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CHA Summer 2011 | Hero Arts, Unity Stamp, Lifestyle Crafts, Simple Stories, and Uniformed Scrapbooks of America

Scrapbook Update’s last booth coverage post from CHA Summer 2011 brings you not one, not three, but six manufacturers and their new products!! So buckle up for the blitz tour of the CHA floor!

I’ll start off this last segment of our CHA booth tour with a trip to see the new Hero Arts stamp offerings. Their newly announced partnership with Studio Calico was of course the buzz of the show, and by the looks of these fantastic stamp designs both companies have a hit on their hands!

There was alos excitement at the show over Hero Arts introducing new lines of embossing folders with matching stamps (below) and dies with matching stamps (not pictured).

The Basic Grey/Hero Arts partnership that began at the CHA Winter 2011 show is still going strong, with several items from the line on display at CHA Summer 2011.

And of course, Hero Arts carries many designs of cling mount and clear stamps produced by their in-house designers.

Did someone say booth projects? Hero Arts is known for its fabulous design samples (their catalog is practically an idea book full of beautiful inspiration), and these are gorgeous!

Unity Stamps is next on our itinerary. Unity partners with a wide range of scrapbook manufacturers and designers to produce licensed high-quality cling-mount rubber stamps.

Bella Blvd has several new items in the catalog at this show, including a lovely set of doily stamps.

Notice the reflection coming off of the packaging in that photo above? Unity introduced redesigned packaging at CHA Summer 2011 for their stamps. Instead of the previous kraft envelopes, stamps will now be packaged in convenient zip bags.

I got quite excited over some of the new Unity-produced Echo Park Paper stamps – especially the Fright Night set with its adorable little banner!

For the first time, there are now rubber stamps that coordinate with Nikki Sivils paper lines…

Unity also partners with Iron Orchid Designs and Webster’s Pages to produce licensed designs.

Jillibean Soup has many new offerings through Unity, as well. They were displayed along with a lovely bunch of sample cards to show off the goods!

Home letterpress is a rapidly developing market in the papercraft industry as consumer interest in DIY parties and events grows due to the economy. Lifestyle Crafts offers one popular system for DIY letterpress that was an early entrant to the market.

Hint: Look for more on letterpress coming from Scrapbook Update soon!

The Simple Stories brand has grown from a small subset of the Memory Works catalog to a full product line in its own right in a very short time. They introduced four new themed lines at the CHA Summer 2011 show, including the “Generations” collection shown below.

“Happy Day” is perfect for documenting birthdays and many other types of celebrations.

Fans of products using traditional Christmas reds and greens will find much to love in Simple Stories’ “25 Days of Christmas” line.

“Baby Steps” is a sweet, gender neutral baby line designed to make documenting your newborn as simple as possible.

The Simple Stories design team showed in their booth how traditional layouts could be made with the products, even though the products are actually specifically designed for use in a divided page protector scrapbooking system.

Uniformed Scrapbooks of America brought back their signature military uniform album line that earned them so much recognition when they first debuted, and they also added an adorable new Santa Claus “uniform” book to the mix!

 

 

 

 

 

And that concludes our CHA Summer 2011 booth tours!

Scrapbook Update’s CHA Summer 2011 booth coverage may be over, but there’s still more CHA goodness to come! In the coming months we’ll be bringing you in-depth reports on many new products that debuted at the show. We still have a few more “on the scene” reports to share as well (including an interview with new American Crafts designer Amy Tan), so stay tuned for those!

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CHA Summer 2011 | EK Success: Martha Stewart, Jolee’s, K&Company, Inkadinkado, EK Tools, and Smash Books

EK Success, the umbrella company for a number of popular scrapbooking brands including Martha Stewart, Jolee’s, and K & Company (just to name a few), displayed all of their new products as well as returning back catalog items in one massive booth at the CHA Summer 2011 show.

The Martha Stewart Crafts display was the first part of EK Success’ booth to catch my eye, thanks in part to this display of the new “Modern Damask” papers. I had May Flaum’s recent Scrapbook Update article highlighting the color plum on the brain, and the purples in many of the papers and embellishments in this line certainly fit that trend!

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Martha Stewart Crafts also offers baker’s twine (another hot industry trend) in several colors. These have been available for quite a while on smaller spools, and it’s nice to see them in a larger package.

DIY parties are a hot trend due to the economy, and this lovely display of DIY party ideas attracted a lot of attention over the course of the show!

