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CHA 2014 Best Collections – Part 2

I’m back with part two of sharing my favorite papercrafting collections from the CHA 2014 Mega show. As a refresher, I’ve broken my favorite collections down into 8 categories of Basics, Travel, Spring/Happy, Girl/Vintage, Summer, Love, Home, and General/Family. I shared my favorites from the first four categories the other day  and will be talking about the latter four today.

Please note that I think all of these collections are absolutely fantastic! I chose my favorites based off of trends, diversity amongst my picks and what I think you will like as well. I included runners-up for each category so that I could share other loves that I have. Please do check out all the ones you find interesting and let me know which collections are your favorites in the comments on this post!

CHA Favorite Collections Part Two by Britta Swiderski

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SUMMER – Echo Park – Summer Bliss by Lori Whitlock

CHA2014 Summer Bliss - Echo Park - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Summer Bliss - Echo Park - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Summer Bliss - Echo Park - Britta Swiderski

Why this is awesome: I saw a ton of summer collections at CHA, as is the norm, but this one really stood out to me because of the unique color scheme (fantastic balance of bold brights and warm pastels) and fresh motifs. Those graph-inspired circles alone (3rd picture, right side) were enough to mke me fall in love. Lori Whitlock has a knack for designing lines that appeal to a wide range of people, and she’s definitely hit the nail on the head with this summer collection once again.
Favorite items: patterned paper – Summer Treats, Summer Circles, Summer Fun, Summer Floral – Decorative Brads
Website: Echo Park blog
Where you can buy: ships March 2014 – check back for links!

Runners-Up for Summer:

LOVE – We R Memory Keepers – Sheer Metallic

CHA2014 Sheer Metallic - WRMK - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Sheer Metallic - WRMK - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Sheer Metallic - WRMK - Britta Swiderski

Why this is awesome: I just… I can’t even get over this collection. WRMK took me completely by surprise as a force to be reckoned with in the papercrafting collections category. This line takes a huge risk by not having any non-specialty papers, but this screams “buy six of everything” as much as if not more than anything I saw at the show. Metallics are HOT, and they’re not going away any time soon. I especially loved their equal treatment of gold, silver and copper as all key players in this line. I know most of us are gold-crazy right now, but who knows when silver will come back around as the “it” metallic? The wood accents and washi are fantastically executed and showed restraint that really makes this line something special: elegant, edited and versatile beyond belief.
Favorite items: Metallic (Gold, Silver and Copper) ink printed on vellum – Stripe, Flower, Heart and Dot – Happy Day Wood Tag, Ampersand Wood Tag, Metallic Washi Tapes
Website: We R Memory Keepers blog
Where you can buy: ships February 1st – check back for links!

Runners-Up for Love:

FLORAL/HOME – Simple Stories – Home Spun

CHA2014 Homespun - Simple Stories - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Homespun - Simple Stories - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Homespun - Simple Stories - Britta Swiderski
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Why this is awesome: Simple Stories does several things well that I’ve always liked, but it wasn’t until this show that I felt like their collections appealed to me and you versus a beginning scrapper or someone who wants to make a simple album for someone else (not that either one of those are bad things). The name Home Spun drums up some good heartstring-pulling thoughts and emotions, and that’s what this line it’s about. It’s about being together and having a basic line to cover everything that might happen within your home life. They did a fantastic job pulling in some newer trends while still keeping the line balanced enough to be the base for an entire scrapbook.
Favorite items: Patterned Paper – Stitched Together, Beautiful Life, Heart & Home – Simple Basics kits, SN@P! Cuts, SN@P! Insta-Squares
Website: Simple Stories blog
Where you can buy:

Runners-Up for Home:

GENERAL/FAMILY – Fancy Pants – Be Different

CHA2014 Fancy Pants - Be Different - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Fancy Pants - Be Different - Britta Swiderski

 

CHA2014 Fancy Pants - Be Different - Britta Swiderski

 

