Our 30th Anniversary

Derek and I have something in common with Stampin’ Up! We both celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. Our anniversary date is November 5th. However, as our anniversary drew near we realized that I would be in New York on that day, so we decided to plan a celebration in October. Derek and I love to travel the world. Since he works extremely long hours at work, especially in this season, we appreciate the quality time we get together when we travel. As we discussed where we wanted to do for our anniversary, the choice was easy when we heard that the Seahawks would be playing a game in London! I had been to London before but it was one of the places on Derek’s bucket list that he wanted to see.

So off we went to explore London. Here are some of the fun things we did while we were there.

We visited Buckingham Palace, London Bridge and the Tower of London.

 Tower of London

Tower of London

We saw the Crown Jewels and met a few Beefeaters who had lots of interesting stories to tell.

 Exploring London

Exploring London

The weather was gorgeous. There were blue skies almost every day and we enjoyed walking for miles every day, exploring the city.

 Shopping at Harrods

Shopping at Harrods

We visited Harrods one evening. It was so beautiful at night with all the lights!

 Victoria Palace Theater

Victoria Palace Theater

We went to see two Broadway shows, Les Miserables and Hamilton. Both were fabulous.

 Fall in London

Fall in London

We walked through many beautiful parks and gardens. We especially enjoyed the leaves and seeing the changing colors that we don’t get to see in Hawaii.

 Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

We visited Windsor Castle. There had been a Royal Wedding there the day before so we enjoyed seeing some of the remnants, such as beautiful flowers that were still in the chapel.

While I was there, I got a message from my friend Natalie asking me if I was going to shop at Cath Kinston. I asked her, “what is that”? She acted surprised and excited to tell me that it was her favorite store and she thought I would love it. So, we looked up the store and oh my, she was right! I loved this store. I loved it so much that I visited 4 locations all over the city over the next few days. I was so appreciative of this great travel tip.

 Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston

I did quite a lot of Christmas Shopping while I was in there cause they had such cute things!

On game day we went to church at Hillsong London . These brothers from Germany sat by us, wearing SeaHawk jerseys. I asked them, “Are you hear to pray for a victory today”? It was fun to meet these young, enthusiastic, German fans.

 Hillsong London

Hillsong London

After church as we got ready for the game, suddenly the weather shifted. It became cooler and a little rainy. It actually made the experience even better. So we got bundled up and headed to the train that would take us to Wembley stadium.

 Train Ride to Wembley

Train Ride to Wembley

On the train we met a group of young girls that had Hawaii ties. They were SeaHawk fans too and they told us a story on how the day before they had met Marshawn Lynch at a department store and got to take a photo with him. How cool is that?

 London Games at Wembley Stadium, London

London Games at Wembley Stadium, London

I love football and watching a team play live is so exciting. I was so thankful to have the opportunity to be at this game with Derek. We had SUCH a great time in this very exciting atmosphere!

Even though it was a Raiders home game, there were a lot more SeaHawk fans present. That meant that the cheering was very loud and the icing on the anniversary cake is that we won that game. It was my kind of game too!! The final score 27 to 3.

 London Games, Wembley Stadium

London Games, Wembley Stadium

Since I was unable to be with Derek on our actual anniversary, I made him a card and left it with Jess to give to him on November 5th. Here is the card I made for him using the stamp set Peaceful Place.

 Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

I popped up a section on the inside to display a die cut #30.

 Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

Jessica texted me this photo of Derek moments after giving him his card. She took him out to lunch that day.

 Happy 30th

Happy 30th

I am so thankful for Derek. He is truly an amazing husband, father and best friend.

 War Museum

War Museum

Happy 30th Anniversary, I am so grateful to God for the blessing of having you by my side as we journey through life together.

 Celebrating 30 years

Celebrating 30 years

Frosted Floral Birthday

I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was a new demonstrator about to start my second workshop. I had all my supplies spread out on a tiny table top where I was about to begin my stamping demonstration. There were only a couple people there, but I didn’t mind, because I was a little nervous.

Suddenly, the front door burst open and in walks this beautiful gal with a big smile, big hair and an even bigger personality. The hostess introduced her to me, “This is my friend Laura”, she says. Laura plops down in the chair and looks right at me and says with a smile, “you’re gonna have to forgive me if I fall asleep during your presentation lady, you see I’ve worked all night and I’m tired and the only reason I’m here is cause I told my friend I’d be here to support her”. She then folder her arms and leaned way back in the chair and it seemed she was about to drift off into a deep sleep.

I took a deep breath and began the workshop. I pulled out the set Button Bear and was about half way through the first card when I noticed Laura’s eyes getting a little wider. The more I demoed, the more awake she became. Laura who I now know is a very artistic and creative person, was discovering stamping for the first time and it was a beautiful sight to behold. Forget the nap she was planning to take. Laura became “alive” and was excited to start creating with stamps, ink and paper. Laura got to work creating a Button Bear birthday card and had a lot of fun doing so.

By the end of the class Laura was still so excited that she booked a workshop and then shortly after her own workshop she signed up to be my second recruit. Of course if you ask her, she’ll be sure to tell you she’s my number one, but that is a whole different story!!!

Now almost 19 years later Laura is still a part of my team. In fact recently she sent me a photo of her stamp room and on her desk was this photo that brought back such fun memories. It’s a photo of Laura, Berd (my third recruit) and I. As you can see Berd has beautiful hair too and when I’m with these two I suffer from major “hair” envy!

 Berd, Cindy and Laura

Berd, Cindy and Laura

I had no idea that being a part of Stampin’ Up! would lead to me making so many lasting friendships. I am so thankful that after 19 years, Laura and Berd are STILL with me as a members of my group, Stamped With Aloha and we have made many wonderful memories together.

Laura just celebrated a big birthday, she turned 50. Here is the card I made for her using the First Frost Stamp Set.

 Frosted Floral Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Frosted Floral Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card displays two pieces of the gorgeous Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. This shimmery paper is so beautiful. I can’t get enough of it. I cut a circle with my Stitched Shapes Framelet to act as the focal point where I would stamp the word “Happy Birthday” and add some additional flowers, leaves and branches. I added three jewel rhinestones to the center of two of the flowers to add shimmer.

 Frosted Floral Birthday Card (inside)

Frosted Floral Birthday Card (inside)

On the inside of the card I created a “pop-up” section that featured the same Stitched Shape Circle but this time it had the number “50” on it that I had die cut from the Large Number Framelits.

Although I couldn’t be with Laura on her special day I am happy that next week I will be reunited with her at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Convention in Orlando. I already know that my cheeks will hurt from smiling when I am around her and I’ll probably get a stomach ache from laughing because she is one funny gal. I just love her to pieces and I cherish the friendship that has grown as we’ve enjoyed inspiration, creativity and sharing these past 19 years.

I am grateful that Stampin’ Up! not only has amazing products such as those found in this Frosted Floral suite, but in addition to the fabulous products, I am thankful for the amazing people who have become a part of my life because of my connection with this amazing company.

One of those special ones is Laura!! I would have never thought that gal who wanted to take a nap would become one of my closest friends, I am truly blessed.

Happy 50th Birthday Fulana! May you continue to be the bright light that you are. I love you!

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!