Its an Operation Write Home Party!

I recently organized a team-building event for work.  After much internal debate I decided on a ‘giving’ theme to benefit both the team and a charity.  Operation Write Home was a perfect fit.  Not only could the men on the team not deny this theme, but it gave me the chance to play with my KNK for hours and hours these last few weeks – for my day job.  I cut and prepared all the card components for the event ahead of time to give numerous options but also to simplify the task for those who feel they aren’t ‘creative’.  We held the event at a local winery that serves lunch.  And I think every person found their own store of creativity!

In preparation for the event, I wanted to give each person a special Christmas present.  Using contact paper and a scrollwork design cut on my KNK Maxx, I glass-etched candy jars with each person’s last name.  Then I added a little Rub-n-Buff in silver for a brightening effect.  I also made the tags using a tag file that came with my KNK software, a reindeer horns file I created, and a ‘branch’ file created from a jpg imported into MTC.   


Now, to explain the ‘team-building’ part of the event.  There were 3 people on each team, and each had a specific role – “product manager”, “engineer” or “customer”.  The product manager had to gather the customer requirements – i.e. the card components – and was not allowed to speak.  The engineer had to provide instruction for the customer to build each card but could not touch any of the components.  The customer had to assemble the cards using all the pieces gathered by the product manager with verbal instructions from the engineer.  Look at what these 3 men and 6 women created:

 25 cards in just one hour – and only one experienced crafter on each team!  I think they did a fabulous job.  Now, I have to run to the post office and get these sent off….

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

17 thoughts on “Its an Operation Write Home Party!

  1. That is totally amazing! What an excellent idea you had! I hope that the experience (and the reason) behind the exercise were successful—I think the product definitely was!

    • Afterwards, everyone was so positive about it – even the ones who were somewhat anxious when I introduced the event. I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

  2. Great job Michelle! They did do a fabulous job but they had a giant leap forward when you organized and provided all of the components for them. Truly a worthwhile team building project.

    • Thank you very much. I think having color coordinated ‘elements’ for them to choose from helped – and speeded it up! I spent hours cutting so they would have plenty to choose from.

  3. What a wonderful idea! I bet there are several new crafters because of your efforts. They did a wonderful job as did you!

    • I hope so, I had lots of questions during and after – about my cutter and digital files and the other tools we used. For some, I think the experience took away any misgivings about “not knowing what I’m doing”.

  4. Great idea! I have never used Rub N Buff but I really like the look it created. I’m going to check out that product. And that’s another thing I’m so enjoying about these posts. Thanks!

  5. They did a great job all because you gave them a great start! I love the candy jars, tags and cards. My to do list is growing!

    • We (my daughter and I) learned a lot doing the glass etching. Our next project will be much better, but I’m happy with how it turned out. My daughter kept saying, “Its ok, homemade is supposed to have imperfections Mom”.

  6. Wow, what an awesome idea!

    I love the rub and buff effect on the glass candy jars…i’ve done a ton of glass etching, but had never heard of this product. is it easy to apply?

  7. Well done, Michele. Great idea, great cards, and I know the the people receiving them will be thankful
    to get them. Candy jars are a very useful idea too. A great experience for all I’m sure. Way to go, Michele.

  8. What a wonderfu!l idea! A group of people could make so many cards to send to our servicemen and women.

  9. I love this idea, going to make with a Valentines Day Theme…either with heart cookies or chocolates! Thank you so much!

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