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!

July Inspiration Night

Our July Inspiration night was held in honor of our friend Roanna Chang who passed away last month.  We all miss her terribly and wanted to do something to honor her memory as well as be a support to one another through this difficult time as many of us were very shocked at the news of her passing.

Our evening started as most do, with introductions, announcements and updates.  I was blessed to eat dinner with and also introduce a group that was very near and dear to Roanna.  Her downline Jennifer and her customers Pat, Shannon and Kimberly.

July Inspiration Night Friends - www.stampedwithaloha.com

July Inspiration Night Friends - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was so touched by their stories about how much Roanna meant to them.  Roanna lived in Kapolei which was over a 40 minute drive for these three to attend her classes yet they didn't let the distance stop them.  They would often be at her home for hours and she always took such great care of them assisting them and making them feel special.

Jennifer shared a story about how one day when she went to visit Roanna who was sick and the two of them were going to read the Bible together.   Jennifer told Roanna, "you go ahead and open up the Bible and whatever page you turn to, let's study that part".  Roanna agreed and opened up the bible and guess what chapter she turned to?  The book of Proverbs, chapter 3.  Roanna smiled as she opened her favorite pink bible and they read the chapter together that talks about trusting in God!   Roanna and Jennifer agreed together in prayer that their hope and confidence was in God and his perfect plan no matter the outcome. 

It was this beautiful verse that Roanna and her family cherished so much that we decided to frame in her honor.  Here is the project we created together.  

Proverbs 3:5-6 in Hawaiian and English - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Proverbs 3:5-6 in Hawaiian and English - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roxanne helped to format the verses in both Hawaiian and English and did such a beautiful job.  I was so happy with the outcome.

When I gave this frame to the family I created a matching sympathy card to go with it.

Botanicals Sympathy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Botanicals Sympathy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As we gathered at Inspiration Night to create the frame together, I encouraged people to share stories and memories about Roanna.  We also had a display table set up where many people brought projects that she had given them or that they had made at her classes.

Created by Roanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Created by Roanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was fun to hear the many stories shared throughout the night.

 When Michelle walked through the door she smiled and pulled out this treasure chest card which is pictured below.  Michelle reminded me of when Roanna made this very detailed card to bring to convention and wanted to give one to Dawn Griffith because Dawn was such a treasure to her.  When I introduced Roanna to Dawn, Roanna shared some words with her and gave her this card and before you know it they were both crying!  It was a special moment to witness.

Roanna's Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna's Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jennifer shared how she is so happy that there is a recording on the Stamped With Aloha you tube channel of Roanna demoing at our Holiday Retreat.  She wowed us all when she demoed the projects below.  Jennifer said she watches it often just to hear her voice.

Roanna's Christmas Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna's Christmas Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kimberly shared how patient and loving Roanna was with each one of them.  She said even though they were "slow" stampers Roanna never made them feel pressured to hurry up.  They said when they created the frame below that they camped out at her house for several hours but always had so much fun and although it was a lot of work they always appreciated all the prep work Roanna did in advance to make it easy for them to create such outstandingly beautiful projects such as this one below.  Just look at all the details!  WOW.

Roanna's Frame Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna's Frame Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jennifer shared about getting Roanna's help to design and invitation and showed some of the beautiful samples created in red and yellow that Roanna gave her.  

Goldie shared about the card in the middle and how it was a card that Goldie had made and Roanna was so interested she asked Goldie to show her how to make one.  Goldie remembered that moment fondly as one of the first conversations she and Roanna had shared.   Goldie also said that as they spoke they discovered they both had something in common, they were drawn to Stampin' Up! by watching videos where they would hear the "click-click" of the ink pad opening and shutting and that would always make them smile.

Roanna's Tropical Flower cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna's Tropical Flower cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Others shared how touched they were by the time she helped them create swaps.  Liane shared that when she was going to her first convention, Roanna gifted her with 100 beautiful swap cards to swap that were all completed.  That was just the kind of heart she had, so loving and so giving.

Roanna's Fence Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna's Fence Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roanna loved punch art and this project as well was put on display.  Again a gift that Roanna had made to bless a friend.

A punch art gift from Roanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A punch art gift from Roanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I know Roanna would have been touched by all the kind words spoken about her.  There were even some funny stories shared that made us all laugh.

Terry and Lori at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Terry and Lori at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Terry spoke of meeting Roanna many years ago at a roller skating rink and how the two of them became childhood friends.  After High School they lost touch with each other but reunited in my living room at a Stamp Class just a few years ago.  It was such a fun moment and to think they both lived just minutes from each other and didn't even know it.

I think Roanna would have been pleased with the outcome.  She loved crafting!  Sharing creativity brought her so much joy and that was what the atmosphere was like as we remembered our special friend.

Verilyn at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Verilyn at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I think Roanna would have really appreciated the orderly manner that Verilyn (above) and Barbara (below) had sorted their flowers!

Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And I know Ann would have made her smile.  Ann makes us ALL smile by her funny comments and contagious laugh.

Ann and Norine at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ann and Norine at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was a special night.  Tasha pictured is creating the plumeria blossoms for the frame by cutting out white flowers and using an aqua painter to add color to the center.  Tasha remembered to wear her pin that we created for our last gathering.  It is our punch art Roanna pin that we can wear and keep her memory close to our heart.

