Top crafty trends from the 2012 CHA Show (and lots of giveaway news!)

First, a happy Valentine’s Day to you! I hope your day is filled with love and something sweet . . . For you today, I have something we all love — the latest and greatest creative trends from the CHA Show.

When I’m at the show, my days are packed with meetings, and I have very little time to actually take in all of the beautiful displays. However, one of the wonderful people I meet with is Dawn Gehring, managing editor of Crafts ‘n Things magazine. Part of Dawn’s job is to walk the show and check out each and every booth, looking to see what’s new and what’s fabulous. Dawn has agreed to share with us her top, trendy finds from the CHA Show!

top CHA trends

Dawn's "Top 12 CHA Trends"

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Dawn’s Top 12 Trends from the Winter 2012

Craft and Hobby Association Show

  • Retro Colors: Berry Red, Lemonade Yellow, Cotton Candy Pink, Sky Blue, Seafoam Green. . . whether soft and shabby or vibrant and tasty, these colors touched paper collections, embellishments, colorants and more. Some gorgeous examples include Echo Park’s This & That Collection, October Afternoon‘s Farmhouse Collection and GCD Studios‘ Country Charm Collection. A secondary retro palette showcased orange, pink and brown – perfect for stylish projects with a feminine touch; check out Kaisercraft’s Tigerlily Collection and DCWV’s Coral Couture (with touches of blue and green thrown in). Glitter was a major trend, too, and several companies offered a variety of styles in these pretty retro colors, including Clearsnap’s Smooch Glitz, Therm O Web’s Glitter Dust, and the Fran-tage line from Stampendous!, which includes Embossing Enamels, Crushed Glass Glitters, Mica Fragments and Shaved Ice.
Echo Park scrapbook papers

This & That Collection from Echo Park.

  • Whimsical Past: Drawing from the lovely retro color palette, these designs simply make us feel good with images of picnics, playgrounds and the like from days gone by. Look for October Afternoon’s Sidewalks Collection, GCD Studios Oh Happy Day Collection andCrate Paper’s Pretty Party Collection.
GCD Stickers

Oh Happy Day stickers from GCD Studios.

  • Canvas: Canvas was everywhere at the show! Canvas surfaces included the traditional squares, often turned into page-on-the-wall photo displays or ultra-cool wall art, as well as banners, tags and more. Canvas Corp. featured a beautiful wall art piece comprising several individual botanical-themed canvases with hinged doors. That piece really wanted to come home with me!
canvas wreath

Wreath from Canvas Corp.

  • Chipboard: Paper crafters still love chipboard for its versatility, but they now have more options for intricate designs, embellishments like printed chipboard buttons, tools to punch and shape it, pre-made book kits, dimensional display pieces and more. Petaloo, FabScraps and Graphic 45 offer great variety.
chipboard shapes

Petaloo chipboard shapes.

  • Flowers: Lots of color-your-own options popped up, including fabric, canvas, chipboard and metal. Lush pre-made blooms abounded at BoBunny, Prima and Petaloo (we couldn’t take our eyes off the expansive Darjeeling Collection), among others.
Darjeeling collection from Petaloo

The Darjeeling Collections from Petaloo.

  • Organic/Garden/Greenhouse: These images and textures are always a natural fit, no pun intended, for creative projects, but they’ve taken on a more sophisticated, yet still wild, look. Wreaths, topiaries, kissing balls and more decorated several booths. Favorite looks combined natural-looking greenery with paper, fabric, burlap or canvas flowers, beads and other embellishments. Forgot to snap a pic of this one, sorry! (That’s o.k., Dawn, I added one of our own.)
DIY wall art

Making Mossy Wall Art is one way to introduce this trend into your home. offers a tutorial for the Mossy Wall Art.

  • Woodland Critters: Squirrels, raccoons and other things you don’t want in your house were all over CHA! Despite their bad reputation, they looked undeniably adorable on scrapbook pages, cards and home dec projects. Check out the cute-and-cuddly offerings from Kaisercraft (Tiny Woods Collection, shown here), DCWV (The Green Stack) and October Afternoon (Woodland Park Collection). Kaisercraft’s booth held one of the show’s most impressive woodland critters – a dimensional chipboard deer’s head you cover with patterned paper, or paint, then assemble and hang on the wall à la the nearest deep-woods hunting lodge.
Tiny Woods from Kaisercraft

Kaisercraft's new Tiny Woods Collection.

  • Birds: Flocks of them flew freely across dies, stamps, papers, fabrics and décor pieces like canvas wall art, mobiles and more. Birds, and their smaller winged butterfly friends, continue to be a popular trends across many craft categories. We love the Oh Darling paper from BasicGrey’s new line, Kissing Booth.
New Basic Grey papers

From Basic Grey's new line, Kissing Booth.

new hero arts stamps

Hero Arts' Text Bird stamp.

