Love Your Neighbor

The other day I had two friends over working in my studio.  We were stamping and creating projects for upcoming classes.   Suddenly, we heard an unfamiliar sound.  At first we thought it was rain.  Then we thought maybe it was a broken sprinkler head in my yard.   I casually got up from my chair and walked towards the sound and as I stepped toward the door, water sprayed me in the face!  Thats the moment I discovered that there was a broken pipe on my water heater.    

Water was spraying everywhere!  We turned nobs but nothing happened.  We had no idea how to shut the water off.   We grabbed rags and a bucket but it became apparent that the water was going to continue to spray and we needed to do something fast.  I ran next door to see if a neighbor could help.   It seemed like only minutes had passed and before you know it my stamp studio was filled with not just one but three loving neighbors who had come to my rescue.  

Thankfully my neighbor Terry recognized the problem right away and within an hour the broken pipe was fixed.   I was so grateful.  It was one of those moments that I wondered, what if I hadn't been here?  What if I had been traveling or even just out for the day?  I would have come home to a flood.  

Just after my neighbors left, I looked at my friends who were still here working and said, "I have such great neighbors, don't I?  

I then sat back down to work on the card that I had been designing when the commotion began.  When I saw the sentiment I had stamped just prior to the broken pipe I had to smile.  It said,   "I may not always be there with you, but I will always be there for you".  This reminded me of my wonderful  neighbors!  This sentiment comes from the stamp set, Calls For A Celebration,  and it seemed so appropriate for the chain of events that had happened in my stamp studio today!  

 Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As you can see I used the Tropical Chic stamp set on this card.  This time, I decided to try making a Tropical Card using brighter colors.  The yellow is a brand new color called Pineapple Punch.  What a great name!  The second color I used is Poppy Parade.  This is a returning color and one I really liked.  I used the Tropical Thinlits to die cut some leaf and flower embellishments. I added some of our new Red Rhinestones to embellish the flower.  No more using a red sharpie to color rhinestones now that we have these beautiful red sparkly gems!

 Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In Matthew 22:37-39 it says: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself."

God has been speaking to me a lot lately about loving others.  I know that this is something that I want to do better.  I am grateful to God for blessing me with neighbors who so beautifully demonstrated this by coming to my aid when I had a need.  They have inspired me to want to do the same for them and for others.  

 

 

Here Today, Gone To Maui

Saturday was such a wonderful day.  I flew to Maui early in the morning and my friend Cheryl picked me up at the airport.  Cheryl is a demonstrator from Maui and the leader of her group, the Maui Big Shots!  We had such a wonderful time sharing together.  Spending time with Cheryl reminded me once again of why I love being a part of Stampin' Up! so much.  Although we do the same job, you rarely feel a competitive Spirit amongst demonstrators.  Instead what you often find is sharing, encouragement, and love.  That is exactly what happened when Cheryl and I met.  Through sharing our stories, I was really encouraged and we made plans for more get togethers in the near future.

 Cheryl and Cindy

Cheryl and Cindy

Cheryl had an event that day at her home and I wish I could have attended.  I would have loved to see some of her group because they have come to some of my events on Oahu before and they are just wonderful. 

 Maui Stampers at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Maui Stampers at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 I always look forward to seeing them.  Cheryl and I are working at finding a way we can get our groups together in the near future.  

The reason I couldn't attend Cheryl's event was because I was actually in Maui to visit with my friend Jodi and her husband Dave who were there celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.  Jodi is a dear friend whom I met during my Freshman year at Spring Arbor College in Michigan.   Jodi is one of those special friends whom you don't see often but when you do, you just pick up where you left off.  The last time we had spend time together was 13 years ago.  So right after breakfast, Dave and Jodi picked me up and we set out for a day of adventure!

 Jodi and Cindy in Maui

Jodi and Cindy in Maui

I can't believe how much we did in just a few hours.  We went to a Bakery,  then shopping in Wailea and Lahaina, ate lunch at Tommy Bahama, swam in the pool at her condo and went out for one of the best sweet treats I have ever had and ended the day at Starbucks by the airport.

 Island Cream Company

Island Cream Company

The sweet treat we had was from the Island Cream Company.  This special cream made of all fresh, local ingredients is unique and SOOOOOO Delicious.  It's not ice cream and its not gelato, but almost like the perfect combination of both.  It has the creamiest texture and choosing what flavor is hard because so many look so good!!!  Their motto is, "We Make Cravings" and you know what?? It's so true.  If I didn't have to leave the island that evening I probably would have went back the next day.  

