The CHA Designer Section Trends Committee Report

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By Linda Swingle
CHA Trends Committee Lead

The CHA Designer Section Trends Report provides a close-up and intricate perspective of current trends in arts and crafts.

Trends Committee members are professional designers with extensive experience and ties to manufacturers. Through CHA’s global network, our members provide vital information regarding the overall direction of the industry. Additional resources used to compile the Trends Report include multiple social media platforms, digital publications, printed publications, and good old-fashion reporting techniques, like interviews with select companies, industry associates and leaders.

Our dedicated columnists submit bi-annual reports featuring what’s trending now as well as creative ingenuity that is coming down the pike. As trends develop, the landscape of the craft industry develops with them. Artistic license drives sales. In turn, manufacturers develop supplies tailored to trends while keeping traditional supplies available. It is an interesting perspective, as I do not believe one can exist entirely without the other. Viva! The evolution of creative trends is born!

As craft and art techniques continually intersect, rules no longer pertain to the creative process. Mixing various materials with unique or accepted techniques paves the road to new trends. This is especially true as professional crafters and artisans express ideas to various publications and posting through social media.

Our 2015 Designer Section Trends Report covers the following categories:

General Crafts
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Mixed Media
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Children’s Crafts
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Needle Arts
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Home Décor
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Paper Crafts
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Jewelry Arts
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Wearable Arts
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By providing avenues of interest through various product categories, our Committee will expand its research and findings for future CHA Designer Section Trends Committee Reports. Anticipated growth will enhance our studies while providing opportunity for members to expand and grow their businesses through professional association and recognition.

The success of the Designer Section Trends Report is due to contributions by our volunteers. The level of appreciation and respect for our Committee members is beyond words. It is a win-win creative situation as we grow and develop skills on a personal and professional level!

For more information, or to join our committee, please refer to postings in the August CHA Member News, through our CHA Designer Section Facebook group or message Linda Swingle on Facebook.  

Community Events Engage

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by Ruth Garcia, CHA SoCal Chapter President, Curacao

Social media is a great tool for engaging the community and the content of your posts are the ones that keep your organization going. At our CHA Southern California (SoCal) CHA Facebook page, the participation is definitely there when we post pictures of our activities.

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The event around the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Orange County increased our reach to current members and brought us new members. The more interesting content we share, the more we can involve our members and evolve our chapter. Check out our recent Facebook page activity in these charts:

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Share your story of innovation in arts and crafts with the Smithsonian National Museum

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banner-homeThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History launched a project to pinpoint where in the world inventions happen. The goal of the project is to answer the question, “What kind of place stimulates creative minds and sparks a surge of invention and innovation?” The Museum is compiling an interactive map that depicts these places. Yet, it’s currently missing something – stories about innovation in the arts and crafts industry! Help CHA fill the gap by telling your Place of Invention story, where and how you and your company made its mark in the history of our industry.

How can you add a story to the map? Think about the following three questions:

  1. Place: What’s special about this location?
  2. Invention: What was invented there?
  3. People: Who made it happen?

Submit your Place of Invention story. After you complete the online form, check back in a couple of days to see your story on the Places of Invention virtual map. Visitors from around the globe will read your story on the website and in person at the Places of Invention exhibition gallery at the Museum in the Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation.

For more information, visit http://invention.si.edu/tell-us-your-places-invention-stories.

Crafters’ Home Showcase at the Paper Arts+ Show

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By Missy & Trisha, Crafters’ Home
Missy Brozek – Vice President & Creative Director
Trisha Studer – Member Relations Coordinator

We’re excited to be here on the CHA Blog today to tell you a little more about our upcoming Crafters’ Home Showcase event, July 19 – 20, preceding the CHA Paper Arts+ Show. Crafters’ Home is a dynamic group of independent brick-and-mortar paper crafting retailers and vendors dedicated to helping the independent retail channel grow and continue to stay strong. Here at Crafters’ Home, we are committed to fostering connections between retailers and vendors through retail advice, exclusive discounts, promotions, education, discussion groups, book clubs, and of course, our Crafters’ Home Showcase events!

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A huge thanks to CHA for inviting us to be the title sponsor for this summer’s Paper Arts+ Show and for its efforts to organize a valuable Show – giving retailers and exhibitors much needed face-time as they prepare for their fourth quarter and holiday season buying.

The Crafters’ Home Showcase is a two-day education and buying event exclusively for our member retailers and partner vendors. We have a bursting schedule for this summer’s Showcase and are excited to be able to offer an excellent variety of hands-on education, retail education seminars and new product presentations. We’ll wrap up our two-day event with the Sample Showcase – which, for the first time ever, is open to ALL CHA brick-and-mortar independent retailers. Keep reading for more details about how you can join us!

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Our member retailers are going to be spoiled with our line up of activities and events! With workshops from vendors like Graphic 45, Art Impressions, Sizzix, Heartfelt Creations, Lawn Fawn and Linnie Blooms, as well as a couple of our incredibly talented and thriving retailers, we have no doubt this is going to be a win-win for our vendors and retailers! We’ve invited Cathy Donovan Wagner from Retail Mavens, Katie Kohlmann from Ellie K Designs, and David Nawrocki from Retail Studio Effect to lead our retail education seminars and share their expertise. Vendors joining us to present their newest products and services include Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Reminisce, Sizzix, Tonic Studios, Bella Blvd, Simple Stories, Echo Park, Kaisercraft, Retail Mavens and Retail Studio Effect – we’re so excited to see what they have in store for us! A few vendors who aren’t able to join us will be participating in our Product Spotlight by sending their catalogs, order forms and samples to our event for attendees; thanks to Authentique Papers, SRM Stickers, Pink and Main and Paper House Productions (we have a feeling this list might continue to grow) – we appreciate them joining us from afar!

We’ll wrap up our two-day event with the Sample Showcase – Monday, July 20 from 6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.. We are inviting all CHA brick-and-mortar independent retailers to our Sample Showcase event (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. is exclusive to Crafters’ Home retailers – non-Crafters’ Home retailers are invited to stop in between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)! We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about Crafters’ Home and our dynamic group of retailers and vendors. Take time to visit with our vendors – Sizzix, Retail Studio Effect, Retail Mavens, Ellie K Designs, Lawn Fawn, Reminisce, Echo Park, Simple Stories, Linnie Blooms, Art Impressions, Dare 2B Artzy, Deflecto, Tonic, Faber Castell Design Memory Craft, and Scrapbook Adhesives; stop by for make-n-takes and demos; and, chat and network with our retailers about their experience as a Crafters’ Home retailer. We’ll have treats and refreshments, and hope you’ll join us for a fun, exciting Showcase finale before the Paper Arts+ Show floor opens!

Registration is required – $25 for CHA Members (brick-and-mortar independent retailers only).

To learn more about becoming a Crafters’ Home retailer or partner vendor, please visit www.craftershome.com, email info@craftershome.com or stop by our booth on the Paper Arts+ Show floor!

Join the “See You at CHA!” Blog Hop

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You are invited to participate in the See You at CHA! Blog Hop to celebrate coming together at the 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show!

Hosted by the Social Committee of the CHA Designer Section, this big behemoth of a blog hop will be a tremendous opportunity for all CHA members to reach loads of colleagues and customers as we share our plans and promotions for the Show.

The link to an online registration form is at the end of this post – sign up early and plan ahead to generate lots of excitement for your week at the MEGA Show in January!

Hop dates: December 7-11, 2015
You will pick a date within this week to post on your blog. The master hop schedule with links will be posted on the CHA blog in November. Right-click and save the banner graphic above to use as a blog hop badge.

Participants: CHA members and craft media sites who/that plan to attend and/or exhibit at the MEGA Show (all membership categories).

Hop theme: The 2016 MEGA Show and CHA’s 75th Anniversary
Your blog post can be about any of these topics:

• New product sneak peek(s)
• Demo, class, seminar and/or make-n-take schedules
• Show specials and/or related offers
• Project inspiration and/or tutorials
• Memories of past Shows and/or craft industry anecdotes
• What you’re excited about seeing or doing at the 2016 Show
• Tips for getting the most out of the Show
• Behind the scenes Show and/or travel prep

IMPORTANT – Joint $$$ giveaway!
No blog hop is complete without a chance for people to win something fabulous!

Each blog hop participant will be required to contribute a minimum of $5 to the prize pot. We’ll be using Tilt.com to securely collect funds online from participants. The final sum of funds in the prize pot will be used to purchase a VISA gift card for the winner.

The more money in the pot, the bigger the prize value and the more traffic and excitement it will generate for everyone! You’ll receive a code for a Rafflecopter prize drawing widget to put in your post. The entry options will be limited to just three: a blog comment, a tweet or a pin. All blog hop participants (CHA employees excluded), their staff, and their customers, fans and followers are eligible to win – both domestic and international.

Click here to sign up today – the deadline to join is August 31. 2015.

Feel free to post any comments or questions you might have about the hop in the See You at CHA Facebook group. You can also email the blog hop organizer with questions: Lisa Fulmer – lisa@lisafulmer.com.

About the Social Committee of the CHA Designer Section:
We moderate a Facebook group called See You at CHA, where attendees and exhibitors can connect, socialize and network prior, during and/or after any CHA Show. CHA members in all membership categories are welcome to join, as well as craft media reps. The Social Committee is here to help you navigate the Show, share experiences, meet new people and learn about fun things to do at the Show. You can even use the group to find a hotel roommate, airport shuttle pal, or dinner companions – we want to do whatever we can to help you have a great experience at CHA!

Meet Eileen Hull of Ellison/Sizzix!

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We are getting to know some of our Paper Arts+ workshop teachers in this “Meet the Teachers” blog post series. Through the series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, the value in attending their workshops, and what you can expect to learn. This week we meet Eileen Hull, designer at Ellison/Sizzix!

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Roll up your sleeves for Eileen’s workshop, Sizzix Faux Wood Grain Sewing Basket! You will craft an adorable (and functional) fold-out sewing basket! Eileen will teach you a unique inking technique using her ColorBox Blends inks that mimics a real wood grain effect. When you show your customers the finished product, they will NEED to make at least one! Plus, you can count on getting some swag to take home!

What was your first experience with crafting?
When I was a little girl, my sisters and I loved to play with dolls. We made doll dresses, accessories and, my personal favorite, doll furniture. We would find scraps of fabric and cardboard, and spend hours creating together while singing along with the Sound of Music.

Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist/designer?
Not really! My schooling is in community health education, so I always figured I would do that when I grew up. Then I married a military man, and it was hard to keep a job when we were moving around so much. I started to cross-stitch to make wedding and baby gifts, and visited the arts and crafts shop on post to frame my work; that’s when I fell in love with mat board. Then I had kids, so designing seemed to be a good way to make a little money while staying home with the four of them.

Eventually, I accumulated way more supplies than I needed and decided to see if I could exhibit at some craft shows. I wound up doing craft shows for years and learned a lot about business. That was the turning point for me.

What inspires you?
Creative people, nature, music and patterns – pretty much everything! I always have a notebook nearby so I can jot down all of the ideas that run through my head. The other day I had an idea for a die right as I was waking up. I immediately sketched it out and when I made it, it worked! Hooray for notebooks!

