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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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Trend Watch: Rosettes

As the new year gets underway and winter CHA products are revealed, there is an obvious trend that continues to grow and flourish: Rosettes. Whether made from crepe paper, ribbon, or patterned paper, they are a hot item to purchase and make. Something I like about them is that they can be used as a circle embellishment, as a center to a larger embellishment, or as a flower. They don’t have the super feminine look that flowers so often do, and the colors and designs can vary from a bright and graphic look, to a more vintage and soft look. In other words – rosettes can be made to suit most any style!

(shown above: American Crafts)

To see how rosettes can be used in something besides a scrapbook layout, check out this Jennifer Gallacher tutorial on making cupcake toppers on the American Crafts blog.

Rosettes are created from strips that are either folded, crumpled, or otherwise pleated into a circle. It’s simple enough to make your own, though I tend to find the process time consuming unless you’re going for a more rustic crumpled look. Here is a link to a great vintage rosette tutorial video by Lain Ehmann.

To make your own folded paper rosette, you’ll simply need to fan fold a strip of paper. I find this tends to be tedious. I never can keep the folds the same size (without considerable amount of effort and time), and the look is never just right when I’m done. When I want to make this style of rosette, I reach instead for my Tim Holtz Alterations rosette die.

If you like the convenience of the die too, you’ll be happy to hear that Tim recently showed a sneak peek on his blog of a new (smaller) rosette die coming soon. So there will be more size options available for those choosing this method of making rosettes.

For a full how-to on using the die, I recommend Tim’s how-to video for his rosette die, as well as a custom rosette video where he doubles up the die cuts to make a bigger (very cool!) rosette.

The Girls’ Paperie has some cool crepe paper layered rosettes available, and I’ve heard that in 2011 the Girls’ Paperie will be one to watch for more vintage inspired rosettes. In fact – as a design team member – I’ve been able to work with some new designs already, and I believe they’re going to be a hit!

In researching for this article, I also found these new K & Co. ribbon rosettes. So lovely! I am excited to see not only new products featuring rosettes, but also more tutorials and project examples with handmade ones popping up on my favorite blogs.

I have been wishing rosette ribbons would start to pop up, and Jenni Bowlin just released this sneak peek of ribbons coming soon. So fantastic! They will be available in several colors, and are already at the top of my wish list.

To show how I put rosettes in action for my own personal style, I created a layout featuring a few of my favorite photos from my girls’ recent meeting with Santa to share today:

Supplies:
Fancy Pants Tradition flocked transparency and buttons
The Girls’ Paperie Tinsel & Twig alphabet stickers, snowflake rosette, and chipboard letters
American Crafts City Park rosette sticker
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Rock Candy
Hipstamatic iPhone application
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam adhesive squares
other: rhinestones, kraft cardstock, black pen

From childhood pages filled with whimsy to vintage inspired pages, and for every color out there, there’s likely a way to make a rosette work. I’m sure that the rosette trend is here to stay for a while. It goes so well with many other existing trends (such as banners, vintage, etc) and the materials and options are nearly endless – I’m glad to play with them more this year.

Do you like this product trend? What is your favorite way to put rosettes to use? Please feel free to share with us in the comments!

[Disclosure: May Flaum does design work for The Girls Paperie and Tim Holtz.]

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Wilton Makes Chairman Permanent CEO

Wilton Brands Inc. announced today that Chairman of the Board and interim CEO Jerry Levin has been appointed as the company’s permanent CEO. Levin will also continue as the company’s Chairman.

Levin has been interim CEO since Wilton’s previous CEO, Richard Conti, resigned in October 2009 shortly after a settlement with the company’s creditors kept it out of bankruptcy court but placed it under new ownership.

Wilton is the parent of scrapbook brands EK Success, K & Company and Martha Stewart Crafts.

Mr. Levin had this to say about his new role at the company: “Since serving as Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer I have been impressed with Wilton, and its great products, brands, and people. I am enthusiastic about the opportunities that exist at Wilton. I am looking forward to working with the Board and the Company’s employees to continue Wilton’s successes.”

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May’s CHA Favorites: Trinkets & Treasures

The Scrapbook Update staff just got home from the Craft & Hobby Association Winter 2010 show in Anaheim! I will be writing several CHA posts here for Scrapbook Update, as well as sharing some personal stories from the show on my own blog over the next week or so.

While at CHA, the number one question asked of me had to be “what are your favorites? What do you love?” The answer is not simple. As I search through my six hundred photos from the show I’ve yet to delete an image or eliminate a brand as a contender for my picks. The vibe on the show floor was so positive, and the products being released were fantastic.  What a wonderful thing it is for me to be struggling to narrow down my favorites! I’ve never before had that problem at a show!

Today, I’ve decided to share my favorite “trinkets & treasures” from the show. From buttons to flowers to jewels the show floor was overflowing with bits and pieces that made me want to get creating right away. Here are some of my top picks:

Jenni Bowlin’s embellishments were all vintage treasure. Her buttons and butterflies were so amazing!

Kaisercraft has a cute new line called Devonshire, and I love this embellishment pack:

K & Co. has a vintage inspired line called Handmade. I loved these flowers:

Nikki Sivils came out with four colors of fantastic burlap covered buttons-

Websters Pages booth was filled with beautiful treasures. These sparklers are flat on the back (meaning there is no button shank) so they’re ready to go on your pages!

The Girls Paperie has these adorable charms that have it all – glitter, cute words, rhinestones, and lovely metal detail.

One of the sweetest lines at the show, Dear Lizzy by American Crafts charmed me for sure. These crocheted flowers will be so much fun.

Tim Holtz added some amazing items to his idea-ology line. These buttons were my #1 favorite from the line. They are metal (and other materials) – not painted plastic – so they’re a quality button that could be used on so many things.

Making Memories introduced a whole line of simple to make jewelry that is vintage inspired. Looking at the flowers and charms I saw a lot of things I wanted to use for my scrapbooking as well.

Finally Queen & Co came out with these Ice Rox. They are adhesive backed dots (like jewels or pearls) except they’ve got a multi-faceted shine that is off the hook. Photos don’t do them justice.

Stay tuned for more picks, trends, and so much more. I’ve got a lot of ground to cover!

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