We Must Celebrate

The month of May was filled with many wonderful celebrations.  I am blessed to be a part of a company that allows me flexibility in my schedule so I could fully enjoy the very special events that happened this month.  I am also very grateful for friends who came along side of me to support me in so many ways!  

One of those friends is my very talented downline, Jodi Hashimoto.  Since I was busy with my daughters wedding earlier this month, Jodi offered to design projects for my Stamped With Aloha downline meeting this month.  

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi is an expert at creating "Critter" cards.  Whenever a new catalog comes out we quickly search to see what type of "Critter" stamps there are and look forward to see what Jodi will create next. Jodi designed all the projects for our gathering with this adorable retiring set, We Must Celebrate.  

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In this set you see this adorable family of critters.  A Squirrel, a Raccoon, a Bear and a Bunny.  Both Jodi and I used some precision scissors to cut our stamps apart so that these images could be used separately.  Here is an example of a card where two Bunnies were stamped side by side.

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Another fun way to use the stamps when they are separated is to stack them on top of each other.  I think this was my favorite card of the bunch.  

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These cards also feature these super cute balloon embellishments.  They are colorful and add a great finishing touch to these stinkin' cute cards.

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These cards also featured the stampin' Blends.  I love coloring with these amazing alcohol based markers.

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I am very grateful to Jodi for coming to my aid and creating these projects to share with our group.  I had planned to be at the meeting that evening but after returning from the Big Island I ended up with some respiratory challenges.  I was really sick on our meeting night and it was the first time I can ever remember that I didn't attend a meeting because I wasn't feeling well.  

It was good to know that the group was in good hands and that everyone who attended had a great time.

As the month of May comes to an end so does the end of our current catalog.  We will transition to a new catalog filled with beautiful new ink pad colors, new style ink pads, gorgeous stamp sets, delightful designer paper and amazing accessories.  Now that all the celebrations are ending I am looking forward to getting back into my stamp room and creating with our newest products.  Although this set will be retired I know there will be plenty of new favorites to use and share for future celebrations to come.

I hope you enjoyed this adorable projects as much as I enjoyed receiving them from Jodi.  Jodi has a blog, The Stampin' Owl that is really great and if you click HERE you can get a supply list with measurements for all Jodi used to create these adorable We Must Celebrate Critter Cards.

Until Next Time, 
Happy Stampin'

Cindy

Foxy Friends Forever

Bryan is our churches Worship Director.  He is one of the nicest young men I know and like a son to me.  He is extremely talented, super humble, kindhearted, patient and someone who really loves and appreciates FOOD.

 I always wondered when he would meet someone because he lives a very busy life and doesn't have a ton of free time on his hands due to all of his musical endeavors.  I remember once when one of his friends was asked, "Does Bryan have a Girlfriend",  his friend replied, "Why, Yes he does!  Her name is MUSIC".   

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Well... things have SIGNIFICANTLY changed in Bryan's life recently.  At the end of June he popped the question to this wonderful girl who joined our worship ministry at church about a year ago.  Her name is Kileigh.   The more I get to know her, the more I love her.  She is joyful, sweet and fun!   Her smile lights up a room and I can totally see how Bryan fell head over heels in love with her in such a short time.                                                                                      

To celebrate their engagement, I wanted to make a card and also bless them with a cheesecake which is Bryan's favorite dessert.   I looked through the catalog to find a set to match this occaison and since Bryan and Kileigh are so cute and sweet together, I decided Foxy Friends would be the perfect set to use.

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It was fun to see their expression when they saw the card and immediatly discussed which one was the Fox and which one was the Cat.  I told Bryan he was the Cat because its darker and if you take a closer look, the Fox is wearing a diamond ring and has rosy cheeks that I made with a Pink Pirrouette marker.  I also drew in a smile with a Project Life Journaling pen.

