For many people, the Arizona State Fair is all about riding the biggest roller coasters, trying the latest fried creations and hearing familiar songs during one of the many concerts.
But for Anna Bober, the fair has given her an opportunity to showcase some of her homemade greeting cards.
The Surprise resident entered five different greeting-card competitions this year and came away a winner in every category. She wound up taking home three first-place ribbons, one second-place ribbon and one third-place ribbon.
Banking on the popularity of the Angry Birds games on smartphones, Bober created an Angry Birds birthday card, featuring four different game characters on the front, which won a first-place ribbon. Inside, the greeting said, “Each and every year you grow, you just become more fun to know.”
Her other greeting cards included a Starbucks gift-cardholder in the thank-you card category, which won a first-place ribbon, and a baby shower card featuring an infant’s outfit on a hanger that won first place.
Bober also created a picture of a cornucopia for the Thanksgiving category, which took second place, as well as a sympathy card featuring words of encouragement that garnered a third-place ribbon.
Bober estimated that she competed against 60 to 70 other greeting-card creators in the five categories. Last year, in her first attempt at a greeting card competition, she submitted six entries and won ribbons in each category.
Bober’s newfound hobby, which began five years ago, isn’t just about creating greeting cards for the sake of receiving accolades. She also sells the homemade cards for $3 apiece at Benevilla, with 25 percent of all sales benefiting the community nonprofit organization.
“That, too, was my motivation, because I knew (the money) would go toward a great cause,” she said of selling her creations at Benevilla, where her husband works. “Not only am I selling my cards, I also feel like I’m giving back to the organization as well.”
Bober, who has a full-time job, said she doesn’t envision turning her greeting cards into a career.
To date, she’s sold about 15 cards that are “created from the heart,” and she hopes to continue her craft in the months and years to come.
“I enjoy the amount of creativity that comes out of this and just really like creating new pieces,” Bober said. “It’s something that’s really evolved within the past few months.”
For photographs of Bober’s cards and their accompanying winning ribbons, visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AZ.Girl.Creations. Those interested in purchasing Bober’s greeting cards can stop by Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise.
Zach Colick can be reached at 623-876-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.