I hope you have been enjoying your summer. I have been making memories this past summer and will be sharing new things in the upcoming posts that you will not want to miss. I just had to share with you 24 hours craft event on HSN beginning at 11:00 pm CST tonight. There is a new launch for Martha Stewart beginning at 11:00 pm tonight as she celebrates her 4th year on HSN. There are going to be shows from Anna Griffin, Lisa Bearnson, 3 Birds, We R Memory Keepers, Singer, and many, many more that you will not want to miss out. There are going to be phenomenal sale that you will not want to miss. I love just getting ideas, learning new techniques, and just inspire to go and craft. I hope you plan to join and watch the shows starting this evening. Please leave a response if you are inspired during this event or see an awesome product that you think is a must have.
The Winter CHA 2014 has come to a close but the beginning of the hottest and most wanted products that will be available to the consumers are in route to your local crafting stores or to your favorite online stores. I have been watching many of the clips as well as reading many of the blog posts from CHA and there are so many product lines that are just amazing. The innovator, Becky Higgins, has brought more to her Project Life community with the expansion of three new core kits, 6×8 albums with four corresponding pocket page system, photo overlays, creme color cards, 4×4 cards, washi tape, and dies. Making things Pretty is what the inspiring Heidi Swapp has brought this year to CHA. The launch of her mini stencils and color magic tags, and more color shines. I love her memory file line and cannot wait to see how she is going to incorporate this into her new product line. The basically essential Ms. Teresa Collins has again brought a beautiful line this CHA. Let’s Save the Date and welcome Hello My Name Is are of the new additions to her wonderful product lines. One of the most exciting news was the announcement of her partnership with We R Memory Keepers. She has designed a new paper line for their pocket page 12×12 albums system. Along with the fabulous giveaways sponsored by We R Memory Keepers the awaited new hot flower punch board is what has caught the my interest. Other amazing designers but not limited to all the ones that were at this year Winter CHA are Tim Holtz, Amy Tangerine, Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy, and Maggie Holmes, just to name a few. There was so many new product lines that I just cannot name them all. I am excited and anxious to use the new products that was launched at the CHA in my creative projects….. Happy Scrapping!
On January 2, 2014, the crafting industry received sad news. Archiver’s the local scrapbook store were closing all their remaining stores by mid February of 2014. Archivers has served as a home to find new innovative products, exclusive product lines, workshops throughout the year for card makers and scrapbookers, crops, and more. The staff was knowledgeable of various products lines, helpful when needing ideas on layouts or projects, and a great staff that will be truly missed. This establishment has carried our world to another level that many of the bigger box stores has failed to gap the bridges to. This also, with great sadness meant an end to Scrapfest that has been held at the Mall of America for the past few years. Through Archiver’s crops and Scrapfest, friendships has been bonded with strangers who now are dear crafting friends. As they are beginning to liquidate their stores it’s with sadness that many friends are joining and coming together one last time before the doors closed for good to crop together. With mixed emotions this is also an exciting time for this industry as new product lines are being launched this week. The Craft and Hobby Association is launching the Winter CHA Trade Show beginning Saturday, January 11th through Tuesday, January 14th. Many of my favorite designers and product lines have been giving sneak peeks of their products on the social media streams. I’ll be sharing you some of my favorite picks for the season on my Facebook page.
Do you have a supervisor, manager, or boss who is worthy of a token of appreciation? If so, take a time to write a special note of gratitude to that special boss and let him / her know how they have impacted your work life. Many people do not realize that the people you work with is most often the people you spend the most time with. They are your family like or not. You share so much of yourself throughout the day and inspire others unknowingly. So if it’s a lead, supervisor, manager, or owner that has made a positive impression in your life take a moment to share a cup of coffee, donut, cupcake, fruit, lunch or whatever affectionate way you will like to express a simple thank you and I appreciate you. A smile, a note, a flower, or just a kind word can be so uplifting and inspiring. Happy National Boss’ Day!