The Quick Summary
Two months ago I launched StumpCraft - my new deluxe jigsaw puzzle company. The bottom line is I'd love your help in getting the word out about these awesome jigsaw puzzles. If you enjoy jigsaw puzzles, like supporting local small businesses, or have hard-to-buy-for people on your gift-giving list, I invite you to consider supporting me in the following ways:
sign up for my newsletter where I'll be announcing new puzzles as I design them and send exclusive coupon codes to subscribers
order a puzzle or two from my website - all puzzles are listed at special launch prices until Dec 1
Otherwise, if you know someone who is a fan of jigsaw puzzles, I would appreciate you making the connection through a gift, an email or a social media share.
As an incentive, I'm running a FREE PUZZLE DRAW. Anyone who orders a puzzle before November 30 will receive three entries in the draw, and anyone who signs up for my newsletter will receive one entry in the draw. The winner will be drawn on Dec 12 and can choose any puzzle from my catalogue.
Not Your Typical Jigsaw Puzzle
StumpCraft puzzles aren't the cheapo cardboard and paper puzzles made in China that you can find in most stores. StumpCraft puzzles are printed onto 6mm thick EcoGold MDF using premium UV inks. They are then cut by yours truly using a CO2 laser following intricate line cuts of my design. The result is a very sensory pleasing, tactile puzzle: a light toasty smell; vibrant colourful pieces that pop off the table; thick, chunky puzzle pieces that feel and sound great when you put them in the right spot. If you haven't played with one of these deluxe jigsaw puzzles before, you're in for a treat. Everything about them positively reinforces the elements of traditional puzzles.
Four puzzles are currently available to order from my online catalogue. At the moment, the art I've selected has a very deliberate Canadian focus. First, we have two contemporary artists: Mandy Budan from Pickering ON, and Serge Dubé (art and whimsy pieces shown above) from Langley BC. Also featured is Alberta's own most renowned landscape artist, Roland Gissing, as well as Group of Seven associated artist Tom Thomson. Each puzzle features unique "whimsy" pieces that depict people, objects and wildlife associated with the subject of the art itself.
Puzzles have been an ongoing part of our Robillard-Robinson family holiday traditions since our youth. Heather remembers spending Christmas at her grandparents' and working at her Norman Rockwell Santa puzzle while Gran took care of the turkey and the mashed potatoes. Likewise in our home through December, there's at least one puzzle out for guests to enjoy. We've introduced these types of puzzles to many of you!
And so I'm asking whether you'd consider starting a new holiday tradition: a StumpCraft Jigsaw Puzzle!
Heather and I are personally fond of family gifts, items that facilitate "quality time" spent with our loved ones. But there's also potential to extend this holiday tradition idea to the workplace. I know several businesses who struggle to come up with unique corporate gifts for special clients and customers. Or perhaps, you're looking for something special to bring your workmates closer together. In that case, consider the use of a StumpCraft puzzle as a fulcrum for social gathering at the water cooler or the lunch room.
What Can You Do?The bottom line with any new business is increasing awareness about the product. With the gift giving season upon us, I'm trying to get the word out as much as I can and as early as I can. With that in mind, I'd like to offer some incentives for my early supporters.
I'm running a FREE PUZZLE DRAW. Anyone who orders a puzzle before November 30 will receive three entries in the draw, and anyone who signs up for my newsletter will receive one entry in the draw. I'll draw a random name on Dec 12 and the winner can choose any puzzle from the current catalogue.
Once you've received your puzzle and get it to the table, please take photos and share with your social media networks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagra
Finally, if you live in Calgary:
- you can save on shipping by selecting the Pickup Option at Checkout
- I'll be at the Market Collective Craft Show the first two weekends in December. If you happen to be there, make sure to swing by a say hi. I'll have all four puzzles on display and for sale.