Monthly Archives: November 2012

Stampin’ Up Online Extravaganza


WOW… Thanks guys, for coming out to the Maui Stamper’s Craft Fair.  It was Fabulous!!  We really had a good time.  I hope you did too.

I wanted to share a little promotion (I wish you could hear the inflection in my voice via the keyboard, but technology hasn’t caught up to that yet… when I say little, I mean SUPER HUGE–sarcasm at it’s finest) promotion they are running this week in honor of Black Friday (It’s a WEEK LONG Black Friday)


They are running a HUGE sale.  Monday and Wednesday has super door buster deals (good for 24 hours only… and remember, the midnight to which SU refers is really 9 pm Hawaii time…

and there is a WHOLE list of other items that are on sale this whole WEEK:

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Today’s Doorbusters are:

  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439  $79.96  (regularly $99.95)
  • Big Shot Doctor’s Bag #113474    $55.96  (regularly $69.95)
  • Simply Scored Diagonal Plate  #125586  $9.56  (regularly $11.95)



So…  head over to my online store if you wanna take advantage of this!!


And, I will be getting some more images of stuff from the craft show up soon…

Have a Happy Monday!!



Just a note


Continuing on the week of sneak peeks… I wanted to show you a couple of the options for leaving notes…  Any kind of note!!


Memo cubes!!  The 3×3 memo pads are great for reminders, shipping lists… smiley faces in lunch boxes. The 1.5x 1.5 post-it cube is perfect for notes that need to stick and hold a place!! Both are gonna be at the Maui Stampers Shopping Extravaganza. 

These second set of note cards are also perfect for sending a quick note… I digitally designed these cards and had them professionally printed on a high quality cardstock.  They are the quick, perfect “thank you” or “thinking of you”.  These sets are 3.5×5 and come with 5 cards in a box.


They are packaged ready to give as a gift and are ready to brighten someone’s day.  See you Sunday!!

Giving a Gift (Card??)


Perhaps the most popular gifts now-a-days are gift cards. I remember last Christmas the most stolen gift at our gift exchange was an amazon gift card. It went through the hands of all 20 something people in attendance.  And nearly caused a few, hum…, holiday rumbles?? (These are the things memories are made of.)

But, the trouble with the gift card, while perhaps being the perfect gift, is that it is… boring.  WELL.  Not on my watch.  No way.  Give your gift card in style…  with these super cool, super cute gift card holders. 


Aren’t they cute?  The Santa card lifts to reveal a place to tuck a gift card inside.  The reindeer is a pull-out.  These are great items to have on hand for those last minute gifts that you need wrapped in a jiffy.  Stop by the Maui Stampers Craft Fair on Sunday (9:00-2:00) 190 W. Kamehameha Ave.  You will be able to get a handfull of these for all your gifts (cards).

What day is it?


Well, I usually remember the day but sometimes have a hard time remembering the date. So… this will solve the problem:


Back by popular demand, the 2013 easel calender will be available at the Maui Stampers Craft Fair this Sunday!!  They will be available for $15. 

Or… if you wanna say that you gave out personal, handmade, meaningful gifts this year, sign up to make your own calendars at the easel calendar class. This will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012. You can come make a calender (or five).    The class will cost $13 for each calendar (with easel) or $10 for refills.  Space is limited. So let me know asap or by 11/25.  These make excellent gifts for friends, co-workers, or anyone needing help remembering the date (cough, cough….I’m gonna get started on mine…)



A little more peeking….


So. Here is installment number 2.  These little red gems are the fancy favor box. Inside are 4 3×3 note cards. (Of course, I didn’t think of taking pictures until after they were wrapped up.) There is a variety… one says smile, celebrate, friend, and thanks. The envelopes are handmade out of two-sided designer series paper.  So, the inside of the envelope is just as cute as the outside!  They are all wrapped up ready to be given a loving home… and stand eager to fulfill their role as a bit of bright encouragement for someone’s day.  But, if you like these… you better hurry to the Maui Stamper’s Craft Fair. (Sunday, November 18…9-2)  I don’t have very many of these and at $5/each they are gonna go fast!!


