CHA2015 – sizzix alterations & stampers anonymous…


it’s been a fun week sharing all of the goings on from the CHA2015 show.  today i’m sharing highlights from the sizzix and stampers anonymous booths.  as you know a great deal of time and creativity goes into getting ready for a show like this.  the sizzix booth was filled to the brim with inspiration and one of the largest releases i’ve done with them including dies, shadowpress station, and the launch of a new punch line.  before i take you through the booth i want to share one of the best moments of the show for me which was having the opportunity to spend time with Ellison/Sizzix founder LaDorna Eichenberg at the show…


the first time i met LaDorna we instantly bonded over our love of creativity.  being a pioneer in the industry, LaDorna and her late husband Robert developed the first hand operated shape cutting system back in 1977 and were recently honored with the CHA Industry Achievement Award (click here for the press release).  at 92 LaDorna is still passionate about creativity – her granddaughter Kristin Highberg (Sizzix CEO), continues that vision and legacy.  it was a thrill to have the chance to personally thank LaDorna for the wonderful innovations she inspired by following an idea that forever changed the craft industry we know today…

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the sizzix booth looked amazing with it’s rustic walls, and unique shelving filled with vintage treasures that expressed the styling of the sizzix alterations brand.  this area also served as the backdrop for the ongoing demos throughout the show done by my talented project manager richele christensen.  i was also able to demo in the sizzix booth an hour each day so check out all of the videos below – all 14 of them (thanks to our friends at…

shadowpress station
tiny tattered floral
heart diffusers
precision metal plate
mixed media
scribbles and splats
shape strips
united states
postage dots
fresh brewed & tea time
butterfly duo
feather duo & new core’dinations
mini envelope & tiny movers


the project areas of the booth was simply inspiration overload thanks once again to the team of talented designers who shared their creativity.  this section was displayed in four different themed sections for each month’s releases and bursting with colorful samples and ideas.  for more project close-ups check out paula cheney’s blog oneluckyday


on to the stampers anonymous booth that continues the theme of eclectic goodness.  the vintage drafting table displayed some of the original blueprint sketches from mario III which are used to design the blueprint stamp series…


i love the versatility of designs in this release and the talented designers who created these cards blew me away with their ideas too.  whether your style is vintage, sketchbook, journaling, watercolor, or collage – there is definitely a little something for everyone…


mr. stampers anonymous himself (owner ted), was nothing but smiles in the booth and loved showing off the new stamps and stencils – can you blame him?  he even loaded us up with some to giveaway here on the blog!  for your chance to win, post a comment and let us know your favorite new stamp set and stencil (you just might win them) winners will be announced sunday 1/25 at 12:00noon MST.  i hope you enjoyed this week of CHA2015 highlights – here’s to a new year of products, projects, and most importantly creative inspiration…t!m


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921 Comments to “CHA2015 – sizzix alterations & stampers anonymous…”

  1. barbara says:

    Along with 1/2 the world it seems, the Crazy Birds are my favorite stamp and dies…thanks for your creativity. bara

  2. linda says:

    Hello I want to know the machine vour take in your video it does the same thing as the big shot I wonder if you sell and how
    Thank you

  3. I got my set of crazy birds at the Novi, Mi. mega meet recently and saw a bag with smaller crazy birds on it, how did you reduce them and then how did you get them onto the bag???? thanks for the help. I love these crazy birds, the wait in line was worth it jus to get them. Barb

  4. I bought my set of crazy birds at the Novi, Mi. mega meet recently…I saw the bag with the printed crazy birds only they were smaller than the stamp set, how did you do that, if you don’t mind sharing? and how did you transfer them to the bag???? thanks, and love those crazy birds. Barb

  5. Kathleen Caffey says:

    Loved so much of what you showed at CHA. Your somewhat quirky laid back style. I love not only the stamps and dies but your inks as well. The one color a month is brilliant. So much so that when Simon Says Stamp offered a package of one of everything in pistachio. .well I have to do it that way. I am hoping they do that every month.

  6. Bev LoPinto says:

    Thanks for the video links and all the CHA creativity in your booth. La Dorna looks amazing for 92! Being creative must keep you young :-). That’s good for all of us! I love all your new “stuff”. You are a creative force of nature Tim and we all get the benefit!

  7. Rupa says:

    I am so amazed by this lady, I had no idea. If I look like that in 70s-80s, let alone 90s, I would be thrilled. She is such an inspiration. Once again, I missed the give away 🙁 I have a knack for missing these apparently. Oh well, another time. Thanks for sharing this special story of this very special lady.

  8. Jane Hunt says:

    Thank you all. I was interested in the start up of Ellison, indeed what an honour for you LaDorna and a privilege for me to read all of this. here is a most wonderful summary on your blog Tim.You made the displays so interesting and the videos so helpful. I feel I could make several cards, art journals and scrapbook pages from anything here. Love it.

  9. Lynda Roberts says:

    Hello Tim. I just received my Bird Crazy stamp set in the mail and can’t wait to use it. It is so darling! Also your Cracked Pistachio color set is beautiful. Going to Joann craft store this afternoon to see if it has arrived. Thanks for embracing my imperfection! Lynda Roberts

  10. Karen Wedding says:

    Love how the booths turned out. Especially love all the suitcases you have stacked everywhere. I have a couple, but can’t ever display them because we have a dog that likes to chew on EVERYTHING!

  11. Tina says:

    I absolutely LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! The Bird Crazy stamp set!!! The birds are so fluffy and really crazy looking, LOVE THEM!

  12. The birds are the bomb!!


    Carmen L

  13. Wow Tim, after watching all the videos, I want it all. OK, OK, if I had to choose one or several, really, the mixed media dies are my favorite!! Thanks for the chance, Hugs,Carmen

  14. Neet says:

    Cityscapes if I have to choose just one from so many gorgeous creations.
    This booth is always one of my favourites, you can always depend on it to be blog worthy and fabulous to behold. I still remember so many gorgeous booths, now there are few but this is one which always fascinates.

  15. Wow, Tim, this post is chock full of eye candy. Kudos to Richele and Paula, and thanks for linking to all those videos individually.

  16. Marilyn says:

    My favorite are Bird crazy and the blueprint stamps

  17. Awesome! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of them only I have a problem (and I am sure I am not alone on this one) I need a bigger room to put all the new things I want to get!

  18. Chris T says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! Have fun!

  19. Helen says:

    I think I love your robot stamps!! my husband has a large robot collection!!

  20. Mary says:

    Are you kidding only one favorite? What a difficult task. OK (insert deep sigh) CMS 225 Correspondence and THS032 Flourish. Thanks for all your wonderful designs.

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