Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We have four areas that we need help with:
- You would work at the Charity Wings booth handing out brochures and greeting attendees.
- Help with Make-n-Takes and greet attendees at the Wescott booth guiding .
- Walk the floor with Elena assisting Elena with networking.
- Work four hour shifts moderating the internet room - shifts will also require checking attendees against sign-up lists and insuring they have paid to be there.
IMPORTANT! CHA is a BIG event! Any of the shifts onsite will require a lot of standing and walking. If you have any health issues that my cause you discomfort while performing physical activities, the best way to help is by being a moderator for the online events. All online moderators need to have a good internet connection and capable of being online for the entire four hour shift. (Of course, you can step away quickly to use the restroom, etc.!)
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Amy at email@example.com
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Do you remember the Live at CHA event I talked about in this post?
I just wanted to give you a reminder to give a gentle (or not so gentle) nudge to Santa Claus to put our CHA event in your stocking.
The first 300 registrants will receive an awesome swag bag containing products from our wonderful sponsors!
And who knows, there may be even more sponsors!!! With your paid registration of $48, you will receive a bag of make and takes and other goodies worth over $50!
Plus, you’ll be able to join Elena and Sheila as they talk to leaders in the scrapbook industry, including Unity Stamp Company, Jenni Bowlin, Teresa Collins, The Girls Paperie, Tattered Angels, Bazill, Creative Imaginations, My Minds Eye, Prima, Donna Salazar and more!! You never know who’ll stop by! That alone is worth the registration fee!!!
Manufacturers will also donate items that will then be auctioned on eBay. All proceeds will be donated to Crops of Luv. Crops of Luv organizes crops where participants create memory books for the families of children with life threatening illnesses. You can bid on the new releases and all profits will go to Crops of Luv!
Stay tuned for more announcements over the next few weeks!!!
Click here to register for this exciting event!!!
Monday, December 13, 2010
How would you like to see Elena on the Ellen Degeneres Show? Wouldn’t that be a great bit of publicity for our endeavor. Go to the Ellen Degeneres website here and tell Ellen why you think Elena should be on the show! Simple as that!!!
Wouldn’t it be great to say we new Elena before she got rich and famous?
Well, we do and newly listed are these beautiful purse/tote hooks!!! Wouldn’t these be wonderful to keep your gear withing reach at a crop? Click on the photo if you’re interested.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
- First - locate your charity in their search engine
- Second - Search the web like you normally would
- Third - They'll donate to your specific cause with every search!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Do you have your Christmas shopping done? If your like me, you don’t and you don’t really want to go out to the mall. I live in a city (Boise, Idaho) where the greater area population is close to 400,000 people and we have one mall. Can you believe that? At this time of year you don’t even want to go near there!!!
So, how about we make our trip to the mall a dual purpose. Let’s spread some kindness while we’re shopping. Just before Thanksgiving, the Brave Girls Club issued a Words of Kindness Challenge. What better time to spread truth and kindness than during the holiday season.
Please click on the picture to read all about it but I’ll give you a synopsis.
Print out these messages and pass them out while you are shopping. You won’t believe the responses you get. When I see someone walking down the isle, obviously preoccupied, I’ll hand them one of these beautiful truths. You can see in there eyes that it was just the thing the needed to make there day.
Plus, I love this video of a family spreading words of kindness. Watch it all the way through—that last kid is great!!!
You can do this too!!!
Now, go forth and spread some kindness!!!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Have you ever wondered what Club Royalty is all about. I know I have so, here’s the scoop!
Club Royalty is all about charity, crafting and sharing. Its about using our creative endeavors to tie them all together. It’s a club of Charitable Crafters!
Here is how it works:
Charity. For each 3 month cycle, you are given 3 Charitable Challenges—one each month. The challenges will vary and might be something like:
- Taking blankets to a homeless shelter
- Making handmade cards for the troops overseas
- Taking flowers to a nursing home to cheer up their lobby
Crafting. What better way to remember your charitable deeds than to create something about your experience. You can share photos or journal about your experience and then create something to document your charitable act.
How about creating a scrapbook page, quilt, video, collage, etc. They skies the limit!!!
Sharing. If you would like, you can share your creations with the club. You can upload a photo of your creation to the gallery. The amazing manufacturers, artists and scrapbook stores that support Scrapbook Royalty have donated some amazing prizes to be given away each month! We will randomly choose as many winners as we can!
There will be lots of other perks.