Tell us how you started your Paper Trail teaching with your vintage trailer, Scotty?
In 2013, I bought my 1976 vintage Serro Scotty trailer, outfitted it as a mobile studio and took it on the road. I traveled around the country teaching classes using my Sizzix dies and Clearsnap inks. I have logged over 13,000 miles, visited 22 states, taught in 39 stores and venues, and met hundreds of people. It has been the most exciting adventure I’ve ever taken. My kids are grown and my husband is very patient, which allows me to road trip guilt free!

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show?
There is nothing like seeing new products in person to truly understand all the possibilities for using them. Meeting with manufacturers and retailers face-to-face is very important to me. Getting to know them has been invaluable for my career.

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop?
I am excited to be teaching a class on a brand new kind of die that I designed. You can expect to learn tons of tips and tricks, like how to extend the lifespan of your dies. Also, something really fun will be happening with Scotty! Follow CHA and me on social media to find out what it is!

The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is open! Register for Sizzix Faux Wood Grain Sewing Basket today! Online registration closes on Tuesday, July 14!

Watch this video to learn more about Eileen and how she got her start as a designer. Follow her blog and Facebook to stay up to date on her upcoming adventure to the Show!

Did you miss one of our “Meet the Teachers” blog posts? Click here to read the complete series!

Tips on how to prepare for business “dates”

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CHA’s Southern California (SoCal) chapter is hosting a speshutterstock_269729930ed dating themed Roundtable Breakfast for businesses on Thursday, August 13. You’ll go on the best seven-minute “dates” ever with 15 retail experts. Our retail experts will offer advice that has been proven to improve your business operations. “Flirt” with them on everything from advertising to loans, and everything in between!

How can you plan to make the most of your seven minutes? These five tips will prepare you for your dates!

  1. Research your optionsClick here to read the experts bios and their topics of specialty.
  2. There are no bad questions – Jot down and prioritize your questions so your most important questions get answered.
  3. Don’t give a fake number – Pack your business cards so exchanging contact information doesn’t cut into networking.
  4. It’s okay to talk about yourself – Bring informational material to give the experts a better understanding of your business situation.
  5. Bring a wingman – Invite a colleague or peer to attend to double your time with the experts.

Don’t keep your dates waiting. Click here to RSVP!

Event Information

Date:         Thursday, August 13, 2015
Time:         7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location:  Steven’s Steak & Seafood House, 5332 Stevens Place
                  City of Commerce, CA

For additional information, please contact Nidia Negron at nnegron@craftandhobby.org.

Special Event: Ken Oliver to demonstrate his latest invention at the CHA Paper Arts+ Show

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See the latest crazy in color when you stop by Product Performers’ booth at the CHA Paper Arts+ Show in July! Celebrity crafter Ken Oliver will wow you with the power of powder when he exhibits his newest creation, Color Burst.

Color Burst is a watercolor product that enables you to create beautiful art with just a little sprinkle and spritz. It’s is already getting attention from retailers and customers around the globe, from India and Australia to the United States!
Stop by Product Performers’ booth 405 to see the following, plus more!colorburst

  • Six new Color Burst colors
  • Color-a-card demonstrations using Color Burst
  • An amazing Watercolor Mat Board that was just launched

Haven’t heard of Color Burst? Watch this video for a quick look at how dynamic it can make arts and crafts.

Don’t miss this special event. The Paper Arts+ Show is less than a month away! Click here to register now!

Meet Debi Adams of Spellbinders Paper Arts!

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We are getting to know some of our Paper Arts+ workshop teachers in this “Meet the Teachers” blog post series. Through the series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, the value in attending their workshops, and what you can expect to learn. This week we meet Debi Adams, instructor and concept designer at Spellbinders Paper Arts!

debi adamsIn Shaping a Beautiful Life with Platinum, Debi will teach you all of the amazing things you can do with the new Platinum machine by Spellbinders. Featuring Versacut technology, the Platinum machine has an 8 1/2″ cutting platform, and is stronger and requires fewer turns than other machines on the market. Cut up to eight layers of fabric at a time while being able to cut over 40 different substrates with Spellbinders’ new Contour steel rule dies!

Tell us a little about yourself.
My degree is in education, but my passion is art. I’ve been involved in the art industry for more than 30 years. In that time, I’ve worn a ton of hats: paper crafter, sewer, floral arranger, party planner and decorator, wall mural painter, cookie decorator, jewelry maker, set and prop stager and most recently, photographer. I feel blessed to have been interviewed in a myriad of magazines, including Somerset Studios, and Apronology and Scrapbooks, and to have worked with licensed designers like Tim Holtz, Brenda Walton, Jo Packham and Lori Whitlock.

What do you love most about the creative industry?
I love our industry because it provides countless tools, techniques and supplies for creative folks to create or “think” outside the box.

What do you love most about teaching workshops?
I never get tired of seeing the “light bulb” go on. Often times I hear someone say, “I never thought I could do that.” That always makes my day!

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show?
Attending Paper Arts+ workshops is so valuable. You get to be the first to see and experience the latest trends in crafting and invaluable tools for your store.

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop?
My workshop will equip you to sell Spellbinders’ dies and machines to your customers. You’ll take home essential knowledge, capabilities and applications of all the products you’ll use to apply in your store and/or classroom.

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?
I love scavenging for treasures at estate and garage sales, as well as in stores like Goodwill. I use these items as art materials or upcycle/recycle them as home décor for my new home in Arizona. Also, every chance I get, I love getting together and hanging out with my four adult daughters.

The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is open! Register for Shaping a Beautiful Life with Platinum today! Online registration closes on Tuesday, July 14!

Learn more about Debi on the Spellbinders Paper Arts blog and her personal blog.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we will meet Eileen Hull, designer for Sizzix/Ellison!

CHA MEGA Show Priority Points: The Deadline You Need to Make for Better Business Opportunities in 2016

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IMG_3484Use the Priority Points you’ve earned and reserve the best exhibit space possible at the
2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show
! The deadline to use your Priority Points is Tuesday, June 30 – that’s JUST one week away!

What is Priority Points?
It’s an exhibitor incentive program. Your company earns Priority Points each year it exhibits at the CHA MEGA Show. The more Priority Points you have, the greater your chances are for getting PRIME real estate on the Show floor!

How does it work?
CHA Member Exhibitors earn six (6) points for each CHA MEGA Show in which they exhibit and one (1) point for each 100 square feet (10’ x 10’) contracted. Non-Member Exhibitors earn three (3) points for each CHA MEGA Show in which they exhibit and one (1) point for each 100 square feet (10’ x 10’) contracted. Priority Points can also be earned through Sponsorship at the CHA MEGA Show. CHA Members earn one (1) point for every $1,000 of Sponsorship. Points are cumulative and build each year. However, if your company is not a CHA Member, you can’t use your points until your company becomes one.

Questions? Nadine Schwartz, our Director of Sales, can answer them! Contact her via 201-835-1203 or nschwartz@craftandhobby.org.

Remember to submit your completed contract to Nadine with payment by Tuesday, June 30! Don’t miss your chance to get the space you want!

Meet The Speaker: Meet Crystal Washington

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CHA’s NEW eCourses are a series of one-hour sessions where you will have the option of learning live, or at your own pace through recorded sessions. They are an easy and efficient way to expand your business knowledge throughout the year!

Social-Media-Speaker-Crystal-Washington-2-The upcoming eCourse, GET CLIENTS NOW! Training and Coaching Program, will be taught by social media marketing strategist Crystal Washington.

When powerful companies want their teams to take action online, they book social media expert and dynamic speaker Crystal Washington, who has worked with Google, Microsoft, GE and others in the USA, Africa and Europe. For this comprehensive knowledge on social media, she has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and numerous radio stations and magazines around the globe.

Crystal is well known for her ability to take complex Web and social media topics, and make them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people and small business owners. She owns CWM Enterprises, a social media instructional brand aimed at training everyone from Gen Y’s to Baby Boomers in strategically using social media. Educating consumers on the practical applications of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube is her passion.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I began my career in corporate sales. As the youngest manager at my company, I felt the need to prove I was a strong asset. So, I challenged myself and quickly became a top performer, closing contracts with Fortune 500 firms and exceeding all my sales goals. Soon enough, I was managing my peers and colleagues who were twice my age. Somewhere along the way I was bit by the entrepreneurial bug. I started my own marketing firm, CWM Enterprises, which has enabled me to help hundreds of organizations, big and small, leverage social media marketing to increase their bottom line.

Deep down inside, I’m a fun-loving and eclectic nerd. Often you’ll find me reading the newest book on social media, meditating with Buddhist monks, attending a West African Dance class or parasailing.

What are the top takeaways that students will learn by taking your class?
1. Effective marketing strategies specifically designed for you and your business.
2. Confidence and tools you need to implement your personalized marketing plan.

What’s the biggest challenge that small business owners will face when developing a social media marketing plan?
Small business owners always feel like they should be doing more to market their business, but don’t necessarily know exactly what they should be doing. There’s a laundry list of items to do, which can be overwhelming at first. Every owner needs an organized plan in place to make taking any action manageable and successful.

Each week you’ll be covering a different step on how small business owners can take their businesses to the next level. What new skills can participants expect to walk away with by the end of the course?
Do the work and you’ll walk away with a toolkit of sales and marketing techniques, enhanced problem-solving skills, and the ability to create and implement a plan that will make a positive impact on your business growth.

GET CLIENTS NOW! Training and Coaching Program begins July 14 and runs through August 18, 2015. Courses will take place every Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Can’t make it to the live sessions on Tuesdays? No worries! We are recording the courses so you can access them at your convenience!

Here’s what you’ll learn and when you’ll learn it:
Week  1

– Effective marketing strategies
– How the strategies you choose impact your results
– How to diagnose what’s wrong with your marketing using the Universal Marketing Cycle
– How to design a marketing program that is suited not only to your business, but your personality, strengths and favorite activities

Week 2

– Select “Success Ingredients” to be more effective in your marketing efforts
– Design 10 specific daily or weekly marketing actions
– Draft and submit a 28-day marketing action plan to Crystal for review and feedback
– How to create a customized, affordable, reusable and realistic marketing plan

Weeks 3-6

– Implement the personalized marketing action plan you designed in the first two sessions. In each session, you will report what you did and didn’t do, and what results were achieved.
– Crystal will coach participants on accountability to your plan, help solve logistical problems, provide assistance with overcoming fear, resistance, and procrastination, and acknowledge your efforts and progress.

Register today!

Meet Fran Seiford of Stampendous!

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We are getting to know some of our Paper Arts+ workshop teachers in this “Meet the Teachers” blog post series. Through the series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, the value in attending their workshops, and what you can expect to learn. This week we meet Fran Seiford, the founder and Chief Artistic Officer of Stampendous!

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You and your consumers are about to develop a passion for Stampendous’ newest stamp and cutting die sets. In Fran’s workshop, Poinsettia Passion, you’ll discover the range of creative project possibilities offered by Stampendous’ new Poinsettia Cling Rubber Stamp Set, template and coordinating Die, and Pop-Up Die Set. Plus, you’ll learn some techniques, like how to shade with color pencils and create 3D layers. You’ll take home two cards, either a Poinsettia pin or ornament, and inspirations for your store!

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am an entrepreneur, business owner and designer. I have designed rubber stamps for over 30 years. Even after all that time, I still get a thrill out of the excitement and creative options each new stamp image brings. A handmade card or craft speaks from the heart – that’s one of the many things my stamps can help people do.

