The Mermaid and The Knight

December was a month filled with huge celebrations in our family.  We had our son's wedding early in the month and then one week later Derek celebrated his 50th birthday.   That was followed by our annual Christmas gatherings with family and friends and then on Christmas day at midnight, Derek and I headed out to Europe for a two week adventure.  (I'll share about our travel adventure in my next post)

Since returning home I"ve been a little under the weather with a bad cold and ear infection but today I finally feel strong enough to get back to blogging and share with you a look back at one of our recent celebrations.

Today I want to tell you a little about Derek's 50th Birthday.

Let's me start with this precious moment from 5 years ago.  Raymee (our best friends daughter) and Derek were born on the same day so they are official birthday buddies forever.  They've been celebrating together for many years now but on this particular outing Raymee looked at Derek and said, "Today I am the birthday princess and you are the birthday Queen".  We all just smiled and laughed.  It was precious.

Birthday Buddies - Raymee and Derek

Birthday Buddies - Raymee and Derek

This year the two of them planned an outing at a local restaurant called Mac 24/7 in Waikiki.  If you've never been there I highly recommend it.  Its a fun place to celebrate and if you like pancakes, you won't be disappointed.

When the birthday girl arrived and saw Derek, she ran up to him and gave him a great big hug!  After all they are best friends and if you don't believe me she has a school project with his picture on it to prove it.

Birthday Besties - Raymee and Derek

Birthday Besties - Raymee and Derek

Raymee loves mermaids so when I saw the Myths and Magic Suite from our new Occasions Catalog I knew I wanted to use it to create a birthday card for her.   I bought the entire suite but I didn't even need to stamp a single mermaid because the mermaids on the Specialty Designer Paper are so stinkin' cute!!

Myths and Magic Specialty Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Myths and Magic Specialty Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Each of the mermaid tail has glitter on it that has been embossed into the paper.  So this paper really sparkles and shimmers when you move it.  I LOVE this mermaid print and know I will use it often to make projects for my mermaid loving friends.

Since I had this beautiful paper out, I decided to use it to make a card for Derek as well.  The great thing about this paper packet is that it has great options for masculine cards too.

 I chose the knight fighting a dragon sheet for Derek's card.  The dragon on this paper has texture and sparkle, it is so adorable and perfect for my knight in shining armor who truly is one of a kind.

Myths and Magic Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Myths and Magic Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For the inside of Derek's card I folded back a corner to create a simple corner fold pop up section.  

Myths and Magic Birthday Card (inside)

Myths and Magic Birthday Card (inside)

The little corner pop up provided the perfect spot for me to add a knight in shining armor and the number 50 to celebrate my knight's milestone birthday.

Derek usually writes the cards in our family.  So it was sweet to see Raymee smile when she read aloud the birthday message from us that Derek had written to her.

Raymee's birthday card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Raymee's birthday card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Derek laughed when reading his card because he's been in denial about needing glasses. The subject came up as he struggled to read his card without using his cell phone for added light. 

Derek's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Derek's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

That made for the perfect segue to him opening his gag gift from me.

Dereks bday glasses

Dereks bday glasses

Of course he said they hurt his eyes so he's back to using his cell phone light once again.  

I love traditions, it has been especially fun to see Derek and Raymee celebrate together over the years.  I hope that with each passing year Raymee will grow to know even more how much she means to her beste Uncle Derek and all of our family.  We feel so blessed to have this tradition, one that we hope will go on for many years to come.

Raymee and Derek's Bday

Raymee and Derek's Bday

 One that this year was shared by a special little mermaid and a knight in shining armor.

 

 

 

Magical Mermaid

Recently I've been inspired to do more punch art.  It's probably because of all the cute cards my downline Jodi of The Stampin' Owl has been sharing with me.  As I was designing swap cards for my recent trip to Thailand, I decided to see if I could come up with a punch art mermaid card.  

I'm usually a "three strikes and your out" kind of stamper.  This means that if I try working on something but after the third try if it doesn't come out, I give up and move on to something else.  For this particular card, I tried a couple of different combinations of punches and it just wasn't coming together.  I was just about to give up but I tried one final time and I'm so glad I persisted because this is what I came up with.

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't she sweet?  She reminds me of this little mermaid who comes to swim in our pool often.

Raymee the Mermaid

Raymee the Mermaid

Would you like to know what punches to use so you can make one of these cute punch art mermaids?

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

The tail was made with our new Pretty Label punch.  I took scissors and cut off the sides as shown in the chart above.  I used glue dots to attach the fins which were leaves from the lemon builder punch and then I placed the constructed tail into the Garden Trellis Embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot to add texture.  

Since I was making this for a swap I punched several of the pieces I needed so that it made assembling a bunch of mermaids quick, simple and fun.

Building Mermaids

Building Mermaids

I drew faces on each mermaid using a journaling pen.  I gave them rosey cheeks by dipping a pencil eraser in pink pirouette ink.  It was really fun making these, every time I'd finish one of their faces I would smile!

Punch Art Mermaids

Punch Art Mermaids

To add the sequins to the shells I used a piercing tool and some liquid glue.  I just love how the little sequins sparkle and shine.

