We Must Celebrate

Last night I went for a walk at the beach near my home.  It was a perfect night.  There were people enjoying their last minutes in the ocean before the sun set.  I saw tourists with sun kissed faces, dressed in their resort wear, heading to dinner.   It was great to see a lot of families there too, who had brought their dinner to the beach and were enjoying it with a gorgeous view!  

Since this beach is so close to home it made me think, I need to come here more often at this time of the day!  The sunset was breathtaking!

 3/5 Sunset at Ko'olina, Kapolei, Oahu

3/5 Sunset at Ko'olina, Kapolei, Oahu

I love living in Hawaii so much.  The beauty here inspires me daily.  I love mountains, palm trees, pineapples, beaches, tropical foliage and scented flowers.  Another thing I especially love about Hawaii is the people.  It is a blessing to live in a melting pot with so many beautiful people who represent so many different cultures.

Living in Hawaii and loving it so much has definitely influenced my stamping style.  

"Do the Hula" is my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp set of all time.   It was a set that had a Vintage Hula Girl, a Surf Board, Hawaiian Flower and the word "Aloha" to name a few.  It was a sad day for me when this set retired, however, I didn't let that stop me from converting as many Stampin' Up! images as I could into island style cards!  

I love Hula Girls.  Many of my friends dance hula and every time I watch them I am amazed the the beauty of it.  Since I love hula I am known to look for every opportunity to create hula girl cards. When I saw the little bear from  the stamp set "We Must Celebrate" I knew I had found the perfect candidate for my next hula girl card.

 We Must Celebrate Stamp Set

We Must Celebrate Stamp Set

You may notice that the bear is surrounded and attached to three other adorable "critters".  Although these stamps are so cute all together I took some scissors and carefully separated them to make using them individually possible.

 We Must Celebrate Stamps (Separated)

We Must Celebrate Stamps (Separated)

After separating the stamps, I was able to stamp the bear image three times to create a trio of Hula Dancing bears.

 We must celebrate hula bear card

We must celebrate hula bear card

The bears were colored with our new fabulous Stampin Blends.  I textured the paper with a new embossing folder called Simple Stripes.  The jeweled flowers come from the Tree Builder punch that I used more than any other punch because I love the sweet little flower that it makes.

I used "punch art" to make the hula skirts.  They were made with just two punches.  The 3/4 circle punch and the 7/8 scallop circle punch.  Here are some photos to show how I created them.

 Hula Skirt Punch Art - Step One

Hula Skirt Punch Art - Step One

 Hula Skirt Punch Art - Step Two

Hula Skirt Punch Art - Step Two

 Punch Art 

Punch Art 

I love the name of this stamp set, We Must Celebrate!  Although it's great to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. I was reminded yesterday to celebrate the blessing of life and the beauty that surrounds us.

I am grateful to live in a place where I am inspired everyday and certainly have a reason to Celebrate!