CHA-Summer 2009: Wednesday
CHA-Summer 2009: Thursday

CHA-Summer 2009: Wednesday (continued)

Yesterday, I left you with a quick tour of the Fancy Pants booth.  Where did we go from there? 


Kim and I have long argued over Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist (a water-based spray with color and shimmer).


When she first opened Portrait Bug, she asked everyone on the design team for recommendations.  Included on my long list was Glimmer Mist.  She got some and it sold very, very slowly.  People just didn't seem to get it.  But, as the store got rolling and people started to see it being demo'd and used in classes, they started to buy it.  I think it can be a hard project to "get" until you have the chance to play with it.  So, I dragged a reluctant yet willing Kim to the Tattered Angels' booth to buy more mists and some accessories!  First of all, the booth was just beautiful!





I had the opportunity to work with these "Framed Fonts" (below) when Prima and Tattered Angels did a design team swap.  They're so cool.  The letters can be removed.  The centers can be removed. And the frames can be removed.  They take Glimmer Mist (and other colorants) so easily and readily.  And the embossed designs are just beautiful.


So, when I saw the "Chip Tiles" (below) I totally geeked out.  And I mean, I think I squealed out loud in a totally embarrassing way!


Here's a close up of the embossing:


I can't wait to get my hands on a pack of them (all the designs in each pack are different) and try them out!  There were also bingo boards...


...with absolutely stunning examples being shown:



Speaking of beautiful projects, one of the interesting things that Tattered Angels does is credit each of the designers, as seen in the tag below:


I didn't see a single other booth where the sample designer was credited.  And I think it's nice that the person' blog address is provided.  Below: New clear stamps.  I think the designs are so elegant!


The Glimmer Glass Albums aren't new, but I was digging this compass design.


And second favorite product from Tattered Angels (my first favorite is their oversized Splat Mats)...


...the new white Glimmer Mist (dig the new label too - very fancy)!  I am obsessed with white pens, white paint, white ink.  I can't wait to try it out!  And of course, we wrapped up our visit to the booth with endless paperwork....


But then, I dragged Kim to the Quickutz booth to see their new letterpress machine, called Epic Six.  I adore letterpress.  It's a little like colored embossing and just looks and feels fantastic.  I was seriously psyched to hear that there was a small, portable home letterpress machine available.  Printers traditionally use enormous printing presses.  If you don't know anything about letterpress, this is a short documentary on it.  I wish I had taken video of the demo we saw of the Epic Six, but I'll try to use this photo to explain it instead:


Clockwise from the top right:

  • Dies: You create your design with clear plastic dies.  They look like clear acrylic stamps.  But, I touched one and it's a very hard plastic.  This makes sense since traditional letterpress uses wood or metal dies.
  • Folder: This is a plastic folder with a grid, so that you can line up not only the dies, but also the paper.
  • Paper: For the demos, they were using a very heavyweight cardstock with a soft feel, like wedding stationery (big surprise).
  • Brayer & Ink: As a side note, that looks like a Ranger mini brayer to me.  Anyway, they are selling an oil-based ink that dries quickly.
  • Epic Six Machine: It looks like a lot of other personal die cutting machines out there.  There's a handle and you roll the plastic folder through it.

So how does it all work?  You place the dies down.  Roll some ink over them.  Place your paper.  Fold up the folder.  And run it through the machine.  The result is something that looks very much like letterpress! Here are some of the dies and accessories:


And this is what the box looks like when you're in the store.  You can buy the combination kit (includes an Epic Six Machine) or just the letterpress accessories.


I will admit to being sorely tempted by this one.  I'm stuck between desperately wanting it and trying to be reasonable with myself.  How often will I use it really?  But, I really want it.  But how often will I use it?  And, I'm also wondering what would happen if you brayered some paint onto a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I don't own a Cuttlebug, so I can't try it.  But, it strikes me that it might create a similar effect...?

Well, while I noodle on that one for a while, how about we move on to the next booth?  Kim and I headed for Creative Imaginations.  I love their alterable stuff.


See the Christmas tree album (above, upper right corner of the photo)?  This birthday album below was made from that album by cutting off the trunk of the tree!  Clever, right?



And this tray reminded me of the black painter's trays we bought at 7gypsies.  But, this one is white (obviously) and has different sized openings, which is fun.


They had these oversized clothespins in both "ginormous" and "really big."  I think they're a fun way to display photos or small art projects.  And I suspect that the ginormous clothespin from the Prima booth started here.


Creative Imaginations has an enormous catalog.  And the old and new stuff was all mixed together.  So, I just took a few photos to show you a sampling of what we saw:








Creative Imaginations is clearly in the gift market as well.  They were offering little notebooks and other sorts of impulse buys that you find sitting by the cash register, like these rhinestone capped pencils...


...which retail for $2/pencil.

Now begins the drive by portion of the day.  Most of the photos you're going to see are from booths that we breezed past.  So, let's begin....

Much to my chagrin, Kim had already shopped at Maya Road.  (Seems like I missed a lot today, huh?)  But, I couldn't resist going by their booth to see what their spectacularly talented design team had come up with! 









My Little Shoebox was next.



Their design team did some amazing layouts.  The layouts really pulled you into the booth and made you want to take a closer look!



The Graphic 45 booth was like a magical little oasis. 


Every nook and cranny was filled with amazing altered art.







Kim bought a bunch of frames at the Dennis Daniels booth.


I thought that these paintings on the glass of the frame were a fun idea.  They were doing them as a make and take at the booth.


While we were finishing up, we ran into our friend Carla Sylvester...


...who is the Education Manager for Martha Stewart Crafts.  She was doing demos at the Petersen-Arne booth and took us by her booth to show us the punches she was demoing.


Martha Stewart now offers corner punches that match her border punches.  So, you can go all the way around a piece of paper, as in the example below.  Cool, right?


In addition, the long (and sometimes awkward to store) border punches have wings that fold up for storage and down for use.




They have a ton of great designs, including some word punches that are just adorable! 

My feet definitely hurt.  And I'm tired of eating food from a cart, but it was a good day.  Here are a few final thoughts for the day:

  • I admit to being a little sick and tired of Halloween and Christmas lines.  Almost every single company had both.  It creates a kind of "sameness" that gets tiring.  How many ways can you combine Christmas trees?  Or create paper covered with pumpkins?
  • I was eavesdropping in the food court and heard someone say, "Lots of variations on a theme, but very little serious innovation."  I couldn't agree more.  I'm planning to do a big wrap-up post once I finish the day 3 post, and I'm going to talk about this at length.
  • Birds, birds, birds, birds.  Birds.  Birds are the new butterflies (which are definitely still around) which are the new owls.  Almost every booth had some sort of bird.  At first, I wondered if it was related to Halloween - crows and all - but I'm not sure.  I do really like them, though!
  • Clear stamps were every where!  I'm guessing that the prices on manufacturing clear stamps has come down.  Because virtually every manufacturer was showing stamps to coordinate with their papers and embellishments.  It makes sense.  They've done the design work already.  And people love stamps and see them as value for the dollar since they're re-useable.

So, that's it for today!  I'll be back with photos and news from day three of the show ASAP!

Thanks for stopping by!