February 2019 DIY: Hey Love

Welcome to February at the Maui Stamper! I’m celebrating with these crazy long-legged birds from Hey Love in the Occasions 2019 catalog. You don’t see them there? Well, I do have a little trick…

Maui Stamper DIY Easel February 2019 Hello Love

Maui Stamper DIY Easel February 2019 Hello Love

I masked off the little short legs that this birdie was given by the (awesome) artists at Stampin’ Up! using a sticky note.  I inked them in Memento Black and stamped them up and down across the calendar – and as you can see, one of them is on the way out. Using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker, I drew legs on each bird. I was inspired by Sharni Haines in THIS POST.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel February 2019 Hello Love

It’s not too late to create your own 2019 DIY Easel Calendar. I’ve made the pdf available for your personal use at a cost of $5. It includes 12 months plus a cover should you choose to gift your own version of a DIY calendar. Just message me your email and I’ll be glad to send you an invoice.

My favorite crafty buddies in the whole wide world have February calendars to share with you too. Visit Crystal and Cheryl for more 2019 goodness.

If you’d like to draw legs on your own set of birds, shop HERE.

Welcome to 2019, Bloom by Bloom

Happy New Year!

I thought an auspicious beginning to 2019 would be bold and happy color, and the new Bloom by Bloom set that debuts on Thursday (January 3) seemed like the perfect choice for such energy:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Bloom By Bloom 2019 DIY Easel Calendar January

Don’t you love it?? I’m delighted to have this on my desktop all month! Bloom By Bloom is a photopolymer stamp set and it was at the top of my list for the 2019 Occasions catalog. My color palette is Pineapple Punch, Mango Medley, and Gray Granite – a perfectly tropical confection! The images are masked using sticky notes, adding a sense of depth with a single layer project.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Bloom By Bloom 2019 DIY Easel Calendar January

The DIY 2019 Calendar is available as a PDF – you print and cut – for $5. If you’d like to make your own calendar, send me a message and we’ll get the calendar in your hands.

Click on over to see what Cheryl and Crystal have done for January!

And if you’re ready to shop, click HERE.  What a great way to start the New Year!

(Gift) Wrapping up Holiday 2018

<OH MY.  This was scheduled to publish a week ago…but things happen. Enjoy!>

Ah, it’s been a glorious few weeks! At this stage of my life, the holidays are all about relationships. I’ve celebrated with my beloved family and dear friends and my precious church community as well, and my heart is full. There are things that I didn’t finish this year, but when all is said and done, I reflect on 2018 with deep gratitude.

But let’s have one last Holiday post, shall we? You can file this under “tags to make now so I’ll be WAAAYYY ahead of schedule in 2919. LOL.

Crystal came up with this tag – I think it was a CASE – and I absolutely love it. It has a stepped up clean and simple aesthetic and is perfect for any gift recipient. The Candy Cane Season stamps and punch (available as a bundle) are retiring on January 2, so if you love this one, don’t delay.

Same shape, entirely different feeling! Mrs.Claus looks pretty gleeful about this whole gift-giving deal, and this tag would be perfect for sweet treats or a gift to that person who always peeks (you know who you are – I have a few of those people in my extended family!)  She’s part of Signs of Santa.

This is also Crystal’s design. The tag is vellum and it is oh-so-elegant. The Pretty Label is re-purposed as an ornament, punched out of shimmer white with extra detail from the Quilt Top TIEF. A few Soft Seafoam sprigs and an Old Olive tiny bow complete the look.

I was invited to exchange with a group that has been at it for years, and it was a delightful experience! They all bring tags under wraps and then the tags are distributed so that everyone in attendance can guess the crafter. As the New Kid on the Block, I was clueless, so I assigned the tags based on the order we were seated around the table and got a score of 4 out of 12 correct!! Not bad for desperation, I’d say.

JoAnn made a gorgeous tag with a retired ornament stamp and silver embossing powder.

Iris used cupcake papers for this charming Christmas tree tag!

Donna used the retired red Glimmer Paper (oh, how I’ve missed that this year…hint, hint, Stampin’ Up!) for this sparkly tag.

Helen made this elegant rage with a retired TIEF and silver foil paper.

Caroline featured the red Glimmer Paper with this gorgeous poinsettia overlay from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlets.

Diane brought out the silver foil and red jewels for this classic stunner.

Crystal made this gift card envelope with the retired but immensely popular Santa Hat punch.

Gloria used the gorgeous wreath and bow from the Wishing You Well set and took the time to cut out all those bows!

Harriette also brought out a retired favorite framelit and used the Cookie Cutter Christmas and Softly Falling TIEF for this classic holiday tag.

Joyce created this beautiful Christmas wreath with holly embellished tag. I think we need another holly punch in 2919, don’t you?

Alice creates this charming snowman tag with the retired Warm Wishes set.

This was my contribution. I used First Frost and my favorite color palette of Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.

Tuck these ideas away for next year – it will be time to start those projects before you know it!  Shop for supplies HERE.

Holiday Goodies!

