Forever Lovely: the day after forever

This die cut looks really complicated, but trust me, it’s not. I had very skeptical looks from the members of the first club group to try it, but they agreed that it looks much more difficult than it is. I think that’s the beauty of the product!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely

Lovely Forever and the Lovely Flowers Edgelits are sold in a money saving bundle. It makes a gorgeous pair of products nearly impossible to resist.

I rounded the top corners of this card with the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board. It’s a versatile tool, and the corner rounder at the top of the board is an added bonus. It always seems to get the corner right, too.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely

I put the card base through the Big Shot first, then cut a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock to 4 3/16″ x 5 1/2″. That 1/16″ provides just enough clearance to allow the Flirty Flamingo panel to nest into the fold of the card without peeking out the opposite side. I placed the Flamingo panel under the Whisper White die cut and aligned the edgelit included in the assortment right up against the edge of the white die cut. I traced the top of the edgelit with a pencil and used that mark to position the Flamingo panel and the edgelit in the Big Shot so that I would get perfect alignment underneath the card front. I trimmed off the bottom of the Flamingo panel to 1/4″ from the bottom, then adhered it to the white card front. I used Fast Fuse (I still have a stash and I love it!) along the sides and bottom, and then carefully adhered the top of the die cut to the Flamingo panel using Tombo. You need a steady hand, and for some people it’s easier to put a little puddle on a scrap of paper and use a toothpick. Tombo is still my Wonder Adhesive.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely

My heart isn’t completely sold on this sentiment. It’s the “until” part. That implies an end. I realize that forever is infinite, but I still struggle. I’m a words girl, and I get a little fussy about the details. Nevertheless, the message is clear: I’ll love you forever! (But no guarantees about the day after.)

Here’s a guarantee: this card is much easier than it looks and will bring joy to the lucky person who receives it. If you need to shop for the supplies to create your own, shop HERE.

 

 

Oh What Fun!

There’s not a whole lot of sleighing in the islands.  Native Hawaiians enjoyed the sport of land sledding,  and although there are a few contemporary athletes, it’s relatively obscure (something to do with the fact that accidents were often quite deadly.)

But the sleigh – or really The Sleigh – is such an iconic Christmas image that I couldn’t resist:

Maui Stamper Santas Sleigh Thinlits Holiday 2016

  • Stamps:  Oh What Fun
  • Color Palette:  Real Red, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Shimmer White, Silver and Gold 
  • Accessories:  Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate (you need this!!), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Linen thread, Jingle Bells, Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder, Silver Foil sheets, Gold Foil sheets 

I love the Shimmery White card stock on this card.  It’s very clean with a lot of texture from the foil and the Glitter Embossing Powder, and the shimmer makes me think of snow.  (Yes, I know about snow.  I have been to the University of Notre Dame in February, aka the Frozen Tundra.  Thank goodness for Mary Travis and her boots.)

Maui Stamper Oh What Fun Santa's Sleigh

This is a 5″ x 5″ square card, but an envelope is quick and easy with the Envelope Punch Board.

I had a small environmental disaster making this card.  You may know that certain persons in my household consider glitter to be of the Dark One.  Tonight I was working with the Real Red Glitter EP and I moved the embossing tray just a little too quickly.  Clouds of red glitter were IMMEDIATELY dispersed into the stamp room atmosphere.  The EPA may have to be summoned.  I finally took everything outside to try to get the EP back into the little jar (sort of like returning the genie to the lamp) and now my back lanai is infected. Fortunately, Mr. Maui Stamper is on a business trip until Friday afternoon.

If you’ll excuse me, I have work to do.  If you want to create your own environmental disaster, shop HERE.

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Weekly Deals and the DIY Easel Calendar

Deals this week are super!

MauiStamper Weekly Deals September 29-October 5, 2015Lots of great goodies, but do yourself a favor – with the holidays looming in the (not so far) distance, pick up the Envelope Punch Board or the Gift Box Punch Board – or just break down and get them both.  I can’t tell you how often those two have saved my sanity at the last minute.  You’d be amazed at the impact you’ll get with a box created with Designer Series Paper!  Shop HERE.

In other news…

Maui Stamper 2016 DIY Easel Calendar KITAnnouncing the 2016 Calendar kit!  Kits will begin shipping November 1st, and will contain 12 calendar month pages printed on Whisper White plus a cover page announcing the year.  You will also receive 13 card stock mats in colors that will coordinate well with the seasons of the year.  Finally, I’ll include a clear box tor presenting your calendar as a gift when you choose the kit with the easel.

Maui Stamper 2016 DIY Easel Calendar KITThis year’s calendar includes a selection of mats featuring all 10 In Colors plus 3 of my faves to round out the bunch.  You’ll get Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon, and Tip Top Taupe.

Maui Stamper 2016 DIY Easel Calendar KITYou may choose your kit either with easel or without.  Prices include shipping for one kit; please contact me for shipping costs of multiple kits.

  • 2016 Calendar Kit with wood easel:  $13.95  ($8 for kit, $5.95 for priority mail box)
  • 2016 Calendar Kit (no easel, no box):  $5.71  ($5 for kit, $.71 for first class mail)

Maui Stamper 2016 DIY Easel Calendar KITThese calendars are fun to create and make great gifts.  The petite format allows you the freedom to be as Clean-and-Simple or Fussy-cut-Water-colored-Over-the-Top as you like!

