Cookie Mama

One of the nick names I have for my friend Cindy is “Cookie Mama” because she makes the most delicious cookies that are so beautiful you don’t want to eat them! At our Home For The Holidays craft fair last weekend she introduced a new design, this double sided snowflake cookie.

Aren’t they beautiful?

Snowflake Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii

Snowflake Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii

Cindy is also extremely gifted at making Gingerbread Houses. Every year at our Home for the Holidays craft fair we look forward to seeing her display. I managed to take a quick picture as she was setting up her display.

Gingerbread Houses by Zoe, Hawaii

Gingerbread Houses by Zoe, Hawaii

When people come to purchase her gingerbread houses they often take a long time to choose which one they want because they are all so unique and special. It’s fun to closely examine all the special little details Cindy puts on each house, they are truly a labor of love.

Cindy just celebrated her birthday. Since her birthday is just before Christmas we often combine her birthday celebration with some late night Christmas shopping.

We didn’t have a particular theme for our birthday dinner for Cindy so I decided to create a card for her that would be appropriate for the Cookie Mama that she is!

Here is what I came up with…

Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card

Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card

I created Cindy’s card using the stamp set, Cookie Cutter Christmas. I embellished the gingerbread cookies with Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes. I added three balloons that were punched out with the Balloon punch in various colors. The sentiment comes from the stamp set Calls For A Celebration.

The background of this card was created with a new product, the Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Folder..that is from our new Occasions Catalog that will be available in January.

When Cindy opened her card she smiled and thought the gingerbread cookies were so cute.

As we headed out after dinner to shop we saw these decorative red ornaments. We instantly thought of our friend Lynn who we are missing so much since she moved to Seattle. We plan on sending her these pictures and hope that when she sees them she will remember how much we love and miss her.

Fun With Friends

Fun With Friends

I am thankful for the opportunity we had to celebrate Cindy’s special day!

Happiest Birthday Wishes to our sweet and talented friend Cindy aka, “Cookie Mama”, we are so grateful for you!

Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous!

I went to Starbucks in Kapolei a few days before my trip to Alaska.  I found these really beautiful Hawaii Starbucks cards.  I often bring gifts for friends I will meet when I travel.  For this trip,  I decided to pick up a few of these cute Hawaii Starbucks cards to give as gifts.  The card design was navy blue with red and yellow hibiscus flowers on the front.  The word "Hawaii" is iridescent and really shiny!   

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Next, I needed to package these cute gift cards!!!  I had an idea!!! I decided to make a punch art Hula Girl card.

I played around with my framelits and punches and before you know it, this fabulous Hula Girl was born!

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The face takes up the entire front of a standard size card.  I used our Layering Oval Framelits to create the shape of the face and the body.  I used a whole oval for the face and half an oval for the body and adhered them to a Basic Black Card Stock background as shown below. 

I layered a strip of Pineapple Punch card stock across the bottom of the card.  I rounded the corners with a corner rounder and stamped it with flowers and leaves from the Tropical Chic stamp set.  I used a 1 3/4 inch circle punch to take a small piece out of the top to create a scooped collar.   After stamping the flowers, I added some tiny Red Rhinestones to them.  I then layered a piece of Basic Black card stock with rounded corners over the top oval to create bangs.  You can follow the photos below to watch the progression.

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Demonstrator Mary Fish designed this awesome new Vases Builder punch that coordinates with the stamp set Varied Vases that she designed when she reached her million dollar sales mark with Stampin' Up!  If you like punch art, this punch is a must have as it produces many fun pieces to work with.  I used several of the pieces from this punch to make the face.

Punch Art Pieces

Punch Art Pieces

 I punched pieces from the Vases Builder Punch to create the smile, nose and I cut one of the vases in half to make the ears.  You can see the face elements in the photo above and below you can see how I tucked the split vase on each side of the oval to make ears.

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I adorned the head with a Haku Lei that I created using the Tropical Chic stamp set and coordinating Tropical Thinlits.  I added dimensionals to the back of the stamped and die cut pieces to create a flower crown as shown in the photo above.  Once all assembled it looked like this.

