A Glorious Birthday Card in a Box

I love that word – Glorious.  It’s one of Crystal‘s favorites 🙂  And it’s very appropriate for this card:

Maui Stamper Happy Birthday Glorious Card in a BoxYes, it’s full of Sale-a-bration product that you can no longer get…and I’m sorry.  But for those of you who have leftover Sweet Sorbet paper, you need some ideas, right?

Maui Stamper Happy Birthday Glorious Card in a BoxI had a fabulous time with this one – there’s a lot crammed into a little space.  I used the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die (so sad this is retiring!!) to help stabilize the folds.  In my excitement I scored them a leetle bit too hard and they were thinking about breaking, so that Calypso Coral scallop actually folds and adheres inside the wall of the box to give it strength.

Maui Stamper Happy Birthday Glorious Card in a BoxLots of flowers – Petal Parade from SAB but also Petite Petals and the little scallop from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack (also retiring).  That gorgeous Happy Birthday is from the retiring stamp set You’re Amazing – and is only available now in wood.

Maui Stamper Happy Birthday Glorious Card in a BoxSome of the flowers and cut and layered for extra dimension, and you can just see the window sheet strip that allows that Petite Petal to fly.

Maui Stamper Happy Birthday Glorious Card in a BoxThere’s a cupcake with a single candle right in the middle!

Maui Stamper Happy Birthday Glorious Card in a BoxI even made a coordinating envelope.  Hope you enjoy!


A last look at Petal Parade

March is almost over {gasp} and that means we’ve nearly reached the end of Sale-a-bration 2014.  I know some of you folks on the East Coast had snow yesterday – my son told me it snowed on campus too.  (There was deep disgust in his voice.  He knows full well what the weather is here at home.  I was a good mommy – for once – and didn’t mention the warm sunshine.)

Maui Stamper Petal Parade Sale-a-bration 2014If it snowed at your house yesterday, please accept my condolences and this bright Spring bouquet!

  • Stamps:  Petal Parade and Yippee Skippee
  • Color palette:  Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Basic Black and Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Petite Petal punch, Victorian faceted buttons, Calypso Coral Baker’s twine, Sweet Sorbet DSP

Maui Stamper Petal Parade Sale-a-bration 2014Those faceted vintage buttons are very handy to have around.  They come in 3 sizes and reflect colors around them very nicely.  I have a nice little stash of them 🙂

I hope you have a little bit of spring weather!


Hello, March!

It’s unsettling to realize that my perception of time passing continues to accelerate.  I’m pretty sure that’s a sign of getting older – although as my dad says, it’s good to be on the right side of the grass 🙂   All the same, I’m finding it hard to accept that today is the first of March.

The good news is that the first of the month means a new DIY Easel Calendar page!

Maui Stamper Easel Calendar March 2014 Petal ParadeI had a little fun this month with the Petal Parade stamp set and the Sweet Sorbet accessory pack, both featured in the 2014 Sale-a-bration brochure.  If you’re brand new to Stampin’ Up!, you might not know that Sale-a-bration is our annual goodie-fest – for every $50 in product you purchase, you choose a free exclusive product.

Maui Stamper Easel Calendar March 2014 Petal ParadeThe color palette for this month’s easel calendar includes Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe. The Sweet Sorbet cork embellishments are die cut and self-adhesive, and there’s a little Rhinestone Jewel added to the cork flower for a little sparkle.

Maui Stamper Easel Calendar March 2014 Petal ParadeThose little corky bits are really addictive, and they’re super-easy to use.  Peel and stick – that’s it.   I need to put in another SAB order and stock up before it all ends on March 31.

Cheryl and Crystal are also featuring DIY calendars the first of every month, and we’ve created a mini-tour for your inspiration.  Take a look at their pages, and then let us know how you like our projects.

Happy Congratulations

The name of this stamp set cracks me up – it makes me think of one of those “close but not quite” translations.  You know the ones.  In any event, I used a sketch from the Paper Players to get started:

Maui Stamper PP180 Happy Congratulations

  • Stamps:  Happy Congratulations and Petal Parade (SAB)
  • Color Palette:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Whisper White and Black Staz-on
  • Accessories:  Sweet Sorbet DSP, Big Shot and Decorative Dots TIEF, Pool Party Seam Binding, Oval punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

It’s a fun sketch because it includes a pull-out tag:

Maui Stamper PP180 Happy CongratulationsThe little paper lanterns are very easy to (Two Step) stamp – I just gave ’em the Maui Stamper eyeball – and that panel is lifted on Dimensionals.  I think EVERY card should use Dimensionals.

Here’s the sketch.  You can see I took a little creative license with it, but that’s all in the game:

Paper Players Challenge 180Speaking of games, congrats to all you Seahawk 12th Men out there – but what a horrible game.  The Super Bowl is supposed to be competitive.  I feel for all of you Denver fans. Go read Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.  You’ll feel better.  Bad days happen.  (I’m a 49er fan – we already had our Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.)

All righty then!  A quick little detour and we are adding things to the book list!  (Not that I’m above adding to my book list – please feel free to share.)  But let’s have one more look at  Happy Congratulations (which would be a fine name for a Chinese Restaurant, if you ask me):

Maui Stamper PP180 Happy CongratulationsEnjoy!