Healing Hugs

My friend Shelly Matautia is a wonderful Mom. I love how her face lights up when she talks about her children. She is one proud Mama and she should be. She’s has two amazing kids and has had the privilege of watching both of them compete as college athletes in volleyball.

Her son Austin is currently a Junior at UCLA and is an outside hitter on their men’s volleyball team. Shelly would love to be at every game but since there is an ocean separating them, it makes it difficult and expensive to be there. Shelly certainly does her best to watch him in person as often as possible.

Shelly and Austin

Shelly and Austin

I have had the privilege of watching Austin play before and it is quite exciting. It is wonderful to see athletes so passionate about their sport. Austin is an incredible athlete and volleyball player!

Austin Matautia

Austin Matautia

A couple weeks ago, Austin was playing in a volleyball match when he got badly injured. Unfortunately, Shelly was not at that game but she was watching online. I can imagine how her heart must have felt to see her son get hurt and realize she was so far away.

Shelly immediatly dialed someone who was at the game and within minutes she was on the phone with one of the coaches and then with Austin. I’m glad she got to talk to him before he was taken to the hospital.

The diagnosis was not good. Austin had dislocated his ankle, tore ligaments in his foot and broke his fibula!

My heart just sank to hear this news about Austin. Especially since I knew he was one of 12 young players selected to play on the USA Mens World University team this summer in Italy.

Austin’s surgery went well and I’m happy to say he is on the road to recovery!

I know when unexpected situations like this happen they can bring discouragement, so I wanted to create a card to lift Austin’s Spirit and to let him know so many were thinking of him and praying for him.

Here is the card I made for Austin.

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

I used Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight Card Stock, to match the UCLA team colors. I used my Basket Weave dynamic textured impressions embossing folder to create a texture that resembled a net. The Family and Friends stamp set allowed me to custom design a volleyball player image. The only problem was, Austin is 6’4! and the image from this set didn’t represent his size!

Martha, one of Austin’s aunties was here when I was making this card and she commented on how the shoes on the image could work as knee pads. What a great suggestion and it worked! I just stamped and fussy cut another set of legs and attached them to the original image. I did the same thing to the arms as well.

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

Friends and Family Volleyball Card

You can see in this close up photo how I extended the arms and legs! I also used a little bit of Sparkle Glimmer Paper to create a cast on the left leg, the leg that I thought Austin had injured. Found out later that it was actually the right leg that he hurt!! Oops!

What do you think? Do you see the resemblance?

Austin Matautia

Austin Matautia

Well, I think Austin is way cuter than the card!

Would you join me in praying for Austin as he continues to recover from this injury. He is a strong and resilliant young man and I pray that his spirit will continue to be lifted by the support he has from so many who love him. Let’s believe together for a complete and full recovery so that he can be back on the court doing what he loves so much very soon!

Get well soon #23! Sending you lots of love and long distance healing hugs!

Hello, Dear Friend

Meet my happy friend, Missy. She is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from New York and the head of the Glad Heart Stampers group! Missy is such a positive, happy person! Missy is one of those people who brighten a room when they enter it.

This very sweet and happy friend recently celebrated her birthday.

Missy at Brick Canvas in Utah

Missy at Brick Canvas in Utah

Last summer, Missy and I shared a fun adventure in Utah together. We have been friends for many years but the quality time we shared together during this trip allowed us to get to know one another even better.

Cindy and Missy at Brick Canvas

Cindy and Missy at Brick Canvas

After finishing our work with Stampin’ Up!, we spent time hiking in a couple beautiful places.

Hiking with Missy

Hiking with Missy

One of the highlights of our time together was a day spent with Donna Griffith. We visited her beautiful home, saw her stamp studio, and then headed to her cabin for an afternoon of fun and adventure.

Adventures at the Cabin

Adventures at the Cabin

Donna and her husband Jeff are such a lovely couple and were truly amazing hosts. We had such a wonderful time with them both.

Donna and Jeff

Donna and Jeff

While at the cabin we saw so many beautiful creatures like moose, rabbits and deer.

Deer

Deer

I also spotted several squirrels. Missy thought it was funny that I was excited to see a squirrel! I explained to her that we don’t have squirrels in Hawaii. Missy told me that at her home there are tons of squirrels and they make a big mess! Needless to say, she is not as big of a fan of these furry creatures as I am.

A couple months ago, Missy mailed me a package and inside was this cute squirrel dish towel. Now, I could see a squirrel anytime I went into my kitchen!!!

I used Missy’s thoughtful gift to inspire the birthday card I created for her.

Card and Dish Towel

Card and Dish Towel

Missy’s Card was created with the set Fable Friends. I used Real Red Card Stock as the base of the card since it matched the red on the squirrels scarf.

Life Is Grand Birthday Card

Life Is Grand Birthday Card


I absolutely love the sentiment on this card! It comes from the stamp set Life Is Grand. I used a Gold Faceted Gem to place in the center of the daisy flower. It added a little bit of texture and sparkle to Missy’s card.

I used other images from the Life is Grand stamp set on the inside of the card. There was also a pocket in this card where there was room to place a gift card.

Life Is Grand Card (inside)

Life Is Grand Card (inside)

After receiving her card, Missy texted me and said, “Happiness is a smiling squirrel and a delightful birthday card!” I’m glad receiving this card made my happy friend even happier!!

