Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CHA Summer 2011


Back home from the CHA Summer Show and have barely had a second to catch my breath. By far, it's been our best CHA yet. The releases were well-received (personally, they're my favorite ever as well), the show floor was hopping, it's just been a crazy few weeks. Okay, it's been a crazy few months.

I had the chance to create lots of items for the booth, some of which are here and more will pop up later, didn't want to overwhelm anyone. I had my modest list of items to create, but I kept going and going with more projects that I hoped would showcase all our new items.

I will have a mini-tutorial on the SC blog soon to explain the confetti effect. It's super easy and I'm obsessed with confetti now, so I figured out a quick, easy way without hand-placing all those tiny dots.

(photo taken by Angela Crutcher)

The end result of this tag, I'm excited about. I created it for the Hero Arts booth & catalog and I had no idea what a talented stamper I was....kidding. This was really simple. I used the white Zing embossing powder with the cloud stamps, then used several ink colors with the ink-blending tool. That really made the clouds pop off the tag.

This layout uses the same stamp set as the tag above. Photo courtesy of Kelly Noel.

And, last but not least, my favorite layout. This one incorporates lots of techniques, but my favorite is the "&" mask in conjunction with the new Calico Shine Mister Huey. It's a really subtle effect, that you'd just have to see in person, which is why I'm giving away one to a commenter on this post. I'll post a winner on Sunday, so just make a comment here.

Be sure to stop by the Studio Calico blog for a list of other designers who will be participating in the blog blitz - you won't want to miss seeing some of the other fabulous projects that were in the CHA booth!

188 comments:

Melanie said...

Oh, the ampersand is fabulous. Love the subtle colours in this layout.

Sonia said...

Beautiful!!!

Jennifer said...

Cant wait to try the new mist! Your LO is beautiful, thanks for a chance to win!

Melinda Kantz said...

Love all the projects but I agree with you that the last layout is my favorite as well. Excited to get my hands on new Mr Huey's as well as some new paper.

NinaSt said...

Can´t wait to get my hands on Mr. Huey Shine. I´d love to win this!

Rebecca said...

These are so beautiful, April! You really knocked it out of the park with these new releases! I am so excited about so many of the new goodies!!

Heather said...

The new releases are my favorite of SC's so far!

Karin said...

Looking forward to seeing the tutorial on the blog! Beautiful layouts!

Amy Coose said...

Gorgeous projects, and I am pretty sure she couldn't get any cuter. Thanks for the chance to win!

Carrie said...

Terrific layouts! So intrigued by the shine mist! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Amanda Johnson said...

Gorgeous layouts! Could your daughter be any cuter?? :) Thanks for the chance!

thorold said...

Love all the things you made!

kathleen said...

Oh my goodness, Claire is such a beauty!!!!! So are your projects! Fantastic work as always, April!!!

catchinghappiness said...

You have such an adorable little baby. So precious! Love your pages. Thanks for the chance to win! ~Amy Tara~

sillypea said...

You need shine on every Claire layout - that is so her! She glows with happiness! Beautiful work and beautiful subject as always!

Suzanne S said...

Such beautiful LOs and the tag is too. I can't wait to try out the new Shine Mr Huey and be tempted by all the other new goodies too!

Kimber-Leigh said...

april these are gorgeous! i can't wait for more info on the confetti technique...it's looks great!

shine is on my list, so i'd love to win a bottle! thanks for the giveaway chance!

Hollie said...

I'm thinking I need that mist now! Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

Katie said...

BEAUTY-FULL! Love your projects!

Mia said...

Love, love, love your projects April! Can't wait to try the new Mr. Huey shine mist!

Heather said...

Your layouts are gorgeous! Love the first one especially. I'm going to have to try out the confetti effect.

Jenny said...

Wow - looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance!

Sarah said...

Love these projects and the new masks are fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jill T said...

Awesome layouts! So cute, that little Claire:) Thank you for a chance to win!

