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Kimbra Featured in Newsle
February 25, 2013 

Women ARE Running Startups

There has been tremendous sensationalizing of the women and entrepreneurship issue. Self-proclaimed (male) pundits pontificate on how women entrepreneurs face tremendous obstacles and hug prejudices. 

I disagree.

In 1998, when graphic design and marketing maven Kimbra Orr spotted a locket to her taste but wished it would instead allow her to showcase her photos, it occurred to her that there was no reason not to create one of her own.

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Today Show with Kathie Lee 
April 30, 2010

Click to watch the VIDEO of Kimbra Studios on the Today Show!

Oh My Dog Photos blog about Kimbra Studios!
March 22, 2010

Check out the latest catalog offered by our friends at Kimbra Studios. Who is that dog that graces the front cover? Well, it’s our very own Gus! Kimbra is a wonderful company that takes your photos and turns them into fabulous, custom sterling silver jewelry and many other great things (ever see Mike’s belt buckle or Tee’s ring?). Perhaps you are one of our commissioned clients that has purchased your digital files, or maybe you are one of our current clients that is ready to get your digital files? It is definitely worth visiting Kimbra’s website for some ideas.
Click here to view.

Demystifying Digital Article - Oplove

March 16, 2010
Operation: Love Reunited
Photographers Donate Homecoming & Separation Photos to U.S. Troops and Families

Operation: Love Reunited

February 15, 2010

Our New Partner, Kimbra Studios

Vol. 1 Iss. 1 February 2010

OpLove has a new partner that’s offering a free product to our clients! Kimbra Orr, the owner of Kimbra Studios, is offering two FREE photo dogtags to all clients that have an OpLove session. One set is for the deployed member, and the second set is for the family at home.

Kimbra Studios is the industry leader in custom photo jewelry and accessories. It opened it’s doors in 1999 under the name
My Life Designs. In 2003, the Wall Street Journal selected their jewelry as Best Overall and Best Value!

Kimbra will be providing us the codes to use for ordering the free dogtags. She will also be sending a separate code for 50% off any additional dogtags ordered.

For more info about Kimbra Studios, or their products, visit them on the web at:

We are proud to have partnered with Kimbra, and we are excited to get to work with her! Sidenote: Of course, you will need to log each of the sessions into our database (which you should already be doing).


Kimbra Studios on Capital News 9
February 1, 2010

Kimbra Studios featured in Capital News 9 story about the PhotoPlus Expo. 


Targeting the Female Market
November 18, 2009

Kimbra Studios featured in article about Targeting the Female Market: Industry Leaders Share Their Solutions.


Fox 31 KDVR
September 9, 2009


This Season’s Hottest Products Combine Innovation and Creativity
March 1, 2009

-Step Up Your Creative Side With Orca’s Hot Trends and Cool Gifts-

Phoenix , AZ – March 1, 2009 - In today’s expanding digital world, hands-on products that serve important daily functions are often forgotten. This list includes extraordinary home designs, keepsakes and crafts allowing imaginations to flow. The Hot Trends & Cool Gifts Media Guide is a round-up of original and quality products.

Today, Orca Communications Unlimited announces its picks for the Best Hot Trends & Cool Gifts Media Guide.

Corkeeper, LLC

Capture and preserve life’s precious moments with the Corkeeper, Ballkeeper and Shotkeeper. Each specially designed ‘keeper’ includes a space for a 2x3 photo, a notecard and the cork, ball or shell. Share memorable stories with friends and family for years to come!

Price: $12-$25

TOMtotes by Lexie B Designs

Fashionable totes for women on the go! TOMtotes™ are c lever and discreet “Time Of Month” pouches and holders. A wide selection of bold prints and colors accommodate any style and even customize your own design for a special event.

Price: $12-$32

Novelty Crafts by Hillcreek Designs

Crafting made simple with Hillcreek Designs' embellishment packs and fabric panels! Create beautiful wall panels for every occasion with ease using these embellishment kits - perfect for grandmothers, mothers, and friends who want to try or teach quilting to someone by making a quick and easy project.

