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Vermont: the Green Mountain State

Let Me Fill You In
Our last newsletter was filled with so much news, I had to save some tidbits for later. Now is later, so let me catch you up. Cheryl Johnson, our artist in Maine, has been working on a series of small Teaser puzzles featuring each of the United States. Our goal is to design them at a size and difficulty level that will appeal to everyone. Of course, we started with Vermont. We’re incorporating the state bird, flower, and flag into each puzzle as well as Teaser pieces representing what the state is known for. Did you see the Stave clown? Get ready to travel our beautiful countryside, discovering new things along the way. Once you own your home state you know you’re going to want them all!

Mouse Pad is Susan Greenleaf ’s new Teaser puzzle. As you can see, it’s a play on words so I think it will appeal to all those who are keen on computers. And all you critter lovers will laugh when you see the techno-savvy mice. These little housemates will have you keyed right in to joining them in their mouse pad.

We’ve been brainstorming with Stave artist, Susan Berry, and we’re coming up with great ideas to incorporate into our new Limited Edition puzzle based on the lost city of Atlantis. This project is right up Susan’s alley and she’s already working on preliminary sketches. Steve has sent the first prototype to our ace Tester in Delaware so we should be hearing groans of frustration very soon! The puzzle is shaping up beautifully with lots of neat twists and turns to keep you befuddled and puzzled. Steve’s trickery and Susan’s artwork make this a puzzle not to be missed!

We’ve also got Steve’s new 4- sword Teaser prototype out to test. I cut the first prototype and I had to put it back together with a cheat sheet. I can’t wait to hear the feedback on this new challenge. We gave Molly Delaney the AOK to begin painting our new 2- way Trick kitty design but then promptly pulled her off that project to ask her to work on something else. Don’t worry. We’ll let her get back to it very soon! Do you have any suggestions for its title?

Is That Small Enough?
Waaaaay back when, like in the mid-80s, we offered a cute little puzzle called Blue Mum by artist Piet Mondrian. It was done totally in soft blue with only a few different shades. What made this puzzle so special? It was cut in 100 mini pieces. Instead of our usual two pieces per square inch it had three! Our puzzlers loved it and our cutters did, too. It’s your lucky day because we’re bringing our Minicut style back! Keep your eye out for news of our Mini-cut revival as well as other cutting styles you may have never seen.

Jennifer

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001

Vermont: the Green Mountain State

Let Me Fill You In
Our last newsletter was filled with so much news, I had to save some tidbits for later. Now is later, so let me catch you up. Cheryl Johnson, our artist in Maine, has been working on a series of small Teaser puzzles featuring each of the United States. Our goal is to design them at a size and difficulty level that will appeal to everyone. Of course, we started with Vermont. We’re incorporating the state bird, flower, and flag into each puzzle as well as Teaser pieces representing what the state is known for. Did you see the Stave clown? Get ready to travel our beautiful countryside, discovering new things along the way. Once you own your home state you know you’re going to want them all!

Mouse Pad is Susan Greenleaf ’s new Teaser puzzle. As you can see, it’s a play on words so I think it will appeal to all those who are keen on computers. And all you critter lovers will laugh when you see the techno-savvy mice. These little housemates will have you keyed right in to joining them in their mouse pad.

We’ve been brainstorming with Stave artist, Susan Berry, and we’re coming up with great ideas to incorporate into our new Limited Edition puzzle based on the lost city of Atlantis. This project is right up Susan’s alley and she’s already working on preliminary sketches. Steve has sent the first prototype to our ace Tester in Delaware so we should be hearing groans of frustration very soon! The puzzle is shaping up beautifully with lots of neat twists and turns to keep you befuddled and puzzled. Steve’s trickery and Susan’s artwork make this a puzzle not to be missed!

We’ve also got Steve’s new 4- sword Teaser prototype out to test. I cut the first prototype and I had to put it back together with a cheat sheet. I can’t wait to hear the feedback on this new challenge. We gave Molly Delaney the AOK to begin painting our new 2- way Trick kitty design but then promptly pulled her off that project to ask her to work on something else. Don’t worry. We’ll let her get back to it very soon! Do you have any suggestions for its title?

Is That Small Enough?
Waaaaay back when, like in the mid-80s, we offered a cute little puzzle called Blue Mum by artist Piet Mondrian. It was done totally in soft blue with only a few different shades. What made this puzzle so special? It was cut in 100 mini pieces. Instead of our usual two pieces per square inch it had three! Our puzzlers loved it and our cutters did, too. It’s your lucky day because we’re bringing our Minicut style back! Keep your eye out for news of our Mini-cut revival as well as other cutting styles you may have never seen.

Jennifer

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001