What do you love most about the creative industry?
It’s endless energy. The craft industry is ever evolving and brings new twists on old themes. One time, I met a business consultant at a craft show who was thunderstruck from the moment he walked in; he had never seen anything like it. If you sell cement, you probably know what I mean.

What do you love most about teaching workshops?
It’s rewarding when participants get excited and have fun with the products. The best remarks are “Look what I made;” “I can do it;” “It was so fun;” “It was easier than I thought;” and, “It came out beautiful!” Plus, students always wow me. I have created the stamps with one look in mind and watched someone make the stamps their own with a style I had never even considered.

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show?
Hands-on classes are the foundation of effective new product sales. The more innovative the products, the more truth there is to this statement. No matter how much work goes into a new product, the catalog or the packaging, it is very troubling when someone looks at the unopened package and says, ”I don’t get it.” So, when there is an opportunity to try a product and learn from the person who designed it, that is an opportunity not to be missed.

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop?
Those who attend my workshop will get that must-have product experience. Having tried out Stampendous’ new products, attendees will take home the beautiful samples they made and be able to teach their customers with confidence. My hope is this workshop will be something they can repeat in their stores.

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?
Busy designing, designing, and designing. Also, I make YouTube videos and am in the process of authoring a “how to” craft book.

The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is open! Register for Fran’s Poinsettia Passion workshop today!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we will meet Debi Adams, instructor and concept designer at Spellbinders Paper Arts!

Member-Get-A-Member: Earn Money When You Refer a Member to CHA!

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Get ready to work for the easiest $25 you’ll ever get! CHA’s Member-Get-A-Member program gives all active CHA members a chance to earn money!

Here’s how it works
If you’re an active CHA member, recommend your qualified non-member craft and hobby peers – retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, designers, small business owners, and other industry professionals – to apply for CHA membership. Tell them about the benefits you’ve witnessed as a member, like having a voice in your industry and boosting your sales at the annual CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show. If your referral becomes a member, we’ll give you a $25 American Express gift card!

There’s no limit to the amount of gift cards you can earn! Just make sure your name is included on your referral’s application. Gift cards will be paid when membership is approved.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our membership department via membership@craftandhobby.org.

What are you waiting for? Start referring new members today!

Applications

 

Note: Referrals may not have been a CHA member during 2014.

Meet Bonnie Krebs and Kate Swanson of Art Impressions Rubber Stamps

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We are getting to know some of our Paper Arts+ workshop teachers in this “Meet the Teachers” blog post series. Through the series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, the value in attending their workshops, and what you can expect to learn. We’re having double the fun this week as we feature two teachers! Meet Bonnie Krebs and Kate Swanson of Art Impressions Rubber Stamps!

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In their workshop New! Interactive Holiday Stamping, Bonnie and Kate will teach you tips, tricks and techniques using Art Impressions’ latest stamping products. You will complete four dynamic and fun projects, like creating interactive cards with unique stamping patterns! At the end of this two hour session, you will take home creative ideas for Christmas projects your customers will love and FREE product for you to recreate some of these amazing projects for your store!

Tell us a little about yourself.

One of us, Bonnie Krebs, is originally from Salem, Oregon, where she and her husband, Phil, started Art Impressions Rubber Stamps in 1987. Bonnie and Phil have grown their family business through a constantly changing industry and are proudly celebrating the store’s 28th anniversary in July. Bonnie is a self-taught, whimsical artist who loves to create new images. She is the sole designer for Art Impressions and has created over 8,000 designs, from cute characters and animals to watercolor stamping techniques.

The other one of us, Kate Swanson, grew up with a strong love of stamping, paper crafting and party planning. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communications from George Fox University. After graduation, she happened to visit a friend who was working at Art Impressions. It was perfect timing, as Kate was looking for a job and Art Impressions was hiring. Kate joined the company and quickly brought her personal and professional passions to the team. Four years later, she holds the title of Marketing and Accounts Manager, and works closely with storeowners and industry professionals. Kate has traveled all over the United States to demonstrate at the Craft & Hobby Association’s trade shows as well as other special events and retail shows.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

We love the people! We enjoy spending time and sharing our creations with other store owners, creative customers, industry colleagues and likeminded individuals. We look forward to trade shows (especially CHA’s Paper Arts+) because we get to spend time and catch up with our friends and industry counterparts!

What do you love most about teaching workshops?

We’re always formulating new stamping techniques and interactive card ideas. We love watching those who take our classes light up when we present these new concepts. It is so much fun to see our class attendees interact with the products that took us months to conceptualize!

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show?

A little instruction goes a long way, especially with our products. At a live Show, we can offer many tips and tricks, which help store owners and can be passed on to customers. This type of experience has great worth because attendees leave with inventive ways to use our stamp collections – ideas that they would not have learned anywhere else!

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop?

When we say attendees will LOVE the new releases we have in store, we mean it! We have been working hard to create new products for the holiday season, as well as extensions of some existing lines. Attendees won’t want to miss our fun workshop, where the samples they’ll make will put a smile on any customer’s face!

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?

When we’re not chatting about new ideas or hard at work, we love to travel! Whether we’re on a business trip or hitting vacation spots around Oregon (we both adore the Oregon Coast and Bend, OR!), we like to have a little change in scenery! Spending time with our families is important to both of us as well. Bonnie and Phil welcomed two beautiful granddaughters this past year, who are three months apart. Kate treasures her time with her three year old son, who always keeps her on her toes, and her husband, Tony.

The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is open! Register for the New! Interactive Holiday Stamping workshop today!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we will meet Fran Seifor, the founder and Chief Artistic Officer of Stampendous!

Top 10 Reasons to Exhibit at the CHA MEGA Show

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The 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show is taking place January 7-12, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. As an exhibitor, this is your opportunity to exhibit at the oldest and largest craft industry trade show in the U.S. and get your product in front of thousands of buyers!

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Incase that’s not enough of a reason to convince you, here are 10 more reasons to exhibit at the CHA MEGA Show:

  1. Generate new sales leads with thousands of big box and independent retail buyers who are ready to place orders
  2. Join 400+ exhibiting companies that are showcasing more than 9,000 SKUs
  3. Get exposure – Promote your brand and products to more than 150 global media outlets
  4. Leverage face-to-face networking opportunities
  5. Up-to-the minute exposure to all of the latest product trends and forecasts you need
  6. Expand internationally by reaching valuable buyers and media from more than 55 countries
  7. Develop new partnerships and expand your professional contacts
  8. Launch new products
  9. Increase brand awareness
  10. The only place you can conduct a year’s worth of business in four days

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Valuable buyers from more than 35,000 stores want to place orders with you!

Sign up to exhibit today!

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For U.S. inquiries, click here or contact Nadine Schwartz via nschwartz@craftandhobby.org or 201-835-1203.

For international inquiries, click here or contact Andrew Morton via amorton@craftandhobby.org or +44 1425 271964.

“Meet the Teachers” Blog Series: Meet John Petersen of IMAGINE CRAFTS!

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The DIY with IMAGINE Crafts workshop will have projects that can be used as quick make-n-takes or classes in your store. The versatility of these projects will allow you to incorporate them into paper and mixed media projects, as well as stand-alone pieces for home decor and more.

Tell us a little about yourself.
As a child, I had obsessions with paper and everything that could be done with it: lettering, painting, collaging, and even bookmaking. My degree is in photography, yet my passion for paper arts led me to a variety of different fields, including printing and design. In high school, I began to make journals from old books in which I kept sketches, ideas, and clippings of my day to day adventures. Naturally, that led me to the altered arts (and three shelves of books!).

Along the way I picked up a few more obsessions, including calligraphy, beading and rubber stamping. All of these creative endeavors are evident in my current fusion of mixed media works, which combine paper arts with jewelry.

Currently, I lead the education and product development teams for IMAGINE Crafts, featuring Tsukineko. I am also on the design team for Authentique Paper, “The ICE Prince” with the ICE Resin creative team, and an educator for Prima Marketing.

What do you love most about the creative industry?
I am continually amazed at what other artists create, and how they share those ideas with others to help the industry evolve. The possibilities of this industry are endless, just like the artists who can grow and support the community.

What do you love most about teaching workshops? 
My teaching philosophy has been the same over the years – I am here to give you the tools to be creative. My role as an instructor is to educate on how to use those tools to let your creative voice speak and express itself. My only goal in teaching is for students to leave a class with the knowledge to grow as an artist.

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show? 
There is no other experience like attending a live class. No matter what your skill level, as a student you will always leave a class having learned a new technique or another way of using a product. Even if I have taken numerous beginner classes in the past, I still sign up because I know that it is usually in those classes that I will learn the one tip that’s priceless.

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop? 

1. At least one new way of how to use a product that they’re already familiar with
2. How to translate product knowledge into building a sale
3. Passion for being creative

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?
I’m naturally curious about learning, whether it’s in my studio discovering new
techniques or experimenting with some crazy new recipe that I found on Pinterest. In the sunny months, you’ll likely find me outside either doing yard work or enjoying the view of Mount Rainier from my deck, dreaming up my newest creation!

The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is open! Register for imaginethe DIY with IMAGINE Crafts workshop today!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we will feature Bonnie Krebs and Kate Swanson of
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“Meet the Teachers” Blog Series: Meet Stephanie Barnard of Sizzix!

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We are getting to know some of our Paper Arts+ workshop teachers in this “Meet the Teacher” blog post series. Throughout the series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, the value in attending their workshops, and what you can expect to learn.

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Stephanie’s Card Making is Hot! workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this class, attendees will create two cards using Stephanie’s Sizzix line; they will learn about award winning ink sheets and drop-ins, plus lots of tips and tricks. Card making is becoming more and more popular. Make sure your store knows about and carries the hottest Sizzix dies on the market!

Tell us a little about yourself.
If it’s possible to live, breathe, eat and sleep card making and stamping, I’m giving it my best shot.  At Sizzix, I’m the spokesperson and research and development consultant. Also, I’m a licensed designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap, and possess a drive to create innovative, cutting-edge products.

What do you love most about the creative industry?
I love that I have been warmly welcomed as a professional in this industry. It’s an honor to share my passion for creativity and inspire others.

What do you love most about teaching workshops?
Teaching workshops is an opportunity for me to connect with students. I learn just as much from them as they do from me. I value suggestions and feedback. Oh, and I love to hear where everyone has traveled from to be at the event!

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show?
I’ve never been to a class where I haven’t had at least one valuable experience. Attending shows is all about what you can take back to your customers – new products and new knowledge are equally important. Never stop learning.

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop?
Students will learn tons of tips and tricks for using my products in conjunction with all the specialty accessories in the Sizzix line. Also, there is nothing comparable to trying out a product yourself!

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?
I really want to say drinking Diet Coke, but I do that during class too. Chances are you’d probably find me on an airplane traveling to teach another class or in my home studio designing new products. While I love doing all the things I just mentioned, my heart is really with my family. So, it’s likely you’d find me taking walks or snuggling with Ken, my girls or our dog Cookie!

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The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is open! Sign up for
Stephanie’s Card Making is Hot! Workshop today!  Click here to view the Paper Arts+ Show Preview Guide.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we will feature John Petersen of IMAGINE Crafts!

