I went to CHA last week and it was a blast. It was a trip of a lifetime and something I never thought I’d get the chance to do. I got to meet so many new people, people I’ve adored and followed for years, and quite a few new friends. I got to meet Kelly Marie the owner and creator of Lawn Fawn. I love her stamps. I’ve already ordered 6 of the new sets + all the dies that match.
A few of my favorite products from CHA:
- Plus 600 tape. I’ve been using the 720 pens for a little more then a year now and love them. The great thing about the 600 series is it feels just like those old Kokuyo I used to use and love.
- Lifestyle Crafts Revolution machine. It’s just like the Big Shot, but it’s a nice grey and seems to have a slightly smaller footprint. While it’s not new this CHA a manual machine is new for me. I couldn’t be more excited.
- Silhouette Chipboard! It uses the standard blade, but finally (as soon as I buy a manual machine) they make a chipboard that works!
- Hero Arts Shadow Inks! They’ve released 7 new colors that are all great additions to the collection.
- Basic Grey’s Hipster collection might be my favorite collection from CHA this year. It’s brown, retroish, and graphic. They’re even starting to do their own wood veneers, and of course their die cut and transparency packs are a personal favorite.
- Enamel dots were everywhere! I’m a dork for them. They’re quick, simple, and can add something great to the layout.
- Washi Tape is still alive and well! I hope no one was hoping for that to go away. I think it’s the new ribbon and is here to stay for awhile.
- Transparency and vellum seems to be making a comeback, Basic Grey has their die packs, Allison Kraft’s Webster Pages collections have new transparencies and I saw vellum die cuts in a few booths.
- The We R Memory Keeper Envelope Punch Board was awesome! I tried one out and I didn’t think I needed or wanted one, but after seeing how easy it was to use and thinking of all the cool things I could do with it…well I want one.
- Fiskars has a new trimmer out. The ProCision Rotary Bypass trimmer. It reminds me a lot of the old Making Memories trimmer. It’s not magnetic, not as heavy, and comes with a lifetime warranty. (I picked up one of these from Joann’s last week…review coming soon)
There was lots more that I loved, liked, meh, and disliked, but these were my top favorites. I have a layout to share later this week and I hope to have a few reviews and maybe a few other projects…..like that December Daily that has stalled out at day 19.