back in the groove…


i hope you all enjoyed your holidays.  we decided this year that instead of working through them like we always seem to do, we would take time to enjoy it.  for us that meant no work, no blog, no social media, just enjoyed being off the grid for a while to relax – it was perfect and much needed.  now we’re back in the groove and in full “show-mode” as the time ticks away closer and closer to CHA.  as you can see from the calendar we’ve got lots to do this week to have everything ready to ship out including all of the ranger display boards, workshop kits, and booth samples – it’s going to be a busy one for sure…


a couple of highlights are:

1/1/2015 – what better way to kick off the new year, than with some creative inspiration with the new 12 tags of 2015!  are you planning on joining this monthly challenge by digging into your craft stash, trying new techniques, and simply putting your creativity to work?

1/5 – 1/9 – get ready for a week of CHA show “sneak peeks” to get a glimpse of the new release products coming your way in the new year.  each day i will share my new releases from the various companies i design for including sizzix, stampers anonymous, idea-ology, core’dinations, and ranger.  i can’t wait to share all of the exciting new things we’ve been working on for the past year – the fun begins next monday here on the blog!

ok, well time to get back to work – happy monday everyone…t!m


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111 Comments to “back in the groove…”

  1. So looking forward to a new year of inspiration

  2. Linda Ledbetter says:

    Oh, I LOVE those sneak peeks! They just get better and better. I hope you guys have an absolutely sensational New Year, and I cant wait to see you!


  3. I’ve been checking in to see if you might do January’s tag early and go have fun on New Year’s Day! 2014 was the first year I followed through and did every month’s tags along with you … I love my collection of tags and never plan on missing a month again! Plus — it helped me build up an excellent supply stash that I can use on most all my craft projects.

  4. Linda S. says:

    Can’t wait to start working on the tags of 2015. As always thanks for the inspiration and happy new year to you all.

  5. Patricia B says:

    Wow! Great idea, I’m always wanting to try new techniques. I love seeing all the new things from CHA. Wish I could be there. Love ya’

  6. S@ndy Diller says:

    So glad you had some time to relax, looking forward to the peeks. See you at CHA!

  7. Mary Pendergrass says:

    CHA sneak peeks. Can hardly wait to see what super stuff you have come up with.

  8. Glad you took some time for yourself since you give so much of yourself all year long…but, welcome back. 2015 is going to rock!

  9. Julia Aston says:

    What a busy and productive time for you all! can’t wait to see everything new! Wishing you and your cargo – safe travels!

  10. Val H says:

    Happy Tuesday and new year too!

  11. wow Tim looks exciting – I’m looking forward so much to joining in with the 12 tags again in 2015 – your techniques are just wonderful and so creative – its great to learn something new and to remember oldies too – thankyou for the last year of tags! Hugs rachel x

  12. Jennifer says:

    So glad to hear you took the time off for you! I think everyone needs this!
    Happy New Year, looking forward to those sneek peeks!

  13. Lisa Byers says:

    I am so glad you took some much needed time off!! I sure do hope to join you in your monthly tags this year! My new years resolution is to spend more time in my craft room being crafty. What better way then with you 🙂 thanks T!m!

  14. Barb Speck says:

    Glad your holidays were Merry and hopefully you have a great New Year. Can’t wait to see what goodies you have come up with over the last several months!! I know without yet seeing them Ill probably be in big trouble all over again!!

  15. Victoria Daniel says:

    Hi Tim
    Its about time you are taking to enjoy the rest of the end of the year, and have good time with the families and friends its the best time of the year don’t mist it,thank you and happy new year and get ready for CHA i can wet to see what you get new stuff hope some punches.

  16. Sara Hanlon says:

    Good for you – it’s always great to take some time away from it all. Makes the muse very happy!

    Wishing you the very best for 2015!

  17. Gigi says:

    I’m looking forward to more of your creativity coming my way. It’s always great inspiration.

  18. Elaine Seip says:

    Glad you got a chance to enjoy the holidays! Now, the party is over and back to work we go! Looking forward to seeing the new releases, and the new tag!

  19. Susanne says:

    Thanks for sharing! You deserved a brake for Christmas! I’m so excited to se the new products! Happy New Year to both of you!

  20. Everyone deserve some days away frome work. Happy new year and I am looking forward to see the new stuff.

  21. Wendee deal says:

    Happy new year.

  22. Wendy Trankle says:

    Good on you for taking a much needed and well deserved break. Hope you have a little time to celebrate the New Year as well. Thank you for all the creative inspiration!

  23. Elizabeth aka scramper75 says:

    Glad you were able to take the time off, well deserved. Can’t wait to see what tag kicks off the 12 tags of 2015. 🙂

  24. Marie says:

    Happy Monday! Looking forward to CHA!

