A Beautiful Blessing

Last week I had another enjoyable evening stamping in Kaneohe with a wonderful group of ladies.  As I was waiting for the class to begin Shirley came in and shared a story with me about one of the cards she had made in class two weeks before.  Shirley's friend had recently been diagnosed with some very serious health challenges and she took this card to that person to let them know that she was thinking of them and praying for them.   This is the card that she shared.

Strength and Prayers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Strength and Prayers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As she shared the details of the situation and her visit,  I was so touched to see that something we had created in class was already being used to brighten the day of someone who needed encouragement.   I hugged Shirley and thanked her for sharing her story with me.

Cindy and Shirley at Wako - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy and Shirley at Wako - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's moments like these that make me feel so grateful to have the opportunity to use creativity to make a difference!

It was now time to begin class and all the lovely ladies arrived.  Each one of them has become such a blessing to me and I so look forward to stamping with them each week.

Here are the cards I taught them this week.

Wako Class week 3 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Wako Class week 3 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our theme for the evening was Beautiful Blessings and Blossoms which featured cards with flowers on them.  The black and white card on the left and the floral card in the center are both created with images from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  

Card one celebrates the Blessing of Friendship and displays a single flower that has been colored with Stampin Write markers.  The Calypso Coral strip on the left side has been textured with the Lovely Lace Textured Embossing folder.

Birthday Blooms Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Blooms Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As I demonstrated this card one of the ladies pointed out that Barbara pretty floral shirt matched our card perfectly.  

What a beautiful card created by Beautiful Barbara!  

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Barbara and her matching card - www.stampedwthaloha.com

The next card is very simple but elegant and only uses a basic black ink pad.  It just so happened that Ann had on the perfect outfit to match this card as well.  

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This card is elegant and beautiful just like Ann is, she was the perfect model.

Ann is a beautiful blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ann is a beautiful blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For the greeting on this card I used the stamp set Rose Wonder which has coordinating framelits that create this nice front label.  Rose Wonder has amazingly beautiful sentiment stamps in it, including this one that I used here that says, "What a Beautiful Blessing You Are".

The final card was a Botanical Blooms card.

Botanical Blooms Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Botanical Blooms Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was great to hear all the ladies gasp when I stamped the red centers of the flowers.  Two step stamping usually gets that reaction, especially when done in front of people who have never seen it before.  The Botanical Blooms set has so many beautiful images but I kept things simple with a combination of Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Old Olive.  This stamp reminds me of my favorite Hibiscus called, the Hula Girl.  

As you can see I purposely layered the sentiment over a flower that had been stamped underneath to add dimension.

Well... that wraps up last weeks session and tonight I am heading back there one last time.  I have to admit I'm a bit sad because I've so enjoyed this wonderful gathering of women who I've been  honored  to spend a creative hour each week for the past 4 weeks.  

Meeting and stamping with them has truly been a Beautiful Blessing!

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Thank You Cards

Last week several of my stampin sisters and I got together to make cards for Roanna's family.  They were in need of "Thank You" cards.  Several of my downline and friends had asked what they could do to help, so I shared this need and they took immediate action.  Some friends that were close to the family dropped cards directly to them while stopping by to visit them or taking them a meal.  Others asked if they could stop by my house and contribute cards for this cause.  A few others came over for a couple of hours so we could "talk story" and be creative together, doing something that Roanna would have loved.

Stampin Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stampin Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The family requested that we don't follow any particular theme or pattern.  They just needed Thank You cards and told everyone to stamp them in their own unique way.   It was really great to see all the beautiful creations that were stamped with aloha to bless Roanna's family.

Here are all the cards that were created at or dropped off at my home that evening.

