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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Dino-RRific Birthday Girls

July is special because we celebrate the birthday of not one but two Baughman girls, Jessica and Alesha.  They are cousins that rarely get to see each other because they live an ocean apart but when they do it is always special and fun.  These two girls share many things in common.  They are both very kind, loving, fun, artistic and CREATIVE.   This photo was taken about 5 years ago on one of the rare occasions that they were able to celebrate together here in Hawaii.  

Baughman Girls Celebrating at Roys, Kapolei - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Baughman Girls Celebrating at Roys, Kapolei - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This year they had something else in common, they both received a "dino"-rrific birthday greeting from me.

This all started when I asked my daughter Jessica what kind of card she wanted this year.  I told her to give me a challenge.  She said, "How about a flowery card, with a dinosaur on it and can you make the dinosaur eating a pineapple?"  Well, being someone who is always up for a challenge, I went for it and this was the outcome.

Dino-rrific Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Dino-rrific Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Little did she know that with all the fabulous products Stampin' Up! offers, a challenge like this was totally do-able. 

Since Alesha's Birthday is just a few days after Jessica's I remembered that she was a fan of dinosaurs too.  Just look at this photo of her from this past Christmas Day.

Alesha on Christmas Day 2015

Alesha on Christmas Day 2015

Jessica sent this Dinosaur onesize to Alesha for Christmas and she said it was the most comfortable thing she has ever worn and as you can see in the photo below, I believe her.

Dinosaur Dreams - www.stampedwitaloha.com

Dinosaur Dreams - www.stampedwitaloha.com

So knowing Alesha was a dinosaur loving adventure girl like Jessica, I went ahead and created a similar card for her.  

Here is Alesha's Dino-rrific card!  

No Bones About It Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

No Bones About It Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love that this card not only tells her Happy Birthday but also how AWESOME I think she is.

Happy Birthday Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sadly, another birthday passed where we were not able to celebrate together.  However, I was blessed to receive this photo of Alesha opening her card (above) and it looks like she approves.

Its nice to know that when you send a hand stamped greeting it usually produces a smile when the envelope is opened.

Stampin' Up! Cards are Smile Makers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin' Up! Cards are Smile Makers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 

Jessica was all smiles with her card as well but I'm not sure if she was smiling about the card or about the company sitting to her right. 

Celebrating Jess at Monkeypod, Kapolei - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Celebrating Jess at Monkeypod, Kapolei - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jessica's boyfriend Brett had joined us this evening and he had a surprise in store for her too.  You see a short time before her birthday he approached me asking if he could come over and make a card for her.

Brett hard at work - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Brett hard at work - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was fun to watch him work so diligently choosing different stamps that he knew would make her smile.

Brett's Custom Creation - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Brett's Custom Creation - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The end result was a custom made card that featured a few of Jessica's favorite things.  I love it that he took the time to use Stampin' Up! products to create a special card for Jess that I know she will love.  At the same time he racked up lots of brownie points with me just by asking to come to my stamp room to make her a card.

 This card he created he saved for her actual birthday but on the night we took her out as a family a few days prior to her actual day, he gave her a decoy card.  As you can see from the photo below, she was thrilled with it not just because of how it looked but because of what it said on the inside. 

 

Celebrating Jessica at Monkey Pod - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Celebrating Jessica at Monkey Pod - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Proof once again that hand stamped cards are "smile" makers.

What a blessing it has been to watch Alesha and Jessica grow up to be such remarkable young women.  Two of the most kindhearted I know.  I am glad to see their smiles and know that they both had a Dino-RRific time celebrating their special days.

 

 

 

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March Stamp A Stack

For this month's stamp a stack class I featured the stamp set (140712) Suite Sayings.  Each of the cards pictured below feature a sentiment from this fabulous stamp set.

March Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

March Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card featured this adorable Easter lamb.  Although I didn't take a photo of the inside, it had the Easter sentiment from Suite Sayings which read, "Wishing you all the beautiful blessings of Easter".

Easter Lamb - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Easter Lamb - www.stampedwithaloha.com

If my customers didn't want to make an Easter card then there were several different options from Suite Sayings that could be used to express a different sentiment that would still work great with this cute image.

The next card featured our (138284) Project Life Paper Clip Thinlets.  These clips make adorable smiley faces by simply drawing eyes on them with a project life pen.  Love how perfect this saying matches this card. 

Smiling Heart Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Smiling Heart Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In addition to featuring Suite Sayings, I also demonstrated two cards with the (140511) Friends and Flowers Stamp Set and (139682) Festive Flowers Builder Punch.  The first was this gold fish birthday card.

Friends and Family Goldfish Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Friends and Family Goldfish Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I created waves on this card by punching the top of the card stock with a large circle punch.

My final card was my favorite.  I used the Friends and Flowers set to create this cute bunny card.  Since the saying I chose from Suite Sayings said the words "peek-a-boo" I wanted to make the bunny look like he was doing just that, playing peek-a-boo.

 

Peek-A-Boo Bunny - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Peek-A-Boo Bunny - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I used the word window punch to create the paws and I just placed them over the bunny's face.  This was by far my favorite card of the stack.   Since my customers create 3 cards of each design at my stack I decided to provide an alternate design using the exact same products.  Here is what I came up with.

Friends and Flowers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Friends and Flowers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card shows the alternate for the bunny.  Rather than use the jeweled flower, I added one of the cute bow clips that fit perfectly on this bunny's head.  I love giving my customers options so that everyone can make their own choices of what layout they like best.

This was a really fun class to teach and I got a lot of great compliments from those who attended. Although Stampin' Up! offers a wide variety of different styles of stamped images, I am really drawn to the sweet and cute ones.   All who attended this class left very happy with their creations and seeing people happy with the outcome always makes me feel happy too. 

I hope you were inspired by these fun creations.   If there are any of these items you are interested in purchasing remember Saleabration is ending in two days so don't delay, contact me to place your final Saleabration orders right away.

I've already designed next months Stack cards and I can't WAIT to share them with you.  I am planning on having a very special "I'm Bringing Birthday Cards Back Stack" at the end of April that you won't want to miss. 

I hope you all had a happy and blessed Easter and I will look forward to sharing some more projects with you this week. 

Until Then, Happy Stampin',

Cindy

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Joyce's Special Day

Yesterday was Joyce's 22nd Birthday.  Since I have been loving creating these "tower" cards I decided to make one for her special day.  This is a super simple card that was created in just a few minutes.

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Inside the card was a gift certificate to Cosmic Beauty, our favorite salon in Kapolei where we went for a manicure and pedicure.

Cosmic Beauty in Kapolei

Cosmic Beauty in Kapolei

Next stop was at Hi Cravings for an Acai bowl.

Hi Cravings - Jess Da Best!

Hi Cravings - Jess Da Best!

Who needs cake and ice cream when you can celebrate your special day with an Acai bowl made by Jess Da Best!

Joyce's Birthday

Joyce's Birthday

Joyce said she really liked the card and the fun time we spent together on her 22nd Birthday!   I'm glad we could be a part of making it special.

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