My Inspiration

Yesterday my friend Lynsay celebrated her birthday.  Lynsay lives all the way in Canada but thanks to our sisterhood as Stampin' Up! demonstrators we have had many opportunities to meet together and hang out in some amazing places all over the world.

Now when I say "hang out" I literally mean it!  Here is us rock climbing on a mountain in Utah giving each other a high five.

Rock Climbing in Utah with Lynsay - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Rock Climbing in Utah with Lynsay - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Even though I'm a very slow hiker, we've "hung out" on trails together.  

This one (pictured below) was in Southern Utah.  This is one of those moments when I needed to catch my breath and Lynsay who could hear me breathing heavy would graciously say something like, "Hey, let's stop here to take a photo".  What a thoughtful friend!

HIking in Utah - www.stampedwithaloha.com

HIking in Utah - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lynsay was also the one who invited me to hike the Tour Du Mont Blanc in Italy, France and Switzerland last summer.  This trip will forever be one of the highlights of my life because it was so special.

Tour Du Mont Blanc - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tour Du Mont Blanc - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lynsay has been such a great support to me as I've been battling breast cancer.  The day after I was diagnosed a package arrived in the mail.  I am very aware that packages from Canada take a couple of weeks but somehow Lynsay knew I could use some cheering up and her package and beautiful card arrived at the perfect moment.  Here is the card she sent me.

Lovely Friends Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lovely Friends Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lynsay has been such an inspiration to me in so many ways.  Her phone calls and messages always filled with encouragement, love, and positivity have helped me so much! 

Since Lynsay's birthday was coming I wanted to get a card in the mail to her.  I have been experiencing some fatigue lately so I haven't been in my stamp room a lot.  When I went out there to stamp Lynsay's card I kind of felt like I didn't know where to begin.  I glanced over to a display of cards people have sent me and I saw Lynsay's card.   I pulled it from my display board and used it as my inspiration and guide.

I looked for a set with a big bold birthday greeting and found this one from Big On Birthdays.

Big On Birthdays Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Big On Birthdays Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I followed Lynsay's color scheme and design by adding some Lemon Lime Twist Diagonal lines from the Work of Art Stamp set over the bold birthday greeting.  Instead of a berry colored flower, I stamped a heart from the Work of Art stamp set and popped it up on the top right corner of the card.

Once I began to use Lynsay's card as my inspiration,  my stamping went much smoother!  I was able to put together her card really quickly because I had such a beautiful card to inspire and guide me.

My Inspiration - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My Inspiration - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's a high possibility that Lynsay will see her card here on my blog before it arrives in Canada but either way I hope she will realize what an inspiration she is to me and how grateful I am to have the opportunity to share adventures with her.

Cappuccino's  in Cannes, France

Cappuccino's  in Cannes, France

Cheers to the birthday girl.  Thank you for being my inspiration!