Maui Achievers January Blog Hop

Welcome to the Maui Achievers January Blog Hop!

Maui Achievers January 2021 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Maui Achievers January Blog Hop. We’re a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who have achieved the Stampin’ Up! bonus of the Maui incentive trip. We celebrate this achievement by organizing a monthly hop which helps us continue to inspire you creatively.
You may be starting here or have come from someone else’s blog – either way there’s a list at the end of this post to help you move around all the different blogs and get many amazing ideas. We all have our country listed – so if you’re looking for a demonstrator, these are top demonstrators in their country and would love to help you with your Stampin’ Up! shopping or if you’d like to join our Stampin’ Up! teams. Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment. We love to hear from you.

Blending Brush Backgrounds

Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2021 Mini Catalog features a host of brand-new products. It includes everything from exclusive stamp sets, coordinating dies and punches, Designer Series Paper, ribbon, embellishments, and tools.

The Blending Brushes (on page 70) offer a new opportunity to add dimension to your paper crafting projects. These brushes lend themselves to a host of techniques. I’ve started using these velvety soft brushes to create backgrounds.

Blending Brushes Flowering Cactus

The card above uses elements from the Flowering Cactus Product Medley. I’ve been “stuck” on the medley and thought the blending brushes create a beautiful background (just like the desert sunsets). The cactus sits against a soft scene created with Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, and Bumblebee ink sponged on with the brushes.

Maui Achievers January Blog Hop

The card above features two stamps each available free with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) during Stampin’ Up’s SaleABration promotion. (Card inspired by Theresa Huffman). Working from the bottom up, the blended colors are Misty Moonlight, Calypso Coral, and Bumblebee. I just love the soft effect delivered with the use of the Blending Brushes.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit all of the sites on the Maui Achievers January Blog Hop.


Maui Achievers January Blog Hop Participants


List of Product Used

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Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion has always been my favorite time of the year. It’s so exciting! Before I became a demonstrator, I saved my birthday and Christmas money. I splurged and received a bunch of new stamp sets and other crafting products. Who doesn’t love free product?

It’s that time again! Receive your choice of free and exclusive product when you make minimum purchases of $50 and $100. The promotion runs through February 28 and includes nine different stamp sets and Designer Series Paper. The selections make it easy for you to create a variety of cards for varying occasions. Here’s a PDF of the catalog. If you want a hard copy, please contact me.

The card above uses the Approaching Perfection stamp set and Oh, So Ombre 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper. Both are available with $50 purchases (before tax and shipping).

Approaching Perfection 2021 SaleABration

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

Card details:

  • Blackberry Bliss card stock base
  • Calypso Coral Layer – 5 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Oh, So Ombre DSP – 5 x 3 3/4 inches
  • Calypso Coral strip – 5 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Oh, So Ombre strip – 5 x 1 1/4 inches
  • Layering Circles
  • Stitched Shapes
  • Calypso Coral ink

Be sure to watch the video below to see how I accomplished the masking technique and the ink to stamp technique.

Here are a few more card samples using this set. I have a bunch of birthdays this month, so these cards will be put to good use.

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

This card using the Granny Apple Green design of the Oh, So Ombre DSP. I colored the ribbon with Stampin’ Up!’s Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends.

Approaching Perfection SaleABration 2021

I added Night of Navy card stock and Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels with the die cut from Stitched So Sweetly.

2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

Definitely a #simplestamping card here. Rubber stamps, ink, and paper in Petal Pink and Night of Navy.

Approaching Perfection Sale-A-Bration 2021

Another #simplestamping card using a free Sale-A-Bration item: Paper Blooms.

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set Video


Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate your time! If you’re not currently working with another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to help you in your paper crafting journey.


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Friendly Flamingo Card Samples

Flirty Flamingo Card Samples

I have a confession! I’m a flamingo fanatic! Yes, these beautiful creatures speak to me. Well, not literally. But I love them. Of course, I’m excited about Stampin’ Up!’s new bundle, Friendly Flamingo. It’s available beginning today in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog.

Today, I’m sharing cards samples and a video featuring this stamp set and its coordinating dies.

Friendly Flamingo Card Samples

Usually, I’m a Pinterest girl. When I get a new stamp set, I go to Pinterest and see what cute things everyone else has made with the set. Then, I find a sample that inspires, and I get to work.

However, this time I just started created. I let the process work itself. One idea led to another, and soon I had a handful of cards ready to send. I’ve just scratched the surface with the cards I’m showing you today. In the next few months, look for additional techniques and cards featuring the fun bundle.

Friendly Flamingo Card Samples

Enjoy these samples. I used Stampin’ Up!’s colors of Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, and Magenta Madness. Look for a shopping list at the end of this post. Please contact me if you have any questions about products or techniques.

Friendly Flamingo Card Samples

The card above features Flirty Flamingo card stock and ink. I colored the pearls with Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends. The Embossing Folder is Tasteful Textile 3D.

Stampin' Up! Friendly Flamingo

The above card is created on Stampin’ Up!’s note cards and envelopes (20 pre cut and scored note cards for $7). These are an awesome option when you need to create quick cards. The featured colors are Magenta Madness and Just Jade.

Friendly Flamingo

This card uses Melon Mambo as its base color.

