Tuesday, September 29, 2009

4 New Postcard Kits Arrived, World Card Day and More Vac Photos!

Our 4 new Postcard Kits have arrived and they turned out fabulous! The 4 new kits include Baby Boy, Best Buds, Family and Kitchen Mail and they are shipping now! I’m also posting a bunch more photos from our trip below and info about our World Card Day with Splitcoast!

Here is the Baby Boy Kit and a photo of the stamp set included below it.
This kit turned out so adorable! I love the sleeping baby with 'Don't wake me, I'll wake you". It includes 6 large postcard size images, 12 smaller images embellishments and 18 ivory chipboard pieces to glue them to. You will be able to create 6 postcards or you can turn them into garlands, baby album covers, ornaments and keepsakes.

The stamp set included is 3" x 2.75" with 10 separate very cute stamps! I love the stork wearing the hat and shoes, the little babies holding the Postcard banner, the baby riding the safety pin and the postmark stamp that says Special Delivery Stork Express. You could write tiny letters inside the little block stamp to spell a name or word and these stamps would look cute stamped in blue ink. The postcards can be embellished and by hung by ribbon, lace, trim, twill, jute, raffia or wire. If you mail your postcard in an envelope – stamp and decorate the envelope as well! * Ink, acrylic block and embellishments not included. The sixth postcard image is printed on the front packaging.

Here is the Best Buds Kit and a photo of the stamp set included below it. This kit turned out so pretty! It includes 6 beautiful large postcard size images, 12 smaller images embellishments and 18 ivory chipboard pieces to glue them to. You will be able to create 6 mail art postcards for friends or use them for garlands, mini albums, ornaments and keepsakes!
The Best Buds stamp set included in the kit is 3" x 2.75" has 11 separate pretty stamps! The little flower vines with the nest and bird can also be stamped together to create borders, dividers or corners. The ‘Greetings & Kind Thoughts’ lettering and lovely ‘Postcard’ stamps are from an antique postcard.
Here is the Family Kit and a photo of the stamp set included below it. This kit turned out so pretty! It includes 6 beautiful large postcard size images, 12 smaller images embellishments and 18 ivory chipboard pieces to glue them to. You will be able to create special mail art cards or use them for garlands, mini albums, ornaments and keepsakes!
The stamp set included is 3 x 2.75" has 14 separate stamps! You can stamp: Dear Mother, Grandma, Sister or Daughter and I Love You on your postcards. The little flowers can be stamped beside either of the 2 art deco cottages to create a garden and the tree stamp makes a great center divider. Plus you get a border and small design stamp to play with.
Here is the Kitchen Mail Kit and a photo of the stamp set included below it. This kit has a fun retro theme perfect for creating girlfriend gifts and cute kitchen decor! It includes 6 large postcard size images, 12 smaller images embellishments and 18 ivory chipboard pieces to glue them to. You will be able to create 6 fun postcards or you use them for recipe album covers, kitchen art and keepsakes.
The stamp set included is 3 x 2.75" has 10 separate stamps! The retro theme stamps include Hello, Girlfriend, a cute check list, a border and corner, lady with a can of Joy, a postmark style circle stamp, coffee pot and the cutest Campbell Soup girl! The postcards can be embellished and hung by ribbon, lace, trim, twill, jute, raffia or wire. If you mail your postcard in an envelope – stamp and decorate the envelope as well! * Ink, acrylic block and embellishments not included. The sixth postcard image is printed on the front packaging.
We have teamed up with Splitcoast Stampers and a bunch of other companies for World Card Making Day this Saturday, Oct 3/09 and we will be hosting a challenge, giving away prizes! Our time slot is 11:00 Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to join in the fun! Here are the details. I will post about this tomorrow as well.
Okay, here are the rest of the photos from our 16 day vacation with Jet Blue 'Fly All You Want' passes we bought for $595.00. The passes are good until Oct 8/09 but they sold out fast. (Hey - we could still fly somewhere) They may do it again next year. Our first stop was Boston to the Brimfield Antique Show. I posted a bunch of photos from the show HERE but deleted these 2 by accident, so I'm adding them now. This was one of those fun little vintage shabby booths that are so great to poke around in. You never know what you may find.
The next day we drove into Boston and spent all day walking all over the city. My favorite thing is all the old buildings!