- Special manufacturer discounts just for members.
- Special video tutorials from amazing artists when they share their charitable acts and their creations.
- An online forum on the SBR website just for Club Royalty members to connect, share their stories and encourage each other's volunteer efforts.
- Other special bonuses throughout the year.
To join, just make a $20 donation per 3 month cycle. You can do as much or as little as you want. If all you want to do is donate the $20, that’s okay. We’ll be eternally grateful!
The cost to join is just a small $20 donation per cycle. There is no commitment, there are no requirements. You can do as little or as much as you want. If you just want to donate $20 per cycle we are grateful for that too!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I know I love both of these sets! Wouldn’t these images be perfect for cardmaking or on your scrapbook pages?
So, head right on over here and purchase one or both sets now!!! It all goes to a great cause!
What are you waiting for, go, now!!!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
In my home, one area that is often taken for granted is saluting our troops for keeping us safe. This isn't done intentionally...it's just that there aren't any current family members in the service, so there isn't a constant reminder for the security I take for granted.
However, there are many people on this blog and in my life who help remind people like me. Alex Graywolfe was kind enough to share details with us about a Cards for Troops effort. Check this out!!!
Also, don't forget that Christine posted information on MISSION VALENTINE in a previous blog post to help make another holiday extra special for our troops. Cards must be sent by December 1st.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Well you can, virtually!!!
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we will be streaming live with interviews from your favorite manufacturers--Unity Stamp Company, Jenni Bowlin, Teresa Collins, The Girls Paperie, Tattered Angels, Bazill, Creative Imaginations, My Minds Eye, Prima, Donna Salazar and many many more!!
And get this, new releases are being donated by the manufacturers and put on eBay to benefit Crops of Luv. Crops of Luv organizes crops where participants create memory books for the families of children with life threatening illnesses. You can bid on the new releases and all profits will go to Crops of Luv! Plus, you will be the first on your block to play with all the new designs!!!
On January 29, 30 and 31, 2011, you are invited to join Charity Wings at the “Charity Wings Parlor” on the floor at Winter CHA 2011. (A link will be sent to you upon paid registration.) We will be there each day from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm!
So you ask, what do I get for my $45 registration?
- 3 Days of fun at the virtual “Charity Wings Parlor” at CHA.
- A Swap Bag of Goodies and at least FIVE Makes and Takes from the industries leading designers and manufacturers.
- You’ll be one of the first to see the NEW RELEASES.
- First crack at the fantastic new releases being auctioned on eBay.
- Exclusive interviews with designers and the Charity Wings icons!!!
- Exciting impromptu interviews and sights from the show floor!
Plus, you’ll be getting a signed item from one of the designers at CHA.
Wow, doesn’t that sound fun!!! I know I’ll be sending my registration for sure!!!
It’ll be just like being there!
To register, click here.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Archway and Operation Write Home are partnering to make sure that our service members have plenty of Valentine cards and cookies—sweets for sweets!
So your mission, if you decide to take it, is to make a few Valentine’s Day cards (using the guidelines below) and send them to one of the shippers. If you would like you children to craft along with you, have these put their name on the back and right a little message to the service member. That’s right, there cards will go directly to a war hero.
Valentine’s cards must be sent to your shipper by December 1. Christmas cards are already on their way to our service members so they can send them back home in time for Christmas.
Here are a few guidelines for making cards for the troops. Remember that these cards are for the express purpose of a service member to send to their family at home.
- No glitter. Seriously. It's a hazard for our heroes, so we won't send cards with any glitter that will flake off the card. Read more.
- A2 sized cards. Most efficient for our shipping dollars, so we strongly recommend A2 (4.25" x 5.5" - half a sheet of cardstock). Read more.
- No store bought. Yep, pretty straightforward. Our heroes don't like them, so we send them our cards filled with love and creativity! Read more.
- Watch the deadlines. We have to mail cards 5-6 weeks ahead of a holiday, so check out the deadlines posted on our homepage, on the left side. Those are the very last last last dates, so aim for a couple weeks earlier if at all possible, since we start shipping 8 weeks ahead.
- Any quantity. One card to 100 to 500 — every card matters! We recommend quality over quantity...relax, do your best, and pour lots of love into each card!
- Limit multiples. Some folks like to make a lot of one design. While that's fine, it becomes a big problem in one particular instance: holiday cards. If you want to make a lot of those (over 30), please send them 8 weeks ahead (or more). That allows us to mix them into the most boxes; we often end up with 100 of one design arriving the last week, and if most of those holiday boxes had already been sent in weeks prior, those multiples will have to wait until next year.
