The Christmas Love Campaign

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By The CHA Designer Section Committee 
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‘Creativity is our Business’ is the slogan of The CHA Designer Section.  CHA Designer Members are the connecting piece between manufacturers and craft enthusiasts providing professional services that markets, educates and inspires consumers.  The CHA Designer Members are a group of giving and caring individuals as well.  One of the many crusades and campaigns that Designer Members lead is Susan Weckesser’s yearly endeavour of the Christmas Love Campaign.

Susan tells us about why she created the campaign six years ago:   Susan Weck

“My father had recently passed away and I wanted to do something meaningful in his memory.  Two of the most important memories of my father was the message to follow my dreams and that he was always helping other people.  I approached Canadian Scrapbooker magazine and pitched an idea that became a theme for an article and grew to become so much more.  In the article the call went out to all crafters, scrapbookers, artists, quilters, with the message of ‘create for kindness.”

Susan believes in the power of CHA’s Designer Members working together for the better of the community and drew upon their skills for a media campaign as an effective link to many of the manufacturers in the craft and hobby industry. When Susan Weckesser called upon the ‘wider’ crafting community to come together to make a difference, she received support from manufacturers to designers and creative professionals of all skill levels and positions in the craft and hobby community.

While it seems as though Christmas is many months away, for creative souls it is never too early to begin.  Susan explained that the concept for anyone to join in the campaign is simple.  All you have to do is to create something – anything – then give it to a random stranger or neighbor, just to spread some love.  Susan said, “After six years I am SO thrilled to say that the campaign has been amazing; a real success!  It is worldwide and through the campaign we have raised donations for the Cancer Society, helped Alberta flood victims, and sent packages of art & craft supplies to people rebuilding their lives.

We have had many wonderful designers contribute to the blog and Christmas Love Campaign  Claudine Hellmuth, Mark Montano, Kelly Marie Alvarez and many more amazing artists.  Please feel free to add a hot link in the comments section to share your own Christmas Love projects.

Christmas Love has been blessed with sponsorship from many of the manufacturers.
Ranger Ink provided inks and aprons to campaign participants and Westcott Brand sent supplies to a lady who needed help after the Alberta Floods.  The past year sponsor lineup included: American Crafts, May Arts Ribbon,  Fancy Pants Designs, Interweave, FW Media, ilovetocreate.com , Clearsnap, Core’dinations, Canvas Corp., Lawn Fawn, Scrapbooks andCards Today, Big Picture ClassesProject Life – Becky Higgins and Unity Stamp Co just to name a few.

Social Media is a huge part of the Christmas Love Campaign, Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Cameo and instagram are wonderful ways to connect with people, share things going on with the campaign or how individuals have joined in.

Our hashtags for the Christmas Love Campaign are:

#craftuplove    #tagsoflove    #christmaslovecampaign

The Susan K. Weckesser Inc. Christmas Love Campaign runs every year from November to January. Sponsors and designers are always welcome to sign up to be part of the program, please send an email to: susiebeestudios@gmail.com. Remember sometimes all it takes is one kind gesture to make the difference in someone’s life! “

We asked some of the designers who participated to share with us a little about their contributions. Please feel free to add more links in the comments section on this post of your own contributions.

kenKen Oliver: I was really happy when Susan asked me to contribute to the Christmas Love Campaign. After learning that she’d lost her father to cancer, I wanted to help her memorialize her dad, and wanted to share our holiday tradition of handmade gifts.I created hand soldered ornaments using photos and images of my grandparents and then gave them to my parents and brothers as Christmas gifts. 

 

AmyAmy Anderson: I joined in the campaign because I really love Susan.  She has such an awesome spirit and always spreads the love!  I thought her series idea was brilliant, especially during that time of year.

I participated by sharing some things I was thankful for in addition to some of my favorite Mod Podge Christmas ornament projects. I had a great time writing that blog post because it’s not typically what I write.  A little variety is fun!

behappyMargot Potter: I joined the Christmas Love Campaign because I truly believe that small kindnesses have big impact.

Susan asked us to contribute something creative that reflected the message of Simple Acts of Creative Kindness, so I wrote a short essay on the rapid disappearance of common courtesy in our technological age and the importance of moving out of ourselves enough to be kind to others.

