Sheltering Tree

Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time.   Katrina Mayer

Maui Stamper Sheltering TreeI am so thankful that Stampin’ Up! has given us another set of tree stamps.  I was really disappointed when Branch Out was retired, but I’m delighted with Sheltering Tree.

Maui Stamper Sheltering TreeSo many trees to stamp!

Maui Stamper Sheltering Tree

If you’ll be on Maui with a little time this Saturday afternoon, come make cards with us!  All cards will feature the Sheltering Tree stamp set – 5 cards, $10.  You can’t beat that price!  Message me for details.

Weekly Deals and MORE SAB!!

The announcements keep flying – here are the DEALS this week:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals March 17-23, 2015Ribbon and embossing folders are such easy embellishments!  Not ready to invest in a Big Shot?  How about the Textured Boutique (#132657) for $29.95?  Add these 3 folders and a little adhesive and you can select a free Sale-a-bration item too!  Speaking of…

Maui Stamper May 17 Sale-a-bration New AdditionsThese items have JUST been added to the selections for Sale-a-bration – there are more embossing folders here!  Supplies allocated for the promotion are limited.  Visit my Online Store to place your order, or contact me for more information.  Don’t forget these bonus items added on March 1st!

Maui Stamper Sale-a-bration March Bonus #1Happy shopping!

Sakura Sympathy

These sweet blossoms just begged to be colored in pinks:

Maui Stamper Sakura Sympathy Indescribable Gift

  • Stamps:  Indescribable Gift, Bloom with Hope (Host)
  • Color Palette:  Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
  • Accessories:  Blendabilities, Memento Black ink pad, Pearls

There is sad news regarding Blendabilities.  Stampin’ Up! has made the difficult decision to withdraw ALL Blendabilities.  Period.  Because of quality concerns that cannot be overcome, they have been discontinued.  While this is a super-frustrating problem for anyone who has gotten their hands on this great product, it’s also super-frustrating to receive items that do not perform to the high expectations we all have for Stampin’ Up! products.

Maui Stamper Sakura Sympathy Indescribable GiftI’m sharing this close-up image so that you can see that there is a lot of flexibility in the way you shade.  I have never had formal art training, and anyone who has is likely exclaiming “Yeah, I see that!”  However, with just a little practice, I found I was able to produce results that I found very satisfying.

The moral of this story?  Have fun, try something new, and enjoy the process!  And stay tuned…I’ll be giving this same image a try with an aquapainter and sharing the results.

RemARKable Memories

My favorite way to preserve memories is with photos – just ask my family!

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourI began with the Hello Life Project kit (#137949 $24.95), but chose to change it up with my own color palette.  Most of my accents are Bermuda Bay, with a little bit of Pool Party thrown in.

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourI used the On Film framelits (#132969 $29.95) to create an additional photo mat – it’s a bit larger than the ones provided but coordinates perfectly.  I also chose to make a tassel instead of pom-poms using the Pool Party Bakers Twine available in the Occasions catalog.  The technique is the same, but you only cut one end of the looped twine, and you tie off directly underneath the end that remains looped.  I used thin white Bakers Twine to tie off the tassel and wrapped Bermuda Bay 1/8″ taffeta ribbon over that, securing with a glue dot.

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourI punched some flowers to create a blossom at the end of the banner, and added stamped images from the coordinating Hello Life stamp set (#137136 $24.95).

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourI stacked banner pieces from the kit and pinned them on with the clothes pins which were included.  Everything on the frame can be moved, allowing maximum flexibility as I have new photos to enjoy, and I have heaps of pieces left over for additional embellishments and projects.

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourThis was an AMAZING tip we learned from Carrie Cudney at convention last summer!  Line up your self-adhesive stickers on a window sheet…

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourPlace them where you want them, press down the exposed top half to secure, and gently remove the window sheet to press them in place in a gloriously straight line!!

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourCrystal and I worked on these together, and as you can see, the same kit in two different sets of hands can turn out as two completely unique projects.

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourShe made flowers too, and hung them from our gorgeous new White Jute.

Maui Stamper Hello Life RemARKable Blog TourIt would even be possible to just FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS and make the kit exactly as it was produced!  Just print some photos – you know you have them stored on your phone, your hard drive, discs, wherever – and get them in front of your eyes!

Click below to be inspired by Audra Monk.  Links for the entire tour at are the bottom of the post.

RemARKable Blog Tour Memories March 2015


Nancy Amato –
Melissa Bolinger –
Tamra Davis –
Connie Diebler –
Becky Jensen –
Anne Matasci –   YOU ARE HERE!
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WEEKLY DEALS and a sassy new photopolymer set!

Everyone loves DEALS:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals March 10-16, 2015I have an order going in within a day or two, so if you live on Maui contact me ASAP if you want to add in your order to save on shipping.

And today we also have FRESH new stamps – and I mean FRESH!

Maui Stamper Just Kidding Stampin' Up! PhotopolynerThis is Just Kidding, a new photopolymer set #140667 ($15.95 US).  Where’s the stamp that goes after Saying “goodbye” is hard…  the one that says But not as hard as saying “oopsie, I was wrong”?  I would wear that one out!

BlendabilitiesFinally, I have an announcement that makes me both proud and sad.  Stampin’ Up! has permanently discontinued the Blendabilities  line as a direct result of unacceptable quality issues.  No one is happy about this situation, but it is the best decision given the issues at hand.  The manufacturer was unable to supply a consistently high quality product, and we ALL expect quality first and foremost from Stampin’ Up!  As much as I would like it to be otherwise, this (awesome) product is no longer available.  Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns and I will do my best to resolve them.

And stop back on Thursday for another RemARKable Blog Tour!


An Exquisite Butterfly

I finally broke out the Butterfly Basics bundle:

Maui Stamper Butterfly Basics Shimmer White

  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Shimmer White, Pool Party
  • Accessories:  Butterfly Basics Thinlets, Vellum, Pool Party cotton ribbon, Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The bad news is that the Butterflies Thinlets are currently unavailable.  It’s a serious challenge, but it’s one that is outside of Stampin’ Up!’s ability to control – the problem is due to shipping problems through the West Coast ports.  I’m taking names and details now of anyone who would like this product so that as soon as it is available I can place an order.

Just a few construction details…

Maui Stamper Butterfly Basics Shimmer WhiteI cut the butterfly in Shimmer White paper, then used the negative template to draw an outline on a piece of vellum.  I hand-trimmed the shape – can’t call it fussy cut because it wasn’t very fussy as the edges are hidden behind the die cut.  I carefully adhered it with Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive).  Use a very light touch with the Tombo.  A few well-placed Stampin’ Dimensionals hold the butterfly above the ferns.

Maui Stamper Butterfly Basics Shimmer WhiteI struggled with the details but ultimately decided that for once, less could be more.  I hope you enjoy!  And please let me know if you’d like to be on my Priority List for the Butterfly Basics Bundle!


Weekly Deals and NEW Sale-a-bration!

Yep, it’s Tuesday and there are DEALS:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals March 3-9, 2015Making Easter favors?  This is the perfect time to stock up!

And Stampin’ Up! has added FOUR new Sale-a-bration items for the month of March!  See the details HERE

Maui Stamper March Sale-a-bration New Items