Thursday, January 29, 2009

KI Lovin'....

Havin' a blast! :)

Got back from CHA to a box of goodie fun! I can't wait to dig in! The new stuffs are just so gorgeously glittered and I love the new designs and embellishments and, and, and...just! :)

Head over to the KI blog too!

I'm the "Meet the Team" designer this week. The interview questions were fun and I love the layout that is with the questionnaire. :)

Also, I'm doing the scrap challege this week to scraplift yourself! So many options to play with out of your own scrapbook, so have a blast with it! :)

Here's the layout I lifted from the Memory Makers Scrapbook Idea Gallery magazine and the KI layout that I created for the challenge:

I'd love to see what y'all create too! Make sure to post it to the KI thread so we can all love on you and your layout! :)
XOXO...Stac :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Last Day of CHA Fun... :)

Woo Hoo! Another fun day on the CHA floor! Are you ready for the longest list of goodies yet? Yeah, I thought you might be! ;)

Kaiser: With some of the coolest wooden mini albums and wall art I saw, I was a happy girl in the Kaiser booth! One of their new lines hits on a hot trend of the stacking dolls, but these are my favorite ones b/c they are just so cute in their bright dresses! :)

Prima: Every. Single. Thing. Is. Absolutely. Breath-takingly. Fabulous. I know that I’m a little excitable in general, but this whole booth was full of the most gorgeous goodies. I don’t even know where to start b/c I wanted it all—beaded butterflies, flowers, stems of sparkly stars, stitched papers, canvas art, super cute paper lines, great clear stamps, album ring cozies, and more, more, more. Every. Single. Thing…really. :) Also, I was lucky enough to meet Adrienne Looman who designed their new Rebellious line, a rockin’ hot pink/lime green/black combo full of punk rock fun.

Anna Griffin: There are lots of jungle lines here, but Anna Griffin took it one step further and the animals are full of circus fun! Some great flocked monkey patterns and some other fun patterns too. All ready to add to the cute little mini albums. Oh, and the diecut papers that go with the lines are beautiful too—the lined up turquoise elephants for the Riley line make me laugh out loud! :)

Teresa Collins: As always, just totally gorgeous lines! The manilla ledger bases and journaling cards are so awesome for every layout. :) I saw some *great* new transparencies that are so coming to live with me asap! Love the little alphabet papers too…just want to chop them to bits but they look great uncut too as a layout base. Double Bonus! :)

K & Company: The totally cutie Actopus to Zelephant line made me want to create a mini-album immediately! Then, even better, I saw the way they’d used an extra big version of it in their display and decided that my kids will be needing a little alphabet wall art thing in the toy room instead! F-U-N!

Pebbles: Walking down an aisle, I saw a wall with framed papers so delicious that I had to break the up-&-down each aisle rule to go check them out! Lucky for me, Pebbles new lines were so worth the rule-breaking. The new lines are bright, cheerful and flat-out gorgeous with little birds, houses, flowers…I want to frame them too! Then I turned around and saw the cutest (& smartest) packaging idea in ages. Pebbles has great new chipboard sets, some with glitter, all done up in…wait for it…”chip bags”! Totally adorable little potato chip looking bags with awesome glitter embellishments! Betcha can’t eat, I mean buy, just one! ;)

Technique Tuesday: The new Ali Edwards stamps aren’t flashy and ooooh-inducing. What they are is 110% useful, cool and totally Ali. Translate that to…I want them so bad I can taste it!! :) These are the stamps that you’re going to pull out again and again to add a little extra detail to every layout.

Fancy Pants: This was a release that I was sooo excited to see! And they totally did NOT disappoint. The watercolor rainbows and sunshines made me smile like a 9 year old all over again! So pretty, fun and sweet. Around the corner was the new kraft line, which was equally fabulous with pale little sweet rainbows, trees, and animal friends. Then I saw my new mini-album obsession. New album set-ups with a mixture of pages—felt, transparency, chipboard…all in one convenient package. Guess who is getting to work on one asap? Yep, that’d be me…and you too!

