When you need a Tag: Day Four

I loved this reindeer when it was introduced last year, and was delighted when it returned in the Annual Catalog this year. I especially love that it has a coordinating set of framelits, because I fussy cut way too many things as it is.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh

  • Stamps: Santa’s Sleigh
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Real Red, Garden Green
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Framelits, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Merry Music Specialty DSP, Adhesive Sheets, Real Red 1/8″ Ribbon, Wink of Stella 

There’s a little Wink on those antlers and hooves! I layered the Merry Music Specialty DSP with a Thick Whisper White tag using the Adhesive Sheets. The DSP is on the thin side, and I like to be able to write on the back of the tag! The Adhesive Sheets are perfect for that job.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh

This was my first version, and I guess you could call it the quick-and-easy tag.Merry Wishes is from Oh What Fun, another fabulous returning set from last year’s Holiday Catalog.

I created a simple mask to allow the wreath to sit on the reindeer’s neck.  I might like it better if I used an Aquapainter to add some color to the reindeer – I don’t think I’ve ever seen an albino!


Counting the days

I’m a list maker.  You’d think that would mean I get things done on time, but, well, not so much.  At least I know how much I didn’t get done.

This time of the year my list gets a little crazier than usual.  For example, demonstrators have had a peek at the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs, and even though we’re deep in the Holiday crafting season, our minds are beginning to drift.  (OK, the truth is my mind is ALWAYS drifting.)  It’s new, it’s exciting, but there are other things that need to be taken care of first!!

In the interest of keeping tabs on the moment, here are a few things I’m wrapping up:

  • Holiday stamp sets are available at a 25% discount until November 30th – tomorrow.
  • I have a small inventory of DIY Easel Calendars and Refills available.  I’m not planning on making another run of these for 2017, so if you’d like one, I suggest you order it soon.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

The DIY Easel Calendar kit is $9.00, and I also make a DIY Calendar Refill available for $6.00.  The calendar images are 3 1/2″ square, and the mats are 3 3/4″ square.

Shipping is by USPS and will be sent First Class or Priority Mail.  I ship the best possible method at the best possible price and will calculate based on what you order.  Typically, a single Calendar refill can be sent in a First Class envelope with postage of $.68.  Easel Calendar Kits are shipped Priority Mail Small Flat Rate with postage of $6.80.  I can ship multiple kits in one box.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

Mats are Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, Emerald Envy, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon and Daffodil Delight.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

To order, leave a comment or email me directly at AnneMatasci@gmail.com.  I’ll need your order and your email address, and will send an invoice via Square.  At this time, I’m not shipping outside of the United States.

Did you make it through all of that?  Well, then, I hope you’ll enjoy this image of Mr. Maui Stamper and me on the Soldiers Pass trail in Sedona, Arizona.  My side of the family assembles from all over every Thanksgiving to tell stories, eat, drink, and enjoy the beautiful Red Rocks. However you spent your Thanksgiving weekend, I hope it was filled with good things.

Maui Stamper and Mr Maui Stamper Soldiers Pass Sedona AZ



It’s RemARKable Designer Series Paper!!


RemARKable Blog Tour

Don’t you love a deal?  Our RemARKable Blog Tour this month is celebrating Designer Series Paper, because it’s a BIG DEAL this month at Stampin’ Up!  There are 8 beautiful color-coordinated collections from which to choose, and our RemARKable goal this month is to inspire you and make your choice a little easier.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Cookie Cutter Christmas with Presents & Pinecones DSP

  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Oh What Fun, Thoughtful Banners
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Presents & Pinecones DSP, Duet Banner Punch, Cookie Cutter Punch, Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Cookie Cutter Christmas with Presents & Pinecones DSP

The Wink of Stella just would NOT photograph but trust me, Santa is a-blingin’!!  It’s really quick and easy coloring with the Stampin’ Write markers too.

I want to point out the Oh What Fun stamp set because in my opinion, it’s been overlooked with all the excitement of the 2016 Holiday catalog.  Oh What Fun is in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog as a returning star from last year’s Holiday catalog, and it is stellar.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

I don’t know about you, but I NEVER have enough tags! Tags for packages, tags for goodies, tags for bottles of refreshing beverages…I NEED TAGS.

  • Stamps:  Wondrous Wreath, Merry Mice
  • Color Palette:  Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Wink of Stella Clear, Cherry Cobbler Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Bakers Twine Trio Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1/8″ handheld punch

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

I am a Wink of Stella junkie – there isn’t a project that doesn’t benefit from a little Wink!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

Designer Series Paper is the PERFECT tag base because you have a beautiful front AND back ready to roll – it takes just moments to dress it up. With 12 color coordinated designs, you too can have that perfectly coordinated Christmas.

Your next stop on the tour is Audra Monk.  I know you’ll enjoy her beautiful projects and the whole tour!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

Here’s the full tour lineup:

Anne Matasci    YOU ARE HERE!

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up

Oh What Fun!

There’s not a whole lot of sleighing in the islands.  Native Hawaiians enjoyed the sport of land sledding,  and although there are a few contemporary athletes, it’s relatively obscure (something to do with the fact that accidents were often quite deadly.)