Keshet said...

Love your projects! It was great seeing you!

Debbie said...

love the tag and pages !~

Melissa Mann said...

Absolutely LOVE that last layout!

Kirsty said...

The new masks look great - you really listen to what the peeps of SC want and provide it every time!!

DsnyScrapGrl said...

April, your layouts and projects are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for the chance to win the highly desired ampersand mask.

Annette said...

Great layouts...love your technique..
thanks for sharing..

Missy said...

Beautiful projects! I love all the new items you released this time and I am especially looking forward to the stamp sets!

{VICKI} said...

Great projects
\tfs

Kelly said...

love your layouts April and I can't wait to see more! also interested in your solution to confetti :)!

Laura in CT said...

I am really intrigued by the new mists & sure would love to win one!

AmyInKy said...

Beautiful layouts - LOVE seeing photos of Claire. She's just adorable. :)

em said...

the top layout was my favorite in the booth! :)

Moi said...

Claire is just the cutest!! And I love how everything you make is so soft and calming...it's a skill I lack personally =/

Jennifer Cowan said...

Claire is suck a cutie... loved all you layouts.

I am intrigued by the new Mister!

sandra said...

Luv all your projects April! Thanks gor a great giveaway1

ShellyJ said...

Beautiful projects... can't wait to see the rest of them!!! and awesome job with your releases... love 'em all.

Kelly said...

Your projects are gorgeous and I LOVE the ampersand too!

Sarah said...

I just love all the peachy tones in that last layout. And I can't wait to see Shine in action.

Kelly said...

Cute projects, April! Thanks for the chance to win!

TinaM said...

Beautiful layouts. Can't wait to get my hands on some of those new Mister Huey colors.

Sandy said...

Such a pretty page . . . love the use of the "&" mask. Thanks for a chance to win the new Mister Huey Calico Shine . . . can't wait to try it!

Charity said...

Loving that ampersand. It is by far one of the products I am most excited about, and the shine mist is next on the list. Thanks for the chance to win!

Billie Dee said...

I have a couple of the Mister Huey's but not that one. I'd love to give it a whirl!
That baby is simply scrumptious! What fantastic pages.

Melissa said...

Beautiful layouts!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kelly said...

Love the ampersand!

Lynsey said...

I love these pages. Claire is so cute!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

oh I am so NEEDING that ampersand mask ASAP!

Kimberly said...

Love that page with the masked & and Shine Mister Huey!

amytangerine said...

so great seeing you all at the show! LOVE everything, especially classic. and i cannot wait to get my hands on all of the new releases! thanks for the chance to win!

nicole said...

i love the projects you made with the new SC products. the ampersand is truly fabulous!

Yeong Shong said...

Your girl is so cute...and your pages too...

Sarah said...

Fabulous! And I'd live to see that Shine in person. ;)

Cynthia B. said...

Looks like you're a super-stamper - and mister too. :) Gorgeous pages - love your favorite one. Such a pretty background - and of course the little one in the foreground is a cutie too. TFS, and thanks for the chance to win!

Jenn said...

That ampersand mask is fantastic. Love that layout!

Gracie said...

I'm so happy all your new products were so popular!How exciting April!
Love seeing your pages with your wee one-growing so quickly!!!
Have a lovely day!!!

Gracie

Danielle said...

Love all the neutral colors in those layouts! And I'd love to get my hands on that shine Mr. Huey...thanks for the chance to win!

Elisa said...

love the layouts :)
thanks for the chance to win :)
muaaa
elisa

zgagi said...

Beautiful pages!

Hanna Long said...

Love all of your LOs and can't wait to get my hands on the new lines.

Beth Ann said...

Great pages! I know i need to add Mr Huey Shine to my collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

Brenna C said...

Love all of your projects! The new collections look absolutely fabulous!!

Melissa said...

