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.

 

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

 

 

The Merry Month of December

December is here, and it will surely be merry!

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar December 2016

  • Stamps:  Happy Scenes (Holiday 2015, retired), Be the Star
  • Color Palette:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Dazzling Details
  • Accessories:  Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Red Foil paper, Fine Tip Glue pen

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar December 2016

The Red Foil is luxurious!  I find the Fine Tip Glue pen to be indispensable when it’s time to adhere these words.

A word about retired products:  Yes, I realize it’s frustrating when you want to re-create a project and you don’t have access to the exact product that was used.  At the same time, I’m not presenting these calendars as a class.  They are for your enjoyment and inspiration, and I encourage you to look around your craft space for options.  Explore!  Improvise!  Be creative – it’s such a glorious process.

Now make your merry way over to Cheryl and Crystal to see their December calendars!

The 2017 DIY Easel Calendar has landed!

Whew! I’ve been cutting paper for what seems like forever, but the glorious result is that DIY Easel calendar kits are available for 2017.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

This petite calendar is a canvas ready for your creative touch!  You’ll receive12 precisely-cut monthly calendar pages and a cover page featuring the year.  There are 13 cut-to-size mats featuring the 2015-2017 and 2016-2018 In Colors, plus Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Marina Mist.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

There are two ways to purchase the kit.  You can purchase it complete with an easel, and it will come packaged in a clear box with a ribbon (colors vary) ready for gifting.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

If you’ve purchased before, or already have an easel, I am making the calendar pages and coordinating mats available separately.  They’re packaged in a clear envelope.

Not sure about the colors? Please consider that my camera and your monitor may not capture the exact hue and tone, but you’ll receive mats in the following colors:

Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, Emerald Envy, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon and Daffodil Delight.  If you want to take a better look, visit my Online Store to see the Stampin’ Up! card stock collection.

  • DIY Easel Calendar Kit is $9.00
  • DIY Calendar refill is $6.00

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

Shipping is by USPS and will be sent First Class or Priority Mail.  I ship the best possible method at the best possible price and will calculate based on what you order.  Typically, a single Calendar refill can be sent in a First Class envelope with postage of $.68.  Easel Calendar Kits are shipped Priority Mail Small Flat Rate with postage of $6.80.  I can ship multiple kits in one box.

Many crafters have asked for the template over the years.  I do not sell the template.  I didn’t create it and I don’t own it, and the crafter who does own it does not want to sell it as a template.  These kits are the only way to purchase this particular calendar.

To order, leave a comment or email me directly at AnneMatasci@gmail.com.  I’ll need your order and your email address, and will send an invoice via Square.  At this time, I’m not shipping these outside of the United States.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

That Silly Fox

I know.  I’ve used another retired stamp set this month.  You’ll have to forgive me as I create these calendars…well, about now!  And the Holiday catalog and all it’s beautiful images is sitting right there on my desk.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar November 2016

  • Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends (Holiday 2015, retired)
  • Color Palette:  Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories:  Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar November 2016

I’ve begun to include Paper Snips in my Project Recipe when I fussy-cut an image.  If you haven’t taken the leap and treated yourself to this indispensable tool, I urge you to give them a try.  They aren’t expensive ($10) and you will be amazed by the precise work they make possible.  Stuff your stocking!

Check out what Crystal and Cheryl have done this month.

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!