Peachy Keen

Every month I send out recognition cards to my team members for Top Sales and Promotions.  

At our last gathering I featured the Fruit Stand DSP along with the Scenic Sayings stamp set so I decided to make my recognition cards coordinate.  This also gave me the opportunity to use the one pattern of paper I hadn't used on all the other projects, the pretty peach one. 

Fruit Stand Congrats Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fruit Stand Congrats Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since this DSP is so pretty and colorful it makes it easy to create a quick and simple card such as this one.  The layout is really basic and easy to incorporate on many different types of cards.  The most complicated part was to fussy cut one of the peaches which literally took me just seconds to cut and mount with a dimensional.  

I really love this Fruit Stand DSP and am looking forward to my fundraiser this weekend at my home.  If you live on Oahu and would like to attend, we'll be creating this boxed set of note cards pictured below.

Fruit Stand/Scenic Sayings Boxed Note Card set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fruit Stand/Scenic Sayings Boxed Note Card set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cost to attend is $15 and $5 of your class fee will be donated to the Hawaii Food Bank.  This class will be held open house style where you can drop by between 9am and 2pm.  

See my last post for complete information or feel free to contact me.  I hope you will stop by, just be sure to let me know you're coming so I can prepare a kit for you.

It would be Peachy Keen to see you there!

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Fruit Stand Fun

Last week was my monthly Inspiration Night and we had a FUN and fabulous time creating this boxed set of note cards that featured the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper and the Scenic Sayings Stamp Set.

Fruit Stand DSP/Scenic Sayings Note Card Set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fruit Stand DSP/Scenic Sayings Note Card Set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Scenic Sayings stamp set has 6 stamps in it and I found a way to incorporate every single stamp in the set to create this boxed set of cards.

Fruit Stand Box for note card set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fruit Stand Box for note card set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Box was made from one of our full sized wood mount stamp cases.  I used the pear design from the Fruit Stand Designer Paper on the front of this box that is layered on top of Old Olive, Silver Foil and Crumb Cake Card Stock.

 A great way to show off a beautiful set of matching note cards is in our plastic stamp cases.  This makes a wonderful gift item and something you can work on now for the upcoming holiday season.

Scenic Sayings Friendship card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Scenic Sayings Friendship card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Card one is a friendship card.  The leaves on this card were made with our Festive Flower builder punch.  I punched out the piece that looks like two petals that are connected together and then I simply folded them so that both layers would show and secured them with a glue dot.  Looks like I used two punches but it was only one punch, folded in half.  The double flower was made with our Petite petals punch and the smallest flower from our Blossom punch.  I liked this combination so much that I put these same flowers another card in this set.

 Let's take a look at it...

Scenic Sayings Happy Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Scenic Sayings Happy Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The bright colors of this card combined with the fun sentiment make for a really happy card.  The next time life gives you lemons, why not take out a piece of this DSP and make a cheerful card that is sure not to only brighten your day but the day of whomever you give it too and that will certainly make you happy!

The next card is a soft and pretty Congratulations card.  It features three punches that I layered together.  Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly and the Tree Builder punch.  It also shows our new Layering Oval framelits that serve as the base for the greeting.

Scenic Sayings Congrats Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Scenic Sayings Congrats Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final card in the set is my favorite.

Scenic Sayings Love card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Scenic Sayings Love card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It is a sweet strawberry card that features a heart shaped strawberry that was made with the You stamp from Scenic Sayings as well as one of the flowers from the Blossom punch.  I also added a tiny jeweled flower from the Tree Builder punch.

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was so fun sharing these cards with my downline.

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I got a lot of positive feedback on these quick and simple cards and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Inspiration night is one of my favorite  nights of the month because I love to inspire, create and share and that is what we enjoying doing together on a monthly basis with the wonderful ladies in my Stamped With Aloha ohana.

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I hope you were inspired by these cards and if you love them so much that you'd like to create a set of your own then the opportunity to do so is JUST around the corner.  

This coming Saturday, October 8th I will be co - hosting a fundraiser for the Hawaii Food bank in my home.  This boxed set of cards is the project you will create at this class.  Cost to attend is $15 and $5 of the class fee will be donated to the Food Bank.  If you bring an additional cash donation OR if you bring canned goods for the Food Bank you will receive a door prize ticket to win fabulous prizes.  

My co-host will be Annie of the Pampered Chef who will be preparing some festive light refreshments for you to enjoy as well as providing door prizes.

This will be held open house style from 9am till 2pm.  Just stop by my home anytime during that time and put your kit together.  These cards are super simple so it shouldn't take long so in no time you will have created a fun and beautiful boxed set of cards to keep or to give as a gift as well as helped make a difference in our community. 

Let me know if you want to stop by and I'll get a kit ready for you.    Be sure to invite a friend or two and remember that together we can make a difference!

