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Exciting News from The Cat's Meow

January 2012 Cat's Meow News

News Highlights

Happy New Year,

Welcome to our new website! This has been quite an interesting journey. I had been using my old website program for about seven years and felt I was in quite a rut. One day I decided it was time for a new look. I contacted a company specializing in websites for craft stores. I guess I thought they would put it all together and say "Here it's all done and looks great and now you magically know how to do everything!" What was I thinking? Actually after a few scary days of thinking I might have made a mistake, everything started coming together. I had to do a lot of work, but was surprised that I could figure out how to make things work without asking too many questions. All in all, I like the look of the site, and I hope you do too. Included in the site is this new way to get the newsletter out to you, a way for people to sign up for our mailing list, fun slide shows which we can update as we take new photos, and most exciting, a way to pay online for classes and Stamp Escape. Since we will be using Paypal for payment, there is a slight increase in the fees if you pay online. If you choose to pay in the store by cash or check, fees will remain the same as before.

More exciting news, if you haven't already heard, we are all set for The Great Yosemite Stamp Escape 2012! Happily, without much publicity, lots sign-ups have come in already, even though it took quite a while to round up teachers who would provide the variety of styles and techniques we like to offer. As before, we have a lot planned, and hope you will be able to join us. For those who have asked for years if you could use a credit card, you will be able to use Paypal to pay online. There is a slight fee for this service. Click on the link to read all about it and download the registration form.

It's the time of year for our winter trade show, the Craft and Hobby Association Convention 2012. This year it will be back in Anaheim and we will close early on Saturday, January 28th so we can drive to southern California without fog. We will be at the show through Tuesday and will be open Wednesday morning as usual. We return with about 100 pounds of catalogs, lots of exciting ideas, and hopefully, samples! Be sure to stop by to look through everything and help us make purchasing decisions.

I hope you have a wonderful year ahead.....good health, and good times!

What's New?

Two new paper collections from Authentique. Both will be used in classes this month. We also have 6x6 paper pads from, not only those collections, but four others. This is a new paper company that really has a lot of potential.

What can we say about Lifestyle Crafts.....we love their new nesting dies, embossing folders, and are having fun playing with our new Letterpress system! Watch for news on Letterpress demos!

The Hero Arts 2012 collection is here. We have everything from romance to Steampunk! We sell the new catalogs at our cost of $5. They are loaded with ideas and you can feel free to peruse your catalog at home then place your special order.

We have filled in on lots of our regular products including glitter glue with all of the newest colors. We have new ribbon from May Arts. I think you will love the new metallic string in gold, silver and iridescent. We also filled in all colors of the Memory Box 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock, adding a lavender shade.

There is always more to come!

Be sure to click on the link below to see our new website and our calendar of classes!