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Motto: Where value and creativity meet!
Hi! My name is Lori McCroskey and I am the founder and owner of Clear Dollar Stamps, LLC. I started stamping in the summer of 2000 while I was pregnant with my first little girl. I had a friend from church that kept asking me to go to stamping parties, and I just thought stamping party, how silly is that? Finally, I relented. I went to a stamping party, got hooked on scrapbooking AND found out there were inks that I could stamp on clothing! I have a fashion design minor so I was hooked from that moment on! Can you imagine? Matching clothes and scrapbook pages? I was in heaven.
After having my first child, my ideas of spare time quickly vanished. There weren't many stamped dresses, but I found time to do some scrapbook pages, cards and gifts! As my passion for stamping grew faster than the money in my billfold, I decided to start selling one of the lines of stamps, for an existing stamp company, shortly after my second little girl was born. I would throw food on her high chair and run to my stamping table in the same room to see how much I could get done while she ate! LOL, We've all been there! As time went on, it became harder and harder to leave my little girlies crying in the hallway as mommy went off to do a stamp party. It just broke my heart. Thus, the dream of Clear Dollar Stamps began.
Why did I start my own stamp company? Most stamp companies, at that time, would not let you sell their products on the internet, which is what I wanted to do€¦..I wanted to be at home. I also found it very hard to find unique Christian stamps. I really wanted something that would convey my love for God in a whimsical, out of the ordinary sort of way. As a stay at home mom, I wanted to create a line of stamps that other stay at home moms could afford to create beautiful cards, crafts, and scrapbook pages. Why did I name my company Clear Dollar Stamps? I wanted people to know they were affordable! Why do I have a cross in the middle of my company name? I want people to know that Christ is the center of my business and the center of my life!
I come from a very crafty and artistic family, and believe it or not, I have the least talent of them all! My sister is the trained artist of our family, not me, so I decided to teach myself to draw. I invested in a drawing program, enrolled in an online tutorial service, and prayed for the girls to take LONG NAPS! After much internet cruising for suppliers and manufacturers, Clear Dollar Stamps introduced our first set of stamps on eBay in October of 2004. The learning curve was huge and at times very painful, but God always blessed my brain at just the right time with the ability to take the next step.
I give God all the glory for the very existence of this company and thank everyone who has prayed for me along the way. A special thank you must also be made to Candy Fosta, as she was my first loyal customer, my first sample designer, partner in prayer, and now life long friend. A second special thank you must go out to Laurie Wilson, who came along at just the right time with her drawing talent and know how of the internet stamping community. Both of these ladies have been instrumental in making Clear Dollar Stamps what it is today and both are two of my very best friends! I have been truly blessed!
Goals of Clear Dollar Stamps, LLC:
1. To provide the highest quality clear stamps and products at the lowest possible prices! Clear Dollar Stamps does not have expensive or fancy packaging in an effort to keep prices low and to be as green as possible. We want EVERY stay at home mom to be able to afford stamps if she wants them!
2. To provide a comprehensive mix of the most current paper crafting supplies in the industry! We want to be a one stop shop! Clear Dollar Stamps carries a variety of products including: Spellbinder's dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Flower Soft, Zutter Bind-It-All products, Basic Grey, Eyelet Outlet embellishments, Versamark, Ancient Page ink pads and refills, and much, much more!
Other facts about Lori and Clear Dollar Stamps, LLC:
Lori McCroskey is a graduate from Missouri State University, with a degree in Marketing and Design.
Lori McCroskey started Clear Dollar Stamps in the corner of her basement in October of 2004. Originally, all Clear Dollar Stamps were designed by Lori. As time went on, Clear Dollar Stamps attracted the talents of Laurie Wilson, Vicki Conquest, Kim Teasdale, and Shawne Arnold. Lori is constantly watching for new talent to add to the variety of styles Clear Dollar Stamps carries.
Clear Dollar Stamps is unique in that they welcome customer suggestions for stamps and products. In July of 2006, Lori started an Idea Team which feeds ideas and requests for stamps to her for production. In March of 2008, Clear Dollar Stamps started a Design Team to create samples and give input on new stamps designs. This Design Team constantly rotates to keep fresh ideas coming to the Idea Gallery at Clear Dollar Stamps. So if you have any ideas, please email Lori as she wants to hear from you!
Clear Dollar Stamps introduces NEW PRODUCT EVERY MONTH! Check back on the 1st of every month to see what is new!
Customer Service Hours: M-F 8:30 to 5:00 central time, Saturdays if I'm home!
This is a home based business, so PLEASE don't call or fax at 2:00 in the morning. Thanks!
417-267-7024 (same for fax)
Clear Dollar Stamps
Po Box 121
Pleasant Hope, MO 65725
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