World Card Making Day 2016

Yes! World Card Making Day is a THING!  And anyone can make a card – beginning with a little bit of paper.  Nothing warms my heart like an envelope with my name across the front.  Tucked in with the bills, realtor solicitations, charity appeals, and credit card applications, a personal note really makes my day.  It’s not hard, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money either!

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Congrats

  • Stamps:  None (gasp)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron
  • Accessories:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Big Shot and Sunshine Wishes framelits, Pokey Doodle, Silver Thread

I love the look of blue and white, especially the classic look of (Night of) Navy and white.  The Floral Boutique DSP has a great variety of designs and they are all Navy and White!

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Love

This very simple card using the same colors, paper and framelits with the addition of a few sequins.  Honestly?  I think I liked it better when it was just the DSP and the word!  I thought it was too simple, but sometimes less really is more.

Maui Stamper Floral Boutique Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday

Switching out Mint Macaron for Emerald Envy creates a different feeling, and I added images from the Petite Petals and Birthday Blossoms stamp sets.  None of these cards are especially complicated, and you could create a nice stash of cards in an afternoon using any of our Designer Series papers.

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Buy-3-Get-1-Free Sale October 2016

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper adds a quick and gorgeous punch to any project, and the part that just makes me sing is that it all coordinates.  Within each package, the papers coordinate with each other.  Written on each package, Stampin’ Up! lists the coordinating colors.  That means you’ll know exactly which card stock, ink, ribbon, enamel shape, sequin or embossing powder will coordinate perfectly with your Designer Series paper.  You can focus on being creative instead of worrying whether or not something will match!  DSP is a great value for the entire month of October – buy 3 packs and get one free.

Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016

To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin’ Up! is offering fabulous savings on kits and supplies to make your own cards – but only through October 5th.  Pay special attention to the Fast Fuse sale.  If you’re not on the FF bandwagon yet, well, get on board!  It’s a great value and it REALLY STICKS.  Fast Fuse is absolutely indispensable on my craft desk.

Today is a great day to make a card, whether it’s an award winning work of art or a simple card crafted from the heart.  Write a loving note inside, address the envelope, put a stamp on it and send it.  And then SHOP HERE.  Because you need some Stampin’ Up! card making supplies, my friend!

Maui Stamper World Card Making Day Specials October 1-5 2016

 

Maui Stamper Designer Series Paper Sale October 2016 Stampin Up

Won’t you make a card today?

It’s World Card Making Day!  Did you know there was such a thing?  It’s a great day to make – and send – a card!

Maui Stampers Amazing Birthday Four Feathers

  • Stamps:  Amazing Birthday, Four Feathers
  • Color Palette:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Back to Black DSP, Feathered Framelits, Crushed Curry Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Maui Stampers Amazing Birthday Four FeathersI used daubers to blend the colors on the tallest feather – and the Daffodil plus the Bermuda created a beautiful transitional green shade.

Maui Stampers Amazing Birthday Four FeathersThese feathers are addicting!  Sometimes I neglect the inside of a card, but this one was for my BFF Cheryl.

Maui Stamper and Create With Cheryl

Make a card, send a card…even if it’s tomorrow.

A RemARKable Ending to World Card Making Day

Well, my blog-hopping friends, we’ve reached the last moments of World Card Making Day – at least on the East Coast.  Here in Hawaii, it’s time for pupu and a glass of wine, and Mr. Maui Stamper and I are heading over to the beach with our picnic basket for the sunset.  I’m sure to lift my glass to all of you!!  Thanks for sharing this day with all of us.

I left the neutrals for last because after my favorite blue + green combo, I love a neutral card.  Granted, I often use an neutral palette to set of a pop! of color – Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist – but by themselves I find the neutrals very elegant.  Tell me what you think:

Have you tried our new Core’dinations card stock yet?  Hie thee off to thine own Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and order thyself some of this paper of the kings!!  It is royally fabulous!  And that tulle is pretty sweet too, and it sticketh to sticky strip quite welleth!  (OK.  Enough of that nonsense.)

There’s a little 3/4 inch circle of Early Espresso cardstock behind that Vintage Faceted Button to give it depth.

Black and white is classic, but black with Very Vanilla is just splendid – like deep, dark chocolate hot fudge with rich vanilla bean ice cream (did I send you off to the freezer there?  Sorry ’bout that!)  Our First Edition Specialty paper is one of my stamp room staples; it’s flexible enough for nearly any card-making situation.

Although the Neutral color family lends itself well to luxurious, elaborate cards, it certainly works well with other styles.  This is about as close as I get to a Clean and Simple card, and I’m pretty sure that sparkly star at the top disqualifies me from the genre.

