Happy Valentine's Day

One of my favorite things to do as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is to introduce stamping to someone for the first time who thinks they are not creative.  It is so fun to see the smile on their faces when they step out of their comfort zone and give creativity a chance.  I love to see them discover an artistic side that they never realized they had.   

I was really blessed to stamp with this sweet man (pictured below) who came to his very first stamp class last week.  At the end of class I asked him if I could take a photo of him with his cards and he so proudly lined them up to display them for the photo.  

First Time Stamper displaying his cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

First Time Stamper displaying his cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since its hard to see the details of the cards, here is a close up of one of the cards I taught him at this class.

Sealed With Love Valentine's Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With Love Valentine's Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card created with the Sealed With Love stamp set is super simple and easy to make.  It is the perfect card for a new stamper.  The pink background stamp comes from the Happy Celebrations stamp set.

It was fun to share this quick and simple Valentine card with all the wonderful people who attended my class.

This sweet lady who attended one of my classes was a very gifted stamper, it was obvious to me she had been crafting for many years!

Valentine Card Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Valentine Card Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This wonderful stamp set, Sealed With Love with the coordinating Sending Love Paper Pack was also the featured products at my monthly Bunco games.  

Here is the fun Aloha Prize that I came up with for this month's Valentine Bunco.

Sealed With A Kiss Gummy Frogs - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With A Kiss Gummy Frogs - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These delicious and sweet gummy frogs are all nestled in this cute mason jar just waiting to be kissed.  

Sealed With a Kiss Gummy Frog Jar - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With a Kiss Gummy Frog Jar - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Who knows, maybe by doing so, one of them will change into a handsome prince?  No wonder all the ladies at Bunco were so anxious to win this prize.

For my Bunco favors this month, I got some help from the very talented Cindy Ontai of Zoe, Hawaii.  Cindy designed these amazingly delicious cookies to coordinate with one of the prints in our Sending Love Designer Paper Pack.

Sending Love Bunco Favors/Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love Bunco Favors/Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The little topper was one of my favorite quick and simple projects.  Here is a close up of just the topper.

Sending Love Favor Topper - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love Favor Topper - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was super excited to share this fun favor idea with everyone who came to Bunco.  Since I gave away two of these stamp sets at this event the ladies were even more anxious to win so they could make this.  

February Bunco Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

February Bunco Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And of course those who have tasted Cindy's cookies before were asking if they could open them up and eat them before we ate dinner because they are just that delicious.  

Zoe, Hawaii Cookies by Cindy Ontai - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zoe, Hawaii Cookies by Cindy Ontai - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I feel so blessed to have such a gifted and talented friend like Cindy in my life so that we can partner together on projects such as this.  

Well, speaking of Cindy, I have to get up bright and early on Valentine's Day 2017  because I am going to go on a hike with her and my friend Karin.  Cindy is not a big fan of photos but she knows if we make it to the top of the mountain, there will be photos and victory chocolate too.  

 That sounds like the perfect way to start my Valentine's Day this year.  With people I love, doing something I love, in the place I love more than anywhere else on earth. 

 I hope no matter how you celebrate your Valentine's day this year, that it is filled with love and blessings and the knowledge that God loves you and so do I.  

Happy Valentine's Day.

 

 

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

My son's girlfriend Joyce celebrated her 23rd birthday a few days ago.  Joyce is such a beautiful person inside and out and I just love her bright and beautiful smile! 

Kalani and Joyce - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kalani and Joyce - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Recently, Joyce has been really into beauty products.  She loves make up and has even been making You Tube videos to educate others on her favorite products and how to use them.  I love that she is taking something that she is passionate about and is using her knowledge to be an inspiration to others.

One of her favorite stores is Sephora, so her birthday card this year was designed after the Sephora gift card we bought to give her for her special day.  

Here is the inside of the card I designed for her that shows what the Sephora gift card looks like.

Beautiful You/Sealed With Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful You/Sealed With Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The lips are SO cute, don't you think?.

 The lip stamp is found in our new Sealed With Love Valentine's Day set.  I inked it up in Real Red and stamped a couple on the inside of the card as well as one on the envelope.  

Here is the front of the card.

Beautiful You/Sealed With Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful You/Sealed With Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The outside of the card starts with a folded piece of Basic Black card stock that is topped with a piece of striped paper from our Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I then cut a couple of 2" wide strips of card stock, one out of Basic Black and one out of Red Glimmer Paper and punched the end with the Triple Banner Punch.  I stapled these onto the front of the card and added two punched circles as the focal point.  

The words "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" comes from the appropriately named Beautiful You stamp set.  I added some more Real Red lips next to the sentiment and  also a couple on the white stripes of the Designer Series Paper.  

