Happy Dance

The weekend is here and I am so glad it is. I am grateful that I have done really well physically, spiritually and emotionally this week despite the high’s and low’s I’ve encountered as I continue to deal with a mystery illness..

A low point of this week was during a consultation with an oncologist. While meeting with him, I became aware that I have all the symptoms of Hodgkins Lymphoma. It’s not that I’ve been diagnosed with that, but it was clear that it was one of the things they are looking for.

As for high points, there were several. First, I contacted a local environmental company to come and test the air at our home. This was to eliminate the possibility that I had been poisoned with mold. The testing costs between $600 to $1,000. Although the cost was high we knew we needed to do the service. When I called to schedule the service, the owner told me that they would be coming out the next day and that they would be doing the work at no cost. I was stunned. I don’t usually cry a lot, but upon hearing this news, I burst into tears of joy and I probably cried for 30 minutes straight. When I asked him why they were doing this for me, he said, “It’s good to do some good every once in a while, its why we started this business”. Their act of kindness not only blessed me but it inspired me. The testing was done the next day and everything came out clear. No mold.

Another high point was when I went over my most recent CT Scan with my doctor. My lungs looked SO much better. Of course the assumption is that this improvement is due to the medication I am taking. However, I am believing with all my heart that these results are because of the answered prayers of so many who have been praying for me. I know that includes many of your reading this right now,. If that’s you, I just want to say, Thank You SO Much!!!! I am so grateful for you.

This week I downloaded this awesome Bible Memory Ap and have have been working on memorizing the book of James, chapter one. Here is the first few verses of that passage:

Consider it PURE JOY, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials or many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and compete, not lacking anything. James 1:1-4

As I read this I am reminded that we all will face trials in life. This doesn’t say “IF” you face a trial but it says “WHENEVER” you face trial(s) with an “S” which means you will likely face more than one during your lifetime!!! These trials will be challenging but we can look at them as opportunities to grow our faith and develop perseverance. I know for me there are areas of my walk with Christ that I have been praying for to be strengthened. I am thankful that this situation is providing an opportunity for me to grow more into who God has created me to be.

So, today I am standing on God’s promises and claiming victory over this illness. So many of you have prayed and believed for my healing, I think it’s about time I stop focusing on my symptoms and instead focus on the fact that I know God is my healer and there is nothing too difficult for him. Knowing this, comforts me and fills me with hope and a great deal of peace.

I know that some of you reading this are going through challenges right now. There have been many of you who have written me privately or pulled me to the side at a meeting or class to share your story. My heart goes out to you as my situation pales in comparison to many of the struggles you are facing today. Please know that I am praying for you and that I hope that no matter how difficult your circumstances are, you will remember that God is near and desires to help you!

Here is one of my favorite Bible promises to encourage you:

Fear not, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Speaking of help and strength, one of the persons who has really blessed me this week is my downline and friend Jodi Hashimoto. She along with several others from the Stamped With Aloha family have stepped in to run our monthly Inspiration Nights in my place. I was so thankful that a few days ago I was able to attend our Inspiration Night. Jodi did a great job designing adorable projects as she always does!!! I’ll share those projects in a future post but for today, I want to show you a card that she designed for one of her recent classes.

Now I must warn you, before you scroll down to see it, you might want to clear some space around you because it is so stinkin’ cute, it may cause you to jump up and start doing a happy dance!!!

Are you ready…….

Got your dancing shoes on…….

You better stretch a little……

Wait for it…….

Ok……

Here……

It……

Is…….

This Little Piggy Card

This Little Piggy Card

Jodi created this adorable card with the sets, This Little Piggy and Tropical Chic. She hand cut the grass skirt with a piece of Old Olive Card Stock and Paper Snips. I love how Jodi took one of our Frosted Flower Embellishments and colored it to match the card with a Stampin’ Blends Marker.

If you want to see all the cute critter cards Jodi designed for her “on the farm” class, you can click this link to go to her blog: The Stamping Owl.

When a new catalog comes out, I am always looking for ways to add a little Hawaiian flair to my creations. So I used Jodi’s card my inspiration and I got out my new Dino Days stamp set and created this.

Happy Hula Dinosaur

Happy Hula Dinosaur

This little dinosaur is so adorable. There are other dinosaurs to choose from, but this is my favorite and I think the sentiment is so perfect! The coordinating Dinosaur Designer Series Paper is so amazing too. I can’t wait to play around with this set and make more fun creations.

Here is another way I laid out the same card idea.

Dino Days - Hula Dinosaur

Dino Days - Hula Dinosaur

The hula skirt was created with the Dino Dies that are a part of the Dinosaur Suite. All I had to do was to snip a little of each end of the Old Olive Card stock to create a fun mini hula skirt for this adorable dinosaur.

As you can see I also followed Jodi’s idea of coloring the Frosted Floral Embellishments in with a Stampin’ Blends Marker.

Dino Day’s Hula Dinosaur Cards

Dino Day’s Hula Dinosaur Cards

I chose a Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends Marker, to color in the Frosted Flower Embellishment so that the flower would match the little speckles in the Dinosaur Designer Series Paper.

