World Card Making Day 2016

Yes! World Card Making Day is a THING!  And anyone can make a card – beginning with a little bit of paper.  Nothing warms my heart like an envelope with my name across the front.  Tucked in with the bills, realtor solicitations, charity appeals, and credit card applications, a personal note really makes my day.  It’s not hard, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money either!

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Congrats

  • Stamps:  None (gasp)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron
  • Accessories:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Big Shot and Sunshine Wishes framelits, Pokey Doodle, Silver Thread

I love the look of blue and white, especially the classic look of (Night of) Navy and white.  The Floral Boutique DSP has a great variety of designs and they are all Navy and White!

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Love

This very simple card using the same colors, paper and framelits with the addition of a few sequins.  Honestly?  I think I liked it better when it was just the DSP and the word!  I thought it was too simple, but sometimes less really is more.

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday

Switching out Mint Macaron for Emerald Envy creates a different feeling, and I added images from the Petite Petals and Birthday Blossoms stamp sets.  None of these cards are especially complicated, and you could create a nice stash of cards in an afternoon using any of our Designer Series papers.

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Buy-3-Get-1-Free Sale October 2016

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper adds a quick and gorgeous punch to any project, and the part that just makes me sing is that it all coordinates.  Within each package, the papers coordinate with each other.  Written on each package, Stampin’ Up! lists the coordinating colors.  That means you’ll know exactly which card stock, ink, ribbon, enamel shape, sequin or embossing powder will coordinate perfectly with your Designer Series paper.  You can focus on being creative instead of worrying whether or not something will match!  DSP is a great value for the entire month of October – buy 3 packs and get one free.

Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016

To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin’ Up! is offering fabulous savings on kits and supplies to make your own cards – but only through October 5th.  Pay special attention to the Fast Fuse sale.  If you’re not on the FF bandwagon yet, well, get on board!  It’s a great value and it REALLY STICKS.  Fast Fuse is absolutely indispensable on my craft desk.

Today is a great day to make a card, whether it’s an award winning work of art or a simple card crafted from the heart.  Write a loving note inside, address the envelope, put a stamp on it and send it.  And then SHOP HERE.  Because you need some Stampin’ Up! card making supplies, my friend!

Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016

 

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up

Bloomin’ June

Although parts of the country were extremely dry this year, we had more rain than usual on the Valley Isle.  As a result, it seems that anything that could bloom is blooming.  That includes my June calendar:

Maui Stamper 2014 DIY Easel Calendar JuneI’ve been slightly obsessed with birds recently.  This one is looking for a little snack beneath the flower bed.

Maui Stamper 2014 DIY Easel Calendar JuneI used Petite Petals and Everything Eleanor for this calendar page, and did a little bit of masking to create some dimension amongst the flowers.  These calendars are fun precisely because the area to embellish is small, and it’s more of a challenge than you might think to get the image balance right.  A little sparkle makes it all work out…

Maui Stamper 2014 DIY Easel Calendar JuneYou may be wondering where I’ve been…it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  My family is literally spread across the world from Western Australia to Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. Maui Stamper and I  got it into our heads that we should have a reunion, and that a nice middle spot would be in England.  We had a fabulous time with the family, including loads of sight-seeing, great food, and of course photos.  My son was tremendously amused when I tried to take a selfie with the Tower Bridge in the background, and once he started taking pictures of me taking pictures of myself…well, it was pretty hopeless:

Maui Stamper Tower Bridge Selfies

At least I ended up with a photo – or three – of myself with the Tower Bridge in the background.

There are three of us posting these little calendar pages today – take a look and see what Cheryl and Crystal have done with their calendars this month.  I’m pretty sure they’re not posting selfies.

 

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!

 

Falling in love with Blushing Bride

My daughter’s wedding invitations were in Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz, and I’ve needed a little time to fall back in love with those colors…

Maui Stamper Blush Butterfly Petite Petals

  • Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers, Petite Petals and Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake
  • Punches:  Bird, Elegant Butterfly, Petite Petals
  • Accessories:  Big Shot and Honeycomb TIEF, Naturals Trim, Blushing Bride Stitched Grosgrain, Vellum, Linen Thread, Candy Dots Subtles, Pearl Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m sorry to see both of these ribbons retire – especially the Naturals Trim – but I know that there are new ribbons waiting in the wings that are going to rock my socks!  That’s the nature of change – you have to let go of the things you know and love in order to make room for things you don’t know.  I’m OK with that.

Maui Stamper Blush Butterfly Petite PetalsThere’s a vellum layer over the butterfly, and if you look REALLY closely you might be able to see that I used Glue Dots to keep the layers together.  When you go to tie that Linen Thread around the butterfly, don’t scrimp – you’ll need a nice long piece to be able to tie a knot without saying Bad Words.

Maui Stamper Blush Butterfly Petite PetalsThe Petite Petals Punch is STILL on the backorder list.  I know it’s shipping out, because a couple of my customers got theirs this week – but it looks as though the supplier just isn’t able to keep up with demand.  Boo.  I guess you just have to get in line.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Free Shipping April 2014Don’t forget that there’s free shipping until April 25th.  That means you can order just one thing and not have to worry about the minimum.  I’m doing my best to update the Sticky post at the top of the blog page with Retiring product that is sold out.  Great new stamping goodies are on the way!

