Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Summer CHA Top Product Picks!

I'm finally back to bring you my favs from the Create-n-Connect (CHA) Show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. I am sorry I haven't done it sooner, but it's been really hard to dig myself out of this sadness ditch.  I REALLY want to tell each of you who have sent an email, call, text, comment, or Facebook message "Thank you!" Your words mean more than I can ever ever ever say. I am so thankful for this blog and this art bringing me to all of you! I feel truly blessed by you! 

Now, down to business! Here are my 10...no scratch that and make it 11...favorite products that were newly launched at the show, and I've tried to link to their respective companies or blogs if I had the information. I found one more that I loved, and I couldn't leave it out. Really I could make 12, because I loved everything new from Idea-ology, but that's a given...right? I also goofed and accidentally added a watermark to some of the photos...didn't mean to, and I also borrowed some of the photos from the companies themselves, as I was a bad picture taker at the show.
1. Tim Holtz Collection Stencils by Stamper's Anonymous
I loved every single one! They are much larger than the #8 tag size, so you will get great coverage. They are also thicker and very sturdy if you tend to be rough with stencils like I am. It's genius to put a hole in the top and store them all together on a ring clip! Why oh why didn't I think to do that with all my stencils? I am forever searching for the right one in the drawer I have them all in.


2. Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink by Ranger
What makes these awesome is that they so closely match some of the color of Distress Ink, so if you need a permanent ink in that color that will stand up against something wet here you go! Genius! Now you can have the best of both worlds!!! Using them with her new stencils (The tree is my favorite by the way!) or any stencil is too cool as well. Just use alcohol to clean up the stencil.

3. Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste by Dreamweaver Stencils
If you thought her other pastes were fabulous, just wait until you play with the Translucent! WOW people WOW!!! You can even stamp on top of it! Amazing stuff! Color it up for color effects too!

4. Sizzix French Farmhouse Bigz Dies
Sizzix has soooo many new dies that I loved, namely Tim's, Eileen Hull's, and Karen Burniston's, but for some reason these vintage country versions spoke to me. I love the armoire especially! The basket and crate are excellent too! These samples were so beautiful! They don't ship until December, but you can see them a little better here.
 
5. Sizzix and Stamper's Anonymous Collaboration for Stamps and Sizzlets Dies of Tim Holtz Images
Yay!!! Not only do you get one die in one size, but another size too, and the stamped image is a different size than the one that has already been sold, so now you have many more options. I never made the Stamp 2 Cut plunge, although I should, so I can see myself purchasing these instead. I love that he choose the Christmas ones first!

6. The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter
This product made me squeal! I took every one to their booth! I can see so many projects in my head with this thing, and I think they need to make one for bigger bottles! The way it works is, you place the contraption around the bottle where you want it cut, tighten it, use the score cutter to cut it, remove the contraption (I think.), place the bottle in warmish water and wait a minute and then gently start to pull at it at the cut. You can sand the glass to get a super smooth edge if you want to make goblets. They even sell bottoms to stick into the mouth parts to make the bottoms for the goblets. So cool! I have saved so many bottles over the years that I loved or found unique in some way. They come in many colors as well!

 
I love all of these new stencils! There are so many fabulous ones I have to have and it both the large and small sizes! I love that there were samples up to see what they would look like too! I am so proud of Ronda!

8. Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Ink Spray Pad by Ranger
I had the privilege of taking Dyan's class at the show, and she taught us how to use her new Pad. I love that is makes your stamped images using Dylusions crisp and that pressing something directly into the pad sprayed with ink gives a totally different look than just spraying the ink. And, best part is you can just rinse it off with water when you want new colors or something else and then begin again! Check out this tutorial from the great Kaz Hall using the pad for some awesome new ideas!

