CHA Las Vegas – Summer Release Favorite Innovations

I’m back and ready to start more in-depth blog posts about my favorite things from the CHA Create & Connect Conference in Las Vegas last week. Today, I want to share my favorite brand new products and innovations from the show. Please note that none of the companies below have paid to be on this feature on my blog. These are my real, honest opinions about some real, honest awesome products. Without futher ado, here are some my favorite innovations:

1. Distress Glitter by Tim Holtz for Ranger

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Ranger kept the lid on this new product until the first morning of the show, and when it was announced, everyone got excited. If you’ve had a chance to try the Rock Candy Distress Glitter, you know that this glitter is more like a sugar and a super-rich sparkle, which makes it desirable for crafters who want shine without too much extra glitz. Plus, the colors of the Distress Inks palette are tried, true and beloved. {order them now here}

The Distress Glitters are slated to ship in July 2013, so many places already have them for sale. Check them out at Simon Says Stamp. My must-haves to start out? Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Seedless Preserves, Antique Linen, Black Soot and Tarnished Brass.

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Seriously, I love this stuff. No crafter can ever have too much glitter. ;)

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2. Clear Embossing Paste by Wendy Vecchi

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I’ve been a lover of Embossing Paste for several months now, (check out this video tutorial here and I also used it in my Misty Crafty Happy class) and I got the awesome chance to talk with its creator, Wendy Vecchi for a while and Day One. She gave me a tour of the new clear paste, and man am I pumped up about it! It has texture that is perfect for stenciling and adding texture to your project, and it dries perfectly clear to show whatever design you choose to create underneath.

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Here, Wendy used her Polka Dotty stencil over a painted background and stamped through it with one of her text stamps. Then, she repositioned the stencil in the same place and applied the clear embossing paste over the stamping. This created a really awesome stenciled newspaper look.

Below, Wendy sprayed the tag with Distress Stains (she puts them in mister bottles) through her Yikes… Stripes stencil and then applied the clear embossing paste on top of it. What an awesome encapsulated mist look! Clear embossing paste will be out in stores soon, and I will make sure to let you know as soon as it’s for sale! Thanks, Wendy, for showing me around your new products!

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Wendy also showed us her brand new Signature Designer Archival Inks with Ranger over the Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver embossing pastes. The Archival inks dry on smooth surfaces and work beautifully with the metallic pastes. Archival Inks are shipping this month from Ranger; I’ll let you know when they’re available!

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3. Stitched Journaling Cards and Stitched Leaves dies from Lawn Fawn

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Lawn Fawn has quickly moved to the forefront of die design with their last few releases (my favorites – the Puffy Star Stackables and the Hearts Lawn Cuts), and their two standalone dies for this release were incredibly well-received at the show. The Stitched Journaling Cards die fits perfectly in a 4″ by 3″ space (great for Project Life or other pocket-style systems) and come with awesome borders that can be used within the tag or seperately. Who doesn’t need more hearts, banners, stars and arrows? Seriously. You can preorder the die from Simon Says Stamp here.

The Stitched Leaves dies are great for decorating for a party, creating a wreath or scrapbook pages but still are perfectly proportioned for cards and smaller papercrafts. So many ideas feel I can use these on cards, decor and my PL pages! You can preorder the Stitched Leaves dies from Simon Says Stamp here.

Another fab thing from the Lawn Fawn booth is their metallic bakers twine and new hand-selected sequins packets. More on these later this week! See more about the sequins and metallic bakers twine here:

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4. Stephanie Barnard Flip-its Die Sets and the new Magnetic Platform from Sizzix

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Here, Stephanie Barnard showed off her new sets of Flip-its Due sets to create awesome flipable cards. Each card can be made several ways, and there are SO many ways to move around the pieces and embellish your finished card. My favorites? The Triple Circle Flip-its and Fancy Frame Flip-its #2. These sets rock!

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During Stephanie’s demo, she also showed off the new Magnetic Platform from Sizzix. It’s coming out in September, and I CAN’T WAIT. It holds everything in place and everyone with a Big Shot needs one.

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5. New Punch Boards from We R Memory Keepers

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The Envelope Punch Boards where a total hit at the last show, and now they’re releasing four new ones – the Gift Box, Gift Bag, Candy Box and Pillow Box. They’re shipping in October, and the Gift Bag one is a must-have! I can’t wait to get my hands on these.

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6. Stamping Starter Kit from Silhouette

Silhouette is introducing a new material (and coordinating cutting mat) that allows you to cut out silhouette designs and then place them on a clear block to stamp with. It’s a rather thin material, so it’ll be interesting to see how it stamps and holds up to different types of inks. I’m excited to see where this goes!

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7. 3″ Sticker Maker from Xyron

This is the big sister to my favorite Xyron X for adhering vellum. The concept is the same, but the adhesive roll is twice as wide and reduces waste of adhesive AND is recyclable when you’re finished with it. Awesome! I’m all about minimal waste when it comes to adhesive. Love! This will be shipping soon and I will be picking up three. ;)

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8. Capture Attach Me Stickers from Basic Grey

Part of Basic Grey’s new Capture line shipping in August, these tabs are perfect for adding memorabilia directly into your scrapbooking or project life albums in multiple awesome colors. They’re made of plastic and use super stick adhesive, so they’re going to stay where you put them and look cute doing it. I’ll be sharing more about the Capture line later this week. Hint: it’s pretty darn cool!

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Thanks for stopping by today to see some of the best things from the Vegas show. I’ll be sharing more posts throughout the week – my favorite new parts and pieces, favorite new collections and trends spotted at the show. Stay tuned for more coverage and a more in-depth look at the talks of the show!

What is your favorite innovation you’ve seen from this season of new releases? Please share in the comments below!


P.S. My vlog from Vegas day one is up here on my vlogging channel. Check it out! Day 2 will be posted tomorrow, and Days 3-4 on Wednesday. Enjoy!

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9 Responses to CHA Las Vegas – Summer Release Favorite Innovations

  1. Arianna

    Hi Britta!
    Thank you so much for the coverage. Definitely I love the new punch boards! But I’m still wondering: how many punch boards can one person own? ;)

  2. conil

    Wow…this all looks sooo cool…better warm up my credit card.

  3. Jemima Royall

    Are you trying to make me poor?!?! STOP with all the cute products. Ok… please don’t but if you could make me richer that’d be great. Ooo, I like that option better ;) Thanks for the great post, can’t wait to see the other stuff.

  4. Sandra ltb

    thanks for sharing – sounds like you had a lot of fun!
    Sandra ltb

  5. 3 things really caught me eye this year (so far!): The new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies (but that’s a given), the cool new Sizzix Flip-its Dies, and all those awesone new punch boards from We R Memory Keepers! Thanks for sharing, Britta because I haven’t seen all the new stuff yet!

  6. Hey Britta thanks do sharing your photos!
    I’ve never been to CHA and this is really great :)

  7. Lauren Harmer

    Punch boards !! And definitely anything lawn fawn! And distress glitter….all so yummy

  8. Mary M.

    Those punch boards are pretty cool, thanks for the great photos of them. I just found out the envelope punch board existed and now they have even more! I can’t decide if I like the gift bag or the pillow box one more…. =) I can’t wait to see your Capture post, I’ve been very intrigued by the peeks of it I’ve seen.

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