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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.

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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 →

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CHA Mega Show 2014 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks

It’s that time again – time to name the hottest brands from the CHA Mega Show 2014 in Anaheim last month!

This time around, several themes seemed to emerge as I assembled the list, themes that were evident in the show in general. Most notable perhaps was the large influx of truly quality new exhibitors, a group of which the show hasn’t seen like this in years. Another recurring theme, that was evident again and again on the show floor, was of companies who have remade themselves after challenges the past few years and are rising again creatively. Together, these two phenomena combined to lend an air of positivity and optimism to the show.

So, without further ado…here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks from the CHA Mega Show!

Brother Scan-n-Cut

Brother Scan-n-Cut

This machine has been taking the crafting world by storm in 2014, winning first the Innovations award at the CHA Mega Show and then Tool of the Year at Creativeworld in Frankfurt less than two weeks later. Scan-N-Cut enters a crowded, competitive market for digital diecutting that already featured at least four major competitors duking it out, but the machine’s unique ability to cut whatever it sees on a piece of paper is garnering it a closer look from crafters. Continue Reading →

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Silhouette Promo | New Silhouette Promo – And Giveaway!

It’s time for another great promotion from Silhouette!

This time around the featured item in the promotion is a very important element in the Silhouette eco-system: the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. To me, this software is what truly sets the Silhouette machines apart from other machines in its class – Designer Edition is what gives the Silhouette Portrait and Cameo machines the ability to use svg and other file types from outside the Silhouette store that open the machine up to a world of creativity! It gives users the ability to create using the work of such a wide variety of designers and companies…this openness and creative freedom is something that attracts legions of users to these machines. Continue Reading →

Secret Service Investigating Possible Michaels Card Data Breach

Michaels Stores has announced that it is investigating a possible breach of customer credit card data.

“We are concerned there may have been a data security attack on Michaels that may have affected our customers’ payment card information and we are taking aggressive action to determine the nature and scope of the issue,” said Chuck Rubin, CEO of Michaels Stores. “While we have not confirmed a compromise to our systems, we believe it is in the best interest of our customers to alert them to this potential issue so they can take steps to protect themselves, for example, by reviewing their payment card account statements for unauthorized charges.”

According to security blog KrebsOnSecurity, which broke the news of the recent Target security breach, Michaels is working with the Secret Service to to investigate a pattern of fraudulent card charges on cards that trace back to Michaels as a common point of use. Continue Reading →

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