A very content cat

This cat has a very satisfied face and wears coats of many colors!

Maui Stamper Holiday 2017 Cat Punch and Spooky Cat

I had a fabulous time punching cats from the Spooky Night DSP (the deep orange and black cats). I played with watercolor on both watercolor paper and Thick Whisper White card stock, and stamped over some of them to create different looks. Love this Cat Punch!!

Maui Stamper Holiday 2017 Cat Punch and Spooky Cat

I added little Black Mini Sequin Trim collars and used them to embellish boxes of chocolate.

Maui Stamper Holiday 2017 Cat Punch and Spooky Cat

The Clear Tiny Treat acetate boxes were just the right size for the cat – and for a little Ghiradelli.

Maui Stamper Holiday 2017 Cat Punch and Spooky Cat

Maui Stamper Holiday 2017 Cat Punch and Spooky Cat

There’s a cat image in the Spooky Cat photopolymer set, but I would have bought it just for this face.

Maui Stamper Holiday 2017 Cat Punch and Spooky Cat

There was a children’s book when I was small about cats…lots of cats…and I think I’m re-living that story.

Maui Stamper Holiday 2017 Cat Punch and Spooky Cat

Good news! DIY Easel calendar kits are available for 2018!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! 2018 DIY Easel Calendar Kit

You can see all of the details HERE

  • DIY Easel Calendar Kit is $9.00
  • DIY Calendar refill is $6.00

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 $.91.  Easel Calendar Kits are shipped Priority Mail Small Flat Rate with postage of $7.15.  I can ship multiple kits in one box.

Many crafters have asked for the template over the years. I do not sell the template. I didn’t create it and I don’t own it, and the crafter who does own it does not want to sell it as a template.

To order, leave a comment or email me directly at AnneMatasci (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’ll need your order, your delivery address and your email address. I will send an invoice via Square, and you can choose your payment method.  Your calendars will not ship until the fourth week of September. At this time, I do not ship outside of the United States.


More gorgeous succulents

If you liked the card from the last RemARKable Blog tour, I think you’ll enjoy what I did with some of the leftover die cuts.  This is a CASE from Krista Driessen – with variations!

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

This is quite similar to her card. Using watercolor paper for this technique really helps! I used the Gold Wink of Stella pen to splatter the main panel for this card, and my watercolor wash wasn’t completely dry. As a result, the wash has taken on a gold tone, and some of the splatters ran a bit. I considered it a lovely serendipity.

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

I just kept playing with the watercolor wash, as well as the colors and placement of the succulents. I wasn’t happy with the way the sentiment embossed with my Very Vanilla embossing powder – I think it’s too old – so I tried another option.

Maui Stamper Oh So SucculentThis one got out of control!  Not my favorite, but it’s a much bolder look.  I decided to skip the wash altogether:

Maui Stamper Oh So Succulent

I’m not sure if I prefer this one, or the first one. The supplies are the same:

  • Stamps: Oh So Succulent
  • Color Palette:  Ecru (watercolor paper), Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Basic Black, Pear Pizazz, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Succulent Framelits, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella Gold, Diamond Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue dots, White Perfect Elements, Aquapainter

Have some fun! Mix and match elements of a card design – start with your own design, or CASE another paper artist.  You never know what you’ll discover.


Thinking of you, Little Koala

This sweet face is on the list of stamps to retire on May 31st.  I’ll be keeping Kind Koala in my permanent collection:

Maui Stamper Thinking of You Koala

  • Stamps:  Kind Koala (retiring 5/31/16)
  • Color Palette:  Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight
  • Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack, Watercolor paper, Aquapainter, White Perfect Accents, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sharpie, Wink of Stella

For the most satisfying results, you really need to use Watercolor paper with the Aquapainter to color a larger image like the Koala.  Watercolor paper allows you to move the color around, to add and even subtract color.  I find I can get acceptable results on Whisper White if I’m working with small images, but if you work the color too much the finish of the paper will start to get rough.  The Watercolor paper is much more forgiving.

Maui Stamper Thinking of You Koala

I used a yellow Sharpie to color the White Perfect Accent.  It did the job, but the more I look at it the more I think it needs to be a different color.  Or perhaps it just needs to be another COLOUR.  That may be my problem right there.

Bring this sweet little face into your life right HERE.