More gorgeous succulents

If you liked the card from the last RemARKable Blog tour, I think you’ll enjoy what I did with some of the leftover die cuts.  This is a CASE from Krista Driessen – with variations!

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

This is quite similar to her card. Using watercolor paper for this technique really helps! I used the Gold Wink of Stella pen to splatter the main panel for this card, and my watercolor wash wasn’t completely dry. As a result, the wash has taken on a gold tone, and some of the splatters ran a bit. I considered it a lovely serendipity.

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

I just kept playing with the watercolor wash, as well as the colors and placement of the succulents. I wasn’t happy with the way the sentiment embossed with my Very Vanilla embossing powder – I think it’s too old – so I tried another option.

Maui Stamper Oh So SucculentThis one got out of control!  Not my favorite, but it’s a much bolder look.  I decided to skip the wash altogether:

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

I’m not sure if I prefer this one, or the first one. The supplies are the same:

  • Stamps: Oh So Succulent
  • Color Palette:  Ecru (watercolor paper), Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Basic Black, Pear Pizazz, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Succulent Framelits, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella Gold, Diamond Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue dots, White Perfect Elements, Aquapainter

Have some fun! Mix and match elements of a card design – start with your own design, or CASE another paper artist.  You never know what you’ll discover.



My friend and fellow demonstrator created the cutest little Dory you’ve ever seen:

Maui Stamper Dory Playful Pals Stampin' Up!

Desiree told me she was determined to make a Dory with the Playful Pals stamps and Pyramid Pals thinlits, and I think she did a fantastic job!  From her color choices (Dapper Denim and Daffodil Delight) to the details in Dory’s eyes on on her fins, Desiree really nailed it!

Maui Stamper Dory Playful Pals Stampin' Up!

She added the hand-drawn lines on the fins and tail, and used Stampin’ Write markers for the eyes.

Maui Stamper Dory Playful Pals Stampin' Up!

She used the Seaside TIEF to add the wavy lines to the tail and fins as well – you can just barely see them in the photo.

Maui Stamper Dory Playful Pals Stampin' Up!

Desiree made an entire school of Dorys for our hostess club this month.  What could be better?  Shop HERE for your own.  Purchasing the stamps and thinlits will qualify you for a $5 coupon to spend in August!

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What does the Minion say?

As a counterpoint to the Angry Birds card, we created a Minion card.

Maui Stamper Minion Circle Flip card

  • Stamps:  None  (GASP!!)
  • Color Palette:  Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Smoky Slate
  • Accessories:  Thinlits Circle card and the Big Shot; 2 1/2″, 2″ and  3/4″ circle punches; Owl Builder punch; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive); Fringe Scissors

This is an easy card, but it takes a little time, and your fingers will likely get all Tombo-ee (yes, that is a word.)

Maui Stamper Minion Circle Flip cardBegin with the Circle Thinlet card in Daffodil Delight.  You’ll need 2 pieces of Pacific Point (mine were 1 1/2″ tall) for the overalls, plus narrow strips to make the straps.  The “button” on the straps is from the Owl Builder – a real button would have made this card too thick for standard postage.

I used a 3/4″ strip of Basic Black for the bands near the eye (what the heck are they for, anyway??)   And you’ll need to punch 2 Whisper White 2 1/2″ circles, a 2″ Daffodil circle (that you’ll cut in half), and a 3/4″ Black circle for the eyeball.  The glasses? goggle? monocle? is created by punching a 2″ Smoky Slate circle, then centering the round opening in the 2 1/2″ circle punch to cut out a ring.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it some height over the eye.

Maui Stamper Minion Circle Flip card

This is what the card looks like laid out flat.  There’s a plain Whisper White circle on the back of the eye to write a message, but here’s where I got stuck.  What does the minion say?  No idea.

Maui Stamper Minion Circle Flip cardHere’s the back side, laid flat.  Note that the “hair” is angled off to the side – otherwise it gets smushed (also a word) when the card is closed.

My card is CASED from THIS version, but there are many other versions in the CraftyWeb.  Have a blast creating your own!!

Punching out the Angry Birds

Recently, one of my regular stampers requested projects for kids.  I looked at what I had on my shelf and found stamps suitable for feminine or baby cards, but not really for KIDS.

Off to Pinterest, the Black Hole of the Internet!


I found some great ideas and they weren’t even in mason jars!! Score.

