Thursday, January 23, 2014

4 Fresh Crafting Trends (and a groovy giveaway!)

What's hot in crafting at the moment? So many amazing delights! I was tickled gold when Studio 5 asked me to share a few of the freshest CHA trends to make a splash at CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association trade show) earlier this month. Here's a look at the trends we're discussing on today's show:

1. Go for the Gold
It's a gold letter year, my friends. Metallics have been on the uprise for quite some time now, but it's clear gold is the leader of this pretty pack. 

Here are just a few of the brand new gold goodies I spotted at the show:

Gold washi tape, as part of the amazing DIY Shop release from American Crafts. This line includes many fun elements in a neutral palette, including a lovely assortment of metallic tapes.

Get your gold on in a glittered fashion using the Wow! Glitter from American Crafts. It's big on sparkle and comes in a pack of four metallic shades.

Candy Dots... Mmmmm... They look good enough to eat. And they're self-adhesive, which makes adding a splash of gold easy as pie candy!
Image Credit: BasicGrey

Cosmo Cricket
I can't get over how cute these kraft treat bags are from Cosmo. Will you be my Valentine? Because I'd sure love to send you a little bit o' sweet in one of these beauties.

Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes
When it comes to gold, Maggie Holmes has been a trend leader in the crafting market. Since before my own Maggie was born, she's been singing its praises and incorporating it into her home decor and crafting projects. So it's so fun to see how she's also added this striking color to her product lines with Crate Paper, including Styleboard, her newest release.

Label-maker tape never looked so good! Thanks, Maggie and Crate Paper! Can't wait to play with these stickers.

Everything about these rub-ons wins a gold medal in my book. The horse-horse, the hearts, the camera, the sentiments...all of it is award-worthy!

I ADORE this bitty, heart-filled Brag Book! With Valentine's Day on the way, I seeing it getting much love in my life. 

Our friends in the fancy pantalones also offer a vibrant gold 12x12 cardstock that is sure to make a sparkling statement.

My Mind's Eye
Got your eye on gold? Mind this tidbit: MME makes a mean gold metallic print. They've put together these cards in 3" x 4" and 6" x 4"—perfect for pocket scrapbooking. Love!

Adding a lovely feeling to your surroundings has never been easier than it is with these sweet cards. I so want to frame this one and put it in my sweet girl's room.

Or you can make your own paper projects using the Charmed Record It! paper pad, which includes a lovely variety of 6" x 6" papers.

 Gold washi in a sturdy plastic tube? Doesn't get much better than this.

SC is known for their awesome assortment of font stickers, so it's an extra special treat to see that font flair combined with a vibrant gold glitz. Thickers have never shined so bright.

Image Credit: Studio Calico

2. Glampers
Pack your bags, friends! We're going on a retro ride in the cutes campers in town.

Glampers are an emerging trend on the crafting scene, and I'm delighted to share a few of those with you here today. 

Fancy Pants Designs
The little die cut glampers in this line make my heart happy. I have a million things I want to do with them. Decorate the front of a frame, make a card, create gift tags, add them to a page about my own glamper... and the list goes on!
Image Credit: Paper Crafter's Corner

My dear friends at Lawn Fawn were kind enough to surprise me with this special treat at CHA. They know I have a crush on glampers, and the Happy Trails stamp set and dies absolutely made my day. Thank you, Kelly Marie and Mike!

Image Credit: Lawn Fawn blog

My Mind's Eye
Glampers AND chalkboard? Get outta town! I can't get enough of these two trends, and seeing them together is the ultimate!

Image Credit: Paper Crafter's Corner

Webster's Pages
Party Time, indeed! Can it be anything but a party when this bright line from Webster's Pages is involved? It also includes 12" x 12" glamper paper AND vellum. Hooray!

Image Credit: Webster's Page

3. Sequins
Tune into the sequincy frequency! This bit of glitz & glam makes my glitter-loving heart happy. 

Inspired by the confetti trend, sequins are quickly rising to the top in the brilliant Bling category. And the colors are A-MAY-ZING! Here are just a few of my favs:

Chic Tags
How's this for a treat—wood sequins! Isn't that a grand idea? Just imagine the creative possibilities attached to these cuties, from topping them with glitter to spritzing them with spray ink. *swoon*

Doodlebug? More like Drool-dlebug. I mean, bitty bottles of sequins in a rainbow of colors? How can we do anything but drool?

Image Credit: Doodlebug Design

Hazel & Ruby
I stopped in my tracks the moment I laid eye on these beautiful bottles of sequins. Yes, they are sold in these tiny tubes! Isn't that divine. Hazel & Ruby is where it's at, my friends!

Image Credit: Hazel & Ruby blog

Image Credit: Hazel & Ruby blog

Studio Calico
Monochromatic color packs are oh, so perfect for creating an ombre look or just adding a splash of color to your creations!

If you know Teresa Collins, you know she knows her colors and always adds a sophistication to her creations. We're so lucky to enjoy that in sequin form with the release of several different sequin packs. And each includes sequins in four unique sizes, adding all the more variety to life.

