Winter CHA 2013 – Sara’s Top Product Picks


Hello Crafters!  It’s that time again!  Time for me to round-up some of my favorite products from this CHA!  There was a lot of excitement at the show this year; lots of fun new paper lines debuting with a handful of tools and machines.  Below, in no particular order, are some that caught my little crafty eye!  Let me know what you think in the comments!  I’d love to hear your opinions!

IMG_0521Ellison Sizzix Susan’s Garden by Susan Tierney Cockburn

I mostly hung around Ranger and Sizzix for the show and I was completely captivated by Susan’s fabulous new line of flower dies.  Plus, Susan herself is about one of the sweetest people you will meet on the show floor.  She was so patient in answering all of my questions and even did a demo video for us here.  I was absolutely stunned at how the simple paper die-cut petals turned into amazingly life-like flowers.  I hope everyone else is excited as about these as I am!



IMG_0691Lifestyle Crafts Shape ‘N Tape

Unless you’ve been living under an unglittered rock for the last year or so, you’ve most definitely bought a few rolls, or thirty, of washi tape. That’s why I was so excited to see that Lifestyle Crafts debuted new sheets of Shape ‘N Tape at this year’s CHA.  There are ten available colors; Each package comes with four 6×12″ sheets with the same pattern and then one unique design per color.  You can easily die-cute this fabulous washi paper in all of your favorite designs for all of your fun paper projects!  Lifestyle Crafts also has new cute die sets in popular shapes you can get for your new Shape ‘N Tapes. Make sure to check out this video with Missy at the LifeStyle Crafts booth showing off their new Evolution Machine.



IMG_0234Basic Grey Journaling Binders

I love, love, LOVE Basic Grey.  They have been one of my favorite and staple companies from the beginning of my scrapbooking adventure.  I literally have have more Basic Grey paper then I do with all of the other companies paper stacks combined… and don’t get me started on my chipboard, minibook and rub-on stash I’ve amassed.  I was so excited to see the brand new journaling binders at this CHA! These include a cool embossed and alterable chipboard cover, five pages of double-sided tabbed pages, double-sided designer cardstock pages and six photo divided page protectors.  One super great thing about these binders is that they are three-ring, so you can add more of your own pages and little bits and baubles to it to make it truly your own!  There are four new lines of paper debuting this year at CHA and a coordinating binder from each so you can pick your favorite!  (Mine is kneehighs and bowties!)


IMG_0136Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Paints

Do we REALLY need more paints?  Oh yes, yes we do crafters.  And these Distress Paints by Tim Holtz can’t get into my hot little hands quick enough!  Everyone, from my mom to my eight year old daughter, I showed the video of Tim demoing these at CHA commented on how amazing and “wantable” these were.  My absolute favorite part is how they are reactive to water when they are wet, but once dry they’re permanent.  This is going to be so awesome for art journaler’s and mixed media artists!  No more muddled acrylic messes!  I cannot wait to get these to play with!

IMG_0621Zutter Bow-it-All

I have a confession; I can’t wrap presents. Seriously.  I wasn’t born with the present wrapping gene or something.  I always envied people that had perfect presents with beautiful bows.  My fingers become a jumbled mess whenever I try to tie a bow; it looks like my first grader was learning how to tie their shoes for the first time.  When I walked past the Zutter booth at CHA I was so excited to see Susan Nichol’s demoing this new and spiffy tool.  You can make bows of all sizes easily from the tiniest, to the largest, and even make ones that will wrap around wine bottles and such lickety-split!  I love how portable it is and all of your tools fit within the main unit itself!  Looks like Zutter came out with another must-have products!



  1. Kathy Molina says

    That bow-it-all looks great……everything looks great!! Need to go shopping! :) ~Kathy

  2. says

    I’m kind of new to scrapbooking (more mixed media/altered books than traditional scrapbooking) and I’d never seen BasicGrey before. Now I have to buy all the things. Thanks, Sara. 😉

  3. Caryn S. (Scrapnsing) says

    I like the Bow-It-All, but can we still get it in black like the one Susan had in the video? I’d rather not have an all-pink one!

  4. KimMJ says

    Thanx for sharing these! I had no idea Basic Grey has those binders….have to get my hands on one, or two or a few…What great gifts one could create with these. Also have to get my hands on the new Tim Holtz products…love them all!

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