Banner Blessings

It’s hard to keep track of all the great stamp sets we have!

Maui Stamper Banner Blessings ThanksThis is Banner Blessings, a photopolymer set that was released in November.  You won’t find it in a catalog, but it does appear in the Online Store under Stamps > Photopolymer.

Maui Stamper Banner Blessings #136720It’s product #136720, and the price is $15.95.  Sometimes you have to do a little looking around to find these gems!

It’s RemARKably hard to say GOODBYE

Welcome to the May 2015 RemARKable Blog tour, where we explore all things GOODBYE.  I’ve chosen to focus on the Stampin’ Up! 2014-2015 catalog retiring list, and I’ve based my projects around one of my favorite all-around stamp sets, For the Birds:

Maui Stamper For The Birds RemARKable Blog Tour May 2015This is a (sort of) Clean and Simple card.  There’s just one image, and there are no sentiments, but there are multiple layers.  It’s a very quick card to assemble and employs one of my favorite card-making tricks:  have plenty of cards on hand with NO SENTIMENT.

Maui Stamper For The Birds RemARKable Blog Tour May 2015I could add Miss You, Sorry, Love You, Thinking of You, even Happy Birthday – or Happy New Baby in a real pinch!  (It’s a nest – get it?)

Maui Stamper For The Birds RemARKable Blog Tour May 2015If you’re lucky enough to have Blendbilities, For the Birds is a great choice because of the detail and variety, but today I chose to use colored pencils.  If you’ve ever had a kid in grade school, you more than likely have colored pencils in your house.  Even if there are no kids, colored pencils are inexpensive and working with them is easy and generally trouble free.

Maui Stamper For The Birds RemARKable Blog Tour May 2015With this much magnification, you can see the shading, but the general effect is much more subtle.  If you see a few fuzzy bits in that top left corner, your birdie-eye has spotted bits of the white jute ribbon cut apart and tucked behind the image.

Maui Stamper For The Birds RemARKable Blog Tour May 2015For the Birds Clear #126407  $24.95  Wood #132001 $32.95

Maui Stamper For The Birds RemARKable Blog Tour May 2015I must confess that when I spotted this DSP from the Back to Black (retiring) collection I did a little happy dance around my studio.  FEATHERS.  Need I say more?

Maui Stamper For The Birds RemARKable Blog Tour May 2015Look closely and you’ll realize that I am no rock-star-pencil-colorist.  But I do find it relaxing and enjoyable to play with shading and color, and this stamp set is a great all-around addition to your stamping birdhouse!

Enjoy the tour – I love the unique manner with which everyone interprets the theme – and I’ll see you here next month.  Head over to see what Heather Mathiesen has created!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Goodbyes


Weekly Deals

Here are the deals for this week.  I got home this morning from a wonderful time with family so they are a couple of days late.  You’ve got until Monday night!

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals May 12 2015Shop HERE.





Love my birdies!

Tomorrow is the RemARKable Blog Tour.  I’m featuring For the Birds, and I have a little sneak peek for you today:

Maui Stamper For the Birds

  • Stamps:  For the Birds, Dictionary (both retiring)
  • Color Palette:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Colored Pencils (non-SU), All is Calm Washi (Clearance Rack), Stampin’ Dimensionals

This image is intentionally a little stark – I think it adds to the feeling of missing someone.  That washi tape was serendipitous, as in my mind it looks quite USPS-y.  (That’s a word because I wrote it out and that makes it so.)

Maui Stamper For the BirdsDon’t be afraid of coloring pencils – they’re very easy to use and the colors are very forgiving.  Plus there’s always an eraser.  Really, I should use pencil more often.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow afternoon for the RemARKable tour!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Goodbyes

So Happy Together, Reprise

There are weddings coming up!

Maui Stamper A Dozen Thoughts Happy Together

  • Stamps:  A Dozen Thoughts, I Like You (Host)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Blush Blossom, Rose Red
  • Accessories:  Something Borrowed DSP, White Jute ribbon, Deco Labels framelits, Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearls

The Something Borrowed DSP is a bit of a sleeper.  The designs are subtle and understated, and there are 6 designs, with 4 sheets of each design combination – still a total of 12 pages.  Don’t miss it – it’s beautiful and very versatile.

Maui Stamper A Dozen Thoughts Happy TogetherThe flowers are colored with Stampin’ Write markers.  They are well suited for this sort of small, detailed coloring, and it goes quickly.  Take another look at this host set, I Like You.  Personally, I think the name is dumb and does the set an injustice, but I’m not in charge (and yes, we are all very happy about that.)  There are just a few more days to earn this set as a free Host Benefit.  Shop HERE.




Happy (Sparkly) Birthday

If I were in charge (and you should be glad this is not the case) I would not retire Perfect Pennants:

Maui Stamper Perfect Pennants Make A WishI would also not retire Back to Black DSP, unless of course I had a brand new, Black and White/Vanilla DSP waiting in the wings (that would blow my socks off).  Just sayin’ Stampin’ Up!

Maui Stamper Perfect Pennants Make A WishThis bold, masculine font does the trick for Manly birthday cards.  It goes into my permanent archives.

Maybe I should get a couple more packages of Back to Black…