Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Last Day to Shop and CHA Favorites post

Today is the very last day to shop.  In between trips to CHA we've been working on orders.

Just a note:  we will be here until the end of February to ensure all orders are shipped and received, all refunds and adjustments are made etc.

Now, on to the fun stuff.  Just because I don't have the store this year doesn't mean I can't still go to CHA and see everything.  This show is local to me so I can't miss it!

Over the last 5 years I've developed special relationships with some of the vendors and I wanted to say goodbye.  I was one of the first stores to carry products from companies like Lily Bee and Echo Park.

So, this blog post is dedicated to the 'if I was going to buy for the store....' CHA picks.  I will not totally abandon the industry when the store is closed either.  I have plans to put kits and classes together so keep an eye out for that.  A lot of the shopping this week is for those future kits.  More information to come.  (Note: I am not opening a kit club, just occasional kits for sale.)

Here are my favorite products from the show:

Some ribbon fun from May Arts.

 My new addiction - burlap twine!  I will be selling this in my new Etsy shop so if you love all things twine, keep an eye out for an announcement.
 The chevron ribbon.  I own several yards of it in my personal stash but this is another item that will make its way into kits and the Etsy shop.

 American Crafts
We tested out the DIY Thickers.  I love the concept but I'll be honest, not all mediums work with these.  Micro beads for one.  But glitter and flock?  Yes please!

 And for anyone who does NOT want a pink cutting mat, American Crafts offers a fun robins egg blue mat.  You will soon see this in my craft area.  I've been searching for a mat and I hesitate every time because my options are pink, black or green.  My room is all blue so this mat will match perfectly!
 Some Dear Lizzy letters, Thickers and other AC goodies!

A few Crate Paper favorites:

 Washi tape!
 Their sticker letter sheets are a must have.  2 different alphas and some really cute labels.

 That compass?  Must have!

 Veneer frames!

Hold on to you socks ladies....here comes my personal favorite - Studio Calico.

 Stars?  Yes please!
 I'm a sucker for these tiny alphas.  They make the best journaling/titles.

 Veneer cameras?  Yes!  They even have an Instax shape.
 Mini travel veneer.  These are teeny tiny but the PERECT accent to pages.  Planes, bikes and cars!
 The states.  I don't know why but this set is a must have.  I actually have a project in mind for this.

 Its all about the potty people.  I love this idea and you can never have too many of this shape.
 Adorable veneer frames!
 Birds.  Not my favorite but I know there are a lot of you out there that like birds.  They also had more butterflies.

 More tiny alphas....and in GREY!
 Woodgrain and grey stripe Fabrips.
 The 6x6 pad for the Take Note line.  How cute is that mini journaling card paper?

 More washi tape.  I see my addiction growing as each company releases their own washi tape!

 New journal sizes.  A large one.....
 and a small one.
 More washi tape
 Veneer stars.  I need every single pack of these they manufacture.  You will see stars on everything I make from now on.
 I need this Chevron mask in a small, medium and large size.  Who wouldn't want to see 12x12 misting masks??

 One of my favorite stamps that they made is now a misting mask.
 Mini journaling cards tha tlook like notebook paper.  And they're stitched!!
Okay, I'm  tired and I've got major internet issues tonight.  I'll get the rest uploaded over the rest of the week.  Lots of fun stuff left to see!