Sweet Little Hula Girl

It’s a New Year, and the start of our annual Saleabration. After taking a holiday break, I am really excited to get back in my stamp room to play with all the fabulous products we have in our new 2019 Occasions Catalog! When a new catalog comes out I often look for stamp sets that I can use to create cards that reflect the aloha spirit. So, it’s quite normal for my first cards using new products to have pineapples, palm trees or hula girls on them.

Here is what I came up with using the stamp set Family and Friends, for my first card of 2019.

Hula Girl Thank You Card

Hula Girl Thank You Card

Isn’t this little hula girl cute? I just love the Family and Friends stamp set! With this set you can design personalized creations in a matter of minutes. This set comes with 40 individual stamps that you can use to create many different people and animal images of all shapes and sizes. You might think that lining up all the small pieces would be difficult but it’s not! That is because I used our awesome Stamparatus tool to line things up and it was easy breezy!

The background of this card was created with the fabulous Tropical Chic stamp set. I stamped the leaves and flowers in Real Red, Mint Macaroon and Tranquil Tide ink.

Family and Friends Hula Girl Thank You Card

Family and Friends Hula Girl Thank You Card

The skirt of this card was simple to create. I just took a piece of our playful Leaf Ribbon and cut off three leaves using Paper Snips. Then I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere them to the body. I used a Real Red Stampin’ Blends marker to draw in a bikini top and added a jeweled Real Red flower embellishment to the hair. The flower was made by using one of the punches that comes in the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack which is on page 25 of our new Occasions Catalog.

Hula Girl Thank You Cards

Hula Girl Thank You Cards

Well, its time for me to go and fill out a few of these cards so I can put them in the mail tomorrow. I hope that when those who receive one see this sweet little hula girls face, it will brighten their day before they even read the words of gratitude written inside.

I hope you are inspired to give the Family and Friends stamp set a chance and make some personalized creations of your own!

Stamped Blessings for a Happy New Year!

Cindy

Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous!

I went to Starbucks in Kapolei a few days before my trip to Alaska.  I found these really beautiful Hawaii Starbucks cards.  I often bring gifts for friends I will meet when I travel.  For this trip,  I decided to pick up a few of these cute Hawaii Starbucks cards to give as gifts.  The card design was navy blue with red and yellow hibiscus flowers on the front.  The word "Hawaii" is iridescent and really shiny!   

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Next, I needed to package these cute gift cards!!!  I had an idea!!! I decided to make a punch art Hula Girl card.

I played around with my framelits and punches and before you know it, this fabulous Hula Girl was born!

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The face takes up the entire front of a standard size card.  I used our Layering Oval Framelits to create the shape of the face and the body.  I used a whole oval for the face and half an oval for the body and adhered them to a Basic Black Card Stock background as shown below. 

I layered a strip of Pineapple Punch card stock across the bottom of the card.  I rounded the corners with a corner rounder and stamped it with flowers and leaves from the Tropical Chic stamp set.  I used a 1 3/4 inch circle punch to take a small piece out of the top to create a scooped collar.   After stamping the flowers, I added some tiny Red Rhinestones to them.  I then layered a piece of Basic Black card stock with rounded corners over the top oval to create bangs.  You can follow the photos below to watch the progression.

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Demonstrator Mary Fish designed this awesome new Vases Builder punch that coordinates with the stamp set Varied Vases that she designed when she reached her million dollar sales mark with Stampin' Up!  If you like punch art, this punch is a must have as it produces many fun pieces to work with.  I used several of the pieces from this punch to make the face.

Punch Art Pieces

Punch Art Pieces

 I punched pieces from the Vases Builder Punch to create the smile, nose and I cut one of the vases in half to make the ears.  You can see the face elements in the photo above and below you can see how I tucked the split vase on each side of the oval to make ears.

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I adorned the head with a Haku Lei that I created using the Tropical Chic stamp set and coordinating Tropical Thinlits.  I added dimensionals to the back of the stamped and die cut pieces to create a flower crown as shown in the photo above.  Once all assembled it looked like this.

 The lei around the neck was made with the circles that are found in our Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  I punched the small circles out of Glossy White card stock and lined them up to resemble a Pikake lei.  

Here is a close up, don't you think she's fabulous?

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

You know who else is fabulous?  My sister in laws, Lisa and Jen who stayed up till the wee hours of the morning helping me assemble these cards when I was in Washington State, visiting family.

Lisa and Jen

Lisa and Jen

My friend Debbie was there too but I think she was too busy counting circles to jump in the photo!  Debbie and I did manage to take a photo together the next day when we went hiking together at Snoqualmie Falls before she headed back to Oregon.

Debbie and Cindy

Debbie and Cindy

Can you believe that she drove all the way from Oregon just to stamp with me!!  Now that is a fabulous friend!  Debbie really liked this card because she loves Hawaii where she once lived when she served in the US Coast Guard.  I hope Debbie will one day make Hawaii her home again!