  25. Kavi Coulson says:

    So glad you took time off to enjoy yourselves! As “they” say-“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!” But no one could ever say Tim is a dull boy! Amazing, talented, super nice that’s what I say!
    Looking forward, as always, to your sneak peek of new products. Got some $$$ for Christmas that’s already burning a hole in my pocket! LOL
    Happy New Year!

  26. Brenda Brown says:

    Glad you took time off for yourselves, you need to re-charge your batteries for such a heavy schedule ahead. Can’t wait to see the new things coming out. Happy New Year.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  27. Marilynn Ellsworth says:

    Everyone needs some down time. I can not wait to see what you will or have came up with for 2015! I’m so excited. Hugs

  28. Cindi says:

    Good for you! I am ready and waiting to see all of your fabulous
    creations…Many thanks, Cindi
    Have a fabulous 2015…

  29. Bethany I. says:

    So excited!!

  30. heather medema says:

    Are those water color palettes I see!?!?!?!?!?

  31. Sheri K says:

    I’m glad you and Mario did take some time off for Christmas, you guys need a break! I cant wait to see what you have dreamed up for us crazy craft geeks this year, you always leave us inspired! Happy New Year Tim and Mario!

  32. Pat Monfre says:

    can t wait!

  33. Noreen says:

    I always love the sneak peek of new products coming out – can’t wait to see what’s upcoming!

  34. Carol watson says:

    Ready and waiting love doing the monthly tags,almost as much as seeing all the new goodies you have created for us to play with!

  35. Gloria L. says:

    Happy New Year from northeast Alabama!

  36. Sharon L-S says:

    Thought of y’all while watching the Disney Parade/Party Christmas morning. Thanks for a super wonderful crafty 2014! Looking forward to new inspiration in 2015…bring on the sneak peaks and of course the New year in Tags! Woo Hoo!!! Happy New Year to you and your merry band of craftateers.

  37. Judy Jackson says:

    It will be almost as exciting for us faithful blog followers as it is for you to sow us the new stuff! I can hardly wait — but of course I will have to do so– to see the new CHA items being added to your line of products.

  38. Terri W says:

    Always look forward to your monthly tags Tim and the sneak peeks oh boy…………..

  39. Rettaescape says:

    Great plan…take some time for you! Looking forward to a creative new year!

  40. Annie says:

    Happy New Year!!! I am anxiously waiting for 2015 Tags of the month and to see sneak pics for upcoming CHA.
    Annie in DE

  41. Looking forward to it all! Remember to take time for yourself to enjoy your birthday too!

  42. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    So happy you got a chance to breath and take in the enjoyment of the holidays. We all hope you make a commitment to do it every year. Time is so precious that we must place value into “living in the now”. Love you guys and am looking forward to 2015 filled with delight of the new!

  43. So happy you took time for yourself and R and R these past couple days! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Looking forward to all 2015 has to offer. Especially those sneak peeks and the 12 tags. Maybe, I ‘ll be able to participate more this year. Have a blast at CHA! Enjoy the Journey!

  44. WilmaB says:

    looking forward to the sneak peeks!!!

  45. butterfly says:

    So glad to hear you had some proper time off at Christmas – you’ll need it looking at the work to come!! So excited to see the Tags are back for 2015… work meant I had to miss out on much of the second half of the year (though I plan to play my way through what I missed at some point!!) so I couldn’t be happier.

    And wow – sneak peek time – be still my heart… can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this time!
    Happy New Year!!
    Alison xx

  46. Toni says:

    Glad to hear you’ve had a good break, I must say I put my ipad to rest for a few days and yes, it was good! So happy to see twelve tags of 2015 on your calendar, still got my last one of 2014 to do , better get cracking ! Wishing you both a happy and joyous new year xx

  47. Inge Bekaert says:

    Hello Tim, Mario and crew,

    I completely understand what you write about taking time off.

    No one will give you permission to take time for yourself to reload energy.. you have to take care of yourself and make the decision yourself. Not everyone understands it when you are doing this. “(s)he’s changed” they say…

    Im a giver for years and years. “no” was not in my vocabulary, but when the body gets “shut down” you have to rethink your way of life if you want to make it more years.
    It feels good to take care of myself more and so it makes me able to give again to others.

    So don’t worry you get lesser comments as months ago on every new blogpost. Your followers are still here and understand the need to “disappear” for a while.
    This break often boosts creativity a lot more then keep on rushing on…

    I’m looking forward for what comes now !
    Enjoy !

    greetings from Belgium

  48. Cathy Osborne says:

    Wishing you much happiness and continued success in 2015. Sending you hugs and many thanks for years of inspiration and sharing. Happy New Year.

  49. Alli B says:

    Wonderful to hear that u two took some time off!!!
    I know the new goodies will be droolicious!!!
    Looking forward to seeing it & all the antics you & Mario get up to @ CHA!!! Enjoy!

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