Pink October Round Two

I’m back in the pink!  A couple of weeks ago I pulled out the Touches of Texture set and put it to the Pink Test.

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture

Crumb Cake is my go-to neutral with soft tones like pinks and pale blues.  For this card, I pulled in a lot of pink tones – Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and the 2016-2018 In Color Flirty Flamingo.  The variety of pinks work well when you’re layering as much as I’ve done.

Photopolymer stamps are flexible and sticky, allowing you to shape them in a curve in order to closely fit something like this banner.  I place the die cut piece on my desktop, then cover it with a clear block.  I shape the photopolymer stamp on the block looking through to the die cut.  One caveat: If your die cut isn’t symmetrical, this won’t work as you’re going to flip the block over.

If you haven’t had your screening, make that appointment a priority.  The earlier Breast Cancer is detected, the greater the odds of complete remission.  Take care of yourself 💕


It’s RemARKable Designer Series Paper!!


RemARKable Blog Tour

Don’t you love a deal?  Our RemARKable Blog Tour this month is celebrating Designer Series Paper, because it’s a BIG DEAL this month at Stampin’ Up!  There are 8 beautiful color-coordinated collections from which to choose, and our RemARKable goal this month is to inspire you and make your choice a little easier.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Cookie Cutter Christmas with Presents & Pinecones DSP

  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Oh What Fun, Thoughtful Banners
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Presents & Pinecones DSP, Duet Banner Punch, Cookie Cutter Punch, Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Cookie Cutter Christmas with Presents & Pinecones DSP

The Wink of Stella just would NOT photograph but trust me, Santa is a-blingin’!!  It’s really quick and easy coloring with the Stampin’ Write markers too.

I want to point out the Oh What Fun stamp set because in my opinion, it’s been overlooked with all the excitement of the 2016 Holiday catalog.  Oh What Fun is in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog as a returning star from last year’s Holiday catalog, and it is stellar.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

I don’t know about you, but I NEVER have enough tags! Tags for packages, tags for goodies, tags for bottles of refreshing beverages…I NEED TAGS.

  • Stamps:  Wondrous Wreath, Merry Mice
  • Color Palette:  Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Wink of Stella Clear, Cherry Cobbler Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Bakers Twine Trio Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1/8″ handheld punch

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

I am a Wink of Stella junkie – there isn’t a project that doesn’t benefit from a little Wink!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

Designer Series Paper is the PERFECT tag base because you have a beautiful front AND back ready to roll – it takes just moments to dress it up. With 12 color coordinated designs, you too can have that perfectly coordinated Christmas.

Your next stop on the tour is Audra Monk.  I know you’ll enjoy her beautiful projects and the whole tour!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

Here’s the full tour lineup:

Anne Matasci    YOU ARE HERE!

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up

Maui Stampering the Pootles Tea Bag Holder Folder

Do you follow Pootles?  You should, just so that you can say her blog name🙂  In August, she updated her Tea Bag Holder Folder and I saw it for the first time.  I knew right away that I wanted to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) that project, but I quickly discovered that the tea bags I’d chosen were not the same size as the ones she used.


I had to re-design.

Maui Stamper CASE  Pootles Tea Bag Folder Holder Fresh Fruit

Is that the cutest thing EVER???

Maui Stamper CASE  Pootles Tea Bag Folder Holder Fresh Fruit

Instead of making all of the packets inside from DSP, I chose to alternate them with colored card stock.  It saves a bit on the DSP but I also like the variety – I think it makes the envelopes stand out more.

Maui Stamper CASE  Pootles Tea Bag Folder Holder Fresh Fruit

Each of my envelopes is sized to fit a packet of Tazo tea.  The Pootles holder is sized for Twinnings, and I’m not even certain that the Twinnings distributed in the US is the same size as the UK.

Here are my numbers for the changes.  I’ve linked to her tutorial at the end of the post.

The Twinnings packet is 2 5/8″ x 3″, and the Tazo is 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″, so I only needed to adjust for height.

The card stock for the folder is 11 x 3 1/4″ and is scored at 4, 5 1/2″, 9 1/4″ and 10″.  The card stock for the accordion piece to attach the tea bag envelopes is 4″ x 3″ and is scored at 1/2″, 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″ and 3 1/2″.

