Tropical Inspiration

I just got home from my monthly Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night.  Tonight's theme was a Tropical one where we created projects using our Tropical Escape Suite.

Tropical Escape Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card, this punch art Haku Girl, is one that I shared in a post a few days ago.

Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It made me happy to find out that some of the people who came to Inspiration Night, were there because they saw this card on my blog and were anxious to make one!   It was fun to see everyone's card come to life, the hair styles and smiles all varied but all came out really cute!

The next card we made was also a punch art card that featured an Ipu Heke.  An Ipu Heke is a drum made out of gourds that is used in Hula dancing.  The shape of the Ipu was made with two circle punches.

Ipu Heke Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ipu Heke Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I adorned the Ipu Heke with a fern from the Tropical Thinlits and a Crushed Curry Flower that was punched with our Bunny Builder Punch.  I placed a red rhinestone in the center of the flower to remind me of my favorite Hawaiian Hibiscus called the "Hula Girl" Hibiscus.   I take photos of these beautiful flowers all the time.  Here is a photo I took when I was in Maui last week.  Don't you think these Hula Girls are pretty?
 

Hula Girl Hibiscus in Maui - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hula Girl Hibiscus in Maui - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card we made featured the Monstera and Fern images from the Tropical Chic stamp set This is a very simple card where I used only one color of ink on the leaves.  The ink color is a new one called Shaded Spruce.   Do you see the cute Tropical wooden flower?  These cute Tropical Elements that are also a part of the Tropical Suite create the perfect finishing touch on this simple card created for a great friend.

Tropical Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final two projects that completed this set were a clear card box and pen.  This created a cute way to display or organize the tropical cards!  

Acetate Card Box and RSVP pen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Acetate Card Box and RSVP pen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The RSVP pen worked great as the finishing piece to this Tropical set.  These pens can be found at most office supply store and they are easy to open and fill with your favorite designer series papers.

Tonight's gathering was really a lot of fun.  I loved all the smiles.  I think its because we are all so thrilled to have a gorgeous Tropical Suite to create projects that remind us of our beautiful home here in Hawaii.

SWA Inspiration Night

SWA Inspiration Night

 I heard lots of laughter tonight which always makes me happy to see that people are having a good time.

Inspiration NIght

Inspiration NIght

I just love these ladies.  It is a blessing to see how creating with stamps, ink and paper can bring people together to experience friendship, encouragement and love.  I love the positive environment and fun we create together.

Happy Stampers at Inspiration Night

Happy Stampers at Inspiration Night

Last night, when I was sharing, these ladies really filled my tank.

As demonstrators, when we share projects, we love reactions from the audience.  If someone "oohs or ahh's" it make us happy to see that they love what we are sharing.  I made a joke the other month about how quiet they were when I was sharing and told them I'd work harder on the next months projects to hope to get a reaction from them... Well, they didn't forget.  Check out this video to see how awesome they are.

So do you want to see a close up of the cards they are "oohing" and "ahhing" over?  These cards will be featured at my class on Friday, July 6th at 5:30pm or Saturday, July 7th at 9:00am.  Be sure to subscribe to my blog or check back to see my next blog post which will feature these cards and the fabulous kit you can purchase to make them.

Until then, wishing you a happy and blessed day!

Cindy

Here Today, Gone To Maui

Saturday was such a wonderful day.  I flew to Maui early in the morning and my friend Cheryl picked me up at the airport.  Cheryl is a demonstrator from Maui and the leader of her group, the Maui Big Shots!  We had such a wonderful time sharing together.  Spending time with Cheryl reminded me once again of why I love being a part of Stampin' Up! so much.  Although we do the same job, you rarely feel a competitive Spirit amongst demonstrators.  Instead what you often find is sharing, encouragement, and love.  That is exactly what happened when Cheryl and I met.  Through sharing our stories, I was really encouraged and we made plans for more get togethers in the near future.

Cheryl and Cindy

Cheryl and Cindy

Cheryl had an event that day at her home and I wish I could have attended.  I would have loved to see some of her group because they have come to some of my events on Oahu before and they are just wonderful. 

Maui Stampers at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Maui Stampers at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 I always look forward to seeing them.  Cheryl and I are working at finding a way we can get our groups together in the near future.  

The reason I couldn't attend Cheryl's event was because I was actually in Maui to visit with my friend Jodi and her husband Dave who were there celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.  Jodi is a dear friend whom I met during my Freshman year at Spring Arbor College in Michigan.   Jodi is one of those special friends whom you don't see often but when you do, you just pick up where you left off.  The last time we had spend time together was 13 years ago.  So right after breakfast, Dave and Jodi picked me up and we set out for a day of adventure!

Jodi and Cindy in Maui

Jodi and Cindy in Maui

I can't believe how much we did in just a few hours.  We went to a Bakery,  then shopping in Wailea and Lahaina, ate lunch at Tommy Bahama, swam in the pool at her condo and went out for one of the best sweet treats I have ever had and ended the day at Starbucks by the airport.

Island Cream Company

Island Cream Company

The sweet treat we had was from the Island Cream Company.  This special cream made of all fresh, local ingredients is unique and SOOOOOO Delicious.  It's not ice cream and its not gelato, but almost like the perfect combination of both.  It has the creamiest texture and choosing what flavor is hard because so many look so good!!!  Their motto is, "We Make Cravings" and you know what?? It's so true.  If I didn't have to leave the island that evening I probably would have went back the next day.  

Since Jodi spent her entire trip on the island of Maui, I wanted to bring her something special from Oahu.  So I went to one of my favorite local boutiques, Manuhealii and purchased two zippered pouches to give as a gift to her.

Manuhealii Pouches

Manuhealii Pouches

Manuhealii makes the most beautiful clothing and accessories.  It makes choosing what to buy difficult because there are so many gorgeous things to purchase.   I love Monstera, so when I saw this pattern on these zippered pouches. I chose to buy Jodi two of them.  

The design and color of the two pouches inspired the card I created for Jodi with our new Tropical Chic Stamp set and Tropical Thinlits.

Tropical Escape Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I just LOVE this set so much.  Even with these non traditional colors it still looks amazing.  For the sentiment I chose a stamp from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I also added one of the cute wooden Tropical Elements as an embellishment.  

Tropical Chic Friendship Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic Friendship Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The colors, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy were a perfect match to the pouches and Jodi seemed really happy and surprised to receive this gift.  That made me feel really happy too!

The day was absolutely beautiful from start to finish.  

Kaanapali, Maui

Kaanapali, Maui

As we said goodbyes, we vowed to not let another 13 years go by until we see each other again!

Jodi and Cindy in Lahaina, Maui

Jodi and Cindy in Lahaina, Maui

As I flew home, I felt so happy and thankful!  It was a blessing to have had the opportunity to spend a day in a beautiful place with such beautiful people who I am grateful to call my friends.