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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Swapping and Sharing

Swapping is a fun way to share ideas.  You design one card to fit a certain theme and then you duplicate it a set amount of times.   At our Spring Sensation Stamp camp we had a Spring card swap.  

When it was time to swap, everyone lined up in a big circle.

Swapping at SWA Spring Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Swapping at SWA Spring Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Then you walk from person to person swapping cards with them.  

Sharing ideas at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sharing ideas at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's kind of like trick or treating but without the tricks!  I think receiving a bag full of hand stamped cards is definitly a treat!

There were so many beautiful swaps.  Here's a bunch from my bag.  Our theme was spring cards for any occasion.  I love having all these wonderful samples to inspire me.  

Stamp Camp Swaps - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Camp Swaps - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is a close up look at some of my favorites.

Susan's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Susan's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love the scallop and polkadot combination on Susan's Thinking of you card.

Laverne's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Laverne's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love the soft stamped images that support Laverne's swirly spring flowers.  This is a very pretty birthday card.

Heidi's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Heidi's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Heidi did a great job on this card.  I love sunny sunflowers and this one is so warm and beautiful.  A perfect design for Heidi who is so warm and beautiful herself!

Kim's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kim's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kim's card is blooming marvelous!!! I love how she put pink polka dots inside the jar.  This is a super fun card done with one of my favorite stamp sets and featuring one of my favorite colors!  PINK!

Barbara's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Barbara's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Yikes... I think I just gained 5 lbs just looking at Barbara's adorable Tasty Treats Birthday card.  I love all the glittery embellishments.  

Glenda's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Glenda's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Glenda's card has a wonderful message on it.  A scripture from I Thessalonians 5:17 that reminds us the importance of giving thanks always.  This was also a fun fold card.

Glenda's card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Glenda's card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This is what it looks like when you open it up.  I love how she made the inside just as beautiful as the outside.

My favorite card in the swap was this beauty made by Robyn.

Robyn's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Robyn's Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I loved how she used her simply score board to made an embossed back ground.  I love the tropical flowers and leaves made from the Botanical Framelits.  I love the way she sponged the texture and added a tiny drop of dazzling detail to make this card sparkle.  I also love that the sentiment on this card celebrates the gift of friendship.  Love, love, love, love it, could you tell?  I would definitely give this card to a wonderful friend.

Well as you can see if you participated in the swap at camp, you were blessed to receive some really beautiful cards.  I hope that everyone who joined our Spring Swap and Drop enjoyed these fabulous swap cards as much as I did.

Hope you have enjoyed Spring Sensation week so far.  I know I've shared a lot about this event but there is STILL more to come, so stay tuned.

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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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Spring Sensation Week

Last weekend over 70 happy stampers gathered at Paradise Park in Manoa Valley to attend a Spring Themed Stamp Camp.  We had an amazing time.  This week I will be sharing about this event but there is too much to share in just a single post so be sure to check back or subscribe to my blog to hear all about it.

The projects at the stamp camp featured the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and most of the projects also featured the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  

When I design projects for large events I challenge myself to design projects that use only a couple of ink pads and one or two stamp sets at the most.  It just makes it simpler, especially when stamping with a large group.   Whether you are stamping this way at an event or even at home, I like to show you ways you can create a variety of projects with minimal supplies.

 Let's take a look at a couple of the projects we made at the camp.

One of my favorite projects that we made was a metal card holder that held three Watercolor Wings Cards. 

Watercolor Wings Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The metal card holder shown above was actually a napkin holder that I found at Walmart.  It was just the right size to hold a set of cards and when the cards are gone you can either restock it with more cards or use it as it was intended, as a napkin holder.

The butterfly focal point was stamped with the Watercolor Wings Stamp set and the rest was cut out with a Big Shot using both the Stampin' Up! Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterfly Thinlits.   

Inside this cute holder was three butterfly cards.

Watercolor Wings Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Two of the cards are exactly the same, except for the use of a different sheet of designer paper.  The designer paper on the top is 2 x 4.  The designer paper on the bottom is 3 x 4.  Blocking card stock or Designer Paper in this way is a great way to create a colorful back ground on a card without having to use stamping or embossing.

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card is simple and beautiful no matter what side of the Designer Paper you use.  I like the sentiment, "you are so kind", that's such a great way to express gratitude and thankfulness while being encouraging at the same time.

Here is a close up of the second card that uses the exact same measurements and supplies.  

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The third card had a tiny bit of stamping on the top and some simple embossing on the bottom with the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When all of the stamping and assembling was done this card was wrapped up in a cello bag and topped with a ribbon.

Watercolor Wings Card Holder with Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Watercolor Wings Card Holder with Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Doesn't this make a fun gift?  Especially for all of your butterfly loving friends.  This would make a great hostess gift or even a gift that you could give for Mother's Day next week!

Another fun gift idea we shared  was this cute little paper succulent.  These would work as a small gift or even as a party favor.  Everyone got to create one mini paper succulent plant at camp.

Paper Succulents - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Paper Succulents - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These little succulents were made with the Succulent Framelit Dies.  I used Garden Green Card stock that was sponged with Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The little pot was filled with tissue paper and we glued some moss under the paper succulent to make it look more real.  

Since we were featuring the Succulent Garden Designer Paper at this stamp camp not only did everyone get to take home a paper succulent but they also got to enjoy an edible succulent.

Succulent Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Aren't these cupcakes incredible? These were created by Pam Tsuzaki.  Whenever Pam helps us at our events we know we can expect an over the top display because she is SO gifted at making things special.  Pam made these little succulents out of frosting.

Succulent Cup Cakes at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Cup Cakes at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These adorable treats were served at the end of camp when Pam reset her decorative snack table with desserts.  Pam even thought to offer a healthier choice and she created these fruit cups that were drizzled with honey and sprinkled with basil leaves and a whole lot of love.  Everything looked too pretty to eat so many took out their cameras to capture the entire display before they ate!!

I can't thank Pam enough for making our camp so special with all her sweet treats!  In another post I'll show you what she did for snacks earlier in the day.  

Cindy and Pam - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy and Pam - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam is such an incredibly talented person and I feel so honored and blessed to call her my friend. I so appreciate her kindness and thoughtfulness to use her gifts to bless us all at stamp camp!         

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this first look at our Spring Stamp Camp.  There is a lot more to share so be sure to check back soon and remember,  if you subscribe to my blog you will get notified in your email every time I post.     

I look forward to sharing more with you about this fabulous event and I hope you will be inspired to create some fun Spring projects of you own.

Stamped Blessings,  Cindy