Bunny Boxes

This week I hosted a Bunny Bunco Event. It was so much fun!!! I love all the love and laughter that fills my home when everyone comes over to play bunco and see some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products. This month I featured our cute Mini Pizza Boxes. I showed how you can use them to quickly create some punch art bunny boxes for your Easter treats.

Bunny Pizza Boxes

Bunny Pizza Boxes

Would you like to know how to create this box?

Bunny Pizza Box

Bunny Pizza Box

The first thing you need to do is create the ears. Take 2 pieces of Thick Whisper White Card Stock and cut them at 1 1/2 x 5 1/2. Use the Detailed Trio Punch to round the top two corners. On the bottom of the ear, use a scoring tool to score at 1”. Put some adhesive below the one inch score line and glue the ears to the inside of the Mini Pizza Box. The inside of the ears measure 1 1/4 x 4 1/4. Round the top two corners and attach them to the Whisper White ears. For the whiskers, I took a 5 1/2 inch piece of Basic Gray card stock and cut tiny strips with a paper cutter. I then attached them to the middle of the box with a couple of Mini Glue Dots. The nose was made with a 3/4 inch circle punch and the eyes were made with the 1/2 inch circle punch. I used one of my favorite retired bow punches for the bow but you could certainly use an actual ribbon of any color, if you don’t have this punch.

Mini Pizza Box Bunny

Mini Pizza Box Bunny

I used the Pretty Label punch to create a tail for the back of the box. I stamped it with a sentiment from the adorable Fable Friends stamp set.

Fill these with paper shreds and the candy of your choice.

They make great favors and look super cute with their long ears and whiskers.

Mini Pizza Box Bunnies

Mini Pizza Box Bunnies

It was fun making these bunnies and I loved the expressions of all my guests when they saw them on display.

Speaking of expressions, I love Renee’s expression below. Bunny Bunco was a blast as you can see!!!

Renee at Bunco

Renee at Bunco

I mean who wouldn’t smile if you get stuck at a table surrounded by 3 LORI’s!! (Lori A, Lori I and Lori V)

Bunco Fun with 3 Lori’s

Bunco Fun with 3 Lori’s

I love it when my house is filled with so much love and aloha!

Bunny Bunco

Bunny Bunco

I got lots of positive comments from this group about these favors and hope you will enjoy them as much as they did. They are quick to make and sure to brighten the day of whomever you create them for.

Stamped Blessings,

Cindy

Tropical Escape

Last week I had the opportunity to spend the day with a group of Maui Big Shots.  They made a "Tropical Escape" to Oahu for the day to spend time with me and come to my monthly Bunco gathering.  

Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

Since they arrived first thing in the morning, I took them to one of my favorite places to go for breakfast.  The Ama Ama Restaurant at the Disney Aulani Hotel.   The restaurant is designed to feel like you are in a beachside house, the views from every table in this open restaurant are incredible.  

Their food is really good too.  Cheryl was excited to order a pancake that had vanilla macadamia nut syrup.
 

Breakfast at Ama Ama

Breakfast at Ama Ama

Cheryl brought Mary and Beth, two of her team members with her.  I hadn't met them before and it was so wonderful to get to know them both.  It became apparent very quickly that I was in good company with these lovely ladies.  

Since Zeny was coming to Bunco that day, she joined us too and we all had such a great time fellowshipping together. 

Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

 As we talked I was reminded of how blessed I am to have made such wonderful, caring, creative friends because of my association with Stampin' Up!  I am still amazed that these three invested their time and money to come over just for the day!  It was so wonderful to spend time with them.

After breakfast and a little shopping at the Aulani gift shop we headed to my stamp studio.  We sat and shared some more until it was time to start bunco.  

At Bunco that day our theme was Tropical Escape and featured products from this amazing new catalog suite.  

For my Aloha Prize that day I designed a pizza box filled with 3 x 3 Thank You Cards.  Here is what the pizza box looked like on the outside.  

Tropical Pizza Box 

Tropical Pizza Box 

Inside the box were four different cards that all featured a different piece of the beautiful Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  All of these cards were Thank You cards.  The Designer Paper on these cards was 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 so I was able to make four of the same card out of each sheet of the Designer Paper.  Here are the four simple card designs I created.

