More gorgeous succulents

If you liked the card from the last RemARKable Blog tour, I think you’ll enjoy what I did with some of the leftover die cuts.  This is a CASE from Krista Driessen – with variations!

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

This is quite similar to her card. Using watercolor paper for this technique really helps! I used the Gold Wink of Stella pen to splatter the main panel for this card, and my watercolor wash wasn’t completely dry. As a result, the wash has taken on a gold tone, and some of the splatters ran a bit. I considered it a lovely serendipity.

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

I just kept playing with the watercolor wash, as well as the colors and placement of the succulents. I wasn’t happy with the way the sentiment embossed with my Very Vanilla embossing powder – I think it’s too old – so I tried another option.

Maui Stamper Oh So SucculentThis one got out of control!  Not my favorite, but it’s a much bolder look.  I decided to skip the wash altogether:

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

I’m not sure if I prefer this one, or the first one. The supplies are the same:

  • Stamps: Oh So Succulent
  • Color Palette:  Ecru (watercolor paper), Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Basic Black, Pear Pizazz, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Succulent Framelits, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella Gold, Diamond Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue dots, White Perfect Elements, Aquapainter

Have some fun! Mix and match elements of a card design – start with your own design, or CASE another paper artist.  You never know what you’ll discover.

 

One more Avant Garden Welcome

Sometimes I’m astonished by the difference a color palette can make. Sure, I’ve rearranged the images a bit, but this card is quite similar to the two previous versions found HERE and HERE.

Maui Stamper Avant Garden Sale-a-bration 2017

This is a brighter, warmer color scheme, and as much as I love my Pool Party combos, this card in Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride really makes me happy. The circular design of the flowers around the Stitched Shape sentiment circle was really simple to do.  Blushing Bride is such a soft tone that I didn’t even mask the flowers: I just stamped away!

Maui Stamper Avant Garden Sale-a-bration 2017

  • Stamps:  Avant Garden (Sale-a-bration 2017), retired demonstrator exclusive stamp set (sentiment)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder
  • Accessories:  Metallic Ribbon (Sale-a-bration 2017), Sequins from the 2016 Holiday catalog, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue dots

There are just a couple more weeks left to earn free Sale-a-bration products.  When it’s over, it’s really over – these stamp sets and exclusive accessories DO NOT go on the Clearance Rack!  Shop now.

 

Maui Stampers Team Shoebox Swap

Last month, a few of the Maui Stampers got together to make cards. It’s fun to gather as demonstrators: we talk shop, catch up on each other’s lives, and make a LOT of cards. The Shoebox Swap format makes it go quickly, and even allows long-distance members to participate (we missed you, Peggy!)

Maui Stampers ShoeBox Swap

We made gorgeous cards:

Maui Stamper Sending Love Peggy Alexander

Peggy designed a fabulous valentine using the Sealed with Love bundle and punched ALL THE PIECES for us, since she sent hers in from Washing State.

Maui Stamper Sending Love Peggy Alexander

Desiree created a beautiful card with the Special Reason bundle, showcasing the versatility of using both positive and negative die cuts:

Maui Stamper Special Reason Desiree Lopes

Maui Stamper Special Reason Desiree Lopes

Linda’s iridescent dragonfly using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle was stunning in Glimmer Paper:

Maui Stamper Linda Zacharias Dragonfly Dreams

And Heather created a card we all loved using Beautiful You:

Maui Stamper Heather Bartlemus Beautiful You

There’s another image inside, and one of these days I’ll share this card again with that image. I made an error on mine and need to borrow the stamps from Heather to fix it!

There were other cards, but those crafters have their own blogs, and I’ll let them share.

Maui Stampers ShoeBox Swap

Want to be part of the Maui Stamper team? It’s easy to do, and during Sale-a-bration you’ll choose an additional 2 free stamp sets for your starter kit. It’s a fantastic bonus to an already fantastic deal.  Check out the details HERE.

Avant Garden Welcome v2.0

Once I decided I liked the Avant Garden stamps, I couldn’t stop playing with color combinations:

Maui Stamper Avant Garden Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration 2017

It’s a funny coincidence that I wasn’t all that crazy about the 2016-2018 In Color Sweet Sugarplum. Maybe it’s the name.  Maybe it’s something else. But as much as I know a lot of people who loved this color at first sight, I did not.

