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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Mom's Birthday

Today we celebrated my Mom's 85th birthday.  Jessica and I took she and my Dad to one of our favorite places, the Ama Ama Restaurant at the Disney Aulani hotel.  It is nice to have such a beautiful property only a few minutes from our home.

Disney's Aulani Hotel in Ko'olina

Disney's Aulani Hotel in Ko'olina

It was an absolutely beautiful day.  Most of our family was working but I was glad Jessica was able to escape for an hour to join us at this special early morning celebration.  

Jess and I at the Aulani Hotel

Jess and I at the Aulani Hotel

I really admire my Mom's strength.  

Life radically changed for her a couple years ago when my Dad began to show signs of dementia.

 My mom takes excellent care of my Dad.  She has had to make a lot of unexpected adjustments to her life but she persevered with grace, demonstrating her faith and trust in the Lord.

Mom and Dat at Aulani

Mom and Dat at Aulani

My Mom's favorite color is blue.  We didn't plan it but we all just so happened to be dressed in blue today.

Celebrating Mom at Aulani

Celebrating Mom at Aulani

So naturally when creating her birthday card and gift I had her favorite color in mind.  Would you like to see what I created for her?

Jar of Love Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I created her card using the Jar of Love stamp set.  I used a color scheme of Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder.  I embellished every small flower stamp with a tiny rhinestone jewel and added some gold enamel shapes too!  The water in the jar was created with an aqua painter that had been dipped into the lid of my Marina Mist Ink Pad.

Jar of Love Birthday Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Birthday Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

To go along with the gift I took one of our small stamp cases and covered it with card stock and a coordinating design.  I used this as the gift box to wrap my gift.

Jar of Love Gift Card Holders - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Gift Card Holders - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Inside the box was three mini gift card holders that I created out of a 5 x 5 piece of card stock that was scored and punched with the envelope punch board.  Each of these little decorated envelopes had a gift card for something special that my Mom needed or could use.

Mom reads her birthday card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mom reads her birthday card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My Mom sent an email this evening to thank us for the wonderful card and gift and let us know how grateful she was for the special time we shared together this morning.

My parents and I

My parents and I

I am so thankful for the opportunity we had to celebrate my Mom today and I am glad our time together made both she and my Dad feel happy and blessed.  

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My Sweet Sister

My friend Cindy is so special to me.  Cindy is as sweet and beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside but capturing a photo of her is a RARE occurrence since she is not a fan of having her picture taken.  

The Cindy's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Cindy's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Her birthday was late November so we made plans to celebrate it after Thanksgiving at the start of December.  Since we had some Christmas Shopping to do we decided to take her to the Magnolia Bakery at Ala Moana.  This allowed us to shop a little after which is always fun for us to do when we have the chance.  

 New York is one of my most favorite places on earth and Magnolia Bakery comes from there, so we were all anxious to go check it out.

Magnolia Bakery Ala Moana

Magnolia Bakery Ala Moana

Everything in the bakery was so cute.  We loved the atmosphere and all the vintage decorations.

Magnolia Bakery at Ala Moana - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Magnolia Bakery at Ala Moana - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We immediately felt like we had made the perfect choice to bring Cindy there because she is so gifted at making treats that are not only amazingly beautiful but taste wonderful too.   You can check out some of her creations on her Facebook page at Zoe Hawaii or look for her on instagram.

Magnolia Bakery Hawaii at Ala Moana

Magnolia Bakery Hawaii at Ala Moana

We had asked Cindy what she wanted for her birthday and she said she was in need of some new shoes for the gym.  We decided that the best gift would be to give her cash because we weren't sure of where she wanted to shop for her shoes.  Plus being the amazing bargain hunter that she is, she'd probably know just where to go to find $100 shoes on sale for $10.  She is just gifted that way!  And of course we didn't want to rob her of the opportunity to get more than one pair with her magical shopping skills.

Giving cash isn't always my favorite thing to do but in this case it was the perfect gift for Cindy so I wanted to try and find a way to package it in a creative and fun way.