That’s my last card for this hop – or as Mr Maui Stamper called it the other day, the Blog Parade.  We are all very grateful for each of you taking the time to hop, skip, jump and parade through our posts.  If we’ve done our job well, you are inspired; perhaps you’ve left a comment or two, or pinned a few samples to your Pinterest board for later study.   I’ll be reviewing some of these projects over the next couple of weeks with a little more detail – if there’s one you’d especially like to see featured, just leave a comment.

A hui hou…until we meet again.

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Sweetly RemARKable – it’s a Subtles World Card Making Day

E como mai!  Come on in!  Welcome to the Subtles Color Family!

If you’re like me, you are captivated by color.  It evokes moods and flights of memory.  I’m fascinated by a neurological phenomenon call Synesthesia where individuals have extraordinary sensory connections – for example, certain music will exhibit a color characteristic – they’ll “hear” red – or a color will immediately call to mind a certain symbol such as a letter or number.  Whether or not you “hear” colors, I’m sure you have favorites – as do I.  And the entire Stampin’ Up! product line is meant just for people like us, because color is consistent throughout the line which means everything MATCHES.

I’m pleased with the way all the different Pirouette Pink Products (P-3) work together in this card. Honestly?  Pink isn’t one of my favorites.  I like it, it’s soft and feminine, but it’s not a color I reach for. I don’t have any objection to it, I just like other colors better.  Like blue.  Blue, and green.  ESPECIALLY blue and green!

Now this is what I cal color:  Daydream Medallions, paper flowers, Vintage faceted buttons, pleated ribbon…in blue and green!

If I could only have two colors to stamp with, it would be blue and green.  I’m not exactly sure WHICH blue and green I would choose if I could only have two, but I know it would be blue and green.  They’re colors that are abundant in nature.  My stamp room (the Room Formerly Know As Sara’s Bedroom, and yes, I still hear about that) has a window that looks out over our backyard from the second floor of the house.  We have a beautiful back yard full of all sorts of green plants (and bugs, but you can’t see them from this far away).  The sky is a brilliant blue, and I am constantly inspired by my view.

This is a different blue – Marina Mist! – and a different green – Wild Wasabi!  I TRIED to use Perfect Plum but it had an attitude.  That’s my story and I’m sticking by it 🙂

I’ve used the Traditional Touches single stamp, and it’s really versatile.  It’s perfectly sized for a gift tag, and lined up it would make a great border or accent, but here – at least in my opinion – it makes a really cute card.  I love that the lines hanging the ornaments are little tiny dots to coordinate with a little bit of piercing on the framelit.

Making a card can be as simple or as complex as you like.  Some of the most beautiful cards I’ve seen are in the Clean and Simple style – just an image, perhaps an embellishment, and a lot of white space.  I love it, but I have a difficult time executing it.  I’m what you might call a “More is More” stamper. Either way, card making is not  about your style, it’s about making something with someone else in mind and then sharing with them. How simple is that?

Next simple task:  click the button and share with Ri Ri!

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RemARKably Luxurious: A Regal World Card Making Day

So glad you’ve come back for a little more WCMD RemARKable blogging goodness!  A hand made card is a very special gift, and although today I’m featuring cards for birthdays, thank yous and Christmas, the best card is the one that arrives “just because”.  It’s a simple act but it means a lot.

This third round on the hop is full of rich, royal colors: the Stampin’ Up! Regal Color Family

If you know me at all, you know that I run late.  I’m not proud of that, and I have developed a variety of habits designed to get me out the door on time, but the sad truth is that I run on Maui Stamper time.  Fortunately, Maui time and Maui Stamper time are similar concepts!

This little mollusk has a good excuse for being tardy – he had to wait for the Crystal Effects to dry!  (don’t tell, but I did a Maui Stamper No-No.  I broke out the Dazzling Diamonds.  Mr. Maui Stamper DOES NOT LIKE GLITTER.  It has to do with an incident at least 10 years ago involving a teenager’s glittered tee shirt and a pair of cycling shorts in the same load of laundry.  I almost never use DD, but I just couldn’t resist!)

This card might take that extra bit of postage, but that lumpy knot on the Cherry Cobbler tulle is worth every penny!  The tulle is luxurious and soft, and ties easily and gracefully.  It can be pleated – I use sticky strip because hot glue, while it is somewhat more effective, has an unnatural affinity for my fingers.  And it burns.

I am an ENORMOUS fan of Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing folders (TIEF).  Give a piece of cardstock a quick run through the Big Shot and it goes from hum to HUM BABY!  (I am also an enormous fan of caps, because I talk with my hands – caps are not shouting to me, they are gestures.)   This oval is my new holiday fave.  As far as snowflakes go, we see them about once every 10 years at the summit of Haleakala – but this one looks like a design for a traditional Hawaiian quilt, and that suits me.

