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CHA Winter 2013 Product Picks!

I mentioned that I was caught up in CHA madness at the weekend. Even though I don’t get to go to California (wouldn’t it be lovely?!), I still love to look online at all the new releases, drooling over my favourite bits, and taking frantic notes to try and work out how much of it I’ll be able to afford!
Here’s my ‘product picks’ of the things I want most from the new releases… sorry if any of it makes you want to spend money! I’ll start with the whole collections I’d like to buy, and then I’ll move onto the picks of some individual items I want. Click on the Brand – Collection heading to see more about each collection.
I have never really noticed Glitz Design before, in fact I thought they just made alphas and tape! I don’t know why I haven’t spotted their collections before, but when Sarah of SJ Crafts suggested I check their blog out, I was blown away! I’m most absolutely in love with this ‘Uncharted Waters’ collection, because I know the colours and theme will work perfectly on my numerous beach layouts!
I really do want every last bit of this, but here’s a couple of my most favourite items…
One of the journaling cards has two multicoloured kissing seahorses. Love!
And this kraft washi tape says ‘Choose Happiness’:
This collection is so bright and fun!
I like that it has hints of travel and adventure, but it’s NOT a travel collection, it can apply to everyday life too:
And this woodgrain roller stamp looks awesome, especially after Glitz showed an Instagram photo of it all inked up with gold…
Elle’s Studio made an exciting announcement this CHA – that their collections will now include 12×12 papers to match their fabulous tags and stamps! I only discovered Elle’s Studio last year, but I love tucking their little bits of goodness onto my layouts. The colours in the ‘Serendipity’ collection are lovely and fresh:
I adore all the stamps:
This collection caught my eye because of the chalkboard effect. I love the ‘to the moon and back’ phrase on one of these note tags:
And these tidbits and cut-outs are so darn sweet:
Crate Paper knows how to make my heart beat faster, which it definitely did when I first laid eyes on DIY Shop. It’s got a cool eclectic mix of items, and I can imagine using the collection for Spring, Summer, and Autumn pages (N.B. A little bird has told me that SJ Crafts will be getting in the collection pack for this! Keep an eye on the website, blog, or facebook page):
Say hello to this piece of paper which I need a few sheets of, because I love both sides so much:
And this Washi Tape looks intriguing. When I first saw it I thought it would be thick like paper, but after seeing a video of it I think it will be rather more washi-like than I first thought. So now I’m quite intrigued and will have to get a sheet just to try it out:
This is another brand I haven’t noticed much before, but this entire collection is just dreamy! Just looking at it makes me feel like I’m standing on a hilltop, on a breezy, sunny day:
The sentiments on these make me smile:
Individual Items:
I do like this collection as a whole, but I won’t be able to afford it all. My must have items are this cloud paper:
And the gold glitter Thickers, look how they sparkle:
You may be starting to notice that I have a bit of a gold obsession right now. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s because I spend most of my days covered in toddler snot (or worse), and adding gold to my projects gives me that feeling of luxury? What ever my need is about, it’s going to be nicely fuelled by the Luxe collection. I want lots of it, but my favourite thing is the Rub-Ons:
Webster’s Pages layouts are normally beautiful, but not my style – too layered and frilly for me. But now they’ve added some ‘Clean and Simple’ style DT members, and they’re releasing some collections designed by Allison Kreft. These two factors mean I will be checking out Webster’s Pages a lot more often, and some of their items may slip into my shopping basket this spring…
Mini paper bags:
Love this mix of trim, it’s all so different, but so pretty:
Phew, this post is getting long, so I’m going to finish up with this collection, full of lovely phrases:
In which I really, really, really love this stamp (sorry I can’t find a larger image of it):
So that’s my top picks! There’s a few more I want to mention, but I won’t post photos or babble on about them, as otherwise this post will never end. Just assume there’s wonderfulness there somewhere if you follow the links:
Studio Calico – Sundrifter (especially the wood veneers)
Lily Bee Design – Pinwheel (check out the set of brads, buttons and twine)
Cosmo Cricket – Honky Tonk (I want to dress my kids up as cowboy & cowgirl just to co-ordinate with the collection)
Carta Bella – So Noted (perfect for photos of me dressed up as Jane Austen years ago)
Little Yellow Bicycle – Naturals  (cork and burlap – oh my)
Heidi Swapp – Colour Pop (fun for misting!)
Echo Park – Oh Snap (cute cameras)
Simple Stories – 24/7 (chalkboard and cork elements)
My Mind’s Eye – Boy Crazy (robots and spaceships!)
Amy Tan – Yes Please (I mainly just want the embroidery guides)
I hope my husband doesn’t read this post or he might start hyperventilating, imagining how much money I want to spend! Do you have any must-have items you’ve seen being released? Has anything on my list caught your eye?
I’ll be back in a day or two with my word-of-the-year layout. x

9 thoughts on “CHA Winter 2013 Product Picks!”

  1. Ooh, I’ve had some fun reading this! I also LOVE that sheet from Crate with with clouds and the handwriting.And I did NOT know that Elle’s Studio were doing paper – so exciting!


  2. Ooh Fab post, Jennifer – such a good round up of all the loveliness coming out!! I’ve spotted a couple of bits I’d missed up until now and now I want them too!!


  3. Wow! You have been scouring the CHA reveals, huh? Thanks for sharing so much loveliness!!! Glitz totally fell under my radar until this year, too. I LOVE just about everything they’re creating lately!


  4. Much of what you are coveting is what is on my wish list as well – except for the Jillibean. For some reason, I never see much of it in any of the local stores here and I’m not much for ordering online. But I really love some of their stuff this year! Thanks for sharing. I did see some stuff I missed! : )


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