You Soar Above the Rest

Mr. Maui Stamper really does soar above the rest.  I knew when I met him all those years ago that he would make a fabulous Dad, and my young heart really got that right. (The defining moment was when he was teaching me to ski and his extraordinary patience was on full display.)

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up  Stampin' Up!

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up  Stampin' Up!

The Color Theory DSP makes a great background – the ombre fade from top to bottom suggests the view towards the horizon. There are a couple of paper shares still available if you’re interested in sampling this paper (and a few others!)

 

 

 

Those glorious orchids

I love a new catalog. There are new stamps, new colors, new ribbons and inspiration to last for ages! I couldn’t sleep last night after an evening of crafting – there were so many ideas swirling around in my head!

I inked up the gorgeous Climbing Orchid suite last week. Orchids are abundant in Hawaii, and I have a local source that’s quite reasonable, so they are almost always blooming in my home. I couldn’t wait to try the paper version:

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

The new cutting pads are my favorite indulgence. I can make the old, crusty, doubled-up pads work, but why? They leave funny marks on the paper because they’re so chopped up. And opening a new set of cutting pads is one of those hold-your-breath moments. They’re so smooth!  I always have two new backup pairs in my Big Shot Organizer – I ordered the replacements the same day I opened the new set.

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

You don’t have to cut this many layers, but I’m glad I chose to. The extra depth and texture make the card special, and most of the time, paper layers don’t create the dreaded Post Office Bump.

Once I decided on a color scheme, this card was pretty quick and simple.  I’m looking forward to playing with these orchids all year long.

2017-2018 Ribbon and Designer Series Paper Stack Shares

I’m filling up a couple of paper shares, and you’re invited to join! I’m featuring In Color Ribbons (AC pages 98 – 99) and the DSP stacks (AC page 187).

Here are the DSP details:

Maui Stamper 2017-2018 DSP Paper Stack Share

…and here are the details for the Ribbon Shares

Maui Stamper 17-18 In Color Ribbon Share-001

Contact me for invoicing if you’re interested!

Re-creating a Maui Stamper Classic

Sale-a-bration 2016 inspired a card that has become my all time favorite. Because the stamps were available for such a short time, I made a few different versions but then moved on. I’ve watched every catalog for a suitable replacement, and when I spied Flirty Flowers in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog I knew I had a good possibility.

Maui Stamper Flirty Flowers Tile Card

There’s a time commitment in cutting and stamping this card. It’s not a good candidate for mass production, but it’s a great project for relaxing and enjoying the creative process.

Maui Stamper Flirty Flowers Tile Card

It’s really enjoyable to mix and match textures, images and colors to create a unique card. My original design using the Sale-a-bration stamp set Field Flowers was done in yellow tones, but I also created one in pinks and another in blues. The monochromatic palettes tie together an otherwise chaotic collection of images.

Maui Stamper Flirty Flowers Tile Card

I tried this one with Fresh Fig and Sweet Sugarplum. There are things I like about it, but it’s definitely a different vibe.

In all honesty, I think Flowering Fields was a once-in-a-lifetime set of stamps.  I’d love to know what you think – please leave me a comment with your thoughts.

And just for the record, here’s the original Flowering Fields cards in Crushed Curry and So Saffron. It was CASEd many, many times, and I am very grateful to those generous crafters who acknowledged my design.  If you CASE a card, please give the original artist credit. Thanks.

Maui Stamper Flowering FIelds with Timeless Textures

 

The New Catalog is LIVE!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for today!

Maui Stamper We Love Hosts June 2017

The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is live and available for ordering, and Stampin’ Up! has added a sweet incentive for hosts. Your event can earn bonus Host Dollars in the month of June!

Contact me for details and inspiration. There are lots of ways to host an event!

Oh, and that new catalog?  Yeah.  Shop HERE.

Happy Wanderer

Warning: once we get to June, my calendar images may include retired stamps. I create the calendars in January. It is what it is.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar You're Sublime

This little gem comes from the retired So Sublime stamp set.  It’s colored with an Aquapainter and a few markers and it’s as simple as can be.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar You're Sublime

I’m not a camper, but how could you resist an adventure in such a cute little roll-along?

Stop by and see what Cheryl and Crystal have designed for June!

Have cape, will solve problems

I wish a cape was all it took to solve a problem. I don’t want to dive too deeply into the problems of the world, but it seems to me that we could use a few more good guys and gals wearing capes:

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero

I use an Aquapainter to blend our Colored Pencils. You can use a regular brush with water, but the Aquapainter is sitting on my craft desk 10 inches from my hand.  It’s so easy.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero

This set has especially good sentiments for adding to the inside of the card. It would be a great Father’s Day card, but this one actually went to a friend who accomplished something pretty special.

Today is the last day to shop the Retired List for 2016-2017 and you know what that means: the new 2017-2018 catalog begins tomorrow!  Today is also the last day to get your free Very Vanilla note cards or Thick Very Vanilla card stock with your Eastern Palace bundle!

I just sent in my last order for the old catalog, and my list for the new catalog is ready to roll as soon as the system goes live (Stampin’ Up! promises by noon Mountain time).  Are you ready??  Shop HERE.