- NEW: Do not violate copyright laws. If you use photography or illustrations on your cards, it must be your own, or you must have written permission to use them. We don't want OWH in trouble for copyright violation! This includes repurposing store bought cards or using art from magazines or books as a hero image on your card. Consult angel policies for your stamp manufacturers if you have questions on the usage of their images; this point is about using printed copyrighted images. [read more]
- NEW: Have kids make AnyHero cards. When making cards with children, please have them make AnyHero cards. Most children have the want-to but not the able-to when it comes to making use-able cards that our heroes will want to write home on. There are a few exceptions, and you can get more on that here. [read more]
- NEW: Do not handwrite sentiments. If you don't have a sentiment stamp to go with your card, feel free to let it be a card with no sentiment. Do not handwrite sentiments outside or inside the cards. We've gotten some emails from heroes' spouses indicating a momentary panic when a card from their husband had a woman's handwriting on it - and we want to avoid even a second of angst for these dear spouses! [read more]
You can read more suggestions here.
I hope you decide to participate. Now, I’ll be back later this week with a contest involving cards for our heroes.
Friday, November 12, 2010
You can donate your handmade items, vintage goods or craft supplies to Charity Wings on Etsy.
You don’t have anything to donate, you say? Head on over to the store and do some shopping!!!
All proceeds from Charity Wings on Etsy are split between Charity Wings and a selected worthy cause. Currently, proceeds are being donated to A Place to Bark, a no kill foster and adoption rescue operated by Bernie Berlin, mixed media artist.
Do you see anything you like? Each of these items are currently available for purchase at Charity Wings on Etsy.
To donate items, contact our Head Etsy Fairy, Jennifer Priest at firstname.lastname@example.org. New items are listed on the 5th of every month. I’m going to try to get some things ready!!!
I hope you all have a good weekend!!!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
And so, I have a call out to help me keep the bin full!
- Thank You
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
For seven years, Liz and Sheila participated in a 24 hour scrapping event that turned into a breast cancer fundraiser in its second year. I think we can only imagine the exhaustion that hits after 24 hours of scrapping! Whew....that's amazing, ladies!
Knowing of the exhaustion that this 24 hour event left on the body....why did Liz continue to participate?
And is fundraising difficult for Liz? Not anymore!
She boasts of an almost fool proof method to raise funds that she has perfected over the past decade (that sentence alone is unbelievable!).
And no donation is too small or too large. Giving is giving...and every little bit donated has easily helped her raise $2,000.00 each year.
So after giving back what should amount to almost $20,000 in a decade (yup, you read that right), what project does Liz hope to concentrate on at the 3Day crop?
And based on what I've learned so far.....Liz absolutely deserves a chance to relish in her fun roadtrips and memories.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
During the holiday season, we will be sharing ways that you can share the spirit of the season to help those in need.
First up is an organization that I just heard about, Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is operated by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief an organization that offers emergency relief, community development and vocational programs to impoverished people all over the world.
Operation Christmas Child collects shoe boxes filled with toys and supplies to be sent to children all over the world. Last year they serviced 8 million children in 180 countries. How can I help, you ask?
First, choose boy or girl and an age category. Then pack a shoe box full of gifts including toys, school supplies and personal items such as candy, t-shirts, jewelry, toothbrush, soap, etc. Next, include a check for at $7.00 to cover postage.
After you get your shoebox packed, you can drop it off at one of several drop off locations or you can mail it to Samaritan’s Purse. The drop off locations are open the week of November 15-22. Click here to find the location nearest you! Before to participate, be sure to go to the Operation Christmas Child website for all the details.
Of course, this is just one of many organizations that you can donate to during the holiday season. We will be back with more ideas!!!
If any of you have an organization to suggest, please leave a comment.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I would love for you to meet Helene Barnes.
Helene decided to participate in the 3-Day Crop because she watched a friend’s mother battle breast cancer going from a vibrant, energetic woman to a beaten down lady and back to the beautiful woman she once was. Helene decided to attend this event because she could combine her passion for scrapbooking with raising money for such a worthwhile organization—a win win situation. She doesn’t want to sit back and watch another woman suffer.
