Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cruisin' Shoportunity...

Okay - most of you know I plan to earn Stampin' Up's cruise to Alaska from my husband and I, during this catalog year; and to do that I have a monthly plan of what I need to sell. Well right now I am $120 short of my August sales - so my desire to CRUISE - becomes your SHOPORTUNITY (I know - I stole that line :)

Anyway, from now until 7:00 PM on Monday, August 31st you can SAVE BIG on all your stamping needs. Place an order of $20 or more and get 10% off your order (plus you earn punches on a punch card - see program info at the end of this post); place an order of $40 or more and get 15% off your order; place an order of $60 or more and get 20% off. Use this shoportunity to stock up on items you need - ink refills, cardstock, designer papers and more - don't miss out on these great SAVINGS - because with this deal - whatever you order - it's on SALE!!

NEW Stampin’ Punch Card Program
Runs 7/1/09 – 6/30/10

You will receive one punch for every $10.00 spent between 7/1/09 – 6/30/10.
Your card may be turned in after you get 10 punches, or, you can hold it and
combine it with other current full cards to redeem for a larger reward (listed below).
All purchases must be made through Maureen Rauchfuss from the current catalog(s).
Discontinued and/or cash and carry merchandise does not qualify.
You must turn in card(s) with a copy of your purchase receipts for card to be valid.
There will be other special offers throughout the year that will allow you to earn extra punches.

Rules of redemption –

1) For every full $10.00 in purchases (after coupons and discounts; and before S&H and tax),
per order, you will receive 1 punch, ie. $22.34 in purchases – 2 punches. (No punches for smaller increments than $10.00, and separate orders cannot be combined for additional punches.)

2) Once you complete a card it can be redeemed for your choice of one of the level 1 rewards
(see below), or you can hold it and combine it with cards you fill from additional purchases in
the same year to redeem them for your choice of a higher level reward (see below).

3) All cards turned in will be kept and placed in a drawing for additional prizes at the end of the
year retirement/sneak peek party – June of 2010. Partial cards can also be turned in at that time for the drawing. A minimum of 10 prizes will be given at that event for this drawing.

4) There is no replacement for lost cards. All cards expire 6/30/10.

5) Cards can be turned in according to the redemption table below.

Number of Cards
Redemption Choices (choose 1)

1 Card
1) Package of small cello bags – pg 159
2) Package of treat boxes – pg 159
3) White gel pen – pg 190
2 Cards
1) Flower Fantasy Window Sheets – pg 169
2) 5/16” Neutrals Jumbo Brads – pg 179
3) Jet Black Staz On Pad – pg 190
3 Cards
1) Your choice 12x12 Textured CS – pgs 155-157
2) Your choice colored rub-ons – pg 176
4 Cards
1) Your choice Simply Sent Card Elements – pg 173
2) Cutting Mat – pg 191
3) Your choice Circles #2 or Ovals Die – pg 202
5 Cards
1) Your choice Simply Scrappin’ Kit – pgs 164-167
2) Craft & Rubber Scissors – pg 191
3) Naturally Serif Strip Die – pg 196

All products are from the 2009/10 Idea Book & Catalog from Stampin' Up!

Contact me to order at:
Phone: 805/581-6209

Invitation and Bday Card for a "3" year old.....

So here is the cute birthday invitation that Heidi created - you can see more images of it at her blog - She found the little popcorn containers - they open up to put popcorn in - and she kept them flat and stamped popcorn from a retired SU set to fit inside. Here it is as it arrived in the mail -

and when you pull up on the popcorn it reveals the invitation - what a neat idea.

And here is my birthday card for Kamili - nothing fancy but I thought it was cute! I used the new Beary Best Friends set from the upcoming Holiday mini that starts Sept. 1 - it's an exclusive set from the Build a Bear Workshop collection - if you love bears - you'll want to check this out. If you'd like a mini - let me know and I'll get one out to you - it is GREAT! I just colored the images with colored pencils - added the 3 to the balloon - popped up the balloon and gift bag and added a little gem (hard to see in the picture) to the middle of the flower in bears fur. Layered it on some DSP - and voila' - a cute little card for a cuter little girl.

