Crazy Rich Asians

This weekend I went to a Girls Night Out to celebrate Karin’s Birthday. We went to the same place we’ve celebrated her birthday the past few years, Thai Lao Restaurant in Kapolei. This restaurant is one of her favorites, an ours too!

We kicked off the night with a toast of Thai Iced Teas! Yummy!

 Cheers for the Birthday Girl

Cheers for the Birthday Girl

We enjoyed a delicious dinner and great conversation. We laughed when we realized that we were the last people in the restaurant at closing time, as usual! It’s crazy how fast time flies when you are having fun!!!

 Thai Lao Restaurant

Thai Lao Restaurant

Know what else is crazy? It was late, after 9:00 pm, but we had one more thing on our agenda. We wanted to watch the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Karin had seen it and said that it was so good she wouldn’t mind seeing it again. So, we headed over to the Olino theater for the 10:30 showing.

When it came time for me to design Karin’s Birthday card, I used the Crazy Rich Asians movie poster as my inspiration. It’s a beautiful colorful poster featuring the stars of the movie, Henry Golding and Constance Wuu.

Here it is on display at the theater we went to.

 Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

When you see this poster, what Stampin’ Up! colors do you see? I see Real Red, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, to name a few!!!

I chose a few of these colors and created this card for Karin.

 Picture Perfect Birthday Card

Picture Perfect Birthday Card

This card used a variety of Stampin’ Up! Products. The base of the card is a folded piece of Coastal Cabana. I then layered a piece of Tea Room Speciality Designer Series Paper onto a Daffodil Delight Card Base. On top of that I put a small piece of Pacific Point Card Stock that had been run through our new Corrugated Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. On top of that I added a Whisper White Square of Card Stock that had been stamped with a “happy birthday” sentiment from the set Picture Perfect Birthday.

 Picture Perfect Birthday Card

Picture Perfect Birthday Card

To finish it off, I stamped some Melon Mambo flowers and Daffodil Delight circles using the Colorful Seasons stamp set. Then, I used our Seasonal Layers Thinlits to die cut some of the flowers that I accented with Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

The movie was awesome! I loved it so much that I went that same weekend to see it again. It was totally my kind of Cinderella story with a very happy ending. It also gave me a reason to push a new pin in my travel map to one day visit Singapore!

Know what else was awesome? Watching Karin’s reaction when she opened up her Crazy Rich Asians Inspired Card.

 Karin’s Birthday

Karin’s Birthday

Since Karin’s husband Jay celebrates his birthday a few days before hers, we thought it would be cute to make this card special for the both of them. So, with some 5 minute photo editing by my daughter, this what Karin saw when she opened the card.

 Jay and Karin’s Birthday Surprise

Jay and Karin’s Birthday Surprise

Karin texted us the next day to tell us that Jay and her kids really got a kick out of her creative birthday card this year!

I’m so thankful for a fun weekend filled with love, friendship, celebrations, laughter and making new memories.


Let's KIT Together!

Oh my goodness, just look at us. Here’s Berd and I at one of the Stampin’ Up! Managers Receptions back in the day! We’ve both been Stampin’ Up! demonstrators for just under 20 years!!!

 Berd and Cindy

Berd and Cindy

This year Stampin’ Up! is celebrating their 30th anniversary! I am preparing to be in Orlando this November to celebrate with thousands of others who are blessed to be a part of this incredible company.

When I signed a contract to receive a discount on stamps, ink and paper, I had no idea that this decision would lead me to meet so many amazing friends! When I think of my friend Berd, I think of how different our lives and interests are! We’d probably have never crossed paths, if it hadn’t been for Stampin’ Up!

Berd is about to celebrate a big milestone. Sometime, this month, she is aiming to hit her $200,000.00 in career. This is really exciting! I am so proud of all she’s accomplished.

As we brainstormed ways to help her reach her goal, we were reminiscing about the good old days! Berd and I used to host a very popular class together called Ladies Night Out. Do any of you remember that class? Ladies Night Out was usually held on a Friday evening once a month at a restaurant.

So, if you loved Ladies Night Out or just love getting together for some creative time shared with friends, we have an opportunity just for you! Berd and I will be co-hosting a product based class featuring the Christmas Project kit called Timeless Tidings. We are calling this gathering, “Let’s Kit Together”.

