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Trendspotting Report – July 2011

Reported by Simone Collins
Each month I spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online. 

Subway Art/Typography/Fonts
Word art is very popular, everywhere. Whether you like graffiti word art, large initials, or just cool fonts, there are plenty of products to help you craft your own work. ProvoCraft released a new cartridge that creates subway art patterns with the Cricut Machine (available in stores soon). Tim Holtz also released some Subway Art canvases, as well as market totes. Plus, let’s not forget the cool birds from Red Fred Bodoni made from different fonts.

Here’s a look at some great craft projects using cool fonts and typography:

Cowboys and Aliens
With the popularity of the new Cowboys and Aliens movie opening last weekend, it’s no surprise that the western and intergalactic themes are popping up everywhere. Bandana prints are totally in style along with the new bohemian trend, and aliens fit in perfectly with the nerd or geek trends I saw everywhere this weekend in the mall.  October Afternoon’s new Sasparilla line is perfect for the western theme and Nikki Sivils’ new Lil’ Monster collection features the alien theme. 

Some great projects that fit into this trend of opposites:

8-bit/Retro Video Games
Like I said, geek and nerd themes are hot right now, and it’s very evident in the world of craft as well. The 8-bit trend, which is a throwback to the old video games of my youth, are being seen all over the internet. The popularity of some video game characters seems as strong as back when the games were first made available and the rainbow themes and bright colors make this trend a popular one with crafters of all genres.

Here’s a look at some of the coolest crafts with an 8-bit theme:

So, what do you think about the trends I’ve spied this month? Agree or disagree? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUponPinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

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CHA Summer 2011 | Simple Stories

Simple Stories is one of the relatively new kids on the scrapbooking block. When I saw their booth I thought it was just another scrapbook paper company but then when I looked closer I saw that it was so much more. This company was created out of a necessity; to help get your memories in books quickly and simply. It is every busy crafter’s dream. Simple Stories offers 12″x12″ sheets that can be used for traditional scrapbooking or cut apart to fit divided page protector sleeves for quick and easy scrapbooking. There are a variety of sizes to fit the various sleeves available.

Their new collection, Generations, is all about family. With deep, dark colors and a family theme, this line would be perfect for documenting your family tree, new home, or just your family members.

Here’s an example using the collection on a traditional scrapbook pages and other projects.

Or you could cut apart the sheets and slip them into divided sleeves along with your photos for quick and simple memory keeping.

The 25 Days of Christmas Collection is perfect for holiday projects, especially countdowns. There are plenty of numbered stickers as well as papers.

Their Baby Steps line is great for making a baby book or projects. Whether you have a little boy or girl, the color palette is perfect for both genders. The papers are also designed for documenting all the milestones of your new bundle.
Happy Day is their birthday/party themed line and it features bright, fun colors. With birthday cakes, candles, and presents, this is going to work great for all those special days in your life.

Are you a scrapbooker? Does this faster and easier system appeal to your busy life? Which collection would you get the most use out of?

CHA Summer 2011 | Nikki Sivils

The Nikki Sivils booth debuted five new collections at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show last week. Each collection featured great patterned papers, sticker sheets, alphabets, and stamps available from Unity Stamps.

The My Lil’ Monster Collection featured monsters big and small with a dark red and teal color palette. It would be perfect for both girl and boy scrapbooking layouts.

With back to school right around the corner, it was no surprise to see the new School Is Cool line. With bright primary colors and school themed images, this cute collection was a must see.

The collection that really caught my eye and made me exclaim, “Yes!” when I saw it was the Get Well Soon line. You really can’t find many products in this theme usually and people generally make these cards and gifts for friends and loved ones. So, way to go Nikki! This cheerful collection has a great color palette of reds, yellows, and rich blues and also features stethoscopes, bandaids, and cute little germies.

It was apparent at CHA last week that the owl is still alive and continues to be a hot trend in paper crafting. The new You’re A Hoot line features the popular winged character as well as bright fall colors.
The one collection not shown is the holiday line, Gingerbread Land. It features non-traditional holiday colors such as pink and baby blue as well as gingerbread images.
So, what do you think? What theme of paper products are there not enough of? Are you still in love with the owl or do you wish he would just fly away already? We would love to hear what YOU think.

CHA Summer 2011 | Hero Arts

Hero Arts is a powerhouse when it comes to rubber stamping. Their strong designs and long standing relationship with crafters makes them a force to be reckoned with in the craft industry. Making them even stronger are the partnerships they’ve made with some paper companies. Their Basic Grey collaboration started back in January and is going strong with 20 new stamp sets released at CHA this summer. With everything from florals to holiday themes, these designs are a great accompaniment to the Basic Grey 6″x6″ paper pads.

Hero Arts also released their own designs in all the holiday themes.

