Thanks for joining us during our CHA coverage. We are not quite done… we still have giveaways for days, and more on a couple new companies on the horizon. But we wanted to get you thinking about trends for the coming season of craft.
Please feel free to leave your comments and opinions… your favorite crafty manufacturers are reading!
Best All Around Scrapbooking: Sassafras, all the new lines are super cute and trendy… and our readers are clearly excited by them!
Best New Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Earth Love
Best Embellishments: Websters Pages Whimsy Threads and Cameos
Best Rub Ons: Hambly Screen Prints (doily rub ons)
Best in Cute: My Little Shoebox
Best New Scrapbooking: Kiki Art. The first trilingual paper line. We love how they march to their own drummer. Their designs won’t be for everyone, but that’s the idea! Here are some quick images… a full report is coming soon!
Best in Stamps: We have to give props to Papertrey Ink for a huge showing at the supershow… but to be honest, we never made it into the booth! Too crowded! We hope to see more in stamps a the Winter show! Shout out to Unity Stamp Company for their Donna Downey collaboration.
Best in Inks: Clearsnap’s Smooch line
Best in Electronics: eCraft by Craftwell
Best in Table Top Tools: Letterpress by L/QuicKutz
Best in Hand held Tools: I-Top Brad Maker
Best in Jewelry: Bead n’ Spin Bead Loader by Beadalon
Best in Notions: Protect and Grip Thimbles by Clover
Best in Fashion Craft: Simply Silkscreen by Plaid.
Best in Photography: Jill e. Camera Bags
Best Booth Babe: Scrapblog
Coolest Fake Product: Gold Plated Cricut Expressions.
Birds: Trend toward real birds and vintage-inspired birds… not retro, but vintage, and more Audubon-inspired. Realistic and hand drawn.
Kitchen/food: Yum! Who doesn’t love to eat!
Japanese Kawaii: Cute, like Hello Kitty cute.
Vintage: Flour sack cloth, milk caps, illustrative, 1930’s – 1940’s.
Woodland: Not going anywhere… owls, squirrels, tree stumps, logs, mushrooms, faux bois, etc.
What about Earth Love by Cosmo Cricket… I see woodland, vintage, birds… it’s a hit!
Simple 12″x 12″ art papers. With the trend being toward mixed media and DIY, using tools like electronic die cut machines, QuicKutz Letterpress, screen printing tools like the Yudu, and stamps to create your own background papers, I would love to see some super high quality 12″x 12″ watercolor papers, thick letterpressable fine arts papers, canvas, and handmade papers in trendy colors, or even just in neutrals. A company that marketed their papers toward this trend would do well.
Fairy Tale inspired images. Brothers Grimm, Hans Christan Andersen, etc. I personally would like to see more “dark” themed lines, like Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty. Darker colors, hand drawn, etched.
Retro Crafting: Wood burning and leather tooling… old scouting crafts!
Vintage children’s illustrations: Mary Blair, Tasha Tutor, Eric Carle, Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein. I want it on paper.
80’s: Neon… real neon. Checkers, stripes, blocks of color, black and white. Rubber and lace embellishments anyone? I think a few companies hit on this a few years back (Bam Pop for example) but perhaps it was too soon? I am ready now. I have Electric Boogaloo two pages to scrap. We did see neon tones in polymer clay with the Pardo line by Viva. Good sign!
So that’s our story and we’re stickin’ to it! Opinions… thoughts? Share them here!