CHA Summer 2012 - Chicago

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There wasn't much news as far as cutting machines are concerned and we didn't see anything revolutionary as far as paper crafting goes, but CHA is always a good time and we had a wonderful time seeing all of the familiar faces and new paper lines!

Sizzix and Silhouette were both demonstrating their cutting machines, but Provo Craft's Cricut and Craftwell's eCraft were missing in action. Based on various statistics (web traffic mostly), we have a good feeling that Sizzix and Silhouette America are slowly consuming more and more of the electronic cutting machine market share while Provo Craft works on revitalizing their business plan.

In non-CHA related news, following the footsteps of Silhouette America, Provo Craft recently started offering individual cut files for .99 cents through Cricut Craft Room! They've come a LONG way and who knows, maybe importing SVG files is just over the horizon.

Back to CHA! We stopped by and scoped out some of the new paper lines from our favorite companies. Check out the videos below!

Dear Lizzy


Tim Holtz

Carta Bella

Basic Grey

2 Responses to “CHA Summer 2012 - Chicago”

  1. Psoucy July 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Love some of the new papers. Only problem is i can not find them in my area. Tonight went to a few stores looking for the AC cardstock and can’t find that either. Everyone carrys the dcsw brand. I really wish Joanns, hobby lobby and michael’s would carry some of the paper you use. I did purchase 6 large packs of cardstock though. Mary can’t wait till you get home and make the next kit. Love your work.

  2. Paula Gale September 4, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    really interesting news about market share – it doesn’t surprise me about the silhouette popularity considering that most people have the Cameo on their wish-list, if they haven’t already gone and made the plunge (I bought it the day it launched here in the UK)…

    It would be good to see Provocraft move forward with more accessible single files because people have been turned off since the law suit happened. It’s really about time they listened to their customers – they must have realised that there has been a turnaround in footfall – i.e. theirs have been walking in the opposite direction from what I gather reading blogs etc around the net.

    Please keep us up to date on this issue as I find it very interesting.

    Thank you and regards

    Paula Gale.