Stamp Camp Projects

When I design projects for classes or events, I always like their to be a theme or featured product that is displayed on what I create.  Our Stamping In Paradise Stamp Camp Projects all had these things in common.  They carried the same color scheme (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Real Red).  They all displayed a piece of This Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Most of them had touches of gold by using Gold Foil Sheets or Gold Sequins and some had white ribbon accents.

The first project was this card created with the adorable Merry Tags Framelit Dies and a brand new embossing folder called Pine Bough that displays a beautiful pine branch pattern.  The greeting on this card came from the set Wonderful Year which I also used on the next project as well.

Merry Tag Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Merry Tag Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Project two was a index card booklet.  This cute booklet is bound together with a one inch book ring.  This book is really cute and very useful for the upcoming Holiday Season which I like to refer to as "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" which is why I chose this sentiment for the front of the book.

Wonderful Year Holiday Book - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Wonderful Year Holiday Book - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This book is the perfect size to throw in your purse and use for your daily "to do" list or use it as a Holiday planner.  You could also use it as a journal to record special memories during the holidays.

The next project was a box.  The box is adorned with beautiful pine branches with gold and silver accents.  These items come from our Present and Pinecones collection.  My favorite part of this project is the pine boughs that were created with the Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies.  They are so beautiful and almost look real.  The sentiment on this box comes from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.

Candy Cane Christmas Pine Bough Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Candy Cane Christmas Pine Bough Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The inside of the box contained wrapped hershey nuggets.

Inside of Candy Cane Christmas Pine Bough Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Inside of Candy Cane Christmas Pine Bough Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This quick and simple box makes for the perfect packaging for a small gift or a handful of holiday candy.

The next card is probably my favorite.  I found a way to use the Pineapple stamp in a more practical way.  I removed the crown from the base of the pineapple of my stamp so it would make it divided the stamp in two, in order to make it easier to stamp the pineapple in multiple colors.  

Since another one of the stamp sets I would be highlighting at this event was Here's To Cheers, I found the perfect sentiment from that set to match this card.

Pineapple Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pineapple Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final project and probably the one that got the most compliments was our Here's to Cheers Sparkling Cider project.

Here's To Cheers Sparkling Cider Bottle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here's To Cheers Sparkling Cider Bottle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This bottle was wrapped with red glimmer paper and a gold foil reindeer stands out on the front with his rhinestone nose that has been colored with a red sharpie pen.  The tag on the top of the bottle comes from our new Cheerful Tags Framelits that has this amazing tag that is made to slip over the top of bottles to create a hanging tag.  Love that this project is Sparkling in many ways from the cider to the glimmer paper, rhinestones and the sparkling sentiment this project definitely displays a super sparkly gift that would be fun to give away this Holiday season.  These large gusseted cello bags are also wonderful too, they are designed with this type of project in mind.

Well, I hope you enjoyed a closer look at our Stamp Camp projects.  I certainly enjoyed creating them and even more so seeing the smiling faces of everyone at camp enjoying putting them together.  

I hope this post has given you some inspiration for projects you may want to recreate this Holiday season.  

 

 

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Stamping In Paradise

This past weekend was our Stamped With Aloha Stamping In Paradise Event where we created all of these fabulous projects in the comfort of an air conditioned venue located in lush Manoa Valley at Paradise Park.  In my next post I'll show a close up and share a little bit about these camp projects but for today I just wanted to share about the amazing day we all spent Stamping in Paradise together.

Stamp Camp Projects October 2016 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Camp Projects October 2016 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The day started bright and early.  It was a beautiful day.  I got dressed in my brand new Stamped With Aloha t-shirt that would be making its debut appearance at the event.   The shirt says, "Be A Pineapple" on the front.  Why exactly should you be a pineapple you might ask?  Well, you'll have to read the back of the shirt to answer that question.

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (front) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (front) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The back of the shirt says:  "Stand Tall, Wear a Crown and Be Sweet on the Inside".  I love this saying and couldn't wait to debut these shirts at our event.