On the lips that are near the sentiment I added a thin layer of glue from the Fine Tip Glue pen and let it dry so that it would look like shiny lip gloss.  Finally, I added some jewel rhinestones as a finishing touch.  

Joyce and I have been celebrating our birthday's together for the past 4 years since her birthday is just 2 days before mine.  So on Sunday night we went to Roy's in Ko'olina to celebrate.  It was there that I gave Joyce her birthday card and gift.

Birthday Girls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Girls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When Joyce opened it up, I could tell by her expression that she really liked the gift and card.

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Yesterday Joyce texted to thank us again for the gift and to let us know she had already used it.  She also told me that she loved the card so much that she posted it to her Instagram account with this adorable picture below.

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Joyce said that she doesn't normally wear bright red lipstick but this fun card inspired her to give it a try.  I think she looks adorable, don't you?

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous Joyce, it was fun to celebrate another special day with you!

Source: www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, it's the perfect time to send a love note to someone special.  Our brand new Sending Love suite in the Occasions catalog has the perfect products for you to create the most adorable Valentine's Day projects.

 I love this set so much that I not only featured it last week at my Inspiration Night but I am also featuring it at our February Bunco Night as well as a special add on class that I will be having this Tuesday evening, in just a couple of days!!!

Here are my Sending Love Projects.  They are all made with the Sending Love Designer Paper Pack, a Real Red ink pad and of course the adorable Love Notes framelit dies.

Sending Love Notes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love Notes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card is this adorable note card that has a tiny love note on the front.

Sending Love Note Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love Note Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This tiny love note actually can be removed from the envelope and you can write a message on it.  The stamp set also comes with alternate sayings that fit this size so you can make a whole bunch of tiny note cards and use them on your projects or even string them together to make a love note banner.

The next card is also a little note card.

Sending Love Note Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love Note Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This one also uses the framelits to cut out these tiny hearts.  One of them is made out of red glimmer paper which adds a little sparkle to the front of this card.

This project once again shows off the cool framelit options that are available in the Love Notes collection.  I love this adorable heart and the way it pops!

Hello Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hello Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The tiny hearts come from one of our Confetti Heart Border Punch.  This punch produces a variety of tiny hearts all at once so you could even throw some in the envelope to create a loving surprise for the recipient of this card. 

The Sending Love suite also includes individual glassine sheets.  So I took them and created my own glassine bag to use as an pocket envelope for this card.  Do you want to know how I did this?

Sealed With A Kiss Pocket Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With A Kiss Pocket Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

You cut your glassine sheet at 4 1/2 x 12.  

Score it at 5 1/4 and 10 1/2.

Fold it up to resemble the photo above, you will have a small excess piece at the top.  Using a silicone mat on the sides, add a tiny border of adhesive of your choice to the sides, I used snail.  

Place this into the heart embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. Don't emboss top flap.  

Fold a 3 x 3 DSP Square to top flap as pictured above.  There will be some excess of the glassine sheet sticking out on the sides, just trim it with your paper snips and you are done!!!

Sealed With A Kiss Pocket Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With A Kiss Pocket Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Now you have the perfect glassine pocket to hold a little love note.  This one simply has a single stamped lip image on it.  This coordinates with the cute Sealed With A Kiss sentiment that is placed on the outside with dimensionals which helps hold the flap down when you seal this love note up!

I saved my favorite for last, this one actually says "Love Note" and is a matchbox style card.

Love Note Matchbook Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Love Note Matchbook Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When you open this card you will find an actual loose love note inside.

Love Note Matchbook Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Love Note Matchbook Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

You can easily pull this little note out of the flap and write a special note to someone you love.

I shared these projects at last Tuesday's Inspiration Night.

SWA Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

SWA Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As you can see by all the smiles, everyone had a great time and there was a lot of love and aloha shared.

Sisterly Love - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sisterly Love - www.stampedwithaloha.com

If you liked these projects and are interested in ordering the Sending Love Suite, I am offering this as a free class to anyone who orders the Sealed with Love bundle from me.  The bundle costs $45.75 and if you add on one of the other smaller products from the Sending Love suite you will qualify not only for my free class but for a free Saleabration set as well.   Class will be held on January 31st at my home, stop by anytime between 5pm and 8pm.

If you are not interested in ordering the bundle, you can still come.  Class kits will cost $12 for the 5 projects.  Just let me know by tomorrow so I can prepare a supply kit for you.

I hope this post has inspired you to take some time to create special cards to send to the ones you love.   Cards that can be sent not only for Valentine's Day but all through the year where sending hand stamped love can make a difference in someone's life.