CHA2014 Fancy Pants - Be Different - Britta Swiderski

Why this is awesome: As you probably are aware, I wouldn’t normally be in the market for a “boy” line. That’s why Fancy Pants absolutely wins this category, because with Be Different they make me want to buy a boy line. Not only are the accessories top notch (I really feel like Fancy Pants has gone in a fantastic direction with that category), but the patterns and motifs throughout the collection don’t scream “no girls allowed!” but seem more likely to say “let’s have an adventure.” Plus, that flair assortment kicks some serious butt.
Favorite items: Patterned Paper – Monsters, Silly, Colorful Life, Personality – Decorative Bags, Flair, Patterned Photo Frames, Button Set
Website: Fancy Pants blog
Where you can buy: not available yet – check back soon for links!

Runners-Up for General/Family:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Now I’m off to do something creative to let all of my inspiration go somewhere. Please remind me repeatedly that I need to do that more often. That’s really why we’re all here, isn’t it? :) See you again soon with some more of my favorites from the show!

Love,
Britta

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Favorite Collections from CHA – Part 1

I’m back after scribbling many notes and going through endless amounts of catalogs, and I’m so excited to share about my favorite collections from the CHA show. To make my decisions easier, I’ve broken my favorite collections down into 8 categories of Basics, Travel, Spring/Happy, Girl/Vintage, Garden/Home, Summer, Love and General/Boy/Family. I’ll be sharing my favorites from the first four categories today and the latter four in my next post.

Please note that I think all of these collections are absolutely fantastic! I chose my favorites based off of trends, diversity amongst my picks and what I think you will like as well. I included runners-up for each category so that I could share other loves that I have. Please do check out all the ones you find interesting and let me know which collections are your favorites in the comments on this post!

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Favorite Collections from CHA2014 - Part 1 by Britta Swiderski

BASICS – Lawn Fawn – Let’s Polka

CHA2014 Let's Polka - Lawn Fawn - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Let's Polka - Lawn Fawn - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Let's Polka - Lawn Fawn - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Let's Polka - Lawn Fawn - Britta Swiderski

Why this is awesome: This is my favorite basics collection not only of this year but of these last five years. Lawn Fawn has a knack for choosing just the exact right colors for everyone to use, and there’s a little something for everyone on these patterns: small dots, larger dots, hand drawn hearts and stripes. The accessories to this collection are perfectly on point for all-year round happiness. The flair is happy and bright, and the dotted note cards are absolutely fabulous.
Favorite items: Patterned Paper – Freshly Cut Grass Polka, Hippo Polka, Wild Rose Line Dance, Mermaid Line Dance – Let’s Polka Flair, 6×6 Mini Paper Pad, Dotted Notecards + Envelopes, Cloudy Bakers Hemp
Website: Let’s PolkaNotecards and Hemp
Where you can buy:
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Let’s Polka 12 x 12 Collection Pack – Lawn Fawn
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Let’s Polka 6 x 6 Paper Pad – Lawn Fawn
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Let’s Polka Mixed Sequins – Lawn Fawn
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Let’s Polka Flair – Lawn Fawn
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Sky Blue Hemp Twine – Lawn Fawn
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Cloudy Grey Hemp Twine – Lawn Fawn
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Wild Rose Notecards – Lawn Fawn
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Sunflower Notecards – Lawn Fawn
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Freshly Cut Grass Notecards – Lawn Fawn
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Mermaid Notecards – Lawn Fawn
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Hippo Notecards – Lawn Fawn
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Envelopes 4-bar Notecards – Lawn Fawn
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Runners-Up for Basics:

TRAVEL – Basic Grey – Mon Ami by Kelly Purkey

CHA2014 Mon Ami - Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Mon Ami - Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Mon Ami - Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Mon Ami - Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Mon Ami - Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Mon Ami - Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey - Britta Swiderski