In our new catalog we have a stamp set that is called Magical Mermaid so that is where I got the sentiment for this card.  

I had a blast creating these cute and colorful swaps!  I hope that they brightened the day of each person who received one.  I hope that they loved them as much as I loved creating them.

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes,

Cindy

Cookie Cutter Creations

Tuesday night was my monthly Inspiration Night and I was really excited to share some fun Cookie Cutter Christmas Creations with all who attended.  The unique thing about this class is that I showed how to take a holiday stamp set and use it to create cards for other occasions!  I also paired Cookie Cutter Christmas with Suite Sayings so that only two stamp sets were used to create all of these cards with the exception of one additional stamp from Jolly Friends but I'll tell you about that in a minute.  Another common element of these cards is that they all use Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper and they are also all embellished with various sizes of pearls.  

For now, let's take a closer look at this fun boxed set of note cards.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Creations - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The box itself is made of one of our clear mount stamp cases.  These cases are perfect for holding note card sized cards.  The layered circle on the front is from the Circles Collection framelits.  I love that this collection has both scallop circles and plain circles.  Layering the circles, as shown below,  makes a perfect background area for the focal point of a project,

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card Case - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card Case - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our first card was a birthday card with the same "pig tail" design that I shared about in my last post.  You can create pig tails by stamping the gingerbread man twice and then on one of them cutting the arm pieces and attaching them to the head with glue dots.  Two pearl buttons were added for dimension and texture.  

Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card is a baby card.  Isn't this bear sweet?  

Cookie Cutter Christmas Baby Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Baby Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When you create the bear you have to stamp the ears first and then the bear on a separate piece of card stock that gets punched out with the coordinating punch and layered over the top where you align it with the stamped ears.  

The next card is one of my favorites.  When I was designing it I had a Tom Cruise movie playing in my stamp room.  In the movie Tom was wearing sunglasses and looking sharp.  Suddenly, I was inspired to put sun glasses  and a black tie on this gingerbread man so I drew some glasses with a sharpie pen.  However, just prior to hosting this class I received the stamp set Jolly Friends and I realized that the glasses in that set are the PERFECT fit for this guy so that is how I added an additional stamp set to this class.   Thanks to Tom for being my inspiration for this hand stamped creation!

Cookie Cutter Congratulations Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Congratulations Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Doesn't he look handsome and successful with his black tie and cool glasses?  These ladies at Inspiration Night certainly thought so.

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I saved the BEST for last.  This punch art creation has been in my stamp room for weeks but I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it on a card.   This card was definitely the most work but also the one that everyone got the most excited about as you can see below.

Stamping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Are you ready?  Here she is.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I just love this sweet mermaid.  She is made of punches.  Here is what you need.  

The body, hair, bangs and mouth - Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  The hair and small flower - Tree Builder Punch.  The tail - Jolly Hat Builder Punch.  The end of the tail and shells - Holly Berry Punch.  The Large Flower - Blossom Builder Punch.  

The Fabulous Foil Acetate is perfect for this card but it can be challenging to punch it out so either trace and cut it with scissors or if you want to punch it here are some tips.  First, remove the thin layer that covers the acetate.  Place a piece of copy  paper over and under the acetate before punching it to strengthen it and avoid getting it stuck in the punch.

Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone's card came out a little bit different.  The way people angled the hair or placed the pearls all gave each Mermaid a different personality.  

Tasha and Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tasha and Shelly at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I loved seeing all these beautiful Mermaids come to life and loved even more watching how great of a time everyone had as they created this card.

  I think the two who had the most fun where these two ladies below, Terry and Lori.

Stampin Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lori took off her jacket and placed it on Terry's head to resemble the long red hair of the Mermaid that we all know she is at heart.  I think the photo and caption below, says it all!

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In addition to making these fabulous projects the ladies all swapped some amazing Cookie Cutter Christmas swaps.  I don't normally host a swap that features a single stamp set but everyone in my group purchased this set because they loved it, so it was the perfect time to host an swap themed after a stamp set.

Swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone made such beautiful cards and watching them share them with one another was wonderful.

Tasha swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tasha swapping at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Of course we were also spoiled by Chef Craig's delicious dinner.  Tonight we had curry stew, rice and salad.  Craig takes such amazing care of us every month as he blesses us with his God given talent for preparing food that is created and served with aloha.

Chef Craig serves our dinner at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Chef Craig serves our dinner at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It is always so much fun to gather for my monthly Inspiration Night.  I love my Stamped With Aloha sisters who are so much fun to spend time with, even the "kolohe" (rascal) ones pictured below.

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It was great to see all the smiling faces and know our time together was filled with inspiration, creativity, encouragement, fun and lots of aloha amongst us stamping sisters and friends.  

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I am so looking forward to our Holiday Stamp Camp this weekend and can't wait to share with you all about it soon.  Until then, I hope you've been inspired to create some fun "non" Christmas projects with this amazing stamp set.  

If you live on Oahu and would like to take this class, I will be offering it on Saturday, November 12th at 10am at my home.  Cost is $15 and it comes with a package of pearls.  Sign up now to reserve  a spot for you and your friends.  It will be great to share these Cookie Cutter Creations with all of you.

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