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CHA2014 – The Wrap-Up!

It’s time. Time to wrap up all of the CHA madness and fun from my trip to the show so that I can get to making pretty things with the new products I already ordered. ;) Lots of the things from the show are available now, and more are becoming available every day. New and exciting things abound, and I can’t wait to share my creations with you AND to see fantastic ideas, techniques and projects come out of all of these new tools and products.

CHA2014 Wrap-Up by Britta Swiderski

Here is a recap of the blog posts from the trip. I’ve added shop links into those posts, so if there’s a collection you’re excited about, click on the link and it will (read: *should*)  take you right to the links widget for that collection!

1. Pre-Show Favorites Part One

2. Pre-Show Favorites Part Two

  • LF Let’s Polka, Doily Stencils TCW, Elle’s Studio Love You More, HA new Mid-Tone colors and inks, Ranger New Dylusions, Ranger Mini Blending Tool, Maggie Holmes Style Board and Favorite Things Heidi Swapp
  • all of these awesome things in stores now

3. CHA Day One Highlights

4. CHA Day Two Highlights

5. CHA Day Three Highlights

6. Favorite New Companies

7. Favorite Collections Part One



  • Mon Ami – Kelly Purkey for BG – in stores now
  • Jet Set – We R Memory Keepers
  • As You Wish – Fancy Pants 
  • Wanderlust – Studio Calico – in stores now


  • Cloud 9 – Chic Tags 
  • Hello Sunshine – Lawn Fawn – in stores now


8. Favorite Collections Part Two


  • Summer Bliss by Lori Whitlock – Echo Park
  • Just Splendid – My Mind’s Eye – in stores now
  • Summer Lovin’ by Samantha Walker – Carta Bella
  • Daydreamer – Dear Lizzy for AC – in stores now
  • #Summer – American Crafts – in stores now


  • Sheer Metallic – We R Memory Keepers
  • Charmed by Jennifer Allyson – My Mind’s Eye – in stores now
  • Love Notes – Crate Paper – in stores now
  • Sprinkled with Love – Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages
  • Love You More – Elle’s Studio – for sale now
  • Date Night – Chickaniddy Crafts – in stores now


  • Home Spun – Simple Stories – in stores now
  • Herbs & Honey – Basic Grey
  • Farmer’s Market – We R Memory Keepers
  • My Favorite Things – Heidi Swapp – in stores now


  • Be Different – Fancy Pants
  • Family Forever – Bella Blvd
  • Plus One – Amy Tangerine for AC – in stores now
  • Boys Rule – Crate Paper – in stores now
  • Spicy Social Soup – Jillibean
  • DIY Boutique – Simple Stories

9. Stamps and Stamping Accessories

If you have questions about a particular product or photo from any of the above posts, feel free to leave a comment here and I’ll try my best to give you more information! I tried my best to show a good overall view of the show without obsessing over anything in particular, so thank you so much for having fun with me over the past several weeks!

On the horizon: I really want to get back into making videos (!!!) and more tips and tricks posts, plus one sharing about all the new inks that are out there right now so you can see the differences. I also have a sizable list of requests for filofax inserts and want to re-do the back end of my system for purchasing and participating in classes. I have lots of ambitions! Haha. I’m also editing the first draft of my portfolio, which means that it should be ready to show people in about a week. Eek!

Thanks for stopping by today. Mwah!



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National Stationery Show! (Part 1)

I had the amazing and wonderful opportunity to go to NYC for the National Stationery Show (NSS) last week (thanks to the wonderful Kelly Purkey and my fantastic friends at Simon Says Stamp). I was in heaven. So much paper, fun gadgets and pretty colors. Everywhere. Admittedly  I was totally overwhelmed the first time I walked the floor because of all the goodness. Thankfully, I got a handle on that by day two. ;) Here are my favorite 5 trends I spotted on the show floor:

one – beer love

You may know that I have an obsession with beer. I love to try new ones, and I would probably have two every night if alcohol didn’t make me so darn sleepy. Ha! The beer-inspired designs at the show were so great, not only featuring things like “let’s grab a drink,” but adding an extra level of creativity by adding in great new sayings to the beer look and feel.

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Ladyfingers Letterpress

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L2 Design Collective

two – sassy!

From long-winded letterpress explanations and rants to old-school designs redesigned with saucy language and type, there was no shortage of sass at the show… and I love it! This a trend you can customize to fit you (or the recipent’s) desired level of sass.

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Ladyfingers Letterpress

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Emily McDowell (with Igloo Letterpress)

three – spanish-inspired flair

This is a trend that has been on my mind since I started taking Spanish classes 10 years ago, but it’s finally a thing! From fantastic representations of piñatas to an “hola” greeting to pure inspiration from traditional Hispanic decorations, Español has definitely arrived as a trend power in the design world.

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Sass & Peril

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Viva Greetings

four – bright colors

This comes as no surprise after the rise of popularity for the entirety of the neon spectrum, but neon and bright brights are here and even more fashionable. We’re now seeing neons incorporated into traditional color schemes and used for their color value rather than their visibility value. It’s great to see this trend maturing in such a fun way!

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Fine Day Press

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Yellow Owl Workshop

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An Open Sketchbook

five – oh, the cuteness!

Puppies and kittens and teddy bears, oh my! My obsession with dachshunds continues to be well-founded, and you can now find cute creatures (both real and imaginary) in every type of design, color and style imaginable. Whether watercolored, wearing hats or holding signs, you’re sure to find your favorite animal making an appearance in a collection in the near future.

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Rifle Paper Co.

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Sycamore Street Press

Thanks for stopping by today to take a peak at some of my favorites from NSS this year. I have so many favorites that I couldn’t reasonably fit them into one post, so be sure to stop by later this week for another look at some of my favorites! If you would like to see more about what I saw + what I ate in NYC, check out my daily vlogs here. Or, start watching my trip below. Enjoy!

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