The CHA Designer Members are the bond between manufacturers and craft enthusiasts, professional crafters and artists, and creative DIYers of many levels.  CHA Designer Section members provide professional services in a range of marketing fields, social media, developing tutorials and editorials that support delivering product knowledge and inspiration to create.  or ‘Creativity is our Business’.

To connect with CHA Designer Section Committee Members click here.

Living in Generosity #CRE8TIME Event Benefitting St Jude Children’s Hospital

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By Sallianne Mclelland

CRE8TIME ART IS YOU EVENT1On a night when the storms and tornadoes were raging down in the southern states, artists from the Art is…You family gathered in Olive Branch, MS to create Banners of Love for the children of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This Living in Generosity project, generously promoted by CHA and the #CRE8TIME Movement, received tremendous support from the wider creative art community.CRE8TIME ART IS YOU EVENT2

We were inundated with fabulous banner squares from across the country.  These squares were combined into over 40 banners that exuded color, joy, laughter and above all, love.

This project would not have been possible without the support of all those who contributed their squares including: Melissa Bolton, Jean Peters, Aleta and Katie Totire, Lora Frisch, Ms. Gangi’s 3rd grade class, Judy Hand Pitts, Alicia Caudle and Finn, Patricia Kierys, Monica M, Linda Quick, Roberta Decker, Patricia K. Kurowski, Jennifer Liston, Glenda Miles, Roberta (Robbie) Decker, Linda Quick, Barb Patterson, Kathleen Bricker, Patty Kierys, Susan Milo, Heather Brauner, Sandra Koterba, Elizabeth Fort Pisons, Danielle DeMont, Ellie Grossman and we would like to thank (left to right) Kim Griggs, Kecia Deveney and Linda Willis who committed hours of their time, talents and sewing skills to ensure that all of the squares were sewn together so beautifully.
CRE8TIME ART IS YOU EVENT 3The banners were hand delivered to one of the St Jude Family homes for distribution to the sick children and their families. It gave us great joy to coordinate the activity and this joy was compounded by the additional $2,150.00 that was raised at our Art Trunk and presented to St Jude’s.

To see the full photo gallery please visit the CRE8TIME Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cre8time.

Sallianne Mclelland is the owner of CHA member, Visually Speaking LLC, who puts on Art is… You retreats, which are all inclusive week-long art workshops, Buffet Bonanza Lunches, Morning Motivators, Eat Cake Create events, plus Art Trunk and so much more. For more information visit: http://www.art-is-you.com/

Kick-Off Event for CHA SoCal Chapter a Huge Success

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By Tiffany Windsor

The CHA SoCal Chapter held its inaugural kick-off event at the recent Curacao 19th Annual Children’s Fair (La Feria de los Niños) which was held at Olympic and Union Streets in Los Angeles, California. In partnership with Univision and Telefutura, the Children’s Fair aims to give children and parents access to valuable community resources and information that provide after-school alternatives and engage children in organized activities.Image

The venue spanned two city blocks outside the Los Angeles Curacao store where the SoCal Chapter volunteers staffed a 20×20 Creative Hub booth. Even before the event opened, kids and parents lined up by the dozens to participate in creating the make and take projects designed by SoCal Chapter members. During the 5-hour event, over 350 kids learned how to die cut wrist cuffs with the Sizzix Big Shot and Sizzix SophistiCut machines. Stampendous featured their PenPattern stamped designs on hand-made cards. Product donations from several companies including The Buckle Boutique, Chameleon International, Prima Marketing Inc.®, Faber Castell and Aleene’s®, helped to make the event possible.

In support of Curacao’s “Be a Star” program, which seeks to reward educational efforts, the Sizzix education sister brand, Ellison, donated AllStar® SuperStar™ Starter Sets. Five participating local Los Angeles schools received a Block alphabet and number die set, a machine, cutting pads and storage rack.

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In keeping with our Chapter mission, this event was an excellent opportunity to spread the word about crafting and creativity and
strengthen the industry by acting on a local level to reach crafters of all generations. The CHA SoCal Chapter wishes to thank our member volunteers who made it all happen – Stampendous: Pegi Smith, Monika Thomas, Cristina Resendiz and Laura Weed – Sizzix: Saema Khwaja, Karen Herrera, Claudia Gutierrez and Florencia Finnegan – Curacao: Ruth Corrales-Garcia – Members: Trish Cortez, Julianna Hudgins and Tiffany Windsor. Our special thanks to Ruth and Curacao for providing the booth, signage, tables and chairs!

