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.

 

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A March Lamb

I’m on an adorable animal kick for my calendar this spring!

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar March 2016

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar March 2016

I used markers to color directly on the stamp and the new Wink of Stella clear glitter brush  to add a little sparkle to the fleece.   Easter comes in March this year, so there has to be a little glitter!

This is the last month for Sale-a-bration – you have until the 31st to get your FREEBIES.  Shop HERE.

Hop on over to see what Crystal and Cheryl have created for their March calendars.

Blushing Flowering Fields

I think I am officially obsessed with the Flowering Fields stamp set available through Sale-a-bration.  I’ve done a number of variations on the same theme – the most recent one is in Blushing Bride:

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

  • Stamps:  Flowering Fields, Timeless Texture, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Pear Pizazz
  • Accessories:  Linen Thread, Stampin’ Write Markers, Uniball White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella

I love coloring in these images with my Stampin’ Write markers.  Sometimes I use the fat, brush end, and sometimes it’s the pointy writing end, but either way it’s something I find relaxing.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

I mix and match the backgrounds from Timeless Treasures – it’s one of those sets I know I’ll reach for again and again.  And speaking of reaching for something, my Wink of Stella brush is always on my craft table these days.  I’m thinking of getting one for my bathroom too – don’t you think a little {wink} would be just the thing for those too-early-Monday-mornings?

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

Here’s how I start…the backgrounds are stamped off and I do 3 of each one.  My tiles are 1 3/8″ x 1 1/8″ and I have to stamp twice, but I’ve found it easy to line up the images by eye.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields in Blushing Bride

Once I have a set of images I like, I move them around until I find a sequence that pleases me.  The rest is just Fast Fuse (and a bow with the Linen Thread, but I’ve done hundreds if not thousands of those and it’s No.Big.Deal.)

Here’s the original.  Keep your eye out – there are more to come!