Top Products at Summer CHA 2013

I spent a good portion of last week in Las Vegas enjoying the company of some long-time friends and attending the Summer 2013 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show. We had a couple of full-days and resulting in fun plans that I cannot wait to tell you about!

Of course, we did break for a little fun here and there including a trip to the Bellagio for their famous buffet dinner.

BellagioI have to say, it did not disappoint. Unfortunately, I still returned home with my traditional cigarette smoke induced head cold that’s got me a little behind. Boo!

Despite my general post Las Vegas cold, I did enjoy the trade show and wanted to share a few of my favorite finds with you. So here they are my picks for top products at Summer CHA 2013.

Silhouette Stamping Medium

Silhouette Stamping Medium

One of the products I was most excited about is the new Silhouette stamping medium. The gellish-like substance cuts cleanly on the Silhouette machine and you simply mount the finished product on an acrylic block. Simple as that!

Silhouette Stamp KitYou will be able to purchase this product in a starter kit online shortly.

We R Memory Keepers Box Punch Board

I walked over to We R to check out the envelope punch board they came out with in January. I saw it, I loved it and have since purchased it, but I loved this awesome gift box punch board even more…

Box Punch Board

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I love that you can easily make a bunch of different sized boxes…Love.

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Magic Marble

I loved this product! Not only does it produce a “cool” affect, but it’s also the perfect “craft” for boys…Essentially it involved dipping items into a paint/water mixture.

Magic Marble

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Imaginisce Milk Paint

I have had a mild obsession with milk paint ever since Ann Marie, from Twice Lovely, shared a DIY milk paint recipe here on SNAP! I used it to paint some deck furniture and a few other things last summer.

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Enter Imaginisce, who debuted a milk paint at CHA. This paint comes in powder form in a small bottle – just add water. I was actually surprised at just how much paint one small bottle of the powder produced. It would be perfect for small projects like picture frames, boxes, etc.

Imaginisce actually painted their own booth with the product.

milk paint 1What do you think? Will you be trying this?

Project Life Sunshine Edition

Many of you know that I have been a longtime Project Life fan, but I was really excited to see the release of the Sunshine Edition at CHA. The Core Kit was designed by Elsie, from A Beautiful Mess.

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I have enjoyed seeing bloggers align with brands in successful licensing partnerships. It seems to be happening more and more frequently with larger, more forward thinking brands.

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays

Okay. I know the color shine sprays aren’t exactly new. In fact, I think I first saw them over a year ago. However, this was really the first chance I had to check them out.

HS Color Shine

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I hadn’t checked into this product much, because I don’t love most of the scrapbook applications I have seen and most misters are too light for a good DIY application. Heidi’s sprays are a bit heavier than some and I can think of loads of applications.

I am in LOVE with the gold lame.


I am looking forward to using it in some of my holiday projects. Have you tried them?

Here are the new colors she debuted at the summer show…

HS Color Shine 4CHAS2013Catalog_HeidiSwappPAGENUMBERS.inddI am especially interested in the Citron and Navy.

Pebbles Halloween

Each year at the summer show there are loads of holiday lines. These lines always have the best application for simple party decor and favors, so I am always interested in what’s new.

My favorite Halloween line this year was Pebbles. It’s the perfect balance between “cute” and “basic.”

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3M Tapes

I love companies who just get it right. I love all of the 3M tapes. They’re always top of the line. I loved the new tapes on display.

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Plus, we loved seeing some of our good friends! scotch 6

Where Women Cook Paper Punches

If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I love learning from those who’ve done it right. With three successful magazines and several partnerships, Jo Packham has it down.

Her most recent release is a line of paper punches that coordinate with her Where Women Cook line. Brilliant!


What product have you been crushing on lately? 

Tauni is a former public relations executive who spent 12+ years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to numerous high ranking politicians. Today, she handles social media for a local agency and hosts SNAP!, an annual social media conference for bloggers focused on entertaining, craft and home DIY.


  1. I can not wait to order the stamping material from Silhouette! That looks really cool. Never heard of the Marble Magic, but yes, I can imagine that it would be a great DIY craft for boys rooms. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing all of your finds. I get overwhelmed just walking into Archivers, I would be on stimulation overload at this event. I love the Halloween line and I love Elsie at A Beautiful Mess. I remember when she had her own scrapbook line.

  3. Oh. MY. GOSH!!!!!!! Last night I was telling my husband how proud I was of myself for not buying craft supplies lately. Well so much for THAT idea!!! 😉 I need ALL of these!!!! What is color shine spray? I adore Halloween (a bit of a freak about it, really!), the marbling is something my son would LOVE, and that stamp making gel will be game changing!!

  4. Those Pepple’s photos have me excited! Wow!

  5. oh how I wish I had gone! I’m SO excited about the Sunshine edition of PL from those adorable A Beautiful Mess girls and that Pebbles Halloween line is adorable!

  6. any help would be appreciated..marbling on metals? marbling on leather? Willing to work with you on finding materials..I would use you as a consultant and you could supply materials/instruction seem to have your finger on the pulse of all sorts of wonderful materials..thank you in advance..there would be $$ involved for your services..Regards, Michelle York

    • Michelle, thanks so much for reaching out. I am not a sourcing agent, nor am I super into marbling, so I don’t think I am the right fit. A trip to one of the industry shows may serve you well! xo Tauni

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