Family and Friends

I love spending time with family and friends during the holidays. One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to the Nutcracker performed by Ballet Hawaii. I have been going to the Nutcracker for the past 10 years to watch Aria, my friend Karin’s daughter, dance ballet.

Aria made her Nutcracker debut as this precious angel at the age of six.

Aria’s Nutcracker Debut

Aria’s Nutcracker Debut

Aria is now 16 and this year we were blessed to watch her dance in one of my favorite scenes where she was a Snowflake.

Aria in the Nutcracker

Aria in the Nutcracker

Hasn’t she grown up to be a beautiful ballerina? And she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

After the performance family and friends gathered outside the stage door to congratulate her. My friends and I discovered that we were all very unintentionally color coordinated!!

Sisters

Sisters

Cindy and I found a gift to give to Aria and I wrapped it in this cute ballerina themed wrapping paper. Since the paper was pink, I made a card to match.

Family and Friends ballerina card

Family and Friends ballerina card

I created this card using a brand new stamp set called Family and Friends. This photopolymer stamp set has 40 unique pieces that you can use to create people with different hairstyles, bodies and facial expressions. This set will be available on January 3rd , 2019 when our new Occasions Catalog is released.

To create the ballerina I had to stamp the body, hair and face separately. I used my Stamperatus which made lining up the different parts a breeze!

Family and Friends Ballerina Card

Family and Friends Ballerina Card

Since Aria’s costume was white, I didn’t color the top of the body. Instead, I brushed the top with a Wink of Stella to add shimmer.

Family and Friends Stamp Set

Family and Friends Stamp Set

The background has a layer of Sparkle Glimmer Paper as well as texture created by a brand new item, our Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions folder.

In 2016 Ballet Hawaii celebrated their 40th anniversary. That year they revamped the ballet to a Hawaiian rendition. I’ve enjoyed this beautiful rendition so much. It is so colorful and its fun to see how they’ve incorporated a Hawaiian theme to the ballet. I can honestly say for the past three years that I’ve watched this rendition it get’s better and better. That’s probably because I love Hawaiiana so much but know what I love even more??

Aria with her card

Aria with her card

I love watching this sweet, kind and beautiful girl dance so gracefully using her God given talents to shine in whatever role she is given.

Next year will be her final performance and it will be a time for us to gather and celebrate Aria once again! I am so grateful for this special holiday tradition we get to share as family and friends.

Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous!

I went to Starbucks in Kapolei a few days before my trip to Alaska.  I found these really beautiful Hawaii Starbucks cards.  I often bring gifts for friends I will meet when I travel.  For this trip,  I decided to pick up a few of these cute Hawaii Starbucks cards to give as gifts.  The card design was navy blue with red and yellow hibiscus flowers on the front.  The word "Hawaii" is iridescent and really shiny!   

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Hawaii Starbucks Card

Next, I needed to package these cute gift cards!!!  I had an idea!!! I decided to make a punch art Hula Girl card.

I played around with my framelits and punches and before you know it, this fabulous Hula Girl was born!

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The face takes up the entire front of a standard size card.  I used our Layering Oval Framelits to create the shape of the face and the body.  I used a whole oval for the face and half an oval for the body and adhered them to a Basic Black Card Stock background as shown below. 

I layered a strip of Pineapple Punch card stock across the bottom of the card.  I rounded the corners with a corner rounder and stamped it with flowers and leaves from the Tropical Chic stamp set.  I used a 1 3/4 inch circle punch to take a small piece out of the top to create a scooped collar.   After stamping the flowers, I added some tiny Red Rhinestones to them.  I then layered a piece of Basic Black card stock with rounded corners over the top oval to create bangs.  You can follow the photos below to watch the progression.

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Demonstrator Mary Fish designed this awesome new Vases Builder punch that coordinates with the stamp set Varied Vases that she designed when she reached her million dollar sales mark with Stampin' Up!  If you like punch art, this punch is a must have as it produces many fun pieces to work with.  I used several of the pieces from this punch to make the face.

Punch Art Pieces

Punch Art Pieces

 I punched pieces from the Vases Builder Punch to create the smile, nose and I cut one of the vases in half to make the ears.  You can see the face elements in the photo above and below you can see how I tucked the split vase on each side of the oval to make ears.

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I adorned the head with a Haku Lei that I created using the Tropical Chic stamp set and coordinating Tropical Thinlits.  I added dimensionals to the back of the stamped and die cut pieces to create a flower crown as shown in the photo above.  Once all assembled it looked like this.

 The lei around the neck was made with the circles that are found in our Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  I punched the small circles out of Glossy White card stock and lined them up to resemble a Pikake lei.  

Here is a close up, don't you think she's fabulous?

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

You know who else is fabulous?  My sister in laws, Lisa and Jen who stayed up till the wee hours of the morning helping me assemble these cards when I was in Washington State, visiting family.

