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!

Aloha Jennifer

I just finished completing 47 swap cards for this weekends Spring Sensation Stamp Camp.  The theme was Spring cards for any occasion.  

As you know when I stamp I often am inspired by the person I will be giving the card to.  Ideas come much easier when I think of people and not product.  So in designing this swap card I thought of my sweet friend Jennifer who is going to be moving very soon.

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jennifer has been a wonderful customer and friend for the past couple of years.  I feel so honored and blessed to have met her and to have had the opportunity to not only stamp with her but also with her lovely mother who comes to visit every so often.  Both of them are wonderful crafters with such beautiful hearts.

Whether Jennifer is at a class, bunco or even at the gym where I sometimes run into her, she is someone who always greets everyone with a friendly smile.

For her card I used one of my favorite color combinations of Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo.  These colors are bright and vibrant, just like Jennifer's personality.

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Do you recognize these flowers?  They are from the Jar of Love stamp set.   This shows how versatile that set can be as you can create a card without using the jar image at all!  

The sentiment on this card comes from the Suite Sentiment stamp set and I think these words perfectly express how I feel about Jennifer.

Right now she's still on the island packing things and preparing for her move to the East Coast.  I know I will see her at least one more time but I wanted to take the opportunity at our stamp a stack class this past weekend to surprise her with a lei and card to let her know how much she is loved and will be missed.

Aloha Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Aloha Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I know I won't be the only one to miss her.  We all love her very much!

Pam and Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam and Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Although she'll be missed, I'm thankful that she will bring her beautiful spirit of Aloha to a new community so more people will get to meet her and discover how special she is.

Aloha Jennifer, you are loved and will be missed.

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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. 

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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!

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Remembering Roanna

Monday was a hard day.  I was shocked and saddedned  to learn that one of my friends Roanna Chang had passed away.  Roanna was not just an acquaintance, she was my friend, neighbor, downline member and my sister in Christ.  

Roanna Chang winner of our Christmas name tag challenge - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna Chang winner of our Christmas name tag challenge - www.stampedwithaloha.com

While watching You Tube videos Roanna learned about Stampin' Up!  The one thing she loved was the sound of the ink pad opening and shutting.  She loved the sound so much that she wanted to get her hands on one of our pads so that she could produce that amazing clicking sound first hand.  You should have seen her face light up the first time she attended my class and held the pad in her hand, she opened and shut it a few times and smiled from ear to ear.  That was my first indication that she was special.  She LOVED to craft and she did it with precision and excellence often until the wee hours of the morning.  Roanna was already a crafter and had been for years but now she was about to get her hands on Stampin' Up! product for the first time and  was delighted.

I'll never forget all the fun we shared at Convention in Utah.  I remember how she cried when I introduced her to Dawn Griffith who was one of her biggest inspirations. When Roanna hugged Dawn and told her how much she loved her and her creations, Dawn cried too.

One of my favorite nights at convention was on the last night when we all shared stories and that is when Roanna reminded us again about her love of the sound of the ink pad.  We tried to take a photo that would represent something about what was shared that night so we wouldn't forget.  This photo sits on my desk in my stamp room.

Stamped With Aloha Gathered at Convention in Utah - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Gathered at Convention in Utah - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Can you spot Roanna and her excitement over the sound of the pad?

Roanna loves the "Click" of the pad.

Roanna loves the "Click" of the pad.

 

Tuesday night was I supposed to have my monthly Inspiration Night but how could I have it when I knew so many who would be there would be devastated by this news?  I spoke to my good friend and mentor Annie late Monday night who was very encouraging and gave me some great advice.   When I woke up Tuesday morning I felt like God had given me peace and a plan to get through the day.  

So I made some phone calls and in just a few moments my stamp room was filled with friends who were hurting like me and we decided to do the one thing that brought us all together, to stamp.

Stamping and Remembering - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping and Remembering - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As we worked shared memories that made us laugh and cry and we found that creating a project together with Roanna in mind brought a lot of peace to our hearts.  

