This year Cornerstone Impressions is turning 15 years old, so our business is a moody teenager. Just kidding, as we turn 15, we are humbled and excited to be where we are today. We are proud of the hard work it took to get here and we are thankful for continued growth year after year. Its crazy to think what started out as a man with a dream and a box of awards has grown into a team of more than 20 people working across six departments, all with the same goal; to make our clients look good.

Some say as you progress in business and life you should always keep your eyes forward. They  say not to look back because you’re not going that way. Occasionally though, its important to turn around and reflect on where you started. After all, if you never look back, you can never truly appreciate how far you’ve come.

Our story began in 2002 when Bill Cartmill decided it was time to take a leap of faith…

Here’s hoping our next 15 years are half as wonderful as the first. 🙂

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No matter your age, joining a local sports team is always a good idea. There’s just something FUN about getting together with your friends and trying to beat the heck out of some other people and their friends.

Whether you take the sport and competition very seriously or you’re in it for the beverages on the sidelines, you need something to get the team spirit going. Can you guess what we’re going to suggest here?

Custom jerseys are not only necessary for deciphering who’s who on the field, they can be a really funny way to show your team’s personality. Not sure what style you’re looking for? Trust us, we have options for every dedication level.

If you’re serious about your sport and want to dress for performance, we have great dry fit options in many of the same styles as Nike, Under Armour, or other popular brands you would find in a sporting goods store. We can give you the fit and feel you want without the brand name price tag. If you actually just joined the team because you heard there were free snacks, we have super casual T-shirt options you can wear both on and off the field.

Most of our jerseys fall safely into two categories; the serious and the hilarious.

THE SERIOUS

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THE HILARIOUS

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The best thing about printing all of these jerseys is getting to see the creative team names that our clients come up with. If you have a funny name for your sports team, we want to hear it! Comment below or shoot us an email with your idea.

As always, you can find more of our designs at www.cornerstoneimpressions.com or by checking us out on social media:

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the news this year, you probably know that the upcoming election is creating even more buzz than usual. Now that social media gives everyone a platform to express opinions, it seems like everybody wants to make sure the public knows where they stand on a variety of controversial topics.

Here at Cornerstone we are certainly not experts in politics, but we’re pretty sure we have something you can all happily support this election season.

CHIPS & QUESO ’16
SHIRTS AND DECALS AVAILABLE NOW

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Chips & Queso ’16 shirts and decals can be purchased on our website. Shirts feature the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop logo on the back, but decals have no logo.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about our products and services, shoot us an email or leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

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As a Fort Worth based company,  we are right in the middle of an area with multiple colleges and universities. Every fall, sororities and fraternities from these local universities begin recruiting their new members.

Recruitment for sororities is a huge deal. For nearly a week, hundreds of girls go from sorority house to sorority house meeting girls, learning about the various philanthropic efforts of each sorority, and eventually deciding which one is the best fit for them. Once the week is over, the new sorority members are super excited to wear their new Greek letters!

Sometimes finding congratulatory gifts for sorority girls is hard because not every company is licensed to sell these products. Fortunately, we are! Just in time for fall recruitment, we’ve added plenty of new products to our online sorority shop. It’s now easier than ever to purchase Greek apparel and gifts for the sorority girl in your life.

Check out some of our sorority gifts below!

CHARLES RIVER EMBROIDERED PULLOVERS

 

GOLD GLITTER EMBROIDERED V-NECKS

 

 

CAR DECALS AND STICKERS

 

EMBROIDERED STADIUM BLANKETS

 

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In addition to our online store, we take custom orders. So if you have a different gift in mind, just shoot us an email here: hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll make sure you get the gift you’re looking for!

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Last week, we posted about what’s trending in the world of printed tees. Because we are a screen printing company, its no surprise we see design trends come and go each year. This season, we’re seeing more variety in shirt styles than ever before.

This summer T-shirts are versatile and trendy. More and more of our clients have started to veer away from plain T-shirts and have begun to gravitate toward new fabrics, colors, and cuts. So today we’re sharing some of the most popular shirt styles of the season.

One thing’s for sure. Throwback styles are everywhere. We’re seeing 50’s oversized shirts tucked in, 70’s color pops and 90’s relaxed fits and grunge themes. Crop tops, loose fitting tees and slouchy styles are all the rage. Shirts which can easily transition from day to night and accessorized for any occasion. For example, a slouchy tank goes perfect with shorts during the day, and all you have to do before dinner is knot the tank and swap your shorts out for a maxi skirt!

Foil printed tees are another trend to look out for this summer. This style is popping up here and there, and we’re thinking the look will catch on quickly. The shiny bright colors add flash to cheeky phrases and brand names.

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For those of you who enjoy throwback styles, you’ll love this next one. Ringer tees are back in a big way, and they still look as cool as they did when your camp counselor wore them.

