Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hello From CHA!

Hello from sunny Orlando! We (Cindy, Anabelle & Jessica) are having a great time so far!

We spent our first day on the showroom floor. Our feet are sore from walking so much, but it's been worth it! We've ordered lots of new goodies from the store.

First up is the new Basic Grey! We just love the gorgeous colors and embellishments of this line, Eskimo Kisses.

Nook and Pantry is another favorite. The colors are so soft and sweet.

Next up is Pink Paislee. We love the shabby style this release has. Plus, the holiday colors are pretty non-traditional.

October Afternoon's lines are really sweet, as well.

Finally, here is a peek at some of the new 7 Gypsies that will be arriving. We loved these shadow box frames.

And the new Victoria line is so pretty!

Also look for Making Memories, Jilly Bean Soup, Lily Bee, Tim Holtz, SEI, My Mind's Eye and Jenni Bowlin. They all will be arriving soon!

Check back again soon to see what else we had fun buying this week. :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Punch Power

We carry so many wonderful are some fabulous ideas to use them!

Lazy Days Layout by Lisa Dorsey

Royal Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
Arch Lattice Edger Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
Summer Soiree Sunkissed Paper by Fancy Pants
Love Shack Boogie Pattern Paper by Bo Bunny Press
Buttercut Dot Pattern Paper by Bo Bunny Press
Flutterby Long Wing Paper by Kaisercraft
Noteworthy Delaney Spiral Journaling Book by Making Memories
Sari iCandy Brads by Bo Bunny Press
Chunky Charms Wild Berry Swirls & Brackets Chipboard by Bo Bunny Press
Red Circle Journaling Sprouts by Jillibean Soup
Cherry Blossom Quick Picks Hydrangea Flowers by Prima

Butterfly Bag & Card Set by Anabelle O'Malley

Kraft Gift Bags
Urban Frames Kraft Cardstock Stickers by Hambly Screen Prints
Classic Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
Cherry Hill Cookie Jar Paper by October Afternoon
Cherry Hill Tea Towel Paper by October Afternoon
Lemonade Doilies Swiss Dot Die-Cut Paper by Basic Grey
Lime Glitter Die-Cut Paper by Creative Cafe
Multi Puffy Felt Butterflies by Creative Cafe
Red Rhinestone Embellishments by Kaisercraft
Mint Green Rhinestone Embellishments by Kaisercraft
Holidays Rub-On Transfers by Melissa Frances

Seek Joy Card by Jessica Witty

Scallop Dot Edger Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
Early Bird Sunrise Pattern Paper by Cosmo Cricket
Blooming Memories Stamp Set by Art Warehouse

You & Me Tag Pocket by Melissa Phillips

Scallop Edger Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
Scalloped Heart Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
ATC Naked Pockets by 7Gypsies
Vintage Tags Set by 7Gypsies
Imperial Borders Crystal Clear Stamps by Melissa Frances
Summer Breeze Crystal Clear Stamps by Melissa Frances
Cut N Paste Rub-ons with Gems by K & Co.
Everafter Something New Pattern Paper by Cosmo Cricket
Everafter Cardstock Stickers by Cosmo Cricket
Cherry Hill Vintage Type Rub-On Transfers by October Afternoon
Red Pearl Embellishments by Kaisercraft
Frames Tickets by Jenni Bowlin
Red/Black Red Cabbage Pattern Paper by Jenni Bowlin


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Color Inspiration

Enjoy this great photo to help get your color inspiration flowing and check out the wonderful ideas from our design team! Don't forget to click on each photo for a larger look at the details.

Thanks Card by Melissa Phillips

June Bug Doilies Red Tablecloth Die-Cut Paper by Basic Grey
June Bug Favor Kit by Basic Grey
Lemonade Cardstock Stickers by Basic Grey
Cardmaking Looking Glass Stickers by Making Memories
Hot Pink Pearl Embellishments by Kaisercraft

Happy Birthday Card by Jessica Witty

Sweet Shoppe Die-Cut Shapes by Collage Press
Sweet Shoppe Crafting Strips by Collage Press
Label Fetti Birthday Stickers by Making Memories
Spring Fling Tree House Paper by Pink Paislee

Love Card by Anabelle O'Malley

Front Porch Green Crosshatch Pattern Paper by Jenni Bowlin
Front Porch Oilcloth Pattern Paper by Jenni Bowlin
Front Porch Red Circle Flower Pattern Paper by Jenni Bowlin
Clear Designs Hugs N Hearts Stamp Set by Hero Arts
Chipboard Shape Thickers by American Crafts
Snow Pearl Embellishments by Kaisercraft
Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 yards Double-sided Adhesive by Scor-Pal
Elegance Oval Frame Applique by Melissa Frances

Two Peas Layout by Lisa Dorsey

Cucumber Sandwiches by American Crafts
Mia Hooked Pattern Paper by Crate Paper
Renaissance Meadow Die-Cut Cardstock by Narratives
Daiquiri Foam Letter Stickers by American Crafts
Red Label Stickers by Jenni Bowlin
Die-Cut Label Mini Papers by Jenni Bowlin
Red Cherry Lollipop Flowers by Prima
Red Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon by May Arts
Happy Holidays Ric Rac by Fancy Pants


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Designer's Workshop with Beatriz

Mini Gable Boxes by Beatriz Jennings


Front Porch Red Circle Flower Pattern Paper by Jenni Bowlin
Chloe Marie Family Rub-On Transfers by Daisy D's Paper
Mini Gable Boxes
Front Porch Oilcloth Pattern Paper by Jenni Bowlin
Nature Butterfly Framed Fonts by Tattered Angels
Coral (Peach) Bouquet Flowers by Prima


1. Tie Ribbon around boxes and cut paper to fit on front; adhere.

2. Embellish and apply rub-ons.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Designer's Workshop with Lisa

Summer Ice Cream Gift Set by Lisa Dorsey


Mini Frosted Plastic Gift Favor Bags
Medium Gable Boxes
Robby Pattern Paper by Melissa Frances
Out & About No. 2 Tiny Dots Paper by My Mind's Eye
Solid Color Baker's Twine by Martha Stewart Crafts
Elements Red Classics Ribbon Collection by American Crafts
Breaking Free Oh So Very Hot Title Die-Cut by My Mind's Eye
Patriotic Ticket Book Die-Cuts by Melissa Frances


1. Cover the front of the gable box with blue pattern paper. Cover the sides with red paper.

2. Tie a white ribbon around the box. Attach a button to bow using baker's twine.
3. Ink the edges of several tags and tickets. Attach the them to the bottom right corner of the box.
4. Fill frosted gift bag with ice cream toppings.
5. Use a decorative edge punch to punch a strip out of red cardstock. Attach to the top edge of a 1.5" wide strip of blue pattern paper. wrap around frosted gift bag.
6. Fold over the top of the bag and punch two holes in the fold. Thread ribbon through the holes, tie a bow and attach button.
7. Attach circle tags to the front of the bag.
8. Tie ribbon around syrup jar and attach tag and button.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Designer's Workshop with Melissa

Vintage Paper Doily Gift Pocket by Melissa Phillips


Lemonade Doilies Cream Die-Cut Paper by Basic Grey
Lemonade Element Stickers by Basic Grey
Antique Silver Metal Label Holders by Making Memories
Ledger Circle Journaling Stickers by Making Memories
Tiny Pink Ledger Alpha Stickers by Making Memories
Sincerely Postcard Kit by Melissa Frances
Coordinating Tag Set by Melissa Frances
Pearl Embellishments by Kaisercraft
Ivory & Cream Trim by Webster's Pages
Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist 2oz. by Tattered Angels


1. Cut doily in half and cut trimmed edges to create scallops. Fold in half, ink to distress, and stitch down sides to form a pocket.
2. Ink edges of large ledger sticker and adhere to center of doily. Ink edges of small flower element stickers and adhere around outer edges of ledger sticker.
3. Spray twill tape with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist to create a soft shade of pink. Let dry and wrap it around your pocket and tie in a bow near top.
4. Cut a small piece of trim to fit behind bookplate and adhere in place. Attach bookplate over ribbon centered on ledger sticker and embellish sides with adhesive pearls. Thread small pink buttons and adhere to center of bookplate.
5. Punch a hole in small envelope from Postcard Kit and tie to center of bow using hemp. Embellish envelope with an adhesive pearl.
6. Attach tiny alpha stickers in lower right corner.
7. Write message on a coordinating tap and slip inside gift pocket along with vintage sheet music and an old sewing pattern.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Designer's Workshop with Jessica

Embellished Hair Clips by Jessica Witty


Noteworthy Scallop Velvet Aqua Trim by Making Memories
Animal Crackers Ella Trims by Making Memories
Grosgrain with White Dots by May Arts
Noteworthy Embellishment Jars by Making Memories
Orange Rhinestone Embellishments by Kaisercraft
Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 yards Double-sided Adhesive by Scor-Pal
Metal Hair Clips


1. Place a small square of Scor-Tape on the back of the hair clip.

2. Cover the top side of the clip with Scor-Tape.
3. Adhere ribbon to clip, starting at the back, over the clasp, and onto the top. Don't cut the ribbon yet!

4. Place a strip of Scor-Tape on the inside of clip, on the reverse side of the top. Estimate the length of ribbon needed, cut, then adhere.
5. Add embellishments as desired.

Jessica notes: So I am new to this whole having-a-daughter thing, but one thing I've already realized is that bows are expensive! With just a few cute ribbons and embellishments, you can whip some up really quickly for your own daughter or as a gift for a new baby, etc.

I originally covered all sides of the clip with ribbon, but realized that it made the inside of the clip a bit too bulky for my daughter's baby hair. Also, if necessary, you can add a thin strip of non-slip grippy kitchen sheets to the inside of the clips to help them stay firmly in fine hair.

* Scor-Tape is essential to the success and ease of this project! It is much easier to use than a liquid adhesive and holds really well. I can't recommend it enough!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Designer's Choice with Anabelle

Friend to Friend Card by Anabelle O'Malley


Cherry Hill Egg Basket Paper by October Afternoon
Cherry Hill New Apron Paper by October Afternoon
Clear Designs Hugs N Hearts Stamp Set by Hero Arts
Winsome Enchanting Sticker Book by Pink Paislee
Girl Friday Paper Crafting Collection Kit by Cosmo Cricket
Cherry Limeade (Limited Edition SUMMER 09) Glimmer Mist 2oz. by Tattered Angels
Mint Green Rhinestone Embellishments by Kaisercraft
Cardstock Packaging from Prima


1. Create a card base from pink paper. Paint edges with cream paint.
2. Cut cardstock packaging backing from Prima flowers slightly smaller than card front. (If you don't have this, cut a piece of plain cardstock and punch designs along bottom.)
3. Paint with cream paint. Then spritz with Cherry Limeade Glimmer Mist.
4. Adhere sticker border to bottom of card. Add jewels.
5. Once painted panel is dry, stitch to card front.
6. Handcut leaf/vine pattern and birds. Adhere to card front.
7. Stamp sentiment on cardstock and adhere.
8. Add jewels to flower on card.