World's Best Brother

I am the youngest child in my family and the only girl.  I have two older brothers who both live far away.  My brother Gordon lives in Michigan and my brother Glen lives in New York City.   If you ask my Mom who is her favorite of the three of us she will probably say she loves us all the same.   However, we all know that Mom has a favorite!  It is the "golden" middle child, Gordon.  

This past weekend it was my brother Glen's birthday.   Since Glen lives in New York City, I rarely get to spend time with him.  

 Cindy and Glen in NYC - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy and Glen in NYC - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Whenever I do I can count on one thing.....I will laugh until I cry.

 Fun with Glen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fun with Glen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Glen is hysterical, the life of the party and so much fun to be around.   Glen has an infectious laugh.  Even though the photo about is blurry it is one of my favorites!  It just shows that the person taking the picture was probably laughing too because of something Glen said.

So my goal for his birthday card was to send him something that would make him laugh!  I thought about our "Mom's Favorite" sibling situation and decided to make him a card using the World's Best Trophy stamp set.

This stamp set is great because you can combine many different stamps to create personalized trophies to celebrate the ones you love.  Here is the personalized creation I made for Glen.

 World's Best Brother Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

World's Best Brother Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card uses Designer Paper from our True Gentleman Suite.  I personalized this card by stamping the word "brother" under the stamp that said, "World's Greatest".  I added a gold foil paper border to give this card a shiny look that would resemble a golden trophy.

If you look closely at the background design on the top it was made by stamping Night of Navy ink on Night of Navy card stock.  Here is a close up of the stamps I used.

Over and over again, I stamped the words, "you're number one".  

Well, I can just see it now.  My brother Glen, holding this card, seeing the trophy and reading the words "world's greatest brother".  I bet he smiled and said out loud, "Awwwwwwwww".

Then when he opened up the card, this is what he saw......

 Gordon, the Golden Child - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Gordon, the Golden Child - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A picture of Gordon, the Golden Child, with a "popped up" sentiment that declares something we all are well aware of.  He is the favorite child.

I signed Glen's' card, "Happy Birthday, from someone who knows what it is like to not be Mom's favorite!!!"

Glen contacted me after he received this card and told me how funny he thought it was.  I know when Gordon see's it he will say that this is the most accurate card I have ever created.  He will probably request I make this same card for him when its his birthday!

Favorite or not, I am blessed to come from such a loving family and I am thankful we can have fun with each other like this!!  I am also thankful to to have such wonderful Stampin' Up! products to work with that allow me to make personalized creations to bless the lives of those I love.

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Today's post is dedicated to the memory of my sweet friend and stampin' sister Sarina.  On Friday, April 6th she unexpectedly passed away after suffering complications from a stroke.

Sarina was a full time care giver for her mom, Rosita.  Both of these lovely ladies came into my life a couple of years ago and have been such a blessing not only to me but to the other guests at my classes and events.

 Rosita and Sarina

Rosita and Sarina

Sarina had such a giving heart, she was always thinking of ways to bless others.  In this photo above she and her mom are passing out little post it note holders that they had made for everyone who came to class that day.

 Sarina and Rosita

Sarina and Rosita

Here they are again during a Christmas event.  I remember them waiting outside and then making a surprise grand entrance as Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Everyone was so surprised and delighted.  

In this photo they are also holding a gift they had made for me.  It was small Christmas tree made with a coat hanger, tinsel and it even had working Christmas lights on it.   

After stamping with me for a little while, Sarina decided to become a demonstrator.  Sarina joined Stampin' Up! and my team Stamped With Aloha and our group was never the same!  Whether it be at classes, Inspiration Night or other stamping events Sarina had a way of making everyone laugh.  

 Sarina and Terry

Sarina and Terry

Her smile was infectious and her positive attitude so strong.  Sarina was so encouraging to all of us.  Whether it be about life of stamping she knew just what to say to make us feel affirmed and inspired.  

One of my favorite photos of her is this one with a group of my downline whom she was especially close to.

 Roxy, Sarina, Lori and Charlene at Inspiration Night

Roxy, Sarina, Lori and Charlene at Inspiration Night

I'm pretty certain its because of something funny she said that all of these lovely ladies have such bright smiles.

 Charlene and Sarina

Charlene and Sarina

Although I only had the blessing of knowing her for a couple of years she made an impact on my life from day one.

 Rosita and Sarina

Rosita and Sarina

Both she and her Mom Rosita have taught me about strength, perseverance, selflessness and love.  

Next month we will celebrate her life.  I worked on a card I will give to her Mom at the memorial service.  As I created this card I thought of Sarina.  

 Heartfelt Sympathy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Heartfelt Sympathy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The base of the card is Old Olive because green was her favorite color.  The roses on the card are yellow to represent the blessing of friendship we shared.  The words come from the set Heartfelt Sympathy.  The words beautifully express what I want to communicate to Rosita during this very difficult time.  Sarina truly was someone so special.

 Sarina and Charlene

Sarina and Charlene

In this photo Sarina is wearing one of our Stamped With Aloha shirts.  The back says, "stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside".  Sarina represented that motto so well.

Sarina knew I loved pineapples so she was often suprising me with pineapple things she would make or find.  One of her last gifts to me was this pineapple air plant.  I remember how joyful she was when she gave it to me in February.  It was something she had seen on pinterest and took the time to create as a gift for me.

 Pineapple Pine Cone from Sarina

Pineapple Pine Cone from Sarina

What a creative and thoughtful gift from my beautiful sister and friend.  

