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.

Convention Swap: Top Notch Swap

Too Kind was one of my first “Must Have” stamp sets from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.  It was an easy choice for a swap:

Maui Stamper Convention 2013 Top Notch Swap

  • Too Kind, Petite Pairs and French Script stamp sets
  • Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Crushed Curry card stock
  • Soft Suede, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry FFIP
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Linen Thread
  • Big Shot
  • Lattice TIEF
  • Window Frames Framelits
  • Paper Piercing Tool (aka Pokey Doodle)
  • Piercing Mat and Festive Paper Piercing pack
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

I was surprised to see how much depth of color I achieved by using clear embossing powder for the second part of the two-step stamping.  That’s just Versamark with a dunk in the Crushed Curry ink and embossed with clear.  (Do you know that technique?  If you don’t have embossing powder in a color you want to use, take a clean stamp and ink it with Versamark.  Before pressing onto the paper, press your stamp into your colored ink pad.  When you stamp, the color transfers onto the paper first and the Versamark sits on top.  Quickly cover your image with clear embossing power and heat emboss!)

Maui Stamper Convention 2013 Top Notch Swap Too Kind This card is the other candidate for my Swap Cards class on August 24th.  Your vote will help me to decide!

Maui Stamper Convention 2013 Top Notch Swap Too KindI only made 20 of these cards and I’m glad that’s all I signed up for.  This Top Notch swap yielded another set of gorgeous swaps, and  everyone really did put their best effort into creating for their fellow demonstrators.  Thanks to all the Top Notch swappers!

Winter Memories: RemARKable Stamp of the Month

Aloha!  This stamp set is a bit out of character for the Valley Isle, but I couldn’t resist the chance to share a blog tour with my favorite RemARKable stampers!  We do have cardinals here – both North American and South American – and if you put on your ruby red slippers, close your eyes and click your heels, you can imagine a little sledding party down Sliding Sands Trail into Haleakala Crater…

  • Winter Memories stamp set
  • Regals Prints Pack Designer Series paper
  • Whisper White, Soft Suede and River Rock card stock
  • Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations paper
  • Basic Black FFIP (Firm Foam Ink Pad)
  • Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Basic Grey and Soft Suede Classic ink refills
  • Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write marker
  • Aquapainter
  • Big shot and Lacy Brocade TIEF (Textured Impressions Embossing Folder)
  • Stampin’ Sanding Block
  • Always Artichoke Seam Binding
  • Crystal Effects
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

You can’t see the Crystal Effects?  Here, I’ll show you:

There’s a light wash of Basic Grey on the boards behind the sled, and those fat little birds are just waiting for you to look away so that they can swoop down and stuff their beaks with those juicy red berries!!

Now put on your Imagination Caps and let’s picture an ice rink:


  • Winter Memories stamp set
  • Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso card stock
  • Early Espresso Core’dinations card stock
  • Be of Good Cheer Designer Series paper
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Basic Black and Crumb Cake FFIP
  • Always Artichoke Classic Ink Refill
  • Aquapainter
  • Clear and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details
  • Big Shot and Lattice and Wood Grain TIEFs
  • Stampin’ Sanding Block
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

There’s lots of texture here with the Core’dinations paper, embossing and sponging.  I’ll warn you that tearing the Core’dinations paper especially once it’s gone through the TIEF is kinda like plucking your eyebrows (sorry guys):  it’s really easy to get carried away and then all of the sudden you’ve got nothing left!

Love this set?  It has beautiful, detailed wintery images perfect for watercolor.

  • clear 127937  $19.95
  • wood 127934  $27.95

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure you continue on to see what all the other RemARKables have to share.   A hui hou!

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