Wednesday at CHA Summer 2012
There are some exciting new colouring options on display at this year’s CHA Summer show. Heidi Swapp debuted her Color Spray mists, which are are easy to apply and come in a range of beautiful bright colours with fine glimmer and shine. Paired up with her new mistable range of papers and embellishments you can get great results that coordinate perfectly with any project.
At the Tattered Angels booth a new range of Paint Systems kits have been unveiled. These creative sets each include four sprays – drawn from the Glaze, Glam and Chalkboard ranges – which work together to create stone, metal, wood and other effects. Each kit provides everything you need to perfect a look, including an in-depth tutorial.
For those who prefer pencils as their colouring medium of choice, the Irojiten range from Tombow offers something a little special. Named after the Japanese for ‘Colour Encyclopaedia’ the Irojiten pencils come in a beautiful range of coordinating colours, most notable of which are the eye-popping neon colours that glow under blacklights. Neon brights pop up again at the Hero Arts stand, where their new neon inkpads are drawing a lot of attention.
Few stands pick up the same buzz that surrounds the Ranger booth, especially when Tim Holtz is demonstrating. The perennially popular crafter debuted lots of new products at the show, from his striking new Blueprints cling stamps with Stampers Anonymous to his enchanting bottlebrush Christmas trees. The UK’s Dyan Reaveley made a big splash with her growing Ranger Dylusions range. Alongside her signature Dylusions ink range you can now get your hands on some super stencils and hand-drawn stamp designs, plus mixed media artists will love her Dylusions blank Creative Journal. Claudine Hellmuth’s Sticky Back Canvas is another great product for those looking for new ways to add texture to designs.
The Graphic 45 booth is always one of the most stylish on show and the company’s new collections are just as eye-catching as the stand. The Bird Song range is a delight with rich floral papers that evoke images of exotic kimonos. A Ladies Diary on the other hand has a beautifully soft pink, cream and turquoise colour palette with elegant art deco imagery.
Australia’s Kaisercraft has no less than four new Christmas collections on display, including our favourite, Just Believe, which couples a subtle vintage look with elegant florals and cool blue. There was lots of Australian design talent on show too at the Kaisercraft stand, including familiar face from the Australian Scrapbook Ideas Design Team, Susan Longman.
Spellbinders has a huge selection of new products coming through in the next few months that are sure to delight die-cutting fans. Most exciting are the fabulous new Majestic Elements die sets, which picked up the show’s CHA Innovations award. These wonderfully detailed dies cut, emboss and can be used to colour too, What’s more each set can be used to create more than 20 different effects by mix and matching the elements.
One of the most exciting parts of the CHA shows is seeing exciting new products coming through from new exhibitors. One stand that really caught our eye was the new stamp range from Some Odd Girl. Designed by Kristy Dalman, these striking designs blend the wide-eyed manga look with adorable characters that stampers will love to colour. We especially loved the paper doll charm of the mix-and-match Kaylee’s Closet Wardrobe set and Kristy’s animal characters are just too adorable.