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Last Minute CHA Show Product Info

So many products, so little time.

by Staff Report (February 4, 2008)

(Note: To see the complete list of CHA show exhibitors, visit www.chashow.org and click on Attendee Information and Exhibitor Listing. There you will find the complete list, plus links to the exhibitors' websites.)

Art Declassified. (#1687) Will introduce the Beautiful Bisous line using designs from Bisous Scrapbooks as well as photo-realistic art stamps. Stamp + solvent ink + glossy paper = a photo-realistic stamped image. Also, the company has partnered with Memories in Uniform to produce authentic military rubber stamps mounted on EZ Mount static cling foam and come packaged in a CD case. http://artdeclassified.typepad.com/art_declassified

Art Girlz. (#4866) Introducing a spring mix of wool felt beads, flowers, and hearts; Multi Cultural Snow People are an addition to the Snow People line; and new large and small felt bags in four colors. www.artgirlz.com/artgirlz/whatsnew.aspx

Avery Dennison. (#5053) Will showcase its new Stretchable Fabric Transfers; with its patent-protected SOFTSTRETCH™ formula, consumers can now apply iron-on transfers to white stretchable synthetic or synthetic blend fabrics, including cotton/poly blends and 100% polyester fabrics such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, bags, and other accessories. Available in packs of five 8.5"x11" sheets. www.avery.com

AMACO. (#4334) Is re-launching Rub ‘n Buff with new smaller packaging and Friendly Plastic. (Many polymer clay artists do not remember the metallic designer sticks that sold by the millions.) www.amaco.com

C&T Publishing. (#3370) Is offering in-booth "stay-n-plays" with the latest products and is sponsoring workshops by two C&T authors: "Go Decorative! 3-D Blank Board Shadow Box," with Sue Astroth (w031), and "Fresh Felt Flowers" with Lynne Farris (w042). Booth visitors will receive a free gift and can take advantage of special discounts available only at the booth. www.ctpub.com/client/client_pages/CHAW08.html and www.ctpub.com

Chroma (#4901) Is introducing Atelier Thick Slow Medium which like the original Atelier Slow Medium, allows artists to "interact" with their paint by slowing the drying time and allowing touch-dry paint to be reworked. It can be used for spreading and diluting paint without making it thin or runny and keeps thinly painted areas workable longer and allows for more time when working on large paintings. www.chromaonline.com

Cosmo Cricket. (#1351) Created a very clever way to build interest among retailers for its new products. – teasing visitors to the blog with hints and sketches. Traffic to the site rose 75%. www.cosmocricket.com

Easy Street Crafts. (#3406). Will offer new designs for the Beginners' Cross-Stitch Kit series for kids eight years and up (younger with adult help) and beginners of all ages. The kits include all necessary materials, plus a Square Hoop-Frame for stitching and framing. www.easystreetcrafts.com

Far Flung Craft. (#304) This new exhibitor (U.S. ex-pats living in Singapore) is showing collections of patterned paper and matching embellishments that are true to the cultures and communities of Asia. The Batik line features traditional batik patterns and colors from Indonesia and Malaysia. The bright, vivid Bollywood collection is inspired by the Indian movie industry and the silk fabrics seen throughout India. Also, limited-edition paper kits with coordinated fibers and ribbons and special-edition Googaw Charms, Asian-inspired Frou-Frou fabrics. www.farflungcraft.com 

F+W Publications. (#1751) Will preview MyCraftivity.com, a new crafts community which officially launches Mar. 17. Numerous editors and authors of F+W books and magazines will be available, plus 90-minute, in-booth workshops/demos will be conducted by authors Michael deMeng (Secrets of Rusty Things); Nancy Reyner (Acrylic Revolution); Tena Sprenger and Carol Wingert (LifeLines); and Chrissie Grace (Wild Tiles). A schedule of author- and demo-times and workshop appearances will be available at the booth. www.fwpublications.com 

Flower Soft. (Katy Sue Designs, #3041 – UK pavilion) Introducing Flower Soft®, a pot of soft-colored sprinkles, which transforms cardmaking, scrapbooking and other crafts. Using with thick PVA glue and Flower Soft® wires, crafters can instantly create three-dimensional floral arrangements to adorn their cards and paper crafts, or create stunning text and designs by sprinkling their favorite Flower Soft® color like glitter, but with a delicate floral effect. Very popular in the UK. www.flower-soft.com

