Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Old Techniques and New Products (CHA Links)

No matter how much we love to shop for our papercrafting products, we can always find some fun in older products and techniques.  This card uses the brayer which has been around forever but is new to me.  Karen and I each made one of these using this excellent video from Tami White as a guide.  We followed the instructions closely so this is definitely a CASE card.

Here is a link to Karen's card. She does a great job explaining the steps we used to create it.  My first effort with the brayer at home had been less than successful so I was delighted with how pretty this turned out and it wasn't very messy at all.  Messy was part of the 'less than successful' first effort I'd made.  Many of the inks are older Stampin' Up! colors - really just ink and cardstock so nothing fancy for materials.

On the other hand, I love to play with new products.  Plenty are being released for this summer's CHA - Craft and Hobby Association - show in Las Vegas.  Manufacturers have been posting some previews on their blogs for the last few days.  Two Peas has a big event going on you can find here.  They have challenges and videos of new products.  The videos are excellent as they are clear and feature full collections in many cases.

I've been putting a few things into two Pinterest boards.  I first started this one for CHA as I happened across things on blogs over the last few days.  Now I've also added this one as part of a Two Peas challenge to match up current product with new releases.  It's a clever idea so you can be thinking of what you have already as you are planning what you want to buy.

The thing I'm most noticing about CHA this time are the number of bright colorful all purpose collections.  Summer CHA is often about the holiday collections and they are certainly there.  I'm delighted though that there is something beyond Christmas and Halloween to look at.  On the other hand, I bought so much paper in the spring.  Oh, well as long as I'm just pinning and not paying...

Hope you have a great day!


  1. I have always loved these nature scene cards.
    I had made one years ago, and I think it is still one of my favourite cards.
    I don't even look at the CHA goodies. I can't get them here, I am not an on-line shopper, and I have way to much stuff as it why depress myself, teehee.

  2. I love this card. Wonderful colour choices and design.


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