Best of CHA: part 1

Note: all CHA photos in this post were taken by, and used with the permission of the AWESOMELY TALENTED Melissa aka The Scrappy Jedi. She rocks, and I thank her for telling me to have at her photo collection.

I’ve seen a lot of coverage from CHA which ended just a few days ago in Chicago. Know what? I’ve seen a LOT that I like. So I’m going to break down and share my favorite stuff. Not just brands – but specific products that I’m just totally in love with and want to have and cuddle craft with ASAP.

I must start with Studio Calico, whom I’ve said any number of times… ROCKS. They don’t just rock though, they continue to release new products and lines that work seemlessly with previous ones.

Their stuff is classic – I love it big. I could talk about all the WIN in their booth from mists to masks to paper that makes me want to weep with happy.

The book plate stickers (on left) and stamps (on right) pictured above made me squeal out loud when I saw them. There are few things that I love more than combining book elements/designs into my scrapbooking. Note: Studio Calico has teamed with Hero Arts to manufacture stamps that coordinate with their lines – a development that joins two of my favorite companies into what I think will be a great partnership. This stamp set (shown above on the right) is called “I Love Books”.


What makes My Mind’s Eye so incredibly appealing is how useful their product is. From paper to brads, and most especially the buttons shown above – it’s timeless and I know this will be a great addition to my scrapbook stash. The “Lost & Found 2” line is sure to be a hit – I know I’m anxious to play with it.

 The buttons are my top pick – with the great colors, shapes, and detail they will be perfect accents to complete many craft projects to come. But I want the coordinating brads, and most of the paper too. *REAL BAD*


Pink Paislee “Nantucket” Chipboard Tiles shown above, as well as darn near EVERY item Pink Paislee released are high on my “I want it now” list. I see so much possibility for doing some mosaic-inspired craft details, or using them as flower centers, or anything else! I can’t wait for this product to ship and to get my precious…

I mean, send me anything from this Pink Paislee release and I’d be in heaven. From the mistables to the papers, it’s all looking really great. Pink Paislee has once again created useful product that is fun and will work so well in so many of my projects. They’re always a favorite of mine – so I’m glad to see them continuing to rock the releases!


Wraping up today’s “oh holy cute gimme. now. please!” I have October Afternoon. The Sasparilla line is made of pure cute – and I’m saving my Reno Rodeo photos (the few I remembered to take!) for this line. Adorable!! I think it would work great for any number of projects. The miscellany and Little Flyers (shown above) are by far my favorite pieces.

Oh sweet love… don’t even get me started on Sidewalks line from them! It’s SO me!! Adorable. Also think their mists look super cute, but as I’m on a no mist purchasing freeze, well, I’ll just have to admire from afar.


What are you looking forward to? This is just the tip of the iceberg for me – so stay tuned for more! Not just picks and favorites, but I’m also going to be sharing more of my CHA projects, videos, and so much more. I’ve got a lot in store – and posts queued up and waiting for their turn…

10 thoughts on “Best of CHA: part 1”

  1. Thanks for sharing all these peeks. I wish I could go to CHA. One day maybe, but until then, I can see some of the goodies and dream of what I will buy this season. Yes I said season. Scrap stuff has become like the clothing industry, without the runway show. 🙂

  2. I TOTALLY agree!!! The spring & fall seasons of scrap. LOVE IT! Especially that companies all ship at different times and it extends the time that new goodies come into stores…

  3. I am in totally agreement with you! These are all things that I have on my very LONG wishlist! There is SO MUCH I want that I saw from home! All of OA’s new goodies looks fabulous! And Pink Paislee! And Crate Paper! And so many, many others!!! I too would LOVE to go to CHA someday! Just to meet all the people, and see everything in person would be so awesome!!

  4. It looks like we like a lot of the same things. Throw in some Tim Holtz goodies with everything you showed & I’m set.

  5. Tim gets his whole own post.

    There’s a LOT of love at this show… stay tuned. I’m working on parts 2 & 3 (and even more?!) now…

  6. Oh, the temptation! Is it wrong to want so much? Had to laugh; the Sidewalks line from October Afternoon – there is an 8 year old me staring back at me (my hair was much blonder though). Thanks for sharing your faves. Great choices.

  7. Love hearing and seeing your favorites May. I also love EVERYTHING Studio Calico is releasing, same with OA and I really want tim’s new items esp. the holiday items. I love your layout using tim’s holiday products.

  8. I love all your pics May. I especially like the large masks from Studio Calico. Can’t wait till those start showing up online to buy

  9. I totally agree with your choices. I can’t wait to get some (all) of the MME Lost & Found Two, and the OA Sasparilla is outstanding! Those little flag thingies are so cute!!! Great job! It’s a good thing we don’t get to shop together. It would be dangerous!!! 😉

  10. Lovin’ Mister Huey masks, Nantucket line & Lost & Found 2, I have some things from Lost & Found 1 & they are just gorgeous!

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