This past weekend was our Stamped With Aloha Stamping In Paradise Event where we created all of these fabulous projects in the comfort of an air conditioned venue located in lush Manoa Valley at Paradise Park. In my next post I'll show a close up and share a little bit about these camp projects but for today I just wanted to share about the amazing day we all spent Stamping in Paradise together.
The day started bright and early. It was a beautiful day. I got dressed in my brand new Stamped With Aloha t-shirt that would be making its debut appearance at the event. The shirt says, "Be A Pineapple" on the front. Why exactly should you be a pineapple you might ask? Well, you'll have to read the back of the shirt to answer that question.
The back of the shirt says: "Stand Tall, Wear a Crown and Be Sweet on the Inside". I love this saying and couldn't wait to debut these shirts at our event.
The team arrived early at the event as there was a lot of setting up to do.
We got all the tables can chairs set up and covered them with table cloths and supplies.
This was a ton of work but in addition to our team we had these two amazing guys helping us!
Pam prepared the refreshments for this camp and as usual went over the top with cuteness and creativity!
The team gathered to say a blessing over the event and then we opened the door in this new venue for our very first camp experience.
Then we opened the doors to the happy campers who were waiting outside.
Everyone came in and got settled and got right to work.
At this camp we did our first ever Swap and Drop. This style of swapping is kind of like trick or treating. This style gave everyone who attended the opportunity to get everyone's swap and meet them face to face as they did it. It required an early swap deadline and commitment to bring an exact number of swaps and it worked beautifully.
I was so thrilled how everyone came prepared with the right number of cards and the holiday creations they made were super cute too as you can see from the cards Berd has below.
We got such rave reviews on this style of swapping that many of my downline asked if we could swap like this at our monthly Inspiration Night... so its in the works to see if we can make this a permanent change for all our events. I'm so happy it was so well received.
We also altered the way we did door prizes and we held a prize patrol instead. Everyone who attended won a hand stamped item that each of us had designed to highlight a specific catalog item.
Jodi shared about three of our amazing Holiday kits and her prize was three separate samples from each of those featured kits.
Eve was one of the lucky recipients of Jodi's Prize Patrol.
Zeny loves to make boxes so naturally her Prize Patrol was this cute self closing box and it included some extra DSP too!
Lynn was the lucky winner of Norine's Washi Tape Prize Patrol. This one included Washi Tape Cards and Washi Tape.
We also created Prize Baskets. We all came up with different themes for our prize baskets that were valued at a minimum of $50 each. The team did a fabulous job coming up with creative baskets.
This was the one I made, a Pineapple themed basket of course. I have always wanted to make one of those candy pineapples so I took one of the extra apple cider bottles, made a crown out of green card stock and hot glued candy on the bottle to resemble a pineapple. This basket also included the Pineapple stamp, Crushed Curry and Old Olive card stock and ink as well as various shades of green, yellow and gold ribbon.
Bonnie was the winner of this fun prize basket and she was so happy because the Pineapple stamp was on her wish list.
Shanda also went home with a basket Norine had created that had a texture impressions machine and lots of embossing folders so she could texture card stock to her hearts content!
We had some surprise entertainment from this musician who plays for the guests at the Treetops restaurant upstairs. He wandered in to see what we were up to and in addition to quietly singing some Hawaiian songs he also sang Silent Night when he noticed we were working on Christmas projects. It was a sweet suprise.
This was our first time in this venue and we hope to return again. We learned a great deal how we would make adjustments to make the next one even better.
We got great feedback from all who attended. I don't think I ever had so many hugs on the way out from happy campers who wanted to show their appreciation. I received some great emails and text messages after the event as well with several thanking us for all the hard work and telling us they can't wait till the next one.
So many shared about how much they loved Pam's treats. They appreciated all the little creative ways Pam displayed the food that not only looked pretty but tasted delicious which resulted in several people asking for her recipes.
Pam has a way of making everything special. I love how she took a hole punch and added a tag to each of the plastic drinking cups. What a cheerful addition when serving a fun Holiday punch and so simple too.
Its those little touches that make everyone feel so loved and appreciated.
In addition to all the special treats, Pam served a delicious White Chicken Chili at the event and everyone was begging her for the recipe. So she kindly shared it with me so I could post it here for all of you.
Pam's White Chicken Chili
2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 large onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, diced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 cup Chardonnay (dry and buttery if possible)
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) Great Northern Beans, drained
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) Chickpeas, drained
2 cans (11 ounces) Sweet White Corn, drained
1 can (4.5 ounces) Green Chilies, diced and drained
8 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded plus extra for garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chopped Parsely, for garnish (optional)
Directions: In a large skilled with olive oil, sauté the diced chicken, onions and garlic.
In a 5 quart slow cooker, add the cooked chicken, garlic and onions. Then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Salt and Pepper to taste. Then set the slow cooker to high and cook for 45 minutes to one hour.
I hope that everyone who came enjoyed our first Stamp Camp. We enjoyed it so much we are already working on one for early next year during Saleabration. We hope to have everything set in the next week or two so that we can secure a date to share with all of you.
A special thank you to the amazing team who worked so hard to make this a success and to all of you who attended. Please continue to give us feedback on how we can improve the experience for you because providing you with an opportunity for inspiration, creativity, sharing and fun is at the heart of what we do.
Be sure to check my next post to take a closer look at all of the Stamping In Paradise Projects we created at this fabulous event.
Until then I hope you've enjoyed hearing about and seeing pictures of this special day. I hope that next time we have a Stamp Camp if you weren't able to be there that you will join us at our next event.