Looking Up

I don’t know if it’s jet lag or the medicines I’m taking but my sleep schedule has been way off since returning from Europe. It’s been okay though, since most of my time in recent weeks has been spent home where I am resting and waiting for a diagnosis or miraculous recovery!

On Saturday morning, I woke up feeling strong and I just wanted to go for a walk. So Derek and I jumped out of bed, threw on our workout clothes and drove less than 10 minutes to the Lagoons in Ko’Olina. One of my favorite places on the island.

It was a BEAUTIFUL morning. As we walked, I tried to just take deep breaths and appreciate the fresh oxygen flowing through my lungs. When we passed this corner on the trail, I stopped to take a picture. You would think I was a tourist because I always stop and pull out my phone to capture the beauty I see around me here in Hawaii. I have probably taken this same photo 100 times before, it never grows old.

Ko’Olina Lagoons

Ko’Olina Lagoons

I felt peace as we walked. Earlier that morning I had been reading the Bible and was reminded of God’s miraculous power. I was filled with hope and confidence in Him that in his timing, He can heal me of this sickness, if it is a part of his plan for me. Until then, I am grateful that my situation causes me to have a greater dependance on Him and focus on being still to hear what He wants me to do.

We picked up breakfast at our favorite little local restuarant in Kapolei called My Cafe and came home to eat and then went for a swim in our pool. It was such a relaxing morning!

One thing that has been on my mind is stamping. Since I haven’t felt myself, its been tough to do the work I normally do to design cards for classes and events. I also am having an issue with the ac unit in my studio so I only work out there during the cooler parts of the day. Since Derek was going to wash his car and I was enjoying spending time with him, I decided to open up the garage door on my studio and let the fresh air in. That way I could stamp and talk to Derek while he worked.

Saturday Stamping

Saturday Stamping

I recently purchased our brand new all inclusive card kit called, Looking Up. It was sitting on my counter and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to open it up and sae what was inside!

I opened up the cute box to reveal everything I needed to make 15 cards. This kit is all inclusive and it is AWESOME!!!. It has the stamp set, the ink pad, pretty printed cards with adorable matching envelopes, shiny embellishments and a clear block. It also has glue dots and dimensionals. You don’t need anything else. This makes a perfect gift for a new stamper or for someone who loves to create without having to come up with designs.

Looking Up! Card Kit by Stampin’ Up!

Looking Up! Card Kit by Stampin’ Up!

Let’s take a closer look at the cards.

The first is a birthday hot air balloon card.

Looking Up! Card

Looking Up! Card

To assemble this card you just add the shiny metallic strip of circles above the pre printed black and white stripe line. There are three balloons pre printed on the card. I then punched out the same images from a separate sheet and added a dimensional on two of the balloons. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on a small tag and adhered it to the card with a dimensional.

The next card is a favorite of many who have seen it here in my studio. I think its because of the Palm trees that remind us of home, here in Hawaii.

Looking Up Card

Looking Up Card

This card has a fun metallic triangle strip you adhere and extra palm trees you can use to add dimension. I placed two palm trees to the side of the tag so they would frame the Thankful sentiment.

This next card is really different. I love the city skyline and the park.

Looking Up Card

Looking Up Card

There is a really pretty metallic frame with leaves that I adhered to the bottom right corner of the card. I also added a little punched out tree image with a dimensional. The black and white ribbon looks like it was glued on but it is actually pre printed on the card along with the park and buildings scene.

The next card is a Get Well card. I actually received this very card from some thoughtful people at the Stampin’ Up! Home office a few weeks ago. They had heard I wasn’t feeling well and sent this card to me. That was such a pleasant surprise!!

Looking Up Card

Looking Up Card

This card has a really pretty shiny piece with leaves that frames the circle with the sentiment, “Feel Better Soon”. I know receiving a pretty card like this did make me feel better!

I think this last card is my favorite. I LOVE the airplane.

Looking Up Card

Looking Up Card

I can just imagine a plane writing a message of congratulations in the sky! As you can see this card has a square shiny strip that is added under the sentiment. The shiny copper elements in this kit give each card just the perfect amount of bling that really makes them stand out!

