CHA Vegas – Favorite Bits, Pieces & Trends

Hey there! It’s spitfire round here at (Otherwise known as: how many of these products can Britta gush about in a half an hour of furious writing before she has to take off to go camping?) And I’m excited to share some of my favorite new designs and trends from the CHA show. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, tweets and posts about my CHA reporting! I hope to get to do this again next time, too.

Trend: Stencils!

Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous Stencils: in the tried-and-true tag format from Tim, these are BIG (just over 4 inches wide) and come in some really great versatile patterns. They begin shipping in August and have a hole at the top so you can keep them all on a binder ring together. Awesome! My favorites: THS002 Bubble, THS007 Burlap, THS008 Stars and THS009 Splatters. They are shown in 001-012 order in the picture below, working from top left to bottom right. {view more Tim Holtz products here}

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Claudine Hellmuth with Ranger and The Crafter’s Workshop: Not only is she just an awesome, bubbly person, but her new designs are pretty cute, too. Her number one tip? Stencil onto tissue paper and then use multi matte medium to apply it onto your project. The tissue paper goes clear when you apply it with medium, and you can get the perfect stenciling every time! My favorites: Falling Foliage (pictured next to Claudine) and Chit Chat (right, above the other stencils on the table). These will be shipping very soon! {check out more Claudine Hellmuth products here}

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The Crafter’s Workshop and their signature designer collections: New from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley and Ronda Palazzari is more fantastic stencil goodness. Seriously, this entire release is fantastic, but pictured are some of my favorites. Plus, their booth samples rocked my socks right off. Shipping right now! {go here for more stencil goodness from The Crafter’s Workshop}

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Above: TCW410 US Map and TCW411 Circles in Lines
Below: TCW387 Spinning Tops, TCW388 Giraffe Print and TCW389 Fancy Feathers

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Below: TCW418 Halftone Circles, TCW419 Halftone Borders and TCW420 Chevron Tiles

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Below: TCW391 Climbing Vine and TCW390 Baubles

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Just check out those booth samples! Yes!

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Bits and Pieces: Stamps!

Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous: Christmas Blueprint 2 was a favorite of mine from Tim’s new release. His blueprints line has been doing very well, and this set in particular will make some fantastic Christmas cards! {preorder Christmas Blueprint 2 here}

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Lawn Fawn Stamps: it’s no surprise that I love just about everything that LF comes out with (once a Fawnie, always a Fawnie), but some of the stand-outs from their stamp release this time around are Yeti, Set, Go (the yeti is so cute that I literally want to squeeze him), Milo’s ABCs, Woodgrain Backdrops and Happy New Year. Oh, and the Cole’s ABCs dies are going to be used on a daily basis in my studio. {see other Lawn Fawn here}

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RSVP Basic Grey: the cling backgrounds from Basic Grey (manufactured by Hero Arts) take the cake for me in this line. CG616 Tiny Star Cling, CG617 Bursts Cling and CG618 Scallop Cling can all come home to me soon. :) {see more Basic Grey here}

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Persimmon Basic Grey: This collection is very nice (more on that in a second!), but the background stamps are pretty awesome, too. CG614 Vertical Arrows Cling, CG613 Simple Leaf Cling and CG615 Etched Bouquet Cling are very much to my liking.

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Trend: Holiday Collections Become More Versatile

Basic Grey’s Persimmon line: This collection as a whole is very fall and halloween, but leaving out certain elements allows you to choose your own destiny with this delightfully vintage-inspired line. Many of the patterns and motifs don’t even have to be associated with fall or autumn at all, and I like this more “grown-up” take on a fall theme. {see more Basic Grey here}

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I really liked these Acetate Alphas that BG had to go with each line. Very nice!

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Webster’s Pages New Year New You: Here is another collection that, although can be holiday and new year related, reads more spring or summer in feel. I bet this line will be a big hit in the southern hemisphere and places where winter is more tropical. Plus, that “Be Inspired” floral print in the middle on the second row has my heart.

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Cosmo Cricket: CC is definitely refining their image and style as a company, and I think their Simple Surfaces pad will be a huge hit with many different audiences. It’s a stacked deck of glittered, printed and vellum surfaces that can all be used as backgrounds or focal points on a layout. Definitely versatile and definitely awesome.

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I have about 12 more picks to share with you, but camping is calling me away for the weekend! Will be back to share those on Monday. :)

Whew! Now I have a question for you: Next time I report on CHA, what’s your must-have for coverage? It could be instagram, daily vlogging (Check out the daily vlogs from the trip here!), wrap-up posts, tweeting… what do you want to see? Also, what’s your favorite new thing (or new couple things!) this time around? Thanks so much for stopping by today. MWAH!



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4 Responses to CHA Vegas – Favorite Bits, Pieces & Trends

  1. conil

    Wow, too much to choose from. I’m on retail overload. But honestly, my fave so far is Simple Surfaces. Yummy. Have a terrific weekend camping.

  2. LauraJane

    STENCILS for me!

  3. Paper Paper Paper.. I love paper. All of the products look good. Thanks for teasing me with all these new products. Great eye candy.

  4. Kathy W

    I like that so many manufacturers are now adding enamel dots, or their equivalent. And resin flowers. Thanks for gathering all the info for us. Wish we could all go to the show with you!

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