Sunday, November 06, 2011
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
As you can imagine, moving 4 children (schools!!) is no mean feat. House hunting is eating into my relaxing weekends... and I am crossing all fingers and toes that we will find the ideal new location to rehouse all those really useful boxes (!)
Mingled in with the move is obviously the ever expanding product agenda which I manage... and we have new licenses launching, as well as Papermania Signature (a little something *special*) and all our Christmas lines (don't choke - Christmas is pretty much done in my book ;)
As a result I will be taking time out from blogging just so I can catch my breath... and keep sane! A woman's work is never done, and I sure as heck could use a wife round about now... ;)
Monday, April 20, 2009
Anyways, it was one heck of a weekend - and I got to meet the Bobbi Brown team, Maxx NY owner and drool up close on those killer handbags, Liz Earle presenter... and Julia Roberts (*highlight*) I am one of those people who DOES get a little star struck - so I had to pull myself together and try not to dribble and speak incoherently...
I have got a WINNER for the Wednesday PMA Paper Kit!
Congratulations... STEPHANIE (the gemini!!) Send me your address and I will get these off to you! (P.S. these were the papers went to QVC and back... so they are well travelled ;)
ALSO have a winner for the RUB TSV free kit!
Congratulations... SARAH Send me your address and I will get you all those lush boxes to get organising...
N.B... hi becks - just a quick note to say thank you again, the boxes have just arrived and they are excellent. i am ready to get organised!!!
thanks again and happy crafting
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I am sure there is happy news out there! LIKE it being the UK's trade show *Stitches* this weekend. Scaled down from previous years, with some exhibitors electing not to take a booth... still worth a gander if you are a retailer.
Have a good weekend xxx
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
MAX, from Scotland.
Spotted: Trends that seem to dominate state-side are a pish in the ocean when it comes to the mother of all papercraft trade events... Paperworld. It was a massive show that encompassed a variety of stationery, home decor, paper and seasonal decorative crafts. It was a visual banquet...
- 2009 INNOVATIONS SHOWCASE WINNERS
The Innovations Showcase brought together the newest ideas and most innovative products from exhibiting companies. Retailers, CHA members, CHA consultants and members of the press attending the show voted and selected the best products of the Show, as well as the "Overall Best Innovation." Winners were:
ART MATERIALS & FRAMING – Golden Artist Color, Inc - Fluid Color Travel Interference Acrylics
FABRIC/QUILTING/NEEDLECRAFT – AccuQuilt - GO!™ Fabric Cutter
GENERAL CRAFTS – Duncan Enterprises - the Tulip Create-A-Color Custom Dye Kit
SCRAPBOOKING & PAPER CRAFTS – Crafter's Companion - Ultimate Crafter's Companion Master (GB's own!!)
NEW EXHIBITORS – Spiral Eye Needles - Spiral Eye Side Threading Needles
OVERALL BEST INNOVATION – Duncan Enterprises - Tulip Create-A-Color Custom Dye Kit
- EXHIBITING WITH EXCELLENCE
The CHA Exhibiting with Excellence Awards were presented to companies whose dynamic displays, merchandising techniques and inviting staff enhance the overall atmosphere of the show floor. Voted on by members of the press, consultants, and CHA staff, the judging criteria included use of floor space, visual appeal of exhibitor booths, and overall presence and friendliness of staff. One winner was chosen in each of the following Show sections:
ART MATERIALS & FRAMING – Dennis Daniels
FABRIC/QUILTING/NEEDLECRAFT – AccuQuilt
GENERAL CRAFTS – Alumilite
SCRAPBOOKING & PAPER CRAFTS – Glitz Design
- PRESS KIT AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS
Several exhibiting manufacturers vied for top place in the Golden Press Kit competition, which awards the design/content, creativity and thoroughness of each company's press kit. CHA Designer members also had a chance to display their press kit innovations as part of the Designer Press Kit competition. Members of the press selected the following winners:
GOLDEN PRESS KIT – Ellison (*the most generous and included in my giveaway!)
SILVER PRESS KIT – Chatterbox
BRONZE PRESS KIT – When Creativity Knocks
DESIGNER PRESS KIT AWARD WINNER –Sarah-n-Dipitous Designs LLC
- CHA GREEN PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
GREEN PRODUCT OF THE YEAR – ClearBags
FIRST RUNNER UP – Caron Simply Soft Eco Yarn
HONORABLE MENTION – Strathmore Charcoal Papers
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Slap my hands... I forgot to mention *ZING* from American Crafts! These are really fine embossing powders that really are scrummy...
