I'm Wendy Kadzidlo, the proprietor of Stamps & Memories. I developed an early love for paper crafts whilst at primary school, and recall being delighted one christmas when given the opportunity to create christmas cards with rubber stamps. Little did I realize how this would influence my life.
Some years later in 1997, whilst recovering from a major operation I came across a craft magazine and saw an advertisement for a rubber stamp show at the Corn Exchange in Newbury (my local town). Well, I attended and left the show with a couple of purchases but my head was spinning. I decided there and then that I had to find out more. As luck would have it, I discovered an evening class in rubber stamping at the local college and promptly enrolled. After a few classes I was truly hooked, my class colleagues were amazed to see me one evening as I'd just had a minor operation, but I just had to go, the addiction was getting a holdÖ Actually to be truthful, I think it was a kind of therapy (Art Therapy). Many customers tell me how they forget all their troubles whilst crafting, one lady even commented that it should be available on the NHS!!
By week 8, I'd made lots of new friends and said what a shame it was the class was ending and that we should try to continue meeting as a group to share our interest. Try as I might no one offered, so I realized that it was down to me, so within a couple of weeks "STAMPING FRIENDS" was born. As it was difficult to find supplies I started to make trade enquiries and started supplying my friends /customers.
1998 Started "Stamping Friends" club in Kintbury
Started mail order business "Stamps & Memories"
Exhibited at my first retail shows including Newbury and London
2000 Left my job as an electronics buyer
2000 UK sole distributor for Impression Obsession
2002 UK sole distributor for Rollabind
2004 Introduced my own small range of stamps called Stamps By Woo
2006 UK Sole distributor for Rita Marie (12x12 papers)
European distributor for Alison Ellis Design from Australia (12x12 papers)
Eight years later and we are a very busy company supplying both retail and trade customers. We offer a complete mail order service, have a brand new website (our 3rd since we started trading), exhibit at Papercraft shows nationwide, run classes in card-making and scrapbooking and of course continue to run the local club called "Stamping Friends". You will sometimes see my projects in UK Craft magazines.
It is our intention to offer you a first class service, with fantastic products of the finest quality and value for money. Our philosophy is simply quality and service always.
We have lots of plans for the future so watch this spaceÖ.
You can find below what some of our Customers have said about our products and services. We would love to know what you think of our site too so why not drop us an email via the site.
Lisa - Hi guys, just wanted to say how impressed I am with your excellent service. I only placed my order yesterday and it dropped through my letterbox this morning. If only everyone was this good......Will definitely be coming back.
Sam - "Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you, less than 24 hours from ordering to delivery. Have a great day, best wishes, Sam"
Karen from Clacton on Sea, Essex - ".... fab customer service - I will definately order from you again."
Liza from Cumbria - "Stamps arrived today, they are even more beautiful in the flesh."
Catherine Parlby - "I felt I had to thank you for the superb service I received from you. I made my first order yesterday afternoon and it arrived first thing this morning. Thank you so much and I will definitely be ordering from you again."
Message from Brenda Gibbs, Uckfield - "Thank you soooo much for my shoe stamp, I cannot wait to use it. Let's hope this is the start of a long and fruitful relationship because if this stamp is anything to go by, I will be spending lots more money, which is bad news (but not for you!!)."
Sue Gleeson - Surrey - "Thank you very much for such a wonderful service, speak with you very soon no doubt"
Kate Berens, South London - "Thank you, it arrived first thing this morning. Great Service.
Viv Holden, Macclesfield - Thank you for your 'phone call today. I appreciate the honesty a lot. Will you be extending your range of products? The ones I've seen look pure quality.