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The team arrived early at the event as there was a lot of setting up to do.

Berd at our Holiday Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Berd at our Holiday Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We got all the tables can chairs set up and covered them with table cloths and supplies.

Setting Up Our Holiday Stamp Camp  - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Setting Up Our Holiday Stamp Camp  - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This was a ton of work but in addition to our team we had these two amazing guys helping us!

Wray and Derek help set up the Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Wray and Derek help set up the Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam prepared the refreshments for this camp and as usual went over the top with cuteness and creativity!

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The team gathered to say a blessing over the event and then we opened the door in this new venue for our very first camp experience.

Stamped With Aloha Stamp Camp Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Stamp Camp Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Then we opened the doors to the happy campers who were waiting outside.

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone came in and got settled and got right to work.  

Stamping In Paradise - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping In Paradise - www.stampedwithaloha.com

At this camp we did our first ever Swap and Drop.  This style of swapping is kind of like trick or treating.   This style gave everyone who attended the opportunity to get everyone's swap and meet them face to face as they did it.  It required an early swap deadline and commitment to bring an exact number of swaps and it worked beautifully.

I was so thrilled how everyone came prepared with the right number of cards and the holiday creations they made were super cute too as you can see from the cards Berd has below.

Berd swapping at our stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Berd swapping at our stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We got such rave reviews on this style of swapping that many of my downline asked if we could swap like this at our monthly Inspiration Night... so its in the works to see if we can make this a permanent change for all our events.  I'm so happy it was so well received.

Stamp Camp Swap and Drop - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Camp Swap and Drop - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We also altered the way we did door prizes and we held a prize patrol instead.  Everyone who attended won a hand stamped item that each of us had designed to highlight a specific catalog item.

Jodi shared about three of our amazing Holiday kits and her prize was three separate samples from each of those featured kits.

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Eve was one of the lucky recipients of Jodi's Prize Patrol.

Eve and her prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Eve and her prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny loves to make boxes so naturally her Prize Patrol was this cute self closing box and it included some extra DSP too!

Zeny shares her prize patrol box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny shares her prize patrol box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lynn was the lucky winner of Norine's Washi Tape Prize Patrol.  This one included Washi Tape Cards and Washi Tape.

Lynn at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lynn at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We also created Prize Baskets.  We all came up with different themes for our prize baskets that were valued at a minimum of $50 each.  The team did a fabulous job coming up with creative baskets.  

This was the one I made, a Pineapple themed basket of course.  I have always wanted to make one of those candy pineapples so I took one of the extra apple cider bottles, made a crown out of green card stock and hot glued candy on the bottle to resemble a pineapple.  This basket also included the Pineapple stamp, Crushed Curry and Old Olive card stock and ink as well as various shades of green, yellow and gold ribbon.

Cindy's Pineapple Prize Basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Pineapple Prize Basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bonnie was the winner of this fun prize basket and she was so happy because the Pineapple stamp was on her wish list.

Bonnie wins the pineapple basket at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bonnie wins the pineapple basket at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Shanda also went home with a basket Norine had created that had a texture impressions machine and lots of embossing folders so she could texture card stock to her hearts content!  

Shanda's prize basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Shanda's prize basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We had some surprise entertainment from this musician who plays for the guests at the Treetops restaurant upstairs.  He wandered in to see what we were up to and in addition to quietly singing some Hawaiian songs he also sang Silent Night when he noticed we were working on Christmas projects.  It was a sweet suprise.

A Sweet Surprise Serenade - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A Sweet Surprise Serenade - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This was our first time in this venue and we hope to return again.  We learned a great deal how we would make adjustments to make the next one even better.  

We got great feedback from all who attended.  I don't think I ever had so many hugs on the way out from happy campers who wanted to show their appreciation.  I received some great emails and text messages after the event as well with several thanking us for all the hard work and telling us they can't wait till the next one.

