Favorite time of the year

Yay! It’s craft trade show time! It’s seriously one of my favorite times of the year. 🙂

This time next week some of my favorte crafting buddies will be in Chicago taking in CHA – Summer! What is that you ask?

Well, my friend, it’s only one of the biggest, baddest trade shows for craft business-owners  to go to. From beading supplies to paper organizers, there’s a little something of everything.

I don’t have a reason to go (well, a legit reason beyond how fun it would be to go) so I’ll be at the computer, feverishly watching for reports from the shows. Design and color trends, new products and what’s getting buzz. It makes me giddy just thinking of it. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a few peeks I’ve found so far that just excite me something fierce:

* American Crafts Metropolis paper and new Mini Marks

http://americancrafts.typepad.com/studio/2007/07/sneak-peak-5.html

Holy flippin’ moley! Look at those new letter stickers and that paper. Can’t go wrong with new AC.  It’s all good.

* Technique Tuesday’s new Damask, Dog & Pony, Rocket Man and polka dot alpha stamps

http://www.techniquetuesday.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=NEW

Holy crumb-tastic. I love the Damasks stamp set. I had to have the Irony set. And… this set just ranks up there. And those critters and robots. Man, they are cute. I can see making tons of fun, simple cards with them. And the polka dot alpha stamps …. YUM!

* Maya Road’s new stamps 

http://mayaroad.typepad.com/deb/2007/07/cha-summer-sn-5.html

Me likey these stamps a lot. Love the whole icon thing going on right now in graphic design so yeah… these are high on my “like ’em much ” list.

* New Prima papers 

http://prima.typepad.com/prima/2007/07/sneak-peeksiron.html

Totally drawn to the greens and the blues here. And true confession: never seen Prima paper first hand. Hopefully, that will change with this release.

* Queen & Co. new felt ribbon

http://queenandcompany.typepad.com/

Holy crap. That’s what I am talking about. This is some good stuff.

* Cosmo Cricket’s new Biography 101 line

http://cosmocricket.blogspot.com/2007/06/biography-101-papers.html

Not only do the I love the feel of it, but I am stoked to see who designed it. Lynette knows me from my SEI lovin’ days when she was the designer (not just any designer…. but the brains and brawn behind all the cool stuff they did),  and I was the crazy scrap fan who came down to get the new releases.  She’s so cool, and  I am stoked to see she’s teamed up with her old friend Lindsey and the gang at Cosmo Cricket.

 Anyway, that’s it for now. As the next week or so go on, I’ll share more things that have me buzzing.

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