We Must Celebrate

The month of May was filled with many wonderful celebrations.  I am blessed to be a part of a company that allows me flexibility in my schedule so I could fully enjoy the very special events that happened this month.  I am also very grateful for friends who came along side of me to support me in so many ways!  

One of those friends is my very talented downline, Jodi Hashimoto.  Since I was busy with my daughters wedding earlier this month, Jodi offered to design projects for my Stamped With Aloha downline meeting this month.  

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi is an expert at creating "Critter" cards.  Whenever a new catalog comes out we quickly search to see what type of "Critter" stamps there are and look forward to see what Jodi will create next. Jodi designed all the projects for our gathering with this adorable retiring set, We Must Celebrate.  

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In this set you see this adorable family of critters.  A Squirrel, a Raccoon, a Bear and a Bunny.  Both Jodi and I used some precision scissors to cut our stamps apart so that these images could be used separately.  Here is an example of a card where two Bunnies were stamped side by side.

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Another fun way to use the stamps when they are separated is to stack them on top of each other.  I think this was my favorite card of the bunch.  

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These cards also feature these super cute balloon embellishments.  They are colorful and add a great finishing touch to these stinkin' cute cards.

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These cards also featured the stampin' Blends.  I love coloring with these amazing alcohol based markers.

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We Must Celebrate - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I am very grateful to Jodi for coming to my aid and creating these projects to share with our group.  I had planned to be at the meeting that evening but after returning from the Big Island I ended up with some respiratory challenges.  I was really sick on our meeting night and it was the first time I can ever remember that I didn't attend a meeting because I wasn't feeling well.  

It was good to know that the group was in good hands and that everyone who attended had a great time.

As the month of May comes to an end so does the end of our current catalog.  We will transition to a new catalog filled with beautiful new ink pad colors, new style ink pads, gorgeous stamp sets, delightful designer paper and amazing accessories.  Now that all the celebrations are ending I am looking forward to getting back into my stamp room and creating with our newest products.  Although this set will be retired I know there will be plenty of new favorites to use and share for future celebrations to come.

I hope you enjoyed this adorable projects as much as I enjoyed receiving them from Jodi.  Jodi has a blog, The Stampin' Owl that is really great and if you click HERE you can get a supply list with measurements for all Jodi used to create these adorable We Must Celebrate Critter Cards.

Until Next Time, 
Happy Stampin'

Cindy

May Inspiration Night

Every month I have an Inspiration Night with my wonderful Stamped With Aloha team.  Due to my stamp room remodel I had asked my downline Jodi if she would be willing to coordinate our May gathering.  Jodi agreed to help and soon after I saw the project she planned to share.  I got so excited because EVERYTHING Jodi creates is adorable.  Jodi loves "critters" so we had a Critter themed inspiration night.  Here is the project she shared.

SWA May Inspiration Night - www.stamepdwithaloha.com

SWA May Inspiration Night - www.stamepdwithaloha.com

All of these adorable little cards had matching handmade envelopes and featured items from our A Little Foxy Suite.  Each guest coming to Inspiration Night received a sampler of the A Little Foxy Designer Series paper so they could choose the pattern of their choice to create matching envelopes.

Jodi shares at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi shares at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi shared with everyone how to use our amazing envelope punch board.  This is the tool we used to create the fun envelopes that went with these adorable cards.

A Little Foxy Envelopes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A Little Foxy Envelopes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The envelopes were all so fun and pretty and the perfect match to the cute cards.  Let's take a closer look at the cards.

A Little Foxy Mini Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A Little Foxy Mini Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fox and friends is one of Jodi's favorites because it has critters in it of course.  The first two cards featured this adorable fox and each guest was able to choose which sentiment they wanted to put on the cards.

Punch Art Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Punch Art Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card featured this adorable punch art girl.  It was fun to see all the different variations of hair people would give her as they created their cards.  The words on these two cards came from the stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Raccoon Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Raccoon Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These cute all occasion cards featured a lovable raccoon who also adorned the front of the case that all the cards and envelopes fit into,

A Little Foxy note card set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A Little Foxy note card set - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was so appreciative to Jodi for taking on this project and prepping the almost 40 packets that had to be ready for everyone who came.  I originally intended on helping her because I thought when I asked her the only complication I had going on was my stamp room construction.  The added unexpected health challenge I'm currently facing was not apart of what I had planned.  However, I saw God's faithfulness once again in having Jodi in charge of Inspiration Night because it would have been almost impossible for me to pull it off. 

