Calls For A Celebration

One of my childhood memories is seeing my Dad leading songs at church. He would encourage the congregation to open up their hymnals and would lead them in worship. My Dad would sing with all of his heart. His smile and energy was contagious. It was evident in how he led, that he knew God and loved to worship Him.

The other day while visiting my Dad I played some old hymns for him. His eyes lit up and he smiled and began to try and sing along. It was a precious moment especially because my Dad has dementia and really doesn’t talk very much anymore.

My Dad may be non verbal but he still continues to teach me valuable life lessons by his example. He shows me that no matter what I face I should not let anything steal my joy. He may be quiet and not have the same energy level as he had before but he continues to smile despite the challenges he faces and that alone demonstrates his faith in God and the glad heart that he has.

 My Dad and I

My Dad and I

For his 86th birthday we took him out for breakfast at the Disney Aulani Resort in Kapolei. The Ama Ama Restaurant at the Aulani is one of our favorite places to go to celebrate. Its less than 10 minutes from home and from the moment you arrive you feel the Disney Magic in how you are greeted and cared for.

I found a cute Disney themed gift bag to wrap my Dad’s birthday gift in, so naturally I had to make the card to match. “Matchy-Matchy” thats what I do!!

 Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

I used the classic “Mickey” colors for the card stock. They are Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.

Here is a close up of the card.

 Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

I die cut the number 86 using my Big Shot and my Large Number Framelits. I then glued them to a Mickey shape that I created by using 2 Circle Punches. I embossed the Daffodil Delight card stock with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder to add texture. I then applied Twinkle Adhesive Backed Star Embellishments all over the front of the card.

 Calls for a Celebration Mickey Card (inside)

Calls for a Celebration Mickey Card (inside)

Inside the card I stamped this sentiment:

“You are pretty much the greatest of all time in the history of ever”

When it comes to describing my Dad, this stamp from the set “Calls for a Celebration” expresses exactly how I feel about my wonderful Dad.

When Kalani and I went to visit my Dad the other day, he had just received this fun hat from my brother Glen as a birthday gift. When Kalani and I arrived my Dad was sitting on the couch, wearing his new hat as well as a pair of new sun glasses, inside the house. So Kalani or “Mr. K” as my Dad used to call him when he could talk, left his hat and glasses on too, so we could take this picture of the two of them together.

 Baba and Mr. K.

Baba and Mr. K.

Kalani and my Dad have always been really close, so I know its especially hard on him to see my Dad in his current condition. I hope that like me, my kids will be encouraged by the way they see my Dad continue to stay positive despite the challenges he faces. It’s hard though, we all miss his stories so much.

 Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!

I love my Dad so much!!! I am so grateful that I had another opportunity to celebrate with him. After all, turning 86 is certainly something that Calls For A Celebration!

Congratulations Kalani

A few nights ago we had a fun family night. It was our first since we officially became “empty nesters”. It was wonderful having the kids over for dinner and some fun games. I am so grateful that although the kids are not living at home anymore, they are still on the island and we still have opportunities to gather together for fun, food and fellowship.

While we were together we celebrated a job promotion that Kalani had just received. In fact the very next day he was scheduled to begin his new position at work. Kalani is a CPA. So since he works with numbers, I thought it would be best to create his card with the fancy “numbers” sheet from our Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper!

 Broadway Bound Congrats Card

Broadway Bound Congrats Card

It’s hard to tell in the photo but the numbers are really bright and shiny. I added some texture to the card using one of our newer Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that is called, Maps, etc. The sentiment on this card comes from a beautiful stamp set called Friendly Expressions!

It’s been hard with out the kids being around as much. The house is so quiet. So when we get together it makes me so happy. I am glad that we were able to gather to not only enjoy family time together but also to say congratulations to Kalani.

 Celebrating Kalani

Celebrating Kalani

Congratulations Kalani, we are very proud of you!

Seize The Day

Encouragement is such an important thing to do. The Bible tells us in I Thessalonians 5:11, “Encourage One another and Build each other up! Encouragement can make such a difference in the lives of others.

As we journey through life we encounter different seasons. Sometimes we feel like we are on a mountain top, other times we feel like we are in a valley! When you look at the people around you it is often unclear where they are on their journey! They may be celebrating a victory or facing a great challenge. Either way, offering words of encouragement and hope will brighten their day.

 Seize The Day Card

Seize The Day Card

Today as I sat with one of my team members, she shared her story. I was so incredibly blessed to see how the gift of encouragement brought her hope and changed her life. Here is what she shared:

“Stampin’ Up! saved my life. After my husband died, I was in a deep depression and I was becoming a hermit. I didn’t want to leave my house! My friend Roxanne, who is a demonstrator on your team, reached out to me and invited me to attend you Stampin’ Bunco night. Roxanne knew I needed to get out of the house! When I came, I was welcomed with so much love and I felt happy to be there. When I saw the swap cards you were trading, I was inspired and wanted to try stamping. You encouraged me to start a Paper Pumpkin subscription, so I did. As I began to stamp, I remembered how much I enjoyed crafting! I grew more excited about the Stampin’ Up! products so I decided to join! I called Roxanne and she helped me become a demonstrator! When I attended your inspiration night team gathering, I felt so much love and encouragement. I discovered that I have hope! And now, I’m getting out, I’m being creative, I enjoy sharing with others and one day soon I hope to teach a class of my own.”

