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Latest News: Local Clubs2018-06-25T22:33:38-06:00

Save the Date! Keepsake 50th Anniversary Celebration Events

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Hello from the Keepsake Village! We’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary with some very special in-store artist events featuring exciting giveaways and raffle prizes. Plus, Keepsake Ornament Club members are invited to an exclusive artist event on 7/14.  We are so excited to share with you our Keepsake 50th Anniversary Celebration event dates, cities where the in-store parties will be held, and artists attending each party.

Mark your calendars and be sure to save these dates!

  • KOC-exclusive Artist Signing (the night before)– July 14 (Friday)
  • 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 10 cities across the country– July 15 (Saturday)

Event Details

  • Dates:
    • Keepsakes’ 50th Anniversary In-store Artist Signing (KOC members only): 7/14/2023 (the night before)
      • Not a member?  Click here for information on how to join.
    • Keepsakes’ 50th Anniversary In-store Artist Event (open to the general public): 7/15/2023
  • Time: details coming soon!
  • Locations and artist assignments:

Norman’s Hallmark Shop
Christiana Center
320 Center Blvd
Newark, DE 19702-3227
(302) 499-3002
Artists: Joanne Wright, Emma Leturgez-Smith, & Tim Bishop

Holly’s Hallmark Shop
Caste Village Shops
545 Caste Vlg Ste B
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-5521
(412) 882-2227
Artists: Terri Steiger & Allie Robillard

Jan’s Hallmark Shops
Green Mount Crossing
3610 Green Mount Crossing Dr
Shiloh, IL 62269-7285
(618) 206-2335
Artists: Kris Gaughran, Sheyda Abvabi Best, & Tim Bodendistel

Little Green Apple
Geneva Commons
510 Commons Dr
Geneva, IL 60134-2517
(630) 262-8578
Artists: Debra Nielsen & Gregor Benedetti

Gretchen’s Hallmark Shop
Mansell Crossing
7331 N Point Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30022-8254
(770) 643-0701
Artists: Tammy Haddix, Iman Zadrozny, & Simone Mariano

Trudy’s Hallmark Shop
Creekwalk Village
1001 W 15Th St
Plano, TX 75075-8830
(972) 633-5609
Artist: Anita Marra Rogers & Robert Hurlburt

Amy’s Hallmark Shop
Northpark Plaza
10355 Federal Blvd Unit C
Northglenn, CO 80260-7448
(303) 465-0500
Artist: Tracy Larsen & Jake Angell

Karen’s Hallmark Shop
Grand Village Center
14515 W Grand Ave Ste 120
Surprise, AZ 85374-7195
(623) 975-0044
Artist: Sharon Visker & Rodney Gentry

Allie’s Hallmark Shop
Canyon Crest Town Center
5225 Canyon Crest Dr Ste 68
Riverside, CA 92507-6321
(951) 781-8401
Artists: Orville Wilson & Matt Johnson

Cindy’s Hallmark Shop
Hedges Green Shopping Center
8705 Sw Tualatin Sherwood Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062-7529
(503) 691-0261
Artist: Nina Aubé & Nello Williams
  • Artist signing opportunity:  7/14/2023
    • Available to 2023 enrolled KOC members only
    • Signatures available for:
      • Any ornament created by on-site artist and purchased that day
        • On-site artists vary by location (subject to change)
      • Any two member collection ornaments (ornaments previously purchased and brought along to the event for signature)
        • Hallmark is not responsible for ornaments damaged during the artist signing process.
  • Prizes:
    • 7/14/2023: one person per store will win their Ornament Premiere Wish List
      • Value: up to $250 (Wish Lists exceeding $250 will be subject to Hallmark selection)
      • Winner must be present to win
      • Must be a 2023 KOC member
    • 7/15/2023:
      • The first 50 guests in line will receive a goodie bag including a Keepsake ornament
        • Ornament selections may vary by location (unable to be exchanged)
        • Only one goodie bag per attendee
      • Raffles throughout the event
        • Prizes may vary by location
  • Live streaming option:
    • Date:  7/15/2023 from one of the locations
    • Where to view:  Keepsakes Facebook and Instagram
    • Prizes:  available during the event via live stream
    • Time:  coming soon
  • Additional details:
    • A dinner with the artists will not be offered.
    • Hotel room blocks will not be offered.

More details will be coming your way soon

January 4th, 2023|0 Comments

Announcement: Keepsake Artist Tom Best’s Retirement

The Best of times
Reminiscing on Tom Best’s 40-year Hallmark career

Tom Best
Senior Keepsake Artist

Hundreds of sketches, dozens of ornaments, and oh-so-many memories–that’s the legacy Tom Best will leave behind when he retires on December 28, the date of his 40th anniversary at Hallmark.