10 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss the CHA MEGA Show

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The 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show is taking place January 7-12, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
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The MEGA Show comes around once a year and is the craft industry’s largest trade show in the US! Global industry manufacturers and buyers attend the Show year after year in order to conduct business, network and discover the industry’s latest trends. It’s your chance to get an entire years’ worth of business done in just six days!

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Here are the Top 10 reasons why you must attend the CHA MEGA Show in January!

  1. The latest craft industry trends and forecasts are presented on the Show floor and in classrooms
  2. Five days of education, including the EXTRA day you wanted on Thursday, January 7
  3. 400+ manufacturers featuring 12,000+ new products
  4. Exciting special events to celebrate the Show’s 75th anniversary
  5. Everything you want to see – specific product and new exhibitor pavilions, and NEW Show floor exhibits showcasing products in action
  6. More hands-on product workshops led by the industry’s favorite designers
  7. Free retail education from industry experts, sponsored by the Independent Retailer Conference (IRC)
  8. New Business Solutions Pavilion with companies to help boost your efficiency and profitability
  9. Valuable networking opportunities with key industry players
  10. The only place you can conduct a year’s worth of business in SIX days

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Registration opens this September!
Stay in touch for the latest updates:

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CHA Paper Arts+ Jumpstart Event: Specialize or Diversify: How to Manage Your Store Inventory

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Do you strictly sell craft merchandise or have you ventured to sell other types of goods? You may find that you need to shake up your inventory mix to keep your customers interested and shopping frequently.

I own a rubber stamp store in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My store is in the downtown area – a prime place for tourist traffic. I get a ton of walk-in and out foot traffic. Last summer, I noticed a lot of that walk-in traffic wasn’t looking at the majority of my inventory. Customers were looking for gift items, pet products and everything else that I didn’t have available in my store. I was tired of losing those sales, so I focused on diversifying my inventory.

As my business rolls into the 2015 summer season, busy tourist traffic time, I am happy to say that I am batting about 75% sales on my new product lines. In fact, my store sold out of some of the newer items before Memorial Day! I had to re-order to keep inventory up and customers happy! It’s a great problem to have.

My fellow retail craft expert, Roseann Kermes and I, Lee Kellogg, can help you figure out whether you should specialize or diversity your inventory. Register for our two jumpstart sessions on this topic at the Paper Arts + Show in July; the sessions will be held on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m..

For now, I’ll leave you with a hint for successful inventory growth and diversification: listen to your customers. Are they asking for products you don’t have in stock – things you have never heard of? Don’t rush out and get everything that your customers are suggesting; that is not a great way to start diversifying. Do your research, learn about what they want, and then take baby steps with what makes sense for your store.

Okay, here’s another hint: shop your competitors and neighbors. Is there a void in your neighborhood that you can fill? Do you see a gap in what your competitors are stocking? Have you seen something really fun in a store, in another state, that is selling?

Consider these hints and bring your questions about inventory diversification and customer growth to the Paper Arts+ Show. Roseanne and I are craft retailers.

The Paper Arts+ Show is a great venue to meet your fellow retailers, talk about what is going on in your store, and pick the brain of everyone you meet. This Show is an excellent opportunity for you to network without feeling pressured. Plus, you never know when inspiration will strike!

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Wednesday, July 22
Specialize or Diversify: How to Manage Your Store Inventory
Register Today or visit www.craftandhobby.org/paperarts for more information.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 5

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Welcome to Day 5 and the final day of the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop!

We hope you have enjoyed following along and seeing all of the great projects designed by our talented CHA Designer Members as well as all of the great products from our Paper Arts+ Show exhibitors!

How to win:
There are “passwords” at the end of each designer blog post that was published this week. Make sure you have noted all of the “passwords.” Once you have read today’s posts, you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Here are your stops for Day 5:

First stop:
CLICK HERE to see how CHA Designer Lisa Fulmer transformed exhibitor KaiserCrafts product into gorgeous holiday decor!

Second stop:
CHA Designer Kristi Parker used product from exhibitor Stampendous to create a beautifully creative project. CLICK HERE to see it and give it your stamp of approval!

Third stop:
CLICK HERE to see the fabulous projects that Madeline Faiella came up with using product from The Ribbon Print Company.

Fourth stop:
To see what Crafty Creation Linda Swingle came up with using product from Therm-O-Web, CLICK HERE.

Thank you to all the CHA Designers who participated in the Blog Hop!

Beth Watson
Candice Windham
Carmen Flores Tanis
Carol Heppner
Debra Quartermain
Keri Sallee
Kristi Parker
Linda Swingle
Lisa Fulmer
Madeline Faiella
Marjolaine Walker
Michele Emerson Roberts
Rita Barakat
Susan M Brown

And thank you to all the CHA Paper Arts+ Exhibitors for participating too!

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BoBunny Press Inc
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Graphic 45 LLC
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Kaisercraft Pty Ltd
Linnie Blooms LLC
Little B, LLC
M-D Building Products
Pink and Main
The Ribbon Print Company
Stampendous! Inc
Therm O Web Adhesives & Interfacings

 

 

 

 

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop Project by Madeline Faiella

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The Ribbon Print Company™ is a gem for anyone who wants to make life easier and in the most professional way.  Print anything you want on ribbon.  Don’t know what you need (it happens) the staff at The Ribbon Print Company™ is there to assist.  They don’t just sell ribbon, they are also designers and “cool thinkers”…I loved my experience with them and the product.

The quality of the ribbon is outstanding allowing you to do pretty much anything you want to do with it.  Take a saying, name, event, drawing, logo  and send them off to The Ribbon Print Company™ and they will print just about whatever you need for your wedding, corporate event, kids or grownup parties and more.

Make fabulous bows and your message is already there!  Nothing more to do.  Merry Christmas from the Smith Family and that’s all you need.  The ribbon comes in 20 brilliant colors and different widths to make your project perfect.  There are over 20 foil colors to choose from for printing your very special message.

Retailers, ribbon and foils are made to work with the TRPC Ribbon Printer (there are a few models) and a MUST HAVE in your store.

Now you can have your own key ring for when you meet the girls for coffee.  This project is easy peazy.  Using beautifully printed ribbon from The Ribbon Print Company™ your project is practically done by itself.

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Let’s Coffee Klatch Key Ring

Materials:
*16 inches of The Ribbon Print Company™ printed ribbon at 1.5” wide (Length is your choice. You will be folding it in half lengthwise.  This project is 15” of ribbon folded in half to create 7.5” tails).
*10mm beads
*seed beads (any size you like)
*needle to sew beads (be sure it fits through the beads)
*matching thread
*one key ring
*Fiskars® scissors

NOTE: Colors are your choice.  There are so many!  This project:

  1. Simply pull the ribbon through the key ring at the half point.
  2. Stitch a running stitch just below the key ring
  3. Stitch the beads directly over the running stitch
  4. Cut the bottom of the ribbon in a “V” (optional)

Now enjoy the coffee and your friends!!!  These make great gifts!

Charles & Melissa – please sign the guestbook Bookmark

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Materials:
* 21 of The Ribbon Print Company™ ribbon at 1.5” wide with the name of the bride and groom. (Length is your choice. You will be using two identical pieces of printed ribbon. This project is for a 10.5” bookmark so I used just over 21” of ribbon)
*The Ribbon Print Company™ ribbon at ½” wide that reads, “please sign the guestbook”. This ribbon will hang nicely down both sides of the book mark with a bow at the top.  I used 26” to create the bow and the tails.
*Scotch® Double Sided Tape. ½”
*Lace. Any flat lace the shows just over the edges of the 1.5” ribbon.  Refer to photo.
*Pearls. Any size you like.  I used coin pearls, fresh water pearls and synthetic black pearls (10mm).
*Fiskars® scissors.

  1. Cut ribbon with “names” on it in half.
  2. Place double sided tape on the long end of one piece of 1.5” ribbon with “names” on it and lay it down onto the lace. Refer to photo-edge of lace should stick out beyond edged.
  3. Repeat #2 for the other side of the 1.5”ribbon.
  4. Turn the finished taped piece over and repeat #2 and #3.
  5. Make a bow with the ½” ribbon and tape to top of one side of the bookmark. This is the FRONT of your bookmark.
  6. Use a scrap piece of ½” ribbon to cover bottom of bookmark. NOTE: This is optional.
  7. Tape 2 tails of ½” ribbon on either side of the center of the bow and allow them to hang outward from the center.
  8. Add beads/pearls to bottom of bookmark and ribbon as desired.

You might like to use matching or coordinating ribbon on stemware, centerpieces and anywhere you would like to communicate something to your guests. Here’s to the happy couple!!!

Win $500!

Follow the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop all week on the CHA Blog for updates on new designer blog posts and projects. Each post will have a “password”, collect all of the passwords.

The first two people to tweet CHA @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:
1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card
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Paper Arts+ “Meet the Teacher” Blog Post Series

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The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is now open!

Over the next several weeks, we will take the time to get to know some of our Paper Arts+ Workshop teachers through this “Meet the Teacher” blog post series. Throughout the series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, the value in attending their workshops, and what you can expect to learn.

We hope the interviews inspire you to sign up and attend the Paper Arts+ Show!  Click here to view the Paper Arts+ Show Preview Guide.

jeritannerOur first featured teacher is Jeri Tanner from BoBunny.

By combining BoBunny’s newest mixed media products and the festive and fabulous design of its new collection, this workshop will help you to create a memory and record it as well!

Tell us a little about yourself.

After traveling the globe for many years with my husband and children, we returned to the United States to be closer to our families.  Once we were settled, I went in search of a new adventure and accepted a job with BoBunny Press.  My rusty business degree was put back to use. I discovered that scrapbook pages had evolved from photos cut with decorative scissors on acid free 8 ½ x 11 paper decorated with stickers into amazing works of art!

What do you love most about the creative industry?

I love the constant influx of new products, ideas, techniques and applications in the creative industry. Another bonus is getting acquainted with all of the talented people who participate in this industry- from those who design products to finished projects.

What do you love most about teaching workshops?

Teaching workshops gives me an opportunity to watch crafters be amazed at what they can do and to see how they personalize the project with their own creative style.

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show?

Nobody knows BoBunny like BoBunny!  Whenever you get a chance to take classes from the manufacturer of your favorite products, TAKE IT!  You will create with the newest designs, explore the latest trends, practice new techniques and learn about products you didn’t know we had!

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop?

At the Paper Arts+ Show in July, my class will focus on using BoBunny’s “oh soo” fun mixed media, stickable stencils, foil rub ons and more!  Plan to complete displayable projects that sell the products and to obtain skills to teach your customers!

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?

When I am not teaching classes, I am forever trying to get my family scrapbooks caught up! Sound familiar?  I also enjoy golfing, hosting parties, and travel (thus the never ending need to scrapbook!).

Register for the BoBunny Celebration! Workshop today!

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Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we will feature
Stephanie Barnard from Sizzix!

 

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 4

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Welcome to Day 4 of the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop! The ‘hop has been going great and the participation has been awesome!

We’re in the home stretch and we still have GREAT projects created from exhibitors’ products by CHA Designer Section members for you to see!

How to win:
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop on Friday, May 22, you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby with the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Here are your Blog Hop stops for Day 4:

First stop:
CLICK HERE if you dare to see CHA Designer Candice Windham’s inspirational project using product from exhibitor Dare2BArtzy.

Second Stop:
CHA Designer, Marjolaine Walker, put together a great project using product from
Linnie Blooms. CLICK HERE to see pictures of the project and the steps she took to create it!