Wow! It made me so thankful to see and hear that Roxanne’s encouragement led to this demonstrators transformation!

This week I had an opportunity to send a card to another demonstrator friend named Rick. Yes, Rick is one of our awesome male demonstrators! I had recently witnessed Rick sharing with a group of demonstrators about a goal that he wanted to reach but didn’t know how. Immediately, all of the demonstrators around him starting sharing ideas to inspire and encourage Rick and guess what happened, a few weeks later, he reached his goal!

When Rick shared that he had reached his goal, he took a photo of his goal setting sheet. I was so touched when I saw my name listed as a part of his support team! I was even more blessed to see how encouraging words led to Rick accomplishing something he had previously thought might be impossible to do. Rick worked hard and reached the peak of that mountain. I’m so happy for him.

Here is the card I made for Rick to celebrate his accomplishment.

 Seize The Day Card

Seize The Day Card

This card was made with the stamp set called Seize the Day! What an appropriate name.

To create the sun, I took a scrap piece of Thick White Card Stock and punched a 1 3/4 circle out of it. I then used that piece as a template and laid it over a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and sponged in the punched out area with Daffodil Delight ink.

I don’t know who God has placed in your life at the moment. But one thing I do know is that you can make a difference by speaking words of encouragement to those you encounter. Guess what, when you offer encouragement to others and see the difference it makes, you will also be encouraged.

So, go out, speak life, give hope, inspire others and be happy knowing you ARE making a difference.

Crazy Rich Asians

This weekend I went to a Girls Night Out to celebrate Karin’s Birthday. We went to the same place we’ve celebrated her birthday the past few years, Thai Lao Restaurant in Kapolei. This restaurant is one of her favorites, an ours too!

We kicked off the night with a toast of Thai Iced Teas! Yummy!

 Cheers for the Birthday Girl

Cheers for the Birthday Girl

We enjoyed a delicious dinner and great conversation. We laughed when we realized that we were the last people in the restaurant at closing time, as usual! It’s crazy how fast time flies when you are having fun!!!

 Thai Lao Restaurant

Thai Lao Restaurant

Know what else is crazy? It was late, after 9:00 pm, but we had one more thing on our agenda. We wanted to watch the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Karin had seen it and said that it was so good she wouldn’t mind seeing it again. So, we headed over to the Olino theater for the 10:30 showing.

When it came time for me to design Karin’s Birthday card, I used the Crazy Rich Asians movie poster as my inspiration. It’s a beautiful colorful poster featuring the stars of the movie, Henry Golding and Constance Wuu.

Here it is on display at the theater we went to.

 Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

When you see this poster, what Stampin’ Up! colors do you see? I see Real Red, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, to name a few!!!

I chose a few of these colors and created this card for Karin.

 Picture Perfect Birthday Card

Picture Perfect Birthday Card

This card used a variety of Stampin’ Up! Products. The base of the card is a folded piece of Coastal Cabana. I then layered a piece of Tea Room Speciality Designer Series Paper onto a Daffodil Delight Card Base. On top of that I put a small piece of Pacific Point Card Stock that had been run through our new Corrugated Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. On top of that I added a Whisper White Square of Card Stock that had been stamped with a “happy birthday” sentiment from the set Picture Perfect Birthday.

 Picture Perfect Birthday Card

Picture Perfect Birthday Card

To finish it off, I stamped some Melon Mambo flowers and Daffodil Delight circles using the Colorful Seasons stamp set. Then, I used our Seasonal Layers Thinlits to die cut some of the flowers that I accented with Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

The movie was awesome! I loved it so much that I went that same weekend to see it again. It was totally my kind of Cinderella story with a very happy ending. It also gave me a reason to push a new pin in my travel map to one day visit Singapore!

Know what else was awesome? Watching Karin’s reaction when she opened up her Crazy Rich Asians Inspired Card.

 Karin’s Birthday

Karin’s Birthday

Since Karin’s husband Jay celebrates his birthday a few days before hers, we thought it would be cute to make this card special for the both of them. So, with some 5 minute photo editing by my daughter, this what Karin saw when she opened the card.

 Jay and Karin’s Birthday Surprise

Jay and Karin’s Birthday Surprise

Karin texted us the next day to tell us that Jay and her kids really got a kick out of her creative birthday card this year!

I’m so thankful for a fun weekend filled with love, friendship, celebrations, laughter and making new memories.