It’s RemARKably…Succulent!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

Welcome to the February 2017 RemARKable Blog tour. Our primary focus this month is succulents – and it seems everyone is just a little succulent-crazy these days! What’s not to like about these diversely shaped, easy to grow, low-water-use beauties?  Especially when they’re made out of paper – talk about easy care!!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

I used the Oh So Succulent bundle to create a generous little heap of die cuts in a variety of greens and began to layer them. I used the Woodgrain TIEF to suggest a log and to give them a neutral base without overwhelming them.

The fun for me was not just in the placement of the die cuts, but in adding the textures from different stamps, the gold thread, and ultimately, diamond jewels.  Imagine them as drops of water on the canvas and you’ll see what I saw!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

When I finished the traditional card, I had some leftovers and realized how easily the same layout would adapt to a 3×3 note card. It would certainly work with a larger square format, but I’m quite fond of this size.

Enjoy the rest of the tour!  Click HERE to move forward to Audra Monk – the full tour is below.

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Anne Matasci – you are HERE!!

Audra Monk

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds

Janet Wakeland

Nancy Amato

Melissa Bolinger

Arden Dougan

Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Doesn’t that bring back Saturday morning cartoon memories? So does Everyday Heros, an under-appreciated stamp set from the Occasions 2017 catalog.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero

Back the in days before DVR, Netflix, DVDs, even videos, kids were programmed to get up early on Saturday  –  the same kids who were pulled kicking and screaming from their beds Monday through Friday.  The reason? Network cartoons.  I can still sing (or at least hum) way more cartoon theme songs than I care to admit. And this stamp set revives them all.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

  • Stamps:  Everyday Hero
  • Color Palette: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Falling in Love DSP,  Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Jewels

Watercolor pencils are back in stock but we have been warned that the supply is limited.  This hot product is So.Much.Fun.  If you don’t have them, trust me, you need them.  An image like this heroine is detailed and small enough that traditional watercoloring, especially on Very Vanilla cardstock, would be a challenge.  The Watercolor pencils plus Blender pens are the HEROS of this card!

And don’t forget your Free Sale-a-bration Gift with Purchase!  New items arrive on February 21st.

 

Growing a team

This Sale-a-bration has been busy for the Maui Stampers.  Our team is growing, and it’s such a pleasure to welcome new members to our community.  Even though we live on a small island, it may be a while before I have the opportunity to meet some of my new downline members.  Of course, that’s why we make cards!

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

This big, beautiful pineapple is such fun to stamp. I use a combination of ink pads and markers to add color variety and texture, and the Wink of Stella clear (my fave!) to add sparkle.

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

The beautiful Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack is a free gift with your qualifying Sale-a-bration order.  It’s just the right combination of softness and body for a card.

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

I chose Baker’s Twine and changed the mat for this one just to make it a little different, but it’s really the same card.

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

What does it mean to join the team? There’s no obligation, and during Sale-a-bration you’ll choose two extra stamps sets!  Enjoy the discount, have a class or craft party with your friends, or generate real income with a full-time business – it’s all up to you! Check it out HERE and discover what happy stampers all over the world have learned for themselves: Stampin’ Up! is ohana – that’s how we say family in Hawaii.  I would love to welcome you to the Maui Stamper’s team.

Lotsa Hedgie Love

Hedgehog, groundhog, whatever – it’s February, and if Puxatawny Phil sees his shadow tomorrow, legend has it there will be 6 more weeks of winter.  Here on Maui, that’s not much of a concern – maybe it just means the whales will stay a bit longer.

Maui Stamper DIY Calendar Lotsa Love

  • Stamps:  Love You Lots (Host)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sweet Sugarplum
  • Accessories:  Aquapainter, Stampin’ Write markers,  DIY Easel Calendar kit

Love You Lots is my favorite host reward stamp set.  If you enjoy following my calendars, I’m warning now you that you’ll see this set again.  It won’t be available after May 31, 2017, so if you like it, you might want to take action now.  Just sayin’.