Speaking of standing out! JUST LOOK AT THE ENVELOPE! Isn’t it adorable? Each card has a matching envelope that is so cute!

Looking Up Card Kit

Looking Up Card Kit

This kit makes a great gift for a friend, or even just for yourself. I know for me it was a gift to have time to sit and stamp on Saturday and just take a break to do something creative and fun for myself.

Looking Up Card Kit

Looking Up Card Kit

It took me less than an hour to make all 15 cards. This would also be a fun kit to purchase and have a get together with five of your besties. You can open up one kit and each make a set of cards while enjoying quality time together!

I will have these samples on display at my house this weekend as I am having a special THREE FOR FREE event. This event will take place on Saturday, July 27th from 10 am till 12pm OR on Sunday, July 28th from 10 am til 12pm. Drop by my house and you can create 3 cards for FREE using the latest products from Stampin’ Up! In addition you can pick up a copy of our newest catalog, see over 50 new card samples from my recent incentive trip swaps and you can see other things on display such as this adorable Looking Up Kit.

This FREE event will take the place of my July Stamp A Stack class. I am doing this for two reasons. One, I am still going through some health issues that is making it difficult for me to prep for a larger class at this time. Second, on July 19th I celebrated 20 years with Stampin’ Up! so I plan on having several specials from now till the end of the year as a part of my celebrating reaching this milestone! This is a milestone I wouldn’t have reached without so many of you, which is why I chose to offer this event for FREE this month.

If you would like to help me by placing an order for this kit or any other supplies you need, you can do so using hostess code P2R2T7FD. Anyone placing an order of any size from now till the end of the month will receive my THREE FOR FREE cards in the mail as a THANK YOU! Just make sure I have your name and address!

I think with all I’ve been going through this kit was a great distraction. It provided me with a really fun creative break and even the name of the kit reminds me of what I need to do during this season and always and that is to not look down but to Keep Looking Up!

Darling Label Punch Box

When I first saw our new Darling Label Punch Kit, all I could say is WOW!  This gorgeous blue and gold tin is so beautiful.  You can see it on page 44 of the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog.  When I looked a little closer at the kit, I saw what was included in it and I knew I had to order it. 

Darling Label Punch Box

Darling Label Punch Box

This beautiful tin is filled with everything you need to create projects for a variety of occasions.  The kit comes with a 6 piece photopolymer stamp set, a punch, 2 Ink Spot pads and a clear block.

As soon as I got this kit I went to work designing a class that used every single image in the stamp set.  I combined this kit with some white note cards and the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper and created a cute matching set of cards.  

The first card, pictured below is a bold and bright birthday card.  I used two different pieces of the designer paper on this card.  I love the glimmering candles that are made out of gold foil.  Like many of the images on this specialty paper they really shimmer and shine.

Broadway Bound Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Broadway Bound Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Card number two is a "Hello" card.  This type of greeting is perfect for when you want to send a note to a friend to let them know you were thinking about them.  I love the color combination here.  Lovely Lipstick is such a beautiful color and it really pops when placed next to Basic Black.  This card also features a new embossing folder called Maps, etc.

Darling Label Punch Box Hello Card

Darling Label Punch Box Hello Card

Card number three is also a Thinking of You card but uses a different image from the set.

 I am in love with the Scallop Stripe texture on this card.  This was created by using one of our newest embossing folders appropriately named Striped Scallops!  I love adorning cards with jeweled flowers.  When the Tree Builder punch retired I had to scramble to find another flower to use.  When I didn't see one, I improvised!  I found that our new Bunny Builder punch had the perfect solution.  What works for the Bunny's tail also makes an adorable flower.  I punched out one with Lovely Lipstick Card Stock and then just roughed it up a bit with my fingers before adhering it to the card with a mini glue dot.

Darling Label Punch Box Thinking of You Card

Darling Label Punch Box Thinking of You Card

I love the pop of polka dots on the bottom of the card.  This Designer Paper is so bold, beautiful and fun!

Card number four is a Congratulations Card.  

Darling Label Punch Box Congratulations Card

Darling Label Punch Box Congratulations Card

I folded the top half of the note card in half and folded it back to create a front "fun" fold.  This would work great as a graduation card or perhaps a fun card for a job promotion.