Although Tom began as a card illustrator in 1982, he decided to take his career from “two dimensions to three” and become a Keepsake artist in 2003. We’re so glad he made the switch–and Tom is too.

“Being a lifetime lover of toys and all things miniature, creating characters, scenes, and stories you can hold in your hand sounded perfect!”

Looking back, Tom says, It would be impossible to choose just one “best day of work ever!” moment. but he’s loved traveling for research and signing events. He’s been all over the country, including Alaska, and even got to pitch ornament ideas to the top designers of Hot Wheels.

“If my 10-year-old self could have dreamed of that, oh, boy–now that was a good day at work!”

And just like he can’t pick one favorite memory, Tom can’t pick just one ornament either, so a few of his favorites are pictured below! On the topic of ornaments, Tom assures us he is leaving all his projects in very capable hands: “Like time itself, Don Palmiter’s ‘Houses and Shops’ series will march on! Rodney and I have collaborated for a few years and have completed new ornaments through 2024.” Tom also says that he’s finished the 2023 and 2024 Beer Stein ornaments.

As he looks to retirement. Tom says he’s most grateful for all the friendships he’s formed and all the memories, too.

“Let me say how grateful I am to Hallmark and to all of you collectors and fans. You have my sincere thanks for all your warmth, kind words, and support. I am truly appreciative!”

Tom Best
Senior Keepsake Artist

Best Bucks

Rock and Roll All Nite

Santas Reinbeer

“The Best of times.” For Keeps 21 Fall 2022: 4-5.

September 17th, 2022|1 Comment

Local Club News: August 2022

Here is the latest Club communication.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Hello from the Keepsake Village and Happy Summer! We hope this update finds you well. It’s been a busy summer here in the Keepsake Village and we’re looking forward to all the fun yet to come this year. We’re planning another KOC exclusive sale in September, followed by the release of 150 brand new ornaments at Ornament Debut, and the opening of enrollment for the 2023 Keepsake Ornament Club in November. Keep reading to learn more about upcoming Keepsake events, 2023 KOC, sneak peeks, and more. Enjoy!

Read the August 2022 Local Club News


August 15th, 2022|0 Comments

Local Club News: Ornament Premiere is almost here!

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Ornament Premiere is ALMOST here! Are you as excited as we are? 😊

We wanted to send you a quick note to let you know of a few ornaments that will be arriving late for our Ornament Premiere event. These ornaments will be arriving either during the event or right after. The availability of these ornaments will vary by store.

The good news – for the ornaments listed below, we have worked with the appropriate teams to ensure that Ornament Premiere Bonus Points will be extended through 7/31/22 on these 19 ornaments due to their late arrival. We realize the late arrival of these ornaments may be an inconvenience, but rest assured, our distribution center and transportation teams are working around the clock to get these to your local store and online as soon as possible!

Happy Ornament Premiere!


The Keepsake Ornament Team

Ornament Premiere Late Arrivals

Not A Creature Was Stirring
Playful Penguins

Jack Skellington
Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Christmas Window 2022
20th in the series.

My First Christmas

Pet’s Fur-st Christmas

1962 Ford Mustang I
5th and Final in the Legendary Concept Cars series.

The Merriest House in Town


Hitchhiking Ghosts
Disney The Haunted Mansion

Pinkie Pie
My Little Pony®

Otto Tune

Two Tune TV™
Fisher Price®

Elmo and His Puppy, Tango
Sesame Street®

LEGO® Minifigure

Bubble Cut™
Barbie™ Ornament

1963 Chevrolet® Corvette® Stingray®
5th in the Lil’ Classic Cars series.

Hoppy Halloween

Hallmark Keepsake Socks

Hallmark Keepsake Blanket

July 7th, 2022|0 Comments

Local Club News: Virtual Artist Signing Event TOMORROW

Here is the latest Club communication.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Don’t Forget! Join us on the Keepsake Facebook page TOMORROW from 10-11 a.m. CT for our Facebook Live Virtual Keepsake Artist Signing Event! The event is completely free – all you have to do is join us on the Keepsake Facebook page from 10-11 a.m. CT tomorrow.

Our entire studio of artists collaborated on ONE ornament, Mrs. Claus’s Sewing Cabinet, and we cannot wait to share all of the details behind the collaboration of this ornament with you during this live event! Hear from Keepsake Artist Anita Marra Rogers and Art Director Kurt Gaulke as they chat about the inspiration of the ornament, the story behind it, and the process to bring it to life!

