Friday, January 29, 2010

CHA Whirlwind Trip!

Whew!  Kristin and I just returned from the 69th annual Craft & Hobby Association convention.  What a trip!  We managed to accomplish a lot within a very short period of time.  We always start the convention thinking,  How in the world are we going to fit everything in?'  Somehow, it all works out in the end!

We attended manufacturer receptions, met with reps, spent time with some of our digital designers and bought a TON of the greatest products released this season!

Stephanie Hunt of Bella Blvd and Heidi(ACOT)

I'm sure you've all seen the sneak peeks of the newest product lines out there.  If not, be sure to check out our CHA-Winter Preview section posted on our Message Board.  The prevalent themes this season?  Butterflies, bright colors and of course BLING!!!  Everything is still sparkly and glittery only done bigger and better!  

We were excited to see lovely lines from well established manufacturers like Basic Grey, Making Memories, My Mind's Eye and Fancy Pants!  But we're also thrilled with those companies like Bella Boulevard and Jillibean Soup who are just beginning to showcase their bright talent!  The paper crafting industry NEEDS fresh designers and start ups to breathe new inspiration into our projects!  We're happy to be able to bring new lines to you!

Heidi(ACOT) and designer Tim Holtz

Sus and Cindy of the Creative Team helped keep our Message Board hopping while we were away!  Kristin and I had a blast giving stuff away on our ACOT Facebook page and Twitter!  Thank you all for playing along with us!  We hope you had fun!  We have many other exciting things planned for you this year!  If you haven't already, be sure to use the links to the right to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook!  We've posted more pictures on Facebook as well!

Expect new products to begin arriving soon!
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