Thursday, April 28, 2016

Final Shoebox Swap Cards

Sharing the final Shoebox Swap Cards that I made.  For some reason the one I made of Virginia's is LOST :(  Don't know how that happened - I'll keep looking and hope to find soon - and when I do, I will post it!  But for today - we have Heidi's card which I LOVED - so simple, yet so great for birthdays - and the colors are fantastic!

Then Karen's card - she cased a card right off the front cover of the current occasions catalog - adding a few changes.  But it is also such a fun, happy birthday card -

Finally my card - which is also basically a CASE.  But using almost the same color combo as Karen's above.  With me sending cards nearly every day - each of these will be great to use for upcoming birthdays.  Do you want a card from me?  Email me your date of birth and address and you've got it!

Hope you enjoyed the cards.  Shoebox swaps can be some much fun and you come home with a bunch of cute cards.  Love it!  See you all soon!  ~Maureen

Monday, April 25, 2016

Personal Post Monday!

When we were in California recently I had time to sneak in a Gramma Day with our precious Miss Makai.  Papa wanted to tag along, and Makai wanted him along - so it became a Gramma/Papa day!  We took her to Paint a Dream to do some painting -
Here she is having fun painting her creation -she always has a ready smile -
Sometimes it takes awhile to get all the "creativity" done, so Papa decided to get a little catnap while waiting. 
All done painting - now it will be glazed and fired - and she can pick it up in about a week.
Here's a picture of the three of us - so wonderful being a Gramma!
Then it was off to dinner with her at Red Robin restaurant - she had chicken strips and fries -
And a yummy rootbeer float!!  Just look at that happy face -
Had such a wonderful time - on the way home we stopped and picked up a half gallon of Cookies and Cream Ice cream to share with the rest of  her family.  So glad we were able to get this time in with her.  Love you baby girl!  ~Maureen

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Morning Musings - Shoebox Swapping with my TEAM!

So much going on in my life - but I LOVE getting some time to just sit and have some fresh coffee out of a beautiful mug - and relax with stamping and creating.  I get such peace and enjoyment from this hobby and business of mine.  Thank God everyday for this blessing.
So we ended our last Team meeting as we always do - with a Shoebox Swap - and it was fun, as always!  Here are Annette and Paula checking out some card samples.
Below is Annette's card for the Shoebox Swap -note the wink of Stella glimmer on the fern -
Here is Paula's Card -Cannot believe this stamp set is being retired - if you love BUGS, then be sure to order this one before it is gone for good!
And the final card I'm sharing today is Teri's swap card - this was her first swap with our group - and she incorporated another hobby of hers (photography) into her creation.  Sorry for a bit of glare on the photo.
 Great cards ladies - had so much fun creating with you.  I have a few more to share soon from this event!  Our next TEAM meeting is in July,and then I'm looking at a special TEAM event for this fall and hoping it all falls into place.  See you soon! ~Maureen

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Some more of Karen's Cards...

Today I'm sharing the rest of the Cards that Karen from my Team shared at our last downline meeting.  Thank you again for your creativity Karen - Love them!!!

See y'all soon!! ~Maureen

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

So Much to Share -

There is a lot going on - so trying to put it all in one place -
1)  RETIRING PRODUCTS - SALE (UP TO 50% OFF).  Get them NOW before they are GONE!  View what is retiring below - using the links provided:

2) WHO WANTS a NEW Stampin' Up! Catalog for 2016-17???? It's time for me to select who I will have the NEW catalog sent out to!!! Do you want one? They'll be available in May and I want to be sure I have enough.  Here's who will automatically get one:
  • All 2016 Stamp Club Members
  • Those who attend my Open House in May
  • First time attendees to my classes
  • Those who have placed an order of $25 or more with me in the last six months
There's still time to place an order and get on my mailing list for one.  If you don't qualify for any of the above categories - and you'd like a new catalog - pop me an email at  I will send you a new catalog or if you're local you can pick one up, as long as you make a commitment to place a $25 or more order within 30 days. Our catalogs are AMAZING - and you'll want to have one...because THEY ARE REALLY AMAZING!!!! Deal? DEAL!

