Monday, January 26, 2009

CHA Day 2 ...

... I headed to CHA this morning with my Mom, Nancy, and friend and Krew volunteer Kathi. We were there about 20 minutes when the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate. Luckily, there was nothing truly wrong, so we were able to come back into the building about five minutes later. But it was still a big inconvenience for everyone.


As for the more fun side of CHA today, I visited the BasicGrey booth, where I saw fellow Creative Escape instructor, Kelly Goree conducting a make and take of her own design. I, of course, had to peruse the new lines from BG, since they are one of my personal favorite companies. The new additions are:


Lime Rickey


Wisteria


Marrakech



I would love to see more of these Blue Hills Studios magnetic punches available. I love the fact that you can punch anywhere in the middle of a piece of paper, allowing for really cool possibilities for both negative and positive images.

As we walked the aisles, I ran into Diva Craft Lounge hosts Danielle and Rayme. They were kind enough to autograph one of their new books "Designing with the Divas" for both my Mom and myself.


This shot also shows the page of the book my acrylic wall hanging project is on. I will have a few of these books available at the Orange County Scrapbook Expo in a few weeks.


One of the tools I was excited about was the new We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper. This tool retails for $25 and had two different corner sizes in one: 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch. Basically, this is both of the Zutter Round-it-Alls in one for half the price. I test-drove one myself and it cleanly cuts not only acrylic, chipboard and paper, but it also "chomped" right through my metal panels. Whoo-hoo! I cannot wait for this April release!



And, of course, the YUDU silk screening machine is a lot of fun. I got to experiment with it today, put a metallic heart on the front of a YUDU T-shirt and learned the basics to burning a screen and more. I cant wait to get the machine in the mail!

I also stopped by my friends, the Clear Scraps gals' booth. All I can say is "Wow!" They really come out with some fabulous new acrylic and chipboard goodies! For starters, there is a gorgeous acrylic sand castle album that's new. Plus, the adorable mini-albums that are 3 inches or smaller and come in the shapes of flowers, arrows, hearts, cupcakes and more.

Are you someone who wasn't lucky enough to go to CHA this week? How about a consolation prize: A mini CHA care package. I have two of them featuring Clear Scraps cupcake mini albums, an apron and foam de-stressing Slice from Making Memories and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (the exclusive Tea Green formula!).



Just comment below answering the following question:

What is your favorite technique to use with acrylic or metal?

Two random winners will be chosen Friday afternoon, so check back!

92 comments:

Naomi said...

yes I wasn't a lucky one to get to go...(sigh)

but next year!!

as for acrylic

...i have to say paint is my favorite...but looking for new ways!!

thanks 4 sharing!!

Sherry - It's A Scrapper's Life! said...

Awesome give away Jessica and lovely to meet you finally yesterday... I am a lucky one so that puts me out of the drawing but good luck to everyone else!!

steph said...

After helping out at your class in Sac I have to say I'm loving acrylic. I think my favorite technique is layering double sided papers on multiple pieces of acrylic so they look like frames and give more dimension to the design,

Sonia said...

I wish I was lucky enough to go!!! Im so jealous! LOL
Working with acrylic is still fairly new for me, but the couple of albums that I have made, I have to say that I really liked using double sided patterned papers and rubons! I think it looks so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing your fun times!! I love reading about it and seeing the great photos! Enjoy yourself!

Sheene said...

I am so jealous bout you guys being there in CHA to get hands on with new lines of products and tools and stuff! but maybe next year.. as for my favorite technique to use with acrylic, it would be glazing and glittering over them
for metal, that would be distressing or embossing..
thanks for sharing.. :)

Justy said...

You got some great pictures. I have a couple to e-mail you that I keep forgetting to send.

I see a few things from your post that I'd like to get when they come out. :)

Thanks for sharing the happenings at CHA.

Justy said...

Oops!! Forgot my favorite technique. I love what you showed us at CE...using ink around the edge and then adding the Stickles.

Jenny B in Indy said...

I live in Indiana.. Far far away from CHA *sigh*

Thanks for the pics, they are the next best thing to being there :)

My new favorite product is alcohol inks. I recently got some and I looove to color metal, acrylic, foil alphas, anything I can, LOL.

Melissa said...

Oh, do I have to pick just one technique? I guess I would have to say using rub-ons and stamps on acrylic. Was that two?
Thanks for the chance to win!

Karen said...

My favorite is your 8x12 metal with paper on top, punched with two holes and tulle added for a quick and fun hanger. Add magnets with flowers on them and voila - instant memo board! This is a great kid's birthday project idea since your corners are rounded! We love love LOVE your acrylic and metal!!! ;)

PamelaD said...

Hey Jessica, loving your blog and pics from CHA. Since taking your classes at Gigi's retreat, I love using the Adirondack Paint Dabbers, especially the feathering trick you showed me! My grandson is getting a custumized acrylic wall clock in a couple of weeks for his birthday.

