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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
Woolbuddy

Best in Kid’s Crafts
Grant Studios

Best in Technology
STKR.it

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!

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.