Gifts Galore

One of my love languages is gift giving.  I love to give things to others that makes them smile and know that they were thought of.  Perhaps that is why giving away prizes at our Stamp Camps is always a highlight for me.

One of the fun things we do at Stamp Camp is create hand stamped prizes.  Each of the members of my fabulous event team creates a hand made item to be a part of our prize patrol.   Today's post will feature the 5 prize patrol items created by my fabulous team as well as some of our grand prize winners!  

The first prize was made by Berdina. This lovely hard cover blank journal is so pretty.

Penned and Painted Journal - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Penned and Painted Journal - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I saw this book I loved the stamping but didn't recognize the images.  Berd explained that it is from the set called Penned and Painted on page 143 of our Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 catalog.  The reason I didn't recognize it is that Berd didn't use the outline image which when you use it gives it an entirely different look.   This is one of Berd's favorite stamp sets and now we are both sad it is retiring this year.

Berd and her prize patrol

Berd and her prize patrol

I love Berd's simple style.  This journaling book is not only beautiful but also very useful and would make a great gift.

Norine created a tiny gift and note card set.  The little note cards were tucked inside this adorable bag.  Norine explained that this idea came from a larger bag her friend Iris had given her and she wanted to try and make it smaller to hold a gift card and a note card.

Norine and her prize patrol

Norine and her prize patrol

The two of them worked together and created this adorable tiny tote pictured below.  I think it came out absolutely adorable, don't you?

Succulent Gift card Bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Gift card Bag - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny's gift was next, she was inspired by a video tutorial she saw by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Kelly Acheson.  Kelly had created this amazing die cut box and Zeny is passionate about creating boxes so she couldn't wait to give Kelly's box a try.  Zeny shared a bit about how she made the box and showed how she created it in different colors.

Zeny shares about her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny shares about her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is a close up of the box she made in Mint Macaroon.   Isn't it nice?  Would you like to try and make this?  Well Kelly Acheson has an amazing video you can watch by clicking here.  Then you can create one of your own.  Thank you Kelly, for your inspiration!

Zeny's Die Cut Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny's Die Cut Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi's project was this cute note pad holder with a critter on it.  Jodi is our Critter Queen and basically everything she makes is simply adorable, just like Jodi.

Jodi and her prize patrol

Jodi and her prize patrol

Jodi used the stamp set Playful Pals, which is one of her favorite sets that is also on the retired list.

Jodi's playful pals folder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi's playful pals folder - www.stampedwithaloha.com

If you would like to learn how to recreate this project you can go to Jodi's blog "The Stamping Owl" by clicking here.  I was happy to learn that some of you have already been duplicating Jodi's project since coming to stamp camp!

Jodi's Playful Pals folder (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi's Playful Pals folder (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For my prize patrol I created a tea box that was designed by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Rina Meushaw.  I copied Rina's template exactly because I thought it was so perfect,   I love Tazo Tea's and thought the winners of this prize would enjoy them too.  

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I incorporated the Watercolor Wings stamp set as well as the Succulent Garden Designer Paper that was featured on all of our stamp camp projects.  The green circle and word "hello" came from a brand new stamp set called Eastern Beauty that is an early release stamp set from our brand new Stampin' Up! catalog that will be out June 1st.

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Tea Box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This project was made by using our envelope punch board and it was really quick and easy.  I know I will be making more of these adorable tea boxes in the future.  

I spoke with Rina and she was happy that we were inspired by her project.  Rina has an excellent You Tube video tutorial explaining how she created this box.  If you'd like to see it you can click here and she will give you complete instructions on how to recreate this adorable project.  Thank you Rina for your inspiration!

Cindy gives out her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy gives out her prize patrol - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was thrilled that the recipients of our prize patrol prizes were all very happy with what they received.

Another giveaway that happens at the end of our event is our Grand Prize baskets.  Each of the demonstrators on my event team create a themed basket full of Stampin' Up! products.  It is fun to see what everyone comes up with.

 This year my prize basket contained many of the items from our Succulent Garden Suite and I even included a real succulent plant with the prize.

Grand Prize Basket Winners - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Grand Prize Basket Winners - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It is always so exciting to call out the names of the winners and celebrate with them at the end of our camp.

As I focus on gifts today, one of those that was evident at our event was the gift of love and friendship. I was so blessed to work with this amazing team.  I can't thank them enough for all the hard work they did at this event.

SWA Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

SWA Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

They give so much not to get credit or glory for themselves but really with hearts that genuinely care about the people attending wanting them to have a good time.  

