Make your project SHINE with the Minc from Heidi Swapp

This caused a HUGE buzz at the show – and for good reason!  This machine and the products made to go with it allow crafters to add shiny foil in a wide range of colors to all kinds of projects!  Foil is a super-hot trend right now and the MINC makes it easy to add your own personal touches of shimmer to cards, décor pieces, envelopes, name tags, scrapbook pages, you name it.  The machine uses heat and pressure to bond the special foil to toner-based printing.  Heidi Swapp has created a large selection of pre-printed items, but you can also create your OWN designs using a laser printer or photocopier!  There is even a SOLID toner-printed sheet so you can add foils and use the sheet for custom die-cuts.  This one is going to be HUGE.  We have our store demo model on the way so we hope we can do live demos soon – stay tuned!
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Customize Your Pocket Pages with the Photo Fuse from We R Memory Keepers

Pocket page scrapbooking is a major trend right now.  It can make scrapbooking faster and easier, it allows the photos to be removed to be copied or shared in the future and it provides a fun, simple way to create layouts. Paper companies are all embracing this trend with pages designed to be cut apart and fit into pockets and offering die-cuts and other pieces to be included the pockets.  There is a wide range of pocket style page protectors available, but what if you want to do something unique? Something of your own design?  Or create a sealed shaker pocket? We R Memory Keepers has developed an AMAZING tool!  It’s called the Photo Fuse.  We have them on pre-order and expect to have them in stock in April.  Want to reserve one now?  Just come in and pre-pay so you can be one of the first to get it!

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Bigger and Better Crafting with Studio Template from We R Memory Keepers

The tool designers at We R Memory Keepers have done it again.  Following the success of the envelope punch board, the gift box punch board and others, they have now created a way to SUPERSIZE those and more!  There has been a big demand for ways to create large scale items for home décor, parties and other uses and this meets that demand in a BIG way!  The Studio Template allows crafters to easily make boxes, bags, flowers, envelopes and more using posterboard sized paper.  (Also coming soon from We R:  patterned paper in poster size!)  You just have to see it in action.  Let Tavnir (the developer and rock star behind all these amazing new tools) show you how it works!

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CHA Hot Product Award Winner – Ink Sheets from Sizzix

Here’s a new reason to pull out all those beautiful, intricate dies you have (and invest in new ones): Ink Sheets from Sizzix. These are just plain cool. Using the special transfer pad (available separately), these sheets effectively turn your dies into stamps. Available in white, black and metallic colors, these can also be used to write directly on projects too. Watch and see how easy this is to add a whole new use to your favorite dies!

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Ultra-Detailed Dies Are Now EASY to Adhere with Stick-It

Okay, so you have those lovely, lacey dies that you can now use as stamps with the Ink Sheets from Sizzix.  You still want to cut with them, though too, right?  The problem with these dies has always been how to adhere them to the project.  Glue sticks, tape runners, glue pens, sticker-makers, double-sided adhesives…. they all work but have their own challenges.  Ken Oliver Crafts has finally solved this dilemma:  Stick-It!  This is a revolutionary adhesive that “floats” between two layers of silicon-based backing paper. This is a “hard adhesive” that does not seep out into the gaps of the die, so you get a perfectly clean application every time.  No stringy loose bits or residue on edges of the cut piece or on your die.  The silicon backing layers actually help condition your die and keep it cleaner.  We expect to receive these by the end of January – come in to see for yourself how this works!

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Get Those Fancy Dies Cut Out Cleanly – Quick Release Die Paper from Couture Creations

If you’ve had trouble getting your intricate cut pieces out of the die (and who hasn’t) this is something you will want to stock up on.  This specially designed paper works much like wax paper, but with a few key differences.  It’s already sized to fit in most standard die-cutting machines, it’s thinner than kitchen wax paper, it’s cleaner (the coating does not scratch off) and it’s printed in pretty designs!  It comes in a box with a metal serrated edge for clean tearing, too.

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One Pen – Multiple Shades: Chameleon Color Tone Pens

This was another product getting LOADS of attention at CHA 2015.  Alcohol ink that blends seamlessly through multiple shades of color from a single pen with ease!  Chameleon Color Tone Pens are from the UK and gaining lots of fans here in the US.  The technique for coloring with these is different from other alcohol pens but very easy to get used to.  Our stock and demo kits should be here by the end of the month so you’ll be able to see them in person. Here’s an intro:


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Imagine Adding Real Light to Your Projects! LED Stickers Make it Possible

Technology and artistic expression meld beautifully!  Brand new to the crafting world, LED light stickers are going to be lighting up projects all over!  It’s easier than you’d ever imagine to create simple circuits and add bright light to cards, paper projects, favors, fashion jewelry and more. We hope to be brining these in and offering a kick-start class sometime late spring or early summer.


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Preview the Newest Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies

Lawn Fawn Fans!!  The new releases are now showing!  If you’ve been following their blog, you already know that Lawn Fawn has a BIG release of new stamps & dies to love.  As always, the dies are engineered to extraordinarily tight standards for perfect cuts every time.  The stamps are adorable and continue with the signature look and interchangeable style of Lawn Fawn.  We have all the new sets on pre-order and available for pre-purchase. Let company owner & designer Kelly Marie Alvarez tell you more:


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“Say Cheese 2” from Simple Stories

“Say Cheese” from Simple Stories has been one of their top selling paper collections of all time.  With “Say Cheese 2” the magic continues!  The line uses the same colors as the original collection so they will intermix perfectly, but the newest designs also include touches here and there of gold foil.  They have also updated how the Sn@p card pieces are packaged & sold, making it easier then ever to make your albums all go together smoothly!


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“Enchanted” from Simple Stories

Taking the theme from “Say Cheese” and “Say Cheese 2” to the girly side, Simple Stories introduces “Enchanted”!  For the princess in your life, this is the ideal collection!


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“I Am” from Simple Stories

Scrapbookers create albums about children, friends, family and even pets.  How many take time to scrapbook the most important story they have to tell?  Your most important story is your OWN. For those who will come after you, it is vital to tell your story.  Share stories and insights about yourself and your life that will be a precious gift to your children, grandchildren and friends for years to come.  It’s also a good way to take time to focus on what matters to you and gain added insight into your own dreams, goals, fears and ideas.  “I Am” lets you tell the story and paint a picture of who you are, right now.


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“Shimelle: True Stories” from American Crafts

Shimelle Laine has a new collection full of fun colors, real-life feel and an every day life feel.  The collection includes some really unique embellishments and coordinating items, too!.


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New from Graphic 45: “Home Sweet Home”

Perfect for the sewing, cooking, gardening, mothering and more moments of life!


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New from Graphic 45: “Artisan Style”

A cool and updated color palette combined with homey and structural images, “Artisan Style” is a bright new collection sure to please!


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