Amazing Lynn

I was introduced to Lynn in 2005 by our Pastor Mike. It was just a couple months before she would become engaged to him. Shortly after she got married, we began to really get to know one another.

I remember my first “one on one” conversation with her. Lynn was such a good listener, she was so encouraging and just being around her made me feel good. I felt so blessed to have someone in my life like her who was filled with so much love and compassion for others.

When she smiles, it just makes me happy. Her smile is contagious and lights up a room as you can see from the photo below.

Lynn and Genesis

Lynn and Genesis

Both Lynn and her husband Mike are really faithful at sending cards to others.

Years ago, when Lynn heard about my stamp a stack class she was really interested in attending. Unfortunately. due to her having young children combined with her husband’s busy schedule, it was really hard for her to be there. So, we came up with a great idea! Lynn could host her own stamp a stack class at her home and that is exactly what she did!

For many years, I would come to her house monthly and spend an entire evening creating cards with her family, neighbors and friends. It was wonderful.

stamp a stack at Lynn’s

stamp a stack at Lynn’s

After class Lynn and I would stay up till the wee hours of the morning.

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I loved that precious time with my friend. We’d stamp extra cards, laugh, sometimes cry, share stories, and just enjoy the blessing of friendship.

Want to know something funny that sparks a memory of my friendship with Lynn? Well, every time I see a cheeseball, I think of her. That is because it was not uncommon for Lynn to make a home made cheeseball to serve with crackers for her class. Finishing what was left of the cheeseball and crackers became a part of our after class ritual!

It was that memory that sparked Lynn’s birthday card this year!

Amazing Life Birthday Card

Amazing Life Birthday Card

I made this card with a new set called Amazing Life. The base of the card is made of Grapefruit Grove Card Stock. I added some Designer Series Paper from our 2018 In Color 6 x 6 Paper Pack. The cake and the sentiment come from the same stamp set. I fussy cut the cake out with Paper Snips and then adhered it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Amazing Life Birthday Card (close up)

Amazing Life Birthday Card (close up)

All of the coloring was done with Stampin’ Blends and I brushed the Cake with Wink of Stella to add shimmer.

I made the inside of the card in the same dimensions as the outside so that when the card is closed it hides the inside panel.

Amazing Life Birthday Card (inside)

Amazing Life Birthday Card (inside)

I created the inside personalized message on my computer and then stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment from the same Amazing Life stamp set.

Speaking of an Amazing Life, My life certainly has been blessed with many AMAZING moments spent with my friend Lynn.

There’s been special celebrations, such as Cindy O’s baby shower below.

Cindy' O’s Surprise Baby Shower

Cindy' O’s Surprise Baby Shower

And then there was that Halloween that we learned that Snow White had a Mom and her name was Lynn!

Halloween Memories

Halloween Memories

We’ve “Stay-Cationed” together on Oahu, traveled to Oregon on a holiday shopping trip and shared many memorable moments during an unforgettable trip to New York.

Our New York Trip

Our New York Trip

Lynn was there to cheer on Jess during her High School volleyball season.

Lwin’s come to cheer on Jess

Lwin’s come to cheer on Jess

She and Mike were there to pray over us when we renewed our vows after 25 years of marriage.

MIke and Lynn pray over us

MIke and Lynn pray over us

We’ve enjoyed many fun birthday nights “out”.

Cindy’s Birthday at Roy’s

Cindy’s Birthday at Roy’s

And even some cozy birthday nights “in”.

Birthday Night In

Birthday Night In

And then there are those stories we tell over and over again. Like the morningI walked into her neighbors house by mistake, the night Lynn went shopping for little red Christmas balls and of course the time we showed up to a party dressed in our husbands clothes with lampshades on our heads thinking it was a stay at home party, but it was not!!!

Lamp Shade Ladies

Lamp Shade Ladies

And then there was this day. Ugh. I don’t want to think about it. It was when we had to say goodbye. This was the day Lynn was on her way to the airport to make a move to Washington State.

You can see her heart and strength in this photo as with teary eyes she still manages to share that bright smile that makes everyone around her feel good.

