A card to lift you up

Most of the projects I make are cards.  There’s a pretty simple reason: I like to send cards.

Packages and treat holders are mostly special events projects for me.  They typically need to be filled, and they’re usually filled with chocolate (duh). The chocolate never works out perfectly, resulting in leftover chocolate sitting on my craft desk.  And leftovers end up on my hips.  So I make cards!

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

  • Stamps: Lift Me Up
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder
  • Accessories:  Up & Away Thinlits, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot, Carried Away DSP (Sale-a-bration 2017), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Silver thread

This color palette is completely inspired by the Carried Away DSP.  It’s a combination I would have NEVER chosen on my own.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like it – but it does mean it’s entirely out of my comfort zone. I had to make a conscious decision to work with those colors, because I chose the cloud print from the DSP primarily because it was one color – Mint Macaron – offset with Whisper White.

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

The hot air balloon thinlits are designed to let you add as much color as you like.  This would be a gorgeous rainbow balloon (stay tuned!) Popping up a few cloud die cuts on dimensionals added texture without overwhelming all of the detail in the balloon itself.

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

This stamp set features a great selection of sentiments.  I send lots of birthday cards, so this was an easy choice.  I wanted to feature Mint Macaron on the inside panel so you would see it at the top when the card is closed. Stamping the sentiment on a narrow band of Whisper White allows the message to pop.

Enjoy!  The Lift Me Up stamps and thinlits are a great bundle, and come in both clear and wood mounted red rubber.  I highly recommend the Precision Base Plate for best results cutting out the hot air balloon with your Big Shot.  The beautiful designs in the Carried Away DSP are free as a gift with purchase during Sale-a-bration.  Shop HERE.

An Avant Garden Welcome

I’ll be honest with you. I was not impressed with Avant Garden when I first opened my 2017 Sale-a-bration brochure.  I mean, flowers again already?  I should have known better.  There have been very, very few stamp sets that I have not grown to love.  (It does happen.  I try not to talk about it.)

Maui Stamper Avant Garden Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration 2017

The first step towards learning to love Avant Garden was to apply some of my favorite colors.  Second step was to remember that hey, it was free – that starts the love flowing!

  • Stamps:  Avant Garden (2017 Sale-a-bration), retired demonstrator exclusive sentiment
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Island Indigo, So Saffron
  • Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon, Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

I almost didn’t include the lace trim.  It’s Very Vanilla.  The card is Whisper White.  I decided to get over it and I’m glad I did.  This may be a first for me!

Maui Stamper Avant Garden Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration 2017

There are many ways to adhere sequins to a card, but I use Glue dots 99.99% of the time.  They’re clear, they’re the same shape, and it’s the fastest way I know to get the job done.  Bam!!

I’m thrilled to be welcoming more demonstrators to the Maui Stampers.  There’s still time to join and reap the awesome Sale-a-bration benefits: you’ll earn two additional FREE stamp sets of ANY price when you sign up during SAB.  There’s no risk and no requirement to continue.  It’s a great way to test drive being a demonstrator, and there will be some fabulous sneak peeks in the next few months (2017-2018 Annual Catalog, anyone?).  Demonstrators always get the news first!  Learn more HERE.


It’s RemARKably…Succulent!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

Welcome to the February 2017 RemARKable Blog tour. Our primary focus this month is succulents – and it seems everyone is just a little succulent-crazy these days! What’s not to like about these diversely shaped, easy to grow, low-water-use beauties?  Especially when they’re made out of paper – talk about easy care!!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

I used the Oh So Succulent bundle to create a generous little heap of die cuts in a variety of greens and began to layer them. I used the Woodgrain TIEF to suggest a log and to give them a neutral base without overwhelming them.

The fun for me was not just in the placement of the die cuts, but in adding the textures from different stamps, the gold thread, and ultimately, diamond jewels.  Imagine them as drops of water on the canvas and you’ll see what I saw!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Oh So Succulent

When I finished the traditional card, I had some leftovers and realized how easily the same layout would adapt to a 3×3 note card. It would certainly work with a larger square format, but I’m quite fond of this size.

Enjoy the rest of the tour!  Click HERE to move forward to Audra Monk – the full tour is below.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog


Anne Matasci – you are HERE!!

