Mickey and Minnie Box

This past Friday evening Derek and I headed out to a beautiful estate in Waialua to attend Kalani and Joyce's wedding rehearsal.  The venue Kalani and Joyce chose was a gorgeous property and it was a beautiful night.  

When we arrived we were so excited to see the bridal party.  It was great to see some of Kalani's High School buddies who we hadn't seen in YEARS!!!  They all looked so handsome and grown up!

Kalani and Joyce with their bridal party

Kalani and Joyce with their bridal party

The rehearsal went really well.  The coordinator was really amazing and she led the happy couple through each step of what would happen the next day.

Kalani and Joyce's rehearsal

Kalani and Joyce's rehearsal

There were lots of smiles all around as we prepared for the next day's special event.

After rehearsal Derek and I hosted a rehearsal dinner at Roy's Koolina which is one of our favorite places to celebrate.  I got there a little ahead of the bridal party to surprise Kalani and Joyce with favors for the table.  

Wedding Rehearsal Box

Wedding Rehearsal Box

This box was made out of Whisper White card stock.  I embossed the top layer with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions folder.  I then stamped an image from a brand new set that will be coming out in January called Love You Still.  I punched out the words with a circle punch and then layered them onto a champagne foil circle.  I made the flower and leaves with 4 different punches and embellished the center with a rhinestone.

When it came to designing this favor I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Since Kalani and Joyce will be honeymooning on a Disney Cruise, I choose cookies from the Aulani Disney resort as the favor content . Honolulu Cookie Company has the best cookies that are usually pineapple shaped.   I often bring these amazing cookies with me when I travel to give as gifts to others.  I think these exclusive Mickey shaped ones that are sold at Aulani are absolutely adorable.

Rehearsal Dinner Favor

Rehearsal Dinner Favor

I punched out the Mr. and Mrs. from the set Cheers To The Year.  This is a cute set is only available till the end of the month.

Here is a template that Zeny created that you can use to recreate this Mickey and Minnie box.

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It has been a very exciting few days for us as a family.  We are excited for Joyce to officially join our family and for her and Kalani to begin their life together as man and wife.

 I hope that they both liked this sweet suprise favor that was stamped with aloha with best wishes for a life lived happily ever after.

Wonderful, Brilliant, Fabulous Friend

December 2017 is turning out to be a month of BIG celebrations for my family.  My son is getting married, my husband will reach a milestone birthday and of course there is Christmas too, my most favorite holiday.  Although there is much to do to prepare for all of these occasions I love that I had the opportunity to focus on friends yesterday when we gathered together to celebrate Cindy's belated birthday.

We woke up early and went to Egg's and Things on Piikoi street, near the Ala Moana Shopping Center.  We planned that strategically so that we could spend some time shopping together after we ate.   You can see by the shoes we have on that we all have different ideas on the most comfortable footwear for a day at the mall.

Friends Footwear

Friends Footwear

Breakfast was really great and afterward we gave Cindy a card I had created for her using our brand new Party Panda's set.  

Party Pandas

Party Pandas

Eeek!  This set is so adorable, I couldn't wait to use it.  This set is a part of our Saleabration promotion that begins in January 2018.  With a $50 order of Stampin' Up! product of your choice, this set can be yours for FREE.  As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I was able to get this set early, which is one of the "perks" of being a part of Stampin' Up!  

The words on this card sample come from another brand new set that will be available in January, its called "Picture Perfect Birthday". The sequin embellishments are also a new product "sneak peek".  They are called "Tutti-Frutty Self Adhesive Sequins".  They were the perfect accent for this happy panda card.

There are three adorable panda bears featured in the Party Panda's set.  I fussy cut two of them several times to create a bunch of pandas who are definitely ready to party.  This bunch of cute pandas "pop- up" when the card is opened.

Party Pandas

Party Pandas

It was good to see a smile on Cindy's face when she opened the card and read our hand written messages inside.

Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

We had a wonderful day of shopping together and helping each other check a few names off our Christmas lists!  

I am so thankful for my sister and friend Cindy who is such a beautiful person inside and out.  As I have spent time with her over the years I have learned a lot by her kind and loving example.  I love watching her intereact with her kids.  She is one of the most amazing Mom's I have ever met and it is good to see how much her kids realize that in the way they miss her even if she's just away for a couple of hours.

I am grateful not only for Cindy but all the other wonderful friends God has placed in my life and allowed me to "Do Life" with.

Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

During a crazy, busy season, like this month will be for me, its important to remember the value of relationships.  Whether it be time with God, our family, friends or others, we can experience times of refreshing when we invest quality time together.  

I am thankful I was able experience quality time with friends yesterday, celebrating (as the stamp set says) our Wonderful, Brilliant, Fabulous Friend, Cindy!

Holiday Party Highlights

I am blessed to have the most creative and kind friends.  These ladies are a part of my Stamped With Aloha Group and last week we gathered together to have our annual Christmas Party.

SWA Christmas Party 2017

SWA Christmas Party 2017

I love getting together with these creative ladies and this years party was such a treat!  Teresa wins the prize for arriving in the most festive and fun outfit of the day!

Teresa at our SWA Party

Teresa at our SWA Party

At our party we eat, play games, swap cards and have a hand stamped gift exchange.  In the past, sometimes I have catered this party.  This year however our theme was "Christmas Around the World" so I decided to make it a pot luck with an optional recipe exchange.

Food at our Holiday Party

Food at our Holiday Party

The food was amazing!  Many people brought something that represented their ethnic background or a favorite family recipe.

Although I don't eat a lot of sugar anymore, one of my favorite holiday treats to share is my Aunt Chila's Apple dip.  Warning.... it has a HUGE amount of sugar in it, so not something you want to eat on a daily basis.  However, if you are craving something sweet, this one is really good.  This Holiday treat that has a memory attached to it for me.  I remember being at my Aunt's house when I was younger and she served this delicious dip.

 My Aunt is very special, someone who always made me smile when she was around.  I miss her very much and every time I make this recipe I think of her. 

Apple Dip Recipe - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Apple Dip Recipe - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Most people look at this dip and think it has peanut butter in it!  However it doesn't and it really tastes amazing, especially when served with tart green apples.

I didn't have an apple image I could use to decorate my card so I improvised with the stamp set Always and Forever.  With some of our new Stampin' Blends I tried to make the heart in the center of the tree stump look like a heart shaped apple!

It was fun to collect everyone's decorated recipe cards and even better to be able to sample many of these fantastic recipes at the party.

Cindy and Michelle

Cindy and Michelle

Our hand stamped gift exchange is always a highlight.  This year I received this adorable purse created by Michelle.  It had accordion sides and it was filled with a bunch of hand stamped cards.

For my hand made gift I created a Gingerbread House stocking holder.  

Gingerbread House Stocking Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Gingerbread House Stocking Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I bought this little "house" stocking holder at Target.  The cost was $9.99 which is perfect since our budget for the gift exchange is around $10.  I then took scraps of paper and covered the little wooden house to make it look festive.  The peppermint siding comes from The Little Things stamp set.  The Gingerbread man came from Cookie Cutter Christmas.  The Wreath and Gum Drops were made out of punches.  The roof was made out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper that I had punched with a retired scallop punch.  

Gingerbread House Stocking Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Gingerbread House Stocking Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't this adorable?  Do you want to know what the best part is?

Gingerbread House Stocking Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Gingerbread House Stocking Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It has a light inside!  It was really fun making this project and even better to see Leigh's reaction when she opened it up.  I am glad she liked it as much as she did.

Leigh and Cindy

Leigh and Cindy

Olivia made a bouquet of hand made flowers.  Her hand made flower making is something she is known for.  There is so much detail put into these, this gift was truly a labor of love.

Olivia and her gift

Olivia and her gift

Shelly created her gift with some retired Stampin' Up! fabric.  I knew Shelly was a talented scrapbooker but I had no idea how talented she was as a quilter!  Just look at the amazing gifts she made with fabric!  Wanda was the happy recipient.

Shelly and Wanda

Shelly and Wanda

Norine made this cute desk calendar that pops open and you can easily spin it to see the cute hand stamped designs she made to represent each month and season!

Norine and Verilyn

Norine and Verilyn

Zeny's gift was really creative too.  She made a washi tape holder out of a canvas square she had purchased at walmart.  Her gift included a few rolls of washi too.

Zeny's Washi Tape Holder

Zeny's Washi Tape Holder

We decided that next year we are going to have people write their names inside the gifts.  That way we will know who made what.  After we open gifts we go around the room with our cameras to take photos.  You keep hearing people say, "who made this one"???  In fact I took photos of these two cute projects and I don't know who the artist was.

