Friday, July 29, 2011

Chicago CHA Update #7 Grant Studios and Harmonie

 American companies aren't the only great source of crafting products. Today I am sharing two non-American paper crafting manufacturers with you, Harmonie a French-Canadian company, and Grant Studios an Australian Company. Both were fairly new to me so I thought I would share a few shots of their artwork and product lines with you.

Grant Studios

Though Grant Studios has some amazing papercrafting products targeting normal scrapbookers and cardmakers like the Grace Taylor collection pictured below, what I really liked about them is their vast offering of unique and fashion forward children's crafts.  

Grant Studios' Grace Taylor Paper Line
Grant Studios' Layout 

My girls and I do a lot of crafting together, and they are a bit beyond pipe cleaners and play dough age. They would love the entire My Studio Girl Product line including these fashion designing stencils and doll kits.
Grant Studios Fashion Designer Stencils
Grant Studios My Studio Girl Doll Kit
Grant Studios Doll Kit
The product they would actually give up their glitter and scratch n' sniff stickers for however, would be the Taggles line below. Slightly reminiscent of the color forms I had as a kid these are much cooler. They are dimensional and reusable, and what's truly impressive is that they are also VIRTUAL. Your daughter can go online and play with Taggles for hours - no purchase needed. She can then print out the Taggles back drops and other items she has created and use them with the real Taggles she already owns. I CAN"T want till these get into stores here stateside - can you say - check stocking stuffers off the list!

To check out all of Grant Studio's product line visit their website here:

To spend some time with the taggles virtual experience visit here

Harmonie's website states "Quebec’s own Harmonie specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of a wide range of products from customise polymer and wood mounted wood stamps, to scrapbooking papers and decorations, acrylic, wood and chipboard shapes to original albums." The company debuted a beautiful new line called "Shabby Love." 
Harmonie Layout

Harmonie Shabby Love Collection

To see Harmonie's entire product offering visit their website here:

For daily Harmonie inspiration visit their blog here:

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chicago CHA Update #6 - Canvas Corp and Glitz Designs

 Welcome to day 6 of my Summer CHA Update. Today, I thought I would share some images of paper, embellishments and wonderful samples I found in the Glitz Designs and Canvas Corp. booths.

Glitz Designs

According to their website owners, Erin, Ginger, John and Laura, started their "company, GLITZ Design, with one idea that has grown into a full-fledged Scrapbook company! We carry original paper, stickers, rub ons, stamps, rhinestone strips (we like to call it "frosting") and much more. We, Erin DeSpain, Ginger John and Laura Funk, started this company because we wanted to CREATE Exciting and Fabulous NEW scrapbooking products."

Glitz Designs showcased three new lines at the show: Vintage Blue, Beautiful Dreamer, and Dance in Sunshine.

Here are a few of my favorite items:
Glitz Designs Tiny Alpha stickers

Glitz Designs Flowers made from Beautiful Dreamer line

Glitz Designs Beautiful Dreamer line

Glitz Designs Beautiful Dreamer line

Glitz Designs "Dance in Sunshine" line

Glitz Designs "Dance in Sunshine" line

Glitz Designs Dance in Sunshine Line

Love this Yellow Suitcase with the Dance in Sunshine Flowers - Gorgeous Contrast

Glitz Designs Beautiful Dreamer Line

To view their entire product offering visit their website here:

For daily inspiration visit their blog here:

Canvas Corp

I am new to Canvas Corp, but with mixed media all the rage at the moment I really like the mixture of paper, canvas, burlap, denim and jute they had in their collections. Their artwork was amazing and I got lots of great ideas for the upcoming holidays, especially Halloween. 

According to their website "Canvas Corp was established in 2006 to bring products to market that we feel bridge the gap between hardware, home décor and crafts. With a goal to simplify the  process of  design, decorating and creating  by creating products that are functional, beautiful and just basic to bring out the creativity in everyone.

Canvas Home Basics Design – our line of design products that range from kits to make space planning an easy process to decorative hardware that finishes any design project with perfect style.

Canvas Home Basics Craft – blank surfaces is the key to our craft line.  Surfaces for home décor projects, party and event decorating and everyday paper crafts."

For more product information visit the Canvas Corp website here:

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chicago CHA Update #5 - May Arts and Ribbon Ring

Ribbon and lace can add the perfect feminine touch to a layout or fantastic texture to a card. Here are my photos of the May Arts booth and a great source for organizing your ribbon, Ribbon Ring.

May Arts 
According to their website, May Arts offers an exceptional selection of ribbons, including sheer, satin, grosgrain, silk and a variety of patterns and prints.  As one of the country’s leading wholesalers of decorative ribbons, May Arts has been providing superior products and the highest level of customer service for over 25 years. 
I have been a May Arts customer for many years and took a few photos of some of my favorite product I saw in their booth.

May Arts Crochet lace with velvet center

May Arts Woven Rosettes

Lots of May Arts sheer crumple ribbon - wired and unwired.

Check out this May Arts Sheer/Pull ribbon - you just pull the ends and tie them off and instant flower cuteness!!
To see May Arts entire product offering visit their website here:                               

To check out daily inspiration with ribbon visit their blog here:

Ribbon Ring
Once you have indulged yourself and purchased tons of ribbonny loveliness, how do you keep it neat and organized? With a ribbon ring of course. I wrote an article on them many years ago when they were new to the field and have used their product frequently. I like to hang my ribbon on their organizers on a dowel in my craft closet by color.
Their booth was absolutely phenomenal! All of these bakers delights are made out of ribbon!

Visit their website here:

Learn where you can get  Melissa's book showing you had to make all these wonderful ribbon confections here:

Thanks for stopping by,