We want to let you know about some changes happening here at Visible Image…
Earlier this year we received some rather unexpected news! The photopolymer we use to make our stamps was being discontinued, something we never imagined happening!!!
After considering the various options, and testing other photopolymer products, we made the decision that we would stop manufacturing the stamps ourselves. It wasn’t an easy decision to make at all, but we believe it is the right decision for us and for the future of Visible Image.
So our stamps will have a new look!
Here’s our awesome NEW packaging…
Having made stamps for over 12 years, Mark certainly knows everything there is to know about superb quality clear photopolymer stamps.. and he wouldn’t settle for anything less! Both Mark and Pauline have ‘road tested’ our new stamps, putting them through their paces, and they were both more than happy with the results! So, we hope you will feel confident and re-assured about continuing to buy our stamps, which are made here in the UK, are still very deeply etched and pre-cut ready for you to use.
Those of you who have followed us for quite some time will know that over the past year we have struggled to keep up with the very high demand for our stamps, which has resulted in longer waiting times for orders, and us working ridiculous hours!
In order to keep creating amazing, original designs something had to give… and that day on the phone when the news was delivered, it made us stop in our tracks and really think about everything! We were burnt out, and we could not continue the way we had been for much longer. So, we truly believe that this is the right path for us to take… ‘Even in our darkest moments, there is always a glimmer of light’.
There are so many positives from this decision!
You will receive your orders quicker!!!
Not only will we be able to bring you even more awesome stamp designs, but we will finally be able to bring you many other products! This is something we have wanted to do for so long, and have so many ideas for, but we just never had the time due to spending most of our time manufacturing!
Mark will have a lot more time to get inky creating awesome projects to inspire you! More time to demonstrate, and will appear on Craft TV more regularly… ‘Creativity is good for the soul’.
We’ll be able to organise a lot more workshops and demo days!
And, we will have more time for family, friends and ourselves! After all, there is more to life than working… ‘Life is meant to be lived!’
For a short time there will be a cross over period…
Therefore orders will either contain stamps we have made ourselves and/or the new stamps.. The quality will be superb whichever you receive.
We will also be working closely with our stockists to make the transition to our new branding as seamless as possible.
As our stamps will now come in larger sized packaging, this has given us the opportunity to add extra stamps to some of the sets.
We hope you will see this change as a positive thing, and that you’ll continue to support us on our exciting journey! We promise you nothing but exceptional quality products, incredible designs, and as always we intend to ‘stand out’ and ‘dare to be different!’
(Couldn’t help getting a few of our awesome quote stamps in there!)
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for all your support.
5. All the remaining trade orders will be ready to dispatch by next Thursday, March 24th… before the long Bank Holiday Easter weekend 🙂 …..Which also means we can then have a few days off!!! 🙂
AND… on Friday March 25th, all our NEW releases will be available to order again! 🙂
Lots of smiley faces there!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
We have worked really hard to get through the last few crazy weeks, and we are now coming out the other side!!! Thank you again for your patience.
We have decided it’s also a good time to ‘retire’ lots of our older designs to make way for more ‘new stuff’ over the coming months…
So this evening from 7pm you might be able to get your hands on some of the stamps on your wish list at discounted prices… but stocks are limited and when they are gone they are gone! Apologies in advance if you miss out on a stamp you wanted. Head over to our shopand look for the retiring stamps section!
We hope you have been enjoying all the latest Design Team inspiration over in our Facebook group and on their blogs. We will be having a huge catch up here on the Visible Image blog over the next week to ensure you don’t miss out on any of their awesome cards and projects!
That’s all for now, we will be back soon with lots of gorgeous inspiration from our wonderful team ♡
Hi Everyone! Sorry for the lack of blogging over the past few weeks, it’s been the busiest month we have ever had here at Visible Image, and there has been no time for anything except making, cutting and packaging our gorgeous stamps!
We had a very successful show on Create and Craft TV, followed by a brilliant time at the UK trade show!
However, this has meant that we have been absolutely inundated with orders so we need to make A VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
Due to the extremely high demand for our stamps over the past month, we have made the very difficult decision to place all our stamps ‘out of stock’ for the rest of this month to enable us to catch up and clear the backlog of orders…
Working within the craft industry is always incredibly busy… between craft shows, TV shows, demos, all the designing for new releases, marketing, and everything else in between! But, when you are also manufacturing your own products as well, it’s a whole different story….
As you may know, there is just the 2 of us here at Visible Image.. designing, making, hand-cutting and packaging all our stamps, and dispatching all the orders. And, although we have been working late into the night and during weekends, we still have a very large number of stamps to make, and we do not feel that it would be right to take any more orders and keep our lovely customers waiting for up to a month for their stamps. That’s just not the kind of people we are!
We hope that you can understand the situation we find ourselves in… It is great that our designs are loved all over the world now, but we definitely need to make some changes to ensure that we can cope with the volume of orders we are now receiving. We have plans in place… and will be making some of these exciting changes soon!
We apologise to anyone who has been waiting longer than 10 working days for their order, and we assure you that we are making them as quickly as we possibly can. A huge number were dispatched this week and many more will be posted this weekend.
Our awesome Design Team will continue to inspire you every day with their gorgeous cards and projects, come and join our Facebook group to see what they have been creating! Or check out their blogs HERE!
‘Normality’ will resume here as soon as possible!
It really is an extraordinary situation we find ourselves in… we are so incredibly happy that you are loving what we do, and that so many more people are discovering us every day now! We’d like to thank everyone who has placed an order, and we know you will love creating with our designs. We hope you think they are worth waiting for… the general opinion over on Facebook when we made this same announcement was definitely YES! 🙂
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very busy time. We have lots of exciting new plans for this year! We will of course keep you updated and let you know when you can start ordering again!
We have been instructed by a huge number of customers to take a DAY OFF! So, this Sunday we shall be having a family day with these gorgeous girlies…
Bethan and Katie (age 15 & 13), who have been dreadfully neglected of late! And before we know it they will be all grown up and have gone off to University!!!
We will be back refreshed and raring to go on Monday for another crazy busy week!
We’ll also be back here on the blog this weekend with some of the latest Design Team inspiration to keep you inspired.
Make sure you show us what you have been creating with our stamps and MDF Monoliths too… our monthly ‘Show & Tell’ challenge is running over in our Facebook group… your chance to win a £25 voucher to spend on our stamps (next month!).