Stick Pins and Stick Pin Book

I made 10 stick pins for the swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  It was my first time altering a paper mache box and also my first time making stick pins.  I wanted my pins to fit inside the book, so I went searching on the web for some type of pin holder.  I found some tutorials on vintage needle books, small books that hold sewing needles.  I figured one of these books would hold my stick pins just fine.

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These are very easy to make, requiring very little sewing.  Most everything is glued together.  This is the tutorial that I followed to make my book.

The fabric, wool felt, and lace are all from my stash.  The pearl trim and small roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.   I used Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives to hold everything together.

I machine embroidered my partner’s initials on a piece of wool felt and cut the design out with a Tim Holtz bottle cap die.  I added some Stickles around the edges. The book closes with seam binding ribbon.

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This is inside, showing the first of the stick pins.

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Page 3 of the book:  You can see there is a piece of felt that separates page 3 and 4.

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Page 4 shows a close-up of the pins.  Those are eggs hanging from the chicken and rooster pins :-)

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And the last two pages:

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Because my pins are so chunky, I couldn’t add any more to the book and have it fit inside the altered paper mache box.  So I just added some sewing pins to the final page.  Those are lace pockets at the very front of the book and the very back of it.

Here are some close-up pictures of the rest of the stick pins.

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The beads are from Michaels, Joann, and some vendors I found on etsy and eBay. The peeps bunny is from a shop on etsy called TreasuresInClay.  She did a special order for me where she drilled the holes in the bunnies vertically instead of horizontally.

  • Fabri-Tac adhesive
  • Wild Orchid Crafts – roses and pearl trim
  • Wool felt
  • Scraps of lace, ribbon, and trim

 

Altered Book Box and Stick Pin Swap

I just participated in an altered book box and stick pin swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  I had never altered a paper mache box before, so this was a new adventure for me.  My partner (Maria) let me know some of her likes — I knew she liked bright colors and owls.  Since I like owls too, I decided to use that for my theme.

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The first thing I did was primer the book in gesso.  Then I applied two coats of Martha Stewart  Mother of Pearl paint.  I let the last coat of paint dry overnight and then I brushed on a layer of Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle paint on the spine and the inside edges of the book.  When that was thoroughly dry, I sponged on some blue and brown distress ink over the crackled paint.

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The title was printed on the computer and adhered on the spine using Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish.  I added a couple coats of the gloss medium over the crackle paint on the spine and on the inside.

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I used Ranger Sticky Back Canvas for the cover of the book.  Since this was my first time using it, I wasn’t sure if it need to be primed with gesso.  I decided to go ahead and gesso it, but first I stuck the canvas to a piece of cardstock and sewed around the edges. After the gesso dried, I stamped a scene of the moon and some trees using Versamark and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.  The stamp set is by Sheena Douglass and called Lakeside Shore.

Then I sprayed the canvas with several different colors of Starburst spray by Lindy’s Stamp Gang.  As you can see, the colors are nice and bright. Since I had used gesso on the canvas, it acted as a resist to the sprays and I found they would easily wipe off.  So I let them dry and then sprayed a coat of gloss varnish (Krylon) over the canvas to seal it.  I was happy to see that I didn’t lose all the pretty shimmer when I sprayed the canvas with the sealer.

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I purchased the crocheted owl from Tatiana, who I first found on the Cricut Message Board.  She now sells her beautiful crocheted pieces on her Facebook page, Created  By Tatiana.   I picked the colors for this owl to match the book and also ordered several other owls in different colors.

I added a branch and some leaves that I cut from white cotton crinoline using a Martha Stewart punch. The leaves were sprayed with Starburst spray. The flowers and foliage at the bottom were also cut from crinoline using Martha Stewart punches and colored with Starburst spray.

The book has a ribbon closure.

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The back of the book is my attempt at humor, a pun on the Looney Tunes “That’s All Folks”.  The paper is from Doodlebug Designs and the owl is some clipart I got from the now defunct PC Crafter website. The image at the bottom is stamped and heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s embossing powder.

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The inside of the cover is also Doodlebug Design paper and I added a clipart bookplate to it.

