Men's Emergency Card Kit

On my final treatment day at Queen's hospital I brought in cards to give as gifts to many of the staff who had taken care of me.  Three of the staff were men so I decided to design a special card kit with them in mind and so my Emergency Preparedness Card Kit was born.

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I handed this kit to the guys at Queens I told them, "You took good care of me and now I'm going to take care of you".  I remember one of the guys looking up after receiving this gift and saying, "Thank You, I can really USE this!!".  

I created several of these kits for my Home for the Holiday's fair this past weekend.  Let's take a closer look at the cards that are inside.

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Emergency Card Kit - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Every single card in this set has the exact same measurements for the base of the card. 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, 3 x 5 1/4 Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, 5 1/4 x 1 Colored Card Stock.

Because I added different sizes of card stock for the sentiment and focal point it makes each card look different.  I love preparing kits this way because it makes it so easy to know what to do when each card has the exact same background dimensions.  Also, because the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper is so eclectic, it makes it simple to create coordinating cards that each have a unique look to them.

Let's take a closer look at each one.

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This first card features our new Stampin' Blends markers.  I love to color and the new Stampin' Blends are so nice to work with.  This cute cake stamp comes from our Birthday Memories Suite.  The name of the stamp set is Birthday Delivery.  My favorite part of this card is the addition of the different color of shiny sequins from our new Sequins Assortment.

Beautiful Bouquet Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful Bouquet Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next card created for this kit shows a very pretty floral paper from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  I found that the set Beautiful Bouquet had a similar flower stamp in it, so I used it for both the flower image and the sentiment stamped in the circle focal point.  I added a rhinestone to the center of the flower too.

Bloomin' Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bloomin' Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The third card in this set is this soft and pretty Valentines day card created with the Blooming Love stamp set.  I love the softness of this Blushing Bride monochromatic card.  I added a little silver foil paper behind the sentiment to add some shine and some rhinestones to add sparkle to this little love note.

Sorry For Everything Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sorry For Everything Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final card in the set is an apology card.  Let's face it, we all experience times where we need to say "I'm Sorry".  So why not do it in a hand stamped card?  I had one guy pick up one of these kits and tell me at the craft fair, "This is really a great idea, I could use this!!! I just don't know what i'd do with that Sorry card though, I'd never need that one!"  He then smiled suspiciously and walked away with a kit in hand! 

When all packaged together this makes a gorgeous set of cards and a really practical gift.  I plan on giving these out to a few of the guys on my Christmas List this year.  That way I can help them be prepared for any unexpected "UH-OH" moments that happen when a special day arises and they are in need of a card.

I hope you liked this fun idea and are inspired to make a few emergency kits of your own for your Holiday Gift Giving this year!

Hope you have a Happy and Blessed Day,

Cindy

Pop Tarts For Days!

In 1964 the Kellogg company created a sugary, fruit filled toaster pastry which they named a Pop Tart!  Over the years Pop Tarts have grown in popularity as they've come out with a wide variety of flavors.  Strawberry and Brown Sugar are two of the most popular.  

A wonderful young man I know named Justin recently celebrated his 30th birthday.  Justin loves Pop Tarts more than any other person I know.  This is no secret which was evident by the truck load of Pop Tarts he received on his birthday from many different people.  

Since I was one of those people who gave him Pop Tarts I thought I would take a shot at creating a Pop Tart Card, a first for me!   Since Justin has a big personality, I couldn't just make a plain Pop Tart Card, I needed to make a Pop Tart with personality!

Here is the card I created for Justin.

Pop Tart Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pop Tart Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The base of this card was made with Crumb Cake Card Stock.  Seems like the perfect name for a "on the go" breakfast pastry card.  I sponged some Crumb Cake ink on the edges to give the card a toasted look.   I tried to copy a Strawberry Pop Tart by adding a layer of frosting.  I did this by cutting a piece of white glossy card stock and then using a pair of scissors to cut random waves around the edges.  I then added the sprinkles by adhering enamel shapes in various colors all over the front of the card.  I created a eyes with a 1/2 inch circle punch and a mouth with a 3/4 inch circle punch.   I added two Basic Black strips of card stocks for arms which held wording that I got from the Birthday Delivery Stamp Set.  

