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Did you know there is a fantastic blog hop going on this week with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45? You can win some awesome prize packages! Plus, you get to visit a whole bunch of fabulous blogs and be inspired by projects made with Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Join in the fun!  Click HERE to visit the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog and start hopping! Hurry….it ends FRIDAY. GOOD LUCK!

Every great scrapbook layout and card needs a solid foundation, and that is where Core’dinations™ card stock comes in.  Their booth at CHA was jam-packed with tons of card stock possibilities and more! Their sign says it all… I was VERY excited about their “Chalk Core” card stock.  There are 2 options: black exterior and white core, or black exterior and different coloured cores.  SO COOL! There are 5 colour options: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and Orange. They come in smaller folded card sizes too! So when you emboss and/or sand to expose the core, you achieve that fun chalkboard effect… Totally love the distressed style you can create with Core’dinations Colorcore card stock! Also on display was designer David Tutera’s “Celebrate” card making system: These sets incorporate 3 steps for card design: 1. Select a card  2. Add a layer  3. Embellish  How easy is this? And just look…

When you step inside the Spellbinders™ booth at CHA, it’s as if you’ve travelled back in time into a glamorous, Victorian mansion….filled with lace and jewelled treasures. These displays were showcases for Spellbinders “A Gilded Life Studio” , a mixed media product line for jewellery making, home decor, embellishments, paper crafts and so forth.     A vintage dress form made from dress patterns! Fabulous! Spellbinders also introduced a new collection of Shapeabilities™ dies that are trendy and smaller in size, called “In’Spire”…..the anchor, birds on wire, feathers, typewriter etc. The other new Shapeabilities collection is called “Create-A-Flower”, die sets of petals and flower pieces that you build to create beautiful realistic 3D flowers, which I didn’t photograph, but you’ll see on the Spellbinders website and blog in the upcoming weeks. One of the most exciting products newly released by Spellbinders is their new “Tool n’ One”, a portable tool that…

Even before you step inside the DCWV booth at CHA, you know you are in for a treat!  On the exterior walls of their booth hang the most incredible works of art…designed by paper artists.  I just have to show you some of them!   Check out the paper layers in this one… Aren’t these astonishing?  And what’s also astonishing is the number of wonderful paper stacks inside the booth! The newest releases include the following Stacks: Citrus, Homeroom, Emerald Garden, Little Miss, Little Mister, Far East, Green, Linen Closet, Haute Pink and Modern Meadow. For those of you who love texture, there are SO many fantastic specialty paper stacks available! The Burlap and Corrugate and others now come in 12 x 12 Stacks. Let’s not forget about the card stock stacks! There is even glitter card stock… DCWV also offers trendy…

I know there are many of us in love with the gorgeous styles of stamps, dies and papers designed by Heartfelt Creations.  Their booth at CHA was sooo beautiful! I think this paper crafted dress form captures the essence of this wonderful company! Their floral dies are…well…to “die” for.  This is evident on all their projects on display. Their newly released “Majestic Morning” collection includes a paper pack, dies and stamps.  It’s gorgeous! All collections on display are stunning, actually. You can use Heartfelt Creations products to design scrapbook layouts and paper crafts too! Isn’t this birdhouse fabulous? Seeing this wall of layouts in their booth was inspirational. This layout is one of my favourites!  How elegant! Valentines and Easter projects were also on display. Honestly, my head was spinning…I’d never seen so many amazing projects on display all in one place! Walking…

It’s always exciting to step inside the Bo Bunny booth at CHA to see what’s new!  Their new paper collections on display are fantastic! First up….. “Baby Bump” How awesome is this?  A paper line devoted entirely to expecting mothers and babies! Naturally, a children’s collection follows…. “Our Lil’ Monster” Aren’t these bright colours and monster images fun? Here is a wonderful home decor project using Our Lil’ Monster: And a cute Mini Album… For those of us who have fur babies, here is the adorable pet collection called “Happy Tails” Um, I just might have to get a dog so I can scrap with these papers!! When your Lil’ Monsters grow up into teenage daughters, then you can scrap with “Modern Miss.” This collection is definitely on my MUST BUY list because I have 2 teenaged daughters! Take a look at this cute mini album in the…

All of you crafters who are crazy about ink will love seeing what Clearsnap has on display in their CHA booth! Along with my own photos are catalog inserts with even more info about their new releases. This first shelf unit alone packs a punch of exciting new products! On the left is an innovative new inking system that I’m very excited about:  Colorbox™ Blends by Eileen Hull. It’s an foam ink applicator with the ink INSIDE…and it holds more than 10 times the ink of a traditional ink pad! There are lots of colours to choose from! In the  middle of that shelf you will see new Colorbox Art Screens for stenciling techniques: Clearsnap also offers a newly redesigned blending tool called the Colorbox Color Blender with foam pad refills you can purchase separately. There are six new Pigment ink colours for you to use with these blending…

Westcott is the company with the “World’s Favourite Scissors” and their booth at CHA was filled with them! We all need a pair of animal print scissors, don’t we?!? For crafters, Westcott offers both pink and purple Titanium non-stick scissors, craft knives, cutting mats and paper trimmers. At  the booth, they were demonstrating crafts using these fantastic large-handled precision tip scissors: These are perfect for fussy cutting! …

One of the most colourful booths at CHA was Bazzill Basics Paper, with their incredible rainbow of card stock on display! The theme of the booth was 1950’s, with a red convertible car right on the tradeshow floor and a real jukebox standing nearby. FUN! There were 3 newly released patterned paper collections on display as well. “Vintage Lace” is a pretty pink and green floral palette reminiscent of a country garden. “Worldwide” is perfect for scrapping travel and trips, while “The Adventures Of” is a fun bright collection of retro primary colours with boyish charm. There were wonderful layouts on display. Bazzill Basics Paper is more than just card stock!  Click HERE to visit their website and find their full range of products.  Click HERE to visit Kelly Klapstein’s blog “Kelly Creates.”

Perhaps the booth with the most “buzz” at CHA was the Brother™ ScanNCut.  Being the newest electronic cutting machine in the industry has earned the Brother ScanNCut a spot in the Hot Top 20 followed by a first place award! The ScanNCut is a revolutionary new home and hobby cutting machine with the convenience of a 300 DPI built-in scanner and can be used with or without a computer.  The creative possibilities for crafters are endless! You can cut a variety of material, from fabric to plastic and of course paper. Quilters also love this machine! You can cut very intricate designs easily. There were lots of great demo’s happening throughout the show. For those of you who enjoy using original drawings and art or lettering, you can scan and cut your own personal designs: You can also scan and cut stamped images. A fun application is to cut…