Martha Stewart Crafts’ new Christmas lineup was also on display in the EK Success booth, and it featured a range of new stickers, ribbons, buttons, glitter, stamps, and paper.

The lovely gray snowflake print in this paper pad immediately pulled me in!

Martha Stewart Crafts is also debuting a more traditional Christmas paper pad, as well.

Snowflakes, a major staple of Martha’s 2010 Christmas line of stamps and punches, are back in a big way with new stamps and a lacy snowflake border punch thrown into the mix.

A whole new lineup of decorations and DIY party items is also being introduced for the Christmas season. It’s always a treat to see what new designs will be in this seasonal line!

The Jolee’s Boutique brand has practically reinvented itself in recent releases, coming up with a massive range of relevant and usable embellishment stickers covering a variety of papercrafting themes.

Their Christmas and winter lineup is simply lovely, featuring everything from snowflakes to Santa.

Jolee’s “Around the World” line takes crafters on a jaunt through such locations and England and France and features icons such as Union Jacks and Fleur de Lis, among many, many others. (Scrapbook Update’s Anglophile editor Nancy Nally totally flipped for the floral Union Jack icons below!)

The “Steampunk” line from Jolee’s Boutique puts a feminine and fanciful spin on the genre.

Colorful birds, gears, butterflies, and hot air balloons are just a few of the whimsical options to be found here.

The sample projects in the Jolee’s section of the EK Success booth did not disappoint!

K & Company is yet another scrapbooking manufacturer that opted to release both a bright and a traditional Christmas collection at this CHA show. “Secret Santa” contains the bright pink that’s been so popular lately with nontraditional lines, while designers Elizabeth Brownd (product not pictured) and Susan Winget submitted more traditional red and green collections.

EK Success’ stamp line, Inkadinkado, was present in a big way and showed off dozens of Christmas and holiday stamp designs in both clear and cling mount formats. Some are back catalog items (in fact, I recognize a few that I have in my own collection) while others are new releases for the show.

EK Success is also making some additions to its popular line of punches under the EK Tools brand. Snowflakes are a popular theme here, as well, along with many other Christmas and winter icons.

Smash books are a K & Company brand, but they’re so popular that I felt they deserved their own section on this tour (they actually had their own section of the booth, as well).

Smash fans will already recognize many of the items on display…

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…but K & Company is also releasing a new travel version of their popular books!

Mini Smash journals are new for this release, as well.

We’re nearing the end of our massive CHA coverage with only a scattering of booths left to cover. Stay tuned for more to come!

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CHA Summer 2011 | KaiserCraft, Nikki Sivils, and Maya Road

Are you starting to get an idea of just how huge the CHA show floor is?! The summer show is traditionally much smaller than winter, and the Scrapbook Update team still managed to visit enough booths and take enough photos to keep bringing you new goodies for more than a week! Today we’re continuing our booth tours with visits to see what KaiserCraft, Nikki Sivils, and Maya Road have in store for this release.

Australian company KaiserCraft debuted several new lines at the show. As a member of the sales staff said while we were in the booth, their new “13th Hour” collection doesn’t “scream Halloween,” but with its deep purples and golden oranges it could be used for both Halloween or general Fall photos alike.

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In contrast, KaiserCraft’s new “Bonjour” line is filled with soft pastels and sports a Parisian garden theme.

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The “Miss Nelly” line is filled with bright floral prints in punchy colors.

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KaiserCraft is another company that elected to release two Christmas lines this year. “December 25th” is their more traditional offering and is filled with vintage-style holiday imagery.

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“Silly Season” (I absolutely love that name) is the brighter of the two Christmas lines and features snappy pinks, reds, and greens.

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Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker unveiled five new collections featuring Nikki’s darling illustrations. “School is Cool” is Nikki’s back-to-school line, and it contains all the fun primary colors associated with the season.

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“My Little Monster” has some of the cutest little scary guys you could ever hope to meet! It’s great for everyday photos and could be used for Halloween, as well.

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How cute are these corduroy brads and burlap buttons? I just love embellishments like these that are so versatile.

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“Gingerbread Lane,” with its sweet blue and pink color palette and small army of gingerbread men, is Nikki Sivils’ Christmas release.

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Nikki has partnered with Unity Stamps to produce coordinating rubber stamps for many of her lines.