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Lynsay's Gift

In my last post I shared some Fresh Fruit and Flower cards created by Kim Williams that featured the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.   I was really inspired by these projects and purchased a pack of the Designer Paper to create some projects of my own.

Prior to leaving for my adventure with Lynsay,  I went and bought something I thought might be useful for our hike.  This packet of oils of aloha lip balm comes in fruit flavors such as strawberry guava and coconut so I thought using the Fruit Stand Designer Paper to package this gift would be the perfect choice.

So just a couple nights prior to leaving to meet Lynsay, I began to work on the packaging for these lip balms (pictured below)

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I placed them on my grid paper trying to see if I could come up with a box.  Creating box templates is not my specialty but my friend Lori Nasu is an amazing, amazing, amazing template master.  Lori is like stamping Royalty when it comes to making boxes.  In my mind she is the stamping box making QUEEN.  

As I struggled to create the perfect box for my friend Lynsay I thought of her highness Lori and thought I'd text her to see if she could help.  After I sent the text I looked at the time and realized it was almost 2am so surely I'd have to wait until morning to hear from her.  To my surprise, just minutes later she texted back.  Like me she was up late being creative and she said she'd be happy to help.  Normally when she helps me create a pattern, she is in my stamp room, so this was new territory asking for her to create a template over the phone.

Lori asked for me to send her photos of the project.  I sent her the photo above of the lip balm on my grid sheet and this photo below of a side view.

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The photos weren't that clear but may I remind you that Lori is the template QUEEN so literally within MINUTES I got a text message with all the dimensions and instructions to create a Fold Over Box for my friend Lynsay.  I followed Lori's measurements and in just a couple of minutes I created this.

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It was an absolute PERFECT fit and another example of Loris genius master template making skills at work!  Now do you see what I think she is the Stamping Box Making Queen?

Once the box was made I did the decorating with the new Fruit Stand Designer Paper.  I chose my favorite pattern of the bunch for one of my favorite friends Lynsay and this is how the project turned out.

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The DSP is so colorful and pretty.  I added a sentiment from the Scenic Sayings Stamp set as well as some coordinating punched flowers.  Here is another look at the box so you can see it better.

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I was really pleased with the outcome of this box so I decided to make a small note card to go with it.  This was easy.  I used a Whisper White note card and basically duplicated the same design to create a coordinating card.

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And since I was going to hand deliver this card and gift I went ahead and made the envelope fancy too.

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Gift giving is one of my love languages.  I love it how Stampin' Up! products allow me to take something as simple as a packet of Lip Balm and make it into a colorful, beautiful gift of aloha.

If you are interested in recreating the box.  Here are some instructions that Lori sent me.

Single Piece Fold Over Favor Box

Card Stock Size: 4-5/8” X 11-1/4”.

Score the short side at 3/4” on either side. Score the long side at 3/4”, 5-1/4”, 6”, & 10-1/2”.

Cut on score lines on both long sides up until the horizontal lines creating the sides of the box. Crease inward.

Add Tear & Tape Adhesive to all four small corner flaps on the right side of the box.

Before putting box together, punch a small half circle with a 3/4” circle punch on one of the short sides centering it. This will be your cover.

Fold those corners inside and attach to larger flaps. The side you do first will be the bottom of the box without the punched out half circle.

Fold the top over your completed bottom and attach the flaps so that they are snug on the box. Embellish as desired!

I had the hotel put this gift on Lynsey's pillow on the day she arrived so she would have a small surprise "pillow gift" that was stamped with aloha and designed by a Queen.

Thank you Lori Nasu for sharing your amazing gift of template making with me so I could create this gift for Lynsay and also for allowing me to post it on my blog so I could then share it to inspire others.

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Fruit and Flowers

In May our friends Bruce and Lynsey invited us to accompany them on a trip to Chamonix, France to go on a week long hike called the Tour du Mont Blanc.  Since we were with them in Europe at the time on a Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation that took us to Spain, France and Italy, we never dreamed that we would be able to return to France so soon.  

However, miraculously thing worked out and we were able to travel with them to accomplish this bucket list adventure where we will hike in the Alps through Switzerland, France and Italy.

We arrived in Geneva, Switzerland and the first thing I noticed at the airport was this beautiful flower shop with all these colorful flowers.

Fleuriot Fluers at the Geneva Airport, Switzerland - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fleuriot Fluers at the Geneva Airport, Switzerland - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Just across from the Flower shop was this pastiery shop where I couldn't pass without taking a photo of these amazingly beautiful sweet treats.

Marlet Pasteries at the Geneva Airport - Switzerland - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Marlet Pasteries at the Geneva Airport - Switzerland - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These beautiful treats reminded me of some beautiful creations my friend Kim Williams had recently stamped.  Kim was a presenter at our On Stage event a few months ago and Kims presentation featured some amazing cards that she created with a brand new stamp set called Fresh Fruits. 

