This isn't a pretty post, but one to help other web businesses identify fraud from this user. Notice the non-deliverable street address and phone number with New Mexico area code. Plus, who would have a name like Super Tono? May be explained by where the order originated from (a kid's fun zone? see below). The email address is also fraudulent, as it bounced back. There were three unsuccessful attempts to charge a credit card.
super tono, street avenue 89, new york city, New York, United States 10001
IP Address 126.96.36.199 is from Gubengairlangga, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
(latitude -7.2729001045227, longitude 112.75730133057)
A click on the name revealed a kid's zone?:
This type of post has been helpful in the past, but I found it acquired some nasty responses, therefore I'm not opening this post up for comments.
If you are one who is thankful for the information, "You're very welcome."
If you aren't thankful, "Quite frankly Scarlet ... " well, you know
At my local bookstore I was browsing the clearance section when my eyes caught a glimpse of a book about how to be a successful and prosperous businesswoman. Picking it up I was disappointed at the vagueness of its contents, which explained why it was marked down. The truth is, God's word already tells us how to be prosperous and successful.
"This Book of the Law (the Bible) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success." -Joshua 1:8.
Probably not the advice you were expecting? Not sure if this is the approach you would take, or if putting God first changes anything, or that an all powerful and all knowing God can make your way prosperous? I challenge you to try it, to put God first, not like rubbing a Genie’s bottle, but in genuine practice seeking to know who He is and how vast His love is for you. How do I know this is true? This has been my business model since the day I stepped out on a hunch with only change in a jar, trusted God, and prayed.
If you're looking for Celestial Seasonings tea in one of my Teacup Greeting cards, there's only one place you'll find them at:
Celestial Seasonings at 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, Colorado.
14 different Celestial Seasonings teas are used in a variety of Teacup cards.
Teas are coordinated with each card based on tea flavor and bag color.
If you are in Colorado, you can tour the amazing Celestial Seasonings tea factory in their beautiful hometown of Boulder, Colorado. They promise to Make Every Moment Celestial® while you’re there! Tours begin every hour Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4 & Sunday from 11 to 3.
OK, I admit, not a glamorous post. This is me standing on my soapbox holding a large sign over my head with a warning about online fraud. THE GOOD NEWS: BigCommerce, Authorize.net, and GeoTrust block them!
From IP Address 188.8.131.52 in Mumbai, India (latitude: 18.9750003815, longitude 72.8257980347) someone has attempted to place three fraudulent orders at kimberlyshawgraphics.com using fraudulent names, USA addresses, phone numbers, and emails.
Just so you know this is what it looks like.
Jason Parker, davenportsmith, 101 North StreetNew York, New York 10007, United States, 548-125-7845, email@example.com
John Marks, abcde, 5 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto, California 94306, United States, 919-252-2525, john141516@gmail
Jennifer Keith, davenportsmith, 2296 Retreat Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35209, United States, 205-309-9372, firstname.lastname@example.org
It really wasn't that log ago when we used to have to lick stamps. This adorable comic brought a flood of memories of when I first began my greeting card business, back when stamps needed to be licked. Family Circus has always been my favorite comic. Find more at familycircus.com.
I hope you like the new website's look. I wanted to create a clean, easy to navigate site, with new features, like "Quick View" and "Wish List" (the little heart next to "Add to Cart" button). Plus the new site has extra tools in your personal account settings to view or manage each time you log in.
RETURNING CUSTOMERS: Because this is a brand NEW Website, you will need to create a new account on it. Your old account information and password did not transfer from the old website. Thank You!
A Teacup Greeting Card in the making inspired by a small vintage saucer. Unable to locate the matching teacup, I created my own. A wide green band on the teacup and saucer are accented with agold trim. Resting on a frilly doily the green is complimented with a warm burnt orange tabletop. The black details were created using an old-school Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pen, the smallest 000/.25 size, and shaded with a light watercolor wash.
Artwork copyright Kimberly Shaw 2010
These colorful teabags, mostly from Harney & Sons Fine Teas, become a part of each Teacup Greeting card I design.
My mother's antique pansy teacup was the inspiration for painting for a new card.
First I start with a sketch to plan the design.
The shadows are painted first to avoid smearing the artwork later.
Next I added the gold trim, because honestly, it was an easier choice than conquering the pansies right off.Once the pansies were finished I incorporated my grandmother's handmade table runner underneath.
