We have been so busy getting ready for our Online Trade Show (a private link retailers can access) this Monday, Jan 17 to Feb2/11. Our new stamps and Creative Scraps will start shipping the first week in Feb! If you have a favorite store please tell them to sign up for our Trade Show Party on the wholesale section of our website. This is our first time not exhibiting at the CHA Show I want to help store owners because I'm concerned about how many are struggling... read below
Every month I hear about more stores closing and it is so sad that we have lost so many great stores! One of my favorite things to do is go check out cool stores and get inspired. Just imagine how dull it would be if all we had was big box stores and all the funky little hometown shops were gone! So I decided to take a bunch of the money we saved (not exhibiting at CHA) and and instead, we are using the savings to build an online wholesale store to streamline ordering and start some promotions to help stores sell more product.
Of course we will have great CHA Show Specials with free product but one of the new things we are doing is introducing Color Display Postcards that stores can hang next to some of our Clear Art Stamps! The first in the series of Display Postcards (I’m excited they will be double sided color) will include 3 of our new Clear Art Stamp sets: SL39 Tea With Alice, SL37 Farm Chicks and SL31 Artsy Banners, plus 3 long time favorites: SM12 Bird Notes, SL04 Kitchen Classics and SL10 Sew Special. There will be several more to follow!
Plus – stores will get online tutorials, see inspiring samples (okay – I will post them here on the blog as well) and each month there will be a printable project sheet (just for stores) that they can use in classes and demos. We will also be doing random draws for Gift Certificates each day from store orders placed.
So, I admit I’m a little worried about not attending CHA but I hope stores will hear about our desire to help them and I would truly appreciate if you could pass the message on to your favorite retailer!
Talking about 'tutorials' , here is a fantastic one that DT member Michele Kovack created using a Faux Tile technique and look at how fabulous this card is! She used SM35 Floral Art, (a new stamp set available in Feb). Here is the link to Michele's blog, where you can also see the other tile card she created using a stamp from our SL24 Seasonal Friends Stamp set HERE on Michele's Blog.
Look at this card DT leader Heidi Blankenship created using the Rooster and 'Best of Cluck' stamps from our SL37 Farm Chicks set. I love the way she colored some of the checks in blue so it ties in the color of her cardstock. You can get details HERE on Heidi's Blog.
DT leader Vicki Chrisman has been busy creating all sorts of projects including some adorable gift box projects for Accucut and she made this cool sewing kit with a purse die! She used our Sew Nice Creative Scraps and because they are double sided you can make the little folding needle case and have a pretty double sided tag. You can see more photos on Vicki's Blog HERE and check out the super cool ICE Wreath by filling an old bunt tin with water, cranberries and greenery! Only works if you have icy cold weather and she is snowed in. See her 'Cute Kitchen post' HERE.
I adore these fairy bottles that Nathalie Kalbach from scrapbooktrends.com got published in a Stampington Magazine. She used our Altered Fairy Scraps and I love that they featured the little 'Party Pooper girl'! Nat is close friends with DT leader Vicki Chrisman and lives in Germany and when we do CHA Shows we always get together. Too bad we won't see her this time! She is a true artist, trend setter and amazing photographer!
I will be back with a post on Monday and I think you will love what I have to share!
Wishing you joy & creativity
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