Inspire.Create.Share.2014: Christmas in July

I signed up for a Christmas Card swap at convention before I realized that there were no Christmas stamps in the 2014-2015 catalog.  I had to get creative:

Maui Stamper Tape It Christmas Convention Swap

  • Stamps:  Tape It, Hello Love (Hostess), And Many More, Hardwood
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede
  • Accessories:  Gold Bakers Twine, Red Glimmer paper, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Watercolor Wonder Washi tape, Banner punch, Stampin’ Sponges

I adore the fat little birds from the Hello Love Hostess set.  I thought this one looked sort of Partridge-y.  You know, in the Pear Tree.  Use your imagination.

I had to mask off the end of that last Tape It strip, the one on the bottom – it was too long.  I just used a sticky note and then drew a little line across the edge to finish it off.

Maui Stamper Tape It Christmas Convention SwapHonestly, lately I don’t seem capable of making anything without Stampin’ Sponges and Dimensionals.

I’ve shared this tip before but it’s worth repeating: When you’re working with the Gold or Silver Bakers Twine, tie a pair of little knots around the spot where you’re going to cut the twine.  It takes an extra moment or two but it saves the frustration of chasing those gold wrappings – they’re stiffer than the twine and they unravel instantaneously.

Inspire.Create.Share.2014 – One Last Swap

This is the last swap I made for Inspire.Create.Share, our 2014 Convention:

Maui Stamper Welcome Swap Convention 2014

  • Stamps:  Life’s Adventures (Hostess), And Many More
  • Color Palette:  Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Fringe Scissors, Glimmer paper, Stampin’ Write markers, Zig Zag TIEF, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Typeset DSP, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack

I used markers to get the look I wanted for the stamped image.  I hand-colored the stamp before making my impression, then went back and added the awning and the door.

Maui Stamper Welcome Swap Convention 2014This is a matchbook style card.  Cut your card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and score at 3/4″ and 6″.  Your finished card will be 4 1/4″ by 5 1/4″ but trust me, no one is going to notice the difference :)

Maui Stamper Welcome Swap Convention 2014I love the shape of this little heart from the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack!  Much more contemporary than the traditional heart.

Maui Stamper Welcome Swap Convention 2014I’m also a little bit obsessed with the new Typeset DSP.  I was in serious mourning when First Editions Newsprint wasn’t continued into this catalog, but I’m relieved and delighted with this new edition!  Maps.  Print.  Design Elements.  There are loads of options, and it’s really lightweight so it is going to crumple up just beautifully.

Now to go look through all of the swaps I received in return for mine!  I feel like Uncle Scrooge on his pile of money.  Bwa ha ha ha!!!



Would you help me win a contest?

There just hasn’t been enough time in the day to post to the Maui Stamper about convention – I’ve done most of my updates through Facebook.  One thing I’d like to share is the Master Class Cheryl and I took from the amazing Shannon West using the new Watercolor Winter Simply Created card kit.

My friends, this is NOT your grandmother’s card kit!

Maui Stamper Watercolor Winter Contest CardThere are a number of samples that you can follow to create your own card, but we were given some techniques to try and encouraged to create something on our own.  This was my project, and I had a great time with it!  There’s a contest through Sunday and the prize is a Stampin’ Up! shopping spree, and I really hope you’ll help me win!  You can vote for my card by liking it on the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit board!  (Try saying that out loud!)  Click HERE to see the board and vote for my card.

This is a beautiful, versatile kit and I will have more to share when we get closer to the release date for the Holiday catalog – mark your calendars for August 28th!  I’ve got my advance copy and I am really excited about the quality, variety and breadth of the offerings.  Let’s just say we need an “I want it all” button in our ordering system!

If you’re on Maui, mark this Saturday July 26th on your calendar – I’m holding an Open House to share my Convention swaps and sell my retired product.  You don’t want to miss it!

And thanks so much for your vote.

Inspire.Create.Share.2014: In Color Card Swap

Today at Convention 2014 I’m swapping this Blackberry Bliss card:

Maui Stamper In Color Blackberry Bliss Spiral Rose swap

  • Stamps:  Lots of Thanks, Hardwood
  • Color Palette:  Blackberry Bliss, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
  • Accessories:  Spiral Flower Originals Die, Flower Frenzy Bigs L Die and the Big Shot, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, Fancy Fan TIEF, Two-Way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin’ Sponges, Gold Bakers Twine, Gold Sequin Trim, Glue Dots, Hot Glue Gun, Silicone craft sheet

Loads of thanks to the GLORIOUS Crystal Kondo who shared her new stamps with me :)  I get by with a little help from my friends.