Friday, August 28, 2009

One more group of B-day Party Pics -

Here is Kamili all smiles as we sing Happy Birthday....
The party had a circus theme - here are Naomi and Prince posing behind the Circus backdrop - Next the Bug bean bag toss -
And here are the circus plates and settings - it was a very fun day!

The next grandbabies birthday celebration will be March so we have a few months to recuperate :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kamili's 3rd Birthday!

Last Sunday we celebrated Kamili's 3rd birthday with a Circus Celebration - Here is the Lion balloon under the Big Top that greeted the guests.
And here's the birthday girl - ready for her 'happy' day -
And sister Makai - And one of the cute popcorn and candy centerpieces - more tomorrow!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thank you's -

Two of my CSL's sent me these lovely thank you cards for picking them up some products from the Momento Mall at Convention. I LOVE getting handstamped cards in the mail and had to share:
This one is from Pat - This one from Toni -
I was surprised that they used almost the same layouts. Thanks so much ladies - you made my day!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Stampers 10 Club...

Our new rotation of our Stampers 10 club started last Sunday. I love this group of ladies - they are so much fun to stamp with. Each month we make two projects - this month we made this cute little box using Boho Backgrounds and the Boho Friends wheel - we used the wheel tone on tone with versamark on the box made of Soft Suede - it looks so rich. Then added the medallion using Dusty Durango and Bermuda Bay - I love the way it turned out - these colors just shout SOUTHWEST!
We also made this lovely card - my whole group knows I love the purples and greens together (my fav color combo is Mellow Moss and Perfect Plum) - but I wanted to use our new DSP Cottage Wall and the colors in there are Old Olive, Orchid Opulence and Rich Razzleberry - so nice together. The set is "For All You Do" that we got FREE at the Hawaii Incentive trip - love it!!
If you'd like to be a part of a Stampers 10 or Stampers 6 group that meets monthly, so you can make fun projects each month as well as build your Stamping supplies and make great stamping friends contact me for FULL details. Thanks for stopping by! ~Maureen

Beach Day - - Before Summer is over...

So her Mom promised Paisley that we'd go to the beach before school started - but she was so sick most of the summer with her current pregnancy - that the summer got away from us. So last Saturday, Gramma, Mom (Jenee), Paisley and Prince headed to Venice Beach. At first they were a little tentative of the water, but before you knew it they were standing and sitting on the beach and letting the waves splash over them. It was a beautiful day with perfect temperatures. By the time we got home though, I was exhausted and just crashed - something about that salt air just wipes me out. But we had a great time - and that's what matters. Here Prince and Paisley are playing in the ocean with Mom. Hope she doesn't mind that I posted this - but oh to look so good and be 14 weeks pregnant!

Paisley and Prince decorated their own visors with fish shaped foam stickers before heading to the beach - here they are modeling their creations!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Things I Love....

Tomorrow is the first of our new rotation of my Stampers 10 Club. Each year I give a Hostess gift to my hostess of the month. This year at convention we made this adorable set of 3x3 Notecards and envelopes in a cello with a topper. (Well, I actually made mine yesterday, as I used my make and take time to run out and get a cup of coffee - yes, it is an addiction :)

So I decided this is what my hostesses this year will get. The first (Hope you don't see this before tomorrow Kathy) will get this set, and each month I'll use a different SU set to make the cards. So cute. I had already packaged mine up for Kathy, so this is the picture from the project sheet we got at convention. I'll try and post them each month so you can see what I come up with. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Great Thank you Card

Hi all - my downline Jeri made me this fantastic card to thank me for braving Momento Mall at Convention and getting her a bear. It was so sweet of her. The card is great and the envelope was beautiful. I love going to the mailbox and seeing a fantastic envelope laying there in the midst of my bills - it was the first envelope I opened! Thanks Jeri!

Be a CRAZY STAMPING LADY for less! Plus a BONUS from me!

Wouldn't you LOVE to be a Crazy Stampin' Lady (a CSL)?

Here is a fantastic opportunity to sign up to be a demonstrator, with a BONUS from me to boot! Join SU now and get all the benefits of being a demonstrator - the discount, the support, the monthly newsletter, the ideas and much more. Plus I'm throwing in a $20 gift certificate from the current catalog or mini!! That's an additional $20 of merchandise FREE - if you sign up to join my crew of CSL's.

