Tropical Escape

Last week I had the opportunity to spend the day with a group of Maui Big Shots.  They made a "Tropical Escape" to Oahu for the day to spend time with me and come to my monthly Bunco gathering.  

 Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

Since they arrived first thing in the morning, I took them to one of my favorite places to go for breakfast.  The Ama Ama Restaurant at the Disney Aulani Hotel.   The restaurant is designed to feel like you are in a beachside house, the views from every table in this open restaurant are incredible.  

Their food is really good too.  Cheryl was excited to order a pancake that had vanilla macadamia nut syrup.
 

 Breakfast at Ama Ama

Breakfast at Ama Ama

Cheryl brought Mary and Beth, two of her team members with her.  I hadn't met them before and it was so wonderful to get to know them both.  It became apparent very quickly that I was in good company with these lovely ladies.  

Since Zeny was coming to Bunco that day, she joined us too and we all had such a great time fellowshipping together. 

 Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

 As we talked I was reminded of how blessed I am to have made such wonderful, caring, creative friends because of my association with Stampin' Up!  I am still amazed that these three invested their time and money to come over just for the day!  It was so wonderful to spend time with them.

After breakfast and a little shopping at the Aulani gift shop we headed to my stamp studio.  We sat and shared some more until it was time to start bunco.  

At Bunco that day our theme was Tropical Escape and featured products from this amazing new catalog suite.  

For my Aloha Prize that day I designed a pizza box filled with 3 x 3 Thank You Cards.  Here is what the pizza box looked like on the outside.  

 Tropical Pizza Box 

Tropical Pizza Box 

Inside the box were four different cards that all featured a different piece of the beautiful Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  All of these cards were Thank You cards.  The Designer Paper on these cards was 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 so I was able to make four of the same card out of each sheet of the Designer Paper.  Here are the four simple card designs I created.

 Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

 Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

 Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

 Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Each guest took home one card and one lucky winner took home a pizza box that was filled with all four designs.

Our Bunco prize table looked the most beautiful it ever has because of these gorgeous protea flowers my friends from Maui brought for me.

 Tropical Protea Flowers

Tropical Protea Flowers

Aren't they breathtaking?  They were the perfect accent to this display of Bunco party favors and Bunco prizes.

 Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

At Monday Bunco, I was blessed with flowers again.  This time it was this beautiful Kahili ginger that Becky brought me.  This flower came from her garden and it smelled amazing!

 Kahili Ginger

Kahili Ginger

 I am going to be on the look out for this ginger next time I go to the nursery, I would love to grow these in my yard.

Both Sunday and Monday Bunco was so fun this month.  I am grateful for special time spent with friends to enjoy food, fellowship, encouragement, laughter and fun! 

 Tropical Escape Cards

Tropical Escape Cards

I loved creating these cute little Tropical cards.  I will definitely make more of these as I think this set makes a fabulous gift.

I am thankful for all the friends who came over to play bunco this month, especially the three  Maui Big Shots whose "Tropical Escape" made our Tropical Escape Bunco extra special this month.

Darling Label Punch Box

When I first saw our new Darling Label Punch Kit, all I could say is WOW!  This gorgeous blue and gold tin is so beautiful.  You can see it on page 44 of the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog.  When I looked a little closer at the kit, I saw what was included in it and I knew I had to order it. 

 Darling Label Punch Box

Darling Label Punch Box

This beautiful tin is filled with everything you need to create projects for a variety of occasions.  The kit comes with a 6 piece photopolymer stamp set, a punch, 2 Ink Spot pads and a clear block.

As soon as I got this kit I went to work designing a class that used every single image in the stamp set.  I combined this kit with some white note cards and the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper and created a cute matching set of cards.  

The first card, pictured below is a bold and bright birthday card.  I used two different pieces of the designer paper on this card.  I love the glimmering candles that are made out of gold foil.  Like many of the images on this specialty paper they really shimmer and shine.

 Broadway Bound Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Broadway Bound Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Card number two is a "Hello" card.  This type of greeting is perfect for when you want to send a note to a friend to let them know you were thinking about them.  I love the color combination here.  Lovely Lipstick is such a beautiful color and it really pops when placed next to Basic Black.  This card also features a new embossing folder called Maps, etc.

 Darling Label Punch Box Hello Card

Darling Label Punch Box Hello Card

Card number three is also a Thinking of You card but uses a different image from the set.

 I am in love with the Scallop Stripe texture on this card.  This was created by using one of our newest embossing folders appropriately named Striped Scallops!  I love adorning cards with jeweled flowers.  When the Tree Builder punch retired I had to scramble to find another flower to use.  When I didn't see one, I improvised!  I found that our new Bunny Builder punch had the perfect solution.  What works for the Bunny's tail also makes an adorable flower.  I punched out one with Lovely Lipstick Card Stock and then just roughed it up a bit with my fingers before adhering it to the card with a mini glue dot.

 Darling Label Punch Box Thinking of You Card

Darling Label Punch Box Thinking of You Card

I love the pop of polka dots on the bottom of the card.  This Designer Paper is so bold, beautiful and fun!