Let’s take a look at the cards you’ll make at our class.

 Timeless Tidings card

Timeless Tidings card

This first card has a beautiful poinsettia flower on it. It’s hard to tell from the photo but the little scalloped border is made out of super shiny gold foil paper. The other embellishment I love on this card is the green rhinestones. The only stamping you do on any of these cards is the sentiment. On this one, it simply says, Merry Christmas.

The next card is this beautiful Cherry Cobbler color. It features a festive arraignment of leaves, branches and holly. The sentiment is stamped on a circle that has a shiny gold foil circle on it and has been placed directly on top of a super shiny gold tag. This card also has been adorned with gold rhinestones.

 Timeless Tidings Card

Timeless Tidings Card

The next card has this gorgeous holly featured on the front. It has a super shiny foil scalloped border on the side and is also adorned with colorful rhinestones. The sentiment is stamped on a tag with a gold border. Have you heard me say, “there are no mistakes in stamping”. Well, I accidentally stamped the sentiment in the wrong direction. The gold edge of this tag is supposed to be facing the other way, according to the project sheet. However, that is the beauty of creativity. You can absolutely do it anyway you want! I think it looks fine this way and I bet no one will even notice!

 Timeless Tidings Card

Timeless Tidings Card

The final card features this beautiful forest of trees. Can you see the teeny tiny star on top of one of them? It’s made out of super shiny foil so when you move this card, it sparkles. This card also has gold rhinestones and you can place them just about anywhere and they’d look great.

 Timeless Tidings Card

Timeless Tidings Card

The icing on the cake is that this kit comes with fancy foil edged envelopes! They coordinate so beautifully with all the gorgeous gold elements on these cards.

 Timeless Tidings Project Kit

Timeless Tidings Project Kit

If you want to order this kit, it is item number #148028 for $20. The kit comes with everything you need to make 5 of each of these cards, so 20 cards in all. The only thing you need to add to finish these cards, is a stamp pad color of your choice and the stamp set, Timeless Tidings #148936 for $20. I’d be happy to help you order these items if you’re interested but there’s another option that you may think is even more fun. That is, if you live on Oahu.

Berd and I will be co-hosting a new class together.

 Timeless Tidings Card Kit

Timeless Tidings Card Kit

We are going to call it “Let’s KIT Together” Let us know if you want to come over to my stamp studio in Kapolei the first weekend in October. For a $30 class fee you receive the Timeless Tidings Project Kit, A Tombo Liquid Glue, An Air-conditioned Work Space, Food, Fellowship and FUN! These cards are easy to put together and you can complete all 20 in less than an hour. You can plan on dropping by whatever time is convenient for you! Class times are as follows: Friday, October 5th from 7pm to 9pm or on Saturday, October 6th from 9am to 11am.

You will not regret purchasing this kit. It is so beautiful in person. If you don’t need Christmas Cards, you can stamp a “Thank You” sentiment on these and use them for after the holidays.

If you are unable to attend this class you can order these items from Berd and I at our online stores using the following Hostess Codes.

CINDY’s HOST CODE: M7DAEG96

BERD’s HOST CODE: TFQWFBAM

To go to Berd’s online store, click here and you can help her reach her milestone!

In order to get your class kit ready, please let us know if you are able to attend class before Thursday, September 27th, 2018 or place your on line order before the end of the month.

We really hope we have the opportunity to stamp with you, so don’t delay, sign up today and Let’s Kit Together!

Mother In Love

When you think, "Mother In Law", what comes to mind?  If you know she's on her way over, do you rush to clean the house because you she'll be checking for dust with her white gloves on?  Perhaps you start to panic about what meal you will prepare, knowing that no matter what you do, she won't like it.   I know when it comes to "in laws" there are people who face challenging situations, but thank God that's not the case for me.

I love my Mother In Law so much.  Her name is Alvena.  My kids call her Grandma, My niece calls her "Grams".  My Son In Law calls her "Grandma Alvie", I think that my favorite name for her!!!

From the first day I met Alvena, at the YWAM base in Honolulu, I thought she was amazing!.   She's a licensed pastor, a powerful communicator, a great listener, an amazing counselor, a prayer warrior, a former school administrator, a small accounting business owner, an excellent cook and she's as cute as a button especially when standing next to her handsome hubby of 54 years!

