On The Road Again

I can't believe that August is here already!  Time sure flies when you are having fun.   One of my passions is to travel.  Don't get me wrong, I love Hawaii more than any other place on earth, but I also enjoy getting to explore new places and experience new adventures as often as possible.   July 2018 was filled with the opportunity to visit three different places.  Washington State, Alaska and Canada.

On the road again #travelocindy

On the road again #travelocindy

My adventures began in Washington State.  I arrived there one week early prior to the start of the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Alaska.  Since my husbands family lives there, I had the opportunity to spend time with them, which is always fun.

The day I arrived my Mother in Law, Alvena, picked me up and we went on a road trip.  After dropping off my luggage, we drove for 2 hours to Canada.

Road Trip

Road Trip

It was a beautiful day for a drive.  Alvena brought a container filled with fresh blueberries and raspberries.  It was a wonderful snack for our road trip.  I had never driven to Canada before from Washington State, so I really enjoyed the scenery.

 The flowers at the border were so beautiful.   I loved this Canadian Flag made of flowers!!

US/Canada Border

US/Canada Border

The main reason we went to Canada was to go to the McArthurGlen Outlet Mall.  I had recently discovered that my favorite store Desigual was there!  I had only been able to shop at Desigual Outlet in Spain, so a 2 hour drive to get there was nothing compared to a trip to Barcelona!

Shopping at Desigual Outlet!

Shopping at Desigual Outlet!

We had a really enjoyable time at the mall.  It was the first time either of us had been to this mall in Richmond.  It was very clean, had nice shops but the funny thing was the location.  It was right next to the airport, like basically a few inches away from the runway, or so it seemed.  Every few minutes large planes would fly overhead.  It sort of made me think that perhaps I could have just flown directly there to avoid the 2 hour drive!!!  Oh well, next time.  

McAruthurGlen Outlet Mall - Richmond, Canada

McAruthurGlen Outlet Mall - Richmond, Canada

Actually the drive was great.  I was looking forward to some one on one time with Alvena.  I am blessed with a Mother in Law who is a woman of prayer and has lots of words of wisdom.  Just recently it dawned on me that she has been praying for me my whole life, before she even knew me.   What a blessing!!  As we shared she quickly noticed a pattern in my speaking.  I began to do something I do often, to talk down about myself.  "I should know how to do this better", I said.  "I am not very good at that", I declared!  Alvena encouraged me to stop speaking these negative words over my life.  She reminded me of who I was in Christ and to focus on God and his promises so that I could walk through life in victory rather than defeat.  

That evening before I went to bed I opened up a new Bible Ap I downloaded to use on my trip. Guess what the first words of the devotion were, "You Are What You Speak".  Ahh, it was one of those divine moments where I just smiled and got ready to receive this life lesson.  The devotion went on to talk about how our life is influenced by what begins in our mind and what we believe.  I read that if I wanted to receive real transformation in my life I had to change my old pattern of thinking and speaking and replace it with the truth found in God's word.  Here are some of the verses that encouraged me that night.

 "I am not timid, but I have power, love, and a sound mind", 2 Timothy 1:7.

 "I have the Holy Spirit, so I am not a slave to fear".  Romans 8:15

I felt so encouraged that God was answering my prayers and helping me to see areas in my life that I needed to change.  I was so excited that this was just day one of my July adventure and God was already leading me to the transformation I had been praying for.  He is so good.

The newest Baughman

The newest Baughman

Time with family was great.  I got to meet the newest little Baughman, my nephews daughter, Esther!  She is so precious.  

Alesha and I

Alesha and I

I also loved hanging out with my neice Alesha.  We discovered this awesome place to go for breakfast called the Woodinville Cafe.  The food and service was so great, we went back there three times!  

I took Alesha rock climbing at Vertical World.  We had a one on one climbing session with this guy named Jess.  The night before I arrived I had learned that Jess grew up in Hilo so I grabbed a bag of Primo Popcorn to give to him when we met.  Jess was super happy to receive the popcorn and really excited to talk about his life in Hilo where he lived for 12 years.  I asked Jess, "if I could have brought you anything from Hawaii, what would you have wanted".  He thought about it for a moment and then he said, "I miss Kalua Pork!".  Little did he know that the moment he said those words I began to see how I could make that happen.  After all, spreading aloha is what I like to do!

Climbing at Vertical World, Redmond

Climbing at Vertical World, Redmond

The next day I made arraignments to climb again.  This time I went with my brother in law Darren and my sister in law, Lisa.  That evening prior to our climb, I not only made Kalua pork and white rice but I also made butter mochi.