Darling Label Punch Box Thank You 

Darling Label Punch Box Thank You 

Card number five is one of my favorites.  This card is a Thank You gift card holder.   The entire right side of the card can be lifted to reveal an inside pocket for a gift card.  Giving a card like this is such a beautiful way to show your appreciation.

The final card in the set is really unique and different.  I wanted to show that the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper has a soft side too.  Many of the prints are very bold, bright and shiny but the piece I used on this card is soft, subtle and elegant.  It makes a perfect pair for this sentiment that can be used for a Wedding or Anniversary celebration.

Darling Label Punch Box Wedding Card

Darling Label Punch Box Wedding Card

The pattern of this Designer Paper kind of reminds me of the lights that were strung over the reception area at my daughters wedding.

I just love this bright and cherry set of cards and I look forward to making them this weekend..  Would you like to make these cards too?

Darling Label Punch Box Class

Darling Label Punch Box Class

For the past year several of you have messaged me asking if I would ever offer card kits in the mail.  This is something I have decided to test with this particular set of cards because I love them so much and think you would too.   So I will be debuting a test run of my Aloha Mail Card Kits.  

Here is how it will work for the month of July.  Place a $50 order at my online store at stampedwithaloha.com using host code 4E4DGJFF.  You can also email me your order at  stampedwithaloha@gmail.com.  Once your order is received I will pack and ship you some Aloha Mail that will include:  6 Whisper White note cards, Make and Take supplies including pre cut pieces of the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper and Pre-Embossed Card stock.  All punches will be pre punched except the ones you have to stamp and punch with the Darling Label Punch Kit.  You will also receive envelopes and any embellishments needed to complete these 6 adorable cards.  All you will need is the Darling Label Punch Box (which you can purchase as part of your $50 order), adhesive of your choice, a black stamp pad (Tuxedo Black Memento Pad recommended) and for coloring 2 of the images, a coloring tool such as Stampin' Blends, Watercolor Pencils or Stampin' Write markers.

Remember this is a test, so I appreciate your patience as I step out to experience what it is like to provide kits in the mail for all of you.  It is something Ive been fearful of but today I am stepping out in faith with hopes to provide a new service to help those of you who want to make my cards something you can do more easily from the comfort of your own home.  

For more information or to get started with your order email me at stampedwithaloha@gmail.com or go directy to my online store at stampedwithaloha.com.  Be sure to set up an online account so you can shop with me and remember this month use hostess code 4E4DGJFF. 

I'm excited to test this out and hope you are too! 

If you live on Oahu and would like to create these cards at my stamp studio in Kapolei then here is an option for you.

Class will be held on Friday, July 6th at my home in Kapolei from 5:30pm - 7:30pm (drop by at your convenience) or Saturday, July 7th at my home in Kapolei from 9:00am till 11:00am (drop by at your convienence)  If you sign up before Tuesday, July 3rd I will have a punch kit in stock for you.  Otherwise, you can still come but your punch kit will arrive at a later date.

Thanks in advance to all who will help me "Test" this new service and spread a little aloha in the mail.

This special kit offer ends on July 31st, 2018.

If you loved these cards it probably means you love Designer Series Paper.  During the month of July we are having a fabulous special.  When you purchase 3 packs of any of the following papers, you will get one free.  

Here is a flyer followed by a quick two minute video that shows you all the beautiful designs that are on sale this month.

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If you like getting beautiful products at a discount another option for you is to purchase the Stampin' Up! starter kit.  During the month of July there is a special for those who want to join Stampin' Up!. For $99 you will receive $125 worth of Stampin' Up! products of your choice plus this month only you will also receive a set of 10 new ink pads.  This is a $75 value.  There are so many benefits to joining Stampin' Up! if you love our products and want to purchase them at a discounted price this might be a great option for you to consider.  Contact me for more information or click here to read about Joining the Fun.

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Happy July everyone!  This month has already gotten off to such a wonderful start.  I am thankful, grateful and blessed to have another day to look for opportunities to make a difference by spreading aloha, one stamp at a time.

Stamped Blessings,

Cindy

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