Juneau What I'm Sayin'?

I remember years ago when I earned my first Alaskan Cruise with Stampin' Up!.  My first reaction was, "I don't think I'll go"!!  I know that sounds crazy but since I am a warm weather gal, the thought of being on the water in extremely cold weather made me question whether or not I'd enjoy it.  My husband, on the other hand, was VERY excited to go.  So, we went.  And am I ever glad we did.  I found that Alaska was a beautiful place.  As we got off the ship in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, all I could think is that I wish we had more time to explore these quaint little towns that were surrounded by extreme beauty.

When I earned the 2018 Stampin' Up! incentive trip and it was an Alaskan Cruise once again, we were thrilled to go.  This time not just for another opportunity to explore Alaska but to be reacquainted with my demonstrator brothers and sisters whom I love to visit with.  I was also excited because I heard that the weather was going to be unusually warm during out trip, something that I didn't mind a bit.

We boarded the ship in Seattle, a city that I love!  Especially during football season!  GO HAWKS!!!! It was fun to view the Seattle skyline as we sailed away to begin our journey.

 Seattle

Seattle

One of the perks of earning an incentive trip is PILLOW GIFTS.  Every evening when you come back to your room there are surprises from Stampin' Up!.  We received such amazing pillow gifts on this trip.  Things such as new catalog product, a gorgeous purse, a blanket, a speaker with the SU logo on it and on the first night this stylish grey jacket to keep us warm all week.

 Pillow Gifts are the best!

Pillow Gifts are the best!

Of course another one of the major perks is being the first to see the new  Holiday Catalog.   It was fun to read it while relaxing on our private deck. 

 It's A New Holiday Catalog!!!

It's A New Holiday Catalog!!!

While we were cruising we only have a few "official" gatherings, otherwise we get to plan to spend our days however we like.  It's a true vacation!  On day one, we did have a gathering where they announced where our next incentive trip will be.  They made the announcement in a creative way with demonstrators holding suitcases that were lined up across the stage.  

 Incentive Trip Reveal

Incentive Trip Reveal

Each suitcase had a "clue" inside.  One suitcase contained a hat, then a pair of rubber slippers, then an aloha shirt!!!!  Get the picture?????? Any guesses???????  I had a feeling and I was right!  It was revealed that we are going to Maui in 2020!

So many people on the ship asked me if I was excited about that?  There's a small part of me that would have preferred to go somewhere I haven't been before.  However, I love Maui and the Grand Wailea is awesome!  I will love the 20 minute flight and it will be great having so many friends coming to my home state!!!  I will definitely work hard to earn it because no matter where they are, Stampin' Up! Incentive trips are the best!

So let me tell you a little bit about the places we visited on this trip.

One of our first stops was in Junea where went on a hike.  I asked our friends, Bruce and Lynsay, "do you think I'll need to dress warm for the hike?".  Knowing that we would be climbing up to a high elevation and knowing how cold I get, they said, "YES"!!!  What we all didn't know is that it was SUPER HOT, even at the higher elevation!!!

 HIking in Juneau

HIking in Juneau

It was so hot that just minutes after this photo was taken and the guy who took the photo left, I went behind that platform to remove some layers of clothing!!!  

Even though it was warm, we enjoyed the views all the way up the mountain.

 Mt. Roberts Hike

Mt. Roberts Hike

Do you see our cruise ship down there?

 View of our ship

View of our ship

We didn't get to climb as high up as we had hoped to because we ran out of water!  

However, we did manage to find some SNOW!  It was a great place to cool down and enjoy the views!

 SNOW!!!!

SNOW!!!!

And what a view it was!!!

 Mt. Roberts Hike, Juneau

Mt. Roberts Hike, Juneau

Climbing down is always my favorite part.  

 Mt. Roberts Trail, Juneau

Mt. Roberts Trail, Juneau

At the foot of the trail, we saw this beautiful Eagle.

 Eagle at Mt. Roberts

Eagle at Mt. Roberts

We took the tram down the mountain and went searching for Bubble Tea.  

 Mt Roberts Tramway

Mt Roberts Tramway

We did find Bubble Tea but there is no photo because it was the worst tea I have ever had in my life.  Who wants WARM bubble tea, with no flavor, and no ice on a very hot day???  Not me!!!

We did however find some shops and Lynsay bought a cute sweatshirt in one of the shops that said, "Juneau, What I'm Saying".

 Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska

If I had to pick a "favorite" day it was the next day when we went to Skagway.  My good friend Meg coordinated a fun Yukon Rail Excursion there.  

