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CHA 2016 Product Picks!

Hello!

I feel it’s time to ease myself back into blogging after taking a long winter break! Did you all have a great Christmas and New Year? Ours was lovely though very busy. Things are just about getting back to routine now – it’s no less busy, but it’s more structured!

Today I’m going to share my product picks from the latest CHA Mega Show releases. In case you don’t know, the CHA Mega Show is when the Craft & Hobby Association USA have a big trade event with hundreds of craft manufacturers displaying their new lines, so that stores and kit clubs etc can choose what to order. The manufacturers tend to also share their new items on their blogs and social media in the run up to and during the show.

There is, as usual, lots that I want to buy. I won’t be able to get it all. But here are my CHA 2016 Product Picks…

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie & Fancy Free

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie and Fancy Free

Pink Paislee have blown me away with their new lines! Fancy Free is designed by the lovely Paige Evans whose style I’ve always admired so it’s no surprise I like her collection too.

My favourite item from the C’est La Vie collection is without a doubt these mirror stickers – so shiny:

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Mirror Stickers

And whilst I love everything in the Fancy Free collection (the colours are so perfect) my must have item from it is this string-art template:

Pink Paislee Fancy Free String Art Template

Which will be great to design a page background but also some wall art, don’t you think?!

My Mind’s Eye By The Sea & On Trend 2:

My Mind's Eye By The Sea & On Trend 2

I usually do like a good sea-themed collection, thanks to us living near some beautiful beaches. By The Sea has some great animal icons including a narwhal. So fun! I’m loving the chipboard elements:

My Mind's Eye By The Sea Chipboard Elements

On Trend 2 is another beautiful collection from designer Jen Allyson. It includes golf foil touches, with flamingos and cacti! I think the item I want the most is this sheet of paper to cut apart (called ‘Little Things’):

My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 Little Things Foiled Paper

Heidi Swapp Minc Mediums:

Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist

I purchased the Minc last year (some of your will remember my unboxing video and layout process video using the machine) but I haven’t used it too often. The main reason is that while I love Heidi’s style I really wanted to be able to foil my own designs, which I thought I’d be able to do because we have a laser printer here. However my own printed designs never come out that well – I don’t think out printer is ‘juicy’ enough, and there’s no way to adjust the ink output. So I had the Minc toner ink pen on my xmas wishlist, but I didn’t get it and now it’s sold out everywhere.

So of course I am excited to see there’s some reactive mist, paint, and art screen ink which are all coming out soon!

You can see the mist in the photo above, you can click HERE to see a photo by Amy Tangerine of a tag she’s made with the paint, or you can click HERE to see a video by Scrapbook.com showing all the new Minc supplies.  I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

Simple Stories – Robin’s Egg Binder & Basics Woodgrain Paper Pack:

Simple Stories Robin's Egg Binder & 12 x 12 Basics Paper Pack

The colour of that binder is amazing, I have to have it! I don’t know what I’m going to use it for yet but I will be buying it for sure! And I can never have enough woodgrain and ledger papers, as they work great for photographing projects as well as actually using on projects. Every time I use one on a project I feel a bit sad that I’m not going to be able to use it as a photography background anymore!

Crate Paper Bloom Mini Tassels and Bow Stamps:

Crate Paper Mini Tassels and Bloom Stamps

The Bloom collection designed by Maggie Holmes is cute but I probably won’t buy all of it as I can’t afford to buy everything I want! I do, however, think I’ll get the mini tassels and the bow stamps if I can manage to. They are just plain adorable.

Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley Pea Pod Parts:

Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley Pea Pod Parts

Something else that’s adorable is this Mushroom Medley collection by Jillibean Soup. I like the papers but they aren’t calling to me as much as the Pea Pod Parts shown above – I think it’s brilliant that there’s so many little pieces which I can scatter about on my projects! I also want the stamps!

Queen & Co Donuts:

Queen & Co Donuts

I felt like I needed to finish with something sparkly, and these ‘Donuts’ from Queen & Co look sparkly and fun. There’s something irresistible about them!

That’s my product picks for the season! Has anything caught your eye?

CHA 2016 Product Picks at Jennifer Grace Creates

I hope you are having a great week. I’ll be back again soon, I promise!

Jennifer x

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My Product Picks – Summer Releases 2015!

Have you been watching all the scrapbook companies release their latest products over the last couple of months? I was too busy to keep an eye on it, especially as they all spread their releases out now that there’s no big summer CHA show.