Sneak peek from the Maui Stampers Craft Fair


Good Morning!

(Well… it’s morning for me…) and Happy Veteran’s Day.  I wanted to take pause and just mention how deeply thankful I am for the veterans that serve our country.  I am humbled by their sacrifice and by how little I reflect on the importance of it.  Thank you.

I just wanted to share a sneak peak of some of the items I will have for sale
at the FIRST EVER MAUI STAMPERS CRAFT FAIR!  Now.. you may be thinking it’s only gonna be stamped stuff…. though the name would lead you to believe that, it isn’t.  We will have a very wide variety of all things hand made and I promise, you will enjoy. We will have Christmas tunes playing and coffee…. you gotta come on over. And bring a friend!!  Sunday. November 18… 9-2.  At the Kahului Masonic Lodge (190 Kamehameha Ave).  Now to the sneak peek:


This set of items uses some of my favorite things…. the blossom punch, the beautiful (and retired) Sale-A-Bration paper from last year… the elegant lines embossing folder…  I have a set of 5 cards that comes boxed with a post-it note and pen. They all fit in a cute canvas bag. And then a tablet with a pen.  These coordinate together for your gift-giving pleasure. 

Stay tuned… for another sneak peek. And I will see you Sunday!!

Coloring It OLD SCHOOL…


Hello!!  Glad you are joining me today!!  I’m part of the RemARKable Blog Tour… and this is your next stop!!

This month we are featuring the stamp set.. Winter Memories.  And, I gotta say, it was one I initially ‘didn’t register’ when I ripped open my copy of the Holiday Catalog.  So.  I’m very glad for this stamp of the month opportunity cause it is helping me to experience stamps that are outside my comfort zone…

When I saw this one, I immediately had flashbacks to the movie A Christmas Story.  No idea why…  I think it is because when I see the images, it makes me wanna see them ‘in my memory’ with the fuzzy, blurred, edges…warm, brilliant colors, etc…  So, here is how I tried to make that happen on paper:

Looking at the sled and wreath, I knew… I needed to get out the color pencils.  I used the SU watercolor pencils (item #101879; 24 pencil sfor $19.95).  These are my go-to coloring pencil.  Even without using water.  I love them cause they are, how shall we say, creamy??  It’s easy to build color and add depth with the pencils.    The wreath used ALL of the greens included in the set.  I love coloring… The image is actually stamped with black ink on white paper, (which I wanted to keep the pencil colors true) but the white was way too stark.  So, I added layers of ink with the sponge daubers (crumb cake and soft suede).

I did the same sponging treatment on the sentiment.  And, of course, I had to work in my favorite Brushed Bronze Buttons…  and the core’dinations paper (see previous post about my love affair with these items).  And, the tulle…  Boy, SU got this Holiday Catalog right…  Anyway… I’m sure you’re excited to see where you go next…  thanks for stopping by!!  (click on the button to take you to your next stop.)

Next Blog in the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour

Merry and Type



Anne was over one day while I was on my, ehem… back reconstructing… providing therapeutic intervention… STAMPING.  We were working on the cards for our annual ACCE class (Anne and Crystal’s Christmas Extravaganza).  We were messing around with lots of product from the Holiday catalog as well as with the Merry and Type stamp Set.  I love this stamp set.  It’s the right blend of vintage with a tudge of modern style…  well… that makes no sense at all. You just gotta see:

I love the sentiment stamps.  And, I love the Core’dinations paper!!  That’s what is on the background behind the main images.  I’m also in love with the tone-on-tone textured stuff.  Here is what I mean…  The card is early espresso base.  Then I have a panel of early espresso core’dinations that was embossed with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (Also in the Holiday Catalog).  Then sanded to reveal the light core to the paper.  Oh… another thing I love about the core’dinations paper… It’s TEXTURED.  So, you could just use it without sanding to see the core.  And, it’s only $6.95 for 12 SHEETS!!  (Comes in espresso, cherry cobbler, and gumball green).    I used the Be of Good Cheer DSP and the glimmer paper and LOVELY tulle.  That tulle is so amazing… It’s SOFT. Not stiff so really easy to work with. And, it has a beautiful scalloped edge…  It’s only 6.95 for 10 yds (early espresso, cherry cobbler or crumb cake).  This would make excellent package embellishments.

