Monthly Archives: March 2013

How to you give a handmade card to a stamper extraordinaire?


It’s a daunting task…. I tell ya… my friend, themauistamper, had a birthday. And so… I needed a card. But. Not just any card. Had to be a good one. Couldn’t just be out of the ol’ card box. And I’m not saying that she wouldn’t appreciate whatever I sent… she’s not like that. But as a friend and fellow stamper… I needed something nice.  Now… my sister asked me once… that why to my family I often send store bought cards (gasp….I know) but then she answered her own question… “oh, cause store bought cards tells me I really matter… cause you didn’t just get it out of your box… you had to put effort into getting it.”  Yeah. We go with that. And now I’m paranoid that everyone thinks that when I send them a card.  But oh well…And, for my family,  I’m usually looking for something really funny…which I’ve not mastered. Anyway. Store-bought wouldn’t work for mauistamper… CAUSE SHE IS A STAMPER. I really procrastinated on this cause I didn’t know what to do…. but, pinterest saved the day again… and this is what I came up with…


The original idea was the normal card size (4.25×5.5) but I wanted to be different. So I did square.  I like it when the card stands out in the mail. And, of course…. I wanted to make the envelope so it’d be really special. I’m sure the USPS isn’t  all that excited about my special cards (square cards require extra postage…and you should use a white label on dark dsp so the address could be clearly read)… but some times special people call for special circumstances. And with all thanks to the USPS for humoring me… (and it is still the best purchasing value…. if I wanted…I could send a card to my family…which is about 5000 miles… for only 48¢. I sure can’t get there for that…)  anyway…  here is another view…


And for a super special person… I decided to go crazy with rhinestones… who doesn’t like diamonds??  I used summer starfruit and raspberry ripple for the colors…and my favorite, the tasteful trim die to make the scallop border…


So… that’s it. Thats what I got for mauistamper extraordinaire.


Bunny, Bunny, Who’s got the bunny??


Easter’s a-comin’…

Better get crackin…

Here is a SUPER easy little Easter Goodie Bag…  It uses that super easy Pop-up Posies Designer Kit.  Again.  Did I mention I LOVE that kit??




I just scored and folded the tag that came in the kit in half to use it as a topper on a cello bag!!  Added a few Easter Eggs (those whopper robin eggs…my favorite)…  And some of that crinkle grass.  I STOCK up on that stuff during this season cause it comes in handy all year… I like the clearish one cause it matches everything…

For this flower, I used one of the vanilla fabric covered brads and just scruntched up the petals some.  The “Happy Easter” stamp is from the Teen Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Stamped in Crumb Cake on Vanilla, punched out with the Word Window punch and layered on a Summer Star-fruit modern label punch.  Took NO TIME to put together.  Perfect for office mates or your child’s school party…


Best of LOVE


Welcome BACK!!  This is the Stampin’ UP’s 25th Anniversary “Best of ” Blog Tour.  This month, we are featuring the ‘Best of LOVE’ stamp set.  Though it is aimed at being a valentine stamp set, I think there are many other ways you can use it.  It’s got perfect images for weddings and other just ‘thinking’ of you kind of cards…  so… here we go!!


“OLIVE YOU!!  Get it???  (snort, snort…)  I paired this olive stamp the from the Best of Love stamp with the Martini glass from Happy Hour stamp set.  I love the pewter embossing powder.  It melts SO smoothly.

Here is a little closer picture…


This is Lucky Limeade paper and ribbon…  I’ve used the Melon Mambo prints paper pack for that polka-dot paper.  And, of course, basic black…

The next sample is a little more elegant… Perfect for a wedding, bridal shower… or just a heart-felt thinking of you card.


I’m using the basic gray paper and I used the paper doilies from the Spring Occasions catalog…  I cut the lattice die out of gray paper too and layered over.  The silver glimmer and rich razzleberry flags give a little bit of color punch over the layers.  And of course, I stamped and embossed the big heart image with clear embossing powder just to give it the tone-on-tone elegant look.


The vintage faceted button with a tidge of white baker’s twine tied in the holes finishes off the card.  I left it plain, but a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes could be stamped on a white flag and added to the ensemble…

FUN STAMP SET!!  Even though February is OVER, these will still be available until March 2014.  Go ahead and get yours!!  And, you’ll get a little decal and collector’s card.  If you collect 6 decals between now and March 2014, you can trade it in for a free stamp set valued at $14.95 or less…

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Need a Tag?


So…  I finally opened the box of the ‘Pop Up Posies Designer Kit’ (item #131395, $12.95).  I have no IDEA why I waited so long to play with these.

