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CHA Summer 2011: Graphic 45

The Graphic 45 booth at CHA is always a must-see, and not just because their booth is over the top with their vintage theme. Their products are consistently well designed with crowd-pleasing retro images and their eye-catching bold color palettes They released three new collections at the show: An ABC Primer, Christmas Emporium, and The Magic of Oz.

They also released some new Staples: Hinges, Metal Tags, and Door Plates and Knobs.

Metal Flowers, Metal and Chipboard Buttons, and Trims can be added to all types of projects.

These are their new Altered Art Boxes which can be used to create amazing 3D pieces such as memory boxes or dioramas.

Each of the three new collections also include coordinating Chipboard Tags and Cling Stamps.
And now a tiny peek at just some of the awesome creations featured in the Graphic 45 booth.

So, what do you think? Do you love the vintage designs? We would love to hear what you think!

CHA Scrapbooking: Fancy Pants Designs

Fancy Pants Designs has released 4 brand new paper collections with a whole score of new embellishments, as well as a new collection of alterable items for scrapbookers and altered item enthusiasts alike!

“It’s The Little Things” is a really pretty combination of pink, mint and black, reminiscent of a 50’s kitchen gone modern!





The new chipboard stickers come in alphabet, shape, and banner sets for each of the new collections; each contain 2 sheets of cuteness.

Fancy Pants has also started making 6″x6″ paper pads for each of their collections. The 12″x12″ version of each paper in the collection is reduced to a 6″x6″ version, so you still get the full pattern on each piece!

“Beach Bum” is one of Fancy Pants’ two new Summer collections with rich primaries and cute waves, surfboards, fish and swim trunk-worthy prints!



“Beach Babe” is the more girly of the two Summer collections with beautiful raspberry, lime, sky blue & sunny orange!



The last of the new paper collections is, “To The Moon” a super cute space inspired collection that has plenty of smaller patterns that are completely universal, no pun intended.



Each collection has two transparencies that coordinate with it, one is printed and the other is flocked. Check out how cute these flocked robots and aliens are!

Fancy Pants has responded to customer feedback by reducing their sheets of Glitter Cuts from 12″x12″ to 8″x8″ so that the pieces are easier to use on layouts and other projects.


They have also redone their journaling notebooks by taking them off the notebook spiral and putting them into cute sets, along with some smaller journaling bits.


“Artist Edition” is a new collection of alterable items with endless possibilities. The Chipboard Banner sets come in 4 different shapes, each with 10 pieces so that you can easily spell out those longer words with just one set!

Filter Flowers are made of a material very similar to coffee filters that can be stamped, misted, painted, crumpled and combined to make all sorts of fun things like this sweet layered flower garland.

The Brag Book is a 9″x7″ spiral bound book filled with solid black pages for layouts or keepsakes, kraft journaling pages (50 total) and 15 photo sleeves that hold 2 photos on each side, for a total of 60 photos! There’s a lot of options with that many pages!

So what can’t you resist?

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CHA Scrapbooking: October Afternoon

October Afternoon‘s booth looked awesome this year, with a faux store front and an adorable collections of oversized images on the side wall! So cute, and of course an awesome place for a little photo op!


October Afternoon released 2 new collections at the show and they are both really sweet, so it’s hard to choose which to start with. We’re here to make the tough decisions though, so we’ll begin with, “Rocket Age.” Look at the 8 out-of-this-world, double-sided papers. The mix of really rich warm & cool tones make for a really eye-catching combination.

All of the expected October Afternoon embellishments are here, along with a couple of new additions.


Miscellany is one of the new additions; an all-in-one package of die cuts, mini flash cards, a few chipboard pieces and even some buttons!




Sprinklers are another brand new addition to October Afternoon’s bag of tricks. They are a spray misting paint and available in sets that coordinate with each collection, or in single bottles.

October Afternoon’s other new collection is, “5 & Dime.” Inspired by what you may find in your local 5 & dime, if you still have one around, this collection has a little something for everyone.






October Afternoon has also put together this “Art Box” set of Sprinklers to cover the basics. At least one of these colors can be used with just about anything!

So, with so much yumminess in just one booth, what would you head over to get a closer look at first?
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