Tropical Escape

Last week I had the opportunity to spend the day with a group of Maui Big Shots.  They made a "Tropical Escape" to Oahu for the day to spend time with me and come to my monthly Bunco gathering.  

Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

Since they arrived first thing in the morning, I took them to one of my favorite places to go for breakfast.  The Ama Ama Restaurant at the Disney Aulani Hotel.   The restaurant is designed to feel like you are in a beachside house, the views from every table in this open restaurant are incredible.  

Their food is really good too.  Cheryl was excited to order a pancake that had vanilla macadamia nut syrup.
 

Breakfast at Ama Ama

Breakfast at Ama Ama

Cheryl brought Mary and Beth, two of her team members with her.  I hadn't met them before and it was so wonderful to get to know them both.  It became apparent very quickly that I was in good company with these lovely ladies.  

Since Zeny was coming to Bunco that day, she joined us too and we all had such a great time fellowshipping together. 

Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

 As we talked I was reminded of how blessed I am to have made such wonderful, caring, creative friends because of my association with Stampin' Up!  I am still amazed that these three invested their time and money to come over just for the day!  It was so wonderful to spend time with them.

After breakfast and a little shopping at the Aulani gift shop we headed to my stamp studio.  We sat and shared some more until it was time to start bunco.  

At Bunco that day our theme was Tropical Escape and featured products from this amazing new catalog suite.  

For my Aloha Prize that day I designed a pizza box filled with 3 x 3 Thank You Cards.  Here is what the pizza box looked like on the outside.  

Tropical Pizza Box 

Tropical Pizza Box 

Inside the box were four different cards that all featured a different piece of the beautiful Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  All of these cards were Thank You cards.  The Designer Paper on these cards was 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 so I was able to make four of the same card out of each sheet of the Designer Paper.  Here are the four simple card designs I created.

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Each guest took home one card and one lucky winner took home a pizza box that was filled with all four designs.

Our Bunco prize table looked the most beautiful it ever has because of these gorgeous protea flowers my friends from Maui brought for me.

Tropical Protea Flowers

Tropical Protea Flowers

Aren't they breathtaking?  They were the perfect accent to this display of Bunco party favors and Bunco prizes.

Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

At Monday Bunco, I was blessed with flowers again.  This time it was this beautiful Kahili ginger that Becky brought me.  This flower came from her garden and it smelled amazing!

Kahili Ginger

Kahili Ginger

 I am going to be on the look out for this ginger next time I go to the nursery, I would love to grow these in my yard.

Both Sunday and Monday Bunco was so fun this month.  I am grateful for special time spent with friends to enjoy food, fellowship, encouragement, laughter and fun! 

Tropical Escape Cards

Tropical Escape Cards

I loved creating these cute little Tropical cards.  I will definitely make more of these as I think this set makes a fabulous gift.

I am thankful for all the friends who came over to play bunco this month, especially the three  Maui Big Shots whose "Tropical Escape" made our Tropical Escape Bunco extra special this month.

The Little Things

One of my favorite new products in our Holiday Catalog is our Pizza Boxes.  These cute little boxes are simple to put together.  They are very sturdy, lined with a plastic coating and are the perfect size to hold our 3 x 3 envelopes, in case you want to create mini gift cards to put inside.

For my September Inspiration Night, I designed 4 boxes for various occasions and packaged them all in a cute tall cello bag.  

All of these pizza boxes were created using a stamp set called, The Little Things.  This stamp set has everything you need to create adorable projects for many different occasions.   The images are the perfect size for the box tops of the pizza boxes too!

Here are the ones I designed for this gathering.

Extra Special Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Extra Special Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pizza Box one was made as an "All Occasion" box.  You can use this to wrap a birthday or graduation gift or just to make a quick thank you gift for a friend.  Inside you could put little cards, some gold wrapped candy,  a gift certificate or a small gift.

Halloween is coming soon, so that makes this next Pizza Box one that you could be creating now.  It is very "Spookylicious" and the perfect little package to hold some candy corn or favorite candy of your choice.  Since so many popular candies are packaged in orange and black wrappers this month it would be easy to find something that would be a perfect match for this treat box.

