Birds and trees are apparently still the rave (?), as well as urban bold. Girly bling is still hot with the damask, lacy look I currently love! There are still some companies dabbling in traditional and cutsie as well, so don't fear if bold and bling aren't your style. There is plenty of variety for everyone!
Here is part 1 of my CHA Summer '08 Preview:
Teresa Collins.....She is my hands-down favorite designer these days. I love (and own most of) her entire Travelouge line and these new editions are just as awesome!
Tim Holtz......Everybody knows I'm a sucker for just about anything he puts his name on. I just love his grungy, altered, no-rules style!
Heidi Swapp......Typical Heidi designs that I always love!
Webster's Pages.....The Inspired collection, which also has coordinating Calendar pages. Their designs are always soft, elegant, and sophisticated.
Glitz Design.....New paper lines, glitter cardstock stickers, and innovative new Glitzers...transparent stickers with bold colors and BLING! The bling is inside the sticker, so there is no way you'll lose it! Fiskars.....Talk about reinventing yourself. This company seems to do it more every year. Since they began partnering with various small designers/companies, Fiskars has gone way beyond just scissors and trimmers! EK Success.....Releasing 19 new sets of Art Blanche® chipboards alphabets, numbers and popular shapes which coordinate with their existing nesting Paper Shapers® punches (sizes small – XL). You can punch out paper and completely cover the chipboard shape in one step, without the hassle of tracing and cutting the shape! August Retail Release.
DCWV.....New Stack Packs released in 12x12 and 8x8, each containing 48 sheets; and a 4.5 x 6.5 mat stack, containing 72 sheets. Coordinating embellishments are also available. . Grade School Stack. This A+ collection includes 24 acid-free prints, 12 with glitter and foil. Adorable apples, bouncing school buses, chalkboard doodlings and more make up this scholastic collection. Other new themes: High School, Alphabets and Sweet Stacks.