In our early 20's, my cousin and
I became roommates. She was a waitress and I was a Space Planner for a major bank designing floor plans of their
offices. One Friday night she asked to go to a night club with her. Though I
refused several times, she talked me into going as her designated driver. I
never liked night clubs. I only met stupid boys there.
Once there, she
introduced me to her friend who I'll call "Night Club Guy." She asked me to tell NCG what I did for a living
(she being proud of what I did, though secretly I admired her large tip
earnings). "No, that's OK, it's not a big deal." I said.
"Come on." NCG urged,
"Just tell me."
"No, really, I don't want to." I
repeated. I could tell from his tussled hair and gas station uniform
he might not know what a Space Planner was, and I didn’t want to explain it to him.
"Just tell me. What's the big
deal? Are you afraid?" He raised his voice at me.
So I told him, "I'm a Space
"Yeah, right." he laughed,
"Like in outer space?"
This space dude used to stand above my drafting table as a memorial of “night club guy’s” reply, which still makes me laugh. Finding him stowed away in a hat box I set him on the shelf above my art desk. Since it's tea time, he now has his own teacup.
One of the ways we market to stores is to simply send them one of our Teacup Greeting Cards (a Thank You, Birthday, Thinking of You) with information on how to contact us if they are interested in carrying our line.
Once a store owner called to request a catalog, after receiving one of our cards, and asked how we knew it was her birthday. These Birthday cards are on there way to introduce themselves to New York stores.
I made a cup of tea, grabbed a stack of cards, a box of teabags and my roll of double stick tape.
After inserting a teabag in each card, each is slipped into a envelope, address labels and stamps applied, and off they go.
Maybe one of these cards will surprise a New Yorker on their birthday.
First, make a cup of tea.
While the tea is steeping, gather a stack of Teacup cards and a box of tea bags.
Cross stack envelopes in sets of 6, set aside.
Next, lay tea bags on the table face down.
Add a bit of double-stick tape to the back of each tea bag to secure them to the card.
Stack them in piles of six. I like to cross stack them so they're level.
To bag them, add a stack of six envelopes to the bottom of each stack of cards, slide them into the bag, and secure the bag with ordinary tape to keep them safe in shipping.
When I started my stationery line from my small 1950's beach cottage, my kids were all very young. They kept me so busy during the day that I resolved to do my work at night. So, after putting the kids to bed, a pot of coffee was brewed while I showered then put on my comfy PJ’s. I assembled orders for shipment the next day.
When I worked in the corporate world, the owner was always the best dressed. Now that I was an owner, working in PJ’s, I thought I should at least have some very nice PJ’s. When the Victoria Secrets catalog came un-expectantly in the mail, I found a classic pair of pink pajamas in the back, on sale (probably because they were long pants with button down top, not typical of VS), so I ordered them.
When my UPS man, Vince, delivered them, I proclaimed, “Oh, yea! My work clothes are here!” Vince’s eyes got big and his jaw dropped. It took me a moment, but then I realize the VS logo wasn’t that discrete, and Vince had a whole different view of “work” clothes than I did. I quickly set him straight before he left with my packages.
There are many benefits to working from home. Your commute is very short, you have a full kitchen for serving tea or baking scones. There are more sounds of birds in a residential area than an industrial area, and a home is more insulated than a concrete warehouse which is too hot in Summer or Freezing in Winter. The traffic of business solicitors who just walk into your front office to bombard you with their sales pitch diminish. At home I'm blessed with Rose bushes, Camellias, English daisies, Gardenias and fruit trees in the yard, contrasted to a black parking lot lined with low maintenance ground cover.
We've started moving our business out of our warehouse and into our home. It's been a lot of hard work cutting 12' shelving in half, moving boxes of cards, and packing up desks. Our feet and backs are sore, we're exhausted, but filled with a sense of joy. The benefits of simplifying and downsizing are revealed as clutter and unnecessary items are removed. I actually believe these benefits outweigh the loss of a large building space and wonder why I didn't make the move sooner. I may even get caught working in my PJ's, which reminds me of a funny story which I'll tell you next time.
My "Cottage Pot" Teacup card was inspired by my visit to the cottages at Loch Lamond, Scotland.
As the business grew, we moved into a warehouse. Now as times change, we have to adjust again. We are moving back into our cottage. Do I feel sad, a little. Is there a blessing, I believe so. Like so many other companies in our industrial complex we are reducing our overhead uncertain of what lies ahead. We still have plenty of Teacup Stationery to offer, only now, we'll be much cozier which I prefer.