I so appreciate the effort they gave in assisting Pam set up her table as she had injured her wrist earlier that week.  They helped her role these adorable cones to hold a delicious snack mix Pam had made.

Succulent Snack Cones - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Succulent Snack Cones - www.stampedwithaloha.com

They helped her stuff Green Tea Kit Kat bars in these adorable flower pot favors she created.  

Pam's Succulent Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam's Succulent Favors - www.stampedwithaloha.com

And they also helped her set up all the wonderful touches that were done with a heart to bless our guests and make them feel special.  Isn't Pam's butterfly plant decoration adorable.  

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Here is a close up picture of it.

Pam's Perfect Day decor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam's Perfect Day decor - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I think the sentiment on this adorable plant pick perfectly expresses our wish that everyone who came would experience a perfect day.

As our guests left I felt overwhelmed with all the hugs and compliments that were shared.  It made me feel so happy that everyone truly did have a wonderful experience at Stamp Camp.

It was also a gift to see how our guests bonded as they spent time together.  I am glad that new friendships were formed and old friendship were strengthened. 

As Wanda and Olivia left Wanda thanked Olivia for all the help she gave that day.  Normally Wanda would take a lot longer to complete her projects but with Olivia sitting by her guiding her, she was able to finish her projects in record time.

Wanda and Olivia at stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Wanda and Olivia at stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 It made me so happy to see so many people working together enjoying creativity and having fun.

From the moment we prayed over these seats asking for God's blessing over this event  until the moment we packed everything up and cleaned up the room, I was grateful for the gift of having this special time together.

Stamped With Aloha Spring Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Spring Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A special thanks to all of you who attended this event.  We felt so happy to know you had a wonderful day.  We look forward to having another stamp camp in the future but until then we will look back upon this experience and what a gift it was to have you there.  Thanks to all of you who also joined the fun just by following my posts and letting me know how much you enjoyed seeing and learning about these Spring stamp camp projects.

Since this post was about gifts, I want to end it by reminding you of something.   I hope each of you will  know that from the moment you opened your eyes this morning you were given a precious gift, the gift of life!  God has blessed you with a new day to experience His amazing love for you.  My prayer for you is that you would come to an understanding of how much you are loved and then go out and spread that love with others.  Whether it is in sharing words of encouragement, giving a hug or blessing someone with a hand stamped creation know that you can truly make a difference in this world, one stamp at a time!

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Stamping In Paradise

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.

Stamp Camp Projects October 2016 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Camp Projects October 2016 - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (front) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (front) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Be A Pineapple T-shirt (back) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The team arrived early at the event as there was a lot of setting up to do.

Berd at our Holiday Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Berd at our Holiday Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We got all the tables can chairs set up and covered them with table cloths and supplies.

Setting Up Our Holiday Stamp Camp  - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Setting Up Our Holiday Stamp Camp  - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This was a ton of work but in addition to our team we had these two amazing guys helping us!

Wray and Derek help set up the Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Wray and Derek help set up the Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pam prepared the refreshments for this camp and as usual went over the top with cuteness and creativity!

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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.

Stamped With Aloha Stamp Camp Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamped With Aloha Stamp Camp Event Team - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Then we opened the doors to the happy campers who were waiting outside.

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone came in and got settled and got right to work.  

Stamping In Paradise - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping In Paradise - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

Berd swapping at our stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Berd swapping at our stamp camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

Stamp Camp Swap and Drop - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Camp Swap and Drop - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

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Eve was one of the lucky recipients of Jodi's Prize Patrol.

Eve and her prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Eve and her prize - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny loves to make boxes so naturally her Prize Patrol was this cute self closing box and it included some extra DSP too!

Zeny shares her prize patrol box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Zeny shares her prize patrol box - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lynn was the lucky winner of Norine's Washi Tape Prize Patrol.  This one included Washi Tape Cards and Washi Tape.

Lynn at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lynn at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

Cindy's Pineapple Prize Basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Pineapple Prize Basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bonnie was the winner of this fun prize basket and she was so happy because the Pineapple stamp was on her wish list.

Bonnie wins the pineapple basket at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bonnie wins the pineapple basket at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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!  

Shanda's prize basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Shanda's prize basket - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

A Sweet Surprise Serenade - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A Sweet Surprise Serenade - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

Christmas Cheer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Christmas Cheer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 Its those little touches that make everyone feel so loved and appreciated.

Cindy and Pam at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy and Pam at Stamp Camp - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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

Ingredients:

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.  

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happy Stamp Campers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

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.

 

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