Audra Monk

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds

Janet Wakeland

Nancy Amato

Melissa Bolinger

Arden Dougan

Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Doesn’t that bring back Saturday morning cartoon memories? So does Everyday Heros, an under-appreciated stamp set from the Occasions 2017 catalog.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero

Back the in days before DVR, Netflix, DVDs, even videos, kids were programmed to get up early on Saturday  –  the same kids who were pulled kicking and screaming from their beds Monday through Friday.  The reason? Network cartoons.  I can still sing (or at least hum) way more cartoon theme songs than I care to admit. And this stamp set revives them all.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

  • Stamps:  Everyday Hero
  • Color Palette: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Falling in Love DSP,  Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Jewels

Watercolor pencils are back in stock but we have been warned that the supply is limited.  This hot product is So.Much.Fun.  If you don’t have them, trust me, you need them.  An image like this heroine is detailed and small enough that traditional watercoloring, especially on Very Vanilla cardstock, would be a challenge.  The Watercolor pencils plus Blender pens are the HEROS of this card!

And don’t forget your Free Sale-a-bration Gift with Purchase!  New items arrive on February 21st.


Growing a team

This Sale-a-bration has been busy for the Maui Stampers.  Our team is growing, and it’s such a pleasure to welcome new members to our community.  Even though we live on a small island, it may be a while before I have the opportunity to meet some of my new downline members.  Of course, that’s why we make cards!

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

This big, beautiful pineapple is such fun to stamp. I use a combination of ink pads and markers to add color variety and texture, and the Wink of Stella clear (my fave!) to add sparkle.

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

The beautiful Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack is a free gift with your qualifying Sale-a-bration order.  It’s just the right combination of softness and body for a card.

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

I chose Baker’s Twine and changed the mat for this one just to make it a little different, but it’s really the same card.

Maui Stamper Pineapple Welcome to our Stampin' Up! Family

What does it mean to join the team? There’s no obligation, and during Sale-a-bration you’ll choose two extra stamps sets!  Enjoy the discount, have a class or craft party with your friends, or generate real income with a full-time business – it’s all up to you! Check it out HERE and discover what happy stampers all over the world have learned for themselves: Stampin’ Up! is ohana – that’s how we say family in Hawaii.  I would love to welcome you to the Maui Stamper’s team.

Lotsa Hedgie Love

Hedgehog, groundhog, whatever – it’s February, and if Puxatawny Phil sees his shadow tomorrow, legend has it there will be 6 more weeks of winter.  Here on Maui, that’s not much of a concern – maybe it just means the whales will stay a bit longer.

Maui Stamper DIY Calendar Lotsa Love

  • Stamps:  Love You Lots (Host)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sweet Sugarplum
  • Accessories:  Aquapainter, Stampin’ Write markers,  DIY Easel Calendar kit

Love You Lots is my favorite host reward stamp set.  If you enjoy following my calendars, I’m warning now you that you’ll see this set again.  It won’t be available after May 31, 2017, so if you like it, you might want to take action now.  Just sayin’.

Maui Stamper DIY Calendar Love You Lots

Coloring the hedgies was pretty simple.  I used the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker to accent the stamped lines on their bodies and then used an Aquapainter to add a little wash to both their bodies and as a ground. That little touch of Sweet Sugarplum is my nod to Valentines Day on the 14th.

Looking for more inspiration? Visit Cheryl and Crystal to see what February looks like from their craft rooms.  Want to make your own calendar? There are still a few DIY Calendar refills available for $6 plus shipping.  Click HERE for details.


So hard to find the words

One of the most difficult cards to make is a sympathy card. It needs to express something that is truly beyond words, a message spoken from one heart to another. I often choose elements from nature for a sympathy card, partly because the images are soothing, but also because nature represents the full circle of our existence.

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture Sympathy

  • Stamps: Touches of Texture, Gorgeous Grunge, An Open Heart
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Stampin’ Write markers, Aquapainter, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture Sympathy

I used Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves and the centers of the flowers, then added a lighter touch with the Aquapainter to give the blooms some depth.  I’m not a formally trained artist, and so my watercoloring is nothing more than whimsy.  I’m ok with that.