Spread Aloha

Aloha is more than just my favorite word.  It is more than just a greeting or a farewell.  To me Aloha is a way of life.  

One of the reasons why I love my job so much is that I get to create projects that will be used to bless others.  Birthday cards, Thinking of You cards, Friendship cards, Encouragement cards, Hostess gifts, Memory Albums, Home decor, all created with others in mind.  

When I teach others to create cards or other projects there is joy in watching people discover creativity they never even knew they had!  I am also blessed to see new friendships form as people enjoy each others company while crafting.  I also love inspiring others and feel so happy when I know people enjoy my classes and the projects I designed for them.

Each month my group, Stamped With Aloha gathers for a night of inspiration, creativity, fellowship and fun.  My group motto is "spreading aloha one stamp at a time".  So I designed a project that each attendee could make to help them remember our mission, to simply spread aloha wherever we go.

Since we weren't making several projects I set up the room differently.  I made one long table, banquet style where we could all sit together.  First to visit and eat dinner and then to work on our project.  

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is the frame we created.  The word Aloha was created with the Large Letters Framelit Dies and the flowers were made with the Botanical Framelits.  Sadly these flowers are on the discontinued list this year and that makes me sad because they are one of my favorites!  Even though I won't be able to sell them, I plan on keeping them as they remind me of home here in Hawaii where I am surrounded by such beautiful tropical foliage.

We Spread Aloha one stamp at a time! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Spread Aloha one stamp at a time! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The word "spread" came from our Labeler Alphabet.  I love this set so much I actually bought two sets.  With the Labeler Alphabet set you can custom create all kinds of words and expressions to personalize your projects.

Since I only had one sample of this frame I came up with a fun idea!  I had everyone take a photo of the project with their phone when they came in the door.  I don't know why I didn't think of this before.  That way everyone had a full color sample they could use as a reference right in front of them.

Creating Aloha Frames - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Creating Aloha Frames - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our night together ended a little earlier than normal because this project was so quick and simple.  I guess it helped that I had die cut all the pieces for everyone beforehand.  I told everyone I should have called this month's gathering "Inspiration Night Express".  

As you can see. we all had a really fun night of sharing and creativity.

Sharing at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sharing at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roxanne blessed us by bringing a special broken glass jello dessert for all of us to enjoy!  I love her heart of aloha!

Verilyn and Roxanne at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Verilyn and Roxanne at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I so love my Stampin' Ohana!

 I hope they all had fun making these frames and that when they look at them they will be inspired to carry out the message of truly spreading aloha everywhere they go.  

Ephesians 4:2 says, Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!  Have a happy and blessed weekend!

Aloha Jennifer

I just finished completing 47 swap cards for this weekends Spring Sensation Stamp Camp.  The theme was Spring cards for any occasion.  

As you know when I stamp I often am inspired by the person I will be giving the card to.  Ideas come much easier when I think of people and not product.  So in designing this swap card I thought of my sweet friend Jennifer who is going to be moving very soon.

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jennifer has been a wonderful customer and friend for the past couple of years.  I feel so honored and blessed to have met her and to have had the opportunity to not only stamp with her but also with her lovely mother who comes to visit every so often.  Both of them are wonderful crafters with such beautiful hearts.

Whether Jennifer is at a class, bunco or even at the gym where I sometimes run into her, she is someone who always greets everyone with a friendly smile.

For her card I used one of my favorite color combinations of Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo.  These colors are bright and vibrant, just like Jennifer's personality.

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Do you recognize these flowers?  They are from the Jar of Love stamp set.   This shows how versatile that set can be as you can create a card without using the jar image at all!  

The sentiment on this card comes from the Suite Sentiment stamp set and I think these words perfectly express how I feel about Jennifer.

Right now she's still on the island packing things and preparing for her move to the East Coast.  I know I will see her at least one more time but I wanted to take the opportunity at our stamp a stack class this past weekend to surprise her with a lei and card to let her know how much she is loved and will be missed.

Aloha Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Aloha Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I know I won't be the only one to miss her.  We all love her very much!

Pam and Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam and Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Although she'll be missed, I'm thankful that she will bring her beautiful spirit of Aloha to a new community so more people will get to meet her and discover how special she is.

Aloha Jennifer, you are loved and will be missed.

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