Saturday, January 25, 2020

Hopping Around the World Blog Hop - Stamping Techniques!

I am so very happy to be hopping with this lovely group of stampers for the month of January as we share a favorite technique or two.   I decided to share Paper Piecing two different ways - as that is what I shared with my clubs this month.  The first way is fussy cutting the paper - close to the lines and then pasting it over the stamped image as shown here with the umbrella.  This has always been a fun technique for me - as I LOVE fussy cutting.

You can read the full description on the technique card below.
The second way was one I never tried before - but I found a very similar card on Pinterest and just loved the look.  It is using the Big Shot to die cut an image twice (once for the outline, and once for the inner pieces) and then paste each piece into the correct slot - for this amazing inlaid look -
I used the Water Lily dies from Sale-a-bration as they are so elegant.  The Happy Birthday is from another Sale-a-bration set - Happy Birthday to You!  After cutting out the inlaid pieces, I had this beautiful colored water lily frame left - so had to add it to the inside of my card - 
I hope you enjoyed this technique- but don't stop now - be sure to hop through our group to see all the beautiful projects made with favorite stamping techniques.  All you need to do is click on their link.  ~Maureen

  1. Claudiasecke (D) - Half-Cut Technique -
  2. Rachel Macleod (UK): Water Stamping -
  3. Mo Rootes (UK) - Masking and paper piecing -
  4. Sandra Herzog (AT) - Rock’n’Roll Technique
  5. Melanie Igelbrink (D) - Graffiti Technik
  6. Maï Chapelain (France) -
  7. Susan Simpson (UK) -Water COlour Backgrounds
  8. Maureen Rauchfuss (USA) - Paper Piecing 

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sunflowers - Not just for Fall

So SIP is where it all starts - Stamps, Ink and Paper!  
That is all I have going on for this card - and I really love it.   This is one of my favorite stamp sets - not only for fall - but all year round.  I super love Sunflowers and these come together so easily and have so much depth just by stamping a few times moving the layers just a tiny bit.  I made up about 20 of these in just an hour - assembly line style.
I'm always in need of cards for customers and thank you's and these are perfect.  I used the Stampin' Up! notecards as they are pre-cut, pre-scored, a bit smaller and have the envelopes with them - so making up a bunch is quick and easy.
Hope as they go out, they'll bring some sunshine to the recipient's day!  To order any of Stampin' Up's products you can go directly to my online store and click on SHOP NOW.  Please use the Hostess Code below to get full benefits from me - GA9BUQPT.  *Don't forget that it's Sale-a-bration and you can get FREE merchandise with $50 and $100 orders.  

If you purchased the Painted Harvest set above, you'd be nearly half-way to your $50 to get a Level 1 freebie from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  Add Notecards, Pads, and Blocks - and you're there.  Let me know if you have any questions.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