The tea bag envelope is created on the Envelope Punch Board.  Each envelope is made from a 5 1/2″ square piece of paper and is aligned with the 2 3/8 mark for the first punch on the board.

Maui Stamper CASE  Pootles Tea Bag Folder Holder Fresh Fruit

The Fresh Fruit DSP is perfect for this project as so many teas are really fruit flavored infusions.  Since Designer Series paper is Buy 3 Get One Free this month, why not create a few Tea Bag Folder Holders for that quick and unexpected holiday gift?  Teachers, mail carriers, your favorite grocery checker – spread a little Tea Bag LOVE!

Special thanks to Pootles (Sam Hammond Donald) for so generously posting beautiful, easy to follow instruction for this project.  Find details HERE and HERE.

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up


Warning: Retired Product Ahead

I don’t usually share projects made with retired product, but I was so pleased with this set that I’ve made an exception.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

There’s a special baby about to join our family, and he was celebrated on Saturday in California.  I wasn’t able to be there, but I wanted to send something just for him.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

The animals from Zoo Babies are some of my favorites from Stampin’ Up!, and I’ve marked that retired stamp set as a keeper.  I especially love the patterned ears on this Ellie.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

I inked up this giraffe with Crushed Curry and added Soft Suede details with a Stampin’ Write marker before stamping the image.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

If you’re fortunate enough to have Zoo Babies in your stash, enjoy.  If it’s not there, don’t sweat it.  There are heaps of great options – check out Barnyard Babies to start!

New babies mean gifts, and gifts mean Thank You notes!  Speaking of Thank You notes, I got a handmade card from a special friend in Arizona:

Maui Stamper Handmade Thank You

I made a pledge for Jayden’s Fun Run, and this arrived last weekend.  How fabulous is that?


Hopping in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

I’m thrilled to be a part of the FIRST Annual Ultimate Pink Blog Hop – a collaboration of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Let’s turn the blogosphere – and Pinterest – PINK!!

Maui Stamper First Annual Ultimate Pink Blog Hop

Pink isn’t one of my go-to colors, so it’s a bit of a stretch for me to go All Pink.  I decided to play it safe and CASE myself, and I chose one of my all-time favorites to start:

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

I love the Botanical Blooms stamps and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits.  One of my favorite things to do is to crank out a heap of floral pieces (there are 14 to choose from!) and keep moving them around until I’m happy.

This one made me happy!

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

I’ve used Whisper White, Shimmer White, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Rose Red, with a smidge of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper to add sparkle without sending Mr. Maui Stamper out on the “I HATE GLITTER” warpath.  A few Rhinestone Jewels add a little more sparkle, and this card is ready for anything!

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

Dress it up or dress it down – I’ll stamp a sentiment on the inside when I choose the occasion.  I keep a stash of blank cards for those moments when I realize I’m a day late and a dollar short (tell the truth, now…doesn’t that happen to all of us once in a while?)

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

Love You Lots is on the other end of the crafting spectrum – cute as a bug, I’d say!  This is a quick and simple card with a color palette of Whisper White, Basic Grey, Blushing Bride and a Wink Of Stella.  Do you Wink?  It’s another way of adding sparkle without a tragic Glitter outbreak, making Certain Members of my household very unhappy.

Maui Stamper Love You Lots Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

A little Smoky Slate Stitched ribbon ties it all together {wink again!}

I hope you’ve enjoyed my venture into the World of Pink.  Keep in mind that our focus isn’t so much on the color, but on what it represents:  Breast Cancer Awareness.  Take care of your body.  Do your monthly self-exam.  Support your sisters who are fighting.  Contribute to an organization that funds research into learning more about this insidious disease.

And by all means, continue on the tour!  There are 70 stops – I hope you’ve got a big cup of coffee!

Join us as we Craft Pink for one day:

PINK MONDAY: October 3, 2016

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Worldwide United in Creativity