Tomorrow is the final day of the blog hop! Don’t miss out on the final passwords to complete the phrase! Click here to view the schedule.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 3

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Welcome to Day 3 of the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop! We’re halfway there and we hope you have enjoyed following along so far!

All week we are featuring exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section members! Follow along to see which products the Designers used and the creations that they came up with; plus you’ll have a chance to win great prizes!

How to win:
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Here are your stops for Day 3:

First Stop:
CLICK HERE to see the whimsical project that Debra Quartermain came up with using product from Paper Arts+ exhibitor Sizzix/Ellison.

Second Stop:
What decorative display did Beth Watson come up with using product and tools from
MD-Hobby and Craft? CLICK HERE to find out!

Third Stop:
CLICK HERE to find out what vintage summer fun Carol Heppner came up with using product from Hot Off the Press Inc. 

Be sure to join us for more fun tomorrow. For the full schedule, click here.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop!

All week we’ll be featuring exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section Members! Follow along to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with.

Don’t forget that there will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration opens tomorrow, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Here are your stops for Day 2:

First Stop:
CLICK HERE to read how CHA Designer Carmen Flores Tanis used product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Pink and Main.

Second Stop:
How did CHA Designer Susan M. Brown use product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Little B LLC? CLICK HERE to find out!

Third Stop:
CHA Designer, Rita Barakat put together a great project using product from Bo Bunny. CLICK HERE to read about the project and how she created it.

Be sure to join us for more fun tomorrow. For the full schedule, click here.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 1

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We “hop” you got plenty of rest over the weekend because it’s time to win some prizes!

That’s right; nobody has a “case of the Mondays” this week because today we’re kicking off the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop.

All week we’ll be featuring exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section Members! Follow along to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with.

There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration opens this Wednesday, May 20.

Now that we’ve gotten the formalities out of the way, let’s get started!

First Stop:
CLICK HERE to read how CHA Designer Michele Emerson Roberts used product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Graphic 45.

Second Stop:
How did CHA Designer Keri Sallee use product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Art Impressions? CLICK HERE to find out!

The fun continue tomorrow with:

CHA Designer: Carmen Flores Tanis 
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Pink and Main

CHA Designer:  Susan M. Brown
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Little B LLC

CHA Designer: Rita Barakat 
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Bo Bunny

For the full schedule, click here.

The Projects are Done…Get Ready to “Hop” on Monday!

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It’s almost time for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop! The Blog Hop features exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section Members!

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Follow along right here on the CHA Blog from May 18 – 22 to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with. PLUS, you’ll learn how to make the projects yourself!

Win Prizes!
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of the password each day. At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun!

Here’s the full schedule for the week:

Monday

CHA Designer: Michele Emerson Roberts
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Graphic 45

CHA Designer: Keri Sallee
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Art Impressions

Tuesday

CHA Designer: Carmen Flores Tanis
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Pink and Main

CHA Designer:  Susan M. Brown
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Little B LLC

CHA Designer: Rita Barakat
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Bo Bunny

Wednesday

CHA Designer: Debra Quartermain
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Ellison

CHA Designer:  Beth Watson
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor:  M-D Building Products

CHA Designer:  Carol Heppner
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor:  Hot of the Press

Thursday

CHA Designer: Candice Windham
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Dare2BArtzy

CHA Designer: Marjolaine Walker
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Linnie Blooms LLC

Friday

CHA Designer: Lisa Fulmer
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Kaisercraft

CHA Designer: Kristi Parker
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Stampendous

CHA Designer: Madeline Faiella
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: The Ribbon Print Company

CHA Designer: Linda Swingle
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Thermoweb

Tune in next week for the fun starting on Monday May 18!

10 Benefits of Being a CHA Designer Member

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Being a creative entrepreneur or running your own design company can be a lonely job. It can also be very tiring and at times overwhelming. Sure, it has many advantages, but wouldn’t it be better if you could find a like-minded community to help you through the downs and the valleys, and warn you of the potholes in your journey?

I felt that way time and again. I wished there was a place where I could talk to like-minded folks, share ideas and ask for advice.

When I joined the CHA Designer Section, I was a little overwhelmed at first. It took me cha designer logosome time to find my way around and make good connections and friends – friends who were creative and understood what I meant without me having to elaborate much. You could say I finally found my tribe!

When first joining CHA as a designer, one wonders if it’s possible to create any lasting connections or derive any benefit from the membership. This is the reason why I put together this article for you. If you’re wondering if a CHA designer membership is for you, read on! Some amazing designers took the time to share their experiences with me. I present to you 10 benefits of being a CHA designer member:

1. The biggest benefit of being a designer member is probably that we get to go to the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show every year for free! The CHA MEGA Show is full of opportunities to network and make new friends and connections. It’s also a great way to do trend spotting and see where the industry and products are headed. The eye candy is, of course, a huge pull for us creatives and let me assure you there is a LOT of stuff to see and take in!

There are also a lot of make and takes and product displays. This is a great place for designers to see what is new to market and keep pace with evolving trends in the industry.

Jennifer Priest from Hydrangea Hippo says, “It is because of the networking I have done in these past four years as a CHA Designer Section member that I have the jobs and opportunities that I have today. It truly is about the people you know. Going to the CHA MEGA Show as your own company helps you meet the people who will aid your growth and helps make you memorable when jobs come available.”

Candice Windham adds, “Being able to attend the CHA MEGA Show and meet directly with the people I want to work with (is a major benefit). Communicating with someone through email or over the phone can’t compare to one-on-one, face-to-face communications.”

2. Having an official designer badge helps establish credibility. Many manufacturers prefer to work with designer members. Patt Bell agrees, stating, “Being a CHA Designer Section member adds credibility to your qualifications. It says that you are serious about what you do, and that you are staying on top of industry trends and practices. Membership provides access to contacts in the business.”

3. CHA offers a wide array of educational resources and materials to help designers do more with and for their businesses. Many webinars, eCourses and videos are made available to designer members. They cover using a range of tools from traditional marketing to social media, working with manufacturers and more!

4. Designer Section members have the opportunity to exhibit in the Designers in Action™ area at the CHA MEGA Show at discounted rates. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase your talent and have it visible for the crafting world to see. Manufacturers send representatives to view these showcases and arrange a meet and greet with the designers. A lot of connections and opportunities are born from this interaction. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of exhibiting in the Designers in Action™ earlier this year. I met and made friends with many designers by taking part in this activity. It also gave me confidence and a lot of feedback about my work!

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5. Being a CHA Designer Section member gives you a voice. You can volunteer for different committees and actually contribute to the Section and to CHA. This is an amazing opportunity to learn how the industry works and to make lasting friendships. As Seth Apter puts it, They offer the option to volunteer for a committee, allowing each member to have an active role in the development of the organization, as well as a chance to learn the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of the craft industry in depth.”

6. The sense of community is one of the best things about being a CHA Designer Section member. As Lisa Fulmer says, “The social benefit is these people get me.” Rita Barakat loves this aspect of being a designer member as well! “Being able to come together as a group of like-minded individuals, supporting each other, sharing knowledge and having cheerleaders on your side are always good things!” Beth Watson also agrees, stating, One of the benefits is being part of a group of industry professionals that understands, supports and values what you do as a designer, which is an important part of my growth and success in the craft industry.”

7. Guidance is another big advantage of being a CHA designer member. As Marjolaine Walker puts it, “There is so much love and support from many of the established designers. They want us to succeed and are always there to help.” It is really beneficial to be able to share ideas with more experienced designers. They are so generous with giving advice and making introductions! You shouldn’t be afraid to ask because these are probably some of the most helpful men and women on the planet!

8. Being a member gives you access to the CHA Designers only newsletter, which has huge benefits. The newsletter, which is for Designer Section members only, provides information about the various Section activities in which members can participate.  Eileen Hull shares, “When opportunities come along to showcase my business, I am able to respond quickly and take advantage of them because I always read my CHA emails and know what is happening.”

9. The CHA Designer Directory is another amazing tool that is available to designer members as a benefit of membership. The Designer Directory is a listing of all CHA designers and is made available to manufacturers when they are looking to give out jobs. Carol Heppner, the current chair of the Designer Section, says, “The Designer Directory Committee works long hours to publish the Designer Directory. Designer Section members can submit a five by eight-inch listing for the Directory. The Directory is available on the CHA website as a free download.”

10. Long lasting and true friendships are formed between designer members and, as Michele, one of the founding members of the Designer Section puts it, The friendships that I have developed with other designers and industry companies are priceless!” You will find many partnerships and new ideas being born through friendly collaboration.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless and the opportunities are vast. You just have to take the first step. Sign up to become a member and you’ll have help along the rest of your journey. Like me, you’ll feel like you have finally found your tribe!

maheMahe Zehra Husain is a mathematician by training and an artist by nature! She loves to write arts and crafts e-books and has several listed on Amazon.com.

She is most often found playing in her craft studio and making a mess with paints of all sorts! Her passion is to share her love of creating and banishing the myth that people are born creative. We all have two sides to our brain and she believes everyone has a creative fire!

You can find her at www.alteredupcycling.com and www.thecreativeartacademy.com  – coming soon!

CHA Southern California Chapter News: A Recap of Imaginology 2015

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Imagine a Maker Faire aimed for a young crowd, but with more art, a petting zoo full of friendly animals and jars full of creepy crawlies. Add a play area full of cardboard boxes just begging to be transformed into kid-friendly fortresses, and you’ve got the OC Fair Imaginology.

Crafting-Hands-4x2-72dpi-CFTThe three-day fair was recently held Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The CHA Southern California Chapter is delighted to report that our participation was a great success.

When planning for the event, the Chapter Board decided to spotlight the various CHA member sections by featuring a different sponsor on each of the three days.

First, on Field Trip Day Friday, Ellison/Sizzix shared a fun die-cut “Gear Goggles” project with over 250 students of all ages. Saema Khwaja, Education Manager for Ellison/Sizzix, worked very hard to come up with a project that would fit both the Steampunk motif and STEAM focus of the fair (STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, a movement championing the integration of creative skills with scientific thinking in school and business environments). Khwaja’s gear embellished goggles were the perfect craft! Thanks to Brea Beadworks, the kids also had fun beads to add to their creations.

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Young Students embellishing Gear Goggles with Colorful Gems

While the students crafted, teachers and adult volunteers were busy die-cutting gears, flowers, hearts, stars and apples from pop-up sponge, magnet sheets, foam, adhesive felt metallic paper and wood. The projects were a great way to teach the students various practical applications of die-cutting! Two lucky schools received Ellison’s award-winning AllStar SuperStar Machines as part of a giveaway.

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Over 1,600 students, parents and teacher volunteers were in attendance on Friday. Khwaja and Galina Stahmer, Event Coordinator for Ellison/Sizzix, were incredibly busy with non-stop crafting from start to finish and said they are looking forward to participating again next year!

Next up, the Curacao’s Kids Creative Hub took place on Saturday. The Curacao Street Team volunteers shared a cute way to encourage kids to drink lots of water while instilling a recycling mentality in them. Each child was given a small bottle of water, which he/she could drink on the spot or save to drink later. The bottles, whether empty or full, were each wrapped in yarn and topped with a little foam ball. The kids added yarn hair and tiny faces to create simple dolls, which can be kept and treasured once the bottles are emptied. Ruth Corrales-Garcia, PR & Community Affairs for Curacao, reports that over 200 kids had fun crafting that day.