3) Mother's Day is May 8th! We off tons of creative gifts for Mom - Order NOW to get in time!  As always - each $25 in merchandise orders gets you an entry in my monthly drawing for FREE classes or merchandise.  Next drawing in May 1, 2016 and you'll be notified if you are a winner.

4)  Meetup Group and Facebook - I've started a new CREATIVE meetup group in the Prescott area - if you are near by, please consider joining so you get updates on all of my upcoming events -  Also - feel free to "LIKE" my Facebook business  page at for even more updates

5) Lots of Stamping going on!!  Below is a list of my upcoming events - come join the FUN!!

Yard Sale at My HOME!!!
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday April 24
 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
See address and contact information below.
Lots of stuff for sale including a bunch of craft items. 
Stop by to see what just might be calling your name :)
Crazy Stamping Lady’s Coffee and Cards!!* 
Starbucks table area of the Chino Valley Safeway Store****
 Tuesday, April 26, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Cost: $20 to make four beautiful handcrafted greeting cards and envelopes.**
Two each of two different designs and sentiments.  
Or get this class FREE with an $50 merchandise order (pre S&H and tax) at the event. 
  Price includes your choice of beverage from Starbucks up to a $5.00 value; and all materials prepped and ready to complete your cards. 
Plus a little treat and a doorprize drawing.  No additional purchase necessary.
Grab a friend and let's get our creative groove on!
  Limit 8 due to space limitation in conference room.  Must RSVP by noon Wednesday, April 25th to hold your spot, I will always confirm your place in the class. 
Class must be ½ full to avoid cancellation.
Crazy Stamping Lady’s Project Life Scrapbooking event!!* 
Starbucks Conference Room -  1861 E State Route 69 Prescott****
Saturday, April 30, 2016  1:00-4:00 PM
NOTE: this event has changed slightly from the original post.
Cost: $25 for materials to create 4 - 6x8" Project Life Scrapbook pages at the event (it is two page holders - by completing both sides you will have four pages.  You'll have an assortment of items available to complete your pages and I will be there to help you! 
I'm offering Free Shipping and handling on any Project Life merchandise orders at this event - that's a 10% savings on your order.**
Price includes your choice of beverage from Starbucks up to a $5.00 value; tons of Project Life materials ready for you to use to complete your scrapbook pages. 
NOTE:  You must bring an assortment of related pictures (10-20)  with you, so this project will become your own!  
Plus a little treat and a doorprize drawing.  No additional purchase necessary.
   Limit 8 due to space limitation in conference room.  Must RSVP by Noon on Friday, April 22 to hold your spot, and I will always confirm your place in the class. 
Class must be ½ full to avoid cancellation – please read cancellation policy below . 
It's time to start scrapbooking your memories and Project Life helps take all the fuss out of memory keeping!!
Planning - Early May dates and times -
Monday, May 2, 1-3 pm, Starbucks Hwy 69 - Christmas cards class
Tuesday, May 3, 10am - Noon, JoAnn's - Cards class
Monday, May 9, 1-3PM, JoAnn's - Cards class
Saturday, May 14, 1-4pm, Starbucks Hwy 69 - Tin of Cards class
Tuesday, May 17, 1-3PM, Starbucks Hwy 69 - Stamping 101 Class
Mark your calendars and be sure to RSVP!

*Stamp Camp/Class/Club Cancellation Policies - PLEASE READ TILL END OF POLICY!! If you cancel your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of the event there will be no cost to you. If you cancel within that 48 hours I will try and place someone from the waiting and if that works there will be no charge to you; otherwise you will be responsible for the class fee (If a stamp camp - you will receive the material packet with pictures of the finished projects  (by email or on my blog) to make your projects.  Stamping may not be done for you, so you may need to adjust the project slightly using what stamps you have available. Or you can choose to purchase the purchase requirement for the event in merchandise from Maureen.)   If no purchase requirement is listed for the specific event, you must purchase 2 1/2 times the cost of the class/stamp camp/event or pay for the event. If event is cancelled by me - full refund will be given of any pre-payment. All events must be half-full to avoid possible cancellation. Check your emails before coming  for confirmation and to be sure events have not been cancelled.
**Products: Expired products may be used for these events - discuss with your demonstrator if you'd like suggestions on current product substitutions.  Must be 16 years or older to attend this event, unless other accommodations have been prearranged.
***Cards for a Cause: All profits will be donated to the charity designated for the event.  A minimum of $5 of the entry fee and $1 per card made plus 20% of any purchases made at the event will be donated.  More if expenses are less for the day.  There will also be a chance drawing basket where you can donate for tickets $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 - 100% of this money goes to the charity.  Contact me if you have a charity you'd like have an event for.
****Events at Starbucks: Please check in with me in the conference room, pay for event, and pick up the Starbucks card I have, to go purchase your beverage of choice.
*****Current Referral Program: Refer someone who purchases or attends a class, that is not currently a customer or on my email list - and you'll receive a $5.00 credit toward a purchase of merchandise or your class fee. 
Maureen Rauchfuss ~ the Crazy Stamping Lady
Phone: 805/404-8183  ~  2440 W Twinoaks Dr, Prescott, AZ  86305

