Also up for grabs yesterday were fantastic items in a silent auction. These items are also donated by various vendors, so the amount of money taken in goes right to the foundation. Included in the auctions were things from Ott lighting (a PINK light! how cool - but I didn't try to buy it although I truly want one), about $170 worth of stuff from Martha Stewart Living crafts (I donated some colored pencils to this one), several card making sketch books (I did bid on this one but lost it), hand-made jewelry, digital portrait package (valued over $150), "American Girl" gift basket, and a couple of other things. The was only interested in the Ott light but by the time I thought I might bid, it was already over my limit. So, I decided that I could really use some card sketch ideas so I bid $25 on those. Sadly, it sold for $35 but I had a $25 limit so didn't go over (Skippy - aren't you proud of me for that? LOL!).
K and Company donates a lot of stuff every year that are items from previous years and maybe just some excess they have left over. You can pick up paper 12 pieces for $1.00 (and that includes glitter paper; if it has glitter, I love it). Embellishments are $1.00 each, or less. Stamps are usually $2.00 for the larger ones and cheaper for the smaller one. I got some great button packages (love to use them on my cards) and a few other things, plus 24 pieces of paper specific to things that I have planned. Glitter paper is usually from $.85 each to $2.00 each (if it's double-sided).
I had several projects that I wanted to get done yesterday and I did very well. I made a couple of journals for people I know. The Hello Kitty one is going to one of Keith's friends who will be home on leave next week (she's in the Navy) and the other is going to one of my friends as a surprise gift.
Next, I wanted to make a card for the daughter of one of our on-line friends. You might have read her post here about her daughter being accepted into the Tri Beta sorority. So, I had her email me some images and I set about creating a congratulations card for her. She can't post it on her blog yet because I want it to be a surprise, but I can post it on MY blog for you all to see.
This is a "swivel easel" card that I saw the instructions for on YouTube when I was searching "easel card" instructions. When it is folded flat, it looks like the image is on there upside down. You can't tell on the big image, but it's done like the key. I printed it twice and cut one out very closely to the lines. The other image is left flat on the card stock. Then, I align the pieces and "pop dot" the cut out image over the flat image to give it dimension. The sentiment is stamped along the edge in an unusual spot. I wanted this card to be as unique as the recipient. I think I did it. BTW, the 'spot' on the card is from my camera, not the card.
Next, I had an order from my friend at work for some Easter cards for her to send to her parents and her grandparents. I had a definite theme in mind for those and set about coloring and cutting out my images. I am totally sure that she's going to love them.
The eggs are all cut out individually and also "popped" off the page, as is the sentiment. The bunnies tails are glittery and I traced the sentiment with clear glitter as well.
I also wanted to make a card for me to just have around in case I needed something to send to someone on the fly. I didn't know how this image would look colored so it's a good thing it was for me. Now that it's made, I'm sure I can duplicate it again if someone wanted to buy one. It would make a great sympathy card or even just a "hello" or "'I'm thinking about you" card
I used a clear glitter pen to highlight the flowers and the butterfly's trail. It's really quite cute. The only thing I can't exactly duplicate is the flower button in the corner. That was a special find and I only had one of those.
I also worked on a scrapbook for a special lady who gives so much of herself to others. I felt like I wanted to do something special for her in return. It's only partially finished because I didn't print enough pictures and because of the pictures I did print, I forgot what order some of them went in. So... I will be working on that this week and hope to have it in the mail within the next week or so. Once it's received, I'll post pictures of it.
Last, but certainly not least, I have to share what I won. I said in Part I how I'd been telling the girls at my table that the grand prize was going home with me. Frankly, I'd never heard of Pink Paislee stuff until last week. I had to ask the lady at the scrapbook store just what that company sold. She showed me the items that she carried and I thought they were cute. I didn't buy anything - just looked and admired.
The drawing for the grand prize was at 8:45 and you had to be present to win. About 6:00 or so, I went up to Megan and said, "OK, I've told everyone around me that I'm winning the grand prize. I'm speaking positives into the universe so it's aware. You need to think 'Teresa' 'Teresa' 'Teresa' for the rest of the evening." She laughed and said that would be her new mantra. The time for the drawing comes around and the first name drawn out of the bucket (by someone else) is NOT my name. I just laughed because, well - as much as I joked about the grand prize, it's still just chance and the luck of the draw. The recipient is not in the building; someone said she'd gone home. So, the person doing the drawing goes in for another name. She pulls it out. She reads it. It's MY NAME! My friends just started clapping and hooting for me. Megan (who did not do the drawing) was stunned. She was so excited for me, almost as excited as she would have been if it had been her name. She took pictures of me coming up to get the stuff and pictures of me with the stuff. I'm betting those pictures will be up on Kyrie's blog in the near future.
My friend Michelle took a picture of me with my phone, too. I don't usually post full pictures of myself, but I'll make an exception here in all my (fat) excited self.
This doesn't look like nearly as much stuff as it really is, so I've laid it all out at home for you to see and be amazed. Each "pile" is one theme in the collection.
|Most of the items (minus a photo album)|
I'm in love with the Parisian Anthology theme. It has that Old World, Vintage feel to it. The Old School stuff I can see in a variety of ways. Sweetness... I do know some girls so that's good. The only theme that's not my style is Hocus Pocus so some of that will probably be gifted or traded. I put all of the embellishments in a plastic tub and it' so full, I can't close the lid. The black box in the picture is an alphabet set and it's on top of another alphabet set. The jewels in the Parisian set are beautiful.
All in all, it was a very good day.