Glow of Glam Event

Today, I have been working on some special projects for a holiday pop-up event I am going to be at next week. The event is called GLOW OF GLAM and will be held, Tuesday, December 18th from 6pm to 9pm at Cosmic Beauty in Kapolei.

 Holiday Pop Up Event at Cosmic Beauty

Holiday Pop Up Event at Cosmic Beauty

I am not sure if you’ve ever been to Cosmic Beauty but it is such an incredible salon. Its located across from the Kapolei FOODLAND. The address is: 4850 Kapolei Parkway, #501. I feel so fortunate to live so close, its located only about one mile from my home. When you go there you truly get pampered. It is a very classy place with a very helpful and friendly staff.

If you are able, please come and visit me at this event. I will have some small stocking stuffers for sale and you will enjoy the opportunity to shop with several of other fabulous vendors and check out all the wonderful products Cosmic Beauty has for sale as well. In fact, with a $25 purchase of their products they are offering a free Custom Blow Out.

Here is one of the projects I designed for this event.

 Tiny Treat Box Nail Polish Holder

Tiny Treat Box Nail Polish Holder

I created this project using our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, a couple of circle punches, a pair of Paper Snips.

I punched a one inch circle through the top of the lid. Then I opened up the top flaps and snipped off about 1/4 inch on each side so that a bottle of polish can fit inside. I filled each box with a little sprinkle of fake snow. Then to complete it I just did some simple stamping and layering of small card stock squares and this project was complete within a few minutes.

On the back. I added a “to-from” image so that you can write the name of whoever you plan to give this to, so no additional tag is needed.

 Tiny Treat Box Nail Polish Holder

Tiny Treat Box Nail Polish Holder

I am super excited to be a part of this fun event. I would love it if you could stop by. Why not invite a friend or two and head on over to Cosmic Beauty next week. If you let me know you’re coming I will have a copy of our new Occasions Catalog and Saleabration Brochure available to you FREE of charge.

I hope to see you there!

Cindy

SWA Annual Christmas Party

I love entertaining and having friends over during the holidays. Last week, I hosted my annual Stamped With Aloha Christmas Party at my home. We enjoyed dinner, some fun games and a hand stamped gift exchange.

Let me share a few highlights from the party.

 Time for the party to begin

Time for the party to begin

Sometimes, I set up outdoors under a tent. This year, however, I kept everything indoors which made it a little more cozy.

 Tiny Treat Box Favors

Tiny Treat Box Favors

At each person’s place setting. I had a little hand stamped favor made with one of our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.

I got this favor idea from my friend Kim Williams. Kim had shared this idea with me last month when we were at the On Stage event in Florida.

 Santa’s Workshop Tiny Treat Favor

Santa’s Workshop Tiny Treat Favor

Kim has an amazing blog and just yesterday she posted this project along with instructions on how to make it. If you’d like to learn how you can click here to go to Kim’s blog. You will enjoy seeing the adorable designs Kim came up with.

I am so thankful Kim shared this idea with me. These Clear Tiny Treat Boxes not only looked cute on the table but they were useful too! We opened them during a stampin’ bingo game to use the candy to mark our boards. I made sure to put extra candy so you could play and enjoy a sweet treat at the same time.

I always create a snowman ornament as a party favor. It’s a tradition! I knew exactly what I wanted to make this year. I was inspired by an idea that demonstrator Mary Polcin had created using a spoon. Mary told me to feel free and “case” (copy and share) her idea so I did.

Below you can see all the snowman spoon ornaments hanging on a tree where each guest could find one and take one home.

 Party Favor Tree

Party Favor Tree

Here’s a close up of the spoon. I drilled a hole in the top of the spoon. I also dipped each spoon in Embossing Paste so it would look like snow.

 Spoon Ornaments

Spoon Ornaments

Aren’t these spoon ornaments festive and fun?

Our Embossing Paste is really great to use on projects, especially during the holidays. I used Embossing Paste on the gift I created for the gift exchange at this party too.

Here is what I created using scraps from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More kit.

 Holiday House

Holiday House

Do you see the Embossing Paste “snow” on the roof? I even created a few icicles with it too!

The base of this house was made of metal. It was actually a metal lantern that I had purchased at Wal Mart.

 Holiday House

Holiday House

This house had a hole in the bottom of it so I added a string of battery operated lights to go inside. I turned the lights on just before wrapping the gift so the recipient be surprised by the lights when she opened the box.

 Holiday House

Holiday House

Rene was the recipient of this gift. Rene told me yesterday that she had planned on taking it to work but her husband liked it so much that he wanted to keep it as a decoration in their home, so they did.

Here are some of the amazing creations made by members of my downline. I wish I had photos of them all but I only captured photos of a few of them.