 Cindy, Linda and Meg

Cindy, Linda and Meg

This day provided us with lots of time to visit with each other while enjoying many really beautiful places.  

 Yukon, Canada

Yukon, Canada

And guess what happened on this day????

It was really amazing!!!

Any Guesses???

Ok... here it is....

We saw a BEAR!!!

 Yukon Museum

Yukon Museum

Well, yes, he is stuffed!!! 

However, an hour or so later, we saw another one!!!  

This one was alive and well.

 Bear Sighting

Bear Sighting

He put on quite a show for us while eating his lunch.  We enjoyed watching him from inside of the van we were riding in.

 It's a Bear!!!

It's a Bear!!!

Later in the day we got to play with sled dogs!  Ahhhhhhhh, they were so cute!!!

 Sled Dogs

Sled Dogs

 Sled Dogs!

Sled Dogs!

I wish I could have brought one home!  Just look at that face!!!

 Sled Dog

Sled Dog

I think the highlight of the day by far was this moment when we stopped at this beautiful Emerald Lake, just north of Carcross.

 Emerald Lake, Yukon

Emerald Lake, Yukon

The view was breathtaking.  

 It provided us with the perfect opportunity to take this ultimate Bru-mance photo.  

 Bru-Mance

Bru-Mance

These two are so funny!!!! 

We rode the Yukon train back to town!  It was a lot of fun!

 White Pass Yukon Train

White Pass Yukon Train

I got to spend a lot of quality time with my friend Genevieve this day.  Every time I talk with her I walk away feeling so uplifted and encouraged.

 Stampin Sisters

Stampin Sisters

Our final port was Victoria, B.C.  I had been here once before but our time was limited.  We had a full day there this time!  We got to eat at a wonderful Italian restaurant, visit a museum and enjoy shopping.  I loved all the beautiful flowers we saw, epecially these leading up to the Empress Hotel.

 Flowers outside of the Empress Hotel

Flowers outside of the Empress Hotel

It was another warm, beautiful and sunny day.  

 Hydrangias in Victoria, BC

Hydrangias in Victoria, BC

Just look at the gorgeous colors!  Makes me want to go stamp something with Melon Mambo Ink or does this look more like Berry Burst or Rich Razzleberry to you?

We did manage to find an excellent place for Bubble Tea!  Yum!

This tea from The Bubble Tea Place was VERY good, picture worthy!

Although we went to wonderful places, enjoyed fun sea days, received amazing pillow gifts and ate and ate and ate, the highlight of these trips is always the people I get to see and spend time with.

 It was so good to see Kim, pictured below with her kids.  Kim and I served together on the Stampin' Up! advisory board in 2003.  Although we live thousands of miles a part, we talk to each other several times a week.  I see Kim at SU events but I hadn't seen her kids in awhile.  Oh boy, have they grown up!

 Visiting with Kim and family

Visiting with Kim and family

Kim has done an amazing job keeping our Advisory Board Group together.

 Advisory Board Reunion 2018

Advisory Board Reunion 2018

It is so wonderful to be reunited again!  Love all the smiles and hugs shared that day!

 Advisory Board Reunion

Advisory Board Reunion

I learned a long time ago that if I ever needed anything, I could turn to these ladies for encouragement and support.

We share a special sisterhood together!

 Advisory board reunion

Advisory board reunion

One of my favorite parts about cruising is going to dinner at night. It's always a great time to spend quality time with friends and share about your day.  Plus since you're on a  cruise you are forced to eat one dessert and sometimes two every night.

 Lynsay and Cindy

Lynsay and Cindy

We enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends as well!  

 Final dinner on board the ship

Final dinner on board the ship

I'm so grateful Derek was able to take a break from a busy season at work to join me on this Alaskan Adventure.

 Derek and Cindy in Alaska

Derek and Cindy in Alaska

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to all of you who support my Stampin' Up! business!  If it weren't for you inviting me into your homes to do classes, attending my events and ordering from me online, I wouldn't have the opportunity earn these trips and fulfill one of my passions, which is to travel.

 I am grateful that God has blessed me not only with such amazing customers and downline members but with the ability to work for a company that gives me the opportunity to earn incentive trips such as this.  

I've already qualified for the 2019 trip.  Next summer we'll be heading to GREECE!  I am super excited about that!

 Greece is the word 2019

Greece is the word 2019

It's because Stampin' Up! Incentive trips are truly amazing experiences and after seeing these photos I'm sure "Juneau, what I'm saying"!!!

I hope you enjoyed experiencing a little bit of my Alaskan Adventure! 

Until next time, have a blessed day!  

