CHA Summer 2011 | Tim Holtz

When Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally was making plans for our first morning at the CHA Summer 2011 show, visiting Tim Holtz at the Sizzix booth was (predictably, we know) the absolute first item on her agenda.

And it was, of course, on many other attendees’ agendas, too – just look at the greeting line at the booth!


Tim is an absolute rock star stamper, crafter, artist, and product designer whose ideas and personality are always a hit with scrapbookers, cardmakers, and mixed media artists alike.

And, like any rock star, he’s often asked for his autograph, which is why he spent the first part of his morning signing catalogs for his fans.



Tim is also an engaging instructor. Here he demonstrates his new Halloween dies by Sizzix.


And here Tim shows off his new Tattered Pinecone die, which can be used to create both a realistic-looking pinecone and a vintage style rose, depending on how the individual petals are shaped after cutting and on how the final product is rolled together.


Stamping on a Texture Fade plate with a Reflections stamp before using it to emboss? Genius!


When Nancy Nally and I departed the booth a while later, there was still a sizable crowd gathered around to watch Tim work.


Tim was at the gorgeous Idea-ology booth (complete with details such as these cobweb-draped chandeliers) for the second hour of the show to promote a number of new products being released this summer and fall.


The big draw at this venue was the chance to get Tim to personalize and sign an Idea-ology apron, so Nancy and I picked ours up and then patiently waited in line for our turn to speak with Tim again.


While in line I spotted some of Tim’s new District Market stationery line. I think that these kraft butterfly notecards are my favorite out of the bunch, and the butterfly tote bag is amazing, as well!



This booth has so many vintage decorations tucked into every nook and cranny!


Finally it was our turn to have our aprons signed. Nancy was kind enough to carry mine through the line so that Mario Rossi and I could hang back and shoot photos of Tim in action. Here he’s making sure he spells my name correctly. And, yes, I giggled.


A quick shot with Nancy before we scooted out of his way and let him get back to work.


Another couple of shots of all the vintage goodness.



Nancy couldn’t help posing with what’s sure to be one of the major hits of the show – Tim’s Kraft-Core cardstock from Core’dinations.


Tim’s Distress Stains (produced by Ranger Ink) are generating as much buzz at this show as they did at CHA Winter 2011 thanks to a bundle of new colors being released.


As always, Tim and the team at Ranger did a stunning job of displaying all the available colors in the product line.


Scrapbook Update still has more Tim Holtz product to cover as we haven’t even made it to the Stamper’s Anonymous booth yet and only had the chance to breeze by the Ranger offerings today. Thank goodness it’s a three day show – that means we’ve got plenty of time left to get the scoop and share it all with you!

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15 Responses to CHA Summer 2011 | Tim Holtz

  1. gela July 20, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Wow, cool I’m so jealous yes I said it. Keep having fun and keep reporting.

  2. Renee J. July 20, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    Wow, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us!!

  3. Antoinette July 20, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Thanks for putting this post together. You must be tired by now!
    Lovely lovely stuff!

  4. Kathy H July 20, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Oh I wish I could have been there! Love all the new product-those distress stain colors look fabulous! I only just bought a few the other day and I already love them!! Tim’s booth looks like the most fun at CHA!! Thanks for posting can’t wait to buy:)

  5. Cindy deRosier July 20, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Fabulous! Thanks for a great post. Can’t wait to hear more from CHA!

  6. Teri July 20, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Fantastic! Everything Tim does is just fantastic!!!

  7. Cynthia July 20, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Oh, those distress stains are yummy! Great display. Thanks for sharing your photos and your experience.

  8. Laura July 20, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Thanks for taking us inside the “experience” of CHA — I’d be giggling if I was talking to TH, too. Sometimes you just can’t help it, right? 🙂

  9. Barb in Ak July 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    FABULOUS report!!! Thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing Tim’s products in my lss 🙂

  10. Lacey I July 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Oooo fun!!!! Thanks for the info and pictures! What is the TEAL distress stain called – I NEED IT… it’s the 3rd row down, last in the row…love it!

  11. Nancy July 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Get in front of the camera!! I want to see you!!

  12. Gab July 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Great pics and lovely goodies!!

  13. DebD July 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Great photo’s. Thanks for sharing so much.

  14. Denise July 24, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Tim and his crew ROCK! Being that Ranger is in NJ, I’m hoping to get to one of his events or at least to one of Rangers events. His crafting and stamping is always so inventive and surprising clean lines for what it’s supposed to do. Thanks for posting all of the photos!

  15. Maridette July 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Love Tim! Love the photos too! What camera & lens did you use for the these photos? Looks great!

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