Bee Happy. Bee Grateful. Bee You.

I’ve always enjoyed word play.  The pun is a very creative, if sometimes groan-inducing form of word play, but in this case I was looking for something more whimsical.  This bee image captured my imagination right away, and I went off in search of the right words to create the story that was developing in my head:

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

  • Stamps:  Pun Intended (Host), Remarkable You, Work of Art, Oh What Fun, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Vellum card stock, Wink of Stella Clear, Honeycomb TIEF (retired), Crushed Curry ribbon (retired), Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB/retired), Timeless Elegance DSP (retired), Stampin’ Write markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Pun Intended is a Host Rewards stamp set – you can only purchase it with Host dollars received when you host a qualifying event or order.  The bee is the Queen (Bee) of the set – I’ve featured it once already in THIS post.   I used the retired Honeycomb TIEF there, too. (I’m really disappointed that Stampin’ Up! chose to retire that TIEF before introducing this image.)  I guess being a bit of a hoarder has some advantages {wink}.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

You can see my vellum wings looking straight on.  I stamped the image on vellum with Basic Black and set it aside overnight to dry completely.  I cut out the wings including the zig zag portion of the body that runs between them and used that section to adhere the wings to the stamped image.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

I used Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) to attach the layers and was very pleased with the result.  The body on the panel as well as the body portion on the vellum are both colored with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write markers, and I think that helps disguise the adhesive.  The wings are super-sparkled with two coats of Clear Wink of Stella.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

The DSP behind the images is the retired Timeless Elegance, one of the most beautiful and easy-to-use sets of papers that Stampin’ Up! has ever produced.  It’s wrapped around a piece of cardboard, and finished on the back with a coordinating DSP (also retired from Sale-a-bration 2016):

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

As a custom piece, there just wasn’t a frame available that would fit, so I created a clean finish for the back and sandwiched the ribbon securely between the layers.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Bee Happy.  Bee Grateful.  Bee You.

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.

#ImBringingBirthdaysBack – and Weekly Deals

Whew!  It was an exciting night – at midnight Mountain time (that’s 9pm Hawaii time) Stampin’ Up! released a limited edition stamp.

Maui Stamper Imbringingbirthdaysback

There were some crazy demonstrators all across the U.S. who stayed up late to place their orders – yours truly included.  (Well, 9pm isn’t early for me, but it’s the thought that counts, right?)

This is a limited edition stamp, so if you’d like one I suggest you go to the Online Store and enter item #143573.  The stamps are $12 and are designed to go on the back of an envelope containing a birthday card.   Hopefully, the recipient will photograph their card and share it on social media with the hashtag – check Shannon West’s post on the Stampin’ Up! website for more information.

Weekly Deals HeaderAnd it’s Tuesday, so there are Weekly Deals!

Maui Stamper Fun Frames TIEF

Fun Frames TIEF #133727  $8.50  $6.38

Maui Stamper Metallics Sequin Asst

Metallics Sequin Assortment  #138390  $5.00  $3.75

Maui Stamper Ornate Tag Topper Punch

Ornate Tag Topper Punch #137416  $23.00  $17.25

Maui Stamper Red Foil Sheets

Red Foil Sheets #139607  $4.00  $3.00

Maui Stamper Tin of Cards Kit

Tin of Cards kit  #138378  $27.00  $20.25

Shop for deals HERE.  Don’t forget that every product purchase of $50 earns FREE Sale-a-bration product through March 31st.

Watercolor wash

I’m not a classically trained artist – SURPRISE – but I pay attention to trends and try to pick up simple techniques.  One thing I’ve learned is that watercolor paper makes a big difference when you are, well, watercoloring.  A couple of weeks ago I played with watercolor wash:

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields Watercolor Wash

  • Stamps:  Flowering Fields, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
  • Accessories:  Aquapainter, Stampin’ Write markers

I started with the watercolor paper and played with the wash.  If you look closely at the card above, you’ll see that I held it upright before the water had soaked in, and it created a little river of yellow through the blue.  Color theory:  yellow + blue = green.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields Watercolor Wash

When I trimmed the panels down to make cards, the color was too close to the edge.  That just means I’ll have to make more in order to try again.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields Watercolor Wash

The sentiment on this card is from the Wetlands stamp set, and I used my Uniball White Gel pen to add some accents to those flowers.  These are simple cards – you could make a batch in one afternoon.  I like to make them without sentiments and set them aside until I need them.  I can customize with the sentiment and font that matches my purpose.

Experiment a little!  It’s just paper {wink}.