Early that morning I had designed a punch art pin.  Punch art (as you can see in the photo of the prize winning pin Roanna is wearing in her photo above) was one of Roanna's specialties. 

Below is a photo of the pin I created with Roanna in mind.  I am not as detailed of a Stamper as Roanna and its far from perfect as she would have made it but it was stamped with aloha with her in mind.  I tried to think of all the little extras she would have done to make it as best as it could be.  This is what I came up with.

Punch Art for Roanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Punch Art for Roanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I had to use a couple of retired products to get all the pieces I needed for this design. I was really pleased with the outcome because it reminded me of Roanna.  This pin would be something I could wear on my apron to keep her memory close to my heart while I stamp.

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With the assistance of some very loving friends we created 40 of these just in time for our gathering.

Roanna was such a gifted crafter.  I often encouraged her to send in her work to Stampin' Up! because I felt so strongly that she could be chosen for an artisan award, given to the most gifted designers.  Roanna however didn't want to enter.  She shared that crafting was something she did for herself and to bless others so didn't have a desire to compete for an award.  To all of us, however, she was a very gifted artisan, so creative and so talented.  We saw the joy in her eyes when she showed us her projects and knew it blessed her heart to know how loved and appreciated her creations were.

Her heart and passion are two of the reasons I was so blessed to have her in our Stamped With Aloha family. 

Yesterday one of the gals commented, "I just was thinking about her this week".  "I pulled out a beautiful detailed box that she made me and put it on my desk and remembered how blessed I was to have a friend that would take the time to make me something so beautiful".

Everything she created was beautiful.  Just look at two of her projects from a recent holiday event.

Roanna's Christmas Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna's Christmas Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I passed by Jodi's table at our gathering, I saw her cute swap that also featured a punch art girl.  Jodi is also very gifted with punch art and gave me suggestions over the phone in my design for Roanna's pin.  You can see more about this particular card this weekend when Jodi posts it to her blog, The Stampin Owl by clicking here.  

The photo below shows Jodi's swap card and Roanna's pin together.  The sentiment, "sending smiles" on Jodi's card was special because earlier that day as we were crafting together we kept feeling as if Roanna was smiling down on us.   That's because we had taken time out of our busy lives to slow down and spend time together, she would have liked that.    This was something many of us wish we had taken MORE opportunities to do with her!

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After the announcement was made at Inspiration Night there were lots of tears.  However, as we pressed on and stamped together wearing our pins, the quiet stamping turned into sharing and then then there were smiles, lots and lots of hugs and even some laughter which I know would have made Roanna happy.  

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When I passed by Terry and Lori (two of the gals who were especially close to Roanna) I saw them opening the pad and shutting it a few times.  Even though they had puffy eyes from crying, it was something that made them smile as they thought of our dear friend who loved this sound so much.

My next post will feature the Fiesta Projects we created at this event.  But for today, I wanted this to all be about Remembering Roanna.  

One of her closest friends and downline Jennifer told me that Roanna's families life verse was Proverbs 3: 5-6 which says,


TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING, IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH.

 It is this life verse that we will frame at our next Inspiration Night in a special art project.   I will do my best to design and create this project in the most "Roanna like" fashion.   We will also all bring creations that she had made and put them on display to honor and remember her.

Yesterday I spoke to her husband and told him how dearly we all loved her and how much she would be missed.  He told me that she loved being a part of our family too and that most likely she was already stampin' in heaven and I totally believe he is right.

We love you Roanna and you will be missed.  You inspired me and still do.  And although my heart is heavy because I miss you, I am thankful that we will meet again one day in heaven because of our common faith and belief written in Bible that says,

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

That is same assurance that made you smile on your final days here on earth because you knew where you were going.  That is why you told those you loved, not to be sad.  I have to admit its hard not to be sad because every time I open an ink pad I will think of you, along with so many others.   We will do our best to continue to be creative and share the aloha spirit through the gift of crafting as you did so well.

I am glad my friend that one day we will be reunited and until then please know how much you are loved and will be missed by so many of us who like you, love what we do and share what we love.

 

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