For those who continue using Kimberly Shaw
Graphics Teacup Greeting Cards and Specialtea Stationery I want to express my
The following is a generous review by Janis Badarau, Editor & Publisher of TeaGuide: Reviews and Ramblings. Thank you!
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Kimberly Shaw Graphics
Retail and wholesale
Let’s be honest: tea note cards are mostly a “girl” thing. But even the toughest women like pretty things — and Kimberly Shaw’s Tea Cup Cards are about the prettiest you’re going to find.
Each note card is printed from an original watercolour, in an extensive array of colourful designs ranging from simply sweet to superbly elegant. You’re sure to find a card to please whoever you have in mind as recipient — even your Red Hatted auntie.
The extra charm, and the uniqueness, of these cards is the clever little slot in each one that holds a wrapped teabag, inviting your dear one to “share” a cup of tea with you. The top of the wrapper, in a colour coordinated to the design, peeks out to display the type of tea or infusion you’ve chosen to share. The teabags are sourced from Harney & Sons and Harrisons & Crossfield, two top-of-the-line tea suppliers.
Your words and Kimberly’s pictures: Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive (or send!) one of these? (I do hope she doesn’t mind my use of her first name, but with products this warm and friendly it feels rather stilted to refer to “Ms. Shaw.”)
Most of the note card designs are also available as greeting cards for birthdays, thank yous, holidays, and invitations. You’ll also find notepads (teabag included), a clever perpetual calendar, and sheets of tea time stickers. If you’re like me, the sticker carousel is the first place you head for in any stationery store, searching — often in vain — for anything “tea-ish.”Additional items in the collection are teacup night lights, a variety of accessories for tea service — including several teacups that appear to have inspired the designs — and a small selection of the teas used in the cards. Order online, for yourself or for gifts, at Kimberly Shaw Graphics. Resellers can click the Wholesale link at the bottom of any page for details.
As the first sheets come off the press, they are pulled from the stack for review. The colors can be corrected slightly to match the proof sheet, which was created from the original artwork.
Notepads at press check needed only a few color adjustments.
Sheets of my Notepads in the Printing Press. The reflection in the glass (on the front of the Press) is the Pressman making color adjustments.
All the business information is on the back. The inside was left blank to write specific information: how to get to my office, the web address, where to meet for coffee...
Maintaining the standard 3'1/2" width but a bit taller, it it's just the right size to include a tea bag.
I set up my basket of hand painted teacup cards the day before a sale on a long serving counter in a luxurious home. However, the morning of the sale, other items took their place. My basket of cards had been moved to the breakfast table next to a large platter of cheese balls covered in nuts surrounded by crackers. Not unhappy with their new placement I went off to see how I might be helpful.
Returning to check on my cards I found they had been moved to the floor
under the table and the cheese ball display was now spread across the entire table. With no one in sight, I gingerly shifted the cheese balls over and returned my basket to the table top, and looked for something else to do.
A second return found my basket back on the floor and the cheese balls spread back across the table again. This time I less-gingerly moved the cheese balls and placed by basket back on the table wondering who the culprit was.
A third return found my basket back on the floor and the cheese balls spread out across the table. Only this time an old woman with a grey-haired bun wound tightly on the top her head sat guarding the cheese balls.
“Are those your cheese balls?” I asked. “Yes, I make them all by hand.” She replied in a squeaky voice. After she told me how much effort she put into making each cheese ball and how she covered them in assorted nuts, I decided to leave my basket on the floor and give her the remaining time to sell her cheese. I thought, maybe this time next year I’ll be in 100 stores while she will still be at Home Sales selling her cheese.
I can’t tell you what happened to the cheese ball lady, but I am happy to report that my fleeting thought of being in 100 stores actually came true the following year.
My mom asked me to sell her Dish-Clothe Doilies at a home boutique she was unable to attend. Each doily had a tag attached that read, "Untie my ribbon is my wish, So I can help you wash your dish." I didn't what to do it, but she bated me with, "Why don't you make some hand-made and sell them at the same time?" which persuaded me.
Every dish-clothes sold while only 2 cards were purchased. One purchaser invited me to sell my cards at a trade show, which I accepted. At the trade show stores discovered my cards. As the line grew, sales reps offerer to carry my cards in their territory. The rest is history.