Saturday, October 31, 2020

Hopping Around the World Blog Hop October - Sympathy

Once again, so very happy to be hopping with this lovely group of stampers for the month of October as we share some beautiful Sympathy Cards with you.  Be sure to hop on through the links at the end for some wonderful inspiration.


For my card today I tried a new technique - the four from one center collage.  I started with a piece of Whisper White that was 10 1/2" x 8".  I drew a cross by putting a pencil line down the middle of the cardstock each way.  Then you stamp somewhat symmetrically out from the center and along the lines you drew.  I cut mine apart then on the lines and mounted on four bases getting this - 

I placed them back together somewhat so you could see how I did the stamping.  For these cards I used one of my favorite sets - Forever Ferns - 

#152559  $24.00

and several different colors.  Next I pulled out my Timeless Tulips set - 

#151534  $18.00
and stamped my sentiments - one for the front of the card that I punched and layered; and one for the center.  These sentiments are just so perfect for a card that shows heartfelt sympathy.

I also stamped on the envelope and inside - 

That left me three other cards that I can add sentiments to as I need them.  

This is such a fun, quick and easy way to have cards ready for any occasion.  Especially nice when I need a sympathy card - as those are really hard for me to make when needed.  I hope you will try  your hand at this and see what you can come up with.


Now be sure to "hop" on through the rest of the blogs on the list below to see all their great ideas.  Before moving on, be sure to leave me a comment at the bottom of this post - 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. Mo Rootes (UK) -
  5. Melanie Igelbrink (D) -
  6. Susan Simpson (UK) -
  7. Maureen Rauchfuss (USA) - YOU ARE HERE!
  8. Teresa Cameron (Australia) -
  9. Silke Trapani (Germany) -
  10. Veronika Karners (Austria) -
  11. Sue Allen (Australia)

If you do not have a current demonstrator and would like an annual or mini catalog - be sure to let me know.  To order any of Stampin' Up's products you can go directly to my online store and click on SHOP NOW.  Please use my current hostess code M6SY73UF before checking out to get full benefits from me as your demonstrator*   

*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.  

Friday, October 23, 2020

Oh what a WEEK! and fun Pumpkin Tag

For all of my followers - you may have seen my posts; or FB lives; or been part of my postponed events - but, I threw my back out bad a week ago.  I can move sometimes - but most of the time the pain is excruciating when I try to walk.  So mostly I rest and sit - heat - then ice - then heat, etc.  I thought I was on my way to getting better - but a couple hours ago - I was stopped in my tracks!  Yikes!! So will continue to take it easy for a bit.  


I wanted to post this cute little gift tag I made on my morning "Coffee and A Card" Facebook Live today.  I am not often a huge fan of punch art - but these pumpkins are so easy and cute - I just had to share.  It uses the In Good Taste DSP and the Gather Together Stamp set.  But mostly uses punches -

It's two layers - so you can write your name and message on the second piece without it showing.  I just think this would be so cute on a Fall Hostess gift - maybe hung around the neck of a bottle of wine - or tied onto a bag of treats!
For full details on this tag and a video on how I made it - you can check out my video - - be sure to leave a comment by midnight 10/24/2020 for a chance to win it.  See you all soon! ~Maureen

Don't forget to check out our Designer Series Paper sale - it ends on October 31, 2020 - and includes the "In Good Taste" paper we used on this project -

And don't forget to use my current hostess code - M6SY73UF -


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Paper Crafting Blog Hop - DSP Theme / Fall - October


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 this month - all spotlighting Fall and Designer Series Paper!


I told you last month how much I love Fall - the weather has  now turned really crisp - Fall with a hint of winter in the air at night.  But that is fine with me.  Stampin' Up! is having a sale and select group of the Designer Series papers are on sale.  So DSP is our focus along with Fall this month.  I chose to use one of the papers that is not on sale - but worth every penny - the Gilded Autumn DSP. 

I made a cute little tote using two pieces of 6x6" DSP along with a card to match - perfect to tuck in a little hostess gift for your Fall festivities.

Here is the inside of the card - I used the Love of Leaves stamp set and dies to create the leaves on this card - stamping first in Mango Melody and then sponging with Cajun Craze ink around the edges on the stamp; using a sponge or dauber, before actually putting the stamp to paper.  You get this lovely two-toned affect.

As I mentioned - I used the sheets of DSP to make this quick little tote - perfect for gift-giving; or even to fill with goodies and use as a place setting at a special Fall dinner.  I love the colors on this paper - as well as the hints of copper and gold.  You can watch the video on how I created this - HERE!


I hope you enjoyed my post and would love it if you'd leave me a comment. Now click on through to the rest of those hopping this month to see all of their wonderful creations! ~Maureen


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  *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; as your order without the code will qualify you to earn a minimum of 10% in hostess benefits.   


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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

First Monday Card Challenge! #2 - October 7 to October 25, 2020

Month two of my - FIRST MONDAY CHALLENGE.  But this one is coming out on Tuesday - sorry!  Life has been little hectic and I am always a day late and a dollar short recently.  But better times are ahead.  So ideally on the first Monday of each month you can check my blog (and my Crazy Stamping Lady! Facebook business page) for that month's challenge.  Then you will have till midnight three Sundays later to post your card challenge picture on the post in Facebook (in the comments of the current First Monday post) or you can email me your photo indicating it is for the First Monday Challenge that month -  On the next day after the deadline I will draw for a winner and that person will receive a fun current embellishment or dsp sampler from me.  So hoping many of you will join in the fun!

Here is your challenge this month - entries must be received by my no later than midnight on Sunday, October 25, 2020.  On Monday, October 26, 2020 I will draw for a winner from all the entries.  Use the LAYOUT indicated below to create a card of your choice.   Watch my FB Live video on Friday, October 9 at 9:30 AM (MST) if you'd like to see what I can come up with for this challenge.  Can't wait to see what you all create!! Have fun with this.
See you all soon!  ~Maureen