 Mom and Dad Baughman

Mom and Dad Baughman

When visiting her last month, I noticed these beautiful flowers on her front porch.

 Alvena's Garden

Alvena's Garden

These flowers inspired the birthday card I created for her this year.

I chose a stamp set that I hadn't worked with before called, Bouquet Blooms.  This set comes with coordinating framelits called Gatefold Blossoms.  

Here is the card I made for Alvena.

 Bouquet Blooms Card

Bouquet Blooms Card

I used the Gateway Blossoms framelit to cut out a floral pattern on both the top and bottom flap of this card.  

Below, you can see where I attached a Granny Apple Green Card Stock to the top flap to cover the back of the die cut area.  This also became the place where I added a small Whisper White Card Stock and stamped the"Happy Birthday" sentiment from the set Blow Out The Candles.

 Bouquet Blooms Card

Bouquet Blooms Card

I then layered on a bunch of bright flowers that I colored with Stampin' Blends.  I also added lots of basic Jewel Rhinestones, both clear and red.

 Bouquet Blooms Card (inside)

Bouquet Blooms Card (inside)

The inspiration for the colors on this card, came from this floral Macy's Gift card that was hidden inside.

Over the years, Alvena has taught me many valuable life lessons and I have a lot to thank her for.  One thing I realized the other day is that as she was raising her boys, she was praying for their future spouses. That means when I was growing up, she was praying for me.  What an amazing blessing that is to know that!

I am also grateful to her for raising such an incredible son who has been my husband for 30 years this November!

 Derek and Cindy

Derek and Cindy

Now that I am officially a Mother In Law, I hope that my kids will feel the same way about me as I do about Alvena.  I hope that like Alvena I will live my life to honor God, to love and serve others and to choose joy everyday.

 Grandma Alvie

Grandma Alvie

Happy Birthday Mom!  We are all thankful, grateful and blessed to have you in our lives!  

Thanks for being such an amazing Mother in LOVE!

 

 

 

So Santa

Did you know Christmas is 114 days from today?  It will be here before you know it.  I am really excited that in just 3 days, our brand new Holiday Catalog will go live and you can begin to order supplies and start working on your holiday projects.  

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, we get to order things in advance.  It probably won't surprise you to see that one of the first sets I ordered from the new catalog was called So Santa.  This set contains this adorable Surfing Santa, who is holding of all things, a pineapple!   Of course you know being the pineapple loving gal that I am, I'd love this stamp for sure!!!  

It's a little hard to tell from this photo, but I scored the front of this card at 2 1/2 inches from the bottom.  Can you see the scored dividing line between the Crumb Cake and Pool Party Card Stock?  The bottom Crumb Cake Card stock is 2 1/4 x 4.  The top Pool Party card stock is 2 3/4 x 4.  I ran the Crumb Cake card stock through the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Texured Impressions folder.  I ran the Pool Party Card Stock through a new Textured Impressions embossing folder called Swirls and Curls. I think its going to be one of my new favorite things!!  

 So Santa Card

So Santa Card

When I attached the stamped and colored image, I only put dimensionals on the bottom so that it is only glued to the Crumb Cake part.  That way when you fold the bottom of the card in, you see another Pool Party layer on the inside that you can use to prop up this adorable surfing Santa!

 So Santa Pop Up Card

So Santa Pop Up Card

The Swirls and Curls Textured Impressions folder reminds me of the waves in the ocean.  That is perfect for this surfing Santa who is ready to go for a ride!

The inside sentiment rests on top of the Pool Party textured card stock and I brushed Wink of Stella over various parts of the stamped image so that it would sparkle and shine.

There are so many wonderful new products in our Holiday Catalog.  If you haven't received a copy and would like one, be sure to contact me.   This is also a great time to schedule a Holiday Workshop or Private class where you can earn free product while enjoying some creative time with friends and family.  

If you live in a warm climate year round, like I do.  This So Santa stamp set might just be the perfect set for your Holiday Cards this year!  I look forward to stamping with you and sharing fun ideas for the upcoming Holiday season.

Wishing you a season of sunny smiles no matter where you live!

Cindy