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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
(SS|EH)
Let’s Polka 6 x 6 Paper Pad – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Let’s Polka Mixed Sequins – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Let’s Polka Flair – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Sky Blue Hemp Twine – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Cloudy Grey Hemp Twine – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Wild Rose Notecards – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Sunflower Notecards – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Freshly Cut Grass Notecards – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Mermaid Notecards – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Hippo Notecards – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Envelopes 4-bar Notecards – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)

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
(SS|EH)
Mon Ami 6 x 6 paper pack – KP for BG
(SS|EH)


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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