The stamp set is great and has gorgeous coordinating card stock called Fruit Stand that is featured on all of Kim's cards.  Kim inspired me to use this set and paper to create a gift for Lynsay to thank her for telling us about Chamonix and for inviting us on this adventure with her.  I'll share that project in my next post but until then I have asked Kim if I could feature her projects in todays blog post so you could see first hand what beautiful creations you can make with the Fresh Fruits stamp set and coordinating Fruit Stand Designer Paper.

Peach Card Thank You Card created by Kim Williams - stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Peach Card Thank You Card created by Kim Williams - stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Which is the stamp?  Which is the paper?  In this card the way that Kim placed the stamps it almost appears to be a sheet of colorful paper but the only Designer Paper on this card is a small striped strip on the left edge.  In this sample Kim masked an area of the card by placing a thin piece of scrap paper and then stamping over it.  When she removes the paper there is an unstamped strip of watercolor paper exposed that a perfect focal point for her greeting.

This is the same masking technique Kim uses on this strawberry card.  

Strawberry Thank You Card created by Kim Williams - stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Strawberry Thank You Card created by Kim Williams - stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

However in this sample she simply uses the Designer Paper to create a little banner accent which is embellished with a jeweled rhinestone

These strawberries look good enough to eat.  Here are a couple more Strawberry card samples..

Strawberry Birthday Card created by Kim Williams - stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Strawberry Birthday Card created by Kim Williams - stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Again, I can hardly tell if this background was made with Designer Paper or the stamp.  If you like to create colorful and delicious back grounds then this is the set for you.  I like how Kim used the Designer Paper to stamp her greeting and even lined up her Happy Birthday right across the striped paper, using it just like a piece of notebook paper.

This sample below shows more of the strawberry Designer Paper and shows a cool embossing technique on the stamped strawberries that are featured in a punched out circle focal point.  Kim embosses the entire circle to give it a highlighted shiny finish.

Strawberry love you card created by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Strawberry love you card created by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

This next card featuring the peaches uses the same embossing technique plus adds some colorful washi tape and a larger piece of the beautiful peach accented Designer Paper that is really colorful and pretty.

Embossed peach card - stamped by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Embossed peach card - stamped by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

I also love the sentiment on this card, "I'm here for you".  This is something that Kim definitely has shown to me time and time again.  She is a loving friend to so many and gives so much to show others how she unselfishly loves and cares for them.

This final fruit sample also shows the embossed stamped fruit focal point but this time it features the pear.  This card shows not only one side of the pear designer paper but also the reverse side which has polka dots and the card is finished off with a piece of our new in color ribbon.

Embossed Flower Card created by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Embossed Flower Card created by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

The other day after spending an amazing day in the mountains we were cold and stopped to get a cappuccino at a cafeteria in the mountains.  

Derek and Cindy on Mt Blanc - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Derek and Cindy on Mt Blanc - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My husband came back to the table with this. 

Fruity French Treat - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fruity French Treat - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This was a little more than just the cappuccinos that were ordered but Delicious and Beautiful, just like Kim's fruit cards.

Did you know you can also create flower cards with this set too?  

Here is a simple sample of a flower card that Kim made that uses the same masking technique as the first card I shared.  Its so great that the Fresh Fruit set has such versatility that you can create cards that feature Fresh Fruits and Flowers!

Fresh Fruit Flower card created by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Fresh Fruit Flower card created by Kim Williams - www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com

Speaking of flowers, they are absolutely beautiful here.   Chamonix is an absolutely breathtaking colorful place.  We fell in love with it just minutes after walking through the town center.  The bright and colorful flowers are so vibrant in contrast to the beautiful, glistening snow capped mountains.  

Beautiful Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

There is beauty everywhere you turn!

Beautiful Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And as you walk through the town you smell delicious food coming out of the many cafe's as well as many beautiful people all geared up and heading out for amazing adventures on a playground called Mont Blanc.

Off for an adventure in Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Off for an adventure in Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I feel so honored and blessed to have been able to experience this place.  I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Lynsey so again, in my next post you will see how I used the Fruit Stand Designer Paper to create a small gift with her in mind.

Until then I just want to say a special mahalo to my friend and featured guest artist Kim Williams for sharing all these fabulous Fresh Fruit and Flower projects that coordinated so well with my early adventures in Chamonix, France.

Thank you so much Kim for being a featured guest artisan on my blog this week and for sharing these Fresh Fruit and Flower creations.  I wish I could thank you by sending a box of these adorable cookies I saw in Switzerland.  

Happy Treats at the Geneva Airport - Switzerland - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Treats at the Geneva Airport - Switzerland - www.stampedwithaloha.com

They are happy, sweet and cute, just like YOU.

 

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