Earlier this month I had the opportunity to stamp with a group of ladies at Data House in Honolulu. The purpose of our gathering was to provide for a team building activity in an intimate atmosphere so I taught these three cards to two separate groups.
Two of the cards are cards you may have seen before on my blog. However, the card in the middle was newly designed for this group.
When I am with a group that I am unfamiliar with I love to show them the Botanical Blooms stamp set. This set it is very popular here in Hawaii where we are blessed to see tropical foilage like this on a daily basis. It also has matching framelits that are absolutely beautiful and it is fun to show everyone how they can create beautiful 3D flowers to embellish their creations.
Let's take a closer look at this tropical Thank You card.
This set is so pretty and it gets a "WOW" response anytime anybody sees is being used, especially when the second layer of ink is added and it makes the flower or leaf look so realistic. I used three different color of ink pads on this card, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Watermelon Wonder. I showed them how with the Watermelon ink you stamp the first generation of ink on a scrap paper and then on your card to create a lighter color so that when you stamped the center of the flower it would show up better. Taking off the first generation of ink on a scrap paper is a great way to do two step stamping with only one ink pad. After stamping all the flowers and leaves, we sponged or "shooked" the edges of the card stock with Old Olive Ink to soften it and give it a move vintage look.
It was a great experience stamping with these ladies and watching how they interacted with each other. It seemed like everyone was having a really great time so that made me very happy.
One of the things I loved is that as a part of this stamping session they made 6 cards, 2 of each of the designs. However, they were asked to use one of the cards to bless someone in their office with words of encouragement. I think this was such a great idea and showed me what a great heart this company has for excellence, unity and teamwork!
The ladies, even some who have never stamped before, were extremely gifted and talented. I loved seeing all the creative things they did outside the box with the supplies I gave them.
Speaking of the supplies I gave them.... I had brought only enough rhinestones to the first session for each of them to have two per card. So imagine my surprise when I went to one of the stations half way through the class to discover that the rhinestones were almost GONE!
It was quite funny as those who had used extra realized there had been a limit and were apologetic but it all worked out and we all had a good laugh when we noticed extra rhinestones on some of the cards. I knew I had better stock up for the next session for these ladies who loved to "Be Dazzle" their creations.
Just check out these cards from the next session! These ladies liked the Rhinestones even better than the first group. Good thing I brought plenty.
Instead of coloring their card with markers these creative ladies simply added 6 or 7 rhinestones per card and even 2 or 3 MORE Rhinestones on the envelope. I have to admit it these cards are REALLY, REALLY pretty and SUPER sparkly! Looks like a card that was made for royalty! Wouldn't you love to receive a "Be Dazzled" card like one of these?
It was great to spent this creative evening with these wonderful ladies. They also provided very colorful and fun refreshments. Just look at these beautiful sandwiches made with this colorful Japanese bread. These turkey sandwiches were not only pretty but delicious too.
It is always a blessing spending time with others creating and having fun together.
I especially loved being with these gifted and talented women and having an opportunity to witness the aloha spirit that they share in their office. Stamping with them is something I hope to do again and now that I know them a little more I will be sure to bring projects that are Be Dazzled and beautiful just like these amazing women at Data House!