 

 

 

Hello – just Hello

Sometimes Hello is enough:

Maui Stamper Petite Petals Hello

This subtle Designer Series paper is one of the hidden gems in the Sweet Sorbet Sale-a-bration offering.  I love having these single tone papers in my stash – they provide interest and texture without distracting.  If you’re pairing Melon Mambo with ANYTHING you want to be careful not to get too distracted!

Maui Stamper Petite Petals HelloTake a good look at this detail – it’s not what you might initially think.  The Melon Mambo oval is a frame, not a mat.  Typically, to achieve this look I would cut two ovals:  the larger would be Melon Mambo, the slightly smaller would be the DSP.  However, in this case I wanted a different type of texture, so the two ovals are actually cut the same size, but there’s a smaller oval cut out of the center of the Melon Mambo oval.  That creates a raised frame instead of a mat that sits behind the paper.  It’s subtle, but I like the difference.

Maui Stamper Petite Petals Hello

It’s VERY difficult to see in the full-card photos, but the first one is done with the frame style and the second is done with the mat style.  As I said, it’s a very subtle difference, but you notice it when you hold the card in your hand.

  • Stamps:  Petite Petals and Four You
  • Color Palette:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
  • Accessories:  Petite Petals punch, Sweet Sorbet DSP, Rhinestone jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Early Espresso Stitched 1/4 inch grosgrain, Ovals Framelits, Decorative Dots TIEF an the Big Shot

Silly Rabbit….

Can you stand another box card?

Maui Stamper Spring Extravaganza Bunny CardCheryl and I got together last week to work on samples for our Step Into Spring class – today is the early bird deadline for all you Maui Crafters!  We wanted to have an Easter Bunny option and she came up with this Silly Rabbit.

Maui Stamper Spring Extravaganza Bunny CardIt’s amazing what you can do with a few punches!

Our class is Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2014 at the Kahului Masonic Lodge.  Cost is $20 if you register today, $23 if you register tomorrow.  All supplies are provided including your very own full box of Glue Dots – and you are going to love using Glue Dots when you put together a Card in a Box!  The class projects will feature the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.

We’re also making an embellished Tag a Bag box perfectly sized for chocolate eggs or other treats, and a charming single-treat holder made with the Scallop Tag Topper punch:

Maui Stamper Spring Extravaganza Bunny CardHere’s the “publicity shot” of all 3 original samples:

Maui Stamper Step into Spring Projects I hope you’ll join us!

RemARKably Egg-stra Creative!

Maui Stamper RemARKable March Pinworthy Blog tourWelcome to the RemARKable Pinworthy Blog tour for March!  I’m glad you’ve joined us and I’m sure you’ll be inspired.  Let’s dive right in:

Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Card in a BoxLately I’ve been hooked on the Card-in-a-Box concept.  The possibilities are endless, and this particular process really suits my “More is More” mentality – it seems like you can add bits and pieces forever!  The colors in the Eastern Elegance Designer Series paper really inspired me.

Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Card in a Box

  • Stamps:  Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Petal Parade, Best of Butterflies and Delightful Dozen
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Eastern Elegance DSP, Pansy and Petite Petals punches, Corner Rounder punch, Little Leaves Sizzlet and the Big Shot, Rhinestone jewels, Simply Scored tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Window Sheets

There are lots of ways to assemble this card, but here’s a tip:  You need a BRAND NEW, full box of Glue Dots.  I use a bamboo BBQ skewer to lift them off the roll and place them on my project.  (I use those skewers for tons of things – rolling paper into curls, reaching elusive spots, dabbing Tombo, placing glue dots and jewels – the list is endless.  And when it gets all sticky with Tombo the Wonder Adhesive I just pitch it.)

Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Card in a BoxThe card folds flat for mailing, too, although with all that extra card stock embellishment, you’re going to need a little extra postage.  It’s worth it 🙂

Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Card in a BoxI was on a roll with these colors, so I carried the theme over to a Tag-a-Bag Box.  There’s no way this was going in an envelope, so I had more room to play.Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Tag a Bag Box

  • Stamps:  None
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, Coastal Cabana
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Spiral Flower Originals Die and Lattice TIEF, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Tag-a-bag Box, Paper lace doily, Eastern Elegance DSP

Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Tag a Bag BoxThe doily is cut in half and smooshed (yes, that is the authentic, technical, paper-crafting term for it).  I used Sticky Strip to hold it in place under the belly band since it would be sliding back and forth as the box opened and closed.  When something Absolutely, Positively has to stick, you need Sticky Strip.Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Tag a Bag Box

A Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the Spiral Flower Originals die helps to soften the card stock so it will roll more easily.  The Lattice TIEF does an especially good job of this, although I still smoosh the card stock before I roll the flowers.  Maui Stamper Spiral Flower Original Die Assembly

I also use those odd crafty tweezers that pinch when you let go (instead of having to be squeezed) when I roll up my roses.  They make it easy to hold onto the center of the flower while you’re rolling.Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Tag a Bag Box

These colors make a gorgeous Easter color scheme, and I was delighted to find plastic eggs in Coastal Cabana!  Maybe you’ll choose a different DSP, but I hope you’ll have some fun playing with new ideas for Easter this year.

Maui Stamper RemARKably EggStra Blog Tour Card in a Box

Time to move on and see what Audra has in store.  Thanks for stopping by!

RemARKable PINworthy Blog Tour 2014

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