Let's Get Together and Giggle

I was thrilled when I got the word that Cheryl Hamilton would be flying in from Maui to attend my Spring Stamp Camp. I asked Cheryl if she’d like to stay the weekend at my home and she said, YES!!!

I knew for sure that we’d have fun. Just like we did in Orlando a few months ago when we got to be Disney Princesses at our downline gathering. I was Cinderella and enjoyed running around in my glass slippers all night. The fairest of us all was Kim who was Snow White.

Cinderella and Snow White

Cinderella and Snow White

Linda (as you can see below) was having so much fun as Belle that she was tempted to wear her wig the next day! And then there is crazy Cheryl, who was Ariel. Looks like she’s pretty upset cause she wishes she had legs instead of a mermaid tail! If you would have seen it, I think you’d say her mermaid tail was quite impressive!!!

Belle and Ariel

Belle and Ariel

As you can see, we always have a blast together!

Cheryl is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Maui. We are not in the same family tree as demonstrators, but that doesn’t matter. Over the years I’ve found that most demonstrators are such kind people, non competitive and always willing to share inspiration with one another. That’s one of the things I love about being a part of this wonderful company.

It was fun to have Cheryl over! We spent lots of time in my stamp studio and she helped me put the finishing touches on some party favors I was making for my Stampin’ Bunco. What a blessing that was!

Cheryl Hamilton

Cheryl Hamilton

Even though it was a busy weekend for us both, we still managed to run over to Macy’s to shop for a bit. What started as a planned power shopping trip, quickly turned into a fashion show! You see, as we looked at some of the clothes for sale, we started to talk about looking at how they could inspire cards we would make in the future. We decided, “let’s have a fashion challenge”..

We started by picking out clothes for each other to try on and I’m not quite sure how it happened, but within a few minutes were were in the dressing room with a bunch of matching outfits.

CC Fashion Challenge

CC Fashion Challenge

I am a shopper, so shopping is always fun for me.. But it was even better with Cheryl by my side. We laughed so loudly I’m surprised one of the store associates didn’t knock on the door to see what we were doing in there! We chose some colorful tops that we thought we’d never buy. but after trying them on, we decided that we liked many of them.

CC Fashion Challenge

CC Fashion Challenge

As we left the mall, we decided that our challenge would be to make a card out of one of the tops we tried on that day.

A few days later I received this card in the mail from Cheryl.

CC Fashion Challenge Card By Cheryl

CC Fashion Challenge Card By Cheryl


Since this card had such intricate pleats and was red, pink and white, I knew exactly what top she fashioned her card after. Here it is:

Cheryl and Cindy #ccfashionchallenge

Cheryl and Cindy #ccfashionchallenge

I love Cheryl’s card. It was fun to receive it, especially because it came with a yummy bag of homemade granola. Cheryl also included a note with some really sweet and kind words.

Here is the card I mailed to Cheryl.

Fashion Challenge Card

Fashion Challenge Card

This is totally unlike a card I would make. However, I was inspired by the pleated sleeves on the blouse. At first I thought the sleeves were funny looking and I wasn’t a huge fan of the colors. After trying it on however, I really liked it. I didn’t buy it that day but I think I may go back and see if it’s still there. Who knows, maybe by now it would be on sale! Wouldn’t that be great!!!

I haven’t started working on cards to match the other things we tried on, but I have lots of photos from that day to inspire me.

I love, love, love finding inspiration in fashion. I know this will be the first of many challenges you will see here on my blog.

The sentiment on this card is from the Saleabration Set called, Part of My Story! It’s a set that Stampin’ Up! created after receiving suggestions of fun phrases from demonstrators. I choose this sentiment, “let’s get together and giggle” because when I am with Cheryl, that’s usually what happens. It’s certainly what happened in the dressing room that day.

Fashion Challenge #1

Fashion Challenge #1

So there you have it, Cindy and Cheryl’s Fashion Challenge Card #1 is complete.