Jess at Vertical World

Jess at Vertical World

The look on Jess's face was priceless!  When he saw the plate lunches we brought he was so excited.  He said he wanted to eat them slow to make them last all week.  He opened up the mochi so fast and began to eat it right away.  A few minutes later he texted his Mom.  He said he told her, 'you won't believe what I have".  

It makes me happy to make others happy.  Jess thanked me multiple times for this gift of aloha.

Cindy and Jess

Cindy and Jess

We had a blast climbing that day.  Vertical World is a really great place.  We made up a new concept that day called, "dancing with the wall".  Jess even put on some salsa music when I was about to go up to make my climb go a little faster!  

Dancing with the wall

Dancing with the wall

Another huge blessing that happened while I was in Washington was that I got to see Debbie!  Debbie is my downline from Oregon who drove up to attend a Stampin' Up! workshop that I helped my Sister in Law Jennifer with.  

Jennifer, Cindy and Debbie

Jennifer, Cindy and Debbie

Before she drove back to Oregon, Debbie and I went on a hike at Snoqualimie Falls.  It was very beautiful there.

Snoqualmie Falls 

Snoqualmie Falls 

As Debbie and I hiked, I told her about how I was working on making some personal changes and was going to begin to overcome my fears.  One of those fears was doing a Facebook live video.  So right there in the middle of our hike I decided to go for it.  I turned on Facebook live and shot my very first video to my private downline Facebook group.  It was fun to celebrate this victory with Debbie by my side!

Debbie then dropped me off at Lynn's house!  It was SO good to see Lynn.  We had planned a Stampin' Up! workshop at her house too, just like the good old days when I used to hold classes for her in Ewa Beach.

Lynn and Cindy

Lynn and Cindy

I couldn't believe how big her kids had grown.  I got tears in my eyes just seeing how big and beautiful they were.  Genesis was taller than me!  How could that have happened so quickly??

Cindy and Genesis

Cindy and Genesis

Genesis was such a great helper!  She is a young avid crafter and we often discuss that I will be contacting her on her 18th birthday so she can officially join my team! 

Genesis demoing at the workshop

Genesis demoing at the workshop

Everyone who attended Lynn's class seemed to have a great time.  How can they not, she is such a great hostess.

Friends at Lynn's workshop

Friends at Lynn's workshop

I made some new friends and was reacquainted with friends from Hawaii who just happened to be in town at the same time as me.

Stampin' at Lynn's

Stampin' at Lynn's

Would you like to see the projects we made at these two classes?  Here they are.

The first was this gift card holder.  This was made out of a note card.  I slit the front of the card at 2 inches so that I could create a pocket to hold a gift card.  The stamp on this card comes from the Darling Label Punch Box.  

Darling Label Punch box card

Darling Label Punch box card

Project number two featured the popular Tropical Escape Suite.  I love all the "ooh's" and "ahh's" that I get when I share this beautiful new suite.  Its not just popular in Hawaii, people all over are loving creating projects with this tropical beauty.  I used a little piece of the Tropical Escape DSP to cover the bottom of this Granny Apple Green card stock that had been die cut using the beautiful Tropical Thinlits.

Tropical Thank You Card

Tropical Thank You Card

The final project featured one of our DistINKtive stamp sets, Healing Hugs.  The sentiment came from the set Accented Blooms, where people could choose the word Thank You or Hello for this card.  This card also featured my favorite new color, Lovely Lipstick.  

Healing Hugs Card

Healing Hugs Card

It was fun to share these projects at two different classes in Washington State and everyone seemed to have a really fun time and enjoy every minute.

Washington State Class Samples

Washington State Class Samples

The last day I was in Washington, Derek arrived.  I was so glad he could take a short break from his very busy work schedule to go to on this trip with me.  Since he was only in Washington for a day and a half we made sure to visit his Grandmother.   Grandma Carol is amazing!  She is in her mid 90's and has such a sharp memory.  We sat and listened to her tell many interesting stories from her past.  It was a precious time.  

Visiting Grandma Carol

Visiting Grandma Carol

My adventures in Washington State were so much fun.  It was a time for transformation to begin, a time to be with friends and family, a time to spread aloha and a time for gratitude and thankfulness.

I am so grateful for the special time I experienced in the Pacific Northwest!

I can't help but smile thinking of my next stop.  It will be on my 16th incentive trip with Stampin Up! where I will be reunited with so many of my special my Stampin' Up! friends!  With them it is always fun, always special and this next adventure will be held on a cruise ship bound for Alaska.  What a blessing!

It is sure to be a grand adventure!   Ready or not, here we go!  We're on the road again!

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