Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Bobbling Deads

This is Halloween month, The Walking Dead returns with new season, and if you're one of the millions thrilled by those undeads (and a few living ones), you'd love Whoppass Enterprises' new line of the Bobbling Deads. What are the Bobbling Deads, you say? In 5 words : zombified booble-head of you. Yes, you! Ever imagine what would you like missing a limb, blood gushing out of your body, and gritting your teeth through your bloody lips? Or maybe surprising your friends and family with their version of zombie? Well, you can order one now from Whoppass Enterprises.

I had a lovely chance chatting with Whoopass Enterprise's founder, so here it is, a bit of our conversation ..

 - When/where did you start this business?
Whoopass Enterprises began in December of 2003.  We launched it after our trip to Mexico where we saw a custom bobblehead and got in touch with the artist.  You can read more about the story here:

- What makes your product different than competitors?
Our company is based in the United States and works with you to make sure your bobblehead is designed especially how you want it.  We speak your language and make sure everything is done to your specifications.  Other companies are shipping these overseas and don't have a solid understanding of what you want and a lot can be lost in translation.  At Whoopass Enterprises, you talk to our customer service person in Chicago, and we go above and beyond to make sure you'll be pleased.

- What makes your product/service special?
Our customer service and attention to detail is what makes us special.  We really want our products to be something you're proud to display and will work with you to revise things until you're happy.

- Who's your target market?
Anyone with a fun sense of humor!  These go well for anything from a gag gift to a wedding cake topper, and anything between.

- What's the biggest obstacle when you first starting out?
Being able to produce custom dolls quickly and effectively.

- How do you overcome it?
Instead of producing them in China like other companies, we work with partners in Mexico.  It makes communication much easier, allows us to keep costs down, and provides customers with a better overall experience.

- What's is your best selling product?
Our completely custom dolls are the most popular, but the Groomsmen bobbleheads are also extremely popular.  Seasonally, our zombie bobbleheads do very well around the Halloween season.

- How do you see your business in the future?
We really hope people will start using our "build your own bobblehead" custom applet.  This is a cool app that allows users to select clothing and accessories, customize their bobblehead doll however they want, and submit it online.  It reduces the back and forth and makes sure we get things right the first time so you don't have a lot of revisions!

Did I mention that you can even customize your own zombie pose? Yes, you can! It's so much fun playing zombie without having to apply and wash all those fake bloods. Be sure to drop by and get your own Booble Deads figures! 

Happy Halloween! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Frebie : Haunted Hause Favor Box

Well it's officially October, yet again. Time to dress up, time to scare. And it's time for babalisme's annual Halloween printable! This time around, we'll have a cute small favor box, in shape of a classic milk cartoon for you to download, FREE!  

babalisme halloween 2014 haunted house box free printable2

Here I am using a glossy photo paper for the house, which I deemed not quite the best choice for paper crafting, but I'm out of my usual matte card stock paper. As you can see, the glossy paper is well, duh glossy (it made my black house rather blueish, ugh) and cracked mercilessly when folded. So yeah, be careful when you pick a paper. #lessonlearned

babalisme halloween 2014 haunted house box free printable1

Instructions : 
  1. Print on your desired paper/card stock and cut out. Make sure you cut your "window" open too. 
  2. Using the blunt edge of a small kitchen knife, or x-acto, or a spoon, or really, invest in a good bone folder already (Martha made a pretty good one), creases all the dotted lines. including the triangle on the rooftop, those are important. 
  3. Fold away your creases. Glue or double taped on sides where the edges met to form a box. 
  4. Don't for get to leave your "roof" open for now. 
  5. Fill in with candies. 
  6. Close off the roof  a stapler, or punch two holes on it and close it off with a ribbon. 
  7. Be generous handing out your treats. 
babalisme halloween 2014 haunted house box

If you have missed out many of my Halloween freebis, click here! Download them all and have fun!