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.




Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Doesn’t that bring back Saturday morning cartoon memories? So does Everyday Heros, an under-appreciated stamp set from the Occasions 2017 catalog.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero

Back the in days before DVR, Netflix, DVDs, even videos, kids were programmed to get up early on Saturday  –  the same kids who were pulled kicking and screaming from their beds Monday through Friday.  The reason? Network cartoons.  I can still sing (or at least hum) way more cartoon theme songs than I care to admit. And this stamp set revives them all.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

  • Stamps:  Everyday Hero
  • Color Palette: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Falling in Love DSP,  Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Jewels

Watercolor pencils are back in stock but we have been warned that the supply is limited.  This hot product is So.Much.Fun.  If you don’t have them, trust me, you need them.  An image like this heroine is detailed and small enough that traditional watercoloring, especially on Very Vanilla cardstock, would be a challenge.  The Watercolor pencils plus Blender pens are the HEROS of this card!

And don’t forget your Free Sale-a-bration Gift with Purchase!  New items arrive on February 21st.


Sending RemARKable Love

Welcome to the January 2017 RemARKable Blog tour.  Our focus this month is Sending Love – which in addition to a wonderful practice, is a fabulous Stampin’ Up! product suite!

RemARKable Blog Tour

I’ve taken the obvious route and chosen Valentines, but these projects could easily be adapted to other expressions of love – wedding, anniversary, or just Love ya, Babe!

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

This is our fabulous Popcorn Box thinlit made up in Blushing Bride.  There’s a panel of Falling in Love DSP behind all of that embellishment, as well as a Delicate White Doily spritzed with Sahara Sand and smushed for texture. (SMUSH is an active verb.)

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

Stitched Shapes Framelits will be available again on January 16th – be ready to order!!  Product #145372 will cost $30 and will be sold as supplies last.

The Sealed With Love set sentiment is stamped twice with Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand – photopolymer stamps make the placement easy as can be!

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

I LOVE the Sending Love Glassine Sheets, and they are perfect for creating the little envelopes in the Love Notes Framelits.  I also love how that row of hearts fits perfectly across the top of the little note insert.

MauiStamper RemARKable Blog Tour Sending Love

The TIEF is called Falling Petals, but let’s be serious.  They’re hearts.  Sheesh.  {wink}

Next up is Heather Mathieson.  Click on the image below, or scroll down to the list of blog tour participants for more inspiration!  Thanks for stopping by.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

 Nancy Amato

 Melissa Bolinger 

Arden Dougan 

Tracie Evans Langley 

Anne Matasci   YOU ARE HERE!!

Heather Mathieson 

Audra Monk 

Linda Moore 

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds 

A radiant card for a radiant couple

One of my regular stamp club members was married last week.  She’s been coming with her mom since she was in high school, and we all love her vibrance and creative spirit.  It goes without saying that I needed a special card.

Maui Stamper Dragonfly Dreams

  • Stamps: None
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Shimmer White, Gold
  • Accessories:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Gold Thread, Metallics sequin assortment, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Fine tip glue pen, Wink of Stella Gold and Clear, Vellum card stock

Maui Stamper Dragonfly Dreams

I cut the detailed portion of the dragonfly wings in Vellum, and used the fine-tip glue pen down the body to adhere them to the Shimmer White solid dragonfly.

Maui Stamper Dragonfly Dreams

Wink of Stella Gold was perfect for adding a tiny accent to the head for dragonfly eyes, and the Wink of Stella Clear made the rest of the body shimmer.

Maui Stamper Dragonfly Dreams

The Falling in Love DSP has some very dream-like papers, and I chose this one to set the color palette into the gold tones.

What do you think of the Occasions catalog? Is Dragonfly Dreams on your wish list?