Welcome to Emily’s Surprise 16th Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to Emily’s  Surprise 16th Birthday Blog Hop
                    
       
                                                                
Hi friends!! Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Emily’s recent Sweet 16th Birthday! Shh, it’s a surprise so don’t tell her!! We’re so thankful you’ve joined us to celebrate the sixteenth birthday of a fun loving young lady. She will be blessed by your participation, designs and comments.
You should be arriving from Janis’s blog. If so, GREAT if not, please check out the bottom of my blog for a complete list of the blog line-up.

Here’s my Birthday design:

I’ve been wanting this die for so long – and I finally got it 🙂  So I thought it would make a perfect Birthday card….

Products: 
Butterflies Thinlits Dies, stampin upKRAZY KREATIONS SILK MICROFINE GLITTER PAPER – 6 X 6 2 PACK,
Colored with Copic Markers,
Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations Collection – Thinlits Die – Celebration Words – ScriptPaper – Close to my heart – sangria

What is a blog without candy, If you are a follower of The Crafty Scrap Yard just leave a comment here along with the other blogs in today’s hop and you’ll be entered to win two sets of Cardz TV stamp sets! “Make A Wish” and “Girl Talk” both sets that will help you celebrate a birthday celebration or a girl in your life!

                                                                                     


Thanks for joining us.  Your next stop in the hop is Rachelle.

Remember some of the other designers are also giving away blog candy too, so don’t forget to visit everyone, read carefully and become a follower of all blogs, and leave some comment love!

Beth will use random.org to pick a winner and announce the winner on Monday, May 25th. So grab your favorite beverage, and join us for lots of fun and inspiration! 

Here’s the line-up for “Emily’s Surprise 16th Birthday” Blog Hop! If you get lost while hopping come back here to check the list and find your way again!

Beth ~http://thecraftyscrapyard.blogspot.com
Mary – http://cardztv.blogspot.com
Shawnee – http://sunshinycards.blogspot.com
Thia – http://bluemooncreation.blogspot.com
Ellen- http://www.cardmonkeyspaperjungle.com
Janis-http://pausedreamenjoy.blogspot.com
Jennifer R- http://www.craftycardgallery.blogspot.com
Rachelle-http://rachellescreativeplace.blogspot.com
Krystal – http://krystalklearcreations.blogspot.com
Cathy-http://mimiscraftcorner.blogspot.com
Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Maria – http://maria-linacreativedesigns.blogspot.com
Jessica D. – http://craftinandstampin.blogspot.com
Georgia- http://www.geritolgal2.blogspot.com
Julie – http://muddypawsinkyfingers.blogspot.com
Barbara – http://www.spotofsanity.blogspot.com
Jessica P – http://www.kissinkrafts.blogspot.com
Jearise – http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for hopping with us today and wishing Emily a Happy Birthday.  We hope you had lots of fun and I’ll see you Wednesday the 23rd when I announce the Blog Candy winner!  


There is also blog candy, you can find out more at the beginning of the blog hop where you will find specific details on Beth‘s blog!




“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:
https://craftandhobby.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/you-can-win-500-in-the-see-you-at-cha-blog-hop/

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)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


CHA Day 1

So you’re getting my second attempt at my CHA day 1 post since the blogger app on my ipad decided to delete the first one (ARGH!)

So we went to CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show yesterday, our first day there but the 2nd day of the show.  If you don’t know what CHA is it’s like every craft store you’ve ever seen times a million… Sadly you can’t buy anything but there are booths for everything – crafts you’ve never even heard of before…  So we started on the far right and made it through about 1/3 of the show floor yesterday.
So here’s what we noticed in terms of trends:
-Gold – we saw lots of gold EVERYWHERE… very trendy – glitter, gold accents, embellishments, foiling
-pastels – a lot of pastel usage, we didn’t see much “Marsala – color of the year”
-home decor – everyone is showing paper crafting & painting supplies being used for home decor – wreaths, giant clipboards with art on them, pictures with embellishments on them
-paper flowers – we saw a lot of paper flowers – big ones, small ones, kits for you to make your own
-die cuts continue to be the trend (lots of dies to go with stamps
-mixed media continues to be big too – saw a lot of paint/letters/stickers/canvas mashups that looked fabulous
-project life – “easy” scrapbooking kits are very popular
we also took a copic coloring class with Sandy Allnock – I actually colored well!!!!!
So since we’re getting ready to head out, I’ll leave you with a few pictures….
Be sure to follow along with all of the CHA fun on my facebook page – www.facebook.com/craftycardgallery
or follow me on instagram – I’ll be posting all day – craftycardgallery
if you have specifics you’d like to see be sure to leave me a comment….


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!
Goodnight!