Enrollment in the Keepsake Ornament Club (KOC) for 2020 ends on July 31, 2020. Until then, individuals can continue to enroll online, in store, by mail or phone to receive the benefits of membership. 2021 enrollment will be open in November.
When it comes to creating convention exclusives, the Keepsake artists always put the fans first.
For this year’s convention-exclusive ornaments, the Keepsake Studio took different approaches to their pieces.
For Harry Potter fans, Keepsake Artist Kristina Gaughran went with an unexpected, yet popular, choice.“[Professor Boggart Snape] has gotten a lot of love from the cosplay community, so to give fans an ornament this unique is exciting.” says Kris.
For the National Barbie Doll Convention, Keepsake Artist Debra Nielsen was guided by the convention itself.“The theme for 2020 is ‘Paradise Found’,” Debra says.“I am given some top-secret artwork relative to the theme and need to create a new shoe design based on it.In this case, the Barbie with the ocean waves hair artwork was provided and I added the hibiscus floral pattern to complement it.”
Those are just some small insights into the process of creating convention exclusives.Get a close look at our convention offerings below.
Shoe-sational! Barbie™ Ornament Special Edition
Tribble STAR TREK TOS: The Trouble with Tribbles
Imperial Probe Droid™ Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Back™
Ahsoka Tano™ Star Wars™: The Clone Wars™
Professor Boggart Snape™ Harry Potter™
“Keepsake Convention Exclusives.” For Keeps 18 Summer 2020: 8
“Who did what has always been the biggest misconception with the series.Back in the day, they didn’t put names on boxes, so the creator of the series was always just speculated, not actually known.But getting that all figured out is something I took on when I started on the series, and I’m glad we got that corrected.”
“A former Keepsake Artist, Julie Forsyth had friended Jim (Mahon) on Facebook because (she) had known him from back when he worked here (at Hallmark).And when we started trying to figure out who was the original creator of Frosty, she reached out to him.And so, I ended up friending him, too, and we found out Jim was our guy.”
Ed Seale attributed the original two Frosty Friends ornaments to Jim Mahon in the premiere issue of his official newsletter, The Polar Post (Volume I, Issue I) in Early 2004. Download a PDF of the Issue.
In 2016, Jim Mahon posted that the concept for the eskimo ornament was submitted to the studio by Keepsake Artist, Donna (Lee) Hill.
“It’s based on the old ‘going to the carnival and put your head in the display.’That was the whole idea.Considering there’s very little material for a boy in the frozen tundra, ice tends to be a popular material for building.And because Frosty in the past has sculpted before, the tools in #41 are the same as the ones he used back in 2000 for #21.”
“Tom and His Frosty Friends.” For Keeps 18 Summer 2020: 4-5