As Cheryl’s card says, I’m so glad we are friends! Friends who can giggle together while finding inspiration and creativity not just in our stamp studios, but also at the mall.

Prize Patrol (Hey, Love)

At this years stamp camp we did our prize patrol a little different. I asked each of my team members to create a prize with an image from the fun Hey, Love stamp set. By doing this, our guests got to see 5 different projects created with this adorable set.

Today, I am going to share our Prize Patrol projects, as well as some highlights from our stamp camp.

At this camp we offered two camp kits. A regular one, and a deluxe one. This was our first time offering something like this. Most of our guests took advantage of the deluxe offer. We weren’t sure if this would affect our check in process, but everything went so smoothly. Zeny assisted me at the check in table, Berd was standing by to pass out the basic kits and after everyone got settled, those who ordered deluxe kits, went to see Norine and Jodi (pictured in the back)

Welcome To Stamp Camp

Welcome To Stamp Camp

When everyone checked in they choose a name tag. Each name tag was adorned with an image from the Hey, Love stamp set. We used all of the images in the set, except the Alligator.

Our first prize patrol was given to anyone who had the bird image on their name tag. Of course Berd, was the designer of this prize patrol. I say that because the little bird is super cute, just like Berd is. Oh and yes, there is also the reason that it is one of the smallest images and Berd is not a big fan of coloring, Lol.

Berd’s Prize Patrol and Name Tag

Berd’s Prize Patrol and Name Tag

Berd explained how these were made without any adhesive. She made them in a variety of “In Colors”, they were all super cute!

Berd’s Prize Patrol

Berd’s Prize Patrol

These tiny triangle boxes were a hit and the perfect start for our first prize patrol.

Berd’s Triangle Boxes

Berd’s Triangle Boxes

Norine’s prize patrol was next!

Norine’s prize patrol at Stamp Camp

Norine’s prize patrol at Stamp Camp

Norine made this Stinkin’ Sweet Hand Sanitizer holder using the skunk image. I love the colors she chose, it matched perfectly with the hand sanitizer.

Norine’s Prize Patrol

Norine’s Prize Patrol

Isn’t this stinkin’ sweet?

Stinkin’ Sweet Hand Sanitizer Holder

Stinkin’ Sweet Hand Sanitizer Holder

Next up was a prize from Zeny. Zeny chose this little Gopher image and created a fancy box with a candy treat inside.

Zeny’s Prize Patrol

Zeny’s Prize Patrol

This little Gopher looks hungry! I bet he wishes he could eat the delicious treat Zeny put inside her box. Zeny loves snacks, especially chocolate! When she gives you a treat, her eyes light up as she describes it to you!

Zeny and her treats!

Zeny and her treats!

I can hear her now… “oooh, look what’s in my cute little box…. CHOCOLATE, yum, you want some???”


Jodi created a box with a treat inside too! Jodi, who is the Critter Queen, chose the cute little Otter image. Jodi came up with this cute saying and added a printed banner that read, “you otter be drinking hot chocolate”.

Jodi’s Otter Hot Chocolate Box

Jodi’s Otter Hot Chocolate Box

Inside Jodi’s cute box was all the fixings for a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Jodi with her prize patrol

Jodi with her prize patrol

My prize patrol was last. I had the Ape image. I did a different kind of a treat. I used one of our sweet cups to make a shave ice. Of course I forgot to take a close up photo of it. So here is a picture of the back of the project…. It’s still cute, don’t you think?

Bath Time Shave Ice

Bath Time Shave Ice

This Sweet Cup was filled with a bath scrubbie and topped with a bath bomb. I stamped an image from the set Beach Happy on a circle that I mounted to the back the Sweet Cup.

The front of the cup had the ape image. Below are some photos of the winners! If you get out a magnifying glass you can see the little ape image on the front of the cup!!!