Helene has begged, borrowed and almost stolen to raise her money for the 3-Day Crop. I say almost stolen because she works for her local city police. She sent an email to her agencies entire email list asking for donations. She hosted a silent auction at a scrapbook event in Palm Springs where she put together eight baskets containing some fun scrappy supplies that she donated herself. Then to finish up, she went from desk to desk asking for donations!!! What a gal!
She has attended other events hosted by Susan G. Komen and has raised $10,000 to date. WOW! I sit in awe!!!
Some of the ladies have not quite raised their money and we would love if you found it in your heart to donate. Just click here to be taken to the donation screen where you can select which participant that you would like to support! I’m sure Helene would love your donation!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
- Hosted a Bunco night where she gave out prizes donated by local restaurants.
- Sent and RESENT donation letters - Persistence should never be underestimated!
- Helped host a Pat and Oscars fundraiser night with Beth Oliver and distributed fliers all over Temecula for the vent.
- Sold goody bags filled with great scrapbook prizes at the Dessert Scrappers week end retreat
- Garage sales
- Cupcakes sale - 2 of the cupcakes made were rainbow on the inside and, if chosen, resulted in a prize for the cupcake eater :)
- Donated two raffle baskets to another Dessert Scrappers weekend retreat - raised over $100
Saturday, November 6, 2010
So I'm announcing today...
I've literally just sent an email to a few of my friends to discuss what we want to do, when, and what cause we want to focus on.
And please share tips and ideas with me on what worked best for your first event. What would you have liked to have known before the big day?
I'd love to create a future posting of useful tips for others like me who were waiting in the wings for someone else to host an event.
Click here to learn how you can host your own Charity Wings affiliated event.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Where are you going to be in just 4 short weeks? No plans, you say! Well make plans now to attend the Charity Wings Seaside Soiree at Oceanside Harbor, CA.
This is an event to remember! Help us kick off the expansion of Scrapbook Royalty with an amazing 3-Day Retreat filled with art, creativity, charity and good times!
Nestled in majestic Oceanside Harbor, this location is perfect for launching Charity Wings and setting us off on a new adventure! Your 3 day, 2 night journey will start with a beautiful sunset dinner and go from there!
We will be hosting several guest artists for you to be inspired! There will be amazing food, SEVEN awesome classes, charity and camaraderie! We will have an amazing silent auction and raffle including some handmade pieces from industry leaders! The price includes hotel, food and all your classes! You do not want to miss this!
We love the amazing artists that have supported us and we have chosen some very special creative minds to host projects that will introduce you to the different wings we have created and guide you in some fantastic art! You will learn so much!
Guest Artists and SIX amazing classes!! Check out bios and class sample:
- Creative Wings- Michelle Cummings will be teaching us how to make beautiful beaded tiaras!
- Creative Wings- Suzi Blu will be teaching a beautiful mermaid petite doll wall art class complete with coloring, shading and beeswax techniques!
- Scrapbook Royalty- Liz Hicks and Serendipity Studios will be teaching a beautiful mixed media art piece based on using an exclusive kit designed just for Seaside Soiree Participants by Serendipity Studios!
- Lil' Wings Head Fairy- Allyson Evers has something fantastic planned for this wing! Wait till you see!
- Woven Wings- Alisa Burke will be teaching us all about color! We will be creating a canvas then cutting it up to make a beautiful wallet or clutch!
- Club Royalty Head Fairy- Lauren and Miss Vicky will lead you in making a stunning seaside frame with beautiful shells and vintage collage art.
Your $475 registration fee entitles you to AN ALL INCLUSIVE EVENT:
- 3 days and 2 nights accommodation in a 2 bedroom 2 bath suite with a full kitchen, living room and 3 amazing slumber party mates!
- 6 projects and classes from leading artists and designers sponsored by wonderful manufacturers!
- 6 amazing feedings and drinks, and snacks!
- Special handmade goodies to greet you
- Amazing stocked tool kit filled with the special things you will need for creating the weekend away!
- Fairy Fly Byes
- Games & Prizes
- Silent Auction
- And so many special touches you wont want to miss! Remember we are Royalty!
Now, you say that that’s just a little too much for your Holiday season budget? You could win a place at Seaside Soiree. The raffle tickets are just $5.00 each or five, yes I said 5 tickets for just $20.00. Wouldn’t that be great!!! The drawing will take place on November 15 so you need head right on over here to buy some tickets!!!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
- Christmas card writing campaign to friends and family
- Pizza night at “Killer Pizza from Mars”
- Bunco for Boobs
- “Drive 4 the Cure” Golf Tournament