For men, a classic tee with a washed vintage look is a great casual look for daytime. 

 We want to hear from you! If you have a style trend to report or just want to share some looks you love, leave a comment below!

As always, please email any questions or topics you’d like to learn more about, or simply leave a comment below! Don’t forget to check us out on social media:

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CSI-GroupPhoto-1In today’s fast paced world, everyone moves at cyber speed. Communication is instant, a world of shopping is only a click away, and sometimes we forget to stop to enjoy the things around us. That’s why we are so happy to live and work in Fort Worth, TX.

Fort Worth mixes metroplex life with a small town feel. The city is busy, but the people are friendly. On any given night, you can find live music from every genre. The drinks are cold, the weather is warm, and the shopping is awesome!

Those of you visiting our blog for the first time might not know who we are or why we are talking to you about our city. It’s simple really. This city is important to us. We are Cornerstone Impressions, a Fort Worth based print shop. We create anything and everything you can put your name or brand on, and we often work with other local businesses. To us, the best thing about our job is getting to know the people behind the products we print.

We truly love meeting people who live and work near us. We love hearing their stories, learning about their passions and visiting their businesses! When a client opens our eyes to a new restaurant, boutique, brewery, venue, or any other business we were previously unaware of, we are thrilled. Since our doors opened in 2002, we’ve met thousands of amazing people and visited hundreds of places we were previously unaware of, right in our own backyard!

Our clients have shared all of their awesome ventures with us, and now we want to share them with you! Whether you’ve lived here for 3 days or your entire life, we are sure you’ll find something awesome on this list:

THE BREWS

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PANTHER ISLAND BREWING – Located right along the banks of the trinity river, you’ll find an awesome brewery serving delicious beers with a side of live music and great food. Check out their events, stop by and have a glass, we promise you wont regret it!

MARTIN HOUSE BREWING CO. recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary, and it’s safe to say they’re here to stay. Martin House offers tours and tastings and a wide selection of beers to choose from. They feature year around beers, seasonal beers and super limited edition beers, so there’s always something new for you to taste when you visit!

HOPFUSION ALE WORKS is currently being built in the heart of Fort Worth’s Near SouthSide neighborhood. The startup brewery focuses on community, friends and craft beer as an experience. Check them out, their journey is just beginning!

THE FOOD

The Food

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP may have locations across the country now, but the original Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is still right here in Fort Worth where it all began. Known for their baja style tacos and cult-like fan following, we promise you wont regret popping in for a drink and a taco… or twelve.

TACO HEADS started in a single food truck here in Fort Worth, quickly expanded with more trucks and recently grew into their new brick and mortar store in the Cultural District. They offer a relaxed, friendly environment with hand-made cocktails and tacos. All drinks, tacos and snacks are free of man-made chemicals or additives. In other words, they taste amazing.

RAILHEAD SMOKEHOUSE BBQ is a Fort Worth staple known for their great barbecue and cold beer. The rustic style restaurant is laid back, delicious, and a nice escape from busy everyday life. Because, as they say at Railhead, “Life is too short to live in Dallas.”

THE GOODS

The Goods

THE RUSTIC BEARDSMAN – If you’ve ever spent time in Fort Worth, you’ll know that beards have always been a thing here, which makes it the perfect home for The Rustic Beardsman. The Rustic Beardsman is a high quality beard care line made with all natural and organic ingredients. Perhaps their best quality, though, is that they truly care about every customer and the beard they wear.

LAZY J RANCH WEAR – A self described “western wear based store with funk,” Lazy J Ranch Wear is a classic example of Fort Worth. Located in the historic stockyards, Lazy J is the perfect place to stop in and get a real feel for western style. Cowboy boots, hats, and men’s and women’s apparel are just the beginning of what you’ll find at Lazy J Ranch Wear.

Can you believe these are only a tiny portion of the amazing people and places we get to work and play with here in Fort Worth? We could talk for days about how awesome our clients are, but we trust you can use this list to see for yourself!

If you’re curious about what other treasures are hiding in plain sight around here, shoot us an email and ask! We’re happy to point you in the right direction. 🙂 As for us, you can see more of our clients, products and services on our sites below!

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When clients stop by our office, we like to take them on a little tour of our workshop. We show them the screen printing process, explain what these giant machines do and how the shirts are actually made. By doing this, we’ve learned that people really love screen printing!

Our clients love to see the process and we love to share it with them. Since we can’t bring the whole world into our shop, we wanted to bring it to you. Check out this video and watch as these fraternity T-shirts make their way from plain to printed!

