Healing Hugs

My friend Shelly Matautia is a wonderful Mom. I love how her face lights up when she talks about her children. She is one proud Mama and she should be. She’s has two amazing kids and has had the privilege of watching both of them compete as college athletes in volleyball.

Her son Austin is currently a Junior at UCLA and is an outside hitter on their men’s volleyball team. Shelly would love to be at every game but since there is an ocean separating them, it makes it difficult and expensive to be there. Shelly certainly does her best to watch him in person as often as possible.

Shelly and Austin

Shelly and Austin

I have had the privilege of watching Austin play before and it is quite exciting. It is wonderful to see athletes so passionate about their sport. Austin is an incredible athlete and volleyball player!

Austin Matautia

Austin Matautia

A couple weeks ago, Austin was playing in a volleyball match when he got badly injured. Unfortunately, Shelly was not at that game but she was watching online. I can imagine how her heart must have felt to see her son get hurt and realize she was so far away.

Shelly immediatly dialed someone who was at the game and within minutes she was on the phone with one of the coaches and then with Austin. I’m glad she got to talk to him before he was taken to the hospital.

The diagnosis was not good. Austin had dislocated his ankle, tore ligaments in his foot and broke his fibula!

My heart just sank to hear this news about Austin. Especially since I knew he was one of 12 young players selected to play on the USA Mens World University team this summer in Italy.

Austin’s surgery went well and I’m happy to say he is on the road to recovery!

I know when unexpected situations like this happen they can bring discouragement, so I wanted to create a card to lift Austin’s Spirit and to let him know so many were thinking of him and praying for him.

Here is the card I made for Austin.

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

I used Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight Card Stock, to match the UCLA team colors. I used my Basket Weave dynamic textured impressions embossing folder to create a texture that resembled a net. The Family and Friends stamp set allowed me to custom design a volleyball player image. The only problem was, Austin is 6’4! and the image from this set didn’t represent his size!

Martha, one of Austin’s aunties was here when I was making this card and she commented on how the shoes on the image could work as knee pads. What a great suggestion and it worked! I just stamped and fussy cut another set of legs and attached them to the original image. I did the same thing to the arms as well.

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

You can see in this close up photo how I extended the arms and legs! I also used a little bit of Sparkle Glimmer Paper to create a cast on the left leg, the leg that I thought Austin had injured. Found out later that it was actually the right leg that he hurt!! Oops!

What do you think? Do you see the resemblance?

Austin Matautia

Austin Matautia

Well, I think Austin is way cuter than the card!

Would you join me in praying for Austin as he continues to recover from this injury. He is a strong and resilliant young man and I pray that his spirit will continue to be lifted by the support he has from so many who love him. Let’s believe together for a complete and full recovery so that he can be back on the court doing what he loves so much very soon!

Get well soon #23! Sending you lots of love and long distance healing hugs!

Inspiration In The Kitchen

I find inspiration in many different places. In my last post, I shared how I was inspired by a design on a dish towel. Well, the card I want to share with you today was ALSO inspired by a dish towel. Who knew that dish towels could be so inspiring??

In the Fall, my friend Natalie gave me this adorable pineapple dish towel (pictured below). I used this towel to inspire the birthday card I created for her.

Bloom By Bloom Card

Bloom By Bloom Card

I probably wouldn’t have thought to mix Coastal Cabana Card Stock with Grapefruit Grove Card Stock, but the combination really works. I love the color combinations pictured in the flowers too! They are Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral flowers with Garden Green leaves. The flower and leaf images come from the Bloom By Bloom Stamp set.

Instead of a pineapple center, I stamped a bold sentiment from the Life Is Grand stamp set. Do you see how I outlined the sentiment with a Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Blends Marker? That brought in the yellow color. I also used a bunch of the yellow Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins and put them all over the front of the card to add texture and sparkle.

Bloom By Bloom Card

Bloom By Bloom Card

I hope that when Natalie opened her card she liked it as much as she did the boba tea I introduced her to at Teapresso, Kapolei.