Maui Stamper 2016 DIY Easel Calendar KITPayment is through SQUARE, protecting your credit information and providing the best options.  Please send your email address and the kits you would like to AnneMatasci (at) gmail (dot) com and I will forward an invoice.  I will ship the kits November 1st – be sure to include your shipping address.

For calendar inspiration, type “DIY Easel” into the Maui Stamper search box – I’ve been making and sharing these calendars since 2013, so there are lots of ideas!

 

Weekly Deals for August 18th to 24th

Hey there, crafty friends – it’s Tuesday and that means DEALS:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals August 18 to 24If you’re like me, it’s starting to dawn on you that it’s time to start planning for Christmas crafting.  (I KNOW.)  But if you’re like me (again), there’s nothing more annoying than starting a project and realizing you don’t have enough ribbon…or buttons…or that punch board.  ‘Nuff said.

Shop HERE and let go of worry.

Bright and Beautiful

Love this Bright and Beautiful set of stars:

Maui Stamper Bright and Beautiful Star Shaped Card

  • Stamps:  Bright and Beautiful
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Silver
  • Accessories:  Big Shot and Star framelits, Silver 1/8″ taffeta ribbon, Silver Glimmer paper, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Envelope Punch Board, 1/8″ hand held circle punch

The inspiration for this card came from Sandy MacIver.  I had initially hoped to make the card with the top point of the star a continuous piece of paper front to back (rather than punching a hole to secure the front to the back) but I learned that the point is too narrow to make that work.  I don’t like to add bows with glue dots, so I needed to figure out a way to make this one go through the card stock and still “tie pretty”.

Maui Stamper Bright and Beautiful Star Shaped CardThis is the back of the card.  I put the Silver Taffeta Ribbon through a hole punched at the top of the stars and tied it once in front, then wrapped it around the back and tied it once again (when I say tied, I mean like the first step in tying a shoelace – what’s that called? an overhand knot?)  Those two “overhand knots” stabilize the ribbon so that when you bring it back around to the front the bow is straight, not catty-wompus.  (Which IS a word, despite spell check trying to tell me it is not.)

Maui Stamper Bright and Beautiful Star Shaped CardI stamped a single word inside and added a few small stars to the envelope.  The envelope itself was made with the Envelope Punch board to fit a 5×5 card.  This card looks a lot more time-consuming than it is – give it a try and tell me what you think.

Stop by the Maui Masonic Lodge this Saturday, November 22 for the Maui Stamper and Friends Craft Fair!  Paper crafts, jewelry, baked goods, embroidered linens, loads of gift items – we’d love to see you!  9am til 2pm

Maui Stampers craft fair November 22, 2014

 

An Eclectic Pocket

I haven’t made a pocket card for ages – good enough reason to make one today!

Maui Stamper Kinda Eclectic Pocket card

The Envelope Punch board makes a much more satisfying pocket – no fussing with adhering the sides, just a nice clean envelope!  Cut off one side to create an opening for the card inside and assemble the rest as though you were assembling an ordinary envelope.

Maui Stamper Kinda Eclectic Pocket card

I used Park Lane DSP for the belly band and the strip across the top of the card, and that’s what drove the color palette.  A little stamping, a couple of punched butterflies, and this one is ready for the mailbox!

Maui Stamper Kinda Eclectic Pocket card

Well, almost ready – I’m hooked on these Starburst framelits – they make such a great layer!  The button and the Baker’s Twine will make this a little bumpy for USPS, but a little cushion – and an extra stamp – should make it all right.

Today is the last day for the Big Shot promotion, and the new Holiday catalog is in full swing!  Enjoy your holiday weekend and don’t forget to do a little craftin’.

Bring on the candles

My son turned 20 earlier this month.  His birthday coincided with the start of a fabulous spring break trip sponsored by the university, so he has only seen his card recently.  I’m pretty sure he’s not a regular reader, but I didn’t want to spoil the surprise in the rare event he checked in.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI got a little carried away…yes, there are 20 candles.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayMaui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI hope you like my candle flames!  They’re cut from the end of the stem from the Bird Builder punch.  The candles themselves were hand-cut and are primarily Soho Subway DSP with a little Early Espresso and Island Indigo thrown in for contrast.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayThe cakes are floating on sheets of Window Strips.  They’re hand cut, too.  This was for my son, after all!

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI made little packages and put them on the side of the card with dimensionals.  Honestly, I go through a LOT of dimensionals.  I quit worrying about it a long time ago – about the time I figured out they cost just over a penny apiece.  Seriously.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayThe other side has balloons:

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayThe “strings” are held in place with Glue Dots.  If you decide to make one of these cards (and I hope you do) trust me in this, you need Glue Dots.  Just open up a fresh box and knock yourself out.  I use a pokey doodle to pull them off the roll, but a bamboo bbq skewer works really well too.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdaySince my handsome son is away at school, I had to mail this card, and it required a custom envelope.  I used to dread making custom envelopes, but not any more.  The Envelope Punch Board is my BFF.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI didn’t use any bulky embellishments (such as buttons) so I just needed a little extra postage for the weight of all the extra card stock.  I made the envelope on the roomy side since the card is thicker than usual.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box Birthday

  • Stamps:  Make a Cake, You’re My Hero, Perfect Pennants
  • Color Palette:  Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
  • Accessories:  Oval Framelits, Window Sheets, Bird Builder, Small Oval, Corner Rounder, and  1/2 inch circle punches, Early Espresso 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon, Island Indigo Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals