Thursday, January 10, 2013

Michelle's picks- CHA Winter 2013


The irony of me picking new crafty stuff just as I clean out my old crafty stuff does not escape me.
But yet again I am drawn to manufacturer blogs like a moth to flame.

Here are my personal MUST BUY picks for this term:
1. Crafter's Workshop stencils by Ronda Palazzari.
Dina Wakely's Eyechart and Julie Balzer's  leaf  stencils are all coming home as well.
2. We R Memory Keeper baseball size card punch.
I was JUST wishing I had a 3x4 punch for easy Project Life cards in prints I choose.
3. Cosmo Cricket's Summer Love paper- awesome graphic prints!
4. Prima paper clips- I pretty much want all styles available.
5. Studio Calico confetti size shapes veneer. LOVE!!
6. Krylon glitter sprays and this lil 3 oz guy in red, yellow and silver.
7. Wow! Glitter embossing powder 3 packs

8. Jenni Bowlin feather chipboard and mini book clear stamps
9. Webster's Pages "Sweet Notes" overlays by Allison Kreft
10. Anything with diagonal stripes in red or black/white.
I will be cherry picking like crazy since I'm not too excited by the papers in most of the collections I see. 

Some of my favorite brands have complete fallen off the design map this season.  

Perhaps it's a sign of the times, not a single company seems to be taking any risks right now.

It's all muted colors and motifs from past seasons- lots of cameras, banners, doilies, chevrons and circles.

Where did all the stars go?
And when did speech bubbles become so popular?
I like them but SHEESH! There's only so many I can put on a layout!

What's with the anchors? Unless you have a yatch or are on a cruise vacation those are random!

Ok time to dish- What are your favorites?

Lemme know! CHA hasn't even started so I know there are other fabulous products out there waiting to be discovered.

Chelles out.


  1. I have no idea what's new or up and coming but that punch is fabulous - hope we can get those over here. I think this year is going to be all about experimentation with paint and the various mists and sprays for me :-)

  2. I'm thinking you should just order 2 of everything you want and give half to me! :) I'm loving all the same stuff...and NOT loving all the same stuff. :P

  3. I liked your post today! I aslo made a comment on FB :)

  4. Lovely choices! I am with you, not seeing a whole lot of paper that I HAVE to have...I don't understand why we are still seeing so much chevron and hexagons...time for something new!

  5. Thanks for sharing your best choices, I find that I only get around to acquiring things when others are tiring of them. Might have to try and get on a DT to get the latest goodies.

  6. fun picks!

    im really loving the international line ILS' new collection:

    but overall, i agree with you: im not super impressed this time around

  7. I am love with Dina and Ronda's stencil releases! They are innovative and inspiring - The punch is going to be a big hit, along with SC's confetti. I am loving the new Distress Paints from Ranger...unbelievable how they work after they are dried.... but I will agree...there has not been a paper line that is "different" from what I already have. There is a company overseas called Sodalicious that I have been really watching getting on the radar - their graphic papers and stencils/embellishments are creatively different and evoke inspiration.

  8. I totally agree with your thoughts about the new releases this season. My wish list is much shorter this year. Thanks for highlighting these products. I really need the WRMK punch!

  9. That card punch is awesome and I would never have found out about it if it hadn't been for you...!

  10. Oh, awesome! TFS, the card punch would make PL so much easier, I might just have to start... :)


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