4. Vellum
Yes, you read that right. Vellum is back, baby! But it's not limited to the basic vellum of yesteryear. You'll also find it in fun patterns, colors and textures. 

Here are a few if the voluptuous vellum pieces making their way on the crafting scene:

Crate Paper: The Maggie Holmes Styleboard Collection

Win It Before You Can Buy It
Want to win a sampling of BRAND NEW delights before you'll even see them on store shelves? Good news: I'm giving away a sampling from each of today's trendy categories. The prize pack includes items from the following generous companies: American Crafts, Chic Tags, Crate Paper, Doodlebug, Fancy Pants, Hazel & Ruby, My Mind's Eye, Studio Calico, and Teresa Collins Design. Wowee! That's a bundle! 

Entering is easy. Simply leave a comment here, letting me know what your favorite trend is crafting is at the moment (from this line-up or otherwise). You have until Friday, Jan. 31 to enter, at which time I'll randomly select a lucky name to take these awesome elements home. Please include your email address with the comment so I can reach you if you win.

TV Time
It's always more fun to see these sweet treats on the big screen...well, the screen that is. So I invite you to watch my Studio 5 television segment covering these trends here. Thanks for your incredible support!

The trend fun isn't over yet. Head on over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog for a look at five more CHA trends I can't get enough of. I think you'll be happy you did. 



Nicole Furness said...

Gold. It doesn't belong in the 70s anymore!! I love those gold cards that I could use in my Project Life!!!

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Miriam Prantner said...

What a lot of great eye candy! I can't pick just one, how about two: Gold and vellum, can't live without those right now. Thanks so much for the chance to win! mprantner at gmail dot com

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Melanie said...

I always love your Studio 5 segments, Megan! This one was especially fun. I LOVE gold, so the new metallic things were fun to see. I just threw a 50th anniversary party for my parents last month. I'm bummed I didn't have all of these fun gold things in time!

Cindy Davis said...

I lovet he updated sequin colors.

anonymous said...

My favorite right now is sequins! It's always fun to see products from another industry used in such a fun way for paper scrapping. maryann_brown at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

Gold, gold, gold. Can I say anymore? I've always, for years, ok for my entire life have loved gold. In style or not it's all over my house and body. I love it!!!!! I love everything that was shown on studio 5 today.who can possibly only choose one???????
Thanks for the ideas!

gfdfmissy said...

Oh happy day for CHA! I've been crushing on the GLAMPING thing for years! Love the Heidi Swapp line and Project Life spins. Thx :D

Anonymous said...

My favourites at the moment are sequins and gold. Used them both in my Dec Daily album and now I'm hooked. :)

jengd said...

I like sequins but haven't tried them yet. I LOVE the term "glamper." :) Me though, I guess I frequently fall back on my tried and true- fussy cutting and kraft are still two of my favs... though sequins might look fabulous on kraft... hmmm... Thanks for the sights and sharing!

Sharla said...

I'm really lovin the gold and the glampers...maybe a gold glamper with sequins?? ;)

Thanks for the chance to win!!

sharlarichards @

sdonn said...

Megan, good to see your segment on Studio 5. I really love the glamping items and of course who could not love gold washi tape. Thanks for the chance to win.

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

I think I like the sequins and campers (especially since we are in the market). Not a fan of the gold (sorry).

Amy S. said...

I am loving all the sequins and wood veneer. Thanks for the chance to win.


Kailash said...

I have to say I am simply loving using sequins, just so fun to see all these gorgeous colors. Thanks for sharing these yummy products!!!

Lisa said...

Loving the sequins. Still! Thanks for the chance to win.

Sarah said...

I love the MME cards for project life. I also love the chalkboard trend.

Mandee Teel said...

I love the gold and silver candy dots! Those are so adorable!!!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Oh Megan, so good to see you excited about the industry again! I am loving everything wood, and definitely purple, Kaisercraft has a gorgeous new purple collection I am so drooling over! I love my new Cameo so this is the year of die cut backgrounds for me. I will take the gold in moderation, still not quite sure about sequins. I love the look but they are so fiddly to work with! Still crazy about feathers and the new stencils everywhere are fabulous. That is quite a lot of stuff:-)

Michelle (from KY) said...

Gold, for sure! Thx for sharing

Jennifer said...

I'm loving the sequins. Going to get brave and use them in a layout soon! Thanks for keeping us up to date on the trends!

Cynthia B. said...

I'm so glad that vellum is back! And not plain ole vellum like I crafted with a decade ago...And I also love the sequin trend, especially woodgrain and wood sequins - so cool!

Megan D said...

I'm glad sequins are officially "in". I've been playing with the for the past year. They are so fun!

Grandma Bill said...

What fun things for scrapbooking and everything! I love the sequins - different colors and sizes and the wood ones are great! I also really like vellum and am interested in the "dot" vellum.

Diane Lifferth

Grandma Bill said...

What fun things for scrapbooking and everything! I love the sequins - different colors and sizes and the wood ones are great! I also really like vellum and am interested in the "dot" vellum.

Diane Lifferth

cghundley said...

Lots of goodies here!
I'm liking the sequins
from Hazel & Ruby.
Carla from Utah

Lisa F (NJ) said...