 The lei around the neck was made with the circles that are found in our Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  I punched the small circles out of Glossy White card stock and lined them up to resemble a Pikake lei.  

Here is a close up, don't you think she's fabulous?

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

You know who else is fabulous?  My sister in laws, Lisa and Jen who stayed up till the wee hours of the morning helping me assemble these cards when I was in Washington State, visiting family.

Lisa and Jen

Lisa and Jen

My friend Debbie was there too but I think she was too busy counting circles to jump in the photo!  Debbie and I did manage to take a photo together the next day when we went hiking together at Snoqualmie Falls before she headed back to Oregon.

Debbie and Cindy

Debbie and Cindy

Can you believe that she drove all the way from Oregon just to stamp with me!!  Now that is a fabulous friend!  Debbie really liked this card because she loves Hawaii where she once lived when she served in the US Coast Guard.  I hope Debbie will one day make Hawaii her home again!

I have never done a punch art type of card in such a large scale before.  Where I not only used punches but Framelits too!  I really enjoyed creating this Hula Girl card and it was fun to see the smiles created when I passed it out to some of my demonstrator friends.

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The inside of this card was stamped with the sentiment, "Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous".  This sentiment comes from the stamp set Stitched All Around.  I think that is an important message to share with friends now a days as people need to reminded of truly how remarkable they are!  It feels great to be encouraged and reminded of how loved you are.  

I hope my fabulous friends who received this card know that is how I feel about them and I hope they think this card is fabulous too!  

Until next time,

Stamped Blessings!

Cindy

 

Cookie Cutter Creations

Tuesday night was my monthly Inspiration Night and I was really excited to share some fun Cookie Cutter Christmas Creations with all who attended.  The unique thing about this class is that I showed how to take a holiday stamp set and use it to create cards for other occasions!  I also paired Cookie Cutter Christmas with Suite Sayings so that only two stamp sets were used to create all of these cards with the exception of one additional stamp from Jolly Friends but I'll tell you about that in a minute.  Another common element of these cards is that they all use Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper and they are also all embellished with various sizes of pearls.  

For now, let's take a closer look at this fun boxed set of note cards.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The box itself is made of one of our clear mount stamp cases.  These cases are perfect for holding note card sized cards.  The layered circle on the front is from the Circles Collection framelits.  I love that this collection has both scallop circles and plain circles.  Layering the circles, as shown below,  makes a perfect background area for the focal point of a project,

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card Case - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card Case - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our first card was a birthday card with the same "pig tail" design that I shared about in my last post.  You can create pig tails by stamping the gingerbread man twice and then on one of them cutting the arm pieces and attaching them to the head with glue dots.  Two pearl buttons were added for dimension and texture.  

Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card is a baby card.  Isn't this bear sweet?  

Cookie Cutter Christmas Baby Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Baby Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When you create the bear you have to stamp the ears first and then the bear on a separate piece of card stock that gets punched out with the coordinating punch and layered over the top where you align it with the stamped ears.  

The next card is one of my favorites.  When I was designing it I had a Tom Cruise movie playing in my stamp room.  In the movie Tom was wearing sunglasses and looking sharp.  Suddenly, I was inspired to put sun glasses  and a black tie on this gingerbread man so I drew some glasses with a sharpie pen.  However, just prior to hosting this class I received the stamp set Jolly Friends and I realized that the glasses in that set are the PERFECT fit for this guy so that is how I added an additional stamp set to this class.   Thanks to Tom for being my inspiration for this hand stamped creation!

Cookie Cutter Congratulations Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Congratulations Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Doesn't he look handsome and successful with his black tie and cool glasses?  These ladies at Inspiration Night certainly thought so.

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I saved the BEST for last.  This punch art creation has been in my stamp room for weeks but I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it on a card.   This card was definitely the most work but also the one that everyone got the most excited about as you can see below.

Stamping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Are you ready?  Here she is.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I just love this sweet mermaid.  She is made of punches.  Here is what you need.  