We had a little Christmas fun last week:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Holiday Goodies

This Host Club is BIG ON GOODIES!  This year we had a gorgeous selection of treats to share while we crafted holiday tags and gift card holders.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Holiday Goodies

Robbie made these adorable boxes full of Kisses. She’s the Mother of Holiday Goodies, with treats for us all through the year. It’s fun to see what she brings, because she usually has a selection of crafting supplies “from the archives”. There are some fond memories in these crafty little packages!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Holiday Goodies

Vicki assured me that these little houses are Stampin’ Up!, and they probably are – I just don’t remember them. (That seems to be happening a little more often lately…) I know I recognize that DSP, although I can’t begin to tell you where it appeared.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Holiday Goodies

I do my best to be current, so this is the Takeout Thinlit dies from the 2018 Holiday catalog (hurry, they’re retiring!). If you look closely, you might spot some retired embellishments, though. It’s amazing what you find when you’re cleaning out your stash! These boxes are crafted in vellum and are perfectly sized for Ferrero Rocher.

There are still great deals in the Year End Closeouts.  Supplies are limited.

Goodies and Crafties and Santas, oh my!

The elves have been very busy – and on Saturday, we’re setting up our tables and hoping you’ll come shop with us! The 4th Annual Waikapu Gardens Christmas Street Fair is this Saturday from 8am until noon on Ulu Kanu Street. Santa will make an appearance, and the Maui High School choir will be filling the air with holiday music.

I’ve been a busy elf myself, making cards, gift packaging and a few small gifts for your shopping pleasure. These deluxe gift card holders are created to showcase your gift card and provide space for your handwritten note of appreciation:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! First Frost Deluxe Gift Card Holder

I’ve added a strip of adhesive to the back of the note card – just peel and stick your gift card. The envelope is a beautiful, heavy weight foiled paper from a few years ago that I’ve had stashed.  I should have made these a long time ago!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! First Frost Deluxe Gift Card Holder

The Merry Merlot band slides smoothly over the envelope to create a smooth, elegant finish to your gift.

If you’re on Maui this weekend, stop by and see us!  Shop local, shop your community!

It’s hard to believe December is here…

…the past few weeks have been such a blur! Travel, events, and a few unexpected moments have kept me on my toes.

As a result, I’m focusing on the comment a friend shared recently. She said she finds herself saying “At least…” quite often. As in, “I missed every green light on the Pi’ilani Highway, but at least I wasn’t in an accident.” It’s an attitude of gratitude I try to cultivate.

So I’ve been busy, but at least I’ve been healthy, happy, and even productive. Here’s the last calendar of 2018 – I hope you’ve been inspired!

Maui Stampers Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar 2018 Santa's Workshop

  • Stamps: none!
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Santa’s Signpost Framelits, Red Glimmer Paper (retired), Santa’s Workshop Specialty DSP (sold out), Everyday Label Punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stampers Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar 2018 Santa's Workshop

I was preparing to stamp images on this calendar when this DSP caught my eye. I have to confess that since it’s sold out of the Holiday Catalog, I’ve been reluctant to use it. But how could I not?

Maui Stampers Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar 2018 Santa's Workshop

Would you like to make your own DIY Easel calendar? The calendar pages are 3 1/2″ square and are available as a PDF complete with cover pages (should you want to make them for gifts) and cutting instructions. You may print as many as you like for your gifting needs. Cost is $5, and all I need is your email to get you started.

Stop by and see what Crystal and Cheryl have done for December!

The month of gratitude

Every month, every day is an occasion for gratitude, but November makes it official. I’m not consistently faithful to journaling, but this month I’ve made a commitment to observe and reflect, keeping a daily journal to record the process.

I’m tremendously grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had through Stampin’ Up! I’ve made amazing friends, traveled to wonderful events, and found incredible inspiration through this craft medium. I LOVE working with paper – it’s cheap! If you don’t like something you’ve made, THROW IT AWAY. I’m a bit of a hoarder, and it’s taken me a while to learn that one, but that’s my nugget of wisdom for today. If you don’t love it, pitch it. Don’t keep it around to make you crazy.

I also love where I live – Maui is a very special place – and I’ve chosen to celebrate Hawaii in my November calendar:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Waterfront DIY November 2018 Easel Calendar

  • Stamps: Waterfront, Love What You Do
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral
  • Accessories: Sponge Daubers

The Waterfront stamp set is one of the most versatile in the entire catalog. If I lived on an island in the middle of the ocean, this would be one of my keepers. (LOL. Obviously, it’s a keeper!)

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Waterfront DIY November 2018 Easel Calendar

I inked up the round shape in Waterfront with Daffodil Delight and daubed some Calypso Coral on one side to hint at a setting sun. I’ve tried creating sunset skies and been unhappy with the results (see above: they are history!). I’ll let the sun set on its own.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Waterfront DIY November 2018 Easel Calendar

This year, I’m selling the 2019 calendar PDF. You’ll get the calendar itself, a page of covers to print if you’re making gifts, and a cutting guide. Cost is $5. Leave a comment if you’re interested and I’ll send you an invoice!

Go find a little more joy with Cheryl and Crystal – they’ve also created November calendars for your delight.

Need Waterfront or any other fabulous Stampin’ Up! products? Shop HERE.