Saturday, March 30, 2013

Club Hostess Gift

Today I wanted to share the hostess white board I made for my March Club Hostess.  If you've been following my blog you've seen these each month - but each month's is decorated differently.  This month I decorated with a couple new paper flowers that I hadn't tried before and I really like them.
Here is a close up of them. Pretty huh??
Hope Jackie liked it - she was a great hostess.  See you soon.  ~Maureen

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Amazing Starter Kit deal extended to 3/31/13

In order to reach our global goal of 7000 new demonstrators (we only need 120 more as of today), Stampin' Up! has extended the Sale-A-Bration Starter Kit offer through March 31 (you'll get $156 in SU products of your choice for just $99 and shipping is FREE). 
That's a 25% product bonus! 
You choose ANY available Stampin' Up! products you want in your kit (any current catalog products, clearance items, specially priced bundles) and there's no obligation or sell or purchase anything further!  You'll get all of the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator including being a part of my team of Crazy Stamping Ladies - full details here!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Fabric Frenzy - Don't Miss it!!

Fabric Frenzy

Dates: March 25 - 31, 2013
Jump into Our Spring Fabric Frenzy! Today's the day! For one week only, all of our beautiful Designer Fabric is 50 percent off!
Retail Price
Sale Price
Essentials Designer Fabric
$      29.95
$    14.98
Floral District Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Comfort Café Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Summer Smooches Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Twitterpated Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Timeless Portrait Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Beau Chateau Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Spice Cake Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Flirtatious Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
Tea for Two Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
More Amore Fabric
$        9.95
$      4.98
*2013 Spring Catalog
Need ideas for using fabric? Click below to watch a video with fun ideas.

The Fine Print
  • Discounted fabric is available on all order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop order, and online orders).
  • No minimum purchase required to receive the discount.
  • All items are limited quantity at the discounted price and the discount will be removed once the limit is reached. So shop early!
  • Promotion deadline:
    • OEX or online: Sunday, March 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

St Patty's Bears

Just a quick post today to share a great idea I found on (where else?) PINTEREST.  How cute is this - they shared using those window clings on your pitchers as a cute decoration.
So on St. Patty's I put these little guys on my coffee thermos carafe and ice tea pitcher and I love how they look.  Now I've got to find some for Easter :)  Hope you thought it was a cute idea too.  ~Maureen

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Celebrating Prince!!

Last weekend we celebrated my grandson Prince's 8th birthday - I just can't believe how the time flies by.  Here is my gift for him all wrapped up - LEGOS!!
 And here is the Ninjago Lego card I made for him - he loved it!!
Here he is with our gift (note the gift card) - and he spent it on????? You guessed it - more LEGOS!
Cake time - the birthday boy blows out his candles, with cousin Kamili at his side.
Here's Prince with his sister's Paisley and Zamarah - at the end of a fun day.
Thank Prince for a great party - we love you so much!!  ~Gramma

Friday, March 22, 2013

A gift of Stampin' FUN!!

Just wanted to share this cute packaging I made for a recent gift certificate purchase.  Gift certificates are a great way to introduce friends to the FUN art of Stamping!!  Order yours and I'll make you a cute envelope to at no extra charge.
Here's the envelope closed with the belly band on it.
Here it is open - ready to spend :)
 Stop by soon for more fun stamping ideas!!  ~Maureen

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Flower "Card"

Today I'm sharing the last card we did at our Cards Stamp Camp this month - this card uses one of Stampin' Up's Great bundles - "Secret Garden" which comes with the stamp set and the framelits.  It makes it so easy and fast to create a beautiful card like this one. 
The "Thank you" is stamped at the upper right corner tone on tone.  It shows much better in real life, but my flash seemed to wash it out.  Hope you liked this card.  Stop back soon for more stamping ideas.  ~Maureen

Monday, March 18, 2013

Joyful Moments

Last Tuesday at my Cards Stamp Camp this is one of the cards my gals made.  Usually we make two of each card, but for this choice they made these two (one girl,  one boy).  I love these cards and this set.  Those little hand and footprints just bring a smile to my face.  Hope you like them. ~Maureen

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lucky Me!!

Hi all - well - as I've told you before I'm a bit Irish - my maiden name was O'Reilly.  So I love St. Patty's day!!  As we speak there is corned beef and cabbage cooking in Guinness in the crock pot for dinner.  So today I wanted to share a St. Patty's card we made at my last cards Stamp Camp.  It uses the single stamp from SU! "Lucky You".  When I mounted mine, I cut it apart, so I could mount the shamrock separate from the Lucky - just to make it easier to stamp them alone.
The colors are Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Old Olive.  The middle shamrock is punched out, mounted on the scallop and popped up on dimensionalsThe we added a few gems and LUCKY!!  I have seven brothers and one sister - and had the best intentions of making these and getting them stamped and out to all of them by today - but guess what - that did  not happen :)  So I sent them a picture of the card in an email :)  Oh well - maybe next year.  So for St. Patty's here is my Irish wish to all of you!
The luck of the Irish to ya!! See ya soon!! ~Maureen

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cupcake Time

Here are the cute cupcakes Makai had at her birthday.  I don't know if you can tell or not, but in keeping with the LaLaLoopsy theme, there is a chocolate button on the top of each cupcake. 
 Here's the happy birthday girl.
 Blowing out her candles.
 Here she is with her gift and card from Gramma and Papa!
Stop back to see the cute crafts they made!  ~Maureen

Thursday, March 14, 2013

LaLaLoopsy FUN!!

