Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Is Unveiled . . .

The last Tim Holtz sneak peek was today – more than 20 minutes devoted to a single item.  And I have to admit that at first glance, I wondered what the big deal was about another MISTI look-alike – until I noticed that it’s reversible . . .

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The Tim Holtz Stamp Platform has a reversible stamping plate – one side for cling mounts, and one side for rubber stamps.  And that does appear to make it more than just a look-alike.  You can see for yourself by watching the sneak peek on Tim’s website or Facebook page.  They are expected to arrive in April – as usual, advance orders are 20% off the MSRP with free shipping in the Continental U.S.

With that, all of the new Tim Holtz items are on our site – except the Sizzix Alterations items which will magically appear on Saturday.

New items from Spellbinders, Faber-Castell, and probably more that I can’t remember as I type this will also appear on Saturday – stay tuned.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ranger Chimes In . . .

More new Tim Holtz items were announced today – this time from Ranger, with three more sets of Distress Crayons, Distress Oxide Ink Pads, a Designer Bag, and more goodies.


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Due to the miracle of alphabetical order, all of the Ranger stuff shows up first when you click on this link to see all of the new Tim Holtz releases that we are allowed to show you so far.  Everything will be there by Saturday – advance orders are 20% Off the MSRP with Free Shipping in the Continental U.S.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Re-Change of Heart . . .

Apparently the CEO at Sizzix overruled those below him and decreed that we are not allowed to show you their new Tim Holtz releases until January 21 when “Creativation” (formerly CHA) 0pens.

That doesn’t mean you can’t look at them – you can click on this link and look at the Tim Holtz Sneak Peek.

But it does mean that you can’t place your advance orders until January 21.

So I suggest that you set a reminder on your phone.  I do this a lot – and sometimes it saves me.  Today was one of those days – my phone buzzed at 11:30 this morning and I had no idea why.  Then I read the message, and was reminded that Zoe and Nala had appointments at the vet an hour later for their annual checkups.  Two hours later, I had two grumpy pets who had been poked and prodded and pronounced healthy (two shots for the canine and one for the feline).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tim Holtz New Release Season Begins . . .

It actually started while I was driving home from Texas – the annual January ritual of Tim Holtz new item announcements.  Today is my first day back at work, so in-between the normal “first day back after a show catch-up” I have been working on getting them on our site. 

But I knew I was going to hit a roadblock today – the Sizzix “sneak peek” was today, but Sizzix wasn’t allowing anyone to put any of their new items on their sites until January 21.  Didn’t make sense . . .

Gary called Sizzix – and they still said “not until January 21”.  But then they called him back a few minutes later and had a change of heart.

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So along with lots of new Stampers Anonymous Cling Mount Sets and Layering Stencils like these, there will be Sizzix goodies and Advantus (Idea-ology) goodies and all sorts of other goodies that I haven’t even looked at yet.

And you’ll be able to see all of them as they magically appear on our site by clicking on this link at least once a day . . .

Of course, advance orders for each item are 20% off the MSRP until the first shipment arrives.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Health Updates . . .

Seems only fitting that the first post of 2017 is an update on the progress of three folks who spent part or all of 2016 on my prayer list . . .


This pic was taken last Friday morning, shortly after I regained my composure after being shocked from behind during setup in Grapevine, Texas by Ellen Sedgwick from Tessler’s.  After a year away from us recovering from an aneurysm, Ellen looks great – says she feels great – and worked their booth the whole weekend.  It was so good to see her!


Nami Nakamura from DeNami Designs had skin cancer surgery on her leg last week and is recovering slowly at home.  She gets her biopsy results sometime this week.  Nami posts to Facebook almost every day, and her positive outlook is contagious.  I think I would be losing my mind after a week stuck in bed.


And John Eberly from Purple Daisy Designs called me Monday morning while I was driving home from Texas.  He had hip replacement surgery on Friday morning, was home by Friday afternoon, and is recovering nicely at home.

All three asked me to thank you for your continued prayers.  Wasn’t that a great way to start the year?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Ends With Our Thanks To You . . .

Another year ends – hard to believe that as of earlier this week, I have gone to the same place to work for 37 years.  But so much has changed over the years – I may work at the same place, but it is definitely not the same job.  All of you were directly involved in one way or another, as we transitioned in the mid-90s from a small print shop in Southwestern Ohio into whatever it is we are now.  And we are grateful – thanks for your continued support over the years.


This year’s family Christmas picture again had a theme – the next generation makes its debut in just four weeks.  There has not been a baby on my side of our family in nearly 23 years, and there has not been a girl baby in – forever!  Nothing will ever be the same – and we can’t wait.


I took this picture of Zoe and my niece, Natalie, a year ago.  I love both of their smiles.  Zoe’s year was quite full – no surprise to any of you who followed her presidential campaign.  So now she is taking it easy as she waits for another opportunity to serve our nation.

Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve – and an even better 2017.  Again, thanks for being part of our lives.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thanks to Those of You Who Played a Part in This . . .

A couple of weeks ago, I shared an article about a boy from Southwestern Ohio who wanted to receive Christmas Cards to decorate his room.  The Dayton Daily News posted an update on Wednesday . . .


He has now received about 50,000 cards from the United States, with more expected from Europe, Asia, Japan, and China, where the story spread last week.

Thanks to all of you who played a part – you can click here to see the update.