Kalmbach. (#42010. Will have make-it/take-its from each of the new books, including Memory Art, by Mary Lynn Maloney – projects revolve around ready-to-buy and DIY shadowboxes as well as canvases, crates, plates, vases, and more; Easy Scrapbook Embellishments, by Heidi Schueller – projects using beads, paints, and fibers; and Junk to Jewelry, by Brenda Schweder – projects inspired by facets of everyday life. www.kalmbach.com

Kunin Group/Foss Mfg. (#4329) Is promoting its new Classicfelt line made with Ecospun, a polyester fiber made from 100% post-consumer drinking bottles. Also, the Huskystar ER10 embellishing machine will be available for testing, with a drawing at 10 am Wed., Feb. 13 for a Huskystar machine. Daily drawings, too, at 3 pm Sun.-Tues. www.kuninfelt.com

Lucidiom. (#2843) The company is partnering with Centrics LLC to give retailers one-stop shopping and fulfillment for hundreds of photo gifts through its EQ Complete Imaging System. This allows consumers to easily access hundreds of photo gifts through Lucidiom's APM kiosk or Photo Finale website. www.lucidiom.com.

Makin's Clay. (#5644) Will feature Makin's® Memory Frame Kits designed to take scrapbooking off the page and into high-quality wooden frames to fit any home décor. Consumers can create one-of-a-kind projects by combining photos with handprints, footprints, or pawprints impressed in safe, non-toxic, no-bake Makin's Clay®. Embellishments can be added to create lasting memories. Single, double, triple, swivel, and non-swivel models are available. www.makinsclay.com

Martingale. (#2004) New titles include Amigurumi World, Seriously Cute Crochet, by Ana Paula Rimoli. Twenty projects of cute hedgehogs, monkeys, penguins, owls, etc. that require only basic crochet skills and small amounts of yarn. ... Author Sherrill Kahn will be demonstrating projects from her books, Creative Embellishments and Stitched Collage. ... Art from the Heart, Mixed-Media Collage by Catherine Matthews-Scanlon includes 20+ projects for taking family photos and turning them into artistic projects with jewelry, tins and boxes, wall hangings, clocks, etc. http://store.martingale-pub.com

McGill. (#2846) Is unveiling Perfect Petals, seven layering flower punches that create dimensional flower embellishments for cards, scrapbooks, and home arts. www.mcgillinc.com.

Morex Corp. (#3385) The new product is Ribbon to Bead which has a specially designed wire firmly attached to the end of ribbon that makes it easy to thread ribbon through beads, buttons, eyelets, or punches, thereby useful in beading, scrapbooking, and paper crafting. www.ribbontobead.com

Plaid. (#3017) Cathie and Steve from the hit DIY and HGTV show Creative Juice will provide demos and make-it/take-its reminiscent of their popular show. Televised Rosie O'Donnell will be having fun with Mod Podge featured in her upcoming book, Crafty U, and published jewelry designer Candi Cooper will be leading demos with Plaid's new Connect jewelry program. www.plaidonline.com

Sakura of America. (#3635) Is introducing the Pigma® Sensei™ 6 Piece Manga Drawing Set for beginners to take to manga classes. All the tools needed to illustrate manga are included – quality Pigma ink, pencil, eraser, and a variety of nib forms to lay down the ink. www.sakuraofamerica.com/pen-manga-drawing Also: A new formula for Gelly Roll® Metallic gel ink pens with shiny bright colors that deliver a distinctive reflective sheen. Single, 3-pk, 5-pk, 10-pk, and16-pk. collections. www.sakuraofamerica.com/pen-metallic

Savoir-Faire. (#4301) Will launch a new line of Paint with Jane™ beginner art kits inspired by Jane Seymour, Emmy award-winning actress. www.savoirfaire.com

Spellbinders. (#5071). Will debut Xcalibur(tm), the next generation of the patented Wizard Universal Die Cut and Embossing System. It's a first-of-its-kind motorized die cut and embossing system. Retailers can preview Xcalibur, participate in informal focus groups, be part of the final stages of product development, and receive a free T-shirt for completing a brief product review survey. ... There will also be drawings for three complete plan-o-grams; To enter, visit the booth and drop off a business card. (If you mention CLN, you'll receive a free die that is compatible with most manual die-cut machines.) www.spellbinders.us

Time Flies. (#1434) Unique scrapbook paper, page kits, stamps, and accessories, all made in the U.S., packaged by stay-at-home moms, and manufactured to meet EPA standards as certified green products. Environmentally and family-friendly products developed and sold exclusively to independent retailers. The first 100 attendees people to place orders will receive a full set of stamps free, retail value $63. www.timefliesdesign.net



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