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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Happy Tuesday!  Hope you're all having a wonderful week.  This weekend (Sunday) was our 2nd Annual Crop for the Cure.  This was a Cricut crop fundraiser event, which raised money for "Team Monique" for the Race for the Cure to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Btw, don't forget to leave a comment on today's post for a chance at this week's blog candy.  As promised, I'll be giving away a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind 2 page layout in your choice of theme.  What theme would you pick?

Team sign made by Steph Culton using vinyl as a stencil and then painting.

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What it's all about.

The Crop for the Cure event was a HUGE success - I really could not have been more thrilled with how it turned out, and I want to thank a few people who helped out these last few days to make it come together: my hubby and the rest of the fam including Becca, Wendy, Stephanie Culton, Jennifer Jackson, Marsha Toms, Judie Lawrence, Courtney Lee, Rita Poteat, Gina Cross, Sharlene Melhaff for her generous donation of about 20 prizes, and so many others who helped throughout the day (sorry if I left anyone off - eeek!).

Scrappy time with friends!

Ronda and Lucy

Denise and Sandra

And would you like to know the TOTAL (rough) amount that this event with 54 scrappers raised for this amazing cause?  Drumroll, please................  $3400!!!!  Can you believe that?  Wow!!!!  We raised about $1400 from sign-up fees, $1100 from the silent auction, and $900 from the raffle.  And HUGE thank you to Provo Craft for sponsoring this event, and for so generously donating the raffle prizes - a new Expression 2 Anniversary Edition (WOW!!!), a Cake Machine, and some Cricut.com gift cards.  Thanks, Provo Craft - you are the best!!  The silent auction was a hit as well, with donations from several reputable companies, designers, bloggers and individuals, including Tim Holtz, Robyn - My Pink Stamper, Cricut Magazine, Oh My Crafts, Emma - My Creative Time, Sarah Pink Cricut, Expressions Vinyl, Craig Evans Photography, SC Photography, Echo Park Paper Co, Okieladybug, Scrappy Mom Stamps, Lisa Kirk, Paula Wells, Clare Dempsey of Scrapin Covers, Abby Grimaldi, Lisa Kirk, Martie Janway, Sharlene Melhaff, Alice Narlock, and possibly a few others I may have missed.

The Tim Holtz item.  :swoon: 

Autographed and everything!

We had four 6 foot tables FULL of silent auction items!!

This gorgeous E cover and scrap bag was sure a hit!

The crop was from 11am-11pm, and was located at my neighborhood Ranch House, which is just a beautiful location.  It always feels like a little resort getaway there.  54 ladies showed up (it sold out in ONE day!), and everyone seemed to have a blast.  A few friends even surprised me with little birthday gifts - how sweet is that?  And Wendy made everybody sing to me - how embarrassing!  My bday isn't until the 4th, so that was a fun pre-birthday surprise.  We had several door prizes donated by me and a few others, including Sharlene Melhaff who seriously brought at least 20 prizes with her.  Pizza dinner was brought in by Papa John's Pizza, who gave us a great deal, and my mom sprung for a couple of cakes.

Does it look like they're getting anything done?  I think they did!

No shortage of snacks.  Everyone chipped in and brought stuff.

Rachel Loesch made these delicious cake pops.  Yummo!

We did make a few little simple favors for the event.  We didn't have much time to make things, but Wendy and I made 60 little pillow boxes with hot pink Bo Bunny cardstock.  The pillow box was cut from the Easter mini cart, and I used DS to hide the contour line of the bunny that normally cuts into the box.  We were able to get 4 boxes out of 1 piece of paper.  Mom used the Pink Journey cart to cut out pink ribbons at 2", and then she and Lucy put candy in the boxes and tied a ribbon around each one so they wouldn't pop open (the glue wasn't quite holding).  Expressions Vinyl donated a few sheets of pink vinyl in addition to the silent auction item, so I used those sheets to make 70 pink ribbon decals in various sizes from 3 1/2" to 6".  Everyone who attended was able to pick what size they wanted.

Favor boxes with candy.

Pink Ribbon decals for everyone.

Rita Poteat lends a helping hand at the registration table.


