“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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2014 CHA MEGA SHOW Highlights

Hello and Happy 2014!  It’s Jennifer’s friend Rhonda (aka Daria for those of you on Facebook), one of the many designers in her Crafty Card Gallery App and her co-conspirator on the Creations by Crafty Card Gallery magazine.  Many, Many Thanks to Jennifer for making possible another fun and amazing trip to the CHA 2014 MEGA Show! Along with being a great friend and person, she is definitely a positive influence on improving my crafting skills and introducing me to new interests.If you haven’t already tried it, Zentangle® is a surprisingly easy and very cool method of using repetitive patterns to create art.  Please visitwww.zentangle.com to learn more.  Founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas are very inspiring!  Here’s the tile I made during their workshop:    

3D printers, conductive paints and fibers, and laser cutters are a few of theexciting technologies finding their way into the everyday crafter’s world.  Maker Spaces are helping to make this happen and the possibilities really are endless.  Tony and Matt from Maker House are awesome.  Check out their website and YouTube channel: http://makerhouse.org;http://www.youtube.com/user/artfirevideos/videos.  I still have to find a shepherd’s hook that I like to hang it on, but I already put together my own DIY solar light hummingbird feeder after watching one of their videos.              It was wonderful to see so many newer companies.  Here are some of my favorites:As you can tell, my Copic coloring skills on their make-and-take tag are not the best, but Some Odd Girl Stamps (http://www.someoddgirl.com;http://www.youtube.com/user/SomeOddGirls) designs and people are very cool.  

 Freckled Fawn (http://freckledfawn.com) also has delightful people andsome super cute embellishments, including these Wood Chips:

 This is a lovely sample that Taylored Expressions (http://tayloredexpressions.com;http://www.youtube.com/tayloredexpressions) gave us.  I am excited that one of their design team members said she teaches at a stamp storerelatively nearby.  Please check out her blog: www.ablogcalledwanda.com.

 Since I could not find a direct website, I am hoping that our stamp store will carry Little B products.  They have a Perfect Positioner and Designer Dies that are ingenious; Noell Hyman of Paperclipping.com has a great overview video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/TuT1v8Dy_6M.   Little Bembellishments also have amazing detail; hopefully you can see the leather like quality of the baseball:

​You can never go wrong with Lawn Fawn (http://www.lawnfawn.com)!  I love their stamps with coordinating dies.  And I really like their new paperdesigns and lawn trimmings colors.  If you ever need inspiration, their YouTube videos are really well done:  http://www.youtube.com/lawnfawn. Here are a couple of the cards that their awesome team showed us how to make:    

 And then there are the companies that continue to surprise.  We all know the paper stacks from Die Cuts With A View(http://www.diecutswithaview.com), but did you know they also have Blue Moon Beads and are introducing chalk pens?  So much fun:


I was drawn to the new midi StazOn colors in their beautiful packaging (http://www.tsukineko.com;http://www.youtube.com/user/ImagineCraftsvideos):

 My favorite class was the one with Karen Burniston featuring her new dies, which can be seen on her YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/-EovQwpI_BI .  She has teamed up with Elizabeth Craft Designs (http://www.ecraftdesigns.com;http://www.youtube.com/user/ecraftdesigns).  They are known for their wonderful Peel-Off stickers, but are now also bringing us these innovative dies.

 Finally, can you believe this was put together in literally 6 minutes at theFiskars booth?  

Granted, most of the pieces were ready to assemble.  All we had to do was punch the Daisy Mae Intricate flowers, decorate the hexagon foil embellishment (cut and embossed with the Fuse Creativity System) with alcohol ink, spray the paper pieces with an iridescent spray mist, and assemble.  Some other CHA exclusive projects can be found on Fiskars website: http://www2.fiskars.com/Inspiration-Projects/CHA-Exclusive-Projects.Thanks again to Jennifer for this amazing opportunity and Thank You for reading this post!  I hope you enjoyed seeing the 2014 MEGA show with me.  Yes, I do believe art (and crafts!) really is (are) for everybody.   

CHA day 3

chickaniddy, Crafty Wood Cut Outs, aha arts, glu6, unless bottled water, hobby holster, monte paper mill, Avery Elle, chameleon

Today was our third day at CHA. We had a great time. We got to sleep in (finally) and get Starbucks (with no line) before we got to CHA.  We decided to start where we had ended on Saturday because we had no pattern on Sunday. We made it a lot farther today – but not far enough!  Tomorrow will be a mad dash – we have so much more to see!

Here are a few highlights-
A make & take at paper house – this is their finished project (no I don’t know who’s kid it is) mine didn’t look as nice..

