Saturday, January 31, 2009

CHA Round Up

Well, I can't believe that I am already back from CHA. It was such a whirlwind of workshops, seminars and floor walking to find the latest and greatest products and the newest trends we can expect to see this year. Today's report will only be on the paper front. So here's some of my favourites:

Firstly, I just couldn't go past Graphic 45 - a beautiful range of double-sided vintage papers in muted tones.
This was such an eye catching display that I just couldn't leave this booth without photographing the old telephone box (with permission, of course!)This is a range that is sure to be popular this year - they had run out of catalogues early on day 3!

Another which took my eye was "Wild Things" from Imaginisce. This is a cute range of coordinating papers, stickers and rubber stamps featuring lions, tigers, elephants, pandas and more. What I loved most about this range was the matching stamps and stickers..... so very, very cute!!
I also fell in love with the newest release from Dove of the East..... a collection of papers, buttons, embroidered ribbons and other bits and bobs themed Paris Vintage and Shanghai Vintage. Their were no catalogues available when I stopped by their booth but a visit to their website is an absolute must if you enjoy Asian inspired papers and embellishments. Whilst you're there, download the catalogue (13mb) and drool over the whole collection.

There were so many new paper releases that it is absolutely overwhelming so this is just a sampling of some of the ones I loved but there were many more that I know you'll love, so do keep checking your LSS over the next couple of months to see what took their fancy also.

Next post? Well I think it will be about other papercrafting/mixed media releases, so check back to see my top finds tomorrow.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Winter CHA 2009 is coming!

I'll madly preparing for CHA (the giant US craft trade show) at the end of this week. It is truly a crafter's paradise - 4 exhibition halls packed with the latest and greatest craft products to hit the market..... I'm so excited!

One of the really cool things about this show is the excellent workshops that are held over 4 days - some taught by really well known crafters and others by not so well-known crafters but each is an expert teacher. I always look forward to this part of the show as I get to be the student for a change and learn how to use some of the new products.

One of the hardest parts though, is that it's a trade show so you can't just buy the latest tool that you just saw demonstrated or that perfect piece of paper or embellishment to finish off the project you've been working on..... you have to wait until it's available at your local retail outlet to get your hands on it. Still, it's great to have a heads up on what will be heading to our shores in the near future.

So if your want to be amongst the first to see what we'll be crafting with this year, then watch this space for what's hot and what's new for 2009 when I return.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friendly Plastic Challenge Entries

A while back I posted an entry about Amaco's 90th birthday and their Friendly Plastic Challenge. Well, the entries are now all in and are ready for judging.

Want some Friendly Plastic eye candy to keep you going until the judging has taken place? Then check out the AMACO website.

Friendly Plastic is set to explode onto the craft scene this year. Some of you might remember when it was around many, many years ago but to many crafters (me included) it is a new medium to play with. I promise you it's a really fun material to use and it's very addictive. It's one of those products which can be used in a range of crafts, from papercrafting, to off the page pieces, jewellery design and even textile work. And I'm sure that there are more ideas out there just waiting to be discovered.So keep your eyes out for those pretty metallic sticks as more and more retailers begin to stock this fabulous product in the coming months.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ringing (and bangling) in the New Year!

How quickly the Christmas break came and went!

We saw the New Year in with a bang.... we were like little kids and let off a whole bag of those little poppers with the pretty streamers inside - we popped the lot! We also popped a couple of champagne corks because bubbles are just plain fun! And what better way to ring in the New Year than with fun and laughter. Unfortunately that also signalled the end of the holidays and we were back to work a couple of days later. But I put those last couple of days to good use and had fun casting resin bangles and rings.

Firstly, a fluoro yellow Geo bangle and a wide flat ring. What a fun colour! I've buffed this one to a high polish to show off its translucence but it also made the bubbles more noticeable (argh!..... contamination!). But WOW, how the colour pops?!!

Here's the second bangle and ring I poured - a turquoise cuff and matching ring.
I just LOVE this colour. The photo hasn't quite picked up the true colour of the turquoise - in real life it's a little more green and also a little more translucent. But it's still gorgeous!

And then a black and chocolate bangle which, in places, even looks like tiger fur. It was meant to be faux tortoise shell but I got rather heavy handed with the black pigment - didn't even come close to the look I was after but it did produce some interesting feathering! I think this colour combination is worth experimenting with some more. Hmmm..... fun for another day!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A bit of New Year fun!

After the hectic Christmas period, I've found some time in the last few days to play around with resin again. I really love making these bangles and I have a couple of new moulds that I've been busting to use - a flat bangle and a flat ring.

I've been wanting to create some pastel coloured pieces for a while so that's where I started..... a lovely shade of mint green using the flat bangle and matching ring mould. The marbling I'd been hoping for didn't quite happen but I love the little bit of marbling that did occur.... such a pretty shade of mint!Here are the others I finished this week:Pretty pastel pink and translucent red.

A spotted translucent orange which has a lovely golden glow.

And this, my last piece for 2008. I decided to have a little fun with this photo and used a prop to add some colour.... love the effect.The bangle is actually clear and is filled with gold leaf but I love the pink glow from the LEDs in the base of the glass - a fun look for New Year's Eve!

We'll be starting the count down here shortly, so that's it from me for 2008..... I'm off to see the New Year in. I hope that you enjoy your celebrations this evening and that 2009 brings you happiness and success in all that matters to you. See you in the New Year........

Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Candy

I have one more official duty to perform to complete my version of the Twelve Days of Christmas and that is to draw a winner from amongst those of you who were following my12 day challenge and kindly left comments on my blog, and the best way to do that is to use a random generator to draw the winner. So without any further ado, here's the result :

And below is the lucky winner's comment:
MrsDB said...
Oh no - only 1 more day to go in your 12 days of christmas! I'll miss coming over & checking out the cards every day! I recognise this technique with the acetate, it looks great on the card & I love the colours. Very nice! :)
Congratulations Robyn, you're the winner of my blog candy draw and the new owner of the bangle posted on Day 8. Send me an email with your address and your prize will be on its way to you once Australia Post returns to work (they really do deserve the next couple of days off after the Christmas rush!).

Soon the
real Twelve Days of Christmas will begin and with that I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas Season. May you all share it with the people who mean the most to you and may Christmas day be filled with joy, love and laughter. And I especially hope that Santa has left a little something crafty for you under your Christmas Tree!

I hope that you'll join me again in the New Year as I blog my way through 2009....... and 'til then, a Merry Christmas to you all.