Teapresso Kapolei after a fun beach day!

Teapresso Kapolei after a fun beach day!

I liked this card so much that I decided to make it a part of my monthly Stamp A Stack class. In order to make it work for the large number of guests who attend my class, I had to alter it. I didn’t use the sequins and instead of designer paper, I textured the Grapefruit Grove card stock with the Simple Stripes textured impressions embossing folder.

Bloom by Bloom Card

Bloom by Bloom Card

I think this simplified version of the card works. I had a lot of positive feedback from my class attendees this past weekend.

On the day that I was designing these two cards in my studio, my friend Kristy was there. As Kristy saw these cards coming together she looked at me and said, “So, all I have to do is bring you a dish towel and you’ll make me a card”?? Too funny!!!

Cards and Towels

Cards and Towels

I don’t think I told you that Natalie works for Stampin’ Up! and we’ve known one another for many years. She is one of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! as much as I do. She has always been there to support and encourage me along the way.

Natalie and Cindy at Brink Canvas

Natalie and Cindy at Brink Canvas

Natalie truly is an inspiration not just to me but to everyone she meets!

I hope that she liked the card I sent, a card that she probably had no idea that was inspired by something she gave to me!

So, the next time you are struggling to come up with a card design, remember that there is inspiration all around you. In your closet, in your backyard and even next to your kitchen sink!

Happy Stampin’

Cindy

Hello, Dear Friend

Meet my happy friend, Missy. She is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from New York and the head of the Glad Heart Stampers group! Missy is such a positive, happy person! Missy is one of those people who brighten a room when they enter it.

This very sweet and happy friend recently celebrated her birthday.

Missy at Brick Canvas in Utah

Missy at Brick Canvas in Utah

Last summer, Missy and I shared a fun adventure in Utah together. We have been friends for many years but the quality time we shared together during this trip allowed us to get to know one another even better.

Cindy and Missy at Brick Canvas

Cindy and Missy at Brick Canvas

After finishing our work with Stampin’ Up!, we spent time hiking in a couple beautiful places.

Hiking with Missy

Hiking with Missy

One of the highlights of our time together was a day spent with Donna Griffith. We visited her beautiful home, saw her stamp studio, and then headed to her cabin for an afternoon of fun and adventure.

Adventures at the Cabin

Adventures at the Cabin

Donna and her husband Jeff are such a lovely couple and were truly amazing hosts. We had such a wonderful time with them both.

Donna and Jeff

Donna and Jeff

While at the cabin we saw so many beautiful creatures like moose, rabbits and deer.

Deer

Deer

I also spotted several squirrels. Missy thought it was funny that I was excited to see a squirrel! I explained to her that we don’t have squirrels in Hawaii. Missy told me that at her home there are tons of squirrels and they make a big mess! Needless to say, she is not as big of a fan of these furry creatures as I am.

A couple months ago, Missy mailed me a package and inside was this cute squirrel dish towel. Now, I could see a squirrel anytime I went into my kitchen!!!

I used Missy’s thoughtful gift to inspire the birthday card I created for her.

Card and Dish Towel

Card and Dish Towel

Missy’s Card was created with the set Fable Friends. I used Real Red Card Stock as the base of the card since it matched the red on the squirrels scarf.

Life Is Grand Birthday Card

Life Is Grand Birthday Card


I absolutely love the sentiment on this card! It comes from the stamp set Life Is Grand. I used a Gold Faceted Gem to place in the center of the daisy flower. It added a little bit of texture and sparkle to Missy’s card.

I used other images from the Life is Grand stamp set on the inside of the card. There was also a pocket in this card where there was room to place a gift card.

Life Is Grand Card (inside)

Life Is Grand Card (inside)

After receiving her card, Missy texted me and said, “Happiness is a smiling squirrel and a delightful birthday card!” I’m glad receiving this card made my happy friend even happier!!