Saying Goodbye to Lynn

Saying Goodbye to Lynn

I am so thankful that last year I was able to travel to Washington State and hold a stamping class in her new home. It was great to meet the family and friends that are now blessed to have her near..

Although we live miles apart, I am grateful that she is my forever friend and sister in Christ.

Lynn and Cindy

Lynn and Cindy

There is a great description of my friend Lynn in Proverbs 31 where it says:

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Today as she celebrates her special day I hope that she will feel overwhelmingly blessed, greatly appreciated and extremely loved.

Happy Birthday Amazing Lynn, these hugs are for you!!!

For Lynn

For Lynn

Needle and Thread

Something that has only happened a couple times in my life, happened this year on Christmas morning! As I opened a gift from my Mom, I burst into tears!

You see my Mom is in her mid 80’s and life has been challenging for her these past few years. She is the full-time caregiver to my Dad who has dementia. My Mom is incredibly strong and extremely dedicated to caring for my Dad’s every need. In addition to all she does around the clock for my Dad, she keeps an immaculate house and a perfectly spotless car. Did I mention I gave her a car washing kit for Christmas and she was thrilled. My Mom is kind of like Wonder Woman! However, she has very little time to do things that she loves, things such as quilting which is one of her passions.

For the past few months when I passed by her spare room, I noticed that she was working on a quilt. The back of the quilt was blue fabric covered in red and orange flowers. This quilt was very “her”. I say that because my Mom’s favorite color is blue and she lights up anytime someone gives her flowers. I know that when my Dad was able, he would give her flowers often and she always loved that. I’m sure the flowers in the fabric reminded her of all those flowers plus the beautiful ones she has growing in her garden.

Here is my Mom’s latest quilt.

Nanny’s Garden Quilt

Nanny’s Garden Quilt

Even though I saw pieces of this fabric unassembled, I had no idea that she was planning on giving me this for Christmas. So, when I opened the box and saw it, I cried.

Nanny’s Garden Quilt

Nanny’s Garden Quilt

She named this quilt Nanny’s Garden. “Nanny” is what my kids call her.

Nanny’s Garden Quilt

Nanny’s Garden Quilt

As I examine each perfect stitch, I am reminded of how lovingly she put this together during a rare break in this challenging season. I felt so incredibly blessed to receive such a special gift.

The colors of the fabric inspired me to create a card that looks like a quilt to give her to say thank you. We have the perfect new stamp set in our catalog. It’s called Needle and Thread. It is a part of our Needlepoint Nook Suite. This stamp set is one of our exclusive DistINKtive stamps! You can see below how picture perfect it stamps. Just look at the details in the stitched flowers on my card.

Needle and Thread Card

Needle and Thread Card

This set can also be purchased in a bundle with the Needlepoint Elements Framelit Dies. As you can see I used one of the dies to create the stitched rectangle blocks. I also used it on the envelope and it worked out beautifully.

Needlepoint Element Framelit

Needlepoint Element Framelit

The stitching on the envelope went through to the back side. I wish I had a picture of my Mom admiring the envelope. She ran her finger across the stitches and looked at it with a big smile on her face. It was as if she thought I stitched it by hand. We’ll I guess I kind of did stitch it myself, but by using my Big Shot of course!!

The look on my Mom’s face when she opened the card was priceless. She said, “My Quilt”. Then she told me she better not read the message inside at that time or she might cry! It was a very touching moment.

It’s hard to see in the photo but I added some small iridescent Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins from our Gingham Gala Suite.

Needle and Thread Card (close up)

Needle and Thread Card (close up)

They provided just the right amount of sparkle on this fun quilted card.


This stamp set is one I would have never purchased. However, once I saw some card samples in person, I was sold. I know a lot of friends who in addition to stamping, enjoy working with a needle and thread and they will definitely love this set!

I am not sure if I’ve ever shared this but before I was a stamper I used to enjoy Hawaiian Quilting. I made a few small pillows and I finished one that is framed and hanging on our wall. It was fun to make those quilts but it was also very time consuming. I haven’t made a quilt in 20 years. I think its because I discovered that stamping is a much faster way for me to get the satisfaction of being creative and completing something in a matter of minutes. Quilting takes patience, something I don’t have a lot of. I am, however, working on that!

