Smitten Celebration

The past two weeks have been filled with so much excitement and adventure.  I am not quite sure where to begin.  When I wrote last I was in Utah at the On Stage Convention which was an amazing event.  That trip was followed by a girls getaway to one of my favorite cities, New York.  I have lots of things to share about both of these adventures but for today, let me start at the beginning with my team kick off party in Salt Lake City.

Every time I attend a large Stampin' Up! event, I host a themed Kick off party for my downline.  This year I partnered with my two friends Kim and Linda and we all invited our downline to share a special "breakfast" party with a Mitten theme.   Our Warm and Fuzzy celebration featured the stamp set SMITTEN and we asked each guest to come wearing their favorite scarf.

 Kim, Cindy and Linda at our Smitten Party - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kim, Cindy and Linda at our Smitten Party - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This year there were 5 of us from my Stamped With Aloha team who gathered together in Salt Lake.  Some of these ladies live in the mainland so it is always a blessing to have this special time with them.

 Stamped With Aloha Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Sisters - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In this photo you can see a mitten banner I made as a centerpiece for the party.  This banner was created with the Smitten stamp set and coordinating framelits.  The mittens are double sided so when this was hung in the middle of our table, it looked beautiful from both sides.

 Smitten Party - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Smitten Party - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kim, Linda and I all took part in creating projects for our team party.  Linda made these adorable Smitten bag tags that were personalized on the back with each persons name.

 Linda and Kathys tags 

Linda and Kathys tags 

The cute Santa tag pictured below Linda's was a surprise blessing from Kathy.  

 Kathy's Surprise Gift

Kathy's Surprise Gift

It was very thoughtful of Kathy to bless everyone with an unexpected gift.  These tags were given to several people Kathy had never met before but when we gather as demonstrators its always an opportunity to meet people who will become lifelong friends.  

 Kim's Cocoa Favor

Kim's Cocoa Favor

Kim made these adorable hot cocoa jars.  They were created with mini mason jars that had been filled with hot chocolate and mini marshmallows.  I love these tiny red mittens that coordinated with the red and white mittens that were at each persons place setting.  

At the start of the party, we played an ice breaker game that gave us all an opportunity to get to know each other a little more.

 Mary shares at our party

Mary shares at our party

We also played the game Left, Right, Center with snowflakes. Our prize was an oven mitt that was filled with Stampin' Up! product.

 Left, Right, Center

Left, Right, Center

It was exciting to see Sharon win as she was a first time On Stage attendee!

 Sharon Wins a prize

Sharon Wins a prize

We surprised everyone at the party by having Zeny share a special hula.

 Zeny dances hula at the party

Zeny dances hula at the party

It's not everyday that you have a real hula girl with over 30 years experience in your midst!  We were all blessed as she shared her beautiful gift of dance.

One of the highlights of our party was our themed swap.  Here is the card I made, which is also a part of my Stamp A Stack class this month.

 Smitten Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Smitten Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This simple card shows two beautiful embossing folders, the snowflake is from our new Winter Wonder Textured Impressions folder and the red sweater impression is from our Cable Knit 3D Dynamic Impressions folder.  It's hard to tell from the photo but there is a silver foil circle behind the red starburst circle.  The white snowflake was also impressed on glossy card stock so it created added shine to this warm and fuzzy greeting card.

 Smitten Party Swap and Favor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Smitten Party Swap and Favor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I created a mini clear treat box to match my swap to give as a gift to my downline.  Each year I give them a charm to commemorate the event.  At this years gathering they received a mitten charm.

I hope when they wear it they will remember the Warm and Fuzzy Celebration we shared together and that it will bring a smile to their face.

 Warm and Fuzzy Celebration

Warm and Fuzzy Celebration

Just thinking about this event and the friends who were a part of it, makes me smile today.   I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to be a part of such an amazing company where I have the opportunity to be surrounded by such loving people who so freely share their gifts of inspiration and creativity.

 Kim and Gretchen at our Smitten Party - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Kim and Gretchen at our Smitten Party - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Plans are already in the works for our 30th anniversary party in Orlando next November.   I look forward to another fun celebration with my amazing stamping sisters who have become lifelong friends!