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“Get Well Soon” was the most popular item in Nikki’s booth this CHA. It was the only “get well” themed release that I spotted at the show and fills a niche that’s quite empty in the industry right now.

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Nikki Sivils’ last release, “You’re a Hoot,” features a family of adorable owls.

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Maya Road, known for innovative embellishments and chipboard products, had a strong offering at the CHA Summer 2011 show. Those little chipboard banner ribbons (called “Wavy Layerable Banners”) were on my pre-show picks list, and a member of the booth staff told me that “Home Tweet Home” and “When Skies Are Grey” were popular items, as well.

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Maya Road introduced several new chipboard albums at this show including “Film Strip”, “Wellies Boot”, “Soar” (the butterfly), and a new tab book.

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Wood embellishments are a hot item at this CHA show, and Maya Road debuted several new items in this category including wood doilies, snowflakes, and spools.

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They also introduced two new sizes of bottle caps and several new shades of Maya Mists.

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May Road’s new trims are simply spectacular – so frilly and lush!

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Maya Road made several additions to their kraft line, as well. Clocks, mini tags, mini tickets, snowflakes, and a 2012 calendar set are all new with this release.

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Transparent mini tickets, snowflakes, and ledgers are also new for Summer 2011.

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Maya Road also debuted several new styles of their popular clear stamps.

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And of course, there are new canvas embellishments and albums as well – one of the hottest items in the booth according to their sales staff!

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Maya Road’s design team did a spectacular job with all the booth samples, so we’ll round out this portion of our CHA tour with a closer look at some of them.

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Stay tuned to Scrapbook Update – we have more CHA Summer 2011 booth coverage yet to come!

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CHA Summer 2011 | Authentique, Crate Paper, and Hambly

Our next set of booth photos from CHA Summer 2011 is a visual feast for paper lovers! Today we’re featuring newcomers Authentique along with veteran CHA exhibitors Crate Paper and Hambly.

Authentique certainly made a splash last month when they introduced their first three paper lines, and they generated even more buzz by releasing three more beautiful lines just prior to CHA. Their Halloween line, “Glowing,” features a very traditional orange and black palette accented with distressed home decor motifs and the usual Halloween icons.

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CHA Summer 2011 | Ranger, Stampers Anonymous, and Sizzix

You’d better sit back and relax for this post, because I’ve got more than a hundred photos from the Ranger, Stampers Anonymous, and Sizzix booths to share with you!

Ranger is well-known and respected in the industry for their huge assortment of inks, stains, embossing powders, and a host of other color mediums. Distress inks and embossing powders are a huge favorite amongst all kinds of paper crafters and mixed media artists.

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Stickles, whether regular, Distress, or Ice, and Perfect Pearls are available in every color of the rainbow (and then some).

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Distress Crackle and Distress Ink re-inkers give crafters an even wider variety of mediums to choose from.

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And then there’s Distress Stain! It’s been generating a huge amount of buzz for CHA Summer 2011 since Ranger announced that it was being released in the full line of the Distress Ink colors, completing the limited set that debuted at CHA Winter 2011.

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Ranger showed off a few new shades of Stickles, as well.

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Jenni Bowlin’s line of inks and paint by Ranger have been very popular, and for this show they expanded her line to include three new colors – Weather Vane, Lavender Sachet, and Speckled Egg.

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Tim Holtz’s products from his Advantus District Market and idea-ology lines were also on display in the Ranger booth…

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…including new Kraft Resist pads in Halloween and Christmas themes!

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Tim also has new Halloween and Christmas dies in his Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix collection (more on those in this post when we get to the Sizzix booth).

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Fans of the now-retired Suze Weinberg will be happy to know that a series of stamps by Ranger senior educator Dyan Reaveley is now being produced by Stamper’s Anonymous and distributed by Ranger.

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I absolutely love these banner stamps!!

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Here’s a glimpse at Wendy Vecchi’s Art Parts line by Stamper’s Anonymous. I’ll share more photos of these along with some stunning projects at the Stamper’s Anonymous booth a little later in this post.

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Tim Holtz released several new additions to his cling mount stamp line from Stamper’s Anonymous.

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Ranger is one of the companies adopting QR codes on their packaging to link customers to further information about their products.

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And of course you can’t stop by the Ranger booth without taking some time to browse through the dozens of beautiful sample projects on display.

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Tim Holtz himself stopped by the booth while I was there to give a demo of some of the new products, and he brought along one of his new storage boxes! It is designed to hold all of the Distress mediums.

