July’s all wrapped up

I’m all about the Red, White, and Blue, but for the past few years I’ve looked for motifs other than the Stars and Stripes.  There’s nothing wrong with them, but I like a little creative challenge. This month, I’m using the bow retired from the Circle of Spring for my calendar.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Circle of Spring

  • Stamps: Circle of Spring (retired)
  • Color Palette:  (Real) Red, (Whisper) White, and (Night of Navy) Blue!
  • Accessories:  Wondrous Wreath Framelits

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Circle of Spring

Hope your entire month is Star-Spangled!!  Check out the creations featured by Crystal and Cheryl this month.

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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!

A sunny package

This past April, Maui was completely abuzz over a field of sunflowers. For days, my Facebook feed was filled with their shining faces beaming towards the sky, and before long I started looking for a paper version. The Eastern Elegance suite proved to be just the thing:

Maui Stamper Eastern Elegance Sunflowers

  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch (retiring and on sale!)
  • Color Palette:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Kraft
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Eastern Medallions Thinlit dies, Layering Circle framelits, Big Shot Die Brush (indispensable, on sale, and being retired to make way for a new version), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Ink Daubers, Crushed Curry Bakers Twine (retired and sold out), Gift Bag Punch Board, an old leaf Bigz die that is long, long retired, and a enamel dot from two Christmas catalogs ago.

I apologize for using things that aren’t available, but at the end of a catalog cycle it gets a little crazy!  If you’ve been crafting for a while, you know how it feels to find just the right thing – and then discover it’s not current.

Maui Stamper Eastern Elegance Sunflowers

The sunflower was really easy – two flower segments are paired with a dark circle behind the Eastern Elegance stacked thinlits.  I love that you can layer those thinlits and just make one pass with the Big Shot! The Crushed Curry ink on the outside of the petals gives them a little more dimension. I did this with Crushed Curry flowers and it worked beautifully as well.

Maui Stamper Eastern Elegance Sunflowers

These were goodie bags for my Host Club members.  We use a 6 month calendar for maximum flexibility, and we have a new round beginning in June.  There’s always room for another crafter at the table, so if you’re on Maui, let me know if you’d like to check it out.

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An elephant never forgets

The whimsical images from the 2016-2017 Host set Love You Lots have just the right size and energy for my little calendar pages. I prefer a clean and simple design for the months, and this little Ellie and her Mousie friend need nothing more than a little color.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Love You Lots

  • Stamps: Love You Lots (Host)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo
  • Accessories:  Aquapainter

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Love You Lots

There’s more DIY Calendar Goodness to be found today! Visit Crystal and Cheryl to see their May inspiration.

Egg Cartons: yes, they’re available!

The charming Mini Egg Cartons were a bit of an availability nightmare for Stampin’ Up! this spring. The first batch sold out in a flash, and the next order was held up during the shipping process. They’re in the warehouse now, and are retiring the end of May. It’s not too late!

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

These made perfect gifts for my April club, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to spritz!  If you’re noticing a tone difference between colors, you’re right. I used the Stampin’ Up! Spritzer and began with 8 – 10 drops of ink refill: Elegant Eggplant, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, and Bermuda Bay.  I intentionally chose more saturated colors to allow me to play with the tone.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

After adding the ink to the Spritzer, I filled it with rubbing alcohol and spritzed away.  The cartons are quite absorbent and took the color extremely well, and each carton used about 2/3 of the Spritzer. (HELPFUL NOTE:  Wear gloves!!!  I did the Bermuda Bay cartons first, and have the dyed thumb to prove it.)   I added just a couple of additional drops of ink to the solution remaining in the Spritzer and then filled back up with alcohol, and that gave me the lighter shade you see on the right.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

Since these were an Easter gift, Easter candy went inside. My plastic eggs were on the large side, so I opted to skip the shreddies, but another time I will absolutely skip the plastic eggs in favor of all that glorious grassy fill.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

Each carton was closed and simply tied with a generous white ribbon and bow. There is more retired ribbon in my stash than I care to admit, but I stayed true to the white ribbon because I loved the clean look and it tied together the differently colored boxes. (LOL)

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

The tag features the retiring Decorative Label with the retiring Elegant Butterfly punch. The labels are cut from coordinating colored stock, and the butterfly is Shimmery White with a  sparkly strip of jewels.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

These boxes make a delightful presentation for candy, fruit, jewelry, art supplies, or anything you can fit inside. I’d love to know how you filled yours!  They’re still available HERE.

 

Got my ducks in a row

Every now and then I challenge myself to give an under-appreciated stamp set a little love. Barnyard Babies is filled with petite, line drawn images of farm animals, and it was an early must-have from last year’s annual catalog.  I’ve used it for some really fun cards (as well as August 2016), but it’s been collecting a big of dust as of late.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Barnyard Babies

A stamp, a sticky-note mask, and a marker or two – and April is ready!  The fact that duck beaks and feet could be colored in Daffodil Delight was a bonus. What color speaks April more eloquently than daffodil yellow?

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Barnyard Babies

Visit Cheryl and Crystal to see what they’ve done for their version of the April calendar.

A Waterlily for March

These little desktop calendars are so satisfying to create. Because they’re small, I’m challenged to find images that will physically fit in the space while still reflecting the time of year.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Remarkable You

For March, I chose the water lily from Remarkable You.  It’s a stylized shape that’s perfect for coloring, and I really love to color.  I added a few splatters using the Wink of Stella Gold pen.  Honestly, it’s not my favorite product – I find the gold color too strong and brassy for painting or highlighting – but it does a fantastic job of splattering.  There’s a lesson in there!

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Remarkable You

I created this calendar page long before our new Watercolor Pencils were released, but it would be really fun to use them on this project.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please head on over to see what Crystal and Cheryl have done for March.  And while you’re there, leave a little comment for them.  It’s a little thing that means a lot.