Boston was established in 1630 so no wonder it looks so cool

This is a photo of Newbury Street. It's very upscale with all the famous designer stores but lots of cute little boutiques and restaurants in 19th-century brownstones.
I love the area called Little Italy in Boston. It's really feels authentic and there's lots of great food!
This store called Polcari's has been around since 1932. I found some great snacks and the best Balsamic Glaze in the entire world, called Blood Orange. Mixed with olive oil, garlic and herbs it is to die for on salad!
After Boston we used our passes to fly to Charlotte, NC and drove down to Greenville, SC to exhibit at the Heirloom Stamp Show. We spotted this giant peach water tower on the drive.
The stamp show in Greenville was lots of fun and we got to meet so many wonderful people! I just wish we had stayed longer. By the time we set up and did the 2 day show we didn't have much time to explore.
We only had a 10 x 10 booth so I filled every square inch with product and samples

After the show we used our passes to fly to Fort Lauderdale and drove across the state to stay in Naples on the west coast. Naples is a pretty little town with a real Italian theme, great little boutique stores, galleries and restaurants. There were great deals on dinners - 2 dinners and a bottle of wine for $29.95.
We had a picnic lunch at the beach and the seagull were very friendly and hungry

Later they went off to watch the sunset.
4 days later we hopped back on a plane with our passes and went to New Orleans for a few days. I loved these old buildings and the streetcars!
I saw so many beautiful things in this antique store but my budget and lack of space allowed me to only look.
This photo is from the French Quarter in New Orleans. We walked to Bourbon street and YES it's just like they say - a giant party street filled with live music bars, restaurants, souvenir stores and lots of crazy party people.

We celebrated our 31st anniversary while we were away. How did the time go by so fast? I was 20, he was 24 and now he is going to retire this Jan. It seems very weird. After New Orleans we used the passes to fly to Vegas, and Phoenix. Then we flew back to Seattle and drove 2 hours home. We would recommend the passes if Jet Blue offers them again.

In closing, I'm very sad to say that two of our lovely Design Team ladies are leaving the team but they may be back when they have more time. Anna Wight has been on our team for over 2 ½ years and Vivian Peters has been with us for a year. Both of these talented ladies have created so many fabulous samples and really helped show off our products! We will miss them both tremendously and hope they will come back and play again! I will be announcing some new faces and guest designers shortly.

Check out all these fantastic samples in Anna’s Crafty Secrets Gallery!

Thank you to those of you that left all the nice words and tips on my last post! Selena, I’m heading to a Ross store this week to look for that dress form!
Wishing you all joy & creativity!
Sandy Redburn
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7 comments:

Julie said...

First of all, I'm sorry to hear about Anna & Vivian leaving--I always love their work.

The new postcard sets are WONDERFUL! Love the stamps included--such great images! So many things to do with them.....!

Thanks for sharing more photos of your trip--so nice to see a bit of Boston--looks like fall has hit there already...beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Great new postcard sets and kits, and your trip !!!! That was quite the experience, love old bldgs., and the flea mkts. A feast for the eyes.

Jan said...

Congrats on your 31st Anniversary!!
Love the new postcard kits and the photo's of your trip!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Welcome Home Sandy!! We've missed you but it looks like you had a WONDERFUL time ... well deserved! Congratulations on your anniversary ... your hubby looks like such a sweetie!!

I'm so sorry to hear of Anna & Vivian leaving the team .. their work is always so inspiring! I can't wait to see who the new team members will be!

Looks like I need to get an order placed ... your new products are "calling me"!! LOL!!

Debbie Kaste said...

Congrats Sandy and hubby on your anniversary.

Best wishes to Anna and Vivian. Will miss seeing their wonderful creations.

Thanks for sharing your photos of your trip. What amazing memories you will have of it all!

cards4u said...

It has been so fun seeing your photos - thanks for sharing them. The new postcard kits look great - I think I hear the Kitchen Mail Kit calling my name : ) I don't know why but I just love the domestic vintage products. Probably because they always put a smile on my face and make me laugh! Thanks to Anna and Vivian for sharing your creations with us - will miss seeing your work!

Have A Great Day!

Lisa Bass said...

I just discovered your blog today, and am so delighted I did...you have some wonderful, creative ideas!