Mother In Love

When you think, "Mother In Law", what comes to mind?  If you know she's on her way over, do you rush to clean the house because you she'll be checking for dust with her white gloves on?  Perhaps you start to panic about what meal you will prepare, knowing that no matter what you do, she won't like it.   I know when it comes to "in laws" there are people who face challenging situations, but thank God that's not the case for me.

I love my Mother In Law so much.  Her name is Alvena.  My kids call her Grandma, My niece calls her "Grams".  My Son In Law calls her "Grandma Alvie", I think that my favorite name for her!!!

From the first day I met Alvena, at the YWAM base in Honolulu, I thought she was amazing!.   She's a licensed pastor, a powerful communicator, a great listener, an amazing counselor, a prayer warrior, a former school administrator, a small accounting business owner, an excellent cook and she's as cute as a button especially when standing next to her handsome hubby of 54 years!

Mom and Dad Baughman

Mom and Dad Baughman

When visiting her last month, I noticed these beautiful flowers on her front porch.

Alvena's Garden

Alvena's Garden

These flowers inspired the birthday card I created for her this year.

I chose a stamp set that I hadn't worked with before called, Bouquet Blooms.  This set comes with coordinating framelits called Gatefold Blossoms.  

Here is the card I made for Alvena.

Bouquet Blooms Card

Bouquet Blooms Card

I used the Gateway Blossoms framelit to cut out a floral pattern on both the top and bottom flap of this card.  

Below, you can see where I attached a Granny Apple Green Card Stock to the top flap to cover the back of the die cut area.  This also became the place where I added a small Whisper White Card Stock and stamped the"Happy Birthday" sentiment from the set Blow Out The Candles.

Bouquet Blooms Card

Bouquet Blooms Card

I then layered on a bunch of bright flowers that I colored with Stampin' Blends.  I also added lots of basic Jewel Rhinestones, both clear and red.

Bouquet Blooms Card (inside)

Bouquet Blooms Card (inside)

The inspiration for the colors on this card, came from this floral Macy's Gift card that was hidden inside.

Over the years, Alvena has taught me many valuable life lessons and I have a lot to thank her for.  One thing I realized the other day is that as she was raising her boys, she was praying for their future spouses. That means when I was growing up, she was praying for me.  What an amazing blessing that is to know that!

I am also grateful to her for raising such an incredible son who has been my husband for 30 years this November!

Derek and Cindy

Derek and Cindy

Now that I am officially a Mother In Law, I hope that my kids will feel the same way about me as I do about Alvena.  I hope that like Alvena I will live my life to honor God, to love and serve others and to choose joy everyday.

Grandma Alvie

Grandma Alvie

Happy Birthday Mom!  We are all thankful, grateful and blessed to have you in our lives!  

Thanks for being such an amazing Mother in LOVE!

 

 

 

Aloha Jennifer

I just finished completing 47 swap cards for this weekends Spring Sensation Stamp Camp.  The theme was Spring cards for any occasion.  

As you know when I stamp I often am inspired by the person I will be giving the card to.  Ideas come much easier when I think of people and not product.  So in designing this swap card I thought of my sweet friend Jennifer who is going to be moving very soon.

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jennifer has been a wonderful customer and friend for the past couple of years.  I feel so honored and blessed to have met her and to have had the opportunity to not only stamp with her but also with her lovely mother who comes to visit every so often.  Both of them are wonderful crafters with such beautiful hearts.

Whether Jennifer is at a class, bunco or even at the gym where I sometimes run into her, she is someone who always greets everyone with a friendly smile.

For her card I used one of my favorite color combinations of Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo.  These colors are bright and vibrant, just like Jennifer's personality.

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jar of Love Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Do you recognize these flowers?  They are from the Jar of Love stamp set.   This shows how versatile that set can be as you can create a card without using the jar image at all!  

The sentiment on this card comes from the Suite Sentiment stamp set and I think these words perfectly express how I feel about Jennifer.

Right now she's still on the island packing things and preparing for her move to the East Coast.  I know I will see her at least one more time but I wanted to take the opportunity at our stamp a stack class this past weekend to surprise her with a lei and card to let her know how much she is loved and will be missed.

Aloha Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Aloha Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I know I won't be the only one to miss her.  We all love her very much!

Pam and Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam and Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Although she'll be missed, I'm thankful that she will bring her beautiful spirit of Aloha to a new community so more people will get to meet her and discover how special she is.

Aloha Jennifer, you are loved and will be missed.

Source: www.stampedwithaloha.com