Miss that Crazy Moose!

There are MANY MANY WONDERFUL holiday stamps in the 2017 Holiday catalog, but my-oh-my did I love this crazy moose from 2016!

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Jolly Friends

  • Stamps:  Jolly Friends, Tin of Tags (both retired)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight
  • Accessories:  Red Glimmer paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Jolly Hat Punch (retired), Stampin’ Dimensionals

He’s such a dorky guy. I have a special corner of my heart reserved for dorky guys.  Not that Mr. Maui Stamper or Son of Stamper are dorks – no, no no! I’m just fond of dorky guys.  That’s all.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Jolly Friends

2018 is just around the corner, and I’ll be done with retired stamps at least until the new Annual Catalog comes out!  Whew!

To get your December off to a jolly start, Cheryl and Crystal have also shared their calendar pages for this month.  Ho ho ho!

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Packaging for little things

This time of year, I need heaps of little gifts. I like to express appreciation to my postal carrier, the FedEx and UPS delivery folks, and all the people who make my life easier throughout the year. This little treat holder works well and is compact enough to tuck in my (biggish) handbag:

Maui Stamper Candy Cane Christmas Easel Treats

  • Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Tin of Tags
  • Color Palette:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Silver Thread, Real Red Glimmer paper, Rhinestone Jewels, Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker, Tear ‘n Tape, Ghiradelli Chocolates (NOT AN ACCESSORY.  AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT FOR LIFE.)

A note on Stitched Shapes Framelits:  Stampin’ Up! has announced that this hot new product will be available again in January.  If you missed the availability in November, I urge you to mark your calendars and place an order as soon as they become available.  I’ll keep you posted.

Maui Stamper Candy Cane Christmas Easel Treats

One of the tricks I’ve found for getting a clear impression when using a solid photopolymer stamp is to clean the stamp on the Stampin’ Scrub BEFORE inking it.  I spritz the Scrub with some Stampin’ Mist and give the stamp a good scrub, and it seems to condition the surface and give me better results.  This isn’t scientific, it’s just what I do!

Maui Stamper Candy Cane Christmas Easel Treats

On the back of the easel is a little pocket for a note, a little cash, or a gift card. The Easel fits nicely in our 3″ gusset bags, and with a bit of ribbon and a tag on the top it dresses up beautifully for a more elegant presentation.

Maui Stamper Candy Cane Christmas Easel Treats

If you’re planning on making a DIY Calendar this year, I’m all out of Easel Kits at the moment.  There are half a dozen or so Calendar refills available, and I don’t envision printing any more.  The point is that if you’d like a Calendar Refill, you need to let me know sooner than later.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

The Refill is $6 plus postage.  One calendar fits in a regular envelope and will ship First Class for $.68.  More than that – I’ll have to quote you.  Send your request to AnneMatasci@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you with an invoice.

Maui Stamper Year End Closeouts

Year-End closeouts are going quickly.  To clarify the offering, there are three categories:

  1. Holiday catalog product that will no longer be available after January 3, 2017
  2. Holiday and Annual catalog product that Stampin’ Up! has in excess and has offered at a discount through January 3.
  3. Clearance Rack products which are in limited supply. Some may be offered beyond January 3 at the discretion of Stampin’ Up!

Shop HERE!

Counting the days

I’m a list maker.  You’d think that would mean I get things done on time, but, well, not so much.  At least I know how much I didn’t get done.

This time of the year my list gets a little crazier than usual.  For example, demonstrators have had a peek at the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs, and even though we’re deep in the Holiday crafting season, our minds are beginning to drift.  (OK, the truth is my mind is ALWAYS drifting.)  It’s new, it’s exciting, but there are other things that need to be taken care of first!!

In the interest of keeping tabs on the moment, here are a few things I’m wrapping up:

  • Holiday stamp sets are available at a 25% discount until November 30th – tomorrow.
  • I have a small inventory of DIY Easel Calendars and Refills available.  I’m not planning on making another run of these for 2017, so if you’d like one, I suggest you order it soon.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

The DIY Easel Calendar kit is $9.00, and I also make a DIY Calendar Refill available for $6.00.  The calendar images are 3 1/2″ square, and the mats are 3 3/4″ square.

Shipping is by USPS and will be sent First Class or Priority Mail.  I ship the best possible method at the best possible price and will calculate based on what you order.  Typically, a single Calendar refill can be sent in a First Class envelope with postage of $.68.  Easel Calendar Kits are shipped Priority Mail Small Flat Rate with postage of $6.80.  I can ship multiple kits in one box.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

Mats are Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, Emerald Envy, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon and Daffodil Delight.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

To order, leave a comment or email me directly at AnneMatasci@gmail.com.  I’ll need your order and your email address, and will send an invoice via Square.  At this time, I’m not shipping outside of the United States.

