Saturday, July 27, 2013

Top 5 CHA Favorites...Past & Present

It's that time of year again...Summer CHA just finished up, so I'm ready to make my wish list.  But before I get to that, I'd like to share with you my top five favorites from the releases that launched at Winter CHA, now that I've had a good, long chance to play with these goodies.

Supplies: green dotted paper & red hexagon paper from My Mind's Eye; blue dotted paper from Bo Bunny; white cardstock & yellow chevron paper from American Crafts; yellow woodgrain paper from Bella Blvd; striped paper from Crate; scalloped paper from Kaisercraft; bracket box paper from Lily Bee; alphabet stickers, label stickers, & blue button from October Afternoon; red button from Blumenthal Lansing; yellow button & teardrop rhinestone from Olla Podrida; ribbon from Berwick Offray; twine from Crystal Palace; paint from Ranger; pens from Zig; flower made from upcycled plastic bag.  And...holy freestyle, Batman!  :)  It just felt right for this page.

First on my list is "Collectable--Remarkable" by My Mind's Eye, which I used for the background on the layout above.  I love the whole collection, but in particular I love the shade of green that it features.  Not mint green, not lime green, not forest green...just plain green.  It's a surprisingly difficult task to find plain green scrapbooking products.  Yay, MME, for coming through with it!

Supplies: arrow paper, rainbow chevron paper, journaling card, & journaling pocket from Doodlebug Design; alphabet sticker & purple paper from Basic Grey; ledger paper & flair badge from October Afternoon; pens from Zig; vintage twine.

Lots of rainbow-hued products premiered at Winter CHA, but my favorite of the bunch (which was also, not coincidentally, probably the brightest of the bunch) was "Take Note" by Doodlebug Design.  The brighter, the better--that's what I say!

Supplies: all patterned paper from Lawn Fawn; all alphabet stickers from October Afternoon; all decorative stickers from Basic Grey; cardstock from Pulp; twine from Canvas Corp.

For cute icons and trendy bokeh patterns, my go-to collection lately has been "Pink Lemonade" by Lawn Fawn.  I used it to make the summery card above.

Supplies: all paper & stickers from Lily Bee; corner punch from Creative Memories; ink from Hero Arts; twine from Canvas Corp.

The thank you card above was made with Lily Bee Design's "Pinwheel" collection.  You can't beat the versatility of this collection, and I love the contrast between the juicy brights and the silvery grey.

Supplies: all paper & stickers from Basic Grey; die cuts from October Afternoon; pen from Zig.

Last but not least, I love the "Knee Highs and Bow Ties" collection from Basic Grey.  It's so easy to mix and match pieces from this range, and the products are great for kid pages.

So, those were my top five product picks from Winter 2013 CHA.  Now I am looking forward to several soon-to-be-released collections from the Summer 2013 CHA.  Here is what I've got my eye on:
  1. "Into the Woods" by Lawn Fawn: if that's not cute, I don't know what is.
  2. "Hello Again" by Carta Bella: I love the designs that Kaitlin Scheaffer puts out through Ormolu, and I'm excited to see her work being picked up by mainstream manufacturer Carta Bella.
  3. "Public Library" by October Afternoon: I'm such a bibliophile, I practically live at the library.  Did OA make this line with me in mind?
  4. "Play Date" by Bella Blvd: ahhhh, pure childhood nostalgia!!!
  5. "Base Coat II" by Kaisercraft: I loved the first Base Coat collection, and I'm ready for a second helping.  And actually, I think this collection might already be in stores.  :)

So, how about you?  What were your favorite product releases from earlier this year?  And which products are on your wish list for the latter part of the year?  I'd love to hear your opinions!  Thanks for stopping by today.


Helen Tilbury said...

From your list I loved Knee High & Bow Ties the best! So cute!! Now I only have my eye on Prima. Call me boring but they have such a huge selection now that there is no need to shop elsewhere leaving me more money for mediums - and there are so many of those I need it!

Denise Price said...

Prima sure does put out a lot of products! I don't buy much from them, but, hey that leaves more for you, right? ;)

Aline Fonseca said...

Hello, Denise!
Great list of favorites!
Such lovely taste!


Ann Dolina said...

Both your cards are so lovely! I like the color combos you chose. Thanks for the sneak peeks. I will definitely be buying "Into the woods" - great colors there too!

Carol L said...

Great projects today, and I have so many favorites it's not even funny! I just LOVE the new Queen & Co Halloween washi tapes, all the new clips & ribbons from Allison Kreft (Webster's Pages) and too many others to name....... :)

juscrap said...

Lovely job Denise!!!xo

June Houck said...

Look at you making use of your new stash already! Thanks for sharing all of your new goodies and favorites.

IrinaR said...

Чудесные работы! Они мне все нравятся!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Beautiful projects!!! TFS! :)

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

I love how you showed layouts using your faves from last CHA!

I totally agree about the new OA Library line. Really looking forward to it.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

It's such a great feeling to use "older" product up and to anticipate the new stuff, isn't it? OA has a complete reveal of Public Library up and yes, I love it too. :) Great list!

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous projects Denise! I love that summer just smacks of summer! CHA is a great temptation, and if I could have everything that would be the most awesome dream! But priorities, so the Prima Colections, the BoBunny collections and Teresa Collins are my absolute faves! ;-)

Lynette said...

What a lovely collection of projects. I am still destashing. I am always a MME and Theresa Collins fan.