10.01.2013

Our first year...

Hey everyone, Kryssi here! I can’t believe I’m writing this draft right now as we prepare to celebrate our one year anniversary! We have been busy preparing for the Anniversary release for quite some time now and we’re so excited that it's finally here!

We focused exclusively on stamps for the first year, but now we’re ready to make a big jump! We are going to bring you other fun products that I know you will all love! I’ll be making their formal introductions right here over the next two weeks and we’ll top it all off with a bang with the release and a 2 day star-studded Stampede on the 15th. So much fun planned!

Before we get to that, I want to give a big shout out to everyone who's supported us. Mostly though, for me personally, I have to thank my partner in crime, Angela. Angela somehow became the "silent partner". She is anything but silent though! She is my rock and mentor... and a true inspiration. Not being as familiar with the paper crafting industry, Angela worked doubly hard to familiarize herself with our crafty world. She stocked up on ink, cardstock, and other "miscellaneous supplies". I had warned her not to buy useless stuff if she makes a trip to Michael's. Of course she didn't listen and bought some clearance stamp markers and some other supplies which I can't even remember now. I bet those markers are still in the original packaging! Correction, she took them out and they’re all dried up, lol! This past year, many of you fell in love with her designs. She's the genius behind all the cute character stamps (Cosmic Stars, Bootastic, Up and Away, etc.)! While she was learning about cards and scrapbooking, I was perfecting my digital designing skills. There were so many things in the beginning that I would have Angela execute because she is the pro. Slowly though, I took on more challenging designs and in a few months was able to successfully execute the most intricate of designs that I never imagined myself doing. Of course I still get stuck every now and then and pass designs off to Angela to create. It's just faster because you know, I'm lazy like that!

Both of us are artists by nature so to be able to do what we love in the comfort of our homes and by our family is a blessing. Most days, we have a great routine... we split up the work of shipping orders, responding to emails, stuff like that. We design at our own leisure and we conduct meetings over video conference. When we get together, it's a day to night thing with our husbands and kids playing together while we women "work". Our meeting days always end with a great meal, our reward. :) I hope our friendship and mutual respect for one another is reflected in everything we do. We can’t wait to see what’s in store in our sophomore year!

Gosh, so many of you have been here from day 1... it truly is humbling and such a joy to see you create with our stamps. We thank you and appreciate you. We know we wouldn't be here without our fans and customers. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Please come back tomorrow when we reveal our new Design Team. :)

26 comments:

  1. congratulations on your first year!! i have loved every moment and every new release!! and i'm SUPER excited for year 2!!! did i catch a reference to non stamp related ME product?! eek!!!!!!!!! i can hardly contain my excitement!! i have never wishd 2 weeks to fly by faster than now!! ha ha!!
    congratualtions to you (kryssi and angela!)!!! LOOOOOOVE mama elephant stamps!!!

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  2. Congrats on your first year!! And what a special friendship the two of you have. I'm sure many of us envy that!! Can't wait to see what you have for us next! I only have a couple of your stamp sets, but love them all! So, for sure looking forward to what's ahead!!

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  3. So excited!! My parents are going to be in New Jersey, but unfortunately, they're gone on the day of the in store anniversary!

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  4. Love hearing this Mama Elephant story!! Has bee so fun to be a small part of ME this year, and can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the 2nd!! Here's to many more to come!

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  5. I am so, so happy to have discovered Mama Elephant stamps. I just love your designs! It was fun to read your post this morning and hear some of your story. It makes me love your company even more. I am SO EXCITED to see what you girls have in store for us in the coming weeks and in the coming year! Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Yay!

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  6. Oh wow how exciting! Can't wait to see it all and congrats!

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  7. Can't wait! I've been slowly but surely building my Mama Elephant library (^_^) In fact, waiting for two stamps set to arrive in my mailbox any day now (^_^) Happy Anniversary!!!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! I love your stamps and I can't wait to see what else you are introducing soon.

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  9. congratulations on your first year.. you and Angela design amazing stamps..

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  10. Wow! This is so exciting...Happy First Year!

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  11. Wish you all the success you can handle going forward. Congrats on your first year...your designs are all over my craft area

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  12. Congratulations on your first year!!!! I love your stamps and how friendly your post are...like we were just hanging out. Wishing you many more years of success!!! Can't wait to see what is in store over the next two weeks!

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  13. Kryssi sure knows how to make a girl BLUSH! >.< Thank you for all your warm wishes and we can't wait to show you what is up our sleeves this month! ;) We are truly blessed to have you all who has supported us with this art! We will continue to work hard in doing what we love. <3

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  14. Happy anniversary, Mama Elephant! Loved reading your reflection/story and so happy to hear that you've been surrounded by people who support you...that's how you know you're doing the right thing:) So happy that I stumbled upon ME and that your products inspired me to re-connect with the artist within me. Many thanks and congratulations. Eager to see what year 2 has in store.

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  15. YAY Kryssi! Loved reading this post. I'm immensely happy for you and Angela, and grateful for your hard work. Mama Elephant is a solid brand now that is destined to soar higher still and I'm excited to see what the second year brings :)

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  16. You guys rock. Your customer service is beyond awesome!!! The best in the business!!!

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  17. Congratulations Kryssi and Angela on your first year! If I could have, I would have bought EVERYTHING you've released so far. I love your stamps, and I look forward to the next step in the journey. Your customer service has been beyond compare, and that really counts for me. Thank-you!!

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  18. Congrats! I am enjoying your stamps and have picked up a bunch so far. My favorite so far is the "cheerio" one. Love the fun sentiments.

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  19. Congratulations on your first year! :)

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  20. I lovelovelove you guys. You are on of my favorite stamp companies, such cute stuff and the first ones to get me into photopolymer. Congrats on an awesome first year and here's to many more! :)

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  21. Congratulations on your first year!!! I really LOVE my Mama Elephant Stamps, and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next!

    I wish you a super successful sophomore year...and for many years to come! Love your new Design Team, too...keep up the good work!!!

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  22. Congratulations!! Love your stamps! Hugs, Karen
    PS Let Angela know she can reconstitute her markers by removing the nibs and adding Ranger Ink Refresher drops via a pipette. Leave them overnight and they will be super juicy again!

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  23. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading your story and wish you much success in the future!

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  24. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading your story and wish you much success in the future!

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  25. Congratulations on 1 year full of amazing stamps and being a smashing success. I know that whatever you do in the future is going to be just as amazing, if not more so!

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