CHA Winter 2013 Preview: Hot 20 Announced!


This year I was asked to judge the “Hot 20″(formerly the Innovations Showcase.)  It’s a short list of the “hottest” new products appearing at the show! 

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One of BEST perks of being a “CraftTestDummy” is that I’ve already had the chance to try out some of the products listed below. Take note of the products with in red- they already have reviews up here on CTD!



Elmwood Park, NJ, USA; January 02, 2013 —The Craft & Hobby Association’s (CHA) celebrity media judges are pleased to announce their picks for the 2013 Winter “CHA Hot 20” list of products. The CHA Hot 20 are headlining products that will be introduced at the CHA Sneak Peek Media & Buyer Event on January 11, 2013 during the CHA 2013 Winter Conference & Trade Show held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from January 11 – 15, 2013.

The CHA celebrity panel judges selected the “CHA Hot 20” from dozens of new craft products entered in the Innovations New Product Showcase. The following were selected as CHA’s Hot 20 products of the CHA 2013 Winter Show:

Faber-Castell – Mix & Match Gelatos Misting Kit enables the creation of colorful mists using a simple process and the tools using the 8 NEW Gelatos colors. Booth #1549.

Sticky Sticks LLC – Sticky Sticks are tongue depressor-sized craft sticks with the most amazing adhesive on one side of one end. They stick permanently to paper, ribbon, felt, foam, and wood. Booth # 2305.

CTF Enterprises, Inc. – FixNZip is a patented, zipper slider replacement that repairs zippers without tools or sewing. Booth #2105.

We R Memory Keepers – Envelope Punch Board is the first and only Envelope Punch Board on the market! Just punch and score for perfect envelopes. No scissors necessary. Booth #1664.

Ranger Industries – Tim Holtz Distress Paints are fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces and are reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains–perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Booth #636.

Environmental Technology Inc. – EnviroTex Jewelry Clay® is a new professional grade Jewelry Clay® that will not shrink when cured. EnviroTex Jewelry Clay® will adhere to glass, metal and wood. Booth #1429.

Fiskars Brands Inc. – The AdvantEdge™ Punch System adds decorative borders to craft projects while the slide-and-lock technology keeps the paper in one place and slide the punch cartridge from one lock-in slot to the next, keeping every punch perfectly spaced. Booth #1000.

Fiskars Brands Inc. – Fuse Creativity System® is the only 12” system on the market that can die cut and letterpress in one easy pass through the machine. Booth #1000.

Beadalon – The Jewel Loom™ designed by International Jewelry Artist Julianna C Hudgins fits perfectly in the palm of your hand allowing for ease of use for a comfortable grip and ultimate control while bead weaving. Booth #1237.

Plaid Enterprises Inc. – Plaid FolkArt Handmade Charlotte Stencils designed by Rachel Faucett, include functional, family-friendly designs that come to life with FolkArt paint. Booth #1401.

Plaid Enterprises Inc. – Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glass Paint is specially formulated, high performance premium paints that are permanent, dishwasher safe, and UV/weather resistant. Booth #1401.

ImpressArt® Metal Stamps – ImpressArt® Design Stamp Packs offer jewelry and mixed media artists collections of metal stamps in themes ranging from weddings and family to sports and shabby chic. Booth #733.

Spellbinders Paper Arts – Spellbinders Imperial Gold is brings out the 4th dimension with die templates that cut, emboss, stencil and deboss. Never before have you had the ability to cut & create in multiple layers with a single die template. Booth #2565.

Katy Sue Designs – Silicone Molds for decorating cupcakes and candies are FDA compliant perfect for fondant, candy or chocolate top instantly. With developments in food safe colourings such as pens, crafters can now transfer colour techniques to their cakes. Booth #2725.

Purple Cows, Inc. – Encaustic Paint is handmade in the USA from the highest quality of naturally purified beeswax, damar resin with a 1:8 ratio and the finest dry pigments. Booth #2581.