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This smaller version is the Trinkets box, and it has lots of small compartments to hold all your tiny treasures.

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Tim asked the crowd what they’d like to see demonstrated first, and when nobody spoke up for a few seconds, I chimed in, “Kraft Resist!”

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Not only does Tim have Kraft Resist paper, but there’s a set of Kraft Resist letters, as well!

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Here’s Tim giving a demo of distress stains on Halloween Kraft Resist.

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And then he broke out the Picket Fence Distress Stain to show that it’s very opaque when first applied but quickly becomes more transparent as it dries and soaks into the paper.

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Picket Fence Distress Stain also softens the look of Distress Inks that are applied on top of it.

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Tim also demonstrated a marbling technique using Picket Fence Distress Stain.

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And then he showed how ribbon could be recolored with any shade of Distress Stain.

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Let’s continue our Tour de Tim at the Stampers Anonymous booth with a close look at his new Halloween and Reflections stamps.

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Stampers Anonymous is another booth that’s full of gorgeous projects.

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Dyan Reaveley’s “Dylusions” stamp line was well represented by projects in the Stampers Anonymous booth, as well.

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Art Gone Wild has a set of circle stamps in their collection that are unlike any designs I’ve seen before.

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Inky Antics had some adorable images in their section of the Stampers Anonymous booth, including a cute penguin!

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I also found the honeycomb paper packs fascinating – these could be used to make so many cute projects!

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Wendy Vecchi’s Art Parts line by Stamper’s Anonymous is a huge favorite among collage artists, as are the accompanying Studio 490 stamps.

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And, of course, Stampers Anonymous had a generous number of sample projects for this line on hand, as well!

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Sizzix is our last stop for this post, and they had some great new products debuting at this CHA!

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Framelits are Sizzix’s new collection of nested dies, available in a variety of shapes.

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They’re also introducing eight new Eclips cartridges, two of which are pictured below.

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Sizzix manufactures Tim Holtz’s “Alterations” lines of dies and embossing folders, and there are several new items on tap for consumers this time around.

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This damask pattern is gorgeous, and also a huge trend in the industry right now.

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Several popular previous shapes are being released now as smaller “mover and shaper” dies, like the bestselling flower and the jalopy design:
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And, of course, there were many, many sample projects on hand. The Sizzix booth was literally a wonderland of crafting ideas!

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I personally loved these bright, colorful examples of what could be created with distressing and aging products.

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There were so many walls like this one in the Sizzix booth – a complete treasure trove of inspiration!

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Here I found another corner stuffed full of Tim Holtz’s Alterations dies, including several new items.

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Everywhere you look, there is more sample project eye candy!

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Sizzix has also started producing letterpress plates that are compatible with the Big Shot and Big Kick die cutting machines. Keep an eye on Scrapbook Update in the next couple of months as I review these in-depth along with other home letterpress options!

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This was perhaps the most gorgeous piece in the whole booth – the entire surface of the table is tiled in embossed (using Sizzing embossing folders) metal sheets!

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If this post isn’t enough to satisfy your collage and mixed media craving, Scrapbook Update will be bringing you another roundup of similar booths sometime in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

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CHA Summer 2011 | Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers

Are you ready for another round of booth photos? I hope so, because today I have a roundup of Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers goodies to share with you!

Pink Paislee debuted four stunning new lines at this CHA, including the rich patterns of the licensed House of 3 Halloween Line, “Phantom.” Many of the papers in this collection have a glossy raised embossing over the patterns, and the embellishments and clear stamps are a perfect match for the line.

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Here are some gorgeous projects featuring Phantom, including a spooky selection of cards and layouts.

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Pink Paislee’s “Vintage Vogue” line is licensed from Collage Press, and contains one of the most unique color palettes of any line in the show – pink and green mixed with a sweet shade of cool purple.

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The line’s embellishments all fit with its retro theme, especially the tiny thread spool tops and crocheted trim. The die cut pack is reflective of a trend across almost all the manufacturers – packages of either die cuts or mixed ephemera that coordinate with the line and are available at a relatively low price point.

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The very summer-y “Nantucket” line from Pink Paislee is an unusual – though certainly not unwelcome – release as the summer CHA show is usually full of Halloween, Fall, Winter, and Christmas lines. The breezy patterns and strong pastel color palette made this line a definite standout of the show.

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The line’s embellishments certainly don’t disappoint, and I believe this is the first time I’ve seen stickers available in that cute hexagonal shape.

