You Soar Above the Rest

Mr. Maui Stamper really does soar above the rest.  I knew when I met him all those years ago that he would make a fabulous Dad, and my young heart really got that right. (The defining moment was when he was teaching me to ski and his extraordinary patience was on full display.)

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up  Stampin' Up!

Maui Stamper Lift Me Up  Stampin' Up!

The Color Theory DSP makes a great background – the ombre fade from top to bottom suggests the view towards the horizon. There are a couple of paper shares still available if you’re interested in sampling this paper (and a few others!)

 

 

 

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It’s RemARKable Designer Series Paper!!

 

RemARKable Blog Tour

Don’t you love a deal?  Our RemARKable Blog Tour this month is celebrating Designer Series Paper, because it’s a BIG DEAL this month at Stampin’ Up!  There are 8 beautiful color-coordinated collections from which to choose, and our RemARKable goal this month is to inspire you and make your choice a little easier.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Cookie Cutter Christmas with Presents & Pinecones DSP

  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Oh What Fun, Thoughtful Banners
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Presents & Pinecones DSP, Duet Banner Punch, Cookie Cutter Punch, Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Cookie Cutter Christmas with Presents & Pinecones DSP

The Wink of Stella just would NOT photograph but trust me, Santa is a-blingin’!!  It’s really quick and easy coloring with the Stampin’ Write markers too.

I want to point out the Oh What Fun stamp set because in my opinion, it’s been overlooked with all the excitement of the 2016 Holiday catalog.  Oh What Fun is in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog as a returning star from last year’s Holiday catalog, and it is stellar.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

I don’t know about you, but I NEVER have enough tags! Tags for packages, tags for goodies, tags for bottles of refreshing beverages…I NEED TAGS.

  • Stamps:  Wondrous Wreath, Merry Mice
  • Color Palette:  Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Wink of Stella Clear, Cherry Cobbler Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Bakers Twine Trio Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1/8″ handheld punch

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

I am a Wink of Stella junkie – there isn’t a project that doesn’t benefit from a little Wink!

Maui Stamper RemARKable Presents & Pinecones with Wondrous Wreath

Designer Series Paper is the PERFECT tag base because you have a beautiful front AND back ready to roll – it takes just moments to dress it up. With 12 color coordinated designs, you too can have that perfectly coordinated Christmas.

Your next stop on the tour is Audra Monk.  I know you’ll enjoy her beautiful projects and the whole tour!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

Here’s the full tour lineup:

Anne Matasci    YOU ARE HERE!

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up

RemARKably Thoughtful Branches

RemARKable Blog Tour

Welcome to the August RemARKable Blog Tour.  We’re featuring the exclusive, available-only-this-month scrum-tiddily-umptious Thoughtful Branches stamp set, paired with the Beautiful Branches thinlits.  I’m not featuring the thinlits today, but you can see them used HERE and HERE.  Instead, I’m focusing on the trees.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches

 

I elected to keep this card on the simple side.  You could use just about any sentiment – thanks, sympathy, hello or even Christmas.  I made it a birthday card because, well, #imbringingbirthdaysback.  Aren’t you?

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches

 

The color palette is Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  I’ve used the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and the Thoughtful Banners set for the sentiment.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Subtles Stack.  Oh, and of course I’ve used Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I love that you can stamp the trunk independently of the branches.  No more fussy markering the stamps!  (Ha!! My spell-check doesn’t think MARKERING is a word.  Silly spell-check.)

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches

 

This card is slightly stepped up – but not too much.  I used the Floral Boutique DSP and the Softly Falling TIEF for texture, and added a little sparkle with the Wink of Stella clear brush.  The image is cut with Ovals framelits, and I added a greeting cut from Silver Foil paper using the Christmas Greetings thinlits.

Maui Stamper RemARKable Blog Tour Thoughtful Branches

 

This beautiful, versatile set is only available this month.  You can purchase the stamps, the thinlits or the bundle, but whatever you do, don’t wait!