We met a lot of new stamp & paper companies today (exciting) so here are a few:

Some cute cards sfom some odd girl stamps
Freckled Fawn with some cute embellishments
Cute card stock from Chickaniddy

And cute wood cut outs and cool paper from crafty wood cut outs
New stamps from AHA arts
And glu6 – glue that’s made from recycled styrofoam 

And neat water bottles that turn into storage – unless bottled water
And the hobby holster to hold your heat gun –
And cute paper & embellishments from monte paper mill
And cute stamps from Avery Elle
We got to use the new chameleon  markers
Custom scrapbook paper – how cool would that be?  Custom scrapbook paper

Then we saw some of our old favorites

Bo bunny

Me & my big ideas
Saw cute  floor mats from deflecto

Saw some new adhesives from thermo web

Isn’t this a hoot? – from Ultra pro

Fancy pants

We r memory keepers came out with a 4 wheeled craft tote (and it’s cute too!). FINALLY!

We made a bracelet at die cuts with a view

And they had cool wall displays

Then we went to the Sakura booth & did a tangle with a jelly roll pen that glowed under black light. Then we went to a Zentangle class by the creators… So here’s my tile:

And all of the tiles together:

And then off to Morton’s for happy hour!

Lots to see tomorrow!

CHA day 2

Today was our 2nd day at CHA. it was sort of a hodge lodge day but pretty cool. We got up early for our class – but were not willing to stand in the LONG line for Starbucks. 

So we went to our Zentangle class – given by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts – the creators of Zentangle.  If you’ve never seen it, Zentangle is ” an easy to learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.”  I bought a Zentangle book a few weeks ago and have been practicing. I LOVE it!  I find it incredibly relaxing and I have total angst about drawing!  So they were great speakers and talked about how they developed it & you could see their passion. It was really motivating…  So while they spoke they drew Zentangle on the stage. It was beautiful
Here’s one of my tangles for comparison
Then we went & had my Starbucks and a really early lunch and then went out to the show floor. 
We got a cool stamp and saw these cool stackable letter stamps (GENIUS) from Mason Row

Then we saw some cool LED ribbon 

Then we saw an AWESOME presentation about Maker Spaces – I got to play with the doodler (which had an amazing Kickstarter

And got to see them cut using a laser printer 

You have to love these cute robots from Maker House – those guys are super creative and smart. It was neat just to talk to them and hear what they are doing

Then we went to make a pendant with Crystal clay and played with the crystal katana – check out their cash register – and talked to the designer who gemmed up the kitchen aid. 

We made died flowers at RIT

And then made a cute card with mitres corners at Little B (they have some super cute stuff!) 

And then we made a now using the Brilliant bow maker by little pink lady bug

And did a cute make & take at art impressions

And then at Lawn fawn a card!

And then we went to the Silhoutte booth and I got to see how to do smooth heat transfer (I have the kit but have never used it) 
He was great at taking it apart
We also saw the Brother scan and cut. Pretty cool technology. – it scans an image and then cuts it – but there’s a rumor the Cameo may have some capability later this year.

And we saw a great tangle 

And then we met up with friends for a Copic class where we learned to color photos that had been turned into black and white – called tracing memories. 

It was a great class but there wasn’t enough time!!!
Here’s Rupert who caused me lots of angst:

All in all an action packed day!  We did more than this – but these are the highlights!

Come back tomorrow for day 3!

CHA day 1

And Welcome from our first day at CHA. My friend (and co-conspirator in the Creations by Crafty Card Gallery Magazine) and I flew down this morning and got to CHA around 2. After a quick lunch at a food truck outside we went in.

If you’ve never been CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association trade show it is like crafting heaven!  This is the show that had every craft manufacturer and product you could ever think of – and then some. It is HUGE!

So we started at row 2900 and only made it to row 2700 – the first row is 300!  We have a lot to cover over the next few days. So here are a few highlights:

Landmarks knit from yarn

A gorgeous jeweled mixer

Ok now on to the stuff you’re here for – CARDS!!!

Simple stories had some super cute paper and new products for pocket Scrapbooking and cards…  

And mini albums…

Check out these super cool chalkboard stickers from Paper House

And Georgous cards with beautiful embellishments from Zva creative

Super cute embellishments from chic tags

Super cool inks and neat holographic paper from imagine crafts

Beatiful card kits from hunky dory

This ring was made with DUCK tape – can you believe it???

How cute is the inside of this card from art impressions?

And our last stop – one of our FAVORITES!!!  lawn fawn!  We loved all of their stuff!!!

We met up with some friends and them went to dinner at Tangerine Grill…  18 ladies – we gave the waiter a workout!
And then after dinner a fireworks show at Disneyland as we walked back to the hotel.  Looking forward to some classes tomorrow!  See you tomorrow night!