I needed some tags for a couple of gift bags of tea I was making, so I thought these tags would be a good, springy tag to put on…


They come with pool party, calypso coral and very vanilla paper flowers and 9 brads, some twine, and the crumb cake pre-embossed, diecut tag.  AND, it comes with that just for you stamp (It’s worth it just to get the stamp).  For these tags, I used the antique brads instead of what came with the kit, cause my club members are making a version of this this weekend!!  (sorry to spoil the surprise…) The kit says it makes 9, but you could make MANY more than that (with the paper flowers anyway)… by supplying different brads.  I also added the ribbon pieces to the back of the flowers, just to give it a little extra..


You can curl the petals with your bone folder…


Here it is, all packaged UP!!


I just LOVE how stuff looks in cellophane!!  It makes it look finished… and the recipients of these gifts are gonna be so much more excited because it LOOKS exciting…

Here is the kit131395S

There are so many ideas of things you can do with this kit!!  I will try to get some more samples.   One GOOD idea is to get the kit, and make up all the tags… just to have a stash of tags when you need to get a quick gift together.  They’re so cheerful they will put a smile on ANYONE’s face.

Stop back by on Sunday!!  We will have our next installment of the “BEST OF…” Blog tour… Featuring the “BEST OF LOVE” stamp set!!

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Wedding Favors


Tis the season for weddings. I was asked by a co-worker to design a box for a friend of hers who is coming to Maui to get married.  She is gonna have mochi as her favors.  A brief aside for our non-local readers.  Mochi is a Japanese dessert made with mochi flour.  Which is made from a sweet rice.  A taste, which,  no offense to my local friends,  I have not been able to aquire.  Just not sweet enough.  I have a sweet tooth that will rival Willy Wonka’s.  Anyway… That isn’t to discount the favors.  The mochi used is famous on this island.  And maybe… The longer I live here… I will aquire it.  That has happened with many other delicacies.

I digress.  The box.  Here it is…


I made the box on the simply scored.  Super easy.  I embossed it with the elegant lines embossing folder and spritzed it with sparkle juice (the concoction made with alcohol and champagne shimmer paint).  The bow is made with 3/4inch wide strips of paper glued into the paper chain loop and then gluedotted together in the center.  Different lengths of paper give you the different sizes in thr bow.   I covered the center with the vintage facated button and a rhinestone!!  

Here’s a side view:


I used the scalop boarder punch do put some detailing on the top of the box so it would show up against the bottom of the box.  


Whatcha think? I think…. Why limit this to favors!! Since you can make boxes of all sizes on our simply scored… Its perfect for packages for jewelry…. Money…. Gift cards…. Bath and body hand sanatizers…   Anything.   I love it when one thing has many uses….

Don’t. Know if the bride will choose it,  but I sure had fun making it…

Ciao, BABY!!


Welcome Back to the “Stamp of the Month” Blog tour.  March’s installment uses Ciao, Baby from the Spring Occasions catalog.  I ordered this set as soon as I saw it.  Wanna know why…  It fits the petite curly label punch available in SAB… and the tiny scallop circle in the Occasions catalog.  And, I’m a sucker for little tags.  You can use them on everything.  Now, this set would make gorgeous cards in it’s own right…3×3 cards, tags, etc… but, when we get to March, I know the Stampin’ Up catalog is in it’s, hum, shall we say, last few moments (don’t get alarmed, you still got a couple of months…) But, as a demonstrator, with the new catalog coming in June, I have to start looking at the stamps I have and seeing what have I used, what has gotten ‘hidden’ behind something else on the shelf…  and I did… and found Baby Boutique.  It kinda got stuck back behind some other stamps, and I realized this WHOLE year has passed and I’ve not really made anything with it.  SO….  I’m paring Ciao, Baby with Baby Botique.

I wanted to do a few quick and simple cards, cause these images really are nice and bold…  for both sets…

Here is what I did:


Simple colors, easy lines, fun and fast to make.




Though it doesn’t specifically say it, This one would make a perfect Easter card.  I love the little detailing in the bird.  And, the Happy Day stamp from Ciao Baby looks like the bird chirped it.  I used the border from the Tasteful Trim die (I use that for EVERYTHING….not just on this blog post).  I used so saffron paper and the polkadot textured impressions embossing folder to add just a little detail…  Oh, I used crumb cake for the scallop punch and very vanilla for the card…



This one makes a great card for someone who you need to give a note of encouragement or thanks!  Island Indigo ink makes a very cheerful greeting.



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And, the baby pajamas.  That’s what made me want to by the Baby Boutique stamp set in the first place.  This one uses pool party, but it could easily be made in any color for either gender baby… and, you can take the ‘Thank you’ stamp from the Pretty Petites (another SAB freebie) and make a set of thank you cards for the new-to-be mom.  Thank you cards… that’s what I started giving as gifts to baby and wedding showers….  a set of cards, pretty pen, stamps, and return address labels…  A perfect, hand-made gift…

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