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Archive | November, 2012

Jillibean Soup To Partner With Hampton Art

sample from Jillibean Soup – CHA Summer 2012

Jillibean Soup announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Hampton Art for distribution, marketing and manufacturing of its products.

Jill Yegerlehner will maintain ownership and creative control of Jillibean Soup, which she founded in 2008. The company is known for its “soup” named lines, cute styling, and products that are very card making friendly. Continue Reading →

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Gallery Highlights | 11.16.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week!

This week’s finds include some beautiful layouts as well as some other gorgeous paper projects. Let’s go take a look at them and I hope you like them all as much as I do. Don’t forget – You can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

Anticipation by Jippo

If you are a fan of clean and simple scrapping, this layout will knock your socks off! With a piece of  basic kraft paper as her background, the designer designed this page using a slightly asymmetrical grid. She included one black-and-white photo, two small pieces of paper with minimal embellishments and her text. She repeated the color yellow perfectly to create a visual triangle to help the eye move through the layout and the result is stunning!

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CHA Summer 2013 To Move To Las Vegas, Change Format

The Craft & Hobby Association announced Wednesday that the CHA Summer trade show and conference will move from its traditional home in Chicago to Las Vegas for 2013.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas (Photo by Glenn Pinkerton – Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority)

The move, announced in an email sent to CHA members from president Andrej Suskavcevic, takes the CHA Summer show on only its second trip out of the Chicago area in its decades long history. The first departure was a widely-panned experiment in Orlando in the summer of 2009. A spokesperson for CHA told Scrapbook Update that Las Vegas will not be the summer show’s new permanent home, but that the show’s location will actually rotate each year from now on.

The CHA Summer 2013 will take place from July 22nd to 25th, 2013. No specific location to host the event within Las Vegas has been announced.

Las Vegas is the country’s number one trade show destination. According to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, over 4.8 million people attended over 19,000 conventions in Las Vegas last year. Las Vegas is known among convention attendees for its entertainment options and affordable casino hotel rooms – the average price for one of the 150,000 hotel rooms in the city is $105, with many priced well below that. Continue Reading →

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Spellbinders Lawsuit Against QuicKutz Dismissed

Spellbinders’ lawsuit against QuicKutz for patent infringement has been thrown out of court by the judge in the case after a nearly three year court fight.

The company filed suit against QuicKutz in Dec. 2009 for alleged infringement on a patent it had been granted (referred to in court filings as the “634 patent”) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for creating dies with an aperture. QuicKutz responded to the suit with multiple defenses, including by challenging with the PTO the validity of the patent that the suit was based on.

In July 2010, QuicKutz sold all of its assets to an investment group that formed a new company called Lifestyle Crafts around the company’s product lines. The original QuicKutz, renamed legally as QK2015 because the QuicKutz trademark had been sold to Lifestyle Crafts but referred to as QuicKutz in court filings, continued to exist as an entity to fight the lawsuit against it. Spellbinders also filed suit in January 2012 against the new Lifestyle Crafts entity alleging infringement of the 634 patent by that company as well.

The case began to turn against Spellbinders in late 2010 when the grounds the 634 patent were originally granted on were rejected by the PTO upon completion of the ex-parte re-examination of the patent that had been requested by the QuicKutz. This effectively invalidated the patent, and launched a lengthy round of appeals and counter-arguments to the PTO by Spellbinders and QuicKutz over the validity of the grounds for the patent that lasted until yesterday.  Continue Reading →

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Digital Trends | Thankful Products

It is almost Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and the digital scrapbooking world is more than prepared for all those holiday and gratitude-filled layouts. There are a lot of thankful-themed new digi products available right now. Let’s go take a look at just some of the newest releases.

Designer Digitals

Designer Digitals has two new whimsical digital collections out this week. Katie Pertiet’s kit includes 10 12 x 12 papers, word strip labels, buttons, flowers and a lot more. Her colors are beautiful and traditional – orange brown, red and green. Pattie Knox has also released an adorable new kit. Hers includes both patterned paper and cardstock, cardstock stickers and puffy stickers, along with a bunch of whimsical embellishments – all designed with muted tones of blue, khaki, orange, and green.

 

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Update | 11.12.2012

Wow, the news has been coming fast and furious this past week! We’ve got a little bit of everything – including new products, a big sale, a design team call, and a big industry retirement – to talk about.

(And did you notice the new name? Noteworthy is now “Update”!)

In case you missed our big announcement last week, Nally Studios is the new owner of Craft Critique, the craft industry’s leading product review website. We have exciting plans for the website and hope that both existing Craft Critique readers and our Scrapbook Update audience will like what they see as we grow the site.

Digital diva Renee Pearson is having a creative team call for 2013 for her online education website. Creative team members will gain free access to classes and workshops, and participate in creating layouts, photographs and projects to be used as class samples. They will also be expected to take part in promotional activities via blogs, social media and other venues. Deadline for applications is November 20th. Continue Reading →

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Nally Studios Takes Over Craft Critique Website

Today we have a big announcement to make at Nally Studios! We are excited to announce that we have taken over the Craft Critique website from founder Sarah Moore.

Many of you are already familiar with Craft Critique, which has been the internet’s leading craft product review site since 2007. We intend to continue to grow and develop that mission with Craft Critique under the Nally Studios umbrella. Continue Reading →

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Gallery Inspiration | 11.09.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week!

This week’s finds include some beautiful fall-themed layouts and some really fun photo groupings. Let’s go take a look at them and I hope you like them all as much as I do. Don’t forget – You can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

The Good Life by Ashley888

This first layout just jumped out of the gallery at me! Ashley double-matted white cardstock on some fun, vibrant colors and then added her photos on the diagonal to start the layout. She left thin white borders between all of her elements, which really adds to the crispness of the design. She also added in a word bubble as the title, as well as fun and playful embellishments. The result is simply fantastic.

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