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CREATIVE THINKING: brainstorming PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:33 AM EST

One of the more enjoyable aspects of leading Artbeat of America is overseeing brainstorming sessions with our clients. We ask participants to defer judgment on creative ideas until we hear all points of view. Invariably, however, there are idea killers or naysayers who violate the rule.

The good news is that your organization can learn this productive-thinking exercise with ease. It starts with the positive spirit God has given you, then tapping into the stream of creativity.

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:32 AM EST

March 4-6

Pittsburgh Gift Show

Monroeville Convention Center

Monroeville, Pa.


March 12-14

New England Products Trade Show

Portland Sports Center

Portland, Maine


Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:31 AM EST

“The Lord is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive. The Lord is good to everyone and has compassion for everything that he has made. Everything that you have made will give thanks to you, O Lord, and your faithful ones will praise you.”

(Ps. 145:8-10, God’s Word Translation)

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:07 PM EST

Roman announces Spring Open House

Roman has announced its Spring Open House, building incentive into the show for buyers.  

For each customer who qualifies, Roman will pay airfares for two to Chicago and one room night. A minimum order of $10,000 in Roman and/or Cottage Garden product must be written at Spring Open House to qualify.

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:06 PM EST

Christian Art Distributors purchases wholesaler

Leading international gift supplier Christian Art Distributors (CAD) has bought Brisbane, Australia-based wholesaler Harvest Christian Products (HCP).

CAD had been distributing its products through HCP—a division of GPH Society Ltd. in New Zealand—since 1985, “and it was a natural next step to acquire the distribution business,” said CAD President Chris Johnsen.

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:06 PM EST

Dicksons offers customization program

A new low-threshold customization program from Dicksons aims to help Christian retail stores connect with churches and other groups in their local community.

The “Just For You” line provides promotional items, gifts of appreciation and fund-raising aids on a small, in-store display unit. Among the items on which logos and artwork can be printed are bookmarks, key chains, buttons, pocket cards and magnets. T-shirts, calendars and travel mugs are also available, with minimum orders as low as 12 items for T-shirts and 144 for postcards.

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:05 PM EST

Gifts of Faith grows acquired line

Gifts of Faith is expanding the evangelistic Witness line it took on from Primus Source last year, with 30 new SKUs unveiled at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, held Jan. 12-19.

Among the new items is a line titled “Witness Kids Collection,” which brings primary colors to the five symbols created to provoke conversation and provide an opportunity for Christians to talk about their faith.

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:04 PM EST

Abbey Press makes eco-friendly stationery

Abbey Press has launched a new stationery line intended to encourage people to slow down and save the planet.

“Snailspace” is a line of items made from ecologically friendly, 100% recycled paper by the monks at St. Meinrad Archabbey, a Benedictine monastery in rural Indiana.

Originally produced as a fund-raising opportunity for churches, “Snailspace” was introduced to retailers at AmericasMart. It includes gift tags and bags, magnetic to-do pads and general correspondence, Mother's and Father's Day, thank-you, Christmas and sympathy cards. Scrapbooking paper is also among the 150 SKUs.

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:03 PM EST

Band Angels maker comforts with new nightlight 

The Nashville couple whose concern about boo-boos led to an unexpected success is planning to add to the accidental line.

Tim and Tami West were previewing their new Band Angel nightlight at AmericasMart last month. Referencing Ps. 27:1 and featuring the same cartoon characters who grace their Band Angel bandages, the comfort lights are due in stores later this year.

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:02 PM EST

Calypso Studios introduces Love Cross

Family-owned Calypso Studios brings to market its Love Cross necklace this month.

Available in silver, black or copper, the necklace features a hand-crafted metal cross with overlapping heart design. The pendant is attached to all-natural suede cording. Suggested retail price is $11.99.

Based in Richmond, Va., the fashion accessory and gift company was founded in 2007. and “creates products that encompass a relaxed and vibrant lifestyle,” a company statement said. Most products retail for under $19.99.

For more information, visit, call 866-897-9648 or e-mail

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