Heart Happiness Valentines

I’m not really a “heart person”, although I’m liberal with heart emojis ūüíē¬†in my text messages. I made an exception for Heart Happiness because of this beautiful, ombre-screened, striped heart. There’s something about it that makes my own little stamper heart sing.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Heart Happiness Valentine

  • Stamps: Heart Happiness
  • Color Palette:¬† Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
  • Accessories:¬† Big Shot, Heart Happiness, Lots to Love Framelits, Bakers Twine, Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

This is a very simple design, and I chose to leave it without a sentiment on the front. I tried to put a phrase on the banner, but nothing seemed to work and I decided less would be more.

I know.  SHOCKING.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Heart Happiness Valentine

I also played with the stripes using Stampin’ Write markers. There’s a little heap of these hearts in my craft room, but these bold colors were my favorites:

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Heart Happiness Valentine

  • Stamps:¬† Heart Happiness, Tabs for You
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Accessories:¬† Big Shot, Lots to Love Framelits, 3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist stripe ribbon, Stampin’ Write markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Again, I considered adding more (specifically, using a background stamp or TIEF on the Bermuda Bay panel) but decided to stick with less.  There are lots of men in my life who need Valentines.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Heart Happiness Valentine

This is my Go Bold Or Go Home combo. I LOVE THESE COLORS TOGETHER, and I hope that you do too.

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When you need a Tag: Day Five

This is the same technique as yesterday – Adhesive Sheets to adhere DSP to a Thick Whisper White tag – but with a very different visual result. The starry night sky seemed to be begging for that perfect tree!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh

  • Stamps: Seasonal Chums (greeting)
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Basic Black, Garden Green, Copper Foil
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Santas Sleigh Thinlits, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Metallic Sequins (retired)

To get the copper “shadow” on both sides of the tree, I just cut the copper tree in two down the middle. I also shortened the trunk, as it was too long to fit on my tag.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh

This tree is embellished with one of the patterns from Touches of Texture. I added Rhinestone jewels to the branches, and I personally think it’s a little too over-the-top. You could drape this tree with a mini-sequin garland and it would really sparkle!

Egg Cartons: yes, they’re available!

The charming Mini Egg Cartons were a bit of an availability nightmare for Stampin’ Up! this spring. The first batch sold out in a flash, and the next order was held up during the shipping process. They’re in the warehouse now, and are retiring the end of May.¬†It’s not too late!

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

These made perfect gifts for my April club, and I was¬†pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to spritz! ¬†If you’re noticing a tone difference between colors, you’re right. I used the Stampin’ Up! Spritzer and began with 8 – 10 drops of ink refill: Elegant Eggplant, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, and Bermuda Bay. ¬†I intentionally chose more saturated colors to allow me to play with the tone.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

After adding the ink to the Spritzer, I filled it with rubbing alcohol and spritzed away.  The cartons are quite absorbent and took the color extremely well, and each carton used about 2/3 of the Spritzer. (HELPFUL NOTE:  Wear gloves!!!  I did the Bermuda Bay cartons first, and have the dyed thumb to prove it.)   I added just a couple of additional drops of ink to the solution remaining in the Spritzer and then filled back up with alcohol, and that gave me the lighter shade you see on the right.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

Since these were an Easter gift, Easter candy went inside. My plastic eggs were on the large side, so I opted to skip the shreddies, but another time I will absolutely skip the plastic eggs in favor of all that glorious grassy fill.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

Each carton was closed and simply tied with a generous white ribbon and bow. There is more retired ribbon in my stash than I care to admit, but I stayed true to the white ribbon because I loved the clean look and it tied together the differently colored boxes. (LOL)

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

The tag features the retiring Decorative Label with the retiring Elegant Butterfly punch. The labels are cut from coordinating colored stock, and the butterfly is Shimmery White with a  sparkly strip of jewels.

Maui Stamper Mini Egg Cartons

These boxes make a delightful presentation for candy, fruit, jewelry, art supplies, or anything you can fit inside. I’d love to know how you filled yours! ¬†They’re still available HERE.

 

Weekly Deals – a good week to stock up!

As Sale-a-bration nears the finish line, the Weekly Deals come through with stash-worthy goodies:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals Basic Black Bakers Twine

Basic Black Bakers Twine #134576 $3.00  $2.25

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals Bow Builder Punch

Bow Builder Punch  #137414  $18.00  $13.50

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals Color Me Irresistible DSP

Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP   #138439   $13.00   $9.75

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals Handpicked Framelits

Handpicked Framelits  #138439  $25.00    $18.75

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Rhinestone Jewels  #119246  $5.00   $3.75

I don’t know about you, but I think your average 6-year-old would be THRILLED to find a package of Rhinestone Jewels in an Easter basket. ¬†Talk about a hip Easter Bunny. ¬†Go on, be a hero.

It would be easy to get to $50 with a selection of these Deals, and then you could purchase the Flowering Fields stamp set – the clear mount version is listed as low quantity on the Inventory Status Report, and I’d feel so badly if you missed it! ¬†Shop HERE.

Maui Stamper Flowering FIelds with Timeless Textures

This card¬†and the Blushing Bride version have proved to be very popular and have already been CASED. ¬†I’m very grateful to those of you who linked back to The Maui Stamper – and for the few that did not, there’s always time to edit your post. ¬†It’s the right thing to do whenever you CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone).

Enough sermonizing.  Be sure to stop back on Thursday afternoon (3pm HST) for the RemARKable Blog Tour!