Let's Get Together and Giggle

I was thrilled when I got the word that Cheryl Hamilton would be flying in from Maui to attend my Spring Stamp Camp. I asked Cheryl if she’d like to stay the weekend at my home and she said, YES!!!

I knew for sure that we’d have fun. Just like we did in Orlando a few months ago when we got to be Disney Princesses at our downline gathering. I was Cinderella and enjoyed running around in my glass slippers all night. The fairest of us all was Kim who was Snow White.

Cinderella and Snow White

Cinderella and Snow White

Linda (as you can see below) was having so much fun as Belle that she was tempted to wear her wig the next day! And then there is crazy Cheryl, who was Ariel. Looks like she’s pretty upset cause she wishes she had legs instead of a mermaid tail! If you would have seen it, I think you’d say her mermaid tail was quite impressive!!!

Belle and Ariel

Belle and Ariel

As you can see, we always have a blast together!

Cheryl is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Maui. We are not in the same family tree as demonstrators, but that doesn’t matter. Over the years I’ve found that most demonstrators are such kind people, non competitive and always willing to share inspiration with one another. That’s one of the things I love about being a part of this wonderful company.

It was fun to have Cheryl over! We spent lots of time in my stamp studio and she helped me put the finishing touches on some party favors I was making for my Stampin’ Bunco. What a blessing that was!

Cheryl Hamilton

Cheryl Hamilton

Even though it was a busy weekend for us both, we still managed to run over to Macy’s to shop for a bit. What started as a planned power shopping trip, quickly turned into a fashion show! You see, as we looked at some of the clothes for sale, we started to talk about looking at how they could inspire cards we would make in the future. We decided, “let’s have a fashion challenge”..

We started by picking out clothes for each other to try on and I’m not quite sure how it happened, but within a few minutes were were in the dressing room with a bunch of matching outfits.

CC Fashion Challenge

CC Fashion Challenge

I am a shopper, so shopping is always fun for me.. But it was even better with Cheryl by my side. We laughed so loudly I’m surprised one of the store associates didn’t knock on the door to see what we were doing in there! We chose some colorful tops that we thought we’d never buy. but after trying them on, we decided that we liked many of them.

CC Fashion Challenge

CC Fashion Challenge

As we left the mall, we decided that our challenge would be to make a card out of one of the tops we tried on that day.

A few days later I received this card in the mail from Cheryl.

CC Fashion Challenge Card By Cheryl

CC Fashion Challenge Card By Cheryl


Since this card had such intricate pleats and was red, pink and white, I knew exactly what top she fashioned her card after. Here it is:

Cheryl and Cindy #ccfashionchallenge

Cheryl and Cindy #ccfashionchallenge

I love Cheryl’s card. It was fun to receive it, especially because it came with a yummy bag of homemade granola. Cheryl also included a note with some really sweet and kind words.

Here is the card I mailed to Cheryl.

Fashion Challenge Card

Fashion Challenge Card

This is totally unlike a card I would make. However, I was inspired by the pleated sleeves on the blouse. At first I thought the sleeves were funny looking and I wasn’t a huge fan of the colors. After trying it on however, I really liked it. I didn’t buy it that day but I think I may go back and see if it’s still there. Who knows, maybe by now it would be on sale! Wouldn’t that be great!!!

I haven’t started working on cards to match the other things we tried on, but I have lots of photos from that day to inspire me.

I love, love, love finding inspiration in fashion. I know this will be the first of many challenges you will see here on my blog.

The sentiment on this card is from the Saleabration Set called, Part of My Story! It’s a set that Stampin’ Up! created after receiving suggestions of fun phrases from demonstrators. I choose this sentiment, “let’s get together and giggle” because when I am with Cheryl, that’s usually what happens. It’s certainly what happened in the dressing room that day.

Fashion Challenge #1

Fashion Challenge #1

So there you have it, Cindy and Cheryl’s Fashion Challenge Card #1 is complete.

As Cheryl’s card says, I’m so glad we are friends! Friends who can giggle together while finding inspiration and creativity not just in our stamp studios, but also at the mall.