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CHA Summer 2011 | Best in Craft Summer 2011

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind coupla weeks… we hope you’ve enjoyed our reporting from CHA! Now that that’s all wrapped up, we present:

Best in Stamping: 
La Blanche
Hero Arts Studio Calico Line

Best in Scrapbooking Overall
We R Memory Keepers

Best in Scrapbooking Designer lines
Simple Stories
Lily Bee

Best in Scrapbooking Embellishments
October Afternoon little flyers
Hambly Washi-Tape

Best in General Craft
Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Paints and Accessories

Best in Jewelry
Ruby Violet by Prima
Sizzix Deco Emboss Dies
Epiphany Shape Studio Jewelry Findings

Best in Green Crafts

Best in Kid’s Crafts
Grant Studios

Best in Technology

Best in New Products
Upholstery Studio

Best in Designers
Dallas Graham

Best in Cutting
Westcott Paper Trimmer

Best in Yarn
Martha Stewart Yarns and Loom

Best in Sewing/Fabric
Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers
EK Success Embroidery
Sizzix Quilting Dies

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Readers: we’d love to hear what turned your head in our CHA reporting this year!

Best of CHA 2011!

So now that we are home and recovered from our week of CHA… we are ready to tell you what we thought was the BEST of all of the amazing new products we saw!

Best in Stamping
Lawn Fawn Stamps: These stamps are so cute and on trend!  We love the whimsical designs. 

Art Impressions Watercolor Stamps: Using your favorite water based inks you can create a watercolor look with these simple to use stamps!

Best in Scrapbooking
Smash Books by EK Success: Bringing back the old 1950’s style Smash Book to present trends!  We adore the funky styles and the low price points!

Best in Scrapbooking Designer lines
Jenni Bowlin, especially, Silhouette rub-ons!
Sassafrass, especially, “Foldies
Simple Stories, especially, “Life Documented
Crate Paper, especially, “Portrait

Best in Scrapbooking Embellishments
Making Memories Bravissimo Collection

Best in General Craft
Glue Gun Helpers:  Still one of the best things we’ve seen in a while.  Why?  Because we hate burning our fingers.  Check out Cathie rocking the glue gun in this Demo Video.

Sew Easy Tool: Same great tool with a bunch of great new add-ons!  We are so glad to see We R Memory Keepers keeping up with this great product!

Best in Jewelry
ICE Resin: An easy to use and easy to mix crystal clear resin.  Can be colored, cast, drilled, or used on paper!

Katiedids Creative Components by Katie Hacker and Beadalon: These little components feature channels that are easy to fill with beads, polymer clay, or resins.  Perfect for beginners!

Best in Green Crafts

EcoGreen Crafts: We especially love their Green Glue, Paper die-cut Jewelry Kits, Recycled Glass embellishments and Artist Mediums.

Diamond Tech G2 Bottle Cutter: A well-designed, aluminum scoring tool that allows you to cut glass bottles and jars and upcycle them into new crafty creations!

Delta Soy Paints: Not only are these paints safe for the earth, they come in a wonderful, bright color palate we love!

Best in Technology
Cricut Craft Room: Free online design software to use with your Cricut die cutting machine.We especially love that it’s free, and it allows you to access all the Cricut cartridges!  Watch a demo video on the Craft Critique YouTube channel HERE.

Best in Innovation
Kandi Corp deColourant: Unlike anything on the market, deColourant not only removes color from paper, fabric and silks, but it replaces that color as well!  It’s also easy and mess free!

Best in Design
Donna Downey: we continue to love Donna’s fresh. bright sunshiny designs.  We’d like to see more please!  She has some awesome workshops coming up and we love the new stamp line she has with Unity Stamps.

Feng Llang Design: this up-and-coming designer had such a bright, fun set of designs we were drawn into her booth!  If you like vivid colors, kiwaii and youthful designs you will LOVE Feng’s work.  We hope someone reads this and swoops her up and quick!

Best in Cutting
Fiskars Cuts+More Scissors: These dishwasher-safe scissors feature high-quality blades, ergonomically sculpted finger and thumb loops, power notch for cutting light rope, wire cutter, twine cutter, pointed awl tip, bottle opener and titanium-coated knife. A bonus sheath includes a built-in tape cutter and a ceramic scissors sharpener!

Silhouette Die Cutting Machine: Cut cardstock, vinyl and now fabric with this low profile, open source-capable die cut machine.

Best in Yarn
Bernat’s On the Fringe Yarn and Waverly Fabric Collection: not yet available for viewing on their website, you can see our report on Craft Critique HERE.

Lion Brand for Martha Stewart Yarn and Loom: An adjustable, portable loom that creates knit and woven projects from yarns of different thicknesses. And a variety of yarns, including all-natural fibers and natural/synthetic blends.

Best in Sewing/Fabric
SUEDESays Patterns for Simplicity: We love these fresh, flirty and adaptable patterns.  Lots of room for creativity and self expression!

Silhouette Fabric Interfacing: In a sew-able or clean cut version, we loved the crisp, clean cuts this interfacing produced.  Cut fabric in your electronic die cutter without frays, tears or catching!

Best in Adhesive
The Xyron Mega-Runner: Available in stores in March, this ergonomically designed adhesive tape gun will retail for just $24.99. The refills are priced under $10 with 100 feet of permanent acid free adhesive in a 1/2″ dot pattern. Refills could not be easier to replace, just pop into place!

Best Booth Design
Lawn Fawn Stamps did such a great job of using their booth space.  The booth was cute, well-appointed with product, and easy to walk around and photograph!  Plus the staff was super friendly!

Best in Marketing
Smash books by EK Success: Their marketing kits included an exclusive mini album that we loved!  It’s nice to get a product sample in our hands!

iLOVEtoCREATE: formerly branded as “Duncan”, we love this new look and the handy small program they gave media that included their QR Code for easy access to the website!

So what would YOU add to the list?

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Craft Critique’s Best of 2010

We’ve spent the last year reporting on our favorite products; things that make our crafting lives easier, faster, and more organized. While we’re soaking up the sights and sounds of this year’s Winter CHA (and all the NEW product releases that go with it), check out the winners from 2010…

Selected by our expert reporters and suggested by readers, we’d like to recognize the following products as the very Best in Crafting in 2010.

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
Wacom Bamboo Craft Tablet
Picture Keeper
Beam and Read

Paper Craft Tools:
Martha Stewart Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page
Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers
I-Top Brad Maker
Epiphany Crafts Button Maker
Vagabond by Sizzix
Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Grand Nestabilities

Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
Xyron Creatopoia

Designer Paper Collections:
Donna Salazar Crafty Chronicle Newspaper
Studio Calico
Hambly Screen Prints
The Girls Paperie
Websters Pages

Hero Arts
Unity Stamp Co.
Taylored Expressions

General Craft:
Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Donna Downey Canvas Bags and Aprons
Jeni Bowlin Paint by Ranger
Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle
EcoGreen Crafts Products

Vintage Groove

Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel

The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes like Yours
Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

Boye Bloom Loom

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