I didn't bring any of my scrap stuff with me because I know I don't get anything done when I'm running a crop like this.  It's more fun for me to just float around and visit with people.  We even had a couple of our recent guest designers there - Courtney Lee and Lezlye Lauterbach, who did such a great job this past Friday.  They were fun to hang out with!  Overall, I'd say it was a smooth event, great location, happy scrappers, and a truck load of fun.  Oh, would you like to know who managed to get some of those big ticket items?  Ok, Janet Rhodes was the successful bidder on the Tim Holtz hand-crafted and autographed item, Janet also won the raffle for the Cake Machine, and Gina Cross won the raffle for the E2 (talk about exciting!).

Gina wins the E2, and about went through the roof with excitement.  Judie got the first celebration hug.

Gina is a total sweetheart, and is beyond thrilled to win.

Janet jumps for joy when she hears her name called for the Cake Machine.

And I'm the lucky one to get the celebration hug this time.

Lezlye seems to have a mat issue.  You might wanna get that checked out by a Cricutologist.

Wendy and Courtney Lee - my sweet friends!

Thank you again to all of our sponsors, and especially to you wonderful ladies who attended and made it such a success.  I appreciate you all from the bottom of my heart, and can't wait to do this again.  Our 5k walk is coming up this Saturday morning, and I am pumped!!  You can still donate to the team by clicking HERE.  Do you think it's too late to get in shape for it?

90 comments:

Aman said...

It looks like you had a great time! I'm so glad the scrappers raised so much money for a great cause.

amanbains1 at gmail dot com

Adele said...

Amazing result Monique :)
People can be so generous when called upon for a GREAT cause ;)
Hugs
Adele

Kim said...

It looks like you all had an awesome time! You seem to have fun no matter where you go! What a wonderful cause and wonderful people who attended.

Melissa said...

Looks like so much fun was had by all and wowzers....great total Monique! I am just so grateful that you are doing better and that we are lucky enough to be able to celebrate another birthday with you tomorrow! Hugs my friend!!!!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wow, you ladies had a super fun time for a wonderful cause. Great total and Happy Birthday! TFS

circlebenterprises.blogspot.com

Clare D. said...

Monique, So glad you had a great time and raised so much $! Thank you so much for featuring my items in the blog pictures with a link to my shop! I was happy to help!

kim said...

I wished I could have been there it looks like ya'll had a wonderful time. Congrats on such a great turn out. You are an awesome lady and I look forward to the great things you will do in the future. Thanks for sharing.

Kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

gshrader said...

Sounds like it was a great time! Great job on raising so much money for a great cause!! Congrats on a great crop!

cgreer said...

looks like you guys had a great time...wish i lived closer!!!!

Maple Hill Memories said...

Congratulations on your successful crop! Looks like you all had a blast!

Andrea Ludtke

Ami said...

Wow. We are having a Crop for the Cure here where I live but, I seriously doubt that it will be sponsored by ProvoCraft unfortunately since that would be really awesome. Glad you guys raised so much money and hope the one here raises a lot too.

Charlotte said...

Looks like everyone had a great time. Sorry I missed it but this time work came first. Can't wait until next time.
xoxxo Char

Scrappin Melissa said...

looks like everyone had a great time!
melissaseme at yahoo dot com

DIANA L. said...

Wow It sure looks like you all had a great time and a lot of fun. Better still was the funding that you raise for the cause. Great job!!

Carrie K said...

Looks like alot of fun! Wish I could have been there!!

RachelTate said...

Congratulations on such a huge success

Evelyn said...

Looks like a great time! Glad it was a success. Thanks for a chance to win one of your great layouts. I would pick a wedding theme.

MAM said...

I totally enjoyed my first BIG crop and all for such a great cause!!! Everything was wonderful ... thanks to all who worked very hard at getting the day put together!!!

Court said...

It was SUCH a fun time! I had a blast and was SO happy to help for a great cause and fabulous person! LOVE you honey!

Trudi said...

I wish I lived within an easy drive, I would have loved to participate. You all seemed to have so much fun.
Thanks for sharing all the excitement with us.
etfamily at wynndel dot ca

-mandy said...

