Monday, January 21, 2013

cha winter 2013 : amy tan for american crafts

Amy Tan released her fourth collection with American Crafts at CHA Winter 2013, adding the line Yes, Please to the Amy Tangerine family.

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I knew I was going to love this collection from the instant I saw it in the pre-show sneak peeks, and I can happily report that it does not disappoint in person! Amy's signature style shines through in this collection, and those who loved her previous Sketchbook line will be happy to find that Yes, Please coordinates nicely with it while bringing in some fresh designs and an updated color palette that's just slightly more muted and contains the tiniest hints of purple- a rare color in the scrapbooking world!

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American Crafts is releasing a whole array of coordinating Thickers with this collection, and I've already got my eye on the turquoise striped font and the woodgrain alphas.

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Apologies for the shadows here- American Crafts uses wire racks to display their items, and sometimes they cast odd shadows in the show floor's overhead lighting. Not to worry, though, since I pulled some items off the rack to give you a closer look!

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Amy's Yes, Please collection includes some great tools and "non-perishable" scrapbooking items amongst the pretty papers and stickers, including the wood block alphabet stamps above and a set of stitching templates that we'll get to in a moment.

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There's also this lovely date stamp that's a completely different take than we've seen with American Crafts' roller date stamps in the past. This one is customizable and lets you stamp an entire little calendar!

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Roller stamps are still part of American Crafts' plans for this collection, only the've left the dates off of the new crop and stuck with just the phrases- love it!

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And of course there are the stickers and die cuts and stamps that we've all come to expect and love in Amy's collections.

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These cute little plastic pockets are a new items for American Crafts and look like they'd be perfect additions for Project Life!

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The reusable stitching templates that I mentioned earlier come in two sets- an alphabet in one and a set of images in the other. Both also come with a piercing mat and tool, needle, and three shades of embroidery floss.

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Amy is also the proud author of the latest idea book in Northridge Publishing's (parent company of Scrapbook Trends) Signature Series lineup, and of course I said yes when she asked if I'd shoot a photo of her holding her new baby!

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Amy's Yes, Please collection with American Crafts is scheduled to begin shipping to stores in February. You can shop for items from Amy's lines at Two Peas in a Bucket, Scrapbook.com, and Simon Says Stamp.