What is some aging embellishments without a centre-piece of grunging cases (which was attracting ALL the attention... ;)
Lastly spotted the man himself showing some retailers around the booth. He finally unshackled himself from that demo spot for some vital pimping. Love his stuff...
Headed over to QuicKutz booth which in 2008 had been a little bit of a disappointment... but they have turned a corner, and suddenly feel back in the design saddle - releasing some fab consumable staples. As DO stockists will be flogging the squeeze and alphas for just £19.99 (you heard it right folks!) in March, the new 2x2 embossing folders will be a real MUST HAVE addition to maximise that bargain buy. With 4 for £4.99 (or thereabouts) I can feel a marriage with some core'dinations coming on...
The new silhouette is sleeker, friendlier and more playful than the previous version. We got a demo, before I left my camera on their stand for half a day - and in a blind panic and hot sweat ran back to see if it was still there... phew, for honest folk!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Just to let you know that this was our brief brush with fresh air before we were whisked back into the dark and frantic world of CHA (...only seconds after being evacuated.) Oh the drama! Paris Hilton didn't even cause this much hoo-haa... ;)
Last pictures of the show will be posted tomorrow... otherwise I will be spoiling you too much! xx
So new colours for their signature queues, petalpoint et al... but the most exciting thing on their stand was their adorable new SMOOCH shimmer inks. They look like nail polish, but are this glorious bling ink that works with a fine brush to nestle into crevices and crannies to create dreamy sheens to pebbles to clay, cards and fabric. VERY VERY yummy...
I worked with Lasting Impressions before, and just *love* their stencil designs. We do have some in store promos on select demo boards - but here we have some new ones!! As well as all things brass, they have perfected the Memory Mixer to a version 3 reign supremo digital solution. The boys playing with it were hooked... which says it is user friendly ;) Even Holly was all over it - and planning her Wedding Photobook (which this sucker can make in minutes!) Looking forward to seeing more...
There was a moment of madness when the alarm went off at CHA and we all have to evacuate. Not able to take anything too seriously (although fire and all that paper product would NOT have been the ideal mix) we did some impromptu videoing...
Please accept my profound apologies for the Michael-taking of the American accent. It was not perfectly executed due to the elevated emotions of the moment ;)
***BTW Holly is "The Lovely Holly" Roche; Brand Manager & Designer extraordinaire from Design Objectives.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- VINYL HOME DECOR
Remember I scoped Uppercase Living last year? Well the scrapbook world is now awash with home decor vinyl applique. Originally Lisa & Becky (Advantus) tried to get us to decorate our walls with hanging things and stickers... then the Cricut (Provocraft) and the Silhouette (QuicKutz) sold vinyl sheets that you could die cut then use to decorate frames, albums, walls et al... and there was at the same time WALLIES (which is a blackboard type vinyl which encourages your kids to "feel free" *which on a sad note my 3 year old daughter DID in my absence on my brand new carpet... joy!!)
Anyways, we now have virtually all the big boys selling finished die-cut phrases and icons to be used to decorate those all-so-bare walls we Brits have a plenty. They LOOK oh so good in the brochure, but not so sure if they will translate onto our teeny walls in our teeny houses...
If you thought that rhinestones were the epitome of all things glam, then think again. The trend for glitter speciality finishes on patterned paper has flooded scrapbook manufacturers. It is pretty pricey compared to adding your own glitter at home to a sheet of 50p paper - but the effects are less *homemade* and definitely more bam bling. You won't be able to escape this trend, or the cash it will take out of your pocket to feed the habit!
- COST CUTTING
Saving the planet was firm on the agenda, but only after saving the pounds in your pocket first. Thus the advent of 99p-esk stamps popping up all over the show (We R Memory Keepers have some cute ones to match that Tiffany line... which is a wowzer one irl!) BUT pack sizes are also reducing, so retailers can buy more breadth, and less depth. With GCD Studios also getting really cost sensitive when it comes to their deliciously designer papers and accessories. The credit crunch is hitting... big time!
I did nip into the TWO PEAS IN A BUCKET cupcake party (Kirsty, Shimelle, Marion and Bev were there also from the UK) and we had a hoot with tsome american lasses on our table. Whilst they were 2 pea buffs, Holly & I were struggling to answer the simplest of quiz questions... although weirdly on my turn I ended up winning a new fiskars trimmer due to my acute knowledge of album manufacturers (aka guess work!?!)
My ill gotten gain will be added to the WISH WEDNESDAY STASH PILE... which is mounting up nicely! There are wallies, t-shirts, a cute Doodlebug shoulder tote and more... for that one lucky follower. xxxx