Sunday, January 30, 2011

CHA 2011 Winter Peeks

THE TIME IS NOW! (piece created by Tim Holtz using his new idea-ology pocket watch piece!

In my humble opinioin, this has been the most innovative, clever and fun filled product release. It's incredibly difficult to talk about, because I just do not know where to start!

HUGE HIGHLIGHT: Getting hands on with some of the BEST NEW PRODUCTS! We were guests of Ranger Ink at an incredible class featuring some of the best teachers, creators, and artists of the industry. Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Claudine Hellmuth and Dyan Reaveley. Below is the compilation of Canvases - we made one with each gifted artist.

Creating the Tim Holtz canvas below gave me an opportunity to play with Tim's new Distress stain inks, dies, stamps, and idea-ology goodness. I am most struck by the unexpected touches in Tim's releases this season. His stamps, dies, and beautiful accoutrements reflect a note of whimsy that touches my femininity. Check out the dress form below made with his new Sewing Room Sizzix Die. Do you see the wings? His new Haberdashery stamp set makes me very happy - and YES to the Papillon stamp set making my heart flutter. All of this new products mix very well with his existing masculine metals, machine parts and grunginess. Tim Holtz die hards, call me crazy, but I love this touch of unexpectedness this season.

Speaking of Tim, he has a new idea-ology drill tool that fills the world with possibilities. He used it to drill into the metal timepiece and wings for adding a brad and made the tag below for us:

Check out this watch Tim made using his new Idea-ology pocket watch piece:

The canvas above was made using some of Wendy Vecchi's art parts, clearly for art and new stamps! The cleverness of Wendy's art parts continues to broaden the horizons of the industry.

The flower below was stamped and inked using Alcohol inks. Clearly for art is a clear sheet, once heated you can bend in any shape you like. It doesn't shrink. AND the best part of all...if you don't like your shape, just RE heat and RE shape. Cool Wendy, very cool!

The king of Twitter and seriously awesome dude, THE Mario Rossi (twitter @mariojrossi) has been gifting everyone with loads of behind the scenes of set up, classes, and awesome peeps. Some of the photos (like the one below) were taken by Mario. He caught me inking up in class using the new Distress Stains.

Another highlight release for me thus far is the new collaberation between Basic Grey and Hero Arts. Hero Arts has created some LOVELY stamps to coordinate with Basic Grey's new lines.

To me, it's a perfect pair. The Hero Arts made -high quality stamps are the perfect compliment to Basic Grey's innovative and colorful lines. Hero is introducing NEW Layering papers that make my heart sing too! The photo below was taken by Jennifer Mcguire to show how great the patterned paper can be completed with stamps and embellishments to make a treasured card. We should have the papers in February and the stamps will be released along with Basic Grey's collection releases through the next few months.

Magnolia stamps continue to delight our cutesy side by bringing LOADS of project examples to the show. Check out Cupid Tilda below:

I'd like to get some great pictures today of my FAVORITE new item of the season so far. Do you have any guesses as to what it could be? HINT: I had the opportunity to use it during the canvas making class - but haven't mentioned it yet. It's seriously TOUGH to figure out exactly HOW to talk about the possibilities of this innovative p.... OOPS! I'll try to get good pics of it today and do it justice! Is it technically BAD to post about CHA and NOT mention my most favorite item of all? Hmmmmm....... I've got to figure out exactly how to do it justice!

Hats off to our Simon Family joining us here to bring YOU the best new products available in the industry! Lorraine is joining us all of the way from Malta, and Jason, Stephanie, and Sarah are working around the clock. They are so busy, we don't even have a group pic yet ;) Thanks awesome Team!

BIG HUGS! Have a great day! I hope you can find some time for art therapy today ;) It's good for the soul,


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  1. So many neat, cool and inspiring tools and techniques in one spot. There are no words to describe all the goodness coming out of CHA this release!

  2. Thanks for sharing with us. I can't wait for some of these products to arrive. x

  3. wow heidi the new th looks amazing xxx

  4. it's really fun to see what you've up to these days! TFS :)

  5. oh my I so wish I could have been there with you. What a lot of lovely goodies you've shared... my credit card just knows it's in for a beating~~~

  6. Thanks for sharing ... helps me to feel like I'm there.

  7. Fabby pics Heidi, I can't wait to hear the Magnolia news.
    Thanks for sharing
    hugs Mandy xx


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