Monday, May 28, 2007

Meet Creative Impressions

Another one of our generous contest sponsors is Creative Impressions. If you love ribbons, trims and embellishments, creative impressions is a *must see*. They carry a huge variety of printed ribbons, twill, ginghams, embellishments and more. You may have seen them at your local stores and conventions as well as some mail order catalogs.

Creative Impressions started in 1989 with a $1,000 loan. Janet started selling rubber stamps at craft fairs, on military bases, and in carts at the mall. Janet then opened a 400 square foot store in the Colorado Springs "Old Colorado City" Historic District.

In December of 1995, Janet's oldest of three daughters, Natalie, began working full time in their 900 square foot store. In March of 1998 they moved in the same block to an over 2,500 square foot retail store.

Natalie's main focus was to keep the store stocked with new and exciting products, but you could also find her teaching and working in the store. It was then, when Natalie was looking high and low for a product (painted 1/8" eyelets) that she wanted to use on a project. She did lots of research, and finally ended up buying them with the intention of selling them, wholesale.

Janet & Natalie launched the Creative Impressions wholesale embellishment line of eyelets, brads, & stamps in January of 2002.

Over the last few years, their personal lives have changed. Janet is now the proud Grandma to an adorable, Nicolas and sweet granddaughter, Grace. Natalie is now ready to "catch up" with her younger sisters and start a family of her own. As we met the changing needs of our personal lives and wholesale business, we realized the lifestyle required to run a retail store had become increasingly difficult.

The decision was made in March 2004 to close our retail store of 15 years. It was a decision that was bittersweet and filled with emotion. Especially since our customers were like family & saying goodbye was difficult.

We now have a new warehouse location and we have more time to focus on our wholesale line of products. We are proud to offer a large variety of embellishments to share with you and the world. We have truly been blessed, and appreciate your business and the opportunity to work with you!

Creative Impressions has provided a wonderful gift certificate so the winner will be able to pick and choose from their extensive variety of products. A huge thanks to Creative Impressions for their participation in the contest.

Watch tomorrow for more designs and sponsor information.

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