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To wrap up the weekend, on Sunday, Carmen Flores Tanis, CHA Designer, and her two fellow volunteers, Bruce Tanis and Dolores Colin, shared “Spinning Gear and Flower Brooches” with almost 300 children. Carmen mentioned, “We were slammed with kids as soon as the doors opened at 10AM. After two hours of crafting as fast as we could, we had to shut the line down just to catch our breath for a few minutes! It was intense, but I can’t wait until next year to do it all over again!”

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Imaginology has a 30 year history of showcasing and celebrating the many educational opportunities in Orange County – from 4H Clubs and miniature train groups to ethnic dance schools and reading groups. Formerly known as Youth Expo, the fair re-imagined and rebranded itself two years ago to include the scholastic focus of STEAM and more of the popular maker movements, which encompass the elements of electronics and robotics. This has led to an explosive growth with a reported 30,000 visitors in attendance over the three days of the 2015 fair.

The Chapter Board would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors who made this event such a success! We were able to share the joy of crafting with close to 800 children plus the many adults who visited our booth. We repeatedly overheard the phrases, “I never thought of that,” and “I have one of those, but never knew what to do with it!” Events such as this one are wonderful opportunities to give back to the community, inspire creativity, promote the talents and products of our Chapter members, educate consumers about our products and meet our customers first hand.

The CHA Southern California Chapter will definitely be participating in Imaginology next year! We love the idea of having different members featured each day.

Here’s how to contact us:

Sponsor Opportunities: Ruth Garcia – President – ruthg@icuracao.com
Product Donations: Saema Khwaja – Vice President – skhwaja@ellison.com
Volunteering: Carmen Flores Tanis – Secretary – tanisflores1825@mac.com
Fundraising: Julianna Hudgins – Treasurer – julianna@juliannahudgins.com

Join the fun and get a sneak peek at what you can expect to see at the Paper Arts+ Show!

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We’ve paired our Paper Arts+ exhibitors with members of the CHA Designer Section for a fun Blog Hop taking place May 18-22.

Designer Section members are hard at work right now creating amazing projects using our exhibitors’ products. Beginning Monday, May 18, we’ll share the designers’ dedicated blog posts where they’ll show you which products they used, how they created their projects and pictures of their finished creations.

WIN PRIZES!
Follow along each day for your chance to win prizes. The bottom of each blog post will contain one word from a phrase. At the end of the Blog Hop, tweet the completed phrase to us at @CraftandHobby and include the show hashtag #CHAShow.

The first two people to tweet us the correct phrase will win the following:
1st Prize: $250 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show
2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in the Paper Arts+ Show fun!

Thank you to the participating CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop exhibitors and designers

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Visit the CHA Blog starting May 18 to join the fun and for a chance to win prizes!

Top 5 Reasons to Sponsor a Workshop or Seminar at the CHA 2016 MEGA Conference & Trade Show!

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Interested in speaking or hosting a workshop at the CHA 2016 MEGA Conference & Trade Show? Applications are now open! This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with buyers.

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider signing up:

1. Get your products in the hands of serious buyers off the Show floor
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3. Increase booth traffic through product knowledge
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4. Build credibility in the creative industry
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APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Seminar/Demo-nar applications are due by August 14, 2015. The deadline to be included in the Show Preview Guide is June 1, 2015.

APPLY NOW!
Due to size limits, filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance. Please make sure to complete the application in full, including your complete bio, references, and both a long and a short description of your subject for marketing purposes.

Fill out the online application today.

“Meet the Exhibitors” Blog Series: M-D Hobby & Craft

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MeetTheExhibitors2The next exhibitor in our “Meet the Exhibitors” series is M-D Hobby & Craft, a recently created line of M-D Building Products. The M-D name is over 90 years old and has its roots in Oklahoma, where it started out of necessity during a dust storm. L.A. Macklanburg built his first form of weatherstrip in order to keep the dust from coming under his front door. He then built a brass-folding hand-crank weatherstrip machine and took his product to the Oklahoma State Fair. Together with H.M. Duncan, his lead salesman, L.A. incorporated Macklanburg-Duncan in July 1920.

MD-HOBBY-CRAFT-LOGOOver the next several decades, the company grew and became popular in the DIY community. Both Home Depot and Lowe’s have stocked M-D products since their inception. Macklanburg-Duncan, later renamed M-D, made a commitment early on to manufacture in the USA. It owns two domestic facilities: one in Oklahoma City, OK and the other in Gainesville, GA.

M-D has become well known for its variety of products, including weatherization, flooring tools, flooring accessories, digital levels and – now with its new line business – craft supplies.

What products are you most excited about featuring at the Paper Arts+ Show?
We are excited to begin distributing the Liquid Nails Brand into the Hobby & Craft Channel.

Why should people stop at your booth?
To check out all of our new products, of course!

Why should buyers come to Paper Arts+?
The Show is a great way for buyers to get a more personal buying experience with multiple vendors. It’s also a great opportunity for them to see new products before the big reveal at the CHA MEGA Show in January.

Beyond your products, how can you bring additional value to the buyer?
M-D Hobby & Craft has its own in-house design team, so we’re able to send buyers custom-made marketing materials for their store!

You can visit M-D Hobby & Craft at the Paper Arts+ Show in booth #401. Registration opens on June 3, 2015. For more information, visit www.craftandhobby.org/paperarts.

MEET THE SPEAKER: DEBRA VALENCIA

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CHA’s NEW eCourses are a series of one-hour sessions where you will have the option of learning live, or at your own pace through recorded sessions. They are an easy and efficient way to expand your business knowledge throughout the year!

The upcoming eCourse, Licensing Your Art & Earning Royalties, will be taught by licensed designer Debra Valencia.

debra-valencia-picDebra Valencia is a surface designer, textile artist, graphic designer, product inventor and business entrepreneur. She has worked in the design field as a creative director for several award-winning firms, having worked on multi-disciplinary projects worldwide. Debra lectures nationwide at major colleges, universities and creative professional organizations, and teaches seminars on the art licensing business. In addition, she has 14 years of experience teaching both studio and business courses at art colleges.

Debra’s surface designs are currently licensed with 32 manufacturers and produced on 1,000+ products in stationery, textiles, home décor, gift, beauty and fashion accessories. Debra’s expertise in branding, consumer trends and product design makes her a key resource in providing strategic direction for product line development to manufacturers.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been an artist and a crafter since my childhood. I studied graphic design in college and have been working in the creative field ever since. I took an interest in greeting card design and textile design. In 2008, I switched gears to focus on licensing my designs.

What are the top takeaways that students will learn by taking your class?
1. How to market yourself as a licensed artist.
2. How to make submissions directly to manufacturers without a trade show or agent.

What’s the biggest challenge that artists/designers/graphic designers face when starting an art licensing business?
The revenue stream is extremely long. You have to be willing to do the work now and not get paid for 12 to 18 months as deals are secured and products are brought to market.

Each week you’ll be covering a different step on how artists can take their businesses to the next level. What new skills can participants expect to walk away with by the end of the course?
Students will learn how to prepare a portfolio properly, which is crucial for success in licensing. They’ll learn the importance of building art in collections and showing product mockups, as well as how to research manufacturers and find licensing opportunities.


Licensing Your Art & Earning Royalties begins April 30, 2015 and runs through May 15, 2015. Courses will take place every Thursday from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST. Can’t make it to the live sessions on Thursdays? No worries! We are recording the courses so you can access them at your convenience!

During this three week eCourse Debra will take you step-by-step through the following:

Week 1:
What Is Art Licensing?
Overview of Opportunities
How to Get Started

Week 2:
Understanding the Business Side
Marketing
Making Submissions

Week 3:
Agents vs. Self-Representation
Working with Manufacturers
Resources and Strategic Plan

Register today!

Independent Craft Retailers Reveal Long-Held Secrets

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By Laurel Lee Pollard, White Collar Crafter

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In 2014, the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Paper Arts Section (PAS) Steering Committee was asked to outline educational opportunities that would be appropriate for attendees of the newly-launched Paper Arts+ Show. Responding to industry demand, the 2014 inaugural event was generously hosted “to-the-trade” by CHA.

It was agreed that, in order to respond to the educational needs of the independent “indie” craft and hobby retailer, the PAS Steering Committee would need to pinpoint specific challenges that the indie retailer faces on an annual basis. To that end, the PAS Steering Committee, comprised of the following industry insiders, created the CHA Benchmark Survey:

The PAS Steering Committee took this opportunity and came up with the following goals:

  • To establish a benchmark standard of comparison between similar craft businesses.
  • To highlight business factors and practices that make an independent craft retailer successful.
  • To share these standards and assist CHA in creating or highlighting existing educational/business opportunities to help businesses replicate this success.
  • To share data with suppliers who can use the information to adapt their products and services to increase independent craft business success.

With the PAS Steering Committee’s long-standing influence within the craft industry, and with the backing of CHA, the Committee was able to glean remarkable results. Well over 350 indie retailers from across the broad spectrum of the craft industry, both CHA and non-CHA members, responded openly to the survey.

As a former indie retailer for well over a decade, I can attest that the type of information available in this survey is normally only shared by the indie retailer with its closest confidant. This CHA Benchmark Survey is a remarkable opportunity for indie craft retailers to gauge their success against others in the industry.

If you are looking to take advantage of this timely behind-the-curtain information, including the key findings of the top 15% of independent craft retailers, I encourage you to experience the archived CHA 2014 Benchmark Survey Webinar hosted by Denzil Quick and Katie Kohlmann. This information and expert craft industry commentary can be found nowhere else.

** Let’s keep this valuable conversation going. I encourage you to share your thoughts of the results in the comments below.**

Craft on!

Laurel Lee Pollard
White Collar Crafter
WhiteCollarCrafter.com
Social: @WCCrafter
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The CHA Foundation Hosted a Kids Crafting Day at Bradley Hospital

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On April 2, 2015, the Craft & Hobby Association Foundation partnered with The Rit Studio, Craft Attitude and Michaels Stores to host a “Kids Crafting Day” at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, Rhode Island. Together, we celebrated National Craft Month and promoted the many benefits art can offer those with mental health conditions.

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Bradley Hospital, licensed by the Department of Children, Youth and Families, provides a range of family-focused, high-quality mental health care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with emotional disorders and/or developmental disabilities.

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During the Kids Craft Day, children attending Bradley Hospital’s various inpatient and partial programs participated in a day filled with creative projects to celebrate the notion of CRE8TIME – a movement which raises awareness for the need to devote more time for creative expression, and provide a forum for individuals to share their experiences with the creative community at large. The project of choice was painting laser cut frames from Michaels using Rit Dye and embellishing with crayon drawings, shapes cut out from scrapbooking paper and stickers. Each child drew pictures that they were able to display in the frames.

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All of the projects were led by CHA Staff and craft specialists from The Rit Studio, including Rebecca Fretty, Jasmin Chang and Ruth Gallogly; and Andrea Atwater, representing Craft Attitude.

The children had a wonderful day learning about #CRE8TIME, celebrating creativity and creating their own masterpieces! More pictures of the event can be seen on the CRE8TIME Facebook page.

If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an event, please contact cmartell@craftandhobby.org.

