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CHA Winter 2012 | Petaloo

Decorative flower company Petaloo introduced several new lines of paper and fabric blooms at CHA Winter 2012 in a vast array of colors.

The Spring Darjeeling collection is an extension of the Darjeeling line of cotton paper flowers that the company introduced last fall, and the collection’s color palettes (there are many, many more colors than are shown here) are designed to coordinate with the top 20 paper lines in the industry. The Spring Darjeeling collection’s MSRP ranges from $2.99 to $4.99 US depending on the style of flower.

Petaloo also introduced Flora Doodles – a value-priced line of fabric flowers that are also available in a wide variety of colors – and the premier Penny Lane collection.

The Color Me Crazy line is designed for crafters who like to ink, mist, or paint their own flowers. These lovely fabric flowers are just one sample of the varieties in this line.

Color Me Crazy also includes a line of chipboard elements that can also be colored with a variety of art mediums. To call these items chipboard actually does them a disservice. They are actually much heavier and sturdier than most chipboards meaning that they shouldn’t warp or buckle when misted or painted.

Vintage Dazzlers are a new member of the Petaloo family. These layered, finely detailed images are based on actual vintage cards and are sized for ATCs but also useful for full-sized cards, as well.

I’ll leave you with just a few images of some of the gorgeous projects on display in the Petaloo booth.

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CHA Winter 2012 | Photo Elements by Imagine Crafts (Tsukineko)

Imagine Crafts (the new parent brand of Tsukineko in the United States) is debuting a new line of Photo Elements transfer images and Sheet Metal jewelry and art components at CHA Winter 2012. John Petersen demonstrated these new items in this exclusive video for Scrapbook Update.


Photo Elements are available in a variety of sizes and styles, and the Sheet Metal bases come in many formats ranging from dog-tag style charms to ATC and A4 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card sizes.

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CHA Winter 2012 | October Afternoon

October Afternoon unveiled three new lines at the CHA Winter 2012. We’d previously only seen teaser images for 9 to 5, Cakewalk, and Woodland Park, so of course their booth was on my must-visit list so I could photograph the entire collections! They’ve included all the embellishments you’ve come to expect from October ¬†Afternoon- Sprinklers, chipboard, and Miscellany packs – and have also added decorative tapes and epoxy brads to the lineup!

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CHA Winter 2012 | Spellbinders Demos New M-Bossabilities – Video

I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with all of the new products from Spellbinders when I attended their CHA media breakfast yesterday morning. One of the products I’m most excited about in their new lineup are the M-Bossabilities embossing folders, and I was able to catch a demo of the new folders on video!


M-Bossabilities are reversible and unique in the industry since they provide two different embossing designs in a single folder. Look for these and all of the other new Spellbinders products to be available soon!

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CHA Winter 2012 | Clever Handmade by Heidi Grace Kress

It’s been a long and winding road for designer Heidi Grace Kress, but she’s landed at CHA Winter 2012 with a new (and adorable!) paper line and is happy to be making a fresh start in the industry.

I caught up with Heidi Grace at the Clever Handmade booth and chatted with her about the path that’s lead her here. She started with a signature paper and embellishment line with Cloud 9 Designs, which was later sold to Fiskars. Eventually her line (along with all other consumable products in the Fiskars lineup) was removed from production due to a challenging economic climate. That shift coupled with a noncompete agreement that Kress signed with Fiskars left her without a signature line and without the legal rights to use her own name to launch new collection. Heidi then spent two years designing for Colorbok after they purchased the rights to her line from Fiskars, departing the company when her initial contract term was up. Though she still doesn’t retain the rights to her name as a brand (those rights are currently held by Colorbok who continues to produce designs under the Heidi Grace brand), Kress has gone on to release a new signature line at CHA Winter 2012 under the name Clever Handmade.

The four new lines in the Clever Handmade family each tell a different story and revolve around a common theme, and the papers feature Heidi’s signature whimsical artwork on the front and clean, simple patterns in coordinating colors on the back. Some of the line’s embellishments include feathers, sequins, and matching journaling and alphabet sticker sheets.

Here are just a few photos of the Clever Handmade booth and each of the new collections.