Shelli and Sterling visit Maui

Last Saturday, while I was on Oahu with Mr. Maui Stamper, my phone blew up with messages from my downline Cheryl and my upline Crystal. Shelli and Sterling Gardner were on Maui and wanted to meet with Maui demonstrators!! You can imagine our excitement – and tonight, the magic really happened:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sterling and Shelli visit Maui

This is our family tree: Crystal (left) is my upline, with Sterling, Shelli, yours truly, and Cheryl, my downline. Cheryl is the real celebrity in the group as she’s earned the Alaska Incentive trip this year – we are all really proud of her! Shelli joked that I was the Momma and Crystal was the Grandma. If only she knew…

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sterling and Shelli visit Maui

Cheryl worked really hard to make the evening a wonderful event for her team, the Maui Big Shots.  Crystal and I felt so honored to be included! Sterling and Shelli are such genuine and warm people, and it was a lovely evening of conversation and great food.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sterling and Shelli visit Maui

There was a gift bag of Maui goodies for the Gardners, and we’re all wondering how they’re going to get it home – it ended up kind of heavy! They were so gracious about spending their vacation time with us, and let us pepper them with questions (Why do you retire things we love? What is Sterling’s Stampin’ Up! story? Tell us about the 30th anniversary celebration in Orlando!!)

 

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sterling and Shelli visit Maui

It was a lovely evening, one we’ll all remember and treasure as a highlight of our Stampin’ Up! careers.  A hui hou, Shelli and Sterling – until we meet again.

 

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Partying with the Pandas

I may be a little biased here, but in my humble opinion, you really NEED Party Pandas. Tell  me, how is it possible to resist?

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

  • Stamps: Party Panda (SAB 2018), Watercolor Wings
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Stamparatus (coming soon!), Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, Lots of Labels Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Basic Black Metallic Thread, Tutti Fruiti Cards and Envelopes, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

This guy is juicy and solid because I stamped him with Stamparatus. You know how hard it is to get a perfect impression with solid stamps? Not any more!!! You can layer perfectly in line with your image to cover those annoying spots that just won’t take the first time around. Stamparatus is the bomb dot com and it will be available again when the new annual catalog debuts in June. Make a note!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

This little Panda is holding a balloon, but I wanted some sparkle. The Balloon Bouquet punch is a tad larger than the stamped image, so it’s easy to place on top. He needed something to sit on, and why not sit on bubbles?

I am in love with the Tutti Fruiti Cards and Envelopes. They are ready to roll – envelopes lined and card bases scored – and come in four gorgeous prints. The card bases are quite substantial and give your projects a very professional feeling. They’re one of my top SAB picks!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

I love these little chubsters, and a few quick snips of a sticky note yielded a mask so they could create a little love-fest. I used Stampin’ Write markers on the sentiment and the tiny heart to add a little extra Calypso Coral to this fundamentally black and white focal point.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

Look at those eyes! How could you not fall in love?

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

I like the Crumb Cake lining on the Pool Party card and envelope, but I LOVE the Basic Black liner on this Calypso Coral pair! It’s perfect with the Pandas, and it works well with the Pick a Pattern Washi from the Annual Catalog, too.

The Party Pandas are free with your $50 merchandise purchase during Sale-a-bration. You can choose either clear mount red rubber or wood block red rubber (same price – FREE!) but the Stamparatus is designed to work with clear mount stamps. Get started shopping HERE!

Brusho and Sheltering Tree

My favorite Stampin’ Partner in Crime escaped her responsibilities earlier this week and came over to create. We were eager to give Brusho a try after seeing what so many others had done. I was a little apprehensive at first, but discovered pretty quickly that the best approach was to dive in headfirst! (If you take this literally, you are going to have an interestingly-colored head. Brusho is intense color.)

I grabbed some watercolor paper and embossed the Sheltering Tree. I sprinkled on some random bits o’ Brusho and unleashed the water spritzer.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree Brusho

  • Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Climbing Orchid
  • Color Palette: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizazz, Brusho Brilliant Red, Brusho Gamboge, Brusho Yellow
  • Accessories: Watercolor paper, Copper Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree Brusho

This version used the Brusho Yellow and Brusho Moss Green, which devolved most interestingly into yellows and purples. It’s a much more subtle look, but it’s more like what we see in the fall here in the islands.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree Brusho

I used a pretty light hand when I dropped my Brusho Crystals, as I didn’t want dramatic color. You can really see how the individual crystals maintain their character if you don’t add a lot of water. I barely damped my watercolor paper before I added the Brusho, then lightly misted to blend.

There are a lot of great techniques out there and we barely scratched the surface. I’d love to know what you think of this result! I have more “Brusho Bases” – cards with Brusho color and nothing else – so as I am inspired I’ll gladly share. In the meantime, if you like to play, come and play with Brusho!