ImageThe CHA SoCal Chapter invites all Southern California CHA members to join in and help build this chapter! We have five Task Force teams looking for your help! To receive the Chapter informational brochure, please contact us via e-mail or visit www.craftandhobby.org/socal. Stop by and “like” the SoCal Chapter Facebook page is also a great way to keep up-to-date with industry and Chapter information.

Craft Your Passion for National Craft Month and Enter To Win!

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Celebrate National Craft Month by entering the Craft Your Passion #CRE8TIME Photo contest – you just might win one of three great prizes!

1st Prize:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
2nd prize: Plaid Gift Basket
3rd Prize: iLoveToCreate Tulip Body Art Kit

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HOW TO ENTER:

Get crafty for National Craft Month and make something you are passionate about! Take a picture of your finished project and upload it to the #CRE8TIME Facebook contest app (www.facebook.com/cre8time) or the Instagram contest app (www.instagram.com/cre8time). Be sure to hashtag your picture #CRE8TIME and explain your entry in the photo description area provided.

All entries will be judged by the following Craft & Hobby Association Section Leaders:
Laurel Pollard, CHA Paper Arts Section
Scott Remmers, CHA North American Bead Association
Tiffany Windsor, CHA Designer Section Council

WHAT IS CRE8TIME?
CRE8TIME is a grass roots movement dedicated to reminding people to take time out from their busy schedules and CRE8TIME for the things they love!

CRE8TIME LIVE from the CHA Connected Gift Lounge at the 65th Emmy Awards!

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CHA has teamed up with Elena Lai Etcheverry from Charity Wings, to bring you CRE8TIME LIVE, an online streaming event direct from the CHA Connected Gift Lounge at the 65th Emmy Awards!  Elena will be interviewing craft manufacturers, celebrities, and guests throughout the day and we’ll be bringing this FREE event to you LIVE on Saturday, Sept 21st from 11 am to 4 pm PST.   Join us for all the fun and celebrity spotting!

Keep up with CHA at the Emmys by following us on Twitter, @craftandhobby and the official hashtags: #CHASwag and #CraftingtheEmmys. And don’t forget to join us for CRE8TIME LIVE from the Emmys by logging in here at show time!

Thank you to our Sponsors (current as of 9/17/2013):

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Beadalon
DCWV
Spellbinders

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ICE Resin
John Bead Corp
Prima Marketing Inc.

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Cindale Beads
Crystal Ninja
Jesse James Beads
Kalmbach Publishing Co
Walnut Hollow

CHA Connected Gift Lounge at the Emmy Awards Announcement Ceremony

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From the Craft & Hobby Association Headquarters in Elmwood Park, NJ – It’s the First Annual CHA Connected Gift Lounge at the Emmy Awards Announcement Ceremony!

We’re so excited to announce that CHA will be the title sponsor of the Connected Gift Lounge at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards! The Gift Lounge will take place on Saturday, September 21st at the Nokia Theater. Watch as CHA president & CEO, Andrej Suskavcevic, presents the CHA members who will make all of this happen!


Thank you to our Sponsors (current as of 9/9/2013):

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Beadalon
DCWV
Spellbinders

Gold
John Bead Corp
Ice Resin
Prima Marketing Inc.

Silver
Cindale Beads
Crystal Ninja
Jesse James Beads
Kalmbach Publishing Co
Walnut Hollow

Keep up on all the CHA at the Emmys action by following us on Twitter: @craftandhobby and the official hashtag: #CHASwag and #CraftingtheEmmys.

We’re also happy to announce, CRE8TIME LIVE from the Emmys! This is your chance to watch LIVE streaming interviews straight from the Gift Lounge on Saturday, September 21st! Our Host, Elena Lai Etcheverry from Charity Wings, will be interviewing Stars and Guests and bringing you all the Cre8tivity from the manufacturers attending.