Rose Wonder Card - created by Cindy Baughman

Rose Wonder Card - created by Cindy Baughman

My card was created with the Rose Garden thinlits.  I have to say that the new Big Shot platform is totally worth the investment.  It made it so EASY to create this beautiful cut out rose pattern.  Prior to adhering the black rose cut out card stock, I stamped the exact image with black ink and colored it in with an aqua painter and stamp pads.   I carefully added glue to the back of the delicate rose cut out and lined it up on top of the stamped rose.  The background of this card is Pear Pizzaz which was one of Roanna's favorite colors.  I attached a punched out jeweled flower to add sparkle, something I often do on my creations.

Norine's Thank You card

Norine's Thank You card

Norine has such a beautiful style.  Her card is stamped in one of our newest In Colors Sweet Sugarplum.

Thank You Card created by  Norine Oyasato

Thank You Card created by  Norine Oyasato

I love the layering on this card and the gentle splatter stamped on it to soften it and make it look so elegant.  Norine is such a humble yet talented stamper.  Her customers and friends just love her classes!
 

Next up is Lori.  She created a variety of cards featuring Designer Series Paper and punched out flowers.  Lori is very busy with work and family so I really appreciate her stopping by to drop off these cards for the family.  One thing I appreciate about Lori is she is always joyful with a smile on her beautiful face.

Lori's Thank You Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lori's Thank You Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Let's take a closer look at her card.

Created by Lori Iha - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Created by Lori Iha - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Both Lori and I used the same "Thank You" sentiment from the set One Big Meaning which is an amazing set for Thank You cards because it features 7 different Thank You sentiments in different fonts all in one stamp set.  

Berd stopped by quickly to deliver these beautiful cards created with this Bird of Paradise Paper from the Botanical Gardens DSP that was in our last Occasions catalog.

Teri and Berd in my stamp room - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Teri and Berd in my stamp room - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love Berd's simple style of stamping.  She lives a very busy life with work, family, coaching, softball and baseball so she is a great example of someone who can teach you how to make beautiful cards that are quick and simple to make, with NO coloring cause that is not her favorite thing to do, LOL.

Created by Berdina Kubo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Created by Berdina Kubo - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When Lori showed us her cards (below) it was great to see how she and Berd came up with cards using the same designer paper and the lay out of the card was very similar too!

Lori Nasu and her beautiful cards.

Lori Nasu and her beautiful cards.

Just goes to show you how I am blessed to be surrounded by such talent and also that great minds think alike!

Here is a close up of Lori's two cards.

Created By Lori Nasu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Created By Lori Nasu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Created By Lori Nasu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Created By Lori Nasu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This butterfly one was really fun, with a unique fold on the front.   Lori said that making this card is simple because you just use your paper cutter to cut a straight line in the middle of the designer paper and then fold it back carefully to create this look.  The great thing about our Designer Paper is that there is a pretty pattern on both sides so Lori shows us how you can see both sides of the paper by doing this technique.  

Cyndie, Pam and I shared lots of laughs while creating together.  These two have been especially helpful to me in the past couple of weeks and I am so grateful for their love and friendship as well as their sense of humor!

Cyndie and Pam and their beautiful card creations!

Cyndie and Pam and their beautiful card creations!

Aren't their cards beautiful?  Let's take a closer look.

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Most of this card was created by using the stamp set Butterfly Basics.  The Butterfly however comes from the Wonderful Wings set.  I think combing these two sets produces and absolutely gorgeous card. 

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Pam's card is SUPER cute too.  Pam made this card with a brand new stamp set called Live, Love and Grow.  It is a really unique set that allows you to make all kinds of different arraignments with these beautiful succulents.  I think Pam did a great job on this card she was probably inspired by the beautiful garden her husband built her in her backyard where her plants are thriving and growing like crazy!  

The next card was created by Tammy who had attended our Holiday retreat and really enjoyed Roanna's presentation as well as getting to know Roanna that day.  Tammy stamped this beautiful monochromatic card using two of Roanna's favorites, the color green and flowers!