1. Janet Wakeland
2. Nancy Gauthier
3. Jason Loucks
4. Jennifer Blomquist
5. Wendy Cranford
6. Karen Zaring Browning
7. Patty Chenail
8. isabelle lefebvre
9. Leanne Johnson
10. Dena Albee
11. Lori Mueller
12. Chris Kolly
13. Rachel Yurkanin
14. Raquelle Clifton
15. Shel Anderson
16. Candy Ford
17. Chris Slogar
18. Maria Pane
19. Holly Pedersen
20. Jen Guarino
21. Jeannette Gauthier-Carterie Plus
22. Susan Timchack
23. Melissa Thomas
24. France Labrecque – Création Encre et Papier
25. Noa’s Créas
26. Fiona Stanton
27. Kelly Kent
28. Gail Davidson
29. Amanda Sevall
30. Kimberly Van Diepen
31. Janneke de Jong
32. Nichole Loe
33. Megan Herst
34. Melissa Stout
35. Kristin Kortonick
36. Lisa Pretto
37. Ilse van Vliet
38. Kylie Bertucci
39. Mary Dredge
40. Karen Titus
41. Claire Daly
42. Constanze Wirtz
43. Linda Bartolucci
44. Lea Denton
45. Candice Fields
46. Dawn Thomas
47. Sherri Price
48. Maria Willis
49. Tammy Bristol
50. Cindy Mitchell-Clark
51. Linda Cullen
52. Carol Hickman
53. Teresa Howe
54. M.E. Stites
55. Lisa Tedder
56. Monika Davis
57. Laura Pizzirusso
58. Nancy Ferb
59. Tracie Evans Langley
60. Brenda Copper
61. Amanda Rogers
62. Michelle Zanotti
63. Janette Zmich
64. Connie Deibler
65. Judith Oveson
66. Melody Tess Rollins
67. Anne Matasci
68. Alisa Tilsner
69. Crystal Kondo
70. Jennifer Downey

Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016


Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up


An Owl in the October Woods

Our calendar tour is a day late this month so that we could celebrate World Card Marking Day on October 1st.  This little owl in an autumn wood will watch over my kitchen for all of October:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar October 2016

  • Stamps:  Among the Branches (Holiday 2015, retired)
  • Color Palette:  Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
  • Accessories:  Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar October 2016

In Hawaii, we have an endemic owl call the Pueo.  It’s a diurnal, or daytime owl, but I’ve seen them most often at dusk.  The silent flight of an owl overhead is always a spell-binding experience.

We don’t have many fall colors, but I’ve chosen to apply creative license to the tree my Pueo has chosen as a perch.

Visit Cheryl and Crystal to see their October calendars!


World Card Making Day 2016

Yes! World Card Making Day is a THING!  And anyone can make a card – beginning with a little bit of paper.  Nothing warms my heart like an envelope with my name across the front.  Tucked in with the bills, realtor solicitations, charity appeals, and credit card applications, a personal note really makes my day.  It’s not hard, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money either!

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Congrats

  • Stamps:  None (gasp)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron
  • Accessories:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Big Shot and Sunshine Wishes framelits, Pokey Doodle, Silver Thread

I love the look of blue and white, especially the classic look of (Night of) Navy and white.  The Floral Boutique DSP has a great variety of designs and they are all Navy and White!

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Love

This very simple card using the same colors, paper and framelits with the addition of a few sequins.  Honestly?  I think I liked it better when it was just the DSP and the word!  I thought it was too simple, but sometimes less really is more.

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday

Switching out Mint Macaron for Emerald Envy creates a different feeling, and I added images from the Petite Petals and Birthday Blossoms stamp sets.  None of these cards are especially complicated, and you could create a nice stash of cards in an afternoon using any of our Designer Series papers.

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Buy-3-Get-1-Free Sale October 2016

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper adds a quick and gorgeous punch to any project, and the part that just makes me sing is that it all coordinates.  Within each package, the papers coordinate with each other.  Written on each package, Stampin’ Up! lists the coordinating colors.  That means you’ll know exactly which card stock, ink, ribbon, enamel shape, sequin or embossing powder will coordinate perfectly with your Designer Series paper.  You can focus on being creative instead of worrying whether or not something will match!  DSP is a great value for the entire month of October – buy 3 packs and get one free.

Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016

To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin’ Up! is offering fabulous savings on kits and supplies to make your own cards – but only through October 5th.  Pay special attention to the Fast Fuse sale.  If you’re not on the FF bandwagon yet, well, get on board!  It’s a great value and it REALLY STICKS.  Fast Fuse is absolutely indispensable on my craft desk.

Today is a great day to make a card, whether it’s an award winning work of art or a simple card crafted from the heart.  Write a loving note inside, address the envelope, put a stamp on it and send it.  And then SHOP HERE.  Because you need some Stampin’ Up! card making supplies, my friend!

Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016


Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up