Butterflies for encouragement

A friend is recovering from one of those “health episodes” that make us all stop and think. I take care of so many people in my life – do I need to do more for me? What would happen if…?  We’re all so glad she is home and recovering, and of course I hoped I could send a little encouragement her way.

Maui Stamper Beautiful Butterfly Just for You

  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, You’ve Got This
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Wink of Stella Clear, Vellum card stock, Silver thread, Metallics Sequins Assortment, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Glue Dots

I’m officially obsessed with cutting out the detailed butterfly wings in vellum.  (News Flash: I am obsessed with Way.Too.Many.Things)  The Fine Tip Glue pen works quite well to adhere just the body to the base, leaving the wings to move.

Maui Stamper Beautiful Butterfly Just for You

I twisted a piece of Silver thread to make it stay in a V shape and put it between the vellum and the base with an extra dab of the Fine Tip Glue pen.  It’s a little touch, but then again, it’s all about the little touches, now, isn’t it?

Take good care of yourselves, my friends.  You are important.  You are loved.

Can you catch my “mistake”?

Tasty Truck is my second favorite Sale-a-bration 2017 gift with purchase (right behind Hey Chick!). I think my favorite part is playing with all of the color combinations, and our gorgeous Watercolor Pencils make the coloring so easy:

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017

This is an easy image to fussy cut as it is nearly all straight lines.  Don’t be intimidated by the fussy cut!

Since this was a congratulations card, I chose to leave the counter blank. When I’m ready to send it, I may add in some balloons or a banner. I like to leave options when I’m creating a card without a specific intention.

  • Stamps: Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017
  • Color Palette: Very Vanilla, Basic Grey, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender pens, Urban Underground DSP, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Wink of Stella Clear, Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits

The Blender pens are my hands-down, go-to choice for working with the watercolor pencils.  If you’re using watercolor paper, then an Aquapainter is a great tool.  But Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock are susceptible to pilling if they get worked with too much water, and the Blender pen flows the color so smoothly that I don’t have to rework the same area.

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Sale-a-bration 2017

When I came up with the concept for this card, I had one thing in mind. Putting it together, I inadvertently did something else.  See if you can figure it out!

See the Sale-a-bration 2017 offering HERE.  To qualify for the gift with purchase, shop HERE.

Tasty Truck Birthdays

I’m a little behind sending January birthday cards, but when this one arrives I hope I’ll be forgiven my tardiness!

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

  • Stamps: Tasty Truck (Sale-a-bration 2017)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
  • Accessories: Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils, Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, A Little Foxy DSP Stack, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon

I had a fabulous time coloring that truck, because I let my creative spirit run free.  Some of it is done with Stampin’ Write markers, some with Stampin’ Up! Colored pencils, some were smoothed with the Aqua Painter, and there’s a liberal dose of Stella adding sparkle to the whole thing!

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

The Little Foxy DSP is PERFECT behind this truck, and finding it in my stamp room was absolutely serendipitous. (Miraculous, even.)  The DSP inspired this treatment on the inside of the card:

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. My creativity needed a boost and this fun stamp set was just the thing to do the job.

LATE BREAKING NEWS FROM STAMPIN’ UP!  Watercolor pencils have reached a significant backorder status and will not be available to order after noon on January 26th (MST – that will be 9am HST).  If you want to be on the backorder list, place your order ASAP.  

Tasty Trucks is free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-bration.  Shop HERE to learn more!

 

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 

Let It Bee

Are you singing?  You don’t have to sing it out loud, but I hope you can hear Sir Paul singing that refrain in your head.

Personally, I am terribly disappointed that Stampin’ Up! retired the Honeycomb TIEF and THEN released this fabulous stamp.  What more perfect application could there “bee”?  I hope you’ve got this in your stash, because it’s more than likely that you’ll see it again.

Maui Stamper Pun Intended Let It Bee

  • Stamps:  Pun Intended (Host)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Big Shot and Honeycomb TIEF (retired), Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Write markers

Maui Stamper Pun Intended Let It Bee

No sentiment yet – I will add one inside when I am ready to send the card.  It’s one of my favorite tricks.  (Whisper words of wisdom…)

Wink of Stella is the perfect accent for wings.  I put on one layer, let it dry and added another so that my bees would truly sparkle.  This kind of glitter is on the Mr. Maui Stamper approved list 🙂

In order to line up all five bees, you’e got to squish them in quite close to one another.  I stamped one at the top of the panel, then stamped another at the very bottom.  From there, I stamped them alternately to get the balance just right.

Maui Stamper Pun Intended Let it Bee

If you love word play, this set is just the thing!  It’s a host set – you’ll need to gather some friends for an event – but how much fun would that be?  No time for a gathering? Talk to me about an online event, or perhaps you would rather just place a qualifying order yourself.  I can help!

Sweet cupcake

Cupcakes say “BIRTHDAY!!” better than any other treat I can imagine:

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  • Stamps:  Sweet Cupcake
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder
  • Accessories:  A Little Foxy DSP pack, Stampin’ Write markers, Wink of Stella Clear, Big Shot, Gently Falling TIEF, Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, Corner rounder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The Little Foxy DSP stack has wonderful designs – they’re very easy to use on a card – and I was thrilled to discover that while one side is in full Technicolor, the reverse is a design in grayscale. I have a lot of ideas about playing with those designs.

Say Happy Birthday with a cupcake that won’t derail anyone from a healthy eating plan!  Shop HERE.