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CHA 2006 in Las Vegas

Well, this show is *big*. Mind boggling *BIG*! A big highlight for me was spying the design work of friends Lana Lepinski, and Keri Sereika for Inky Antics!!! The Inky Antics folks were gracious enough to allow me to take photos!


Design by Lana Lepinski


Design by Keri Sereika

Overall general impressions of the show:

Hands down, Doodlebug Designs had the very *best* booth display! It was absolutely enchanting! I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get a photo of the counter top, but, they had their booth set up like an old fashioned soda fountain shoppe! They custom made the counter top, with their fun buttons embedded into the resin surface. Folks could sit on old fashioned soda fountain stools and ogle the candy jars everywhere, filled with their fun, colorful products!

They have expanded their line of fun, delicious embellishments and I went AGOG over how bright, cheerful, and whimsical they had set up the booth–I literally wanted to park myself there and never leave! Talk about “eye candy”!!! They definitely took best of show in this regard, in my book!

Not everyone permitted photos; although I know many would have enjoyed seeing them, I could not get photos at the Anna Griffin and Plaid booths . . . sigh . . .

Several companies, including Provo, with their new “Cricut”, and Xyron, were releasing computerized die cutting systems. And, the demonstrations were fascinating. As a card-maker, however, I was most impressed with Ellison’s Big Shot machine! Unlike the other machines, it is non-electric, and able to accomodate a full A-2 size card, so I could make window cards using it. Most of the computerized systems that would accomodate that size were out of my own personal budget range.

A big fan of the Coluzzle (by Provo) cutting system, I simply *had* to see what they are coming out with and I think I suffered major heart palpitations!!!! I want all of their new templates NOW!!! And, I’m salivating in anticipation of finding these on store shelves. Evidently, they won’t be available at retail until May, so this is KILLING me!!! I went nuts over their new library tabs, label holder/bookplate, and pom pom/daisy maker templates!!!

Provo has also released MORE in the little lunch pail tins–including more “mini” lunchpails, AND band-aid tin size with handles!!!! Just DARLING!!!

Prima has developed even more of their mulberry flowers, including ginormous silk flowers, and kits that come in clear lidded tins and rhinestones to embellish the centers. They even now offer chipboard letters, altho, it seemed to me that *everybody* now had chipboard, so I wasn’t as impressed with that particular item.

Harlequin and paisley patterned papers were offered by practically every scrapbook paper line, along with those chipboard letters. Many of these same companies also offered clear polymer stamps for alphabets and such.

I stopped by Ranger Industries to see what was new and see what Tim Holtz was demoing. Needless to say, he was surrounded by women, hanging on his every word. He’s so cute, how could you not?! (giggle), but I must confess, when I asked if I could take a photo, and he invited me to be in the picture with him, I was quite a happy stamper!


I have more to share, but am thinking that perhaps it would be easier to upload some photos with brief descriptions underneath–so much to show and tell! So, I’m going to work on that right now for a bit. Look for a separate CHA 2006 Album and take a peek inside there for more details.

Things I discovered, but was unable to get photos of:

EK Success has developed some Paper Shaper “paper clip” and “ribbon buckle/slide” punches

Marvy Uchida has developed a tiny envelope punch that has score lines built in–actual score lines; not perforated score lines! Definite must-have!

Karen-Marie (for Plaid) has developed some absolutely drop-dead beautiful laser cuts for scrapbooking and paper crafting! Dimunitive and intricate, these little paper gems are a product I’m drying to get my hands on!

Anna Griffin has some new “kitsch” style papers, reminiscent of the 1940′s

Glue Dots has developed a truly invisible sheet style adhesive for vellum–Yippee!!! I *love* Glue Dots!!!

I was exceedingly impressed with how Heidi Grace has developed her line of products–lovely color combos on her background papers–and the flocked paper is just GAW-JUS!!! Maribou trims, and little frills–but what caught my eye most were these tiny stick pins with hearts in turquoise and pink on the end!!! We were able to do a make & take at this booth, and I will try to photo and upload. I wasn’t wild about the finished card I made, but the PINS! Oh, you must see these sweet little PINS!!!

Back from B.C.

Oh, what an absolute BLAST!!! My fellow Canadian demonstrators are SO fun and so nice!!! Just so gracious and welcoming!!! Eleonor asked if I’d come again, possibly making this an annual event, and I would be so thrilled!!!

I got to meet Allison, who is one of the initial direct demonstrators in Canada. She served on the focus group for when they were preparing to bring the company into the country. She is just a gem, and I loved getting to know her over dinner.

Eleonor is SUCH a kick in the pants; what a great sense of humor, and energy all bundled up into this little lady!

I am disappointed in myself, that I forgot a few things–sample color photos at each table would have been extremely helpful, and by the time it hit me that I had forgotten that detail, I didn’t know the area well enough to find a photocopy place to do it in time. ARGH!!!! I just can’t believe how understanding they were about this, and I really deserved a big thump on the head for oversighting that.

But, as always, I will make note of this and what I need to do to improve my teaching skills for future events.

I drove home on such a high and called my hubby to meet me for dinner on the way home as I got closer. Poor guy–he had to listen to me chatter incessantly about how fun it was and how much I enjoy doing these kinds of events.

I think I’m radiating joy today!

Well, I’m on the road again today, headed for Seattle, and then CHA in Las Vegas. I am very curious to see what all the companies have been busy developing for 2006. I have high hopes to see more of that “simplicity” trend I’d read about in last year’s trade magazines . . . I have to laugh sometimes. I’m always so far behind the trends . . . I never really did get on the Shabby Chic wave and kinda find it intriguing that it still keeps hangin’ on. Then, there’s “grunge” . . . which I totally do not get. I suspect there will be a an explosion of digital scrapbooking products, since this seems to be on the rise in popularity . . .

Aaaah, well, I could speculate all night. I need to hit the road, get there, and just soak it all in.

Bunny bumm . . .


This bunny is part of A Muse’s Spring 06 release. Here he is, poised at the edge of the great hunt.

All images and papers by A Muse; Colorbox fluid Chalk Inks. Marvy GIGA Scallop oval punch. Coluzzle Oval Companion Template. Eyelets by Queen & Co.

Hey, here’s a neat trick, which I’m sure others have already figured out long ago, but when I figured this out all by me onsie in my studio, I was rather beamin’! (chortle):

Punch out the scallop and glue to the card front by applying adhesive to the outer edges–along the scallops. Then, take your Coluzzle oval template, and cut out the opening; you’ll cut through both layers, and have a nicely “framed” window for your card.

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