9.Tim Holtz Blue Print Stamps drawn by Mario III by Stamper's Anonymous
Okay, honestly I loved all the new Tim stamps that came out this time...every single set, but when I saw that Pumpkin and some of the new Christmas ones, like the Gingerbread House and Ice Skate, I was thrilled! There are just not that many images of those around, and to get them in Blue Print style is FABULOUS!!! Thanks Mario III! He is super sweet in person too, and his gorgeous wife as well.

10. Vintaj Metal-Pressions Adhesive Copper Metal Sheets by Ranger
Hello!!!! This make me so happy! I was thrilled with Ranger's new Watercolor Paper and the Foil Cardstock, but when I saw the reddish hue of Copper, I was giddy! YES!!!! I cannot wait to have a play and see what this stuff can do!

11. Maya Road Light Bulbs
I never tire of light bulbs, and it seems they are not the going thing anymore, so I was so happy to see them here in not only Transparent with Black or White Print but also WOOD!!! Wood makes me happy! They also have Doilies, Hearts, Wings, and Cameras in wood too! Love it!  Lots of new metal was added as well. Those big feathers are awesome!

Here is a link to the top 30 products that Buzzfeed liked from the show that is wonderful to see as well that Shelly Hickox sent me. 

I'll be back in a few days to show you the samples that I made for Ranger using some of the new products they launched at the show, and I'll have a give away of some great stuff from the show!!!  I'm off to visit my mommy!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

37 comments:

  1. I have some of your top picks en route to me right now! Can't wait to see your samples up close. Hang in there!

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  2. Wonderful Anita! i want all products!!!!!!!!!! Dream dream dream!!!!! Tim's stencils and christmas blueprint stamps are my favorite!!!!!!!!!! BArbarayaya

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  3. WOW! Anita, I need all the fabulous products...I can't wait for your wonderful samples.. Take Care... Hugs May x x x

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  4. ...great picks there Anita, it musta been hard to choose with so much before your eyes...Mel:)x

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  5. Good Morning from Scotland. Sorry you are feeling low Anita, sometimes it's hard to climb upwards. What a fabulous post and I need to get an extension to the house if I were to put all those brilliant items in my basket. However, I do have my beady eyes on quite a few. Sending loving Hugs. Rita xxxxx

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  6. Looks like one heck of a show and what fab products to choose. Can't wait to see what you get up to with your new goodies. Hugs, Jenny x

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  7. Thank you Anita, so great to see and hear about these new products! TH stencils are at the top of my list! Copper foil looks pretty yummy also , have fun Toni x

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  8. Ooooh, so much loveliness!!! I NEED all of Tim's stencils - and all the CWS' stencils - as well as Wendy's inks & Dyan's stamps & the ink pad. Never mind, I need EVERYTHING!
    Lovely to see you blogging again. Big hugs from me.

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  9. Thanks for sharing Anita! Cannot wait to see your samples! Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. Hi Anita, it is so lovely to see you back. I know it has been such a difficult time for you.....been thinking of you. Thank you so much for the great review, love all of Tim and Wendy's things (of course!). Also love that glass cutting thingy - how fabulous is that! So looking forward to seeing your samples. Hugs, Anne x

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  11. Funny how both of our top ten (or eleven) are almost the same! Birds of a feather indeed!!

    Have a great visit with your mom and a great class too!

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  12. Thanks Anita! I wondered what your favorites would be. So many choices! I have a lot of those on my list, with the stamps, stencils on the top of my list. I am glad you explained the stamp in the stamp/die sets are different sizes than the set. I was thinking about how I have A LOT of the blue prints, and was wondering if I would pick them up just to get the die. I was asked in July what I wanted for my bday from a friend, and said I wanted Wendy Vecchi's embossing pastes after seeing you use them. I got Black and white, and LOVE them. Now, I will add the new one to my list! So many dies, and stamps from Sizzix and TH that I want for sure. Enjoy the visit with your mom! I had my mom down this past weekend for a block party with my sisters. It was great! Nothing better than family time!

