It’s hard to believe December is here…

…the past few weeks have been such a blur! Travel, events, and a few unexpected moments have kept me on my toes.

As a result, I’m focusing on the comment a friend shared recently. She said she finds herself saying “At least…” quite often. As in, “I missed every green light on the Pi’ilani Highway, but at least I wasn’t in an accident.” It’s an attitude of gratitude I try to cultivate.

So I’ve been busy, but at least I’ve been healthy, happy, and even productive. Here’s the last calendar of 2018 – I hope you’ve been inspired!

Maui Stampers Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar 2018 Santa's Workshop

  • Stamps: none!
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Santa’s Signpost Framelits, Red Glimmer Paper (retired), Santa’s Workshop Specialty DSP (sold out), Everyday Label Punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stampers Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar 2018 Santa's Workshop

I was preparing to stamp images on this calendar when this DSP caught my eye. I have to confess that since it’s sold out of the Holiday Catalog, I’ve been reluctant to use it. But how could I not?

Maui Stampers Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar 2018 Santa's Workshop

Would you like to make your own DIY Easel calendar? The calendar pages are 3 1/2″ square and are available as a PDF complete with cover pages (should you want to make them for gifts) and cutting instructions. You may print as many as you like for your gifting needs. Cost is $5, and all I need is your email to get you started.

Stop by and see what Crystal and Cheryl have done for December!

Colour Inkspiration #34: Waterfront

UPDATE:  I WON!

Colour Inkspiration 34 Winner

I’m thrilled to have been voted the winner of CI34. This is a lovely group, and a new challenge – CI35 – has just begun. See the details HERE.


Time for another Colour Inkspiration challenge! I sat out the last round (remember? May is like December without the cookies) but when I saw this gorgeous photo my colour mojo kicked into gear:

Maui Stamper ColourInkspiration34

My daughter lives in Australia, just north of Sydney, so I feel a special affinity for this group. I’m including the letter U in the word COLOUR in their honour.

I saw these fabulous colours as tropical sunset tones, and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to try a technique with the versatile Waterfront stamp set. You could say it was a perfect storm:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Colour Inkspiration #34 Waterfront

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Colour Inkspiration #34 Waterfront

I would have never added Basic Grey to this card, and I’m so glad it was included in the challenge because I love how it anchors the other colours. Waterfront is a photopolymer set, so keeping the lines horizontal was easy to do.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve visited Australia, and more than that since I’ve been on the East coast. I think I’m due. (I keep telling Mr. Maui Stamper that I need my own plane. He agrees, but then starts in on this thing about what it costs. I just hear that he agrees.)

If you’d like to contribute to my airplane fund, shop HERE. Make a note: Colourful Seasons is a bundle only through May 31. After that, the stamps and thinlits will be available separately, but there won’t be a discount.