As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been fully immersed in CHA coverage for the past week. Oh my! There are just so many inspiring and lovely things that are brand new to our crafty little industry.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to my 12 top favorite product picks from the show in no particular order. (A.K.A. They’re all so awesome I couldn’t pick a favorite!)
- Die Cut Cards – Lucky Charm Dear Lizzy collection by American Crafts: The collection is cute and trendy as always (this time, more geared towards boys but still done in the signature Lizzy style), but these die cut cards are something new we haven’t seen from American crafts before. These would be great to put on cards and pages, but they’re also going to be really fun cardboard masks that remind me of my childhood. I can’t wait to get my hands on these! (Check them out in this Paperclipping video at 2:58 for a good look.)
- Wood Veneer Tags, Sewing Kits and Transparent Stickers – Yes, Please by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts: I’ve always admired Amy’s style and this line is no different. These three pieces really shine in their orginality, though. The transparent letter stickers in a much larger size are going to be FAB for Project Lifers and really impactful cards, the wood veneer printed tags are a little twist on a hot trend already in the industry, and the sewing kits are PERFECT for Amy’s line since her embroidery is what put her on the crafting map. I love how she’s presented the kits as well with its own piercer, needle, thread and mat. It’s everything you need to try sewing in one kit. Love! (See these products in the Paperclipping video here at 1:45, 2:38 and 5:09 for a better look.)
- Chunky Glitter Thickers, Clipboard Mini Album Concept + Collection Supplement Kit and patterned paper – Maggie Holmes Signature Line with Crate Paper: Love this new collaboration! I’m seriously going to order three packs of the glitter thickers; I’m all about gold and glitter right now, so these are perfect. The clipboard mini album is a fun, fresh take on the mini album wildfire spreading throughout the industry. The supplement to go with the album is fresh and happy as well. Plus, sequins. Sequins! The patterns and textures of this line are delicate but grungy, just like Maggie’s deliciously amazing photography. (Maggie Holmes booth tour from Paperclipping here.)
- Paper Collection – Modern Mercantile by Lisa Dickinson for Jenni Bowlin Studios: I’ve always loved JBS products, but her paper lines have never appealed too much to my crafting style. All bets are off now with the Modern Mercantile line designed by Lisa Dickinson. The colors are still consistent with the Jenni Bowlin line of products (this means TONS of coordinating embellishment goodness), but the patterns are a new feeling for the paper line which means I can’t get enough. Woot!
- Washi tape, paper bags, overlays and patterned paper – Composition & Color and Sweet Notes by Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages: I died about three hundred times when I saw this line and then proceeded to watch all video coverage available on it. It’s everything I ever loved about Hambly (Allison was their designer) with the versatility of a full paper line. Both collections are absolutely stunning and include washi tape, adorable paper bags (4 by 6 in size, by the way) and the PERFECT overlays. I’ll take three of everything, please. And yes, I will be hoarding this. All of it. (See the collection on video here from Paperclipping.)
- Mint Julep Flair and Deer Background and Kneehighs Hearts Background and Paper Collection – Basic Grey: Honestly, I’m not as in love with BG’s releases as I have been in the past. That’s okay – they’re not really geared towards my general demographic this time around. But there are a few pieces that still make my heart sing: the bright and vibrant patterns in the Kneehighs collection, background stamps from Kneehighs (the hearts) and Mint Julep (the deer) in a collaboration with Hero Arts as well as the Mint Julep flair. Seriously, those deer kill me with the cuteness!
- Snippets Punctuation Wood Veneer, Two Step Mask + Sundrifter Chalkboard Thickers – Studio Calico: SC’s improved upon things that I already loved with three great renditions on popular products for this release. The chalkboard Thickers are absolutely on trend, the two-step stencils allow you to change the look of the stencil each time you use it (in a great 8 by 8 size, too, which is fun departure from the typical 6 by 6 or 12 by 12 sizes) and I just can’t resist a good veneer set or ampersands, so I loooove this set of punctuation veneers.
- Kaleidoscope and Honeycomb Stencils by Ronda Palazzari – The Crafters Workshop: TCW has some really great stencils in general and especially for this release, but these two speak to me in a way I can’t explain. There are much so many possibilities here! Plus, watch out for their new dies that they introduced at the show. They’re going to be hot for crafters who love to mix layers of paper into their layers of mist, inks and paints. Yum!
- Circle Border Punch – Martha Stewart for EK Success: Although this system debuted on HSN a couple months back, it’s hitting the market now for all retailers in a big way. There are nine different designs that can be interchanged into the circle- cutting base (with more to come, I’m sure). If you watch a demo video on how this works, you’ll be amazed like I was at all the innovation and fool-proofing this product went through. Now THIS is how you bring in a new, innovative product. I can’t wait to try it out!
- Midnight Edition of Project Life by Liz Tamanaha – Becky Higgins LLC: After spending so much time with my Europe album done in the Project Life style (which is… ehem… still half way done) and seeing what Kelly Purkey has done with her PL so far this year, I know I’ll be scooping one of these sets up when they’re released in May and using it with a smaller, more manageable book to document my year (probably a SNAP book or one by Studio Calico). Liz Tamanaha has been one of my very favorite digital designers for years, and I’m so happy to see her product in print. She has a style that is the epitome of doing CAS the right way. Wowza!
- Envelope Punch Board – We R Memory Keepers: Honestly, I know how to make my own envelopes with one of my way-too-many score boards, but I like this as an innovation. The price point at MSRP 19.99 is easy on the budget and worth the investment as long as you have the space to store it. Plus, WRMK can sell me just about anything with their signature pops of bright color and clean and simple packaging. (See how the board works in a demonstration here.) Pre-order the punch board now at Simon Says Stamp!
- Serendipity patterned papers and tabs and Day to Day patterned paper, tidbits and cutouts – Elle’s Studio: I’ve used Elle’s (pronounced EL-ies, in case you were wondering) products for a while but fell in love with everything Elle when Lawn Fawn was their neighbor at the summer 2012 CHA. Not only is Elle possibly the nicest person ever, but she also has a unique design point of view that I love seeing. It’s fresh. Now with their introduction of paper lines for this show, I know I’ll be incorporating a lot more of their products. No one does paper embellies like they do, and I forsee many layers of beautiful things happening on my projects with these products! Also make sure to check out their Valentine’s line, You & Me. It’s quite the treat, too. (There’s chalkboard!)
So there they are: the 12 reasons why I should probably get a crappy job or find a rich guy to marry (just kidding, Jake, I love you!). I hope you’ve enjoyed the CHA wrap-up and will share some of your own favorites in the comments on this post. If you missed it, also check out my posts about Lawn Fawn’s CHA releases and Ranger’s CHA releases - those two companies automatically supersede my wishlists of awesome because I want one of every . single . thing they both released. Oops. See you soon, lovlies!