Card number four is a Congratulations Card.  

 Darling Label Punch Box Congratulations Card

Darling Label Punch Box Congratulations Card

I folded the top half of the note card in half and folded it back to create a front "fun" fold.  This would work great as a graduation card or perhaps a fun card for a job promotion.

 Darling Label Punch Box Thank You 

Darling Label Punch Box Thank You 

Card number five is one of my favorites.  This card is a Thank You gift card holder.   The entire right side of the card can be lifted to reveal an inside pocket for a gift card.  Giving a card like this is such a beautiful way to show your appreciation.

The final card in the set is really unique and different.  I wanted to show that the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper has a soft side too.  Many of the prints are very bold, bright and shiny but the piece I used on this card is soft, subtle and elegant.  It makes a perfect pair for this sentiment that can be used for a Wedding or Anniversary celebration.

 Darling Label Punch Box Wedding Card

Darling Label Punch Box Wedding Card

The pattern of this Designer Paper kind of reminds me of the lights that were strung over the reception area at my daughters wedding.

I just love this bright and cherry set of cards and I look forward to making them this weekend..  Would you like to make these cards too?

 Darling Label Punch Box Class

Darling Label Punch Box Class

For the past year several of you have messaged me asking if I would ever offer card kits in the mail.  This is something I have decided to test with this particular set of cards because I love them so much and think you would too.   So I will be debuting a test run of my Aloha Mail Card Kits.  

Here is how it will work for the month of July.  Place a $50 order at my online store at stampedwithaloha.com using host code 4E4DGJFF.  You can also email me your order at  stampedwithaloha@gmail.com.  Once your order is received I will pack and ship you some Aloha Mail that will include:  6 Whisper White note cards, Make and Take supplies including pre cut pieces of the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper and Pre-Embossed Card stock.  All punches will be pre punched except the ones you have to stamp and punch with the Darling Label Punch Kit.  You will also receive envelopes and any embellishments needed to complete these 6 adorable cards.  All you will need is the Darling Label Punch Box (which you can purchase as part of your $50 order), adhesive of your choice, a black stamp pad (Tuxedo Black Memento Pad recommended) and for coloring 2 of the images, a coloring tool such as Stampin' Blends, Watercolor Pencils or Stampin' Write markers.

Remember this is a test, so I appreciate your patience as I step out to experience what it is like to provide kits in the mail for all of you.  It is something Ive been fearful of but today I am stepping out in faith with hopes to provide a new service to help those of you who want to make my cards something you can do more easily from the comfort of your own home.  

For more information or to get started with your order email me at stampedwithaloha@gmail.com or go directy to my online store at stampedwithaloha.com.  Be sure to set up an online account so you can shop with me and remember this month use hostess code 4E4DGJFF. 

I'm excited to test this out and hope you are too! 

If you live on Oahu and would like to create these cards at my stamp studio in Kapolei then here is an option for you.

Class will be held on Friday, July 6th at my home in Kapolei from 5:30pm - 7:30pm (drop by at your convenience) or Saturday, July 7th at my home in Kapolei from 9:00am till 11:00am (drop by at your convienence)  If you sign up before Tuesday, July 3rd I will have a punch kit in stock for you.  Otherwise, you can still come but your punch kit will arrive at a later date.

Thanks in advance to all who will help me "Test" this new service and spread a little aloha in the mail.

This special kit offer ends on July 31st, 2018.

If you loved these cards it probably means you love Designer Series Paper.  During the month of July we are having a fabulous special.  When you purchase 3 packs of any of the following papers, you will get one free.  

Here is a flyer followed by a quick two minute video that shows you all the beautiful designs that are on sale this month.

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If you like getting beautiful products at a discount another option for you is to purchase the Stampin' Up! starter kit.  During the month of July there is a special for those who want to join Stampin' Up!. For $99 you will receive $125 worth of Stampin' Up! products of your choice plus this month only you will also receive a set of 10 new ink pads.  This is a $75 value.  There are so many benefits to joining Stampin' Up! if you love our products and want to purchase them at a discounted price this might be a great option for you to consider.  Contact me for more information or click here to read about Joining the Fun.

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Happy July everyone!  This month has already gotten off to such a wonderful start.  I am thankful, grateful and blessed to have another day to look for opportunities to make a difference by spreading aloha, one stamp at a time.

Stamped Blessings,

Cindy

Tropical Inspiration

I just got home from my monthly Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night.  Tonight's theme was a Tropical one where we created projects using our Tropical Escape Suite.

 Tropical Escape Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card, this punch art Haku Girl, is one that I shared in a post a few days ago.

 Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It made me happy to find out that some of the people who came to Inspiration Night, were there because they saw this card on my blog and were anxious to make one!   It was fun to see everyone's card come to life, the hair styles and smiles all varied but all came out really cute!

The next card we made was also a punch art card that featured an Ipu Heke.  An Ipu Heke is a drum made out of gourds that is used in Hula dancing.  The shape of the Ipu was made with two circle punches.

