>> Sunday, August 14, 2011 – Birthday Bash
After the rousing success of the 2010 parties, we're about to start the fun again! September is the month we celebrate receiving our nonprofit status paperwork in 2009. September 12th to be exact. So we party OWH-style...by making cards! YOU can get involved too! Watch this short vlog to get the scoop:
1. Cardmaking parties nationwide
Set up a party during September and sign it up here - it can be at your home, your church, your local retailer. And one of these lucky parties that signs up during August will win 1,000 envelopes!! Woohoo! (Only in our world is that 'exciting,' eh?) When you sign up, your party will be added to our calendar, and others can find it and contact you about coming, too. What? you didn't know we had this feature on our site? Go see if there's a party near you!
If you do get a local retailer to join in and host a party, be sure to send them this link to a downloadable kit full of lots of goodies for their store - posters, bagstuffers, everything they'll need to promote a great event! You can also request a Skype or Google+ visit from Sandy if you've got a laptop and internet access at your party location!
2. Online fun all month
Here on S&S, we'll either host or link to someone hosting a challenge for our birthday bash that day—with blog candy you could win! Some challenges will be for that day only, so you'll have to keep up with the mojo; others may last a week or even til the end of the month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your challenge idea, blog address, and we'll get it set up.
Virtual Cardmaking party: We'll be hosting an all-weekend virtual party on Sept 10-11-12th (extending into Monday!) again. We'll link on this S&S blog to a new blogger every 2 hours - that means 8 challenges a DAY for Saturday and Sunday, and Monday's a free-for-all catchup! Submit one of YOUR ideas for a challenge for just that weekend to email@example.com. Include your blog address in the email. Our blog team will pick the best challenge ideas, and we'll contact you with more info if your challenge idea is picked. You'll be given a time to post your challenge, and an Inlinkz code so people can join in. (If you hosted one for our 4th of July party, please sit on your hands for this one, thanks!)
And if you remember this post, you'll know we're expecting to spend $13,000 on shipping in September, October, and November. But - if we have 130 cardmaking parties in September, with 10 people at each one, and each person donates $10...we'll cover that bill! We could make a big dent in our goal.
You can also set up a Firstgiving page - and ask your family and friends to help out!
Want to promote it?
Here's a blog badge! Click once to make it larger, then right-click to download. Link it in your blog sidebar to http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/2011/08/birthday-bash-2011.html to direct your blog readers back here for all the fun!
Hope you'll stick with us all month - be inspired and motivated, and have a lot of fun! (Subscribe by email using the link at the right, and all the posts will be sent right to your in box!)