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CHA Summer 2011: Sizzix

Sizzix is always on the cutting edge of the craft industry (yes, pun intended). With the popularity of their Big Shot machine, the new Vagabond and eClips machines, consumers are constantly awaiting new dies and cartridges. The new Framelits are the answer for stampers who don’t enjoy cutting out all those images. These sets include cling stamps and matching dies which can be used in the Big Shot or Vagabond machines.

The new Deco Emboss dies are going to be a huge hit with jewelry makers.

The new Ink-Its Letterpress dies make debossing with ink, simple and elegant.

And let’s not forget a peek at the new Alteration dies from Tim Holtz.

Here’s a look at some of the other amazing projects from Sizzix.

So what do you think? Which dies do you like the most? Are you a Sizzix user?

CHA SuperShow Summer 2011, Chicago

The CHA Craft Supershow Section at TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show is being held this weekend, July 21-24, 2011 at the  Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. There are Manufacturers as well as retailers in attendance for prime shopping.

Craftside is there, giving attendees a free journal at their booth, and showing off all their great crafty titles.

And demos to show you how to use the cool products at the show.

There are plenty of hands-on make-and-takes like this one from Lion Brand yarn.

There are some crafty celebs in attendance too.

There are FREE make-and-takes at some of the booths, like this one from My Favorite Things, which also included a FREE stamp set for attendees who participated. Their make-and-take schedule is available on their blog.
Plenty of cool deals and projects in their booth as well.
And some great free projects from the Splitcoast Stampers gang and manufacturers which change each day.

And another free make-and-take from Taylored Expressions, who also brought along all their great products.

And special deals just for attendees.

And let’s not forget the great projects to inspire you!

So, if you are in the Chicagoland area, you have two more days to check out the show! Let us know if you will be there or if you attended, what do you think? We would love to know!

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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!