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The Foxy Friends has a coordinating punch that you can use to create all kinds of critters.  In this sample however, I purposely didn't use the punch to show how easy it is to make some of the animals with just stamping alone.  

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I fussy cut the characters out with Paper Snips and used one on a card and one on the coordinating cake decor.  I was REALLY happy with how this turned out and was hopeful that Bryan and Kileigh would be blessed by the gesture.

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Well, would you like to meet the Happy Couple?

 Here they are.

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Aren't they cute?  And know what else?  

They SUPRISED us ALL by getting MARRIED on the Fourth of July so now they are officially Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez.  

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It is exciting to see how God brought these two together.  I wish them nothing but the best as they begin this exciting journey as Husband and Wife.  

Congratulations Bryan and Kileigh,  you will be Foxy Friends Forever!

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May Inspiration Night

I returned home from the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation yesterday and today was my monthly Inspiration Night.  I knew it would be a difficult one for me to run since I would be jet lagged, so prior to leaving I invited Jodi to help me with project designing and running the meeting.  Since our theme was critters, Jodi was the perfect choice since critter cards are kind of her specialty.

Stamped With Aloha May Inspiration Night Projects

Stamped With Aloha May Inspiration Night Projects

I was able to attend just the first half of the meeting.  Although severely jet lagged and a little under the weather I was happy to be there to see everyones smiling faces.  I checked everyone in, did some recognition and sharing and then turned it over to Jodi.  She did an outstanding job sharing the projects she designed.

Jodi shares with the group

Jodi shares with the group

The projects included one folder and four cards.  They all featured school house designer paper and critters created with the Playful Pals stamp set.  Everyone who attended received a sampler packet of the School House Designer Paper.

Since we were featuring School House Designer Paper I used this paper as well as some other retiring products to make my TOP TEN recognition cards.  Since the Foxy Friends was one of my pillow gifts on the cruise I was able to incorporate it into this recognition card.

Foxy Friends Recognition Card

Foxy Friends Recognition Card

Now lets take a closer look at the evenings make and take projects created by Jodi.

Card one was this cute long eared bunny thank you card.

Playful Pals Bunny

Playful Pals Bunny

Project two was a gift card holder that featured an owl which is Jodi's favorite critter.

Playful Pals Owl

Playful Pals Owl

This would be a great card to use when giving a gift card to a graduate.

Having fun at Inspiration Night

Having fun at Inspiration Night

 These ladies are laughing because I took the photo before Ralene could add the pupils to her owls eyes!

The next project was a folder.  

Playful Pals Mouse Folder

Playful Pals Mouse Folder

The folder featured an adorable mouse with a red heart accent.

Inside the folder were two adorable mouse cards.

Playful Pals Mouse with Sunflower

Playful Pals Mouse with Sunflower

  One had a bright and sunny sunflower and one had balloons that were cleverly attached to the mouses tail.

Playful Pals Mouse with Balloons

Playful Pals Mouse with Balloons

 I was so glad I was able to be there to see everyones reaction to Jodi's projects.  Also,  I just missed everyone since I had been gone for awhile and was anxious to at least say hello and share a bit about my trip.

So thankful for my team

So thankful for my team

I sure love these ladies and was glad I was able to be there for at least part of the gathering tonight.  I was also very grateful to Eve and Zeny who helped me during the day to do some last minute preparations. 

What a fun night!

What a fun night!

 I am so blessed to have such a wonderful team that are filled with the aloha spirit.

Now time to get some rest and get caught up cause in just a few more hours our new catalog will officially be launched.   I am VERY excited cause I love the new products and can't wait to put in my first order.

I hope you enjoyed these critter projects.  Although the School House paper is discontinued the Playful Pals stamp set is still available for purchase.  I hope you were inspired by seeing how you can use this fun stamp set to make the most adorable critters.

A special thank you again to Jodi for all her hard work.  If you'd like to see more information regarding these projects check out Jodi's awesome blog, The Stamping Owl.

 

 

 

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