Since a Strawberry Pop Tart has filling, I made sure to add a layer of Pink Pirouette Card Stock to the inside of the card that I stamped with the words, "Happy Birthday" from the same Birthday Delivery Stamp Set.

Pop Tart Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pop Tart Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It was really fun creating this card for Justin because he is a very creative person whom I know would appreciate the creation of a card that replicated his favorite "go to" snack that he consumes morning, noon and night!

Pop Tart Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pop Tart Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I think this card is cute and sweet.  It was fairly simple to make and has zero calories!  

Since Justin received such a large amount of Pop Tarts on his special day makes me think a more appropriate greeting for this card should have been, "Hip Hip Horray, More Pop Tarts Are On The Way"!!!

I guess Justin will be eating  Pop Tarts for Days!!! I am quite sure he will enjoy every single minute!

Happy Birthday Justin!

Baughman Birthday Delivery

This week the mailman delivered two hand stamped birthday cards to two members of the Baughman family.   Yesterday was my Mother in Law Alvena's birthday and tomorrow is my Nephew Jacob's birthday.  I used our Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and coordinating Birthday Delivery Stamp Set to design birthday cards for both Alvena and Jacob.  These coordinating products featured on page 69 of our Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual catalog are so festive and fun.  I love how you can use these coordinating products to make such bright and beautiful birthday greeting cards.  

The card I made for Jacob featured a parade of characters that were fussy cut and raised with mini dimensionals around a stamped birthday greeting.   These characters were cut right out of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, which is the same paper that the colorful polka dot back ground of this card comes from.

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The inside of the card had a stamped greeting as well as a fussy cut party hat and presents.

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My Mother In Law's card came out really cute and sweet.  This card has a vintage style and is pretty in pink. 

I just love this adorable little girl, she kind of reminds me of my Mother In Law who is cute as a cupcake and really sweet too!  And trust me, I'm not just saying that because she reads my blog, I really mean that!

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since we have such adorable coordinating stamps in the Birthday Greetings stamp set, I was able to make a coordinating envelope to mail the card in.

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Delivery Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When my Mother in Law opened her card she called me right away and told me how much she loved it.  She mentioned that it brought back memories from the 1950's when her Mom had entered her into the Miss Sunbeam contest.   I am glad that something as simple as a birthday card brought back special memories from her childhood and made her smile.

I'm certain she must have won that contest but I'll have to have her tell me all about it next time I talk to her.

Until then, I hope you enjoyed these two simple birthday greetings created with lots of love for two special Baughman birthdays!

Father's Day

This weekend we celebrated Father's Day.  As I opened up the card I made for my Dad, tears flowed as I thought about what I wanted to say to him.  My Dad has dementia, so although he still reads, I am not sure of all he understands.  He can't really communicate with us that much anymore.  This is really hard because my Dad was the social one in our family.  He was the one who was always reaching out to others, inviting strangers to lunch after church, helping those in need, sacrificing time to serve others, etc.  He was also a story teller and loved to make everyone smile and laugh.  He told us some of the same stories a thousand times, what I'd give to hear him tell them just one more time!  

My Dad set such a great example for me to follow and I'm thankful that I'm still learning from him today.

Father's Day at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Father's Day at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since my recent diagnosis with breast cancer, I understand what it means to have to find joy in the midst of your circumstances.  To remain positive and strong.  These are lessons I learned from my Dad and even lessons he continues to teach me now.  He may not be able to communicate but he still smiles and laughs and he even has a funny motion he does with  his arms where he imitates an umpire waving his arms to signal that the runner is safe at first base.  I think this is his way of letting us all know, he is good, he is safe and there is no reason for worry or fear.  

