Tag, You're It!

Last week I went to Kahala Mall to pick up the dress I bought to wear at my daughter's wedding.  While headed to the store, I passed by this cute boutique called 33 Butterflies.  I was with a friend and we couldn't help but go in.   There were lots of unique pieces of clothing in this cute boutique and we both ended up making an unexpected purchases.  

When I got home I took the tag off the item I purchased and noticed how cute it was.

33 Butterflies Tag

33 Butterflies Tag

The next day I had to create a birthday card.  I felt a little stuck on where to begin or what stamp set to use.  This can happen sometimes when you have a lot of great products to choose from.  

I remembered the cute tag and it became the inspiration for the birthday card I needed to make.  Here is the card I came up with.

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card combines something old with something new!  The old is the stamp set Butterfly Basics.  This is a beautiful stamp set with 11 images in it.  The new set is Charming Cafe' which is from our new Occasions Catalog and has a really great set of coordinating framelits called Cafe' Builder which I also used on this card. 

Here is a side view of the card so you can see how the layers were put together.

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stamedwithaloha.com  

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stamedwithaloha.com  

The bottom of card has a black strip of card stock that was punched with the Ticket Tear Border Punch.  A piece of linen thread was wrapped around the bottom to add a finishing touch as well.

What sparks your creativity?  Are there any of you out there who find inspiration in everyday things they might see like a photo from a magazine, a piece of fabric or even a tag from a new piece of clothing?  I love creating cards this way.  It is especially helpful when I don't know where to begin.  If you've never stamped this way I'd encourage you to take a look around you and create something inspired by something you see that you think is unique and beautiful.

Butterfly Basics Card

Butterfly Basics Card

In creating this project I received a double blessing.  Not only was I inspired to create a fun card but I also got a really cute new top to wear as well.  Hmmm, perhaps I should go back to the mall to look for more inspiration tomorrow!

A Special Gift

Although my Mom and I have very different personalities, I believe my "creative" side comes from her.  For as far back as I can remember my Mom always looks for ways to care for people in the most creative ways.  

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer my Mom was one of the first responders who ran to my house to hug me and pray for me.  Her love and encouragement continued throughout my entire journey.  I was blessed with her daily phone calls and text messages.  My Mom would often quote encouraging Bible verses to remind me that God was in control and I was not alone.  My Mom would also drop by often with food or flowers or just to check in and make sure I was okay.  I really appreciated this effort because I realize how challenging my Mom's life has become since my Dad was diagnosed with dementia.  

My Mom works around the clock to care for my Dad.  They have been best friends since they met as children at my Grandfather's church in Michigan.  My Mom helps my Dad get ready in the morning, she makes all his meals, drives him to his appointments and keeps an eye on him at all times.  The care she gives to him is really amazing and a true demonstration of how much she loves him.  Although my Dad is always smiling, he can no longer tell his wonderful stories or even carry a conversation at all.  So my Mom never hears the words "thank you" when caring for him.  In fact, we are not even sure he knows who she is anymore.  I say all this to share that my Mom is very busy because she is so dedicated to taking care of my Dad.  So when I received a special gift from her last week that she had handmade, I was amazed and blessed!

Unbeknownst to me, on the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer my Mom began to make me a quilt.   

Butterfly Kisses Quilt - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Butterfly Kisses Quilt - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The quilt which she labeled, "Butterfly Kisses" is made with colorful fabric.  If you look closely there are swirling butterflies stitched into the entire quilt.  The blue fabric has the cutest butterfly and bee pattern on it.  

I was so inspired by this quilt that I went right into my stamp room to make a coordinating card to send to my Mom to thank her.  This is what I came up with.

Garden In Bloom Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Garden In Bloom Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

On the inside of the card I added more Fresh Florals designer paper and a stamped bee from the Garden in Bloom stamp set.

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Garden In Bloom Thank You Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My Mom thanked me for the card and noticed right away how it matched the quilt she gave me.  

I am very thankful that in this difficult season I was given an opportunity to have a greater awareness of how much my Mom loves and cares for me.   I am so grateful for her and the sacrifices she has made to create such a special gift.  I now have a treasured gift to remind me of her selfless love.  

We all have gifts and passions that can be used to bless others.  The key is finding the time to invest in doing them and asking God who He wants us to help today.  This quilt will forever be a reminder to me that during a challenging season someone was taking the time to think of me,   Time that I realize she had very little of, yet she found a way to create something beautiful that marked the start and end of a season that has given me a new appreciation for life as well as a greater understanding of how much I am loved.

This reminds me of the blessing of being a part of Stampin' Up!  It is what our company is all about.  This is the Stampin' Up! statement of the heart.