Lisa and Jen

Lisa and Jen

My friend Debbie was there too but I think she was too busy counting circles to jump in the photo!  Debbie and I did manage to take a photo together the next day when we went hiking together at Snoqualmie Falls before she headed back to Oregon.

Debbie and Cindy

Debbie and Cindy

Can you believe that she drove all the way from Oregon just to stamp with me!!  Now that is a fabulous friend!  Debbie really liked this card because she loves Hawaii where she once lived when she served in the US Coast Guard.  I hope Debbie will one day make Hawaii her home again!

I have never done a punch art type of card in such a large scale before.  Where I not only used punches but Framelits too!  I really enjoyed creating this Hula Girl card and it was fun to see the smiles created when I passed it out to some of my demonstrator friends.

Hula Girl Card

Hula Girl Card

The inside of this card was stamped with the sentiment, "Oh Darling, You Are Fabulous".  This sentiment comes from the stamp set Stitched All Around.  I think that is an important message to share with friends now a days as people need to reminded of truly how remarkable they are!  It feels great to be encouraged and reminded of how loved you are.  

I hope my fabulous friends who received this card know that is how I feel about them and I hope they think this card is fabulous too!  

Until next time,

Stamped Blessings!

Cindy

 

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!

Here Today, Gone To Maui

Saturday was such a wonderful day.  I flew to Maui early in the morning and my friend Cheryl picked me up at the airport.  Cheryl is a demonstrator from Maui and the leader of her group, the Maui Big Shots!  We had such a wonderful time sharing together.  Spending time with Cheryl reminded me once again of why I love being a part of Stampin' Up! so much.  Although we do the same job, you rarely feel a competitive Spirit amongst demonstrators.  Instead what you often find is sharing, encouragement, and love.  That is exactly what happened when Cheryl and I met.  Through sharing our stories, I was really encouraged and we made plans for more get togethers in the near future.

Cheryl and Cindy

Cheryl and Cindy

Cheryl had an event that day at her home and I wish I could have attended.  I would have loved to see some of her group because they have come to some of my events on Oahu before and they are just wonderful. 

Maui Stampers at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Maui Stampers at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 I always look forward to seeing them.  Cheryl and I are working at finding a way we can get our groups together in the near future.  

The reason I couldn't attend Cheryl's event was because I was actually in Maui to visit with my friend Jodi and her husband Dave who were there celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.  Jodi is a dear friend whom I met during my Freshman year at Spring Arbor College in Michigan.   Jodi is one of those special friends whom you don't see often but when you do, you just pick up where you left off.  The last time we had spend time together was 13 years ago.  So right after breakfast, Dave and Jodi picked me up and we set out for a day of adventure!

Jodi and Cindy in Maui

Jodi and Cindy in Maui

I can't believe how much we did in just a few hours.  We went to a Bakery,  then shopping in Wailea and Lahaina, ate lunch at Tommy Bahama, swam in the pool at her condo and went out for one of the best sweet treats I have ever had and ended the day at Starbucks by the airport.

Island Cream Company

Island Cream Company

The sweet treat we had was from the Island Cream Company.  This special cream made of all fresh, local ingredients is unique and SOOOOOO Delicious.  It's not ice cream and its not gelato, but almost like the perfect combination of both.  It has the creamiest texture and choosing what flavor is hard because so many look so good!!!  Their motto is, "We Make Cravings" and you know what?? It's so true.  If I didn't have to leave the island that evening I probably would have went back the next day.  

Since Jodi spent her entire trip on the island of Maui, I wanted to bring her something special from Oahu.  So I went to one of my favorite local boutiques, Manuhealii and purchased two zippered pouches to give as a gift to her.

Manuhealii Pouches

Manuhealii Pouches

Manuhealii makes the most beautiful clothing and accessories.  It makes choosing what to buy difficult because there are so many gorgeous things to purchase.   I love Monstera, so when I saw this pattern on these zippered pouches. I chose to buy Jodi two of them.  

The design and color of the two pouches inspired the card I created for Jodi with our new Tropical Chic Stamp set and Tropical Thinlits.

Tropical Escape Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Friendship Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I just LOVE this set so much.  Even with these non traditional colors it still looks amazing.  For the sentiment I chose a stamp from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I also added one of the cute wooden Tropical Elements as an embellishment.  

Tropical Chic Friendship Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic Friendship Card and Gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The colors, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy were a perfect match to the pouches and Jodi seemed really happy and surprised to receive this gift.  That made me feel really happy too!

The day was absolutely beautiful from start to finish.  

Kaanapali, Maui

Kaanapali, Maui

As we said goodbyes, we vowed to not let another 13 years go by until we see each other again!

Jodi and Cindy in Lahaina, Maui

Jodi and Cindy in Lahaina, Maui

As I flew home, I felt so happy and thankful!  It was a blessing to have had the opportunity to spend a day in a beautiful place with such beautiful people who I am grateful to call my friends.