MEET THE SPEAKER: MIKE PERIU

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CHA’s NEW eCourses are a series of one-hour sessions where you will have the option of learning live, or at your own pace through recorded sessions. They are an easy and efficient way to expand your business knowledge throughout the year!

Our first eCourse, The 5 Step Path to Getting Your Business Loan Funded, will be taught by small business expert Mike Periu.

mike-periu-experto-financieroMike has degrees in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University and is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience in small business finance. He is the founder of Proximo, LLC., a leading provider of small business financial education and training services. Mike is also a leading national voice for individual empowerment through financial education and entrepreneurship, having been interviewed over 500 times by national and international media. His appearences include NBC, Univision, CNN en español, Telemundo, HITN, TVE, RTE, SBS, MegaTV and others. Mike also publishes a small business finance blog available here.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m originally from New Jersey, but live in sunny Miami now. I have been a business owner for over 15 years and also invest in and advise other small businesses across the country. I studied finance and started my career in the corporate world, but quickly realized that it wasn’t for me. I wanted to use my talents to help families, entrepreneurs and small business owners make better financial decisions. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and that’s what I plan to do for a very long time.

What are the top five takeaways that students will learn by taking your class?
1. Attractive alternatives exist for borrowing money designed for small businesses.
2. How to select the right lender for your particular circumstances.
3. How to prepare your loan request.
4. How to negotiate to get the best terms possible.
5. How to calculate how much money you’ll really need.

What’s the biggest challenge owners face when applying for a small business loan?
The biggest challenge is being small! Traditional lenders are not interested in lending money to small businesses at a low interest rate. They are in the “wholesale money” business; they like to loan millions of dollars at a time. When they have to sell “retail money” – anything under one million dollars – they either decline or charge very high interest rates. My course will teach small business owners how to deal with wholesalers and how to tap new alternative options that are specifically designed for them.

Each week you’ll be covering a different step on how businesses can borrow money effectively. How is this style of learning effective?
Most craft and hobby business owners are busy working on the day-to-day responsibilities of their stores. They usually don’t have much free time, so it isn’t realistic for someone to take two days to attend an intensive training seminar. A couple of hours of lessons and assignments each week is a realistic commitment. Also, by spreading it out over time, students will have the opportunity to absorb all of the information that I’m going to share.

You mention the tide is turning and that money is now available. What do you attribute that to and how can retailers cash-in?
It’s only recently that new technology has allowed the creation of alternative small business lenders that offer reasonable interest rates. In the past, the only options were traditional loan products or very high-interest merchant loans. Today, small business owners are empowered through greater choice. They can cash-in by literally cashing-in! Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to raise money for a business. Interest rates will start going up soon, which will make financing more expensive. The sooner one can lock in a loan, the better the chances that it will be at a lower interest rate.


The 5 Step Path to Getting Your Business Loan Funded begins April 14, 2015 and runs through May 12, 2015.

During this five week eCourse, Mike will take you step-by-step through the following:

Week 1: Figuring Out Your Financial Need vs. How Much You Should Ask For
Week 2: Gathering Your Paperwork
Week 3: Finding the Right Lender
Week 4: Reviewing Your Loan Options
Week 5: Negotiate and Close Like a Pro

This course consists of a one-hour lecture and 30 minutes of discussion. Participants who successfully complete the course will be given access to a complimentary application review.

Register Today!

“Meet the Exhibitors” Blog Series: Art Impressions

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MeetTheExhibitors2Art Impressions is the next exhibitor in our “Meet the Exhibitors” series. Art Impressions is a family-owned business, which opened in 1987. Since starting out primarily selling educational stamps, the company has grown significantly over the past 28 years. Today, Art Impressions is well known in the craft industry for its comical characters, whimsical designs and interactive stamping techniques. What makes the company stand out is its incredible diversity of images, each one created by the company’s sole designer and co-owner, Bonnie Krebs. All of Art Impressions’ products are made in the USA.

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We will feature some of our brand new Watercolor releases as well as some new interactive stamping ideas! You won’t want to miss seeing our new Spinners and holiday images.

Why should people stop at your booth?
We love attending CHA shows and spending time with our customers. Whether you order from us or a distributor, we always want to support our stores in any way we can. Stop by for some free stamps, promotional products for your store, demos and make-n-takes!

Why should buyers come to Paper Arts+?
We attended Paper Arts+ in 2014 and loved the experience. Spending quality time with our storeowners is truly invaluable. Events and food breaks were contained to the Show floor, which gave us extra time to mingle. We can’t wait until July to do it all over again!

Beyond your products, how can you bring additional value to the buyer?
Many of our current storeowners know that we love to do whatever it takes to help our independent retailers. At our booth, we love to show off new product and give you the tools to better promote it. Also, you’ll have the opportunity to grab some freebies and promotional products, as well as literature and packets for upcoming wholesale promotions, including our semi-annual Catalog Party. In addition, we will include card samples, posters and window clings when requested with wholesale orders!

You can visit Art Impressions at the Paper Arts+ Show in booth #301. Registration opens on June 3, 2015. For more information, visit www.craftandhobby.org/paperarts.

Online Education at Your Fingertips

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The Craft & Hobby Association has a new focus on its education offerings this year. That focus is on your success, by whatever means necessary. We’re going to be providing you with different formats to easily access the can’t-miss education you’ve come to expect from CHA, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home or even your business. All you need is a computer and internet connection.

Here’s what’s available today

eCourses
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Deep-dive online courses that are set up in a series of one-hour sessions where you will have the option of learning live, or at your own pace, through recorded sessions. eCourses are an easy and efficient way to expand your business knowledge throughout the year. Programs include the following:

Recorded Seminars
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Did you miss any seminars at the CHA 2015 MEGA Show? Here’s your chance to catch up!

Webinars 24/7
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Education at your fingertips! Join our 60-minute educational power-hour webinars conveniently scheduled, recorded, and archived for your access anywhere, anytime of the year.

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Each quarter, interviews will be conducted with top business leaders from within and outside of the craft industry. These thought leaders will answer your questions in addition to providing advice and insights through a web-streamed interview. Here’s the schedule:

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Coming soon in 2015

Online Workshops
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An exciting new opportunity to learn projects and skills at your convenience, CHA’s online workshops are video craft classes filled with creative inspiration and art instruction. You’ll learn a variety of techniques that you’ll be able to implement immediately in your store or business.

If you are a designer or supplier member of CHA and you are interested in presenting an online workshop, or are an instructor interested in teaching an eCourse, please contact education@craftandhobby.org.

CHA remains committed to providing our members valuable education to keep your businesses ahead of the competition. For more information visit www.craftandhobby.org.

“Meet the Exhibitors” Blog Series: Meet Stampendous

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Over the next several weeks, we will introduce you to some of our Paper Arts+ Show exhibitors so you can learn more about the companies, products and what you can expect to see at the Show.

The first exhibitor in our series is Stampendous.

Stampendous has been in business for over three decades under the sole ownership of Fran Seiford, CEO & Chief Artistic Stampendous_Logo_450X350Officer. Fran’s first investment in the craft industry was a $25 order of custom rubber stamps made from her own illustrations. Soon her investment developed into a wide range of craft tools and products to help others in their creative expression.

Today, Stampendous is the manufacturer of products including Fran•táge Embossing Enamels, Essential Elements, Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps, Perfectly Clear™ Stamps, Cling Rubber™ Stamps, Class A’Peel™ Stickers, Stack Art, Creative Palette, Glitzy Glitter, PEARLustre™ Embossing Powder, Fuzzy Fun Flock™, and Stuftainers™, 86 percent of which are manufactured in its facility in Anaheim, CA. In January 2015, Stampendous purchased Dreamweaver Stencils, a line of stainless steel stencils along with Embossing Paste and Tools. Stampendous’ licenses include House-Mouse®, Nathalie Kalbach and Andy Skinner.

What products are you most excited about featuring at the Paper Arts+ Show? 
A new line of Halloween, Fall, Christmas and Winter Stamps, Dies and Stencils, with traditional, whimsical, inspirational and nostalgic designs. We’re also excited about our new Holiday House-Mouse® designs and Board of the Month programs and surprises!

Why should people stop at your booth?
We will feature amazing models by our talented design team to inspire how to use all of the new products. Attendees will learn new techniques as we demo in two areas using our new designs in Stamps, Dies and Stencils.

Why should buyers come to Paper Arts+?
Fourth quarter sales are the most important time for any retail store. Buyers must entice consumers to make their store their holiday shopping destination. Buyers should not miss the opportunity to see the very latest in what creative new products are being introduced at Paper Arts+ to lure shoppers into their stores.

Beyond your products, how can you bring additional value to the buyer?
Stampendous is teaching a workshop and providing two demos every day, all day, in our booth. Also, we also cross merchandise our product with other manufacturers’ products that will be exhibiting. Our stamp line and accessories are not just for paper crafting, but enjoyed for jewelry making, painting on canvas, wood and fabric, clay designs and all types of mixed media.

You can visit Stampendous at the Paper Arts+ Show in booth #402. Registration opens on June 3, 2015. For more information, visit www.craftandhobby.org/paperarts.

CHA Foundation Partners With Michaels Stores and the Rit Studio to Host Kids Crafting Day at Bradley Hospital

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In an effort to promote creativity and enrich children’s lives through creative expression, CRE8TIME, a consumer initiative created by the Craft & Hobby Association Foundation, has partnered with leading arts and crafts specialty retailer Michaels and The Rit Studio to host a “Kids Crafting Day” on April 2, 2015, from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. EDT at the Bradley  Hospital in East Providence, Rhode Island.

During the Kids Crafting Day event, children attending Bradley Hospital’s various inpatient and partial programs will participate in a day filled with creative projects. These mixed media crafting activities will be made possible with products supplied by Michaels and The Rit Studio. Craft specialists from The Rit Studio as well as staff from the CHA and Andrea Atwater, representing Craft Attitude, will lead the craft projects.

Bradley Hospital is licensed by the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and provides a range of family-focused, high-quality mental health care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with emotional disorders and/or developmental disabilities.

Live updates from the event will be posted on the CRE8TIME Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

For media inquiries contact Annie Scully at azscully@gmail.com or call 201 835 1200.

To find out more about how you can host a CRE8TIME event contact Cmartell@craftandhobby.org.

Last Chance To Enter The National Craft Month Selfie Contest!

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In celebration of National Craft Month, we are having a “selfie” contest to promote creativity and craft retail stores. March is coming to an end and there’s only 5 days left to win!

Follow these easy steps to enter:

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Join Now, Upload & Win!

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Thoughts of a day job survivor

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A day job is not a chosen profession or career. A day job is something you do to earn money because you can’t survive doing what you really want to do. There’s nothing inherently evil about day jobs, although we do tend to blame them for everything. But the truth is that they can be enormous pains in the behind and enormously depressing, if we let them.

— From the introduction to The Day Job Survival Kit

Day jobs come in all shapes and sizes. Creative people have been grappling with them for centuries. Whether you’re building a business or working for it, even in an industry you love, like this one, earning income away from your art is a day job. And day jobs make us cranky.

But there’s another side to this. As a creative person, you bring a lot to the table. Your artistry has taught you the skill of vivid visualization. It’s taught you to act fearlessly on a wild idea, and to live with great uncertainty while you wait for the outcome.