Shave Ice Prize Patrol Winners

Shave Ice Prize Patrol Winners

It makes us happy when people are excited to win the prizes we made! Just look at Martha’s smile!

Happy Campers

Happy Campers

We also each made 5 grand door prize baskets. We wait until the end of camp to draw names and see who will win these special prizes filled with Stampin’ Up! products..

Betty wins a prize

Betty wins a prize

It is always fun to see the excitement on the faces of the lucky winners.

Terry wins a prize

Terry wins a prize

Since it was a candy themed event we surprised everyone and handed them a small wrapped chocolate bar. We then let everyone know that inside one of the bars was a tiny golden ticket. Everyone opened them at the same time and Berna was the lucky winner.

Berna is our golden girl

Berna is our golden girl

She was so excited to win this golden prize filled with Stampin’ Up! gold products that she immediately began to sing the Bruno Mars 24 Karat song! We are so happy she won, her musical celebration made our day!

Stamp Camp was really great. We so look forward to spending this day together.

The food at this camp was a delicious bento.

Pam is ready to eat

Pam is ready to eat

Pam is a major foodie so knowing she was happy, made us feel great!

It is amazing to gather together for some inspiration, creativity and fun. I love to see the joy on peoples faces when they greet one another. I love to see how everyone is so supportive and helpful to one another as they create together!

As I walked the room to check on everyone, I saw the joy on Cheryl’s face as she passed her phone around the table to introduce everyone to her first grandchild, who was born that morning.

Cheryl has good news!

Cheryl has good news!

I love how when we gather it is about so much more than just stamping.

Stampin’ Up’s statement of the heart summarizes it best, it says,

Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart

Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart

I hope that those who came to camp felt inspired, encouraged, supported and most of all loved.

Thank you for letting me share with you today. I hope you enjoyed these projects and the people who created them who mean so much to me!

With lots of love and aloha,

Cindy

A Gift of Aloha

A little over a week ago we had a stormy weekend here on Oahu. I was home stamping when the power went out. It was daytime and I knew that in the evening we were supposed to have a family get together for my birthday. I wondered if we should cancel the celebration because the weather was so bad. I would have suggested it but I really had no idea of what we were doing and if the weather would be an issue. All I knew was that my family had something “secret” planned for me.

In the early afternoon, I got word that the family gathering was on! My son, Kalani and his wife, Joyce, showed up at the house gave me Mickey ears to wear.

Cindy and Joyce

Cindy and Joyce

As soon as I put the ears on I guessed that we must be doing something at the Disney Aulani hotel which is less than ten minutes from my home. We headed straight for the Aulani. As we drove, the wind and rain were pretty bad but that didn’t dampen our mood. I love being with my family and was excited that we were going to be together. We arrived at the hotel, went in and took a few photos in the lobby.

Cindy and Joyce

Cindy and Joyce

I love the Aulani and figured we must be going to dinner or some type of show there. So. imagine my surprise when less than 20 minutes later we were back in the parking lot and Kalani began wrapping his sweatshirt around my face as a blindfold.

Kalani’s sweatshirt blindfold

Kalani’s sweatshirt blindfold

After a really long drive, the car door opened and I heard my husband Derek’s voice. He led me step by step out of the car and I was absolutely convinced that we were in town. For some reason, I thought we were at a miniature golf place or maybe at Brett and Jessica’s house. I still didn’t understand why this family gathering was so secretive?. So, imagine my shock when Derek told me to take off the blindfold and when I did, I saw that I was in Kapolei, back at my house!

My home was filled with 20 of my closest friends and family. They had transformed the living room There was a beautiful table set all Hawaiian Style with ti leaves, a tapa tablecloth and there was even a woven lauhala mat spread out on the ground. There were pineapples on the table that were glowing from all the twinkling candles. Remember, there was a power outage earlier that day and my power was STILL out…. so this party had been set up without power and somehow that made it even better!

To the left of the dining area, there was a stone and board set up, where my family and friends had been pounding pai’a’i (pounded taro) for our dinner.

