Frosted Floral Birthday

I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was a new demonstrator about to start my second workshop. I had all my supplies spread out on a tiny table top where I was about to begin my stamping demonstration. There were only a couple people there, but I didn’t mind, because I was a little nervous.

Suddenly, the front door burst open and in walks this beautiful gal with a big smile, big hair and an even bigger personality. The hostess introduced her to me, “This is my friend Laura”, she says. Laura plops down in the chair and looks right at me and says with a smile, “you’re gonna have to forgive me if I fall asleep during your presentation lady, you see I’ve worked all night and I’m tired and the only reason I’m here is cause I told my friend I’d be here to support her”. She then folder her arms and leaned way back in the chair and it seemed she was about to drift off into a deep sleep.

I took a deep breath and began the workshop. I pulled out the set Button Bear and was about half way through the first card when I noticed Laura’s eyes getting a little wider. The more I demoed, the more awake she became. Laura who I now know is a very artistic and creative person, was discovering stamping for the first time and it was a beautiful sight to behold. Forget the nap she was planning to take. Laura became “alive” and was excited to start creating with stamps, ink and paper. Laura got to work creating a Button Bear birthday card and had a lot of fun doing so.

By the end of the class Laura was still so excited that she booked a workshop and then shortly after her own workshop she signed up to be my second recruit. Of course if you ask her, she’ll be sure to tell you she’s my number one, but that is a whole different story!!!

Now almost 19 years later Laura is still a part of my team. In fact recently she sent me a photo of her stamp room and on her desk was this photo that brought back such fun memories. It’s a photo of Laura, Berd (my third recruit) and I. As you can see Berd has beautiful hair too and when I’m with these two I suffer from major “hair” envy!

 Berd, Cindy and Laura

Berd, Cindy and Laura

I had no idea that being a part of Stampin’ Up! would lead to me making so many lasting friendships. I am so thankful that after 19 years, Laura and Berd are STILL with me as a members of my group, Stamped With Aloha and we have made many wonderful memories together.

Laura just celebrated a big birthday, she turned 50. Here is the card I made for her using the First Frost Stamp Set.

 Frosted Floral Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Frosted Floral Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card displays two pieces of the gorgeous Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. This shimmery paper is so beautiful. I can’t get enough of it. I cut a circle with my Stitched Shapes Framelet to act as the focal point where I would stamp the word “Happy Birthday” and add some additional flowers, leaves and branches. I added three jewel rhinestones to the center of two of the flowers to add shimmer.

 Frosted Floral Birthday Card (inside)

Frosted Floral Birthday Card (inside)

On the inside of the card I created a “pop-up” section that featured the same Stitched Shape Circle but this time it had the number “50” on it that I had die cut from the Large Number Framelits.

Although I couldn’t be with Laura on her special day I am happy that next week I will be reunited with her at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Convention in Orlando. I already know that my cheeks will hurt from smiling when I am around her and I’ll probably get a stomach ache from laughing because she is one funny gal. I just love her to pieces and I cherish the friendship that has grown as we’ve enjoyed inspiration, creativity and sharing these past 19 years.

I am grateful that Stampin’ Up! not only has amazing products such as those found in this Frosted Floral suite, but in addition to the fabulous products, I am thankful for the amazing people who have become a part of my life because of my connection with this amazing company.

One of those special ones is Laura!! I would have never thought that gal who wanted to take a nap would become one of my closest friends, I am truly blessed.

Happy 50th Birthday Fulana! May you continue to be the bright light that you are. I love you!

Calls For A Celebration

One of my childhood memories is seeing my Dad leading songs at church. He would encourage the congregation to open up their hymnals and would lead them in worship. My Dad would sing with all of his heart. His smile and energy was contagious. It was evident in how he led, that he knew God and loved to worship Him.

The other day while visiting my Dad I played some old hymns for him. His eyes lit up and he smiled and began to try and sing along. It was a precious moment especially because my Dad has dementia and really doesn’t talk very much anymore.

My Dad may be non verbal but he still continues to teach me valuable life lessons by his example. He shows me that no matter what I face I should not let anything steal my joy. He may be quiet and not have the same energy level as he had before but he continues to smile despite the challenges he faces and that alone demonstrates his faith in God and the glad heart that he has.

 My Dad and I

My Dad and I

For his 86th birthday we took him out for breakfast at the Disney Aulani Resort in Kapolei. The Ama Ama Restaurant at the Aulani is one of our favorite places to go to celebrate. Its less than 10 minutes from home and from the moment you arrive you feel the Disney Magic in how you are greeted and cared for.

I found a cute Disney themed gift bag to wrap my Dad’s birthday gift in, so naturally I had to make the card to match. “Matchy-Matchy” thats what I do!!

 Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

I used the classic “Mickey” colors for the card stock. They are Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.

Here is a close up of the card.

 Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

Calls for A Celebration Mickey Card

I die cut the number 86 using my Big Shot and my Large Number Framelits. I then glued them to a Mickey shape that I created by using 2 Circle Punches. I embossed the Daffodil Delight card stock with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder to add texture. I then applied Twinkle Adhesive Backed Star Embellishments all over the front of the card.

