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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.