Love the wood veneer's, learning to work with 4yr old lives anything sparkly, and I love the purples!!!

Terry said...

I have been watching your videos on My Craft Channel and also on Studio 5 and love your picks! Can't wait for all of them to become available! My favorite is the vellum, sequins & chalk art.

Jerri Wood said...

I am not too sure about the gold, but it is working on me. But I love the Glamping. Wish I had a old camper.

AliCat said...

I love the sequins and the vellum. I have all kinds of ideas for using both!!!

Shareese Boehmer said...

Gold all the way!!! It adds a little chic to anything.

Ms. Lucie said...

HimMegan, I love the vellum, especially the patterned kind. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Anonymous said...

I love the chalkboard trend. I've always loved white on dark colors.

Anonymous said...

Washi in so, so many different patterns is my favorite.

Amy said...

Gold! I just made a polka-dot gold glitter picture frame and it is so cute! Love it!

kollerskrafts said...

loving all of the gold :)

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Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that chalkboard is still the rage!

{VICKI} said...

I;m lovin all the CHALK products

Anonymous said...

Buttons buttons and more buttons.. this will be my trend this year.

Janis said...

Hard to pick a favorite, but I LOVE sequins and use them on almost all of my projects. Also, I am totally in LOVE with the updated vellums....fresh, springy and flirty.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Julie A. Shearer said...

Oh my Scrappy Goodness !!! I love all of these products !! My favorite trend today is Chalkboard, labels , flags, washi tape oh my. I just love the trend of the awesome Glamper, too cute!! Thanks so much for sharing and a chance to win.

Amy C. said...

There are so many things I love right now...the chalkboard look, anything from Lawn Fawn, the mini envelopes that are everywhere and the fat washi tape. I could go on, but I'll stop! Thanks for the chance win some goodies!

reen said...

I keep checking at my local store for sequins and haven't found any yet. I'm pretty sure I'd adore them if I could get my hands on some.

Cyndi said...

I will always be in love with gold and vellum. It never went away for me! So glad I could always find a supply :-). So many pretty colours in your picks! Thanks for sharing.

iamb said...

I am loving the gold... I have always loved metallics, so it's right up my alley!

Rhonda said...

LOVE your blog! Thanks for all the updates on the newest trends. I am a VERY trendy girl! :o) I am loving the gold, but the vellum is looking kind of fun too. Thanks for the chance to win. :o)

Lori Hefner said... so many of the trends!! I think two of my favorites are the sequins and vellum:)

Chelsea said...

I am still in love with gold and I love the combo of wood with sequins or enamel dots!

luckybug3 said...

Woo hoo!! I love gold!!! So glad it is back!

robinann17 said...

Sequins! So lovely - I love them!

Kim Potts said...

I love the chalkboard, sequins and the glamper!! They all make me feel so happy :)

Allison Cope said...

Congrats on your new pairing with Scrapbook & Cards Today Megan! You'll love working with Catherine and her crew!

I have to say I love the sequins and the gold trends! So many cool possibilities to use either one on a card or layout!

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grandmato19 said...

WOWSERS -- Gold washi tape and glitz galore -- that's the trend I adore! Can 2014 get any better?

Julie said...

Love it all, but especially the glampers!!!! You have such fun ideas!


Colette said...

i love the vellum, always have, always will!

Sandra Farrell said...

Love Glamping.. Would love anything that has images of those adorable little trailers. I would do so much with them...

Lucy said...

I am loving gold. It is such a classy addition to any project, especially in small amounts. I am also going to admit that I have become a sequin addict! I recently found some very pretty packs by color over at Paper Issues that are only $1 a incredibly cheap! They add that tiny bit of bling :-)

Vunda Vall said...

i love all of he chalk board craft supplies now! the chalk board paint is SO amazing!

dtdady at gmail dot com

Mike said...

GOLD! Loving it! Shiny, matte,
sparkly=doesn't matter-LOVE it all!

craftmomdawn said...

What fun fun stuff! Gold is such a rich color. Right now I'm really into the washi tape

Jingle said...

I am super loving the chalkboard trend and the gold is absolutely fabulous! Thanks for this great giveaway!

stacie d said...

Chalkboard and vellum. Love....lots of fun trends to play with in my LO s.

kat p said...

WOW! what a GREAT giveaway!!
LOVE vellum, woodveneer & that companys start providing dies for their stamps!!!!

Have a wonderful day!!

rizzo773 said...

Awesome giveaway!

I simply cannot get enough sequins right now. I'm loving this trend! I normally am not a gold girl, but I'm loving this trend too! :)

Sindi Jeffers said...

I am loving the chalkboard trend. Thanks for offering a giveaway!

Tifany said...

I tried commenting on this days ago...for some reason it didn't go through, so I am back to try again!

I am surprised how quickly I became drawn to the gold trend. As someone who has been a black/grey/silver person for a long time, I really am welcoming (and loving) the addition of gold in the various craft lines.

I also love the look of sequins - and those wood sequins are AMAZING! Love the sequins from Hazel & Ruby, too!

Thanks for a great write-up on the trends and some great CHA videos via My Craft Channel!

- Tifany D.