Wow! That looked like so much fun! I wish I lived closer so I can come support. Great Job! Happy Birthday tomorrow!
-Mandy
hull.mandy@yahoo.com

Nati Tristan said...

How blessed everyone is for having such wonderful fundraisers! I have a friends that do the Ovarian Cancer funding and have dedicated this year to me since I was diagnosed with it! May God bless you all for this wonderful thing you do!

sleigh said...

Wonderful time for a wonderful cause, what could be better!!! You guys did a great job and all the best on Saturday for your "walk"... Thanks for sharing this with us :))

Dee said...

Wow, wow, wow. The energy in that room is coming right out of the pictures and across the internet. Sure wish I lived closer.

JenJackScrap said...

That was such a SUPER, DUPER FUNTABULOUS day! Everyone had a BLAST! Monique knows how to do an AMAZING event. I am SO excited about the $$ raised for the amazing cause of finding a cure for the monsterous Breast Cancer! Yaaaayyyy! Looking forward to the walk on Saturday.

4kids4 said...

Looks like a great time for a WONDERFUL cause!! Congrats to you!

~Sharon C.

Faye's Crafti Corner said...

I wish that I could have been there. Maybe next year!!! Crop for the Cure is awesome. God Bless you for all you do

alwayscharlie said...

It looks as if your event was a super hit. I'm so glad so many people came out for Team Monique!

Amanda said...

It looks like you all had tons of fun!!! Congrats on all of the money raised!

Amanda (als1048@gmail.com)

Riley's Custom Creations said...

Congratulations on such a successful event! Looks like a great time was had by all!

IRW Dana said...

It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Wish I lived closer to I could join in on the fun. Love the "Cricutologist" joke!:)) Praying for you and Team Monique.
papermemories4u @ yahoo .com

jan farnworth said...

looks like you had fun and that you raised a lot of money for a great cause. i would go with a boy theme probably centered around outdoors, imagination.

JP said...

Wow - looks like everyone had a great time, for a great cause. Monique, I always enjoy your new designs and layouts. I would choose a layout for Mother's Day with Kate's ABCs.

katieb'screativeendeavors said...

Wish I lived close to you-it looks like a fun time was had by all-Susan G Komen foundation is close to our hearts where I work-I have two coworkers in different stages of their breast cancer journeys and 1 of the ladies lost here 31 yr old daughter just after thanksgiving last year to stage 4 breast cancer.
I always love your work Monique you are sooooo
talented. Happy birthday
kateb

Angela said...

I really enjoyed the Crop for the Cure and so did my dd Tawni (especially her nap!). It's always so refreshing to join in with so many happy, creative and generous people.

Beverly said...

Congratulations on a phenomenal fundraising event! I enjoyed reading the report and seeing the pictures! Looks like everyone had a great time!

Faith Abigail Designs said...

Looks like everyone had a wonderful time! I've yet to attend a crop but I would love to participate in something like this one day!

Kristie Maynard said...

Sounds like a wonderful event. What a wonderful turn out and a great total for your fundraiser!

blueskygirl said...

That is awesome that the crop for the cure was so successful!! It looked like so much fun- wish I was in CA. Love the cute E cover too!

Heidi said...

Thats amazing! It looks like you all had so much fun.

Heidi

CathyinMN said...

It's great to hear such a wonderful report on your crop for the cure. It sounds like it was well attended and a lot of fun and a great success at raising funds! Congrats!

DebC said...

Monique! What a great event. I'm so happy it went so well and everything looked so beautiful. The favor boxes and all the pink ribbons was a great addition. Wow you had great sponsors and generous ones! I'm very happy for you and that you used a hairbrush again!
Hugs,
Deb Crowder
dsc105@live.com

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

Looks like it was so much fun! great $ raised for a great cause and hanging out and cropping with your sisters! What's better than that!!! TFS The pictures, made us feel like we were all their :-)
-Sam :-)

Julia said...

Wow!! Looks like a wonderful weekend! Wish I could have been there.

juliayoder@hotmail.com

kristyscraps said...

That was super fun, Monique! I am so glad to have been a part of it! Good luck this weekend!!
kristyscraps@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

Pam said...

It looks like an awesome event!! Congratulations on the $$$$ raised!!

Lenise Brown said...