Jodi made this festive magnet board and matching set of cards. The little elf’s are magnets that can be repositioned.

 magnet board

magnet board

Someone made this beautiful flower box.

 paper poinsettia

paper poinsettia

Someone else created this fun advent calendar using a muffin tin.

 Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

One of the traditional games we played was this funny reindeer building game with balloons and pantyhose. Just look at these DEER ladies!

 Reindeer Games

Reindeer Games

I am so grateful for a fun gathering filled with inspiration, creativity and merriment!

 SWA Holiday Party

SWA Holiday Party

This event is always a highlight and I will look forward to our next gathering where we can enjoy some more creative fun together during this very special time of year.

Merriest Wishes,

Cindy

Cookie Mama

One of the nick names I have for my friend Cindy is “Cookie Mama” because she makes the most delicious cookies that are so beautiful you don’t want to eat them! At our Home For The Holidays craft fair last weekend she introduced a new design, this double sided snowflake cookie.

Aren’t they beautiful?

 Snowflake Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii

Snowflake Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii

Cindy is also extremely gifted at making Gingerbread Houses. Every year at our Home for the Holidays craft fair we look forward to seeing her display. I managed to take a quick picture as she was setting up her display.

 Gingerbread Houses by Zoe, Hawaii

Gingerbread Houses by Zoe, Hawaii

When people come to purchase her gingerbread houses they often take a long time to choose which one they want because they are all so unique and special. It’s fun to closely examine all the special little details Cindy puts on each house, they are truly a labor of love.

Cindy just celebrated her birthday. Since her birthday is just before Christmas we often combine her birthday celebration with some late night Christmas shopping.

We didn’t have a particular theme for our birthday dinner for Cindy so I decided to create a card for her that would be appropriate for the Cookie Mama that she is!

Here is what I came up with…

 Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card

Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card

I created Cindy’s card using the stamp set, Cookie Cutter Christmas. I embellished the gingerbread cookies with Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes. I added three balloons that were punched out with the Balloon punch in various colors. The sentiment comes from the stamp set Calls For A Celebration.

The background of this card was created with a new product, the Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Folder..that is from our new Occasions Catalog that will be available in January.

When Cindy opened her card she smiled and thought the gingerbread cookies were so cute.

As we headed out after dinner to shop we saw these decorative red ornaments. We instantly thought of our friend Lynn who we are missing so much since she moved to Seattle. We plan on sending her these pictures and hope that when she sees them she will remember how much we love and miss her.

 Fun With Friends

Fun With Friends

I am thankful for the opportunity we had to celebrate Cindy’s special day!

Happiest Birthday Wishes to our sweet and talented friend Cindy aka, “Cookie Mama”, we are so grateful for you!

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

If you live in New York, “do you want to build a snowman” is a question that you could ask someone right now! However, snow was something I didn’t get to see when I was visiting the Big Apple last month.

On November 1st I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places, New York City. I especially love visiting New York in the Fall. Especially after the Bryant Park Winter Village is open. I love the festive atmosphere with cute shops and the smell of hot cider in the air.

 Shopping in Bryant Park

Shopping in Bryant Park

We checked into our hotel in Times Square and enjoyed the view of all the colorful lights flashing below.

 Times Square

Times Square

I traveled to New York with two of my downline and friends, Teresa and Zeny.

The weather was perfect, not too cold but cool enough that we had the opportunity to wear our hats, boots, scarves and warm jackets.

 Teresa, Cindy and Zeny at Central Park

Teresa, Cindy and Zeny at Central Park

One of our first stops was Central Park. The park was so beautiful. We were so excited to see the leaves falling all around us. I’m sure if you get to see falling leaves all the time it is no big deal, but for us it was magical. The leaves were falling like snowflakes from the sky, it was amazing.

I bet we were the first people that our carriage driver met that got more excited about seeing squirrels and falling leaves than some of the famous landmarks in the park. Our driver would said, “This is where the movie Home Alone was filmed” and we would look at that spot and say, “Oh My Gosh Look At That Cute SQUIRREL”. He pointed to another section and said, “here is the famous statue of Balto, the Sled Dog and we would look up and say, “Oh yes, the statue is nice but just look at those LEAVES”, I think he thought we were strange until Teresa handed him a piece of Chocolate Macadamia nut candy and told him we were from Hawaii.

Since we arrived in the city the day after Halloween there were still plenty of places where we saw pumpkins on display.

 Zeny in NYC

Zeny in NYC

Seeing these pumpkins reminded me of the paper pumpkins I had made for my Bunco in October.

For the past few years I’ve had a pumpkin theme at our October Bunco. Here is what I did for this years Aloha Prize.

 My Paper Pumpkin

My Paper Pumpkin

I covered this paper pumpkin with strips of our Natures Poem Designer Series Paper using Mod Podge. I then used hot glue to add some leaves to the top.