Next up on the tour is Audra Monk, and you know she always has a great RemARKable post.  Enjoy the tour!

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

Nancy Amato  

Melissa Bolinger   

Tamra Davis 

Connie Deibler  

Arden Dougan 

Tracie Langley 

Deb Lehigh 

Anne Matasci  

Audra Monk 

Maria Pane 

Michele Reynolds  

Pam Staples  

Janet Wakeland  

Mary Jo Price Williams 

Fabulous Figgy Flora

There’s a group of stamp sets that get sold short in the Annual Catalog, at least in my opinion.  The Host Rewards sets don’t seem to get the same attention that the rest of the catalog enjoys.  Fabulous Flora is a host set, and I think it deserves a better look:

Maui Stamper Fabulous Flora Thanks

I’m not as big a fan of Wink of Stella Gold – I prefer the Clear version.  However, I’ve found a use for it that I really love – the flick.  You know.  You get the brush end loaded up with the color and then flick it against your finger over the paper to get some spatter.

Maui Stamper Fabulous Flora Thanks

It’s easy to do as long as you remember to load up the brush end.  If it’s dry, you can do a whole lot of flicking without seeing much in the way of results.

I played a bit with the Aqua Painter here too, layering the color and adding a light Smoky Slate wash around the images to set them off.  Since this card has very limited layers, I wanted to create more texture with the watercoloring.

In order to own a Host Rewards stamp set, you need to be the host of an event/party/order/group order that reaches $150.  Let me know if you’d like help in figuring out how to make that happen!  I think Fabulous Flora is worth the effort.

It’s RemARKably Foxy around here {wink}

Welcome to the new Sunday RemARKable Blog Tour!  I hope you’ll enjoy our new day – third Sunday of the month, still 2pm HST (8pm EST – we won’t go into the business about when and how that changes.  I just use world clocks on my phone to keep track!)

RemARKable Blog Tour

This month I’m sharing a project I did for a dear friend who is expecting a baby boy in August.  I started by making her a card:

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends

I used a lot of different products, but the foundation is the Foxy Friends stamp set, the Fox Builder punch, and the A Little Foxy DSP stack.  You could spend DAYS (ask me how I know) playing with all of the variations of the stamps and punch.  And I kept it to a simple color palette – if I had started experimenting there I would still be stamping!!

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends

I cut an oval in the DSP and added a bit of background.  The Duet Builder punch gave me a frame for my sentiment, and the little toadstools from the Foxy Friends set were the perfect accent.

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends

  • Stamps:  Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners, retired sentiment
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Fox Builder Punch, Duet Banner punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

The next step was to create some Thank You notes for the new Mama.  I used our Note Card sets – the cards are cut and scored and come with envelopes – and created three designs.  The grayscale images in the DSP stack are perfect when you’re working with this much color!

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

I had a lot of fun playing with the tilted heads on these little guys.  Some of these poor critters may need a chiropractor.

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

It’s a tough call, but I think the raccoon might be my favorite.  We don’t have any of these critters on Maui, but I have lots of raccoon memories from my mainland days.  Some are fond, and some are not so fond (trying to defeat a very determined raccoon intent on dumping our trash at 1am).

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

I can’t imagine this sweet face digging in my trash!

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

The third and final member of the the Thank You Trio is this little stinker.  Each card uses an identical layout, but has slight color and DSP variations.

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

The punch has plenty of little shapes and pieces – enough to keep a creative mind at work for a long time.

Take a visit along the RemARKable tour – Heather Mathieson is next and she always has great ideas!  Thanks for stopping by today.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

Nancy Amato 

Melissa Bolinger 

Tamra Davis

Arden Dougan 

Tracie Langley

Deb Lehigh

Anne Matasci 

Heather Mathieson 

Audra Monk

Maria Pane

Michele Reynolds 

Pam Staples

Janet Wakeland 

Mary Jo Price-Wililams

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