Small Sweets

Creating packaging for small treats is so gratifying…but it creates such temptation for me!  I have a tough time resisting the “one for you, one for me” routine.  The key is to make a bunch all at once, because for some illogical reason, once they are packaged up my will power seems much stronger.

Maui Stamper Tag Topper Rose Chocolate TreatWe made these in Hostess Club this month.  Everyone thought “The Rose” would be difficult, and I think everyone was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s really very easy.  This is two layers of Core’dinations paper run through the Lattice TIEF – the embossing folder helps to soften the paper.  I used the scallop tag topper punch on both ends of a 6″ long piece of paper to create the little packet for the chocolate.  (Yes.  You knew that what was in there, didn’t you?)

The rhinestone in the center is from a long-retired kit, but you could get the same effect with a large rhinestone and a pink Sharpie® marker.  The “leaf” is two petals of the pansy punch, and the hot glue gun makes sure it all stays just where it belongs.

Maui Stamper Tag Topper Rose Chocolate TreatThe little banner is an Itty Bitty banner.  I hand-cut it instead of using the framelit so that I could leave the left edge a little longer in order to tuck in into the rose.

If you need a bunch of these and don’t have time to roll up the roses, here’s Plan B:

Maui Stamper Glimmer and Hearts Chocolate TreatsThis is stamp, stamp, punch, punch, tie and go!  Same Scallop Tag Topper punch, but this time I used Language of Love punched with the full heart and gold glimmer punched with the 1 3/4 Inch circle.  A little lace and seam binding to tie it closed, a pearl for good luck, and you can whip out a heap of these in no time.  I made a bunch for Valentines, but you could create cute shower or wedding favors too.

Maui Stamper Glimmer and Hearts Chocolate TreatsMaui Stamper Glimmer and Hearts Chocolate TreatsThere might be one left over.  I’m thinking that by now there can’t be any calories left in it.

A little Mojo Geometry

This week’s sketch at Mojo Monday had me seeing all sorts of shapes:

Maui Stamper Mojo Monday #333 Just Sayin'

  • Stamps:  Just Sayin’ and Language of Love
  • Color Palette:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories:  Full Heart Punch, Word  Bubbles Framelits, Kaleidoscope DSP, Crushed Curry Chevron Ribvon, Textured TIEF

The sketch had two large circles, and I was soon thinking about polka dots.  The polka dots morphed into the triangle, and as you’ve surely heard before, that was the end of that 🙂

Maui Stamper Mojo Monday #333 Just Sayin'I’ve used two hearts like that a lot lately and I’m not tired of it – are you?  I particularly like the contrast between the Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry.  It’s kind of a peanut butter and jelly deal.

Maui Stamper Mojo Monday #333 Just Sayin'When I realized there were two different sides of paper in my package with a triangle motif I almost shouted out loud!  That wasn’t planned but it was a happy surprise for me.

Want to see where this started?

Mojo333SketchI took some liberties with the layout but you can clearly see the inspiration.  The circles wanted to be more towards one edge and once I moved them they seemed quite content.  (Do you talk to inanimate objects?  Please say you do.)


Truly Smitten with Tags

You might have noticed that I make a lot of tags…

Maui Stamper Valentine Collage Tag

Why tags?  They’re small and forgiving.  You can make a Clean and Simple tag and it looks great, or you can pile on the images and embellishments and…it looks great!  Why not tags?

I used 7 or 8 stamp sets on this…it was all about the collage.  The tag is Whisper White, although if I were to do it again (and I will!) I would have used one of the Naturals or Very Vanilla.  The inks are all neutrals, primarily Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  That one heart is Real Red card stock stamped with Early Espresso…and I think I should have sponged it.  There’s lots of sponging on the tag.

Maui Stamper Valentine Collage TagHonestly?  I can’t wait to make another…how about you?

DIY calendar – February 2014

Do you speak the Language of Love?

Maui Stamper 2014 DIY Calendar FebruaryMy own DIY calendar this month combines banners and pennants from the Language of Love stamp set featured in the Occasions catalog.  I’m not a huge fan of hearts, but there’s something different about this set – I {heart} it!  (I can hear you groaning…)

Maui Stamper Language Of Love

Clear #133077 $12.95     Wood #133074  $16.95

There’s a punch for the pennant and a framelit for the banner too – but the truth is I hand cut them both.  I know some of you refuse to acknowledge that is an option, but I enjoy it.  I wouldn’t want to do loads of them, and I draw the line at curves, but these are pretty straight forward and I can handle them.

Maui Stamper Language Of LoveColors are Melon Mambo and Soft Suede.  I added some Gold Baker’s Twine and a little tiny Diah-mund to sparkle it up.  The pennants are on dimensionals too.  Just because.

We’re running a mini-blog-tour the first of every month to share different versions of the DIY Calendar concept.  Go visit Crystal and Cheryl to see what their February calendars look like, and be sure you give them a little blog-loving; (comments!).  And although we’re one month into the New Year, it’s not too late to make your own.  Click HERE to order your own DIY calendar kit – they’re $8 with the easel and $5 without (plus shipping.)  Pull down those stamps, pull out that ink, and have a little calendar fun!

Just a few more Sweet Sayings cards…

I may or may not have become addicted to these pre-printed card bases:

Maui Stamper Sweet Sayings Handmade CardsI shared a few of these on Monday but they kept on calling me…so I made a few more!

The sentiment for this card is from Hip Notes, certainly one of my absolute favorites from the Occasions Catalog.  If you look at that twine, you’ll realize it’s a little heavier than our Baker’s Twine.  It’s a Sale-a-bration choice and includes 3 colors – Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit.  It also includes die-cut cork embellishments, so stay tuned for those!  And look twice – the dots on that TIEF are a new, exclusive pattern called Decorative Dots – another SAB Freebie!

Maui Stamper Sweet Sayings Handmade CardsChange up the sentiment and you could have a Valentine, but I needed thank you notes!  The heart image is from Language of Love in the Occasions catalog, and though it’s hard to read it features a whole bunch of translations of the word love.

The Sweet Sayings card and envelope kits are available through Monday, January 27 although supplies are limited.  You can order HERE #134609   $5.95 for 12 cards and coordinating envelopes (4 each Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana).

Tomorrow morning (Saturday, January 25) I’m having a 2-5-10 class (2 hours, 5 cards, $10).  You’re welcome to join on a space available basis.  I’ve featured a couple of our projects this month:

Maui Stamper Sweet Sayings Handmade CardsHope to see you!