Robin said...

My favorite technique is to use the StazOn ink pad on the entire acrylic panel. Jessica, the pics from CHA are great! Thanks for sharing:)

Susan said...

I like the effect of using paint daubers around the outside on acrylic. Thanks for a chance at a consolation prize!

laurel said...

CHA sure looks like a lot of fun. My favorite technique with metal is embossing and using alcohol inks.

Trinka said...

I don't really have a favorite ...just love them all.
Thanks for sharing your great photos of CHA...it is great to see all the great products.

Kristi said...

I have to say that I haven't done anything with metal yet, but I love acrylic... mini albums... using stickles... stamping...

Regina said...

It looks like you are having a great time...I so wish I could have went.

AFScrapperMom said...

Arlyic with clear overlays on it looks awesome!

thanks for sharing

The Firth Five said...

Thanks for the peaks from CHA since I cannot get there. I love the We r memory keepers rounder, I'm glad I didn't get both the zutter rounders.
My favorite thing for acrylic is rubons.
THanks for the cool giveaway Jessica!

get scrappy said...

HOW FUN! Looks like you had a great time. Wish I could have gone!


Well since I love working with both I will say....

stamping with paint or Staz-on, I love that it totally gives the item a new look. And the second thing would be stikles, I don't do any projects without using it.

Good luck everyone.

Gloria L. said...

Not really a technique, but a design. I like to mix and match all the page sizes. If the holes don't match up, I just add some decorative binding tape to the sides and repunch. Works for me!
Thanks, Jessica!
Gloria L.

mdr said...

I love to play with metal and acrylic in lots of ways but I think my favorite is . . . Distress Stickles (Go Tim Holtz!).

Emily B said...

I like to drop alcohol inks on acrylic for a psychedelic look!

denise said...

So enjoy reading all the things about CHA... thanks for posting. I know it must be tiring.

I have to say that double sided paper makes the acrylic so fun. I do like painting the edges too.
Denise

Anonymous said...

I love the stickles and dabbers. Fun!!! I hope u r having fun! Thanks for the giveaway. :)
Monica Robnson

Jodie said...

I love to use white Stazon Ink and stamp swirls all over the acrylic. It just adds so much interest and it is so simple to do.

srojas63 said...

I love to patina metal!!!
Anything vintage or old!!
As for acrylic love to age it also with a fine steel wool to soften it...
Thanks for all the peaks
Stephanie

KindredEsprit said...

I haven't yet played with acrylic plastics or with metal, but I did see someone take a certain type of metal & emboss it with a Cuttlebug folder! They turned it into a cool picture frame.

Thanks for sharing your CHAW experience with us!

EJoloya said...

I'm not sure if it's a technique but I like to use my crop 'o dile on the acrylic, it goes through it like butter and make holes with it. Sometimes I put through a ribbon or an eyelet.

Angel S. said...

Distress!! Thanks for the chance to enter!

Renee said...

I love to emboss on acrylic.

alise said...

i love to paint or stamp on acrylic and finish the page with rub-ons and bling.... thanks for the CHA info!

Janet Ang said...

Favorite with metal and acrylic is still using Tim Holtz's alcohol inks.

Lisa Spiegel said...

Jessica, It was AWESOME to finally meet you IRL! Can't wait to see all the goodies you bring into K2R!

Maria A said...

My favorite technique for acrylic would have to be rub ons and stamping with Stazon. I just love both those looks. I love they way they catch your eye but you can still see through!

I haven't played with metal yet but I love the message board photos you posted.

I am glad you were sold out of the Zutter Round It All at the Expo last year because now you are making me want the WRMKs one!

Nicole said...

I didn't get to go again this year with Scrapbook Boulevard, but hopefully one year soon I can go. I don't know what my favorite technique with acrylic is becasue I just love working with it for the fact that it is clear. I like to ink or paint the edges.
Have a great day.
Nicole M. (from Scrapbook Blvd)

Jeanne said...

I love using paint & rub-ons with acrylic. Haven't played with metal (yet), so can't voice a favorite for that.

melita said...

thanks for the great update Jessica! the photos are fabulous! I am drooling over the BG too! =)

I am not good with acrylic or metal, so I can't say that i have a favorite technique other than just painting around the edges!

melita said...

thanks for the great update Jessica! the photos are fabulous! I am drooling over the BG too! =)

I am not good with acrylic or metal, so I can't say that i have a favorite technique other than just painting around the edges!

weze said...

loved reading all about your time at CHA and the pics were great too!
Awesome RAK........would have to say rubons with acryllic would be my cup of tea right now.

Tona said...

For acrylic die cut pieces I usually turn to my alcohol inks. The double sided rub-ons are great to use on acrylic pages.
Fiskateer # 4437

java diva said...

