May’s must haves: CHA Summer 2012 part 1 of 2

CHA = craft and hobby association that holds a show twice a year where craft manufacturers debut new products.

I didn’t go to CHA-Summer, and let me tell you I’ve had one heck of a time digging up what the new goods will be!! Too many companies not revealing and/or too little coverage of the show floor I guess. I know this list is going to grow, and I know there are things I’ve not seen that are total May must-haves out there, but I wanted to do a “musts” post and share! These are the best of the best of what I’ve seen, and absolute musts for my shopping.

Now funny enough, this list has grown as I’ve researched for it. If you’d asked me a few weeks before the show I would have told you I found not a ton to be excited about – I’m GLAD to be proven wrong! Loads of great new stuff coming. I’m not organizing my list in any way, I’ve simply split it into two parts.

Let’s start with Amy Tangerine for American Crafts. I feel like her new line is absolute perfection for fall and back to school scrapbooking. It isn’t themed, but all those lovely browns, blues, and greens – not to mention my favorite item (the hearts pictured below) and the chevron woodgrain albums (awesome!) it’s a line I look forward to working with.

A big hit at the show with their killer releases was Glitz. Their three new lines are so awesome – I can’t wait to dig in. Blue Moon Scrapbooking already has some of their papers, I just need those embellishments now! Of the three, Cashmere Dame has my heart. Put pink with aqua and I’m a goner. LOVE!

Now let us check out the Tim Holtz blueprint stamps. These rock, AND they’re already in stock at Simon Says Stamp!! This set is the mini and includes all 12 designs, you can also get sets of 4 (leaves, halloween, christmas) in a larger size. I have the leaves, and I’m already loving them!

I need a lot of what Tim has coming out – from frosted film to metallic distress stains to those super cute trees and some of the new District Market too. Oh, and this list would not be complete without Tim’s new snowflake die. This makes me so excited – I can picture it on a layout, in gift wrapping stuff, home decor… can’t wait. I already pre-ordered mine.

What could be better than snowflakes? How about mixing them with a chevron pattern like Hero Arts did. *thud* LOVE this stamp!! [is it weird that I’m totally into all the holiday/winter products right now? I AM!]

Speaking of the holidays, the Pink Paislee City Sidewalks line is a must. Yes, the entire line! Pink Paislee rocked CHA with new products including additions to their Artisan Collection (LOVE!) – but City Sidewalks has really captured my attention and is my top pick from them. I see so much Christmas inspiration, but lots of bits could be used for anything really. Loving that olive green so much.

Now speaking of Santa, I’m absolutely positively going to have to have this paper by Crate Paper of the North Pole. Brilliant!

Oh and you know I love my Christmas goodies, and lucky for me CHA was FULL of Christmas. Here’s another must from Jillibean Soup. That floral pattern with the navy base slays me. I need 1000 sheets of it.

Finally rounding out my Christmas musts, Graphic 45’s Nutcracker Suite (the nutcracker paper in particular), and Rhonna Farrer’s line for My Mind’s Eye. Enabler note: Rhonna’s line is already out and available at 2peas!!


Excuse me while I fan myself – lot of hot crafty goodness in this post!!!

Stay tuned for part 2 coming tomorrow…

11 thoughts on “May’s must haves: CHA Summer 2012 part 1 of 2”

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to give us the lowdown on the newest scraps! I live only 90 miles from Chicago and had planned to visit CHA but summer busy-ness prevented me from doing so. 🙁 So many lovely things; hope I can find them in the craft stores here in my area!

  2. OMGOODNESS LOVE the Ponk Paislee City Sidewalks Christmas line!!! Love the sleigh banners,

  3. OMG!! So excited for all of the new goodies! I love Amy Tangerine too!
    All of the Christmas lines are gorgeous and I can’t wait to scrap with them!

  4. I wasn’t going to look but I had too. Yes the new Tim Holtz stuff is a must have! There are a few things I did not see until I got here and now my list is getting longer and longer…Time to clean out the Crap room , as my DH calls it, to make room for all the goodies….

  5. I’m totally excited for the holidays now too. I think I love CHA summer more than winter because of all the holiday stuff coming out. I’m trying not to love the Christmas stuff you posted because I’m already in love with Basic Grey and Studio Calico’s Christmas lines. A girl can only use so much Christmas stuff! =)

  6. I love seeing everyone’s favorites. I must agree, Tim’s new snowflake die is amazing. Loving the blueprint stamps…so much to love this year. His stuff is among my must haves as well.

  7. Tim has me in big trouble too.I do have one money saving (but not time I admit) tip.I’ve been bleaching trees and wreaths for years since Lisa Pace taught me how in a blog entry.I buy them i bulk when they’re on sale after the holidays.
    Love it that you and I like the same Glitz and PP.There is so much of that collection that can be used long after the holidays.Same goes for the MME Merry and Bright.You’re starting to rub off on me!

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