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Wood shapes are also a hot item at CHA Summer 2011.

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The “Mistables” line follows on the success of Pink Paislee’s CHA Winter 2010 “Parisian Anthology” release. These papers have the same style of embossed “resist” areas as “Parisian Anthology” but in a whole new set of patterns. Pink Paislee has also beefed up the thickness of the paper to help prevent it from warping or bleeding when wet.

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They’ve also introduced a whole new line of mistable embellishments, such as trims.

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The staff at Scrapbook Update had the chance to play with some samples of the “Mistables”  paper while at the Pink Paislee booth, and it took color beautifully and blended well without warping, even after several spray coats.

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Pink Paislee’s design team did a wonderful job on booth samples, showing how all of the lines could be blended with “Mistables” items.

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The next stop on today’s tour is perennial favorite Studio Calico. Their new “Calico Basics” line generated a lot of buzz on the show floor! They’ve also added “Calico Shine” to their basic Mister Huey line for those who want a little shimmer on their projects.

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The “Calico Basics” line takes Studio Calico’s signature graphic style and interprets it in kraft paper to create a line that will work with almost any of their other releases both past and present.

I predict that these kraft letter stickers are going to be a hot item!!

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Studio Calico has also designed a line of masks sporting several of their most popular motifs.

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Are those the new Hero Arts stamps that I spy?

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And how awesome is this paper? Woodgrain is another huge trend in the industry right now.

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“Autumn Press” is Studio Calico’s fall release and comes complete with its own shades of Mister Huey.

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A few of the papers have definite fall motifs, but the majority are generic enough to be used for almost any project- even the themed papers have a more graphic “B” side.

And, there’s more new stamps!

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Another hot trend this summer? Map paper is hot, and not just in travel lines!!

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Even these “Autumn Press” alphabet stickers sport a map print.

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Studio Calico’s third CHA Summer 2011 release, “Memoir”, has a much darker color palette than “Autumn Press” and has more of a vintage farmhouse vibe to it. There’s even a pattern or two reminiscent of homemade quilts, bringing the whole sewing theme that was so popular at CHA a year ago back into the mix.

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In this shot you’ll see something else that’s completely new for Studio Calico this show – 6×6 paper pads!!

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As usual, Studio Calico’s design team knocked it out of the park when it came to booth samples.

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Our last stop for this post is the ever-colorful We R Memory Keepers booth. They debuted a new tool at the show – the “Sew Ribbon”, a follow-up to the “Sew Easy” tool. As you can probably guess, it helps you stitch ribbon on your projects in a variety of patterns.

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The We R Memory Keepers booth staff was kind enough to demo the Sew Ribbon for us, starting with using the template and included cutter to punch holes in the paper.

A reusable, self-adhesive set of “ribbon needles” are included with each set and is used to help guide the ribbon through the holes as you “stitch.”

We R Memory Keepers is also debuting a new line of distress inks. The “Sweetheart”-shaped inkers feature a unique grip to help control the ink pad during use.

The Crop-A-Dile 3 is a corner and tab setter, and We R Memory Keepers has a huge variety of colors and styles of the embellishments available.

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These aren’t new, but I just had to include their immensely popular – and extensive – selection of divided page protectors.

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We R Memory Keepers is getting back to basics with a huge range of brads and eyelets that will be available later in the fall.

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The Cinch 2 is also not new for this show, but I couldn’t help but include a shot of that lovely rainbow of binding rings!

While We R has a fantastic range of new tools (actually more of them than are even covered here), their paper lines also really shine for this release and I wanted to make sure they got a bit of the spotlight as well.

The “Autumn Splendor” collection has a lovely, soft fall palette and plenty of coordinating stamps and embellishments.

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“Peppermint Twist,” We R Memory Keepers’ Christmas line, puts a cute, funky spin on a traditional color palette.

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The line also includes an advent calendar kit. (We saw many advent calendars all over the show floor).

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“Tres Elegant” would be lovely for wedding photos.

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And I spy a set of cameos here! This is a trend that’s continued from the last several CHA shows.

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I’ll round off the tour with this fantastic wall of die cuts. I told you die cuts were hot! You’ll be seeing a lot more of them as Scrapbook Update continues to post booth photos.

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So did you see anything you like? Did anything in particular jump out at you? Leave a comment and let us know! We’ll be back later with lots more coverage from the show floor!

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