Friday, January 11, 2008

*Would Love Your Input*

I would love to hear from some of you to find out what you think is "new and now" in terms of stamp companies. I am trying to help the shop owner at The Scrapbook Pantry here in Calgary grow her stamping section, but we'd both like to try to offer things that aren't found at all the other stores here.

Please let me a comment on this post telling me what you find to be the most popular companies out there that can be sold at a retail location.

To entice you, there will be a small BLOG CANDY prize awarded to one lucky commenter! The contest will end on Monday afternoon!

Thanks!!!

42 comments:

Kerry J. said...

I think the Inque Boutique stamps are great. I haven't seen them in any Calgary stores and they are good for scrapbooking as well as for cardmaking. www.inqueboutique.com

Val said...

Companies that I really like that I buy online, but I think sell in other stores are: Gina K stamps and Lizzie Anne stamps.
I really like the Bella stamps, though I don't have any of those!

Laura Hit said...

Shouldn't be too bad as I find there isn't much of selection in the Calgary stores except "the basics" (I don't even know what kind they are). There aren't many Amuse images at that one store, maybe a better selection? Or I don't think anywhere carries Bellas. Or Gina K. Does Papertrey sell to stores as that would be nice as I find shipping from them is bad (especially with getting charged duty as well!). Can't wait to hear what you have - will be worth the stop when we come back home to Calgary!

Charlene Austin (SCS - Willow01) said...

I would LOVE to see Lizzie Anne Stamps sold locally. I love alot of their stuff. A store near Edmonton carries them but that's a little far to go. My favorite stamps in the world are Papertrey so I would order them anywhere, anytime, at any cost. I don't think they sell through any retail stores except the store in the owners home town. As far as Amuse goes....love those too. Especially the Elzybells. If the Amuse Elzybells were available locally I think they would do really well. I can't wait to go check out this new store.

Michelle said...

Bella's (I think they can be sold in stores - I dunno!)

msfitzie said...

I've always loved the Inkadinkado stamps. I also love the clear (as well as red rubber) that you can use on the acrilic blocks. It is much easier to see what you're doing and to place the image where you want it. PLUS..wood block stamps take up a lot of room and the others don't.

Amber Porter said...

I absolutely love the bella stamps and I'm pretty sure they can be sold in stores and the owner is based in Canada - www.stampingbella.com

I also love the Hanna Stamps and she sells wholesale also. www.hannastamps.com

arams said...

Hi Nancy. I think there are a lot of companies whose stamps are new and now. I love Stampendous, High Hopes, RubberNecker, Rubber Romance,and I can go on and on. I think the key would be to offer those companies aren't easy to get in Canada. Allthatscraps, Gina K, Bella, MFT, etc. are all easy to get in Canada as the companies charge a reasonable shipping cost and we are only charged GST + handling charge at the border. I think there are quite a few that don't ship at reasonably cost to Canada and I would be more likely to go to a store to buy them. I would never go to a store to buy Gina K as I know it only costs me $5 shipping and their customer service is assume. Same with MFT, Stamping Bella and even Lockhardt stamps from Ellen's store. I think CHF also has some great stamps that would be great to have at a retail location. Paper Pastimes does a lot of stamps that are collagy, so I would not go there. Also, Sunshine Designs, Artful Stamper, Great Impressions, Amuse and Memory Box are some of their main lines so I wouldn't carry any of those. HTH.

Melissas said...

I would love to see more Bellas in stores. I love to order online, but sometimes would like to see things in person first. Thanks!

Colleen said...
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Colleen said...

You've received some good suggestions, and I know nothing about what is available in Calgary. My only suggestion is to differentiate yourself from the competition. The stores in the US that do well offer little that can be found at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. It's very difficult to compete with coupons and big box buying power.
Good luck!
Hugs,
Colleen

CAKVD said...

I think the new Tim Holtz line of alcohol inks and grungeboard is HOT and works well with stamping.
Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Debbrowne said...

Autum leaves, Technique Tuesday,
G clear stamps are a few companies

Good luck.