Anyway, I digress…  I think my most FAVORITE item from the holiday catalog is:  THE BRUSHED BRONZE DESIGNER BUTTONS!!  I was sure to include one on this card.  They are just the perfect amount of extra for any card without going over the top…

Here’s another card, same stamp set, same idea, different colors:

This last card, uses the Merry and Type stamp set, but takes advantage of a stamp that may not have much use. There is a stamp in the set that has the number 25.  This uses that stamp (the 25 is nestled in between two flourishes) and then we stamped Thank You on a strip of paper to cover up the number.  This makes the stamp set so versatile.  I wish I could take credit for this awesome Thank You card but Anne is the one who designed it.  We made it at our team meeting last month.  She used the set called Everything Eleanor to make the background.  Not at all Christmas, but perfect for the Christmas Thank Yous…

OH.  I also wanted to share the specials that SU is offering this month…  ANY HOSTESS (between now and Dec 14) who has a workshop that totals $450 or more will receive a FREE SET of the new Firm Foam Ink Pads.   (Brights, Subtles,  Regals).  OR… If you take the plunge and decide to sign up as a demo, you get to add that free set to your starter kit!!  I must say, I absolutely LOVE the new FFIPs.     The ink is even and solid without any effort.  And you barely have to press on the stamp to get the ink on!  

Well, that’s all for today.  A couple of things to leave you with.  First…  If you are gonna be on Maui Nov 18, come check out my craft fair!!  A couple of ladies from my downline along with myself are creating our own Maui Stampers Craft Fair!!  There will be way more things than just cards, so it will totally be worth your time…  It will be at the Kahului Masonic Lodge on 190 W. Wakea…

And, Check back here on Sunday (11/11).  I will be a stop on a very cool BLOG HOP featuring a stamp set called Winter Memories.  This is fun.  I probably wouldn’t have even noticed this stamp set, except that it was the one chosen for the hop…  Makes me expand my skills….

Happy After-Halloween


Well… I’m a day late on my October New Year’s Resolution… But, hey… better than a couple of months.

I just gotta show you… last night we took the boy to the Carnival at our church for Halloween.  He went as Larry the Cucumber from Veggie Tales.  This is my first attempt at making a costume…

It was extremely difficult to get him to hold still to take a picture, but you get the idea… I love the veggie tales… He didn’t have a choice.  🙂

Now that Halloween is over, it’s full speed ahead to Christmas.  I cannot believe it is November 1.  Unreal.  I wanted to share with you my club projects we made this past meeting.  They are “thankfully” inspired…


This uses the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and the (one of my favorites) Orchard DSP.  I just LOVE it.  And the framelits dies are just wonderful for cutting out the mason jar and all it’s pieces.  I forget the extra dimension that is added when the time is taken to cut things out.  And, framelits decrease that time significantly (remember when we actually had to use scissors???)


This next item is a little gratitude journal:

This is it with it all closed up, and  here it is with it open…


I thought this would be a good way during this upcoming season to reflect on for what we are thankful.  When I think about it, I’m overwhelmed.  A couple of members in my family have recently had some health scares and I’ve been overwhelmed at the thought of how fortunate I am that my son is so healthy.  I’m VERY thankful for that.

These little journals come together very quickly and are great for jotting down ideas, thoughts, pasting pictures…  Because they are made so fast, you could easily make one for your thanksgiving guests.  And, then have them jot in it the things they are thankful for.  They’re good to have around when we get to thinking we are overwhelmed…  we can remember all the things we are thankful for.

Anyway, just a quick note about SU promotion:  All Digital Kits are 50% off and there are 3 free digital downloads available until 11/5/12.  Check out my website  and my online store.  Through this, you can get your free downloads!!  If SU has 18000 Downloads, we can all get another one for FREE!!


And, don’t foreget…the blog HOP I’m going to be part of… Coming SOON!!