Let's Get Together and Giggle

I was thrilled when I got the word that Cheryl Hamilton would be flying in from Maui to attend my Spring Stamp Camp. I asked Cheryl if she’d like to stay the weekend at my home and she said, YES!!!

I knew for sure that we’d have fun. Just like we did in Orlando a few months ago when we got to be Disney Princesses at our downline gathering. I was Cinderella and enjoyed running around in my glass slippers all night. The fairest of us all was Kim who was Snow White.

Cinderella and Snow White

Cinderella and Snow White

Linda (as you can see below) was having so much fun as Belle that she was tempted to wear her wig the next day! And then there is crazy Cheryl, who was Ariel. Looks like she’s pretty upset cause she wishes she had legs instead of a mermaid tail! If you would have seen it, I think you’d say her mermaid tail was quite impressive!!!

Belle and Ariel

Belle and Ariel

As you can see, we always have a blast together!

Cheryl is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Maui. We are not in the same family tree as demonstrators, but that doesn’t matter. Over the years I’ve found that most demonstrators are such kind people, non competitive and always willing to share inspiration with one another. That’s one of the things I love about being a part of this wonderful company.

It was fun to have Cheryl over! We spent lots of time in my stamp studio and she helped me put the finishing touches on some party favors I was making for my Stampin’ Bunco. What a blessing that was!

Cheryl Hamilton

Cheryl Hamilton

Even though it was a busy weekend for us both, we still managed to run over to Macy’s to shop for a bit. What started as a planned power shopping trip, quickly turned into a fashion show! You see, as we looked at some of the clothes for sale, we started to talk about looking at how they could inspire cards we would make in the future. We decided, “let’s have a fashion challenge”..

We started by picking out clothes for each other to try on and I’m not quite sure how it happened, but within a few minutes were were in the dressing room with a bunch of matching outfits.

CC Fashion Challenge

CC Fashion Challenge

I am a shopper, so shopping is always fun for me.. But it was even better with Cheryl by my side. We laughed so loudly I’m surprised one of the store associates didn’t knock on the door to see what we were doing in there! We chose some colorful tops that we thought we’d never buy. but after trying them on, we decided that we liked many of them.

CC Fashion Challenge

CC Fashion Challenge

As we left the mall, we decided that our challenge would be to make a card out of one of the tops we tried on that day.

A few days later I received this card in the mail from Cheryl.

CC Fashion Challenge Card By Cheryl

CC Fashion Challenge Card By Cheryl


Since this card had such intricate pleats and was red, pink and white, I knew exactly what top she fashioned her card after. Here it is:

Cheryl and Cindy #ccfashionchallenge

Cheryl and Cindy #ccfashionchallenge

I love Cheryl’s card. It was fun to receive it, especially because it came with a yummy bag of homemade granola. Cheryl also included a note with some really sweet and kind words.

Here is the card I mailed to Cheryl.

Fashion Challenge Card

Fashion Challenge Card

This is totally unlike a card I would make. However, I was inspired by the pleated sleeves on the blouse. At first I thought the sleeves were funny looking and I wasn’t a huge fan of the colors. After trying it on however, I really liked it. I didn’t buy it that day but I think I may go back and see if it’s still there. Who knows, maybe by now it would be on sale! Wouldn’t that be great!!!

I haven’t started working on cards to match the other things we tried on, but I have lots of photos from that day to inspire me.

I love, love, love finding inspiration in fashion. I know this will be the first of many challenges you will see here on my blog.

The sentiment on this card is from the Saleabration Set called, Part of My Story! It’s a set that Stampin’ Up! created after receiving suggestions of fun phrases from demonstrators. I choose this sentiment, “let’s get together and giggle” because when I am with Cheryl, that’s usually what happens. It’s certainly what happened in the dressing room that day.

Fashion Challenge #1

Fashion Challenge #1

So there you have it, Cindy and Cheryl’s Fashion Challenge Card #1 is complete.

As Cheryl’s card says, I’m so glad we are friends! Friends who can giggle together while finding inspiration and creativity not just in our stamp studios, but also at the mall.

Frosted Floral Birthday

I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was a new demonstrator about to start my second workshop. I had all my supplies spread out on a tiny table top where I was about to begin my stamping demonstration. There were only a couple people there, but I didn’t mind, because I was a little nervous.

Suddenly, the front door burst open and in walks this beautiful gal with a big smile, big hair and an even bigger personality. The hostess introduced her to me, “This is my friend Laura”, she says. Laura plops down in the chair and looks right at me and says with a smile, “you’re gonna have to forgive me if I fall asleep during your presentation lady, you see I’ve worked all night and I’m tired and the only reason I’m here is cause I told my friend I’d be here to support her”. She then folder her arms and leaned way back in the chair and it seemed she was about to drift off into a deep sleep.

I took a deep breath and began the workshop. I pulled out the set Button Bear and was about half way through the first card when I noticed Laura’s eyes getting a little wider. The more I demoed, the more awake she became. Laura who I now know is a very artistic and creative person, was discovering stamping for the first time and it was a beautiful sight to behold. Forget the nap she was planning to take. Laura became “alive” and was excited to start creating with stamps, ink and paper. Laura got to work creating a Button Bear birthday card and had a lot of fun doing so.

By the end of the class Laura was still so excited that she booked a workshop and then shortly after her own workshop she signed up to be my second recruit. Of course if you ask her, she’ll be sure to tell you she’s my number one, but that is a whole different story!!!

Now almost 19 years later Laura is still a part of my team. In fact recently she sent me a photo of her stamp room and on her desk was this photo that brought back such fun memories. It’s a photo of Laura, Berd (my third recruit) and I. As you can see Berd has beautiful hair too and when I’m with these two I suffer from major “hair” envy!

Berd, Cindy and Laura

Berd, Cindy and Laura

I had no idea that being a part of Stampin’ Up! would lead to me making so many lasting friendships. I am so thankful that after 19 years, Laura and Berd are STILL with me as a members of my group, Stamped With Aloha and we have made many wonderful memories together.

Laura just celebrated a big birthday, she turned 50. Here is the card I made for her using the First Frost Stamp Set.

Frosted Floral Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Frosted Floral Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card displays two pieces of the gorgeous Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. This shimmery paper is so beautiful. I can’t get enough of it. I cut a circle with my Stitched Shapes Framelet to act as the focal point where I would stamp the word “Happy Birthday” and add some additional flowers, leaves and branches. I added three jewel rhinestones to the center of two of the flowers to add shimmer.

Frosted Floral Birthday Card (inside)

Frosted Floral Birthday Card (inside)

On the inside of the card I created a “pop-up” section that featured the same Stitched Shape Circle but this time it had the number “50” on it that I had die cut from the Large Number Framelits.

Although I couldn’t be with Laura on her special day I am happy that next week I will be reunited with her at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Convention in Orlando. I already know that my cheeks will hurt from smiling when I am around her and I’ll probably get a stomach ache from laughing because she is one funny gal. I just love her to pieces and I cherish the friendship that has grown as we’ve enjoyed inspiration, creativity and sharing these past 19 years.

I am grateful that Stampin’ Up! not only has amazing products such as those found in this Frosted Floral suite, but in addition to the fabulous products, I am thankful for the amazing people who have become a part of my life because of my connection with this amazing company.

One of those special ones is Laura!! I would have never thought that gal who wanted to take a nap would become one of my closest friends, I am truly blessed.

Happy 50th Birthday Fulana! May you continue to be the bright light that you are. I love you!