GCD Studios: Have you felt this paper? Really. You need to. Its super thick, linen textured and double-sided. Totally rich luxury with glitter, flocking, foils…yum! The new Spring line was my fave here with fun rainbows, kelly green damask-type designs, and big polka dots. There was a great fabric-inspired line too that looked like home décor fabric swatches. I had to touch them to see if they were really paper! LOL

My Little Shoebox: Between the lines, the sample layouts, and the girls working, this is the sweetest booth at CHA I think. Every paper line has a little pink or coral in it…but the mix of colors make them all unique! With lines featuring happy little birds, houses, flowers, owls, rainbows, and more, they’ve got you covered and will bring a smile to your face. MLS also has my new fave alpha of the show that I’m ready to stock.up.on! Awesome little alpha sets in a variety of colors designed to match MLS lines plus about every line in your scrap stash. These are a total must-have in every color.

Glitz Designs: Can you hear my rebel yell? Okay, so maybe I didn’t literally yell out in the middle of CHA, but I wanted to so badly! The new Rebel line has a totally me mix of turquoise, red, and black with lots of grungy fun. The rub-ons are like buttah—smooth and easy. And I saw lots of folks begging for the distressing stamp set, which apparently was a HIT in the Glitz class.

Chatterbox: Okay, I want to make sure to mention the gorgeous paper line with fab blue, brown, and yellow combo of stars, flowers, and dots. Because the papers are truly fab. Okay, now…cover your eyes b/c I’m about to start kissing embellishments! ;) The goodies that go with the new line are so ridiculously awesome that I didn’t want to leave them. Fun cork shapes, gorgeous deer cards, butterfly and bird die cuts, transparency frames…every single one in the whole set are so usable and fabulous, which is so rare. But Chatterbox nailed it perfectly. So that I can maximize total usage of these fabulous bits, I think I’ll have to play with one of their great new albums too—maybe the denim one? Or the canvas one? Or the one that goes on the stand? Hmmm, maybe all of them! ;)

Basic Grey: Two words for you—Lime Rickey! This is my absolute fave of the new lines because it is full of bright colors that are going to carry us through the spring and summer months with lots of scrap happiness. The Marrakech line is gorgeous too, with pretty details that go with the stacking doll theme I was seeing.

Maya Road: Heaven…pure and total heaven! New yummies everywhere I looked that are so awesome I wanted to bring them home…NOW (please!). LOL ;) Maya Road was showing new spray mist colors (amethest to go with all the purple goodies), luxury crushed velvet ribbon, cute baby pompom ribbon, and mini velvet flowers with rhinestone centers. They also had more fabulous albums that I can possibly work my way through but I am sure going to be happy trying—all the shaped acrylics, layered chipboards, and mix-up ones with chipboard and envelopes all ready to be your new fave mini! :)

Whew! Well, that’s it for this round of CHA coverage. I am finally back home in freezing cold Texas after almost spending the night at the airport, flying through an ice storm, and slip-sliding our way home. Comfy and cozy with my family around me, California seems like forever ago already. But so many of the goodies are going to have me rushing to my scrapbook room asap! I’m sure they will do the same for you too. ~*~Happy Scrapping!~*~

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Fun Continues... :)

Hey y’all! Back again from another fun day on the CHA floor! :) I’ve seen lots more goodies that you are soooo going to love! Are. You. Ready? :)

Blue Eyed Dezines: Stopped me in my tracks! This is a company out of Australia that was showcasing some fabulous felt embellishments! I love the fun and bright colors and of course polka dotties make everyone smile. The frames are gorgeous too with a little touch of frou-frou swooshie-ness and big touch of bold!

KI Memories: With a new release that is huge, there’s going to be lots here that is going to come live in your scraproom! KI has added glitter shine to much of this release—papers, alphas, and embellishments! Several themes, featuring girl, boy, pets, fruit, and more. And of course, the always fab Sheer Delights and lace cardstock in new colors and designs. :)

Crate Paper: Happy little critters make me happy too! Crate’s new Little Sprouts line has the cutest little woodland friends, including a crazy-cute mushroom die cut paper. The die cuts are awesome, with several that I wanted to pull off the display (no worries I didn’t! LOL) Another boy line with some cute monsters that is lots of fun! And a girl line named after my daughter Lillian (not really…just teasing ;) LOL) that is fun and springy with some great patterned bird chipboard.

