OWH is going to CHA!

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!

Retailers: You'll have the chance to preorder in December, so stay tuned for the announcements.
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!

adele holcomb  – (November 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM)  

So much about this is exciting! I love the partnerships that are evolving, and the publicity that OWH is garnering. Love the "make and leave" idea!

Can't wait for the Hero Arts stamps to come out. I just found out my local LSS is having a preview on 12/10 -- I'm there!

Holly Iossa (Homeschool Homestead)  – (November 21, 2011 at 8:09 AM)  

Very exciting! It is amazining to see how much you accomplish. I am so glad I found this organization.

lalw925  – (November 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM)  

How do I find out which stores have the stamps? Is it places like Jo-Ann's and Michael's or more stamp-specific?

Cynthia T  – (November 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM)  

Let the OWH stamping begin asap after these stamps arrive at our LSS :)

Samantha  – (November 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM)  

congrats on all that awesome exposure!! can't wait to see the hero arts sets

Beth L.  – (November 21, 2011 at 6:26 PM)  

I am so excited about all the awesome things happening for OWH! Thanks for all your hard work, Sandy!!

Beth Gallagher  – (November 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM)  
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Beth Gallagher  – (November 21, 2011 at 7:03 PM)  

Congratulations on the upcoming show in Annaheim and I know you are more than busy, but thinking ahead.... I would love to volunteer at the OWH booth at the summer show in Rosemont, IL or do whatever else I can do to help you coordinate things on this end. Volunteers, whatever. I work part-time and have experience with events. Please let me know - it would be an honor!

Rufus  – (November 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM)  

You totally ROCK, Sandy!! Can't wait to see the Hero Arts stamps.

Unknown  – (November 21, 2011 at 7:40 PM)  

So excited for you guys! Congratulations! Good work!

Anonymous –   – (November 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM)  

You work so hard; it's great that you can now see the fruits of your labor. Enjoy it!You can bet our friends in the military are.

Operation Write Home  – (November 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM)  

lawl925, the big box stores should carry the sets too - they're part of the Hero Arts lineup. If you have a small stamp or scrap store though, be sure to let them know too and ask if you can preorder through them - then they'll be sure to carry them!

Margaret  – (November 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM)  

How exciting. I plan to be attending this year if they let the general public in this time. The last time it was in Anaheim, they did.

Barb Turpin  – (November 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM)  

LOVE that preview card! Can't wait to see the rest of the Hero Arts designs!

liannallama  – (December 2, 2011 at 8:56 PM)  

Yippee! I'm jumping up and down for this! Love the HA stamps and I will finally get to meet you in person! YIPPEE!

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