Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 CHA Paper Arts Show - Part VII

Helloooo, Gorgeouses!

Welcome back to MORE from the 2014 CHA Paper Arts Show.  If you would like to start the series from the beginning, you can find plenty from-the-show-floor photos starting with Part I HERE.

TODAY is the day we get to spend with ALL that is Sizzix's Tim Holtz Alterations for the holidays!

I was thrilled to meet Sizzix in-house designer, Debi Adams.  She was an integral part of designing the layout of the Sizzix booth at the show.  I couldn't have been {HAPPIER} to see the work she designed by creating the dynamic display pieces for Tim Holtz's *NEW* seasonal release of Alterations Dies. 

Debi did a remarkable job re-interpreting the classic design that Tim Holtz is famous for.  Unless you have been living under a creative rock, you know Tim's Distress style.  Here, Debi has lightened the whole Tim Holtz Alterations look for the Holidays.


Isn't this SCRUMPTIOUS?  Great work, Debi!


I'm feeling a more Victorian style with Debi's work with Tim Holtz new designs - even moving into Vintage at times, aren't you?


This is a true piece of art, wouldn't you agree?  And the best part?  With the tools from Sizzix, we can ALL easily recreate Debi's work.  Their dies make art accessible for all of us ~

Debi created a wonderful collection using Tim's new "Seasons Greetings" that really exposes the versatility of this collection.  "Season's Greetings" Texture Fades Embossing folder:
Debi's using layers of bath tissue and embossing them ~

"Seasons Greetings" Stamp & Framelit set:

Isn't it amazing how distinctive each card is?  By just changing up the supplies, using the same Sizzix tools, the style is COMPLETELY different.

Debe requested the *famous* Tim Holtz "Tattered Pinecone" Alterations Die be introduced in a larger size.  THX for pulling through for her, Tim - this die is going to be used to create terrific home decor items for YEARS to come.

Fiber art is really coming into it's own and Tim Holtz features the trend with his "Holiday Knits" Texture Fades Embossing Folders.

I love how Debi worked up this clipboard as a home decor piece (Read: Christmas gift-giving idea).

Tim's Stacked Snowflake is AMAZING!  and because it is a Sizzix steel-ruled die, it can cut a remarkable amount of options: paper, vinyl, chipboard, grungeboard, glitter board, foils, leather . . .  Anything scissors can cut, Sizzix's steel-ruled dies can cut.

Debi hosted a demo that featured Tim's Thinlits dies as she made up a beautiful tag for me . . .

. . . featuring Tim's *NEW* "Knock Out" dies . . .

. . . and offered a terrific idea while using Tim's  "Holiday Words Script."  Line your paper with with double sided adhesive before you die cut in order to adhere the intricate design to your project quickly and easily.

Xyron were the adhesive products of choice for this technique ~

It's amazing to see how much detail Tim's "Layered Snowflake" Texture Fade Embossing Folder lent to the project . . .

 . . . so fast.


Adding a brush of Tim's Distress Ink by Ranger Ink . . .

. . . a quick and easy project becomes a keepsake to enjoy for years to come.

Thankfully, Tim Holtz has numerous introductions for my favorite season: Fall.  Again, I was so {HAPPY} to see his designs worked up as Home Decor pieces.

Oh, look at that pumpkin!  I'm seeing Thanksgiving Dinner placeholders, a decorative element on the front of a wicker basket, or as the statement piece of a care package that's going to warm the heart of a hard-working college student.  With designs like these from Tim Holtz, you really CAN create heirloom pieces that can be enjoyed for generations.

Remember: #DieCuttingIsEasy!  For a wonderful introduction to the unlimited possibilities of die cutting, check out THIS VIDEO using the Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine with their signature steel rule dies on their YouTube channel.

Be sure to check out Debi Adams' blog for additional inspiration, too.  If you want a bit of a peek into the life of a Sizzix in-house designer, she's laid out a great perspective for you over there.

At New England Paper Crafts, we've enjoyed peeks into the Sizzix booth at the 2014 CHA Paper Arts Show with Eileen HullStephanie Ackerman and now Debi Adams for Tim Holtz.  There's even MORE on the way from Sizzix in my next post.  See you then ~

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Creative Community Organizer
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."


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Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 CHA Paper Arts Show - Part VI

Hello, Gorgeouses!

