Kick back and enjoy

This classic Adirondak style chair is an invitation to relax:

Maui Stamper Diagonal Fold Box Colorful Seasons

  • Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Timeless Textures
  • Color Palette: Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim
  • Accessories: Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, WInk of Stella, Linen Thread

Maui Stamper Diagonal Fold Box Colorful Seasons

I used THIS tutorial for the criss-cross box template. (Warning: she stamps her own plaid design. I did NOT stamp a plaid, I used DSP. So much easier.)

Maui Stamper Diagonal Fold Box Colorful Seasons

A package of Green Tea Macnuts fits perfectly inside.  They’re aailable at your local ABC store (what? you don’t have an ABC store? They’re on every corner in Waikiki!!)

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Hello Climbing Orchids

Lately I’ve found myself needing cards with more generic greetings: hello, thinking of you, that sort of thing. This big HELLO stamp from the Hello Friend set is a design element on its own, but I had a stack of orchids waiting to be used, and the combination was very satisfying:

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

Maui Stamper Climbing Orchid Stampin' Up!

I used the Aquapainter to add a little So Saffron ink to the orchid image, and then used it without any ink to blur and drag color to the stamped areas. Once that was dry, I added a little Wink for sparkle.

The Gold Thread technique that seems to work best for me is to put a Stampin’ Dimensional or Glue Dot on the card front where an image or layer will be applied, and then wind the thread through that adhesive until the arrangement is pleasing. An extra Dimensional or Glue Dot adjacent to the “holder” helps keep everything just where it belongs.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! July 2017 Bonus Days

If you earned Bonus Days vouchers in July, be sure you spend them in August! Shop HERE.

 

Spring flowers, mainland style

I love tropical flowers – a lot! – but in the spring, I miss the spring flowers I grew up with.  You know the ones: daffodils, tulips, iris, paper whites…you might be able to grow them in some parts of the island where it gets cold at night, but the heat of the day forces them open way too fast. The markets often have bouquets in the spring, but I suspect they’re flown in, and by the time I get them home they’re already looking like they need a couple of hours in the fridge.

Fortunately, I can enjoy paper flowers all year round without having to pick up the wilted petals:

Maui Stamper Basket Bunch Daffodil

Maui Stamper Basket Bunch Daffodil

The flowers were fun to color – I used Stampin’ Write markers this time – and I was quite pleased to actually capture some of the Wink in this photo!

Maui Stamper Basket Bunch Daffodil

Basket Bunch, Gorgeous Grunge and the Festive TIEF are all retiring – shop HERE to get yours before they’re gone!

A New Year, a new calendar

New.  There’s so much promise in that word – but there’s uncertainty as well.  New is different, fresh, and sometimes uneasy.  New is exciting and invigorating, but it is also unpredictable and challenging.  I love a new year, a new calendar, a fresh start.  I set goals, make plans, and dream big dreams.  And I make a brand new DIY Easel Calendar!

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Easel Calendar January

  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Thoughtful Branches (retired)
  • Color Palette: Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride
  • Accessories: Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Wink of Stella Clear

I’ve achieved one goal:  I already have a post set up for every month of the year in 2017! Crystal, Cheryl and I are continuing our Mini-Blog hop, so be sure to see what they’ve done to begin the year.

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Easel Calendar January

If you’ve had your eye on the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, you’d better hurry! The stamps and punch will be available separately after January 3rd, but the bundle will be a lost opportunity.  Shop the Online Store to get that deal!

If you’ve been thinking you should make a calendar this year, I have just 6 kits left.  Email me at AnneMatasci@gmail.com and I’ll send you an invoice.

Happy New Year!

Maui Stamper 2017 DIY Calendar Kit

DIY Calendar Refill $6 plus shipping