Sunday, October 21, 2012

A New Beginning....

Hello Everybody!

Hope the weekend has found you crafting up some Fall goodness!  God knows that I'm finally feeling tons better and have managed to find my way back to the studio this morning! So good to be back amongst the inks, stains and paper..Which didn't take long to find it's way all over the floor!

I wanted to take a second and share some really cool and very exciting news.  You all know how much I've always loved Idea-ology and anything Tim Holtz right?  He's always been my hero...Well, I am so honored to announce that I will be designing projects for the Tim Holtz brand.   I am so looking forward to getting crafty and finding new ways to use all that goodness!

On the flip side, It is with a heavy heart, I have decided to resign from the Graphic 45 Team.  I was so blessed to have been able to design projects for this amazing company.   The G45 family has always been so kind to me, even through this hard decision and I will always hold them dear to my heart. I will never forget the honor they bestowed upon me to be chosen as a Design Team member.  It truly has been an amazing adventure... Thank You Graphic 45!

So...I'm starting a new chapter in my life and look forward to seeing what challenges and projects are ahead.  I hope you will continue to join me on my journey into the crazy world of a southern gent  paper crafting as I continue to be apart of the Inspiration Emporium design team as well as open to future opportunities with other companies.  Here's to the future....

Thank you as always for your support and kindness.

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter




79 comments:

  1. I hate that you are leaving us at Graphic 45, but happy for you and your new opportunity! I will continue to stalk you, and you still have to hang out with me at winter CHA! So there!

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  2. Gloria, it will be my honor to be in your presence! :) Can't wait until January!

    Hugs my friend!

    J.

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  3. Congratulations on your newest endeavour. Loved what you did with Graphic 45 projects and know that we will see great things using the Tim Holtz brands as well.

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  4. This certainly comes as no surprise. Congratulations, Jim!!!!!

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  5. I am so sad to hear that you are leaving the G45 team. You will be sorely missed. I am happy for you though, that you will be joining the Tim Holtz team. I know how much you love all things connected with Tim. We hope that you will still be using G45 in connection with the Tim Holtz line. Enjoy your adventure, and you know that we will all still be following your journey. Congrats!!!!!..... and looking forward to your work where ever it takes you.
    Marcie

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  6. No matter who you will be designing for I will still gladly be following your work. Thinking about it designing for TH had to be the next step on your journey. I´m so looking forward to that. So congratulations Jim!

    Anne

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  7. I am very happy for you. I know this was a tough decision. I look forward to seeing your idea-ology projects. Good luck on this new Journey.

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  8. I am very happy for you. I know this was a tough decision. I look forward to seeing your idea-ology projects. Good luck on this new Journey.

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  9. congrats Jim that is so awesome!

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  10. Congrats to you Jim so happy but you better not forget about us also we still need your great stuff lol

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  11. Congratulations. I know it's never easy leaving something you love to make space for the next step but I look forward to seeing what you do with Tim!

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  12. Congratulations on an honor well deserved!!!! I am thrilled for you and looking forward to your many new projects!

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  13. Jumping . . . Up . . . And . . . Downnnnnnnnn! Sooooooooo excited for you Jimbug! And so proud my friend! I'm not surprised and know that Team Tim is lucky to have you. Will miss your creations at G45 but excited to see what you design for Tim. You rock!

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  14. Jim cannot think of a better match too be honest. Congratulations and a huge well done to you, enjoy the next chapter in the life and times of Jim Hankins. You rock buddy.

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  15. Huge congratulations on your new endeavor!!! That is totally awesome and I'm so happy for you! Cannot wait to see all the goodness you create with all that great Tim Holtz "stuff"!!!

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  16. Congratulations, Jim...so happy for you! You will have a great time ,designing for Tim and co. I'm sure graphic 45 will miss your creativity on their team...but a great opportunity for you....way to go! .
    Can't wait to see what you come up with.....congrats again

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  17. Finally found your blog! WAY TO GO on your new adventure! CONGRATULATIONS!! WOO- HOO!! Working with TIM is BIG TIME!!!! Best wishes, looking forward to seeing what you create!

