The Retiring List – what’s a crafter to do?

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I’ve had a little time to look through the list of products retiring from 2016-2017, and I have a few things to share with you. Products are selling out VERY QUICKLY, so don’t delay.  Here are a few things I consider noteworthy:

  • Bundles are retiring – in some cases, stamps will continue. Many have already sold out.
  • Many suites, especially in the Occasions catalog are retiring. Stock up on DSP and embellishments for things you already have
  • Project Life products are retiring, many at a discount. The cards packs are GREAT for card making!!
  • Gorgeous Grunge – Clear and Wood –  is retiring.  Don’t miss that one.
  • Botanical Blooms (discounted!) and the Pineapple Clear and Wood stamp  are retiring – if you do tropical cards, snap these up!
  • The Owl Builder punch is retiring. So.Much.Punch.Art.
  • Christmas Greetings Thinlits  are retiring – one of my absolute favorites.
  • Stars Framelits are retiring.  These are a holiday staple.
  • The Adhesive Remover is retiring, and I consider it a crafting essential.

Did I mention things are selling out quickly??  If you want the

Retiring Products page, start HERE.

Retiring Stamps page, start HERE.

Retiring Bundles page, start HERE.

Retiring Everything Else, start HERE.

But start NOW!!

 

Stars for a star-swept couple

My niece was married in May, and I was delighted that she asked for my help with the favors for her wedding.  Their theme was Starry Starry Night, and they carried it out beautifully.  She had wine charms for her favors, and late one night we texted back and forth a dozen times until we came up with a plan:

Maui Stamper Starry Starry Night FavorsI’ve done enough mass production to know that you have to break it up into smaller tasks. I want to enjoy the process, and production isn’t my favorite thing to do.  It’s a gift that I can give, and I want to give it joyfully!

Maui Stamper Starry Starry Night FavorsThe first thing that I did was borrow another set of Star Framelits so that I would have two.  By carefully planning and cutting the card stock into strips, I could cut eight stars at a time…two pieces of card stock at time.  It’s not the recommended procedure, but if your shape is simple enough it works!  Having 2 sets meant I could put 4 framelits through at a time.

Maui Stamper Starry Starry Night FavorsI’ve also learned to work in stacks.  It helps me to keep track of my progress, and also helps avoid the inevitable shortage of one piece or another.

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Tools help too!  The piercing mat was a lifesaver 🙂  The stars are Night of Navy and Soft Suede, and I stamped one side with a star pattern from a retired Project Life set called Point and Click.  The other side had their names and wedding date printed – I confess that was mostly by trial and error using MS Word.  Print first, cut with framelits second!

Maui Stamper Starry Starry Night FavorsIt was a great feeling to get them all finished and ready to send off.  I confess that putting them in a Priority Mail package and sending them off across the ocean made me feel a little nervous, and I was quite happy to get that arrival email!  The Post Office has been good to me, and I am a big fan.

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We used to carry a fabulous product called Champagne Mist Shimmer paint, and I have a stash of it that I keep for very special projects.  Every star was sprayed front and back with Shimmer Spray, and it was a perfect finishing touch.

Finally, my card for the happy couple carried out the theme too:

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The entire event was a glorious celebration of love, commitment and family.  Congratulations and many happy years together, Liz and Mark!

 

Weekly Deals!!

Need just a little?  Need a lot?  Deals – and everything else – ship free this week!

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals April 7 - 13, 2015Shop HERE by April 10th to get your Free Shipping!

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Super Star Birthday

When it’s your birthday, you deserve the star treatment!

Maui Stamper Super Star Birthday

  • Stamps:  You’re My Hero (retired)
  • Color Palette:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Accessories:  White Gel Pen, Star Framelits, Gold Sequin Trim, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Back to Black DSP

Maui Stamper Super Star BirthdayQuick and easy!  Here are this week’s DEALS:

Maui Stamper Weekly Deals Stampin' Up! November 11-17, 2014

Don’t forget to stop by on Thursday for the RemARKable Pinworthy Blog tour – our theme this month is Give Thanks!

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