Happiness Is Stampin' Up!

On Saturday, I hosted a special breakfast at my home for some of my newest downline members.  This was a special incentive based gathering for all of my newest recruits as well as anyone in my downline who had recruited 2 during our recent Saleabration special.   Everyone who was in attendance enjoyed breakfast, a game, a gift from me and a free class.

In my next post, I will share with you the four projects we made at this gathering.  However  today,  I just want to share a little bit about the event as well as highlight the cute gift tin everyone received.

Before everyone arrived I set my dining room table and placed a gift tin on each person's plate.

Happiness Is Stampin' Up! Card Tin

Happiness Is Stampin' Up! Card Tin

I stamped the front of this tin with a "Happiness is Stampin' Up!" stamp I had received at an event many years ago. 

Happiness is Stampin' Up! Tin

Happiness is Stampin' Up! Tin

 I used Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper on the front of the tin because this was the featured product on the projects we made that morning.

 It was fun to surprise everyone with this cute card tin that was waiting for them at their seat when they arrived.

For breakfast I served an egg casserole, portuguese sausage, fruit and some amazing homemade scones that my friend Cindy had baked the night before.

Homemade scones

Homemade scones

As we ate together, I had everyone share a little bit about themselves.  

When Patty shared she said that she has been working on trying to make better food choices and Stampin' Up! has been great for her health.  Patty went on to explain that when she passes the kitchen late at night rather than grab a snack, she grabs her Stampin' Supplies and sits at the kitchen table to work.  Patty made us all laugh when she said she declares, "CARDS NOT CARBS".  Who knew that stamping could be a great way to lose weight!

After breakfast we played a quick round of "Left, Right, Center" with small pieces of Naturally Eclectic Designer Paper as the items that got passed around the table during the game.  

Playing left, right, center

Playing left, right, center

The winner of the game was Erin, who not only won all the Designer Series Paper but also received a card kit and ink pad.

Erin wins a prize!

Erin wins a prize!

I love how being a part of Stampin' Up! brings people together.   I love the excitement that is shared when stampers gather and share creativity.    

After spending the morning with these ladies I felt so blessed.  I decided that I am going to host another event like this again in the very near future.

Stamped With Aloha Ohana

Stamped With Aloha Ohana

I feel so grateful for the many wonderful people who have become a part of my life since I joined Stampin' Up!  almost 20 years ago!

I am also grateful to these who attended this incentive event and the blessing it was to get to know each of them a little better.

Happiness Is Stampin' Up! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happiness Is Stampin' Up! - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I hope that each time one of these ladies opens up their card tin they will remember our special gathering and the Happiness that was shared when we gathered together.  

Happiness truly is Stampin' Up!

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