The Retiring List – what’s a crafter to do?

2017 Retiring Header

I’ve had a little time to look through the list of products retiring from 2016-2017, and I have a few things to share with you. Products are selling out VERY QUICKLY, so don’t delay.  Here are a few things I consider noteworthy:

  • Bundles are retiring – in some cases, stamps will continue. Many have already sold out.
  • Many suites, especially in the Occasions catalog are retiring. Stock up on DSP and embellishments for things you already have
  • Project Life products are retiring, many at a discount. The cards packs are GREAT for card making!!
  • Gorgeous Grunge – Clear and Wood –  is retiring.  Don’t miss that one.
  • Botanical Blooms (discounted!) and the Pineapple Clear and Wood stamp  are retiring – if you do tropical cards, snap these up!
  • The Owl Builder punch is retiring. So.Much.Punch.Art.
  • Christmas Greetings Thinlits  are retiring – one of my absolute favorites.
  • Stars Framelits are retiring.  These are a holiday staple.
  • The Adhesive Remover is retiring, and I consider it a crafting essential.

Did I mention things are selling out quickly??  If you want the

Retiring Products page, start HERE.

Retiring Stamps page, start HERE.

Retiring Bundles page, start HERE.

Retiring Everything Else, start HERE.

But start NOW!!

 

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Warning: Retired Product Ahead

I don’t usually share projects made with retired product, but I was so pleased with this set that I’ve made an exception.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

There’s a special baby about to join our family, and he was celebrated on Saturday in California.  I wasn’t able to be there, but I wanted to send something just for him.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

The animals from Zoo Babies are some of my favorites from Stampin’ Up!, and I’ve marked that retired stamp set as a keeper.  I especially love the patterned ears on this Ellie.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

I inked up this giraffe with Crushed Curry and added Soft Suede details with a Stampin’ Write marker before stamping the image.

Maui Stamper Zoo Babies (retired)

If you’re fortunate enough to have Zoo Babies in your stash, enjoy.  If it’s not there, don’t sweat it.  There are heaps of great options – check out Barnyard Babies to start!

New babies mean gifts, and gifts mean Thank You notes!  Speaking of Thank You notes, I got a handmade card from a special friend in Arizona:

Maui Stamper Handmade Thank You

I made a pledge for Jayden’s Fun Run, and this arrived last weekend.  How fabulous is that?

 

Weekly Deals August 11 – 17

Here are the deals this week:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals 2015-8-11I don’t want to be the one to break it to you, but that big holiday with all the gift wrap and tags is coming sooner than we think – and that Scalloped Tag Topper punch will be indispensible!  The new 2014-2016 In Color Washi tape is another must have.

Shop HERE.

Red, White and July!

Every year I tell myself I will choose something BESIDES red, white, and blue for my July calendar…and…well, see for yourself:

Maui Stamper July 2015 DIY Easel Calendar

  • Stamps:  Flower Patch
  • Color Palette:  Real Red, Pacific Point, Soft Sky and Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Flower Fair Framelits, Rhinestone Jewels

When you team up Flower Patch with the Flower Fair Framelits, wonderful things happen in a blink of an eye!

Maui Stamper July 2015 DIY Easel CalendarSpeaking of Wonderful Things, today the Watercolor Wishes kit becomes available (p. 80 in the annual catalog).  I’m offering a class featuring this kit – let me know if you are interested!

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes

Watercolor Wishes Card Kit and 12 Piece Photopolymer Stamp Set #140406 $35 Inclusive

Crystal and Cheryl are sharing their July DIY calendars too – check them out!

Let’s Get Going Places – RemARKably!

Welcome to the latest edition of the RemARKable Blog tour.  We’re certainly going places this month and we hope you’ll come along!  This is a long post with a lot of photos – if you want to move along, click on the graphic below to see what the talented Heather Mathiesen has done:

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Mr. Maui Stamper and I love to travel.  Sometimes we’re asked why we would ever want to leave our beautiful island.  As much as we love our home, we also love seeing new places.  More importantly, our three wonderful, independent, confident children are flung across 12 time zones in the world.  We love them, so we travel!

I’ve learned to take an envelope with me every trip to collect the receipts, ephemera, and mementos that accumulate when you travel.  At first it was a plain #10 envelope, then a 6×8 envelope, and finally, I’ve graduated to a travel wallet.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015With a little tinkering, I found a size that worked well and was quick to put together, and now I make one for each trip.  It gives me something pretty and new to use, and allows me to quickly locate the correct envelope for any given trip should I need to find a receipt or memento.

