SWA Annual Christmas Party

I love entertaining and having friends over during the holidays. Last week, I hosted my annual Stamped With Aloha Christmas Party at my home. We enjoyed dinner, some fun games and a hand stamped gift exchange.

Let me share a few highlights from the party.

Time for the party to begin

Time for the party to begin

Sometimes, I set up outdoors under a tent. This year, however, I kept everything indoors which made it a little more cozy.

Tiny Treat Box Favors

Tiny Treat Box Favors

At each person’s place setting. I had a little hand stamped favor made with one of our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.

I got this favor idea from my friend Kim Williams. Kim had shared this idea with me last month when we were at the On Stage event in Florida.

Santa’s Workshop Tiny Treat Favor

Santa’s Workshop Tiny Treat Favor

Kim has an amazing blog and just yesterday she posted this project along with instructions on how to make it. If you’d like to learn how you can click here to go to Kim’s blog. You will enjoy seeing the adorable designs Kim came up with.

I am so thankful Kim shared this idea with me. These Clear Tiny Treat Boxes not only looked cute on the table but they were useful too! We opened them during a stampin’ bingo game to use the candy to mark our boards. I made sure to put extra candy so you could play and enjoy a sweet treat at the same time.

I always create a snowman ornament as a party favor. It’s a tradition! I knew exactly what I wanted to make this year. I was inspired by an idea that demonstrator Mary Polcin had created using a spoon. Mary told me to feel free and “case” (copy and share) her idea so I did.

Below you can see all the snowman spoon ornaments hanging on a tree where each guest could find one and take one home.

Party Favor Tree

Party Favor Tree

Here’s a close up of the spoon. I drilled a hole in the top of the spoon. I also dipped each spoon in Embossing Paste so it would look like snow.

Spoon Ornaments

Spoon Ornaments

Aren’t these spoon ornaments festive and fun?

Our Embossing Paste is really great to use on projects, especially during the holidays. I used Embossing Paste on the gift I created for the gift exchange at this party too.

Here is what I created using scraps from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More kit.

Holiday House

Holiday House

Do you see the Embossing Paste “snow” on the roof? I even created a few icicles with it too!

The base of this house was made of metal. It was actually a metal lantern that I had purchased at Wal Mart.

Holiday House

Holiday House

This house had a hole in the bottom of it so I added a string of battery operated lights to go inside. I turned the lights on just before wrapping the gift so the recipient be surprised by the lights when she opened the box.

Holiday House

Holiday House

Rene was the recipient of this gift. Rene told me yesterday that she had planned on taking it to work but her husband liked it so much that he wanted to keep it as a decoration in their home, so they did.

Here are some of the amazing creations made by members of my downline. I wish I had photos of them all but I only captured photos of a few of them.

Jodi made this festive magnet board and matching set of cards. The little elf’s are magnets that can be repositioned.

magnet board

magnet board

Someone made this beautiful flower box.

paper poinsettia

paper poinsettia

Someone else created this fun advent calendar using a muffin tin.

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

One of the traditional games we played was this funny reindeer building game with balloons and pantyhose. Just look at these DEER ladies!

Reindeer Games

Reindeer Games

I am so grateful for a fun gathering filled with inspiration, creativity and merriment!

SWA Holiday Party

SWA Holiday Party

This event is always a highlight and I will look forward to our next gathering where we can enjoy some more creative fun together during this very special time of year.

Merriest Wishes,

Cindy

Gifts Galore

One of my love languages is gift giving.  I love to give things to others that makes them smile and know that they were thought of.  Perhaps that is why giving away prizes at our Stamp Camps is always a highlight for me.

One of the fun things we do at Stamp Camp is create hand stamped prizes.  Each of the members of my fabulous event team creates a hand made item to be a part of our prize patrol.   Today's post will feature the 5 prize patrol items created by my fabulous team as well as some of our grand prize winners!  

The first prize was made by Berdina. This lovely hard cover blank journal is so pretty.

Penned and Painted Journal - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Penned and Painted Journal - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I saw this book I loved the stamping but didn't recognize the images.  Berd explained that it is from the set called Penned and Painted on page 143 of our Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 catalog.  The reason I didn't recognize it is that Berd didn't use the outline image which when you use it gives it an entirely different look.   This is one of Berd's favorite stamp sets and now we are both sad it is retiring this year.

Berd and her prize patrol

Berd and her prize patrol

I love Berd's simple style.  This journaling book is not only beautiful but also very useful and would make a great gift.

Norine created a tiny gift and note card set.  The little note cards were tucked inside this adorable bag.  Norine explained that this idea came from a larger bag her friend Iris had given her and she wanted to try and make it smaller to hold a gift card and a note card.