Ooh, I can't wat to get my hands on the new Mister Huey's! (or... I can't wait to get the new Mister Huey's on my hands!)

kelsey said...

love them all. but really, really love the toe sucker.

Monica said...

Gorgeous layouts. Can't wait to get the new releases!

Priya Mohan said...

Lovely projects...the tag is super awesome!..thanks for the chance to win!

Anita said...

Love your layouts - especially the last one! Thanks for the chance to win! :)
- AnitaP

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to get my hands on some shine mist. Love your layouts.
kvaccaro@wisc.edu

Heather said...

What a beautiful collection of new products! Can't wait to play around with them all!

Cathy said...

You guys did an awesome release this time around! I love Memoir the best!!

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

I LOVE the new SC releases and that shiny mister huey looks awesome :) Love your layouts! Thx for the chance!!

mahlin said...

can´t wait to get the scoop on that confettitechnique.. =) awesome release.. awesome! =)

Dawn said...

I can't wait to get my hands on those new masks!!

Stef31 said...

Oh April, is that possible a little girl can be so cute...Love her smile and her blue eyes... And your layout are just amazing
Thanks for the chance to win...

Sheila said...

The ampersand is so perfect! So is Miss Claire!

Diane said...

I can totally see why you like that tag, it looks great!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the tutorial on confetti effect. your pages are beautiful.

Margaret K

Leah said...

gorgeous projects...I am so looking forward to the new shine!! thanks for the chance to win!!

marcy said...

Wow April... these are my favorite layouts of yours ever! Love them!

Melinda M. said...

Love all your work, as always!

michela* said...

love these layouts!

Gabrielle said...

I love those layouts, love the new line from Studio Calico :) so, so, so cute and in my top faves from this CHA on my blog :)
-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Amanda Sevall said...

Beautiful layouts! I love the new lines, especially that "&" mask!

Laura A. in Oregon said...

Loved that last layout, too! Gave me lots of ideas to try! Thanks!

rhonda said...

April I love your projects and the mask are my favorite release along with the stamps! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jen said...

Love all your projects! Your colors are always so beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.

Abbey said...

Gorgeous - so fond of the ampersand (and confetti too!)

Mandy said...

Beautiful work April! Miss Claire is so cute! Thanks for a chance to win!

Jen Pierce said...

So pretty. Looking forward to that confetti tutorial. Super cute!

pegg said...

Gorgeous pages - love how your highlight your beautiful baby! Excited for the new releases - congrats on a great CHA!

AllyW said...

Great layouts and tag! I really love the punched border on the first layout and writing on the ampersand is the perfect way to make it stand out.

clippergirl said...

Such happy and sweet layouts...love the misting! and the stamping techniques used on the tag.

Marti said...

Lovely work, April! The "toe sucker" is super cute! Can't wait to get the Shine mist- I know I will need more than one! Thanks for the chance to win!

StephD said...

I love the toe sucker layout..both of my boys did the same thing! :D

erin m said...

I'm so excited to see all the new stuff in person--congratulations on such a successful release!

*Monica* said...

Your layouts are always so cute, especially with Miss Claire in them =) Love seeing all the products in use!

mandyb said...

im a mr hueys virgin...so am intrigued by anything new!!!
love the sound of the shine!!!
thanks for a fun giveaway

Tara McGrath said...

love your LOs. would love the mister huey shine, i love the subtle colors. thanks for a chance to win!

carriep said...

Very fun use of the stamps, love how you put things together.

Rachel said...

love, love, love that last layout-beautiful!!

mimisimon said...

I do like that cofetti effect.

Shay said...

Love the layouts and adorable pictures of Claire! Great tag too. Thanks for the chance to win.

connie said...

cute LO's!!

Penny B. said...

Your work is so beautiful! I love how the muted colors work with baby pictures!

Nora said...

I really like your style! Great layouts:) Would love a chance to win,thank you.

andie librandi. said...

very pretty layouts! i love that confetti effect too...can't wait to hear how you did it! :) xxo andie...

jung a said...

love mister hueys...would love to try shine!