Since Jodi spent her entire trip on the island of Maui, I wanted to bring her something special from Oahu.  So I went to one of my favorite local boutiques, Manuhealii and purchased two zippered pouches to give as a gift to her.

 Manuhealii Pouches

Manuhealii Pouches

Manuhealii makes the most beautiful clothing and accessories.  It makes choosing what to buy difficult because there are so many gorgeous things to purchase.   I love Monstera, so when I saw this pattern on these zippered pouches. I chose to buy Jodi two of them.  

The design and color of the two pouches inspired the card I created for Jodi with our new Tropical Chic Stamp set and Tropical Thinlits.

 Tropical Escape Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I just LOVE this set so much.  Even with these non traditional colors it still looks amazing.  For the sentiment I chose a stamp from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I also added one of the cute wooden Tropical Elements as an embellishment.  

 Tropical Chic Friendship Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic Friendship Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The colors, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy were a perfect match to the pouches and Jodi seemed really happy and surprised to receive this gift.  That made me feel really happy too!

The day was absolutely beautiful from start to finish.  

 Kaanapali, Maui

Kaanapali, Maui

As we said goodbyes, we vowed to not let another 13 years go by until we see each other again!

 Jodi and Cindy in Lahaina, Maui

Jodi and Cindy in Lahaina, Maui

As I flew home, I felt so happy and thankful!  It was a blessing to have had the opportunity to spend a day in a beautiful place with such beautiful people who I am grateful to call my friends.  

 

 

Tropical Escape

I am writing from the Honolulu Airport where I am about to make a Tropical Escape to Maui for the day!  I am really looking forward to the opportunity I'll have to reunite with special friends.

One of the cards I am bringing to share with my friend Cheryl is the first card I made using products from our Tropical Escape Suite.   This beautiful suite is found on pages 120 and 121 of the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog.  Although our new catalog has lots of fabulous new products in it, this suite is my favorite.

The stamp set Tropical Chic is gorgeous and can be bundled together with the coordinating Tropical Framelits.  The Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper is so beautiful too!  I used all three of these products to create this punch art girl wearing a Haku (Flower Crown) Lei.

 Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha

Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha

For you punch art lovers, here are a list of the punches used to create this girl listed with the card stock colors I used.

Face - 1 1/2 Circle (Blushing Bride), Hair - Pretty Label (Basic Black), Bangs - 1 1/2 Circle (Basic Black), Body - 1 3/4 Circle (Blushing Bride), Flowers - Bunny Builder (Crushed Curry) Dress - 1 1/2 Circle Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  The Fern was not made with a punch but with the Tropical Thinlits.

Here are some images of how I punched out the dress.

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I am someone who loves flower leis and Haku's are my favorite.  You know that saying, "Be a Pineapple.  Stand Tall, Wear a Crown and Be Sweet on the Inside".?  I think if I wore a crown everyday it would be made of flowers!!

As I was creating this card I was thinking about some Haku's I recently made in the middle of the night.  Let me tell you how that happened.  This will give me another opportunity to share a few more wedding photos with you too.

At my daughter Jessica's wedding there were the most GORGEOUS flowers I have ever seen.  Although I knew some of the wedding plans I hadn't really heard the plan for the flowers.  I only knew that Jessica was excited to hire SU-V Expressions to do all the flowers for the wedding.

 My first look at the flowers was at the hotel where we were all getting ready.  The brides bouquet arrived and it was so beautiful.  

 Bridal Bouquet by SU-V Expressions

Bridal Bouquet by SU-V Expressions

I was so touched when during the reception Jessica spoke some very kind words about me and then presented me with her amazing bouquet.  What a sweet and thoughtful surprise that was!

The flowers on the arch were absolutely breathtaking.  I am so glad photographer Amber Shoniwitz captured them in this photo, one of my favorites from the day.

 Brett and Jess 

Brett and Jess 

After the wedding the arch flowers were moved to the reception area.

 Brett and Jess Wedding reception

Brett and Jess Wedding reception

At the end of the night many of the flowers and centerpieces were given away.  However, as we were leaving, we realized there were still quite a few of these arch pieces left over!  We couldn't leave them behind!   So we packed them up and carried them home.

Once we got home, we put flowers in vases but we came to a point where we still had extra flowers!   Then my friend Linda had a great idea!  "Let's make Haku's", she said.  Even though it was very, very late, we decided to go for it!  