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Each guest took home one card and one lucky winner took home a pizza box that was filled with all four designs.

Our Bunco prize table looked the most beautiful it ever has because of these gorgeous protea flowers my friends from Maui brought for me.

Tropical Protea Flowers

Tropical Protea Flowers

Aren't they breathtaking?  They were the perfect accent to this display of Bunco party favors and Bunco prizes.

Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

At Monday Bunco, I was blessed with flowers again.  This time it was this beautiful Kahili ginger that Becky brought me.  This flower came from her garden and it smelled amazing!

Kahili Ginger

Kahili Ginger

 I am going to be on the look out for this ginger next time I go to the nursery, I would love to grow these in my yard.

Both Sunday and Monday Bunco was so fun this month.  I am grateful for special time spent with friends to enjoy food, fellowship, encouragement, laughter and fun! 

Tropical Escape Cards

Tropical Escape Cards

I loved creating these cute little Tropical cards.  I will definitely make more of these as I think this set makes a fabulous gift.

I am thankful for all the friends who came over to play bunco this month, especially the three  Maui Big Shots whose "Tropical Escape" made our Tropical Escape Bunco extra special this month.

All You Need Is Love

During the month of February,  I have had several occasions to create projects from our Painted With Love Suite.   This week I will use these products at my monthly downline Inspiration Night!

I also featured these products at last week's Bunco games.

Everyone who comes to Bunco gets to take home a hand stamped favor and one person goes home with an Aloha Prize.

The favors I made this month were these cute Narrow Note cards that were covered with our Painted With Love Specialty Designer Paper.  This Designer Paper is so gorgeous.  I especially love the gold that is displayed on each piece that really makes this paper shimmer and shine!

Painted With Love note card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Painted With Love note card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I used the "Lot's To Love Box" framelits that are a part of this suite to cut out this cute striped heart that provides a base for the sentiment, "Sending Heartfelt Thoughts".

This card is small.  It is one of our Narrow Note cards which are perfect for little Valentine cards or gift card holders.  They also are great to just have on hand to pass out to friends, neighbors or co workers when they need some encouragement.  They would also be great as a card in a bouquet of flowers or attached to a gift.

As people arrived at Bunco they saw these cute cards all lined up on display along with the Aloha Prize and 6 product prize bundles.

Bunco Prizes and Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bunco Prizes and Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our Aloha Prize was this photo frame I purchased at Wal Mart and embellished with die cut hearts.

Heart Happiness Frame - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Heart Happiness Frame - www.stampedwithaloha.com

During Bunco we usually pass the Aloha Prize around the room until a winner is determined at the end of the game.  Since this prize was made of glass I had a fun idea of something else to pass around instead.

And here it is, a fancy heart headband! 

Shelby at Bunco

Shelby at Bunco

This idea turned out to be really fun and brought lots of smiles to everyone's faces.

Becky at Bunco

Becky at Bunco

Whoever has this headband on at the end of the game determines who the big winner of the night will be.  They get to take home not only the headband but the Aloha Prize and their pick of one of the product prize bundles!

The headband was small so I told everyone that they didn't have to wear it in case it would give them a headache.  Everyone was a great sport, including Tom who played with us this month!

Cindy and Tom at Bunco 

Cindy and Tom at Bunco 

Our big winner on Sunday was Goldie who is pictured here with her baby Duke. 

Duke and Goldie

Duke and Goldie

On Monday, it was Mary's turn to take home the Aloha Prize.

Mary Wins the Aloha Prize

Mary Wins the Aloha Prize

I love gathering each month with all of the friends who come to play Bunco.  We talk, we eat, we laugh and cheer each other on.  It really is one of my favorite things to host each month.

Immediatly following Bunco I went on a date night with my ohana to Sansei.  Although we have been going on these group date nights for years, this was the second year in a row we went there to celebrate.

My Ohana

My Ohana

Sansei is located at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.  My favorite hotel in Waikiki!  Their food is amazing and if you go during their Happy Hour the prices are GREAT!  It was wonderful to go there with friends for a delicious dinner and a great time of fellowship.

The bible says in I John 4:7, "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."

Heart Happiness Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Heart Happiness Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I hope these words will serve as an encouragement to you today because there are so many people in this world that are discouraged and hurting.  As we take the time to draw near to God, He will draw near to us and give us a greater understanding of His great love so that we in turn share it with others.  