Welcome back to the Sizzix Booth at the 2014 Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts Show, held July 29 - 31st in Atlanta, Georgia.  If you want to check out ALL the action from the show, you can begin by touring the show with me at New England Paper Crafts' CHA Part I by starting HERE ~

My second stop in the Sizzix Booth was truly remarkable.  Oh, how fantastic it was to be able to gain inspiration from Sizzix Designer, Stephanie Ackerman!  Her "Homegrown and Handmade" line really speaks to me, and I believe it will resonate with many of my fellow New England crafters, as well.

Stephanie explained to me that she designed this line as a broad-spectrum "creative foundation" for a wide variety of crafting projects.  She takes advantage of Sizzix's steel-ruled dies in order to cut dynamic foam designs . . .

. . . which she uses to create these versatile projects.  What a terrific opportunity to be able to prepare your own foam stamps with Sizzix's steel ruled dies - on demand, anytime, and as many times as you need them (Read: prepping classes)!

LOOK at what can be interpreted with Stephanie's "Homegrown and Handmade" when artists and crafters look beyond die cutting paper and use her dies to their full potential.  Consider them "doodle tools."

Stephanie was one BUSY lady as she demonstrated at the show.

Her dies were getting a workout as she worked up numerous projects from her "Homegrown and Handmade" collection with felt.  Can't you just see these designs worked up for our young ones in *NEON?*  My babes would {LOVE} Stephanie's fresh designs, too ~

Can you see that needlework in the background?  Stephanie used her stamps from her "Homegrown and Handmade" collection to transfer the design onto fabric as a pattern for her customized work.  What an heirloom piece it is, now ~

Sizzix's steel ruled dies are incredibly versatile - well past the paper arts.  As many of our Indie Paper Arts Retailers move toward incorporating other art forms into their offerings through mixed media, Sizzix will continue to be a strong brand.

Stephanie Ackerman's work releases Sizzix's design potential throughout her website dedicated to "Homegrown and Handmade" style, including interpretations though doodling, mixed media and stitching.  I encourage you delve into it - and don't forget to check out her online classes, featured over there too!

I have much MORE from the Sizzix booth at the 2014 CHA Paper Arts Show coming up - I'll meet you right back here at New England Paper Crafts with more designs and insights you are just going to LOVE!

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Creative Community Organizer
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 CHA Paper Arts Show - Part V

Hello, Gorgeouses!

There has been so much CHA Paper Arts Show to report on New England Paper Crafts.  You can start at the beginning of my report from Part 1 HERE.

The final day of the CHA Paper Arts Show began with CHA Paper Arts Section hosting the "Jumpstart Session: Paper Trends - Taking it Off the Page."  The retailer-to-retailer open roundtable discussion was a fantastic opportunity to have a generous dialogue about "what's working and what's not."

The discussions were moderated by Paula Jones, head of CHA International Membership and go-to industry insider for the CHA Paper Art Industry Leadership Team.  

There was an enlightening discussion relating to the success of offering kids' classes, how to make the most of working through the local school systems.  Conversations relating to paper trends, such as Zentangle and the demand for custom work for local colleges' Greek communities were enlightening. Many thanks to our generous sponsor, Sizzix/Ellison, for making this event possible.
Photo Courtesy: Paula Jones, CHA Internat'l Membership Coordinator

Following the Retailer Roundtable, my first stop of my final day at the Paper Arts Show was, in fact, the Sizzix Booth.  The wide breath of their product line is extensive, to say the least.  Moreover, I believe that their product line offers incredibly versatile tools, and that the work that Sizzix does is a true service to Makers across the broad spectrum of the crafting industry.

Coupling these points with the fresh design inspirations Sizzix had on display at the show, and the amount of designers that were so gracious to share their time and valuable insights, I will be taking the next few photo-heavy posts to cover the Sizzix Booth ~

Immediately upon entering the booth, I caught up with CHA guest blogger, Terri Burson, the very talented crafter from Mountain Plains Crafters . . .  and introduced her to . . .

. . .  Sizzix Designer, Eileen Hull!  Eileen is a favorite in our region, drawing crowds as she kicked off her inaugural tour of her #PaperTrail3 in New England this year.
Eileen's *NEW*  "Loaf Pan" ScoreBoards Die is a basic
necessity for ANY baker, if you ask me ~

Eilen took the time to lead me through her {NEW} line for Sizzix, Vintage Kitchen.  This collection, which begins shipping in December 2014, is PERFECT to maximize the versatility of her ScoreBoards Dies.  ScoreBoards Dies are designed to cut and score matboard and chipboard, making sturdier projects in a SNAP!

I love the idea of making paper garlands year 'round - so festive!

Eileen told me that her Vintage Kitchen designs were the timeless style she appreciates . . .

 . . . and that her products remain attractive and practical. . .

