake - buttercream frosting with sprinkles, animal crackers and a few pinwheels and pennants.
Here's another view of the sweets - note the clear balloons - they had colored confetti in them - so cute!
This was the favor that was given to each person attending -
We put them in little strawberry baskets with a pinwheel attached.
It was a really fun and nice day celebrating the anticipated arrival of our 8th grandchild due in June.  Can't wait to meet this new little guy.  Hope you liked the decorations!  Stop back soon.  ~Maureen

Monday, May 22, 2017

Baby Shower Invites and Thank you's!

So just a couple weeks ago we held a baby shower for my Daughter, Heidi who is expecting in June.  It will be our eighth grandchild - a little boy - and I am just as excited as I was for my first who turned 14 yesterday!  These are the invitations I made for the shower using the "Cupcakes and Carousals" set and coordinating DSP.
I don't know which angle shows it betters - but I colored parts of the carousal horse, and then added a little bling to the saddle strap!  Inside was custom information that I printed on my computer.
And here are the coordinating Thank you cards that I finished last night - sending them off in the mail to my daughter today.  She is such an amazing stamper - and I am a pretty clean and simple stamper - but am hoping that making these for her takes something off her plate right now.
They are definitely simple and my style - but I still think they are adorable.
Here's a close-up of one with just a little of the detail colored.  Hope she likes them.  Stop back soon to see some pictures of the shower and the decorations we made.
Stampingly, Maureen

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stampin' Friends May Blog Hop - Flowers/Sympathy

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Flowers/Sympathy Blog Hop!  This month we have 1 amazing guest hopper so be sure to check out all the hoppers, including Lori Mueller's blog.   I love flowers - I know Stampin' Up! has so many floral sets - and it's because of me - I buy them all.  I had originally started out to make a card that met both aspects of this hop - Flowers and Sympathy - but as i started to make it - I just could not - even though it does look pretty lovely in blacks/grays-
This card just shouted give me color - have some fun - so the Flowers won out, but just for awhile. I do need sympathy cards, and might just have to adapt this one.  So out came my color -
I love watercoloring - for this month's projects I used inks and my aqua-painters.  If you look at my last post I used watercolor pencils and blender pens, and the post before that I used a set that mimics the watercolor look.  There are so  many different ways to achieve a watercoloring look on your cards.  So here are my projects after the color was added.  On the card I used the Spotlighting technique which is my Technique for my technique clubs this month. 
Carrying just a little of that floral image into the center of the card to give it a finished look inside also - 
Then, to finish off my ensemble - I created this beautiful little basket that could hold all types of birthday treasures - it starts with a 7.5" x 7.5" square of whisper white.  I randomly stamped and watercolored the flowers.  Scored the cardstock like a tic tac toe with even sections of 2.5" x 2.5" - cut in on the score lines on two opposite sides, and pulled those corners together to make the basket.
Added a 1" x 7.5" handle that was also stamped and watercolored.  Along with some bling on both the basket and card - and here you go!
Hope you like the projects - please leave a comment.  And maybe this will inspire each of you to do some watercoloring.  Now hop along to the rest of the bloggers and see all their creations!  See you all soon ~Maureen
Check out these Awesome Bloggers
1. Kathie Rotti  
2. Elizabeth Jeanne  
3. Sue Vine  
4. Raquelle Clifton  
5. Lynn Streifert  
6. Lana Staab  
7. Steph Jandrow  
8. Maureen Rauchfuss  
9. Lori Mueller  
10. Melissa Thomas  
11. Barbara Welch  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Inside the Lines DSP

So I've been having fun making cards with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-bration; and SU's amazing watercolor pencils.  I just cut out squares of images from the paper and watercolored and just look how pretty they look on these cards.
I really love the floral design elements, and there are many -
And being able to color and blend the pencils - is a breeze -
This final one got a couple added - sparkly butterflies -
I know this paper is no longer available - but I am so excited that there is new coloring DSP in our brand new SU! catalog that begins on June 1 - so stay tuned!!  See you soon.   ~Maureen

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gift certificates - a great start for a new catalog year!

Just a little reminder that you can order gift certificates for your friends and family to use to purchase Stampin' Up! merchandise and my classes - directly through me.  Each gift certificate will be specially made and placed in a coordinating, hand-stamped folder.
When they open it - there is a pocket the certificate sits in.
Below is a recent one I mailed out - sure to bring a smile to someone's face.
The new catalog is coming in June - so it's the perfect time to get a gift certificate for someone you love - and let them pick out some fun new products from me.  Just contact me to get yours - allow 3 days for processing - then certificate will be mailed per your instructions to the lucky recipient.  ~Maureen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dove Card - Peace for the Holidays!