Norine and her prize patrol

Norine and her prize patrol

The two of them worked together and created this adorable tiny tote pictured below.  I think it came out absolutely adorable, don't you?

Succulent Gift card Bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Gift card Bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny's gift was next, she was inspired by a video tutorial she saw by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Kelly Acheson.  Kelly had created this amazing die cut box and Zeny is passionate about creating boxes so she couldn't wait to give Kelly's box a try.  Zeny shared a bit about how she made the box and showed how she created it in different colors.

Zeny shares about her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny shares about her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is a close up of the box she made in Mint Macaroon.   Isn't it nice?  Would you like to try and make this?  Well Kelly Acheson has an amazing video you can watch by clicking here.  Then you can create one of your own.  Thank you Kelly, for your inspiration!

Zeny's Die Cut Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny's Die Cut Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi's project was this cute note pad holder with a critter on it.  Jodi is our Critter Queen and basically everything she makes is simply adorable, just like Jodi.

Jodi and her prize patrol

Jodi and her prize patrol

Jodi used the stamp set Playful Pals, which is one of her favorite sets that is also on the retired list.

Jodi's playful pals folder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi's playful pals folder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

If you would like to learn how to recreate this project you can go to Jodi's blog "The Stamping Owl" by clicking here.  I was happy to learn that some of you have already been duplicating Jodi's project since coming to stamp camp!

Jodi's Playful Pals folder (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi's Playful Pals folder (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For my prize patrol I created a tea box that was designed by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Rina Meushaw.  I copied Rina's template exactly because I thought it was so perfect,   I love Tazo Tea's and thought the winners of this prize would enjoy them too.  

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I incorporated the Watercolor Wings stamp set as well as the Succulent Garden Designer Paper that was featured on all of our stamp camp projects.  The green circle and word "hello" came from a brand new stamp set called Eastern Beauty that is an early release stamp set from our brand new Stampin' Up! catalog that will be out June 1st.

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This project was made by using our envelope punch board and it was really quick and easy.  I know I will be making more of these adorable tea boxes in the future.  

I spoke with Rina and she was happy that we were inspired by her project.  Rina has an excellent You Tube video tutorial explaining how she created this box.  If you'd like to see it you can click here and she will give you complete instructions on how to recreate this adorable project.  Thank you Rina for your inspiration!

Cindy gives out her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy gives out her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was thrilled that the recipients of our prize patrol prizes were all very happy with what they received.

Another giveaway that happens at the end of our event is our Grand Prize baskets.  Each of the demonstrators on my event team create a themed basket full of Stampin' Up! products.  It is fun to see what everyone comes up with.

 This year my prize basket contained many of the items from our Succulent Garden Suite and I even included a real succulent plant with the prize.

Grand Prize Basket Winners - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Grand Prize Basket Winners - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It is always so exciting to call out the names of the winners and celebrate with them at the end of our camp.

As I focus on gifts today, one of those that was evident at our event was the gift of love and friendship. I was so blessed to work with this amazing team.  I can't thank them enough for all the hard work they did at this event.

SWA Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

SWA Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

They give so much not to get credit or glory for themselves but really with hearts that genuinely care about the people attending wanting them to have a good time.  

I so appreciate the effort they gave in assisting Pam set up her table as she had injured her wrist earlier that week.  They helped her role these adorable cones to hold a delicious snack mix Pam had made.

Succulent Snack Cones - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Snack Cones - www.stampedwithaloha.com

They helped her stuff Green Tea Kit Kat bars in these adorable flower pot favors she created.  

Pam's Succulent Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam's Succulent Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And they also helped her set up all the wonderful touches that were done with a heart to bless our guests and make them feel special.  Isn't Pam's butterfly plant decoration adorable.  

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Here is a close up picture of it.

Pam's Perfect Day decor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam's Perfect Day decor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I think the sentiment on this adorable plant pick perfectly expresses our wish that everyone who came would experience a perfect day.

As our guests left I felt overwhelmed with all the hugs and compliments that were shared.  It made me feel so happy that everyone truly did have a wonderful experience at Stamp Camp.

It was also a gift to see how our guests bonded as they spent time together.  I am glad that new friendships were formed and old friendship were strengthened. 

As Wanda and Olivia left Wanda thanked Olivia for all the help she gave that day.  Normally Wanda would take a lot longer to complete her projects but with Olivia sitting by her guiding her, she was able to finish her projects in record time.

Wanda and Olivia at stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Wanda and Olivia at stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 It made me so happy to see so many people working together enjoying creativity and having fun.

From the moment we prayed over these seats asking for God's blessing over this event  until the moment we packed everything up and cleaned up the room, I was grateful for the gift of having this special time together.