God is love and love is all we need!

Paper Pumpkins

When you hear the word Paper Pumpkin you may be thinking I am referring to the awesome monthly Stampin' Up! craft kit you can subscribe to, but that's not it.  I am literally talking about a pumpkin that has been covered in strips of our beautiful Painted Autumn Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper to create a decorative fall home decor piece.

Painted Harvest Pumpkin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Painted Harvest Pumpkin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

To create these fun decorative works of art I simply purchased plastic pumpkins at WalMart.  I then took one and a half pieces of Designer Series Paper and cut them into strips.  I then covered the strips with Mod Podge glue and adhered them to the plastic pumpkin.  I used hot glue to add some leaves at the top.

Since I host two separate Bunco groups each month,  I made two different pumpkins.  The one pictured above was the prize given at Sunday's Bunco.  

Stampin' Bunco is so much fun.  We always have a great time.  

The most unique thing happened at Sunday Bunco, Lori and Bea added up their score card and they had the exact same score in everything!  
 

Bunco Twins - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bunco Twins - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This has never happened before.  We declared them official Bunco Twins!  

Something cute happened at Monday's Bunco too!  Becky won the pumpkin aloha prize early in the game and as she held it close she said, "this is my baby, please don't anyone take this from me".  Well as usual, the pumpkin got passed around all night until the last round when it ended up in the hands of Roxanne, Becky's daughter.  When Becky saw that her daughter won she stood up and said, "I think you should give that to me because giving birth to you was really hard, and remember I said that the pumpkin was my baby, just like you?"  Roxanne smiled and being the kind daughter she is she said, "Of course Mother, if you want it, you can have it".  We all laughed watching this exchange and both Mother and Daughter were blessed and went home like happy campers.  

Monday's paper pumpkin that went home with Becky is the one below.  It is pictured along with one of the cute pizza box favors that everyone got at this month's bunco.

October Bunco favor and aloha prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

October Bunco favor and aloha prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I LOVE our new pizza boxes.  They are so simple to make.  I really enjoyed working with this Pick a Pumpkin stamp set with coordinating framelits.

Pick A Pumpkin Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pick A Pumpkin Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's hard to tell in this photo but I also brushed "wink of stella" over the black pumpkin and words, "I am thankful for you", to make them shimmer.

October Bunco Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

October Bunco Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was really happy to give these favors to each of my guest because I truly am thankful for them all.  We laugh, we eat, we play, we really enjoy each others company.  When I told them that we may not have Bunco in December the response was moaning and groaning.  I love it that these friends love to come over and spend this time with me.  Who knows... maybe we'll have to find a way to have one in December after all!

Pick A Paper Pumpkin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pick A Paper Pumpkin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For our October Bunco last year, I made Paper Pumpkin Aloha Prizes too, I think I shall make this a tradition as I enjoyed making these pumpkin prizes.   I am glad I had such pretty Designer Paper to work with.  

Did you know we are currently having a Designer Series Paper Sale?  If you purchase 3 packs from the list of selected papers below, you can get one free.  

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Designer Series Paper Sale Items

144180 Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper $13.00 USD

144137 Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD

144118 Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD

144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD

144163 Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD

144155 Coffee Break Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD 

144185 Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD

144110 Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD

144168 Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD

144193 Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD

144177 Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD

144629 Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD

 144613 Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD 

This special ends on October 31st

If you'd like to order paper or any Stampin' supplies and at the same time help a worthy cause, here is how.  Orders of any size placed from October 10th till October 31st using Hostess Code JHJ4WEUZ will qualify for a FREE Pink With Purpose Card Kit.  This Kit will include a supply list and photo of the cards plus all the cut card stock for you to create these two cute make and take cards.  If your order is over $150 don't use the hostess code so that you can earn hostess rewards.  If you have any questions, please email me at stampedwithaloha@gmail.com.

Ribbon of Courage Card

Ribbon of Courage Card

Ribbon of Courage Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ribbon of Courage Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 I will be donating a portion of my commission on every order placed at our Pink With Purpose event to Hawaii's Hope Lodge. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some fun Fall decor ideas as well as some fun Fall favors.  

Until next time. 

Happy Stampin',

Cindy