I think American Crafts has been releasing some of the most exciting and trendy designs in our industry for the last couple of shows…. having great designers like Elizabeth Kartchner and Amy Tan and brands like Studio Calico, Crate Paper and Pebbles under their umbrella is so exciting.
They don't disappoint with this show's line of up new collections! They have done a great job of putting out unique new product types within some of these collections. I love that. We as paper crafters love that. We love having some new material or a new spin to gravitate towards. American Crafts is consistently helping us move along on this path.
The new Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine collections are wonderful. The colors in the Dear Lizzy collection are very pantone color of the year, the icons being very hip on the blogasphere as well as in fashion. Anchors! Horses! There are here.
The Amy Tangerine Yes Please collection is beautiful and sketchy and consistent with the Amy Tangerine brand with her ever present cameras, clouds, skylines and hearts. Trendy chevron, woodgrains, arrows also make an appearance. I love the new unique to Amy pieces in this collection, especially the stitch templates that allow you to add some of your hand sewn elements to your projects --- something Amy is known for.
Crate Paper has a new collection design designed with Maggie Holmes that is doily-licious and full of beautiful imagery like Maggie herself. Everything with Crate is very antiquey and vintage in style. Their big new product is washi tape PAPER. A whole sheet of washi sticker paper. In strips.
Studio Calico has added a bunch of new chipboard sticker shapes, wood veneer shapes and embellishments. They have some wonderful new paper collections, with great designs that fit perfectly with Project Life type projects.
My favorite pieces from these:
Crate Paper's DIY Shop photo overlays that can take any photo and add an instagram filter style without the technology. No Smart phone, No Problem!
Amy Tangerine's Yes Please rub ons--- they look like pencil drawings. Love the camera in this collection this time. The puffy stickers are excellent. Just love the colors and patterns of this the papers in this collection. They are very me.
Dear Lizzy, the Astrology circle chart paper. I Die. The overlays. The colors (navy!), the chevrons, the perforated die cut booklet.
Studio Calico Snippets chevrons/arrow heads, thickers, the stickers, well, about everything in this collection.
American Crafts themselves have some very lovely little pieces within the My Girl collection. I adore it.
And Pebbles Love You More is this release's Seen and Noted. Lots of great little journaling bits and pieces. I like the clean simple easy feeling that this collection has. So great for documenting children's lives.
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