Check back here on the the CHA Blog or our Facebook page for updates and more information on the CHA Connected Gift Lounge at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

CHA Staffer Brings Craft Supplies to Jamaican Youth During Recent Visit

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On August 6, 2013 my children and I returned from a seven day mission trip to Jamaica, where we – amongst a group of 20 others – cared for hospitalized, orphaned and poor children in very rundown areas. While there we stayed at a camp in Bamboo located in Saint Ann’s Parish, where we were hosted by Caribbean Lifetime Missions, an organization that works to remedy poverty in the Caribbean and parts of Africa. We went all over from St. Ann to Kingston doing vacation bible school and arts and crafts with the children, painting their faces, tie dying shirts for them and painting their nails. Much of these activities were made possible by two of our member companies, iLoveToCreate and Jerry’s Artarama, who donated the majority of the supplies that were used and donated during our trip, along with acrylic paint, glue, foam stickers, tie-dye kits and wooden boxes gathered from our very own craft room here at CHA, which has been officially titled The CRE8TIME Room.

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iLoveToCreate donated Tulip® Body Art™ Face and Body Paint which were used to adorn the children at Bamboo Tabernacle in Bamboo and Majesty Transformation Fellowship at Majestic Gardens in Kingston.  They also donated Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kits. Two of these kits were donated to the school at Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Claremont. One of them was donated to an underfunded school in Montego Bay, and the rest were used to tie dye shirts for the children and babies at Bamboo Tabernacle in Bamboo.

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Jerry’s Artarama  donated a First Impressions Complete Art Studio Set, which was also donated to the school at Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Claremont; Temporary Tattoo Dinosaur Hand Puppets, which were given out at Bamboo Tabernacle in Bamboo; a Snazaroo Ultimate Party Pack Face Painting Kit, which was used to paint the faces and arms of children at Bamboo Tabernacle in Bamboo and Majesty Transformation Fellowship in Kingston. They also donated acrylic paint and about  12-15 First Impressions Kids Art Smock and Brush Sets, which made it possible for my sister Adeola Ayinde, a graphic design artist for Opici Wine, to give an art class to the children at Majesty Transformation Fellowship without getting a single spot of paint on any of their clothes. After the conclusion of the class, the remaining supplies were donated to the church. Although their finances were minimal, these children demonstrated that their talent was limitless!

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All of these contributions of supplies, time and work were made in support of the mission and encouraging youth all over the world to #cre8time for community service, giving back and crafting!

By Omosede (Mo) Ayinde
Marketing Coordinator – Craft & Hobby Association.

Celebs Got Crafty at the #CHASwag Gift Suite – Teen Choice 2013 Recap

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We’re back from Los Angeles and just wanted to recap what an awesome time we had at the Connected Gift Lounge at the Teen Choice Awards! Together with our Sponsors: Spellbinders, John Bead Corp., and Kalmbach Publishing Co., we were able to promote crafting and creativity to a very welcoming Hollywood audience. Here are some of our favorite memories:

The Spellbinders team setting up their make-n-take table. Guests who stopped by combined creative fibers with a charm and a bezel for a fabulous bracelet!

The VIP’s all wanted to wear Fernando DaSilva’s jewelry from the Metal Complex Instant Glam by Fernando and Dazzle-It signature programs, part of the John Bead Corp. make-n-take table.

The teen celebs loved learning how to make their very own pair of trendy earrings using a metal riveting technique from the team at Brea Bead Works at the Kalmbach Publishing Co. table.

The Spellbinders team along with Dave from DCWV striking a pose!

Fernando DaSilva and Stephen Glickman from Big Time Rush on Nickelodeon. Stephen was a huge fan of Fernando’s work!

Everyone that stopped by the Spellbinders table loved embossing leather bracelets.

Jayden Maddux, who played “Young Buster Bluth” on Arrested Development, stopped by the Kalmbach Publishing Co. table to create some fashionable earrings.

Lauren Potter from Glee stopped by to participate in the make-n-takes and share why living a creative lifestyle is so important to her!

Rowan Blanchard from the new Disney Show, Girl Meets World, showing off her #pureMichigan “urban-coursage”, made by Detroit area children. Designer Sarah Hodsdon designed the bracelet and the children created them at Maker Faire at The Henry Ford museum. Many kids, not just the ones from Detroit, are in schools where the art program has been cut. By creating/designing hands on projects that integrate math and science concepts, we are able to “sneak” in the arts, and in doing so, safeguard that the next generation of minds will know the wonders of building with their hands and the incredible creativity that is fostered through the arts and crafts. The kids who built these will most likely never have a music class or an art class in school yet, their heroes, these teen choice presenters and award winners, touch them through the language that is universal…. art and music. When we #CRE8TIME to build, we connect in profound ways.

RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad stopped by to sign our marble-dipped surfboard donated by Peachtree Global. This surfboard will later be auctioned off to benefit the CHA Foundation, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the purpose of enhancing life through creative expression throughout the world.

We had a fantastic time and want to thank all of all of our wonderful sponsors, the celebs for stopping by,  and to all of you for following along and sharing in the fun! You can view more pictures from the event in our CHA Connected Gift Lounge Photo Album on our Facebook Fan Page.

#CRE8TIME Event Celebrates Creativity in California!

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Mothership Scrapbook Gal hosted a fun afternoon of card making with her signature “Crafty Happy Hour” CRE8TIME event on August 10, 2013, at Sandra’s CaliMex Restaurant in Chino Hills, California. Her goal was to get people crafting in a festive setting and that’s exactly what she did!

At Crafty Happy Hour, no crafting experience is required and event attendees pay just $5 to craft a handmade card and help themselves to a delightful selection of papers, buttons and endless embellishments. The event hosted over 40 people who crafted and enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet. Ladies, children and even one gentleman crafted birthday and greeting cards.
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Gonzales is very excited to have sponsorships from craft manufacturers including Clearsnap, iLoveToCreate and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

“I am thrilled to be able to support and promote the CRE8TIME initiative – a portion of Crafty Happy Hour event proceeds are donated to the CHA Foundation,” says Gonzales.

Mothership Scrapbook Gal’s “Crafty Happy Hour” event is very popular in the Inland Empire. The upcoming Crafty Happy Hour will be at Chick-Fil-A, 450 Hidden Valley Parkway in Corona on September 7, 2013 from 9 am to 11 am.

For more information please visit: www.mothershipscrapbookgal.com

For more information on CRE8TIME Events please email: cre8time@craftandhobby.org.

CHA Members Getting Crafty at Teen Choice!

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled weekly activities for an important announcement: CHA will sponsor crafty make-n-take tables at an exclusive event to kick off the Teen Choice Awards this Saturday, August 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST. Countless people involved in the awards show (which airs Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox) will have the chance to drop by the Connected Gift Lounge, where they’ll get crafty trying out techniques to make trendy jewelry projects sponsored by CHA members.

Here’s a sneak peek of the make-n-take projects Hollywood-ites will get to create.

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Bezel Bracelet by Spellbinders

Guests will combine creative fibers with a charm and a bezel for a fabulous bracelet stopping by this table. All guests who share their creations using hashtag #Share5 will be eligible to win one of five $1000 donations to a Spellbinders charity.

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Medallion Necklace by John Bead Corp.

Guests will customize their own statement necklaces featuring a gorgeous medallion. Jewelry components are from the Metal Complex Instant Glam by Fernando and Dazzle-It signature programs.

Filename: BKS-67031-CV_08.psdRiveted earrings by Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Wendy Remmers from Brea Bead Works will show celebs how to create a trendy pair of earrings featuring a metal riveting technique designed by Irina Miech. The materials are from TierraCast.

We’re incredibly excited about this amazing opportunity to promote crafting to Hollywood, and we’d love it if you can help us spread the word. Use the official hashtags #CHASwag and #TeenChoice together when you tweet or post about the event. And follow @CraftandHobby on Twitter as the CHA staff tweets live from the event Saturday, reporting which celebs go into the lounge and what projects they make. We’ll also be updating our CHA Facebook Fan Page as well. So don’t miss out all of the action on our social media accounts.

In addition to getting crafty in the lounge, celebrities who come through the lounge will have the chance to sign a marble-paint dipped surfboard. This surfboard will later be auctioned off to benefit the CHA Foundation, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the purpose of enhancing life through creative expression throughout the world. Special thanks to Peachtree Global for donating the surfboard and to iLoveToCreate, Kiki Magazine and Sarah-n-dipitous Designs for donating items for the gift bags of SWAG (Stuff We All Get) that celebrity presenters take home.

With your help spreading the word, we’ll let lots of people know this craft connection to this trendy event. Don’t forget to follow along on social media Saturday and then tune into the Teen Choice Awards this Sunday!