However, I did sit down a couple of weeks ago to use the links from Scrapbook Update HERE, and Scrappy Jedi HERE, as well as scrolling back on manufacturer blogs, so that I could see all the new goodies!

My Product Picks Summer 2015 at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s my product picks of all the latest things I’d like to buy when they hit the shops. The titles and the photos are linked to the full reveals. I’m going to start with the everyday-themed items then move on to the Christmas collections & stamps…

Non-Christmas

Pink Paislee Cedar Lane:

 Pink Paislee Cedar Lane

Autumn is my favourite season, though we don’t get as many golden colours here in Dorset as we used to in Essex where I grew up. But that’s okay as I can console myself with this collection – full of fall hues and heart-warming phrases.

I especially like the ephemera, with the leafy wreath and the ‘snuggle up’ golden words:

Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Ephemera

American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers:

Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers

I have become a big fan of Amy Tangerine and Her YouTube videos lately. This colourful collection is perfectly her style – colourful, quirky, fun!

I am drooling over the wood slices and the wooden stamp set. I don’t know how much I’d use the pineapple stamps but I want them anyway:

Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers

Crate Paper Wonder:

 Crate Paper Wonder

This is such a cute childhood collection. It’s filled with whimsical characters and pretty icons. I really like the puffy stickers which features houses and the little animal faces.

But the item I want most of all is the wood veneer framework in the shape of a house:

Crate Paper Wonder Frame

I can totally imagine me filling this with pretty things!

Jillibean Soup Mix The Media – Wood:

There’s a few different wood plank shapes on the reveal, but the one I really want is this star. It would be great for any time of year:

Jillibean Soup Mix The Media Wood Star

Christmas

My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street:

 My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street

This collection is just so gorgeous. I want to wrap my house up in it at Christmas time! I love the mix of teal, red and gold, and the swirly writing, and all the decorated antlers.

The glittery puffy stickers are the bit I love the most. This product photo below doesn’t do them justice, see THIS PHOTO that MME posted on Instagram where you can see a snippet of how sparkly they are. I must have them:

My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street Stickers

Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes:

 Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes

The character in this winter collection are just so full of personality! It’s the most unique Christmas collection I came across – I feel like it’s something I’ve never seen before and it would make my projects feel super special.

I really love the stamp set and the puffy stickers:

Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes Puffy Stickers

Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season:

 Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season

This collection is pretty! The soft minty blue is stunning!

These stars look so shiny. And they’d look good on projects all year round:

Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season

Lawn Fawn Christmas Stamps:

These two stamp sets from Lawn Fawn have totally stolen my heart. You can expect to see some projects using them during Frosty Festivities 2015. Isn’t the snowglobe totally perfect?!:

Lawn Fawn Christmas Stamps

Hero Arts – Kelly Purkey Stamps:

I also really like these smaller (3×4″) stamp sets, designed by Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts. The ‘joy’ brush-writing sentiment is gorgeous and I love the patterns on the trees. These sets would be good for layouts as well as cards & tags:

Hero Arts Kelly Purkey Stamps

I want to stamp some little trees, cut them out, then tie them around a candle jar!

So those are the items I’d like to buy. I won’t be able to afford them all but I’m sure some of them will slide into my online baskets! Especially the Christmas stuff – I can’t run Frosty Festivities without them, can I?!

What have you spotted recently that you’d like to get your hands on? Anything from my list?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

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CHA 2015 Product Picks!

I would love to go to the big CHA show in America one year. For now though I have to make do with stalking the manufacturer blogs and drooling over new goodies from afar!

This is a round up of the things which are exciting me the most, that I just can’t wait to get my hands on! I’m posting them here to remind me of the things I want to buy, and to show them off to you in case you missed the reveals (I cannot be held responsible if this makes you spend money when they hit the shops… if you’re on a spending freeze look away now)!

My CHA 2015 Product Picks…

My Cha 2015 Product Picks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Um, yeah, this is awesome. A machine for foiling and making things shiny! I’ve already ordered one from Create & Craft TV HERE, though they are sold out at the moment – I’m not surprised, even non-crafters who I’ve shown the Minc videos (like THIS ONE) too have oohed-and-aahed over it! You can use it to foil Heidi Swapp’s matching collection of tags, papers, etc, or you can make your own with a laser printer or toner copier (it doesn’t work with inkjet printers).

I haven’t always been a lover of foiled things, mainly because they are soooo hard to photograph and I put almost everything I make onto this blog. But they have been growing and growing on me, and my Gingerbread House page and my Ready for Christmas page are my favourite layouts from my the end of last year, because the gold foil is so pretty.

