new loves | brads

I do love my decorative brads, and CHA made me simply giddy with all the new goodies coming! Above are some fabulous brads from Echo Park – aren’t they lovely? Speaking of Echo Park – Melissa just posted a full booth tour – check it here!

Here are Teresa Collins brads – oh my. Damask + brad?! yes PLEASE. Let’s see some more…

Top to bottom – Rhonna Farrer (MME), Crate Paper, Basic Grey, K & Co (actually not brads, but similar!) and October Afternoon. I can tell my brad stash is going to be replenished, and well! I can not wait for these to be in stores!



new loves | alphabets

I’m back home, and I want to share a lot of my photos and a lot of my favorites from the CHA show. Now – I didn’t photograph EVERY favorite, nor can I share everything I love. So don’t think of my “new loves” series of posts as an all-inclusive list but rather some of my faves….

First up – Studio Calico’s map alpha. Every single thing in that booth is MADE OF AWESOME, but I really do adore these. How much fun are they? You could totally ink up the edges too.

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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…