Why this is awesome: Even though this is considered a “mini” collection from Basic Grey, everything that KP and team have put together here is  great for documenting travel no matter where you are headed. The graphic patterns of this collection that aren’t directly travel-related are insanely fresh and inspiring. It’s the time of the year where you see a million and a half travel collections, and even the travel motifs in this collection feel fresh. I love it!
Favorite items: Patterned Paper – Jardin, Registre, Fleur, Partir – Alphabet stickers
Website: Basic Grey Blog
Where you can buy:
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Mon Ami Collection Pack – KP for BG
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Mon Ami 6 x 6 paper pack – KP for BG
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Runners-Up for Travel:

SPRING/HAPPY – Chic Tags – Cloud 9

CHA2014 Cloud 9 - Chic Tags - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Cloud 9 - Chic Tags - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Cloud 9 - Chic Tags - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Cloud 9 - Chic Tags - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Cloud 9 - Chic Tags - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Cloud 9 - Chic Tags - Britta Swiderski

Why this is awesome: Cloud 9 was another new-to-me company, but I was so impressed by their Cloud 9 line that I wanted to highlight it today instead of in my new companies post. The patterned papers in the line are nice, especially Celebrate (2nd photo), but the accessories to this line are what really makes it shine. The gold-foiled specialty paper (3rd photo) and journaling cards (6th photo) fulfill my desire for everything gold, while the 2 x 2 decorative squares (bottom left, 4th picture) and wood veneer sequins (5th photo) are sure to be essentials on my crafting desk.
Favorite items: Patterned Paper – Celebrate, Lovely – Sunday Best Gold Foiled Specialty Paper, Gold Cards (gold foil!), Sequins Wood Veneer, 2×2 Pocket Squares
Website: Chic Tags Blog
Where you can buy: not yet available – check back soon for links!

Runner-Up for Spring/Happy:

  • Lawn Fawn – Hello Sunshine
    Website: Lawn Fawn Blog
    Favorite items: Patterned Paper – Claire, April, Luna, Aurora – Hello Sunshine Flair, Hello Sunshine Mixed Sequins
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    Hello Sunshine 12 x 12 Collection Kit – Lawn Fawn
    Hello Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Pad – Lawn Fawn
    Hello Sunshine Flair – Lawn Fawn
    Hello Sunshine Mixed Sequins – Lawn Fawn


    CHA2014 Let's Polka - Lawn Fawn - Britta Swiderski

GIRL/VINTAGE – Crate Paper – Styleboard by Maggie Holmes

CHA2014 Styleboard - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Styleboard - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Styleboard - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper - Britta Swiderski

CHA2014 Styleboard - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper - Britta Swiderski

Why this is awesome: Maggie Holmes has stunned me once more with her new Styleboard line. The papers are artistic and free, as is Maggie’s style, but the embellishments are where this line really shines. Gold foil, glitter and rub-ons abound in this collection, but the gold accents are used very tastefully. I’ve been shying away from rub-ons for years, but these Gold Rub-Ons have me wanting to give them a try again. The gold word labels are not only gold foil but have the letters embossed like they came out of an old fashioned Dymo machine. Any crafter of any style would be hard pressed NOT to find at least one thing to fall in love with here.
Favorite items: Patterned Paper – Melody, Pretty Palette, So Lovely – Kraft Paper with Gold Foil, Gold Rub-Ons, Gold Word Labels, Decorative Tape, Doily Embossing Folder
Website: Maggie Holmes’s Blog
Where you can buy:

Runners-Up for Girl/Vintage:

Thanks so much for visiting today. I know these posts are long and photo heavy, but I hope you’re reading the parts that you find interesting and are enjoying seeing my thoughts about my favorites. You all make my lives so happy. :) In the next post, we’ll talk about my favorite collections in the Garden/home, Wedding/love, Summer and General/boy/family categories. Oh boy oh boy!

Love,
Britta

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Let’s Talk CHA! Favorite New Companies

Hey friends. Hope you are doing well and enjoying this air of excitement and creativity in the air. I’ve been feeling so inspired lately and I’m so very happy to have a few days off from my jobs that pay the bills to be able to sit down, write and make pretty things.

