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CHA Winter 2013: Innovations Showcase Products (Part 1)

Each show, CHA holds its Innovations Showcase, which serves as a combination media event and buyer preview. The top 20 entrants in the Innovations Showcase (as pre-determined by  a panel of celebrity media judges) take part in a speed round of presentations to the audience, and then attendees get a few minutes to visit each entrant’s booth around the outer edge of the room to talk to the various manufacturers about their products. (At CHA Winter 2013, Craft Critique’s own editor Nancy Nally was one of the celebrity media judges!)

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Needless to say, we arrived with our cameras and notebooks in hand to get the most information possible in the short amount of time allowed for our readers. Our first stop was to see Julianna C. Hudgins demonstrating her new jewel loom from Beadalon.

Beadalon Jewel Loom by Juliana Hudgins

Beadalon Jewel Loom by Juliana Hudgins

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CHA Summer 2011 | Innovation Showcase Favorites

Today was the start of the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show Conference and we got a peek at some new products at the Innovation Showcase. Celebrity judges Terri O (PBS-TV’s Super Simple With Terri O), Ana Araujo (WhenCreativityKnocks.com), Maria Nerius (FaveCrafts.com) and Torrie Nelson (Creative Retailer Magazine) judged the CHA’s 20 Hot Products; a great start for this year’s show. Each show, the Innovation Showcase features some of the most unique products about to hit the craft aisles.

Here are just a few of the products that caught our eye and we can’t wait to put to the Craft Critique test…

Little Pink Ladybug has come out with the Brilliant Bowmaker Ultimate Kit. With 19 templates, 3 instruction booklets, and a stapler, this kit has everything you will need to make almost any kind of bow. This system is designed to achieve bow making simply and quickly, allowing crafters to mix and match templates creating a distinct bow style.

With the popularity of die cutting systems, it is no surprise that we selected this next product as one of our favorites. Paper Layerz from Worldwin Papers is crafting paper that makes coordinating die-cut shapes and layers from any die-cutting machine faster, cheaper and easier. This paper is lightweight enough for your machines but strong enough to layer and use dimensionally.

The C Thru Ruler Company’s Let’s Face It stencils are not just for illustrators or artists, these are going to make drawing faces for art journals, mixed media project, and more a breeze.

When you say the name Tim Holtz, people’s ears perk up. Well, here’s his new Picket Fence Distress Stain by Ranger Ink. This stain will turn fluid water-based dyes for papers and other porous surfaces, into unique opaque colors.

Here is a little video demonstration of just what this product can do…

Organizing your craft stash has always been a challenge; here’s a new product with a great solution for all those ribbons you’ve been collecting. The Ribbon Carousel by Cropper Hopper will organize and dispense up to 54 spools of ribbon. And the coolest part is that each layer spins independently to assist you with finding the perfect one for your project.

We know how the kids love their Silly Bandz, but we think these Twistz Bandz are definitely gonna give them a run for their money. This cool kit creates rubber band links in a variety of styles and designs. This will be a hit with kids and adults alike.

Faber-Castell has some new Mixed Media sets, as well as colored pencils and artist pens that are going to catch the eye of all kinds of crafters. Whether you are an illustrator, mixed media artist, scrapbooker, or cardmaker, these new tools with their wide array of colors are going to get those creative juices flowing.

Epiphany Crafts has added charms to its already wildly popular Shape Studio. With handmade jewelry being all the rage, this easy-to-use product makes it simple for anyone to make rings, charm bracelets, and necklaces.
And finally the product we were most excited to hear about is the perfect marriage of tech and craft. STKR.it Stickers allow crafters to use QR codes on their projects so that they can attach digital memories to all their projects. Whether you have a great video of the event, audio, or just more photos that won’t fit on that scrapbook layout, this little sticker will allow you to include them all. With your smartphone, media tablet, or computer, people can access this additional data allowing you to include every part of that special memory.

And here’s STKR.it to explain how it all works…

So, that’s a few new products to get us started with our CHA coverage. Remember to check back daily for all of our articles; we will be bringing you the best of the show! And we can’t wait to test out these products firsthand and let you know what we think.

So what do you think? Which of these products are you most excited about? Which would you like to see us test drive for you?

Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY – Creativity for Kids Kits

Reported by Christina Hammond

Summer is officially upon us, and that means bored kids.  Lots of bored kids.  Even though my own Chaos Twins are still little, preschool is over and I have already heard “Moooommmmmy!  I’m soooooooooooooo bored!:  The first time I heard this, I panicked and knew then and there why my parents hated summer vacation.
 

