Pop of Pink Party

My monthly bunco is one of my favorite monthly gatherings and this month's theme was really fun.  I called it Black and White Bunco with a Pop of Pink because the featured product was our Pop of Pink Designer Specialty Paper as well as our Pop of Paradise stamp set.

 I love the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper because Black and Pink is one of my favorite color combinations and this paper is even better because it has shiny Gold Foil accents in it as well.

Let's take a closer look at this months favors and Aloha prize.

Pink Pineapple Thank You Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pink Pineapple Thank You Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These note cards feature the Pop of Pink DSP that is layered on a basic black card stock base.  I then used our new Layering Squares Framelits and cut out a piece of Gold Foil paper and mounted it onto the card with dimensionals.  I used a two inch circle punch and punched a piece of Whisper White card stock that would form the focal point for my pink pineapple image.  I then stamped the banner that said Thank You onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with paper snips.  A simple Melon Mambo jeweled flower from the Tree Builder Punch adds the finishing touch on this super simple Pink Pineapple Thank You Card.

Pink Pineapple Cards on my Pampered Chef stand - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pink Pineapple Cards on my Pampered Chef stand - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As with many of my hand stamped favors, I put these on display on my Pampered Chef three tiered stand which provided a fun way to show off these adorable cards.

Pink Pineapple Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pink Pineapple Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was really happy with the outcome of this design and I immediately though of a friend who would love this card, my friend Kim.   Like me, she loves pineapples, especially Pink ones.  Just look at her blog, Pink Pineapple Paper Crafts to see for yourself!

September Bunco Aloha Prize and Favor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

September Bunco Aloha Prize and Favor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Aloha Prize was this simple dry erase board that I made by inserting a striped piece of Pop of Pink DSP into a clear magnetic frame.  I added the same pineapple embellishment to the top to create a focal point and found words from the Pop of Paradise stamp set which is the same set as the pineapple and thank you banner stamp came from.  

Pop of Pink Aloha Prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pop of Pink Aloha Prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I used a dry erase pen to write out some important things to remember for the day.  To be an inspiration, to spend time being creative, to share your creativity and love with others and to come to bunco!

September Bunco Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

September Bunco Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone who came had a great time and I LOVE how they dressed to match the Black and White with a Pop of Pink theme.  

Love her Pop of Pink - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Love her Pop of Pink - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I appreciate the special little things people do to make our Bunco gatherings so special and FUN.  I am truly blessed with some amazing people in my life and I cherish these times of laughter and fellowship we get to share every month.

Surprised and Blessed - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Surprised and Blessed - www.stampedwithaloha.com

On Sunday these two lovely ladies gave us all a special surprise.  They came in and said that they didn't have "pink" to wear so they dressed in black and white and brought their "Pop of Pink" to share with everyone.  How sweet of them to create these cute little post it note favors for us all.  Didn't I tell you I was blessed.

Sunday September Bunco group - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sunday September Bunco group - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bunco this month as usual did not disappoint.  There was fun, laughter, celebrating, cheering, dancing, eating and fellowshipping.  It was the perfect Pink Party with the most amazing people who I am blessed to call my friends.

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Source: www.stampedwithaloha.com

A "Be Dazzled" Blessing!

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to stamp with a group of ladies at Data House in Honolulu.  The purpose of our gathering was to provide for a team building activity in an intimate atmosphere so I taught these three cards to two separate groups.

Data House Class Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Data House Class Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Two of the cards are cards you may have seen before on my blog.  However, the card in the middle was newly designed for this group.  

When I am with a group that I am unfamiliar with I love to show them the Botanical Blooms stamp set.   This set it is very popular here in Hawaii where we are blessed to see tropical foilage like this on a daily basis.  It also has matching framelits that are absolutely beautiful and it is fun to show everyone how they can create beautiful 3D flowers to embellish their creations.

Let's take a closer look at this tropical Thank You card.

Botanical Gardens Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Botanical Gardens Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This set is so pretty and it gets a "WOW" response anytime anybody sees is being used, especially when the second layer of ink is added and it makes the flower or leaf look so realistic.  I used three different color of ink pads on this card, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Watermelon Wonder.  I showed them how with the Watermelon ink you stamp the first generation of ink on a scrap paper and then on your card to create a lighter color so that when you stamped the center of the flower it would show up better.  Taking off the first generation of ink on a scrap paper is a great way to do two step stamping with only one ink pad.  After stamping all the flowers and leaves, we sponged or "shooked" the edges of the card stock with Old Olive Ink to soften it and give it a move vintage look.

 It was a great experience stamping with these ladies and watching how they interacted with each other.  It seemed like everyone was having a really great time so that made me very happy. 

Stamping at Data House - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping at Data House - www.stampedwithaloha.com

One of the things I loved is that as a part of this stamping session they made 6 cards, 2 of each of the designs.  However, they were asked to use one of the cards to bless someone in their office with words of encouragement.   I think this was such a great idea and showed me what a great heart this company has for excellence, unity and teamwork!

The ladies, even some who have never stamped before, were extremely gifted and talented.  I loved seeing all the creative things they did outside the box with the supplies I gave them.  

Stamping Fun at Data House - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping Fun at Data House - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Speaking of the supplies I gave them.... I had brought only enough rhinestones to the first session for each of them to have two per card.  So imagine my surprise when I went to one of the stations half way through the class to discover that the rhinestones were almost GONE!  

It was quite funny as those who had used extra realized there had been a limit and were apologetic but it all worked out and we all had a good laugh when we noticed extra rhinestones on some of the cards.  I knew I had better stock up for the next session for these ladies who loved to "Be Dazzle" their creations.

Be Dazzled Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Be Dazzled Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Just check out these cards from the next session!  These ladies liked the Rhinestones even better than the first group.  Good thing I brought plenty.  

Instead of coloring their card with markers these creative ladies simply added 6 or 7 rhinestones per card and even 2 or 3 MORE Rhinestones on the envelope.    I have to admit it these cards are REALLY, REALLY pretty and SUPER sparkly!  Looks like a card that was made for royalty!  Wouldn't you love to receive a "Be Dazzled" card like one of these?

It was great to spent this creative evening with these wonderful ladies.  They also provided very colorful and fun refreshments.  Just look at these beautiful sandwiches made with this colorful Japanese bread.  These turkey sandwiches were not only pretty but delicious too.

Colorful Sandwich Tray - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Colorful Sandwich Tray - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It is always a blessing spending time with others creating and having fun together.

 I especially loved being with these gifted and talented women and having an opportunity to witness the aloha spirit that they share in their office.  Stamping with them is something I hope to do again and now that I know them a little more I will be sure to bring projects that are Be Dazzled and beautiful just like these amazing women at Data House!