Monday, January 26, 2009

CHA - January 2009

No, I am not on a Star Wars movie set... I am at CHA! Creative Imaginations had people dress up in character costumes to help "launch" their new Star Wars line! And so cute too. They had papers featuring all the different Star Wars characters, such as Darth Vader, Yoda, the Storm Troopers, and Princess Leia to name only a few. Each had sticker embellishments, chip board stickers... just fun stuff! May the Force Be With You! Or atleast "Inspire" you to buy the entire line! Krista and I started the show by "rushing" over to the Teresa Collins booth. I heard from the Scrappin' Table owner, Michelle, that Teresa Collins was going to have a "to die for" make 'n take. And she was not kiddin'! We made a 6 x 12 chipboard album featuring her newest line "Family."
The line is all heritage inspired. And of course, Teresa was there meeting all her customers and was so willing to snap a picture with all of them. Her make 'n takes are featured here. She had three going on at the same time. All of them are featured in this display with added "bling." And speaking of "bling" her necklace she wore on Sunday was eye candy bling! Making Memories handed out Sea Foam Green aprons to promote their "Slice" machine. So we wore them. They were handy with their pockets to help hold our cameras and cell phones. They also gave "destressor" slice inspired foam. Squeeze it to help relieve stress or to keep car pol tunnel away! Our next stop was Heidi Swapp.

And before I talk about her booth, I have to mention that she is the most down to earth friendly person you could ever meet. She did the demonstration herself. She is always ready for a photo op. She is personable and really loves her craft and product. Always a joy to stop by her booth.
Heidi demonstrated a new technique (to me) using masks (these
are similar to a template that is placed onto your page and can lift off after use) and her "resist" paper (paper that has an epoxy image or dot on that ink will not penetrate). She used Tim Holtz ink pads - several colors or just two pads and the Tim Holtz wooden inker. Heidi said to hold the wooden inker by the base and select you color, and then ink the paper starting at the top with upward motions until the part you wanted colored was complete. Re-ink if necessary. Add another if you want to create a watercolor or multi color effect. The sample on the left shows the green ink over her white template which created the delicate circle impression. The template is lifted off the paper and could be re-used again and again. Heidi mentioned if the template lost it's "stickiness" just "wash" it off and it is back like new. She had several template to choose from. I liked the one with the star - would make a cool layout for the Fourth of July or an Inauguration
page. Quickutz is coming out with 3-Dimensional dies! Their booth had butterflies, flowers, and a pin wheel. The dies come off the page. The butterflies have wings. The flowers have petals that lift up. Likin' these for sure! The booth for Jenni Bowlin was just adorable. She had a sample made from her Bingo cards that had been stitched together and made into an accordion album. I thought this was very cute. I just love all of the products from Jenni Bowlin.

One of the booths had a window frame with pictures inserted into the glass panes to make a scrap wall page. A nice gift idea, or a cute way to jazz up your scrap room. Of course this was from Fancy Pants Designs.

The Zutter booth had a "Display It All." This is a stand that helps to display your chipboard albums. Holds them up to create an interest on your end table. Would make a nice gift along with the completed album, especially to a fellow scrapper. Tattered Angels gave samples of their "exclusive CHA Show - Green Tea" glimmer mist. This is a bottle of dyed ink that is sprayed onto your cards or layouts and dries with an Tye-dyed effect. A vintage, shabby look.
Our next stop was at the Basic Grey booth. I love this booth because the layouts and "projects" are so adorable. They are always over the top with their creative displays and projects. Plus Kelly Goree designs for them and I just love everything she does. She was nice enough to stop teaching a make 'n take and snap a photo with me, thank you! And cool was that to be able to do a make 'n take demonstrated by Kelly Goree! I was in heaven. I told her how much I enjoyed
her Basic Grey calendar and she let the cat out of the bag, she designed one for 2010! This one will have even MORE embellishments! I can not wait! These calendars were so easy to complete and made wonderful gifts. Start taking your pictures now to use for these calendars. I liked the Lime Rickey Basic Grey line. This has bright primary colors and a bit of whimsy. Marrakech was another favorite.

So much to see. It really is hard to take in a whole show and appreciate it all in one day. Krista and I only had Sunday for our CHA experience so we were on a "mission" the whole time. We did not even grab a lunch. Just a quick drink and then onto the next booth! Little Yellow Bicycle deserves a BIG THANK YOU! They have the BEST make 'n takes! Not only do you get to make a whopping cool project but they give you the entire sheet of embellishments. Whether you use them on that project or not. The project we made used their new line called Zinnia. They gave each person a whole small pad of paper, an entire chipboard book, ribbons, sticker sheet, chip board sticker sheet and brads! Talk about having fun! They know how to host a party! I loved their new Travel line! The paper and embellishments were exciting. I also loved the Xyron tape runner we used as the adhesive. The demonstrator told us how Xyron gave them to Little Yellow Bicycle so they used them. Now I want to buy this product. They were super sticky! I also like the new Glu Dot Runners. Perfect to use when applying ribbon to your pages and projects. Maya Road has a tree with limb chipboard in their traditional metal case which I loved. Plus they have new clear albums which were a hit amongst the visitors. We also saw a way cute clear album with journal pages and envelopes mixed in that was so adorable in the Pink Paislee Booth. Cosmo Cricket has "spinners." And I like all their lines they are featuring. I am just so into Cosmo Cricket right now. Also I have to mention a new company called Bella Blvd. They have the cutest paper groups. They started with two - a Family Tree and a travel line called Pack Your Bags. They are now introducing two more lines titled Into Swing Spring and Sweet Celebration. Very cute! Anna Griffin had some new lines. I still like her fall line called Sierra. It has darker more rich colors that what she normally uses. But then again I could go on and on....

Krista and I decided the new inspiration for scrapbooking is the "distressed" look. We noticed many pages that were distressed with the Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser. Pages with rolled edges and corners. Pages and projects that look as if they have been handled by many hands...
And if I did not mention your favorite company or product line, it must not have made an impression on me. I hate to say it, but the product lines were slimmer than what they have been in the past. And many companies did not offer make 'n takes. (?) The make 'n takes inspire us "designers" to create cute make ' n takes and projects for the local scrapbook stores. I think not allowing the customers to touch and use your products can hurt you. I have mentioned in this post, products that I was able to touch and experience - and hopefull people will read this and look for these items too. (Just fuel for thought). I love CHA. It is fun to see the famous scrappers, the products, the new stuff, get the freebies, and walk around and see friends. It is one big scrapbook party!

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