Allison said...

I vote for Stampendous too! Maybe in some more affordable options like clear and mounted rubber versus wood-mounted...

The Scrap Yard carries Inque Boutique.

Laura C said...

I think that Inque Boutique is a great new line that appeals to both stampers and scrapbookers as well if PaperTray is available for retail sales that I think would be a huge hit.
Hero Arts and Magenta were my first loves and still today they are producing great stuff, however, it is not always that easy to find in store locations so having those tried and true companies would be good too.
I agree with the comment that so long as she stays away from what Micheals/Walmart and the dollar stores are carrying - offers great classes and service - she will more than hold her own. In this day and age it really does come down to the service (or more specifically the "inspiration" offered. I will go out of my way to a place that offers me inspriration to buy white cardstock before I'd go for the discounted price. Perhaps a bit of an exageration, however I do think that is what is missing in places like Micheals and Walmart.

scfranson said...

My thought is that you have to stay on top of it to stay in business so I would be on the computer daily checking all the stamp company web sites, calling them and asking what is new, when things are coming out. I'd be searching for stamp designers, maybe have someone design stamps just for your store. Check what kind of stamps are selling, if cutsie is not selling don't buy more, if nature is suddenly going well then find more nature stamps quick. Good luck !
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Anonymous said...

Copic markers. I don't even know if people use them in scrapboooking, but they are artsy and dang hard to find. There are only two stores in Calgary that sell them.... and one of those stores should be boycotted for poor customer service (yes, I am still bitter and I will not go back to that company)

-bonnie

Annelies said...

At this moment my favorites are: Magnolia and Just Johanna.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the Outlines rubber stamps. They are so versatile and when you do the layers as the company site shows, you get a knock out result. Definitely want more and more of those!
Mary Puskar

safaricat said...

Old Island Stamps is a company that has been around for some time and has just changed ownership. The new owner is planning on releasing new stamp designs very soon so this might be a company to look into. They are in BC and have mounted & unmounted.
http://www.oldislandstamp.com/

kirstensmom said...

I absolutely LOVE High Hopes Rubber Stamps and Magnolia Stamps!! I do buy directly from High Hopes, but know that she does wholesale as well!! Magnolia does too and I know there is a store in ON that sells them, but not sure otherwise:-) Good luck and I will definitely have to check the store out when I'm in Calgary next....where is it located??

Kelly S

Sunnymommie said...

My friend sent me and it awesome stamps... here 's link:

http://www.purpleoniondesigns.com/vintage.html

hope you will like them...

i want to buy from them soon:)

Katey

Jen said...

Primas.
Different stamp lines--I really like Flourishes stamps, don't know if they do vendors though or are just online. They are a company that I would risk my fingers falling off for....LOL
Bellas are super popular.
Copics seem to be the next massive thing in coloring, so those would be cool!
The new Crop-o-Dile.
Score-It/Score Pal
New and different embellishments.
More rub ons (the ones she has are AWESOME!!!) but more is good too! LOL
More ribbons, in more styles. Maybe have some that you can buy in spools instead of by the foot.
Cuttlebug stuff is also HUGE, so that might be something to look into.

How's that? :)

Lori Mueller said...

I really like PaperTrey, Bellas, and Eclectic Paperie. Maybe Verve Visual would be another company, too....they are growing on me quickly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy!

I would love to be able to see Bellas, Elzybells & Papertrey stamps available at a local store as I am a very leary online shoppper....

Eryn

Karen Gladney said...

I like MFT, Lizzie Anne Designs and those Thomas Kinkade stamps are fabulour. I have seen another stamp store that sells those online.

Tks for the chance of will

Peggy Maier said...

How about Penny Black, House Mouse (mice & rabbits) - they're too cute! Can you tell I have a collection?!

Pat S. said...

I would include clear stamps. The only independently owned store in my area carries Gel-a-Tin, Basic Grey, Paper Salon, and Technique Tuesday.

