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!

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Special Moments at Stamp Camp

Spring Sensation Week Continues.  Today's post will feature more of the projects we made at camp as well as highlight a few special moments. 

Everyone loves little treats to use as party favors or hostess gifts.  One of my favorite ways to package favors is with our clear tiny treat boxes.  Because they are clear it allows everyone to see what special goodie is packaged inside.

To fit the theme of our stamp camp I wrapped a piece of the Succulent Garden Designer Paper around this clear tiny treat box.  I embellished the top by using our new Star Blast Edgelit Dies that had been adorned with punched jeweled butterflies.

Butterfly Tiny Treat Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Butterfly Tiny Treat Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Inside this cute box was three individually wrapped thin Oreo cookies.  I packaged them in our 2 x 8 cello bags.  I used a heat sealer and was able to create three wrapped cookies per bag.  The front and back of each cookie was decorated with punches and a sentiment from the stamp set Watercolor Wings.

Butterfly Tiny Treat Box (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Butterfly Tiny Treat Box (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The back of the cookies were decorated with a jeweled sentiment.  I love this message that tells the recipient how much you appreciate special moments shared with them.

There were lots of special moments shared with friends at the stamp camp.  

It was special to see friends enjoying creativity, working together while they did.

Spring Sensation Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Spring Sensation Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was wonderful to see how friends took care of each other.  Offering assistance with the projects or offering to go and get something they might need.

Stampin' Friends - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin' Friends - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was great to see all the smiles.  It makes me happy to know that everyone was having fun!

Happy Stampers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Stampers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was contagious to hear the laughter, especially from these lovely ladies who had flown all the way from Maui to attend this event.

Maui Stampers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Maui Stampers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Another one of the projects we made was this very ornate Birthday card.  It had succulents, rhinestones, blushing bride sequins and a tiny banner with a sentiment from the Oh So Succulent stamp set.

Triple Fold Panel Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Triple Fold Panel Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I learned how to make this card from my friend Kim Williams who sent me a pineapple birthday card created this way.  You can get all the directions and dimensions on Kim's blog by clicking here: Triple Panel Card.

The back of the card is pretty too.  Here is what it looks like.

Triple Panel Card (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Triple Panel Card (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

You can either write your message directly on the center of the back of this card and when you fold the card it will be hidden.  You could also insert a separate strip of paper in this section with your hand written message and that also would be hidden when the card is folded.

This is a very beautiful birthday card and the timing was perfect because we had a beautiful birthday girl at our stamp camp.

Happy Birthday Lori - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday Lori - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We were so blessed that Lori would choose to celebrate her birthday weekend with us at our stamp camp!  I'm glad she got to make this special birthday card while she was there.

A final special moment happened as we were cleaning up from camp.  Zeny's husband showed up to surprise her with a dozen roses to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Anniversary Surprise - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Anniversary Surprise - www.stampedwithaloha.com

What a fun surprise and a special moment!  

Well, there is STILL more to come.  I want to show you our prize patrol, our gift baskets, our swaps, etc.  So check back again this week for more updates as I highlight more special moments from our Spring Sensation Stamp Camp.

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Occasions Catalog Card Class

Whenever a new catalog comes out I have so much fun playing with all the new products and creating cards to share with my customers and friends. 

Last weekend I had my first stamp a stack of 2017 and here are a few of the cards we created.

Cindy's January Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's January Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card is a friendship card that I created with our new Oh So Succulent stamp set.

Oh So Succulent Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Oh So Succulent Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This set is filled with beautiful two step stamps that can be used to create an entire garden of beautiful succulent plants. 

The words "Thanks for being a great friend" comes from the Window Shopping stamp set. 

I stamped the words with black ink and then covered them with a post it note.   I then stamped the flowers and leaves and took Wild Wasabi ink and sponged ink around the stamped images, making sure some of it hit the edges of the post it note.  This masked off area looks bright and highlighted when you remove the post it note to reveal the sentiment underneath.

Card number two was this fun polka dotted celebration card that was made with the set Happy Celebrations.  This set coordinates with our Celebrations Duo embossing folders which is how I embossed the word Celebrate in the center of the card.  You just take the debossed side and stamp one of the splatter stamps from the Happy Celebrations over the top to create this fun look.  The nice thing about this set is that it comes with many different words that you can combine together to make a variety of cards for the Happy Celebrations that come up in your life.

Happy Celebrations Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Celebrations Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My favorite card was saved for last, it is this Yummy in My Tummy card that I have shared and will continue to share at many of my classes this month.  This card is cute for Valentine's Day but it also makes a great birthday card too.  The sentiment I used comes from the Cool Treats stamp set.

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This card just makes me smile.

The circle framelits were used to cut out the tummy so a Dove Chocolate heart could be glued with a mini glue dot to the center of the card.  Adding the chocolate makes this sweet card even sweeter!!!

Speaking of sweet, do you know what really blessed me this month?

As I was passing out the kits to everyone at class I discovered that there were 4 sets of Moms and Daughters stamping with me that day. 

This was such a special discovery, I asked them if I could take pictures of their sweet faces.

Mother/Daugher Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mother/Daugher Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mother/Daughter Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mother/Daughter Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mother/Daughter Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mother/Daughter Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mother/Daughter Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mother/Daughter Time - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's was so beautiful to see these Mom's with their Daughters spending quality time together doing something creative and fun.

  And let's not forget the boys!  One Mom even brought her son and his friend to stamp too. 

Cindy's Stack Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Stack Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I am so thankful not only for these, but for everyone who comes to my classes week after week.  I may be teaching them projects but they continually bless me as we spend a creative afternoon stamping together.

You know when we stamp together its more than just taking a class.

Friends and Neighbors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Friends and Neighbors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's an opportunity to see new friendships formed and old friendships strengthened.  It's a time where you can let go of the challenges you've faced during the week and focus on creating projects that will not only bring you joy as you create them but will be used to brighten the lives of those you will give them to. 

So if you need a creative escape, grab your daughter, son, sister, brother, neighbor or friend and come and stamp with me at my next class. 

February Stamp A Stack Class at my home in Kapolei will be Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 10am or Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 2pm.  Email me at stampedwithaloha@gmail.com to reserve a spot or to receive more information, space is limited.

Hope to stamp with you soon!

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