Having fun?  Full to the brim with ideas?  Fingers weary from all that Pinning?  Get some rest, because there are two more posts to come before the day is through!  In the meantime, let’s check out what Maria has up her sleeve…

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So RemARKable! A Brights World Card Making Day

So glad you came back for more… at post time, it’s midnight in Hawaii, but you East Coast early risers are greeting the sun!  A special shout out to all the crazy all-night crafters at the RemARKably Hot Retreat this weekend 🙂

Choosing a favorite color family is out of the question, but the Brights are easy and fun to work with.  Face it – they’re like opening that fresh box of Crayolas on the first day of school, all shiny with their perfectly shaped crayon tops and intoxicating with that special waxy-Crayola smell.  Brights inspire me in the same way – fresh and lively!

Wouldn’t this card brighten up your birthday?  I’ve made a special effort to see that ALMOST every card in today’s blog hop can be popped into a (Stampin’ Up!) envelope and mailed without extra postage.  There are a couple of exceptions, but with rules, as I said in my first post, I make ’em, I break ’em!  The Brights just don’t seem to have any bad color combinations.

That being said, there MAY be some color combinations meant only for Very Special Friends.  Tangerine Tango and Melon Mambo sound like dancing words…or cocktails…or a dance you do while drinking (plenty!) cocktails!!  Life’s too short, and to quote my son “YOLO, Mom – You Only Live Once”.  Sounds good to me.

I struggled with a place to put a nice “Merry Christmas” on this card, but friends, if this doesn’t say it out loud I don’t know what would!  I assure you I stamped a greeting on the inside – and the insides of these cards will be part of the follow-up posts later this week – but who could argue with ornaments on a tree?  Not this girl!

Do you feel brightened up?  My Maui friends are up past their bedtimes, my Easties are greeting the day, and the Westies – well, I’m guessing most of you are sound asleep.  Bright Dreams!

Now head on over to see what Stampin’ Riri has in store for you…

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It’s RemARKable!! An In-Color World Card Making Day

Aloha, and welcome to Maui!  You’ve reached the western-most destination on today’s World Card Making Day RemARKable Blog Hop!!  (Go ahead – say that 5 times!!!)  I’m happy to be part of this adventure and hope you’ll enjoy all the fabulous cards the talented RemARKable artists have created.

There will be FIVE posts today in honor of WCMD, so be sure you check in throughout the day.  The posts aren’t going anywhere, so if you want to come back and browse we hope you will.  Be sure you leave these hard-working bloggers a little bloggin’ love – we appreciate each and every one of your comments so much.

I think I’ve found a fun way to organize my posts – we’ll explore one of the Stampin’ Up! color families each round.  I’ve packed a lot into each post, so if you’re looking for specifics on each card, check back later this week. I’ll start with the most popular, so be sure and “vote” for yours!

Let’s get started with the 2012-2014 In Color Collection – Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple:

  Love that Patio Party Designer Series paper and I will tell you right now that it was a struggle not to use that Summer Silhouettes stamp set for EVERY SINGLE POST.  My absolute fave!  This is definitely a card for that girlfriend who lives out loud!!

I’ll confess that I wasn’t a big fan of this particular crop of In Colors  until I started to play with them, but I’m a convert now!  Oh, Summer Starfruit!  I apologize for saying you looked like – well, I don’t want to share the exact words I used but it wasn’t pretty!  This not-quite-yellow, not-really-green hue is a natural companion to loads of combinations, but especially my favorite blues and greens.  The versatiity of this color caught me completely by surprise and once again I must admit I was wrong to judge a book by it’s cover.

Gotta have some bling on a Christmas card, don’t we??  Our latest glimmer paper is Champagne (ooh, just the word makes me think party!)    Love that sparkle – and just for good measure, I added some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint AND a couple of rhinestone jewels.

The Watercolor Winter set in our Holiday Catalog is my favorite of all the Christmas sets.  I’m a poinsettia girl, and they grow – and bloom – all over  in the islands.  Not at my house, of course – I grow bugs on plants much more successfully than the plants themselves – but I catch my breath when I come around the corner on certain roads and see an entire poinsettia hedge blazing in red on the side of the road.

And yes, for you eagle-eyed, rules-checking blog readers, I DID use Early Espresso and Crumb Cake on that card.  It had to be done.  And she who makes the rules gets to break them too.

All right!!  Hele on (get going) to see what Maria has in store for you!  Mahalo for stopping by, and see you back in 6 hours 🙂

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