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We like to celebrate Earth Day every day!
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Did you know Earth Day has been going strong for 44 years now? In fact, the first Earth Day celebration, actually led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts?

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Top 3 hottest eco-friendly trends for 2014 summer weddings
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1. Wear vintage!

Not only will you be super-stylish this summer in a lacy frock from yesteryear, but you’ll also be re-using material that would have otherwise been made new. Find a used wedding dress and ask a seamstress to fit it and to add elements that reflect your personal style. This can make for a one of a kind dress that still meets your goal of “less impact”. Wedding rings made from re-purposed family jewelry is another way to start your marriage sustainably. Another bonus in using family heirlooms for your wedding attire is that it will connect you to a story that started long before your special day. Whether its layers, lace, beads, diamonds, or silk – make it authentically yours. Some call it upcycling, re-purposing, or just plain vintage!

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Blow your family away with this plantable seed bomb ornament
Plantable Seed Paper Favors

 

Running out of time for unique Christmas presents and stocking stuffers? Us too! Quick, use this recipe for a one of a kind eco-friendly plantable ornament. After packing up all their ornaments for the season, your friends and family members can plant these seed ornaments and grow an herb garden, rows of lettuce, or even a wildflower garden!

 

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Five Eco-Friendly Holiday Card Alternatives
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Holiday cards are piled up on the kitchen counters. Wrapping paper pieces are all over the floors. Boxes are haphazardly stacked by the trashcan because your long-distance family members haven’t heard of gift cards yet. It must be time for the holidays! 

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A few months back we released our Custom Invitation Builder and have been creating seed paper products that you can customize with your own personal message. Making our handmade seed paper products just that much more special, for you to share with your friends and family! We have created a video for you to check out to see all of the different capabilities of our invitation builder, including picking different fonts, font colors, font sizes and justification. 

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We like to celebrate Earth Day every day!

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Did you know Earth Day has been going strong for 44 years now? In fact, the first Earth Day celebration, actually led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts?

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1. Wear vintage!

Not only will you be super-stylish this summer in a lacy frock from yesteryear, but you’ll also be re-using material that would have otherwise been made new. Find a used wedding dress and ask a seamstress to fit it and to add elements that reflect your personal style. This can make for a one of a kind dress that still meets your goal of “less impact”. Wedding rings made from re-purposed family jewelry is another way to start your marriage sustainably. Another bonus in using family heirlooms for your wedding attire is that it will connect you to a story that started long before your special day. Whether its layers, lace, beads, diamonds, or silk – make it authentically yours. Some call it upcycling, re-purposing, or just plain vintage!

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Running out of time for unique Christmas presents and stocking stuffers? Us too! Quick, use this recipe for a one of a kind eco-friendly plantable ornament. After packing up all their ornaments for the season, your friends and family members can plant these seed ornaments and grow an herb garden, rows of lettuce, or even a wildflower garden!

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Five Eco-Friendly Holiday Card Alternatives

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Holiday cards are piled up on the kitchen counters. Wrapping paper pieces are all over the floors. Boxes are haphazardly stacked by the trashcan because your long-distance family members haven’t heard of gift cards yet. It must be time for the holidays! 

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Bloomin Custom Invite Builder

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A few months back we released our Custom Invitation Builder and have been creating seed paper products that you can customize with your own personal message. Making our handmade seed paper products just that much more special, for you to share with your friends and family! We have created a video for you to check out to see all of the different capabilities of our invitation builder, including picking different fonts, font colors, font sizes and justification. 

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We're excited to announce that we have seed paper matchbook wedding favors that match all of our new custom wedding suites! These matchbooks are completely customizable and each comes with sticks of our Original handmade seed paper. The seed paper is fully plantable and will grow into a garden of wildflowers to help your guests remember your special day!Sandpipers F SPMBSSPMBS Open LightYellow

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Promotional product distributors have spoken… Bloomin has been voted Best Eco-Friendly Promotional Product at this Years’ ASI Show in NYC! Our Planting Kits are perfect for promotiing your business, by giving your clients a garden of wildflowers for their desktop. 

