Fabulous Finds Friday — CHA Treats

I have a few quick hits on some Fabulous Finds from CHA.

I’ve always been a fan of Avery Elle, and this year’s collection of new stamps and dies prove my point. Check out these two adorable cards:
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Cute, right?

Last year we were introduced to Ken Oliver’s Colorbursts pigment inks. This year he made it even easier to get that beautiful look but without the mess — just use his pre-printed sheets. Check out these samples:

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Ken Oliver paper

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So pretty!

(For more inspiration, check out Ken’s blog here.)

Stay tuned for more highlights!

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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 www.RichardGaray.com.

Hero Arts at CHA

Hero Arts never disappoints in its showing of stamps, inks and more. And this year’s CHA reveal was no exception.

We all know how crazy I am about succulents (see here)

So naturally, I immediately gravitated to these cards (and images):

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I also love the new ombre ink pads:

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And look at this cute card done with those inks:

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Check them out at www.heroarts.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

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:

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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!

Revisiting the Carson Show

Oh, my … I never followed up with the rest of my photos from the Original Rubber Stamp show in Carson, CA.

Let’s take a quick peek:

A blast from my past…. when I first started stamping (and writing for the late, lamented Rubber Stamper magazine) I met Elaine Madrid of Carmen’s Veranda stamps. I was immediately in love with her quirky, artistic images. It was such a delight to find her at Carson!

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Here are a few of her unique images:
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Here is Elaine with another of my favorite crafty people, MaryJo McGraw, who I met while she was a demo artist with JudiKins. She has mad stamping skills and I learned so many cool techniques from MaryJo.

MaryJo McGraw & Elaine Madrid

Also at Carson, I saw these cool acrylic overlays from Stamp On It:
Stamp On It
The company also has a cling mount stamps at the Artful Stamper, so check those out.

And if you like big-eyed cuteness, check out Yumi & Fumi Handmade:
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Thanks for coming by! There’s more Carson to come!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Checking in at Carson

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Original Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA. (Commonly called the Carson show.) I didn’t have time to shop (boo hoo) because the hubster was waiting in the car…. so I just ran in to take a few picks and say hello to some old friends. Here are some fabulous, fun finds.

First up, the dynamic duo of Judi Watanabe and Rob Bostick of JudiKins.

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Rob Bostick

Judi demoed a technique using Mica Magic reinkers to create some stunning backgrounds:

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Judikins

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Rob showed me the new Frosty White embossing powder, here used to stunning effect on red cardstock:

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Judikins new white EP

I think I need to get my hands on that powder!
Check out more of JudiKins at www.judikins.com

Next week I’ll show some more fun finds — including some new (to me) companies and some old friends (Remember Carmen’s Veranda?)

Have a great weekend!

Hot Hobby Trends

Wondering what’s hot and trendy? Want to get a look at the nifty craft items already making their way to stores, or still to come? My exhaustive report from the Craft and Hobby Association’s summer trade show can be found on the Crafts ‘n things magazine blog. Simply go to the site, hit the blog tab and then scroll down until you find the CHA Hot List report. It is posted in two parts, as a Great Finds Friday feature: Aug. 16 and Aug. 30.

Here are some snaps that didn’t make it into the story: (please note, there are sneaky advertising links inserted here NOT by my doing. I am trying to figure out how to remove them. In the meantime, be aware of links that have double lines underneath — I have NOT inserted those!!!)

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I have already admitted that I am loving all the dies available today. So it’s no surprise that I’m wild about this Christmas tree die set from Elizabeth Crafts. Is this fun or what? What other ways could you use the dies? I may have to put this one on my personal wish list.

And Dreamweaver, one of the first companies to offer great stencils, now has stencils and dies…oh my! Check these out:

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These sticky notes from Little B are just the start of the cute items they have, from labels to decorative tapes.

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Stay tuned for more!