Here is one of two card designs we made at a recent Christmas card class. I do Christmas card classes each month, so that by the time December comes around - we have a nice stack of cards to send to family and friends. 
This beautiful card actually uses two products that were not intended for Christmas -

Customers had the choice of using Bermuda Bay or Tempting Turquoise for their doves - and i think they both look beautiful. 
Once you add a little bling and some shimmery ribbon - you have a lovely card ready for the Holidays!  ~Maureen

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Penned and Painted

I wanted to share with you today - some beautiful cards I made with one of my favorite sets that is RETIRING.  It is making me so sad - this set is a 2step stamping set - and is beautiful no matter what color you use. 
But lately I have been using blues - the butterfly on the card above was stamped with the blue and yellow of the flower - then the outline of the butterfly and then punched out.  So it matched perfectly.
These were some of 40 customer (and some downline) cards that went out after a recent event. 
 I hope everyone loved them as much as I did.  Be sure to go to and click on SHOP NOW so you can see all the retiring deals as well as the new clearance rack items.  Don't miss out - this and many other sets will be gone SOON!  Place an order over $50 pre S&H and tax now through May 8th; through my site using Hostess Code 46VXC4QH and you'll receive a set of gems or pearls in the mail from me as special thank you!!  See you all soon!  ~Maureen

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hostess Journal Gifts

So for this past round of Club Hostesses in my two clubs - I made monogrammed, decorated composition books with matching pens, when it was their month to hostess.  I love doing these - and they are a big seller at my vendor events.  I do the books with matching RSVP pens - by inserted a piece of the matching DSP into the pen around the ink tube.
Today - I am sharing four different ones - each month is different.  And I LOVE each of them.  This is a great way to use up some discontinued DSP - and make yourself a journal or notebook.
I choose a couple of coordinating layers to mount their initial on, and bling it up with some flowers and gems or pearls.
I also do the inside of the back and front covers with coordinating DSP - usually from the same packet - add a little ribbon and Voila!
My next round of one club just began and the second club will start their second round in a couple months.  This time I have another great gift for them their hostess month- and will be sharing that soon.  In the meantime - make something beautiful!! ~Maureen

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Autism Matters Blog Hop #3

Thank you for joining us today on this amazing hop that we are doing to bring awareness to AUTISM!
"1 in 50 Children living in the US has a diagnosis of 
Autism Spectrum Disorder"
 Considering all the troubles I had earlier with my last post - hoping this goes well.  We have had nothing but computer trouble this week - argh!  But life is like that - and for those who are living with autism - there is just one more layer of frustrations.  So I'm hopeful on this one.  Today I'm sharing another adorable and simple birthday balloon card!  These cards just make me smile.  It's a little off the autism colors - but does use the brightness of the yellow - which is my fav!!!
 Bottom line is - life is beautiful!  Let's take time to enjoy the small things - hug a little longer, smile at a cute card, put your arm around someone who is down.  We're all in this together folks - let's make a difference.

 I hope you like the card and will check out the other blogs on the hop, but first -
Please consider donating to this worthy cause - every $1 helps with research and awareness. When you click on the link below - be sure to choose me off the list when you donate.  Thanks so much!!!

10- Tammy Fite 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stampin' Friends April Blog Hop - Birthday Surprise!!!

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Birthday Surprise Blog Hop!  This month we have 1 amazing guest hopper that you should DEFINITELY check out - Jen Cerizo.   So I really love this theme - everyone loves a birthday surprise!

A bit back Shannon West at Stampin' Up! started a bringing back birthdays campaign and I jumped on the bandwagon.  I will send a hand made birthday card out to anyone that would like one.  I think of it as a ministry as I make the cards and send the cards I say a prayer for the recipient.  Last year I mailed out over 700 and it brought me a lot of joy - this year I'm on track for 1,000.
So I made up a ton of these sweet balloon cards to send out - quick, easy and adorable!!
I thought it was perfect to post for this hop.  We are also supposed to do a little treat holder - which I did last minute, and guess what - my camera quit working - and my phone won't send the picture to my computer.  I have been fighting this battle for two hours, and am giving up tonight.  If all goes well - I'll get it to post in the morning after some sleep.  UPDATE:  Here is my treat holder - very simple little pocket - but can hold candy, money - a gift card.  Would be fun to give with the card -
Took a bit to get my computer working again - but now I think it's all better.  At least praying lol!
So if you are here and there are just cards - stop back later if you get a moment.  Now be sure to continue on the hop by clicking the names below! You’re at Maureen Rauchfuss’ post to help orient yourself.  ~Maureen

Check out these Awesome Bloggers
1. Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher  
2. Steph Jandrow  
3. Lana Staab  
4. Lynn Streifert  
5. Maureen Rauchfuss  
6. Kirsteen Gill  
7. Melissa Thomas  
8. Twila Davis  
9. Andrea Tracy-Tucker  
10. Barbara Welch  
11. Raquelle Clifton  
12. Sue Vine  
13. Kim Lamos  
14. Jen Cerizo