Remarkable You with Sympathy

Sympathy cards are challenging, but making one is at least part of how I express my feelings when someone has experienced loss.  It’s never easy, but for me, the act of creating a card helps me to work through some of my feelings.

Maui Stamper Remarkable You Stampin' Up!

The metallic thread is very fine, and doesn’t create issues with the USPS as it won’t add any bulk to a card. I use a little adhesive on the card where I want it to go, and wind it through the adhesive. It comes out differently every single time. I’ve had to learn to adapt to that!

Maui Stamper Remarkable You Stampin' Up!

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Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! July 2017 Bonus Days

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A Waterlily for March

These little desktop calendars are so satisfying to create. Because they’re small, I’m challenged to find images that will physically fit in the space while still reflecting the time of year.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Remarkable You

For March, I chose the water lily from Remarkable You.  It’s a stylized shape that’s perfect for coloring, and I really love to color.  I added a few splatters using the Wink of Stella Gold pen.  Honestly, it’s not my favorite product – I find the gold color too strong and brassy for painting or highlighting – but it does a fantastic job of splattering.  There’s a lesson in there!

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Remarkable You

I created this calendar page long before our new Watercolor Pencils were released, but it would be really fun to use them on this project.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please head on over to see what Crystal and Cheryl have done for March.  And while you’re there, leave a little comment for them.  It’s a little thing that means a lot.

Pink October Round Two

I’m back in the pink!  A couple of weeks ago I pulled out the Touches of Texture set and put it to the Pink Test.

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture

Maui Stamper Touches of Texture

Crumb Cake is my go-to neutral with soft tones like pinks and pale blues.  For this card, I pulled in a lot of pink tones – Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and the 2016-2018 In Color Flirty Flamingo.  The variety of pinks work well when you’re layering as much as I’ve done.

Photopolymer stamps are flexible and sticky, allowing you to shape them in a curve in order to closely fit something like this banner.  I place the die cut piece on my desktop, then cover it with a clear block.  I shape the photopolymer stamp on the block looking through to the die cut.  One caveat: If your die cut isn’t symmetrical, this won’t work as you’re going to flip the block over.

If you haven’t had your screening, make that appointment a priority.  The earlier Breast Cancer is detected, the greater the odds of complete remission.  Take care of yourself 💕

 

Bee Happy. Bee Grateful. Bee You.

I’ve always enjoyed word play.  The pun is a very creative, if sometimes groan-inducing form of word play, but in this case I was looking for something more whimsical.  This bee image captured my imagination right away, and I went off in search of the right words to create the story that was developing in my head:

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

  • Stamps:  Pun Intended (Host), Remarkable You, Work of Art, Oh What Fun, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Vellum card stock, Wink of Stella Clear, Honeycomb TIEF (retired), Crushed Curry ribbon (retired), Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB/retired), Timeless Elegance DSP (retired), Stampin’ Write markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Pun Intended is a Host Rewards stamp set – you can only purchase it with Host dollars received when you host a qualifying event or order.  The bee is the Queen (Bee) of the set – I’ve featured it once already in THIS post.   I used the retired Honeycomb TIEF there, too. (I’m really disappointed that Stampin’ Up! chose to retire that TIEF before introducing this image.)  I guess being a bit of a hoarder has some advantages {wink}.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

You can see my vellum wings looking straight on.  I stamped the image on vellum with Basic Black and set it aside overnight to dry completely.  I cut out the wings including the zig zag portion of the body that runs between them and used that section to adhere the wings to the stamped image.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

I used Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) to attach the layers and was very pleased with the result.  The body on the panel as well as the body portion on the vellum are both colored with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write markers, and I think that helps disguise the adhesive.  The wings are super-sparkled with two coats of Clear Wink of Stella.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

The DSP behind the images is the retired Timeless Elegance, one of the most beautiful and easy-to-use sets of papers that Stampin’ Up! has ever produced.  It’s wrapped around a piece of cardboard, and finished on the back with a coordinating DSP (also retired from Sale-a-bration 2016):

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

As a custom piece, there just wasn’t a frame available that would fit, so I created a clean finish for the back and sandwiched the ribbon securely between the layers.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Bee Happy.  Bee Grateful.  Bee You.

A remarkable friend

If you’re lucky, you have a remarkable friend.  She is generous, thoughtful, and knows just when to send you a really DUMB meme that will make you laugh until you…well, you know.  I needed a card for a remarkable friend, and Stampin’ Up! heard me loud and clear:

Maui Stamper Remarkable Friend

  • Stamps:  Remarkable You, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Gold
  • Tools:  Aquapainter, Lost Lagoon satin ribbon (retired), Winter Wonderland DSP (Holiday 2015), Gold Washi (retired), Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (retired, other colors available), Iced Rhinestone Embellishments (Holiday 2015)

Maui Stamper Remarkable FriendI’ve used just a tiny piece of the Winter Wonderland DSP (Designer Series Paper) but every sheet in that assortment is gorgeous.  There’s new gold washi in the Holiday 2015 catalog too, but I had this on hand.  And check out the Iced Rhinestone Embellishments!!  Can I get a chorus of “More is MORE!!” here please??

Pool Party and Island Indigo are one of my favorite color combinations.  I can use it all year without feeling out of season – maybe that’s why I like it so well!

Happy birthday, my Remarkable Friend!