Thursday, January 31, 2013

Retro Cross-stitch Cards

Look at these adorable cross-stitch cards available in the current mini catalog from Stampin' Up! - how great are these.   It is the Sweet Threads Simply Sent kit - item #126924.   I remember doing cross-stitch cards similar to this the 70's and I loved them.  These kits come with the bases pre-printed in pink and green, white envelopes, 8 die-cut pattern pieces (4 flowers, 4 cupcakes), embroidery floss, needles and dimensionals.  You can also purchase a coordinating stamp set with the words "Thank  You" and "Happy Birthday", but I opted to use a "thanks" that I had on handI also added the Regal Rose Taffeta Ribbon for a little added touch - but they were pretty even before.
I really love how they turn out and they are soooo fast to complete.
You can order these and any other Stampin' Up! products you'd like at !!  Check it out!  ~Maureen

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Great Christmas Cards

Just wanted to share a couple more Christmas Cards that I think I missed sharing earlier.  I love the handmade cards I get and these two are just lovely -

From Elaine

From Kathy B
Thank you ladies for the lovely wishes!! ~Maureen

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cards Camp January

Here's the third and final card we made at this month's Cards stamp camp - It uses the new banner framelits and doilies from the current mini catalog.  What a fun card to show your thanks to someone for their kindness.  Perfect for this time of year as we're sending out our holiday thank you's!
Hope you like it - if you do - plan to join us for our February Stamp Camp!! Just email me to RSVP!  ~Maureen

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stamp Camp Valentine

Here's the second card we made at this month's Cards Stamp Camp - an early Valentine.  It uses some great new products from Stampin' Up!  I absolutely LOVE the Honeycomb embossing folder - it looks great anyway you use it.  We cut a few extra honeycomb pieces out of DSP and taped them on to add some great contrast. 
Hope you liked it!! ~Maureen

Friday, January 18, 2013

Health Update

Hi All - 
sorry I have not been posting much lately.  I have been in so much pain for the past weeks - hard to walk - my right knee killing me.  Well, I finally had an MRI this week - and the prognosis - bursitis, torn meniscus and a cyst - no wonder I hurt.   I see the orthopedist in a week and we'll see what he says :(  

Anyway - I apologize and will try and do better!!!  Thanks for sticking with me!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

UPDATED: Valentine Stamp Camp with Product Bundle!!!

 Valentine's Stamp Camp
Sunday, February 3, 2013* (come craft while hubby enjoys the Super Bowl and join him later)
1:00 - 4:00 PM (time correction)
Heidi's Home in Thousand Oaks (ask if you need the address)
 Cost $25.00
 Come and make some adorable projects for the upcoming Valentine's Holiday.  
Your registration will include the Valentine Treat Bundle ~
which includes the Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (clear-mount, shown on the left above) and a package of our 1" x 8" cellophane bags perfect for filling with treats!!
We'll be making four projects at this event - 1) Treat bags (you will complete several at the event); 2) A beautiful Valentine card; 3) a 3-D item to display in your home for Valentine's day; and 4) a 3-D Valentine package.  No additional purchase is required - but purchase $50 in merchandise at the event and you can pick a FREE sale-a-bration product.  Limit 10 spots.  Must RSVP to hold your spot.  On-time drawing at 2:05 PM.
Click here to RSVP, just include the event name and date in your email.
For more fun stamping opportunities click on the Upcoming Stamping Events tab at the top of this page!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


This month at my cards class we made this beautiful sympathy card.  I have to apologize for the lighting - I took this late and so not the greatest picture.  But I hope you can see how lovely it is.  The colors are Always Artichoke, Summer Starfruit and Not Quite Navy.   It uses the "So Sorry" and the "Field Flowers" sets. 
Hope you like it ~Maureen

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Downline Project

Heidi provided our downline project at this month's meeting.  She had us each make one of the adorable cards from the SAB Simply Sent kit - just to show us how cute and easy they are - and so we each have a sample to show our customers.  Here is my card all done - all the products on the card are included in the kit.
 I love the great die cut look of the card, and  note the matching shape on the envelope flap. 
The only thing Heidi did -was instead of attaching our flowers flat she wanted to give them some dimension.  So using our embossing buddy we powdered the back of each layer of flower to remove the sticky - then curled up the petals and attached them together with glue dots.   Here's a close-up!
 Love it!!! Thank you Heidi!  You can see more of her work here ~Maureen