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  18. You are a wonderful addition to Tim Holtz line I can see that you will soar. Don't forget us. we will all be awaiting all your creations.

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  19. Congratulations! You've done a fabulous job with Graphic45 products and I'm sure you'll do equally well with Tim's line. What a wonderful opportunity you've been given, enjoy it!

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  20. Congratulations! Tim Holtz is lucky to have you among it's talented designers. Your projects at Graphic 45 have been incredible and I am excited for you and eagerly await seeing your new T.H. designs.

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  21. Huge, mahoosive congrats jim, so deserved I'm peeing my pants with excitement can't wait to see what you create x

    Kaz x

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  22. fab news, you do have an affinity for ideology so congrats, and you will have great fun with your new team.

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  23. ├žongratulations.. wel deserve... bien merecido!!!

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  24. Wow what I good news for Tim that hy have so a good and creative DT member in is team als you are. Gongrats and have great fun.

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  25. Wow, congratulations! I have been so inspired by following your work the past year!!! I can't wait to see what you come up with using Tim's product lines!!!! Best get my pocket book replenished! Hope you future holds more patterns from you and maybe your own Ustream show??????? I'd be there in a flash!

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  26. OMG !!! How exciting is THAT news. Watch out Tim, Jimbug is in YOUR house !!! You two are going to rock the paperworld !!! Congrats my friend, you deserve it !!!

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  27. Wow that is huge news, congratulations!! Sorry to see you leave Graphic45 but wow...Tim Holtz, that is just so exciting and something you couldn't pass on!! Looking forward to following your next chapter!

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  28. What a wonderful opportunity. Lets see how you and Distress mix. Will be watching.

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  29. Jim, a very big CONGRATULATIONS to you on your new adventure. I am sad to see you leave the G45 design team as your creations were fabulous but I can't wait to see your creations for the big T! I'm sure you must be over the moon! Felicidades, Sr. GC, felicidades! Buena suerte!

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  30. and what a fabulous chapter it will be...congratulations!

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  31. Seems like an obvious match to me! Many congrats go your direction!! You must be pinching yourself!

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  32. WOW!!! I didn't see that coming, (oh I guess maybe I did) I knew bigger and better things were ahead for you but TH. Fabulous! Congratulations Jim, don't forget us little people, just kidding. I hope you'll still find some time to wow and entertain us on your blog. Does this mean u-stream will not be in the near future? I'll be there with you every step of the way in your new chapter of life.

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  33. Congratulations Jim, I am happy for you. Graphic 45 is losing an amazing designer. I wish you all the best in your future adventures.

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  34. Wow! Certainly a match made in heaven. Can't wait to see what you do in the next chapter of your creative life. Amazing what the last two years has brought to you. So happy for you.

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  35. I knew you were destined for greatness. I will miss your G45 projects, but - awesome move! So happy for you.

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  36. Hi Jim,

    As I'm sad to see you leave Graphic 45 Design Team, I'm so excited for you with the new chapter in your life. You have shared so much of your wonderful talent with us, and always love reading your blog. Always guarateed to bring a smile to my face when I read your blog. You have the biggest heart, and a wonderful sense of humor to go with you great witty personality. I can't wait to see what you create and Tim couldn't have choosen a better person, best of Luck in the new Chapter of your life and can't wait to see what you design. Keep up the great work my dear FRIEND. Hugs sent your way

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  37. annette.mccarty.blogspot.comOctober 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Jim,
    You are definitely going to be an asset to the TH group. Your designs are always beautiful and don't look the same as the last one. The beauty of your creations is definitely something the TH line is needing. Some of us old birds like to see the beautiful as well as the progressive modern "geary" look. And I believe that you are just the man that can do that. Good luck and please don't change your style. Just let them adapt their line to YOUR style.

