RemARKable Sale-a-bration Celebrations

Welcome to the February edition of the RemARKable Blog tour.  I hope you can BEAR what I have to share today – (groan)

Maui Stamper Bear Hugs Occasions 2016 Remarkable Blog Tour

 

I love these bears.  They’re round and they have whimsical faces and then there are those honkin’ claws.  Stampin’ Up! keeps it honest there.

Maui Stamper Bear Hugs Occasions 2016 Remarkable Blog Tour

The Bear Hugs stamp set has a matching set of framelits, but I didn’t have them available when I created these cards and chose to trim them out with my snips.  This guy is inked in Soft Suede, and then I used a damp Aquapainter to blur the color and add Blushing Bride highlights to his nose and ears.  The fish are sparkled with clear Wink of Stella, and they’re hanging from a linen thread rope.

Maui Stamper Bear Hugs Occasions 2016 Remarkable Blog Tour

I brought the whole Bear Family together for the second card – same color scheme, same Woodlands TIEF but a different scene altogether.  (Note that the Woodlands TIEF will be available in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog but is not currently available to order.)

I used the same technique for the ink on the trees, but I used a much lighter hand on the first card.  The daubers allow you a lot of flexibility that way, and these two cards really illustrate the difference.

Maui Stamper Bear Hugs Occasions 2016 Remarkable Blog Tour

I LOVE THESE FACES!!!

February 2016 RemARKable Blog Tour

Click on the image to see what Heather Mathieson has created for your crafting inspiration.  The tour links are listed below if you’re looking for a particular artist.  Thanks for visiting!

Nancy Amato 

Melissa Bolinger

Tamra Davis

 

 

Hello, my friend

I’m behaving now – this is a perfectly respectable hello.

Maui Stamper Apple of My Eye Hello

  • Stamps:  Apple of My Eye, Hello (2016 SAB), Timeless Textures
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
  • Accessories:  Paper Snips, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch

This is my kind of Clean and Simple – pretty clean and kinda simple.  I intended to put that lemon section on dimensionals, but I was distracted and stuck it right down onto the paper.  You could just as easily stamp it directly on the card front, but that’s not what I did.

Maui Stamper Apple of My Eye Hello

I like the subtle texture you get from the images being cut and attached.  If you look closely at the first photo, you’ll see there’s a Whisper White panel (4″ x 5 1/4″) attached to the Whisper White card front.  Again, it’s just a little thing but I like it.

I was at an event with Mr. Maui Stamper this weekend, and our table enjoyed an interesting conversation on the dual themes of “Happy Wife, Happy Life” and “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy”.  So if I want to put a Whisper White panel on to the Whisper White card front, I’m gonna do it.  It makes me happy.

Weekly Deals!

Tuesday is Deal Day and this week Stampin’ Up! is featuring one of my favorite Thinlits – the Mini Treat Bag:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals February 2-8 2016

Sale prices are only while supplies last – and don’t forget that every $50 you spend earns a free Sale-a-bration product!  Shop HERE.

 

 

It’s “Bearly” February

We’re kinda short on bears here on Maui…but I found one for February’s calendar:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Bear Hugs February 2016

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Bear Hugs February 2016

I love that face!  And I chose to fussy-cut the hat and the heart – I wanted them to be really tight to the edge.

Bear Hugs is available as wood mount or clear mount.  It’s also available in a bundle with coordinating framelits.  Shop HERE!

Visit Cheryl and Crystal to see what they have done for their February calendars.

 

This is not your Mother’s blog post

Buckle your seatbelts, my friends.  If you consider yourself easily shocked, you might want to visit another blog today.  There’s a story here…

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

I designed this card for my Hostess Club, because I really didn’t think the one I WANTED to make was appropriate.  For the record, here are the supplies:

  • Stamps:  Honeycomb Hello
  • Color Palette:  So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Botanical Gardens DSP, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Jewels, Iced Rhinestone Embellishments, Aquapainter

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

You have to be a little careful with this chick, because there’s attitude in that face.  And this is where the story begins.

I’m gonna let my BFF tell it – actually, she practically demanded that I let her write this post.

This card is not for the faint of heart.  Or for the Fragile Friends.

So… a bit of background.  Imagine.  Late night in a stampin’ garage dodging insects.  (And by late night, I mean, 9:00…cause my normal bedtime is 7:30… so we are talking LATE).  And a couple of stampers, who shall remain nameless to protect their identities, were perusing the new Occasions Catalog.  And at this time of night, delirium has set in.  Severe case of the funnies has set in.  We get to Honeycomb Hello.  Love the bird, the stamps, but decide how USEFUL an OH HELL sentiment could be.  And how we are apparently missing this sentiment from our stampin’ arsenal.  Well, don’t you love the markering stamp technique??  Allows you to put ink where you want and not where you don’t.  So…you can make whatever sentiment you like.

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

 

This is the perfect card for your bestest bff of all time.  Cause they are the ones you call when you have the phrase… “Well, you’ll never guess what I did today….” or when you forgot something significant, or when you are needing comfort… but in ALL those situations, OH HELL works!!  And cause she is your bestest BFF, she totally gets it.  And jumps right into the madness and sits with you (brings the wine and chocolate) until life is normal again.  And she is also the one, when opening this card will understand that it is the perfect card at the perfect time.  It’s a PERFECT I’m sorry card.  Or Birthday…  or well… ANYTHING.  This is the best BESTEST BFF CARD.

 

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

Don’t you just love those little honeycomb embellishments!?!  They are the perfect accent to add to this little chick.  

Now, I LOVE kind and pretty and delightful cards that uplift and make people’s day.  But even though we live in paradise, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. A good OH HELL and a glaring chick will make your BFF smile.  Every time.  I promise.  Cause it’s the reminder that she gets it.  And, really, she doesn’t even need to say anything for you to understand that that fact.

Seriously?  Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Flowering Fields

This is turning into my favorite stamp set from the 2016 Sale-a-bration catalog:

Maui Stamper Flowering FIelds

Maui Stamper Flowering FIelds with And Many More

I stamped all the Timeless Textures backgrounds first.  Most of them were stamped off (inked, then lightly stamped on scrap paper, then stamped onto the project).  I added the Flowering Fields images with Soft Suede and then hand colored them.  I’m really getting into hand coloring.

If you look at the image in the top left corner, you’ll see the White Gel pen highlights.  I find so many uses for that pen, and I’ve learned to keep a brand new one as backup.  Maybe it’s the warm Maui weather, but I find they dry out before they are used up.  I used to do all kinds of crazy things to make them last longer, but I finally gave up.  They’re $4.  I’m worth it.

Maui Stamper Flowering FIelds with Timeless Textures

 

Weekly Deals!

Happy Days are here again!  It’s Tuesday – time for Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

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Maui Stamper Weekly Deals January 26 to February 1 2016

Shop HERE!

Spend $50 US and receive an Exclusive Sale-a-bration product absolutely FREE.  See your choices HERE.