So many shared about how much they loved Pam's treats.  They appreciated all the little creative ways Pam displayed the food that not only looked pretty but tasted delicious which resulted in several people asking for her recipes.

Pam has a way of making everything special.  I love how she took a hole punch and added a tag to each of the plastic drinking cups.  What a cheerful addition when serving a fun Holiday punch and so simple too.

Christmas Cheer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Cheer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 Its those little touches that make everyone feel so loved and appreciated.

Cindy and Pam at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy and Pam at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In addition to all the special treats, Pam served a delicious White Chicken Chili at the event and everyone was begging her for the recipe.  So she kindly shared it with me so I could post it here for all of you.

Pam's White Chicken Chili

Ingredients:

2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, diced

1 large onion, chopped

4 large garlic cloves, diced

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 cup Chardonnay (dry and buttery if possible)

1 can (15 1/2 ounces) Great Northern Beans, drained

1 can (15 1/2 ounces) Chickpeas, drained

2 cans (11 ounces) Sweet White Corn, drained

1 can (4.5 ounces) Green Chilies, diced and drained

8 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded plus extra for garnish

Salt and Pepper to taste

Chopped Parsely, for garnish (optional)

Directions:  In a large skilled with olive oil, sauté the diced chicken, onions and garlic.  
In a 5 quart slow cooker, add the cooked chicken, garlic and onions.  Then mix in the rest of the ingredients.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  Then set the slow cooker to high and cook for 45 minutes to one hour.  

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I hope that everyone who came enjoyed our first Stamp Camp.  We enjoyed it so much we are already working on one for early next year during Saleabration.  We hope to have everything set in the next week or two so that we can secure a date to share with all of you.

A special thank you to the amazing team who worked so hard to make this a success and to all of you who attended.  Please continue to give us feedback on how we can improve the experience for you because providing you with an opportunity for inspiration, creativity, sharing and fun is at the heart of what we do.  

Be sure to check my next post to take a closer look at all of the Stamping In Paradise Projects we created at this fabulous event.

Until then I hope you've enjoyed hearing about and seeing pictures of this special day.  I hope that next time we have a Stamp Camp if you weren't able to be there that you will join us at our next event.

 

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Christmas Peace Bunco

This past weekend I hosted my monthly Stampin' Bunco.  Our theme this month was Christmas In July featuring the Christmas Peace stamp set as well as the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper.  The paper is featured below on our special Aloha Prize which this month was this elegant Holiday planner.

Christmas Peace Planner - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Peace Planner - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I LOVE the energetic atmosphere at Bunco.  The ladies (and sometimes gents) who attend are so fun to spend time with.  

Christmas In July Bunco - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas In July Bunco - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When these ladies pictured in the middle heard it was a Christmas theme they decided to show up wearing Holiday colors decked out with their jingle bell necklaces.  It was so cute, I had to run upstairs and put on a Holiday shirt to join them!  Goldie just happened to be dressed in green so she fit right in!

Not only did people get into the Holiday Spirit with what they wore but just look at these beautiful treats that people brought to share.

Bea's Candy Apples - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bea's Candy Apples - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bea made these yummy candy apples that were bright and colorful and reminded me of Fall.

Pam's Watermelon Salad - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam's Watermelon Salad - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam also made something colorful and fun, a red and green salad made with watermelon!.  This salad was so refreshing and was made with some delicious fresh mint that Pam grew in her own garden.  Can you see the little bits of Feta cheese in the salad too?  It was so delicious.

Christmas Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Just look at these adorable cupcakes that Shelly brought.  They were so pretty and tasted as good as they looked.  I so appreciate Shelly taking the time to decorate them so we could all get into the Holiday Spirit.

The games on both days were such fun.  My house was filled with laughter, cheers, and an overwhelming amount of JOY,  just the way I like it.

Christmas Peace Bunco - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Peace Bunco - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When the games ended 6 people went home with prize bundles and everyone went home with a stamped favor and a sore stomach from laughing so much.  