I am in the midwest, so no CHA for me!
I love alcohol inks on metal and also using the cropadile to apply accents to metal as well.

Sharon Sprouse said...

I love to bang on metal to give it texture. Other people may not like me banging on metal to give it texture...hehehee. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Coco said...

Thanks ever so much for sharing,
I haven't done much with arcylic but I have discovered it looks great inked, I love to emboss and glitter metal. Or create little charms with my punchies.

NanaBeth said...

Alcohol inks-I'm still practicing and growing my stash of them, but I can do it for hours. I find it so relaxing.

Krysti said...

OMG i wasn't able to go either.. Looks like you had a TON of fun... Only tired acrylic once and paint went so easy as did any adhesive too!
Fiskalove - Krysti 3943

Anonymous said...

I use paint with acrylic, although I hear Staz On Ink works well. Will have to try it. TFS Roseann #2933

Chris C said...

Wow what great prizes,
My favourite technique for acrylic is double sided papers and rubons, and for metal I love embossing it with my cuttlebug (esp aluminium cans).

Thanks for sharing with those of us who can't make it to CHA.

Sondra said...

Wow! what great prizes! Favorite technique with acrylic or metal...hmm I like to emboss the metal or heat copper to make it change colors. And acrylic - I love using them as overlays to hilight a certain feature.

Jen said...

WOW! What a great RAK!!! I would have to say theat when working with acrylic I like using rub ons or stamps it just gives everything a look like it's all floating on the page :)

~Jen #3213~

Lydia said...

WOWSER ..what a price!!!! My fave is Stamping with stazon ink on arcylic..Thanks for the chance!!

pattyb said...

Nope California was a little too far away from Minnesota. But thanks for the chance for some goodies.

I use arcylics and the technique I like the best is stamping with it or sponging it on chipboard.

Thanks again.

marla said...

WOW what fun goodies. My favorite technique with arcylic is either the glimmer mist or distress ink

Bonnie Weiss said...

Boy, sure looks like you are having a great time! As for acrylic...I like to cut alphas from acrylic (using Sizzix dies) for use as titles for my layouts. Then cover them with glossy accents...makes for a nice title.
Enjoy the rest of the show and the warm weather (We are in the middle of another major snowstorm!).

connie said...

Favorite with acrylic is ink, double-sided paper and rub-ons.
thanks for a chance to win.
connie#2909

Shannon said...

I am always a big fan of the pattern paper, but I'm branching out more. Lately I've been using different kinds of stickles with my metal, and I've also done some of the Perfect Pearls over Perfect medium, and love the way it has turned out. What a great giveaway!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

doverdi said...

Awesome giveaway. Lovin all the new goodies...I'd have to say that I like the looks of rubons with acrylic. Thanks for the chance to win.
doverdi #1329

BishopsMommie said...

with metal I am into using my big bite crop a dile with grommets and acrylic--I am a bit shy I have only made a few things, the clearness scares me, lol.

Mardi said...

I love using acrylic and I use stickles on it along with some paint and a few other things.

Ziggyeor said...

Wow looks like you are having fun and I love you for posting BG pics! Now I have to have them all LOL

I like to emboss stuff through my cuttlebug. I haven't bought any actual acrylic but I run the packaging through in a jiffy ;)

For metal I like alchol inks.

Ziggyeor Fiskateer # 4823

RobinV said...

My favorite is paint and double sided paper.

Are you teaching at this years CE? I just signed up for the lottery and I am hoping I get picked to go (fingers crossed).

robin.valera@yahoo.com

Turtlelady~Sandy said...

What awesome new products!!! Wish I could have been there :=)
I love to "scratch" into the acrylic and use dies to fill in the scratches.
Sandy~Turtlelady #1715

rayasunshine said...

I haven't worked with either of these items. Still new at the other scrapping things. Always willing to learn something new :=)
Cicly #1835

Donna said...

This is so sweet of you! I have a BIG love of stamps,and I try to use them in different ways.
Thanks for the chance.

nancy said...

Thanks for filling us in on all the goodies you are seeing. My favorite technique is alcohol inks on metal. Thanks for a chance to win a great prize.

Michelle N said...

My favorite technique with acrylics is using rub-ons and lace papers. Wish I could go to CHA!

Dale Anne said...

THANK YOU for such a GREAT CHA report!
One day I hope to be there!
I like using acrylic on my mixed media pieces, sometimes watered down, sometime dry brushed or just used the way it comes out of the bottles!
I LOVE metals also - especially ones I can sew thru!

Eileen said...

Thanks for the report and the giveaway. I love using alcohol inks and stickles

michele said...

thanks for the photos...
acryllic: I love to use alcohol ink on them, add some ribbon and viola...cool embellishment.
metal: so sorry...metal is so out of my comfort zone.

