Tropical Playtime

The Tropical Escape Suite is Right. Up. My. Alley.

Holy Moly. These stamps, the DSP, the accessories – they speak my language! I love the splash of Blushing Bride mixed in with all of the green tones. These leaves are growing in my back yard – literally – and the thinlit shapes are gorgeous. This is a set I’ll keep!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic Tropical Escape DSP

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic Tropical Escape DSP

I had such fun with the details. I used a sponge dauber to add a little Flirty Flamingo ink to the center of the flower. The thinlits cut out the stamped images, but there are also dies to cut detailed leaves out of cardstock. The possibilities are endless.

The Designer Series Paper is Buy 3, Get One Free for the rest of July. I purchased multiple packages.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic Tropical Escape DSP

Using this darker DSP in the background completely changed the feeling of the card. The designs are gorgeous, and can stand on their own as a card front with minimal embellishment. (I was not feeling minimalistic.)

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic Tropical Escape DSP

As you can see, I just kept going! I didn’t know that I needed Tropical Elements until I opened the package, but now I’m convinced. I think they look particularly smashing with Linen Thread (everything looks smashing with Linen Thread.)

Need a little Tropical Escape? Shop HERE.

With deepest sympathy

It’s the card no one wants to make, but the one that means so very much to receive. Mr. Maui Stamper and I needed a card for dear friends who lost a beloved mother, grandmother, friend.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sympathy Hello Friend

  • Stamps: Hello Friend, Loving Thoughts (retired)
  • Color Palette: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Circles framelits, Black Diamond Jewels (retired Holiday 2017), Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I was pleased with the color palette because it was light enough to be hopeful, but subdued enough to convey the depth of our feelings. Color speaks volumes.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sympathy Hello Friend

I stocked up on those tiny black rhinestone jewels from the Holiday 2017 catalog, and they were the perfect touch.

I hope you don’t need a card like this, but if you do, I hope you’ll be inspired to make and send one. Don’t worry about what to put inside. Simple things are best, things like “I’m thinking of you” or “I’m available to pick up your kids from school all month”. Don’t try to fix it or make it better. Grief takes its own course. Just be present.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Sympathy Hello Friend

Partying with the Pandas

I may be a little biased here, but in my humble opinion, you really NEED Party Pandas. Tell  me, how is it possible to resist?

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

  • Stamps: Party Panda (SAB 2018), Watercolor Wings
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Stamparatus (coming soon!), Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, Lots of Labels Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Basic Black Metallic Thread, Tutti Fruiti Cards and Envelopes, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

This guy is juicy and solid because I stamped him with Stamparatus. You know how hard it is to get a perfect impression with solid stamps? Not any more!!! You can layer perfectly in line with your image to cover those annoying spots that just won’t take the first time around. Stamparatus is the bomb dot com and it will be available again when the new annual catalog debuts in June. Make a note!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

This little Panda is holding a balloon, but I wanted some sparkle. The Balloon Bouquet punch is a tad larger than the stamped image, so it’s easy to place on top. He needed something to sit on, and why not sit on bubbles?

I am in love with the Tutti Fruiti Cards and Envelopes. They are ready to roll – envelopes lined and card bases scored – and come in four gorgeous prints. The card bases are quite substantial and give your projects a very professional feeling. They’re one of my top SAB picks!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

I love these little chubsters, and a few quick snips of a sticky note yielded a mask so they could create a little love-fest. I used Stampin’ Write markers on the sentiment and the tiny heart to add a little extra Calypso Coral to this fundamentally black and white focal point.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

Look at those eyes! How could you not fall in love?

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Sale-a-bration 2018

I like the Crumb Cake lining on the Pool Party card and envelope, but I LOVE the Basic Black liner on this Calypso Coral pair! It’s perfect with the Pandas, and it works well with the Pick a Pattern Washi from the Annual Catalog, too.

The Party Pandas are free with your $50 merchandise purchase during Sale-a-bration. You can choose either clear mount red rubber or wood block red rubber (same price – FREE!) but the Stamparatus is designed to work with clear mount stamps. Get started shopping HERE!