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Oval Punch Bow

At my downline meeting this past weekend I demonstrated how to make these cute little paper bows using oval punches.  I want to thank both Jill Olson and Kelly Acheson for their pictures and info on these on their blogs.
 You start by punching out four ovals using your oval punch.  The bow size varies by the size of the oval punch you use.
 Take one of your ovals and gently fold in half, keeping the curve of the bow and attaching with glue dots - do this twice.
 Here I attached those two pieces to a scrap piece of cardstock I'd punched for a base.
 Next take your other two ovals and cut a "V" out of one of the ends on each.
 Next attach those ovals with glue dots to the underside of each of the loops.  I then punched a little flower, added a gem and adhered in the middle of the bow to finish it off.  So cute and easy!!! ~Maureen

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Christmas Eve Traditions

This year we celebrated Christmas Eve at Jenee's home.  This is a tradition in our family to get together Christmas Eve - have yummy appetizers and desserts, open up our stocking stuffers and read the Christmas story.  Here is Jenee's tree!
Here's just one of the yummy appetizers - a cute cheese ball snowman with crackers that Jenee made - so cute!!!
 Jenee and her family -
Zamarah, Paisley, Jenee and Prince
 Heidi and her family  -
Aaron, Heidi, Kamili, Zavian and Makai
Our other Christmas Eve tradition is NEW PAJAMAS from Gramma and Papa -
 Here's the crew modeling them.
Kamili, Makai, Paisley, Prince, Zamarah and Zavian
Fun times with family - just can't beat them!!!  ~Maureen

Monday, January 7, 2013

Club Gift

Each year I send my Club members a little Christmas gift.  This year with being so sick they got out a little late - but I got them out :)  I made them each a little post it note hold with pen.  Here's the outside with a note I printed on MDS.  I got the little pens at a local party store. The punched out image is popped up on dimensionals.
Here's the inside - a 3x3" post-it pad. 
Our club doesn't meet in December so it seems like ages since I've seen them.  Our next club is Jan. 18 - see you all then :)   ~Maureen

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fun Projects From Shelli....

Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up! CEO, presented these projects on the morning TV show ~ "GOOD THINGS UTAH" ~ on Friday morning.These use products from the bundles SU is currently offering - see yesterday's post here for full details.
Shelli's Valentine projects
Aren't they cute? Simply adorable for co-workers, neighbors, kiddos.  You can see her presentation here ~ Good Things Utah   ~Maureen    

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Spread the LOVE!!

Don't miss out on these great little specials for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday!!
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Promotion Dates: January 3-21, 2013
PROMOTION #1 - During the My Little Valentine promotion, you can get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit (from the last Holiday catalog) FREE - a $7.95 value - when they purchase the new My Little Valentine Set (see images of set and free kit below).  This four-piece set was created exclusively for this promotion and will not be available again after January 21!
Stamp Set
These are little stamps, enlarged here so you can see them.  Each is approx 1/2″ tall x 1″ wide.  Bundle includes My Little Valentine set of 4 and free Simply Sent notes below.
Item # 132242 My Little Valentine   $9.95
Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit
 The patterned paper you see above folds to create an envelope. There are white cards with little prints, twine and card stock circle embellishments.
valentine single preorder
PROMOTION #2 - This single stamp is clear mount only, and fits the Full Heart Punch. About 2″ x 2″ in size. If you purchase this stamp, SU is giving you the 1″ x 8″ clear cello bags for treats!
Valentine Treat Bundle Item # 132771  - Bundle Price $5.95
Includes the Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (clear-mount) and a package of 1″ x 8″ cellophane bags - perfect for those Valentine treats.
Want to order :)  call or email me or order online at
See you all soon!!! ~Maureen

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

To all my family, friends and customers - Happy New Year!!!  May 2013 be full of God's richest blessings for you and yours!
I know I have been missing in action and I apologize - have been soooooo sick.  We've had the headcold/sore throat/no voice/ fever and just plain yuckiness virus run amuck through our family for over a month now - and I am hoping to leave it behind in 2012 :)  See you all soon ~Maureen