Price: $11.50-$23.50

Photo Jewelry and Accessories by Kimbra Studios

Kimbra Studios exclusively designs and creates beautiful solid sterling silver custom photo jewelry and accessories which capture loved ones in heirloom pieces to be treasured for years to come. With keepsakes for every special occasion, from weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and Mother’s Day, there is a unique piece to suit each individual style and taste.

Price: $28-$260

Mark Sly’s Secrets

Learn to play guitar from an expert! Berkley Graduate and full time guitar teacher Mark Sly reveals the ultimate secrets to learning guitar in this exciting, interactive DVD. Created for the beginner, intermediate and advanced guitar student, Mark Sly's Secrets has been hailed as absolutely the best instructional tool available.

Price: $24.99

Pigma® Sensei™ Manga Drawing Kit & Gelly Roll® by Sakura of America

Drawing and doodling are simple activities that interest teens, adults, artists and beginners. Pigma® Sensei™ Manga Drawing Kit & Gelly Roll® Metallic contains smooth time-tested links, dazzling colors on black or white papers. Both inks are waterproof, chemical proof, fade resistant.

Price: Pigma Sensei $13.99, Metallic 10-pk $13.90

Hip, Green Photo Cards by mango ink™

Juicy and sweet just like their name, mango ink™ offers a fresh line of gorgeous photo cards for every occasion. From birthday cards to invitations, milestones and holidays mango ink™ has an extensive selection and the cardstocks are completely green!

Price: $1.95 and up.

Soy Delites

Handmade soy candles. Using 100 percent natural soybean wax and cotton wicks, every candle is handpoured with an artistic touch. From tealights, votives, travel tins and signature glasses, Soy Delites will have your home or office smelling amazing.

Price: $8.50 - $12.99

Toppers With Glitz

Add a little bling to your next event with custom designed cake toppers and accessories. Toppers With Glitz are timeless embellishments made only with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements. From monogram to custom designs, Toppers With Glitz are handmade. The smallest details make all the difference!

Price: $99-$229

About Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC

Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC is a public relations firm based in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing inventors and entrepreneurs. The Best Hot Trends & Cool Gifts Media Guide  is part of Orca Communication’s Best Products Media Guides which are offered to the media, covering a variety of industries, quarterly. Full descriptions, downloadable/high-resolution photos, and more information can be found at

For more information, hi-res images, or samples please contact Publicist  Alexxa Tavlarides, at 602-881-1011

Rocky Mountain News

February 28, 2009

Kimbra Studios

Solid sterling photo jewelry and gifts

Price: $12 to $260

Where you can get it: 5778 S. Rapp St.

Business owners: Kimbra Orr

Location: Littleton

Tidbits: "When someone gives one of our products as a gift, it really touches the heart of the recipient because it means someone took the time to look through photographs and create a special gift just for them," Orr said.

Orr specializes in making pieces of jewelry that incorporate customer's photographs. She reproduces a photo and seals it with an airtight and waterproof patented sealant. The photo can then be made into part of a ring, necklace, bracelet, key chain, holiday ornament or any of the other options Orr offers.

"It makes an heirloom piece that's going to last for years," said Orr, whose jewelry has been featured twice on The Today Show and was named "best overall" and "best value" by The Wall Street Journal in 2003.

Orr said most of her success is due to word-of-mouth referrals and return customers.

"In an economy that's tight and tough, people are really looking for gifts that don't cost too much and are really meaningful," she said. "We do a lot of heirloom pieces with vintage photos of Mom and Dad. It's not just for young mothers of young children; it's for anyone who has a photo of a special memory or loved one."

For more information: or 303-973-6105

Stories by Marisa Ware


December 8, 2008

The Top 11 Stocking Stuffers


If you have from $13 to $80 to spend on your favorite tech geek, we've got ideas in the categories of fitness, music, travel, cool tools, unusual gift card and more. Let's go shopping.