Just wanted to share some more of the great decorations and food Heidi had for Makai's Party.  You can tell Heidi does this stuff often - need a  party planner - let me know and I'll put you in touch.
Beverages and straws
Candy Buffet
Food buffet with LaLa's
Big picture
Goodie bag
Goodies for kids to take home.
Thanks for stopping by!! ~Maureen

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Downline Challenge Cards

AT my last downline meeting I challenged the CSL's to make their best card using our Sale-a-bration sets.  Here are two of the entries.  We had two more, but they asked that I not publish at this time do to other possible contest entries.  Good luck ladies!!
Diane's Card
Kathy B's CardS
 Thank you to those of you who played along.  ~Maureen

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Downline Demonstration

A Big THANK YOU to Kathy B for demonstrating some fun ideas at last week's Downline meeting.  She stepped in at the last minute to help me out - and it was soooo appreciated.  First she demoed some great punch art for St. Patty's Day.
Here's a close-up of what she used to put her images together, so you can try them too.
Next she demoed color blocking with direct to paper technique.  She used post-it notes to block off parts of the cardstock.
Then using stamp pads she applied ink directly to the card, leaving a beautiful background palet to stamp on.
After completing the colors she wanted she stamped images in black to pop.  Look how pretty!!
Thanks again Kathy for your willingness to share with our group!! ~Maureen

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Collage - bookmark

Here's the beautiful bookmark we made at Club using last month's technique - collage.  This project used one of my favorite Stampin' Up! nature sets "Nature Walk."  We softened the look by using lighter colors - Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery and Perfect PlumThe bird is stamped, colored, cut out and popped up on dimensionals.  Added a lace trim ruffled along the bottom and a tassle at the top.
This bookmark (the perfect size to tuck into a card) would also make a lovely gift tag on a gifr for a special friend.  Thanks for stopping by.  ~Maureen

Saturday, March 9, 2013

LaLaLoopsie Party

Today is Makai's LaLaLoopsie Party for her 5th Birthday - here are the absolutely adorable invitations my daughter Heidi made for the party - they are a combo of punches and free-hand cutting.  LOVE THEM!!  You can see more of her work at her link to the lower right of my blog - click on Stampin' King.
So in sticking with the "PINK" theme :)  I created this cute little birthday card.  It uses one of our SAB sets and the imbedded emboss technique.
 Here's the close of up the popped up scallop and the card detail.  The image was done with the direct to stamp technique using markers.
 For the inside I wanted to try out our new photo-polymer set from SU. These stamps are amazing as they stick like magic and make great images.  But - it was difficult with all the little letters (not difficult - tedious), as I had to take each one off and on and as I used them.  But it is a fun set to personalize with, and very inexpensive - see my post from yesterday.
So Makai wanted a Target gift card, but I really couldn't just hand her that, so I wrapped up a cute little "Hello Kitty" book and added some fun ribbon - note the "XOXO" on the envelope.  Hope she likes it.
I'll post pictures of her party soon.  
Today is also my daughter, Jenee's Birthday!! Happy birthday Hon - we love you.

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen

Friday, March 8, 2013

Photopolymer - what the heck :)

New Photopolymer by Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! is excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps!  The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers.  Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other!  Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • They use FDA, food-safe material. How far can you stretch your stamping creativity? 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set
Item 132956, Price: $13.95

Use this exclusive photopolymer alphabet set (with extras!) for titles or embellishments on scrapbook pages, cards, or any type of project. We recommend clear block sizes A, B, G, F, and I (not included in the set).  NOTE: this set can go away at any time - so if you want it - ORDER NOW!!  Let me know if you're interested.
The Fine Print

  • Photopolymer stamps will be offered on a trial basis. Based on popularity, we hope to release more photopolymer stamp sets over the coming months. At this time we don't plan on offering a line of photopolymer sets as expansive as our wood-mount and clear-mount lines.
  • Available beginning March 1, 2013. 
  • Not available in wood-mount or clear-mount.  
  • All photopolymer will be packaged in cello bag w/insert, but don't forget you can store them in our clear cases.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Collage Stamping

This month's technique for club was "Collage Stamping"  I love this beautiful and fast technique.  Here is the recipe card and the sample we made using "The Open Sea" stamp set.  A perfect set (and technique) for masculine cards. 
I'm currently restructuring my club for the new year and will be putting out the information soon. Hope you can plan to join us - either at club or by joining my new virtual club.  Stop back often so you don't miss the information!! ~Maureen

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Club Hostess Gift

Hi All - thanks for stopping by.  Today I wanted to share the dry-erase board I made for my February Club Hostess - Ginny.  It's a frame from a local store - I added paper and DSP inside the frame.  Then added a pretty bow and a matching butterfly to the outside.  Included the blue expo pen -and voila!!  a beautiful hostess gift. 
Hope she liked it!  Thanks again Ginny for a terrific party!!! See you soon.  ~Maureen

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Zamarah turns "3"

So last month we celebrated my youngest grand-daughter's (Zamarah) 3rd birthday.  I can hardly believe she is 3.  For several months now she's been obsessed with Mermaid's - that is the theme Jenee went with for her birthday.  Here's my sweet birthday girl before the festivities began.
Jenee had little underwater displays for decorations - the vases contained beta and gold fish - and all the beautiful blue tones of under the sea.
 Here's Zam soaking in the "Happy Birthday" wishes.
Blowing out her candle -
The cupcakes were decorated with the characters from the "Little Mermaid" and the flavors were pink lemonade and lime - delish!
Here Zamarah is with her brother Prince and sister Paisley getting ready for craft time.
Fun day of celebrating a fun little girl.  Happy Birthday Zamarah - we LOVE you!!  ~Maureen