Monday, February 11, 2008

Some of my favorite things

So sorry it took me a while to get back to you. I've been busy with my real life duties. People demand to be fed and need clean socks. I also met with both of my card groups and helped out at my parents. I taught my first card making class today and it was a success. Of course there was much needed sleep to find. My body was threatening an all out germ war if it didn't get some rest. So, on to what you want to know....

Here are a few favorite things from CHA.

Maya Road was a top pick company for me. They have these wonderful 12" x 12" flexible black plastic diecut sheets in 6 designs. I can see masking possibilities with these. They had cute diecut chipboard and plastic keychains that need to be stamped and inked. Yummy flowers that wanted to jump in my pocket. They also had some adorable little clear stamps in single packages.

New tiny shapes of grungeboard by Tim Holtz idea-ology with lots of cardmaking possiblities or even jewelry making uses. I know some people think that grungeboard smells, but it just smells like leather to me. A 3" scallop circle punch by EK success that hardly weighed anything. I don't like to use heavy things. Martha has some more of her new border punches that also emboss coming out. They look like fun if you are willing to spend your money on her stuff.

Die cutting...wow! There is so much happening here. I think this is really going to explode. If you don't have a die cut machine just hang on for a bit. Spellbinders had a prototype of an electric machine, not computerized. Basically it works like any of the hand crank machines without the crank, just press a button. I loved this, since I have issues with my hands. They were not allowing pics, but somebody out there may have sneaked one. The new machine is called Xcalibur. The new Slice was very popular with the computerized die cutting crowd.

I saw lots and lots of felt everywhere by many companies. It wasn't that fuzzy kind you buy in sheets for 25 cents, but a denser type of felt die cut or maybe even laser cut into amazingly intricate designs. Some was self adhesive like the stuff from Queen & Co. Big fat chunky glitter was on lots of samples.


I saw lots of clear stamps by every company out there practically. I'm not wild about clear stamps, but if you love them then you have alot more choices coming soon. I saw a trend toward cling mount on rubber stamps by most companies and some that offer a choice of cling mount or wood mount like CHF. There are a few that offer wood mount only, but that seems to be dwindling. A new company called Unity Stamp has some very cool stuff that's a hybrid of red rubber cling mount and wood mount. You have to check out the video on Craft Critique of their stamps.

Tsukeniko has a new line of inkpads in 24 yummy colors called Memento. They come in full sized pads and also in dewdrops. I love those little dewdrops, but how the heck do you store them. Well, check out these prototype racks they had in the booth. I could use some of these if they decide to make them. Maybe if we let them know, it will happen. So, I guess we might all need more ink! LOL

I saw more companies going green. Recycled paper was big. I love companies that are socially aware. Fiskars wins big with me. They were taking donations for developmentally disabled children in exchange for engraved scissors. They engraved a brand new pair of scissors for each person right on the spot in exchange for a donation. I have no idea what this cost the company, but judging by the length of the line it had to be a major donation.

Kits were big. Anything you could imagine was available in a kit somewhere. I love the idea of trying out something new with a kit. There were kits for soldering, jewelry making, watercoloring cards, memory clocks, and so much more. What a great way to start on a new little venture in crafting.

I'm not going to talk about paper because honestly anything your heart desires is available. I can't even believe how much paper is out there. If you want it, you should be able to find it. The economy may be having trouble, but it seems like everyone can afford a little paper or ink to help craft away the blues. I didn't see any sign of a recession at CHA.

10 comments:

Lesa said...

Thank you Tami for your detailed report. I am excited from just reading about what you saw! If I had been there I probably would have had a system overload and fried my brain! Love those Maya stamps and those shoes with felt look comfy and cool. Are they yours? Hugs to you and your mom. Hope she is feeling better?

LostLuggage said...

Lois! What a great report!! N owonder you need to take a nap....boy oh boy!

Heather Grow said...

Great review Tami. The felt stuff sounds fun. I don't have a die cutter yet. I guess I'm waiting for the perfect one. I'll keep my eye out for the new ones.

Michelle said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my pillowbox! I saw that you're in SoCal - I'm not sure where you are, but I got the pillowboxes at Scrappin Good Times in San Dimas (off the 57 near the 210 Freeway). They have three sizes - mine was the biggest - and they are pretty cheap, I think 69 or 79 cents each for the big ones.

Kim H. said...

Great review! So many cool things!

Aunt T said...

Thanks Tami for your great report. I am excited about so many new products - now I need a second job so that I can buy some of the new products!

Teresa

Ethel Amutan said...

It's sounds like 7th heaven. Thank you for your extensive and descriptive report on CHA. Everything sounds just super. I can't wait to see a ton of these things in my lss!

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Aunt T said...

Pssst - you've been nominated for the 'E is for Excellent' blogging award!

Teresa

Thanh said...

Thank you so much for the reviews, Tami! I really enjoyed reading them and enjoy what is to come.