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Seed Paper Shower Favors

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We LOVE receiving testimonials and feedback from all our creative and crafty customers. Last week, we received an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  from Mary; who wanted to show us how she used the yellow seed paper Starfish shapes that she had purchased online from our Animal Seed Paper Shapes page. She had a nautical themed baby shower that she made favors for. For her favors she used a mason jar filled with a little bit of sand, our seed paper Starfish, a small instruction card and each was topped with nautical cloth and ribs. We think these are super cool!
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If you have any photos of how you've used our seed paper, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ! We love to see seed paper in action!

 

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In the latest edition of Counselor Magazine our very own Don Martin (Bloomin President) was featured on their Hot List. Check it out:

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Armed with a marketing MBA from the University of Colorado, Don Martin always seemed destined for success. As president of Bloomin’ Promotions (asi/40646), he’s developed a unique line of seed paper-based products that includes coasters, calendars and wristbands. Bloomin’s signature items are made from 100% post-industrial, recycled paper and dyed with all-natural, vegetable-based pigments. But Martin doesn’t just sell sustainability – he relies on it. His company uses a 30kW solar power system to run its Boulder-based production facility. Martin also serves on the board of directors for nonprofit Community Link and provides job opportunities at Bloomin’ for individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

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Night of the Arts

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We recently had an inquiry about donating some our seed paper shapes to a middle school in New Egypt, New Jersey. The request came from Tara a teacher who runs an Eco-Friendly club at the school. The school was having an event called 'Night of the Arts' which was set up to to showcase goods that can be made from sustainable materials. This was a perfect fit as our paper is made of 100% post-consumer recycled material and our dyes are soy and water based.

 

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Recently, we heard back from Tara who let us know that the event was a HUGE success and everyone was amazed they could "grow their art". 

We are always happy to help out when we have the opportunity and resources to do so. 

 

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Red Lion Hotels

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We recently had a nice write-up on some seed paper water bottle neck tags we produced for Red Lion Hotels and their R&R Club. Check out their blog post here:

http://redlionhotels.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/guest-blog-seed-tags-from-red-lion-hotels/

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Custom Wedding Invitations

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We have a wonderful new addition to our website! A custom invitation builder! In addition to our new invite builder, we have developed 21 beautiful new Seed Paper Wedding Suites that have matching InvitationsResponse Postcards, Information Cards and Save the Dates. And the best part, they are completely customizable! The invite builder allows create and build your invitation exactly how you want it. It allows you to create and customize your text in just about any format you can think of. After you place your order, you will receive a proof in no time, from one of our professional designers.
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Seed Paper Dress

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We get a lot of inquiries about our seed paper on a daily basis. Perhaps one of our most unique was from a mother of a student attending Parsons-The New School for Design in NYC. They were looking to purchase some of our seed paper to design and create a seed paper dress.  We received a few photos recently to show how our seed paper was printed and assembled into a dress for her project. Who knows, we may see seed paper dresses during Fashion Week NYC, next year. We were thrilled to hear that Elizabeth received an A on her seed paper dress!

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Our Annual Seed Paper Sale Is On Now

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OK people OK, It is that time of year. OUR ANNUAL CLEARANCE SALE IS ON, and when we put something on sale, we promise great prices. If you wanted a bunch of seed paper sheets for a project, but just weren't willing to shell out two bucks a sheet, now is your time to shine. Do you need a few thousand green seed paper flowers, or pink butterflies? We have a few...bazillion. We also have a bunch of other discontinued products, and all have great prices, check 'em out at - http://www.bloomin.com/clearance.html

We will keep adding more stuff as we find it during our fall cleaning.

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SeedBombs!

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SeedBombs – These Bloomin ballistics are made from a mix of annual and perennial wildflower seeds and 100% post-consumer/recycled paper. They are a great way to combat barren landscapes. 

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The colorful biodegradable bombs are an easy way to spread the love - just throw and grow! Make sure your target is tactical (somewhere that will receive consistent watering). Soon enough, your mission will yield a garden of wildflowers that will return to protect their territory year after year. So go ahead -  bomb highway roadsides, sidewalks, medians, vacant lots, or even sabotage your own back yard. For a more controlled explosion of color in a specific area, soak bombs in water, break apart, and spread out under a thin layer of soil. Be sure to water regularly and keep soil evenly moist until seedlings are well established. Germination time is about 1-3 weeks. Enjoy.