Jan Scholl said...

the stores that are still open here in the states are getting so lame. I used to go to some on my blog list once a month and now just stay home. I know there are lots of Canadian companies with stamps that are wonderful and all the ladies above me have listed them. I have a few-but no one in the US seems interested in anything beyond Hero Arts and the mainstream. Rosie's Roadshow is one I have seen some of here http://www.rosiesroadshow.com/ very cute!

Tracy.H said...

Well mine for sure are the Stampendous - Fluffles, Changito, and the Bee's. And I too would love to see some High Hopes and Lizzie Anne. That Grungeboard stuff looks pretty cool too!! :0)

Jennifer-G said...

Definitely a good selection of Stampendous, I love their images. I also like Inkadinkadoo although it seems they are not *as* popular. Other favorites for me include AMuse and Gina K. Especially being in Canada, being able to offer some of those popular US companies that, even though you can buy online, there'll be a big shipping savings for customers if they buy stock carried at the shop.

I design for Prickley Pear and I know they are carried in some retail shops, Nicole has a great variety of images and they are very nice quality.

Other online comapnies I really like - Allthatscraps/CC Designs, PaperTrey and Rubber Romance.

Linda said...

One of my favorite stamp stores sells Stamps by Judith---these stamps are sold best, if demonstated. I have seen the demonstrations at the Megameet and have bought a lot of them mainly because of watching them being used.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

JenMarie said...

Elzybells, AMuse, Rubber Romance, Bellas...
Fluffles by Stampendous...
Goodness, there's so many, these are just a few I can think of right now that I LOVE!!

Pegg S said...

I'm not sure what the other stores in Calgary sell, but I have been loving Lizzie Anne Designs, A Muse, Stampendous, Bella, The Cat's Pajamas. Impression Obsession stamps look wonderful too- I have not bought any but admire their designs!!

loobylou said...

Lost Aussie designs, and Paperbag studio stamps are currently my favourite,
I'm in Western Australia so I'm not sure if they are stocked in many Canadian stores, but they are very popular here
Sarah
my email
loobylou@stamp-shack.com

Janet B said...

What I really like are the My Favorite Things stamps. I can't find those anywhere at a store in my neck of the woods. Also--there is a Canadian who works out of BC I believe. I just wish I could remember her name, because some of her work is awesome--she makes her own stamps--and I believe it's really important to show off some of our own designers.

Janet B
gladiola64@hotmail.com

Linda SS said...

House Mouse, Whippersnappers, Bellas, and Dolly Mamas are my choices since you rarely see these.

Anonymous said...

Nancy - another one I'd like to see in a store is Hanna Stamps!! I'm loving the new release 'Riley' coming on Feb 1!!!

Eryn

Kristen said...

I know stamps are what you are looking for, but is there any way for her to get some Scor-Pals in? I'd happily drive to the store versus ordering online.

Kristen said...

I know stamps are what you are looking for, but is there any way for her to get some Scor-Pals in? I'd happily drive to the store versus ordering online.

Elaine said...

In terms of stamps, I'm seeing a bit of a return to cutsie images....check out Sugar Nellie.com and Magnolias. I think it is at funkykits.com?

Other really popular ones: BELLAs!!! OMG these are hugely popular! One lady in the Bella group saved $1000 up and bought every single one of them at one time!! GADS!

Also, PaperTrey - really classy, high quality for clear stamps!

Other favorite/finalists:
A-Muse, Elzybells, Stampendous, Inkadinkadoo, Crafty Secrets, Memory Box, Karen Lockhart, and I think that wraps up my top companies that I always have to peek at!

Marie said...

I know I've missed your blog candy prize but I thought I'd share my suggestion with you.

I also work in a scrapbooking store and I can totally understand how difficult it is to create with just "store supplie". Especially difficult when the store is just starting out and may not have all it's merchandise in yet!

I'm loving the diversity in products in the store. We just got in the entire line of Basic Grey Two Scoops and the stamps are just gorgeous!!!

There are some local stamp companies you should look into like - Old Island & Local King. These are both in BC and work with unmounted red rubber stamps.

Have fun on your new adventure!!