Denver Bag Tag

You've shot lots of great digital pictures, but what do you do with them?

You've almost filled you PC's hard drive, you might have shuffled others off to a digital picture frame or two, and your Flickr site is about to burst.

Here's a nice use for a good digital photo. Have the folks at Kimbra Studios make you a one-of-a-kind luggage tag for your suitcase or briefcase (sorry, bu the great bag in this photo would blow the budget).

As shown above, an obvious use would be a child's face; or perhaps one made from a memory of a favorite vacation or a good close-up of a family pet. Grandparents could get grandchildren on the tag, and vice versa. The possibilities are endless.

After all, you have hundreds of digital photos, don't you?

The Denver Bag Tags, $28 each, are waterproof and scratch-resistant, and tie to the luggage with a sturdy ribbon. They're also easy to order.

Ten Women Entrepreneurs From Southwest Awarded Money, Mentoring, and Marketing to Help Build Million-Dollar Enterprises

October 31, 2008
New Mexico Lieutenant Governor and Former Business Owner Diane Denish Joins Influential List of Leaders Supporting the Make Mine a Million $ Business™ Movement

The Make Mine a Million $ Business program, a national movement inspiring women to grow their businesses, co-founded by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and American Express OPEN SM , made its first-ever visit to New Mexico on September 18, 2008. Ten successful women entrepreneurs received a powerful boost for their businesses when they were presented with Make Mine a Million $ Business awards including money, marketing, mentoring and technology assistance.

Keynote speaker Lt. Governor Diane Denish, a former entrepreneur, praised the program and celebrated women entrepreneurs for creating jobs and building thriving businesses while taking care of their families and supporting their community. Denish captivated the audience with a story from her entrepreneurial past – as recently as 1991 her bank required that her husband co-sign a loan for her business even though her financials met all loan criteria. She declined the loan, grew her business with personal funds, and went on to be part of an administration in New Mexico that has prioritized the needs of small businesses.

Less than 3% of women-owned businesses break the million-dollar threshold in annual revenues; the Make Mine a Million $ Business program, launched in 2005, is the only program to meet this challenge head on. The movement’s ultimate goal is to inspire one million women business owners to reach $1 million dollars in revenue.

“Make Mine a Million $ Business provides women entrepreneurs with business education and tools, as well as vital networking and support from a community of like-minded women who are coming together to grow,” said Nell Merlino, founder and president of Count Me In. “Our community of Make Mine a Million $ Business awardees employ 200,000 people across the country in communities small and large through businesses of every shape and size. They are the economic stimulus package this country needs.”

The all-day business event at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque featured 20 female entrepreneurs selected from a pool of several hundred applicants from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and California. The event culminated with the announcement of the program’s 10 newest members to its growing class of awardees. Each awardee was selected based on a three-minute “elevator pitch” presented to a live audience and a panel of judges.

“Our New Mexico awardees are pioneers who represent the promise and potential of women entrepreneurs across America,” said Sarika Sangwan, Manager of Advocacy Marketing at American Express OPEN. “When we reach our goal of helping one million women build million-dollar businesses, New Mexico will gain $6.8 billion in additional economic activity and add 50,000 new jobs.”*

New Mexico Awardees:

The following 10 women were selected based on their ability to build a $1 million business within two years and join a growing class of 150 Make Mine a Million $ Business awardees.

