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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Echo Park & Carta Bella

It’s time to finish out Scrapbook Update’s CHA Top Ten Hot Picks list!

To see all the hot picks posted so far, visit this link. I’ll also publish a summary list for easy reference after this article goes up.

So here, last but not least, is the final hot pick for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect)…

As time passes after a show, you get perspective on what you saw on the show floor. The reality distortion field fades, the blinding glare of “shiny and new” goes away, and you start to look with a more practical eye at what you’ve seen.

It’s under that practical gaze, the one that looks at what is eminently usable from the new products as you are filling your own shopping cart, that the CHA Summer 2013 products from sister companies Echo Park and Carta Bella stand out.

So let’s start with the Echo Park offerings…

First up, Echo Park added to their collection of Mini Themes, with several more designs in the bright and cheery style they are known for:

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Cards | Made with LOVE for Friends

Hi All… Card Annex Designer Deena Ziegler here to bring you some card inspiration today.

This week I got a couple uninterrupted hours to get creative in my craft room. I set out to create one “friendship” card for my post today, but, that turned in to a run away session of cutting, gluing and making a huge mess. I was in love with the super cute – just my style – papers from Bella Blvd that were sent to me last week. I love when all the creative planets align and designing projects I love becomes so easy!

While the Bella Blvd “Love and Marriage” line was meant to be for weddings, I think it’s also well suited for all girly occasions.

For this little 4×4 card, I layered up several layers of patterned paper and topped it off with a Thinlit die from Sizzix, called “For the Record 2 – Documented” from the new Echo Park collection. The sticker letters are so tiny and adorable, I love well designed products like these.

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Two things were key to achieving the look of designer Annette Allen’s card today: paper piecing and foam adhesive.

Using foam adhesive behind several of her elements – some of the banners and the block that holds the focal point graphic – gives the front of this card movement and depth, instead of it being boring and flat. It also keeps some of the busier patterns a little separated visually, making them easier on the eyes.

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Stamps are perfect for making quick and easy paper pieced images like Annette did here. Simply stamp the image on each of the papers that you want to piece with, cut out the pieces like a puzzle, and assemble them! For this image, Annette pieced the clothing and umbrella, and then finished by coloring the skin and shoes. As she said, “The paper did all the work!”

Supplies | Pattern Paper: Echo Park (Everyday Eclectic 6×6 pad). Stamps: Lil’inker Designs (Rain Boy by Sugar Kissed Cottage). Markers: Copic Sketch (E39, E000, E00, E0000, R83 and R81). Baker’s Twine: Timeless Twine (Kraft Brown). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam).

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.


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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

It’s been a tough decision to make this time around…there were a few hard choices to make in narrowing it down…but it’s finally here: The CHA Winter 2013 Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks list!

The show was buzzing with excitement as we rang in 2013 in Anaheim. Attendees were very optimistic about the future. The Hot Picks definitely reflect that excitement over new directions and a new evolution happening in the industry.

So, in no particular order, here’s the Top Ten Hot Picks for CHA Winter 2013!

Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Project Life was already hot, hot, hot with consumers before the announcement that it would be available wholesale starting at CHA Winter 2013, and in Anaheim, retailers flocked to the Project Life booth so that they can give their customers the latest trend they are asking for!

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Have you ever considered using a layout as inspiration for a card? Designer Yana Smakula’s card was inspired by this layout by Kelly Goree!

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This quick and easy card features a wonderful die set from Spellbinders and Becky Fleck called Say What?.

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By adhering the speech bubbles using different heights – 1mm and 2mm foam dots –  of dimensional adhesive, as well as leaving some flat, it created more depth and interest on the card.

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Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Echo Park (So Happy Together 6×6 pad). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur). Dies: Spellbinders (Say What?). Pearls: Hero Arts (Light Green). Alphabets: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye White, Amy Tangerine Foam Journal White). Adhesive: Dovecraft. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Designer: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!). To learn more about Yana, visit her website.


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