Spread Aloha

Aloha is more than just my favorite word.  It is more than just a greeting or a farewell.  To me Aloha is a way of life.  

One of the reasons why I love my job so much is that I get to create projects that will be used to bless others.  Birthday cards, Thinking of You cards, Friendship cards, Encouragement cards, Hostess gifts, Memory Albums, Home decor, all created with others in mind.  

When I teach others to create cards or other projects there is joy in watching people discover creativity they never even knew they had!  I am also blessed to see new friendships form as people enjoy each others company while crafting.  I also love inspiring others and feel so happy when I know people enjoy my classes and the projects I designed for them.

Each month my group, Stamped With Aloha gathers for a night of inspiration, creativity, fellowship and fun.  My group motto is "spreading aloha one stamp at a time".  So I designed a project that each attendee could make to help them remember our mission, to simply spread aloha wherever we go.

Since we weren't making several projects I set up the room differently.  I made one long table, banquet style where we could all sit together.  First to visit and eat dinner and then to work on our project.  

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is the frame we created.  The word Aloha was created with the Large Letters Framelit Dies and the flowers were made with the Botanical Framelits.  Sadly these flowers are on the discontinued list this year and that makes me sad because they are one of my favorites!  Even though I won't be able to sell them, I plan on keeping them as they remind me of home here in Hawaii where I am surrounded by such beautiful tropical foliage.

We Spread Aloha one stamp at a time! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Spread Aloha one stamp at a time! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The word "spread" came from our Labeler Alphabet.  I love this set so much I actually bought two sets.  With the Labeler Alphabet set you can custom create all kinds of words and expressions to personalize your projects.

Since I only had one sample of this frame I came up with a fun idea!  I had everyone take a photo of the project with their phone when they came in the door.  I don't know why I didn't think of this before.  That way everyone had a full color sample they could use as a reference right in front of them.

Creating Aloha Frames - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Creating Aloha Frames - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our night together ended a little earlier than normal because this project was so quick and simple.  I guess it helped that I had die cut all the pieces for everyone beforehand.  I told everyone I should have called this month's gathering "Inspiration Night Express".  

As you can see. we all had a really fun night of sharing and creativity.

Sharing at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sharing at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roxanne blessed us by bringing a special broken glass jello dessert for all of us to enjoy!  I love her heart of aloha!

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

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

I so love my Stampin' Ohana!

 I hope they all had fun making these frames and that when they look at them they will be inspired to carry out the message of truly spreading aloha everywhere they go.  

Ephesians 4:2 says, Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!  Have a happy and blessed weekend!

Cookie Cutter Aloha

It was an exciting day at my house yesterday.  My box of Holiday Products arrived and my friend Zeny came over to stamp with me.  Zeny and I were designing a Holiday Class that features the set Cookie Cutter Christmas that we will be promoting at the Hawaii Women's Expo next month.  

I anxiously pulled the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch out of the Box.  As soon as I punched my first gingerbread man the ideas started flowing which were way beyond Christmas ones.   I said to Zeny, "Sorry, before we do Christmas, there's something I need to do".  After a short time and after lots of laughter and discussions over coconuts and hair styles with my friend Zeny who IS a Hula Girl,  this was the end result. 


The bodies are all made from our new Cookie Cutter Builder Punch which will be available in September.  The shorts, mouths, and coconuts also come from that punch.  The base layer of the hair and the bangs are made from the 1 1/4 circle punch.  The bottom of the second girl's hair, as well as the curly hair and bangs on the fourth girl, are made with another new punch called Jolly Hat Builder Punch.  The Flowers in both girl's hair comes from that punch as well.  The boy's ferns were made with the new Pretty Pines Thinlits dies which is also another new product coming out in our Holiday Catalog next month.

I am planning on giving this card to my sister-in-law Jennifer who is a demonstrator from Washington State.  Jennifer and her family are coming to visit me soon so I will bless her with this card along with a bunch of other goodies when she arrives.   There are four of them in the family which is why I created the card this way.  The only thing missing is apple bananas!  That's one of Jennifer's favorite things and the thing she hopes I have with me when I pick her up at the airport.

Zeny and I also came up with an entire Christmas class using this fabulous set with beautiful coordinating DSP.   We will be advertising our Cookie Cutter Christmas class at our Stamped With Aloha Booth at the Hawaii Women's Expo.  Save the dates, September 9th (3pm to 9pm), September 10th (10am to 6pm) or September 11th (10am to 5pm) at the Blaisdale Exhibition Hall. Be sure to stop by to meet me or one of my team members who will be working there all weekend.  I'll share more info about the expo soon.

My Christmas Class featuring Christmas Projects created with this bundle will be on September 17th at 10am at my home in Kapolei and my friend Annie will be providing some extra special treats for this class. This is one class you won't want to miss.  If you don't live near me, come to the expo and you can find out about several different locations on the island where you can take this same class from one of my awesome downline members in their homes or community centers.   Another option is you can HOST your own Cookie Cutter Christmas Class and invite your friends and take advantage of the free hostess rewards.  

I hope you enjoyed my first of many Cookie Cutter Creations, a card that reflects the Aloha Spirit that I love so much.

Until then, wishing you many blessings of Aloha from my stamp room to yours!

Source: www.stampedwithaloha.com