RemARKably Thoughtful Branches

RemARKable Blog Tour

Welcome to the August RemARKable Blog Tour.  We’re featuring the exclusive, available-only-this-month scrum-tiddily-umptious Thoughtful Branches stamp set, paired with the Beautiful Branches thinlits.  I’m not featuring the thinlits today, but you can see them used HERE and HERE.  Instead, I’m focusing on the trees.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches


I elected to keep this card on the simple side.  You could use just about any sentiment – thanks, sympathy, hello or even Christmas.  I made it a birthday card because, well, #imbringingbirthdaysback.  Aren’t you?

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches


The color palette is Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  I’ve used the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and the Thoughtful Banners set for the sentiment.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Subtles Stack.  Oh, and of course I’ve used Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I love that you can stamp the trunk independently of the branches.  No more fussy markering the stamps!  (Ha!! My spell-check doesn’t think MARKERING is a word.  Silly spell-check.)

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches


This card is slightly stepped up – but not too much.  I used the Floral Boutique DSP and the Softly Falling TIEF for texture, and added a little sparkle with the Wink of Stella clear brush.  The image is cut with Ovals framelits, and I added a greeting cut from Silver Foil paper using the Christmas Greetings thinlits.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches


This beautiful, versatile set is only available this month.  You can purchase the stamps, the thinlits or the bundle, but whatever you do, don’t wait!

Next up on the tour is Audra Monk, and you know she always has a great RemARKable post.  Enjoy the tour!

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

Nancy Amato  

Melissa Bolinger   

Tamra Davis 

Connie Deibler  

Arden Dougan 

Tracie Langley 

Deb Lehigh 

Anne Matasci  

Audra Monk 

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds  

Pam Staples  

Janet Wakeland  

Mary Jo Price Williams 

Paper Pumpkin BOGO!

Maui Stamper Paper Pumpkin BOGO 2016

There’s a fantastic offer for first time Paper Pumpkin craft kit subscribers!

Subscribe between now and September 10th, and pay full price for your September kit ($19.95 + tax).  You’ll receive the October kit for free!  Use promo code BOGO at checkout.  You can sign up or learn more HERE.

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What’s a Paper Pumpkin?  It’s a complete paper crafting kit delivered to your door ready to open and craft, or to take when you’re out and about.  All you need to supply is adhesive. Here are examples of kits from 2016:

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Fabulous Figgy Flora

There’s a group of stamp sets that get sold short in the Annual Catalog, at least in my opinion.  The Host Rewards sets don’t seem to get the same attention that the rest of the catalog enjoys.  Fabulous Flora is a host set, and I think it deserves a better look:

Maui Stamper Fabulous Flora Thanks

I’m not as big a fan of Wink of Stella Gold – I prefer the Clear version.  However, I’ve found a use for it that I really love – the flick.  You know.  You get the brush end loaded up with the color and then flick it against your finger over the paper to get some spatter.

Maui Stamper Fabulous Flora Thanks

It’s easy to do as long as you remember to load up the brush end.  If it’s dry, you can do a whole lot of flicking without seeing much in the way of results.

I played a bit with the Aqua Painter here too, layering the color and adding a light Smoky Slate wash around the images to set them off.  Since this card has very limited layers, I wanted to create more texture with the watercoloring.

In order to own a Host Rewards stamp set, you need to be the host of an event/party/order/group order that reaches $150.  Let me know if you’d like help in figuring out how to make that happen!  I think Fabulous Flora is worth the effort.

Wild About Flowers – in Tiles

I’ve been searching the Stampin’ Up! 16-17 Annual Catalog for images to make a current-product tile card since Field of Flowers retired as a Sale-a-bration stamp set.  I’ve thought about Wild About Flowers a few times, and finally decided to sit down and give it a try.

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers Tile card

The results aren’t quite the same – you can see the original card HERE and HERE and HERE – but I like the look.  I also like the combination of Sweet Sugarplum and Tip Top Taupe.

  • Stamps:  Wild About Flowers, Timeless Textures, Thoughtful Banners
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Linen Thread

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers Tile card

What do you think?


A stamp set for all seasons

Have you seen the new Thoughtful Branches stamp set?

Maui Stamper Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Watercolor

It’s a limited time offer from Stampin’ Up! available through August 31, 2016.  I’m finding it extremely versatile with sentiments that cover all the basics and images that are adaptable throughout the year.

Maui Stamper Thoughtful Branches-Beautiful Branches Bundle from Stampin' Up!

The combination of trees, leaves, stems and foliage is perfect for summer and will take you through the seasons.  For my hydrangea card, I created a soft watercolor wash with Marina Mist on watercolor paper for the background and then stamped my blossoms in the same color on a Whisper White panel.

Maui Stamper Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Watercolor

The stem was cut from a Whisper White panel and daubered (lol, my spell-check says that isn’t a word – we know better!) with Sahara Sand.  The band across the bottom is also Sahara Sand, and there’s a Wink of Stella tucked into the blooms.

The Big Shot makes quick work of cutting these intricate images, but you will definitely want a Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush for this one.

The stamps, thinlits and bundle are available through August 31st, although Stampin’ Up! is always careful to add those 3 terrifying little words “while supplies last”.  If you love this one, don’t wait!  Shop HERE.

Maui Stamper Thoughtful Branches and Beautiful Branches Bundle from Stampin' Up!

August on the Farm

I’m smitten with these little farm critters:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar August 2016

  • Stamps:  Barnyard Babies
  • Color Palette:  Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
  • Accessories:  Paper snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aquapainter

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar August 2016

It’s therapeutic to watercolor these three friends, and I didn’t mind fussy-cutting that little bitty billy goat.  The longer I enjoy this craft, the more I don’t mind doing the little things that help me feel satisfied with my end result.

Now mosey on over, y’all, and see what Crystal and Cheryl have done with their calendars for August.

Quick and easy cards this weekend!

I love having a stash of cards ready to go!  If you’d like to make a few of your own, I have just the thing:  make 5 cards in 2 hours for $10 this Saturday or Tuesday, August 2nd!

Maui Stamper Pop of Paradise Ombre Ink Pad Thank You

I’ve added this card to the lineup.  Each card is designed to be quick and easy to assemble and versatile to send.  I’ll have multiple sentiments available so that you can tailor your cards to say exactly what you need.

Maui Stamper Pop of Paradise Ombre Ink Pad Thank You

The flamingo from Pop of Paradise is stamped with our new Bermuda Bay Ombre ink pad – try it, you’ll like it!

Maui Stamper 2-5-10 Card class

You’ll make these cards plus one more that I’ll share before Saturday.  I hope you can join us – space is limited!

Two class dates: 

Saturday, July 30th 1-3pm

Tuesday, August 2nd  7-9pm

Cost is $10 – message me for details on the South Maui location.