  • International Flair: Inspired by the upcoming London Summer Olympics, Penny Black just released their new London Collection. Hero Arts has a wonderful London background collage stamp, as well. Look for international influences in papers and embellishment at DCWV, BoBunny, Graphic 45 and others. Find special Around the World colorants at Tattered Angels. Visit the sites for FabScraps, from South Africa, and Stampavie, from France, to see what shape creativity takes in other parts of the world.
summer olympics scrapbook supplies

Penny Black's new London Collection.

  • Technology: was one of the coolest products at the show, hands down! Basically, this is a QR code sticker that you can link to digital files (like photos, videos or music) using either your smart phone or your computer. Place the sticker on a scrapbook page or card. The recipient or viewer then scans the code, or types it into the Web site, and the digital memory activates. The demo we saw featured a sticker on a baby scrapbook page. Scan the sticker with a smart phone and video pops up showing the baby crawling in his crib. Too precious for words, literally!
QR codes for crafting offers QR codes that link to digital files like photos, videos or music.

  • Time-Saving Tools: My favorite was the Imaginisce i-magicut Ribbon Cutter. This device has a heated wire that cuts and seals synthetic ribbon ends, preventing fraying and avoiding the mess of no-fray solution or glue. Other time-savers included the new M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders, extra-deep embossing folders that combine two designs in each folder, and the new Crafter’s Essentials Finger Grip.
CHA Show trends

Imaginisce i-magicut Ribbon Cutter

Wow, that QR code sticker really rocks my world! I’d love to hear what you think of these trends – do you have a favorite? Or, are you following other trends we didn’t list here? Tell us about it, and you might receive a free, one-year subscription to Crafts ’n Things magazine. I’ll select a trendy winner next Monday, February 20, after 10:00 p.m.

(Don’t forget – if you’d like to hear more from Dawn, sign up for Crafts ‘n Things free monthly newsletter.)

In more giveaway news, do you follow Craftaholics Anonymous? I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Gardner, the creative genius behind Craftaholics Anonymous, at the CHA Show. Each year, Linda has a big, online bash to celebrate her birthday week, and it’s going on right now! It’s a fun week chockful of swag, freebies, and surprises over at Craftaholics Anonymous, so don’t miss out!

Jeannie Walsh is the winner of our Dove Chocolates giveaway. Thank you, Jeannie for sharing your Valentine’s Day creations on our Facebook page! Please contact me so I can send your prize to you.

**NOTE: Mandy L. won our trends giveaway and she will receive a one-year subscription to Crafts ‘n things magazine. The 2/14 giveaway is now closed.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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22 Responses to Top crafty trends from the 2012 CHA Show (and lots of giveaway news!)

  1. barbara macaskill says:

    I am liking the canvas projects and am really interested in learning more about the moss art. I am also excited to try the new staples.

  2. The retro candy colors, which was mentioned here. I’m also wild for stripes and textile prints right now. 🙂

  3. Carmen says:

    I love the retro colors trend!

  4. Kayla F. says:

    Definitely the retro colors. I love the pinks and the floral prints. The older I get the more I’m drawn to those colors. Another favorite I’m looking forward to is the new Smash Folio’s. All the pretty retro colors are going to look great in my folio!

  5. P. McGhee says:

    These trends are so inspirational and so much fun. I’m really getting into the button art and paint chip art. Materials are so inexpensive (if not free) and with a little imagination you can truly make beautiful gifts or items to make your space your own.

    • Sharon says:

      I love the paint chip crafts, too. I made paint chip bookmarks for Valentine’s Day gifts (found the idea on Pinterest) and they were so quick and inexpensive. Sharon

  6. I love the flowers and the organic greenhouse look!

  7. Mandy L. says:

    I like the retro feel of some of these things! Very cool!

  8. Natasha G.P. says:

    The woodland animals are a trend that I love! If they look folksy and crude, I love it. I hope that the trend continues for a long time.

  9. B. Poteraj says:

    I really like the bird look. When I saw the colorful birds paper (sketchy ones), I instantly fell in love.

  10. sharon gullikson says:

    I loved so many of your picks. I love the natural look, and natural images best. If it’s too slick and pre-made looking, I avoid it!! sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  11. Jeannie (blue) says:

    Like Deedee I favor the birds . . . and the bird cages too. I’ve got to admit though, that stikr it has me contemplating several technology upgrades! digital camcorder, smart phone . . . if my ‘baby’ were still a baby I wouldn’t hesitate. 🙂

  12. Rebecca W says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I really like the newer glitter things with glitter that doesn’t fall off as easily. I am also interested in the i-magicut ribbon cutter.

  13. Lisa Malachinski says:

    What a bunch of cool new stuff coming out. I have the BGrey kissing booth and can’t wait to see some of these new items up close and personal. What fun. Thanks for the great info. I think I’ll look into the ribbon cutter. It would make adding ribbon to projects easier.

  14. eileenhull says:

    Great CHA roundup! I was also busy and didn’t get to see a of of this- thanks Dawn for sharing!

  15. I love the birds.. have and always will I think.. glad they aren’t dying!

    • Sharon says:

      I agree, DeeDee. Birds and owls have been popular for some time, and it sounds like they’re going to be around for a while! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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