August flowers on the line

This is the month when things start to get really HOT on Maui. I’m a sunshine and warm weather girl, but even I wilt a bit with our late summer heat. These sweet posies, however, will stay fresh all month long:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Swirly Bird

  • Stamps: Swirly Bird
  • Color Palette:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Framelits

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Swirly Bird

The color on the flowers isn’t even sponged – I inked them up with the Peekaboo Peach and then tapped the edges into the Tangerine Tango pad. It’s almost too easy. I also toyed with the idea of putting at least one of the blooms on a dimensional, but with these calendars I prefer as flat a profile as possible, so it was Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) to the rescue.

Cheryl and Crystal have created fabulous August designs – stop by and see what they’ve done!

Swirly Bird: One set to rule them all

There are many, many gorgeous new products in the latest version of the Stampin’ Up! annual catalog, but Swirly Bird gets my vote for the set that does it all:

Maui Stamper Swirly Bird

  • Stamps:  Swirly Bird, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Pear Pizazz, Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I love the variety in the images, and I love the versatility of both the stamps and the thinlits. This card is quick and easy to put together and I already have a few ideas for changing it up.  I also love that Stampin’ Up! brought the original 2015-2016 Tin of Cards stamp set back, but also added a new Designer Tin of Cards set for 2016-2017.

Maui Stamper Swirly Bird

I want you to note that I avoided the (very strong) urge to make this a blue and green card.  It would be gorgeous with Pool Party or Island Indigo.  I’m making an effort to expand my horizons, and since orange isn’t exactly at the top of my list of favorites, I stretched.

Maui Stamper Swirly BirdI inked the Swirly shapes in Peekaboo Peach and then tapped the edges with Tangerine Tango.  Each one came out a little differently from the last, which is what flowers do in real life, right?  I like that.

Ready to add the Swirly Birds bundle to your craft table?  Shop HERE.

All Swirly Whirly

I had no idea I would be so crazy about this Swirly Bird bundle:

Maui Stamper Swirly Bird Fathers Day

Shoosh now.  Don’t tell my Dad.  This is his Fathers Day card and it’s going in the mail today.  I love the open sea feeling of it.

Maui Stamper Swirly Bird Fathers Day

  • Stamps:  Swirly Bird and Crazy About You
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Real Red, Dapper Denim
  • Accessories:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Layering Circle Framelits, Duet Banner Punch, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush

The new 2016-2018 In Colors are absolutely scrumptious.  (I always have a little heart failure when there’s a new set of In Colors and I have to put that 2-year-away date out there.  2018?  Holy Mackerel Andy.)  Dapper Denim is a beautiful shade of blue!

This card is based on a layout done by Janet Wakeland.  I tweaked it a bit – can you see the Wink of Stella?  {wink, wink}  I’ve been busy turning out all kinds of Swirly projects!

Maui Stamper Swirly Bird Fathers Day

Don’t judge me or anything, but Swirly Bird was a bit of a last minute, oh-why-not addition to my first big new catalog order.  I thought it was interesting, but I wasn’t exactly over the moon about it.

I also ordered the Layering Circle Framelits only because I had a demonstrator award that allowed me to get them for free.  I have the old Circle Framelits.  Why would I possibly need these?  There couldn’t be that much difference, could there?

I was wrong.  There is.

Want your own?  Shop HERE.