This month’s theme is “travel.” The timing is perfect for me, because my husband and I will be flying to Hawaii in less than two weeks. You can see from my entry, I have “Aloha” and leis on my mind.

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Hawaiian ALOHA Lei

The first thing that came to my mind was the word, “ALOHA,” carved from Koa wood, the legendary, native Hawaiian wood. I found the letters in the Large Letters die set, and they fit perfectly across a landscape card front. The wood is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, and after triple layering the paper letters, they look and feel like real Koa wood.

In addition to Koa wood, you can’t travel to Hawaii without seeing leis. The colors of the glorious flowers is a feast for your eyes. Not to mention the fragrance! Oh my goodness, the fragrance in Hawaii is unforgettable! So, my card has a lei, made with flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. I stamped the flower in three ink colors: Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry and Lovely Lipstick. After stamping them on Whisper White cardstock, I cut them with their die from the Bouquet Bunch die set.

I used two of the Layering Oval dies for “stringing” my flowers. Actually, I just attached them to the narrow, die-cut oval with Liquid Glue. I could have glued the flowers directly to the card front, but the oval insured the lei would be the right size and shape.

The background for ALOHA, and my lei is Whisper White, with a 1/16″ border of Garden Green. Garden Green seemed like a natural choice, because of the lush foliage in Hawaii. 

The last detail was the three Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. It seemed appropriate, because there’s an abundance of jewelry and gorgeous pearl necklaces wherever you go. 

We’ll be visiting our daughter, son-in-law and grandson who live in Hawaii, so this card is for them. I think it’s neat that ALOHA is used when greeting or parting from someone, so you’re never really saying goodbye. The inside sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set.  “May life be filled with fond memories,” is especially meant for them.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  ALOHA!


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