Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Marjolein Bastin - Lifetime Achievement Award

Press Release from Demdaco:
May 20, 2013, Leawood, KS — Internationally acclaimed Dutch artist Marjolein Bastin is widely recognized for the artful way she portrays the beautiful world of nature. Homeowners and gift givers delight in her Nature’s Journey collections of dinnerware, home décor accents, and holiday decorations from DEMDACO Studio®, and her delicate and inspiring illustrations have long enticed Hallmark card-senders through their popular greeting card line. Now, Bastin is being honored for all she has done to bring people together through her art and through nature with a prestigious LOUIE Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greeting Card Association (GCA).

The GCA’s LOUIE Awards recognizes the creative spirit and talent of artists who have touched people’s hearts and lives through the greeting card industry. DEMDACO, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of artist-driven gift and home décor products, is proud to collaborate with this iconic artist in an expansion of her popular greeting card products to provide enthusiasts of her work with charming decorative accents for their home and cherished gifts to share with others.

DEMDACO is dedicated to providing uplifting products that enhance the emotional connections in people’s lives. Marjolein Bastin’s creations for the DEMDACO Studio® collection support and enhance this mission of giving and sharing towards a common good.

“It is a joy to work with the most accomplished nature artist in the industry,” says Jean Lowe, Creative Product Manager, DEMDACO Studio®. “Through her exquisite detail, Marjolein Bastin is committed to capturing a true and authentic snapshot of Mother Nature’s work. In addition to her incredible gifts as an artist, she is truly gifted with a gentle, lovely spirit that inspires and infuses her work with emotion and meaning.”

Bastin’s fascination with nature as a young girl grew into her life’s mission, and she began sketching and painting every plant and animal in sight. Today, the iconic artist uses her work to tell the story of the beauty that surrounds us and to invite us to join her journey through nature. Bastin believes she cannot simply walk by and paint nature’s wonders, but must live with nature, and become a part of it, in order to translate its stories.

Bastin and St. Louis-based artist Mary Engelbreit received the LOUIE Award for Lifetime Achievement at the GCA’s 25th Anniversary LOUIE Awards gala on May 19 in New York City.
Marjolein Bastin Nature's Journey Collection
from Demdaco at Hooked on Ornaments
Coupon Code: LOUIE
(Valid 5/21-31/13)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2014 Sneak Peaks

As promised here are the 2014 ornaments that were revealed during the May Dream Book event.

2014 Angels Around the World #3
America - Sculpted by Katrina Bricker
2014 Frosty Fun Decade #5
Sculpted by Tammy Haddix
2014 Cool Icicle #2
Santa - Sculpted by Nello Williams
2014 Frosty Friends #35
Sculpted by Tom Best
2014 Heavenly Belles #2
2014 Puppy Love #24
Sculpted by Anita Marra Rogers
2014 Season's Treatings #6
Sculpted by Sharon Visker
2014 Twelve Days of Christmas #4
Four Calling Birds - Sculpted by Edythe Kegrize
NEW SERIES - Salt & Pepper Shaker inspired
Milk and Cookie
(2013 Tis the Seasoning complements this series)
2014 Christmas Window #12
Nina's Nook - Craft Store
Sculpted by Nina Aube
2014 Mice Cream Sundae
Sculpted by Kristina Gaughran
2014 Santa's Grandfather Clock
Club Membership Ornament
Coordinates with other furniture pieces from Santa's Home collection.
Sculpted by Edythe Kegrize
Thinking of You
Available Spring 2014
Yule Hogs
Press the button to see the pigs move
and hear a special version of "Jingle Bells"
Sculpted by Sharon Visker

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 Kansas City EXCLUSIVE Keepsake Ornaments

A Hallmark Keepsake Ornament First....Eight exclusive Kansas City Regional Keepsake ornaments.
Featuring highlights of Kansas City, these Regional Exclusives will be available beginning July 13th, allocated to Kansas City Area Gold Crown Stores exclusively. 

