CHA Spotlight: Richard Garay

Here’s another highlight from the CHA MEGA Show:

Richard Garay

Richard Garay

Designer Richard Garay’s catch phrase is “make amazing happen,” and he does that with his new collection of stamps, dies, papers and accessories.

You may have been introduced to Richard through his Celebra’tions™ line, first shown via Spellbinders. He’s expanded the line and also branched out into several different looks, from spritely florals to outdoorsy lumberjacks.

“I don’t want to get locked into one style,” he explains.

For Richard, it’s all about the party! Check out this fun look from his booth:

Richard Garay

Richard Garay

The Celeba’tions™ line has everything you need for a party, from balloons and banner stamps and dies to a fun new box die for party favors or gifts.

And check out these flowers!

Richard Garay

Richard Garay

Lumberjack Days is more than just plaid shirts and manly beards … it’s all about outdoor images, include trees, flowers, animals, etc.  One fun set is the Great Outdoors die, which punches out pieces perfect for a 3D scene or a child’s school diorama. The Knitted Pattern and Pine Needles embossing folders caught my eye for next winter’s cards.

The Make Amazing Happen Collection has some great affirmative phrases, such as Brave You, Make Amazing Happen, and Be Amazing.

Noteworthy, with a slightly vintage flair (what he calls “modern vintage”), is built for corresponding with cute envelope, telephone and other designs, including some fabulous paper in shades of khaki and black.

As for accessories, I like the matte finish enamel dots as a little change from the shiny ones. They’d be great on more masculine cards.

Check out more on Richard at

A Few More Fabulous Finds from Carson….

Finishing up my Carson fly-by (and a fitting Fabulous Finds Friday entry!):

I was tickled by these images from (a new-to-me store) Fun Stampers Journey:

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And the always beautiful designs from Hanko:

Hanko Designs

Have you tried the EcoArt boards from Rubber Stamp Concepts? They are such fun and take all sorts of paint, ink, etc.
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And what show would be complete without Tim Holtz working his magic? Here he is dying some pretty Christmas trees:
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Thanks for stopping by!

CHA … People, Ideas, Creativity!

An action-packed day at CHA today as the doors opened and the craftivity began.

I’ll have a full report when the show ends and my head stops spinning! But in the meantime, live vicariously through me and these snaps of stamp people:

Hero Arts artists Nancy Taylor and Sally Traidman are all smiles and flowers as they get everyone bloomin’ at the Hero Arts make and take.

Posh-a-licious Dee Gruenig is all smiles… she and husband Warren have retired. Dee is considered a pioneer in stamping circles, having started her Posh Impressions stamp line more than 30 years ago. Many of her images can now be found through Judikins.

The charming Stacey Caron, the wizard behind Spellbinders dies, autographs copies of her new book, “Nestabililities Basics & Beyond,” a magical idea book using Spellbinders’ Nestabilities dies. The company also previewed several new products, including new Nestabilities  (I am lusting after the darling banner basics — so cute). Another new product is the Grand Caliber, which has a large platform, letting you cut several dies at a time, including larger Nestabilities.