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On August 25th, 2012, The best cyclists in the world and over 100,000 fans will converge on Boulder, Colorado for Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

 Bloomin.com is proud to be a Boulder Stage partner for this epic event. Many believe USA Pro cycling originated in Boulder, dating back to 1975, when Mo Siegel, founder of the Celestial Seasonings herbal tea company, launched the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic. This August, the World will have their eye on Boulder again as the sport’s elite cyclists make their way to the finish line on top of Flagstaff mountain. Check out the grueling route that winds through downtown Boulder and over our glorious foothills. 

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Have you ever wondered how seed paper is made? Have you ever thought about what it takes to make seed paper? Here is a short clip from the “Craft Goddess” in Charlotte, NC. A quick how to on making your own seed paper. Bloomin offers a variety of seeded papers, so if you get tired of mushing up the pulp and want to leave that mess to the experts please visit http://www.bloomin.com/seed-paper-supplyservices to order your plantable seed paper today!

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Bloomin Wedding inspires Inspired Bride

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Plantable seed paper wedding invitations make a timely appearance on Inspired Bride's blog. We are so thankful they gave our eco-friendly seed paper the spotlight on the first day of spring, how perfect is that!? Inspired Bride is a wedding blog focused on the "how to" aspect of DIY wedding planning.

I personally love the layout of the blog, and think the banner and logo are just darling. Visual appeal make a big difference and can be the deciding factor of whether people decide to read on or click to another page. Inspired Bride has the right idea! Maybe I'll get a couple of pointers from them on how to revamp our layout as well.

Happy First Day of Spring -- now is the time to start sowing your plantable seed paper!

 

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Bloomin Wedding feature - On the Go Bride!

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Plantable seed paper wedding invitations debuted with On the Go Bride! This was my first "official" guest blog post and I believe it looks fabulous. On the Go Bride is a lovely blog for busy brides in the Northern California (and Reno) area. We are so happy they took a liking to our eco chic plantable seed paper wedding invitations and hope some eco-friendly brides in California and Nevada will too!

Please let us know if you would like any samples or just want to take a look at our catalog. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Happy Friday!

 

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Bloomin was chosen as the official manufacturer of seed paper for Universal's latest blockbuster, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax! We helped produce 3 million bookmarks adorned with seed paper in the shape of a Truffula Tree. In order to stay consistent with the movie's message, we made a special, custom seed mix for this project, and used white spruce seeds in place of our typical wildflower mix.

The Lorax is a Dr. Seuss children's classic with an environmental theme. The Lorax "speaks for the trees because the trees have no tongues." Before long, the greedy Onceler ventures into the land filled with Truffula Trees and begins chopping them all down in order to make and sell "Thneeds", something that EVERYONE needs. The story goes on to share messages of industrialism, pollution, and greed, all of which are important to note in this day and age, especially with our children.

We were so excited to be a part of this project, and we even more excited to see our bookmark on an IHOP commercial during prime time television.


The bookmark also made it into the re-release of the original production of The Lorax DVD! This animated version was produced specifically for television back in 1972. Make sure to get your copy of this classic, exclusively at Target!

Just remember that we all can make a difference when it comes to global warming and protecting our planet. To quote The Lorax, "Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not."

Hope you enjoy the movie, and happy planting!

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And there it is! Now that's a pretty snazzy bookmark
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Here's a great example of how seed paper can be incorporated into almost any promotion. One of our reps overseas was able to add our Seed Paper Enclosure Tag to this Korean iPhone Case. We love how descriptive the advertisement is - it shows you exactly how to get the seed paper to sprout. We also think reusing the iPhone case packaging to grow your seed paper has an excellent, eco-friendly message as well. This just goes to show you how versatile seed paper can be!

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Bloomin Invites on Colorado Babies and Brides

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Colorado Babies and Brides is a new magazine in the Boulder area. A subsidiary of Yellow Scene Magazine, this dual publication is made for life's next adventures. I was able to pass on some samples of our plantable seed paper wedding invitations to editor Shavonne Blades. We are so happy to have made it on their blog, and we are hoping to make their latest publication as a bridal trend for this season. Fingers crossed!

