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Trendspotting Report – August 2011

Reported by Jessica Ripley

Each month we spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online.

This month is dedicated to trends that aren’t necessarily new, but that have proven they will be sticking around for the long haul. Spotted in lines at Summer CHA as well as countless projects across the web, these trends are here to stay (and we love it!).

Flag Banners

Not only are flag banners and bunting easy to put together with almost any scraps of paper or fabric you have on hand, they lend themselves to all kinds of crafty applications. Hambly has an adorable new line featuring banners, and October Afternoon’s new Sidewalks line has some adorable banners as well. From holiday specific to adding just the right touch to a project, the celebratory touch they add just can’t be beat.

Here are some great examples of how versatile flag banners can be:

1. Flag Banner 2. Birthday Banner Card 3. Photo Pocket Flag Banner 4. Banner Quilt 5. 5x Banners 6. Red and Aqua Party Pouch 7. Tiny Flag Banner 8. Cake Bunting 9. Bunting Tea Towel

Monsters

Cute monsters especially have sunk their teeth into crafts and have not let go (and don’t seem to plan to any time soon). They remain popular in everything from stuffed creations to stamps to scrapbooking lines, such as Niki Sivils new My Lil’ Monster. Thanks to movies like Monsters, Inc. and Where the Wild Things Are, monsters are known to be as friendly and cuddly as ever, and as a result welcome in both our bedtime stories and our crafts.

Some ‘too cute to be scary’ examples:

1. Cell Phone Pouch 2. Flabberjabber Square Head Monster Plush 3. Monster Butt Pants 4. Where the Wild Things Are Quilt 5. Beast Bag 6. Monster Birthday Cupcakes 7. Monster Hooded Towel 8. Arbuckle the Monster Coffee Cozy 9. Monster Birthday Card

Retro Dress Forms, Cameras, Sewing Machines…

Apart from dress forms which just feel like they belong in the same category, we can’t get enough of retro gadgets such as cameras, telephones (remember when you had to dial them?), fans, sewing machines, bicycles, etc. Though I keep thinking I might be tired of it, the vintage craze is one of my personal favorites, and I was tickled pink to see this trend still around in Summer CHA releases like Amy Tangerine’s new Signature Line from American Crafts. They give a classic feel to any project that just works.

Here are some wonderful projects using these classic images:

1. Kitschy Camera 2. Typewriter Print 3. Dress Form Fabric Pillow 4. Sewing Machine Pouch 5. Vintage Phone Card 6. Sewing Machine Necklace 7. Felt Camera Case 8. Your Special Card
9. Birthday Card

So, what do you think about the trends we’re showcasing this month? Agree or disagree? Are you tired of any of these yet or are glad they are sticking around? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!


Trendspotting Report – July 2011

Reported by Simone Collins
Each month I spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online. 

Subway Art/Typography/Fonts
Word art is very popular, everywhere. Whether you like graffiti word art, large initials, or just cool fonts, there are plenty of products to help you craft your own work. ProvoCraft released a new cartridge that creates subway art patterns with the Cricut Machine (available in stores soon). Tim Holtz also released some Subway Art canvases, as well as market totes. Plus, let’s not forget the cool birds from Red Fred Bodoni made from different fonts.

Here’s a look at some great craft projects using cool fonts and typography:

Cowboys and Aliens
With the popularity of the new Cowboys and Aliens movie opening last weekend, it’s no surprise that the western and intergalactic themes are popping up everywhere. Bandana prints are totally in style along with the new bohemian trend, and aliens fit in perfectly with the nerd or geek trends I saw everywhere this weekend in the mall.  October Afternoon’s new Sasparilla line is perfect for the western theme and Nikki Sivils’ new Lil’ Monster collection features the alien theme. 

Some great projects that fit into this trend of opposites:

8-bit/Retro Video Games
Like I said, geek and nerd themes are hot right now, and it’s very evident in the world of craft as well. The 8-bit trend, which is a throwback to the old video games of my youth, are being seen all over the internet. The popularity of some video game characters seems as strong as back when the games were first made available and the rainbow themes and bright colors make this trend a popular one with crafters of all genres.

Here’s a look at some of the coolest crafts with an 8-bit theme:

So, what do you think about the trends I’ve spied this month? Agree or disagree? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUponPinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!

Trendspotting Report – June 2011

Reported by Simone Collins

Each month I spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online.

Superheroes/Comic Books
With all those superhero movies in theaters this summer, it should come as no surprise that this trend is hot in the crafting world as well. Companies like EK Success Brands and Creative Imaginations are producing papers, stickers, and albums with this theme and there is even fabrics with a variety of comic book characters. The internet is riddled with great craft ideas with the super hero theme as well as party themes, makeup, and apparel.

Here is a look at just a few ideas I found that may inspire you to don a mask and cape…

1. Comic Book Strip Quilt 2. Super Hero Mask Tutorial 3. Comic Book Pendant Necklace 4. Zap! Headband 5.Super Star ring 6.Comic Book Flats 7.Super Hero Cake 8. Comic Book Makeup 9. Gadget Pouch

Minis
If you like something at it’s normal size then surely you’ll love it in miniature form. Manufacturers are counting on it with lots of great mini products for all your crafting needs like mini cake pans and accessories from Wilton, as well as lots of mini crochet and knitting patterns. Prima Marketing’s mini bouquets and tiny flowers. Petaloo has also followed the trend with their mini magnolias and mini delphiniums. Mini paper from Jenni Bowlin and 7 Gypsies mini label stickers make creating a mini album or project a breeze. And if you want to die cut a mini album, Sizzix offers a few including a mini purse. Mini alphabets are all the rage too, with Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cricket, and My Little Shoebox are just a few of the companies that are making these tiny types. And let’s not forget the smaller sized tools like the Making Memories portable Slice Machine and the Janome Sew Mini. For those people who always want to be able to get the perfect snapshot without lugging around a huge DSLR, why not a mini one? The new Pentax Q (shown below) is a 12 megapixel camera that also shoots video and offers interchangeable lenses and it is about the size of a credit card. 
Here is a look at some of the other great mini items I found on the web and a few have great tutorials…

1.Tiny Polaroid Magnets 2. Mini Latte Ring 3. Little Flower Garland 4. Pentax Q Mini Camera 5. Mini Felt Matryoshkas Tutorial 6. How To Frost a Mini Cake 7. Baby Mini Flower Headband  8. Mini Clay Puppies 9. Mini origami book How To

Stripes
Sure, stars and stripes are every where this time of the year but stripes are here to stay. Whether you like thick or thin, straight or wavy, traditional patterns or chevron, striped patterns are hot this summer. Crafters and manufacturers are well aware that the eye is drawn to these patterns and so they can be seen all over your favorite websites as well. Echo Park Paper has come out with Dots and Stripes collections, DCWV offers striped chipboard and May Arts makes so many kinds of striped ribbon I can’t imagine not finding exactly what I need.
Here’s some of the cool projects and tutorials I found online for your inspiration…

1. Chevron Pillow Tutorial 2. Striped Pajamas Tutorial 3. Striped Cookies 4. Making Striped Clay Beads 5. Striped Boatneck Tshirt Tutorial 6. How to Make a Striped Shower Curtain 7. Vinyl Scallop Striped Frame with Silhouette Machine 8. MakeUp Pouch 9. Painted Chevron Rug Tutorial

So, what do you think about the trends I’ve spied this month? Agree or disagree? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!

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