Creating Plumeria flowers at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Creating Plumeria flowers at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

There were two other parts of our evening.  I gave out recognition cards to any demonstrator who had promoted or anyone who qualified in our TOP TEN sales.  It was quite moving when I announced that despite her illness, Roanna was our number 2 demonstrator for the month of JUNE!  This card created in her favorite green color was received in her honor by Jennifer who will be taking it to Roanna's family this week.  I know that this sentiment truly reflects how Roanna was to her family and those she held dear to her heart.

Love you Lots card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Love you Lots card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our swap was also done in her honor.  It was a green card swap since GREEN was her favorite color.  I made a card that was inspired by this cute card Lynsay had sent me in the mail last month.

Love You Lots Card by Lynsay - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Love You Lots Card by Lynsay - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I just adjusted the colors and laid it out a little different and this was the outcome.

Missing You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Missing You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Its hard to see in the photo but I added glue from the fine tip glue pen to the back of the lady bugs to make them shiny and to give them dimension.  Looks just like crystal effects and dried a lot quicker.

Well the sentiment on this card certainly expresses how we all feel about Roanna.  She was a precious friend and stamping sister that will be missed dearly by us all.  

I want to end this post by sharing some words that I shared at this meeting.

Botanicals Framed Art - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Botanicals Framed Art - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 These words framed here are something Roanna and her family believed with all of their hearts.  It was their foundation.  It is the reason why during her most difficult days she was still able to smile.  It's the reason why when so many of us asked how she was doing she said she was fine even though if we had known the entire circumstance we may have thought otherwise.  Roanna knew that her life was in God’s hands and she trusted Him for every day she was blessed to live.  I hope that a you look at this project, you will be blessed by the words and allow them to sink in your heart.  I think Ro would have liked to know that she had the opportunity to share her faith with you as that was so important to her and the reason why she was confident about her future.  It's also the reason why her family was at peace.  Although she will be missed greatly, they know that they will be reunited with her again one day.

Thank you for taking the time to read today's post to hear about our special inspiration night in honor of our special sister and friend.  

Inspiration Night is so much more than a demonstrator meeting, and having one in honor of Roanna really demonstrated what our inspiration nights are all about.  A night for inspiration, creativity, sharing, love and aloha.   

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Congratulations Goldie

My life has been extremely blessed by Goldie.  She has been my assistant for a little over a year and has done so much to help me prep for my classes as well as keep me organized.  I am so grateful for her.  Over the past few months she has been on a break from assisting me as she has been spending time preparing for her wedding which was last week.  Since I was in Europe I was unable to attend but I was so happy after talking with her about her plans to hear that everything went well and that she had a very beautiful day.

Goldie and Dwayne's wedding day

Goldie and Dwayne's wedding day

I love this photo.  Isn't she an absolutely radiant bride?  I love how happy she looks!  How lovely to getting married surrounded by people who are so happy for you and on such a beautiful day.  I love how beautiful Diamond Head provides the perfect back drop for such a special occasion.   I also noticed the colorful dresses and flowers.  I had heard Goldie talk about her plans for months.  Goldie and Dwayne are HUGE Green Bay packers fans so she wanted to look for ways to bring that into her special day but in an elegant way.  I think the green dresses and golden flowers (Packers team colors) did that in such a beautiful way, just like Goldie wanted.  I am SO happy for her.

I will see her this weekend so I wanted to share with you the card I created for she and Dwayne.  

Banners For You Wedding Card

Banners For You Wedding Card

This card is a little smaller than a traditional card because I wanted to add a small pocket to the inside where I could tuck in a monetary gift.  I took an 4 1/4 x 11 piece of thick Whisper White Card Stock and scored it at 1/2 inch.  I then scored it again from the 1/2 inch mark at 5 1/4 inches and folded it in half so the 1/2 inch flap would be on the inside.  I stapled the flap down with a small staple and covered it with a matching botanical flower so it looks like this.

 Banners For You Wedding Card Inside pocket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 Banners For You Wedding Card Inside pocket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I truly am Happy for Goldie and Dwayne and even though they've been together for a long time, I'm excited for them as they begin this new chapter in their lives as husband and wife.

Banners For You Wedding Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Banners For You Wedding Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Congratulations Goldie and Dwayne.  I am so happy for you both.

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Belated Birthday Blessing

On Friday, I received this beautiful birthday card in the mail from my sister in law Jennifer.  Jennifer is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Washington State and she is an incredibly gifted crafter! 

Botanical Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Botanical Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love her use of the Fluttering butterfly embossing folder and how it provided and interesting and beautiful textured background to this card.  I also love how Jennifer sponged the edges of the leaves, that little bit of shading really makes these beautiful monstera leaves pop!

Botanical Blooms Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Botanical Blooms Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jennifer knows that pink and black is one of my favorite color combinations and she also knows that I love the Botanical Blooms stamp set so I appreciate her taking the time to add those special elements to this card.

Birthday Night In- www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Night In- www.stampedwithaloha.com

I know Jennifer was concerned about her card being late but actually the day it arrived I also was having a belated Movie Night In to celebrate my birthday with my friends so the timing couldn't have been more perfect. 

Thank you Jennifer for your very creative birthday card.  I so appreciate your love and thoughtfulness to think of me by making such a special personalized creation.  Belated or not, it was certainly a very special blessing!!!



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