Wow! I'm so impressed by all of the money you raised for such an important cause. It looks like you ladies had a ball! One day I hope the title of this crop is..celebrating the cure! Great job!

Lenise

okieladybug or okie_ladybug said...

YAY FOR TEAM MONIQUE!! Sounds like it was an absolute success!

Kathleen said...

I will be with you in spirit, Monique, and the rest of Team Monique as you Walk For The Cure. My son and I will be in Disney for Festival Disney and the competition is Saturday at the Hollywood Studios Theme Theater. I am sure to take lots of pics to choose from to use on that fabulous two-page custom theme layout that I won from your blog candy awhile back!! He and I are so excited. Glad you made so much money at the Crop For The Cure - wish I lived closer so I could attend. It looked like so much fun too - great prizes. It is officially May 4th here on the East Coast, so I am wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many more to come. Rock on, my friend, Rock on!!!!

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

Donna said...

I'm so happy for your success in raising so much awareness and money for this great cause. There will come a day, I think in the near future, when breast cancer can be found earlier, cured and many lives saved. You will help to make a difference!

I'd love to win your Mickey Mouse/Disney Layouts you did a while back. We're taking a trip there later this year and I could scrap on the go! he he he!

Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Beth said...

wonderful! looks like you had a great time. makes me wish I still lived dwon in the general area and could've joined in. good luck next weekend!

Jennifer said...

Monique,

What a successful, fun event!!!!!! :)

Thanks for sharing the deets and pictures!

Crafty hugs,

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

P.S.
I never win, but if I did, I would be interested in a layout for pictures of my children's piano recital that is this month! My daughter is only 6 and this will be her first one.

Marta said...

It looks like you all had a great time. Congrats on the success of the crop. I wish I could have been there for support. Congrats to all the winner and you Monique.

Phyllis C said...

I had a great time at the Crop !! Ya'll did a wonderful job setting it up. :)

Denise said...

I enjoyed meeting you at the Stampede along with everyone else. What a inspiration. Love the idea of cropping for the cause!

www.designsbydenisec.blogspot.com

Pixie Camembert said...

Happy Birthday, Monique!!! Crop for the Cure looks like it was so much fun! Hope you do it again next year (or sooner!) and I am so there!! Hope you have the best of birthdays.
Sally in Stockton

Pixie Camembert said...

Happy Birthday, Monique!!! Crop for the Cure looks like it was so much fun! Hope you do it again next year (or sooner!) and I am so there!! Hope you have the best of birthdays.
Sally in Stockton

Angela said...

Wow great success on the fund raising! And everyone looked like they are having so much FUN!!

Angela

Scrappy Mel said...

Yay!! I'm so glad that it was such a success! :)

Big {{{ HUGS }}}!

Robyn said...

wow! looked like such a fun time and for such a worthy cause! Thank you for sharing the pictures and a Happy Birthday to you Monique!
raconnor@comcast.net

Fran said...

What a hugely successful event. You are amazing!

Megan said...

Wow! I wish I lived in CA. I would have been there with bells on. It looks like it was a successful and wonderful crop. Congrats on raising so much moola! Way to go! I was thinking of you this weekend and hoped all went well for Team Monique!

meggiemeg at comcast dot net

jordanbev5 said...

It looks like you all had a great time!!! Lots of excitement!!! Wishing you and the "Team" the best as you achieve your goal!
My favorite layout was your "beautiful" one! So classic!
Thanks for all you do!
jordanbev5@yahoo.com

Northwoodszoo said...

Gosh, that looks like fun! So happy for your success. (And I need to know -- how do so many ladies at one table get so much scrapping done? I need a table that size just for my mess alone -- looks like I have a lot to learn!)

Dawn, RI said...

Looks like all had fun, I loved crop parties but dont get out to many these days...Today is the 4th so officially HAPPY BIRTHDAY.Keep doing what you do best, inspiring all of us with your talent. I enjoy your daily post and look foward to it daily. Have a fun day,and again Happy Bday...
Dawn RI
abosoffit@hotmail.com

Sandra Joy said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! Congratulations on the $$ collected for the cure of a disease that effects so many!Looks like eveeyone had a wonderful time, wish I could have been there!