Cindy

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

 

On The Road Again

I can't believe that August is here already!  Time sure flies when you are having fun.   One of my passions is to travel.  Don't get me wrong, I love Hawaii more than any other place on earth, but I also enjoy getting to explore new places and experience new adventures as often as possible.   July 2018 was filled with the opportunity to visit three different places.  Washington State, Alaska and Canada.

 On the road again #travelocindy

On the road again #travelocindy

My adventures began in Washington State.  I arrived there one week early prior to the start of the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Alaska.  Since my husbands family lives there, I had the opportunity to spend time with them, which is always fun.

The day I arrived my Mother in Law, Alvena, picked me up and we went on a road trip.  After dropping off my luggage, we drove for 2 hours to Canada.

 Road Trip

Road Trip

It was a beautiful day for a drive.  Alvena brought a container filled with fresh blueberries and raspberries.  It was a wonderful snack for our road trip.  I had never driven to Canada before from Washington State, so I really enjoyed the scenery.

 The flowers at the border were so beautiful.   I loved this Canadian Flag made of flowers!!

 US/Canada Border

US/Canada Border

The main reason we went to Canada was to go to the McArthurGlen Outlet Mall.  I had recently discovered that my favorite store Desigual was there!  I had only been able to shop at Desigual Outlet in Spain, so a 2 hour drive to get there was nothing compared to a trip to Barcelona!

 Shopping at Desigual Outlet!

Shopping at Desigual Outlet!

We had a really enjoyable time at the mall.  It was the first time either of us had been to this mall in Richmond.  It was very clean, had nice shops but the funny thing was the location.  It was right next to the airport, like basically a few inches away from the runway, or so it seemed.  Every few minutes large planes would fly overhead.  It sort of made me think that perhaps I could have just flown directly there to avoid the 2 hour drive!!!  Oh well, next time.  

 McAruthurGlen Outlet Mall - Richmond, Canada

McAruthurGlen Outlet Mall - Richmond, Canada

Actually the drive was great.  I was looking forward to some one on one time with Alvena.  I am blessed with a Mother in Law who is a woman of prayer and has lots of words of wisdom.  Just recently it dawned on me that she has been praying for me my whole life, before she even knew me.   What a blessing!!  As we shared she quickly noticed a pattern in my speaking.  I began to do something I do often, to talk down about myself.  "I should know how to do this better", I said.  "I am not very good at that", I declared!  Alvena encouraged me to stop speaking these negative words over my life.  She reminded me of who I was in Christ and to focus on God and his promises so that I could walk through life in victory rather than defeat.  

That evening before I went to bed I opened up a new Bible Ap I downloaded to use on my trip. Guess what the first words of the devotion were, "You Are What You Speak".  Ahh, it was one of those divine moments where I just smiled and got ready to receive this life lesson.  The devotion went on to talk about how our life is influenced by what begins in our mind and what we believe.  I read that if I wanted to receive real transformation in my life I had to change my old pattern of thinking and speaking and replace it with the truth found in God's word.  Here are some of the verses that encouraged me that night.

 "I am not timid, but I have power, love, and a sound mind", 2 Timothy 1:7.

 "I have the Holy Spirit, so I am not a slave to fear".  Romans 8:15

I felt so encouraged that God was answering my prayers and helping me to see areas in my life that I needed to change.  I was so excited that this was just day one of my July adventure and God was already leading me to the transformation I had been praying for.  He is so good.

 The newest Baughman

The newest Baughman

Time with family was great.  I got to meet the newest little Baughman, my nephews daughter, Esther!  She is so precious.  

 Alesha and I

Alesha and I

I also loved hanging out with my neice Alesha.  We discovered this awesome place to go for breakfast called the Woodinville Cafe.  The food and service was so great, we went back there three times!  

I took Alesha rock climbing at Vertical World.  We had a one on one climbing session with this guy named Jess.  The night before I arrived I had learned that Jess grew up in Hilo so I grabbed a bag of Primo Popcorn to give to him when we met.  Jess was super happy to receive the popcorn and really excited to talk about his life in Hilo where he lived for 12 years.  I asked Jess, "if I could have brought you anything from Hawaii, what would you have wanted".  He thought about it for a moment and then he said, "I miss Kalua Pork!".  Little did he know that the moment he said those words I began to see how I could make that happen.  After all, spreading aloha is what I like to do!

 Climbing at Vertical World, Redmond

Climbing at Vertical World, Redmond

The next day I made arraignments to climb again.  This time I went with my brother in law Darren and my sister in law, Lisa.  That evening prior to our climb, I not only made Kalua pork and white rice but I also made butter mochi.

