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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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A Lollipop Girl Thank You!

Susie Moore thank you card

Designer Susie Moore added extra little details to this image made with a digital stamp that really stepped it up to the next level! Paper piecing the dress and bow added some pattern to the image. Then a touch of Stickles adds some glitter “pop!” to the dress and the lollipop.

Sometimes, even when all of your patterned papers are from the same collection (as these are) an additional element can still make them seem more coordinated. In this case, the papers are all orange but the base paper has blue in the pattern and the others don’t. Adding the blue rhinestone embellishments to the banners gave them a touch of blue to make them coordinate better with the base pattern.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Echo Park Paper Company Love Story (So Sweet), Lily Bee Design (Double Dutch 6×6 pad). Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Digital Stamp: By Lori Designs. Markers: Copic. Misc: Ranger Stickles, Rhinestones (unknown).

Designer: Susie Moore

Susie Cannon Moore is married to her soulmate Randall, and between them they have five grown children – four boys and one girl – and five wonderful grandchildren. They live in a small country town called Maypearl, Texas. Susie has been paper crafting all her life, but started scrapbooking seriously in 1998. She  has been published in Paper Crafts and Just Steampunk, and also have been on HGTVʼ’s Crafterʼ’s Coast to Coast. Susie loves to scrapbook her family, and do mini books (mostly as gifts). Card making is also a passion she has embraced for years. As a computer nerd, she especially enjoys using digis. In May of 2011, Susie, who has been a dieaholic from the early Sizzix days, started a website devoted to crafting with dies. You can visit her website at The Dies Have It.


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You Knock My Socks Off!

You Knock My Socks Off card

This card from designer Corri Garza really shows the value of thinking outside the box with your dies and digital cutting files!

Corri’s design has a really offbeat take on a love theme, which is unique in itself, but if you look hard at her supply list you see another twist. The socks that make up the central themed element for the card come from a Silhouette digital cutting file called “Christmas Stockings” by Sophie Gallo. It looks like this:

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Take the sock on the left, leave off the top cuff and the snowflake, and use some non-seasonal colors…and you’ve got a pair of socks good for any occasion!  What occasion could you use a good pair of socks for?

Supplies | Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white). Patterned Paper: Echo Park Paper (Love Story). Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon (Diamond Stain Metal Grey). Ink: Tsukineko Staz-On (Jet Black). Rhinestones: Recollections by Michaels. Electronic Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo. Digital Cutting Files: Silhouette (Christmas Stockings, 5 Bracket Labels with Shadows).

Designer: Corri Garza

Corri began paper crafting in 2009 when she purchased a Cricut at a Black Friday sale. She started following some blogs and immediately fell in love with card making. Recently, she added a Silhouette Cameo to her craft room and she loves working with die cuts to create cards, gift boxes and altered items. Corri lives just outside San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not in her craft room, she is watching her twins playing sports. They are involved in volleyball, baseball and softball, so there is always a game to watch!  Corri also enjoys photography, especially taking nature photos. To learn more about Corri, visit her blog.


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CHA Winter 2013: Echo Park Paper

During the CHA Winter 2013 show in Anaheim, Echo Park Paper introduced several new collections. Their newest collections that are available in stores right now are Scoot and the Photo Freedom Volume I. February releases are All About A Boy, Sweet Girl, Happy-Go-Lucky (a Photo Freedom collection) and several new mini themes.

They also introduced another addition to their popular Dots and Stripes Line – baby boy and girl collections called “Bundle of Joy” that will be shipping in March. And finally their April collection is A Perfect Summer along with some other mini themes.

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As a cardmaker, I was very much excited about the addition of washi tape to their new lines. Here’s a peek at the new All About A Boy washi tape set:

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Washi tape will also be a part of the Sweet Girl Collection. Just a reminder – besides paper, Echo Park has matching brads, stickers and chipboard as well for most of their collections.

Here are a few of the gorgeous projects that were displayed in the booth:

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