Diamond Head and Dragonfly Dreams

Well, we did it.  We hiked Diamond Head on February 14th.  It was an absolutely beautiful day and one that was filled with love, laughter and the making of more happy memories.

Diamond Head Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Diamond Head Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Diamond Head hike is fairly easy.  The only challenging part is a couple of steep stair cases at the top but as you can see in the photo below, we handled them with a smile.

However, there could be some truth to the fact that sometimes stopping to take a photo can be a great excuse to allow some time to catch your breath while climbing a steep part of a hike.

Diamond Head Hike steps - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Diamond Head Hike steps - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The view of Waikiki that day was stunning, so stunning that I completely forgot to pass out the Victory Chocolate I promised and had carried up there in my bag.

 There was a beautiful breeze up there too, so we felt nice and cool.

View from the top of Diamond Head - www.stampedwithaloha.com

View from the top of Diamond Head - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It meant a lot to me that my friends who really aren't into hiking would take the time to go with me because they knew I really wanted to.  They are just wonderful friends like that.

Top of Diamond Head with Karin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Top of Diamond Head with Karin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Just look at the colors of the ocean behind us.  It was so beautiful to see.  Being out in nature is always so inspiring.  To witness God's creation up close and personal is so amazing.

 After seeing the colors of the ocean that day and spending time with wonderful friends, I was inspired to create this Dragonfly card below.

Detailed Dragonfly Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Detailed Dragonfly Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

To create this card I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies.  I cut out one Dragonfly using the precision base plate and my Big Shot machine.

The watercolored background technique was created by taking a clear block and coloring it with three different stampin write markers.  After I colored the block, I spritzed it with water and stamped it to my card stock to create a colorful back ground for the die cut dragonfly.  

The words on this card say, "to a wonderful friend" from the set Dragonfly Dreams which offers lots of other sentiments that you can put on the inside of this card to coordinate with the front. 

After we hiked, it was time to refuel.  So we went to one of our favorite local cafe's that is close to Diamond Head.  It is called Sweet E's.

Sweet E's cafe on Kapahulu Ave in Honolulu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sweet E's cafe on Kapahulu Ave in Honolulu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Karin enjoyed one of the house specialties, blueberry cream cheese stuffed french toast.  YUM!

Karin and her Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast at Sweet E's.  

Karin and her Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast at Sweet E's.  

We really enjoyed sharing our morning together, hiking and then eating and fellowshipping in this wonderful cafe'.

Breakfast at Sweet E's with Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Breakfast at Sweet E's with Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I think of my friends aka my sisters, I feel really blessed because they are in my life.  It is wonderful to have the opportunity to "do-life" with them and share memorable moments like we did this day.  It is something that makes me so happy.

I hope that they had SO much fun that they will want to hike with me again soon.  We have so many beautiful places to hike here in Hawaii and doing that with wonderful friends makes the adventure even better.  

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Happy Valentine's Day

One of my favorite things to do as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is to introduce stamping to someone for the first time who thinks they are not creative.  It is so fun to see the smile on their faces when they step out of their comfort zone and give creativity a chance.  I love to see them discover an artistic side that they never realized they had.   

I was really blessed to stamp with this sweet man (pictured below) who came to his very first stamp class last week.  At the end of class I asked him if I could take a photo of him with his cards and he so proudly lined them up to display them for the photo.  

First Time Stamper displaying his cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

First Time Stamper displaying his cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since its hard to see the details of the cards, here is a close up of one of the cards I taught him at this class.

Sealed With Love Valentine's Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With Love Valentine's Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card created with the Sealed With Love stamp set is super simple and easy to make.  It is the perfect card for a new stamper.  The pink background stamp comes from the Happy Celebrations stamp set.

It was fun to share this quick and simple Valentine card with all the wonderful people who attended my class.

This sweet lady who attended one of my classes was a very gifted stamper, it was obvious to me she had been crafting for many years!

Valentine Card Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Valentine Card Class - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This wonderful stamp set, Sealed With Love with the coordinating Sending Love Paper Pack was also the featured products at my monthly Bunco games.  

Here is the fun Aloha Prize that I came up with for this month's Valentine Bunco.

Sealed With A Kiss Gummy Frogs - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With A Kiss Gummy Frogs - www.stampedwithaloha.com

These delicious and sweet gummy frogs are all nestled in this cute mason jar just waiting to be kissed.  

Sealed With a Kiss Gummy Frog Jar - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sealed With a Kiss Gummy Frog Jar - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Who knows, maybe by doing so, one of them will change into a handsome prince?  No wonder all the ladies at Bunco were so anxious to win this prize.

For my Bunco favors this month, I got some help from the very talented Cindy Ontai of Zoe, Hawaii.  Cindy designed these amazingly delicious cookies to coordinate with one of the prints in our Sending Love Designer Paper Pack.

Sending Love Bunco Favors/Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love Bunco Favors/Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The little topper was one of my favorite quick and simple projects.  Here is a close up of just the topper.

Sending Love Favor Topper - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sending Love Favor Topper - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was super excited to share this fun favor idea with everyone who came to Bunco.  Since I gave away two of these stamp sets at this event the ladies were even more anxious to win so they could make this.  

February Bunco Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

February Bunco Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And of course those who have tasted Cindy's cookies before were asking if they could open them up and eat them before we ate dinner because they are just that delicious.  

Zoe, Hawaii Cookies by Cindy Ontai - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zoe, Hawaii Cookies by Cindy Ontai - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I feel so blessed to have such a gifted and talented friend like Cindy in my life so that we can partner together on projects such as this.  

Well, speaking of Cindy, I have to get up bright and early on Valentine's Day 2017  because I am going to go on a hike with her and my friend Karin.  Cindy is not a big fan of photos but she knows if we make it to the top of the mountain, there will be photos and victory chocolate too.  

 That sounds like the perfect way to start my Valentine's Day this year.  With people I love, doing something I love, in the place I love more than anywhere else on earth. 

 I hope no matter how you celebrate your Valentine's day this year, that it is filled with love and blessings and the knowledge that God loves you and so do I.  

Happy Valentine's Day.