Forever Lovely: the day after forever

This die cut looks really complicated, but trust me, it’s not. I had very skeptical looks from the members of the first club group to try it, but they agreed that it looks much more difficult than it is. I think that’s the beauty of the product!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely

Lovely Forever and the Lovely Flowers Edgelits are sold in a money saving bundle. It makes a gorgeous pair of products nearly impossible to resist.

I rounded the top corners of this card with the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board. It’s a versatile tool, and the corner rounder at the top of the board is an added bonus. It always seems to get the corner right, too.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely

I put the card base through the Big Shot first, then cut a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock to 4 3/16″ x 5 1/2″. That 1/16″ provides just enough clearance to allow the Flirty Flamingo panel to nest into the fold of the card without peeking out the opposite side. I placed the Flamingo panel under the Whisper White die cut and aligned the edgelit included in the assortment right up against the edge of the white die cut. I traced the top of the edgelit with a pencil and used that mark to position the Flamingo panel and the edgelit in the Big Shot so that I would get perfect alignment underneath the card front. I trimmed off the bottom of the Flamingo panel to 1/4″ from the bottom, then adhered it to the white card front. I used Fast Fuse (I still have a stash and I love it!) along the sides and bottom, and then carefully adhered the top of the die cut to the Flamingo panel using Tombo. You need a steady hand, and for some people it’s easier to put a little puddle on a scrap of paper and use a toothpick. Tombo is still my Wonder Adhesive.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely

My heart isn’t completely sold on this sentiment. It’s the “until” part. That implies an end. I realize that forever is infinite, but I still struggle. I’m a words girl, and I get a little fussy about the details. Nevertheless, the message is clear: I’ll love you forever! (But no guarantees about the day after.)

Here’s a guarantee: this card is much easier than it looks and will bring joy to the lucky person who receives it. If you need to shop for the supplies to create your own, shop HERE.



Apron of Love in Lovely Lipstick: CI43

I hinted in my Guest Designer post (oh, it’s luscious to say that!) that I’d made other versions for the Colour INKspiration #34 challenge. The challenge is to use the 2018-2020 In Colors – 1, 2, 3, 4, or all of them – combined with neutral colours.

I’ve seen some gorgeous cards done with multiples of the In Colour palette, and I must acknowledge that it was a lack of inspiration on my part to find them difficult to use together. The 2018-2020 colours are bold, and I’m typically not a bold-combo crafter. That said, I created a card using Lovely Lipstick that’s kind of fun:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Apron of Love CI43

I have a couple of tips for you. The first one is regards to the Buffalo Check stamp. I’ve always bought my background stamps as wood mount, and that’s what I did with this one. I’ll be honest: you can get a great impression with the wood mount stamp, but it takes some effort. My technique is to lay the stamp on the wood side, rubber up, and thoroughly ink it with an ink pad. Inspect the inked stamp for even application. Carefully place your card stock panel onto the inked rubber, and cover with a piece of scrap paper. (This step keeps you from getting ink on your brayer.) Use a rubber brayer over the surface of the paper-covered-stamp to thoroughly transfer the ink to the paper. You can use your fingers, but the brayer is more accurate.

If I were to do it again, I’d buy the clear mount stamp and use the Stamparatus.  It’s a much quicker, easier process!

To get those apron strings and fabulous kitchen utensils to release from the Apron Builder Framelits, you need the Precision Base Plate.  I know, I know, your craft budget is limited. But this is a paper-saving, time-saving, hunk-a-hunk-a paper-crafting love, and you will thank yourself again and again for this small investment. I bought one when they first came out, and have used is constantly ever since, and it’s still working like a champ.

However, our Standard Cutting Pads need to be replaced more often. They’re acrylic, and the dies really chew them up. Do yourself a favor and get new ones with your next order. I know you can put them in the oven and run them through your dishwasher and send them to the dry cleaners (not really!) to give them another life. But get the new ones. You deserve it.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Apron of Love CI43

Don’t overlook the Make a Difference stamp set. It has both block and italic letters, and it’s photopolymer, so you can see just where you’re placing them. You know you’ve got something special you want to say!

If you’re still with me, well, thanks for reading along. And be sure to check out the Colour INKspiration Facebook page. You won’t meet a nicer, more supportive group of creative people! You’re welcome to join the group and contribute, and I recommend it!

