Orchids in the jar

The Climbing Orchid is the latest flower I’ve tried in Jars of Love:

Maui Stamper Orchids in the Jar Stampin' Up!

Don’t miss out – you can save on the Climbing Orchid bundle. Stampin’ Up! typically selects new stamps and framelit/thinlit/punches and bundles them during the first release year, but subsequent years the products are offered individually and the opportunity to save is sad, sweet history. This one is too good to let go by!

Maui Stamper Orchids in the Jar Stampin' Up!

I used this same layout HERE, and I’m sure there are many other images that would work with this jar.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! 2018 DIY Easel Calendar Kit

If you’re interested in the DIY Calendar kits, check out the details HERE. I’ll be shipping next week.

 

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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

Jars of Love meet Colorful Season

What a perfect match! These graceful branches from Colorful Season belong in this jar. With such a clean, simple image, I decided to leave the sentiment off the front of the card and put it on the inside. This has the added benefit of allowing me to put this card into my Need-A-Card-Now stash, ready for last minute addition of the message of the day.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Jars meet Colorful Season

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Jars meet Colorful Season

The Colorful Seasons Suite is a beautiful combination of stamps, thinlits and the Color Theory DSP stack. If you’re shopping for the stamps, don’t miss the bundle that includes the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

There’s just one little trick to this project.  I stamped the “water” directly on the front panel, but stamped the jar in Basic Black on Vellum cardstock.  (It’s best to do this step early in the process to allow plenty of time for the ink to dry thoroughly – I did mine the day before.) Cut out the jar stamped on the vellum with the framelits and attach it with a few dabs of Fast Fuse around the perimeter for an authentic look.

Stay tuned – there’s another version of this card in the works!

Fabulous Figgy Flora

There’s a group of stamp sets that get sold short in the Annual Catalog, at least in my opinion.  The Host Rewards sets don’t seem to get the same attention that the rest of the catalog enjoys.  Fabulous Flora is a host set, and I think it deserves a better look:

Maui Stamper Fabulous Flora Thanks

I’m not as big a fan of Wink of Stella Gold – I prefer the Clear version.  However, I’ve found a use for it that I really love – the flick.  You know.  You get the brush end loaded up with the color and then flick it against your finger over the paper to get some spatter.

Maui Stamper Fabulous Flora Thanks

It’s easy to do as long as you remember to load up the brush end.  If it’s dry, you can do a whole lot of flicking without seeing much in the way of results.

I played a bit with the Aqua Painter here too, layering the color and adding a light Smoky Slate wash around the images to set them off.  Since this card has very limited layers, I wanted to create more texture with the watercoloring.

In order to own a Host Rewards stamp set, you need to be the host of an event/party/order/group order that reaches $150.  Let me know if you’d like help in figuring out how to make that happen!  I think Fabulous Flora is worth the effort.

Wild About Flowers – in Tiles

I’ve been searching the Stampin’ Up! 16-17 Annual Catalog for images to make a current-product tile card since Field of Flowers retired as a Sale-a-bration stamp set.  I’ve thought about Wild About Flowers a few times, and finally decided to sit down and give it a try.

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers Tile card

The results aren’t quite the same – you can see the original card HERE and HERE and HERE – but I like the look.  I also like the combination of Sweet Sugarplum and Tip Top Taupe.

  • Stamps:  Wild About Flowers, Timeless Textures, Thoughtful Banners
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Linen Thread

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers Tile card

What do you think?

 

Blushing Flowering Fields

I think I am officially obsessed with the Flowering Fields stamp set available through Sale-a-bration.  I’ve done a number of variations on the same theme – the most recent one is in Blushing Bride:

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

  • Stamps:  Flowering Fields, Timeless Texture, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Pear Pizazz
  • Accessories:  Linen Thread, Stampin’ Write Markers, Uniball White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella

I love coloring in these images with my Stampin’ Write markers.  Sometimes I use the fat, brush end, and sometimes it’s the pointy writing end, but either way it’s something I find relaxing.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

I mix and match the backgrounds from Timeless Treasures – it’s one of those sets I know I’ll reach for again and again.  And speaking of reaching for something, my Wink of Stella brush is always on my craft table these days.  I’m thinking of getting one for my bathroom too – don’t you think a little {wink} would be just the thing for those too-early-Monday-mornings?

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

Here’s how I start…the backgrounds are stamped off and I do 3 of each one.  My tiles are 1 3/8″ x 1 1/8″ and I have to stamp twice, but I’ve found it easy to line up the images by eye.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

Once I have a set of images I like, I move them around until I find a sequence that pleases me.  The rest is just Fast Fuse (and a bow with the Linen Thread, but I’ve done hundreds if not thousands of those and it’s No.Big.Deal.)

Here’s the original.  Keep your eye out – there are more to come!

Re-use, reduce, recycle

We make a real effort to recycle in the Maui Stamper household.  I spotted a great way to re-purpose a couple of Stampin’ Supplies, and the best part was that this little trick solved an annoying problem for me.

I’m not a fan of the way our Linen Thread and Baker’s Twine are packaged.  You know, the ones wrapped around the card and stapled into a cello bag.  This nifty solution appeared on a number of blogs:


Yep – those are little embellishment containers.  I can’t bear to throw them away because they just seem so useful!  They’re just right for dispensing twine and thread.  Do you see the eyelet on the side?  The Crop-a-dile punched a hold in the side of the container with no problem, and I set the eyelet there just because.  I confess to still having a couple of containers full of eyelets even though we don’t offer them in our catalog any more.  (Boo.)

Here’s the container for the Linen Thread:

Linen thread container

I had to dress it up a little bit, and the little tags with the name of the thread are for those late-night stampin’ sessions when things get a little giddy.

Inside the linen thread container

Aha!  Double recycling!  I used an empty ribbon spool (this one is from the new In Color ruffled ribbon) to hold my thread so it wouldn’t snarl.  I cut the cardboard ring from the ribbon spool down to fit inside the container – unfortunately, there isn’t a circle punch that fits right, so I used the 1 3/4″ circle and then trimmed it down.  I put some pretty DSP on top with a little Tombo to dress it up, and when I punched the circle out of the middle of the DSP I saved it and stuck my needle through it.  I always keep a fat needle with my Linen Thread and my Baker’s twine, and having it inside the container means I’m less likely to stick myself with the needle while rummaging in my drawer.

The little puka on the side for the thread

I’ll bet you have a couple of these little embellishment containers sitting around.  If you don’t, you have two choices:  hurry up and use a whole mess of buttons or brads or spinner arrows or whatever so you empty out a container, or order a set of 6 of them for $3.95 (#103649).  You can still recycle the ribbon spool 🙂