If the popularity of Etsy and all things DIY aren't a hint that crafting is having a major resurgence, then consider the fact that Americans spent 32 billion dollars on crafts in 2009, which is a 7-percent increase over the previous year. We attended the "Kick up Your Crafts" show at the at Radio City Music Hall to find out from industry insiders what the top trends are for 2011. All of the products mentioned below can be purchased at Michaels or Joann-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as eksuccessbrands.com.
1) Punchy Crafts
My favorite product that I tested from this event was the Martha Stewart Craft Punch All Over the Page Scallop Circle ($17.99), a two-part magnetic punch system that allows you to create shapes anywhere on paper, even the center. Edger punches have also become foolproof: Use the alignment marks on this Butterflies Large Edger Punch (left; $16.99) to create a continuous design that is up to two-and-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch.