Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Just Rite Stampers - An Exciting Visit

WoW Ladies (and Gents)… Do I have a story to tell you…

First off – let’s start with the word S E R E N D I P I T Y … According to the dictionary
Noun: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way : a fortunate stroke of serendipity | a series of small serendipities.

Well if you read my blog at all you know that the lovely and talented Selma Stevenson has been out here in the Chicago area, first to host a workshop for Joan’s Garden, second to spend time with ME, and third to see a long time friend who lives nearby. I took one day as a vacation day so I could spend the day with Selma and then drive her to her friend’s house. Sounds simple enough but here’s where it gets interesting…

How many of you know of JustRite Stampers? Well it turns out that their headquarters are in Elk Grove Village – exactly where I was taking Selma to meet up with her friend. So, as most stampers who are totally excited about our passion for all things papercrafting, we decided maybe we would just “drop by” and see what Just Rite Stampers was all about. I was also hoping I might be able to buy a set I had seen at Joan’s workshop. *grin*


Selma and I walked into a very industrial building and told the kind gentleman we saw through a doorway that we were looking for Just Rite Stampers… He politely said this was them and asked what we were interested in with JRS. Well we gushed about how we are stampers and we just attended a workshop featuring their stamps – we also brought a few card samples to share – and the next thing we knew this kind gentleman was pulling out chairs for us asking us to sit down and he called in a couple of other people as well.

It turns out that the kind gentleman was the PRESIDENT of JustRiteStampers and his two associates he pulled in were key people on his team. For the next two and a half hours we had a lively discussion about stamps, marketing, what IS it that stampers like etc.  We got some “sneak peeks” at some new products they are releasing SOON and were able to give some feedback to them, too. (YOU are going to LOVE what they are doing!)  We talked at length about marketing strategies and this phenomenon known as blogging. They have a JustRiteStampers blog but I think they were a little bit surprised about how much influence we individual bloggers and fellow stampers have on each other and our purchasing trends. We all know that if we attend a workshop that features a particular stamp set, many of us will purchase that stamp set so we can recreate the project.

They happily sent us on our way with a promise of some samples (can I hear a HUGE whooo hooo) and our agreement to write about our experience and to share some cards in the upcoming weeks. It was SUCH an amazing experience.  SO full of excitement and energy and it was AMAZING how much the three of them LISTENED to Selma and me. It gave real validity that what we do as stampers matters!! I also believe that they took some of our suggestions and advice to heart and will respond accordingly.

I’m lucky I live nearby and can hopefully stop back again some day.

SO – are you ready for a sample – or two? Thanks for sticking with me – this was a QUICK project to start because I am swamped at work – I know Selma will get to work when she finally gets home and she’ll have a ton of ideas to share with everyone as well. I made this gift box for a friend and the TAG is made with my new Just Rite stamp!


This is a BRAND NEW set coming out (it’s available for pre-order already) and it’s a magnificent set of Birthday sentiments. I LOVE this one – Today I Celebrate You. What a great sentiment for a special friend or family member. You really must see this new set... check it out here.

Another quick sample - this time a wedding card...
This comes from the set called Romantic Sentiments - the words say "Wishing Two People One Wonderful Life" - I love that sentiment AND the ability to change the border by using any of the borders in the Decorative Borders set...

TO our friends at JRS – we say thank you – thank you for the goodies, thank you for inviting us in for a conversation, thank for for listening, and most of all thank you for valuing what we do as stampers and paper crafters and for making amazing products for us to use. I look forward to watching the progress you make as you experience continued growth in the world of HOBBY stamping!! Maybe someday it will be bigger than your commercial line!


Have a great day. PLEASE go check out JustRite Stampers. You'll love what they have to offer.
Hugs n smiles,


7 comments:

Stephanie Kraft said...

WOW! What a wonderful story and fantastic experience for you, Pam! Isn't it great to find people who want to know what you think AND listen to you?! Your projects are FABULOUS!!

Andrea M said...

Pam, these are STUNNING! Wow Pam - what an awesome story - so nice to know there are companies that are that interested in their customers :) A fantastic experience I'm sure!

Elaine M said...

OMGoodness!!!! What a wonderful experience - thanks so much for sharing it with us. Wish I could have tagged along.

Donna said...

How cool is this! I just won a set of JRS and can't wait till they come in the mail. I've been following your adventures with Selma and follow both of your blogs. And then I realized we both live in Indiana. But I'm farther south in Bloomington. Thanks for the great samples. Love your projects today!

Anne T said...

What an awesome experience! It sounds like a true serendipitous moment! Luck you:)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOWZA ... I am so envious!!! What I would have given to be with you ladies on this adventure! How awesome ... good for you!!
Your creations are AMAZING and INSPIRING!! Thanks for sharing this story with us ... if I ever get in that area, I'll be sure to look up JRS and YOU of course!!
Have a wonderful, fun-filled holiday weekend!!

Selma said...

Well my friend, this was truly a wonderful experience. It is so nice to know that the people behind the products we love are so nice. I am SO happy I had the opportunity to experience this amazing visit with you. Your projects are gorgeous - as usual. I cherish the "Welcome box" you gave to me.

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