My Mom’s thoughtful gift inspired me to reexamine my schedule and work a little harder at using the free time I find to create something beautiful. Whether it be with fabric or ink and paper, I’d like to give to others the way my Mom gave to me, handmade and from the heart!

Sweet Little Hula Girl

It’s a New Year, and the start of our annual Saleabration. After taking a holiday break, I am really excited to get back in my stamp room to play with all the fabulous products we have in our new 2019 Occasions Catalog! When a new catalog comes out I often look for stamp sets that I can use to create cards that reflect the aloha spirit. So, it’s quite normal for my first cards using new products to have pineapples, palm trees or hula girls on them.

Here is what I came up with using the stamp set Family and Friends, for my first card of 2019.

Hula Girl Thank You Card

Hula Girl Thank You Card

Isn’t this little hula girl cute? I just love the Family and Friends stamp set! With this set you can design personalized creations in a matter of minutes. This set comes with 40 individual stamps that you can use to create many different people and animal images of all shapes and sizes. You might think that lining up all the small pieces would be difficult but it’s not! That is because I used our awesome Stamparatus tool to line things up and it was easy breezy!

The background of this card was created with the fabulous Tropical Chic stamp set. I stamped the leaves and flowers in Real Red, Mint Macaroon and Tranquil Tide ink.

Family and Friends Hula Girl Thank You Card

Family and Friends Hula Girl Thank You Card

The skirt of this card was simple to create. I just took a piece of our playful Leaf Ribbon and cut off three leaves using Paper Snips. Then I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere them to the body. I used a Real Red Stampin’ Blends marker to draw in a bikini top and added a jeweled Real Red flower embellishment to the hair. The flower was made by using one of the punches that comes in the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack which is on page 25 of our new Occasions Catalog.

Hula Girl Thank You Cards

Hula Girl Thank You Cards

Well, its time for me to go and fill out a few of these cards so I can put them in the mail tomorrow. I hope that when those who receive one see this sweet little hula girls face, it will brighten their day before they even read the words of gratitude written inside.

I hope you are inspired to give the Family and Friends stamp set a chance and make some personalized creations of your own!

Stamped Blessings for a Happy New Year!

Cindy

Best Day Ever (2018)

As 2018 comes to an end, I am grateful for all the wonderful memories made during this year. If I had to choose one day of 2018 to be known as the BEST DAY EVER, it would be an easy choice. I’d pick Friday, May 11th, 2018. This was the day Brett and Jess got married.

Here are some of my favorite memories from their wedding.

The night before the wedding Jess checked into the Four Seasons in Ko'olina.  The room was gorgeous and provided the perfect setting for all the bridal party to get ready together, The room was spacious, comfortable and had an amazing view of the ocean.

Bridal Party

Bridal Party

It was so nice to see how supportive these girls were to Jess.  I feel so thankful that she is blessed with such great friends.

Just before she got dressed Jessica read a card that Brett had sent for her.  Brett knows that Jessica's love language is "Words of Encouragement", so to watch her receive a card filled with thoughtful, loving words from Brett was such a sweet moment.  Of course the icing on the cake was the fact that Brett made the card for her in my stamp studio using Stampin' Up! products.

Card from Brett

Card from Brett

Unbeknownst to Brett, Jessica had the same idea.  A card was given to him as him as well, one that Jessica had stamped for him.

Adventure Awaits card

Adventure Awaits card

Although I wasn't there to see him receive it, I am glad that the photographer captured this moment.  

Brett receives a card from Jess

Brett receives a card from Jess

Once Jessica was ready, we surrounded her to pray.  It was the perfect way to begin a day that was so special from start to finish.

Praying before the wedding

Praying before the wedding

One of the most special moments was when everyone left the room and Jessica set up a “first look” with Derek. It was so touching to see Derek’s reaction when he saw Jessica in her wedding dress.