You’ll need:

  • a 12″ square piece of card stock
  • a 2 3/4″ x 9″ piece of DSP
  • a 2 3/4″ x 9″ piece of either card stock or DSP
  • The Simply Scored tool
  • a button or brad
  • a length of twine (about 14″)
  • a 1/8″ hole punch
  • adhesive – I use Tear and Tape and Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive)
  • Corner rounder punch

Let’s get started!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Place the card stock on the Simply Scored tool and score at 4″, 4 1/2″, 5″ and 9 1/4″.

Turn the card stock a quarter turn so that you are scoring perpendicularly to the first set of score marks.  Score at 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 10 1/2″ and 11 1/4″.

If you don’t have the Simply Scored tool, you can measure and score the old fashioned way.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Fold gussets across the middle and on either side as indicated by the score marks.  Your envelope will have a gusset along the bottom and on the sides.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Trim off the sides as shown.  The narrow panel at the bottom of the photo will be your flap and will be 9 inches wide.  The second panel will be adhered to the third (top) panel to create the envelope.  Clear as mud?

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Adhere your DSP to the 9 inch wide flap.  I use Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) so that I can get as close as possible to the edge.  (I use a bone folder to smooth out any bubbles and assure a smooth fit.) This is the fabulous new Timeless Elegance DSP, and I think it is gorgeous with Basic Grey card stock.  Use the Corner Rounder punch to (wait for it) ROUND THE CORNERS.  Lol.  I know.  I crack myself up.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Fold in the gusset that will be at the bottom of the envelope, and then fold in the sides.  Apply our new Tear and Tape to the flap as shown.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Snip a bit into the flap, because there’s some magic to be done.  That little snip will create a space for the flap to leap over the gusset.  When you adhere the sides this way, you won’t have a gap at the bottom for little things to slide through.  Practice once or twice before you remove the tape from the adhesive to get the feel of it.  It’s not hard!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Once the sides are together, trim the ends that stick out at the top to a pleasing angle.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Almost done!  Punch a 1/8″ hole in the center of the top flap and thread through your twine.  Tape into place – I use the Tear and Tape because I can.  (This beautiful Basic Grey and Vanilla twine is from the Gratitude for Days Simply Created kit on the Clearance Rack.  It’s a steal at $8.79!)

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Loop the twine around the brad before you open the prongs to be sure there is enough clearance.  Secure the brad.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Apply Tear and Tape around the bumpy parts where the brad and the twine appear on the bottom.  (We’re going to cover those up!)  Apply Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) to that second piece of card stock (2 3/4′ x 9″) and cover that mess!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015Yeah, I’m fussy like that.  Your travel wallet is ready for your next trip – where are you going?  I’m Salt Lake City bound next month for Inspire.Create.Share 2015!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Going Places 2015

The tour continues with Heather Mathieson, if you’ve been hardy enough to make it this far!  The rest of the team is listed below – enjoy the creative projects!

 

 

Nancy Amato – http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com/2015/06/remarkable-stampers-blog-tour-going.html
Melissa Bolinger –  http://creativeblessingsbymissy.blogspot.com/2015/06/remarkable-blog-tour-going-places.html
Tamra  Davis http://www.theCardLadies.com/remarkable-blog-tour-going-places/
Anne Matasci – http://wp.me/pCcBw-1RL    YOU’RE  HERE!!!
Heather Mathieson – http://wp.me/p2wIuv-2f
Audra Monk – http://thecraftyyogi.blogspot.com/2015/06/going-places-remarkable-blog-hop.html
Maria Pane – http://stampinandscrappinwithriri.blogspot.com/2015/06/remarkable-stampers-blog-tour-moving-on.html
Michele Reynolds – http://inspirationink.typepad.com/inspiration-ink/2015/06/going-places-blog-tour.html
Pam Staples – http://wp.me/p3p2VA-12t
Janet Wakeland – http://wp.me/pHIQD-7ij

 

Sweet Birds for the First of June

June’s Easel calendar is one last look at the retiring set For the Birds:

Maui Stamper June 2015 Easel CalendarIf you saw the RemARKable Blog tour in May, you’ll remember that I featured this stamp set.  It’s ideal for coloring with colored pencils.

Sweet Birds for the First of JuneSuch happy little birds!  If it wasn’t for Captain Stupidhead, I would have a bird bath in my yard.  Come to think of it, he’s gotten so old that he doesn’t even look when they are on the lawn 6 feet in front of him.  Maybe I’ll go bird-bath shopping…

Please take a look at what Crystal and Cheryl have done for the Merry Month of June.  And happy crafting!