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This is looking inside the book, showing the fabric book that I made to hold the stick pins.  Since this post is so long, I am going to do a separate post for the stick pin holder.

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I included two extra crocheted owls for my swap partner.  The cards they are on were stamped with the Button Boutique stamp set from Papertrey Ink and cut using the coordinating die.

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  • Paper mache book box from Hobby Lobby
  • Doodlebug Design paper
  • Ranger Sticky Back Canvas
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays and embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Crocheted owls from Created By Tatiana on Facebook
  • Sheena Douglass Lakeside Shore stamp set
  • Button Boutique stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink
  • Martha Stewart craft paint — Mother of Pearl
  • Martha Stewart punches
  • Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish
  • Cotton crinoline purchased at Joann.com

Spring Card with Bunnies

I wanted to make a nice spring card to send to my book box swap partner (Maria), so I went looking at some of the cards I have pinned on Pinterest to get some inspiration.  Right away I found one I liked.  It is pinned from KittieKraft’s blog — she makes the most beautiful cards.

I have always wanted to make a wreath card and figured this was the perfect time.  While I didn’t have the dies she used to make the wreath, I did have the die to make the cute bunnies.  So I used two Martha Stewart punches to make the wreath — the branch punch and the medium frond punch and I followed Kittie’s tutorial on making the wreath.  For the flowers, I used another Martha Stewart punch — the 3-in-1 Hydrangea punch.  I used the two smaller blossoms for the flowers.

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I have been wanting to try my new Anna Griffin Cuttlebug Lace Trimmings embossing folders and dies and thought they would make a nice background for the wreath.  I had no problem cutting the borders, but I did have a bit of a problem trying to emboss them.  The white cardstock embossed fine, but the yellow kept slipping in the folders and the embossing was all over the place.  The yellow cardstock is heavier than the white, so I thought that might be the issue.

I ended up lining the border up inside the folder and taping it (using blue painter’s tape) to the Cuttlebug plate.  I was still having a problem right at the end of the folder, where it opens.  So I turned the folder around and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the open end first and then it embossed nicely.

I cut the bunnies in white cardstock and inked them brown using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The flowers have Stickles in the centers and the bow was made using my Zutter Bind-it-All.  I sure love how easy it is to make bows using the Bow-it-All.

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  • Martha Stewart punches:  Branch, Medium Frond & 3-in-1 Hydrangea
  • Anna Griffin Cuttlebug Lace Trimmings Embossing Folders & Dies
  • Zutter Bow-it-All
  • Stickles

Sympathy Card

This is a sympathy card I made for a friend who lost her mother unexpectedly. I used white cardstock and colored the background pink using Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s Starburst spray. I stamped the Dandelion Frame from Hero Arts using Versamark and then embossed it using white embossing powder.

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The flower is a stamp from Hero Arts called 3 Dotted Flowers.  I stamped it on vellum, again heat embossing it in white.  I layered the 3 flowers together and added a pearl for the center.  The butterfly is from two Memory Box dies (Pippi & Isabella), one for the filigree layer and one for the solid layer.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut with a Spellbinders tag die.

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  • Hero Arts stamps:  Dandelion Frame, 3 Dotted Flowers
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst spray
  • Memory Box dies:  Pippi and Isabella
  • Spellbinders tag die

Valentine Mini Album and Card

I’m finally getting around to posting pictures of the Valentine mini album and card I made for a swap I participated in on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  The card features an embroidery design I purchased from Embroidery Library that is made for cardstock.  The scalloped frame was cut with my Cricut using the Elegant Edges cartridge.

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I found a mini album on Graphic 45′s blog that I really liked.  It is made by Gloria Stengel and she calls it a flip album.  And lucky for me, there is a tutorial on how to make it.  I loved the papers she used, and since I had many of them on hand, my album is almost exactly like hers.  I had to change a few of the dimensions on the album because mine was turning out to be a bit too chunky.

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All the patterned papers are from Graphic 45, most from the Place in Time collection.  The pretty red print on the cover is from the Bird Song collection.  I love how you can combine their collections and they coordinate so well.

The roses were light pink and I sprayed them with Starburst spray from Lindy’s Stamp Gang to get the colors I wanted.  The shimmer shows up pretty well in the pictures.

