Most of you know that I founded and owned Stampers Anonymous for almost 10 years. In 2005, I sold the stamp line to Ted Cutts because I was getting married and moving to CA with John. Ted hired me back to be Art Director for a couple of years. At that time we were approached by Tim Holtz to do a stamp line with his name on it. Stampers Anonymous had never put the artist's names on the stamps and none of our excellent artists had ever asked for that recognition. It was during the infant days of family owned stamp companies who were pretty naive about marketing and commercialism. Tim Holtz's popularity is well-known and he works hard to keep his brands forefront, but I think it is just wrong and misleading that his name is on each pack of images that were designed by our original artists.
A number of the original stamps have been released as "Classic Stampers Anonymous" and are now available in cling mount.
The majority of the classic Stampers Anonymous images chosen were designed by Michelle Ward for Stampers Anonymous. I was thrilled to have this exceptional artist and just good human being design for us. Others were by David Simon, a professional artist who works at a local advertising agency. David designed more than 300 images for us and became a good friend. There are images in this collection by Michele Monet, our very first artist who is a wonderful talent and professional photographer. There were also a number of other artists who designed just a few stamps for me back then and all the rest of our images were designed by me. I feel with the new release of these stamps that new stampers should know that the artists for these classic Stampers Anonymous images are not Tim Holtz. I don't want them to be confused with the "Tim" images. The packaging should be clearly marked as just Stampers Anonymous classics. Tim had nothing to do with these images and in my opinion, his name should not be on them.