I am truly thankful for the honor and blessing of knowing someone so special.  

Sarina was taken from us very unexpectedly and it reminds me that we never know when that time will come for us or our loved ones.  

Is there someone in your life that you are thankful for, have you told them that recently?  How about someone you love.  Do they know how much you love them??  How I wish I had one more opportunity to tell Sarina how much she meant to me. 

 We can all learn from the life of Sarina to be strong, giving, caring, encouraging and inspiring with each day we are blessed to live on this earth.

Rest in Peace my sweet friend Sarina, you are loved and will be dearly missed.

Formula One Technique

Today I want to share with you a quick method for putting a set of cards together.  I call it my Formula One Technique.  This is the technique I use when I am short on time and want to create cards that are fast to make.  This technique works best when using any of our fabulous Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers.  It is also the perfect technique for creating coordinating sets of cards.

Formula One technique is basically a color blocking technique.  I used it to create the base layer on this entire set of cards.

 Naturally Eclectic Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Naturally Eclectic Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Do you see that all of the base layers of these cards have the same dimensions?  Here are the measurements for the Formula One technique.

Designer Series Paper - 3 x 5 1/4  Solid Card Stock - 1 x 5 1/4

Just take a standard size card, that has been folded in half to the top layer is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Then add the Formula One Dimensions as described above.  For the focal point use any size card stock depending on what stamp you use to finish your card.  The Formula One is a fast way to create the base layer on cards.

These cards were created for a special event where I was highlighting our Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.

Here is a close up of each of the cards.

 Oh So Eclectic Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Oh So Eclectic Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card was created using a set that is a part of the Naturally Eclectic Suite called Oh So Eclectic.  I fussy cut a coordinating flower and embellished it with one of our gold faceted gems.  I just love these gems, this one works perfectly to add an dimension and texture to the front of this card.

The next card was created using the Happiest of Days stamp set.

 Happiest of Days Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happiest of Days Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The birthday gifts were colored with our Stampin' Write markers and Basic Rhinestone Jewels were added to the bows on each gift.

Card number three uses the cute jeweled piece of the Designer Series Paper.

 Beautiful You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I added a rhinestone to the center of a punched flower to embellish this fabulous fashionista who comes from the stamp set Beautiful You!

I changed direction on this butterfly card and put the one inch strip along the bottom front of this card.  

 Butterfly Basics Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Butterfly Basics Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This is the only card that required a Big Shot because I used a framelit to cut out the Butterfly from Butterfly Basics Bundle so that it would look more three dimensional.

This technique is super simple and has made creating cards with Designer Series Paper so simple, quick and fun.  

Next time you open up a pack of Designer Paper why not try and follow this formula to create your base layers and before you know it you'll be creating some Formula One cards that are FAST and FABULOUS!  

Happy Stampin'

Cindy

 

 

Happiness Is Stampin' Up!

On Saturday, I hosted a special breakfast at my home for some of my newest downline members.  This was a special incentive based gathering for all of my newest recruits as well as anyone in my downline who had recruited 2 during our recent Saleabration special.   Everyone who was in attendance enjoyed breakfast, a game, a gift from me and a free class.

In my next post, I will share with you the four projects we made at this gathering.  However  today,  I just want to share a little bit about the event as well as highlight the cute gift tin everyone received.

Before everyone arrived I set my dining room table and placed a gift tin on each person's plate.

 Happiness Is Stampin' Up! Card Tin

Happiness Is Stampin' Up! Card Tin

I stamped the front of this tin with a "Happiness is Stampin' Up!" stamp I had received at an event many years ago. 

 Happiness is Stampin' Up! Tin

Happiness is Stampin' Up! Tin

 I used Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper on the front of the tin because this was the featured product on the projects we made that morning.

 It was fun to surprise everyone with this cute card tin that was waiting for them at their seat when they arrived.

For breakfast I served an egg casserole, portugese sausage, fruit and some amazing homemade scones that my friend Cindy had baked the night before.

 Homemade scones

Homemade scones

As we ate together, I had everyone share a little bit about themselves.  

When Patty shared she said that she has been working on trying to make better food choices and Stampin' Up! has been great for her health.  Patty went on to explain that when she passes the kitchen late at night rather than grab a snack, she grabs her Stampin' Supplies and sits at the kitchen table to work.  Patty made us all laugh when she said she declares, "CARDS NOT CARBS".  Who knew that stamping could be a great way to lose weight!

After breakfast we played a quick round of "Left, Right, Center" with small pieces of Naturally Eclectic Designer Paper as the items that got passed around the table during the game.  

 Playing left, right, center

Playing left, right, center

The winner of the game was Erin, who not only won all the Designer Series Paper but also received a card kit and ink pad.

 Erin wins a prize!

Erin wins a prize!

I love how being a part of Stampin' Up! brings people together.   I love the excitement that is shared when stampers gather and share creativity.    

After spending the morning with these ladies I felt so blessed.  I decided that I am going to host another event like this again in the very near future.

 Stamped With Aloha Ohana

Stamped With Aloha Ohana

I feel so grateful for the many wonderful people who have become a part of my life since I joined Stampin' Up!  almost 20 years ago!

I am also grateful to these who attended this incentive event and the blessing it was to get to know each of them a little better.

 Happiness Is Stampin' Up! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happiness Is Stampin' Up! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I hope that each time one of these ladies opens up their card tin they will remember our special gathering and the Happiness that was shared when we gathered together.  

Happiness truly is Stampin' Up!