Such a cheery little bird!

This bird’s so nice, I stamped it twice!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Feathery Friends Host

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Accessories

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Feathery Friends Host

I created a similar layout with different colors HERE. I fussy cut the flowers for this one to add some dimension, but skipped the Bakers twine. I colored these with the Watercolor Pencils too.

Good news! DIY Easel calendar kits are available for 2018!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! 2018 DIY Easel Calendar Kit

You can read all the details HERE.

  • DIY Easel Calendar Kit is $9.00
  • DIY Calendar refill is $6.00

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 $.91.  Easel Calendar Kits are shipped Priority Mail Small Flat Rate with postage of $7.15.  I can ship multiple kits in one box.

Many crafters have asked for the template over the years. I do not sell the template. I didn’t create it and I don’t own it, and the crafter who does own it does not want to sell it as a template.

To order, leave a comment or email me directly at AnneMatasci (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’ll need your order, your delivery address and your email address. I will send an invoice via Square, and you can choose your payment method.  Your calendars will not ship until the fourth week of September. At this time, I do not ship outside of the United States.

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CASEing the Piggy

July 1 brings Bonus Days back to Stampin’ Up!  Spend $50 in July and earn a $5 reward to spend as you choose in August – with no limit. What’s on your list?

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! July 2017 Bonus Days

If I didn’t have it already, I’ll tell you what would be on my list:  This Little Piggy.
Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

This piggy makes me happy! Today’s card is a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) of the talented Rachel Tessman. I loved her design, and made just a couple of small changes to her creation.

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

Coloring the Piggy was a learning experience for me – and in a good way. I was certain I wanted to use Whisper White card stock, but I haven’t had good experience using the Aquapainter with either ink or the Coloring Pencils on large images on Whisper White card stock. I was looking for another option and thought I’d try sponging. This first pig got a little sunburned, but the second one has a lovely, pale complexion:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

I used Powder Pink to sponge, and the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker to add shadows.

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

This is the first card I made using the Aquapainter and ink. You can’t see the distortion of the paper, but it’s there. I also wasn’t successful in getting even coverage:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

A Post It note creates the perfect mask for sponging, because it sticks in place and the paper is thin. I stamped the Piggy and trimmed him out of the center:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

I suppose I could have been really tricky and used the insides for the Soft Sky sponging, but it wouldn’t have had any “stick”. I stamped the Piggy again and cut out around the image so I could sponge in the sky:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

Has your wishlist grown? If it’s near $100, consider joining the Maui Stamper team. There’s no obligation, and in July, Stampin’ Up! is making the deal even sweeter. Your $99 (no additional tax or shipping) always includes your choice of $125 in Stampin’ Up! product. In July, it will include an additional $52 in essential tools – snail, snips, bone folder, grid paper, and two D blocks – PLUS the not-yet-released Carols of Christmas stamps from the Holiday 2017 catalog. Check it out!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! July 2017 Christmas in July Join My Team

That Silly Fox

I know.  I’ve used another retired stamp set this month.  You’ll have to forgive me as I create these calendars…well, about now!  And the Holiday catalog and all it’s beautiful images is sitting right there on my desk.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar November 2016

  • Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends (Holiday 2015, retired)
  • Color Palette:  Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories:  Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar November 2016

I’ve begun to include Paper Snips in my Project Recipe when I fussy-cut an image.  If you haven’t taken the leap and treated yourself to this indispensable tool, I urge you to give them a try.  They aren’t expensive ($10) and you will be amazed by the precise work they make possible.  Stuff your stocking!

Check out what Crystal and Cheryl have done this month.

It’s “Bearly” February

We’re kinda short on bears here on Maui…but I found one for February’s calendar:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Bear Hugs February 2016

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Bear Hugs February 2016

I love that face!  And I chose to fussy-cut the hat and the heart – I wanted them to be really tight to the edge.

Bear Hugs is available as wood mount or clear mount.  It’s also available in a bundle with coordinating framelits.  Shop HERE!

Visit Cheryl and Crystal to see what they have done for their February calendars.