Pink Tulips

When you find something that makes you happy, I recommend you do it again!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tranquil Tulips Host stamps

The Stampin’ Sponges are crucial to the look of this card. They add color and dimension to the impression left by the TIEF, but the color can be kept soft or intensified depending on individual preference.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Tranquil Tulips Host stamps

A sticky note about 1 1/2″ from the bottom of the card creates a clean break and a place to sign the card on the inside.

This is almost the same as the card posted HERE. I changed the primary colors and not much else. I’m pretty pleased with this layout – ideally, the banner on the front would be left blank so that the card could be customized to any occasion.

Paper Pumpkin is a great way to add fabulous stamps to your collection and enjoy a quick creative break each month.  Save 50% on your first kit – subscribe HERE and use code HALFOFF0917!

Maui Stamper Paper Pumpkin HalfOff0917

Sunny Tulips

Stampin’ Up! Host stamp sets are exclusive to hosts who have earned rewards, and they’re one of the best values in the catalog. Tranquil Tulips caught my eye on my first look through the Annual Catalog, and this is one of my favorite creations so far:

Maui Stamper Tranquil Tulips Stampin' Up!

The first step in creating this simple card is to cut a circle in the front of the card base. Once you’ve completed that step, run the front of the card through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks TIEF and use a Stampin’ Sponge to add color with Crumb Cake ink. The tulip on the front of the card is fussy cut since there aren’t framelits for this set.

Maui Stamper Tranquil Tulips Stampin' Up!

I cut a second circle in a piece of scrap paper and aligned it with the opening in the front of the card.  Next, I used washi tape to hold it in place on the inside of the card so that I could see where the “window” would be. I put a sticky note at the bottom of the card and stamped the images inside the circle. Pull off the washi, pull off the sticky note, and BOOM!

Maui Stamper Tranquil Tulips Stampin' Up!

The Bunch of Banners framelit is perfectly sized for the message from Sunshine Sayings, but many other sentiments will fit as well.  Hope you’ll have some fun with it!

Dragonfly Dreams and new Maui Stampers

It’s been a busy time for the Maui Stampers team, and I put another welcome card in the mail:

Maui Stamper Welcome to the team Dragonfly Dreams

  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Layering Circles framelits, Inside the Lines DSP (Sale-a-bration 2017), Vellum, Wink of Stella clear, Aquapainter

Maui Stamper Welcome to the team Dragonfly Dreams

I LOVE VELLUM WINGS!! And I almost always give them a Wink of Stella.  It’s irresistable.

(BTW, that DSP circle behind the band? It’s retired paper.  I think it’s from Holiday 2016.)

Maui Stamper Welcome to the team Dragonfly Dreams

There’s a peak of washi inside, too!

Grab the bundle and save 10% – shop HERE.

Can you catch my “mistake”?

Tasty Truck is my second favorite Sale-a-bration 2017 gift with purchase (right behind Hey Chick!). I think my favorite part is playing with all of the color combinations, and our gorgeous Watercolor Pencils make the coloring so easy:

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017

This is an easy image to fussy cut as it is nearly all straight lines.  Don’t be intimidated by the fussy cut!

Since this was a congratulations card, I chose to leave the counter blank. When I’m ready to send it, I may add in some balloons or a banner. I like to leave options when I’m creating a card without a specific intention.

  • Stamps: Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017
  • Color Palette: Very Vanilla, Basic Grey, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender pens, Urban Underground DSP, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Wink of Stella Clear, Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits

The Blender pens are my hands-down, go-to choice for working with the watercolor pencils.  If you’re using watercolor paper, then an Aquapainter is a great tool.  But Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock are susceptible to pilling if they get worked with too much water, and the Blender pen flows the color so smoothly that I don’t have to rework the same area.

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017

When I came up with the concept for this card, I had one thing in mind. Putting it together, I inadvertently did something else.  See if you can figure it out!

See the Sale-a-bration 2017 offering HERE.  To qualify for the gift with purchase, shop HERE.