CHA 2015: Shimelle “True Stories” For American Crafts


I’m not really a “baby” person. Oh sure they’re cute but no I don’t generally seek them out. Here’s one that is an exception. We’ll get to the paper goodness… but oh my. “Wonder Boy” aka son of the fantastic Miss Shimelle is so cute, and so very full of personality. Most of the time if I walked by he was there, just hanging out and playing with paper or smiling up a storm. It was so great to meet him after spending last show with his (very pregnant) mom!

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What were Shimelle and the Wonder Boy there selling? Her new collection True Story by American Crafts. This collection is very Shimelle, but it is also very scrapbooker positive.

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What I mean by that is sometimes I feel like even “scrapbooking” paper lines are made for cards or project life or other stuff, and it was so refreshing and honestly a relief to find a line that was clearly made with a story telling scrapbooker in mind. In bold colors no less.

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CHA 2015: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

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If you want to be transported to a place of loveliness, where life is a beautiful party full of soft colors and plenty of fun detail… you’ll want to check out the new Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper line Confetti.

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Filled with great scrapbooking elements like paper, stickers, and cool items like this wood heart frame – this can be a go-to for the cardmaker or scrapbooker.

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CHA 2015: Relics & Artifacts Sandra Evertson for Prima

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I’m not sure photographs can capture or explain why, but I’ll try. Sandra Evertson released a line of hard paste plaster shaped pieces molded from her own antiques with Prima. It was without question the most exciting thing at this show for me.

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The pieces will be sold in sets and can be combined, turned into jewelry, ornaments, part of mixed media pieces, décor… seriously so much potential for all this flat-backed awesomeness.

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From crosses to wings, hearts to skulls there are a great many items within the line.

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CHA 2015: Dina Wakley for Ranger

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I adore Dina Wakley – this is no secret. I strongly recommend her books, and I love her style as an artist. What I love the most though, is that she’s making products that will allow us to feel more inspired, and more able to create great art without any drawing talent. This appeals to me greatly!

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From her sketchy girls to her scribbly birds – the six new sets of stamps released are fantastic. My personal three (that I pre-ordered already!) are the birds, flowers, and the heart with sentiment sets.

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Her new paints are three metallic colors + black which should add a lot of possibility to her existing twelve colors.

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