 Ipu Heke Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ipu Heke Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I adorned the Ipu Heke with a fern from the Tropical Thinlits and a Crushed Curry Flower that was punched with our Bunny Builder Punch.  I placed a red rhinestone in the center of the flower to remind me of my favorite Hawaiian Hibiscus called the "Hula Girl" Hibiscus.   I take photos of these beautiful flowers all the time.  Here is a photo I took when I was in Maui last week.  Don't you think these Hula Girls are pretty?
 

 Hula Girl Hibiscus in Maui - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hula Girl Hibiscus in Maui - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card we made featured the Monstera and Fern images from the Tropical Chic stamp set This is a very simple card where I used only one color of ink on the leaves.  The ink color is a new one called Shaded Spruce.   Do you see the cute Tropical wooden flower?  These cute Tropical Elements that are also a part of the Tropical Suite create the perfect finishing touch on this simple card created for a great friend.

 Tropical Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final two projects that completed this set were a clear card box and pen.  This created a cute way to display or organize the tropical cards!  

 Acetate Card Box and RSVP pen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Acetate Card Box and RSVP pen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The RSVP pen worked great as the finishing piece to this Tropical set.  These pens can be found at most office supply store and they are easy to open and fill with your favorite designer series papers.

Tonight's gathering was really a lot of fun.  I loved all the smiles.  I think its because we are all so thrilled to have a gorgeous Tropical Suite to create projects that remind us of our beautiful home here in Hawaii.

 SWA Inspiration Night

SWA Inspiration Night

 I heard lots of laughter tonight which always makes me happy to see that people are having a good time.

 Inspiration NIght

Inspiration NIght

I just love these ladies.  It is a blessing to see how creating with stamps, ink and paper can bring people together to experience friendship, encouragement and love.  I love the positive environment and fun we create together.

 Happy Stampers at Inspiration Night

Happy Stampers at Inspiration Night

Last night, when I was sharing, these ladies really filled my tank.

As demonstrators, when we share projects, we love reactions from the audience.  If someone "oohs or ahh's" it make us happy to see that they love what we are sharing.  I made a joke the other month about how quiet they were when I was sharing and told them I'd work harder on the next months projects to hope to get a reaction from them... Well, they didn't forget.  Check out this video to see how awesome they are.

So do you want to see a close up of the cards they are "oohing" and "ahhing" over?  These cards will be featured at my class on Friday, July 6th at 5:30pm or Saturday, July 7th at 9:00am.  Be sure to subscribe to my blog or check back to see my next blog post which will feature these cards and the fabulous kit you can purchase to make them.

Until then, wishing you a happy and blessed day!

Cindy

Love Your Neighbor

The other day I had two friends over working in my studio.  We were stamping and creating projects for upcoming classes.   Suddenly, we heard an unfamiliar sound.  At first we thought it was rain.  Then we thought maybe it was a broken sprinkler head in my yard.   I casually got up from my chair and walked towards the sound and as I stepped toward the door, water sprayed me in the face!  Thats the moment I discovered that there was a broken pipe on my water heater.    

Water was spraying everywhere!  We turned nobs but nothing happened.  We had no idea how to shut the water off.   We grabbed rags and a bucket but it became apparent that the water was going to continue to spray and we needed to do something fast.  I ran next door to see if a neighbor could help.   It seemed like only minutes had passed and before you know it my stamp studio was filled with not just one but three loving neighbors who had come to my rescue.  

Thankfully my neighbor Terry recognized the problem right away and within an hour the broken pipe was fixed.   I was so grateful.  It was one of those moments that I wondered, what if I hadn't been here?  What if I had been traveling or even just out for the day?  I would have come home to a flood.  

Just after my neighbors left, I looked at my friends who were still here working and said, "I have such great neighbors, don't I?  

I then sat back down to work on the card that I had been designing when the commotion began.  When I saw the sentiment I had stamped just prior to the broken pipe I had to smile.  It said,   "I may not always be there with you, but I will always be there for you".  This reminded me of my wonderful  neighbors!  This sentiment comes from the stamp set, Calls For A Celebration,  and it seemed so appropriate for the chain of events that had happened in my stamp studio today!  

 Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As you can see I used the Tropical Chic stamp set on this card.  This time, I decided to try making a Tropical Card using brighter colors.  The yellow is a brand new color called Pineapple Punch.  What a great name!  The second color I used is Poppy Parade.  This is a returning color and one I really liked.  I used the Tropical Thinlits to die cut some leaf and flower embellishments. I added some of our new Red Rhinestones to embellish the flower.  No more using a red sharpie to color rhinestones now that we have these beautiful red sparkly gems!

 Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In Matthew 22:37-39 it says: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself."

God has been speaking to me a lot lately about loving others.  I know that this is something that I want to do better.  I am grateful to God for blessing me with neighbors who so beautifully demonstrated this by coming to my aid when I had a need.  They have inspired me to want to do the same for them and for others.