My first thought was a Nike shoe box.  Nike is my favorite brand and I love the bright orange boxes many of their shoes come in.  

So, I called my friend Lori who is a box maker extroidenaire and told her that I needed a small box.  I described my project idea to her over the phone and she quickly worked her magic and sent me some dimensions to make a small shoe box.  

Sigh... I'm so blessed to have such talented friends!!!

Buy Your Own Present Shoe Box- www.stampedwithaloha.com

Buy Your Own Present Shoe Box- www.stampedwithaloha.com

Want the directions?  Here they are!

SHOE BOX DIRECTIONS                                                                                                                                    Bottom of Box is 5 1/4 x 6 1/2 - Score short side at 1 1/2 and 3 3/4, Score long side at 1 1/2 and 5.  Cut on score lines on both sides till the horizontal line. 

Top of Box is 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 (add a 1/16" to both measurements so its just a tiny bit bigger but be careful its only a tiny bit or the box top will be too loose)  Score all sides at 1/2"

Put bottom together first.  Crease all folds and put double stick tape on all four corner flaps close to scoreline and opposite edge.  Fold inwards and attach longer middle flap matching edges.  Trim any excess.  

Repeat for Box Top but attach one side first, place on the box and then attach the flaps to fit snug on the box.

I stamped a small piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock and attached to outside of the box using the B.Y.O.P stamp set which is a wonderful set to use when giving a cash gift.  The set comes with all kinds of coordinating stamps so that you can create projects for graduations, baby showers, weddings, birthdays, thank you's, etc.

Inside the box I used the stamp that said, Buy Your Own Present and washi taped it to $20 bills that were folded and washi taped together.  

Shoe Box (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Shoe Box (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The box I made mimicked a Nike shoe box, complete with a similar hand cut swoosh on the top! On the inside I added a printed a photo of a pair of Nike shoes to complete the project.

Taping money together was an idea I got from a gift my creative friend Pam made me last year.  Using washi tape makes it easy because it makes for a fun presentation and it comes right off the money when you are ready to use it.

Shoe Box (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Shoe Box (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For Cindy's card I decided to use the set Bear Hugs.  I wanted to try and find a way to keep the shoe theme and thought using a stamp image I could dress in a pair of hand drawn shoes would be a fun way to make a coordinating card.

Bear Hugs Athlete Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bear Hugs Athlete Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I loved using the framelits to create some leggings and a cute workout shirt for this adorable bear.  For the shoes I just cut and colored some shoes with our markers and a scrap of white card stock.  I drew some stitches on the shirt and stamped the word Friend from the Jar of Love stamp set on the t-shirt.

Cindy's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy smiled as she opened her card and gift.  It made me feel good to know she liked it.

We all had a really enjoyable time eating a light dinner at Magnolia Bakery and the deserts were delicious.

Sadly just a week or so after we had been there we found out that they were closing at the end of the year.  We were sad because we had just discovered it and had hoped to return.

So when we look back to that evening we'll just have to count our blessings that we got to go to Magnolia Bakery in Hawaii before it closed.  We'll remember how fun it was to celebrate Cindy with friends in a really fun environment.

Karin and Lynne celebrating Cindy's Bday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Karin and Lynne celebrating Cindy's Bday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We'll remember the delicious treats we shared such as this Iced Eggnog Birthday Cupcake.

Happy Birthday to Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday to Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And be thankful for another fun evening celebrating our beautiful sister and friend to honor her on her special day.

Happy Birthday to Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday to Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday to you Cindy, you are a treasured blessing to me and such a beautiful and sweet friend.  I am SO thankful for you!

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There Is Much To Celebrate

September has begun with much to celebrate.

 First, this weekend was my son Kalani's 24th Birthday.  Kalani is a recently graduate of Hawaii Pacific University and he has been working hard studying to take his CPA exam.  He's passed the first three parts of the test and has just one more to go next month!  We are so proud of all he's accomplished and of where he is heading!  

