Monday, January 26, 2009

CHA Day 3!!

Hello from Sunny (yes, it was sunny today) California!  It was a very long day, but saw lots of great things.  For those of you who have requested the "German gold paper" - it is on its way!  Found some fun new stamp lines - Hanna Stamps is my fave.  Ordered great stuff from Basic Grey (Look for lots of Marakesh and Lime Rickie), Fancy Pants, Moxxie, EK and K&Co (WOW - the new Jolee's are amazing), Inkadinkadoo, Imaginisce, Webster's Pages, May Arts, .....

Still working on lots of orders!  Look for some really fun techniques with Copic Markers on fabric and paper, new products for encaustic art, great new idea books, Animal Spirit Stamps, a wonderful line that we have had but now has a new look - Unity Stamps, and an amazing new cutter....well, you will have to wait for that, but you will be blown away.  We are also bringing in a new service for our favorite customers (that is all of YOU).  Your only clue is...we had to upgrade our computer memory to get ready for it!  My feet hurt and I'm ready for bed!  More tomorrow night!  

Oh, I was "This CLOSE" to Tim today - but didn't want to interrupt his demo (and his entourage).  Also got to see Jane Seymour (up close and almost personal) doing some painting.

Talk to you tomorrow!


Sunday, January 25, 2009

CHA Day 2

WOW!  If I see another cute jungle animal or woodland creature, I may scream.  But they are all (and that is a bunch!) adorable.   Today I ordered, and ordered, and ordered.  There are some wonderful things from Anna Griffin (with whom I had a lovely conversation in the ladies' room), KI Memories (um, cute jungle animals), Die Cuts with a View(cute jungle animals), Colorbok (yes, more cute jungle animals), Sassafras Lass (unbelievably cute), Sandylion, Impression Obsession  , PRIMA - WOW - wait till you see the glitter borders and the bonnet blossoms!!!, OH, Stamping Station- NEW SPORTS paper and stickers - really great, and they also have some special new patriotic paper honoring President Obama.  And some amazing camera bags and totes from MIMI for which part of the proceeds benefit an environmental cause 
(in guess what - jungle print!).

This isn't even the tip of the iceberg, but I'm brain-dead and can't think of everything.  I hit the floor at 7:30am tomorrow!  I'll try to take better notes so I can be more specific tomorrow night!  And, dare I say, there will probably be still more jungle animals to report.




Hello to everyone from sunny....oh, no that's not right.  It is rainy, cold and overcast here in Orange County.  The convention center is frigid, but the new lines are HOT!  Yesterday (Saturday) was a day for classes, seminars, and "welcome parties".  I got some tips for "greening" our business - and plan to implement many of them in the near future!  Learned about some fantastic new techniques from Golden Art - how to make acrylic skins with different colors and textures that can actually be run through an inkjet printer!  Photos, images, whatever printed on all these different skins - it's a mixed-media/altered art treasure trove!   Definitely some classes coming up with those!  I also got to experience the new STAR WARS line from Creative Imaginations - as well as lots of other great stuff!  Cute new Disney Princess, adoption, beach, music, many lines!  And SEI has a gorgeous new line called Mimosa.  SO pretty.  Great travel papers, too.

This morning I will hit the floor running, and will have lots more to report tonight!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Inventory is complete!

We survived our inventory with only one major malfunction... I think that is pretty darn good. We are now ready to get back to "normal," whatever that may be. Don't forget that January is the month to redeem the Holly Dollars that you received in December.

Also, CHA is right around the corner and we are starting to see previews of new products :) This is just as exciting as Christmas morning (only it lasts a lot longer)!

We will resume our regular store hours beginning tomorrow morning at 9:30am. We hope to see you soon.