And let’s not forget their new partnership with Sizzix to bring you Framelits and Stamp and Emboss sets which combine what you love about Hero and Sizzix together.
The Stamp and Emboss sets include a large background set and coordinating embossing folder.
Here’s a quick look at how they work. (click to enlarge)

And their newest partnership with Studio Calico has everyone cheering. With six new sets and two background stamps, these new designs are classy and simple, perfect for a wide array of crafts.

Are you a stamper? Love the new Hero Arts products? What kind of stamps do you prefer, wood-mounted, cling, clear?

CHA Summer 2011 | Prima

Prima is a very well established company in craft and there’s a reason for it. Their products are always versatile, well made, and trendy. Not only do they produce flowers, flowers, and more flowers for all your crafting needs, but they have papers, ribbons, stamps, stencils, trinkets, and more.

Their entire booth was brand new products. Lots of flowers to see in every size, shape, and color.

Like I said, many flowers everywhere.

And if you like putting birds on things, then you are gonna love putting nests on things too, right?

Their resist canvas pieces are great for customizing with inks, sprays, or paints. And since they can be colored any way imaginable, they will match any project.

Their new Tiny Treasures metal charms are gorgeous in person. They are great for jewelry making as well as other projects. They are sold in a variety of styles.

And if they didn’t already create enough products, they now make tools! The new Comfort Craft Tools by Ingvild Bolme are ergonomic premium papercrafting tools for crafting in comfort. The new tools all feature a soft grip handle. The craft knife comes with four various blades which store right in the end of the tool, which is genius.

The new Multi-Distress Tool looks like a cheese grater or pedicure tool but it is great for detailed distressing on your projects and also includes a Rub On tip and bone folder.

The new Chalk Fluid Edger inks come in 24 colors and their ergonomic design eliminates getting ink on your fingers from the edges of your ink pad.

Also, not to be missed are their new resin and metal treasures which can be customized to your project. And now, what you all have been waiting for, the amazing sample projects from their booth:

We can’t wait to test drive the new Prima tools and bring you the results.
Are you a Prima fan? Love the new products? What would you like to see next from Prima?

CHA Summer 2011 | Jillibean Soup

Soup’s On! Jillibean Soup that is. Here’s a look at some of the things that they have simmering on the stove. Their new Spotted Owl Soup Collection featured, you guessed it, owls! The primarily blue collection features birthday and party themes. Check out these owls in party hats.

The Hearty Barley Soup Collection is their Valentine line and the primarily kraft colored line makes this extremely versatile and a crowd-pleaser.

And if you love the kraft color, then you will also love the Chilled Strawberry Soup Collection complete with strawberries, floral patterns, and bright greens.

Their new Blossom Soup Collection features bicycles and butterflies with bright springy colors.

If you love floral patterns, you will jump for joy when you see the new Homemade 6 Bean Soup Collection. With a rich colors and sewing theme, this will be popular with stitchy crafters. And I love that each collection also comes in a mini 6″x6″ paper pad, great for crafters who don’t scrapbook.

For all your fall themed projects, you will want to check out their Apple Cheddar Soup Collection. It is chock full of fall hues, apples, wood grain, and tree patterns. The Soup Labels that come with each collection are super cute. Each comes with blank labels as well as themed sayings for each collection.

For the holidays, the new Christmas Eve Chowder Collection will add penguins to the winter season. Reds and greens with a splash of light blue make this an attention grabber.

Their felt blossoms come in four different colors. And they also have jute flowers, buttons, ribbon and twine, that match their collections. Plus, they just released Corrugated Sheets which are 12×12 sheets of corrugated paper in four colors. No more pulling apart boxes for those projects.

And now a small sampling of their great project ideas.

So, what do you think? Which soup do you like the most?

CHA Summer 2011 | Lily Bee

Lily Bee Design is a relatively new paper company, but they have built a strong following with their simple patterns and traditional palettes. They released four new collections at the show, all starting to ship mid-August. The big addition to their collections are 6″x6″ paper pads. Card makers are going to be delighted with this addition. Each collection features six double-sided patterned papers and three foundation sheets in bold colors on one side and a simple bold colored pattern on the other. Their collections also each feature mini alphabet stickers that come in eight different colors per collection with over 1,000 letters per sheet! That’s a whole lotta letters!

The Memorandum collection is a great mix of reds, yellows, and teals and also features journaling cards and coordinating stamps.

The Harvest Market line is perfect for fall projects but would also be versatile for any time of the year. The coordinating stamps feature Thanksgiving as well as Halloween designs.

The new Head Over Heels is their most feminine line with pinks and blues, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The Jingle collection features traditional red and green in slightly darker hues. The coordinating stamps would be perfect for holiday card making.

Have you heard of Lily Bee? Have they won you over with these new collections?