Haloween Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Haloween Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This box also has one of our new black rhinestones on the back of the little spider.  Just that tiny added touch makes this box sparkle.   This is an extra special treat for those of us gals like myself who love to add jewels to our projects.  Looks like Terry is a fan jewels too!

Terry at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Terry at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Speaking of sparkling, the next box we made did just that because I used red glimmer paper to make some tiny heart embellishments.  When you need to make a lot of little hearts our Mini Treat Bag Framelit has just the right piece to create mini hearts and stars in a flash!  

These little hearts were adhered to a glossy white heart that I stamped using the "Sweets for my Sweet" stamp from The Little Things stamp set.

Valentine Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Valentine Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I thought the ladies might find it challenging stamping red ink on glossy paper but everyone did a great job.  The secret is having a steady hand and allowing the ink a few minutes to dry.

Zeny and Verilyn at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny and Verilyn at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Did you notice that most of these boxes also used a square or circle of card stock that was run through the Big Shot with our Stitched Shapes Framelits.  That little added stitching adds the perfect touch to make these box tops look complete.

Christmas is coming so our final box was created to store some December Deliciousness.  There are so many options for this adorable box.

Christmas Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Pizza Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

You could fill it with candy canes, peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies or even better yet how about some sparkly jewelry?  I think that counts as December Deliciousness too, don't you?

When all the boxes were complete I had everyone make this tiny tag. 

The Little Things Tag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Little Things Tag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The boxes were then stacked back to back and placed inside a tall cello bag.

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This cute little tower was tied together with one of our new Black and White striped ribbons that is super cute!

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin' Up! Pizza Boxes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone who came seemed really anxious to make this project.  Even though there were chairs, I noticed everyone at this table was stamping standing up!

SWA Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

SWA Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was fun to make new friends and get reacquainted with those we hadn't seen in a while.  I really enjoy these fun nights with these wonderful ladies.

Julie and Sandy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Julie and Sandy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Speaking of wonderful ladies, we were all blessed when Roxanne shared the watercolor technique that she used to create her Magical Mermaid card.  

Roxannes Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roxannes Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Roxanne used an aqua painter and dropped ink and let it blend together for the background of this card.  After the ink dried she ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Ruffled textured Impressions folder.  I love how that folder made the colorful water look like waves.  This card is really detailed and beautiful.  Here's a closer look.

Magical Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Magical Mermaid Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since we swap cards at Bunco now, I was blessed to receive one of these beautiful cards from Roxanne.  

In addition to all the fun we had at Inspiration Night, we also enjoyed a delicious dinner cooked by Chef Craig.  Craig makes the most wonderful dishes and his chicken dish tonight was a hit.   Craig was telling us that his chicken only required three ingredients.  Since so many asked for the recipe, I thought I'd post it here for all to enjoy!

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Craig's Ono-licious Panko Chicken

Ingredients:

Boneless skinless chicken thighs

Halms BBQ sauce

Panko

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Dip chicken in the BBQ sauce

Coat both sides with the Panko

Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil

Bake for 20 minutes.

I am glad we had such a great time of not only sharing creativity but also inspiration for our kitchen too.  I'm sure many of us will try and recreate Craig's chicken especially during the busy holiday season.

Maile and Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Maile and Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Well, I hope you enjoyed a peek into our September Inspiration Night.  These gatherings always make me happy because I love these ladies so much.  They are such good people, so positive to be around and they make me laugh.  Especially this "sweet" and "innocent" lady named Ann below!

Ann at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ann at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our next Inspiration Night is going to be a Holiday Shoebox swap where we will also make a Holiday Card Organizer.  That's coming up soon at the start of next month!

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here.  I am glad that we now carry these awesome pizza boxes because I know that they will come in handy this Holiday Season.  I look forward to finding many creative ways to use them.

I hope you will try and recreate some Pizza Box Treats of your own.  Whether you make them for party favors or even just to make one to give to a friend they are sure to be a fun way to let someone know you care.

It may seem like a small gesture but I think sometimes we forget that taking the time to do "The Little Things" can really make a difference in the lives of others!