. . . like her "Canister Set," shown here.

Her "Make It 3-D" tray die is a TERRIFIC way to use any of its three-sized options in order make a presentation piece out of just about ANY design you want to incorporate (seen here with her "Cookie Jar").

Remember, Eileen Hull has an entire #PaperTrail3 Education Tour starting September 2nd, which will be FULL of inspiring Sizzix ScoreBoards ideas!

Didn't Eileen do a remarkable job taking die cutting to a higher level?  My *NEXT* post from the Sizzix Booth will be introducing you to Sizzix Signature Designer, Stephanie Ackerman.  She offers a different perspective of what die cutting tools are able to offer Makers of the twenty-first century . . . don't miss it!

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Creative Community Organizer
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014 CHA Paper Arts Show: Part IV

Hello, Gorgeouses!

I'm back with more from Craft & Hobby Association's Paper Arts Show that enticed independent retailers to the wonderful city of Atlanta from July 29th to July 31, 2014.  You in case you missed any of them, you can find Part I HERE, Part II HERE and Part III HERE.

Penny Black is a wildly popular paper crafting vendor here in New England.  Going to a trade show for our independent retailers is a MUST because this is the first opportunity to view their *NEW* offerings.  Penny Black does not disclose product previews in advance, which preserves the integrity of the trade show experience.

I'm going to lead with my personal favorite *NEW* release from Penny Black, "Berry Merry Christmas" . . .

. . . the designer used a technique with the "Winter Watercolor" Collection that makes it really distinctive.  I hope loads of indies work up this technique, because it's gorgeous ~

Penny Black project boards incorporated plenty of color this season . . .

. . . and the details were amazing.

Including this poinsettia design.  It's a must-have.


I was grateful they had their designs cut for the show.  It was a big help envisioning what the die cuts would look like . . .

 . . . and offered a blank canvas to consider ways to interpret them.

Lastly, Penny Black had our darling Chickadee.  What a wonderful tribute to the wonderful bird that braves the Northern Winter with us here in New England.  Can you even STAND how gorgeous this design is?

Oh, my goodness, what a wonderful time I had getting to know Judi Iperma at the show.  She's the owner and amazing designer from Instant Impression of Orland Park, IL, where she specializes in event design.  She was the one who introduced me to these "Box Cards."   She mentioned that the 3-D design for the box is readily available online . . .

. . . and the beauty of the 3-D box design is that it folds flat to be able to fit into an envelope.  So smart.  The irreverent Art Impressions carries stamp sets that coordinate beautifully with them.  Thanks for the tip, Judi!

Doodlebug was next up on the schedule.  A perennial favorite in our region, the booth was hopping the whole show.

Here's a little peek at what you can expect in your local independent paper arts retailer this fall ~

Goodness!  Don't we just LOVE Doodlebug's coordinating product line?

I was loving the introduction of purple to the winter blue collections at the show this year, and Doodlebug captured the trend nicely with "Frosty Friends."

Little B was a *NEW* product line at the CHA Show.  Their booth was certainly busy throughout the show.

Little B started the show with a well-thought-out bag stuffer to introduce their brand to show attendees.  I can tell you, every single one of these little presents was appreciated by a grateful audience ~

Little B's signature pull bows were given out as gifts from their booth.  Later, they were spotted being carried carried by innumerable show attendees as they worked the show floor.

While their product line was quite diverse . . .

. . . which included my personal favorite, dies, . . . 


.  . . . and their embellishments were VERY distinctive . . . 

 . . . and their packaging was clean and fresh . . .


 . . .  and they had a mountain of designs in every category to choose from . . . 


 . . . that went on and on . . . 

. . . which had details to DIE for . . . 


 . . . ALL the talk at the show was Little B's washi tape! **This particular package design has the tape cutter built right in.**

Walls and walls of washi tape!

I'm going to post these photos extra large, which might skew the placement on this blog post, but I really wanted to give you a view of the trendy designs and sizes and material Little B was offering in washi tape.  

Like many of you, I can LOADS of washi tape, so I dearly appreciated the ability to purchase individual rolls.  It affords me the opportunity to buy exactly what I want without overloading my storage space with items that I'm not totally in love with.  Unfortunately, there's little from Little B that I'd be a able to pass up ~

Never fear, my crafty friends, there's MORE to see from the Craft & Hobby Association's Paper Arts Show, coming up NEXT, which you can find HERE!

I'd be interested to hear what you think of the Craft & Hobby Association's Paper Arts Show.  Leave me a comment and let me know what's peaking YOUR interest.

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Creative Community Organizer
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."


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