Egg Cartons: yes, they’re available!

The charming Mini Egg Cartons were a bit of an availability nightmare for Stampin’ Up! this spring. The first batch sold out in a flash, and the next order was held up during the shipping process. They’re in the warehouse now, and are retiring the end of May. It’s not too late!

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

These made perfect gifts for my April club, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to spritz!  If you’re noticing a tone difference between colors, you’re right. I used the Stampin’ Up! Spritzer and began with 8 – 10 drops of ink refill: Elegant Eggplant, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, and Bermuda Bay.  I intentionally chose more saturated colors to allow me to play with the tone.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

After adding the ink to the Spritzer, I filled it with rubbing alcohol and spritzed away.  The cartons are quite absorbent and took the color extremely well, and each carton used about 2/3 of the Spritzer. (HELPFUL NOTE:  Wear gloves!!!  I did the Bermuda Bay cartons first, and have the dyed thumb to prove it.)   I added just a couple of additional drops of ink to the solution remaining in the Spritzer and then filled back up with alcohol, and that gave me the lighter shade you see on the right.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

Since these were an Easter gift, Easter candy went inside. My plastic eggs were on the large side, so I opted to skip the shreddies, but another time I will absolutely skip the plastic eggs in favor of all that glorious grassy fill.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

Each carton was closed and simply tied with a generous white ribbon and bow. There is more retired ribbon in my stash than I care to admit, but I stayed true to the white ribbon because I loved the clean look and it tied together the differently colored boxes. (LOL)

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

The tag features the retiring Decorative Label with the retiring Elegant Butterfly punch. The labels are cut from coordinating colored stock, and the butterfly is Shimmery White with a  sparkly strip of jewels.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

These boxes make a delightful presentation for candy, fruit, jewelry, art supplies, or anything you can fit inside. I’d love to know how you filled yours!  They’re still available HERE.

 

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Weekly Deals!

Tuesday is Deal Day and this week Stampin’ Up! is featuring one of my favorite Thinlits – the Mini Treat Bag:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals February 2-8 2016

Sale prices are only while supplies last – and don’t forget that every $50 you spend earns a free Sale-a-bration product!  Shop HERE.

 

 

Gratitude: Expressing Appreciation

Gratitude is a feeling I try to keep at the top of my mind.  I have so much to be grateful for, and I find if I focus on those things I can always see the glass as half full.  It takes so much energy to be grumpy, resentful and negative, but being grateful is life-giving.  I look for the Thanksgiving moment in every situation, no matter how serious it may be.

Gratitude in Paisley

  • Paisley Prints and Define Your Life stamp sets
  • Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake and Naturals Ivory card stock
  • Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, River Rock, Always Artichoke and More Mustard Classic ink pads
  • Decorative Label punch
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals and Always Artichoke Seam binding

Have you tried the new 1/2 inch Seam Binding from the Holiday Mini catalog yet?  It is so fun to work with – I’m a seamstress too, and it’s the real deal.  The color is gorgeous but what I really love is that the knot isn’t bulky and I think I might be able to squeak this one past the Fat-Card-Police at the post office.  Now that’s something to be grateful for.