 

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Organically You Events adores Seed Paper

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Here at Bloomin, we love when people reach out and share their enthusiasm for our plantable seed paper products. We were thrilled when Orgainically You Events posted on our Facebook wall. This Denver-based, event planning company is dedicated to making sure your event is everything you want it to be. Thanks again for adding seed paper to your "eco-friendly finds"!

 

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Brit Stewart Tucker Loves Seed Paper

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Mrs. Tucker does it again! Right after sharing Bloomin Wedding with her own followers, she shared the seed paper love on Every Last Detail, another wedding blog she writes for. Bloomin Wedding was listed in her "Tuesday Tips: 5 Ways to Green Your Wedding" post as an eco-vendor. Besides choosing an eco-vendor (like us!), Britt suggests brides choose to upcycle, minimize waste, dress green, and offset their wedding with carbon credits.

Thanks again Britt for the love! And for spreading the eco chic message to brides everywhere.

 

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Landlocked Bride's Vendor Spotlight

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Bloomin Invites was lucky enough to be featured on Landlocked Bride's Vendor Spotlight this January. The Landlocked Bride is a great site for Midwest and Mountain brides to find wedding inspiration, whether it be eco-friendly vendors or the trendiest wedding colors for the season. The blog's founder, Brit Tucker Stewart, is such a doll and will hopefully come check out Bloomin's headquarters soon since she recently moved to Denver.

Thanks again for the love Brit! We're so pleased to be featured on such a wonderful blog.

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Bloomin Invites is WeddingInviteLove's Newest Vendor

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WeddingInviteLove is a great online directory to help connect brides with their perfect invitation vendors, whether by price, location, or design. We are so thrilled to be showcased on their site, and be given this exposure to boutique invitation studios that we would never reach otherwise.

We are looking forward to hearing from some couples who are just as excited about seed paper wedding invitations as we are. Thanks again for the plantable seed paper WeddingInviteLove, if you know what I'm sayin'!

 

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Tahoe Unveiled features Bloomin's Seed Paper Invites

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Tahoe Unveiled is a wonderful blog helping brides and grooms plan their perfect wedding with the beautiful Lake Tahoe as a backdrop. They were thrilled to discover our eco-friendly wedding invitations made of plantable seed paper that grow into flowers when planted!

Thanks for the feature, and looking forward to working with some Tahoe couples soon!

 

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It's Tebow Time!!!!!!!

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It’s Tebow time in Colorado, and at Bloomin’ this week. Most of our staff had on our orange and Blue, and Sue was sporting the official number 15! We will all be gathering around the tele with friends and family to watch our Beloved Broncos make the magic happen again this Saturday night.

In honor of Tim Tebow mania, we’ve mocked-up a limited edition version of our popular Growfetti in orange, blue, and white seed paper. The name of our newest addition to the Growfetti line--you guessed it…. Tebowfetti! Let us know what you think!

There’s plenty of time to get your orders in so you can have it on hand for tossing in the air when the Broncos win Super Bowl XLVI on  February 5, 201. Go Broncos!

 

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What Happens in Vegas doesn't Always Stay in Vegas

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We started off the year with a BANG at the 2012 PPAI Las Vegas Expo. With over 1,000 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees, it's an understatement to say I was a little overwhelmed at my first trade show. Luckily I had the veterans, Katie and Don,  there to help me out. Katie thought it was, "great to meet everyone and finally get the chance to put some names to faces."

The Bloomin sales team got to stay in the luxurious Luxor hotel, and I'll tell you we had quite the time navigating that labyrinth of a pyramid. I guess that's what they try to do in Vegas, get you so lost in the hotel so you'll never leave!

Our new 2012 products were well received, and our new and improved booth looked great. People were most excited about our plantable seed paper confetti packs and mini-planting kits. We are in the process of whipping up some samples of those so we can send them out to the hungry masses. The rest of the month holds two more trade shows, ASI Orlando and Toronto. We better rest up and get ready to do it all over again!

 

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Can Seed Paper help Save the Bees?

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We have all heard about the declining bee populations, and the dramatic impact it will  have the on world’s food supply.