Anonymous said...

stamping on the acrylic and using alcohol inks on it.With the metal I like using the alcohol inks.Thanks for giving us a chnce to win.
Joan Fiskateer # 808

CindyML said...

Hope you are having fun at CHA.

I love to use rub ons and paint on acrylic. CindyML

Diane #4226 Fiskayeer said...

Well I like the acrylic for it's sturdiness. Easy to add paper and emboss. But metal now there ya go. I like getting the thinner metal and running it thru my cuttlebug. But the acrylic, well you can add the paper, leaving some side open, stamp and heat emboss oh WOW, it has a nice "pop" to it.

Carolyn said...

I love rubber stamps and Staz-On ink!

P.S. Thanks for sharing the Chomper - that is one purchase I'll be making!

Living & Creating in the Sweet VA Breeze said...

I read your post over at Fiskateers mb, so thanks for sharing! This was my first visit to your blog, and it is terrific!
I guess I need to take one of your classes, though, as I haven't worked with acrylic or metal, really, but I'd love to!
Thanks for offering the RAK!
Amy Bagnall
Fiskateer #1823

kristine said...

Oh I would love to go to CHA, but the airfares from New Zealand are a tad expensive, Oh I would love to get my hands on some of the cool products you got to try but it will be another 30 years before it hits our shelve.
Kind Regards
Kristine 4259

Katie said...

CHA looks like so much fun! :) My favorite technique on acrylics is stamping! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Colleen said...

thanks for showing the pictures. I have never worked with metal, and only acrylic once and didn't have any idea what I was doing, so I guess I don't have a favorite technique.
Colleen 2970

Mary said...

My favorite technique with acrylic is using alcohol inks. I wish I could have gone to CHA, someday I would love to go.

jen t. said...

wowo! great blog! thanks for the peaks of cha! i wish i was there!! patterned papers and stamping on acrylic for me! thanks for a chance ! jen t.

f#5454

http://jentscrappysideofme.blogspot.com

Debby said...

I didn't make it this time. Sad sad to miss so many of my friends.

I love to run my metal thorugh my Big Kick and embossing plates from Fiskars. It leaves a wonderful design. With clear acylic I like to layout with stamps. I start on the right and stamp on one page and then go to the second page and stamp the second one slighty to the right and I keep building. This is fun with the tag albums and old, classic stamps.

thanks

Kara said...

After working as a helper at Sac Expo
2008. I'm loving acrylic. My favorite
technique is using paint/stickles with stamps. Can't wait until Expo
2009.

Liza said...

I wish that I could go, I can't even begin to imagine all the goodies that must be there.

I personally have wanted to try acrylic but have not yet.

Thanks!

Scrappy Rat said...

Didn't make it to CHA, but I'm glad there are so many people blogging about it so the rest of us can check it out from a distance at least. I really dig that Lime Rickey line from B.G.

With Acrylic, I really like making both sides of the project mirror images so you can flip it over and the designs line up. I hope that made some sort of sense. :) With metal, I've been playing with alcohol inks and seeing what I can come up with.

Just noticed you're from P'Cola! I grew up in FWB, running away to Pensacola on weekends to mostly just hang around in a somewhat different atmosphere. :) Lots of picnics on the courthouse steps!

JennK said...

Haven't done so much metal but as for acrylic..I love printed papers and rub ons..I want to try the alchohol ink..gotta get some first. I didn't get to go...I am in Kansas. Wish they would come here. Thanks for this awesome opprotunity to get in on some of the fun!

NanaBeth said...

I just read the "tenacious" side blurb. I've been "tenacious" for a long long time-give 'em h--- girl!

Krista said...

I love to sand both acrylic and metal. It adds another element of texture to them, and it looks cool to add paint to the sanded parts.

Anonymous said...

I so wish I was able to go to CHA :) It looked like alot of fun and I can not wait until I can buy some of the neat stuff coming out.

I really like to paint my acrylic, it always lets me choose my color for a certain project and even mixing paints to make a special color, even better :)

See you soon in class, wouldn't miss it for the world :)

Tanya

The Mancilla Family said...

Thanks for sharing the newest from CHA! I have to say, my favorite thing is stamping on acrylic.

patty w said...

Inking and embossing!

Thanks for all the updates and photos !

Fiskateer 2832

Cassi, San Diego said...

My favorite technique is stamping on acrylic in albums - and using masks with paint. Then all the hard work shows up on both sides! Thanks for the fun contest.

Scrap DIVA 911 said...

OMGaaaaa im sooo jealous girl!! I sooo wanted to go and check it out but... I kinda had an accident at my job as a po po... so dr didn't discharge in time ahhhh.. so any whooo my favorite part in acrylic albums is PAINTing them!!! and STAMPING! totally kewl....
Take care girl and WISH ME LUCK !!!

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