Author Archive | Yana Smakula

CHA Mega Show 2014 | Spellbinders Creativity Enhanced Workshop

I was lucky to get into one of the highly popular Spellbinders classes, Creativity Enhanced, on the first day of the conference at the CHA Mega Show 2014, which was held in Anaheim, California last month.


We made four cards in class, and as always were able to take our projects to the next level with the help of fabulous Spellbinders dies and embossing folders. We were among the first who got to see the new Tool n’ One tool that makes removing negative die cut pieces of paper from your dies a quick and simple task. Continue Reading →


CHA Winter 2013: Hampton Art

The Hampton Art booth was bursting at the seams with new stamps!

In addition to the usual Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies stamps, Hampton Art released clear stamps for their newly-purchased Jillibean Soup brand:


Take a closer look at the Jillibean Soup stamp release on the Jillibean Soup blog.

Hampton Art also had new cling stamps for several new collections from Bella Blvd (Kiss Me, Love & Marriage, and Sand & Surf):


However, my favorites were clear stamps made to match the newest Echo Park collections, Oh Snap! and Bundle of Joy:


Another new product that caught my eye was the new rub on dispenser called Decorunner. It looks like such a fun product to use on cards!

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CHA Winter 2013: Stampendous [video]

Since I am on the Stampendous blog team, I was excited to visit their booth at CHA. Their booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with lots of beautiful cards and other creative projects from their design team. Stampendous introduced several new stamp designs (clear, cling and wood mounted), new glitter colours and other fun stuff for CHA Winter 2013.

One of my favorites in the booth was the mirror displays on their wall – each mirror was decorated differently by their design team member and featured the use of their stamps, glitter, mica and color fragments.


Here’s a closer look at some of the mirrors’ details:

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Stampendous also showcased their super fine glitters. I could not resist the urge to touch it – it’s almost like velvet!


My absolute favorites in the Stampendous booth were Fran’s Encrusted Jewels Kits. There are so many different ways you can use them! And I had no idea you can emboss from the back side! Here’s a quick video I took at the show:


CHA Winter 2013: Carta Bella

At Winter CHA 2013, Carta Bella Paper introduced several new collections including So Noted, Well Travelled and Cool Summer.

While most of their products are best suited for scrapbookers, their newly-launched 4″x6″ Card Packs really caught my eye as I think they would be a perfect place to start a quick card.

The new Card Packs will only be available as a part of the So Noted and Well Travelled collections, and will include 15 double-sided cards that measure 4″ by 6 “.

Here are a few photos of the Carta Bella Paper booth and a close up on one of the Card Packs:

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The So Noted and the Well Travelled collections will be shipping in February, while the Cool Summer will begin shipping early March.