I spent most of last week in sunny Anaheim, California and though hitting up Disneyland ON MY BIRTHDAY with some of my friends may have been the highlight, the fun new products being showcased at the Craft and Hobby Association show weren’t half bad either.
I wanted to share some of my 12 favorite new craft and DIY products for 2012 with you. Most of these items will hit the shelves of craft and hardware stores in the spring.
I don’t know about you, but I adore the quick straight cut of a good rotary cutter. I use mine for all sorts of projects.
What I don’t love is the ache I am left with after extended use (due in part to my laptop typing). Does this happen to you as well?
I tried out this fantastic ergonomic rotary cutter from The Grace Company and I am in love!
2. Dear Lizzy Ruffle Paper
Just when I felt I might be a little over ruffles, Liz has made me fall in love all over again. Seriously. Can you imagine the possibilities?
New (to Dear Lizzy and me) are the American Crafts Flutterbys. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
The Tulip ScreenIt by iLovetoCreate is affordable and LOOKS easy to use. I am excited to try this one out…It’s a craft tool the boys will actually enjoy as well.
The I Love to Create crew is such a young, vibrant group. Their booth was very indie and hip.
These paper plate flowers were pretty darn amazing. Have you seen anything like it?
But perhaps best of all, I was able to meet Alexa at their blogger booth.
4. Elmer’s Patterned Masking Tape
Japanese-style washi tape is all over the place these days. There were several booths offering unique versions of the patterned tape at CHA this year. Perhaps the most interesting though, was the masking tape version at the Elmer’s booth.
Another favorite at the Elmer’s booth was their new dry erase foam boards. I can’t wait to try them out…
5. Westcott Scissor Mouse
This is a great “set of shears.” I would use the Westcott Scissor Mouse A LOT. Not only will it cut right on top of any surface without a scratch, but it leaves a nice clean line.
Perfect for kids to, no?
High tech steam plates, ergonomic design and a rounded detailer tip are sure to be of use, but even better?
It has little feet that engage so that 1) you don’t burn your fabric 2) you don’t have to lift the iron as frequently.
It wont fall off the ironing board…If you’re like me (which I realize most of you are not) you NEED this feature!
7. Polka Dots
Polka dots are popping up everywhere. The Institute of Fashion Design and Merchandising named polka dots to their 2012 trends to watch list and they showed up in several booths at CHA.
One of my favorite polka dot products were these brightly colored, glitter papers by Doodlebug.
Have you bought into the polka dot trend? If you’ve completed any projects, I’d love it if you shared a link in the comments.
8. Mod Podge Rocks – the book!
A blog…and now a book! So excited to see a sneak peak version of Amy’s book on display at the Plaid booth.
Of course there was no shortage of Mod Podge on display as well…
I loved this tool! Quite possibly my favorite find of the entire conference. It makes quick work of covering buttons and brads with fabric and paper.
The boys would go bonkers making video game and comic book pins. What would you use it for?
They also had a really cool ribbon cut and sealer – the i-magicut Ribbon Cutter.
I know. This photo doesn’t really look like glitter blast…
It’s part of Krylon’s public relations team – they were so much fun!
You might also be thinking that you’ve seen glitter blast (Mandi put together an AMAZING glitter blast project a few months ago), but we had a nice conversation on how the line continues to grow.
We also talked about the new colors for 2012, the new metallic patina (those of you who do any home DIY are going to love it) and the plastic paint.
11. Kool Tak Tape
I have got to have this tape. Best stuff to have on hand ever.
First off, it works on everything from wood to paper and fabric. It would be great for sticking DIY projects together or hemming new curtains.
Second, heat resistant.
Finally, this stuff is SUPER adhesive.
Heidi is absolutely lovely and just has a wealth of experience…I am looking forward to getting to know her better!
Are you familiar with Heidi? How many of you were (or are) expert scrapbook and paper crafters?
There really were a million really cool things at CHA and I really wish I could share them all (next year I am for sure taking a little video camera, or getting smart enough to use the one on my phone!).
If you’d like to see other new products, go check out the fun list Jen put together.