Thursday, November 28, 2013

Small Business Saturday -

This deal is extended through TODAY for small business Saturday!
Order at my website Click on SHOP in the upper right-hand corner and use the Hostess Code below, or email me directly by midnight Friday!

Everyone who orders through today
will receive a small thank you item from me!
 The first 5 orders of $75.00 or more will receive a grab bag of Stampin' Up! retired product (Minimum value $20.00)
**Plus for every $50.00 you place you will receive a set of Vintage Faceted Buttons FREE** 
and be entered into a drawing for $25.00 of FREE merchandise of your choice!
So don't delay...this special ends at midnight Saturday!
Don't forget to check out the great discounted deals you can get during our Holiday Sale - click below for the flyer of everything that's on sale.  You can see the full catalogs by clicking on the picture of them on my sidebar!
**this part of the special is ongoing until the 2nd of December
See you soon!! ~Maureen

Have a Blessed day!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hello Card

Well hello friend - isn't this card adorable to send out to a friend you haven't touched base with for a bit - the Cajun and Navy colors are such a great compliment to each other, making it the perfect card for a guy or a gal.  I love the old fashioned telephone image (not even sure if my grandkids would know it was - as really they only see cell phones :)  But I love it!

We also ran the Cajun layer through the lacy edge folder to add more to the nostalgic feel.  Hope you liked it too.  ~Maureen

Sunday, November 24, 2013


It is the time of year for Gratefulness - so I wanted to share this card with you.  We made it at my last cards came, and I made several extras to send off to my brothers and sister.  There is a quite a bit of detail to this card - the frayed end of the burlap ribbon, wood grain stamped and then the three layers offset on eachother.
Here's a close up where you can see the popped up acorn and layer, as well as the cutting around the wheat.
Just has a bit of a rustic feel that I love this time of year.  Just to let you know that I am grateful to all of you for being a part of my blog family.   ~Maureen

Friday, November 22, 2013


A couple weeks ago we had our final banner class - you can see the Halloween banner here and the Thanksgiving banner here and below is our Christmas JOYFUL banner.
Here's a closeup of the individual banner panels -
 And the anchor snowflakes at each end of the banner -
Below is the completed banner hanging on my fireplace - isn't it beautiful.  
Stop back soon to see more stamping goodies. ~Maureen

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Advanced Cards Class with Heidi

Recently I was able to go to Heidi's Stamp Camp and just STAMP!! How fun that was - I rarely just enjoy the time stamping without having to do the prep.  So this was great.  It was her Advanced Card class - so the cards had a bit more going on.  The first card was a shaker card -  and I loved it.  How fun would this be to get in the mail.

The second card was this ornament card made with the Festive Flurries set.  The ornament actually hangs in the open circle and pulls out to be hung on your tree.  Fun!!
To see more of Heidi's great stamping you can go to  ~Maureen

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy Halloween with My Cuties

Today I have a parade of my favorite kiddos in their Halloween costumes.  We had such a fun night as a family - trick or treating and having chili and other goodies.  ~Gramma
Paisley as the Mad Hatter
Our Ghostbuster Prince
Zamarah the Happy Bunny
Kamili our purrrrfect kitty!
50's gal Makai
Zavian -the Incredible Hulk
and our newest little monster - Kyan

Thursday, November 7, 2013

New Demonstrator Welcome

We had a great response to SU's last demonstrator and added 13 new demonstrators to the Crazy Stamping lady downline.  So last Saturday I hosted a welcome meeting for any of them that could come.  We ended up with 7 of us there and had a great time sharing ideas and asking questions.  Then we did a project that could easily be given as a hostess gift - this set of three quick and easy notecards.
We used a couple of great sets- Blooming Kindness for the Verses and Creative Elements or the flourish behind the butterflies, and our two butterfly punches - along with Concord and Island Indigo papers to create the cards, then packaged them in a cute little package using our Chevron gift bags.
 Here's the set completed and ready to give as a gift.
This set would be great made with any of our color groups - so you could vary it to the tastes of your hostess.  Just wanna give a shout out to my new gals - welcome to SU and the CSL's!  ~Maureen

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

H2O (Have 2 Own) Paper Crafting Kits

Heidi and I are launching our own monthly Stamping kits using all Stampin' Up! products - we're calling it H2O (Have 2 Own paper crafting kits to quench your creative thirst) , and it's time for our second month!   From all of the comments - it seems to be a hit - and guess what - we listened to what you want.  So already this month you can choose if you'd like your kits to be-
                                        1) ALL CARDS or
                                        2) a mixture of CARDS and 3D items.
You will receive the same choice as your previous month, unless you let us know by the 10th.*