Little Yellow Bicycle: Always a crazy busy booth, today was no exception! One of my faves here was their travel-inspired line featuring a great color combo of navy and orange. There’s been several navy based lines here, but LYB is the only one adding a big pop of orange to it. :) I love the full line of embellishments LYB offers with their lines. The Clear Cuts transparency elements are my personal fave, but there’s plenty of goodies to choose from.

7 Gypsies: Oh my Yum! 7 gypsies always makes me want to create as many mini books as possible! Just so many cool album ideas and embellishments! The Binderie was a hit at the Make & Take table (check Crystal Jeffrey Reiger’s blog for pics). The Gypsy Market line is totally pretty with rich saturated red, black, and maize yellow. My fave paper of the line is the distressed black and white stripe b/c it adds some contrasting color and scale to all the other pretty papers! :)

American Crafts: So much to talk about there’s not even room enough to talk about it all! Pretty much just set aside a paycheck for AC goodies and you might get what you’ll want from this release. LOL ;) Fabulous paper lines—I am in heaven between the Teen line and the Craft Fair line! Always great embellishments—chipboard, rubons, flair buttons, new Thickers, and more! Cute little albums all set up with page protectors. And a whole new launch into stamps. Most are perfect for card making, but the border stamps make them perfect for scrappers too. Start saving now…trust me! ;)
Bella Blvd.: With two new releases full of bright and fun, you’ll be all set for spring and summer! They’ve got the super hot color palette (pink, green, blue) going on and rock it out with birthday candles, cupcakes, water droplets (cute!), trees, and hearts. Who could ask for anything more? Oh, you want more? How about huge sheets chock full of coordinating stickers? How about big sheets of awesome alpha stickers? Yeah, they got you covered there too!

Jillibean Soup: A new exhibitor at this show, Jillibean Soup has a great idea. Kraft and lots of it! They have several lines developed on kraft bases that have big impact b/c of their other color choices (like the bold black, red, & green). Not to mention that it’s cute trees, big polka dots, starbursts, and more!! If kraft isn’t your thing or you want to mix it up, they have more colorful lines too like a fun froggy line with bright greens and yellows. They’ve got coordinating ledger journaling spots too that come in variety shaped sets.

Well, that was my Monday! See anything you like? Is there anything y’all want pics of for tomorrow? My game plan is to hit the floor running and bring y’all lots more drool-worthy goodies! ;)
XOXO…Staci :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Fun has Begun...

Welcome to CHA-Winter 09! No worries that you are at home, cozy with your family. I'm here to show you the goodies that you want to get your hands on asap. :)

Gotta start at the beginning:

Did you hear the angels singing? Yeah, me too. So let's keep it we go with the goodies you came to see:

I'm a neat and organized girl, so I (and therefore you) started on the far wall and worked my way through, row by row to be sure to see it all. :) So far, I've made it through almost 2 halls...with 2 more to go, plus I always have to go back for stuff I somehow missed! LOL :)

Cosmo Cricket: I'm love, love, lovin' the new Girl Friday line. Totally cute color scheme (pink/green/blue is seriously all over CHA today!) and some fun designs. The Everafter line is a great wedding line, featuring another hot color of the moment-grey! The Lil' Man line has some cute versatility, with an obvious choice being for boy layouts, but they had some fun "My Hero" projects done up too. Last but not least is the Snorkel line with a big bang of color-very bright spring/summer vibe line will be perfect for your warm weather layouts.

Heidi Swapp: Super innovative coolness of course. She has these new sheer transparencies that you can color with the medium of your choice (paint, alcohol inks, etc) and the design is a resist so you end up with a great "white-on-your color choice" design. Heidi was demo'ing these today...totally fun and non-scary way to add a big technique look to your projects. :) Also, they've got cool patterned papers with little shapes partially die-cut out so that you can pop them out almost all the way, but not quite. It gives your projects tons of depth and dimension with minimal effort. Or of course, you can fancy them up with rhinestones, glitter, and bits too.