Kathy said...

I love your colour palette and the ampersand mask.i can't wait to try out the "shine" mr Huey.

Jane said...

Congratulations April all your hard work and that of your team has paid off fantastic products love everything the pp is one of my favs along with the journals but the masks and shine are top of my list...
Thankyou Jane

graviela said...

Love this blog...im going to have to subscribe!!!

Chocolate Mousie said...

I'm all for trying something new, so bring on the Shine! :) I'm really loving the letter stickers on these los btw.

dianem said...

All the new releases are fantastic!

KK said...

I love the little tag.

Wendy said...

Cute layouts and baby!

Terrie Allison said...

Love your layouts. And the pictures of Claire are beautiful. Hoping for a chance to win.

Karenp(kphike) said...

Loving the Clare pictures!!! love all the new lines esp. Memoir!!! Great, great job SC!!

nailgirl said...

love the way you used the mask and i can't wait to try the mister huey shine!! so fun! and as always, love the photos of sweet claire!!

Vera said...

love the new bits and pieces of the three lines! Claire is a cutie!

Anonymous said...

love all the new stuff! would love to try the mask!!

elissa said...

I'm excited to see the shine in real life.

Jeannie said...

Ok seriously, shut the front door...love that "&" mask. I can't wait for it to hit the store shelves.

briscrapper said...

Can't wait to see all this stuff in person! Thanks for all the great giveaways SC have been offering.
Marina

Sandy Ang said...

thanks for creating the wonderful classics collection. love how versatile it is and can't wait for it to show up in stores here.

btsoi. said...

Your layouts are beautiful! I can't wait for all the new products to be available!

Christina O said...

The "&" mask is just awesome! Love all your projects! Thanks for a chance to win!

Sue said...

What a doll baby! Your layouts are so precious. SC, you've done it again with some amazing products! I love it all!
SueinMtVernon

Melissa said...

I can't wait to get those masks and the new Mister Huey colors! Love your projects! My favorite is definitely the last layout.

Kim said...

beautiful projects! all 3 of the new lines are gorgeous!! I am very curious to see what the mister huey shine is like! thanks for the chance to win!!

Jill said...

Using the wood grain stamp for the swirls in the clouds... brilliant (yes, I sang that!)
Love it all!

Mernin said...

Super cute layouts! Can't wait to get my hands on some shine!

Mary Staveness said...

Would love to try the "&" mask! Love what you did with it!

Laney said...

Me me me!! Pick me! :-D

Love your teal chip alphas, can't wait to get my hands on those... and all the rest too! The shimmer Hueys look delish.

Gina said...

Loving the new releases, thanks for doing a "blitz" of all the awesome projects that were at CHA. So much inspiration!

Thanks for the chance to win too!

Dani Donner said...

Studio Calico brought the best lines to CHA Summer, simply rocked the place!!!

Dasa said...

i'm so excited by all the new stuff coming out! i have such a huge list of favorites! :-)

i feel like i'm starting to get a feel for the shine mist -- maggie's layouts helped me see it a little better too. it looks really cool! i want to check it out for sure!

thank you & keep up the good work! you guys are so awesome!!

Jenny said...

can't wait to try the shine!!

caroline hancock / Scrappercaz said...

Wow i just love what you have done and your favourite LO is mine too, i LOVE it and how adorable is Clare :)

Debbie Pereira said...

Love you layouts April. Claire is so photogenic!

Jennifer said...

beautiful ... love the ampersand!

Nitasha said...

I love that giant ampersand!!! Love the way you used it on your beautiful layout, too!

scarthur said...

Beautiful layouts! The tag with the clouds is my absolute favorite though!

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

I think it's genius that SC now produce masks to go with the mists!! Love it! How adorable is Claire?!!

Lane said...

I can't wait for the confetti tutorial, and really love all the stamping on your layouts!

