Thursday, February 4, 2016

CHA Mega Show 2016 Recap #3 - New and Noteworthy

Welcome back to my recap of the 2016 CHA Mega Show! Ihere's a look at new and noteworthy crafting products that I fell in love with. 

First up is ARC Crafts! They have specialty paper, envelopes, labels (that you can run through a computer printer), adhesive backed sheets and more... all made of wood!

Next is 28 Lilac Lane, a new button collection from Buttons Galore, designed by May Flaum!

Don't you just love the bottle that these buttons come in?

How about your own stamp maker? Here's the new Mint custom stamp maker from Silhouette! This cool new machine lets you turn any font or any design (in the Silhouette Mint store) into your own stamp. Learn more about it here!

Do you know how hard it is to find my name spelled correctly on anything?

Now my vote for "Cutest Product at CHA... or Maybe EVER" goes to Little B's new"Wooderful Life"! With these adorable pieces, you can make your own music boxes, displays, and more. These pieces are not available yet; let's keep our fingers crossed that they will be soon!

Beacon Adhesives, one of my favorite adhesive companies, has a new concrete product out that really got my creative juices flowing -- Maker's Mix! It is a quick-setting concrete mix that you can use to make all sorts of cool projects like vases, bowls, beads, and more. The line even includes pigment powders that you can add to the mix to make custom colors.

Now while Creative Options is not new (they are my absolute go-to travel products when I go to a scrapbook crop), they have some beautiful new patterns on their cloth storage products and new colors of plastic storage (designed to match the cloth patterns)! Forget craft storage -- I just want to carry some of these bags as my everyday purse.

Isn't this gorgeous? LOVE the colors!

My last "new and noteworthy" find was Photo Play Paper. This new company has some of the cutest new collections of paper, stickers, and diecuts on the market. My favorite is "This Guy"; it really stands out as a fun, masculine option for pages and cards! And full disclosure time: I was honored to be asked to make some cards and pages for this booth!

The card on the far left and the one in the front middle are mine, made with the "This Guy" collection.

"Party Boy" and "Party Girl" are two new collections. And my card is the yellow one on the second row!

More "Party Boy" goodies. Hey - who are those cute people in the pages on the left and right? 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sale Alert: Cricut Explore Air!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start thinking about making personalized cards and gifts. Instead of cramping up your hand muscles cutting out hearts and cute designs with clunky scissors, save yourself time and elevate your design by using a Cricut Explore Air. Without a doubt, this is the best crafting device available. 

It's not only versatile and easy to use, it's also on sale right now at Cricut! You'll be able to get:

✂ $50 off the Cricut Explore Air 

✂ $129.95 off the Cricut Explore Air™ Machine + Deluxe Starter Set

✂ $138.94 off the Cricut Explore Air™ Machine + Ultimate Machine Set and 

✂ $257.78 off the Cricut Explore Air™ Machine + EVERYTHING Starter Set

The Explore Air Machine's Bundle of Benefits
With the Cricut Explore Air™, you can cut over 60 different types of material, including paper, fabric, plastic and vinyl to name a few. The Explore Air also features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. 

This Cricut Explore machine is called the Air because it has built-in Bluetooth® capability. This means you can use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

While the Cricut Explore Air is impressive on its own, purchasing it with one of Cricut's bundle offerings makes it even more valuable. Each bundle comes with different accessories that allow you to expand your creativity and make your crafting projects even more simple and fun to create. Plus, by purchasing your Explore Air with a bundle, you're able to save a bundle in the process! 

CHA Mega Show 2016 Recap #2 - Adorable Stamps You Need

One of the many fun things about attending the CHA Mega Show is finding small craft companies with super adorable products. It's easy to get caught up in the big booths of the heavy hitters, but I have learned you have to take time to check out the little booths. And at this year's show, I found two small stamp companies that made a big impact on me: Pink and Main and Joy Clair!

First up, we have Pink and Main:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CHA Mega Show 2016 Recap #1 - Hot Products

Greetings, y'all! I am back from yet another awesome CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA with lots of photos and goodies to share. Today, I will kick it off with pics from the Hot Products Sneak Peek event.

Each year, manufacturers submit their new retail products to be considered for a Hot Product award in eight categories (bead and jewelry, cake and food decorating, fabric and needle crafts, floral crafts, general crafts, kids crafts, paint and art, and paper crafts). A panel of industry buyers, bloggers, editors, and craft celebrities then judge the submissions and select category finalists on three criteria: what makes the product unique, how the product will improve the crafter's experience, and the interest and excitement the product generates outside the crafting community.

At the Sneak Peek show, I wasn't able to get photos of all of the finalists. And I wasn't a judge, but as a seasoned crafter, here are my choices for Hot Product!

Monday, December 7, 2015

"See You at CHA" Blog Hop -- CHA Product Sneak Peek!

I am so excited to be a part of the "See You at CHA" blog hop! Every day this week, Craft and Hobby Association members of all types (manufacturers, buyers, and designers) will be sharing posts that are all about the CHA Mega Show. Don't worry if you aren't attending the show -- this blog hop will be showing you new product sneak peeks, tutorials and project ideas, behind the scenes of the show, and more!

And no blog hop is complete without a giveaway -- we are giving away a $600+ Visa gift card! Wouldn't that be an awesome early Christmas gift? At the end of this post, I will tell you how you can enter to win.

Today, I am giving y'all the scoop on a new product from Deflecto that will be prominently featured at the CHA Mega Show: the 3 tier dessert stand!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving Recipe Book

For me, Thanksgiving is all about sharing our bounties with friends and family. And the best way I know how to share is through food. So for my November Deflecto design team project, I wanted to share my favorite holiday recipes in a special book.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Get the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is back for just 48 hours, until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 3rd.

This bundle will help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

3D Printed Crafts

My latest crafty adventure is here!

I am into 3D printing over at Craftiprint!

At Craftiprint, I show you all the fun things you can make with a 3D printer. So what is 3D printing? Well, I wrote a little post about it here so you can learn about what it is and what it can do.

The awesome thing is that 3D printers are becoming more affordable every day. Soon we hope that everyone will have one in their home! That's why I am sharing all of these great craft ideas; you can see the cool things that can be made on a 3D printer and then get one for yourself!

So please come check out Craftiprint and get ready to get printing!

Images by Freepik