Bo Bunny Press: With several new lines to choose from, this is a hard decision. But I've been swayed by my peers b/c I have heard tons of buzz about their new Love Shack line. With the hot pink/blue/green color scheme again, it's decidedly girl or lovey dovey at the least, but no matter what, it is CUTE ! :)

Dream Street Papers: I totally love how each line has its own designer and therefore, a completely different feel. One of those "something for everyone" things. My fave was the new Heartsong line, with its pink, blue, and orange colors (again!!!). How can you choose when there’s clouds, hearts, and maybe best of all, little children silhouettes!? That’s right…you can’t, so just get it all! LOL :)

Making Memories: This sneak peek with harlequin in green and blue with a rockin' guitar decoration had me seriously interested. The full line is both cute and useful! The plaid and camo prints are totally fun background options and the robot paper brought the biggest smile to my face! Rock On Scrappers! :) I need to also note that MM has a *huge* wedding line with pretty grey and white designs. But the big hottie of the wedding line is the tons o'embellishments!! These are ones that you'll want for lots of different types of layouts if you get out of the "wedding" thinking. I'm all in for the pearl pins and buttons for sure!

Sassafras Lass: I always threaten to just set up shop and move into the Sassafras booth. Just totally my vibe of papers and embellishments. I love the *cute* factor and they are always a step ahead with their cool trendsetting selves. :) This time, they are coming out with their biggest embellishment release yet, headlined by these feltie bits. Felt (especially stitched felt) accents are all over CHA, but these are my fave of the day. They've got another hot trend covered with their Bungle Jungle line! Lots of hippos, lions, crocodiles, etc stomping all around CHA!

Doodlebug: Some companies have a solid image. You know what their booth is going to look like at CHA without a doubt. Doodlebug is one those companies. Their booth looks like one of their ads come to life in front of your eyes. Yummy little ideas and sparkle and details abound. Mixed in with all this eye candy were the new lines featuring ice cream, cupcakes, and cherries. Man, who needs a snack?! ;)

Pink Paislee: They went with a bit of a different inspiration this go-round. With the catalog and advertising sneaks, there's a big emphasis on photography and emotions. The lines are then designed to go with those vibes. Fun idea and ultimately great goodies! My fave of the release is the bold and bright Fascinating line, with my love majorly caused by this one layout. I thought the line was pretty, then I saw the way this sample had the big flowers chopped out and fell head over heels.

Webster's Pages: Oh, soooo pretty!!! I love that the Magical Wishes line is floral with a vintage-y lean, but bright enough for some real pop. There's also one that has another hot trend I'm seeing...silhouettes of children. This particular version has them in white gloss with little pattern accents! And in some of the best news all day, they've got...Ribbon! Gorgeous pleated satin ribbon, lace with a mix of cream and white, crochet looks, and more. Really luscious ribbon that will be coming to live with me asap.

Jenni Bowlin: Everything she makes is golden by me as far as I'm concerned. Truly. The new Farmers Wife collection features some cutie cherries, flour sack designs, and ledger paper. Always popular are the bingo cards and a new set-up for the label stickers (no longer on a roll), but the big hits are the new embellishments. Get in line now for some of the awesome new rhinestone centered "vintage" buttons, patterned chipboard buttons, and large/small calendars!

Hambly Screenprints: Bright and funky transparencies make me smile! So of course, I was grinning ear to ear in the Hambly booth! With flocks of butterflies, laundry lines of baby onesies, and circles both big and small...totally Yes! :) The mixed up transparency below has a little taste of several of the new designs-circles, frames, grunge...yum!

Canvas Home Basics: Seemed to be lots of folks working the cross over market, getting scrappers to create some home décor crafts. I'm about you? To start, check out these canvas bases. My faves are the pennant flag type cuts for making garlands! Lots of other funsies too-pillow forms, hardware, etc.

So there you have a little taste of my day. I’ll be back tomorrow night with a peek at the goodies I see on Monday! :)
XOXO...Staci :)