The body, hair, bangs and mouth - Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  The hair and small flower - Tree Builder Punch.  The tail - Jolly Hat Builder Punch.  The end of the tail and shells - Holly Berry Punch.  The Large Flower - Blossom Builder Punch.  

The Fabulous Foil Acetate is perfect for this card but it can be challenging to punch it out so either trace and cut it with scissors or if you want to punch it here are some tips.  First, remove the thin layer that covers the acetate.  Place a piece of copy  paper over and under the acetate before punching it to strengthen it and avoid getting it stuck in the punch.

Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone's card came out a little bit different.  The way people angled the hair or placed the pearls all gave each Mermaid a different personality.  

Tasha and Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tasha and Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I loved seeing all these beautiful Mermaids come to life and loved even more watching how great of a time everyone had as they created this card.

  I think the two who had the most fun where these two ladies below, Terry and Lori.

Stampin Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lori took off her jacket and placed it on Terry's head to resemble the long red hair of the Mermaid that we all know she is at heart.  I think the photo and caption below, says it all!

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In addition to making these fabulous projects the ladies all swapped some amazing Cookie Cutter Christmas swaps.  I don't normally host a swap that features a single stamp set but everyone in my group purchased this set because they loved it, so it was the perfect time to host an swap themed after a stamp set.

Swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone made such beautiful cards and watching them share them with one another was wonderful.

Tasha swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tasha swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Of course we were also spoiled by Chef Craig's delicious dinner.  Tonight we had curry stew, rice and salad.  Craig takes such amazing care of us every month as he blesses us with his God given talent for preparing food that is created and served with aloha.

Chef Craig serves our dinner at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Chef Craig serves our dinner at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It is always so much fun to gather for my monthly Inspiration Night.  I love my Stamped With Aloha sisters who are so much fun to spend time with, even the "kolohe" (rascal) ones pictured below.

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It was great to see all the smiling faces and know our time together was filled with inspiration, creativity, encouragement, fun and lots of aloha amongst us stamping sisters and friends.  

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I am so looking forward to our Holiday Stamp Camp this weekend and can't wait to share with you all about it soon.  Until then, I hope you've been inspired to create some fun "non" Christmas projects with this amazing stamp set.  

If you live on Oahu and would like to take this class, I will be offering it on Saturday, November 12th at 10am at my home.  Cost is $15 and it comes with a package of pearls.  Sign up now to reserve  a spot for you and your friends.  It will be great to share these Cookie Cutter Creations with all of you.

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Berd's Inspiration

A few days ago my friend Berd returned some stamping supplies she had borrowed from me.  In the box of supplies she blessed me with some card samples from her last class.  

They were all super cute but this one was my favorite.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love the layout of this card.   Here are the basic measurements in case you want to recreate it like I did.  

Take an 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 piece of Real Red Card Stock.  Lay it on the Simply Scored Board and score it at 1 3/4 and 6.  The inside piece is Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/4 x 4.  

I loved this card and layout so much that I created my own version for my monthly recognition cards that I will be giving out this week.  

Here is the version I came up with that was inspired by Berd's card.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The layout and colors are almost exactly the same.  I used Soft Suade to back the Designer Paper instead of Crumb Cake.  For the gingerbread cookie I added pig tails by stamping the image twice and cutting the arms on one of the images and adding them with glue dots to the head.  I used the back side of this Designer Paper from the Candy Cane Lane collection to punch two bows for the hair.

The Jewel Rhinestones were colored with a red sharpie pen.  I used a different sentiment too and I not only put one on the front but I also added the word Merry Christmas to the inside flap.  Both of these sentiments came from the stamp set Better Together.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

One of the things I love about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the way sister demonstrators so freely share ideas to inspire one another.  You rarely feel a competitive spirit amongst demonstrators but instead a spirit of sharing from people who love what they do and share what they love.  With the busy week I had prepping for next week's stamp camp Berd's inspiration couldn't have come at a better time and I am so thankful that she is not only my stamping sister but also a very dear friend.

Thank you Berd for being such an inspiration to me this week!  I so love and appreciate you!

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