Just before CHA I shared some of the pages to my portfolio that made. I thought it would be fun to keep sharing these so look for a different every Friday.
I did this page for a sketch challenge on an awesome sketch site by Zarah. Sadly she isn't posting sketches anymore which is too bad, because hers rocked! This page features papers from Pink Paislee's Pop Fashion Line. The photos are of me looking and my wee girl Emma after she was born. The tag reads, "It is in this moment when the world is still that I am touched by the magic, mystery, and miracle of life".
I forgot that I had promised to share the instructions for my Prima Make-n-Take tag project from my CHA here. I had planned to share it with step by step photos, forgot to bring any supplies home with me to do that. Instead I will share the printable instructions that I handed out with the make-n-take at the show.
You can download and print the instructions from this page.
It isn't a terribly fancy place, but I thought I would share a peek inside my little creative space. It is in our basement, which is only partially finished. I have one finished wall and the rest are white wall board that is part of our waterproofing system. The down side is that I can't hang anything from the walls except for the one wall. We are getting ready to work on another phase of the finishing project which should bring me a finished ceiling and flooring, which right now is painted cement that is sooooo cold!
Our family room is an L shape with my space the lower part of the L. When I am sitting in my work spot, I can watch the tv in the family room.
This is my main work spot. My tables are all 6ft folding tables. I made white covers for them with green toppers. The toppers are easy to take off and clean if needed and can be replaced if I decide I want a new color.
I plan to make curtains with the bird egg fabric and maybe a slip cover for my desk chair.
I plan on putting some risers under the tables to lift them a few inches so for now the covers are a bit long. This is the one finished wall in my room and has shelves that are packed with some of my favorite things. I have several collectible bears and books and figurines from when I was a kid. I also have part of my Tammy Doll collection and Tammy memorabilia displayed here.
Next is my computer desk that is also covered with tons of "stuff". I am a bit of a stuff collector. Next to that is my very favorite chair in the whole world, my hydrangea chair. It is so comfy and perfect for bumming in with a good magazine. I have debated slip covering it to make it match more but I'm not sure if I have those kind of sewing skills. Besides, hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flowers so I would feel a bit sad to cover them up.
You can see a lot of my hand collection here. I have a thing for the symbol of a heart in the hand which lead me to collect hands.
The next side is my wall of shelves and more "stuff". Tons of stuff!
One of my favorite collections on this side are my Holly Pond Hill figurines. When David and I were getting married, I spotted a Holly Pond Hill figurine of a bride and groom bunny. It was so cute that I got it for our cake. David continued getting them for me for gifts. They ended up being kind of prophetic because the bunny family consisted of a mom and dad (the same one from the topper) with a older daughter, a son, and a wee baby girl. A few years into our marriage, David and I were blessed with a wee girl to go along with my daughter and son making our little family match the little bunny family.
And last but not least. . . . the ultimate in scrappy and crafty supply organization. Remember years ago when all of the scrap stores, Micheals, etc had these big monsters full of die cuts? A few years ago a friend who owned a scrap store was hoping to get the monster out of her store and offered it to me. I can't even venture a guess on the weight, but it is a monster and both my husband and his brother who go the task of moving it to our house and into our basement were not thrilled with me. It rotates and has bins and drawers on all four sides. Someday I am going to sit and remove all of the old labels. It holds tons and tons of stuff which makes me really happy. Everything has its own little place and keeps it all so tidy. Pure organizational bliss!
It is always such a treat to get to make a pair of these for a sweet new wee baby girl!
I saw tons of things that were must haves from several new or newer companies. Here are a few:
They rock at putting together monthly kits that feature their own unique stamps, now they are in the paper biz too with two debut lines, Home Front and Anthology. I absolutely love Anthology, love it. The journaling cards and FabRips are divine!
The stamps are so fun and vintage. I especially love the coffee stain one. That one will be so awesome stamped in distress ink.
The rub-ons come in four colors for each which I think is really cool.
Okay, they aren't new or new to me, but I feel like it is new paper love every time I see and touch a piece of Paper Trunk paper. It has such a unique texture which kind of reminds me of handmade paper.
At this show, they added a kraft paper collection which combines everything I love about their paper with kraft paper. I think that is pretty blissful!
There is a really sweet simplicity to Lily Bee's collection that really caught my eye. They feature really nice classic crisp patterns in great colors. One thing I noticed right away that I liked was that the pattern repeats easily. Often times when I do decor pieces I have to line up multiple pieces (kind of like wallpapering). Some paper designs make that really difficult because the repeat is so far off. This paper has a great repeat and would make awesome decor pieces.
Love, love, love this whole happy little booth. I am not sure how long they have been making paper, I know I have heard the name on line before, but this was my first chance to see it and I loved it! They have great basics that are must-have go-to items for every paper stash. The patterns on their kraft line made me outright giddy! Everything about the whole line is not only adorable but named with soup-y names that are fun and clever.
I tell ya, there was canvas every where at the show but this booth was pure canvas heaven! I love doing projects on stretched canvases and loved that they had them not the normal artist white, but in the natural kraft-like color. This company is a decor company so not only did they have anything and everything you can imagine in canvas, but they had cool hardware for it as well. Super fun stuff.
And finally, Nikki Sivils!
I loved getting to stop for a few minutes to meet Nikki and her team. Nikki is from my home town of Springfield, Mo and it is just so exciting to me to see someone from home jumping in to the scrapbook world with her own line. Her collection is packed full of cuteness and is full of fun and bright colors and patterns. Nikki has really fun packaging that has been thoughtfully designed so that it can be re-used and re-purposed in other projects. Cute and green, that is a fun combination!
I am back with a bit more review from CHA-W 2010. One thing I love about this show is that it includes tons of vendors from all different craft markets. I love crafting as a whole even though my largest focus is in papercrafts. I also tinker a little with metal art jewerly (you can find it in my Etsy shop) so I was especially attracted to booths that featured products that would work with the type of pieces I like to make. There were tons of jewelry supply vendors, but one especially made my heart skip a beat, Nunn Design.
I became familiar with Nunn Design several years ago when they offered quite a bit of metal frames and charms that were great for papercrafting. They have shifted focus now to jewelry supplies that are perfect for collage and ephemera style jewelry. They are perfect for creating jewelry with vintage images like the ones you can download here on my site.
Becky, the owner was on hand doing demos and showing how amazingly easy it was to create stunning pieces in just minutes. I was particularly enthralled with an resin product that requires no mixing called GEL du SOLEIL. She let me try my hand at it and it was so fool proof. I definitley will be switching to it for my clear coating on my metal art pieces. I am even tinkering with the idea of adding in some vintage collage art style classes into my class offerings. The line she has makes it so easy to create high end looking jewelry art simply and quickly.
I think I could have spent hours photographing all of the stunning samples she had. My photos in no way capture the beauty and quality of them. That is okay though, because her website includes fabulous galleries along with video tutorials.
Rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces! I am just itching to dive head first into a major jewelry making mode after seeing all of these samples and findings.