The Best Things In Life Are SWEET!

Bunco was extra sweet in August because our theme was Baker's Dozen Bunco which featured the Sweet Cupcake stamp set bundle.  

The party favors I created for this event was a small matchbook that featured a triple stamped cupcake on the front.  I created the cupcake liner by cutting a piece of silver foil out with a coordinating Thinlit that I had previously scored on my simply scored tool.  I loved how it made it look like an actual silver cupcake liner.

The mini staple on the front not only held the matchbook together but also added a little silver sparkle embellishment to coordinate with the cupcake liner.

Sweet Cupcake Favor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sweet Cupcake Favor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The inside of the favor held a small package of custom made "from the kitchen of" stickers that my friend Goldie made.  Each sticker had a different cupcake image on it.  I love the inside sentiment too which completes the sentence, "the best things in life are sweet and you're one of the sweetest".

Sweet Cupcake Favor (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sweet Cupcake Favor (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our Aloha Prize was really delicious this month.  I asked my friend Corren of Charney's Cupcakes and Treats to bake white cupcakes with pink frosting.  I told her I only needed four for the Aloha prize.   Since Corren is a thoughtful and creative genius, she showed up not only with the four cupcakes but with a whole bunch of mini cupcakes so that everyone could sample and enjoy her amazing bake of the day..

Mini Cupcakes by Charney's Cupcakes and Treats - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mini Cupcakes by Charney's Cupcakes and Treats - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I took the four large cupcakes and wrapped a belly band around them with a matching design so all would coordinate together to make the Baker's Dozen Bunco the best ever.  I had to tell the ladies that they had to be careful when passing this around during the game as there are some (and I won't mention any names) who like to hide the Aloha Prize under their clothes or in their purse, so lets just say, that was not possible with this month's prize.

Charney's Cupcakes and Treats, Aloha Prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Charney's Cupcakes and Treats, Aloha Prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

There were so many elements that made this month's bunco extra sweet and special.  

First, doesn't Teresa look as "Cute as a Cupcake" in her adorable black and pink t-shirt that matched our cupcake theme perfectly.

Cute as a Cupcake - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cute as a Cupcake - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Other people made it extra sweet too.  First there was Jen my sister in law from Washington State (Go Hawks) who took time out of her vacation to come over and play with us.  She hosts Bunco at her home too so it was fun to have her attend mine and bring along her daughter Rachel too.

Jen at Bunco - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jen at Bunco - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Another sweet moment is when Serena surprised all of us with a special gift.  You see her birthday was coming up so she and her Mom made these adorable cupcake favors created out of wash clothes and brought one for everyone who played on Sunday afternoon.

Suprise Washcloth Cupcakes for all - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Suprise Washcloth Cupcakes for all - www.stampedwithaloha.com

What a sweet gesture from two amazingly kind, sweet and thoughtful friends.  

Rox came early to help me set up.   I had shared with her how I had just been to Dole Plantation and learned that you are supposed to WASH pineapples before you eat them.  I have a feeling that Is that something that everyone in the world knew except me?  The one whose home is filled with pineapples!   It makes sense that when you wash the pineapple it removes the acid so if you ever eat a pineapple and it hurts your mouth then you know it didn't get washed.  Roxanne also scrubbed the pineapple gently with Hawaiian Salt as she washed it and it made it taste so nice.  Nice and sweet just like the one who prepared it.   But don't let her fool you.... she may look very demure and reserved but...

Rox prepares the pineapple - www.stampedwithaloha

Rox prepares the pineapple - www.stampedwithaloha

she can make quite the entrance when she wins a prize, which as you can see she did at this month's event. 

Rox accepts her prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Rox accepts her prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 Rox is SUCH a huge blessing to me  She is one of those people who overflows with the Aloha Spirit that makes Hawaii so special.

Of course this post wouldn't be complete without a picture of the "Kolohe" sisters (just missing Liane).  This was prior to the game, looks like someone was faint with hunger and the line wasn't moving fast enough or maybe Terry and Anna was trying to get Lori to wash her hands as there was some hysterical laughter during the game that had something to do with the washing of hands! I didn't want to ask!  All I do know is these ladies are GREAT and they always bring me so much JOY and entertainment too.

The Kolohe Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Kolohe Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I can't tell you how much I enjoy these fun times with such amazing people who bless my home with love and aloha and lots of laughter each month.  I feel so blessed and agree that the best things in life are SWEET and I'm so thankful for all of these who came to play bunco in August.  Time spent with them truly was the SWEETEST!!!

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August Stamp A Stack

This weekend was my monthly Stamp A Stack class.  The unique thing about this months stack is that normally most of my cards have rhinestones on them but I managed to create an entire stack of cards that didn't need a single rhinestone embellishment.  

Two of the cards I taught at my August stack class featured the Thoughtful Branches stamp set that is only available until the end of August.... just a few days away.  It is SUCH a beautiful stamp set and one that I highly recommend investing in because it is so versatile.

Here are this months cards.

August Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

August Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card was made with Thoughtful Branches.  It features a simple two step stamped tree that would be perfect for stamping Christmas cards in the upcoming holiday season. 

I also used a strip of the Fabulous Foil acetate on this card.  One tip I forgot to mention is that when you use this beautiful acetate there is a thin film on it that needs to be removed.  Just rub your finger nail on the back corner of the acetate until the film begins to loosen and then gently pull it off.  

Thoughtful Branches Tree card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Thoughtful Branches Tree card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I added a gold foil circle with a sentiment layered on top of it to match the polka dot pattern of the acetate.  This sentiment stamp also comes in the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.

The second card I did also was created with Thoughtful Branches.  This one featured this amazing tree that was created with the framelets that come in the Thoughtful Branches bundle.  I showed everyone how to use the precision plate and new Big Shot Die Brush to remove all the little pieces in a snap.  

I love the subtle colors on this card. a combination of Sahara Sand, Mint Macaroon, Pool Party and Very Vanilla.  The little pop of Real Red featured on the small bird stamp is all that is needed to make this card complete.

Thoughtful Branches Kindness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Thoughtful Branches Kindness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card was also done in shades of blue and green.  This card featured a set called The Places You'll Go and was a class favorite for some who attended.  This card was super simple and also featured a little touch of Real Red to make it complete.  I used the Heart Confetti border punch to create some heart confetti and then I just took three of the largest sized hearts and used glue dots to adhere them to this card to give it just the finishing touch it needed.

Places We Go Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Places We Go Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The little touches of Red remind me of my friend Lynn who recently moved to the mainland and I am missing her greatly.  Lynn hosted a monthly stamp a stack in her home for the past several years and it has been hard adjusting to her not being close.  I know when she reads this she will smile and understand why the little touches of RED reminds me of her as well as this card that appropriately says, missing you!

The final card was this beautiful Flourishing Phrases card that many commented looked like a pattern you might find on a Mexican floral embroidered dress.  I love the bright colors on this card.  Even though it is a card you have to color, the coloring is easy and I love the combination of Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzaz and Calypso Coral.

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My next stamp a stack is the last weekend of September so if you live in Honolulu I'd love to have you join the fun but be sure to let me know early as this is my most popular class and space fills up fast.  

Thanks so much to all who came and stamped with me this weekend and also to those of you who enjoyed reading about these cards here on my blog.  I look forward to stamping and/or sharing more creative and fun projects with you soon!

Until then, Happy Stampin'