I guess it just had to grow on me.

  • Stamps: Avant Garden (Sale-a-bration 2017), sentiment from a retired demonstrator-only set
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Pearl Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Avant Garden Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration 2017

The color gradations come from stamping off (inking your stamp, stamping lightly onto scratch paper, and then stamping your project with the ink that remains on the stamp.)  One of the things that I liked about the way that process worked on this card was that by stamping off lightly, there were gradations remaining on the flower image.

There’s one more version to come – stay tuned!

 

Can you catch my “mistake”?

Tasty Truck is my second favorite Sale-a-bration 2017 gift with purchase (right behind Hey Chick!). I think my favorite part is playing with all of the color combinations, and our gorgeous Watercolor Pencils make the coloring so easy:

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017

This is an easy image to fussy cut as it is nearly all straight lines.  Don’t be intimidated by the fussy cut!

Since this was a congratulations card, I chose to leave the counter blank. When I’m ready to send it, I may add in some balloons or a banner. I like to leave options when I’m creating a card without a specific intention.

  • Stamps: Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017
  • Color Palette: Very Vanilla, Basic Grey, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender pens, Urban Underground DSP, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Wink of Stella Clear, Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits

The Blender pens are my hands-down, go-to choice for working with the watercolor pencils.  If you’re using watercolor paper, then an Aquapainter is a great tool.  But Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock are susceptible to pilling if they get worked with too much water, and the Blender pen flows the color so smoothly that I don’t have to rework the same area.

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017

When I came up with the concept for this card, I had one thing in mind. Putting it together, I inadvertently did something else.  See if you can figure it out!

See the Sale-a-bration 2017 offering HERE.  To qualify for the gift with purchase, shop HERE.

Still in love with Hey Chick

I may just send a variation of this card to everyone I know.

Maui Stamper Hey Chick Sale-a-bration 2017

Well, maybe every woman I know.  I love these sassy chickens!  This one looks like a hen to me, although in all honesty I haven’t a clue why.

Maui Stamper Hey Chick Sale-a-bration 2017

This one MUST be a rooster.  Look how he has his wings folded behind him. Classic rooster stance.

According to Stampin’ Up!, Hey Chick is the number one choice for Sale-a-bration this year. Don’t miss the fun – shop HERE and get yours for FREE!

A card to lift you up

Most of the projects I make are cards.  There’s a pretty simple reason: I like to send cards.

Packages and treat holders are mostly special events projects for me.  They typically need to be filled, and they’re usually filled with chocolate (duh). The chocolate never works out perfectly, resulting in leftover chocolate sitting on my craft desk.  And leftovers end up on my hips.  So I make cards!

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

  • Stamps: Lift Me Up
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder
  • Accessories:  Up & Away Thinlits, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot, Carried Away DSP (Sale-a-bration 2017), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Silver thread

This color palette is completely inspired by the Carried Away DSP.  It’s a combination I would have NEVER chosen on my own.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like it – but it does mean it’s entirely out of my comfort zone. I had to make a conscious decision to work with those colors, because I chose the cloud print from the DSP primarily because it was one color – Mint Macaron – offset with Whisper White.

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

The hot air balloon thinlits are designed to let you add as much color as you like.  This would be a gorgeous rainbow balloon (stay tuned!) Popping up a few cloud die cuts on dimensionals added texture without overwhelming all of the detail in the balloon itself.

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

This stamp set features a great selection of sentiments.  I send lots of birthday cards, so this was an easy choice.  I wanted to feature Mint Macaron on the inside panel so you would see it at the top when the card is closed. Stamping the sentiment on a narrow band of Whisper White allows the message to pop.

Enjoy!  The Lift Me Up stamps and thinlits are a great bundle, and come in both clear and wood mounted red rubber.  I highly recommend the Precision Base Plate for best results cutting out the hot air balloon with your Big Shot.  The beautiful designs in the Carried Away DSP are free as a gift with purchase during Sale-a-bration.  Shop HERE.