Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Crafters in Washington do it again

In June, crafters from across Washington State convened in the hometown of OWH Headquarters—Federal Way! Yes, in Sandy's little town, at her church, a room was reserved with plenty of space for creating!

Planning started a few months beforehand as a whisper, and when a calendar date was set, emails went out. Attendees were asked to provide a card kit: enough to make 10-20, and they could be any theme, and some could be Christmas! It might have been June, but it's always great to get a jump on things. It was also to be a potluck lunch, since the room was reserved from 8-3, so folks signed up to bring something to eat.

Nametags were provided by one attendee, and the OWH scrapbook was on display for everyone to enjoy. The recent magazine articles were also present for the appropriate ooh-ing and aah-ing! Paper Zone generously gave discount coupons to everyone who participated in the cardmaking event....we're so grateful for their support! And look, one person even brought treats to share with Ciara in that little doggie treat holder! (Click the photo to enlarge.)

The day began with a little chaos in Sandy's life (ha), but quickly righted itself as Esther rescued her and the stampers began to arrive. Room setup had placemats at each spot to protect the church's tables, and 3-5 kits were set out on each table with the supplies and sample cards for each. Did you catch that? 3-5 kits per table meant most everyone had brought multiple kits—the group had its work cut out for the day!

The folks who came approached the cardmaking in a variety of ways: some went from table to table, making one or two of each card there. Others sat at one table, and brought the materials from each table to "their" spot, and made a couple of each. Still others picked a kit and worked their way through them all!

Each person also brought their recent stash with them, saving on shipping them to Sandy...boxes piled up in one corner of the room, and organizing them was one of Sandy's tasks for the day. And while everyone made cards, Esther decided to get a taste of a shipper's life and dove into tucking cards into envelopes; what a great help! She was amazed at how long it took to work through all the boxes. "Tucking envelopes helped me appreciate all the work the shippers have to do before cards are ready to be packed. I was glad to be able to help out. I wish more cardmakers would take advantage of the low-priced envelopes available on the web. Then their cards could go right from their box to the shipper's box for overseas."

And one cardmaker brought her dear husband with her—and he sat and stamped hundreds and hundreds of cards! Sandy had saved up boxes of cards needing stamped, knowing help was on the way, so they were organized and ready for his stamping arm. Bless Jim's heart for diving in and being such an amazing help! (Did you catch what's on his t-shirt? Thank you for your service, Jim!!)

The cardmaking frenzy went on all day...with a buzz of chatter accompanying the worker bees! The group took a lunchtime break together, gaining sustenance for the rest of the afternoon with lasagnas, salads, chips, veggies, fruit, beverages, and of course plenty of chocolate for dessert! Everyone had a great time getting to know each other all day, and lunch was no exception.

The work resumed, with a bit more intensity as the end of the day neared. Everyone had a goal of finishing all the kits, but our goal was just a little beyond our sights: so many kits had arrived, that we never did complete them all! However, several folks took home kits, including Laura from the Paper Zone — she has the staff at their store assemble cards during downtime, so they finished up the 175 that she took with her. Others took home kits as well, and they're arriving over time. Some prizes were donated for the day, and names were drawn out of a hat to award some goodies!

The total for the day went something like this...
553 made at the party
478 more stamped and tucked in envelopes by Jim and Esther
1125 brought to the party
 = 2156 ready to pack for our heroes! 
That doesn't include the kits taken home to finish up! Wow! This slideshow has photos of the 553 cards from kits made this day as they were being sorted and counted - they've of course been stamped on the backs and tucked into envelopes :)

And now, everyone's excited about getting another event going. Vancouver has a date in August, and the more northern crowd may get a date in September or October—can't wait to see what gets made at those events!
Cardmakers Shirley H, Sandy A, and Teresa D


jamfiescreations1 said...

This is so wonderful. I am a card maker and live in Washington State. I did not know about this team. Is there any way you could let me know how to get a hold of these ladies, I would love to join them. Here is my email address:

Thank you, Mary O

helloholley said...

WOW,WOW,WOW!!! congratulations!!!! Looks like you had alot of fun as well as got alot of cards done!!! Amazing!!!Great job everyone!!!! ;)

Marci said...

I had a great time. Mary, I'm excited to see you at the next WA event.

Paula S. said...

It looks like everyone had a great time. Fantastic work to all you Washington card makers (and helpers) who participated.

Unknown said...

Wow! What fun that would be.