But the sleigh – or really The Sleigh – is such an iconic Christmas image that I couldn’t resist:

Maui Stamper Santas Sleigh Thinlits Holiday 2016

  • Stamps:  Oh What Fun
  • Color Palette:  Real Red, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Shimmer White, Silver and Gold 
  • Accessories:  Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate (you need this!!), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Linen thread, Jingle Bells, Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder, Silver Foil sheets, Gold Foil sheets 

I love the Shimmery White card stock on this card.  It’s very clean with a lot of texture from the foil and the Glitter Embossing Powder, and the shimmer makes me think of snow.  (Yes, I know about snow.  I have been to the University of Notre Dame in February, aka the Frozen Tundra.  Thank goodness for Mary Travis and her boots.)

Maui Stamper Oh What Fun Santa's Sleigh

This is a 5″ x 5″ square card, but an envelope is quick and easy with the Envelope Punch Board.

I had a small environmental disaster making this card.  You may know that certain persons in my household consider glitter to be of the Dark One.  Tonight I was working with the Real Red Glitter EP and I moved the embossing tray just a little too quickly.  Clouds of red glitter were IMMEDIATELY dispersed into the stamp room atmosphere.  The EPA may have to be summoned.  I finally took everything outside to try to get the EP back into the little jar (sort of like returning the genie to the lamp) and now my back lanai is infected. Fortunately, Mr. Maui Stamper is on a business trip until Friday afternoon.

If you’ll excuse me, I have work to do.  If you want to create your own environmental disaster, shop HERE.

2016 Special Offers banner


2016 Paper Pumpkin Bogo banner


2016 Thoughtful Branches banner

Oh What Fun

We’re just days – hours, really – from the release of the 2016 Holiday catalog and I thought you would enjoy a little sneak peek.  Here’s something sparkly I designed:

Maui Stamper Santas Sleigh Thinlits Holiday 2016

This card has a lot of texture and shine, and might surprise you when you find how easy it is to assemble.

  • Stamps:  Oh What Fun
  • Color Palette:  Shimmer White, Real Red, Basic Black, Silver, Gold
  • Accessories:  Santa’s Sleigh thinlits, Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot, Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Versamark Ink, Heat Gun, Jingle Bells, Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Oh What Fun was the coordinating stamp set from last year’s Christmas tag kit and remains in the Annual Catalog this year.  I’m really happy to see it back as I was a huge fan of so many of the sentiments!

Maui Stamper 2016 Holiday Card and Tag Classes

This is one of the card’s you’ll make if you join us on September 10th.  Early Bird registration ends Thursday, September 1st!


Bee Happy. Bee Grateful. Bee You.

I’ve always enjoyed word play.  The pun is a very creative, if sometimes groan-inducing form of word play, but in this case I was looking for something more whimsical.  This bee image captured my imagination right away, and I went off in search of the right words to create the story that was developing in my head:

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

  • Stamps:  Pun Intended (Host), Remarkable You, Work of Art, Oh What Fun, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Vellum card stock, Wink of Stella Clear, Honeycomb TIEF (retired), Crushed Curry ribbon (retired), Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB/retired), Timeless Elegance DSP (retired), Stampin’ Write markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Pun Intended is a Host Rewards stamp set – you can only purchase it with Host dollars received when you host a qualifying event or order.  The bee is the Queen (Bee) of the set – I’ve featured it once already in THIS post.   I used the retired Honeycomb TIEF there, too. (I’m really disappointed that Stampin’ Up! chose to retire that TIEF before introducing this image.)  I guess being a bit of a hoarder has some advantages {wink}.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

You can see my vellum wings looking straight on.  I stamped the image on vellum with Basic Black and set it aside overnight to dry completely.  I cut out the wings including the zig zag portion of the body that runs between them and used that section to adhere the wings to the stamped image.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

I used Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) to attach the layers and was very pleased with the result.  The body on the panel as well as the body portion on the vellum are both colored with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write markers, and I think that helps disguise the adhesive.  The wings are super-sparkled with two coats of Clear Wink of Stella.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

The DSP behind the images is the retired Timeless Elegance, one of the most beautiful and easy-to-use sets of papers that Stampin’ Up! has ever produced.  It’s wrapped around a piece of cardboard, and finished on the back with a coordinating DSP (also retired from Sale-a-bration 2016):

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

As a custom piece, there just wasn’t a frame available that would fit, so I created a clean finish for the back and sandwiched the ribbon securely between the layers.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Bee Happy.  Bee Grateful.  Bee You.

Last Weekly Deals of 2015!

Here you are – the last DEALS of 2015!  These savings are available December 29, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals December 28, 2015

Click HERE to shop – and don’t miss the last of the Year End Sale!  I’m telling you, next December you’re going to be so glad you picked up an extra Oh What Fun bundle on sale!

Maui Stamper Oh What Fun Tags

# 139602 – THIRTY TAGS – for just $14.70!


I made quite a few of these gift tag holders, and I used a couple of variations.  They were quick, easy, and I loved the presentation.  (Have you noticed how often I highlight projects that are quick and easy?)


This was another variation – kind of a “same song, second verse” edition.


Inside there was a little bit of Designer Series paper (a great way to use up those odd scraps) and a pocket for the gift card.  Some of the cards I purchased came with a small envelope, and it fit nicely inside the pocket too.


Change the paper and make gift card holders for birthdays, Valentines, Easter…or just because.  Enjoy the options!