First Look

First Look

He did a really good job holding it together as he walked her down the aisle.

Here comes the bride

Here comes the bride

The wedding was held next door to the Four Seasons at Lanikuhonua.  The name of this property means, "where heaven meets the earth".  I can't think of a more perfect setting for this momentous occasion.  

Brett and Jessica’s wedding

Brett and Jessica’s wedding

Although I knew some of Jessica's plans.  I really didn't understand how everything was going to "fit" together.  So seeing the venue, the flowers, the centerpieces, table decor, wedding arch, etc was all a first for me.  Since Jessica is in the wedding industry I knew whatever she put together was going to be amazing and it was.   As I saw how everything was coordinated just the way Brett and Jess wanted, I couldn’t stop smiling. I had a few people come up to me and tell me that I looked so happy that day, and I really was.   It was such a special day.

Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride

As the tables were set up, the party favors were set on the table at each persons seat. My friend Cindy of Zoe Hawaii made the most adorable Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies and I packaged them using a Stampin’ Up Acetate Box that I cut in half.

Brett and Jessica’s Reception

Brett and Jessica’s Reception

Here is a close up of the favors. Cindy did such an amazing job with these personalized creations. As I’ve said before about her treats, they not only look good but they taste amazing.

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

On the back of each box I made, there was a poem that read. “Like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Love is Sweet. Thank You for Making Our Day Complete! With Love, Pastor Brett and Jess (Nicknamed PB and J by their students) “

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

The reception was held at the same location as the wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful day for an outdoor reception.

My favorite moment from the reception was watching Jess surprise Brett with a special hula she had prepared for him. It was special because Jess doesn’t like to get up in front of others to perform so this was truly an act of love to bless Brett on their special day

Jessica’s surprise hula

Jessica’s surprise hula

Of course another moment filled with surprises was when Jess and Derek were doing their Father and Daughter dance

Father Daughter Dance

Father Daughter Dance

Their dance was interrupted when they began to rap about the wedding day to a Bruno Mars song.

Father Daughter Rap

Father Daughter Rap

Jess probably thought that all the surprises were over but Derek had one more surprise for the Bride and Groom. He called up Brett’s Dad, Norm and the two of them did a lip sync to the song, Sharp Dressed Man.

Derek and Norm Surprise performance

Derek and Norm Surprise performance

Speaking of Norm, we are so blessed that Jessica married into the Nakasone family. They are such wonderful people.

Nakasone Family

Nakasone Family

For my Christmas Card this year I used our family photo from the wedding.

Baughman Family

Baughman Family


I printed the photo into a 4 x 6 size and then I cropped it to 4 x 4. I then added a 1 3/4 x 4 piece of the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper. I mounted the strip and the photo to the front of one of our pre made Whisper White Large Memory and More Cards.

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

I then just added a small strip of Whisper White card stock across the front with a Merry Christmas sentiment. I created the notches in the banner with the Triple Banner Punch. I used two different sheets of the Joyous Noel DSP as both matched our family photo really well.

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

I was glad that I could use Stampin’ Up! products to create this card that captures a moment from our favorite day of 2018.

It truly was the BEST DAY EVER!!!

Brett and Jess - Best Day Ever

Brett and Jess - Best Day Ever

Aria Studios did such an amazing job not only capturing many of the beautiful photos I’ve shared in this post but they also created two amazing videos. If you want to watch them you can click HERE to watch Brett and Jessica’s Love Story. This creative and fun video was shared at the reception. Also to see a video that highlights all the special moments of their actual wedding day and will show you many of the things I wrote about today, you can click HERE.

I hope that like me you are remembering special moments you’ve shared with family and friends over this past year. Special moments don’t always have to be attached to joyous occasions. Often its trials and difficult seasons that can produce change and growth in us that at the time don’t seem like things to be grateful for but we can look back later and give thanks. No matter what season you are in, know that as I bring this post to a close I am saying a prayer for each one of you reading this that you will be blessed with many special memorable moments that you can call the Best Day Ever in the New Year to come!

I wish you a happy and BEST blessed New Year ever!

With Aloha,

Cindy