CASE away!

I had a good time with this CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) and I hope you’ll give it a try! Crystal and I did some Power Stamping in the Stampin’ Garage at her house and THIS CARD was our inspiration. We loved everything about it, but the only product Lou used that we had on hand were the square framelits. Never fear: creative juices were near!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Whole Lot of Lovely

  • Stamps: Happiest of Days
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Tranquil Tide
  • Accessories: Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, Big Shot, Squares Framelits, Petals and More Thinlits dies, Foam Adhesive Strips, Linen Thread

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Whole Lot of Lovely

Lou used the Foam Adhesive Strips to elevate the DSP panel, and we agreed that it created lovely shadows. They’re a little thicker than Stampin’ Dimensionals, so the lift is greater. Each of these cards feature linen thread because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Whole Lot of Lovely

Same concept, different sentiment – this message is from the Soft Sayings Card Kit. I debated on adding some additional images around it, but decided I liked the clean look. If I were to make this card again, I’d choose a slightly smaller opening.  The additional card stock is Pear Pizazz and Crushed Curry.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Whole Lot of Lovely

We discovered that you could layer two Square Framelits in one pass through the Big Shot to cut out a perfect frame. We then laid the smaller framelit over the opening in the frame, the DSP, and the white card base to make alignment perfect for the opening.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Whole Lot of Lovely

Our last version used a different Thinlit from the same set. The tiny flower is from the Tree Builder punch, and the sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Whole Lot of Lovely

The frame and ink are Tangerine Tango, the leaves are Pear Pizazz, and the tiny flowers are Pool Party.

It was a lot of fun playing with the different sentiments we had available, and mixing and matching the color schemes for this gorgeous paper.

I hope you’re inspired to CASE this versatile design. If you didn’t see Lou’s original, you really must – it’s a completely different feeling and is a stunning card.

 

…and a New Year begins

New beginnings are filled with emotions – anticipation, excitement, even apprehension or doubt. I’ve learned to be grateful for all of those feelings, because they mean I’m alive. To quote my dad when I ask how he is: “I’m on the right side of the grass!”

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! SAB 2018 DIY Easel Calendar

  • Stamps: Amazing You (SAB 2018)
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Celebrate You Thinlits (SAB 2018)

Sale-a-bration 2018 begins on January 3rd, and the January 2018 DIY Easel Calendar features a coordinating stamp set and thinlit set that are each available for free with qualifying purchases.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Amazing You SAB 2018 DIY Easel CalendarWhat could be a better way to begin the year but with a celebration? I hope yours is joyful.

Cheryl and Crystal are joining me again to share their DIY Calendar ideas, so pop on over to see what they’ve done. I’m also delighted to introduce a Pinterest Board for YOUR creations too! Just let me know you’d like to be included and I’ll add you to the board – I’ll need your Pinterest user id. Let’s have some fun with this!

Want your own DIY calendar kit? I have just a few left for 2018. Click HERE for the details.

When you need a tag: Day Eight

You might have noticed that I use a lot of Pool Party. This is actually Soft Sky, but we all know they’re basically the same color (sorry Home Office, but you know it’s true). This is the color of my walls in my craft room, and it’s well-represented in my closet as well. It was the natural choice for this tag:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Let It Snow!

  • Stamps: Merry Little Labels
  • Color Palette: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Dazzling Diamonds, Champagne
  • Accessories: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stampin’ Write markers, Big Shot, Softly Falling TIEF, Seasonal Chums Thinlits, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

There are a lot of snowflake framelits and thinlits in this year’s Holiday catalog, so feel free to mix, match, combine and substitute what you have and love. And if you haven’t stocked up on the Black Rhinestone Jewels, I recommend you do that.

All right, it’s time to make your voice heard! What tag was your favorite, and why? I’d love to know what you think.

When you need a Tag: Day Seven

These are my favorites. (Well, maybe they’re tied with the tag I’ll share tomorrow.) I love these Cookie Cutter Christmas Characters! They are absolutely perfect for tags, and I am happy as can be that they are back for 2017. Stampin’ Blends make coloring these a complete delight.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas

  • Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Seasonal Chums (To/From)
  • Color Palette: Crumb Cake, Memento Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise
  • Accessories: Angled Tag Topper Punch, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Stampin’ Blends, Washi Basics Pack 3, Candy Cane Washi, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas

I’ve always used Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay to color this snowsuit wearing cutie. I probably ought to unleash some other colors, but I like these so well! It’s my Cookie Cutter Cutie and I’ll color as I want to.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas

There’s a special kind of genius in the Stampin’ Up! Home Office. The people that design the artwork for our stamps are flat out amazing. I mean, who looks at a gingerbread cookie figure and says “hey, if we turn it upside down, it’s a reindeer”????? Pure genius.

Tomorrow’s the last tag – stop by and let me know what your favorite has been!