Weekly Deals and the Online Extravaganza 

Weekly deals keep their holiday crafting focus:



Dazzling Diamonds in the house!!

And while you’re shopping be sure to check out the Online Extravaganza and the Holiday catalog retiring list. There’s a lot to keep track of. 

Shop at http://www.AnneMatasci.StampinUp.net  

A Cozy Christmas (not a Maui Christmas)

We don’t have scenes like this on Maui at all, but it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them:

Maui Stamper Cozy Christmas Hearth and HomeAt convention, one of the presenters showed us how you could make little pin-point dots on a piece of card stock with our new Fine Tip Glue Pen and add Dazzling Diamonds (don’t tell) for this snowfall effect.

Maui Stamper Cozy Christmas Hearth and HomeI took it a step further and added snow on the roof, the trees, and the windowsill.

Maui Stamper Cozy Christmas Hearth and HomeI tried the same card again using Basic Black and some of our retired Silver Encore card stock, but I still felt that the sponging for the sky needed to be deep blue – this is Isand Indigo and Night Of Navy.

Maui Stamper Cozy Christmas Hearth and HomeThe second time around I liked my drifting snow much more.

I’m ambivalent – do you have a preference?  One thing I’m sure of:  the Hearth and Home Window frame Thinlits are a big hit!

A calendar for September

I chose an old favorite for my September easel calendar.  I must not be the only one who likes it, because it’s still available in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar September 2015

  • Stamps:  Summer Silhouette
  • Color Palette:  So Saffron, Hello Honey, Early Espresso
  • Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds

I’ve been a little wild and crazy with the Dazzling Diamonds lately, and I hope I don’t get too careless.  Mr. Maui Stamper is NOT a fan of glitter on the run.  If it is firmly attached to something – anything – he will tolerate it, but glitter in the air, on clothing, or (especially) on the furniture drives him crazy.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar September 2015

But look at those beautiful sparkly bits!  It absolutely had to be done.  Can I let you in on a little secret?  I just added those Dazzling Diamonds a few days ago with my new, about-to-be-released Fine Tip Glue Pen from the Holiday Catalog.  Tombo will always be The Wonder Adhesive in my book, but the Fine Tip Glue Pen is going to need some special recognition too.

Be sure to visit Cheryl and Crystal to see what they’ve created for this month – and stay tuned if you’d like a set of blank 2016 pages for your own creative calendar!


Big News, Baby!

They say babies like bright colors – I certainly hope so!

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesThis was another card I brought to convention as a general swap.  I confess that I struggled with the colors a bit, and when they were all completed I wished I’d stamped the lamb in Watermelon Wonder – but it is what it is.

  • Stamps:  Big News, Barnyard Babies
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
  • Accessories:  Hearts Border punch, Blushing Bride cotton ribbon, Two-way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, the Big Shot and Large Polka Dot TIEF

The embossed background just doesn’t show up in this photo, and I’m sorry.  It makes a difference.But I made a special tool to position those hearts:

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesIt’s a strip of card stock – I must throw out a hundred of these a month – with holes punched in it.  And it just so happens that those holes line up perfectly with those hearts:

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesI decided where I wanted the hearts on the first card and made a template.  I placed the template across the bottom of the sentiment and made tiny dots with the tip of a sharp pencil.  Remove the template, put a dab of Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) on each pencil mark, and drop in the punched hearts.  As Mr. Maui Stamper and I like to say when we’re working on a project, it’s CUSTOM.

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesSpeaking of Mr. Maui Stamper, I tried to be as clandestine as possible with the Dazzling Diamonds.  He was traveling a bit around the time I made these, so I had a little extra time to try and cover my tracks.  My observation when all was said and done is that there is no hiding Dazzling Diamonds.  You either do it or you don’t.  And for now, I think I won’t.

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesI mentioned that I struggled with the colors…This was how I began.  But I didn’t have a Watermelon Wonder ribbon that I could put in the corner, and using markers to get two colors on the Big News stamp wasn’t something I wanted to do 25 times over.  Sometimes these decisions make themselves.



I’m gonna be in trouble…

…if Mr. Maui Stamper finds out what I did.

I couldn’t help it.  The glitter was absolutely necessary.

Maui Stamper Dazzling Diamonds SunflowerAnd it is GLORIOUS.  I used the Two-Way Glue pen to make it stick.  And stick it did…to the card, to my work table, to my hands, and therefore to everything I touched.  I don’t know how I was lucky enough to evade the Eagle Eye, but I did it.  And now I need to get this card in an envelope and mail it pronto.

Maui Stamper Dazzling Diamonds Sunflower

  • Sunflower and Really Good Greetings stamp sets
  • Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede card stock
  • Crushed Curry and Soft Suede FFIP
  • Two Way Glue pen
  • Dazzling Diamonds
  • Crumb Cake 3/8″ taffeta ribbon
  • Decorative label punch
  • Rhinestone jewels
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

It’s been crazy busy around here as I’ve been getting ready for CONVENTION.  So.Much.Excitement.  And I have been a crafting fool getting all of my swaps ready, because it’s not convention if you don’t sign up for just a few swaps too many.  The sad news is that I can’t show you all of this fabulous craftiness yet, but stop back in after convention and you’ll get the full story.

Stop in during convention for my updates, too!  Crystal and I have such plans…which may or may not involve Dazzling Diamonds.