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Enter the solution:  Faber-Castell’s Creativity for Kids kits.  Everything you need to keep the kids entertained, all in one box!  

We were given two kits to try out and we had a blast with them.  The Sparkling 3D Paint Activity Kit (MSRP $21.99) and The Complete Tie Dye Kit (MSRP $24.99) kept us busy for hours.  Granted, these kits are for kids a bit older than mine, but they loved helping Mommy “get crafty.”

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These kits are two of the larger ones you can get, and have plenty to keep the kids entertained.  The Sparkly Paint kit can be used to make window clings, sun catchers, little 3D sculptures and jewelry.  We made window clings, sun catchers and a fun little pennant banner for the bedroom mirror. 
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To begin, you need to snip the ends of each bottle of paint and open them to remove a little paper plug.  Some of the plugs in our bottles had folded onto themselves and were floating down in the paint.  A toothpick remedied the situation.  After you’ve chosen your design and put it in the clear sleeve, you need to paint the outline in, with either the black or silver outliner.  After you do this you have to wait until it’s dry.  The kids kind of lost interest after this because waiting is hard for toddlers, but older kids will understand.IMG_0276IMG_0274
Here we ran into a couple of problems with the paint.  About half of the bottles of paint had an issue of some kind.  A couple of the bottles had splits in them and the darker colors (for some reason I couldn’t remedy) would not squeeze out of the bottles through the tip, but rather through the screw lid.  While I was able to deal with this, kids might get a bit frustrated.IMG_0282
Allow your design to dry and watch as the colors become clear and sparkly!  Peel off of the sheet protector carefully.  If you didn’t make sure your color was touching the outline while painting, your design will fall apart.  IMG_0283
Stick them to the window, and enjoy the sparkles!IMG_0284
We did a little freehand work next.  I drew out the sun catchers on the provided acetate pieces.  We like these the best because the colors seem much more vibrant for some reason.  IMG_0475
After a particularly grumpy day from my daughter, I made up a little banner to stick to her mirror that says “SMILE” on it.  A gentle reminder to start the day on a good foot. IMG_0474
We really like this kit and have plans to really use it up.  Even given the issues with the bottles, it was so fun!

Another fun “rainy day” project was The Complete Tie Dye kit.  This kit contains everything you need to make a tie dyed XL TShirt that you can cut up and turn into so many different things.  The awesome part of this kit is that everything is premeasured, no soda-ash soaking (dangerous for kids) and everything you need to keep the work clean (smock, table cloth,  gloves).  YAY!

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The gloves are good and stretchy.  The table cloth could have been a bit bigger, but I was glad for it.  The little smock/apron was nice to have on hand as well.

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Here you can see the shirt already soaked and little dishes where I used the primary colors provided to mix up some custom colors (orange, green and purple).  I was trying to get as many colors in this as possible, knowing we’d be cutting up the shirt to make other things.


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After soaking in the dye out in the sun for a few hours, the shirt was vibrant and ummm… ugly.
IMG_0540But that was my fault, and I’m cutting it up, remember?  I let it dry out in the sun after rinsing and then threw it in the dryer on high heat to really try to set the dye.  We have tie-dyed clothes before and always have trouble getting the dye stay on the shirt and not our other laundry.   I decided to make a little necklace and bracelet set for my little girl, and then used the rest of the shirt to make a little skirt for her.  Instructions are included for all of these projects (and many more!) and the best part is that if there is any sewing involved at all, it’s minimal and can be done by hand.  YAY!  I can just imagine all the fun accessories an older girl could come up with.

I think my favorite par of this project is the little lettuce edge I was able to give the skirt by just running my fingernail around the edge.  The little lady heartily approves of it as well, and won’t let me take it off of her for better shots!
IMG_0543We had alot of (MESSY) fun with this kit.  Be sure to keep the gloves on at all times, even when rinsing the shirt.  I came out with a nice pair of green hands after rinsing!


Pros:

  • everything you need in one box!
  • entertainment for those summer “Mom!  I’M BORED!”
  • endless, open creativity.
  • great for slumber parties

Cons:

  • the 3D paint can be used to make jewelry, but instructions say it’ll stain skin and clothes.  Be aware of this
  • they are a bit pricey
  • quite a few bottles in the Sparkly Paint kit were defective in some way, easily remedied/dealt with, but younger kids might not handle it well.
  • both kits require “wait time” and that can hold kids back a little.              
GIVEAWAY
The folks over at Creativity for Kids are giving away kits to two lucky readers. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

Have you tried any of the Creativity for Kids kits?  Which would would you like to try?  Be sure to come back and show us what you created, we’d love to see it!

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!

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