Kick back and enjoy

This classic Adirondak style chair is an invitation to relax:

Maui Stamper Diagonal Fold Box Colorful Seasons

  • Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Timeless Textures
  • Color Palette: Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim
  • Accessories: Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, WInk of Stella, Linen Thread

Maui Stamper Diagonal Fold Box Colorful Seasons

I used THIS tutorial for the criss-cross box template. (Warning: she stamps her own plaid design. I did NOT stamp a plaid, I used DSP. So much easier.)

Maui Stamper Diagonal Fold Box Colorful Seasons

A package of Green Tea Macnuts fits perfectly inside.  They’re aailable at your local ABC store (what? you don’t have an ABC store? They’re on every corner in Waikiki!!)

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Pink Tulips

When you find something that makes you happy, I recommend you do it again!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tranquil Tulips Host stamps

The Stampin’ Sponges are crucial to the look of this card. They add color and dimension to the impression left by the TIEF, but the color can be kept soft or intensified depending on individual preference.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tranquil Tulips Host stamps

A sticky note about 1 1/2″ from the bottom of the card creates a clean break and a place to sign the card on the inside.

This is almost the same as the card posted HERE. I changed the primary colors and not much else. I’m pretty pleased with this layout – ideally, the banner on the front would be left blank so that the card could be customized to any occasion.

Paper Pumpkin is a great way to add fabulous stamps to your collection and enjoy a quick creative break each month.  Save 50% on your first kit – subscribe HERE and use code HALFOFF0917!

Maui Stamper Paper Pumpkin HalfOff0917

Happy Bird-day

I love birds. I love to hear them at the beginning and the end of the day, rustling in the trees and calling out to each other.  I love to watch them on my walks and in my gardens, searching for tasty bits and strutting across the lawn. Shouldn’t be a huge surprise to learn that the Feathery Friends Host set was at the top of my list for the 2017-2018 Annual catalog.

Maui Stampers Feathery Friends Host set

I had a fabulous time with the Watercolor Pencils and the Aqua Painter. Coloring is really relaxing for me.

Maui Stampers Feathery Friends Host set

I used the Pokey Doodle to make holes to thread the Bakers Twine. I REALLY don’t like it when bows fall off.  Sometimes I’m lazy and use a Glue Dot, but threading the twine through the holes guarantees that bow will Stay Put.

You know, there just aren’t that many things that are guaranteed any more, and I like knowing my bow is going to stay on the card.

If you’ve never tried Paper Pumpkin, you can try it at 50% savings this month! Subscribe HERE by Monday, September 10th and use the code HALFOFF0917.

Maui Stamper Paper Pumpkin HalfOff0917

 

New Clearance Rack – Hurry, it won’t last!

Maui Stamper Clearance Rack Spring 2017

The Clearance Rack has just been updated and there are GREAT deals – framelits, ribbon, paper (including super savings on card stock assortments), punches, washi tape, ink, embellishments and more!

Some of my personal favorites:

Maui Stamper Botanical Builder Framelits

The Botanical Builder Framelits

Maui Stamper Botanical Builder Framelits

The Succulent Framelits

Maui Stamper Gold Sequin TrimGold Sequin Trim

 

Don’t waste a minute!  Clearance rack products are available While Supplies Last, and it won’t be long for many of these gems!  Shop HERE.

Jars of Love meet Colorful Season

What a perfect match! These graceful branches from Colorful Season belong in this jar. With such a clean, simple image, I decided to leave the sentiment off the front of the card and put it on the inside. This has the added benefit of allowing me to put this card into my Need-A-Card-Now stash, ready for last minute addition of the message of the day.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Jars meet Colorful Season

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Jars meet Colorful Season

The Colorful Seasons Suite is a beautiful combination of stamps, thinlits and the Color Theory DSP stack. If you’re shopping for the stamps, don’t miss the bundle that includes the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

There’s just one little trick to this project.  I stamped the “water” directly on the front panel, but stamped the jar in Basic Black on Vellum cardstock.  (It’s best to do this step early in the process to allow plenty of time for the ink to dry thoroughly – I did mine the day before.) Cut out the jar stamped on the vellum with the framelits and attach it with a few dabs of Fast Fuse around the perimeter for an authentic look.

Stay tuned – there’s another version of this card in the works!

Hello Climbing Orchids

Lately I’ve found myself needing cards with more generic greetings: hello, thinking of you, that sort of thing. This big HELLO stamp from the Hello Friend set is a design element on its own, but I had a stack of orchids waiting to be used, and the combination was very satisfying:

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

I used the Aquapainter to add a little So Saffron ink to the orchid image, and then used it without any ink to blur and drag color to the stamped areas. Once that was dry, I added a little Wink for sparkle.

The Gold Thread technique that seems to work best for me is to put a Stampin’ Dimensional or Glue Dot on the card front where an image or layer will be applied, and then wind the thread through that adhesive until the arrangement is pleasing. An extra Dimensional or Glue Dot adjacent to the “holder” helps keep everything just where it belongs.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! July 2017 Bonus Days

If you earned Bonus Days vouchers in July, be sure you spend them in August! Shop HERE.

 

August flowers on the line

This is the month when things start to get really HOT on Maui. I’m a sunshine and warm weather girl, but even I wilt a bit with our late summer heat. These sweet posies, however, will stay fresh all month long:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Swirly Bird

  • Stamps: Swirly Bird
  • Color Palette:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Framelits

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Swirly Bird

The color on the flowers isn’t even sponged – I inked them up with the Peekaboo Peach and then tapped the edges into the Tangerine Tango pad. It’s almost too easy. I also toyed with the idea of putting at least one of the blooms on a dimensional, but with these calendars I prefer as flat a profile as possible, so it was Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) to the rescue.

Cheryl and Crystal have created fabulous August designs – stop by and see what they’ve done!