Many manufacturers in the Crafting industry use the Summer and Winter CHA conventions to release and unveil all their new wares to the Arts and Crafts community. Here we are just under 2 weeks away from the Summer show in Chicago and slowly little sneak peeks have been trickling out to whet folk’s appetite….I expect many more in the next couple of days so, stay tuned.

Maya Road is always a favorite of mine….I am a total sucker for blank surfaces! I was immediately smitten with the gears. Why praytell? I have boys and well, too much of the “stuff” designed for boys on the market is just too girlie for rough and tumble types like my kids….I can see these gears covered in JudiKins Rustique embossing powder for a unique metal look…

Of course, CHA releases would not be complete without loverlies from Art Declassified…take a peek at the last few entries on the blog (hint, these images aren’t in the “official catalog” yet). ADC has a playful spirit about them and the stamps they create are with scrapbookers in mind.

My Friend Muffyvan posted a number of cool sneak peeks…. (spend time here folks, there are multiple parts to this post and TONS of eye candy!!!) Among my favorites:

Hometown by October Afternoon- One, I love this company. Two, their paper lines are very versatile and work for cardmakers, mixed media junkies, and altered arty types just as easily as they do for scrappy folks.

Urban Lily- Their lines are a HUGE favorite among my young adult students. There is a fresh feel to their designs that work wonderfully on a variety of projects. I am excited to see this one in person.

These really cool Acrylic loverlies from Clear Scraps… ROCK!!!! For those who enjoy stamping as well, think about using Staz On and your favorite stamps to add amazing effects to this ultra cool work surface…

And these from Prima…. I love embellishments that can be dressed up as easily as played down. There is a cool sophistication wrapped up in playfulness about this line. I am totally excited about the color palettes as well. Can’t wait!

By sarah hodsdon




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