“See You at CHA” Blog Hop

Welcome to the “See You at CHA” Blog Hop!

I’ve been lucky enough to attend CHA for the last few years…. It’s a great experience!  It’s like crafting heaven!  I joined CHA and have attended the Mega show because I have a card making app – Crafty Card Gallery for iPhones & iPads.

My app was even featured in the CHA magazine!  I have met a lot of great people through CHA – if you are thinking about joining, I would definitely recommend it!

Here are a few tips if you’re a first time attendee to the Mega show:

1) Wear comfortable shoes!  The show floor is HUGE!  We averaged over 12,000 steps per day – so make sure your shoes are comfy!

2) Bring a bag (and if it’s a rolling bag, even better) to put all the make & takes, brochures, etc in!  You will get lots of stuff – and it gets tiring carrying it all.  It also helps to make sure to put a luggage tag on the bag in case you accidentally leave it somewhere (that has happened to me before).

3) Bring some snacks (hangry is no fun – and the snack bar food is just o.k.)

4) Be sure to bring an extra backup battery for your phone (especially if you’ll be posting to social media or taking pictures) – it seems like my phone dies faster at CHA and I take a ton of pictures and post a lot to facebook.  You don’t want to miss out on taking a great picture & not be able to snap it because your battery is dead.  I took over 800 pictures this year at CHA (bringing a regular camera is a great idea too).

5) Have a plan for how you’re going to do the show.  We always start on one side of the hall and go row by row the first day.  The second day we may skip around to make sure we see the places we really want to see.  And the third day we make sure we get to everything else.  It’s best to make sure you make it to your favorite places – because sometimes you’ll want to go back a few times.  Also, manage your time – pay attention to how much time you have left in the day because it’s easy to spend a lot of time at one or two booths.

6) Be prepared to see some of your crafting idols!  I was totally geeked out the time I got my picture taken with Becky Higgins (one of my crafting heroes) (Surprisingly, my non-crafting friends were not as impressed as I was) and there’s always a crowd around Tim Holtz and Vanna White – sort of cool to see them in person!  Even some of the bloggers/you tube people you follow – you’ll see a lot of them there. Photo below from CHA 2013

7) Bring lots of business cards!  Everyone will want them.  I am horrible at remembering to pass them out so I have a wonderful friend who makes sure they get to people and that I get their business cards (and any relevant notes jotted down).

8) Take notes of things that are great.  I can’t tell you how many times my friend and I couldn’t remember where we saw a certain thing… So now we try to take pictures of booths or company names or take notes on brochures or business cards so that we can go back to them.

9) If you can meet up with others you know try to arrange it! I have a group of ladies that I know through Facebook and crafting and blog hops that I meet up with at CHA every year!  It’s very fun!

10) Take your vitamins!  The years I have taken my vitamins before, during and after I made the trip (we fly) I’ve come home healthy.   There are lots of people in the convention center and you want to make sure you stay healthy.

11) If you’re not the most outgoing person, wear something that is attention getting – it will make conversation starting easier!  One year I wore a beautiful scarf, last year I had really interesting fingernails (see picture below).

12) if you can take advantage of some of the classes, be sure to do so.  CHA offers a ton of great classes, and there are often classes such as COPIC markers scheduled during the show at nearby hotels.  Last year I took a COPIC marker class

And most importantly –  expect to be inspired by all the creativity, talent, and cool stuff that you will see!

I love the experiences I have had at CHA – getting to see a 3D printer and laser cutter in person, meeting designers and the people who have developed the products I love to use (and getting to ask them questions about the product), seeing new products months before you can get them in stores, and getting to try new tools and learn new techniques!  I hope you have a fabulous time at the show!  And if you follow me on facebook, you’ll be able to see what I see when I’m there 🙂

Thanks so much for visiting!  And don’t let me forget –

There’s an amazing prize drawing – so you should check out all of the blogs – the full link is here:

Here is the link to win!

There are just three entry options to win our $500+ Visa gift card:

Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”
Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value)

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Welcome to the Operation Write Home Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the Crafty Card Gallery Blog!!!
I’m pleased to be part of the Operation Write Home “Be My Valentine” Blog Hop.

As you probably already know, Operation Write Home is a great organization that sends handmade cards to the troops so they can keep in touch with their families.  
If you’d like to send cards to Operation Write Home, Valentines Day cards have to be submitted by January 7th. As an added incentive to send Valentines Day cards – check out this link http://www.owhhomefrontblog.org/2010/11/special-mission-due-dec-1.html.  Archway will send cookies to the troops too!  YUM!  It’s too late to send Christmas cards for this year.  Please be sure to vote for Operation Write Home in JoAnn’s contest – they could win $50,000!!!   You can only vote once per day.  http://www.joann.com/CraftForaCause
Now on to my Valentines day card:
Front, card closed

Inside of card – side panels were left blank to leave room to write
Card from the back so you can see the folds & the paper covering the ribbon
This was sort of difficult to do for the initial card, but now that I’ve done one, I think it would be easier to mass produce.  I used my Gypsy & Cricut to cut out the shape. (I welded 4 hearts together).  I then cut out the different pieces of paper by hand (I cut a template with the Cricut) so that I could have the right paper pattern portion show.  I used paper, bling and stickers from Bo Bunny, as well as some colored cardstock & ribbon.  I love the little birds in this paper!  I put a magnet in the ribbon so that the recipient wouldn’t have to re-tie it (I always have a hard time tying bows!)
Here’s a video of the card opening & re-closing, if you’d like to watch it:

And in case I couldn’t get this card to work, I had thought up a “backup card”.  I got the free digi from Julietk Blog, used Bo Bunny paper as a background, used a Stampin up border punch on the red paper, and used Bo Bunny bling.  I colored the cats with Stampin Up Watercolor Wonders.  I thought the image of the two cats was just adorable.
Bonus!!!  BLOG CANDY!!!
Leave a comment below for a chance to be entered to win some blog candy!  There will be 2 prizes, and I will select the winners randomly on Monday night 11/15.
1) A Bite Size Body Guide – a diet & fitness journal for women 
2) A free copy of the Crafty Card Gallery app for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

I am also having a giveaway on my blog & facebook page, so you can check those out below for a chance to win a $20 Oh My Crafts or Amazon.com gift card…
Good Luck to you!!!
So you came to visit me from Pat at PatQ Cards
And now you’re off to visit Debbie at the Paper Garden
Thanks so much for visiting and making my first blog hop so fun!!!
Please come by again soon!