Friday, January 17, 2014

Hello from CHA: Day 3 (A giveaway and a MEGA update)

It's 4:00 AM, and yet I'm still wide awake. Ideas forming. Happiness overdrive. And a very full heart. I adore the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) show for so many reasons, and it has been such an honor being here on your behalf, sharing this experience from my vantage point. Thank you, My Craft Channel friends, for inviting me into your world for this purpose. I hope you've enjoyed the daily recaps.

My CHA partner in crime. Brian does so much work for you behind the scenes to make the videos happen, from filming to editing.  
Brian, your My Craft Channel camera man/editor extrodinairre, and I ran around the show floor like crazy people, capturing as many videos as possible for you. Everything from tie-dying with Rupert Boneham of "Survivor" fame to enjoying a make-and-take with the always-inspiring Heidi Swapp.

Filming in the Hampton Art booth--just one of many stops along our CHA way. 

Brian is already hard at work, editing the long list of videos we made for you. To give you an idea of the work he has cut out for him, here is a list of the companies we managed to visit in just 2.5 short CHA days:

* American Crafts with the impressive (and busy!) Mr. Grant Madsen
* Amy Tangerine with the beautiful Amy Tan and her darling little man, Jack Archibald
* BasicGrey with the brilliant Rachel Brenchley and the stunning Kelly Purkey (Mon Ami collection for BasicGrey)
* Carta Bella and Echo Park with the sweetest mama-to-be I know, Andrea Smith
* Chic Tags with the incredibly imaginative Veronica Milan
* Cosmo Cricket with one of my favorite crafty friends, Julie Comstock
Crate Paper with the brilliant beauty, Maggie Holmes (Styleboard collection)
* Cutterpillar with the engaging Jack Thompson demonstrating the Cutterpillar Pro tool
Doodlebug Design with the bubbly Cynthea Sandoval
* Fancy Pants Designs with Mr. Fancy Pants himself (and a very kind gentleman), Jared Sanford
* Glitz Design with the always-adorable Laura Funk
* Graphic 45 with the sweetest-ever Charee Filimoehala
* Hampton Art with the lovely Kathy Gallagher
* Hazel & Ruby with the dear Jayme Shepherd
* Heidi Swapp herself, sharing a few fun tidbits about her colorful spray inks
* iLoveToCreate with the awesome Survivor himself, Rupert Boneham
* Jillbean Soup with Ms. Soup herself, Jill Yegerlehner (not Jaegermeister!)
* Jinger Adams, sharing her awesome new Over the Door Craft Armoire
* Lawn Fawn with the flawless Fawn herself, Ms. Kelly Marie Alvarez 
* Maya Road with the remarkably talented (and smart!) Caroline Lau
* My Mind's Eye with the charismatic and kind hearted KC Burningham
* Pink Paislee with the incredibly cute and friendly Rebecca Cross
* Prima Marketing with the lovely Sharon Laakkonen and the awesome Ania Dabrowska (Finnabair collection)
* Project Life with the eloquent Kari Holt
* Simple Stories with the incredibly kind (and strong) Layle Koncar
* Sizzix with four impressive guests: Cara Mariano, marketing magician and art director for the entire Sizzix empire (that's a lot of work), Jen Long, who designed the fabulous 50's release; the legendary Brenda Walton; and a true cool cat, Ms. Marisa Pawelko 
* Technique Tuesday with the passionate and kind Bev Gray
* Teresa Collins herself, sharing a look at more striking projects than I can count
* Tim Holtz himself, sharing insights, how-tos and more
* Webster's Pages with the cute-as-a-button Brandin O'Neil and the nicer-than-nice Allison Kreft (Capture Life and Hello World collections for Webstier's)
* Xyron with the heeeelarious and talented Beth Kingston

Whew! No wonder I'm tired. I sure hope you love the flicks we put together for you as much as we loved working on them. They'll be coming to you soon. In the meantime, I thought I'd make it a Mega update of sorts. You know since this was the Craft & Hobby Mega Show. It only seems appropriate to go out with a mega bang, so I've managed to grab a few BRAND NEW delights straight from the show floor to offer to you as a giveaway!

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To conclude our CHA fun, I'd like to share a few of my overall show favorites with you. Unfortunately, I didn't see the entire CHA floor (filming takes time), but I did see MANY awesome things. Here are just a few of those delights that stood out to me. You'll have to let me know which one you like the best.

Wood Sequins by Chic Tags
I have a crush on sequins, but I've never seen wood ones before. How tremendous are these lovelies? I can't wait to decorate them with glittle glue, ink, paint, and more!

Image credit: The Scrappy Jedi
Gold Heart Mini Brag Book by Fancy Pants Designs
This little book makes my gold-loving heart happy. I can't wait to fill it with pictures of my daughter. Maybe, just maybe, I can finally get some of the 8,000+ images off of my phone and into this book. Yay!

New Show Toppers Jar Lids from Cosmo Cricket 
Cosmo Cricket always makes my heart happy, especially when they combine their signature class with storage charm. Check out this newest Show Topper jar lid. It has slots in it that you can thread your ribbon and twine through for storage that's as beautiful as it is functional!

Vintage Metal Clips from Maya Road
Being a super dork, I thought these cuties were snow cones. I went on and on about how cute they are and how I want to use them. Come to find out, they're geo tags. D'oh! Still cute though, I'm just embarrassed. At any rate, these and the many other new paperclips from Maya are amazing. The designs include @ signs, ampersands, lightbulbs, and more!

No, these are not snow cones. I'm just a dork. They're geotags, and they're oh, so cute! 

Happy Trails Stamp and Die Sets from Lawn Fawn
Happy, indeed! I adore glampers. In fact, I just bought my own vintage camper that I plan on transforming into a vintage glamper soon. In the meantime, I can't wait to create with these cuties from Lawn Fawn. *swoon*

Fat Roll Washi from Hazel & Ruby
I never, ever, ever thought I'd see the day when I'd say I adore "fat rolls," but that day has arrived. Fat Rolls of tape, that is. Aren't these 2" wide (by 20' long) rolls of washi extraordinary? What would you use them for. My washi mind is fast at work, thinking up possibilities.

Image credit: Hazel & Ruby
Sprinkles Vellum by Doodlebug Design
Ready for this? Vellum is back, my crafty friends! How fun! And this colored, textured vellum from Doodlebug is the best. The colors are delicious, and the vellum is a nice, heavy weight. I can't wait to turn this vellum into envelopes, punched shapes, card bases, and more! Va va va voom, it's vellum!

Image credit: Doodlebug Designs
New SN@P! Burlap Binders from Simple Stories
I've adored the SN@P! approach since it first came on the scene a few years ago. It's all about using the pockets to scrap your memories. And their pocket inserts are the cutest. But it's these new binders that I can't wait to get my hands on. Aren't they lovely? And the burlap texture is a real treat!

Image credit: Simple Stories

I could go on and on, sharing my CHA crushes this show. It was such an inspiring experience--one of the most refreshing I've had the pleasure of enjoying in a long time. We are in for such a treat this spring, my friends. That's when these goodies start releasing. Be sure to watch My Craft Channel for the latest on releases. They always get things ASAP so you have them to enjoy.

Thanks for making this CHA one of the best on record for me. I've loved being a guest in your happy world and appreciate your warm welcome. For more from me and my CHA experience, I invite you to visit my personal blog. I'd love to hear from hear from you there as you have time.

Many thanks and enjoy your creative journey!
Megan Hoeppner
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