Well, I’m off to yet another doctors appointment!!! I better take a moment to catch my breath from all that dancing!

As I go, I will continue to walk in faith and victory believing that He who began a good work in me, will be faithful to complete it.

With Faith, Hope and Love,

Cindy

Follow Your Art

Last month a small group of my Stamped With Aloha team attended Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage event in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is a trip I normally would have been on. It was hard not to go because Stampin’ Up! events are the best. Plus, I love to travel, especially when it gives me the opportunity to visit with my Stampin’ Up! friends.

When it was time for registration, I just felt as if I shouldn’t go this year. You see, my Dad has not been in the best health and I wanted to stay close in case he or my Mom needed me.

The decision not to go was hard but it turned out to be a very wise choice. You see while everyone was at On Stage, I began to not feel well physically. I wasn’t sure what was wrong, I just knew I was having some respiratory issues that were causing me to feel fatigued. It’s a long story, one that I plan to tell you more about in a future post. But for now, let me continue to tell you about On Stage.

One of the perks you get when you attend On Stage, is to see the new catalog first. You also get to see new products and have the opportunity to order some of them before anyone else. Since I wasn’t there, I didn’t get to enjoy these special perks this time.

Well, one of my sweet stampin’ sisters and friends who went to On Stage decided to send me a very special surprise. She ordered some new products and gifted them to me. Imagine my surprise when this box arrived and inside was products from our fabulous new Follow Your Art Suite! This special gift of aloha really lifted my spirits and brightened my day. My friend, had no idea that I wasn’t feeling well, so this gift was sent simply as a gift of love and aloha and for that I was truly grateful.

It took me a few days before I had the strength to stamp but this special gift motivated me to get into my studio and work on a Thank You card. Here is the card I created for my friend.

Follow Your Art Card

Follow Your Art Card

This Follow Your Art Suite is so fun. The stamp set “It Starts With Art” has super cute images and sentiments for the craft lovers at heart. The Designer Paper is bright and colorful and covered with adorable images.

This sentiment says, “You paint my world with happiness”. Happiness is certainly what I felt when I opened up this special gift. It was such an amazing and fun surprise and so timely too. I am thankful that my friend took the time to put together something that really lifted my spirits at a time when I really needed it.

The next time God puts someone on your heart it might just be a good time to do as my friend did. It doesn’t have to be by sending a special gift! Just respond by making a phone call, giving a hug, speaking words of encouragement, sending a card, etc. Just follow your “art” and let others know you were thinking of them and by doing so, they will know you care.

With Gratitude and Much Aloha,

Cindy



Bunny Boxes

This week I hosted a Bunny Bunco Event. It was so much fun!!! I love all the love and laughter that fills my home when everyone comes over to play bunco and see some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products. This month I featured our cute Mini Pizza Boxes. I showed how you can use them to quickly create some punch art bunny boxes for your Easter treats.

Bunny Pizza Boxes

Bunny Pizza Boxes

Would you like to know how to create this box?

Bunny Pizza Box

Bunny Pizza Box

The first thing you need to do is create the ears. Take 2 pieces of Thick Whisper White Card Stock and cut them at 1 1/2 x 5 1/2. Use the Detailed Trio Punch to round the top two corners. On the bottom of the ear, use a scoring tool to score at 1”. Put some adhesive below the one inch score line and glue the ears to the inside of the Mini Pizza Box. The inside of the ears measure 1 1/4 x 4 1/4. Round the top two corners and attach them to the Whisper White ears. For the whiskers, I took a 5 1/2 inch piece of Basic Gray card stock and cut tiny strips with a paper cutter. I then attached them to the middle of the box with a couple of Mini Glue Dots. The nose was made with a 3/4 inch circle punch and the eyes were made with the 1/2 inch circle punch. I used one of my favorite retired bow punches for the bow but you could certainly use an actual ribbon of any color, if you don’t have this punch.

Mini Pizza Box Bunny

Mini Pizza Box Bunny

I used the Pretty Label punch to create a tail for the back of the box. I stamped it with a sentiment from the adorable Fable Friends stamp set.

Fill these with paper shreds and the candy of your choice.

They make great favors and look super cute with their long ears and whiskers.

Mini Pizza Box Bunnies

Mini Pizza Box Bunnies

It was fun making these bunnies and I loved the expressions of all my guests when they saw them on display.

Speaking of expressions, I love Renee’s expression below. Bunny Bunco was a blast as you can see!!!

Renee at Bunco

Renee at Bunco

I mean who wouldn’t smile if you get stuck at a table surrounded by 3 LORI’s!! (Lori A, Lori I and Lori V)

Bunco Fun with 3 Lori’s

Bunco Fun with 3 Lori’s

I love it when my house is filled with so much love and aloha!

Bunny Bunco

Bunny Bunco

I got lots of positive comments from this group about these favors and hope you will enjoy them as much as they did. They are quick to make and sure to brighten the day of whomever you create them for.

Stamped Blessings,

Cindy

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