Inspire.Create.Share.2014: In Color Card Swap

Today at Convention 2014 I’m swapping this Blackberry Bliss card:

Maui Stamper In Color Blackberry Bliss Spiral Rose swap

  • Stamps:  Lots of Thanks, Hardwood
  • Color Palette:  Blackberry Bliss, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
  • Accessories:  Spiral Flower Originals Die, Flower Frenzy Bigs L Die and the Big Shot, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, Fancy Fan TIEF, Two-Way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin’ Sponges, Gold Bakers Twine, Gold Sequin Trim, Glue Dots, Hot Glue Gun, Silicone craft sheet

Loads of thanks to the GLORIOUS Crystal Kondo who shared her new stamps with me 🙂  I get by with a little help from my friends.

Did you know that our Glue Dots are the EXACT same size as the Sequins in the Gold Sequin Trim?  That is serious happy news.

Maui Stamper In Color Blackberry Bliss Spiral Rose swapMy secret for these roses is the Silicone Craft Sheet, #127853.  It’s only $5.95 and I think it’s the best kept secret in the catalog.  If you’re making these flowers you NEED this mat!  You can blop all the hot glue you want onto the back of your flower and then smush it down onto the Craft Sheet and do your shaping before the glue goes solid – and then pick that puppy right up!  No sticking!!  My other secret is that I always run the spirals through a TIEF before I roll them.  I put them through in pairs just because it’s faster that way.  The all-over pattern helps break down the fibers and you don’t need to scrunch up the paper before you roll the flower.

If you live on Maui and you’re interested in this card, leave a comment below.  I’m thinking about a class but I’m checking the interest levels first.

RemARKable Flowers

Maui Stamper RemARKable March Pinworthy Blog tour


It’s another RemARKable Pinworthy blog tour – and this time we are focusing on flowers.  I think most crafters LOVE flowers, and I’m no exception.  One of my favorite new flower products is the Sizzix Spiral Flower Originals die, and I thought I would tackle something I’ve been thinking about for a while.  I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt:

Maui Stamper Spiral Flower Originals Die Denim FlowersI have been imagining crafting with our new Sizzix Spiral Flower Originals Die with fabric for weeks!  I have SO MANY ideas for these flowers…but I’m getting ahead of myself.  These are made from denim (specifically, an old pair of torn, destroyed jeans) and tulle (leftover from my bridal ensemble – really!)

My first idea was a wristlet:

Maui Stamper Spiral Flower Originals Die Denim FlowersI didn’t even get to the embellishment stage.  This idea has potential, but the problem here is that I’m a Bash-and-Crash kinda girl, and this little confection wouldn’t make it through the first day on my wrist.

Maui Stamper Spiral Flower Originals Die Denim FlowersCute idea – for someone else’s wrist.  It was back to the drawing board.

Maui Stamper Spiral Flower Originals Die Denim FlowersI used two denim spirals and two tulle spirals for the flower on the right.  The one on the left has one denim spiral and two tulle spirals – the tulle is very lightweight and soft, not the stiff variety.

Maui Stamper Spiral Flower Originals Die Denim FlowersThe “double denim” flower is in the center – it’s definitely larger – with a single denim layer flower on either side.

Maui Stamper Spiral Flower Originals Die Denim FlowersI did learn a few tricks in the process of assembling these.  If I were working with fabric only (no tulle) it would be fairly simple to roll first and hot glue second.  However, the tulle is wispy and stubborn, and I found it easier to roll a little, hot glue a little, and roll a little more.  Also, when you are working with paper, it’s very easy to adjust the tightness of the rolled flower once you’re done.  With fabric (even if you haven’t hot glued it together already!) there’s too much friction in the layers and they don’t want to loosen up.  I found I got the best results by practicing once or twice before I began to assemble with the hot glue.

Now that I have a few of these under my belt, I can’t wait to add Spiral Flower embellishments to…well, you’ll have to wait and see.  In the meantime, go see what the rest of the RemARKables have come up with – I’m certain you’ll be inspired!

RemARKable PINworthy Blog Tour 2014

Head on over to Audra Monk at the Crafty Yogi to continue the tour!



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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Small Sweets

Creating packaging for small treats is so gratifying…but it creates such temptation for me!  I have a tough time resisting the “one for you, one for me” routine.  The key is to make a bunch all at once, because for some illogical reason, once they are packaged up my will power seems much stronger.

Maui Stamper Tag Topper Rose Chocolate TreatWe made these in Hostess Club this month.  Everyone thought “The Rose” would be difficult, and I think everyone was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s really very easy.  This is two layers of Core’dinations paper run through the Lattice TIEF – the embossing folder helps to soften the paper.  I used the scallop tag topper punch on both ends of a 6″ long piece of paper to create the little packet for the chocolate.  (Yes.  You knew that what was in there, didn’t you?)

The rhinestone in the center is from a long-retired kit, but you could get the same effect with a large rhinestone and a pink Sharpie® marker.  The “leaf” is two petals of the pansy punch, and the hot glue gun makes sure it all stays just where it belongs.

Maui Stamper Tag Topper Rose Chocolate TreatThe little banner is an Itty Bitty banner.  I hand-cut it instead of using the framelit so that I could leave the left edge a little longer in order to tuck in into the rose.

If you need a bunch of these and don’t have time to roll up the roses, here’s Plan B:

Maui Stamper Glimmer and Hearts Chocolate TreatsThis is stamp, stamp, punch, punch, tie and go!  Same Scallop Tag Topper punch, but this time I used Language of Love punched with the full heart and gold glimmer punched with the 1 3/4 Inch circle.  A little lace and seam binding to tie it closed, a pearl for good luck, and you can whip out a heap of these in no time.  I made a bunch for Valentines, but you could create cute shower or wedding favors too.

Maui Stamper Glimmer and Hearts Chocolate TreatsMaui Stamper Glimmer and Hearts Chocolate TreatsThere might be one left over.  I’m thinking that by now there can’t be any calories left in it.