Global Solutions, Inc.– Self Adhesive wax seals are an easy way to make your project special. Simply peel and stick the seals on to invitations, scrapbooks, cards, soap or wine bottles. Booth #610.

The DMC Corporation – Emma Broidery: Memory Thread How To Guide features more than 60 pages of instructive photographs and projects that educate, encourage and inspire crafters and stitchers alike. The book includes step-by-step instructions for trendy jewelry making and paper crafts as well as needlework applications. Booth #1337.

Craft Attitude – JEWELRY ATTITUDE™ is a way for jewelry makers to personalize their metal, leather, beads, charms and accessory jewelry items with photos and names. By printing right on the inkjet compatible film, photos and words are crisp and clear. Booth #477.

Krylon – Krylon® Glitter Blast™ Glitter Spray is a uniquely intense, sparkling glitter finish with exceptional depth that makes it easy to achieve an irresistible look on almost any surface. Booth #2508.

June Tailor, Inc. – T-Shirt Transformation Ruler Center, lets you mark and cut perfect T-Shirt blocks for quilts, tote bags, pillows and more. Printed grid lines and 45° markings to perfectly align and center t-shirt graphics. Booth #1291.


CHA media judges include Jenn Mason, mixed-media artist, designer and Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazines; Nancy Nally publisher and editor of Scrapbook Update, a leading online source for scrapbooking industry news and information; Stephenson Darling a director for Northridge Publishing, a leading publisher of scrapbooking and crafting magazines and idea books, including Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Bead Trends, Create Idea Books and Creative Retailer Magazine; Julie Mc Guffee, author, craft industry veteran who is the current host of Scrapbook Soup; Jenny Barnett Rohrs is the founder and “craft evangelist” at, the “Consumer Reports” of craft product review blogs; Ana Araujo a 20-year industry veteran, author and Host and Executive Producer of the online Craft TV Channel When Creativity Knocks, and the host of the new show Mama Knows Best.


SO… of these products, which ones sound good to you? Leave me a comment and I’ll look into getting more information!

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  1. says

    In no particular order: We R Memory Keepers: Envelope Punch system sounds like a dream come true! Spellbinders Imperial Gold(it does everything!), FixNZip sounds perfect for me…I really do not like replacing zippers!

  2. says

    I second the Envelope Punch. I’m wondering how they can pull that off without making it huge.

    If the Martha Stewart Glass Paint is really dishwasher safe, that will be very cool.

    Lastly, the encaustic paint sounds intriguing.

  3. Laurie Hunt says

    Congratulations on being picked for a judge. That must be kind of fun seeing everything that is new and innovative. Regarding the above list, I am totally intrigued by what the faber-castell kits are and the We R Memory envelope punch. Tim’s paints are very cool. Actually, I’d love to see it all just to figure out what each item is!

  4. Rebecca says

    I need to start by saying Thank You for all the complete, concise, organized and useful information you provide. I know that my time will not be wasted when I read your posts. I am especially thankful for your straight to the point information. One of my New Year organizing tasks included unsubscribing to emails, blogs, etc that I felt wasted my time. You are one of the very few that survived the cut. Thank You!!!!

    I am interested in FixNZip, Fuse Creativity System®, Martha’s Glass Paint and the T-Shirt Transformation Ruler Center.

  5. KimMJ says

    The Impressart metal stamps, the new distress paints, and the Faber castell sprays all sound incredible! Thanks for sharing this info!

  6. Maree says

    I’d really be interested in the FixNZip because like BrendaB, I loathe replacing zips.

  7. Diana Ramsey says

    I can hardly wait for the new Distress Paints to come out. I have enjoyed all the Distress products very much. I understand it can be used on fabric too, but is it permanent? Anybody know?

  8. Cat Graves says

    I so envy you getting to go to CHA and especially getting a preview of awesome new products. I am interested in the T-Shirt Transformation Center and the Krylon Glitter spray. I have lots of T-shirts from vacations past that no longer fit me…what a quilt they would make!! Thanks!!

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