Oct 31, 2013

Big Announcement!

Happy Halloween peps! Whew, seems like this holiday is long gone already... between seeing Christmas decorations in the stores - to working on Valentines day stuff for the Sweet Shop - seems like I'm rarely celebrating the 'right' holiday. lol - Ever feel that way?! 

Boy do we have a BIG BIG announcement to make... Let's start with a little 'back story' (just a hint - I know I can get chatty!) 

I started Sweet Stamp Shop over two years ago now, and I always hoped to grow to a place where I could bring in other artists as illustrators - As we've organically grown, about 6 months ago I finally felt like we were in a place to start searching for some illustrators.... and so the search began... and, like any other relationship - we 'dated' lots of people and had lots of 'chats' with so many talented artists. We knew - that God had the right plan for us and our Sweet Shop - and little did I know how amazing His plan was!! 

Long story short - Alyssa Bennett joined our design team, she lives here in San Diego - and we met up --- we became fast friends (like, the friends that just 'click' and you're hanging out all the time :) She mentioned that she had a stamp line that she had to abruptly quit --- and she had all these illustrations just sitting waiting for the right 'thing'. Not thinking too much of it, I told her that I would help her sell the illustrations, and give her some of my contacts. 

She came over one night and brought her computer with all her illustrations. I started to go through her stuff - and I thought, wait a minute... you're not selling these to anyone other than the SWEET shop! Her stuff is amazing and this whole time we were building a friendship --- I had no idea I was becoming such great friends with Sweet Stamp Shop's first illustrator! 

I can't tell you the blessing that Alyssa has been for the Sweet shop - and for me. We sit in the Sweet headquarters, she listens to all my big dreams - hopes - stories ... and she DREAMS - HOPES - and SHARES right along with me. 

In a year of transition - in finding myself - in shedding old and coming into NEW - Alyssa, Danni, Kristen - and all my Pinterst Party Pals ... they've brought me back into the 'friendship' living. (quick gushing moment - here's a peek at one of our pinterest parties... if you're ever in San Diego - you'll have to come!) 



SO without any further gushing... 

Please give a warm - sweet welcome to Alyssa! She'll be introducing her new line with us starting in November. (here's a little peek at what you can expect from this talented artist) 


If I've learned anything in the last 2 years - it's that God has an amazing plan for you and the day that you choose to smile, look forward, and live with passion - HE will make your path more clear, and bless you immensely along the way. 

We can't wait to show off more of what Alyssa has coming - I think you're going to SWOON when you see just how cute her stuff is.... 

Take a moment and visit Alyssa on her new blog - HERE 

We're also excited to be introducing some AHH-mazing guest designers to help show off Alyssa's new line --- take a moment to welcome these talented artists to the Sweet family... 



Also, because it's just plain FUN - here's a chance to win one of Alyssa's debut sets before you can buy it - and before I can even SHOW it! 



Ok - now's time to enter... 




Happy Halloween! Doesn't Mr. Sweet look positively SCARY!?


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70 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing Alyssa's style and how it complements Nicole's!

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  2. I have worked with Alyssa on a few different adventures so I know just how talented this lady is! I was looking forward to her new designs when on her team, so I am so happy they are going to live again. Can't wait!

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  3. Fun easy to color images. That is what I would like to see. And from the sneak peak above I think that the Alyssa's designs are going to be fabulous. I can't wait to see more.

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  4. I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION.

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  5. Her cute designs! Love the first picture of the mixer!

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  6. yay for big news.. so excited for Sweet Stamp Shop... so fun

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  7. Fun, easy to use and colorful designs. Looking forward to seeing what comes.

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  8. Exciting news! Loving the images I see! Can't wait to see the full reveals!

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  9. I love the stamp of the KitchenAide mixer. I think she's going to have some great ideas for cooking stamps. Something we need. Welcome to the club Alyssa.

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  10. Welcome Alyssa! Can't wait to see what's on the way and how it will complement the existing Sweet designs. Would love to see easy-to-color and FUN stuff....with emphasis on FUN! :)

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  11. I am looking to add some new stamps to my collection!

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  12. I am looking forward to seeing what Alyssa has up her sleeves! I was a huge fan of hers when she ran My Thoughts Exactly, so seeing her in action again will be wonderful! Great addition to the SSS team!

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  13. Yeah i so can't wait to get these sets!! And i can't wait to see whats coming down the road!! Congrats Alyssa!!

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  14. Congrats, Alyssa! Cannot wait to see more of your awesome designs!!

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  15. how very very very exciting!!! eek!!!! loooove the sneak peaks!! congratulations to alyssa and sweet stamp shop!! it sounds like a perfect match!! :)

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  16. Looking forward to more cute designs to color. Congrats Sweet Stamp Shop and Alyssa!

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  17. Looking forward to seeing all the new designs!!! <3

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  18. Looking forward to new images to add to my wish list!

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  19. First off I'd like to offer a huge WELCOME to Alyssa!!!
    Oh my gosh these are very cute illustrations and will easily compliment the Sweet Stamp ones.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  20. Next what am I looking forward to... well I could definitely feel the love and excitement in your intro. Having that kind of friendship both personally and professionally will definitely bring out the best in both of you. So I am looking forward to the creations you both come up with that can both work on their own as well as with each others sets.
    What a fun adventure. Happy to be taking it along with you.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  21. That is really exciting news. I'm so happy that you got a new friend out of it all too. Her designs are definitely SWEET! I can't wait to see what's in store.
    YAY!!!