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

TIPsy Tuesday #1

NEW FEATURE ALERT - Customers (and Downline) are always asking for practical tips for their stamping - so on a regular basis I plan to off TIPs on Tuesdays and then will also store links to the posts in a special document you can find at the top of my blog labeled TIPsy Tuesday!  

So - here is Tip #1 - Mass producing layers.  I've found when I am putting together a bunch of one type of card, that it works best to complete all the components as much as possible, and then set them up in assembly line format and put them together.  This week I am working on a bunch of cards for my downline to celebrate them - and I needed a bunch of sayings punched and ready to go.
Step 1) I cut a strip of cardstock the width I would need to stamp and punch; then stamped my verses (make sure to leave enough spacing to punch them out).  
Step 2) Punch each of the items out.
Step 3) Add the dimensionals to the back of each punched circle, leaving the one layer of covering on them so they don't accidentally stick to something.
Step 4) Remove the backing from the adhesive and add to your project.  Stop back later this week to see what I did with these!

Please let me know if there are specific things you'd like to see tips on - and stop back next Tuesday for another TIP!  ~Maureen

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Morning Musings! April 17, 2016

My how times flies - I cannot believe it's been over a week since I blogged.  I promise I will try to do better.  My goal is always every other day - and sometimes I'm great and blog every day - and others - well this past week was an example of that.  In my defense the last week or so was filled with -
*a trip to Cambria CA for some much needed R&R to celebrate Hubbies birthday
*a trip to Southern CA to see family and hold my TEAM meeting for my downline
*a special Gramma/Papa day with our sweet grand-daughter, Makai
*a lot of family time and energy spent trying to decide what is best for my 95 year old Mother-in-laws living situation
*new concrete work going in at our home - extending driveway, adding a backyard patio
*cortisone shots in my knee to relieve some pain of a recent knee twist
and much, much more - so busy was the word!  Below is a picture of two of my sweet team members, Karen and Virginia at our Shoebox swap!
Karen brought a bunch of beautiful card samples to share with the group - and I thought I would share some of them with all of you also - for some creative inspiration.  Thanks Karen - love them!! Stop back soon to see the cards we created at the Shoebox swap.
See you soon!!! Promise :)   ~Maureen

Friday, April 8, 2016


I love this little tea pot - awhile back I shared this card that I made for the coffee (and tea) lovers blog hop.  

I wanted to reproduce it for a cards class - but struggled with getting the little thin wavy line die cuts to stick without having glue show - even using the fine point glue.  Some of my ladies are brand new - and I wanted them to have success.  So I changed it up a bit - took the wavy lines off and added these three little flowers.  And you  know what - I like it even better. 
I really love this card - and hope everyone I send it to will like it also.  ~Maureen
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

March Christmas Card 2

So here's the second design we had for Christmas Cards in March.  This card uses the Wondrous Wreath set from our Annual catalog, as well as the Wonderful Wreath framelits.  And the window is made with the Hearth and Home thinlits dies from the Occasions catalog.  It just shouts out the warmth of Christmas to me with that glowing yellow window.
Framelits make it so easy to die cut the images and the card comes together in a snap.  Here's the window portion of the card as I was working on a  layout. 
For a bit of added glitz we heat embossed the berries in gold on the card, popped up the wreath on dimensionals and added the little candy do to the bow.  Hope you like it!! ~Maureen
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