Scrapamum said...

Always love your work April!!! So excited for the new releases!!!

AlissaG said...

April, you guys hit it out of the park with this release! and you did it more than justice with your beautiful projects!

naomi_m said...

Claire is such a cutie!

sandi m said...

Looking forward to your tutorial. Wonderful LOs!

April said...

Super cute stuff!!
- April W

Jen said...

so excited for the masks...well actually excited for all of it! awesome layouts april & thanks so much for the chance to win!

Kat said...

your projects are truly wonderful...and your little one is a CUTIE :)

Lindsay W said...

It's always fun seeing how you use these items. Thanks

Sue D said...

Great projects--I like the woodgrain cloud.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Margie said...

All of these layouts are gorgeous!!Thank you for a chance to win!

Glory said...

Love the tag. TFS :oD

Donna C said...

So much great inspiration - I really want those cloud stamps!!

Laurie said...

Absolutely love your work... didn't think I wanted the masks but now I think I want all of them.. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kary said...

Love your new CHA collections!! They are fabulous!!! Plus I can't wait to try the new Calico Shine Mr Huey... Awesome layouts, and the photos are so adorable.

Ursula said...

Lovely as always April. I wanna SEE the subtle effect! I guess some shine is in my future

sbookinshay29 said...

your little one is so adorable, it makes your pages that much better! loved the techniques on all your CHA projects, cant wait to scraplift some of your ideas!

Dulce Silva said...

Love the masks! The new line looks fabulous and yout pages gorgeous as always!

Kristin said...

Love the page with the confetti! Cant wait to see how you did it!

Wendy said...

They are absolutely beautiful...and so is your daughter!

kassie k. said...

amazing work--always look forward to seeing what you come up with!! thanks for the chance to win.

Tracey said...

Amazing projects April!! Gorgeous work!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to be able to have the large "&" and the new Mister Huey in my stash. Thanks for the LOs and the chance to win.

Jeannine H.

lindsay said...

i love the new layouts april! can't wait to see your blog post on the confetti!

Susan C. said...

Beautiful projects! And I love your use of neutral colors as well. :)

ellen s. said...

love that large photo with the 8.5x11 layout! such great new releases!

laceyA said...

All I can say is it aug yet??!! can't wait! i love love the teal alphas...and the ampersand, and the clouds...I love it all! ;0)

j.leija said...

Can't wait to play with the shine & thanks for the chance to win it :)

Stacy said...

Thanks for the giveaway April

Dao said...

Love your LOs! Thank you so much for a chance to win it.

Amy Christine said...

love these layouts, april. i haven't had the opportunity to scrapbook much this summer, but you've just made me miss it a whole lot! :]

Miss Kathy said...

I have read so many great comments about Mr Huey mists but have never tried them. thanks for a chance to win.

Victoria S. said...

Yuur little angel is so precious - so cute!!!! love your projects and i agree, that & symbol is FAB.U.LOUS!

Sam F said...

Oh, it's like torture seeing all of these great products that are just about to come out but you can't quite get them yet! Looking forward to the Shine mist!

Valerie Durham said...

Oh, my goodness! I can't wait for the entire release! I think I want it all!

Michelle L said...

I ordered the ampersand and I can't wait to get it next month! I am very excited about the new shine! I read somewhere that it's more of a pearly affect which sounds perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

nicole said...

Fantastic LO's and tag. Man I wish I could go to CHA!

~kellyann~ said...

Beautiful creations!

Wrightboysmum said...

I'm so looking forward to the masks going into the shop. Fab LOs.

Stephanie Eaken said...

Gorgeous layouts, as always! WOuld love to try the new Mister Huey!!

Ann said...

Can't wait to try the new Mister Huey!! :)

Chris said...

i LOVE mister huey! can't wait to get my hands on the new version!!

btw, great GREAT projects!! i love me some SC!

PrinzessinN said...

Your LO's are so beautiful!