Tammy's Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tammy's Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Terry followed the same color scheme as Tammy.  They both used the color green and flowers!  As Terry stamped she shared about the plans she and Roanna were making to do some holiday classes together.  Terry and Roanna were childhood friends who had been reunited through Stampin' Up!.  It was nice to hear how Terry plans to do her best to continue stamping and finish the goals that she had set with her dear friend.

Terry's Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Terry's Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I thought it was so thoughtful that these ladies thought of honoring their friend by choosing elements that they know she loved.

Finally, here is Michelle's card.  Again, can you see how great minds think alike?  Shades of Green, elegant flowers and an oh so beautiful creation created by Michelle who is like this card is so beautiful inside and out.

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All in all we blessed the family with around 200 cards that were stamped with much love and aloha.  It was a blessing to see the smile on Roanna's daughters face when I delivered these cards.  She told me what a blessing it was to have these because she said, "there was NO way we could have sent out store bought cards, Mom wouldn't have approved".  

It was so touching to hear at her memorial service just how much Roanna loved to craft.  Her daughters shared that even when she was tired and supposed to rest, she still found moments to sneak into her stamp room and create.  It brought her joy and it made her happy!                     

 Today A "memory" popped up on my Facebook from one of our stampin' events together. Its moments like these that we will all remember fondly.

Stamped With Aloha Opportuni-TEA party! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Opportuni-TEA party! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 

All of us were blessed that we had the opportunity to be a part of her stampin family and spend time stamping with her as well as being inspired by her.

 I hope as her family writes in each one of these cards they will feel the aloha that was put into each element of these creations.  I also hope that as they say "Thank You" to others they will know how Thankful we were for our time with Roanna.  She was loved by all of us and will be dearly missed.

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Rose Wonder Journal

Here is a project I recently created for a 3D swap I participated in.  This is a simple project made with 3 x 5 index cards that have been bound together by a book ring.  

Rose Wonder Journal - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Rose Wonder Journal - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The stamp on the front comes from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I love this scripture verse and think its perfect for this project because for me, I plan on using this book to write down several important verses such as this to carry around with me.  The Bible tells us its important to hide God's Word in our heart so why not do that by recording verses to memorize in a beautifully decorated index card book.

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The designer series paper on this project is so pretty, it has copper highlights in it that are hard to see in this photo but up close it really shines.  The card stock is from our new catalog and is called, Affectionately Yours.

Creating an index card book such as this is quick, simple and a very useful gift.  You can use it to write your grocery or "to-do" list, or you can use it as I did to write words of encouragement or verses of hope to carry with you wherever you go.  This will serve as something to help you stay encouraged and also can help you to be an encouragement to others!  And I bet we all will agree that our world certainly can use a whole lot more of encouragement and love.   So, why not take some time to make one of these projects today and then look for opportunities to put it to use!

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Thoughts and Prayers

In the past few weeks I have learned about so many special people who are going through some very challenging seasons.  Whether it be with their health, finances, relationships, etc.  Its seems that I've encountered so many people who need encouragement.  One of the best things we can do for others, besides keeping them in our thoughts and prayers is to remind them that we are doing that by sending them a hand stamped greeting filled with words of encouragement and love.

Rose Wonder Thoughts and Prayers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Rose Wonder Thoughts and Prayers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I created this card using the Rose Wonder stamp set for a very special down line member of mine who is going through an especially challenging season.  Her favorite color is yellow so that is why you see so many different shades of that cheerful color on this card.

Rose Wonder Thoughts and Prayers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Rose Wonder Thoughts and Prayers Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I put extra jewel rhinestones on this card hoping that when she sees them that it will make her day a little brighter.  I will continue to lift her up in my thoughts and prayers and pray for her to be encouraged and strengthened and be reminded that she is not alone.

If you are going through a challenging season or even if today has been a rough day know that I am praying for you too and I hope you will be encouraged by this verse which also happens to be one of the images in this fantastic stamp set.

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

With my heartfelt thoughts and prayers,  Cindy


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