Friday, February 15, 2008

Hush Heart Success!

Would you believe we sold out of the extra hearts we'd made at home during the first lunch period yesterday and had to rush to make more?

By the time it was all over, we'd made 720+ of the hearts. We were amazed how the kids took to the challenge. Sometimes it's hard to get them to buy into something "new," but once they saw the prize baskets, the 7th graders were on board, and once they found out 7th graders were winning, the 8th graders jumped in to take over!

The 7th grade boy who won the Hush Heart King prize had over 50 hearts he'd managed to earn by making the girls who had bought them talk. The girl who won the Quiet Queen prize had over 120 hearts.

We definitely plan to do this fund raiser again next year and to start more than three weeks ahead of time to make sure we have enough hearts made to last the week!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

One of the groups I sponsor at school has been involved in several Valentine's Day fund raisers. We've made white chocolate pretzels to sell and started a new Hush Heart tradition.

When we were brainstorming ways to raise the money to get our teams to competition in March, one of the other sponsors told us about a Hush Heart fund raiser they did at her high school.

The group made decorated hearts to sell the week of Valentine's. Girls buy the hearts, and on Valentine's Day, if they talk to a boy, they have to give him one of their hearts.

At the end of the day, the boy with the most hearts is crowned the Hush Heart King and wins a prize. We also decided to reward the girl who keeps the most hearts and crown her the Quiet Queen at the end of the day.

I donated the SU! Real Red cardstock, basic black ink, white craft ink, and SU! stamps needed to create the hearts. We originally made 425 of them, but we ran out today and had to crank out several hundred more. I love the way they turned out and wanted to share the idea in case anyone else needed a fun fund raiser for Valentine's Day in the future.

We sold them for fifty cents each and left the backs of the hearts blank so that the girls could write messages on them.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

How I Named My Blog

Naming my blog was much harder than I thought it would be! Many of my ideas were already taken (great minds think a like!), so I decided to focus on how stamping makes me feel.

When I'm in the zone stamping, it's like being in a daze. Everything around me ceases to exist, and my sole focus becomes whatever project I'm working on. Time zooms by, and when I'm finished, I'm often surprised to realize just how many hours have passed.

Some days, the television plays a rerun of LAW AND ORDER, CSI, or whatever like-minded show is available. Other times, I'm perfectly content to work in silence as the ideas flow from my mind onto the page.

I look forward to sharing my future projects with you as you join me in my scrappy daze.