Florida is hot--who knew? I took pictures Thursday, but didn't have an internet connection Thursday night. Tonight I have one, so here are a few of interesting things that I saw.
I liked the I-Top by Imaginisce, a covered bradmaker. It reminds me of covering buttons, except that you end up with a brad fastener rather than a button in the end. It makes brads in thee sizes. In my opinion, it worked best for thinner papers or cloth. I'll be sure to share more if--okay, when I get one. ;-D
That's my friend Becca Feeken making a covered brad!
There was another cool tool at the Quikutz booth for printing Letterpress, and I'm sorry that I don't have a picture of that one--still wanted to mention it though. With Letterpress you have debossed (as opposed to embossed) image; sometimes elegant invitations are done this way. Basically it was a gridded acrylic hinged sandwich on which you attached your image (looks something like an acrylic stamp, but deeper and much harder). You could either simply deboss without using ink, or use the oil-based ink, applied with a brayer, before folding the image over onto a softer cardstock or paper and running it through a die-cutting machine. They said that it was compatible with any of the major die-cutting machines, and I was pretty sure that it would work with either a Wizard or a Big Shot. I asked it you could order custom images/type and was told that they were working on it. Sometimes that means soon, and sometimes it means that never--who knows? Still, I was intrigued by it. Enough tool talk; how about some pictures? These are in no particular order---just random sights.
Crafty Secrets had some darling vintage postcards; I *think* they said that Pam Hooten made this sample. (My apologies if I'm wrong!)
Core-Dinations had an interesting line called Chocolate Box that has a chocolate exterior and sands down to colors. Honestly, I've never tried Core-Dinations, but I thought that this line looked fun, and I might have to see if I can get a couple of sheets to play with.
I have no idea who made the project above, but I thought that it fabulously showcased the brown combinations of the Chocolate Box line--isn't that a beautiful piece?
At Bo Bunny's booth, I saw this Christmas Card organizer kit that I thought was such a fun concept. You could tuck cards into envelope-like openings--fun!
Tattered Angels had some lovely new screens, chips, etc. It's been interesting to see their product line grow over the past couple of years.
And here's one of many samples that I saw at CHA by the sweet and uber-talented Melissa Phillips. Could she ever make anything that wasn't supremely lovely? (Rhetorical only--the answer is obvious!)
I always love visiting the Melissa Frances booth--more vintage beauty.
Hero Arts has great samples every year, and this year they introduced a cling foam rubber stamp with the image printed on the back--helps with placement. I need to browse their catalog when I get home. . .
Wendy Vecchi 's Studio 490 line of stamps, put out by Stamper's Anonymous (thanks, Cassi, for the correction!) was another standout for me. I don't often work in these deep tones, but I always love them when I see them. Kudos to Wendy!
Last thing for tonight (because we've got a LONG but FUN PaperTrey Day tomorrow at the CHA Supershow)! I know that I've already shared the new Cosmo Cricket lines, always favorites of mine; but I just had to share one more sample with you that I saw in the Cosmo Cricket booth--Eric in the doghouse. :-D I love Julie and Eric's sense of humor!
I'll be posting pictures of a few Christmas lines on Ellen's CLASSroom blog in the next day or so. I hope to meet several of you at PaperTrey Ink's Supershow booth tomorrow--2211! Thanks for your patience this week, and thanks for visiting.