Sunday, August 22, 2010

BLOGMANIA EXTRA ENTRY OPPORTUNITY ~ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: SIDESHOW STAMPS

Today's Sponsor Spotlight features Jennifer and Noah from Sideshow Stamps and Crafts! Jennifer and Noah are offering one of their Cute Little Retro Kitty Mounted Rubber Stamps to a lucky CCLL Blogmania winner!


You can see the entire lineup of Blogmania goodies I have confirmed for the upcoming Blogmania event on September 15-16 by clicking THIS LINK!

And now some Q&A time with Jennifer and Noah:

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

My husband and I run this artist-owned little rubber stamp business, Sideshow Stamps. We create and design all of our rubber stamp images, featuring retro, vintage, pop art, quirky, unique and beautiful themes; and we hand make all of our rubber stamps.

2. What was your inspiration for opening your own online shop?

We started our business back in 2000. My husband's mom is an avid rubber stamper and she was always complaining that there were no quirky stamps out there suited to her needs. Stuff she could scrapbook with and make cards with that wasn't just that cutesy pie style. So, being artists ourselves, we thought "hey, why not make rubber stamps that are unique and different?!"

3. Where did the name of your online shop come from?

We are big fans of Circus Side Shows and Carnivals; Creepy B-Movies and Books; and Vintage and Pop Culture Ephemera. So when we were thinking of a name, my husband thought of how the side show in the circus is the creepy underbelly weird part of what is an otherwise normal circus. Offering weird characters, spooky sights, abnormal oddities. And we felt that as a rubber stamp company, along side the cutesy pie companies, we were like the Side Show to the rubber stamping world. Hence our name - Sideshow Stamps!


4. What kind of products do you sell?

Well, we don't sell just "weird" stuff. We offer mounted and unmounted rubber stamps in themes of retro, mod, art nouveau, circus, Hawaiian, vintage, animals, 50's 60's 70's and 80's, holidays, food, etc! Just about anything you can think of to decorate your photo albums, make cards or art with, or embellish an envelope; we have!

5. What product(s) are your best sellers?

Right now, our retro animals are hot. Our pop art Owls, Hep Cats, Cute Birds, and Unicorns; along with our Leg Lamp from "A Christmas Story".


6. Do you sell specific items that you would recommend for the upcoming fall and winter holidays?

We have a whole line of vintage and retro style Halloween and Christmas rubber stamps. Creepy old movie Monsters, Jackolanterns, Candy, and spooky black Cats and Owls; plus a bunch of retro Christmas accoutrements, Ornaments, Candles, Bells, Christmas Trees, Presents, Snowflakes and of course our Leg Lamp stamp from that infamous movie!

7. Any new and upcoming additions to your current list of products?

We have some really cool new stamps that just came out - our Unicorns, Retro Candy, Zombie, Calavera guy playing a Guitar, a Squid, a Tape Cassette, retro Forest and Desert scenes, 1920's style Chicken and Rooster, Knitting and Beading, a Mod Girl, and Sushi! We like suggestions too so let us know what you'd like to see made in rubber! (But unfortunately we can't make custom stamps, so just suggestions please.)


8. Anything else you would like to share with my readers about your shop or your items?

We are celebrating our 10th year in business so we currently have a 10% off of everything sale going on at our website: http://www.sideshowstamps.com/
And you can also find great deals at our etsy shop: http://www.sideshowstamps.etsy.com/


And now for a chance to earn extra entries to win a Crazy Cat Lady Giveaway Package in the upcoming Blogmania event!

And as an extra- special incentive to visit Jennifer and Noah's shop, I am offering the opportunity for you to gain some extra entries into my upcoming Blogmania giveaway!!! Simply go to Sideshow Stamps and Crafts and heart it as a favorite to get one extra entry, and if you see something you just have to have, go ahead and buy it, because that will give you 5 more extra entries! Of course, you have to follow CCLL also, but that's easy-peasy, too ~ the Google Friends Connect boxes in my right sidebar are easy to find, and you only have to pick one or the other! Then just fill out the form below to have your extra entries counted!

Blogmania Extra Entry Form (click here)

And please stay tuned for more Sponsor Spotlights, coming soon!

Hugs~
CCL

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