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Here at Bloomin', we love when clients show us their seed paper sprouting into wildflowers. Our latest testimonial comes from NK Promotions, a promotional products company based out of sunny Hawaii.

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Creative Custom Seed Paper Wedding Invitations

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There are so many great ways to get creative with our plantable seed paper wedding invitation suites. In a recent order, the happy couple decided to get crafty and add their own unique style to our Persimmon suite.

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We are on a roll this week! Another darling wedding blog was kind enough to feature our plantable seed paper wedding invitations. Rustic Wedding Chic is a great niche blog for brides planning a rustic or country wedding.

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As we hone in on the holiday season, love is in the air. And we all know that first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the all-important decision of which wedding stationery suites to choose.

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Looking for a way to incorporate the Thanksgiving holiday into your promotional campaign? The Lil' Bloomer Recipe Card is the perfect way to get noticed and have a lasting impression on your target market. The example below incorporates a seed paper leaf embedded with thyme, sage, and parsley seeds, all of which grow into ingredients crucial to the turkey stuffing recipe.

The Lil' Bloomer Recipe Card is great for any holiday-themed dish or for simply promoting healthy eating habits. All of us at Bloomin' are excited to see the new ways companies use this product to project their messages.

Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy the stuffing!

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As the Thanksgiving holiday rolls around, all of us at Bloomin' are grateful for our latest feature in YesBride.com's wedding blog! Founder Kelly Gera took interest in our plantable seed paper wedding invitations and showcased the Persimmon and Cherry Blossom Suites.

YesBride is a great resource to "help you plan the wedding of your dreams while reducing the cost of your special day." Make sure to check them out for all your wedding inquiries.

Thanks YesBride for your interest in plantable seed paper wedding invitations, and for the blog post! We're looking forward to helping your readers go green for their special day.

To read the full blog post, please click here: http://yesbride.com/blog/2011/11/eco-friendly-wedding-invitations-2/

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Katie Kennedy joins the Bloomin Crew

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It may be the beginning of winter, but Bloomin' is still sprouting up new ideas, new products, and introducing new team members into our awesome mix.  Our new Sales Coordinator, Katie Kennedy, comes to us with a background and passion for sustainable products. Katie says that, “living in Colorado for the last 13 years has deepened my appreciation for our environment and inspired me to work towards its preservation. I’m proud to be part of a company that runs on renewable solar energy and creates products out of 100% recycled materials”.  Other than saving the world one piece of seed paper at a time, Katie enjoys backpacking, whitewater rafting,  skiing the killer slopes of the Rocky Mountains and gardening on the Front Range (with Bloomin' seed paper of course).

 

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What else is new at Bloomin' you might ask? Brace yourselves for the upcoming release of new growfetti shapes, mini wildflower growing kits, seed paper envelopes, and our gorgeous eco-friendly premium invitation line. Until then, don’t forget to take advantage extended special pricing on our "Holiday the Easy Way" greeting cards.  Um, can you say “free set-ups?” We will, but only until December 1st!

Be sure to check out and download the full and complete catalog of Bloomin Holiday Promotions at http://bloominpromotions.com/BloominHolidayCatalog11.pdf

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Bloomin' employees open Verde Food Truck

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Bloomin' employees T.J. Ingraham and Michael Sethney (a.k.a Seth) recently opened their food truck Verde, which is proud to be the first, authentic Sonoran style Mexican food vendor in Colorado. The guys were nice enough to stop by the Bloomin' office building today and let everyone try their famous cuisine. I made sure to order their Machaca, which is shredded beef stewed in a special blend of spices.  It was delicious! The meat was bursting with flavor and my tacos perfectly satisfied my mid-day hunger. I ordered three, but could only finish two!


Verde's name not only stems from the Spanish word for "green", but their commitment to serve the freshest food available, using products and methods that will protect the environment as well. Now there's an earth-friendly mission statement we agree with here at Bloomin'. Maybe we can even get Verde to print their menus on seed paper!

 

Thanks for stopping by today Seth and T.J. Hope business is blossoming and can't wait for some more Verde next week!