Repaint of 2008 ornament
Captioned: Grillin' and Chillin' in KC on the snowmans apron.
Artist crafted, metal and fabric.
By Terri Steiger. 3" h.
$14.95 QHG1202

Features a blown-glass oval Plaza Scene.
By Debra (Murray) Nielsen.
$14.95 QHG1205
KANSAS CITYAlteration of 2012
Our Family photo holder.
Features Kansas City's
skyline on base of snow globe with the words "Kansas City".
By Terri Steiger. 3½" h.
$12.95 QHG1212

Repaint of 2012 photo holder.
Captioned: Our Visit With Santa, Crown Center
Dated. By Terri Steiger. 3¾" h.
$12.95 QHG1215


Repaint of 2011
Granddaughter ornament
Features a penguin on skates,
wearing a scarf and knit cap.
Captioned on scarf: "I skated at the Ice Terrace!"
and "Crown Center, KC,MO"
By Nina Aubé. 4" h.
$9.95 QHG1242

CROWN CENTERAlteration of 2011
Our First Christmas ornament.
Features a porcelain snowflake
with silver crown dangle and the words "
Crown Center" "KC,MO" imprinted in silver.
By Terri Steiger. 4½" h.
$17.95 QHG1245
GOIN' TO KANSAS CITYRepaint of 2013
I've Been Everywhere ornament
Features "Kansas City Here I Come" on map cover
and Kansas City marked on the map.
Press button to hear music
from "Kansas City" performed by
Fats Domino. Battery operated.
By Robert Chad. 3 5/8" h.
$17.95 QHG1232

Repaint of 2013
Mooey Christmas! ornament
Features on ornament: "KC My Kind of Cow Town"
By Jim Kemme. 3½" w.
$14.95 QHG1222

Targeted to Kansas City Visitors and Locals. We're guessing the Amy's Crown Center Store will be well stocked for the August "Hangin' with Your Buddies" Keepsake Collectors Club Event attendees. Don't miss your chance to own one of these special 2013 Regional Exclusives...they are a first! If successful, perhaps this program will be expanded to other cities in 2014...stay tuned! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2013 Hallmark Dream Book Party

It’s been busy around the Hooked on Ornaments warehouse! Lots of things going on:

·         Mother’s Day is May 12th – In celebration, we have the Mother’s Day Gift Guide (With a Free Gift wrapping offer). We are hosting a I "Heart" Mom Giveaway on our Hooked on Ornaments Facebook page; and… our sister site, Tweedledee Baby, also has a Giveaway on the Tweedledee Baby Facebook page. Drop by and submit your entry and while you’re there, your Likes are much appreciated.

·         Bloomin’ Bucks – We just started our new promotion – Save Now and Save Later with Hooked on Ornaments Bloomin’ Bucks.

o   Save $5 off a $35+ order placed now and we’ll send you a coupon good for $5 off a $35+ order in June.

o   Save $10 off a $50 order placed now and we’ll send you a coupon good for $10 off a 50+ order in June.

o   Save $20 off a $100 order placed now and we’ll send you a coupon good for $20 off a $100+ order in June.

·         FREE US Standard Shipping for orders $30+ - For our May Days event we have lowered the Free US Standard Shipping minimum to $30! It’s a GREAT time to buy!

This weekend is the first official Hallmark Dreambook Party at participating Hallmark Gold Crown stores. At the event you will be able to purchase your first Hallmark Keepsake ornament of the year, see the 2013 Keepsake Ornament Club exclusive ornaments, and if you are a KOC member, get a free gift for attending and turning in a Wish List. PLUS we just found out that participating stores received additional “Sneak Peaks” ... eleven 2014 ornaments will be revealed! These include a NEW series for 2014, eight continuing series ornaments and two more special ornaments. We hope you'll attend the event at your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

A Spring Surprise
QHG5626 | $12.95 | 2 3/8" H
Designed by Nina Aube, Sculpted by Jim Kemme
Card carrying KOC members who attend a Dream Book party and turn in a completed Wish List will receive a 8" x 12" print of the Mary Hamilton watercolor that inspired this delightful ornament.
We encourage you to attend the Dream Book Party at your local participating Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Check back next week, we'll be sharing pics and information on the eleven 2014 ornaments that will be revealed at the events!
Happy Collecting!