For the Bunco Favors, I made these little pumpkins out of our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.

 Pumpkin Bunco Favors

Pumpkin Bunco Favors

To make these pumpkin favors, I just cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock at 1 7/8 x 8 1/4, I ran it through my Big Shot using the Corrugated Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder and then placed it inside one of our Clear Tiny Treat boxes. I then cut 2, 2 x 2 pieces of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock for the top and bottom of the box. I only put glue dots on the top square as the rest of the card stock stayed in place when wrapped around the inside of the box. The bottom square just got pushed down to the bottom and didn’t require any adhesive. I used the Tailored Tag Punch and punched out a piece of our Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper and then cut the shape in half to form the top of the pumpkin that was embellished with one of our Leaves Trinkets.

 Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

I filled each pumpkin with candy corn.

 Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

Bunco was so much fun and I was honored that beautiful Roxanne, who was celebrating her birthday that day, came to Bunco with her Mom.

 Roxanne at Bunco

Roxanne at Bunco

Well, by now, you are probably wondering, why did I title this post, “Do you want to build a snowman” when I am taking about New York, Squirrels, Pumpkins, Falling Leaves and Bunco???

I’ll get to the snowmen… eventually, but first, let me explain!

Over the past couple of weeks I have had not one but two opportunities to hear that famous “snowman” song from the movie Frozen.

While in New York I went to watch Frozen on Broadway.

 Frozen on Broadway

Frozen on Broadway

It was a fabulous show and it was so sweet to see all the kids in the audience attending their first Broadway show. Teresa (pictured below) was at her very first Broadway show. As you can see from the look on Teresa and Zeny’s face, we were all really excited to be there.

 Teresa and Zeny at Frozen

Teresa and Zeny at Frozen

After New York we went to Orlando, Florida for the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Event. It was there while at a special leadership event called CenterStage that I got to go on the Frozen ride at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park with there lovely ladies.

 Kim, Andrea, Cheryl and Cindy at Epcot

Kim, Andrea, Cheryl and Cindy at Epcot

The ride was cute but the real fun was all the sharing we did while waiting in line. This particular day the sharing was very timely where one of us got the message to let go of something that had been troubling them. It was quite funny to be having a conversation about “letting go” of something while in line to go on a ride where we would hear the song, “LET IT GO” be performed over and over again!. Sounds like CONFIRMATION to me!!!

 Frozen Ride at Epcot

Frozen Ride at Epcot

So, with all of this “Frozen” influence and exposure, the first thing I did when I got back to my stamp room was to build this cute little snowman treat box.

 Snowman Tiny Treat Box

Snowman Tiny Treat Box

I created this in the same way as I did the little pumpkin one except I didn’t crimp the inside paper, I scored it instead. . I also didn’t put a top or bottom 2” piece because the knit hat covered up the top and I left the bottom open. Here are the dimensions.

 Snowman Treat Box Pattern

Snowman Treat Box Pattern

The nose was made out of our new Sprig punch. The cheeks were made with our Stampin’ Blends and the eyes and mouth were made out of Black Jewel rhinestones.

 Snowman Tiny Treat Boxes

Snowman Tiny Treat Boxes

Aren’t the little stocking hats cute? I found them at Target in Orlando, they only had 12 and I took them all. I wish I could have found more as they were the perfect size for our little treat boxes.

 Snowman Tiny Treat Box

Snowman Tiny Treat Box

The back of the box was stamped with an image from the Take Out Treats Stamp set. Inside I placed these soft peppermint candies.

I love how this cute little box came out. You can use it as party favor and then after the candy is gone you can hang it on your tree as a cute little snowman ornament.

I made these for our Home for the Holidays craft fair which was last week. I had to keep one for myself since I collect snowman and have a tree that holds all my snowman ornaments and I fell in love with this cute little guy!

Just days after leaving New York, it started to snow. I’m sorry we didn’t get to see the snow because I know we would have loved to have been able to build an actual snowman! I think we probably would have had a hard time with the cooler temperature. Especially since on our last day in Florida it dipped down to 55 degrees and we were FREEZING!

November is always a favorite month for me because I love the focus on being Thankful. I am grateful to God for the blessing of being able to travel as much as He has allowed me to do.

I am also grateful that while In New York I not only enjoyed the colorful leaves but it was most special to …

 Central Park, NYC

Central Park, NYC

have another opportunity to visit my big brother who has lived there since I was in Junior High School. He is one of my favorite persons in the world and someone I am truly thankful for.

 Glen and Cindy

Glen and Cindy

So whether is be pumpkins, falling leaves, squirrels, traveling, snowmen, broadway shows, disney rides, fun with friends or family! I realize I have lots to be thankful for this holiday season. God is so good.