On Stage 2017

During this season, we take time to give thanks and count our blessings.  This year I certainly have much to be thankful for.

As you may know, 2017 was a challenging year for me.  So, when I attended On Stage, I did not expect to receive any recognition or awards because I had taken some time off during my treatment for breast cancer.  

Imagine my surprise when Top Demonstrator Recognition was being announced and my name was called!!!   I found out that I ranked number 35 in the United States and number 74 in the world.  Since there are almost 50,000.00 demonstrators globally, I realize that this is truly something incredible.  What an honor!

On Stage 2017 Global 100 Recognition

On Stage 2017 Global 100 Recognition

During my treatment, there were so many people who helped to keep my business running.  I am so grateful to everyone who encouraged me, prayed for me, helped me, placed orders and supported me.  I wouldn't be receiving this honor without such kindness and loving support.  

It wasn't just the special recognition that made this On Stage special, there were so many fun and memorable moments.  Here are some of the highlights.

We stayed at our favorite hotel, the Marriott at City Creek.  Here is the view from our room of the beautiful City Creek Shopping Center.

City Creek

City Creek

When it was time for the general session to begin we could always count on  Martha to be in line early to scope out the best seats.  Can you spot her waving to me in this picture?

The excitement begins

The excitement begins

It is always fun to gather with my Stamped With Aloha ohana.  Once again this year our team uniform came from Manuhealii.  We always get so many compliments on their beautiful designs.  People especially love how we all choose the style of top or dress that we like best.

Stamped With Aloha at On Stage

Stamped With Aloha at On Stage

It was nice to run into our demonstrator friend Brenda who had also shopped at Manuhealii when she was vacationing in Hawaii a couple months ago.  Looks like she liked this same pattern too, but chose a different color.

Brenda and Cindy at On Stage

Brenda and Cindy at On Stage

The main stage presentations and classes were all incredible from start to finish. 

Sara at On Stage 

Sara at On Stage 

The prize patrol was great too.  I won this gorgeous new stamp set called Beautiful Day.  Here is one of the samples that was on display.  It shows how awesome this stamp set looks when colored in with our new Stampin' Blends.  

Beautiful Day - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful Day - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I loved seeing all the smiles of demonstrators who received special recognition as they marched across the stage.

Special Recognition

Special Recognition

What a happy moment it is, especially when you see friends you know and love being honored for all their hard work and dedication.

Lynsay and Sara

Lynsay and Sara

On one of the evenings we had an advisory board reunion.  It was so much fun to catch up with these special sisters.

Advisory Board Reunion

Advisory Board Reunion

These lovely ladies are such talented swappers.

Advisory Board Reunion Swap

Advisory Board Reunion Swap

 Swapping with this group is always one of the highlights of our get togethers!

Swapping with Georgia

Swapping with Georgia

 I really enjoy the sharing, love and encouragement that happens when we spend time together.

Advisory Board Reunion 2017

Advisory Board Reunion 2017

On Stage had many sweet moments, like spending time with Zeny who was especially thankful to find ice cream since it is her favorite treat!  If she could eat ice cream with every meal, she would.

Zeny at On Stage

Zeny at On Stage

One of my favorite moments at On Stage was when I witnessed a lady we didn't know, give her reading glasses to Kathy simply because she overheard Kathy say she forgot her glasses and couldn't see. 

Kathy and Cyndi

Kathy and Cyndi

It's moments like these that remind me how fortunate I am to be a part of the Stampin' Up! family where I get to witness firsthand the kindness, generosity and caring hearts of my sister demonstrators.

Kathy and Cyndi

Kathy and Cyndi

I'm glad I was able to record this special moment shared between Kathy and Cyndi.

There were many smiles and happy faces especially when greeting friends who we haven't seen in awhile such as my sweet friend Missy pictured below.

 

Missy and Cindy at On Stage

Missy and Cindy at On Stage

There was also a HUGE amount of excitement over our newest tool, the Stamparatus.  Have you heard about it?  It is an innovative Stamp Positioning tool that will change the way you stamp!  Here's a video where you can learn all about it.

If you would like to order one of these tools they are currently only available by making a reservation.  You can reserve one by logging into my online store December 5th, 2017 at 2pm (MT).  Please know that this tool is extremely popular so if you aren't able to get one on the 5th there will be another opportunity on January 15th, 2018 at 2pm (MT).  If you need more information please email me privately and I'll be happy to assist you.

Well, I hope you enjoyed hearing a little about my adventures in Utah.  On Stage was a fabulous event and I feel so blessed that I was able to attend and share such a special time with so many amazing people! I really,really, really do have A LOT to be thankful for and one of those things is YOU.  Thanks for taking the time to read this and allowing me to share my adventures with you.

With love and a grateful heart, 

Cindy

 

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!