Hand Stamped Desk Set

Hand Stamped Desk Set

Hand Stamped Dry Erase Board

Hand Stamped Dry Erase Board

We played some fun games.  My favorite was an ice breaker where we got to learn some fun new facts about each other.  I always love learning new things about each other that bond us closer together.  

A second game involved creating a card stock Christmas tree.  I divided the group into teams of three.  One person took a green card stock and placed it behind their back.  When I said "go", they began to rip the paper into the shape of a tree.  After 45 seconds they passed the tree to the next person who had a strip of ornaments on glue dots, they attached them and then passed the tree to the final person who added the star and the trunk.  It was fun to see the outcome.  I selected judges who voted and selected  three award winning trees.

Christmas Tree Game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Tree Game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In case you are wondering the bottom middle tree DID win a prize! 

Finally, a tradition I've had for years is that I decorate a tree filled with hand made snowman ornaments.  Everyone gets to take one home as a party favor.  This years ornament was a mini cappuccino cup  snowman that had a sentiment added that read, "Love is brewing".  Since both of my children have recently gotten engaged and one of their weddings will happen this month, love certainly IS in the air this Holiday Season!  

I used spray paint to cover the lids.  I love how shiny it made them.

Cappucino Snowmen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cappucino Snowmen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Well, that was some of the highlights from our Holiday Party this year.  I hope you were inspired to see some ideas that might spark your creativity for your own gift creating this month.  Christmas is just 24 days away so there is till plenty of time to use your favorite Stampin' Up! products to make something personalized and special.  In fact there is a huge Year End Sales Event happening now, so be sure to check out my online store to see if there is anything you need  to use for your projects or to give as gifts.

Happy December 1st, everyone!  I pray this Holiday Season will be filled with peace, joy, love and lots of inspiration and creativity!

Stamped Blessings,

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Emergency Card Kit

On my final treatment day at Queen's hospital I brought in cards to give as gifts to many of the staff who had taken care of me.  Three of the staff were men so I decided to design a special card kit with them in mind and so my Emergency Preparedness Card Kit was born.

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I handed this kit to the guys at Queens I told them, "You took good care of me and now I'm going to take care of you".  I remember one of the guys looking up after receiving this gift and saying, "Thank You, I can really USE this!!".  

I created several of these kits for my Home for the Holiday's fair this past weekend.  Let's take a closer look at the cards that are inside.

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Every single card in this set has the exact same measurements for the base of the card. 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, 3 x 5 1/4 Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, 5 1/4 x 1 Colored Card Stock.

Because I added different sizes of card stock for the sentiment and focal point it makes each card look different.  I love preparing kits this way because it makes it so easy to know what to do when each card has the exact same background dimensions.  Also, because the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper is so eclectic, it makes it simple to create coordinating cards that each have a unique look to them.

Let's take a closer look at each one.

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This first card features our new Stampin' Blends markers.  I love to color and the new Stampin' Blends are so nice to work with.  This cute cake stamp comes from our Birthday Memories Suite.  The name of the stamp set is Birthday Delivery.  My favorite part of this card is the addition of the different color of shiny sequins from our new Sequins Assortment.

Beautiful Bouquet Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful Bouquet Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card created for this kit shows a very pretty floral paper from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  I found that the set Beautiful Bouquet had a similar flower stamp in it, so I used it for both the flower image and the sentiment stamped in the circle focal point.  I added a rhinestone to the center of the flower too.

Bloomin' Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bloomin' Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The third card in this set is this soft and pretty Valentines day card created with the Blooming Love stamp set.  I love the softness of this Blushing Bride monochromatic card.  I added a little silver foil paper behind the sentiment to add some shine and some rhinestones to add sparkle to this little love note.

Sorry For Everything Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sorry For Everything Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final card in the set is an apology card.  Let's face it, we all experience times where we need to say "I'm Sorry".  So why not do it in a hand stamped card?  I had one guy pick up one of these kits and tell me at the craft fair, "This is really a great idea, I could use this!!! I just don't know what i'd do with that Sorry card though, I'd never need that one!"  He then smiled suspiciously and walked away with a kit in hand! 

When all packaged together this makes a gorgeous set of cards and a really practical gift.  I plan on giving these out to a few of the guys on my Christmas List this year.  That way I can help them be prepared for any unexpected "UH-OH" moments that happen when a special day arises and they are in need of a card.

I hope you liked this fun idea and are inspired to make a few emergency kits of your own for your Holiday Gift Giving this year!

Hope you have a Happy and Blessed Day,

Cindy