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Archive | July 27, 2011

CHA Summer 2011 | Tsukineko, Faber Castell, Crafter’s Workshop, Canvas Corp, and Basically Bare

I thought I’d take a break for a moment from the purely scrapbooking posts and do another roundup of mixed media, art, and collage medium manufacturer booths from CHA Summer 2011. All of these items would be wonderful additions to any scrapbook, of course, but they are also great for more “artsy” projects such as decorative canvases and art journals.

Tsukineko is the first stop on this little tour, and the Scrapbook Update team found several things here to be excited about, including new shades of their Fireworks craft ink spray.

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Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally took some time to play at Tsukineko’s make and take table and found that the Fireworks sprays not only give great coverage, but they also dry very quickly!

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Tsukineko’s Goosebumps texture spray is now available in two new finishes- matte and shimmer. Both of these new formulations and the original Goosebumps spray dry quickly and can be used to give your art projects a slightly “bumpy” surface.

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Delicata is a new formulation of gold ink that dries quickly on porous papers (the smudge in the sample image is due to a non-porous surface being used, but I was told that a heat gun will set the ink on a slick surface) and is advertised as never losing its luster or tarnishing.

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Tsukineko introduced two new colors – Ivory Black and Roast Coffee – to their popular StazOn Opaque collection at this CHA show.

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Brush Stix are also new with this release. These brushes have firm, slightly flexible dense foam tips and are perfect for those who want to paint with their inks.

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Art supply giant Faber Castell introduced several new items at the CHA Summer show, as well as expanding several existing lines.

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Their “Mix & Match” system allows artists to mix mediums easily by providing samplers and kits that have been specially selected to coordinate.

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Faber Castell’s Stamper’s Big Brush Pens will be popular with scrapbookers, cardmakers, and anyone looking to color directly onto their stamp before making an impression (versus using a traditional ink pad).

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Faber Castell introduced a new Neutrals set to their PITT Artist Pens.  These India ink pens are archival and can be used on a variety of surfaces, including canvas and wood.

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Art GRIP colored pencils provide rich pigment color to any project – these would be absolutely perfect for art journaling!

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The PITT Artist Pen Writing Set from Faber Castell provides the same great features found in the regular PITT Artist pens, but with an unltra-fine nib perfect for journaling.

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The next stop on our mixed-media blitz is The Crafter’s Workshop, home of plastic templates in a huge variety of styles and sizes.

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Scrapbook Update carried the news earlier this year that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was signing on with The Crafter’s Workshop to bring her signature designs to their line, and both she and her new templates were on hand in the booth for a make and take session. Nancy Nally took part in this project and spent some time using the templates and a variety of mediums to create a tag (I admit that I hung back solely because I was afraid of getting paint on my shirt!).

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Canvas Corp’s huge range of kraft papers caught my eye as soon as I walked into the booth.

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The reason I wanted to include their booth in this roundup post, though, was because of the sheer variety of canvas items they carry- perfect for all your altering and mixed media needs!

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Eventually the kraft paper pulled me (and the camera) back, though, because if there’s anything that all of us at Scrapbook Update can agree that we love, it’s kraft!!

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I can see these kraft clocks being used in a Week in the Life album.

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This damask pattern is set on black paper instead of kraft, but I couldn’t help including it in all of it’s fuzzy flocked glory.

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Canvas Corp had Halloween kraft on hand…

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…and Christmas kraft as well!

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Post card motifs are a hot item right now.

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Aren’t these damask and text patterns simply elegant?

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Canvas Corp. also offers plain corrugated sheets. These have so many uses – mini album covers, die cutting, and even layout backgrounds!

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I spotted a festive Fourth of July kraft set in one corner of the booth.

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These tissue paper sheets are full of possibilities, too! We inquired, and they do take ink well, meaning they can be stamped or distressed.

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Even though I visited on the last day of the show (and in the afternoon, no less), the Basically Bare booth was so packed that I could barely get in to take photos. This was one popular place at Summer CHA!!

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It’s no wonder that they were so busy – just look at all those awesome shapes, including an adorable set of cupcakes!

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These chipboard gears will satisfy steampunk and grunge fans.

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Basically Bare had a great selection of chipboard and corrugated die cuts following the home arts trend we’ve been seeing the last several CHA shows, with buttons and dress forms in several sizes and colors.

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The pennant banner trend is still going strong, if Basically Bare is anything to judge by!

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And, of course, the booth was filled with lovely sample display projects.

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Did you see anything in that mixed media feast that caught your eye? Anything you think will be a hot trend, or that you personally just have to have now? Leave us a comment and let us know what you’re thinking! We’ll be back later – there are still many, many booths to share with you!