    Annette McCarty aka amcca8144

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  38. Congratulations Jim! I'm sure you'll do the TH team proud. Good for you!

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  39. Congratulations are in order as you start the new chapter in your life. I'll miss seeing your wonderful creations on G45 but sometimes life changes direction and you just go with it. Enjoy the ride!

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  40. Congratulations :) Very, Very cool!

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  41. WOW! Finally home and catching up on news! Congrats to you Jim! You'll knock their socks off!

    ~Linda

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  42. WOW! Finally home and catching up on news! Congrats to you Jim! You'll knock their socks off!

    ~Linda

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  43. What can I say that all 36 people before me haven't said....soooooo I will just say congradulations.

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  44. whoo hoo gorgeous, endings are always hard, but you can't have new beginnings without them!! Big fat juicy snogs to ya xx

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  45. My, my....life sure is moving fast for you! What a wonderful opportunity! I can't wait for our next inspiration. Thank you for always sharing everything with us. We really appreciate your care.

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  46. Glad you are feeling better. What can I say? You and Idea-ology were made for each other! I'm so pleased for you! Huge congratulations on your new venture and I can't wait to see what else the future holds for you.

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  47. As Tim says, "ENJOY THE JOURNEY!" I'm so proud of you!!! Tim certainly made the right decision when he recruited you for the Tim-team!!! I know you had some hard decisions to make but ultimately I think you made the right one. I know G45 will miss you. CONGRATULATIONS AND HUGE HUGS!!!

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  48. As Tim would say, "ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!!" I know leaving G45 was hard but you are soooo perfect for the Tim-team. Tim knew what he was doing when he recruited you! I remember when Tim introduced you...was that really less than a year ago? WOW...look how far you've come and so much more in your future.

    CONGRATULATION and HUGE HUGS!!!

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  49. oops...sorry for the double comment...it didn't look like the 1st one posted so I did another one. It's hard being old...LOL!!!

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  50. Congrats, Jim!! Many of us recognized genius in bloom a while ago, and now Tim-- being one sharp cookie--has acknowledged it as well. You've made it to the Big Time, Jimbo! Practice taking deep breaths; you don't want to get the vapors when Tim calls and asks a favor... We will miss your lovely contributons to Graphic 45, but we love you still and look forward to fantabulous new creations!

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  51. I think I once said you could give Tim a run for his money. I'm sure he realizes it's better if your on his side of the money. Congratulations, can't wait to see what you come up with.
    Nanette

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  52. You always do such amazing projects, can't wait to see what you do as part of Tim's team. Congratulaions.

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  53. Congatulations and all the best to you in your new exciting venture. As always, looking forward to many more of your wonderful projects.

    PAMMY

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  54. I love what you have been doing with G45 and I'll miss how you use their paper line, but I LOVE that you will be designing for Tim, that is just too awesome for words! Congrats my man!! Well done and well deserved!

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  55. Congratulations on your new jouney!

    Glad to know that you're feeling better.

    Take Care, Jill <---in California

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  56. You are gonna ROCK the Tim Holtz world! I can't wait to see what you create...cuz I KNOW it will be stupendous. Huge congrats, Jim.

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  57. congratulations!! a great opportunity for a very talented man! We still have chipboard for you !

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  58. Congratulations Jim!!! Fantatic news . . . it certainly is a perfect match up. I look forward to following your continuing journey. Wow!!! How much your life has changed in the last year.

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  59. Congratulations Jim, you must be over the moon to be chosen to work with your hero. That doesn't happen often. You'll do we'll and make him proud for sure. That Timmy has an eye for exceptional talent! Enjoy the ride.

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  60. Congratulations Jim! I am happy for you..Heck, I just want to meet the guy once in my life, but to have that honor, you must be over the moon..Enjoy the new journey!!