Of course, this video only includes a small part of the screen printing process. We’ll call this the “ink to tee” portion. There’s much more to see, and we are happy to show you. Shoot us an email to let us know what you want us to feature next on Just Inkin’ Around! In the meantime, check us out on social media here:

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Ordering T-shirts can be a hassle. It starts out simple enough, you’re in a meeting and someone decides it would be fun to make T-shirts for your organization or maybe an upcoming event. Everyone thinks it sounds like a great plan until you all start trying to create a design. If nobody in the group is an artist, how do you make a T-shirt design that doesn’t look like a 6-year-old drew it?

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You can go online to a website and create a T-shirt, but then you’re limited to a few clip art options and approximately 12 font choices. You can create the shirt in a word document (bad idea), but then you have no clue how to size it correctly for a T-shirt or how it will look when it’s printed out.

We hear our clients talk about this problem over and over again, and we know it’s no fun! The good news is that artwork for T-shirts does not have to be stressful for you. Simply choose a screen printer with in-house designers. At Cornerstone, we are so lucky to have some amazing designers on our team. They take drawings, ideas and words and turn them into beautiful artwork for print.

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Next time you decide you want to make custom T-shirts for an event, all you have to do is let us know. We can brainstorm ideas with you, take any instructions you have for us and create a custom design you’ll love. Check out a few custom designs created by our artists below:

Some of these designs you see above were nothing more than a general idea when they first came to us. The beauty of having in-house graphic designers is that it saves you time, effort and a lot of group discussions over T-shirt designs.

When you’re ready to make tees for your next event, please don’t stress about the design! Let our artists handle everything for you. If you don’t like the design at first, no problem, we’ll make it again. To see more from our designers, follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and check us out on social media!

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If you’re like us, you love giving gifts at the holidays. You like to make the people in your life feel special and you like to see them smile. What you probably don’t like so much, however, is selecting the right gift for each person! When you’ve got a long list of people you appreciate, it can be challenging to find the right gifts for everyone. You want your gifts to be meaningful and enjoyable. After all, nobody wants to give another basket of coffee and pecans. But with so many people on your list, how can you make sure each gift feels personal and special?

We’ve got you covered. In our experience, the best way to add that personal touch is to literally get personal. Personalization can take a gift from simple to elegant in one smooth step. It can turn a basic item into something completely unique. This year, we’re giving you a step-by-step guide to gift giving that will ensure everyone on your list gets a little something special!

Step 1: MAKE A LIST OF THE PEOPLE IN YOUR WORLD

When it comes to shopping, one should never begin without a list. Shopping without a list is the reason you walk into Target for a bar of soap and leave with a full cart and $300 less than you walked in with. So, for your wallet’s sake, take a few minutes to sit down and write out a list of everyone you want to give gifts to this year. Break them down into categories like family, friends, teachers, coworkers, business relationships, employees, etc.

Step 2: WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR WORLD?

After you’ve got a list of everyone you want to buy for, take a minute to sit down and think about each individual on your list and what’s going on in their lives this year. Did they have a new baby? Did they get married or move into a new house?Did they start a new job or retire from an old one? Did they graduate college? Did they send a child to college? Do they have any major events or changes coming up in their lives? Make a second column next to their names and write down something personal about each person in this column.

Step 3: WHAT DO THEY NEED IN THEIR WORLD?

Now that you’ve got a list and a little something personal about each person written down, think about gifts for life events. For example, newlyweds might enjoy a gift featuring their new family name, like a decorative pillow or a photo frame. A student might enjoy a cozy blanket or a lap desk to use while they study. Someone who recently started a new job might enjoy a padfolio or a name plate for their desk. Maybe grandma could use a new scarf. Once you’ve got a few gift ideas, add a third column and put down the gifts that would work for each person.

Now, you might know five people who moved into a new house or went off to college this year, and you want to get them all cozy new blankets. Remember, it’s totally okay to give the same item to multiple people, because we’re going to add a personal touch in the next step!

Step 4: PERSONALIZE

Now you’ve got a list of people to buy for and a list of which gifts to give, all you have to do is personalize! When you take the time to add a personal touch to gifts, people feel special! It’s a very easy way to show the people in your life how special they are to you. So, here are a few suggestions for gift personalization.

  • If you’re giving pillows or towels, have the family name or monogram embroidered onto these items. These make wonderful elegant gifts for the home, not to mention useful!
  • For grandma, add her monogram to a soft, cozy robe or a new scarf. She’ll stay warm and look pretty all winter long.
  • For the college student, add their team to a blanket, jacket or any other apparel item you choose! You can never go wrong with team spirit.
  • For that friend who started a new job, try monogramming a laptop bag or customizing a business card holder!

If you follow this step-by-step guide to gift giving, we promise your presents will not disappoint! We love creating personalized products for our clients, friends and family. If you’d like to see more gift ideas from Cornerstone Impressions, email us or visit our social media sites! They’re filled with pictures so you can browse for ideas.

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