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The album has an organza ribbon closure.

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The dark red lace doily was cut from a Spellbinders heart die.  

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Here are two pictures that show an overview of the album.  It is an interesting album, with all its interactive pages.

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This is what it looks like when it is first opened.  The frame on the right is made with a Martha Stewart punch-around-the-page combo set.  I think it is called Cherish.  

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The front pocket holds a photo mat.

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This is with the first page flipped out.  The wings are from a Cuttlebug Embossing Plus die called Vintage Collage.  The heart borders are from Martha Stewart punches.  The scalloped frame under the wings is from a Spellbinders die.  

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This is after you flip open the page with the wings.  Another scalloped frame from Spellbinders, the heart is from a Martha Stewart die and the key is from Graphic 45.  I think the “love” is also a Martha Stewart punch.  

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And another flip:

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Here is a gate fold that opens to the back of the album.

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 And this what it looks like with the left gate open.

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And here we are at the back of the album, with a photo mat held in place with a corner embellishment.

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This was a fun album to assemble.

 

  • Graphic 45 paper and Ornate Metal Key
  • Cricut cartridge:  Elegant Edges
  • Spellbinders dies
  • Martha Stewart punches
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders and Vintage Collage die

 

 

Altered Book Box and Stick Pin Swap

I recently participated in an altered book box and stick pin swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  I want to share the beautiful box and pins that Maria sent me.  I love the chunky charm she made to hang on the edge of the spine of the book.  It is filled with so many cute charms and beads.

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The inside of the box is as beautiful as the outside.

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Maria made a stick pin for each month, which I thought was very creative.   She also made a very pretty spring card.  Thank you so much, Maria — I love it all !!

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Christmas Mini Album for Cricut Circle Stocking Stuffer Swap

I participated in the Cricut Circle Stocking Stuffer Swap for the first time in 2013.  I figure it’s about time I posted the mini album I made to send to my partner, Sherry (Octoberbeauty).  I’ll warn you — there are lots of pictures.

This is the second mini album I’ve made and I again used a tutorial from Cathy, whose etsy shop is called So Much Scrap.   For this album I used her All Hallow’s Eve tutorial.  I really like her tutorials because they are very detailed and easy to follow.

I did something a little different on this album than what the directions call for.  I made the spine and binding system using only chipboard and book binding cloth — I didn’t use any cardstock in the construction.  I am happy with the way it turned out — the binding system is very flexible.

The patterned paper I used throughout the album is from My Mind’s Eye Merry & Bright collection.  The solid cardstock is all Basis 80#.  The edges of the chipboard are painted with Martha Stewart pearl paint.  I covered the outside of the spine in wool felt and added some ribbon, lace and metallic rick rack trim to the edges.

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I made the charm on the spine using stardust jingle bells, crystal snowflake beads and a deer pendant I got from eBay. I made the bow using my Zutter Bow-It-All.  I’m really liking the bows I can make using this handy tool.

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Here are some close-up details of the album front.  The poinsettia is made from the Layered Poinsettia die by Spellbinders, sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s Starburst spray, and I added glass seed beads to the center.  The snowflake is from the Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette die and is coated in coarse glitter.  The album closure is a ribbon that wraps around a brad on the front cover — another of Cathy’s wonderful ideas.

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Pages 1 and 2:

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The pocket opens up to reveal a photo mat inside.  I made all the tabs for the photo mats using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and embossed the tabs with my Cuttlebug.

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The ornament is cut from a Memory Box die.  The edges on the pocket flaps were done with a punch — I think it was an EK Success Bracket border punch.  The flaps close with a magnet — there are lots of magnetic closures used in this album.

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I made the small tags using Tim Holtz’s Tag & Tie die.

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Pages 3-4:

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Page 4 opens and has a photo mat inside the pocket.

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Pages 5 and 6:

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The pocket closes using an elastic hair band and a brad.

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Page 6 has an accordion fold feature that folds up and is held closed with a ribbon.  The snowflake trim is from a Martha Stewart punch.

