Sandy here with a little update! :)
OWH has been blessed with the chance to go to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in January - and host a booth! This is a huge leap forward for us in so many ways, and we are very very very excited!
The big shows are twice a year, and in July 2011, you may remember I walked my little feet off at the show—and met so many wonderful wonderful companies who want to serve our heroes alongside us. Many joined in to host challenges during our Birthday Bash (month of challenges throughout September)...many participated in our World Cardmaking Day bloghop in October....and of course we just celebrated Veteran's Day with the amazing 11.11.11 bloghop (you can still hop along - go see the links here!)
And hopefully you didn't skim right past the huge announcement: Hero Arts has created three stamp sets that will be a benefit for OWH!! You can see Shari Caroll's really pretty sneak peek card below from the hop... she did a lovely job with the clock set!
OWHers: Ask your family for gift certificates to your LSS, and make sure you send your local store a link when the preorders start - you can run run run to your store the day they arrive and get your very own stamps! I can tell you these are great sets and they stamp so beautifully - some can be colored, lots are great for simple stamping, and there are tons of sentiments perfect for our cards :)
I have to say, Aaron Leventhal, the CEO of Hero Arts has to be one of the very nicest men in the industry. At the trade show he was so gracious...and once we started working on the stamps, I was regularly invited to give feedback and input. They let me propose the content for the stamp sets, and even some little line drawings to point them in the direction of what I thought would be really great for OWHers...and I am so so so excited for you all to get to see them and use them on beautiful cards for our heroes!
This is just the kind of partnership I was hoping for when meeting with company owners at CHA...and I can't wait to see what January brings!
At this show, CHA is providing us with an 8x8 booth space - we'll have make-and-leaves, and we hope all of our company partners - retailers, distributors, manufacturers - will all stop by and make a card and say hello. Designers - come on by and share your talents with us too! Be sure to visit all the nonprofits who will be at the show, they're a great bunch of people doing awesome work, and you'll want to be helping with their causes too. It's good for your business - as well as a lot of fun!
A couple other things about the show - we'll be hosting a cardmaking party at the evening gala. Ever tried to throw a cardmaking party for 800? Yep! That's what's keeping me busy! Kits for the show plus the gala....and they are adorable since they all use the new swanky Hero Arts stamps!!
And as if all that wasn't enough...the trade association's magazine will be running an article by me in their next issue....talk about exposure. Stoked!!
To all our company/retail partners: Going to the show? Let's plan to sit down and chat! Email me when you start getting your schedule together....I can't wait! :)
So with all of this - my apologies in advance for the things sliding off my plate. I've gotten behind on some of my data entry, but will be catching up as I'm able. You all have been so very patient with me all during holiday shipping season - so just pretend I'm still drowning in cards for a little while longer :) You guys ROCK!