  • Lana Hutchison of Albuquerque, NM-based Hutchison Assisted Living Services, a licensed Adult Residential Shelter Care Home called Andrew House providing assisted living services to individuals
  • Krista Branch of Flagstaff, AZ-based Peak Educational Services (, a multidisciplinary organization that works with schools and agencies in Northern Arizona and on the Navajo Nation by serving the individual needs of the child and family through professional, caring relationships
  • Carol Gaab of Chandler, AZ-based TPRS Publishing, Inc. (, which produces and publishes Foreign Language readers, textbooks and teacher training materials that are based on a specific method called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling
  • Kimbra Orr of Littleton, CO-based Kimbra Studios (, which produces solid sterling custom photo jewelry and accessory pieces
  • Barbara Spohn-Lillo of Lakewood, CO-based Prosthetic Illusions Inc (, which specializes in creating custom artificial eyes, facial prosthetics, partial digits, and custom breast prostheses
  • Alexandra Watkins of San Francisco, CA-based Eat My Words (, a creative branding firm that creates unforgettable brand names and taglines that make emotional connections with consumers, build instant affinity for the brand, and have proven return on investment
  • Nadine Johnson of San Carlos, CA-based Sous Kitchen, Inc. (, which provides customers with chef-prepared, frozen dinner kits to cook at home
  • Tarin Wilson of Beverly Hills, CA-based plan A events, LLC ( , an event production and management company organizing events of all sizes with an emphasis on detail and quality
  • Theresa Stelter of Santee, CA-based Hillcreek Designs (, which sells buttons with a folk art finish. Each button is hand dyed and packaged for retail and wholesale clients worldwide
  • Carla Falcone and Romy Taormina of Pacific Grove, CA-based Psi Health Solutions, Inc. (, which sells Psi Bands (pronounced "Sigh Bands"): drug-free wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to morning sickness (pregnancy), motion sickness/ travel, chemotherapy, and anesthesia

Awardees received:

  • Inspiration, community, financing and mentoring from a “dream” team of coaches and business experts from Count Me In
  • Platinum Business Cash Rebate Credit Card, a financial health analysis, and possible promotion in marketing and media campaigns from American Express OPEN
  • A Financial Makeover and Spa Gift Basket from AIG – a holistic diagnosis from a personal financial coach to secure your future.
  • A Dell® shopping spree worth $1000
  • Discounts from FedEx® select shipping and office and print services

Upcoming Make Mine a Million $ Business Events:

  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - December 11, 2008

Open to women business owners Nationwide

To apply or join the Make Mine a Million $ Business community, please visit:

About Count Me In

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises. Count Me In launched the Make Mine a Million $ Business™ and Micro to Millions™ programs to inspire women entrepreneurs to build sustainable enterprises, create jobs and develop innovative products and services. For more information visit:

About American Express OPEN SM

American Express OPEN is dedicated exclusively to the success of small business owners and their companies. OPEN supports business owners with exceptional service. With tailored products and services, the team delivers purchasing power, flexibility, control and rewards to help customers run their business. Specifically, business owner customers can leverage an enhanced set of products, tools, services and savings, including charge and credit cards, convenient access to working capital, robust online account management capabilities and savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners. To obtain more information about OPEN SM , visit, or call 1-800-NOW-OPEN to apply for a card or loan. Terms and conditions apply.

American Express Company is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.

* Data source: US Census Bureau. Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners: Women-Owned Firms, 2002. Published January 2006. (SB02-00CS-WMN). State-level impact estimates prepared by Julie Weeks, President and CEO of Womenable, The state level impact of having 1 million women-owned firms at $1M in revenues nationally are calculated using the national-level rates of a 412.7% increase in the number of $1M firms, at exactly $1M in revenue for those firms, with an average of 6.82 employees per firm. Net level impact calculations subtract estimated pre-existing employment.

M Booth & Associates for
Count Me In and American Express OPEN
Alex Della Rocca, 212-481-7000
American Express OPEN
Rosa M. Alfonso, 212-640-1712


June 2, 2008

Dad's Day gifts for all personalities

Thoughtful presents for the grill-lover to the ice cream fanatic

by Robyn Spizman

TODAY June 2, 2008

Want to "wow" dad this Father's Day? Pass up the predictable and dive straight into gifts that will delight even the hardest to please dads. Here are some of the inside secrets to your gift-giving success. Give dad a gift that sizes up his personality and hobbies for gift-giving perfection. With a little know-how and thought, you can make this Father's Day totally memorable. Dad will think you spent all night dreaming up these gifts!

