Paper trimmers are an essential tool for any cardmaker, memory keeper or mixed-media artist. And a sturdy, reliable trimmer that handles both delicate papers and thick substraits with precision is at the top of my wish-list, at least. Enter the ProCision Rotary Bypass Paper Trimmer by Fiskars: a semi-pro tool that can handle a variety of paper-cutting tasks with ease. From the website: Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating […]
Archives for January 2013
Sometimes a new crafting tool hits the market and it dazzles us with it’s smart design. The new Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers is one such tool. Even before it’s official debut at CHA Winter 2013, it was generating quite a buzz! While at the trade show, I taped this quick demo. within 24 hours, it had been viewed over 1500 times! So yeah, you could say that folks were a wee bit interested! It also demonstrates […]
I’m kind of crazy about the new Extra Small Kanzashi Flower Maker Templates from Clover USA. I mean, I loved the large and small templates but I’m a sucker for anything miniature or extra small. I noticed that Haley is also a fan of them and mentioned them in her CHA Winter 2013: Haley’s Clover USA Sewing and Notions Picks. When I first started seeing the Kanzashi flowers it never occurred to me how easy they were to make.They […]
Glue sticks are glue sticks are glue sticks, right? Not if we’re talking about the Xyron Glue Stick for Corners. A better design makes this glue stick the bee’s knees! Here’s how it’s described on the website: This unique, patent pending Glue Stick is designed specifically for corners and to work great anywhere you use your glue stick today! The “wedge” design fits comfortably in the hand and won’t roll of your work surface. The Xyron® Glue Stick contains […]
Hello, folks! This post is a bit late in coming, but I have to tell you I was just plumb tuckered out as the old folks say. I have sufficiently recovered from my whirlwind trip to HSN for my first stint as the on-air spokesperson for Estate Collection/ 3 Birds. I was scheduled to present four products: Glittered Gumdrops Goodie Box Embellishments Junque Drawer Embellishement Kit Cling-Eeze Rub Ons Honey of A Card Kit I packed by bags and samples […]
As the Craft Test Dummy in charge of all things jewelry I have a hard time finding new products to get excited about at CHA amid all of the scrapbooking companies but this year Beadalon gave me something to get excited about. The Jewel Loom was created by my friend Julianna Hudgins and was featured in the Innovations Showcase (Read our post on that here: CHA Hot 20 & Innovations Showcase Winter 2013). I was able to […]
Here is the phenomenal Dyan Reaveley at Winter CHA 2013 showing off some of her new stencils and Dylusions inks! I so enjoy watching other artist’s creative process and Dyan’s proved to be nothing short of fantastic! I love how she never let one drop of inkgo to waste on her new stencils and continues to create base pages throughout her journal.
The iLoveToCreate booth is always one of my favorites at CHA, and the CHA Winter 2013 was definitely no exception. The booth was bursting with so much color and joy that I couldn’t resist taking a little break from walking the show floor to snap some photos to share with you guys. Get ready to feast your eyes on some serious crafty inspiration!
Here is Claudine Hellmuth at the Ranger Ink booth showing a fun technique using one of her new Studio stencils and her fabulous studio paints!
Because this is my first CHA show I have felt like a kid in a candy store all day. I picked my top 5 booths on the wow factor. The booth displays that made my mouth fall open in amazement. There were so many amazing displays but these are the 5 that really stand out in my mind. The first is from Bottle Cap Inc. That entire wall you see is bottle caps. I oohed and aahed…literally. The next booth […]
I think most of the regular readers know at this point that I’m a huge fan of Tim Holtz and all of his products. CHA is like a Tim Holtz La-La Land for me because he has products releasing with multiple companies such as Sizzix, Ranger, Idea-ology and Stamper’s Anonymous. I visited these booths every day of the show and I have to say, each time I went back there was something I hadn’t seen before that I, “ooh’d,” and […]
Did you think I’d forgotten about my Blogaversary Giveaways? FEAR NOT!!! Today we have an amazing goodie-bag giveaway from our friends at FaveCrafts.com! They are offering us a wonderful goodie bag FILLED to the BRIM with crafty goodness from your favorite craft companies! But before I tell you how to enter, I want to share with you a round-up of some of the other amazing blogger’s posts about CHA. The V Spot: CHA Product Wrap-up The Zen of Making: […]
What a whirlwind! I’ve shared photos from Days 1 and Day 2….and now…..yup, you guessed it! I caught up with Steve Piacenza, who was demo in the new MOD PODGE MELTS. He was a sweetheart and took a minute to do a demo video for us! Take a look: Then my Crafty BFF Vicki O’Dell set up doing a make-and-take at the Plaid Booth. Yay for decoupage! See that last one?? That’s ME! I did a demo too. I […]
Clockwise: Jenny, Vicki, Haley, Sarah, Angie and Polly I am finally home and recovering from Winter CHA Show 2013 and thought I would share a few of my favorite moments with you. One of my favorite meetings was the Craft Test Dummies breakfast meeting on Saturday morning. Once everyone had arrived and settled in their rooms we got a chance to sit down and formulate a plan for the show. I got to meet Polly and Angie who are […]
The second day of the CHA winter conference and tradeshow brought more familiar faces, awesome booths, and for me- MEETINGS. One of the drawbacks of being the head dummy is that I have to wear the business hat more often. But I did get to roam a bit and see a few things: I am SO bummed that I missed photos with Mark Montano and Simone Collins…but you’ll see their lovely mugs in some of the other #TeamCTD CHA round-up […]
Winter CHA Show 2013 was a blur- so much happened in 5 days I can barely remember it all! After speaking at a panel on Friday morning, I hustled off to be a judge at the Innovations Showcase and picked MY top three of the CHA Hot 20. Make sure you click the links to read more about that! Later that night, I attended a dinner with the lovely folks at Plaid. Everyone who was working the booth at the […]
Here I am a survivor of my very first CHA. It was a whirlwind weekend of fun, laughs, inspiration, and (believe it or not) work. Right before I exited to hop on the plane home, I took a picture with Glossy. Everyone needs a picture of themselves with an extra large Mod Podge bottle don’t ya think? I mean you do only live once. My CHA experience began with a view from my hotel window that was breathtaking. I have […]
On Sunday morning, I attended the Clover USA media breakfast at CHA Winter 2013. Much to my excitement, I saw a ton of great sewing-related products that made my fabric-loving heart very happy indeed! Here are a few items that caught my eye: Remember the slap bracelets from the 90s? Well, the Pin ‘n Stow gives that satisfying snap AND it keeps your pins in perfect position while you’re working. I’m kind of in love with the new line of […]
As a first-time attendee to the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshow, I was told to expect big things. But I really didn’t know how big until I arrived at the convention center to find the that the sign for the event was almost as big as my house. Once I got through the doors, I was blown away by the vast, airy rooms filled to the brim with crafty eye candy. To keep myself from getting too overwhelmed, I did […]
They are here, ladies and gentlemen! Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink has created distress paints in his signature distress colors. These things will blow your mind, as they did mine! I can only imagine how they will increase the creativity of mixed-media artists, art journalists, altered artists and well… just about every other crafter! Close-Up of Tag: Stay tuned for more videos from Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink here at Craft Test Dummes from CHA 2013!