SF 2020-January Birthday Bash Blog Hop - Bonanza Buddies

It's a Birthday Bash month - so be sure to hop on through to all of the blogs on the list.  Who doesn't need birthday ideas - what a great way to start out the year!!
That is what I said when I saw this SUITE of products!  It was definitely love at first sight when I opened the new Stampin' Up! January-June 2020 Mini catalog and saw all these adorable colors and critters.
If you can look at these and not smile - well then - I don't know what to say.  I just break out in a huge grin.  I started out with the card below for a class a couple weeks ago - very simple and cute - and uses the Bonanza Buddies Bundle and pom-poms from the suite, as well as the sequins and twine you can get for free during Sale-a-bration.  How great is that!?!
The hat is attached to the bird with a glue dot, the bird is popped up on dimensionals, and I added the mini pom-pom with a mini glue dot.  Here's how I finished the inside of the card and the envelope.
Then this past weekend I hosted a thank you party for customers who helped me earn the Maui incentive trip - and I decided to use the paper and set again - just can't get enough of it.  This simple little note card came together very quickly with a couple punches.  The gift was fussy cut and popped up on a dimensional.
Finally I decided to make a sweet little treat holder to match - here are some of the products I used.
I'm making a sour cream container - or at least that is what I was told they were called.  I'm starting with a 6x6" piece of the Birthday Bonanza DSP and rolling it into a tube - I used extra sticky tape to secure it along the side.
Then you put the extra sticky tape in each end of the tube just inside and close one end; and then close the other end - one vertically - one horizontally.  Before closing the second end you can add shred, treats, gifts, etc.  This one is big enough to hold a gift card once you kind of flatten it.  You can change the size by adjusting the size of your original square of DSP.  Here it is from the top view as it would sit on the table.  Wouldn't these be great at table settings for a birthday party?
And here is a photo taken a little from the side so you can see what I mean about the ends.  It is supposedly called a sour cream container - because the shape is like the sour cream containers Wendy's used to give out with their chili - so easy, so cute, so fun!
What a cute little gift presentation this would be for a birthday gift!
Once again, thank you for stopping by my blog.   I hope you enjoyed these projects and got some inspiration for creating something wonderful of your own.  I would love it, if you would leave me a comment below and stop back soon.  Don't forget to click through on each name below to see even more amazing Posts with a "birthday bash" theme.  See you soon with more ideas!  ~Maureen
JANUARY SF Hoppers - check them all out by clicking on their links, for some more great ideas - and please leave comments if you can, to show appreciation for their work :)
  1. Rachel Rife
  2. Kim Lamos
  3. Teri Pocock
  4. Cheryl Taylor
  5. Jo Blackman
  6. Steph Jandrow
  7. Katja Ettig
  8. Lisa Ann Bernard
  9. Kim Quade
  10. Heidi Collins
  11. Maureen Rauchfuss - YOU ARE HERE!
  12. Jean Bolen Beaulieu
  13. Anne Marie Hile
  14. Barbara Welch
  15. Melissa Thomas
  16. Sue Vine
To order any of Stampin' Up's products you can go directly to my online store and click on SHOP NOW.  Please use the Hostess Code below to get full benefits from me.  Thank you!
Don't forget to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration - all the details are at my stampinup link above - but who doesn't like freebies, right? 
       Bonanza Buddies Bundle
                      #153815     Price: $38.50
Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper
                                 #151313     Price   $11.50
Order these two products above and you'll be able to earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration Level 1 item.  Let me know if you have any questions.  See you soon!  ~Maureen

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Paper Crafting Monthly Blog Hop - January 2020

Welcome to our Paper Crafting Blog Hop featuring talented Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe including the USA, United Kingdom and Australia are participating. We have a wide array of fun projects and design styles to share with you! You may have arrived from Sue McDonald’s blog. She had a fabulous project!
Our theme this month is based on the fact we are celebrating Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration. Projects can be made with any combo of products from the Annual catalog, the Mini catalog or the SAB catalog.* I chose to use the Best Dressed products for my project. Just look at these adorable mini-cards.
They come in a package of 24 cards and envelopes - 8 each of 3 different designs is a great gift giving 3x3" size.  And just look how cute these mini envelopes are.  So very feminine.  This is a very "girly" suite - and I am loving it!
The stamp set includes images of shoes, flowers, perfume, lipstick and more - but I stuck with the perfume for my project - as I think it looks great on all three colors.  I colored the perfume bottles with coordinating colors of our Blends alcohol markers; as they are a favorite coloring tool for me.  No shading on this project, just coloring.  Then I just popped them up on the mini cards to get these beauties!
You can see in the image above how the bottles are popped up on dimensionals.  That and a cute little sentiment are all you need.  Hope you enjoyed my projects - be sure to hop through the rest of the blogs - and if possible, please leave me a little comment.  See you soon!  ~Maureen

Here is list of participating demonstrators in case you get off the trail -
Shirley Merker
Tracy Held
Sue Boerner
Terri Stewart
Sandra Roberts
Sandy Ward
Sue McDonald
Maureen Rauchfuss - YOU ARE HERE
Annette McMillan
Krissi Hannahs

    To order any of Stampin' Up's products you can go directly to my online store and click on SHOP NOW.  Please use the Hostess Code below to get full benefits from me - GA9BUQPT.  *Don't forget that it's Sale-a-bration and you can get FREE merchandise with $50 and $100 orders.  If you purchased the Dress to Impress Bundle; and the Best Dressed gift cards/envelopes - you'd be over $50 and get a freebie from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  
Dressed To Impress Bundle (English)             #153832
Price: $47.50
Best Dressed 3" X 3" (7.6 X 7.6 Cm) Note Cards & Envelopes  # 151322
                                                           Price: $8.00
If you don't already have a demonstrator, and would like a catalog - let me know - you can email me at
 Thank you!