I stood there absolutely stunned as everyone yelled, SURPRISE!!!!!

After greeting everyone with a hug, they had me sit down and gave me the opportunity to pound taro. It was a wonderful experience.

Pounding Poi

Pounding Poi

We sat on the floor around this beautiful table and Brett led us in a time of communion. Then came the most beautiful meal that had been prepared with so much love and aloha.

My Hawaiian Birthday

My Hawaiian Birthday

I found out that during the week my kids had been making preparations for this traditional Hawaiian meal. They spend countless hours making sure every part of this celebration was special.

My birthday dinner

My birthday dinner

Just look at these beautiful trays of Pa’i’ai. I recognized right away that this was a huge labor of LOVE.

My Hawaiian Birthday Dinner

My Hawaiian Birthday Dinner

My Hawaiian Birthday Dinner

My Hawaiian Birthday Dinner

I found out from my friend Cindy that while I was being driven around in circles, all of my family and friends got to work preparing for the party. Cindy took photos to show me how everyone was involved in setting things up, parents and children working together side by side.

Eddie and Daniel prepping the pai’a’i

Eddie and Daniel prepping the pai’a’i

Marlee prepping the Kulolo

Marlee prepping the Kulolo

Noah and Daniel pounding taro

Noah and Daniel pounding taro

I was so blessed to hear that much of this surprise was orchestrated by my beautiful daughter who wanted to bless me on my birthday!

Jessica prepares the meal

Jessica prepares the meal

After dinner, my son in law Brett had each guest go around the table and look at me in the eyes and tell me something they loved and appreciated about me. It was a beautiful moment filled with heartfelt words of love, appreciation and encouragement. My eyes welled up with tears as I heard the words spoken from all in attendance, even the youngest child had something kind to say.

The evening ended with the most special surprise of all. Kahu Kiha, who was instrumental in orchestrating this celebration from start to finish, blessed me with a Hawaiian Name. Being someone who doesn’t have a middle name, I was humbled by this beautiful gesture and gift of aloha. Kahu Kiha shared one of my favorite bible verses, Philippians 4:7 where it says: And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. He then gave me the name Kaleimaluikai’u. He spoke such beautiful words as he explained each part of the name he had chosen for me. One of the meanings of this name is, “The lei of peace from the highest heaven”.

Just as God gives me peace in the midst of the storms I face, I hope that I can bring peace and encouragement to others who are facing challenges in not only my words but in the example I set.

Kahu Kiha, Jess and Cindy

Kahu Kiha, Jess and Cindy

I am so grateful for all the love and aloha shared during this special celebration. I was amazed not only by all the hours it took to prepare every special part of this gathering, but also by the fact that people had to deal with downed power lines, flooded roads and power outages, just to be there!

My Beautiful Sisters

My Beautiful Sisters

I am so grateful for the blessing of family and friends who I am honored to “do life” with. They are a treasured gift to me.

To show my appreciation for this special celebration, I created a Thank You Card with the Tropical Chic stamp set.

Tropical Chic Thank You Card

Tropical Chic Thank You Card

I cut out the center of the card with the Layering Square Framelits and added one of my favorite die cuts from the Tropical Thinlits. I kept the colors simple, using Crumb Cake and Early Espresso Card Stock. The only bright color I used was a pop of Flirty Flamingo Ink for the Hibiscus flower.

Some people go through life and never have the opportunity to hear why they are loved and appreciated. It’s strange how sometimes those type of words are only spoken at funerals or memorial services. This experience caused me to want to be more intentional about looking for opportunities to share kind words with others face to face. I am grateful I can do that in the cards I send and hope that I will also do more of that in person with each opportunity I am blessed to do so.

For today, I will take a moment to write notes of appreciation and love to all who were a part of this special gift of aloha. It is one that I will forever cherish and never forget.

With Love and Aloha,

Kalei