The Adrenaline Rush of Winning

Back in the early days of college it was walking into the mail room and seeing cards or package notices in my box, then it was the “you’ve got mail” indicators in my oh-so-new email inbox.  In the final years of the 20th century, it was participating (and winning) an Ebay auction item.  Fast forward ten or so years, and now my adrenaline rush comes from winning blog candy.  As part of my unemployment/mean life therapy (not to mention personal and educational research purposes) I have begun following a number of blogs through Google Reader.  The sites I follow range in content from health, weight loss/management, personal finance, design, culinary explorations, and of course — papercrafting — the hobby that has lately been the recipient of most of my focus and time.  Over the last two months I have been the proud winner of — not one, not two, but three blog giveaways.  By doing what I do anyway – visiting and leaving comments, I have won some Unity Stamp Company rubber, a beautiful pink lace agate bracelet kit, and a new stamp released by Ippity (a sister company of Unity Stamp Co.).

Vacation-themed rubber stamps that I won

I won these stamps for commenting at http://jenscupofcreations.blogspot.com

Pink Lace Agate bead set that I won

I won a kit to make this stunning set by commenting at http://thinkcrafts.com

Rubber stamp of polka-dotted background that I won

I won this new background stamp duing Ippity's Release Sneak Previews at http://dahlhousedesigns.wordpress.com

Is this enough?  Has my adrenaline rush thirst been quenched? NO WAY!  I want more (well, only if I can really use it, that is).  For example…

Right now — today, there are two (assuredly more) giveaways for every papercrafter’s dream — a Silhouette Machine!  What is so cool about this up and coming gizmo?  It allows crafters to use fonts and images already on their computer to create one of a kind designs in paper, on heat transfer, and more.  Translation…I can add more detailed work to my cards (even using some of my favorite computer fonts); can design iron-on patterns for my beloved, but in need of some “upcycling” clothing; can cut out personalized vinyl designs to decorate our white walls, and can even create gift boxes galore.

Sample thank-you card created with Silhouette Machine from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Sample thank-you card created with Silhouette Machine from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Sample of vinyl decor created with Silhouette Machine from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Sample of vinyl decor created with Silhouette Machine from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Sample of t-shirt decorated with Silhouette Machine design from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Sample of t-shirt decorated with Silhouette Machine design from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Christmas Ornaments created with http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Christmas Ornaments created with http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Artwork created with Silhouette Machine from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

Artwork created with Silhouette Machine from http://www.qksilhouette.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

You, too, can participate in these fabulous giveaways.  Just visit each of the sites below, check out their rules, do what you can, and “voila” — you could experience the RUSH, the instant moment of euphoria, the chill of joy that runs through your body when you find out that you, too, ARE A WINNER!

  1. GrosgrainFabulous
  2. Kara’s Party Ideas
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