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Pages 7 and 8:

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The ornament is embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder.  I can’t remember what stamp I used for the ornament — that’s what I get for waiting so long to post this on our blog.  The ribbon hanger is a Memory Box die.

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Page 8 has a waterfall feature.

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Pages 9 and 10:

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Thanks for checking out my Christmas album.  I have a Valentine mini to post next — I hope it doesn’t take me two months to get it written up, like it did with this album.

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  • My Mind’s Eye Merry & Bright paper collection
  • Basis 80# cardstock
  • So Much Scrap (etsy shop), All Hallow’s Eve tutorial
  • Tim Holtz dies: Snowflake Rosette and Tag & Tie
  • Memory Box ornament and bow dies
  • Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder
  • EK Success Bracket edger punch
  • We R Memory Keeps Envelope Punch Board
  • Zutter Bow-It-All
  • Martha Stewart pearl paint
  • Cuttlebug

Valentine Swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board

 

I participated in the Valentine Swap on the Cricut Message Board that was hosted by Sherry (Octoberbeauty).  My partner for this swap was Maria (MariaJ) and I want to share all the goodies she sent me.  Besides spoiling me with so many gifts, she made a really cute pin cushion and included some stick pins in it.  It will be on display in my craft room.

This is what I saw inside the box when I opened it.  Everything was so nicely wrapped — check out the gift basket.  I love the cupcakes Maria clipped on the cellophane.

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This is the beautiful Valentine card Maria made.

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I got some Spellbinder dies and a pad of really cute Valentine paper :-)

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This shows the inside of the basket, after I removed the cellophane.  Maria really stuffed that basket full of goodies.

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Two pictures of the pin cushion and stick pins.  I pulled the flower petals up in one picture so you can see how the pin cushion is made in a tea cup — so clever!

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The last pictures shows all the items that were inside the basket with the pin cushion.  To the left you can see the bookmark with the pretty blue beaded charm hanging from it — I love it!!  Thank you so much, Maria!

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CHA Winter 2014 Conference & Trade Show, Day Two

Today we saw some really neat products — and we got to see Vanna White.  Vanna was in Lion Brands Yarn’s booth for a fashion show. It was standing room only, but we had a pretty good spot to watch.  After the show ended, several people went up to have their picture taken with Vanna.  There was a large group of men and women from Michaels (all wearing red shirts) posing for pictures.

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After the crowd started thinning out, Erin was able to take some pics of the displays around the stage.  They were very impressive — all made from yarn.   The display was titled, “The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World” and featured 7 yarn sculptures.

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Soon after we left Lions booth, I spotted a banner for a 3D printer and we headed right there.  It was Klic-N-Kut’s booth and they were doing a demo on the printer.  We watched as it made a mini goblet.  Both Erin and I (and lots of other people) were fascinated by the printer.  The printer is $1300.  You have to have a software program that enables you to draw 3D objects, then you bring that file into the printer’s software program and from there it prints out the object.

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We visited Bo Bunny’s booth again because I wanted to look at the two buildings that Laura Denison (of Following the Paper Trail) created.  Erin took more pictures and this time got some pics of the back of the Winter Fairy House.  It opens up and has space to hold a mini album.

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And here is another pictured of Laura’s Pet Shoppe.

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There is plenty of bling on the other half of the showroom floor, too.  We found 3 more blinged out projects in glass cases along the front walkway.  They are all eye catching, but the Kitchen Aid mixer covered in rhinestones is really a knock out.

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We spent a little time in the We R Memory Keepers booth.  We watched a demonstration of the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress.  When the man finished with the demo, he showed us a prototype of a new die cutting/embossing machine.  It reminded me a little of my Cuttlebug, but it has a lot of different features.  One is a button that you turn and it raises or lowers the bed.  You need only one set of plates — no more sandwiches.  It also has an optional motor that slips over where the handle attaches — so you can have a motorized version, when you want it.

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Once again it is getting late, so I am just going to add the rest of the pictures with short captions.

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7 Gypsies

 

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7 Gypsies – I love how they did the banner on this layout. The banners are on small hangers that are hung on a chain.