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So this is the official kickoff of my post-CHA coverage. (To see all of the CHA coverage so far, click here.) Over the next week or so, I’ll be sharing my favorite bits and pieces from the show and sharing a few stories along the way. Some products I love because they’re new or exciting, some because they’re very well-done and impressive and others because they’re full of meaning and have a story.

That’s one overwhelmingly awesome thing about seeing the lines in person; you get to talk to the people who made them. These are the people that got inspired, created, struggled with and had successes with these projects. For a lot of people bringing their own line or bringing an entirely new company to the show, this is not only their creative concept, but it’s also their livelihood and their big risk that they’re taking. 

I’d like to start out coverage today by introducing you to a few new companies that either launched recently, are new to papercrafting or are new to me. These all knocked my socks off in different ways, and I love that each line comes from it’s own angle and inspiration. Note: click on the individual pictures to view them at full size for more detail.

CHA2014 Favorite New Companies by Britta Swiderski

AHA arts

AHA Arts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

AHA Arts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

AHA Arts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

AHA Arts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

AHA Arts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Until I walked up to this booth, I had never heard of AHA arts before. Rachel Goldberg has already had some success in the art and licensing world, but this is her first venture into stamps. I was lucky enough to hear from her about the inspiration for her stamps. She wants to make stamps that not only work for stampers; she wants to make stamps for expressive mark-making. In her booth, she shows of the stamps used as patterned paper, on pieces of art on canvas and clean and simple cards. Her designs are inspired and like a fresh breath of air into the world of stamping. Rachel has something very good going on here.

My favorite pieces: Geometric Borders, Painterly Shapes and Girls & Co
Website: AHA-arts.com
Purchase here: AHA-arts.com

Chickaniddy Crafts

Chickaniddy Crafts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Chickaniddy Crafts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Chickaniddy Crafts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Chickaniddy Crafts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Chickaniddy Crafts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Chickaniddy Crafts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Chickaniddy Crafts CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

I was very excited about Chickaniddy Crafts before the show, but they very much impressed me in person. The company literally just launched, but it’s off to a fantastic start with two great collections. Date Night is a fairly unisex line about dating, and the inspiration was to create a line that’s not just about prom, dating, engagements and marriage but to create one that encompassed all of those things without being tied to Valentine’s Day. The concept worked out, passing with flying colors. Twirly Girly is  a much more girl-centric line, but it provides a nice balance against the  cooler colors of Date Night. While this pink, peach and grey collection may not be for everyone, I think it hits a nice sweet spot on the spectrum from younger to older girls and women.

My favorite pieces: Date Night – A Girl’s Best Friend patterned paper (middle of 3rd picture; the sketched diamonds are super on-trend), Awesome Blossom patterned paper (on the far left, 2nd picture) and Enamel Hearts (4th picture) – Twirly Girly – Tea Party patterned paper (third paper from right, 6th picture), Birthday Girl patterned paper (not shown) and Goldie Lox gold foil specialty paper (top left, 5th picture)
Website: chickaniddy.com
Purchase here:

Hazel & Ruby

Hazel and Ruby CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Hazel and Ruby CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Hazel and Ruby CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Hazel & Ruby is still newer company (they started business in October), and it’s all super new to me. They’re already branching over a little more from the general crafting world into the papercrafting sector, and their products are innovative and happy. That’s not even to mention the packaging; all of their packaging is fantastic. They started out with their Stencil Masks, well-designed, thick vinyl stickers that are completely reusable for DIY projects. Now, their line also includes washi tape (super wide and scalloped), Craft Paper Rolls (thin patterned paper, a bit thicker than standard tissue paper) and embellishments. Throughout the entire booth and product concepts, you see the theme repeated “what’s old is new again,” and in our Pinterest-inspired culture, Hazel & Ruby definitely has a place in the crafting market.