Prize Patrol (Hey, Love)

At this years stamp camp we did our prize patrol a little different. I asked each of my team members to create a prize with an image from the fun Hey, Love stamp set. By doing this, our guests got to see 5 different projects created with this adorable set.

Today, I am going to share our Prize Patrol projects, as well as some highlights from our stamp camp.

At this camp we offered two camp kits. A regular one, and a deluxe one. This was our first time offering something like this. Most of our guests took advantage of the deluxe offer. We weren’t sure if this would affect our check in process, but everything went so smoothly. Zeny assisted me at the check in table, Berd was standing by to pass out the basic kits and after everyone got settled, those who ordered deluxe kits, went to see Norine and Jodi (pictured in the back)

Welcome To Stamp Camp

Welcome To Stamp Camp

When everyone checked in they choose a name tag. Each name tag was adorned with an image from the Hey, Love stamp set. We used all of the images in the set, except the Alligator.

Our first prize patrol was given to anyone who had the bird image on their name tag. Of course Berd, was the designer of this prize patrol. I say that because the little bird is super cute, just like Berd is. Oh and yes, there is also the reason that it is one of the smallest images and Berd is not a big fan of coloring, Lol.

Berd’s Prize Patrol and Name Tag

Berd’s Prize Patrol and Name Tag

Berd explained how these were made without any adhesive. She made them in a variety of “In Colors”, they were all super cute!

Berd’s Prize Patrol

Berd’s Prize Patrol

These tiny triangle boxes were a hit and the perfect start for our first prize patrol.

Berd’s Triangle Boxes

Berd’s Triangle Boxes

Norine’s prize patrol was next!

Norine’s prize patrol at Stamp Camp

Norine’s prize patrol at Stamp Camp

Norine made this Stinkin’ Sweet Hand Sanitizer holder using the skunk image. I love the colors she chose, it matched perfectly with the hand sanitizer.

Norine’s Prize Patrol

Norine’s Prize Patrol

Isn’t this stinkin’ sweet?

Stinkin’ Sweet Hand Sanitizer Holder

Stinkin’ Sweet Hand Sanitizer Holder

Next up was a prize from Zeny. Zeny chose this little Gopher image and created a fancy box with a candy treat inside.

Zeny’s Prize Patrol

Zeny’s Prize Patrol

This little Gopher looks hungry! I bet he wishes he could eat the delicious treat Zeny put inside her box. Zeny loves snacks, especially chocolate! When she gives you a treat, her eyes light up as she describes it to you!

Zeny and her treats!

Zeny and her treats!

I can hear her now… “oooh, look what’s in my cute little box…. CHOCOLATE, yum, you want some???”


Jodi created a box with a treat inside too! Jodi, who is the Critter Queen, chose the cute little Otter image. Jodi came up with this cute saying and added a printed banner that read, “you otter be drinking hot chocolate”.

Jodi’s Otter Hot Chocolate Box

Jodi’s Otter Hot Chocolate Box

Inside Jodi’s cute box was all the fixings for a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Jodi with her prize patrol

Jodi with her prize patrol

My prize patrol was last. I had the Ape image. I did a different kind of a treat. I used one of our sweet cups to make a shave ice. Of course I forgot to take a close up photo of it. So here is a picture of the back of the project…. It’s still cute, don’t you think?

Bath Time Shave Ice

Bath Time Shave Ice

This Sweet Cup was filled with a bath scrubbie and topped with a bath bomb. I stamped an image from the set Beach Happy on a circle that I mounted to the back the Sweet Cup.

The front of the cup had the ape image. Below are some photos of the winners! If you get out a magnifying glass you can see the little ape image on the front of the cup!!!

Shave Ice Prize Patrol Winners

Shave Ice Prize Patrol Winners

It makes us happy when people are excited to win the prizes we made! Just look at Martha’s smile!

Happy Campers

Happy Campers

We also each made 5 grand door prize baskets. We wait until the end of camp to draw names and see who will win these special prizes filled with Stampin’ Up! products..

Betty wins a prize

Betty wins a prize

It is always fun to see the excitement on the faces of the lucky winners.

Terry wins a prize

Terry wins a prize

Since it was a candy themed event we surprised everyone and handed them a small wrapped chocolate bar. We then let everyone know that inside one of the bars was a tiny golden ticket. Everyone opened them at the same time and Berna was the lucky winner.

Berna is our golden girl

Berna is our golden girl

She was so excited to win this golden prize filled with Stampin’ Up! gold products that she immediately began to sing the Bruno Mars 24 Karat song! We are so happy she won, her musical celebration made our day!

Stamp Camp was really great. We so look forward to spending this day together.

The food at this camp was a delicious bento.

Pam is ready to eat

Pam is ready to eat

Pam is a major foodie so knowing she was happy, made us feel great!

It is amazing to gather together for some inspiration, creativity and fun. I love to see the joy on peoples faces when they greet one another. I love to see how everyone is so supportive and helpful to one another as they create together!

As I walked the room to check on everyone, I saw the joy on Cheryl’s face as she passed her phone around the table to introduce everyone to her first grandchild, who was born that morning.

Cheryl has good news!

Cheryl has good news!

I love how when we gather it is about so much more than just stamping.

Stampin’ Up’s statement of the heart summarizes it best, it says,

Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart

Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart

I hope that those who came to camp felt inspired, encouraged, supported and most of all loved.

Thank you for letting me share with you today. I hope you enjoyed these projects and the people who created them who mean so much to me!

With lots of love and aloha,

Cindy