Did you make it through all of that?  Well, then, I hope you’ll enjoy this image of Mr. Maui Stamper and me on the Soldiers Pass trail in Sedona, Arizona.  My side of the family assembles from all over every Thanksgiving to tell stories, eat, drink, and enjoy the beautiful Red Rocks. However you spent your Thanksgiving weekend, I hope it was filled with good things.

Maui Stamper and Mr Maui Stamper Soldiers Pass Sedona AZ

 

 

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses…well, not exactly! I’ve had a month to play with many of the products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2016 catalog, and I thought I’d share my Maui Stamper Favorite Things with you.  I can’t promise that my list won’t change throughout the season, but here’s where it stands today:

#1.  Copper Foil Paper

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Copper Foil Paper

I’ve shared a sample using Santa’s Sleigh (see #8 below) and this paper is amazing. There’s coordinating Embossing Powder and Copper Thread in the Annual Catalog.  The look is rich and luxurious and this is my absolute favorite catalog product.

#2.  Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp and punch bundle

These are the cutest!  I am not usually a “cute” card person, but this set has made a believer out of me! The images are easy to stamp and color, and a Wink of Stella is the perfect finishing touch.  You’ll use these over and over for cards, tags and package embellishments.

#3.  Mini Pine Cones

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Copper Foil Paper

AAAACCCKKK!!  I can’t stand how adorable these are!!  There’s nothing else to say.

#4.  Jolly Friends and the Jolly Hat punch bundle

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Jolly Friends and Jolly Hat Punch

All of the images in this set are cute – again, I’m usually not into cute, but I’m pleading the 5th!  The moose is my absolute fave, hands down.

#5.  Glitter Embossing Powder: Emerald Envy and Real Red

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Glitter Embossing Powder

If you’ve read my blog for any time at all, you’ll know that Mr. Maui Stamper is NOT (Capital N.O.T.) a fan of glitter.  This embossing powder keeps the sparkle in place and keeps my man happy.  In Real Red and Emerald Envy – gotta get ’em all!

#6.  Christmas Pines and Pretty Pines thinlits

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Christmas Pines and Pretty Pines thinlits

The thinlits alone are reason enough – those delicate branches have multiple applications.  There’s some gorgeous DSP and Washi to coordinate with this suite as well.

#7.  Tin of Tags Project Kit and the Tin of Tags stamps

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Tin of Tags kit and stamps

Last year we had Oh What Fun (and that set is still available and still one of my faves) but Tin of Tags has that TIN!!  If you’ve run out of creative holiday hostess gifts, look no further.  This is the One Gift to Rule them All.

#8.  Santa’s Sleigh stamp and thinlit bundle

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Santa's Sleigh stamps and thinlits

There are a million and one things you can do with this combination.  The main images of a sleigh, reindeer and tree are just the beginning!  Again, tags, cards and package embellishments are a snap with these versatile pieces.

#9.  Merry Mice (also available in wood)

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Merry Mice

I have to confess, I love these little critters.  I’m not inviting them into my house, but look at those ears!  Stamp them with Archival Ink (black or gray) on Shimmery White card stock for a gorgeous, easy-to-watercolor image.

#10.  Stampin’ Write Marker sets to Coordinate with the Designer Series paper!!

Maui Stamper Holiday 2016 Stampin' Write Marker sets

When I saw these, I actually jumped up and down.  I have wanted options for markers besides buying the full sets, and this catalog made my dream come true!!  Now you can stock up on your favorite colors – the ones that coordinate perfectly with our DSP – and color to your heart’s content.

So there you have it.  Lots of great products didn’t make the top 10, but it’s my party and I’ll choose what I want!

Ready to shop?  Start HERE.

 

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The Early Bird gets (to make) the Tags!

We’ve been hard at work creating projects we think you’re really going to enjoy.  Presenting the 2016 Maui Stamper Holiday Card and Tag classes!!

Maui Stamper 2016 Holiday Card and Tag Classes

Early Bird registration is through September 1st and includes 4 BONUS Merriest Wishes tags.  RSVP and pay for both classes and make TWO sets of tags!

Holiday Cards will be Saturday, September 10th from 1 to 4pm in Wailuku.  Cost is $18 for 6 cards, 4 Stampin’ Up! envelopes and 2 custom envelopes PLUS a bonus Tombo to help you put them all together.

Holiday Tags is offered Wednesday, September 7th from 7 to 10pm in Wailuku.  Cost is $12 for 6 cards and a fresh bottle of Tombo – the Wonder Adhesive!!

Pay for the Tin of Tags kit ($22, we pay shipping & tax) with your Early Bird registration and we’ll have a station set up so that you can stamp all the pieces.

You’ll love using all of these gorgeous tags and cards, but they would make FABULOUS gifts as well.  If you’re tired of giving the same old gifts to co-workers and friends, consider a handmade paper gift!

Register TODAY! Space is limited.