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  13. Wow Anita what an amazing time you must have had ! All of these products look amazing ! I also wanted to say how sorry I was to hear about your friend, I'm just catching up and have just read your last post. Sending you a big hug and hope your days are a little lighter soon. Sue C x

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  14. Hey Anita!! love your top ten!! I know that I NEED those stencils by Tim, they are so on my wish list! along with the archivals, more dylusions! someone better warn my credit card!
    big hugs to you

    Kaz x

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  15. What a great products...gorgeous stuff to play with :-)))

    Kind regards, Alie :-)

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  16. Thanks for showing us your faves! Those French Farmhouse dies look like something I will 'have to have'. :). We live in the country and raise chickens for fun so I'm drawn to those, especially. Sounds like you would be a great one to enjoy the show with - so much enthusiasm! And thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your wonderful comments! Makes creating that much more fulfilling. Hugs, Cathy

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  17. Well Anita, now it is not oly liking all those new products, it is wanting to have them and starting to save up the money!! Shall we rob a bank?!! On top of my list are the Tim Holtz stencils and all the new bottle dies and stamps. One must start somewhere ;-)

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  18. Cha sounds like an artist and crafters' wonderland. Blessings!

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  19. Anita, great picks. Some of those are my favs too. You were in Dyans class? Me too! Can't believe we were that close and didn't get to meet in person! Looking toward to seeing your projects with the new toys, er, I mean tools, lol. Take care.

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  20. Anita,
    OMG! Thank you for this review, some of these products I didn't know about but I love everything you listed here. That bottle cutter is awesome!! I must have it. Thanks again girl!!

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  21. Oh yes! I like a LOT of what you picked out...oh, the possibilities!! Looking forward to seeing your creations.
    Keep crafting, it is great therapy in times of need, and if you can do it with friends to support you during this really tough stretch, that's even better. Thinking of you, Anita.

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  22. Fabulous looking "Top Ten" and I do believe most will be on my list of wants. I am a little behind on blog visits and am very sorry for the loss of your friend. Art is therapy and I believe (even though not easy to do) that when we loss someone we love, we live and play extra as a tribute to them. Enjoy the weekend, Hugs!

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  23. My favourites are very much similar to yours!! Fabulous picks!

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  24. So much fun to see your top 10ish. Such cool stuff coming out! Hope you feeling better. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Sandra

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  25. Love how your picks match most of mine. Thanks for introducing me to the Sizzix & Stamper's Anonymous collaboration. I don't know how I missed that but I did. It's fabulous!

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  26. Thanks for sharing all these fabulous supplies, the bottle cutter looks really interesting. Hope your days are beginning to feel brighter.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  27. some great product picks, have a huge wish list myself! sending you huge hugs and love trace x

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  28. Thanks for sharing! I NEED that bottle cutter!!

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  29. Wow, wow, wow - my TH stencils are already on their way across the Atlantic, so I'm thrilled to see them there at the top of the list. And I think I NEED the WV Archival inks too... Thanks so much for sharing all these wonders - though I'm not sure my bank manager would be as grateful!!
    Alison xx

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  30. Thanks for the show update. What a fabulous group of products. Loving the archival inks! So sorry about your friend. Your tag you made in honor of her was beautiful .

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  31. Wow.. Anita, these all look fun! I especially love the Tim Holtz new stencil collection. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  32. I love those stencils too! I think it is the tag lover in me!!! So cute to keep them all in one place only a hook needed to watch your collection grow!!!

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  33. Great tips. Love those alphabet stencils and so much more!! Thanks for sharing so much of what you saw.

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  34. Thanks, Anita...I love your picks. I'm going to get the layering stencils...too cool...and Ilove the light bulbs, too! xoxo

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  35. What's not to love with all these gorgeous new products? So many must haves!! The bottle cutter is really interesting. I can't wait to see what you make with it!

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  36. Thanks for your personal take on the new products.

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  37. Great post about your top picks. The top 2 were the stand outs for me and they will be in my hot little hands before too long. I totally missed the Sizzix French Farmhouse collection - love that rooster and egg basket.

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