"To Love what we do and Share what we love, and help others enjoy Creativity and worthwhile accomplishments.  In this we make a Difference!

My prayer for you today is that you would be encouraged to share your gifts with those God brings to your heart and mind.  Keep your eyes open to the needs around you and ask God how you can bless and encourage those in need through the special gifts He has given you.  

You are unique, you are special, you are gifted.  You CAN make a difference!

 

 

 

Pink Ribbon Cards

Each year in the United States over 200,000 women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer and last year three of those women were my very dear friends.  

In October as we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month I felt led to design some Pink Ribbon cards.  I wanted to create cards to inspire everyone who desires to create a card to honor and bless a friend who has been affected by Breast Cancer in some way or another.

Breast Cancer Awareness Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Breast Cancer Awareness Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The pink ribbon it is an international symbol of Breast Cancer awareness and wearing a ribbon is a way to show support.   So, I thought it would be a good idea to find a way to use our Stampin' Up! supplies to create pink ribbons with our stamps and accessories.

To create the pink ribbon on this first card I simply stamped the word LOVE from the Watercolor Words stamp set in Flirty Flamingo Ink and cut out the "L" which already really resembles a pink ribbon.  I added butterflies with the Fluttering Textured Impressions folder and with the Bitty Butterfly punch to represent hope because butterflies are often seen as symbols of resurrection, hope, endurance, change, etc.   These are all things that could be a part of dealing with this disease.

Watercolor Words Breast Cancer Awareness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Words Breast Cancer Awareness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For the second card I created, I made a ribbon out of one of thinlits from the Hello You collection.

When you cut out the word hello, its looks like this.

Hello You Thinly - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hello You Thinly - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I then took my Paper Snips and simply cut out the second letter "L" and the ribbon was created.   Super simple, right?

Creating a pink ribbon - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Creating a pink ribbon - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is how it looks on the completed card with a small jeweled flower embellishment.  

Strength and Prayers Breast Cancer Awareness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Strength and Prayers Breast Cancer Awareness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The rest of the card was just a lot of layering in Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White Card stock with a beautiful verse from 2 Timothy that is found in our stamp set, Strength and Prayers.  

Breast Cancer touches all of us.  I bet many of you reading this know of someone who has been affected in one way or another by this disease.  The good news is that with early detection it can be treated so scheduling regular Mammograms is really important.  

When I think of those in my life who've been affected by Breast Cancer I think of how amazingly brave and strong these women are that have battled this disease.  Thankfully my three friends who were affected by it last year battled it and WON.  They are some of the most beautiful, brave and strong women I know. 

So today I encourage you to remember those Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Grandmothers, Friends, Co-Workers, Neighbors who are facing challenges with Breast Cancer and why not send them a hand stamped card of encouragement that features a pink ribbon to let them know that you are thinking of them, praying for them and that they are not alone in this fight!

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Bright and Beautiful

 Every Wednesday evening in August I pack up my supplies and head over to Kaneohe to stamp with a wonderful group of women at the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.

The class is only one hour long, so I have to demo three cards and help 16 people get through all three stations within that time.  I've enjoyed the challenge of designing simple cards that are still beautiful and easy to create in five minutes or less.  

Here are the three cards we created last week.

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 The first card was a simple card that featured one of our newest "In Color'" stamp pads called Dapper Denim. The card stock and  patterned Paper from our In Color Paper Stack were also the new Dapper Denim.  I love how our ink, card stock, markers, designer paper, ribbon, buttons, washi tape, etc are all color coordinated.

.  The Flourishing Phrases stamp set is very versatile and includes a variety of beautiful sentiment stamps.

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Card two featured my favorite new product the Fabulous Foil Acetate which I layered over a strip of Real Red card stock.  I used the butterflies thinlit dies and the precision plate with my Big Shot to create the gold foil butterfly.  This card was super simple and could be used for many different occasions.

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It has been great getting to stamp with these wonderful women every Wednesday.  They've been doing a great job on their cards and always make me feel happy with their positive feedback about the cards I share with them.

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The final card is a remake of one of my previous stamp a stack cards.  I just changed it from Real Red to Melon Mambo and laid it out a little differently.  I love how beautifully the Petals textured impressions embossing folder and this flower stamp from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set go so perfectly together.  

The sentiment on this card says, "God wanted to brighten up the world...." and on the inside it says, "so He made you".

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I love this saying and knew just the person who this card would be perfect for, my friend and worship team sister, Anna Marie.    This Friday just so happens to be her birthday and she is definitely someone who makes the world a brighter place with her bubbly personality and bright smile.

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Did you like these SIMPLE cards created with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set?  I hope I have inspired you to use this set to make some Bright and Beautiful projects for the special people in your life so that they can be blessed with a Bright and Beautiful card that was created with aloha.

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