Stamped With Aloha Spring Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Spring Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A special thanks to all of you who attended this event.  We felt so happy to know you had a wonderful day.  We look forward to having another stamp camp in the future but until then we will look back upon this experience and what a gift it was to have you there.  Thanks to all of you who also joined the fun just by following my posts and letting me know how much you enjoyed seeing and learning about these Spring stamp camp projects.

Since this post was about gifts, I want to end it by reminding you of something.   I hope each of you will  know that from the moment you opened your eyes this morning you were given a precious gift, the gift of life!  God has blessed you with a new day to experience His amazing love for you.  My prayer for you is that you would come to an understanding of how much you are loved and then go out and spread that love with others.  Whether it is in sharing words of encouragement, giving a hug or blessing someone with a hand stamped creation know that you can truly make a difference in this world, one stamp at a time!

Source: www.stampedwithaloha.com

Spring Sensation Week

Last weekend over 70 happy stampers gathered at Paradise Park in Manoa Valley to attend a Spring Themed Stamp Camp.  We had an amazing time.  This week I will be sharing about this event but there is too much to share in just a single post so be sure to check back or subscribe to my blog to hear all about it.

The projects at the stamp camp featured the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and most of the projects also featured the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  

When I design projects for large events I challenge myself to design projects that use only a couple of ink pads and one or two stamp sets at the most.  It just makes it simpler, especially when stamping with a large group.   Whether you are stamping this way at an event or even at home, I like to show you ways you can create a variety of projects with minimal supplies.

 Let's take a look at a couple of the projects we made at the camp.

One of my favorite projects that we made was a metal card holder that held three Watercolor Wings Cards. 

Watercolor Wings Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The metal card holder shown above was actually a napkin holder that I found at Walmart.  It was just the right size to hold a set of cards and when the cards are gone you can either restock it with more cards or use it as it was intended, as a napkin holder.

The butterfly focal point was stamped with the Watercolor Wings Stamp set and the rest was cut out with a Big Shot using both the Stampin' Up! Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterfly Thinlits.   

Inside this cute holder was three butterfly cards.

Watercolor Wings Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Two of the cards are exactly the same, except for the use of a different sheet of designer paper.  The designer paper on the top is 2 x 4.  The designer paper on the bottom is 3 x 4.  Blocking card stock or Designer Paper in this way is a great way to create a colorful back ground on a card without having to use stamping or embossing.

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card is simple and beautiful no matter what side of the Designer Paper you use.  I like the sentiment, "you are so kind", that's such a great way to express gratitude and thankfulness while being encouraging at the same time.

Here is a close up of the second card that uses the exact same measurements and supplies.  

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The third card had a tiny bit of stamping on the top and some simple embossing on the bottom with the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When all of the stamping and assembling was done this card was wrapped up in a cello bag and topped with a ribbon.

Watercolor Wings Card Holder with Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card Holder with Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Doesn't this make a fun gift?  Especially for all of your butterfly loving friends.  This would make a great hostess gift or even a gift that you could give for Mother's Day next week!

Another fun gift idea we shared  was this cute little paper succulent.  These would work as a small gift or even as a party favor.  Everyone got to create one mini paper succulent plant at camp.

Paper Succulents - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Paper Succulents - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These little succulents were made with the Succulent Framelit Dies.  I used Garden Green Card stock that was sponged with Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The little pot was filled with tissue paper and we glued some moss under the paper succulent to make it look more real.  

Since we were featuring the Succulent Garden Designer Paper at this stamp camp not only did everyone get to take home a paper succulent but they also got to enjoy an edible succulent.

Succulent Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Aren't these cupcakes incredible? These were created by Pam Tsuzaki.  Whenever Pam helps us at our events we know we can expect an over the top display because she is SO gifted at making things special.  Pam made these little succulents out of frosting.

Succulent Cup Cakes at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Cup Cakes at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These adorable treats were served at the end of camp when Pam reset her decorative snack table with desserts.  Pam even thought to offer a healthier choice and she created these fruit cups that were drizzled with honey and sprinkled with basil leaves and a whole lot of love.  Everything looked too pretty to eat so many took out their cameras to capture the entire display before they ate!!

I can't thank Pam enough for making our camp so special with all her sweet treats!  In another post I'll show you what she did for snacks earlier in the day.  

Cindy and Pam - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy and Pam - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam is such an incredibly talented person and I feel so honored and blessed to call her my friend. I so appreciate her kindness and thoughtfulness to use her gifts to bless us all at stamp camp!         

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this first look at our Spring Stamp Camp.  There is a lot more to share so be sure to check back soon and remember,  if you subscribe to my blog you will get notified in your email every time I post.     

I look forward to sharing more with you about this fabulous event and I hope you will be inspired to create some fun Spring projects of you own.

Stamped Blessings,  Cindy