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CHA Sponsor Roundup

Our Editorial Team is hitting the floor at the Summer CHA show in Rosemont, Illinois today. If you’re roving the show floor and you see them, be sure to say hello. If you’re reading along from home this week, then you won’t want to miss frequent updates from the show floor beginning on Wednesday.

While official show coverage starts tomorrow on the site, you can also updates from the team via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, if you’re not already following us, now is a great time!

A huge thank you to our each one of CHA Sponsors – be sure to follow along each day, some of our sponsors will have giveaways or special savings codes strictly for readers of Craft Critique.

Lisa Liza Lou

Scor Pal

Taylored Expressions

The Cat’s Pajamas

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Wacom Craft


The Cat’s Pajamas

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CHA Round Up: Best of the Best & Trend Report

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.

Games: Flash cards, playing cards, plastic game pieces and game boards.

Kitchen/food: Yum! Who doesn’t love to eat!

Japanese Kawaii: Cute, like Hello Kitty cute.

My Mind’s Eye Ribbons

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!

What’s next (or should be)…

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!

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CHA Coverage: Hambly Screen Prints

We have to confess… we hold a soft spot in our heart for Hambly Screen Prints and head chica Allison Kreft Abad. Hambly was the first company that allowed us to review their products… way back in the day… exactly 2 years ago as it turns out.

Faux Bois… it’s hot.

So here is the dealio: we are biased, but we totally vouch for the quality of their hand silk-screened paper, transparencies, stickers and rub-ons. Heck, the company has been making this stuff forever. At this point its really an issue of taste… and personally I think they have it.

Stickers done right…

Doily rub-ons… see… you want them! Oh, and their rub-ons are the BEST! Spread on like buttah!

Allison’s designs are always a step ahead of the trend. This season, we add: Wall Decals. Awesome! They are removable (for you apartment dwellers), but not movable. We dig that they don’t have any weird edges or lines to them. It looks like someone silk-screened your wall!

Allison was sure to explain to us the Wall Decals were most effective on a very smooth surface. We like when people are honest about their products!

For more detailed images see the Hambly Screen Prints Blog.

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