A sunny package

This past April, Maui was completely abuzz over a field of sunflowers. For days, my Facebook feed was filled with their shining faces beaming towards the sky, and before long I started looking for a paper version. The Eastern Elegance suite proved to be just the thing:

Maui Stamper Eastern Elegance Sunflowers

  • Stamps:  Basket Bunch (retiring and on sale!)
  • Color Palette:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Kraft
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Eastern Medallions Thinlit dies, Layering Circle framelits, Big Shot Die Brush (indispensable, on sale, and being retired to make way for a new version), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Ink Daubers, Crushed Curry Bakers Twine (retired and sold out), Gift Bag Punch Board, an old leaf Bigz die that is long, long retired, and a enamel dot from two Christmas catalogs ago.

I apologize for using things that aren’t available, but at the end of a catalog cycle it gets a little crazy!  If you’ve been crafting for a while, you know how it feels to find just the right thing – and then discover it’s not current.

Maui Stamper Eastern Elegance Sunflowers

The sunflower was really easy – two flower segments are paired with a dark circle behind the Eastern Elegance stacked thinlits.  I love that you can layer those thinlits and just make one pass with the Big Shot! The Crushed Curry ink on the outside of the petals gives them a little more dimension. I did this with Crushed Curry flowers and it worked beautifully as well.

Maui Stamper Eastern Elegance Sunflowers

These were goodie bags for my Host Club members.  We use a 6 month calendar for maximum flexibility, and we have a new round beginning in June.  There’s always room for another crafter at the table, so if you’re on Maui, let me know if you’d like to check it out.

Maui Stamper Eastern Palace Bundle with free gift

Just a few more days for your free gifts with either the Basic or Premier Eastern Palace Suite bundles!  Shop HERE.

 

Spring flowers, mainland style

I love tropical flowers – a lot! – but in the spring, I miss the spring flowers I grew up with.  You know the ones: daffodils, tulips, iris, paper whites…you might be able to grow them in some parts of the island where it gets cold at night, but the heat of the day forces them open way too fast. The markets often have bouquets in the spring, but I suspect they’re flown in, and by the time I get them home they’re already looking like they need a couple of hours in the fridge.

Fortunately, I can enjoy paper flowers all year round without having to pick up the wilted petals:

Maui Stamper Basket Bunch Daffodil

Maui Stamper Basket Bunch Daffodil

The flowers were fun to color – I used Stampin’ Write markers this time – and I was quite pleased to actually capture some of the Wink in this photo!

Maui Stamper Basket Bunch Daffodil

Basket Bunch, Gorgeous Grunge and the Festive TIEF are all retiring – shop HERE to get yours before they’re gone!