The Little Things

One of my favorite new products in our Holiday Catalog is our Pizza Boxes.  These cute little boxes are simple to put together.  They are very sturdy, lined with a plastic coating and are the perfect size to hold our 3 x 3 envelopes, in case you want to create mini gift cards to put inside.

For my September Inspiration Night, I designed 4 boxes for various occasions and packaged them all in a cute tall cello bag.  

All of these pizza boxes were created using a stamp set called, The Little Things.  This stamp set has everything you need to create adorable projects for many different occasions.   The images are the perfect size for the box tops of the pizza boxes too!

Here are the ones I designed for this gathering.

Extra Special Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Extra Special Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pizza Box one was made as an "All Occasion" box.  You can use this to wrap a birthday or graduation gift or just to make a quick thank you gift for a friend.  Inside you could put little cards, some gold wrapped candy,  a gift certificate or a small gift.

Halloween is coming soon, so that makes this next Pizza Box one that you could be creating now.  It is very "Spookylicious" and the perfect little package to hold some candy corn or favorite candy of your choice.  Since so many popular candies are packaged in orange and black wrappers this month it would be easy to find something that would be a perfect match for this treat box.

Haloween Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Haloween Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This box also has one of our new black rhinestones on the back of the little spider.  Just that tiny added touch makes this box sparkle.   This is an extra special treat for those of us gals like myself who love to add jewels to our projects.  Looks like Terry is a fan jewels too!

Terry at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Terry at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Speaking of sparkling, the next box we made did just that because I used red glimmer paper to make some tiny heart embellishments.  When you need to make a lot of little hearts our Mini Treat Bag Framelit has just the right piece to create mini hearts and stars in a flash!  

These little hearts were adhered to a glossy white heart that I stamped using the "Sweets for my Sweet" stamp from The Little Things stamp set.

Valentine Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Valentine Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I thought the ladies might find it challenging stamping red ink on glossy paper but everyone did a great job.  The secret is having a steady hand and allowing the ink a few minutes to dry.

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

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

Did you notice that most of these boxes also used a square or circle of card stock that was run through the Big Shot with our Stitched Shapes Framelits.  That little added stitching adds the perfect touch to make these box tops look complete.

Christmas is coming so our final box was created to store some December Deliciousness.  There are so many options for this adorable box.

Christmas Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

You could fill it with candy canes, peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies or even better yet how about some sparkly jewelry?  I think that counts as December Deliciousness too, don't you?

When all the boxes were complete I had everyone make this tiny tag. 

The Little Things Tag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Little Things Tag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The boxes were then stacked back to back and placed inside a tall cello bag.

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This cute little tower was tied together with one of our new Black and White striped ribbons that is super cute!

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone who came seemed really anxious to make this project.  Even though there were chairs, I noticed everyone at this table was stamping standing up!

SWA Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

SWA Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was fun to make new friends and get reacquainted with those we hadn't seen in a while.  I really enjoy these fun nights with these wonderful ladies.

Julie and Sandy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Julie and Sandy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Speaking of wonderful ladies, we were all blessed when Roxanne shared the watercolor technique that she used to create her Magical Mermaid card.  

Roxannes Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roxannes Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roxanne used an aqua painter and dropped ink and let it blend together for the background of this card.  After the ink dried she ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Ruffled textured Impressions folder.  I love how that folder made the colorful water look like waves.  This card is really detailed and beautiful.  Here's a closer look.

Magical Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Magical Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since we swap cards at Bunco now, I was blessed to receive one of these beautiful cards from Roxanne.  

In addition to all the fun we had at Inspiration Night, we also enjoyed a delicious dinner cooked by Chef Craig.  Craig makes the most wonderful dishes and his chicken dish tonight was a hit.   Craig was telling us that his chicken only required three ingredients.  Since so many asked for the recipe, I thought I'd post it here for all to enjoy!

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Craig's Ono-licious Panko Chicken

Ingredients:

Boneless skinless chicken thighs

Halms BBQ sauce

Panko

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Dip chicken in the BBQ sauce

Coat both sides with the Panko

Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil

Bake for 20 minutes.

