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CHA Summer 2011 | Designer Dallas Graham

At CHA, some of the most synergistic moments can take place over lunch.  We met this quirky designer in the long lines for overpriced food.  Dallas Graham‘s designs are born from his love with typography.

Take a close look at these fine fellows… see they are made from punctuation; comma bodies, exclamation point legs?  With names taken from fonts, like “Red Fred Bodoni” and “Black Jack Brush,” the viewer isn’t just looking at fine design, we are learning!  We were so glad to see there is already a published children’s book about these chirpy folks, and we hope to see more products in production soon.  I could see these designs translating well into scrapbooking, stationary, stickers, and home decor!  Wall vinyl clings would be fabulous please!

We think integrating fonts/typography into character design is brilliant. We encourage you to subscribe to the super fun, “Jolly Blog“.  For children and adults alike!  And check out Dallas’ personal blog, because there is more to this designer than just putting birds on things.

CHA Summer 2011 | Ribbon & Trim

CHA was full of fabulous ribbons and trim.  Everywhere we turned there was ribbon!

Maya Road had an amazing collection.

The textures were beyond scrumptious. Zipper ribbon, petals, flowers, and more frills and ruffles than one could ever dream of!

 The colors and textures were amazing!

The ways we could use all this ribbon is endless!

The frayed edges on the ribbon used in the flowers here give such a textural look to these tags.

So much texture! 

Another booth with new ribbons, trims, and even netting was Webster’s Pages. Their new Tinsel trims are unique, fresh, and come in four cheery hues and are available by the yard.

The colors and sparkle in these ribbons brings so much interest to these pages.

Netting and ruffles… a perfect combination for airy flowers!

We saw so much ribbon out there, it was hard to pick our favorites.  What is your favorite ribbon trend you’ve seen so far?

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?