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Amazing Photo Montage

Can you keep a secret? This is a photo montage Stave created from customer photos of George and Lynn at their wedding 25 years ago. They were married August 14, 1982….. so in 2 weeks they will be given this puzzle as a surprise 25th wedding anniversary present. They are going to love it, don’t you think? (Yes, we have permission to show it now.)
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A gift for CBS

Back on April 1st CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood ran a wonderful story on us and the phone has been bouncing off the hook ever since. The beginning of the piece shows their sun logo coming together as a puzzle…… so as a ‘thank you’ to CBS we framed that puzzle and shipped it to them… and they love it. Please note that the frame is 2-sided and can be easily taken apart so the puzzle can slide out and be reworked if they so choose. The puzzle is not glued to the glass but rests within the open circle sandwiched between two panes of glass. I show this to you as an example of what you can do to show off a super special puzzle. The frame is wide enough so it can sit on a counter. Cbs_puzzle_front
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Meet Barb-A crafter who is over-the-top!

In 2001 we introduced Barb as an apprentice crafter and WOWóshe caught on fast! We soon realized her special talent for conjuring up mystical silhouette pieces and elaborate irregular edge treatments. You will see more and more window treatments in our Traditional puzzles. Remember the cat puzzle Bag Ladies shown earlier in this blog? Yep! Barb had her hand in this too! She also created the artwork for two Stave Treasure puzzles-Treasuretrove and Palace Pranks.

Barb
“I have always loved drawing and being creative. Living in the country and being close to nature is a constant source of inspiration and creative renewal for me.

Designing edges and window treatments for puzzles has been a challenging and enjoyable outlet for the artist in me. Edge design has become a way for me to create a “story” with silhouettes that will reflect the theme and imagery in a puzzle. It’s fun to see how silhouette pieces can develop a new life and perspective in an edge design.

The actual process of design sometimes seems like putting a puzzle together, piece by piece. I’m not sure what the end result will be…I will see how the shapes evolve and work at fitting them together. Some pieces fit, some don’t, but eventually it all comes together to form a design that I hope will challenge and surprise the puzzler as much as it had challenged and surprised me!”

Artists she really likes: James Christensen and Scott Gustafson

Here are a few examples of Barb’s work:

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Amazing Photo Montage

Can you keep a secret? This is a photo montage Stave created from customer photos of George and Lynn at their wedding 25 years ago. They were married August 14, 1982….. so in 2 weeks they will be given this puzzle as a surprise 25th wedding anniversary present. They are going to love it, don’t you think? (Yes, we have permission to show it now.)
25anniversarypuzzle_2

A gift for CBS

Back on April 1st CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood ran a wonderful story on us and the phone has been bouncing off the hook ever since. The beginning of the piece shows their sun logo coming together as a puzzle…… so as a ‘thank you’ to CBS we framed that puzzle and shipped it to them… and they love it. Please note that the frame is 2-sided and can be easily taken apart so the puzzle can slide out and be reworked if they so choose. The puzzle is not glued to the glass but rests within the open circle sandwiched between two panes of glass. I show this to you as an example of what you can do to show off a super special puzzle. The frame is wide enough so it can sit on a counter. Cbs_puzzle_front
Cbs_puzzleback

Meet Barb-A crafter who is over-the-top!

In 2001 we introduced Barb as an apprentice crafter and WOWóshe caught on fast! We soon realized her special talent for conjuring up mystical silhouette pieces and elaborate irregular edge treatments. You will see more and more window treatments in our Traditional puzzles. Remember the cat puzzle Bag Ladies shown earlier in this blog? Yep! Barb had her hand in this too! She also created the artwork for two Stave Treasure puzzles-Treasuretrove and Palace Pranks.

Barb
“I have always loved drawing and being creative. Living in the country and being close to nature is a constant source of inspiration and creative renewal for me.

Designing edges and window treatments for puzzles has been a challenging and enjoyable outlet for the artist in me. Edge design has become a way for me to create a “story” with silhouettes that will reflect the theme and imagery in a puzzle. It’s fun to see how silhouette pieces can develop a new life and perspective in an edge design.

The actual process of design sometimes seems like putting a puzzle together, piece by piece. I’m not sure what the end result will be…I will see how the shapes evolve and work at fitting them together. Some pieces fit, some don’t, but eventually it all comes together to form a design that I hope will challenge and surprise the puzzler as much as it had challenged and surprised me!”

Artists she really likes: James Christensen and Scott Gustafson

Here are a few examples of Barb’s work:

Michael_battlesedge_2

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