Botanical Blooms is retiring and there’s nothing I can do about it

Every year when the retiring products list is published, I hold my breath and scan it for favorites.  This year, there was a BIG sigh when I saw Botanical Blooms right there in black and white.  It’s a go-to floral set for me, and has an unmistakeable tropical vibe. This is one retiring set that will go into my personal archive.

Maui Stamper Botanical Blooms

I created this extended card when I learned that a dear friend was going to be a mom for the first time.  When I created the card, the baby’s gender hadn’t been revealed, so I mixed up the colors to be gender neutral.

Maui Stamper Botanical Blooms

This image makes the card look waaaaay longer than it is – it will fit in a standard medium envelope.  Note that all the stamping is on the inside white panel – the actual embellishments are simply die cut, not stamped.

Maui Stamper Botanical Blooms

I’ve created a lot of cards using this basic technique.  I cut a large stack of assorted shapes and start layering and placing them on my card. There’s a lot of texture with the shapes and layers, but the card itself is still flat enough to mail.

  • Stamps:  Botanical Blooms 
  • Color Palette:  Crumb Cake, Shimmer White, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Marina Mist
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelits, Falling in Love DSP (retired and sold out), Pearl jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue dots

There’s still time to add either the stamps, the framelits, or both to your craft room!  Shop HERE.

 

 

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Hopping in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

I’m thrilled to be a part of the FIRST Annual Ultimate Pink Blog Hop – a collaboration of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Let’s turn the blogosphere – and Pinterest – PINK!!

Maui Stamper First Annual Ultimate Pink Blog Hop

Pink isn’t one of my go-to colors, so it’s a bit of a stretch for me to go All Pink.  I decided to play it safe and CASE myself, and I chose one of my all-time favorites to start:

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

I love the Botanical Blooms stamps and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits.  One of my favorite things to do is to crank out a heap of floral pieces (there are 14 to choose from!) and keep moving them around until I’m happy.

This one made me happy!

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

I’ve used Whisper White, Shimmer White, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Rose Red, with a smidge of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper to add sparkle without sending Mr. Maui Stamper out on the “I HATE GLITTER” warpath.  A few Rhinestone Jewels add a little more sparkle, and this card is ready for anything!

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

Dress it up or dress it down – I’ll stamp a sentiment on the inside when I choose the occasion.  I keep a stash of blank cards for those moments when I realize I’m a day late and a dollar short (tell the truth, now…doesn’t that happen to all of us once in a while?)

Maui Stamper Botanical Blossoms Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

Love You Lots is on the other end of the crafting spectrum – cute as a bug, I’d say!  This is a quick and simple card with a color palette of Whisper White, Basic Grey, Blushing Bride and a Wink Of Stella.  Do you Wink?  It’s another way of adding sparkle without a tragic Glitter outbreak, making Certain Members of my household very unhappy.

Maui Stamper Love You Lots Ultimate Pink Blog Hop 2016

A little Smoky Slate Stitched ribbon ties it all together {wink again!}

I hope you’ve enjoyed my venture into the World of Pink.  Keep in mind that our focus isn’t so much on the color, but on what it represents:  Breast Cancer Awareness.  Take care of your body.  Do your monthly self-exam.  Support your sisters who are fighting.  Contribute to an organization that funds research into learning more about this insidious disease.

And by all means, continue on the tour!  There are 70 stops – I hope you’ve got a big cup of coffee!

Join us as we Craft Pink for one day:

PINK MONDAY: October 3, 2016

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Worldwide United in Creativity

