August Stamp A Stack

This weekend was my monthly Stamp A Stack class.  The unique thing about this months stack is that normally most of my cards have rhinestones on them but I managed to create an entire stack of cards that didn't need a single rhinestone embellishment.  

Two of the cards I taught at my August stack class featured the Thoughtful Branches stamp set that is only available until the end of August.... just a few days away.  It is SUCH a beautiful stamp set and one that I highly recommend investing in because it is so versatile.

Here are this months cards.

August Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

August Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card was made with Thoughtful Branches.  It features a simple two step stamped tree that would be perfect for stamping Christmas cards in the upcoming holiday season. 

I also used a strip of the Fabulous Foil acetate on this card.  One tip I forgot to mention is that when you use this beautiful acetate there is a thin film on it that needs to be removed.  Just rub your finger nail on the back corner of the acetate until the film begins to loosen and then gently pull it off.  

Thoughtful Branches Tree card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Thoughtful Branches Tree card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I added a gold foil circle with a sentiment layered on top of it to match the polka dot pattern of the acetate.  This sentiment stamp also comes in the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.

The second card I did also was created with Thoughtful Branches.  This one featured this amazing tree that was created with the framelets that come in the Thoughtful Branches bundle.  I showed everyone how to use the precision plate and new Big Shot Die Brush to remove all the little pieces in a snap.  

I love the subtle colors on this card. a combination of Sahara Sand, Mint Macaroon, Pool Party and Very Vanilla.  The little pop of Real Red featured on the small bird stamp is all that is needed to make this card complete.

Thoughtful Branches Kindness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Thoughtful Branches Kindness Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card was also done in shades of blue and green.  This card featured a set called The Places You'll Go and was a class favorite for some who attended.  This card was super simple and also featured a little touch of Real Red to make it complete.  I used the Heart Confetti border punch to create some heart confetti and then I just took three of the largest sized hearts and used glue dots to adhere them to this card to give it just the finishing touch it needed.

Places We Go Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Places We Go Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The little touches of Red remind me of my friend Lynn who recently moved to the mainland and I am missing her greatly.  Lynn hosted a monthly stamp a stack in her home for the past several years and it has been hard adjusting to her not being close.  I know when she reads this she will smile and understand why the little touches of RED reminds me of her as well as this card that appropriately says, missing you!

The final card was this beautiful Flourishing Phrases card that many commented looked like a pattern you might find on a Mexican floral embroidered dress.  I love the bright colors on this card.  Even though it is a card you have to color, the coloring is easy and I love the combination of Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzaz and Calypso Coral.

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My next stamp a stack is the last weekend of September so if you live in Honolulu I'd love to have you join the fun but be sure to let me know early as this is my most popular class and space fills up fast.  

Thanks so much to all who came and stamped with me this weekend and also to those of you who enjoyed reading about these cards here on my blog.  I look forward to stamping and/or sharing more creative and fun projects with you soon!

Until then, Happy Stampin'

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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Eagle Scout Birthday

This week my nephew Jacob is visiting Hawaii with his family.  This is Jacob's first trip to Hawaii and he will be celebrating his 17th birthday here on Wednesday.  We have been having fun showing him around the island and taking him to a few of our favorite places.  

On Friday, I took Jacob and his family to hike at Manoa Falls Trail.  As you can see from the photo below Jacob looks quite happy.  I can't tell if he's giving 2 thumbs up or a double shaka!  Either way it's good to know he is having fun!

Manoa Falls Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Manoa Falls Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We got a little rained on which sometimes happens when you are hiking through a beautiful tropical rainforest but that didn't hinder the fun and adventure.

Hiking in Manoa - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hiking in Manoa - www.stampedwithaloha.com

On Saturday we did an island tour and drove all around this beautiful island.  We stopped along the way to visit our favorite places.  

My favorite scenic spot on the island is right here at Makapu'u Point.  I think I've taken this same picture every time we stop here but it never grows old.  

Makapu'u Point - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Makapu'u Point - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When passing through Kailua Town we made sure to introduce Jacob to "the Local Hawaii" shave ice.  If you haven't tried it, you need to get out there. It's SO good!  The toppings are all natural and it makes for the most delicious shave ice with the most interesting flavors you have ever tried.  

The Local Shave Ice - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Local Shave Ice - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Doesn't Jacob's Mango and Lilikoi Shave Ice look good?  My favorite flavor is GINGER!  Next time you're in Kailua town don't miss shopping at The Local Hawaii, it's a hidden treasure.  