 Calls for a Celebration Mickey Card (inside)

Calls for a Celebration Mickey Card (inside)

Inside the card I stamped this sentiment:

“You are pretty much the greatest of all time in the history of ever”

When it comes to describing my Dad, this stamp from the set “Calls for a Celebration” expresses exactly how I feel about my wonderful Dad.

When Kalani and I went to visit my Dad the other day, he had just received this fun hat from my brother Glen as a birthday gift. When Kalani and I arrived my Dad was sitting on the couch, wearing his new hat as well as a pair of new sun glasses, inside the house. So Kalani or “Mr. K” as my Dad used to call him when he could talk, left his hat and glasses on too, so we could take this picture of the two of them together.

 Baba and Mr. K.

Baba and Mr. K.

Kalani and my Dad have always been really close, so I know its especially hard on him to see my Dad in his current condition. I hope that like me, my kids will be encouraged by the way they see my Dad continue to stay positive despite the challenges he faces. It’s hard though, we all miss his stories so much.

 Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!

I love my Dad so much!!! I am so grateful that I had another opportunity to celebrate with him. After all, turning 86 is certainly something that Calls For A Celebration!

Congratulations Kalani

A few nights ago we had a fun family night. It was our first since we officially became “empty nesters”. It was wonderful having the kids over for dinner and some fun games. I am so grateful that although the kids are not living at home anymore, they are still on the island and we still have opportunities to gather together for fun, food and fellowship.

While we were together we celebrated a job promotion that Kalani had just received. In fact the very next day he was scheduled to begin his new position at work. Kalani is a CPA. So since he works with numbers, I thought it would be best to create his card with the fancy “numbers” sheet from our Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper!

 Broadway Bound Congrats Card

Broadway Bound Congrats Card

It’s hard to tell in the photo but the numbers are really bright and shiny. I added some texture to the card using one of our newer Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that is called, Maps, etc. The sentiment on this card comes from a beautiful stamp set called Friendly Expressions!

It’s been hard with out the kids being around as much. The house is so quiet. So when we get together it makes me so happy. I am glad that we were able to gather to not only enjoy family time together but also to say congratulations to Kalani.

 Celebrating Kalani

Celebrating Kalani

Congratulations Kalani, we are very proud of you!

Seize The Day

Encouragement is such an important thing to do. The Bible tells us in I Thessalonians 5:11, “Encourage One another and Build each other up! Encouragement can make such a difference in the lives of others.

As we journey through life we encounter different seasons. Sometimes we feel like we are on a mountain top, other times we feel like we are in a valley! When you look at the people around you it is often unclear where they are on their journey! They may be celebrating a victory or facing a great challenge. Either way, offering words of encouragement and hope will brighten their day.

 Seize The Day Card

Seize The Day Card

Today as I sat with one of my team members, she shared her story. I was so incredibly blessed to see how the gift of encouragement brought her hope and changed her life. Here is what she shared:

“Stampin’ Up! saved my life. After my husband died, I was in a deep depression and I was becoming a hermit. I didn’t want to leave my house! My friend Roxanne, who is a demonstrator on your team, reached out to me and invited me to attend you Stampin’ Bunco night. Roxanne knew I needed to get out of the house! When I came, I was welcomed with so much love and I felt happy to be there. When I saw the swap cards you were trading, I was inspired and wanted to try stamping. You encouraged me to start a Paper Pumpkin subscription, so I did. As I began to stamp, I remembered how much I enjoyed crafting! I grew more excited about the Stampin’ Up! products so I decided to join! I called Roxanne and she helped me become a demonstrator! When I attended your inspiration night team gathering, I felt so much love and encouragement. I discovered that I have hope! And now, I’m getting out, I’m being creative, I enjoy sharing with others and one day soon I hope to teach a class of my own.”

Wow! It made me so thankful to see and hear that Roxanne’s encouragement led to this demonstrators transformation!

This week I had an opportunity to send a card to another demonstrator friend named Rick. Yes, Rick is one of our awesome male demonstrators! I had recently witnessed Rick sharing with a group of demonstrators about a goal that he wanted to reach but didn’t know how. Immediately, all of the demonstrators around him starting sharing ideas to inspire and encourage Rick and guess what happened, a few weeks later, he reached his goal!

When Rick shared that he had reached his goal, he took a photo of his goal setting sheet. I was so touched when I saw my name listed as a part of his support team! I was even more blessed to see how encouraging words led to Rick accomplishing something he had previously thought might be impossible to do. Rick worked hard and reached the peak of that mountain. I’m so happy for him.

Here is the card I made for Rick to celebrate his accomplishment.

 Seize The Day Card

Seize The Day Card

This card was made with the stamp set called Seize the Day! What an appropriate name.

To create the sun, I took a scrap piece of Thick White Card Stock and punched a 1 3/4 circle out of it. I then used that piece as a template and laid it over a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and sponged in the punched out area with Daffodil Delight ink.

I don’t know who God has placed in your life at the moment. But one thing I do know is that you can make a difference by speaking words of encouragement to those you encounter. Guess what, when you offer encouragement to others and see the difference it makes, you will also be encouraged.

So, go out, speak life, give hope, inspire others and be happy knowing you ARE making a difference.