With all the recent fuss in the UK about keeping your car full of fuel owing to the imminent tanker drivers’ strike, it reminded me that we are about to launch a branded ‘Fuel Widget’, which is an amazing little device that fits on your dashboard and tells you when you are using too much fuel! Without understanding the technology fully, it wires in to your car’s monitors, (fuel usage, speed, gear etc.) to tell emit a ‘beep’ when your average miles per gallon drop below a level set by yourself. All you have to do to correct the wastage is to change gear, take your foot off of the accelerator or ‘ride the clutch’, depending on your circumstances. Full instructions are provided. Obviously, we are able to brand these with your company logo.
Billy has a small amount of these to give away to the first blog readers who contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org), so please apply now for your free ‘April Fuel Consumption Meter’ by sending him an email with the heading ‘April Fuel Offer‘. If you apply before mid day tomorrow, we will get right back to you, otherwise you might be disappointed!
This product is so new that I have not had a chance to take a photo of it for the blog. This will be added as soon as I get a chance early next week.
Just over a week ago, I gave readers of this blog a list of things to come in the near future. If you refer to this list and compare with what we have posted during the ensuing period, I’m sure that you will agree that we have very nearly completed ‘our manifesto’. In light of the aforesaid, I am producing this by way of an update to give you a taste of what is to come on this blog over the next couple of weeks.
Rock Challenge news from several schools in England and an update from Fraserburgh and Westhill as they prepare for the Dundee Scottish regional finals.
News about our support for 3 cancer charities, in Fraserburgh, Cockermouth and (now) Nottingham.
Tutorials on using the Inkscape vector graphics program to produce ‘Art Nouveau’ style borders and motifs.
More tutorials on using Gimp to produce elementary photomanipulations.
Pictures and news about one of our stock car racing customers.
More ‘Special Offers’ from Billy.
More clip art, photoclips, fonts, flags, borders and more.
Another Caption Contest, this time ‘just for fun’.
Results of the March competition, along with the winning entries.
More details about the April contest (the lottery).
Anything else that crops up during everyday life at PomPrint Designs (hopefully more local photographs if the weather holds).
In support of items 3 and 4 (above) I have put together a piece of artwork to illustrate some of the techniques that I intend to cover in the next few tutorials.
Nouveau Tabletop - click to enlarge
Here you can see that I have made up a simple curvy motif and used it to make a border and a set of mathematically-inspired ‘subjects’. I have also included the use of textures and gradient fills (on the table top) and the superimposing of one of our photoclips (a lily in this case, to give an eastern feel), complete with shadow.
Although I have had a little bit of feedback about my GIMP tutorials, mainly about the way they were written and presented, I have yet to hear from anyone who has used them successfully. Please contribute if you can!! This site is specifically designed for all its members to share ideas and resources.
At the end of February I announced that we would be running a competition in April with a prize of a Craghopper’s Jacket. This was before I managed to crash the database in which this blog is held and had to reinstall.
In an effort to return to the position that we were at a week ago, with a good amount of blog subscribers, we have decided to turn the competition for April into a simple ‘lottery’. To enter this lottery, all you need to do is type your email address into the ‘subscribe’ box (see image below) and give us a few details (such as your name). Provided that you are still subscribed when the draw takes place, you will be emailed to pick a number which, upon receipt, will be entered for you into the draw for another Craghoppers jacket – details to follow soon.
If you can’t wait until the end of April to win a jacket, and you still haven’t made your full three entries into the March competition yet, you know what to do.
Competitions for May/June etc. are very much dependent upon the level of participation in March and April, and the willingness of our suppliers to donate prizes. Details will be posted as soon as decisions can be made.
Once subscribed to the blog, please feel free to give us your ideas and suggestions. We might even give a Prize to the most successful suggestion!
Version 1.1 of the PomPrint App for iPod, iPhone and iPad is now available for you to download from the Apple store, click on the icon below to download:-
For those of you who don’t know about this App, it transfers the functionality of this Blog onto you mobile device, so that you can use it to access our catalogues, comment on blog postings, browse our clipart galleries, make enquiries, link to us on Facebook and Twitter and (eventually) a whole lot more. Please try it out (it is free), and let us know what you think and give us your suggestions for improvement.