Friendly Flamingo

Love that Designer Series Paper on the card above? Get it (and four other packages FREE) when you purchase Stampin’ Up!’s Start Kit for just $99 + tax. Shipping is free. Choose $125 worth of ANY product and get 200 sheets of free DSP.

Friendly Flamingo Card Samples Video

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Flowering Cactus Card Samples

When we moved to Arizona from Nebraska more than fifteen months ago, we wanted to include cactus in our backyard. The landscaper refused. He said it was cliche, and he encouraged us to plant lantanas instead. (I really think he didn’t want to deal with the prickles!)

A month or so later, my husband discovers a teeny, tiny cactus growing in the front yard. After nearly being destroyed by the same landscapers, my hubby dug it up and planted it in this pot. He’s dutifully watered and tended it. Not that a cactus needs much water. But what do we know?

We have no idea what kind of cactus this may be. We can’t wait until it grows a little bigger.

In the meantime, I’m excited Stampin’ Up! is offering the Flowering Cactus Product Medley ($70) in its upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. This catalog goes live at 3 a.m. Mountain Time January 5. (I’m working to get catalogs in the mail and/or delivered. If you’re not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please contact me. I’ll send catalogs to you).

Come back to my blog January 5 for a link to the catalog PDF.

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have the opportunity to preorder goodies from the new catalogs. I’ve bee playing with this one medley a lot.

Below, I’ve included five Flowering Cactus card samples and a YouTube video that describes the medley’s contents and shows ideas for using it. (Check my YouTube channel for other fun product and technique videos. I’d love if you would subscribe!)

Flowering Cactus Product Medley

The medley includes the following products:

  • ten-piece photopolymer stamp set;
  • coordinating die cuts;
  • forty-eight sheets of double-sided 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper;
  • Calypso Coral and Natural Linen Thread:
  • Felt accent pieces — cactus blooms in Highland Heather and Calypso Coral

Flowering Cactus Card Samples

Flowering Cactus Card Samples

Flowering Cactus Card Samples

Flowering Cactus Card Samples

Flowering Cactus Card Samples

Flowering Cactus Card Samples Video

Thanks for stopping by today. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be sharing card samples and videos using new Stampin’ Up! products.

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Flowering Cactus Medley Tutorial

Flowering Cactus Medley Tutorial

New catalogs and new products arrive Tuesday, January 5. Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2021 Mini Catalog debuts. Sale-A-Bration begins. Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s most exciting sale. It’s your chance to earn free products. Throughout January and February, receive your choice of a stamp set or Designer Series Paper for purchases of $50 and $100 (before tax and shipping).

New Mini Catalog

This brand-new 92-page catalog features a host of new paper crafting products. Look for hearts, Valentines, dragonflies, flowers, Easter, and more.

I have many favorites in this upcoming catalog, including the Flowering Cactus Product Medley. Since moving to Arizona from Nebraska, I have a new-found appreciation for cactus. This medley includes a stamp set, coordinating dies, fun Designer Series Paper, linen thread, and felt flowers.

Look for more samples in the coming week.

Enjoy this free Flowering Cactus Medley tutorial.

Flowering Cactus Medley Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Flowering Cactus Product Medley (154559)
  • PAPER – Whisper White (100730), Calypso Coral (122925), Mossy Meadow (133676)
  • INK – Mossy Meadow (147111)
  • OTHER –Stitched Shapes Dies (152323), Layering Circles (151770), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Calypso Coral – 8 ½” 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼” and 3 ¼” x 3 1/4”
  • Whisper White – 5 ¼” x 4” (two pieces) and 3” x 3”
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) – cactus design from package – 1 ¾” x 5 ¼”, 1” x 5 ¼”
  • Mossy Meadow – 2” x 5 ¼”


  • Fold the Calypso Coral card stock in half on the score line.
  • Stamp the birthday sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink in the bottom, right-hand corner of one of the Whisper White 5 ¼” x 4 pieces of card stock.
  • Adhere the stamped piece to the front of the Calypso Coral card stock base and the blank piece on the inside of the card.
  • On the inside white piece, align and adhere the 1” x 5 ¼” DSP piece on the right-hand side of the Whisper White card stock.
  • Using Stampin’ Seal, adhere the 1 ¾” x 5 ¼” DSP to the Mossy Meadow 2” x 5 ¼” piece. Place this on the front of the card, about 1” from the left-hand side.
  • Stamp the cactus image shown above on the Whisper White 3” x 3” piece. Die cut with Stitched Circle shape.
  • Die cut the 3 ¼’ x 3 ¼” Calypso Coral with Layering Circles Dies.
  • With your choice of adhesive, secure the Whisper White circle onto the Calypso Coral Stitched Circle.
  • Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of this circle and attach to the front of the card as shown above.
  • Add two small drops of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the cactus image. Place a die cut Calypso Coral felt flower on each drop of glue. Hold with finger for a count of 30 seconds to make sure the flowers stick to the card stock.

While you wait to order from the new upcoming catalogs, be sure to check Stampin’ Up’s Year-End Closeout Sale and the Clearance Rack.

Thanks for stopping by today! Catalogs are in the mail. A PDF link will be available January 5.


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