Saturday, February 29, 2020

Hopping Around the World Blog Hop - Easter Theme!

Once again, so very happy to be hopping with this lovely group of stampers for the month of February as we share Easter inspiration for you.  I decided on sharing this adorable little treat pouch.  Easy, fast and oh so cute!
    It uses the standard diaper fold for the treat holder.  You start with a 6x6" piece of paper - in this case i am using the little flower/rainbow print from a sheet in the Pleased as Punch limited edition coordination product line from Stampin' Up!
 You are going to lay the piece in front of you like a diamond, and then fold the bottom peak up to meet the top peak.  (I am using the piece I had previously folded so please ignore the extra creases).
Next you'll take the bottom right corner and bring it across to the approximate middle of the opposite side of the triangle.
  Then you will take the lower left corner, and fold it directly across the other way.
 Then you will take the top peak of the front piece of the paper only, and fold it down.  This forms a little pocket, and keeps it all together without any adhesives at all.
 After that I stamped and colored the bunny from the Welcome Easter set in the current mini catalog - 
I stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with my blends and fussy cut him (nope, no framelits for this little guy).
 I then stamped the Happy Easter sentiment on a strip of Whisper White, attached the bunny to the top of it with a glue dot, and added 3 dimensionals to the back.
 Last stamp - I just adhered it to the front of my little pouch - how cute and simple is that.  You can get four pouches out of one 12x12" piece of DSP - so that makes it very cost effective also.
 Add a few treats of your choice and you are ready to be the hit of the Easter festivities.
 Hope you enjoyed my project - now be sure to "hop" on through the rest of the blogs on the list to see all their great ideas.  Before moving on, be sure to leave a comment - they make my day!  
A little bit crazy and always stampin' ~ Maureen

  1. Claudia Christensen (D)
  2. Rebecca-Jo Unwin (Australia)
  3. Rachel Macleod (UK)
  4. Jennifer Downey (USA)
  5. Mo Rootes (UK)
  6. Sandra Herzog (AT)
  7. Margriet Siekman (NL)
  8. Melanie Igelbrink (D)
  9. Maï Chapelain (France)
  10. Susan Simpson (UK)
  11. Maureen Rauchfuss (USA) - YOU ARE HERE :)
  12. Pamela Poli (FR)

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Thank you! ~Maureen
*NOTE: If your personal order is not part of a current party and you are ordering over $150 in merchandise - please do not use this code.  Your order without the code will qualify you to earn a minimum of 10% in hostess benefits.      

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Paper Toile

So today I'm sharing some instructions - and samples of the Paper Toile technique.  It is really, simply layering different layers of your image glue dots or dimensionals to give it more dimension.  Here is the instructions sheet from one of my clubs.
You can see in the photo below, how we layered the balloon -
Here is a card made with the same technique - It was done using the large Magnolia flower image and stamping it several times and cutting out different layers.
You can see those layers below and some of the water coloring as we start to put it together.
With this flower we used the bone folder as well as the dimensionals - so we could curve the leaves and petals up and make the flower look like it was coming up off the paper.
And here it is again from the side view.
I hope you liked this technique and will leave me a comment letting me know what you think.  ~Maureen 
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.  And remember - it's Sale-a-bration - so a $50 purchase will earn you a free product from the SAB brochure.  Thank you! 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

SF 2020-February Favorites Bash Blog Hop

 It's a Favorites Bash month - so be sure to hop on through to all of the blogs on the list.  Check out the favorite sets and embellishments of our hoppers!
SO - this month - it's all about the Poppies for me!
When I saw the Peaceful Poppies Suite and bundles in the Jan - June Mini catalog - well - I was a goner!  It was love at first sight.  I purchased first one of the bundles - then the other - and let me tell you, they have been well loved by this lady.  Here is an explosion box I made with the DSP as a gift for one of my hostesses. 
 Here you can see the top - I used the SAB flower punch to punch DSP and make tiny flowers for the top of the box.
 And below you can see it opened up.  It is a perfect fit for this beautiful candle.  Or any other little gift you'd like to put into it.  This DSP is so lovely - it totally stands on it's own.
 And here is a beautiful card made with more of the products from the Suite.  The background is sponged with stencils, the DSP layered and a couple of the die cut beautiful flowers and leaves to finish it off.
 The flowers and leaf layers were put together mostly with just glue dots in the middle to allow some bounce and dimension on those edges.
 Here you can see how I also stenciled a corner of the envelope -
 As well as the inside of the card -
 The sentiments are from the Peaceful Moments set, that is also part of the Suite - and I simply love them. It has beautiful coordinating sentiments for the outside and inside of your card.  And the font is wonderful -  you can't go wrong!


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 "favorites bash" theme.  See you soon with more ideas!  ~Maureen
FEBRUARY 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. Rachael Rife
  2. Jo Blackman (UK)
  3. Teri Pocock
  4. Jean Bolen Beaulieu
  5. Stephanie Jandrow
  6. Katja Ettig
  7. Tiziana Milano
  8. Kim Quade (US)
  9. Kim Lamos
  10. Anne Marie Hile
  11. Cheryl Taylor (UK)
  12. Heidi Collins
  13. Barbara Welch
  14. Maureen Rauchfuss - YOU ARE HERE
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.  And remember - it's Sale-a-bration - so a $50 purchase will earn you a free product from the SAB brochure.  Thank you! 
Some of the products used - 
Peaceful Moments Bundle #153824 $52.00
Peaceful Poppies DSP #151324 $11.50

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Paper Crafting Monthly Blog Hop - February 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!
  Our theme this month is Sale-a-bration. So I chose to use our Golden Honey Specialty DSP!
This paper is soooo rich and beautiful - the designs are in black, white and metallic gold - one side features more busy designs with bees and honeycombs, etc. while the other is more reserved and elegant.  This gives you almost unlimited options!  Plus it coordinates beautifully with the Honey Bee bundle on page 30 of the Jan - June 2020 mini catalog.
So I combined the products to make this adorable "Sweet Friend" card -
And here is the inside - all ready for me to write a note!
I also used a very similar layout to create New Year's gifts for my Team and Club members.
But in this case - I turned them into an easel calendar display for a desk.
I love easel cards in general - but when you can combine them with a calendar and make them a practical gift - well, why not!
You can see on the above samples that I used several different designs of the DSP on my projects - and they all look wonderful!  I have definitely stocked up on this DSP - don't think I can get enough of it.  Hope you enjoyed it too.  Not click below to hop on to the next blog in the line-up. And if possible - leave me a comment I would love to know what you think of the BEES!  ~Maureen 
Here is list of participating demonstrators in case you get off the trail -

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 - DHPSB9GB.  *Don't forget that it's Sale-a-bration and you can get FREE merchandise with $50 and $100 orders.  If you purchased the Bee Bundle; and some snail and dimensionals - you'd be over $50 and you could get the DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalog FREE! 
If you don't already have a demonstrator, and would like a catalog - let me know - you can email me at
 Thank you!