I also loved the idea of different coloured foils, so I’ve ordered hot pink, teal, and mint foils with my machine. I can’t wait to start playing! You can expect to see some shiny things in my Etsy shop soon too! Here’s the choices of foils:

Heidi Swapp Minc Foils

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Collection

Oh this just feels so refreshing to look at! It’s got perfect springtime colours but with a bit of a summery twist with the flamingoes and lemons. I like that this will extend the use of the collection.

I can see me using it for lots of projects. I especially like the puffy stickers – they are so cute and the variety of sizes is good for me:

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Collection

Crate Paper Journey

Crate Paper Journey Collection

Crate Paper are good at bringing out collections that I want to buy, and this one is trendy and interesting! Some of the icons are a bit too USA related, but they don’t dominate it so I can overlook that. Especially when it means you get cute camper-vans, feathers, arrows, and cork and glitter details!

I’m most looking forward to getting the ephemera set. We’re bound to go camping at some point this year, so these will come in handy for scrapbooking our adventures:

Crate Paper Journey Collection

Simple Stories I Am

Simple Stories I Am Collection

The concept of this collection appeals to me – it’s all about documenting our own stories. I could imagine making a mini-book with this about my life before kids, which I could share with them.

The ‘I am’ quote is a great page title starter for when you’re stuck for title ideas too! The thing I want most from this collection is these stickers, which include lots of ‘I AM’ quotes in different colours:

Simple Stories I Am Collection

Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds

Pinkfresh Studio Collection

Pinkfresh Studio have been producing some gorgeous colourful embellishments for a while, but now they are also bringing out papers to make a whole collection release. Up In The Clouds is bright and playful which fits my style!

One of the items I love is the 3×4 cards, as they look like they were fun to design and would add so much life to my projects:

Pinkfresh Studio Collection

Chickaniddy Crafts 365

Chickaniddy Crafts 365 Collection

The 365 collection from Chickaniddy Crafts is bold and cute at the same time. It’s an everyday collection that can be used for an abundance of projects!

I really want the stamp set, the geometric shapes and little phrases are all the kinds of things I love to dot around my pages:

Chickaniddy Crafts 365 Collection

There we go, they are the things I’m most looking forward to getting my hands on. That’s quite enough don’t you think?

If you want to see if you missed anything else there’s a good list of links HERE at Paper Vine.

Have you spotted something you’d love to buy? What kinds of collections do you look forward to seeing at this time of year – spring, travel, or everyday themes, or something else?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

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CHA Winter 2014 Products Picks!

Hello, happy Monday!

I know it’s been a while now since the CHA show in January, but I have been busy since then moving house, so I hadn’t had time to pull together my product picks. I always like to share what I’m excited about, so I can remember what I want when the items start arriving in the UK, and to let you know in case you’ve missed something I think is ah-mazing!

I’m going to start with collections that I like as a whole, then I’ll move on to individual items that caught my eye. This is a long post, sorry!

(Click on the collection name, or the product photos, for a link to the manufacturer’s blog.)

Whole Collections:

Pink Paislee

Hello Sunshine:

Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

This collection makes me smile every time I look at it! The colours are perfect, especially the multicoloured raindrops! I like how there’s a little bit of chalkboard style but it definitely doesn’t dominate. I also love the phrases like ‘Be The Rainbow’!

And these Puffy Stickers are so cute:

Hello Sunshine Puffy Stickers

My Mind’s Eye

Record It! Just Splendid:

MME Record It - Just Splendid

I like lots of the MME releases, especially the Record It! ones, but Just Splendid stands out to me as something fresh, crisp and playful. I think I’ll love the patterns in the pad for all kinds of projects.

Plus the Woodgrain Enamel Dots are CALLING ME!!!

MME Woodgrain Dots

Glitz Design

77:

Glitz Design 77

Glitz grabbed my attention again with this groovy collection! I just love the original colour combination, and again the phrases really grabbed me, like ‘oh baby it’s a wild world’. It’s a bit eclectic but so cool.

I’m especially in love with this sheet of paper, of which I’ll probably buy one to use and one to hoard for evermore:

Glitz Design 77

Jillibean Soup

Spicy Social Soup:

Jillibean Soup Spicy Social Soup

This collection is just so clever! It gets inspiration from all the social media we use, but the collection will be totally useful for people who don’t use FB and Twitter (etc) too! The colours are gorgeously bright and bold. I like both sides of all the patterned papers (especially the ‘2 Parts Tweet’ sheet), which doesn’t happen often for me!