Maui Stamper DIY Calendar Love You Lots

Coloring the hedgies was pretty simple.  I used the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker to accent the stamped lines on their bodies and then used an Aquapainter to add a little wash to both their bodies and as a ground. That little touch of Sweet Sugarplum is my nod to Valentines Day on the 14th.

Looking for more inspiration? Visit Cheryl and Crystal to see what February looks like from their craft rooms.  Want to make your own calendar? There are still a few DIY Calendar refills available for $6 plus shipping.  Click HERE for details.

 

So hard to find the words

One of the most difficult cards to make is a sympathy card. It needs to express something that is truly beyond words, a message spoken from one heart to another. I often choose elements from nature for a sympathy card, partly because the images are soothing, but also because nature represents the full circle of our existence.

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture Sympathy

  • Stamps: Touches of Texture, Gorgeous Grunge, An Open Heart
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Stampin’ Write markers, Aquapainter, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture Sympathy

I used Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves and the centers of the flowers, then added a lighter touch with the Aquapainter to give the blooms some depth.  I’m not a formally trained artist, and so my watercoloring is nothing more than whimsy.  I’m ok with that.

 

 

Tasty Truck Birthdays

I’m a little behind sending January birthday cards, but when this one arrives I hope I’ll be forgiven my tardiness!

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

  • Stamps: Tasty Truck (Sale-a-bration 2017)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
  • Accessories: Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils, Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, A Little Foxy DSP Stack, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon

I had a fabulous time coloring that truck, because I let my creative spirit run free.  Some of it is done with Stampin’ Write markers, some with Stampin’ Up! Colored pencils, some were smoothed with the Aqua Painter, and there’s a liberal dose of Stella adding sparkle to the whole thing!

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

The Little Foxy DSP is PERFECT behind this truck, and finding it in my stamp room was absolutely serendipitous. (Miraculous, even.)  The DSP inspired this treatment on the inside of the card:

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. My creativity needed a boost and this fun stamp set was just the thing to do the job.

LATE BREAKING NEWS FROM STAMPIN’ UP!  Watercolor pencils have reached a significant backorder status and will not be available to order after noon on January 26th (MST – that will be 9am HST).  If you want to be on the backorder list, place your order ASAP.  

Tasty Trucks is free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-bration.  Shop HERE to learn more!

 

Sending RemARKable Love

Welcome to the January 2017 RemARKable Blog tour.  Our focus this month is Sending Love – which in addition to a wonderful practice, is a fabulous Stampin’ Up! product suite!

RemARKable Blog Tour

I’ve taken the obvious route and chosen Valentines, but these projects could easily be adapted to other expressions of love – wedding, anniversary, or just Love ya, Babe!

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

This is our fabulous Popcorn Box thinlit made up in Blushing Bride.  There’s a panel of Falling in Love DSP behind all of that embellishment, as well as a Delicate White Doily spritzed with Sahara Sand and smushed for texture. (SMUSH is an active verb.)

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

Stitched Shapes Framelits will be available again on January 16th – be ready to order!!  Product #145372 will cost $30 and will be sold as supplies last.

The Sealed With Love set sentiment is stamped twice with Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand – photopolymer stamps make the placement easy as can be!

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

I LOVE the Sending Love Glassine Sheets, and they are perfect for creating the little envelopes in the Love Notes Framelits.  I also love how that row of hearts fits perfectly across the top of the little note insert.

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

The TIEF is called Falling Petals, but let’s be serious.  They’re hearts.  Sheesh.  {wink}

Next up is Heather Mathieson.  Click on the image below, or scroll down to the list of blog tour participants for more inspiration!  Thanks for stopping by.

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 Nancy Amato

 Melissa Bolinger 

Arden Dougan 

Tracie Evans Langley 

Anne Matasci   YOU ARE HERE!!

Heather Mathieson 

Audra Monk 

Linda Moore 

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds