October Stamp A Stack

Last week I hosted my monthly Stamp A Stack class.  Class was really full both on Saturday and Sunday and I really enjoyed sharing these cards with the wonderful ladies who attended the class.

 Here are the cards we created.

October Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

October Stamp A Stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card is one you've seen before.  Its a fall looking card created with the Vintage Leaves stamp set that I shared in a recent post about my Dad's birthday.  

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone loved the Fall colors which were inspired by this cute new Starbucks Fall card.  

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This pattern could easily be repeated for the upcoming Holiday season by simply changing the stamp set. 

At our recent Stamp Camp someone created this adorable gift card holder for our swap.  I was thrilled to receive such a cute project.   I wish I knew who to thank for giving this to me!   If anyone knows whose swap this was please let me know so I can give them credit.  

Cookie Cutter Christmas Gift Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cookie Cutter Christmas Gift Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was so inspired by this swap that I made my own version as a part of this month class but I used  the stamp set Wrapped In Warmth to give it a different look.

Warmth and Cheer Gift Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Warmth and Cheer Gift Card Holder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This holder is made with one of our white Glassine bags that is folded in half and has a belly band wrapped around it.  You can add a gift card to either the front pocket or directly on card that is inserted in the pocket.

Project three was created to match my Stamped With Aloha logo and the new t-shirts I just created.  My logo combines Bermuda Bay and Wild Wasabi.  If you haven't seen my new shirt yet it says, "Be A Pineapple" on the front in Bermuda Bay and here is what the back looks like.

Stamped With Aloha T-Shirts - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha T-Shirts - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The shirts have been extremely popular so I will be printing some more soon and will have a place where you can purchase them right on this site.  Thanks so much to all of you who contacted me to tell me that you read my blog and were interested in a shirt before I even offered them.  I was really happy to talk with so many of you to try and accommodate your t-shirt requests.

So here is the card inspired by my logo.

Pineapple Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pineapple Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

First, I want to tell you that I cut my pineapple stamp in two pieces.  It makes it much easier to use when stamping a multi colored pineapple.  Next, I want to tell you that I discovered that the sentiments from the stamp set Designer Tin of Cards, matches the base of the pineapple perfectly.  So now you know of a great set to combine with your pineapple stamp to create a variety of cards.

My final card was my favorite.  It uses the Layering Circles Framelits.  I used the framelits to create a pumpkin pie out of Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie Card Stock.  After I glued the Pie together and shooked the edges with Chocolate Chip ink I then took a slice out of the pie with my paper snips.  

Pumpkin Pie Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pumpkin Pie Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The set I used is called Party with Cake which is a retired set but one that was really popular last year.  Normally the sentiment on this card would say, Its Time To Celebrate With Cake.  To omit the word "cake" I took a clean stamp, placed a piece of scotch tape over the word cake.  I inked up the stamp and removed the tape before stamping it which omits the word "cake".  The Party with Cake stamp set comes with a very cute sentiment for the inside of the card which works perfectly for Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Pie Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pumpkin Pie Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lori who appreciates "cute things" said that this card was her favorite.

Lori at stack class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lori at stack class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I have a few more photos to share from the ladies who attended this class as well as a funny story to tell you so watch for it in my next post   It was a really special weekend, one of those times where I sit back and think of how blessed I am to be surrounded by such amazing downline, customers and friends!

Dene, Jennifer and Pam at stamp a stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Dene, Jennifer and Pam at stamp a stack - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love it when these ladies come over to stamp and we enjoy stamping together as well as sharing lots of creativity, love and aloha.  
 

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Dad's Birthday

My Dad turned 84 today.  It is an incredible blessing for me to celebrate him today.  He hasn't had it easy the past few years but you would never know it because he is always smiling, always positive, always full of love.

My Dad has struggled recently with Dementia so communicating with him is not what it used to be.  He used to be such a social butterfly and although sometimes he still tries, processing words is something that he struggles with.  It's been hard to see him in this condition and especially to see the struggle my Mom faces on a daily basis but it has also been encouraging to see how he remains happy and positive and my Mom remains strong.  I believe it is their faith in the Lord that is helping them in this season.

Celebrating Dad's Birthday at Aulani

Celebrating Dad's Birthday at Aulani

We began our morning taking Dad to Aulani for breakfast.  As soon as we got out of our car and the hotel staff saw my dad wearing leis and holding a balloon, they made a birthday button for him to wear.  

As we walked through the hotel property he was embraced with birthday greetings from each hotel employee he passed as well as hotel guests and even Mickey and Donald waved as they passed by.  It is so wonderful to have such a beautiful Disney hotel so close to home, it is one of our most favorite places to celebrate with breakfast!

Birthday Pancakes at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Pancakes at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since my Dad also has challenges when he eats, we ordered him a small single pancake.  But when our food came he was presented with this stack of fluffy pancakes and our kind server said, "Mickey wanted you to have these instead".  Although he couldn't communicate, the look on his face let us know that he was very blessed by this sweet gesture.

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

After we ate I gave my Dad the card I had created for him.  It is a fancy fold card that I made in colors to match one of the newest Starbucks Gift Cards that you'll see on the inside of this card in the next photo.  The dimensions of this card are,  4 1/4 x 11 and I scored it at 4 and 7 1/4.  Here is what is looks like when it is open.

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Vintage Leaves Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We had a funny moment when I gave my Dad this card.  My Dad carefully opened up the card and began to read the message I had written inside.  The last line I wrote was "Happy 84th Birthday".  When my Dad discovered his age, his eyes got really big and he exclaimed, "84", "I'm 84"????????

Dad's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Dad's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

and then he broke out into a hysterical laughter, the same laughter that is so contagious and has made us all laugh and smile for years.

It was a special morning.   We enjoyed time with Dad with this incredible view from our table.

Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was able to bless him with a card I had stamped with aloha and one that made him laugh and smile.

Dad's Birthday at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Dad's Birthday at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

You see my Dad can't talk like he used to, he doesn't always remember my name but his Spirit has never changed.  He can still sing along with the Gaither's when I play their music in the car and he remembers the words.   He can still pray and thank God before our meals, something he does automatically.  He can still laugh and smile and set a good example of someone that knows that the joy of the Lord is their strength.  

Dad and I - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Dad and I - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy 84th Birthday Dad, I love you!

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