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 –
Melissa Bolinger –
Tamra  Davis
Anne Matasci –    YOU’RE  HERE!!!
Heather Mathieson –
Audra Monk –
Maria Pane –
Michele Reynolds –
Pam Staples –
Janet Wakeland –


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!

Love my birdies!

Tomorrow is the RemARKable Blog Tour.  I’m featuring For the Birds, and I have a little sneak peek for you today:

Maui Stamper For the Birds

  • Stamps:  For the Birds, Dictionary (both retiring)
  • Color Palette:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Colored Pencils (non-SU), All is Calm Washi (Clearance Rack), Stampin’ Dimensionals

This image is intentionally a little stark – I think it adds to the feeling of missing someone.  That washi tape was serendipitous, as in my mind it looks quite USPS-y.  (That’s a word because I wrote it out and that makes it so.)

Maui Stamper For the BirdsDon’t be afraid of coloring pencils – they’re very easy to use and the colors are very forgiving.  Plus there’s always an eraser.  Really, I should use pencil more often.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow afternoon for the RemARKable tour!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Goodbyes

A cheery Easel Calendar for April

Sunny yellow flowers are perfect for spring:

Maui Stamper April 2015 DIY Easel CalendarThe color theme is Hello Honey with a little Pear Pizazz and some Basic Black.  I love a basic black and white theme with a pop of color, don’t you?  Stamps are Gorgeous Grunge and Bordering Blooms, with the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack shaping the flower.  I used Glue Dots to add a little bit of dimension to the flower without really popping it up.  My Chalk Marker added just a little highlight – white but not too bright!

Maui Stamper April 2015 DIY Easel CalendarThese little calendars go together quickly, and they’re really satisfying to complete.  It’s such a pleasure to have one sitting on my kitchen counter!

No April Fools here – head on over to see what Crystal and Cheryl are doing for April.

It’s a RemARKable Sale-a-bration

Welcome to the February Sale-a-bration RemARKable Blog Tour!  I know Valentines Day is nearly here, but I have something different in mind for you.  My theme today is:

“If life give you lemons, make…a card!”

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour SAB Happy ThingIntroducing “A Happy Thing”!

Maui Stamper A Happy Thing SAB2015With a $50 US product purchase, this stamp set is yours for free in either wood (#139131) or clear (#139134).

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour SAB Happy ThingI used the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities to color this image, and enjoyed the differences in each lemon – just the way you would find them in nature!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour SAB Happy ThingPerhaps you haven’t purchased those Blendabilities yet – no worries.  Stamp the lemon on any of our yellow toned cardstock – this is Crushed Curry.  This card is intentionally minimalist, as I often find myself short on cards for men.  No ribbons here!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour SAB Happy ThingTrim it and adhere it over the base lemon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  There’s a little highlight on the Crushed Curry cardstock done with our Chalk Marker.

- trim it and mount it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The entire image – leaves plus lemon – is a little fussier to cut but it won’t ruin your day if you choose to go that route.  A few gold sequins from the sequin trim and some stamped dots create a little Bokeh effect.

Three cards, three different sentiments, one color palette and one gorgeous lemon.  Almost as refreshing as hand-squeezed lemonade – enjoy the rest of the tour!

RemARKableBlogTourSAB AudraNancy Amato –
Melissa Bolinger –
Tamra Davis –
Connie Diebler –
Becky Jensen – ttp://
Anne Matasci –   YOU’RE HERE
Audra Monk –
Maria Pane –
Andi Potler –
Michele Reynolds –
Pam Staples –
Janet Wakeland –