Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Paper Crafting Blog Hop - Gift Packaging - December


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 Gift Packaging!


 I told you last month how much I love Fall - the weather has now turned really cool - and Winter is in the air.  Fireplace is lit at night - tree is up and stockings are hung.  Christmas is almost here.  So I chose to stick with a Christmas theme for my packaging.  This is a little gift money holder decorated to look like a gift.

I have eight grand kids and each Christmas we try and keep the gifts at about the same value - but it is nearly impossible.  When Christmas rolls around there are always one or two a little short - so they get cash to make up the difference.  This year I am making little money holders to present it in. The Real Red Cardstock is 8" x 9" scored along the 9" side at 3 1/4" and 6 1/2" to form a pocket that I cut at an angle and adhered with Tear and Tape.

Then added some DSP from the Trimming the Town papers to give it a festive touch before adding the cold hard cash lol!

I used the Gift Wrapped Stamp Set and the Gift Bow Builder punch to make a cute little belly band to hold the holder shut.  And a Real Red Blend; and a Shaded Spruce Stampin' Write Marker to color it.

There are several fun bow designs to pick from and color - then just punch it out with the punch and pop it up on a dimensional on top of the belly band.  What could be easier - and now all the kiddos will be happy!


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

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held
Annette McMillan
Sue Boerner
Martina Auer
Terri Stewart
Krissi Hannah
Julia Mazur
Maureen Rauchfuss - YOU ARE HERE*
Sandra Roberts
Sandy Ward 

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Retirement of Whisper White products from SU!

Stampin' Up! just announced the sudden retirement of Whisper White cardstock.  Unfortunately, the mill producing the cardstock has permanently closed due to the COVID crisis.  Whisper White is soon to be replaced with a new cardstock: Basic White.   In the meantime they will continue to sell the Whisper White products until stock is gone - but are limiting them to two per item per order.  Only while stock lasts.  We are all sorry for this inconvenience; but glad a suitable alternative has been found.  Here is a short video explaining the products affected and showing the comparison between Whisper White and our new Basic White offering.

So if you really want some of the Whisper White products listed here - I would suggest ordering as soon as possible.  You can let me know what you'd like and I will do my best to get it for you; or order directly online using my hostess code of GMG7A43R - at

These items are now available while supplies last with an order limit of 2 per item per order.

  • Whisper White 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)
  • Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)
  • Whisper White 3" x 3" (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock (100730)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Thick Cardstock (140272)
  • Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)

Our new Basic White products will become available to purchase as soon as we have them in stock. This means that some Whisper White and Basic White products may be available at the same time. Additionally, due to the nature of sourcing, some Basic White products may not be available before the Whisper White products sell out. Please know that we are working on getting these products available to you as fast as possible.

If you are placing an order - be sure to check out the Giant Year End Clearance of our retiring items from the Fall mini - and believe you me, it is about 90% of that catalog that is retiring.  So if you have favorites you've not yet purchased - now is the time.  Plus there are a bunch of new items in the Clearance rack, so be sure to check that also.

Finally - need a last minute gift - I am currently completing gift certificate orders.  You can order in any denomination you like and they come in a beautiful presentation folder and decorated envelope - perfect and ready to give.  It's a thoughtful gift for a crafty friend - or even better - let your loved ones know you would like one for Christmas and have them contact me.

Hope you are all having a great month - thank you all for your continued support!  ~Maureen

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Step it up With Beautiful Autumn

A while back I did a FB Live video showing some step it up cards using the Beautiful Gilded Autumn set and the Autumn Punch Pack from the 2020 August - December Mini Catalog.  It was so fun and had a great response - so I thought I would post the video and the cards here. Especially since the Autumn Punch Pack is currently discounted 30% and is a MUST HAVE!!

The first note card I made was super simple - just a sentiment and a spattering of the little leaves that were punched out of several colors of card stock - even some shiny gold.
Here's the next card - to step it up, I just added a layer of Mossy Meadow and put this onto an A2 card base.  Added a bow and some gems - and there you go - beautiful.

The final stepped-up version took it to a new level by running the Very Vanilla layer through the emboss machine; punching out the sentiment and adding a layer behind it, and scattering some additional leaves punched from DSP.

I love all three versions - and was fun showing how added elements can change the look of the card.  But me - I'm a clean and simple gal - I like number one best.  How about you? Leave a comment and let me know.


Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed these projects - to order anything from my Stampin' Up! store please visit my website - - and click SHOP NOW.  And please be sure to use my current hostess code - GMG7A43R - through 1/4/2021.  You can always find my current code at the top of this blog under the SHOP NOW tab -  ~Maureen


Monday, December 7, 2020

December First Monday Challenge runs 12/7 - 12/27/2020


My Challenge to you this month is to make a card - using the sketch below -

Post you entry on my Facebook Business page HERE under the post with the picture above indicating it is this challenge -  no later than December 27, 2020.  Or you can email me your picture at if you are not on facebook.  I will draw after the deadline for a fun prize!  Come join us - challenge yourself - have some fun and inspire others!

Watch for my take on this challenge in a Facebook Live video this week.  ~Maureen