Why wouldn't you want to??
The cool thing about this offer is... it is geared toward the person that already has a lot of Stampin' Up! product and just need the basics to get started. Which translates into "give me a discount" on the things I want to order - without you having to invest in the $199 regular kit'! This is great!! This limited-time special Mini Starter Kit (shown below) contains many of the items you need to get started in your new business. Plus all the fantastic new in-colors.
Here's what is included:
For All You Do stamp set
The In Color Classic Stampin' Pads (6)
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
In-Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Catalogs Order forms and basic business tools

Plus you'll get all of the great online support and ideas through the Demonstrator Stampin' Up! website as well as support from myself and my group of CRAZY STAMPING LADIES!! For this offer you must sign-up with paperwork from me - so let me know ASAP as this offer ends SOON.
If you're interested in the full kit you can sign up today at - click on the "Start Your Own Business" tab; Click on Join Now and use the password "CSLs" to sign up. Before you know it - you'll be as "Crazy" as me - well forget that part - that's probably not the greatest incentive :) Just email me if you have any questions. ~Maureen

Monday, August 10, 2009

Paisley and Prince

So I had to post pictures of my other two grandbabies. Paisley and Prince stayed overnight with Gramma and Papa the weekend before convention. Here's a couple pictures of each outside playing in my back yard. Paisley loves to pose, but it's usually impossible to get a good picture of Prince as he is constantly on the go. Such sweeties!!

And the WINNER is......

Okay - so this was my first Blog Candy and next time I definately need to work out some of the kinks - but of the comments that did come through with a name or email attached - I printed the comments, cut them apart and had hubby do the honors of drawing a winner. And the winner is...

Hope you win something tomorrow!!!!
Have fun!!!!
-Toni :-)
August 6, 2009 11:10 PM

Thanks Toni - I didn't win anything at Convention - but you win the Blog Candy! If you need it before out next meeting let me know - otherwise you can pick it up then. Congrats!!

For the rest of you keep checking back - I see more Blog Candy in your future :) ~Maureen

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Convention - Oh My!!


Hi all from Day 2 at SLC - and I am exhausted - but having so much fun. Today started with mainstage and then lunch with time to check out some of the boards - this is one of the make and takes we get to make tomorrow - I can't wait. Then they announced the new product for Momento Mall - isn't she the cutest?!? She's stampin' Build a Bear. I am not a stuffed animal person, but when they added the little Stampin' Up! apron and the exclusive stamp to her - how could I resist. So this baby is going home with me :)

Finally here's a peek at one of 3-dimensional displays - there are so many talented stampers and sooooo many creative ideas.
Tonight was the awards ceremony - Stampin' Up! is amazingly generous with their top sellers. My downline Kathy and I went over. It was fun seeing who the winners were, but it's now 11 PM here and we need to meet at 6:30 am downstairs for breakfast to get to Convention bright and early. They have a great cook to order breakfast here which is nice and Starbucks is on the way - so I'm good :) For those of you who don't know - I'M ADDICTED TO COFFEE - and love Starbucks. Good things that there are lots of them around. See you all soon!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Hi Everyone -

Seven of us Crazy Stampin' Ladies arrived here in Salt Lake City for the annual convention. We had a long day with with travel - but we're so excited to be here. I'll be sure to post some convention photos when I get a chance. But for tonight I want to offer some Blog Candy to tide you over. Sorry if the picture is fuzzy - I'm using my daughter's computer and I'm really not sure what I'm doing with it.
So here's the deal - comment on this post and you'll be entered to win this set, double roll of ribbon and Simply Scrappin' kit. I'll accept comments until 5:00 PM PT On Sunday, Aug. 9 and will draw one lucky winner from all the comments. One comment per day please. Tell your friends. Thanks for checking my site. -Maureen

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Potty Training and BLUUUUUUUUUE Ice Cream

So my grand-daughter Kamili is officially potty trained and wearing BIG GIRL panties!! For a two (almost three year old) this is a big deal. After weeks of working at it and promises of ice cream from Gramma - it's a done deal. So off to Cold Stone we went this week and she had to have Bluuuuuuue (that's how she says it) ice cream (which by the way is Cotton Candy flavor) and sprinkles. What a celebration :)
Here's a picture of Kamili enjoying the ice cream; and her sister Makai who had to stay home this trip. This was just time with Gramma to celebrate!