Hey, Love

Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air! I thought today I would share a whole variety of projects I’ve been making for this special day. First of all, I love the new HEY, LOVE Stamp Set! It is adorable. I’ve used it on several projects this month. Simple projects like this little pink lollipop.

Hey Love Lolli-pop

Hey Love Lolli-pop

Hey Love Lolli-pop (back)

Hey Love Lolli-pop (back)

And for this fun pop up Pizza Box, an idea I learned from my downline Norine Oyasato.

Hey Love Pop Up Pizza Box

Hey Love Pop Up Pizza Box

Hey Love Pop Up Pizza Box (inside)

Hey Love Pop Up Pizza Box (inside)

Of all the images in the set, I think I like the ape the best. I not only used him for this pop up box but also for this little favor that holds red hot heart shaped candies.

Hey Love Favor

Hey Love Favor

I also created this card, featuring the Otter.

He’s adorable, just like my sweetheart of 30 years!

Derek and Cindy 1988

Derek and Cindy 1988

I hope that however you celebrate Valentine’s Day today that you will feel loved. Because you are! Did you know that God loved you so much that he sent his only son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins? That is a wonderful promise found in the Bible in the book of John chapter 3 verse 16.

Sometimes we live and work in places where we don’t feel loved or appreciated. I hope that today no matter what you face you will not only feel loved but you will be motivated to share love and encouragement with others.

Here are some ways I’ve witnessed love in my life this past week.

I went on a short walk with my Dad who has dementia. He can’t talk to me anymore but he still communicates love in the way he smiles and is at peace in the midst of a storm. I also see the unconditional love my Mom gives him as she takes care of his every need.

Dad and I at Koolina

Dad and I at Koolina

I witnessed the love of a brother and sister, recreating this photo from long ago just to make their mamma happy!

Kalani and Jess

Kalani and Jess

I experienced the sacrificial love of friends who took me on a birthday hike in the rain.

HIking in Manoa Falls

HIking in Manoa Falls

I know that hiking isn’t their favorite thing, but they went anyhow because it was what I wanted to do.

Hiking in Manoa

Hiking in Manoa

Their sacrificial love blessed me so! I love the way my friends show me often how much they love me.

During the hike I witnessed the love of God, not only through my friends actions but also by witnessing the beauty of His creation. One of the reasons I love to be out in nature!

Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls

Waikiki

Waikiki

And then this past weekend my wonderful family planned a surprise for me that was so incredible. I’ll have to share the story of what they did in another blog post. But what they did required a lot of time, energy and it was definitely motivated by love and made me feel so incredibly loved and blessed.

My Family

My Family

My prayer for you today is that if you are weak, you will find strength. If you are lost that you will find direction. If you are in the midst of a storm, that you would find peace, if you are discouraged that you will find hope and if are feeling unloved that you would seek God because he promises to draw near to you and when you seek him you will find him and know his unconditional, everlasting love that he has for you.

“You Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you”. Psalm 86:5.

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!


With lots of Love and Aloha,

Meant To Be

Meant To Be

Cindy

Surf's Up!

My friend Alec celebrated his 50th birthday in January. Since Alec loves to surf, his wife Lynne threw a surf themed surprise party for him at Duke’s in Waikiki.

The Shimizu Family at Duke’s

The Shimizu Family at Duke’s

Creating a card for Alec gave me the opportunity to dig into my retired stamps and use two oldies but goodies. I used Surf’s Up and Do the Hula to create this card.

Surf’s Up! Birthday Card

Surf’s Up! Birthday Card

The sand was created with Crumb Cake Card Stock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Sequins Textured Impressions Folder. After I ran the card stock through the Big Shot, I tore it with my hands so that the torn edge would look more like sand. I did two layers like this so I could position the surfboards in between the layers of “sand”. The large boards were made with the Surf’s Up stamp set and the small board with flowers on it comes from Do The Hula.

I textured the background to look like water using the Seaside Textured Impressions folder. The sentiment “surf’s up” comes from the retired Surf’s Up stamp set.

When you look inside the card you will see that this is actually a recordable card, another vintage Stampin’ Up! product. I just happen to have a few of these left over from many years ago.

Recordable Card

Recordable Card

I sang a funny version of the song “Surf” and recorded it inside Alec’s card. Alec has a funny memory from when he once heard this song, so I tried to recapture that moment to make him smile on his special day. When I played the card for Lynne she laughed and told me how much she knew Alec would love this card.

Alec’s 50th Birthday Party

Alec’s 50th Birthday Party

And as you can see, it did make him smile!!

In addition to stamping him this card, I also stamped some toppers for the party favors. The toppers looked like this.

Cookie Topper

Cookie Topper

The wave was from the retired set Surf’s Up and the sentiment “Life is Sweeter with Friends like you” comes from a current set called Detailed With Love.

My extremely gifted and talented friend Cindy of Zoe, Hawaii, created the most adorable Surf Board cookies! Here is how they looked after we added the hand stamped topper.

Surf Board Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii

Surf Board Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii

Cindy decorated the cake with 4 of her beautiful cookies. Just look at all the creative designs she came up with. Her cookies are not only beautiful but they taste so good too.

Alec’s Surf Cake

Alec’s Surf Cake

Cindy cut up the cake so that everyone could take a piece home.

Cindy cuts the cake

Cindy cuts the cake

We didn’t eat cake at the party because we had Hula Pie instead. Hula pie is a yummy mud pie dessert that is a must have when you are at Duke’s.

Alec is like a brother to me. We have been really close friends for many years and I feel so grateful to have he and his family in my life. I know that he is not one to want a lot of attention so I think Lynne did a fabulous job planning a small intimate gathering of family and a few close friends to celebrate him on this very special birthday.

Alec and Lynne

Alec and Lynne

I captured this impromptu moment where Alec gave Lynne a big hug. I know he was really thankful for all the hard work she did to bless him on his special day.

I am glad that Alec celebrated his 50th birthday knowing how much he was loved and appreciated. It was a blessing to be a part of his special celebration.

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.

Lynn.jpg

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!