Varied Vases in Mint and Heather

I’ve already made dozens of cards with Varied Vases, but this is one of my favorites:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Varied Vases in Mint and Heather

I used a sticky note to create a mask for the stems. It was a bit of fussy cutting, but I couldn’t NOT do it. The beautiful stems in this versatile set lend themselves to tropical arrangement, and I’ve had so much fun arranging these flowers.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

Fussy cutting isn’t my favorite thing, but when it’s worth it, it’s worth it. The only difference in this second stepped-up version is the fussy cut stems, but I love the added dimension. Sharp eyes will spot tiny dots of Daffodil Delight in the blossoms.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

One more version, this time with the current Silver Metallic Edge ribbon.  I also used a Blender Pen to hand color the stems so that I could vary the tones.  You’ll want to do the coloring before you cut this one out, as the cuttings is VERY fussy.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

Inspired? Find everything you need HERE.  When you place your order, be sure to enter Host Code 32K6EETG for a special new catalog gift. Hint: it’s all about color!

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!!

 

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!