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My CHA Summer 2011 Shopping List

You’re probably thinking…doesn’t she usually make picks over on Scrapbook Update? Well, technically, yes…but the Scrapbook Update staff’s “Top Ten Hot Picks” list (coming soon!) is based on a wide range of factors like innovation, marketability at the retail level, and amount of buzz a product received at the show. Just because something is trendy and hot in the marketplace as a whole, doesn’t mean that it is something I want to add to my personal stash. It may not fit my style, or work with my way of creating, or be suitable for projects I have planned in the near future.

So here, on my personal blog, is where I get to gush about the stuff that I personally loved on the show floor, that I think will work for the way that I create and that I think belongs in my stash. Here’s where you get a peek at my personal shopping list!

The first one was a no-brainer…Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core cardstock! I am a hardcore (pun intended) adherent of using Bazzill’s Kraft cardstock on my pages. I also do a lot of die-cutting and other techniques with paper. Being able to use the Kraft-Core to create cardstock elements that coordinate with my Kraft when they are distressed is going to be amazing!

(What’s not to love about that picture? Kraft-Core and a good hair day! Melissa is a photography genius.)

My next must-have was also love at first sight. I’ve been loving what Lily Bee Design has been doing recently – I even mentioned their Picket Fence 6×6 pad on a recent Roundtable episode. But when I saw their CHA Summer 2011 releases I was just amazed. I especially love the Memorandum line, with the backsides all being office papers that I adore working with, and the Head Over Heels line, a very feminine valentine kind of line that doesn’t have hearts all over it.

The other two lines are seasonal – Harvest Market and Jingle – and I’ll likely want the 6×6 pads of those for tags and cards even though I don’t scrap seasonal stuff very often. And of course I will want all the wonderful alphabet stickers that come with these lines…I especially can’t wait to get hold of the beautiful floral print ones that coordinate with Head Over Heels.

And of course there has to be some Tim Holtz Sizzix dies on this list…I’m majorly in love lately with the mini Mover and Shaper dies to use in my tags and cards, and just finally bought the tray to work with them a couple of weeks ago rather than using my tag die as a makeshift tray. I was ecstatic to see these in the new release:

The mini flower will be great for so many projects – I predict it will be a hot seller! I’m also really excited about using the mini dies of the snowflakes, holly and pine tree (and the “25″ and reindeer not pictured above) on Christmas tags.

I love background texture stamps, and Studio Calico has a new one coming in their collection with Hero Arts that I knew immediately I just have to have, a grid design called, aptly, “Grid Pattern” that is part of their Classic Calico collection.

Another booth that had some great staples in it that I know that I will be using was Jillibean Soup. I can’t wait to start using their latest round of Soup Labels on cards and layouts.

October Afternoon’s bright cheery new product lines also made an impression on me. Sidewalks (pictured below) and Farmhouse will most definitely find use in my personal projects. Besides the patterned papers in the collections, I am also excited about some of the accompanying cardstock stickers (especially the labels) and the paper ephemera collections.

Next thing I fell in love with was Prima’s Tiles and Wood Buttons. I’m really liking lately using small dimensional objects in my work and these are perfect for cards, tags and layouts. The vintage styling will go with a lot of the companies whose products I tend to use (and even the October Afternoon collections mentioned above).

And there has to be some Echo Park…they had an awesome show and I can’t wait to get my hands on their new feminine Victoria Garden collection!

Echo Park also did some amazing brads with their lines this time around – I especially love the “Seasons” ones, which I know will be perfect for my holiday tags this year.

One final thing that I know will end up on my shopping list…these awesome Jenni Bowlin clear stamps. Although I rarely buy clear stamps anymore, preferring cling rubber mostly, I just have to have these! The days of the week font is bold and fabulous – useful for so many different projects. The alphabet is classic and can be used alone with ink, or stamped as an outline to be colored in. And the scale of them is just so perfect for a variety of projects!

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of everything I will buy from CHA Summer 2011, but it’s a good start to my shopping cart! The list is short on holiday lines because I haven’t decided which ones of those I want yet…but there will certainly be some of those eventually coming to my stash, probably some of the vintage themed ones for use on holiday tags.

Many thanks to the talented scrappyjedi (aka Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer Melissa Stinson) for taking many of the photos in this article. You can tell which ones are hers – they’re the good ones.

So what is in the virtual shopping cart you call a CHA wish list?

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Check Out The Scrapbook Update Staff’s Personal Picks From CHA

We are busy compiling our Scrapbook Update CHA Summer 2011 Top Ten Hot Picks list of what we think are going to be the big products to hit the papercrafting market from CHA this time around! But in the meantime, we thought you might want to look at our staff’s personal picks of what we can’t wait to play with for our scrapbooking when it makes its way to store shelves.

Remember May’s article on “Making Useful Buys“? These lists are the result of each of us applying the principals from that article to our own personal scrapbooking!