A funny moment this month happened on Monday night when Ann went into the bathroom and we were waiting for her to start the next game.  Two of the Kolohe (rascal) players, Lori and Terry started to bang on the wall like a hula dancer would hit an Ipu (Hawaiian gourd used in Hula Dancing) and then the bathroom door opened and out came Ann, hula dancing back to her seat, not missing a beat.  

Our favors this month were these quick and simple wrapped Holiday nuggets.

"This Is Christmas" Nuggets - www.stampedwithaloha.com

"This Is Christmas" Nuggets - www.stampedwithaloha.com

To wrap the nuggets all you need is a 3 x 1 piece of Designer Paper.  The new This Christmas Paper works great because it is lightweight and easy to wrap.  I chose four different patterns and wrapped four nuggets per favor.  We have brand new 2 x 8 sturdy cellophane bags that are just the right size to hold the nuggets.  To make it a little more finished looking, I created a foundation piece of card stock by cutting a 2 x 4 piece of cherry cobbler card stock and scoring the side edges at 1/2 each.

Christmas Nugget Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Nugget Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

After scoring 1/2 inch on each side, I folded them up and slid them in the bag and then carefully placed the nuggets on top of it.  The cello bag was 8 inches high so I could have easily added more nuggets but I stopped at four nuggets simply because I had purchased two bags of candy and I had exactly enough nuggets to accommodate the 28 people who would be attending bunco.  If you would want to make this favor with more nuggets then simply adjust the pattern by an inch.  For 5 nuggets cut your card stock at 2 x 5, for six nuggets make it 2 x 6.  Easy Peasy!

This Is Christmas Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This Is Christmas Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When everyone left the sign up sheet for next month was almost FULL.  That makes me SO happy to know that people had such a good time and will look forward to coming back again next month.

  I hope that in addition to all the good food and good fun that they were inspired by these two Stampin' ideas and will now have some inspiration to plan ahead for the upcoming Holiday season!  

With a little advanced planning we can all experience more peace this Christmas which is a really good thing to hope for!

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Peace This Christmas

One of the things I love about our new annual catalog is that we have a section of Christmas stamps.  One of the newest is a set called, Peace This Christmas.  It seems that every year I vow to work on Christmas projects and somehow I usually end up getting busy and often just after Thanksgiving I'm thinking, "Wasn't I supposed to have begun my Christmas Cards in July"?  

Well, this year is a year of Change for me.  I want to learn to focus on learning to trust God more, to tune into His Spirit for wisdom and direction and to not allow myself to get overwhelmed with things that aren't important.  I want to learn to love others more than myself and to appreciate all the blessings that have been given to me.  

As my husband and I have spent time in Chamonix, France this July I was reminded as I looked upon and hiked through the beautiful, peaceful snow capped mountains to stick to my commitment of experiencing Peace This Christmas.

Derek and Cindy in Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Derek and Cindy in Chamonix, France - www.stampedwithaloha.com

So that is what inspired today's blog post! Here is the first of the cards I've designed with the beautiful new stamp set appropriately named Peace This Christmas.

Peace This Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Peace This Christmas Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card features the beautiful This Christmas designer series paper.  This paper is lighter weight than our normal DSP and would be great to use as gift wrap because its easy to fold and crease.  I used coordinating colors Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green on this card and textured the Garden Green with the beautiful new Holly embossing folder.  Creating texture with embossing folders is one of my favorite things to do on my projects and I can tell that this new Holly folder is going to be used a lot to create Holiday projects this year.

I am committed to staying on top of things this year and experiencing Christmas Peace so to keep me accountable to my commitment to myself you will see Christmas Projects at my July Christmas themed Bunco events and one of my monthly Stamp A Stack cards will be a Christmas card as well.

That way I hope to inspire you to join me in focusing on preparing ahead.  By doing so together we can focus on the true meaning of Christmas and all experience Love, Joy and Peace This Christmas.

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