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  22. Oh, this is truly exciting! I can't wait to see what she has come up with!!! :) I can't think of anything better than a new, talented friend! Congratulations to both of you!!!

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  23. YAYNESS! Congrats to you and Alyssa and the DT- super cool!

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  24. PS- just looking forward to seeing Alyssa's cool drawings in stamp form!

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  25. Seeing her sweet style. It reminds me of Lawn Fawn, which I LOVE

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  26. Looking forward to sharing with my grand daughter's Love your style

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  27. I am looking forward to Alyssa's adorable designs! I can't wait!! :)

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  28. I am looking forward to all the cute new designs! I love what I see so far!

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  29. looking forward to working with Alyssa's sweet designs! from the sneak shown here, gonna be fun to color!

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  30. Your story of a friendship turned to a partnership is so heart-warming! Looks like you two were *destined* to meet - and how wonderful the result! Alyssa's stamps look like fun: sized for colouring and 'everyday' objects transformed to delightful images. I can see a wide audience appeal already! Thanks for sharing!
    c

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  31. Wow, I'm loving these designs. Alyssa has tallent, that's for sure. Thanks for the opportunity to get some of her stamps before they are available for purchase.

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  32. Looking forward to more amazingly sweet stamp sets!!

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  33. Yay for your great news!! Welcome to Alyssa!

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  34. I LOVE things with FACES!!!!! These are TOO CUTE!!!!! That Vacuum is ADORBS!!!!!

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  35. OH how exciting! Her designs look ADORABLE already! Can't wait to see more!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  36. I'm looking forward to see cute and great stamps and sentiments!

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  37. looking forward to kawaii...looks as if she already knows it...

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  38. Just looking at the little peeks is very exciting...I am looking forward to some masculine, teen and technology stamps.

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  39. I am looking forward to the creative ideas along with the cute stamps.

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  40. Congrats Alyssa! I am looking forward to see all the sweet new designs! I already love the sneak peeks.

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  41. Dawn Woolf dwoolf at frontier dot comOctober 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Love your whimsical designs! Can't wait to see the new ones!! Congrats!

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  42. I love whimsicalcards and sentiments. Can't wait to see more

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  43. Just looking for something that catches my eye and tells me that I just have to have it.

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  44. I can't wait to see her artistic style! I'm thinking it might be cute and whimsical! Yay!

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  45. Thanks for all your great stamps and amazing inspiration!

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  46. The little washing machine, the broom and dustpan - I'm looking forward to that kind of cute, whimsical stamps! Can't wait to see the rest! So happy for the Sweet Fam, old and new :) Your hubbs is awesome btw!!!!!! Very scary!!

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  47. I love the peeks you've shown us! Looks like some great designs... can't wait to make some cards and ATCs!

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  48. I can't wait to see the new designs and all kinds of inspiration!

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  49. I'm hoping to see more of those cute mixers!! That's adorable! And welcome to the SSS family! Here I thought we were getting a "Sugar Cube"

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  50. Congratulations to the DT (fantastic card artists!) and to Alyssa! That was a very heartwarming post! You two were definitely destined to meet and do beautiful creative work together!! Hugs, Darnell

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  51. Congratulations to Alyssa! I'm SO looking forward to seeing her designs.I adore what I see already. I'm in LOVE with the mixer pattern. It's going to be mine soon!

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  52. Oh so exciting!! Love Alyssa's designs!! Congra!!

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  53. Aaaamzing! I am so happy for you! I can't wait to see even more sweetness from your new Illustrator!

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  54. How exciting!!! I can't wait to see what new her stamp design style is like!

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  55. Can't wait to see the new stamps!!!!!!!!!!

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  56. Looking forward to unique designs with Alyssa's personal style.

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  57. I'm excited to see what style Alyssa brings to Sweets. And just how creative she will be. =) Congrats Sweets & Aylsssa.

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  58. YAY!!! Cannot wait for these to be released, SO HAPPY for Sweet Stamp Shop :) LOVE

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  59. I'm looking forward to all the cute stamp sets.. I'm just excited to see everything!

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  60. Ohh, such adorable designs! Really looking forward to see more :))

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  61. How Awesome is that? It is amazing how God works in our lives. Congratulations to both of you. The little peek is so cute. I look forward to seeing so many more new and cute things from her.
    Amy Jones

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  62. wow! what a beautiful story of friendship and faith. love what I see so far. I'm looking forward to seeing what Alyssa has in store. I arrived here via Lisa Arana. Congrats!

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  63. Ohhh the new stamps sets look super cute! I'm definitely hoping to see more fun and hand drawn designs!

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  64. Congratulations to you both, Nicole and Alyssa! This is the start of something wonderful, I can tell! Alyssa, I look forward to more sweet, adorable designs!

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  65. That is so awesome that you and Alyssa totally hit if off! and that you live so close to each other! Congrats to both of you on your upcoming release - this is going to be amazing! I love Alyssa's designs and Nicole - you did amazing bringing them to life with your coloring! So happy to be a part of the excitement!

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  66. What an amazing story ... and such an exciting time! Congratulations ... looking forward to adding more delights to my wish book! Anita (in France) :)

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  67. Looking forward to even more sweet to buy and create with!!

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  68. Ooh, exciting! Big news, I can't wait to see the new stamps! x

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