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Cup’o Communication

No one is a morning person, even if they CLAIM they are. They are probably lying and by “probably…” I obviously mean they are. Who LIKES having to get out of bed, especially when you JUST found the perfect sleeping spot and the open air is frighteningly and shockingly less welcoming than your blanket cocoon?

What could possibly be even worse than that? The traumatic moment where you have actually managed to violently pull yourself out of bed but have yet to consume your morning wake-me-up beverage of choice. All you want is a straight caffeine shot to the face, but noooo you have to wait for water to boil and drinks to steep while making small talk with your roommie, slash bestie, who you love but at that pre-caffeinated moment, can’t remember why. Can you tell this is something I am intimately familiar with?

Enter Sharpie mugs who can say it alllll for you and possibly inject a smile into the AM routine we all love hate while working to get your day started off right. From your personal drink order (like Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess), to loving phrases like ” Don’t talk to me till this is empty” – your morning message is up to you!

Image and tutorial via A Beautiful Mess blog

All you need is a plain ceramic mug, a couple of Sharpie markers, a toasty oven and you have your own personal warning  to the world!

Now, it’s your turn, want to see how Elsie Larson made these cheery, daytime beauties? Just pop on over to A Beautiful Mess and check out her much sweeter version of “Good Morning!” and don’t forget to comment and let us know what you want to say!

**ALL instructions, tips and images are courtesy of  A Beautiful Mess Blog and methods have not been formally vetted by Sharpie.

**TIP from the community: designed items should be hand-washed only in order to preserve the integrity of the work.

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SHARPIE GETS TED

Ideas are what make the world go round.  They’re the foundation of the future.  They’re what inspire us to dream big dreams and climb big mountains and solve big problems.

At Sharpie, ideas come from our fans.  And they’re an inspired  bunch.  Have you seen what they’ve created?  Have you seen the ideas and inspirations and possibilities they’ve put out into the world using Sharpie as the conduit to creativity?  Maybe you’re even one of them.  Maybe your idea is one worth sharing.

Every once in awhile an idea comes along and somebody notices.  The TED award for “Ads Worth Spreading” recognizes great ideas in advertising, and today Sharpie was named one of 10 recipients of the 2012 award.

TED is a nonprofit group devoted to ideas. Since it started in 1984, it has become a driving force in advancing open dialogue, creativity and innovation in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design.  Through its annual conferences, TED brings together thought leaders from around the world to collaborate, learn, listen and engage toward a better tomorrow.

TED selected Sharpie’s webisode featuring pen cup artist Cheeming Boey to receive the award. It showcases Boey as he takes us on his artistic journey and the role Sharpie played along the way.

Boey was featured in Sharpie's print campaign, too!

The TED “Ads Worth Spreading” award is given to ads that become part of our cultural story, that amplify passion instead of ambushing viewers, that elevate the craft of storytelling while beautifully blending traditional and digital media.

But you be the judge.  Watch and weigh in with your thoughts.

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Doodle Contest w/ Laura Kelly & Coffeesmiths

This Fall, Sharpie Squad member Laura Kelly challenged Cedar Rapids residents to uncap their creativity at Coffeesmiths Cafe & Drive Thru.  The rules were simple: Participants headed to Coffeesmiths to pick up a plain white Coffeesmiths cup to be designed & customized using Sharpie markers.

Laura Kelly, Coffeesmiths, & Sharpie awarded prizes to the winners in four categories:

  1. Professional Artist
    $100 in Sharpie Product. $100 Laura Kelly Stationery. $20 Coffeesmiths Gift Certificate
  2. Big People (Ages 13 and up)
    $100 in Sharpie Product. $100 Laura Kelly Stationery. $20 Coffeesmiths Gift Certificate
  3. Little People (Ages 0-12)
    $100 in Sharpie Product. $100 Laura Kelly Stationery. $10 Coffeesmiths Gift Certificate
  4. School
    $250 in Sharpie Product, 100 memo pads designed by Laura Kelly (Value $600)
    and Coffee of Cocoa for Staff meeting (160 oz Box)

The results…

Artist Winner

Big Kid Winner

Little Kid Winner

School Winner

Other entries…

 

Aritist Entries

Big Kid Entries

Little Kid entries

School Entries

From the Baristas!

Want to see more coffee cup entries? There are TONS more to check out on Coffeesmiths’ Facebook album.