Begin by considering dad's likes and dislikes: Cater to his interests and favorite whims. Whether he's a new dad, golf or spa-loving dad, grill master, a handy dad or even a granddad, think first. Go for a wow gift that lets dad know it's just for him! You're bound to put a smile on dad's face and make dad glad his has you for a kid!

For the granddad or pet-loving dad

Give dad a photo gift from Kimbra Studios to capture loved one (even Fido!) in an heirloom piece that will be treasured for years to come. Upload your non-copyrighted photographs right on the website and see them in a piece of your choice. Price ranges: Cufflinks ($95-$125), keychains ($25-$40), wallet ($55), business card holder ($42);

The Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2003 

Mom, Here's Looking at Me

Friday, March 28, 2003 Vol. CCXLI NO. 61

WE THOUGHT we had outgrown making our own gifts for Mom with that ceramic soapdish back in third grade. But with Mother's Day coming May 11 and diamonds off the list the year (sorry, Mom), we were in the market for something with a personal touch.

Even better: something with our picture on it. For $150--or much less--a number of Internet sites with names like Angelic Inspirations and Sky High Designs will make Mom a custom pendant from her favorite baby photo, by either reproducing it onto metal, like a photocopy, or mounting it behind glass. Voila: inexpensive and precious at once.

But would Mom want to wear it? To find out, we bough sterling-silver necklaces from five sites, in each case using the same color photo (of a friend's baby in the Halloween costome). Then we asked a Connecticut mother's group to weigh in. To our surprise, we found a unanimous favorite--and several our experts deemed hokey.

First, though, a word of caution to the rushed. These gifts take more effort than buying off the rack: You much choose a photo, follow explicit directions (some sites accept only mailed-in photos, no electronic ones)--and do it weeks in advance. (That's why we're telling you now.) We chose to have our photo converted to black and white. Be prepared--like much custom-design, there can be lots of back-and-forth: One place contacted us five times to make sure our photo had been cropped the way we wanted it.

Once the necklaces arrived, it was off to the South/West Stamford chapter of the Moms Club, a social and support organization for stay-at-hom mothers. We spread the jewelry on hostess Michelle Diliberto's kitchen island and asked the ladies no to hold back.

Not to worry; they didn't. "This would get ripped off my neck in seconds," Tracy Schanzer said of the Sky High Designs necklace, which had an extremely flimsy (read: not toddler-proof) chain. Nor did the group like the pendant's sharp, scalloped edge. The photo reproduction go points, surprisingly: It came out a bit blurry and faded, but the group throught this gave it a nostalgic, reel-to-reel-movie effect.

The necklace from Angelic Inspirations looked almost like the Sky High one, but its chain felt even flimsier and the photo looked "like it was scanned in by a cheap scanner," Robin DuCharme of Pastore said. True enough: plus, there was an odd, redist tinge at the top. (The company said it would have reproduced better on a silver plate than on sterling.)

But even that was better than the pendant from Golden Photo Direct, which somehow had transformed our darling photo into a silver-on-silver etching with almost no detail to speak of. "It looks like a negative," club president Isobel Bonar said. Other moms called it "freaky" and "hard to see." The chain? "Wouldn't last two minutes," Michelle said.

The fourth company, Wells Ware, reproduced the photo behind glass (in black and white) instead of fusing it to metal, and left in a lot more detail. The large-link chain seemed sturdy, too. But these moms though its look was a bit too hip-hop. Patty Zemlanikcy said if she wore it, "My husband would say, 'Go back to Long Island.'"

Until now, these six friends had stood essentially united in the opinions, and the My Life Designs necklace proved no exception--except this time, everyone approved. The photo, which looked enameled onto its charm, had excellent detail, and the toggle-clasp chain seemed fashionable, not to mention sturdy. Another plus: the nickel-size pendant, the smallest of the bunch, didn't look a grandmotherly as the giant versions.

But, in the end, that might not matter, said Cindy Ottaviano, "Someday, we'll all be wearing them."

-Lisa Gubernick and Lauren Lipton

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