For Father's Day, I wanted to use new product to create his card.  I love the new vintage looking designer paper called Birthday Memories.  So I decided to fussy cut one of the images that reminded me of my Dad and  make it the focal point of the card.  This is what I came up with.

Birthday Memories Card for Dad - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Memories Card for Dad - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This paper is so adorable.  I love every piece in this vintage style birthday pack.  This card was simple because I just made a color block background with an embossed piece of Old Olive card stock and a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Birthday Memories pack.  The letters on the Balloon that spell, "D-A-D" are from the stamp set Guy Greetings.

For my Dad's gift bag, I took one of my favorite pieces of the Birthday Memories pack and cut it into a large rectangle and did nothing more but to back it with a card stock and mount it to a pre made blank gift bag I already had.  The paper is so adorable on its own there is nothing more I needed to do than just to mount it and add the sentiment,  Happy Father's Day!

Birthday Memories Father's Day Bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Memories Father's Day Bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card and gift was so simple to make!  So, I was inspired to make another card for my husband.  This one required more fussy cutting but it was worth it cause I just love how it turned out.

Birthday Memories Father's Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Memories Father's Day card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card could be use to celebrate Father's Day, a husbands birthday or even to celebrate an engagement.  "Hip Hip Hooray, a husband is on the way".  All of these are very good reasons to celebrate, don't you think?  

I used a part of a new Textured impressions embossing folder called, "Sweetheart", to make the grass that this fun parade is taking place on.

For the inside of the card I added another layer of card stock that I cut and made into a pop up card.  

Birthday Memories Pop Up Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Memories Pop Up Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This allowed me space to add the Father's Day greeting and the words "let's celebrate your day".

 I made a matching bag for my husbands gift as well.

Birthday Memories Father's Day card and bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Birthday Memories Father's Day card and bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My husband is such a great Dad.  I watch how he speaks into the lives of our children with so much patience and wisdom.  He is such a hard worker, he never complains and everyday he selflessly reminds us of how much he loves us by the way he cares for us.  

He has especially shown that to me as he's been by my side for me these past few weeks encouraging me every step of the way.  With my new much slower paced schedule I am so glad that I've had more quality time with him to let him know how much he is loved and appreciated.

Jessica and Derek on Father's Day - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jessica and Derek on Father's Day - www.stampedwithaloha.com

On Sunday afternoon, we had a really enjoyable lunch together at the Disney Hotel near our home.  Kalani was on a business trip so he couldn't be with us this time and we missed him.  We realize that time is precious and it becomes increasingly difficult to find moments where we can all be together, which are my favorite times.

Father's Day at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Father's Day at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I gave my Dad his card and gift he smiled as he read the words I wrote.

Father's Day at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Father's Day at Aulani - www.stampedwithaloha.com

He may not remember what my name is anymore but I can see the love he has for me in the way his eyes light up when he see's me.  It's the same way he is with everyone.  He smiles, laughs and repeats what we say, always with joy.

 I know my Dad has joy because of his relationship with Christ.  I grew up watching the time he set aside every morning to read his bible and spend time with God.  

One of the most precious moments during lunch was when our food arrived.  Without hesitation my Dad grabbed our hands and bowed his head and began to pray.  The words were soft and mumbled but the heart behind the prayer was felt.   Even though my Dad couldn't express his prayer with words he didn't let that stop him from honoring God for His many blessings.

Father's Day 2017 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Father's Day 2017 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I am glad that although we are both facing health challenges we had the blessing of being together on Father's Day.  Can you tell that we were both feeling great?  It's because we've learned that God is in control, our lives are in his hands and we trust HIm.  

I am really thankful for the opportunity we had to celebrate Father's Day together this year.   I really enjoyed creating some fun projects to honor and bless the amazing mentors and leaders God has placed in my life.  For all of them, I am eternally grateful!

However you celebrated, I hope you had a Happy Father's Day!

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