1. Janet Wakeland
2. Nancy Gauthier
3. Jason Loucks
4. Jennifer Blomquist
5. Wendy Cranford
6. Karen Zaring Browning
7. Patty Chenail
8. isabelle lefebvre
9. Leanne Johnson
10. Dena Albee
11. Lori Mueller
12. Chris Kolly
13. Rachel Yurkanin
14. Raquelle Clifton
15. Shel Anderson
16. Candy Ford
17. Chris Slogar
18. Maria Pane
19. Holly Pedersen
20. Jen Guarino
21. Jeannette Gauthier-Carterie Plus
22. Susan Timchack
23. Melissa Thomas
24. France Labrecque – Création Encre et Papier
25. Noa’s Créas
26. Fiona Stanton
27. Kelly Kent
28. Gail Davidson
29. Amanda Sevall
30. Kimberly Van Diepen
31. Janneke de Jong
32. Nichole Loe
33. Megan Herst
34. Melissa Stout
35. Kristin Kortonick
36. Lisa Pretto
37. Ilse van Vliet
38. Kylie Bertucci
39. Mary Dredge
40. Karen Titus
41. Claire Daly
42. Constanze Wirtz
43. Linda Bartolucci
44. Lea Denton
45. Candice Fields
46. Dawn Thomas
47. Sherri Price
48. Maria Willis
49. Tammy Bristol
50. Cindy Mitchell-Clark
51. Linda Cullen
52. Carol Hickman
53. Teresa Howe
54. M.E. Stites
55. Lisa Tedder
56. Monika Davis
57. Laura Pizzirusso
58. Nancy Ferb
59. Tracie Evans Langley
60. Brenda Copper
61. Amanda Rogers
62. Michelle Zanotti
63. Janette Zmich
64. Connie Deibler
65. Judith Oveson
66. Melody Tess Rollins
67. Anne Matasci
68. Alisa Tilsner
69. Crystal Kondo
70. Jennifer Downey



Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016

 

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up

 

This is not your Mother’s blog post

Buckle your seatbelts, my friends.  If you consider yourself easily shocked, you might want to visit another blog today.  There’s a story here…

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

I designed this card for my Hostess Club, because I really didn’t think the one I WANTED to make was appropriate.  For the record, here are the supplies:

  • Stamps:  Honeycomb Hello
  • Color Palette:  So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Botanical Gardens DSP, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Jewels, Iced Rhinestone Embellishments, Aquapainter

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

You have to be a little careful with this chick, because there’s attitude in that face.  And this is where the story begins.

I’m gonna let my BFF tell it – actually, she practically demanded that I let her write this post.

This card is not for the faint of heart.  Or for the Fragile Friends.

So… a bit of background.  Imagine.  Late night in a stampin’ garage dodging insects.  (And by late night, I mean, 9:00…cause my normal bedtime is 7:30… so we are talking LATE).  And a couple of stampers, who shall remain nameless to protect their identities, were perusing the new Occasions Catalog.  And at this time of night, delirium has set in.  Severe case of the funnies has set in.  We get to Honeycomb Hello.  Love the bird, the stamps, but decide how USEFUL an OH HELL sentiment could be.  And how we are apparently missing this sentiment from our stampin’ arsenal.  Well, don’t you love the markering stamp technique??  Allows you to put ink where you want and not where you don’t.  So…you can make whatever sentiment you like.

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

 

This is the perfect card for your bestest bff of all time.  Cause they are the ones you call when you have the phrase… “Well, you’ll never guess what I did today….” or when you forgot something significant, or when you are needing comfort… but in ALL those situations, OH HELL works!!  And cause she is your bestest BFF, she totally gets it.  And jumps right into the madness and sits with you (brings the wine and chocolate) until life is normal again.  And she is also the one, when opening this card will understand that it is the perfect card at the perfect time.  It’s a PERFECT I’m sorry card.  Or Birthday…  or well… ANYTHING.  This is the best BESTEST BFF CARD.

 

Maui Stamper Honeycomb Happiness Hell-o

Don’t you just love those little honeycomb embellishments!?!  They are the perfect accent to add to this little chick.  

Now, I LOVE kind and pretty and delightful cards that uplift and make people’s day.  But even though we live in paradise, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. A good OH HELL and a glaring chick will make your BFF smile.  Every time.  I promise.  Cause it’s the reminder that she gets it.  And, really, she doesn’t even need to say anything for you to understand that that fact.

Seriously?  Couldn’t have said it better myself.