CHA Summer Show Review: Part 2

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

For those of you who love scrapbooking or paper crafting, you would have loved the “eye candy” that there was to see at the Craft and Hobby Association Summer Tradeshow. Companies such as EK Success, Little Yellow Bicycle, Cosmo Cricket, Doodlebug Design, Basic Grey, Core’dinations, SEI, and many, MANY more were represented.

And one of our most favorite people in the industry is Margie Romney-Aslett of The Girls’ Paperie. So creative, clever, artistic, and down-right funny, too.

We just love everything she and her amazing design team do. Check out these 2 short videos to see her newest line just in time for Halloween…”Toil and Trouble” as well as some of her more recent ones on the market. PLUS…it’s now on video that Margie WILL BE JOINING us at for an upcoming episode! And we couldn’t be more thrilled!

And another amazing designer, Teresa Collins, will also be joining us as a guest! (Can we just tell you how excited we are for our new season to begin?) Her Photocentric’s Stampmaker was runner-up for the Innovations Award at CHA!

We also met with another fabulous company, Zutter Innovative Products. They’re the makers of the popular Bind-It-All, Distrezz-It-All, and the Zutter Cutter. Here’s a short video of Kris having fun with the Bind-it-All device that actually goes through chipboard AND clipboard very easily. It is a great tool!

Here’s a photo of Barb from the 3M and the Scotch Brand Company  showing Kim some of their latest new products. They have some really helpful items, including a sticky-back paper that is PERFECT for the Cricut Expression and more! We call it BRILLIANT! They’re a name that has been around for years and their high-quality line of products makes it no wonder why they are such a trusted name in business.

Unbelievably put-together booths were all around. It was so fun to see the style of so many different companies. Here are a few pictures of one of our favorite booths- Doodlebug Design. Their color choices were so vibrant and happy! It really made you just want to pull up a barstool and enjoy a fun and relaxing visit.

“Make and Take” projects were everywhere to be seen. What a great way to showcase how things work! (And we got to come home with a bunch of souvenirs for the kids without having to step foot into a city store! OK, we admit…we STILL stepped foot into the city!) Here is one of the Cricut Cake displays…

Meeting Suede from Project Runway was a cool experience. Such a nice guy and so very talented. He used the eCraft Central machine to make these fashions! It’s a great die-cut system to use when you want to cut longer-length projects as especially is shown off on the leaf-trellised dress pictured below.

And finally, what is a trip to Chicago without being able to see a few of the sights around downtown? We had never been there before, so there were 3 must-have experiences we needed to have before leaving, and it was even more fun to do so with good friends we’ve met through the crafting world.

1. Chicago Pizza

2. Chicago Dog

3. And a Chicago Skyscraper Like No Other!

And thank you to our wonderful friends, Erin of Schlosser Designs, Christy of, and Kelly of Refibered for letting us tag along on a hot summer afternoon in Chicago. We had a blast!

We hope you enjoyed this recap of our visit to the Craft and Hobby Association Summer Tradeshow. We came away with a lot of excitement and renewed enthusiasm for all things in the craft world!

CHA Summer Show Review: Part 1

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

As promised, we want to share with you a few of our highlights from attending the Craft and Hobby Association Summer Show in Chicago last week!

First off…2 of our favorite people in the industry! Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza  from HGTV’s Creative Juice. They were as warm and endearing as we find them on TV. It was so fun to meet them for the 1st time as they were there showcasing their new “Hot Glue Gun Helpers” from Plaid.

Here’s a short video of us meeting Cathie and Steve, as well as Cathie demonstrates how the new hot glue gun helpers work. No more burnt fingers for us!

And recognize this gal? If not, you’ll surely recognize what she represents…MOD PODGE ROCKS! Amy is one awesome woman who loves her decoupage! And don’t YOU? You definitely should…it’s a staple around here! Check out her blog for oodles of inspiration from around the globe.

Then of course we love all of the creative and amazingly talented folks behind Provo Craft, makers of the Cricut. They were there to debut their brand-new product- The Cricut Imagine. Oh. Wow. Amazing. It is similar to the Cricut expression, but can print out in color!!! All cartridges are interchangeable as well. So, so cool.

Jinger is their spokeswoman and then there’s Maggie who we just adore and is a huge proponent of ProvoCraft with her “challenges” she creates over at her blog. If you’re ready for a creative challenge using products from ProvoCraft, then Maggie is the gal to see. Maggie is so, so sweet. We could sit and visit and laugh with her for hours if given the chance.

 And finally, here’s Kathy Cano-Murillo, otherwise known as “Crafty Chica.” She’s just as nice as they come!She has her own product line filled with flashy and vibrant colors. Her work is beautiful! And so is she!

Here’s a video clip of Kris having some fun with Tulip’s Tie-Dye kits! So easy to do and a great project for both kids and adults!

Now doesn’t that look like fun? (Sorry for the poor image quality on this one… not sure why that happened!)

And did you know that Kathy Cano-Murillo is not only an amazing artist, but also a new and upcoming author? Her brand-new novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter was a really fun read. And doesn’t that title just make you smile? 😉

We hope you enjoyed part 1 of our CHA recap. Come back to the blog this week to hear and see more about the summer show!