 Cindy and Lisa 

Cindy and Lisa 

After all we were still feeling pretty energised as we reflected on what a great day it had been. So Lisa, Carrie, Linda and I began to work on Haku Lei's for Mother's Day! 

 Lisa, Cindy and Carrie

Lisa, Cindy and Carrie

Here is a photo we took in the wee hours of the morning.  Can you tell were a little tired and loopy?

 Linda, Cindy and Lisa

Linda, Cindy and Lisa

This photo was taken around 3:30am after we had made several Haku's for all of the Moms, Aunties and Grandmothers we would be seeing on Mother's Day.

 Brett and Jess with their Moms

Brett and Jess with their Moms

Here is a picture of Renette (Brett's Mom) and I wearing the Hakus at our Mother's Day brunch.  We were so thankful that Brett and Jess could join us before they left on their Honeymoon.

Making Haku's with friends was fun!  I feel the same way about stamping, too!  It was fun making this punch art card.  This will be the first of many more cards I will create with the Tropical Escape Suite!

 Tropical Escape Card - www.stampredwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Card - www.stampredwithaloha.com

Well, I am about to board my flight so I better say "Aloha" for now.  It's time for my Tropical Escape to begin!

Healing Hugs

Yesterday, I received a special surprise!  My Mom called and said she and my Dad were at my house.  I went outside to greet them and my Dad (who has dementia) smiled and handed me a bouquet of roses.  

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It wasn't my Birthday, Anniversary or Valentines Day.  I was having a challenging day though, preparing for a routine surgical procedure that happened today!  I suppose that is why my parents wanted to give me something to brighten my day.  These beautiful flowers and their unexpected visit certainly did.

I am home now and feeling so good that I was able to open up some of my Stampin' Up! new catalog products.  The first thing I decided to create was a Thank You card for my parents to let them know how much I appreciated their sweet and kind gesture yesterday.  I chose to use the set Healing Hugs and created a card that was inspired by their thoughtful gift.

 Healing Hugs Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Healing Hugs Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I LOVE this set Healing Hugs.  This set is a part of our exclusive Stampin' Up! Distinktive Stamp Collection.  Distinktive stamps are made with a special texture that gives depth and dimension without having to do two step stamping.  To learn about these amazing new stamps and watch this actual stamp set being demonstrated click on the video link here.  Since two step stamping is my favorite technique, Distinktive stamps are definitely my new favorite type of stamp!!!!

Did you notice that this card had a cropped front?  Here is how you can cut your card stock to create this type of card.

 Healing Hugs Cropped Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Healing Hugs Cropped Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Take a piece of Whisper White card stock that has been cut at 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 and score it at 4 1/4.  If you use the Stampin' Trimmer you can cut and then score the card stock because our trimmer does both.  I used my Healing Hugs Distinktive stamps to stamp 3 Roses and Leaves on a piece of 2 3/4 x 5 Whisper White Card Stock.  I used two new colors on this card, Lovely Lipstick and Granny Apple Green.   I backed the stamped piece with a piece of coordinating Lovely Lipstick Card Stock that was cut at 3 x 5 1/4.

On the inside of the card I adhered a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 Basic Black card stock that I had embossed with our new Tufted Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder.  It's hard to see it in the image in the photo below but it is a bit more clear in the final photo of this post.   It's a great new Embossing folder, I know I will use it a lot.

 I then glued the embossed strip to the inside bottom of the card.

 Cropped Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cropped Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For the sentiment on this card I stamped the word "Thank You" using a stamp from our Accented Blooms stamp set.  I then punched it out with the Tailored Tag punch and then used Paper Snips to trim off the white border.  I then punched a piece of Silver Foil Paper with the Tailored Tag punch to use as a backing.  I adhered this to the front of the card so that it hung off the cropped edge of the card front.

 Healing Hugs Cropped Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Healing Hugs Cropped Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Well, I am off to put this card in the mail for my parents!   I hope when they receive it this week it will serve as an unexpected stamped blessing of love and appreciation.

 Healing Hugs Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Healing Hugs Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My next monthly Stamp A Stack class is on Saturday, June 23rd at 10am or Sunday, June 24th at 2pm.  I will be teaching 4 card designs that feature my favorite new catalog products.  You can bet that this set Healing Hugs will be a part of that class!  I can't wait to see and hear the reactions of all my stampin' friends when they use this fabulous new set for the first time.  

If you would like to attend one of my classes, be sure to contact me and let me know.

With Stamped Blessings and Healing Hugs,

Cindy