Did you know that our Glue Dots are the EXACT same size as the Sequins in the Gold Sequin Trim?  That is serious happy news.

Maui Stamper In Color Blackberry Bliss Spiral Rose swapMy secret for these roses is the Silicone Craft Sheet, #127853.  It’s only $5.95 and I think it’s the best kept secret in the catalog.  If you’re making these flowers you NEED this mat!  You can blop all the hot glue you want onto the back of your flower and then smush it down onto the Craft Sheet and do your shaping before the glue goes solid – and then pick that puppy right up!  No sticking!!  My other secret is that I always run the spirals through a TIEF before I roll them.  I put them through in pairs just because it’s faster that way.  The all-over pattern helps break down the fibers and you don’t need to scrunch up the paper before you roll the flower.

If you live on Maui and you’re interested in this card, leave a comment below.  I’m thinking about a class but I’m checking the interest levels first.

Inspire.Create.Share.2014: Collage Tags

Shhh…don’t tell…this is a Convention Swap sneak peek:

Maui Stamper An Open Heart Collage Tag Swap


  • Stamps:  An Open Heart, Project Life Point and Click, Project Life Day to Day, Postage Due, World Map, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Color Palette:  Naturals Ivory, Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Encore Gold
  • Accessories:  Circles Framelits, Aqua Painter, Linen Thread, 3/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches, 1/4″ hand held punch, 7/8″ Cotton ribbon, 3/8″ Stitched Satin ribbon, Thick Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Although there are a lot of different elements to this tag, none of them are difficult to execute.  I did fussy-cut the bird (LOVE THE BIRD) but World Cup soccer came to the rescue there.  (I’m grateful it happened when it did as it was my entertainment while I was sick for 5 days, but I’m glad it’s over.  Sheesh.  That was a lot of Futbol.)

Maui Stamper An Open Heart Collage Tag SwapI’m really excited to see the tags the other swappers have to share!  Convention is always such a great source of inspiration.

If you live – or will be visiting – Maui, I’m offering a Collage Tag class on Sunday, August 2nd from 1 to 3pm.  We’ll make this tag and two others – let me know if you’d like to join us!



Memories, old and new

I’m spending a few days with my parents in Santa Barbara before heading over to Salt Lake City for Inspire.Create.Share, the 2014 Stampin’ Up! convention.  It’s been a great visit, starting with lunch at the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company with my dad:

Maui Stamper with Dad I had the Danish Red along with a Farro & Arugula salad and both were delicious – but not as delicious as the time we spent together!

Day Two the first order of business was Girl Time:

Maui Stamper Girl Time PedicuresMy mom, my sister and I went to Magic Nail for wonderful pedis.  I almost got the same color they chose, but at the last minute Ampara convinced me to go with the blue.  I thought it would be too light on my toes but she (as always) knew what she was talking about!

That afternoon we headed down towards East Beach for the Maritime Museum annual Cardboard Canoe races.  My parents told me they never miss them because the entertainment is so hilarious.  No kidding.  The teams get two sheets of cardboard, a yardstick, a box cutter and some duct tape, plus an hour or so of design/build time.  The first two rounds were the kids’ divisions, and the last round was “grownups”.  Seriously, you have to put that word in quotes in this case.  They line up on the beach:

Maui Stamper Cardboard Canoe Races East Beach Santa BarbaraHere we have your basic box lined up next to a Viking Dragon boat.  You get the idea.  I wish I would have take a video of the race to the water, as that box in the foreground got hung up in the yellow starting line rope and the 1912 Box ‘o Bolts got their paddle kicked away by a bystander.  The distance to the buoy isn’t far, and what you need are mad paddling skills to get out and back before you sink.  Trust me, my parents were right – it was hilarious!

On Sunday I met up with one of my besties from 6th grade.  We have a lot of shared stories and memories between us!  I think there might have been a few ghosts of Puppy-Love-Past following us around, too.   (wink!)   Needless to say, we had a wonderful couple of hours together:

Maui Stamper and 6th Grade BestieAmazing how the time has flown by.  This was a sweet visit, and tomorrow I’ll be on the early bus to LAX.  I’ll be in Salt Lake just after lunchtime with Cheryl and it will be full steam ahead from there on out!  I’ll do my best to share what I can, but the best place to find up-to-the-minute posts is on my Maui Stamper Facebook page – click Like to see updates, but remember that Facebook has a “use it or lose it” kind of algorithm – if you don’t interact with the page from time to time by commenting or liking, you’ll stop seeing the updates.

See you all in Salt Lake!