Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BIG, HUGE News!!! and a Blog Candy, of course!!

This Blog Candy is now CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who had entered!!

I have been paper crafting for about 7 years now, it all started with scrapbooking and then I have transitioned into the Card Making. I really love making cards because for the small project there are sure so many options and every time I make a new card I get a feel of accomplishment. A few months ago I have decided that I should take my love of stamping and cardmaking a step further. And I took it!! Not even a step really, but a HUGE LEAP!!! I have decided to start my VERY OWN STAMP COMPANY!!!! Are you excited for me yet?

I am sure you have noticed the slogan under my blog title, "welcome to my happy place, to my crafting La La Land". Crafting has really been my happy place, my La-La Land for many years. This is where I go to escape from reality sometimes, and it has definitely helped me to get through some hard times in my life. And what better name for my stamp company would be then "La-La Land Crafts"? Here you go!! There is a new stamp company in town!! How about that??!! I would like to introduce to you for the very first time, "La-La Land Crafts"!!!

Who makes the artwork for my stamps? I have searched high and low to find the artists with just the right artwork that appealed to me, and which also could be turned into the line art for the stamps. Not an easy task let me tell you, but I have found three!!! The first release will have six images from two of the artists, twelve stamps all together!! The second release (already in works) will have the images from all three artists..

My stamps are made of a very high quality deep etched red rubber.. they are already mounted on the cling cushion!!! they are trimmed and ready to be placed on acrylic blocks!! Because of the high quality of the stamps, you will get great stamped images every single time!!

My stamps will be available both retail and wholesale. They will be available internationally too. You will be able to purchase my stamps through my website, and also in some of the craft stores. The website is still in works and will be up and running on the official release date. Cranberry Hill Mercantile will be one of the first stores carrying my stamps. If you are a store and would like to carry my line of stamps, please contact me to set up a wholesale account.

The release date will be sometimes at the end of August, the date is being determined. We will start the celebration by having a Grand Opening at Cranberry Hill Mercantile. The website will go live the same day at 11 pm PST.

I can't tell you about my new stamp company and not show you anything now, can I? I would never do that to you!! I can't show you the full images until the official release day, but here is a little sneak peek!!

This is Lala from La-La Land!! Isn't she adorable? Can't wait for you to see the full image of Lala. The artwork is by a super talented artist Kathy R. Jeffords. You can see more of Kathy's artwork here.

Now.. You have a chance to be one of the very first to own La La Land stamps, I am going to give this Lala stamp away to the lucky winner of the Blog Candy!!! Other items included in this Blog Candy are:

- StorRite Plastic Storage Sheets
- Stampin Up "Bella Toile" background stamp
- Stampin Up "Best Yet", set of six stamps
- Stampin Up Taffeta Ribbon in Chocolate Chip
- Inkadinkado, Personal Impressions 8 Notecards and Envelopes
- Inkadinkado, Personal Impressions Daisy, 2 Clear Stamps in this set
- Hero Arts Art paper Flowers

and from the new Lazy Summer Days collection by Magnolia you will get two stamps:

- Loves me Tilda and
- Loves me sentiment

Here is how to enter.. Mention my new Company AND my Blog Candy on your blog, then go to my La-La Land Crafts website and click on the Blog button to go to La-La Land Crafts Blog. Leave a comment there under the first post (it will look just the same as the post here). If you do not have a blog, just spread out the word about my new Company AND my Blog Candy and follow the instructions above to leave a comment.

This is very IMPORTANT!!! You are welcome to leave comments under this post on my blog here, but only comments left at La La Land Crafts Blog will be entered into the Blog Candy!!

Everyone is welcome to participate, I will ship internationally.. One comment per person please :-)

I will draw the winning number on Wednesday, July 22nd at around 10 pm PST. On the same day I will have a sneak peek of the image from another artist, and there also be another Blog Candy.

I am so excited!!!



Anonymous said...

The sneak peak of the new stamp is so cute!! I can't wait for the release!! Congratulations on your new stamping company. That will be quite an adventure for you. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us stampers!! Hugs

Elena said...

I am very excited for you, Irina! I am so glad that your dream came true! The sneak peek look so cute! Can't wait to see the cards in August!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Welcome LaLaLand..I'll spread the word and tell the ladies in our craft groups about your blog candy....such great treats. I'm so happy for you...I always knew you had it in you to be a SHINNING STAR!

Suzan L said...

Hi Irina, It was so nice to see you at the Carson Stamp Convention!! WOW!! Congratulaions on starting your own stamp company!! How exciting!! LaLa looks so cute!! Can't wait to see the rest of your stamps!!
Hugs, Suzan Laverty

LEMphotography said...

Wow, that is exciting! The stamp is so cute! And your candy is lovely - very generous! Good luck with your new endeavors!


Moni said...

Waw this is so great, congrats on your own new store! Cute image and would love to win it! I linked you on my blog so need to go to your other blog! Hugs, Moni

O'Shelli said...

Congratulations! I am so glad that your dream came true!
Good luck for La La Land stamps!

me_Catherine said...

What a cute candy! And a huge congratulations!!! It's so important, you know!!

mitch1066 said...

ooh I'm so happy for you!!No-one can ignore you now!!
Well done!

Didelis said...

What is all beautiful! Congratulations on the opening of the store and prozvodstvom dies! link here:

Anonymous said...

How exciting for you, and for all of us too. I will pass the word onto all the women in the Stamp Club I belong to. (Sunday Stampers) Can hardly wait to see all the stamps and cards that will be featured. Congratulations!

ElegantSnobbery said...

Congratulations and how exciting! I'm a huge fan of Kathy's art, and I can't wait to see the Dreamy Giraffe stamps! Good luck with your new stamp company!

homemaker Hobbies said...

Oh I LOVE the dreamy Giraffe!!! I have several of her prints!! I am so excited! I can't wait to see what you have in store!

Lenok said...

Super! Pozdravlyau! Its my blog:

Anonymous said...

How exciting - for you, for all of us! Can't wait to see
what is waiting for us in LaLa Land Congratulations Irina - you deserve the best. Looking forward to your "coming out party in August" Hugs Carol N

Anonymous said...

Hi Irina

Congratulations on your La La Land Stamping Co. I'm so happy for you, you deserve the best. I can't wait to see the stamps and the cards you will make. Wishing you a lot of success in your new adventure.

Anonymous said...

Irina I am so excited for you. I wish you the best of luck in your new business. You are so very talented and I have learned so much in taking your classes. I can't wait to see your new stamps.


Dol4i said...

How is it cool to start a business! Good luck in this endeavor! And thanks for the candy)))
Dol4i xxx

Helena said...

Congratualtions and best of luck on the world to you! Well done!