 

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Bloomin' is proud to introduce our newest employee, Lauren Shapiro. She is a recent marketing grad from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Her interest in sustainability is what led her to Bloomin'. She thinks the idea of eco-friendly promotions and greetings is really great, and so do we! Besides seed paper, Lauren enjoys skiing, cooking, practicing yoga, shopping, and traveling. Last summer, Lauren was on Semester at Sea and traveled throughout the Mediterranean. Her favorite stop? Greece!

 

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We started off November in style by being featured in OneWed's event planning blog. Bloomin's line of eco-friendly, fully plantable wedding invitation suites caught editorial director Azure Nelson's eye. Nelson "loved the style and designs, and just couldn't wait to post!" The full article can be found here.

Bloomin' Wedding Invitations are a unique, Earth-friendly way to make a lasting impression on wedding guests, and show the bride and groom’s commitment to each other and to the planet.

Each of our designs feature the richly-textured beauty of our signature paper—handmade with an infusion of wildflower seeds. Plant it and enjoy memories of the special day year after year—as a vibrant garden will grow right out of the wedding invitation itself!

Thanks for the post OneWed! Glad we could add some seed paper invitations to your repertoire.

 

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Here is another rough iphone video from Tom at Bloomin' Flower Cards. Our seed paper garden has been in full bloom for six to eight weeks I think. It started out a little slow. I was concerned that we had waited a little too long. Why is it the folks in "the" business often don't get done themselves what we do for others all year long.

 

For example, I spent a few hours in the evenings before Christmas, cramming in Adobe Creative suite on my own family Christmas cards, and I never did print, die cut and send them out. I put so much work into them I finally had to at least post them on my facebook page, for what ever that was worth. My sub point is that I did my best to help hundreds of others get their holiday cards out and failed getting my own out.

Anyway, my main point is that we shipped hundreds of thousands of seed paper products out to our customers before the end of May so everyone could take advantage of the beginning of the planting season and I neglected to get our own garden in early. Whew, that was a mouthful. Well as it turned out we didn't miss a thing. We have a great late summer garden that I think will be looking good for another month or more.

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Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow!

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It's always fun to see photos of our seeded paper growing!  Here is a photo of some beautiful (and tall!!) Zinnias that bloomed from a recent  PB5 flower bookmark project. You can see that our seed paper works well right in your office as out in your garden. Part of the reason our paper has such a high germination rate is the diversity of seeds. Each sheet includes a mixture of 13 different types of annual and perennial wildflower seeds that will grow everywhere from Atlanta and Anchorage!

The first 5 people to send a picture of growing seed paper will receive a FREE Seed Paper Growth Journal. Send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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We mean it when say our seeds are randomly dispersed in our paper. One wildflower seed in this plantable seed paper postcard decided to randomly disperse itself right where Jane Lynch's tooth should be! Don't worry we have an amazing quality control team that checks every piece to catch this type of nuances.  But this postcard does more than just make us laugh, it's being used to promote VH1's Do Something Awards. This award show highlights celebrities and young adults that are making a difference. Check out this clip of the highlights from last years ceremony and be sure to watch on August 18th to help celebrate the do-gooders of the world!

 

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Jane Lynch Do Something Awards

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Our current paper obsession- quilling!

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We love paper!  We spend all day making it, cutting it, printing it and talking about it.  Our paper obsession is constantly inspired by the  interesting and beautiful ways other people use the medium in their art and products. Our current inspiration comes from quilling- a paper art where strips of paper and then rolled into shapes and glued together to create an image.  The image below is an unbelievable example of quilling by Yulia Brodskaya. Here is a good how to by Martha Stewart crafts if you want to try quilling yourself.

 

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Bloomin Featured in Promotional Products Business (PPB)

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PPB (Promotional Products Business Magazine) recently asked recipients of this year’s PPAI Supplier Star Award to comment on the elements they think are critical to ensuring long-lasting customer satisfaction. Check out the 24 Best Ideas For Memorable Customer Service. Don’s are listed as the top 3! We appreciate the praises we receive for our customer service commitment from our customers most of all. Check out the full article in the most recent issue of PPB

24 Best Ideas For Memorable Customer Service By Tina Berres Filipski

PPB asked recipients of this year’s PPAI Supplier Star Award to comment on the elements they think are critical to ensuring long-lasting customer satisfaction. What are your three best pieces of advice to keep customers happy?

