Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous!

I went to Starbucks in Kapolei a few days before my trip to Alaska.  I found these really beautiful Hawaii Starbucks cards.  I often bring gifts for friends I will meet when I travel.  For this trip,  I decided to pick up a few of these cute Hawaii Starbucks cards to give as gifts.  The card design was navy blue with red and yellow hibiscus flowers on the front.  The word "Hawaii" is iridescent and really shiny!   

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Next, I needed to package these cute gift cards!!!  I had an idea!!! I decided to make a punch art Hula Girl card.

I played around with my framelits and punches and before you know it, this fabulous Hula Girl was born!

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The face takes up the entire front of a standard size card.  I used our Layering Oval Framelits to create the shape of the face and the body.  I used a whole oval for the face and half an oval for the body and adhered them to a Basic Black Card Stock background as shown below. 

I layered a strip of Pineapple Punch card stock across the bottom of the card.  I rounded the corners with a corner rounder and stamped it with flowers and leaves from the Tropical Chic stamp set.  I used a 1 3/4 inch circle punch to take a small piece out of the top to create a scooped collar.   After stamping the flowers, I added some tiny Red Rhinestones to them.  I then layered a piece of Basic Black card stock with rounded corners over the top oval to create bangs.  You can follow the photos below to watch the progression.

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Demonstrator Mary Fish designed this awesome new Vases Builder punch that coordinates with the stamp set Varied Vases that she designed when she reached her million dollar sales mark with Stampin' Up!  If you like punch art, this punch is a must have as it produces many fun pieces to work with.  I used several of the pieces from this punch to make the face.

Punch Art Pieces

Punch Art Pieces

 I punched pieces from the Vases Builder Punch to create the smile, nose and I cut one of the vases in half to make the ears.  You can see the face elements in the photo above and below you can see how I tucked the split vase on each side of the oval to make ears.

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I adorned the head with a Haku Lei that I created using the Tropical Chic stamp set and coordinating Tropical Thinlits.  I added dimensionals to the back of the stamped and die cut pieces to create a flower crown as shown in the photo above.  Once all assembled it looked like this.

 The lei around the neck was made with the circles that are found in our Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  I punched the small circles out of Glossy White card stock and lined them up to resemble a Pikake lei.  

Here is a close up, don't you think she's fabulous?

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

You know who else is fabulous?  My sister in laws, Lisa and Jen who stayed up till the wee hours of the morning helping me assemble these cards when I was in Washington State, visiting family.

Lisa and Jen

Lisa and Jen

My friend Debbie was there too but I think she was too busy counting circles to jump in the photo!  Debbie and I did manage to take a photo together the next day when we went hiking together at Snoqualmie Falls before she headed back to Oregon.

Debbie and Cindy

Debbie and Cindy

Can you believe that she drove all the way from Oregon just to stamp with me!!  Now that is a fabulous friend!  Debbie really liked this card because she loves Hawaii where she once lived when she served in the US Coast Guard.  I hope Debbie will one day make Hawaii her home again!

I have never done a punch art type of card in such a large scale before.  Where I not only used punches but Framelits too!  I really enjoyed creating this Hula Girl card and it was fun to see the smiles created when I passed it out to some of my demonstrator friends.

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The inside of this card was stamped with the sentiment, "Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous".  This sentiment comes from the stamp set Stitched All Around.  I think that is an important message to share with friends now a days as people need to reminded of truly how remarkable they are!  It feels great to be encouraged and reminded of how loved you are.  

I hope my fabulous friends who received this card know that is how I feel about them and I hope they think this card is fabulous too!  

Until next time,

Stamped Blessings!

Cindy

 

Truly Grateful

My friend Annie will be celebrating her birthday this week.  Since I am traveling to the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Alaska, I knew I would miss her special day.  So, before I left the island, I took her out to lunch to celebrate a little early.

Annie and Cindy

Annie and Cindy

Annie is a Pampered Chef consultant who loves Stampin' Up!.  I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator who loves Pampered Chef!  So, needless to say, we make a great pair.  A typical conversation between us might be, "I need to order a couple of ink pads", says Annie.  "Well, I need another mini spatula, cause you know you can never have just one of those", says Cindy.  Let the trading begin!

Choosing what card to make for Annie was simple this year.  I wanted to use the Tropical Chic set because I know Annie loves Monstera leaves and the Tropical Chic set and coordinating Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper has many beautiful Monstera images for her to enjoy!  

Here is the card I created with Annie in mind.

Tropical Chic Birthday Card

Tropical Chic Birthday Card

I love the bold and bright colors on this card, especially the bright Granny Apple Green that is embossed with the Climbing Vine Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  For the "red" on this card I chose Poppy Parade.  I love how vibrant it is on the flowers.  If you look closely, you can see some of our new Basic Adhesive Back Sequins that I added to the card.  They are so pretty.

Tropical Chic Birthday Card

Tropical Chic Birthday Card

The Tropical Chic set doesn't have a Happy Birthday stamp in it, so I found this birthday sentiment in the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

Tropical Chic Birthday Card

Tropical Chic Birthday Card

I was really happy how this card turned out and was glad it made Annie happy too!  Especially since inside this bag was the Tropical Chic Bundle and a few other Stampin' Up! goodies I knew she would enjoy!

My friend Annie

My friend Annie

I am truly grateful for Annie!!!  She has been a listening ear, offered wise counsel and been there to encourage and inspire me.  Annie has a heart for people and I have witnessed her many times putting others needs before her own.

Since I was preparing to go to Alaska, I decided to use this card inspired by my sweet friend, to be my swap card for the trip.  The only difference is, I changed the sentiment to the "thank you" that comes in the Tropical Chic stamp set.

Here is the Thank You card I made for my cruise swap.

Tropical Chic Card

Tropical Chic Card

I am really getting excited to go on the cruise.  I love traveling and am blessed that my job, as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, provides me with an opportunity to work hard to earn a free trip.  The cruise will be amazing, but you know what I'm most excited about?  It's being reunited with so many of my demonstrator friends and having the opportunity to meet new demonstrators who I haven't met before.

 There is something so special about our community at Stampin' Up!  It is being a part of this wonderful company that has provided a way for me to make lasting friendship with other demonstrators, customers and downline, who like Annie, have become family to me and for that I am truly grateful.

 

 

 

Tropical Escape

Last week I had the opportunity to spend the day with a group of Maui Big Shots.  They made a "Tropical Escape" to Oahu for the day to spend time with me and come to my monthly Bunco gathering.  

Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

Since they arrived first thing in the morning, I took them to one of my favorite places to go for breakfast.  The Ama Ama Restaurant at the Disney Aulani Hotel.   The restaurant is designed to feel like you are in a beachside house, the views from every table in this open restaurant are incredible.  

Their food is really good too.  Cheryl was excited to order a pancake that had vanilla macadamia nut syrup.
 

Breakfast at Ama Ama

Breakfast at Ama Ama

Cheryl brought Mary and Beth, two of her team members with her.  I hadn't met them before and it was so wonderful to get to know them both.  It became apparent very quickly that I was in good company with these lovely ladies.  

Since Zeny was coming to Bunco that day, she joined us too and we all had such a great time fellowshipping together. 

Stampin' Friends

Stampin' Friends

 As we talked I was reminded of how blessed I am to have made such wonderful, caring, creative friends because of my association with Stampin' Up!  I am still amazed that these three invested their time and money to come over just for the day!  It was so wonderful to spend time with them.

After breakfast and a little shopping at the Aulani gift shop we headed to my stamp studio.  We sat and shared some more until it was time to start bunco.  

At Bunco that day our theme was Tropical Escape and featured products from this amazing new catalog suite.  

For my Aloha Prize that day I designed a pizza box filled with 3 x 3 Thank You Cards.  Here is what the pizza box looked like on the outside.  

Tropical Pizza Box 

Tropical Pizza Box 

Inside the box were four different cards that all featured a different piece of the beautiful Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  All of these cards were Thank You cards.  The Designer Paper on these cards was 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 so I was able to make four of the same card out of each sheet of the Designer Paper.  Here are the four simple card designs I created.

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Tropical Escape Card

Each guest took home one card and one lucky winner took home a pizza box that was filled with all four designs.

Our Bunco prize table looked the most beautiful it ever has because of these gorgeous protea flowers my friends from Maui brought for me.

Tropical Protea Flowers

Tropical Protea Flowers

Aren't they breathtaking?  They were the perfect accent to this display of Bunco party favors and Bunco prizes.

Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

Tropical Escape Bunco Prizes

At Monday Bunco, I was blessed with flowers again.  This time it was this beautiful Kahili ginger that Becky brought me.  This flower came from her garden and it smelled amazing!

Kahili Ginger

Kahili Ginger

 I am going to be on the look out for this ginger next time I go to the nursery, I would love to grow these in my yard.

Both Sunday and Monday Bunco was so fun this month.  I am grateful for special time spent with friends to enjoy food, fellowship, encouragement, laughter and fun! 

Tropical Escape Cards

Tropical Escape Cards

I loved creating these cute little Tropical cards.  I will definitely make more of these as I think this set makes a fabulous gift.

I am thankful for all the friends who came over to play bunco this month, especially the three  Maui Big Shots whose "Tropical Escape" made our Tropical Escape Bunco extra special this month.

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