 

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7 Gypsies

We got to see the new Brother ScanNCut.  It was impressive to watch — the demonstrator stamped an image and cut it out.  Erin came up with a very good point.  So many stamp companies are now selling dies to coordinate with some of their stamps so you don’t have to fussy cut around the images.  Why not take the money you would invest in dies and buy this machine?  That way you don’t have to store the dies and you will be able to cut around any stamped image.  As you can see, it cuts around the fine details.

ScanNCut from Brother cutting out a stamped image.

ScanNCut from Brother cutting out a stamped image.

 

Removing the cut from Brother's ScanNCut.

Removing the cut from Brother’s ScanNCut.

 

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Decorated cell phone cases.

Decorated cell phone cases.

 

More cell phone cases.

More cell phone cases.

 

Fabscraps

Fabscraps

 

Crows in the Kaisercraft booth.

Crows in the Kaisercraft booth.

 

Lindy's Stamp Gang

Lindy’s Stamp Gang

 

Lindy's Stamp Gang

Lindy’s Stamp Gang

 

The Modge Podge mascot -- she was kind enough to pose for us.

The Modge Podge mascot — she was kind enough to pose for us.

 

Displays in the Plaid booth.

Displays in the Plaid booth.

 

Prima

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SEI

 

Stampendous

Stampendous

 

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Stampendous

 

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Stampendous

 

Stampendous

Stampendous

 

Teresa Collins

Teresa Collins

 

Teresa Collins -- the bottom picture shows an album that doesn't look like much in the package.  But you pull the tab on the one end and it flips through the pages.

Teresa Collins — the bottom picture shows an album that doesn’t look like much in the package. But you pull the tab on the one end and it flips through the pages.

 

Tim Holtz demonstrating his new spritzer.

Tim Holtz demonstrating his new spritzer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHA Winter 2014 Conference & Trade Show, Day One

 

Erin and I attended the opening day of the CHA Conference & Trade Show held in Anaheim, CA.  We arrived about an hour after it opened — we were a little late because Erin had to drive up from San Diego.  We stayed until about an hour before it closed and managed to walk a little over 1/3 of the show.  We will be back tomorrow when it opens.

Erin took a lot of pictures and I am sharing quite a few.  I would post more but I am just too tired and I need to get to bed so we can get up and do it all over again tomorrow.  We plan on going all four days.  So, here are some of the highlights from today.

Some of the displays in the lobby.

Some of the displays in the lobby.

 

Lanterns hanging in the lobby.

Lanterns hanging in the lobby.

 

Brother's new Scan & Cut machine, laser die cuts, Pop-It-Up dies, and Spellbinders Tool In One (used to clean up those hard-to-get-out pieces from intricate dies).

In the New Showcase area: Brother’s new Scan & Cut machine, laser die cuts, Pop It Up dies, and Spellbinders Tool in One (to clean up those hard-to-get-out pieces from intricate dies).

 

New Tim Holtz products - a Spritzer to use with Distress Markers and some mini Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tool.

New Tim Holtz products – a Spritzer to use with Distress Markers and some Mini Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tool.

 

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Lots of bling at the show. Even Swarovski is there — we haven’t made it to the Swarovski Elements booth yet.

 

Die Cuts With a View always has fantastic displays.  This year their booth has walls and they have gorgeous framed paper art hanging on the sides.

Die Cuts With a View always has fantastic displays. This year their booth has walls and they have gorgeous framed paper art hanging on the outside.

 

More DCWV

More DCWV

 

Bo Bunny's booth features two beautiful projects -- a Winter Fairy House and a the Happy Tails Pet Shoppe, both created by Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail.

Bo Bunny’s booth features two beautiful projects — a Winter Fairy House and the Happy Tails Pet Shoppe, both created by Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail.

 

The kits Erin & I received at the Bo Bunny booth for giving them a business card.

The kits Erin & I received at the Bo Bunny booth for giving them a business card.

 

The Graphic 45 booth -- always a popular location.

The Graphic 45 booth — always a popular location.

 

More Graphic 45.  The Tea Shoppe is gorgeous.  It was also created by Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail.

More Graphic 45. The Tea Shoppe is gorgeous. It was also created by Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail.

Cute paper and stickers from Scrapbook Customs.

Cute paper and stickers from Scrapbook Customs.