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CHA -Paper lines & More: Graphic 45

Graphic 45 is one of those companies that I ooh and ahh over just about everything they put out. This summer was no exception. They once again brought new and gorgeous lines to the show.

An instant favorite was Halloween in Wonderland:

We fell in love with the Alice in Wonderland theme!

Another favorite is the Steampunk Debutante line.

Even the Graphic 45 booth employees were in the spirit of Steampunk, which was just so cool:

Their Christmas line did not disappoint either, full of rich and beautiful images:

We also got to peek at their new Staples collection, which are kraft, black, and cream coordinating elements to mix and match to your heart’s content. Staples include tags, trim, chipboard elements, stickers, and more.

I left this booth feeling so inspired. While vintage looks were a big theme of the show, Graphic 45 truly has it down to an art!


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CHA Supershow: Crafty Storytellers

From Your Editor: Sarah Moore

Normally I don’t pop out from behind the Craft Critique curtain, but this story seems to demand it. If you are a regular blog reader then you have your favorites. For me, it’s people who somehow leave a speck of themselves in your brain after you read/view them. It’s their ability to be transparent and vulnerable with their art in a genuine way that draws me to them. Behind every artist and crafter is a story. Sometimes it’s told through the art they create; sometimes they expose it through their writings.

Even if you attended the CHA Supershow you may unfortunately have missed this amazing event. Note one: it was a great idea for an event, harkening from the poetry slams of my youth… all this happening needed was mood lighting, Indian tapestries, floor pillows, candles and a smoky room. Some of which I will bring to the event myself next year to help with set design.

The purpose of this event was to bring crafty bloggers together, and showcase the stories they tell that inspire emotions from laughter to heartbreak.

Craftycafe Crafty Storytellers: Inspiring, Comical & Entertaining Tales as told by full-time Craftaholics!

Sit down, relax and be ready to laugh as popular crafty bloggers share their stories about living life as a professional artist. From hilarious craftastrophes to family memories to the quest for the golden glue gun – they’ve lived it and are now sharing the details!

Kicking off the event was the Craft Chica herself, Kathy Cano-Murillo. Her story, lifted from her book Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life
spoke about how her crafts are not always perfect. And isn’t it great to know your superstar crafters make mistakes! It taught us that sharing, and then even embracing your imperfections is how you turn your failures into success! Obviously this lesson transcends well beyond crafting.

Sarah Hodsdon read next, and then shared with us the story within the already beautiful story she’d read. Her story’s lesson was that every action, in art, and life, effects those beyond you… beyond what you can even imagine! It turns out that by voting for her in the CHA Designer Showcase last Summer (before we’d met), I in turn helped two children continue their education. Sarah’s reading focused on connections, with family, friends… strangers. Art connects people.

Oh Lauren Ferguson! I knew her as a visual artist, her mixed media style and specialty with altering objects is frequently showcased in the magazines and websites I frequent. While I have her on my blog roll, and treasure her as a source on inspiration. I, like many of you, am a “looker” more than a reader; I tend to scan blogs for pretty pictures like a child would.

But boy oh boy am I sorry I haven’t been following Lauren’s story. This woman is hil-AR-EE-ous. And please, reading her story My Big Girl Moment in the Gym will not do justice to the live performance. I am absolutely sick that I didn’t video tape her kinetics to share with you all (note for next year), because we were literally rolling from laughter. Lesson: it’s not all about your craft; your readers want to know about you, the real, hilarious, pants-splitting you.

Margot Potter was next up… Lauren in her denim and dreads is stark contrast to the sunshine and sarcasm of Margot Potter. Don’t let the point on trend fabric of Madge’s dress and the perfect accessories fool you… this impatient crafter is self-confirmed lazy. Her wonderful word, not mine.

The lesson of her story: to thine own self be true. If you are irreverent, be irreverent, if you are lazy… make it work for you. Don’t compromise your story or your art for the sake of your audience… just try to keep it funny.

In addition to being present for all this wonderful womanliness, Cathy invited me to read. I almost couldn’t; not because of lack of want, but lack of content! It made me realize while I had been sharing my art on my personal blog I hadn’t been sharing my story… and everyone has a story to tell. Heck if you follow my facebook page you know I can talk a blue streak. Why aren’t I writing it all down?

Sure. my photographs, my work, my sketches… it’s are here in my computer and on my desk, but what I set out to do with Craft Critique is all about sharing! Bringing crafters together from different genres of craft… and while we focus mainly on tools here, it’s those tools that are the root of craft. The root of the crafting tree, which branches out reach to many crafty mediums, and crafty people.

The people are the story, and I am not telling the story frequently enough. That’s going to change.

Luckily I did have something to read, and it felt really great to share in the company of this dynamic group of women.

Much thanks to all of you, for telling your stories. Don’t forget to share it with others.

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CHA Summer: Sassafras

The adorable CHA booth award always goes to Sassafras! I mean, how can you resist these monsters greeting you?


We’ve been Sassafras fans since way back when they were Sassafras Lass… you know, old-school style. Well, there’s nothing old-school about Sassafras’ new releases… except everything! We’re totally digging the retro vibe of their new papers, clear stamps, and oh my, the embellishments are simply delish!

Check out some booth pics of the new paper lines:


Sweet Marmalade

Amplify; the most unusual of the new lines, but one of our picks for Best In Show.

And these AWESOME felt embellishments, appropriately named Felties

Paper Whimsies
anyone? We love the playing card shaped embellishments especially.

Oh brads… look how cute you are all displayed in a tiny hoop! (cute display right?)

AND these super cool Layered Blossoms… maybe too cute to keep in your scrapbooks… maybe just perfect as jewelry… just sayin’.

New Clear Stamps… we love them.

Be sure to check out the Sassafras Blog for other great new product photos!

Oh… and this is Sarah’s son, page designed by Martha B. Created with the mid season release Me Likey… displayed here completely gratuitously because Sarah is editing this article at 2AM and thinks knows her son is adorable.

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