I can’t wait to get my hands on these stamps from the line, I like all of them and can definitely see the ‘#epic’, ‘#lovethis’ and ‘#happyday’ stamps being my go-to stamps for a while!

Jillibean Soup Spicy Social Soup

Chickaniddy Crafts

Date Night:

Chickaniddy Crafts Date Night

Chickaniddy Crafts is a new brand on the block for this CHA, though the owner Heidi Sonboul is an industry professional. She released two collections, and this one is my favourite. Date Night is really dreamy and sweet, and I like the variety of bits and pieces to catch your eye.

The Enamel Hearts will be scattered on my layouts and cards as soon as I can get hold of them!

Chickaniddy Crafts Date Night

 

Teresa Collins

Daily Stories:

Teresa Collins Daily Stories

 

This collection is quite pretty as a whole – I like the ‘real-life’ images I’ve seen more that the product images though, as the colours seem a bit too neon here but softer in reality! There’s a couple of papers which I’m aching to play with (Circles and Ombre Circles).

The embellishments are all lovely too, including these wood shapes which have a great mixture:

 

 

Teresa Collins Daily Stories

Individual Items:

Studio Calico

Essentials:

There’s lots to like in the Essentials range, but my favourite are the Geotags, especially the Woodgrain and Gold ones:

Studio Calico Essentials Geotags

Crate Paper

Styleboard:

Styleboard is similar to Maggie Holmes’ other collections, but as I skipped her last collection I think it’s okay for me to buy some of this one! I really really want the sequins:

Crate Paper Styleboard Sequins

And the Corkboard Speciality Paper should be fun to experiment with:

Crate Paper Styleboard Cork Paper

Heidi Swapp

Dreamy:

This collection really is dreamy with soft colours and sweet details. I like lots of it but my favourite bit is these 3D glitter bows:

Heidi Swapp Dreamy Glitter Bows

Chic Tags

Let’s Go:

 This line is bold and fun, and the best bit is the Gold Vellum Map Paper which made me squeal a bit when I saw it:

CHIC TAGS Let's Go Gold Vellum Map Paper

Cloud 9:

This collection is so summery it makes me long for sunny days! These wood veneer ‘Sequins’ are the coolest bit though:

CHIC TAGS Cloud 9 Wood Veneer Sequins

Jillibean Soup

Stamps and Stencils

I’m using stamps more and more on my pages and cards lately, and I love these stamp and stencil sets that Jillibean Soup are coming out with! Especially this Birthday set as I need more birthday sentiments and I love the ‘Party’ bunting:

Jillibean Soup Birthday Stamps and Stencils

Wood Sprinkles

Oh be still my heart – these wood sprinkles look stunning! You know how much I’m drawn to the bling! When I saw the product images of these I just didn’t get it, but when I saw this CHA wreath I was super excited by the sparkle and shine!

Jillibean Soup Wood Sprinkles

 Mini Placemats:

Yes, Jillibean Soup have lots I love right now! These Mini Placemats are brilliant, especially if you’d love to own a silhouette and don’t (like me!). I like this set the most, it’s perfect for cards or layout accents (or pocket style scrapping!):

Jillibean Soup Mini Placemat

Websters Pages

Our Travels:

The Our Travels collection is lovely, but it’s these globes which made my jaw drop! I want them. I don’t know how I will use them as they may be a bit bulky but I want them anyway!

Webster's Pages Our Travels Globes

Also worth mentioning…

I won’t include any more photos as I think this post is getting a bit long! But here’s a few more things I think are worth looking at if you have the time:

American Crafts Thickers Binder (This link take you to May Flaum’s blog where she mentioned it, I can’t find it elsewhere at the moment).

The Elle’s Studio Everyday Moments and Love You More collections are both really usable and pretty, check out the wood veneers too!

Jillibean Soup’s Beanboard Alphas (Chipboard alphas you can staple, stamp, stitch etc).

Crate Paper Boys Rule I like this collection for boys because it can work for a variety of ages, including a lot of grown up boys!

Shimelle Laine’s Collection with American Crafts. I don’t know much about this yet, but it’s designed by Shimelle so it should be fabulous!

Okay, I’m sure there’s more but that will do for now, don’t you think?! What have you got your eye on from the new releases?

UK peeps, some of this is already in at SJ Crafts, including the Teresa Collins Daily Stories Collection. And there will be some other bits arriving too – check out the ‘Coming Soon’ Page!

I hope you have a great week,

Jennifer x