Need stamps? Shop HERE.

A card to lift you up

Most of the projects I make are cards.  There’s a pretty simple reason: I like to send cards.

Packages and treat holders are mostly special events projects for me.  They typically need to be filled, and they’re usually filled with chocolate (duh). The chocolate never works out perfectly, resulting in leftover chocolate sitting on my craft desk.  And leftovers end up on my hips.  So I make cards!

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

  • Stamps: Lift Me Up
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder
  • Accessories:  Up & Away Thinlits, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot, Carried Away DSP (Sale-a-bration 2017), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Silver thread

This color palette is completely inspired by the Carried Away DSP.  It’s a combination I would have NEVER chosen on my own.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like it – but it does mean it’s entirely out of my comfort zone. I had to make a conscious decision to work with those colors, because I chose the cloud print from the DSP primarily because it was one color – Mint Macaron – offset with Whisper White.

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

The hot air balloon thinlits are designed to let you add as much color as you like.  This would be a gorgeous rainbow balloon (stay tuned!) Popping up a few cloud die cuts on dimensionals added texture without overwhelming all of the detail in the balloon itself.

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up

This stamp set features a great selection of sentiments.  I send lots of birthday cards, so this was an easy choice.  I wanted to feature Mint Macaron on the inside panel so you would see it at the top when the card is closed. Stamping the sentiment on a narrow band of Whisper White allows the message to pop.

Enjoy!  The Lift Me Up stamps and thinlits are a great bundle, and come in both clear and wood mounted red rubber.  I highly recommend the Precision Base Plate for best results cutting out the hot air balloon with your Big Shot.  The beautiful designs in the Carried Away DSP are free as a gift with purchase during Sale-a-bration.  Shop HERE.

RemARKable Holidays

Welcome to the November RemARKable Blog tour.  We’re featuring Holiday Bundles this month, and I know the other artists on the tour will have great inspiration for you.

For my part, I have two simple cards that could be produced in quantity – and since it’s nearly mid-November, simple is a plus!  First up is the Jingle All the Way Bundle:

Maui Stamper Dazzling Sleigh Ride Ornament

  • Stamps:  Jingle All the Way
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Night of Navy
  • Accessories:  2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Watercolor paper, Night of Navy Ink Refill, White Craft Ink, Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Edgelit dies, Delicate Ornament Thinlit dies, Softly Falling TIEF, Precision Base Plate, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Silver Cord, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Dazzling Sleigh Ride Ornament

The ornament concept isn’t my original idea – it’s all over Pinterest – but this combination is mine.  Using the watercolor paper with the ink refill allows more depth and variety in the Night of Navy background.

My second bundled project features the Peaceful Pines bundle:

Maui Stamper Perfect Pines Holiday Catalog CASE

  • Stamps:  Peaceful Pines
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Pines Framelits, Lucky Stars TIEF, Home for Christmas DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Perfect Pines Holiday Catalog CASE

If you take a look at page 16 of the Holiday Catalog, you’ll see the inspiration for this card.  Since my first card used a watercolor technique, I chose to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) for this one.

I hope you’re inspired – and I’m sure there is more inspiration coming your way.  The tour links are featured at the end of the blog, but if you click on the image below you’ll be off to see Heather Mathieson!  Thanks for your visit.

Home for the Holidays RemARKable Blog Tour

Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Arden Dougan
Tracie Langley
Anne Matasci   YOU ARE HERE!
Heather Mathieson
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Pam Staples
Janet Wakeland


Sparkle and Shine for Christmas

Forgive me if I bypass Halloween and Thanksgiving for a bit…I’ll be back, but the Holiday catalog has such beautiful Christmas things:

Maui Stamper Home for the Holidays Christmas Greetings

  • Stamps:  None!!
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Mossy Meadow, GOLD
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Very Vanilla 1 1/4″ Subtle Stripes Vanilla Ribbon, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots, Home for Christmas DSP, Banner Triple Punch, Glimmer Paper, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch

Yes I fussy-cut the poinsettia.  It’s very forgiving.

Maui Stamper Home for the Holidays Christmas GreetingsLet me tell you about cutting out these words with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits and the Precision Base plate.  The words pop right out of the Thinlit.  There are no funny bumps from the holes meant to help you poke them out.  The skinny bits don’t get twisted and pulled out of shape.  You need this.  I certainly do!

Shop HERE.