Tonight we took Jacob to dinner at Roy's because we love to celebrate special occasions there.  We had an amazing dinner and enjoyed being together as a family.  

Celebrating Jacob at Roy's Waikiki - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Celebrating Jacob at Roy's Waikiki - www.stampedwithaloha.com

They brought Jacob a special dessert and we all sang to him.  As you can see he is also wearing a lei we gave him because that is a tradition we always do to honor whoever we are celebrating.

I wasn't sure what kind of card to make for Jacob but I remembered that he had recently become an Eagle Scout so I thought I would incorporate that into his birthday card design.  I went to the National Eagle Scout of America page and downloaded an Eagle Scout emblem.  I printed it out onto card stock and ran it through my big shot with the Balloon Framelit.  Here is the completed card.

Eagle Scout Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Eagle Scout Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I really like how this came out.  I simply cut out three different ballons and added some sentiments from the stamp set, Sunburst Sayings.  I also added a piece of the Fabulous Foil Acetate because just like the beautiful look out at Makapu'u point, it never grows old.  I LOVE this product and need to order more because I'm getting used to putting it on all my creations.

Celebrating Jacob's special day - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Celebrating Jacob's special day - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was wonderful to celebrate with Jacob here in Hawaii.  I'm glad he was happy with this special card I created for him.

Happy Birthday Eagle Scout, we are very proud of YOU!  

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One Pad, Two Stamp Encouragment

This week I had the blessing of traveling all the way across the island to stamp with a wonderful group of women at the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.  I love the drive to the Windward side of Oahu as it is incredibly beautiful there.  Here is my view while heading in to set up my class.  Not bad, huh?

First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu

First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu

 

Every summer First Presbyterian of Honolulu hosts a wonderful event called WAKO which stands for Wednesdays At Ko'olau.  WAKO is a fabulous event where you can go and take all kinds of fun and interesting classes like Thai Cooking, Golfing, Painting, Zumba, Conversation Skills, Estate Planning, Swing Dancing, etc.  The class I am teaching is called Hand Stamped Cards.

The classes are divided into two session and I only teach the first session so its really important that with only one hour to demonstrate and complete my class I need to make my cards quick and simple.  Here are the cards I designed for week one at WAKO.

Quick and Simple Encouragement Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Quick and Simple Encouragement Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The common theme in these cards is encouragement.  To encourage means to make someone more determined, confident or hopeful.  These kinds of cards are so important to make and share because love and encouragement is so needed in our world today.  

Encouragement was on my heart this week because on Sunday I lost a very dear friend who has been encouraging me for the past 30 years.  I thought of asking a substitute teacher to take my class but I found it very healing to go and share with the group about encouragement and tell them that our class was dedicated to my friend who had taught me so much about faith, hope, love and encouragement.  

The great thing about these cards is that they are SIMPLE.  I didn't plan it that way but when I looked at the final samples I realized that each of these cards had something in common, they were all "One pad, Two stamp" cards.  Let's take a closer look at these simple creations so you can see what I mean.

Bella and Friends Encouragement Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bella and Friends Encouragement Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card should look familiar if you follow my blog because its almost the exact duplicate of a card I did at last months stack class.  The only difference is I changed the color to Watermelon Wonder and I didn't fussy cut the dog.  So all it took to do this card was one black stamp pad, a stamped sentiment and a stamped dog.  One pad, two stamps and thats it!

Strength and Prayers Encouragement Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Strength and Prayers Encouragement Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This next card is simple elegance.  It features the beautiful Fabulous Foil Acetate and a punched circle of gold foil paper.  Who wouldn't love to receive and elegant card such as this to know that someone is thinking of you and praying for you?.  The stamp pad is black and format is the same,  "One pad, Two stamps", quick, simple, elegant and encouraging!

Floral Phrases Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Floral Phrases Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final card again shows this technique again.  A Night of Navy Pad used to stamp a flower focal point and then a beautiful sentiment.  "One Pad, Two stamps".... I'm starting to love this concept, are you?.

I used a jewel rhinestone on the "O" of the word thoughtful to add a little sparkle to this super simple but very elegant card.

I really loved the simplicity of these cards and am happy to report that the ladies did a fabulous job all 14 of them completing these three cards in less than 45 minutes. 

I hope you were inspired to see how with just "One ink pad and Two stamps" it is easy to create beautiful cards.  

So who has been on your heart lately?  Have you been praying for anyone?  Well now that I've shown you this quick and simple formula, why not send them a card of encouragement to let them know they are on your mind and heart.  I promise it will not only bless them but I know you will be blessed in the process because it feels good to offer hope, love and encouragement to others.

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