The best part? The Mrs. Claus’s Sewing Cabinet ornament will be available for purchase for the very first time, on only, beginning tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT. Each ornament will be hand signed by TWO artists from the Keepsake studio! Check it out here.

Be sure to tune in live for giveaways, a live Q&A, and lots of fun! The giveaways will be the Mrs. Claus’s Sewing Cabinet ornament hand signed by the entire Keepsake Studio! Must be virtually present to win. Let us know you plan to join here.

See you then!


The KOC Team

June 3rd, 2022|1 Comment

Local Club News: May 2022

Here is the latest Club communication.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Happy Spring from the Keepsake Village! We hope this update finds you well and healthy. We can’t wait to share more about all the exciting summer plans we’ve been working on for you! Keep reading to learn more about the Win Your Wish List Sweepstakes, 2022 Dream Book Insider’s Guide, Virtual Keepsake Artist Signing Facebook Live event, Ornament Premiere, and more. Enjoy!

Read the May 2022 Local Club News

Dream Book Insiders Guide


May 13th, 2022|0 Comments

Local Club News: January 2022

Here is the latest Club communication.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Happy New Year from the Keepsake Village! We hope you had a healthy and happy holiday season and want to wish you a wonderful start to 2022. We have so many exciting plans in the works for this year and we can’t wait to share them all with you!

So, let’s get started! Keep scrolling for details on submitting your local club roster, Ornament Premiere event dates, details on our Keepsake Ornament Club membership program, the Keepsake Dream Book, and as always, sneak peeks. Enjoy!

Read the January 2022 Local Club News


January 12th, 2022|0 Comments

Local Club News: November 2021

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Hello from the Keepsake Village! Let us be the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! In this season of thanksgiving, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to you and your local clubs for your loyalty to Keepsake Ornaments. 2021 was again a year filled with many highs and lows, but our gratitude to our collectors has never wavered. YOU are the reason we do what we do every single day, and for that, we are so thankful!

While we look to the holiday season with much anticipation, there is still lots of ornament fun to be had until then! Keep reading for details on the Trim the Tree event, including our 6-day virtual event exclusive to Keepsake Ornament Club members only, information on the 2022 Keepsake Ornament Club, plans to collect 2022 Local Club Rosters, sneak peeks and more!

Please see attached for your Q4 Local Club President update. Enjoy!

Read the fourth Quarter 2021 Local Club News


November 23rd, 2021|0 Comments

Local Club News: 2022 KOC Dream Book cover – exciting opportunity!

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

2020 KOC Dream Book Cover
Under Wraps

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Do you or your local club members want to be featured on the COVER of the Keepsake Ornament Club exclusive Dream Book?

We have an exciting opportunity for you! You can enter for the chance to be featured on the cover (yes, the cover!) of the 2022 KOC exclusive Dream Book next year.

Here’s how to enter:

    1. Select an image of you and/or fellow KOC members
    2. Fill out the attached consent form with signatures from the following:
      • the photographer
      • all persons in the photo
      • parent/guardian of any children in the photo
      • owner of any creative work depicted in the photo
    3. Email your image and the consent form with all signatures to [email protected]
    4. Wait patiently to see which images were selected until next year when we reveal the design of the KOC exclusive cover 😊

Please note – if you send in multiple photos, the completed consent form will be required for all individual photos sent.

We will be accepting submissions to [email protected] until 12/10 at 11:59pm CT.

We can’t wait to see your photos start to come in! Thank you all in advance for participating.


The KOC Team

November 16th, 2021|0 Comments

Local Club News: Trim the Tree virtual experience

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

We are SO excited to announce and present… the Keepsake Ornament Club exclusive Trim the Tree virtual experience!

In addition to releasing the final Keepsake Ornaments of the year in-store and online during the Trim the Tree event, we’re hosting a 6-day virtual event from 11/30-12/5, just for our KOC members! The event will be filled with Keepsake artist interactions, videos from behind the scenes, sneak peeks, and live sessions each day with artists and other members of the Keepsake Village – PLUS, chances to win prizes at every live session!

The event is open only to 2021 or 2022 KOC members. Live sessions require sign-ups. Not a 2022 KOC member? Renew or join today at!

As a part of this event, we will be hosting a live costume contest! HURRY – costume contest submissions are due by November 19The first 50 people to enter the costume contest will receive a $15 Hallmark Gold Crown gift card.

Click here for more details

Winners of the contest will receive a basket worth over $200 full of ornaments from the archives, including some SIGNED ornaments, a Hallmark Gold Crown gift card and more. Don’t forget to submit by November 19!

Learn more about the virtual event at:


The KOC Team

November 11th, 2021|0 Comments
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