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  62. AWESOME Jim!!!!! What a great team you guys will make! How exciting that you will be working with your craft hero! You were born under a lucky star, my friend! Can't wait to see all the wonderful things you create! Soon the PITAs will be using JIMMY TOOLS!!!!!

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  63. You have made it to the BIG time! Tim Holtz products and the man are awesome! I am so happy for you and can't wait to see what you create - Enjoy the Journey - it doesn't get any better than this!

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  64. What an amazing year you have had! May you be just as blessed or more so in the upcoming years. Enjoy the ride.

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  65. Congratulations. I am a huge Tim fan so good luck with this new adventure.
    I did come to love Graphic 45 through you and I thank you for that.
    On a side note, I am still waiting "patiently" for the wine box tutorial.

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  66. AWESOME NEWS JIM!!!! I know you will "ENJOY THE JOURNEY" and have a great time taking us with you!

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  67. Congratulations!!! As always,looking forward to your next project, and the next, and the next... Keep them coming, we love them all. What a great way to start a new journey!

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  68. HOLY COW HOLY COW!!! That is awesome! You are a perfect fit for this!!! Wow!!! So happy for you!

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  69. I am so very very happy for you :) Your work has inspired so many. Your journey with Graphic 45 has been tremendous fun for all your followers and now we can follow you on your next journey with the Big man himself Tim Holtz. I am so excited waiting for what projects you will come out with. You are so deserving of this honor and I wish you every accolade that will now be coming your way. :)

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  70. CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is an honor you deserve. All of your projects are amazing!

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  71. Congratulations, Jim! What a wonderful opportunity, and so richly deserved!

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  72. On G45 resignation ...oh no !! But I'll follow you whereever you go... AND NOW GOING to work with TIM HOLTZ ... how cool is that ... such an awesome opportunity... I'm a Tim - A- holic!! I often thought when I first saw your work how cool it would be if the two of you hooked up ... wow ... WOOHOO !!! Can't wait to see what you do together. The two of you have such amazing talents and passion for your work ... WOW ( IT'S SINKING IN) !! I'M THRILLED FOR YOU !!

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  73. OMG ....Congrats! Sorry to see you leaving G45 as I LOVE your projects but I cannot wait to see what you come up with with the Tim Holtz goodies! You must be sooo excited. Best of luck on your new adventures.

    BTW if you are ever at Ranger perhaps you can teach a class in NJ (Hint hint hint) :)

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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  74. That is so great for you! :) Time Holtz has all the cool inks and nifty doo dads! Although I will miss seeing you work with those fabulous papers from G45!

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  75. Jim, I knew it wouldn't be long before someone scooped you up, your mind has a great unboxed quality that is so very enlightening and inspiring!

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  76. I guess this blog entry didn't get forwarded to my inbox...boo! It is with mixed feelings I read about your move. I am very happy and excited for your new direction. Your creations seem to fit with the ideology line much more than with G45, but then the things you have created for G45 have been fabulous! I am a big fan of G45 papers and all (even though they are like gold, both expensive and elusive!) and I will miss your designs for them. But I know you are moving in a direction that is going to fit very well - both ways! Wow we will be going on Jim cruises before too long!
    Congratulations, Jim - well done!
    Big hugs Julie

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  77. Congratulations on achieving a dream! You are super talented and whether you are using it with beautiful Graphic 45 papers, or cool Tim Holz goodness, you will create awesome and interesting things. I will be following along and eagerly awaiting whatever you come up with. Best of luck with the new challenge!

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  78. Oh, I will miss your marvelous G45 creations...but I can see how Tim Holtz is a perfect fit for you. Major, major congrats! I'm still going to follow your blog, as I love Tim Holtz/Ranger almost as much as I love G45. So proud for you!

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  79. Congratulations.

    I will definitely miss your wonderful G45 artwork, but am excited to see what you will do with the Tim Holtz lines of products!

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