I have never done a punch art type of card in such a large scale before.  Where I not only used punches but Framelits too!  I really enjoyed creating this Hula Girl card and it was fun to see the smiles created when I passed it out to some of my demonstrator friends.

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The inside of this card was stamped with the sentiment, "Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous".  This sentiment comes from the stamp set Stitched All Around.  I think that is an important message to share with friends now a days as people need to reminded of truly how remarkable they are!  It feels great to be encouraged and reminded of how loved you are.  

I hope my fabulous friends who received this card know that is how I feel about them and I hope they think this card is fabulous too!  

Until next time,

Stamped Blessings!

Cindy

 

Cookie Cutter Clips

This past weekend was the Hawaii Women Expo.  My group Stamped With Aloha had a booth there again this year.   Our goals for this event was to promote a Cookie Cutter Christmas Class, to share about the Paper Pumpkin BOGO special offer, to demonstrate our favorite products from the Holiday Catalog and to raise money for the Hawaii Food Bank by selling hand stamped cards.

Zeny and Cindy at the Expo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny and Cindy at the Expo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For our live demonstrations we all chose something in the catalog that we loved the most.

 I chose to demonstrate my favorite Holiday Catalog Bundle which just happens to be Cookie Cutter Christmas.  I shared how simple it was to create mini clips that could be easily converted to gift tags, magnets or toppers for a gift bag or party favor.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Clips - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Clips - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Each of these are created with a base of 1  3/4 x 2  3/4 of colored card stock and then layered with a    1  1/2 x 2  1/2 piece of Whisper White card stock.  After adhering the Cookie Cutter image I turned each card over and applied a wooden clothepin to the middle with mini glue dots.  For these on this board I also attached a magnet strip.

My favorite of these clips of course is the hula girl.  She is so sweet and something that I will be able to use on projects far beyond the Holiday season.  It was fun to see the reaction to all the actual hula dancers who stopped by the booth at the Expo and admired this cute little punch art hula girl.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Hula Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Hula Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I also had a sample that featured how cute this little clip would be on the top of a cello candy bag.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Candy Topper - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Candy Topper - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is what the back looks like.  

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In addition to showing these fun Christmas samples I also had a board to display some samples I made with the Cookie Cutter Halloween set which is equally adorable.

Cookie Cutter Halloween Clips - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Halloween Clips - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The event was a success due to the fact that I have such a fabulous group of stampin' sisters who worked so hard to put everything together.  

In this photo below Eve is pointing to our display that features the Paper Pumpkin BOGO offer.  Did you know that  if you are a first time subscriber and you go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com to join before October 10, you can subscribe and get your second month FREE?   Just be sure to indicate me as your demonstrator when you join.

Paper Pumpkin is an awesome subscription that comes in the mail monthly complete with projects that are all planned out for you to assemble, all you need is adhesive.  A subscription makes a great gift for a friend or even for yourself.  This is also great as an activity for kids who love to craft or for people who like to craft but have limited time and are looking for an organized creative escape!  These kits also work great for friends, relatives to have an excuse to get together and create!  They make for a great Mom and Me activitity too.

Eve at the Expo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Eve at the Expo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We sure had a great time at the expo.  Over the three days we sold over 70 cards, shared our passion for creativity, inspired people with our live demonstrations and made many new friends.

Lorene and Michelle at the Expo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lorene and Michelle at the Expo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

There were also lots of hugs for all our friends old and new who came to visit us over the three days we were there.

Stampin' Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin' Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I loved this experience.  I love working with these amazing women and hope and pray that all the new friends they met over the weekend will soon be joining one of their stampin' events in the near future.

Speaking of stampin' events, one of the classes we promoted is the Cookie Cutter Christmas class.  This class is being offered all over the island starting this weekend.  I will be hosting this class in my home this Saturday, September 17th at 10am.  Here are the projects.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's not to late to sign up.  Class is $10 or FREE if you order the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle from me.  If you'd like to attend please let me know asap.  

Here are the locations you can attend this class from members of my Stamped With Aloha Ohana.

September 17th at 10am in Kapolei, at my house with me

September 17th at 11am in Hawaii Kai with Zeny.

September 17th at 12pm in Haleiwa with Elisa.

September 17th at 2pm in Waipahu with Michelle.

September 24th at 9am in Honolulu with Lorene

September 25th at 2pm in Honolulu with Eve.

If you need more information on this class with me or with any of my group members, be sure to contact me right away.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some simple ideas for the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.  I'm sure this will be the first of many posts I will share about this bundle because it truly is my favorite.

The best part about these Cookies is that they are Extra Sweet but Zero in Calories!  Those are the very best kind so I plan on making and sharing plenty!!!

 

 

 

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