Maui Stamper Angry Birds Punch Art Treat Bag

This was inspired by THIS great card, and I CASED it pretty liberally.  The Red Bird is punched from the 1 3/4″ circle, and the Yellow Bird is the old style Heart Punch.  I think you could get that shape using a square and a corner rounder.AngryBirds2

The white body portions are 1 3/4″ circles punched twice.  The orange beak is the Itty Bitty Heart (trimmed) and the head and tail feathers are from the retired Boho punch.  I think you could get the same look from the Flower Fair framelits.


The eyebrows are the end of the stem from the bird punch.  The birds aren’t angry until you add those eyebrows, so work them!!  The eyes are from the Owl punch, and I used the 1″ square for the yellow beak.

The Word Window and the Woodgrain TIEF make up the slingshot, and the linen thread finishes it off.  I trimmed a strip of Garden Green with Fringe Scissors, and the embellishment at the top is from Amazing Birthday.  We had to stamp SOMETHING!

These are last year’s bags – the current bags are plain, so you could even add some clouds as Sarah-Jane Rae did to her card.

Everyone loved the end result – but we agreed that these birds take a lot of little pieces!

This Turkey is a Ding Dong!

Robbie made turkeys for Hostess Club this month:

Maui Stamper Thanksgiving Turkey Punch ArtHilarious, isn’t it?  We always have a great time at club – honestly, there’s so much laughing and teasing that I’m always amazed we get the projects done.  If we’d done this one we would still be sitting at my dining table on Thanksgiving morning!

Maui Stamper Thanksgiving Turkey Punch ArtRobbie made these quite generously sized, because this turkey had a special cargo:

Maui Stamper Thanksgiving Turkey Punch ArtI know you won’t believe me when I tell you this, but that Ding Dong is still stuffed in my turkey, all wrapped up.

Maui Stamper Thanksgiving TreatsI can’t say the same for the Hershey Nuggets Robbie slipped me 🙂

I have a fun story to share.  A couple of years ago, I read a comment on one of my posts from someone living near the University of Notre Dame where my son had just started college.  Mary and I started a correspondence, and this year when Mr. Maui Stamper and I made plans to go to the ND – Navy game, Mary and I made plans to meet face to face.

We worked out a schedule and she picked me up on Saturday morning for coffee.  Honestly, we had planned a quick 30 minute “hello” and after 2 hours we were still talking as fast as we could!  What a warm, wonderful person Mary is, and if you are lucky enough to live in Mishawaka, you  might know that too.  I’m just thrilled that I remembered to snap a quick photo:

Anne and Mary, Game DayHave you ever seen such adorable football fans?  We could have talked all day – except of course that I had a date with my boys for the game.  Mary Travis, I loved meeting you in person, and I hope you’ll come to Maui so we can continue the conversation.

I believe

This little fellow is a case of a case of a case, but he’s so charming that I can’t resist sharing him with you on this Christmas morning:

Petal Cone Santa

I believe in Santa. I believe in his goodness and generosity, his sense of fairness and kindness. I believe there have been men – and women – whose lives defined his tradition, and I believe that there are men and women all over the world who continue his work every day.

However you celebrate in December, I wish you goodness and generosity, fairness and forgiveness. And if it pleases you, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Valentine Bouquet

I’m not a huge fan of punch art, but I do like 3-D projects.  These little flowers seem to be a cross-over project between the two:

Flowers from the Full Heart punch

Do you ever struggle with a concept that is perfectly shaped in your head but won’t take that shape underneath your hands?  No comments about the condition of my head, please!!   These flowers are cuter on their own than as a group.  I think I broke the Rule of Odds – odd numbers in an arrangement – and that may be why it doesn’t look quite right to me.  I don’t have any artistic training, so my problem-solving techniques amount to trial and error.

These were simple to make.

  1. Punch 6 hearts with the Full Heart punch.
  2. Use a sponge dauber to define the edges  of 5 hearts; stamp, emboss or texture each.  Score down the center and crease.
  3. Use the 6th heart as a base.  Attach 5 hearts in flower shape with Tombo Adhesive.
  4. Punch a 3/4″ circle of cardstock.  Layer the flower, the cardstock circle and a button and pierce through button holes with piercing tool.
  5. Set aside the button.  Use a needle and threat to tie the circle and button together with linen thread.
  6. Place the button on top of the flower and circle.  Use fine craft wire to attach the flower, circle and button to a bamboo skewer, twisting securely on the back.  Trim ends and bend in towards skewer to avoid sharp edges.

Back view of Heart Flower

It took me about 40 minutes to make 8 of these.  I’ll bet you could do them faster!