My favorite pieces: Blindside Alpha Stencil Masks (bottom center, 1st picture), Full of Heart Craft Paper (forth tube from left, 3rd picture), Crazy for Chevy – Teals 2″ Washi (not pictured) and Shine & Sparkle Sequins tubes (center, 2nd picture)
Website: hazelandruby.com
Purchase here: at Simon Says Stamp!

Krazy Glue

Krazy Glue CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Krazy Glue CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Okay, so Krazy Glue (by Elmers) is definitely not a new company or product. So why did it make this list? Well, I had a meeting with the team from Krazy glue and got to see a bunch of really cool crafts that have been done using Krazy Glue. You may not know this, but they have a special Craft formula of the glue (available in gel and liquid) with a built-in skin protectant that prevents the product from drying for 30 seconds. This gives you a little wiggle room but still allows you to do things that you may normally have to bring out the glue gun for. The gel formula is touted for being good for inclined surfaces, because it will hold up the object while the glue cures within a minute. I’m pretty excited to try out the gel craft formula; in the booth, they showed that you can glue just about any material to one another – metal to plastic, porcelain to glass, spray painted surfaces to plaster – the options are truly endless. It’s definitely time to get my DIY on with Krazy Glue.

My favorite pieces: Krazy Glue Craft Gel, Krazy Glue Craft with Extended Precision Tip and Krazy Glue Craft with Brush Applicator 
Website: krazyglue.com
Purchase here: Amazon

Little B

Little B CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Little B CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Little B CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Little B CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

Little B CHA2014 by Britta Swiderski

My final pick to share with you today is Little B LLC. They’ve been around for a little while and started out in the dimensional sticker world with a little “decorative paper tape” (for the sake of simplicity, I’m going to call it washi tape) in a proprietary dispenser that has a built-in cutting edge for easy dispensing. They are now branching out to the die cutting world and are releasing some really awesome Designer Dies, a placement tool called the Perfect Positioner and adding more washi, including a whole section of foiled washi tape. Although the washi tape is fantastic (see fifth picture), the die system is was really drew me in. First, the sizes of the dies are standardized. For example, with the circle set, you receive a .5″, 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 3.5″, 4″, 4.5″ and 5″ circles I love that. Second, their nesting dies also come with patterned inserts that you can use or not use depending on your project. You can also use the inserts alone; they don’t have an outside cutting edge. Third, all of their die sets come in an awesome magnetic folder about the size of a DVD case with the name on the spine. I love that they thought of storage for me so I don’t have to find another space amongst my die madness.

Their Perfect Positioner one a spot in the CHA Top 20 innovations showcase. It’s a tacky (think digital die cutting mat), clear, gridded surface that works with any existing die cut machine platform and lets you place your dies and paper on the surface. The tacky surface holds them in place without sticking too much to the paper. This can be used in conjunction with magnetic platforms for even more positioning power. The positioner does need to be replaced occasionally (depending on how often you use it + the amount of lint your papers leave behind), but the MSRP of $4.00 is totally reasonable for a useful product like the positioner.

My favorite pieces: Designer Cutting Dies (especially the packaging!) – Circles (1st picture), Scallops (2nd picture) and Bouquet (3rd picture) – Foil Washi Tape (5th picture) – Gold Foil Honeycomb 3mm (top row, right), Silver Foil Diagonal Stripes 3mm (top row, left) and Golden Foil Floral 25mm (middle row, right) – Perfect Positioner (4th picture)
Website: LittleBLLC.com
Purchase here:
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I hope you’ve seen something you find new or exciting today. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you see something you really like or have a newer company in mind that I should definitely check out!

Thank you for stopping by! My next post will focus on my top 5 favorite collections from the show (and, oh boy, it’s going to be  hard to narrow it down to that few). Please note that I have been having a few health issues this last week (nothing new – just dealing with existing conditions + job stress), so I’ll be working on these posts and will notify you via twitter, facebook and instagram as soon as a new post is up. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Love,
Britta

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