Since I've been playing with a lot of our new Holiday Catalog Items I decided to use the set "Here's To Cheers" for his birthday card this year.  This set is a great one for making Holiday Hostess gifts but I was glad to find a use for it on a Birthday card.

Here is the card I made for Kalani.

Here's To Cheer's Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here's To Cheer's Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card has a few more layers than I normally put on my cards.  I started with a Tempting Turquoise base and layered a piece of Festive Designer Series Paper on Top.  Then next layer is Basic Black topped with a stamped Whisper White card stock that features the stamp, "there is much to celebrate".  I layered another Turquoise and White combination on top of the stamped layer and then stamped the sentiment on a separate scrap of card stock and punched it out.  I stamped it once in Basic Black and once in Emerald Envy and I used my Paper Snips to just cut out the word Celebrate so it could be highlighted on this card.  I used my Large Number Framelits and some retired Black Glimmer Paper to cut out the  number 24.  Finally, I added a rhinestone on the exclamation point.

In addition to Celebrating Kalani we also had a wonderful Celebration on Sunday as our Church New Hope Leeward reopened the Waipahu Campus that had been closed due to a flood.  This is the campus I've attended the past several years where I serve as a worship leader.

New Hope Leeward Grand Re-Opening Weekend - www.stampedwithaloha.com

New Hope Leeward Grand Re-Opening Weekend - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I so love these people i serve with.  You would never know that we get up in the wee hours of the morning to make our 4:50am call time to begin preparing for the morning three services.  Its never a chore because it is such a blessing to serve along side of such amazing servant hearted people.

Jumping for Joy at New Hope Leeward - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jumping for Joy at New Hope Leeward - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As you can see we have a lot of FUN together.  Today we were jumping for joy not only because of the grand opening but we were also celebrating Jason's birthday.  He's the one who is jumping the highest in the center of this photo.  It was so amazing to know that he would sacrifice time on his special day to come down and be a blessing to the church and to us.  

We also celebrated the beginning of Fall and the start of one of my favorite Seasons!  FOOTBALL SEASON.  I am a huge football FAN as you can see by my SeaHawks 12 flag that proudly hangs on my banister.  I usually just put it out during football season but this one has been proudly hanging since last year!  

I also began to put out some Fall decorations in my home.  We don't get to see the changing of leaves here so I make sure to fill my home with lots of Fall colors, pumpkins and scarecrows!

 I was a little sad putting out these beautiful handmade Fabric pumpkins that my friend Lynn made for me because she moved away a few months ago and I really miss her, especially at this time of the year.  There are so many things that I see that make me think of her and I'm glad I have these special pumpkins she created to remind me of her.

 I just found out I'll be visiting Seattle in a couple of months so I will look forward to seeing her then.

Fabric Pumpkins - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fabric Pumpkins - www.stampedwithaloha.com

On Sunday evening we went to Tommy Bahama restaurant in Waikiki.

Tommy Bahama Waikiki - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tommy Bahama Waikiki - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It's one of our favorite places to celebrate!  The entire family came to celebrate Kalani and we had an enjoyable evening together.

  My brother Gordon brought a funny gift for Kalani to celebrate the start of his career as an accountant, a calculator and some funny 3D glasses.  We all had a good laugh.

Kalani's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kalani's Birthday - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This weekend was special because of the people I shared it with.  It was filled with love, joy and so many celebrations and laughter too.  

Did I mention that when I completed Kalani's card I put the wrong AGE on it.  I got his age and his sisters age mixed up and I had 26 on the card.  I didn't ever realize it until I handed the card to my husband to sign and he had a funny look on his face.  I was glad the number wasn't stamped but only cut out with the Big Shot so I quickly cut a different number and the problem was fixed.  

I wonder if that is why Kalani is pointing to the number in this photo below... trying to "point" out  that he is in fact 24.

Here's To Cheer's Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here's To Cheer's Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Birthday Kalani!  We know that besides your birthday, you are in a season where you have much to celebrate and we are certainly very proud of you!

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