Red Monkey Scrapper said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! I'm so jealous; I wish you lived in Kansas City instead of California! Congratulations on raising so much money for such a great cause that is so close to your heart. And of course, happy birthday!!!
:) Jessica
jessica-and-eric at hotmail dot com

surfnfroggie said...

Looks like ya'll had a great time! Glad you are doing well and are able to do such wonderful things for the CURE!
surfnfroggie

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wow, awesome cause and getting to raise the money doing something you love is also awesome. TFS

circlebenterprises.blogspot.com

Queenie said...

Well it sure looks like a great success on many levels. Everyone had a great time and raised a very generous amount of money. Congrats. I am just sorry I don't live close enough to attend your crop.

Lara said...

Wow, it looks like it was a lot of fun, I wish I could've been there. My mom is a 3 year Breast Cancer Survivor. 2 years ago we did the Breast Cancer 3 Day 60 Mile walk. It was my mom's 2nd 3 day... the first one she did the year before while she was going through chemo. She earned her money to walk and found out a couple of weeks later that she had Breast Cancer. I wans't in shape for it at all but it was so motivating... we managed to walk about half of it. I wanted to do it last year but wasn't able to raise enough money and I don't think I'll have enough time to earn enough for this year. I hope to do it again next year with my mom and daughter. Glad you had fun and was able to raise so much money for an awesome cause.

Anonymous said...

WOW! You ladies are all amazing! I wish I lived close to you so I could join in your fun, but I'm so happy for you girls to get to experience these things! Congrats to all the winners! TFS!

Carol aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

Shelley said...

The crop looked like it was truly a success and so much fun! Good for you!

Shelley
http://carleys-closet.blogspot.com
shelleymace21@gmail.com

Maquel said...

Wow, Monique!!! What a FANTASTIC time! I wish I was either in CA to go, or had enough money to fly to join you! so great to support such a worthy cause! so nice to be able to join you through your pictures! If I won the layout, I would choose a school/teacher theme as I am helping my BFF scrap her journey as our state's 2011 Teacher of the Year. She is in Washington D.C. Right now for the National conference! What an honor, and I would LOVE to have one of your custom layouts to help commemorate her 'reign'. thanks so much for the opportunity!

Maquel

Travel Bug said...

The Crop was so fun, I feel very blessed to have been able to attend.

Jill K. said...

Your Crop certainly was a major success on many levels. Congratulations!
OKScrapGal3@yahoo.com

Gwen said...

Looks like it was a ton of fun, I wish I could have been there.

Mrs. Green said...

This is so awesome! Thanks for raising all that money for an amazing cause!

If I won a layout by you, it would probably be a "boating on the lake" theme. :) Or I don't know - anything!

michelegreen120 at gmail dot com

Brenda said...

Looks like everyone had an amazing time. Wished I could have been there.

Elsie said...

It looks like your event was a huge success and a lot of fun. I wish I could have been there!

Vickie said...

WOW!!!! Wish I could have been there it like it was a total blast!!! TFS the pictures, maybe next time??? Good Luck on your upcoming walk. Happy Birthday (belated) and God Bless you.

Mary Jean said...

wow! That was a great crop! with great results!!!

Robyn said...

what a fun time, and such a beautiful birthday card Becca made!
Robyn
raconnor@comcast.net

MulticrafterAmy said...

Looks like you all had a lot of fun. Wish I could of been there!

AShu93 said...

Looks like a fabulous time! And your favors look great.

Rose said...

Great Total...Great turn out...Great FUN...Great cause...Wished I live closer too...You photo brought us in a little closer to you ladies!!"Crop for the Cure" TSMFS

livylou2907 said...

This is so awesome! Congrats!
jarendubois@yahoo.com

Melissa H said...

Looks like it was a great turnout, lots of great donations and for a good cause.

Tracey said...

Looks like everyone had a great time for an even GREATer cause. There should be more people like you in this world. Keep up the good work!!!! K7181994@aol.com

sallye said...

GREAT LADIES, GREAT FUN, GREAT CAUSE. LOVE how the LOVE SHOWED THUR ON THESE LADIES FACES!!!!!

Sallye@harol201027@yahoo.com

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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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