I am glad we had such a great time of not only sharing creativity but also inspiration for our kitchen too.  I'm sure many of us will try and recreate Craig's chicken especially during the busy holiday season.

Maile and Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Maile and Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Well, I hope you enjoyed a peek into our September Inspiration Night.  These gatherings always make me happy because I love these ladies so much.  They are such good people, so positive to be around and they make me laugh.  Especially this "sweet" and "innocent" lady named Ann below!

Ann at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ann at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our next Inspiration Night is going to be a Holiday Shoebox swap where we will also make a Holiday Card Organizer.  That's coming up soon at the start of next month!

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here.  I am glad that we now carry these awesome pizza boxes because I know that they will come in handy this Holiday Season.  I look forward to finding many creative ways to use them.

I hope you will try and recreate some Pizza Box Treats of your own.  Whether you make them for party favors or even just to make one to give to a friend they are sure to be a fun way to let someone know you care.

It may seem like a small gesture but I think sometimes we forget that taking the time to do "The Little Things" can really make a difference in the lives of others!

Climbing Orchid

The other day I was talking with someone about the mud pie I had made as a welcome gift for my new neighbor.  The person I was talking to was surprised that people still do those types of gestures.  I told her that I was not sure if giving new neighbor gifts was common but it is something that I have always done because I think its important to make someone new feel welcome.

It made me think about how much it meant to us the day we moved into this neighborhood 18 years ago.  Maura who lived in the corner house came over as we were unloading the moving truck with a pitcher of lemonade.   Her kind and thoughtful gesture made an impression on us as a family.  She made all of us feel welcomed.  

Later that same day, I came home and there was a knock on my front door.   It was our new neighbors, the one I had made the pie for.  They were holding a beautiful orchid plant, a card and an empty pie plate.  

The orchid plant was gorgeous.  It had so many beautiful flowers and the color was so nice.

Orchid Plant - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Orchid Plant - www.stampedwithaloha.com

They gave me the plant and a nice card and when they handed me the pie plate I told them that I had meant for them to keep it.  The husband smiled and with a twinkle in his eye he said, "its for refills".  I thought that was the cutest thing ever.  So now I will look to see what different type of treat I can send there way in the days to come.

As I looked at the beautiful Orchid I knew just what stamp set I would use to make them a thank you card.  You see I had just purchased the Climbing Orchid stamp set and coordination Orchid Builder framelits.  I hadn't used them yet and honestly I was a little nervous because it had a lot of pieces and looked a little intimidating.

I set the orchid plant on the table and began to examine the colors.   I saw Lemon Lime Twist and Rich Razzleberry.  I wonder how many of you reading this see things in Stampin' Up! colors like I do?

Orchid plant - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Orchid plant - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I also noticed that the stem and leaves were more of a Wild Wasabi color, so these were the colors I chose for my card.   I stamped the Orchid image with Lemon Lime Twist ink and then used an aqua painter that I dipped in the lid of that same ink pad to color in the flower.  I stamped off the Rich Razzleberry to give it a slightly lighter shade for the center of the flowers.

 It was fun assembling these paper flowers and in no time at all, I had a beautiful card for my new neighbor.   I made this card to let them know that I was not only thankful for the beautiful orchid plant but also thankful to have such kind people living next door.

Orchid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Orchid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I Love this set.  I am definitely gong to work with it some more but it was such a pleasant surprise  to see how easy it was to make some three dimensional cards that were inspired by a very thoughtful gift.

Orchid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Orchid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Life can get busy, especially at this time of the year.  Sometimes we go through life moving so fast that we forget to check in with others we may pass by on a regular basis to make sure they are ok.  That sometimes happens in neighborhoods, we may not even realize what others are going through.  

 In this new season I am hoping to be a better neighbor and a better friend.  Life is precious and you never know how much a kind gesture means to someone in need.  I know this kind gesture from people who I've only known for a few days really blessed me and inspired me to continue to spread aloha and be a blessing to others. 