 Jess at Vertical World

Jess at Vertical World

The look on Jess's face was priceless!  When he saw the plate lunches we brought he was so excited.  He said he wanted to eat them slow to make them last all week.  He opened up the mochi so fast and began to eat it right away.  A few minutes later he texted his Mom.  He said he told her, 'you won't believe what I have".  

It makes me happy to make others happy.  Jess thanked me multiple times for this gift of aloha.

 Cindy and Jess

Cindy and Jess

We had a blast climbing that day.  Vertical World is a really great place.  We made up a new concept that day called, "dancing with the wall".  Jess even put on some salsa music when I was about to go up to make my climb go a little faster!  

 Dancing with the wall

Dancing with the wall

Another huge blessing that happened while I was in Washington was that I got to see Debbie!  Debbie is my downline from Oregon who drove up to attend a Stampin' Up! workshop that I helped my Sister in Law Jennifer with.  

 Jennifer, Cindy and Debbie

Jennifer, Cindy and Debbie

Before she drove back to Oregon, Debbie and I went on a hike at Snoqualimie Falls.  It was very beautiful there.

 Snoqualmie Falls 

Snoqualmie Falls 

As Debbie and I hiked, I told her about how I was working on making some personal changes and was going to begin to overcome my fears.  One of those fears was doing a Facebook live video.  So right there in the middle of our hike I decided to go for it.  I turned on Facebook live and shot my very first video to my private downline Facebook group.  It was fun to celebrate this victory with Debbie by my side!

Debbie then dropped me off at Lynn's house!  It was SO good to see Lynn.  We had planned a Stampin' Up! workshop at her house too, just like the good old days when I used to hold classes for her in Ewa Beach.

 Lynn and Cindy

Lynn and Cindy

I couldn't believe how big her kids had grown.  I got tears in my eyes just seeing how big and beautiful they were.  Genesis was taller than me!  How could that have happened so quickly??

 Cindy and Genesis

Cindy and Genesis

Genesis was such a great helper!  She is a young avid crafter and we often discuss that I will be contacting her on her 18th birthday so she can officially join my team! 

 Genesis demoing at the workshop

Genesis demoing at the workshop

Everyone who attended Lynn's class seemed to have a great time.  How can they not, she is such a great hostess.

 Friends at Lynn's workshop

Friends at Lynn's workshop

I made some new friends and was reacquainted with friends from Hawaii who just happened to be in town at the same time as me.

 Stampin' at Lynn's

Stampin' at Lynn's

Would you like to see the projects we made at these two classes?  Here they are.

The first was this gift card holder.  This was made out of a note card.  I slit the front of the card at 2 inches so that I could create a pocket to hold a gift card.  The stamp on this card comes from the Darling Label Punch Box.  

 Darling Label Punch box card

Darling Label Punch box card

Project number two featured the popular Tropical Escape Suite.  I love all the "ooh's" and "ahh's" that I get when I share this beautiful new suite.  Its not just popular in Hawaii, people all over are loving creating projects with this tropical beauty.  I used a little piece of the Tropical Escape DSP to cover the bottom of this Granny Apple Green card stock that had been die cut using the beautiful Tropical Thinlits.

 Tropical Thank You Card

Tropical Thank You Card

The final project featured one of our DistINKtive stamp sets, Healing Hugs.  The sentiment came from the set Accented Blooms, where people could choose the word Thank You or Hello for this card.  This card also featured my favorite new color, Lovely Lipstick.  

 Healing Hugs Card

Healing Hugs Card

It was fun to share these projects at two different classes in Washington State and everyone seemed to have a really fun time and enjoy every minute.

 Washington State Class Samples

Washington State Class Samples

The last day I was in Washington, Derek arrived.  I was so glad he could take a short break from his very busy work schedule to go to on this trip with me.  Since he was only in Washington for a day and a half we made sure to visit his Grandmother.   Grandma Carol is amazing!  She is in her mid 90's and has such a sharp memory.  We sat and listened to her tell many interesting stories from her past.  It was a precious time.  

 Visiting Grandma Carol

Visiting Grandma Carol

My adventures in Washington State were so much fun.  It was a time for transformation to begin, a time to be with friends and family, a time to spread aloha and a time for gratitude and thankfulness.

I am so grateful for the special time I experienced in the Pacific Northwest!

I can't help but smile thinking of my next stop.  It will be on my 16th incentive trip with Stampin Up! where I will be reunited with so many of my special my Stampin' Up! friends!  With them it is always fun, always special and this next adventure will be held on a cruise ship bound for Alaska.  What a blessing!

It is sure to be a grand adventure!   Ready or not, here we go!  We're on the road again!

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.