Don R. Martin, President Bloomin’ Promotions (UPIC: Bloom108)

1. Offer solutions, not just products. We encourage our distributors to share information about each project early, so that we can make recommendations to ensure it is as successful and cost-effective as possible.

2. Manage the customer’s expectations. Because our products are handmade, there are slight variations in the thickness of the seed paper, as well as subtle color variations. We do our best to minimize these variations, but we encourage distributors to help manage the customer’s expectations.

3. Sample the product. We encourage distributors to plant our products and see for themselves that our paper really does grow. If they have seen how well it grows firsthand, and have that peace of mind when a customer asks, it is a powerful selling tool.

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We are very excited to announce that our new 2011 collection of plantable seed paper products are now featured on Felt and Wire Shop. I have been a long time fan of  the Felt and Wire Shop-every thing they carry is unique and beautifully designed!  How can you not love a website when their collection spans from reusable fabric wrapping paper to peacock place cards.  So thanks again to Felt and Wire Shop for adding seed paper to your mix.

 

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WE ARE NOW SOLD AT THE FELT & WIRE SHOP
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There are a couple of things we do a lot of here at Bloomin, we make a lot of plantable see paper, and we print on a lot of seed paper.


We print using three methods:
1) Offset printing: it’s fast, easy, (sort of) and fairly cheap. Unfortunately, all that pressure kills off a lot of seeds.

 

2) Inkjet printing: it’s slow, problematic, frustrating, and ink costs a fortune, but it looks great, the ink is very eco-friendly, and no seeds are damaged in the process.

3) Letterpress printing: it’s old school work, so-so speed, a lot of set up and clean up, very challenging to do a good job, really fun unless the job is super long. The only seeds that are killed are where the ink is laid down because the get squished, and the ink is soy-based, and quite eco-friendly.

If it was up to me, all our seed paper would be letterpress printed. I love it and I am good at it. Kevin Huck, (Dr Huck I call him) is also good t it. He has been printing here for years. If you have had seeded paper letterpress printed by us, Dr Huck probably printed it.

Anyway, I took out my iphone the other day and made a little video clip of the process. It is down and dirty, and very sloppy (and I thought I do well under pressure) The video is a little embarrassing, but I’m putting it up anyway because I don’t believe we could do it better a second time. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for watching. Oh yea, if you have any questions about the process or if you need help printing on our seed paper, give me a call. Our phone # is 303.443.3591, press 0 and ask for Tom Noyes.

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Inside Weddings Magazine features Bloomin Invites!

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Thank You Inside Weddings for posting Bloomin’ Invites in your “What’s New” section as a Hot Trend. It’s just a small shout out, but we really appreciate that you noticed our designs and brought attention to them on your site. Emily Burrows designed them and we think they are beautiful. If you would like to check out the post, click here for a look.

 

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Ok, here is a great product – growfetti. We are offering a package of about 400 little plantable seeded flower shapes for $15.00. Each package includes two sizes of flowers, both are quite small, less than an inch diameter. I hope you like them. They come in four color combinations – whites, brights, naturals and pastels. Of course you can get them at www.bloomin.com

 

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Growfetti - seed paper confetti
They are so fun I want to cover my floor with them and wade through them every time I come home. I want to sprinkle them on the tables at our neighborhood coffee shop and watch everyone smile when they sit down. I want to fly over Red Rocks amphitheater in a helicopter and dump a million of them over the crowd at the next concert but I won’t. No I wont, but I may sprinkle them on the tables next time I have a party at my house and I may put a sprinkling of them in the next letter I send out. They are a great wedding seed favor, you can’t beat the message, you know, “Our Love Grows” and on and on.

 

They’re made using our original  seed paper, the rough, textured and colorful paper that is packed with seeds. We get like…. 96 flowers I think out of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet. They are super cool, but a lot of work to pop all of those flower out of the sheet and get them into a bag.  Anyone need a job?         … just kidding

Thanks – Tom Noyes

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It's Time for Back to School

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We've got great education-themed promotions at Bloomin Promotions for any kind of learning institution. Plantable seed paper makes a unique statement about growing minds. Check out our back to school Mini-Gift Pack!
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