Our kits will come directly from us and will use Stampin' Up! products - so the quality of the kits you get will be the every day SU! quality - and we know that has been an issue with the current kits.  So we think you'll love these new H2O kits.
Here's a picture of what you were able to make with the October kit.  So you can see - you won't want to miss the NOVEMBER deadline of the 10th to sign-up.  Click HERE for the order form.
Q: What is H2O?
A: It is a kit of Stampin' Up! products and materials - coming directly and exclusively from your demonstrators - Heidi King or Maureen Rauchfuss.
Q: When Will I Be Billed?
A: Your credit card will be charged as soon as kit is ordered - approximately the 11th* of each month. You will get an e-mail notifying you that your card has been charged.
Q: What comes in my H2O Kit?
A: It's a surprise each month—anticipation for the surprise is seriously half the fun!  You will get stamps; markers/spots or pads; kit materials and accessories. (You will need your own adhesives and scissors.)  You'll be given an opportunity to swap out a different product if you already own some of the products in the kit.  But you must take advantage of this swap option by the sign-up deadline each month.
Q: Is my subscription on auto renew?
A: Yes, your subscription is on auto renew and we are asking for a minimum three month commitment.  For example, if you sign up in November - we'll order you the November, December and January kits automatically.  After that you can cancel at any time. Simply notify us on or before the 10th* of the month in order to skip H2O for that month or to cancel completely.  Otherwise the kits will continue to be ordered until you tell us to stop.
Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my H2O for a specific month?
A: You need to sign up by the 10th of the month by 10 PM* in order to receive your H2O for that month. If you sign up after that ―no worries! You will get your first kit the following month.  (Order form attached)
Q: How do I complete my kit?
A: This month's kits will be available by the 20th* of the month for pick up at our homes. You can pick up any time after they are ready - and you will also receive a full-color PDF by email with pictures and tips by the 20th of the month, so you can complete your projects at home.  But, if you like, during our Open Crops each month we will also have the PDF's displayed as well as our samples at a table where you can complete your projects.  Cost for Open Crop time is $5.00 plus a snack to share - and besides doing your H2O projects - you can bring other projects you are working on to complete.  There will be an Open Crop each month on an evening at Heidi's and a weekend afternoon at Maureen's.
Swap out options For November's H2O kit -
The monthly kit is $25.00, and November's kit will include a single Holiday stamp (see attached picture) (value $5.95 and a white craft ink pad ($7.50).  You can swap out any of these products if you already own them for other items up to the value (but not over) of what I've indicated.  You need to let us know you are going to don this by the sign-up date for that month, and let us know which products you'd like in exchange.  But, remember, if you choose to do this, you will need these items to complete your projects, and you must bring them if you come to Open Crop to complete your projects.  Finally, this month's kit will require a clear "D" stamping block - if you do not own one you may wish to consider purchasing one, so that you can do more wonderful projects with your stamps.
Any questions  - please ask :)
ANNOUNCEMENT* - After evaluating our schedules we need to reset our timetables a bit.  The dates above apply to our November kit, but beginning with the December kit we'll need sign-ups by the 1st of the month at 10 PM; credit cards will be charged around the 1st or 2nd of the month, and kits will be ready by the end of the day on the 11th of each month.  So please plan accordingly!!! Thank you!

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Special Day with Kamili

Last weekend I had my Special Gramma Day with Kamili - I let her pick anywhere she wanted to have lunch and she chose Corner Bakery.  When I asked what she wanted for lunch - she said claim chowder and a healthy sandwich - so that's what we had.  She is such an amazing eater - and love healthy food so much - wish I was a little more like her that way - I was hoping for the PIZZA!!
After lunch we headed over to Paint a Dream and she picked a cute little pumpkin and kitty to paint.  Gramma held it while she put on three coats of paint, and then I added the kitty and mousey eyes.  The rest was all her.  here I am with my sweetie!!
 We had to wait a week - but this is how her creation turned out once we picked it up.  How cute is that.
We had such a nice time together - heading back to Gramma's and having ice cream for dessert and making yummy caramels (although I overcooked them a bit :( ). 
Looking forward to my next Gramma day with you!!!   Love you!  ~Gramma

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fall Hostess Gift

Our final project at Club this month is this cute little package of tealights.  We stamped the box randomly with leaves from Gently Falling and the spots from Gorgeous Grunge.  Then we also stamped the same images onto tissue paper.
To make the tealights match the box, we punched a small circle for the wick to come through, then a larger circle as big as the candle to lay on the tealight.  Then using our heat tool, we gently melted the tealight until the tissue paper melted onto it.
Then tied some Pumpkin Pie Chevron ribbon and added a "thank you".  Wouldn't this make an adorable gift to leave on the plate of each of your Thanksgiving guests?  I think so!  ~Maureen