I came, I saw, I photographed. I asked questions. I listened to what other people were talking about on the show floor. After weighing all of that, here (in no particular order) is the Scrapbook Update list of Top 10 Hot Picks from CHA-Summer 2009.
1. Toy Story 3D Papers by Sandylion
Sandylion has a new line of licensed papers coming out to coincide with the release of the new Toy Story 3D movie later this year. There are two noteworthy things about this line. First, they will be exclusive to local retailers for the first three months. But what makes them really cool is that the papers are designed to appear to be 3D when used with the 3D glasses that will be distributed for viewing the movie. Yet when viewed without the glasses, the papers look perfectly fine. Between the popularity of the Toy Story license, and the 3D gimmick, expect these papers to be extremely popular!
2. Pink Paislee
At each show, there is usually one or two companies that absolutely nail their entire collection. This time, one of those companies was Pink Paislee. Vintage is hot and they interpreted it perfectly for the holidays that buyers were looking for at CHA-Summer (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day). Their embellishments and their papers are both gorgeous, a rare feat in a collection.
3. Provo Craft Cricut Gypsy
The Cricut is the dominant force in the electronic die cutting market, and this new portable gadget (available in October) is causing a lot of buzz. The Gypsy will let Cricut users carry their entire cartridge library with them on one portable device, great for carrying to a friend’s house for a crop, and also let them plan and create cuts while they are away from their machine. There is a lot of future potential for functionality in this device. (Watch for a future Scrapbook Update article with details on the Gypsy and its possible future.) Cricut devotees will likely love this new gadget.
For video of the Gypsy in action, check out the Craft Critique YouTube channel.
4. Jillibean Soup Corrugated Alphabet
Corrugated is a popular look with fans of kraft paper, and Jillibean Soup is going to make them very happy with their new kraft Corrugated Alphabet. The alphabet comes in a single lowercase font as a die cut sheet that contains multiples of the most popular letters.
Here’s another company at CHA-Summer 2009 that hit a home run with its entire new release. There is something for everyone in the new Prima introductions: bling, pearls, fabric, florals, and papers. There is even a new budget-friendly line called “e.” that wholesales for only $.75/pkg. Whether you are vintage or graphic in style, something here will appeal to you.
Check out the Scrapbook Update CHA Giveaway of the Prima e. collection to win your own!
6. Jenni Bowlin Chipboard Buttons
Once again, Jenni Bowlin makes an appearance on the CHA Top 10 Hot Picks list. This time it is for her beautiful (and trend-conscious) chipboard button embellishments. They are simple to use, can lay more flat than real buttons, and the decorative designs on them make them an extra special element on a page, card or tag.
7. Mudd Puddles
Texture is hot. Mudd Puddles are a sand texture suspended in a glue mixture that can be spread on a surface, creating the appearance of the surface being coated in sand when the glue dries. It comes in about a couple dozen colors, mostly natural sand colors but also a few colors like blue and pink. Mudd Puddles created a lot of buzz on the CHA show floor, and at the Supershow on Friday, seemed to be a hit with consumers who were buying it as well.
8. Quickutz Lifestyle Letterpress
Quickutz is selling its latest tool under a new brand name called Lifestyle to broaden the reach of the brand outside the scrapbook market. The Letterpress tool is an accessory for the new Epic 6 die cutting machine which uses ink and embossing folders to print letterpress designs and type on high-quality paper. The company is selling a line of inks and cotton paper as well as the tool and the printing plates. Designs are available to create all sorts of social stationary such as cards, letterhead, invitations, and place cards. After printing, the back of the designs are actually raised off the the paper, just like in traditional letterpress printing.
For video of the Letterpress in action, visit the Craft Critique channel on YouTube.
9. Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday
This is the only repeat on the hot picks list from CHA-Winter, but it is a well-deserved one. Ali continues to demonstrate that she has a magic touch for usable product design with her new stamp releases from Technique Tuesday at CHA-Summer. Fans of Ali’s style (and there are legions of them) will fall in love with this release. I have no doubt that these stamps will be as successful as her earlier efforts for Technique Tuesday have been.
Want to win some Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday stamps? Check out our giveaway!
10. Domestic Goddess by Graphic 45
Kitchen themes and vintage were both big on the CHA-Summer show floor. Graphic 45 combined these beautifully in its Domestic Goddess line. It actually goes beyond just a kitchen theme and includes tributes to other domestic arts practiced by women of the 1930’s and 1940’s. And like everything Graphic 45, the colors are rich and deep and the designs are true vintage.
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