CHA week - pick of the goodies part 2


Leo here again. I've got a few more picks of the new goodies from the CHA trade show. Here's more of what's catching my eye from the new US lines and some of the trends popping up.

I'll start with Studio Calico:
Like the American Crafts DIY collection Studio Calico have a basics line with woodgrain, gold and cork embellishments. I like that you'll be able to mix these with any colours you're using and maybe even customize the cork ones with inks/ mist sprays?
There's lots of vellum and translucent materials popping up so that's definitely another trend. It's not just in sheets it's in more embellishments and stickers too. The vellum labels I've picked up on because they'd be good to add titles/journalling over areas of photos you want to mask or just create layers with them on cards. Yellow is another trend overall and Studio Calico has picked up on that with lots of yellow across their patterned papers. I do think yellow is a good colour as it's one of those that works for everyday and for boy/girl and for garden/outdoors/summer holiday so many different things so it's a useful colour to have in your supplies.

OK onto the next one. Out of all the newer collections I think my favourite has to be the Heidi Swapp new goodies. The colours with the hint of kraft and the watercolour tones with the bold black and white mixed in is a real eye catcher.
I really like the epoxy stickers too, they're just like the glitter stickers we had in the December Lite kit but in bright colours perfect for the spring/summer. I also really like the mini stencil packs too. Stencils are big this year both using them with paints/mists/watercolour but also texture is a trend so using them with modeling pastes to create textured backgrounds/embellishing is definitely something I want to pick up on in the kits this year.

Simple Stories next:
Simple Stories have picked up on the trend for mixing bright colours with crisp black and white and I really like some of this DIY Boutique line. Some of the icons used in the embellishments with Simple Stories put me off a little bit as they're a bit over saturated, (like the moustache, anchor and glasses motifs which have been on everything but I don't really see as good ones for general crafting? Just me?) It's the colours though that have got me with this one they just really jump out and look exciting so that makes me think that what's made with them would be just as eye catching whether that be cards or scrapbook pages/mini books whatever you're making. :)

OK last but not least Basic Grey.
Basic Grey are making a little bit of a revival for me. I really like this new line designed by Kelly Purkey 'Mon Ami'. The colours I think are what's grabbed me the grey mixed with the red and yellow make a really interesting colour combination and overall it's nice and soft on the eye. 

Basic Grey have also got some really interesting embellishments. The acetate die cuts and frames look really fun and will be great for layering over/around photos or over papers on cards. The wooden shapes in the new Highline collection have been given a little chalkboard too so that's a nice combination and I'd be interested to see if you could use chalk markers or chalk on top of those.
The Highline colllection looks really fun and bright. Yellow is in this one too mixed in with pink, red grey and white. The brush script trend is here too. 

I'll leave it here for today. I've got one more little look at some of the more under the radar bits and pieces I've pick up on at a later date. As always let me know what you're liking the look of or what you want to see more of in kits.

x Leo

1 comment:

  1. The two Basic Gray lines are fab especially the metal shapes. I also like the Studio Calico picks. I'm looking forward to seeing the new kits.