Rose for Rosita

Last week I began to get back to business and held my first stamp class and Bunco gathering.  I am holding an official grand opening of my new stamp studio on October 15th but since I've been feeling better I was excited to begin my classes and events again. 

It was so wonderful to have people in my home again for inspiration, creativity and fun!  Our Bunco theme this month was Tickled Pink and featured our Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  I made some simple clear box favors for each guest to take home.

Fabulous Flamingo Clear Box Treats - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fabulous Flamingo Clear Box Treats - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I can't tell you how refreshing it was to be with everyone again.  I missed the smiles, laughter and friendship we share.

 Goldie came to one session and brought baby Duke!  We all couldn't believe how much he had grown and how GOOD he was.  Even with all the noise he didn't make a peep the entire evening.  What a precious little blessing he is!

Goldie and Duke

Goldie and Duke

Rosita, pictured below (far left in the front row) with her daughter Sarina (pictured on the left behind her) came to both Bunco gatherings this month.  It is always wonderful to have this mother/daughter duo there because they are both so kind and loving, just really GOOD people!  I enjoy having them around!

Monday Stampin' Bunco Group - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Monday Stampin' Bunco Group - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Well, last night I found out that Rosita had been admitted to the hospital.  I was so sorry to hear that this dear sweet woman was suffering. 

As the news spread to the other ladies who know her, all shared their concern.

This morning I went with another friend from our stampin' ohana to go visit her.  We stopped and bought her some roses to go along with this card that I made for her this morning.

Graceful Garden Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was hard to see her laying there knowing she was not feeling well but she still managed to smile and be positive like she always is. 

I wanted to share this post tonight because Rosita is going to be going through a lot of testing in the next couple of days so I'd ask that you please pray for her and her daughter Sarina too.

One of the blessings of doing what I do as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the blessing of building relationships with so many amazing people.  It always touches my heart to see how the love of ink and paper has the power to bring people together to build relationships and make a difference in the lives of others.  

 I know this sweet woman Rosita has made a difference in my life by the example she sets and the love she shares.  Would you please say a prayer for Rosita to be healed completely and hopefully back to stamping with us again very soon!  

Mahalo for your prayers!

Cindy

Watercolor Christmas

Tomorrow I will be hosting my first Christmas Card class!  Did you know that Christmas is only a little over 100 days away?  It's never to early to start creating cards and projects that you can use for the upcoming Holiday season.

This weekends class will be a "kit" class.  It features this gorgeous set called Watercolor Christmas that is pictured on page 34 of our new Holiday Catalog.

Watercolor Christmas Card Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Card Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These beautiful cards are very simple to create.  You can create all twenty cards in less than an hour.  The cards are preprinted so you just add the words from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  Each card also features shiny gold mini sequins that make them sparkle!

Here is a closer look at all four of these beautiful cards.

Watercolor Christmas Season of Cheer Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Season of Cheer Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Wishes Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Wishes Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Joy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Joy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Wreath Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Christmas Wreath Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

All you need to complete these four card designs is the Watercolor Christmas card kit, the coordinating Watercolor Christmas stamp set, a black stamp pad and some adhesive.   Each card also comes with a gorgeous shiny gold foil envelope liner.   The kit includes supplies for 20 cards. you'll make 5 of each of these designs.  These cards are so simple to put together so you will feel like you've accomplished a lot in just a short amount of time.

Watercolor Christmas kit (item 144649) is $20.  The Watercolor Christmas stamp set (item 144838) is $18  However if you come to class at my house, you don't need to invest in the stamp set because you can use mine.  I am charging $25 for the class and you will not only receive the cards but also your own Multi Purpose Glue to use and take home with you.

If you are interested in taking my class tomorrow let me know right away.  You can also order this kit and stamp set from me and enjoy making these cards on your own.  This kit makes a great gift and even provides a fun activity for your next get together with friends.

I know for myself, I'm looking forward to getting an early start this Holiday Season so that I can enjoy every minute of my most favorite time of the year.

Happy Aloha Friday everyone, have a happy and blessed weekend!

Cindy