CHA’s Hot 20 Products Unveiled
The Craft & Hobby Association announced 20 of this summer’s hottest products. A panel of celebrity judges selected the “CHA Hot 20” from dozens of new craft products entered in the CHA 2012 Summer Conference & Trade Show’s Innovations New Product Showcase. Media judges include Emmy-nominated television personalities, best-selling authors, craft experts and DIY designers Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza; Two-time Emmy Award winner, author, and host of PBS’ Super Simple With Terri O - Terri Ouellette; and Nancy Nally, publisher and editor of Scrapbook Update, a leading online source for scrapbooking industry news and information.
The following were selected as CHA’s Hot 20 products of the CHA 2012 Summer Show:
- Craft-Dee BowZ from Craft-Dee BowZ is a lightweight, hangable tool that makes bow making easier. Make bows from a 1" to 4-1/4" in 15 seconds and single and multiple loop bows in only 30 seconds.
- Heidi Swapp Memory Display Stand allows users to display photos, memories and crafts for all to see. This creative display is ideal for desktops, bookcases, and shelves.
- Mix & Match line by Faber-Castell includes Paper Crafter Crayons, Subtle Tones India Ink, Stamper's Big Brush, PITT Artist Pens and Stamper's White pen.
- Tim Holtz’ Distress Metallic Stains add a metallic sheen to papers and other porous surfaces. The dye based metallic formula reacts to Distress Stains and Distress Inks eliminating smearing and adding depth and variation to your projects.
- Melt Art Texture Treads & Craft Project Sheet by Ranger Industries is a heat resistant, die cut craft project sheet that custom-fits into the Melt Art Melting Pot to expand add texture to clay, UTEE and more to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and embellishments.
- Color Me Card Toppers by Hot Off The Press is a blank card overlay that’s printed with a raised ink-resistant design for card designers to customize the image to their own style. For use with inks, chalk, dyes and markers, card toppers can be used as a focal point or a mat in any layout.
- Penny Black Card and Rubber Stamp Collections are the latest card and rubber stamp lines from Penny Black creating new possibilities for endless handmade greetings.
- Spellbinders Majestic Elements is a set of intricately detailed nesting die cutters that can be to mix-and-matched to create over 30 different options from tags to frames and embellishments. The dies are unique because they include spore and piercing lines that add beautiful designs to your cutouts making them perfect for all paper crafting projects.
- KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square combines laser-accuracy with the guidance of a square eliminating do-overs, and measurement errors.
- Tim Holtz’ Mirrored Sheets are a new way to let your imagination run wild. The 6x9 inch adhesive backed mirrored sheets allow you to add dimension and beauty to projects.
- Cosmo Cricket Glubers Strips hold any trim in place. They securely hold fabric or hard-to-attach trims such as zippers, velvet and ric-racs, without the need to sew.
- Cropper Hopper Vertical Design Storage System allows for versatile, quick and easy access to craft supplies. Additional finger pulls adds easy retrieval from front and back.
- 3-D Card Making Book from Ecstasy Crafts allows for 20 different three dimensional cards to be made. The book includes instruction on creating 3-D precut motifs, cards, envelopes, 3-D foam tabs, and stickers.
- French Knitter by Clover Needlecraft takes the simplicity of spool knitting and applies it to jewelry and accessory making. Included is three interchangeable knitting heads, allowing you to create delicate designs with varying thread sizes.
- Basket Frames by Clover Needlecraft are sturdy cardboard frames making basket weaving simple and convenient by eliminating excessive tools. The frames plus your choice of fiber is all that’s needed to make varying sizes perfect for home décor, organizing and gift-giving.
- Scrapbooking Attitude by Avatrex is a new technology that allows scrappers to use home ink jet printers to design, print and transport scrapbooking images to virtually any surface. Scrapbooking Attitude takes on the texture of any surface you select and application is easy using either a desktop laminator or household iron to beautifully display creations.
- All Natural Cake Kit for Dogs by K9Cakery is a new way to celebrate a dog’s birthday or other important milestone. This new cake kit is specifically designed for canine consumption but requires human assistance in preparation.
- ImpressArt Metal Stamping Kit allows for stamping on metal and addresses some of the hottest new trends in mixed media crafts. Booth # 419.
- Irojiten Color Dictionary from Tombow features new Irojiten colored pencils in glorious fluorescent colors. Booth # 1507.
- StoryPatches from stkr.it brings technology to fabric crafting. A unique stkr.it code patch is sewn onto a project, allowing crafters to listen to audio, or view uploaded video and photos through the stkr.it app or website. StoryPatches makes gifts more meaningful while adding a personalized touch. Booth # 1914.