Shorty after receiving my breast cancer diagnosis, I learned that the same day as Inspiration Night I would be scheduled to meet the surgeon to discuss plans for my treatment.  I was able to go to this appointment and then come to Inspiration Night and just enjoy the love and encouragement from my wonderful downline who made me feel so special.

May Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

May Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As everyone entered, some were surprised to see me there.  I was greeted with hugs and lots of love and many words of encouragement.  Several of these women shared their own stories of difficulties they had been through.  I was so touched by their transparency and caring hearts.

May Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

May Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Just being with everyone and watching them have such a good time creating this adorable project lifted my spirits and made me feel better.

Jodi and Norine - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi and Norine - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And then there was these two amazing ladies, Jodi and Norine who insisted that they run next months Inspiration Night too so I wouldn't have to worry about it.  They sat and reviewed the new catalog looking for what products they would like to feature in June.

I feel so blessed to have such amazing sisters in my life.  

I am so grateful to Jodi for sharing her amazing project with us.  If you would like to know how to make this adorable project Jodi has really detailed information on her blog, The Stamping Owl.  Click the link to see Jodi's post and you will find all the measurements and supplies you need.

Even though my circumstances are challenging at the moment, I am grateful to God for showing me that He is in control.  I had so much peace knowing Jodi had Inspiration Night covered so I could just focus on dealing with my unexpected circumstances.   This is just another sign of how God was showing me that He is in control and I can rest in Him.

 

 

Source: www.stampedwithaloha.com

May Inspiration Night

I returned home from the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation yesterday and today was my monthly Inspiration Night.  I knew it would be a difficult one for me to run since I would be jet lagged, so prior to leaving I invited Jodi to help me with project designing and running the meeting.  Since our theme was critters, Jodi was the perfect choice since critter cards are kind of her specialty.

Stamped With Aloha May Inspiration Night Projects

Stamped With Aloha May Inspiration Night Projects

I was able to attend just the first half of the meeting.  Although severely jet lagged and a little under the weather I was happy to be there to see everyones smiling faces.  I checked everyone in, did some recognition and sharing and then turned it over to Jodi.  She did an outstanding job sharing the projects she designed.

Jodi shares with the group

Jodi shares with the group

The projects included one folder and four cards.  They all featured school house designer paper and critters created with the Playful Pals stamp set.  Everyone who attended received a sampler packet of the School House Designer Paper.

Since we were featuring School House Designer Paper I used this paper as well as some other retiring products to make my TOP TEN recognition cards.  Since the Foxy Friends was one of my pillow gifts on the cruise I was able to incorporate it into this recognition card.

Foxy Friends Recognition Card

Foxy Friends Recognition Card

Now lets take a closer look at the evenings make and take projects created by Jodi.

Card one was this cute long eared bunny thank you card.

Playful Pals Bunny

Playful Pals Bunny

Project two was a gift card holder that featured an owl which is Jodi's favorite critter.

Playful Pals Owl

Playful Pals Owl

This would be a great card to use when giving a gift card to a graduate.

Having fun at Inspiration Night

Having fun at Inspiration Night

 These ladies are laughing because I took the photo before Ralene could add the pupils to her owls eyes!

The next project was a folder.  

Playful Pals Mouse Folder

Playful Pals Mouse Folder

The folder featured an adorable mouse with a red heart accent.

Inside the folder were two adorable mouse cards.

Playful Pals Mouse with Sunflower

Playful Pals Mouse with Sunflower

  One had a bright and sunny sunflower and one had balloons that were cleverly attached to the mouses tail.

Playful Pals Mouse with Balloons

Playful Pals Mouse with Balloons

 I was so glad I was able to be there to see everyones reaction to Jodi's projects.  Also,  I just missed everyone since I had been gone for awhile and was anxious to at least say hello and share a bit about my trip.

So thankful for my team

So thankful for my team

I sure love these ladies and was glad I was able to be there for at least part of the gathering tonight.  I was also very grateful to Eve and Zeny who helped me during the day to do some last minute preparations. 

What a fun night!

What a fun night!

 I am so blessed to have such a wonderful team that are filled with the aloha spirit.

Now time to get some rest and get caught up cause in just a few more hours our new catalog will officially be launched.   I am VERY excited cause I love the new products and can't wait to put in my first order.

I hope you enjoyed these critter projects.  Although the School House paper is discontinued the Playful Pals stamp set is still available for purchase.  I hope you were inspired by seeing how you can use this fun stamp set to make the most adorable critters.

A special thank you again to Jodi for all her hard work.  If you'd like to see more information regarding these projects check out Jodi's awesome blog, The Stamping Owl.

 

 

 

Source: www.stampedwithaloha.com