Wednesday, June 8, 2011

650K Blog Candy & Alaska Cruise Highlight

Every year I hold a Customer Appreciation Party to say thank you to my customers for supporting my business and stamping with me. My favorite part of the whole night is giving away prizes. What a joyful thing to make someone's day with a special gift to make them smile. I can only imagine what Oprah feels like when she gives away cars!!

It's also kind of fun to be on the receiving end of prize-winning. On the Stampin' Up! Cruise to Alaska, they had a guessing game in the hospitality room for us. Almost every day there was a new bag of Stampin' Up! goodies and we had to feel the bag and guess how many products were inside. And guess who won Bag 2!? ME!!

When we got back to our room after a late night in Juneau and a quick dinner, there were a message on my room phone saying that I had won! I screamed. I mean literally screamed! I was so excited! Unfortunately, the hospitality room was already closed. And the next morning we had to be off the ship bright and early for an excursion, so I had to wait the WHOLE next day before I could check in and claim my prize! Here I am with the bag:

And all the loot spread out on the table:

There were 34 items in the bag with a total value over $250!! WOW!! There was a lot of consumable stuff like ribbon, adhesive, buttons, envelopes, but also some fun stuff like a stamp set, Big Shot folder, a set of 10 markers (!), SIX packages of Rhinestones...

What a thrill!! Have you ever won a prize? Leave a comment and tell me about the biggest prize you ever won and I'll choose one random winner next Wednesday, June 15 to receive my 650K Blog Candy: the Playdate Rub-Ons and coordinating Funky Four stamp set. I'll also throw in a surprise item from my bag of loot!

For my record more than anything else, here are the latest blog stats, as of today, 6-8-11:
Days Blogging: 1,078 (3+ years!)
# of Posts: 992
# of Hits: 656,061
Stamping Top 500 Rank: 71

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25 comments:

S. Ferguson said...

I won an autographed Birmingham Barons baseball uniform that was signed by Michael Jordan! So coo!

Julie S. said...

Julie...On an anniversary cruise with my husband (a prize in itself), I won a diamond ring. Talk about being born under a lucky star!!!!

stempelwatt said...

Hi Julie,

I never ever won a big material prize. My husband and my two little boys are the biggest win of my life :-).

Franka

Sharon said...

Wow! Great blog candy, thanks so much for a go at winning it.
My biggest win ever (isn't much - but came at a time I very much needed it) was a scratch of called Vegas nights and I won $75. I couldn't believe it and like I said it couldn't have came at a better time.

Thanks again : )
buell33@gmail.com

Julie M said...

Congratulations Julie! That prize is awesome. It must have made the cruise even better. I am one of the unlucky ones. I don't usually win at anything. Put my name in a raffle, never picked. Play the lottery, never win. You know how it goes. So I would say that my biggest win was my husband. He has been the best part of my life & has given me 2 of the best kids a woman can ask for. Does that count?

Traci Davis said...

Hi Julie:
Yes, winning is fun and the bag of goodies you won is awesome. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy! When I was a teenager, my dad took me to the dog races because he had a client that had a Greyhound that he raced. I bet on that dog even though he was a longshot and he won! So did I. I don't remember what the payout was but it was several hundred dollars. I bought a gold Greyhound charm for a necklace and still have it. I haven't thought about that for years!

Carley said...

Hi Julie, love your ideas!
That is great blog candy thank you!! My funnest win would have to be winning a set of family tickets to our local amusement park, SO fun!!!

Carley

Taylor Chase Graham said...

HaHa! I won a turkey when I was in the third grade! I think it's the only thing I have ever won!
Your prize winnings look awesome! Such a fun surprise for you! Congratulations!
~Alicia Graham

Tracy Stancil said...

We had a scrapbooking day at church and the grand prize was $45 album. My girlfriend asked my daughter to draw a name and of course like any other mother, I'm yelling, PULL MY NAME BABY. And she did. She was more excited than I was.

mamichelle said...

Oooh, lucky girl!!

I've won a few blog candy prizes but the best/biggest has been 12 full rolls of Amuse ribbon!

Lauren Y. said...

How fun!
I never won a diamond ring, nor a celebrity signed shirt, but I was the lucky winner of your holiday card kit, and everyone received the cards LOVED it!
Thank you for another chance to win something wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Not sure if it counts if you have to do something to win, but when I was about 10 for VBS they had a contest to see who could bring the most visitors & I won a bike! Being 2nd born usually you get all hand me downs (which is not bad really) so it was fun to get a new bike :)
Andrea H (your recruit) :)

Nancy B. / nacky71@hotmail.com said...

Free stuff! Wonderful! Stampin' Up loot! Even more wonderful!!

The "biggest" prize I ever won was a $20 gift certificate from amazon.com. Had to stay 'til the end of an all-day workshop and hand in an evaluation to be entered. Purchased a "Paper Crafts" mag subscription with my winnings.

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De said...

Wow-congrats on your blog stats...I'm excited to reach 7,000 :) The biggest prize I've ever won is a watch from a department store. Keep up the great work with blogging and stamping

kjvbaptist said...

Congrats! I just want to know are those a new type of markers because I dont recognize them. 

abb said...

I won an eggpress calendar set with a planner, photo wall calendar and small pocket calendar. I was so excited when I won. It was kind of embarrassing though because I had to keep asking the blog owner when the vendor was going to send. It took many months but I finally got it. Yea. Ashleigh B

SueBee said...

Congrats Julie on ALL your loot! AWESOME!:) I would have to say I was LUCKY to have won $350.00 in a drawing many years ago! It sure was exciting!
Susan B.

Jen said...

The biggest prize i won was back in the 80's I entered a contest thru a magazine and came in 3rd and received a autography picture from McHammer and a bright pink neon baseball hat.

Wendy Hawkinson said...

One of my favorite winnings was a bow maker. Now I can add fancy bows to my cards! :)

jmniffer said...

Fun times on the cruise! Winning the bag full of goodies had to bring an extra smile. My biggest material win was a stamp set with embellishments. Thanks for the change to win your blog candy and Congrats on the 650K hits! jmniffer

Judy Serio said...

It would be the one I helped my husband win....I pulled the slot machine handle and he won over $4200.00 on a cruise ship casino.

Laurie Gibson said...

I won a trip to Lake Tahoe but unfortunately I never got to use it :(

Nana711 said...

I think I heard that scream!

I haven't won anything very big, but I did win a small Spellbinders die several years ago.

Brittani Nguyen said...

Julie, Congrats on reaching 650k!!! What a milestone! And what an awesome prize you won!! I guess my biggest win was I once won $250 on a scratch off ticket shortly after my 18th birthday...since then not much luck though. :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

Nicki121986@hotmail.com

Babe O'Mara said...

Congrats to you!!! Quite a milestone. I won $500.00 at Bingo one night. Needed 0-75 for $2,000.00 and finally got it 3 calls later.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net