Quick and easy tags – and a Reunion Story

Last weekend I made a whirlwind trip to attend my high school reunion.  I took goodie bags for the people who made it happen – and they worked very hard!  Before I left, I made up some simple tags for the bags:

Maui Stamper Simple Thank You Tag

  • Stamps:  Wild About Flowers, Gorgeous Grunge, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight
  • Accessories:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stamp n’ Write Marker, corner rounder punch

A hand-made tag is a lovely personal touch and I made 10 of these in about 15 minutes – you can’t get much quicker than that!  I cut our new heavy-weight Whisper White card stock into 2″ x 8 1/2″ strips and punched the each end with the Tag Topper, then cut them in half and rounded the opposite corners.  Stamp, stamp, stamp and done!

Maui Stamper Simple Thank You TagLast week I shared THESE tags, and they were quick too.

My trip, while insanely fast, was well worthwhile.  I got to spend time with my parents, which is always special.  My sister and her family joined us on Friday night for drinks (my niece has just turned 21) and then dinner.  I got to spend time with a dear friend from high school.  And I reconnected with people I knew, and built new relationships with people I barely knew.

Maui Stamper with Sally at reunionSally and I were friends in high school, college frosh roomies, and then went our separate ways for about 35 years.  A year or so ago, she tracked me down and we picked up where we left off.  If she hadn’t messaged me to say that she was coming to reunion and I should too, I wouldn’t have attended.  Lesson one:  reach out to old friends.

Lesson two:  EVERYONE feels nervous about attending reunion.  I talked to a lot of different classmates, and it seemed we all felt the same apprehension as we approached the event.  And yet, as we shared our stories, we laughed and agreed that we were so happy we’d made the effort.

I talked to people with whom I’d had classes or been in clubs together or shared a summer job.  And I also talked to people that I’m pretty sure were never on my radar in high school.  But I enjoyed renewing old relationships and especially developing new ones, and that made the trip worthwhile.  Lesson three:  The people you most enjoy speaking with may not be the people you thought you were coming to see.

Sally is escorting her youngest to college this weekend – it will be a bittersweet time for them both.  I’m home, slightly reeling from traveling over 5,000 miles in a weekend.  And we are both the better for the adventure.  And still crazy after all these years.

The Maui Stamper with Sally at our high school reunion

 

 

The RemARKable In Colors for 2015

Each new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog brings a new In Color collection, and everyone anxiously awaits the reveal of those new colors.  One thing that is often lost in the excitement is the In Color Bundle – a selection of the 5 new ink pads plus an assortment of the new In Color card stock – for the price of the ink pads.

Maui Stamper 2015-2016 In Color Ink and Cardstock bundle

2015-2016 In Color Bundle #138358 $32.50

I have my favorites (and some not-so-favorites) this year.  Today’s projects confirmed some of my opinions, but there was a surprise too!

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

  • Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic, Watercolor Wings, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride
  • Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Note, Paper Snips

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog TourI love tone-on-tone looks, but these In Colors are predominantly bold colors, and they needed a little softening to fit the vision in my head.  I used a sticky note to create a mask for the floral image, allowing me to add leaves and texture “behind” the image.

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon

Bermuda Bay complements Mint Macaron very well, but it was just too bright a look for this card and I switched to Lost Lagoon.

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog TourThat little bitty Crumb Cake butterfly body could have been fussy cut, but I have a really hard time with straight lines.  Here’s what I used:

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

Can you see the tape?  Just a tiny bit held the word window punched piece to the end of the card stock, allowing me to feed it into the punch again and create that skinny little bit.

One last combination:

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog Tour

  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake

This combination surprised me – I didn’t expect to like it because I DON’T LIKE DELIGHTFUL DIJON.  I don’t wear that color, I don’t decorate with that color, although I do like Dijon mustard.  That’s as far as it goes.

Maui Stamper Awesomely Artistic RemARKable In Color Blog TourWhat do YOU think – which combination is your favorite?

I couldn’t make this design work with Cucumber Crush.  I’m waiting for Christmas before I try to make friends – that one has me stumped for now.  And as much as I love Tip Top Taupe, it didn’t want to stand alone in this concept either.  It would be a nice accent in place of Crumb Cake, but I chose Crumb Cake.  My projects, my rules.

However, I am SURE some of the other RemARKables have featured Cucumber Crush or Tip Top Taupe or maybe even BOTH of them!  You’ll have to make your way through the tour to find out…but there could be worse things to do, couldn’t there?

Next up is Heather Mathieson!

IN COLOR BUNDLE BLOG TOUR

 

 

Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Tamra Davis
Anne Matasci – YOU ARE HERE!
Heather Mathieson
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Pam Staples
Janet Wakeland