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.

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.

 

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.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

 Nancy Amato

 Melissa Bolinger 

Arden Dougan 

Tracie Evans Langley 

Anne Matasci   YOU ARE HERE!!

Heather Mathieson 

Audra Monk 

Linda Moore 

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds 

A New Year, a new calendar

New.  There’s so much promise in that word – but there’s uncertainty as well.  New is different, fresh, and sometimes uneasy.  New is exciting and invigorating, but it is also unpredictable and challenging.  I love a new year, a new calendar, a fresh start.  I set goals, make plans, and dream big dreams.  And I make a brand new DIY Easel Calendar!

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Easel Calendar January

  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Thoughtful Branches (retired)
  • Color Palette: Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride
  • Accessories: Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Wink of Stella Clear

I’ve achieved one goal:  I already have a post set up for every month of the year in 2017! Crystal, Cheryl and I are continuing our Mini-Blog hop, so be sure to see what they’ve done to begin the year.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Easel Calendar January

If you’ve had your eye on the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, you’d better hurry! The stamps and punch will be available separately after January 3rd, but the bundle will be a lost opportunity.  Shop the Online Store to get that deal!

If you’ve been thinking you should make a calendar this year, I have just 6 kits left.  Email me at AnneMatasci@gmail.com and I’ll send you an invoice.

Happy New Year!

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

DIY Calendar Refill $6 plus shipping

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

And by that I mean it is crunch time!

Mr. Maui Stamper and I are finishing up last minute packages and I found myself short a few gift card holders. Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board to the rescue!


Card stock, adhesive, washi tape, and a few leftover Cookie Cutter Christmas Cuties and I’m set!  You could throw the supplies in your suitcase and be ready at the drop of a hat. 

Don’t tell me you haven’t got a stash of little elements that you made and didn’t use. I actually have a (smallish) box of stamped Christmas embellishments that didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. 

This is the moment! Carpe diem! The 25th looms!

At least I have this done. On to the rest of the list.