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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?
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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.
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CHA Summer 2011: Petaloo

At CHA we spotted beautiful floral embellishments at Petaloo.

Petaloo embellishments are made from sturdy recycled cotton paper.

The recycled cotton used is old t-shirt cotton!


Petaloo has these nice Flora-Doodles in color coordinated packs to match up with your projects.


I love seeing crochet!


I really liked their Color Me Crazy line.



These use the same sturdy recycled cotton paper and are ready to be colored, painted, stamped, stained, or dyed in any color you choose.


So many customizing possibilities!

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CHA Summer 2011: Sizzix

Sizzix is always on the cutting edge of the craft industry (yes, pun intended). With the popularity of their Big Shot machine, the new Vagabond and eClips machines, consumers are constantly awaiting new dies and cartridges. The new Framelits are the answer for stampers who don’t enjoy cutting out all those images. These sets include cling stamps and matching dies which can be used in the Big Shot or Vagabond machines.

The new Deco Emboss dies are going to be a huge hit with jewelry makers.

The new Ink-Its Letterpress dies make debossing with ink, simple and elegant.

And let’s not forget a peek at the new Alteration dies from Tim Holtz.

Here’s a look at some of the other amazing projects from Sizzix.

So what do you think? Which dies do you like the most? Are you a Sizzix user?

Read all our Sizzix reviews

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CHA SuperShow Summer 2011, Chicago

The CHA Craft Supershow Section at TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show is being held this weekend, July 21-24, 2011 at the  Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. There are Manufacturers as well as retailers in attendance for prime shopping.

Craftside is there, giving attendees a free journal at their booth, and showing off all their great crafty titles.

And demos to show you how to use the cool products at the show.

There are plenty of hands-on make-and-takes like this one from Lion Brand yarn.

There are some crafty celebs in attendance too.

There are FREE make-and-takes at some of the booths, like this one from My Favorite Things, which also included a FREE stamp set for attendees who participated. Their make-and-take schedule is available on their blog.
Plenty of cool deals and projects in their booth as well.
And some great free projects from the Splitcoast Stampers gang and manufacturers which change each day.

And another free make-and-take from Taylored Expressions, who also brought along all their great products.

And special deals just for attendees.

And let’s not forget the great projects to inspire you!

So, if you are in the Chicagoland area, you have two more days to check out the show! Let us know if you will be there or if you attended, what do you think? We would love to know!

Read more about the JF&A show and Special Events 

Read more about CHA

Read past Supershow coverage

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CHA Summer 2011: Graphic 45

The Graphic 45 booth at CHA is always a must-see, and not just because their booth is over the top with their vintage theme. Their products are consistently well designed with crowd-pleasing retro images and their eye-catching bold color palettes They released three new collections at the show: An ABC Primer, Christmas Emporium, and The Magic of Oz.

They also released some new Staples: Hinges, Metal Tags, and Door Plates and Knobs.

Metal Flowers, Metal and Chipboard Buttons, and Trims can be added to all types of projects.

These are their new Altered Art Boxes which can be used to create amazing 3D pieces such as memory boxes or dioramas.

Each of the three new collections also include coordinating Chipboard Tags and Cling Stamps.
And now a tiny peek at just some of the awesome creations featured in the Graphic 45 booth.

So, what do you think? Do you love the vintage designs? We would love to hear what you think!

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CHA Summer 2011: Copic Markers

Copic Markers have quickly become the alcohol marker of choice or rubber stampers and scrapbookers alike. Here at CHA, it was nice to see all 346 colors up close.

Plus, it is nice to see designers like Colleen Schaan working with the markers and getting some of her pro tips.

Coloring enthusiasts are going to love the new Shadows and Shading by Marianne Walker. This beginners guide will explain light placement and includes guides as well.

Copic also works with their air brushing systems.

Marianne Walker was there to show us how easy it is to use with the markers.

These atyou Spica Glitter Pens are a great way to add a little bling to any project. They come in 24 colors and feature a no-clog nib.

The biggest news at the show is the introduction of Copic’s new website, Copic Color. Copic Color is a community for people who love Copic markers. This new website allows people to keep track of the markers they have and want, create custom color palettes to share with their friends, post artwork made with Copic Markers, find Copic Marker dealers carrying the colors they want, and best of all it is optimized for mobile devices.


And if that wasn’t enough, here is some of the great samples featured in the Copic booth.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a Copic fanatic? What do you love about them? And what do you think about the new Copic Color? We would love to know!