This is a very short list of what lifestyle teachers call success skills, and people pay a lot of money to learn them. Yet they are the very skills that artists and craftspeople use every day to make art and build creative businesses. For folks already active in the artistic world, these principles are low-hanging fruit.

I’m a case in point. Artist, writer, crafter, day-jobber—you name it, I’ve struggled through it. When I started studying the so-called success principles, I recognized them as the tools I’d been using for years to weave, paint, write, and generally make beautiful things.

I wrote The Day Job Survival Kit to explore these very helpful ideas, but specifically for creative people. Beyond looking at the creative process and goal setting, I’m also curious about what’s at the core of discipline, how we act with intention to bring things about, how we can create time to create, and how we can use our day jobs as fodder for our artistic mills. I also look at the great bugaboos of not enough space or time, and I even give a passing glance to the dreaded Money Monster.

The ideas in this book are not new, and they’re not original to me, which is why I can tell you how wonderfully effective they are. I wrote this book in this way because I believe that creative people already have the skills to create better lives. We just need to look at it in the right way.

While I can’t promise you the moon and the stars, I can promise that if you unlock the potential of the creative process you’re already using and apply it to the rest of your life, everything will change.

The Day Job Survival Kitpublished by Archangel Ink, is launching on Amazon on March 25th, in Kindle and paperback.

durgaDurga Walker is living proof that day jobs need not stand in the way of creative dreams. She currently lives in Missouri, where by day she’s a reporter on a small-town newspaper. By night and weekend, she writes, paints, and builds a creative freelance and craft business. Durga has an M.A. in communication arts and training in creativity coaching.

Arts and Crafts Grant Opportunity For New Jersey Teachers

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KidsinNeedBanner-600pixelswThe Kids In Need Foundation is offering grants sponsored by the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Foundation for arts and crafts classroom projects. Applications are available through March 31, 2015.

Purpose:

To fund classroom projects to be conducted during the 2015-2016 school year that use arts and crafts materials in the activities of the projects.

Eligibility:

All certified preK-12 teachers working in New Jersey public schools.

Application Deadline:

Midnight, March 31, 2015.

Grant Amounts:

$100 – $350

How to Apply:

  1. Apply online
  2. After completing the application, click on the Submit button.

 

West Coast Port Workers Reach Deal Deal After Labor Dispute

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Dockworkers at West Coast ports have reached a tentative contract agreement to end their labor dispute, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association said Friday.
The five-year contract still has to be approved by the dockworkers union members.
The dispute had centered around contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping companies and port operators, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents West Coast dockworkers.

The two parties began talks in May but were unable to reach an agreement and had been operating without a contract since July. Operations have been affected at 29 ports.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was in San Francisco to help mediate the dispute.
The Port of Oakland said on its website that it could take six to eight weeks for the situation at its facility to return to normal.

“Ships, containers and chassis are all out of balance. They’re not where they need to be to support cargo movement. Repositioning of these assets will take some time,” the port said on its Maritime Operational Status page.

Rit Dye Incorporates #CRE8TIME into Their Marketing Efforts

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Recently, at the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 Conference & Trade Show (CHA MEGA Show), The Rit Studio sponsored the CRE8TIME booth where they featured a host of make-n-takes using jewelry and dye as well as provided project sheets for attendees to take away, encouraging them to CRE8TIME every day. Celebrity guest, David Cruz, Finding Cupid and The Millionaire Matchmaker, kept the steady stream of traffic busy in the booth doing make-n-takes during the first two days of the Show.

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The Rit Studio has created an awesome monthly project page on their website dedicated to #CRE8TIME. All you need is one hour a month to complete each of the projects. Do them on your own or with your kids, or you can even organize a “to-dye-for party” with your friends. These projects also work well for workshops, school projects, and community events. To view the Rit CRE8TIME page, visit: https://www.ritstudio.com/cre8time.

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Rit have also created a downloadable CRE8TIME workbook to help you to keep track of your monthly creativity!

There are many ways to incorporate CRE8TIME into your business. From using the hashtag #CRE8TIME on all of your social media posts to getting involved and promoting CRE8TIME in a way that makes sense to your business model, the possibilities are endless. Find out more about how you can get involved today. Contact the CRE8TIME team at cre8time@craftandhobby.org.

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CHA 2015 MEGA Show Brings Industry Together To Showcase Hot New Products

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The CHA MEGA Conference and Tradeshow, the largest event for the craft and hobby industry, concluded a successful 74th annual event, January 9-13, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.  The CHA MEGA Show, produced by the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), brings together the entire industry for five days of education, networking and product innovation.

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Exhibitors began setting-up on January 8th and they quickly brought their booths to life, as they, along with Show staff and the decorators, worked quickly to get the Show floor ready for opening on Saturday morning.

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The CHA 2015 MEGA Show drew thousands of buyers from 56 countries to see the newest products coming to market. Good Housekeeping TV, MSNBC, Better Homes and Gardens and a host of other global media outlets were present to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s craft trends, interview small business entrepreneurs, and report on innovation, new products and industry awards of excellence.
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As a hub for learning, the CHA MEGA Show Conference offered more than 100 programs including Business Seminars and Workshops, Demo-nars®, Feed Your Brain seminars, Hands-On Labs and Artisan Workshops. Seminars with a focus on technology and social media were popular among attendees.

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Rachel Shechtman, owner of STORY in NYC, delivered an inspiring Keynote Address on “Rewriting Retail: From Making Sales to Creating an Experience.”   She gave attendees plenty of good ideas on how to re-think their retail space and make it a multi-sensory experience for customers.

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Show opening day on Saturday morning saw the registration area packed with attendees lining up and exhibitors making last minute touches to their booths. The Show floor featured an array of education and interactive activities including an Independent Retailer Conference, product workshops, a Makerspace with live demonstrations a Designer Showcase featuring the hottest craft designers, celebrity appearances, and fashion shows.

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New additions to the Show floor also included an Art & Paint Pavilion, sponsored by the Society of Decorative Painters, that featured the latest art materials and paint suppliers, live hands-on painting demonstrations and a curated art gallery showcasing artists’ best hand-made decorative paintings from all over the world.

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The Hot Product Showcases were a top destination area for Show attendees and featured 24 nominees in eight categories.  The winners of the Hot Product Awards, selected by a jury of expert media and celebrity judges, were announced at the CHA 2nd Annual Foundation Gala on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Click here to view the 2015 Hot Product Winners by category.

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The Show had its own Maker Space area, combining tech influenced DIY and inspiring presentations by craft industry innovators, Sarah Hodsdon and Jill Mackay.

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The Independent Retailer Conference — dedicated entirely to the unique lifestyle and responsibilities of retail small business owners—was an incredibly popular new Show floor feature that included 15 minute power seminar sessions presented by top small business experts.

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More than 400 people attended the CHA Foundation Gala, a charity event to benefit the CRE8TIME Movement, the CHA Foundation’s consumer outreach program that is designed to inspire creativity in everyone.

In addition to the CHA Hot Product Awards other presentations at the Gala included the launch of a grant program with the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) to support art education in public schools, Industry Awards for Exhibiting with Excellence and the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Click here to view all awards recipients.

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In 2016, the CHA MEGA Show will celebrate its 75th anniversary edition, January 8-13, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.  For more information visit www.craftandhobby.org.

Click here to view the MEGA Show Facebook photo album.

Industry Celebration and Giving Back Were the Prominent Themes of the 2nd Annual CHA Foundation Gala

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Wow, what a night! The 2nd Annual CHA Foundation Gala & Silent Auction, sponsored by Michaels, lived up to its billing of dinner, dancing and inspiration. The themes of the evening were celebrating the industry and giving back, and we accomplished both in a BIG way this year!

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Everyone was greeted by a glass of champagne and walked down the “blue carpet” as they entered a “Hollywood awards ceremony” just for our industry!

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The first hour was spent at the cocktail reception and silent auction, the proceeds of which benefitted CRE8TIME and The Kids in Need Foundation.

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We had two amazing hosts in Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender of KIZER & BENDER – who should be, if they aren’t already, auditioning for the hosting gig at the Golden Globes next year!

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The program kicked-off with the celebration of the CHA 2015 Industry Award Winners.

The CHA 2015 Industry Award Winners went to:

  • Meritorious Award: Herb Lantinga, Notions Marketing

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  • Industry Achievement Award: LaDorna & Robert Eichenberg, Ellison

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  • Special Recognition Award: Joann Pearson, Michaels

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For more about the winners and the Industry Awards, read the press release here.

The program continued with the Exhibiting with Excellence awards, which went to those exhibitors who were judged on overall visual booth appeal; clarity of product being sold; access to make-n-takes; engaging booth flow; as well as enthusiasm and friendliness of Booth staff.

The winners of the CHA 2015 MEGA Show Exhibiting with Excellence Awards were:

  • Island & Peninsula Group – Spinrite

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  • Linear Booth – ClearBags

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  • New Exhibitor – Little B

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  • Critic’s Choice – Spellbinders PaperArts

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CHA’s President & CEO, Andrej Suskavcevic, provided an update on the CHA Foundation’s goals for the future, including partnering with other like-minded organizations to continue to drive the momentum of raising awareness for the need to devote more time for creative expression. In addition to the CRE8TIME movement, proceeds from the silent auction and raffle went to support the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF).

Gala17Every year for the past 12 years, CHA has partnered with KINF to harvest product from exhibitors of CHA Trade Shows, which has resulted in the collection and distribution of $1,591,019.75 worth of donated supplies to teachers and their students at the neediest of schools. The funds from the Gala that will be donated to KINF will be used to fund two grants that will help build art programs at a school in the CHA office’s home state of NJ. Dave Smith, the Executive Director, accepted the check on-behalf of KINF.

Gala18After dinner, it was time to award the 2015 Hot Products! 112 products were submitted this year – a record number! A celebrity and media judging panel selected the award winners based on what makes the product unique; how it will improve the crafter’s overall experience; and the interest it generates in crafting for non-crafters.

For the full list of the 2015 CHA Hot Product Winners click here.

The program concluded with the induction ceremony of the 2015 CHA Hall of Fame. This year’s class included:

  • John & Edna Clapper

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  • Jane Anne Davis

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  • Andrea Grossman

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  • Howard Hoffman

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  • Vince Naccarato

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  • William “Bill” Neu

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  • John E. “Jack” Parker

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  • Tom Yaley, Sr.

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What can we say besides, “What an evening!” Congratulations to all of the nominees, winners and the Hall of Fame class of 2015. We can’t wait to celebrate again next year!

This Thursday “Hangout” with Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

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“Hangout” with Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick.

The Media Committee of the CHA Designer Section invites you to a very special Google Hangout, this Thursday, January 22 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET with guests Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick.

Join hosts Nancy Keslin, Marjolaine Walker and Carol Heppner as they discuss the new book “The Art of Social Media – Power Tips for Power Users” with authors Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick.

Whether you are a designer or other member of the craft industry, social media is an important factor for determining your success or failure. Guy and Peg are top social media professionals. Their new book provides clear and expert advice in using the different social media platforms.

Guy Kawasaki is a former chief evangelist for Apple and presently holds that job title at Canva. Guy is one of the pioneers of business social-media. He is author of over a dozen books and empowers companies with his writing, speaking engagements and advice.

Peg Fitzpatrick is a social media strategist who works with Guy. She is also the director of digital marketing for Kreussler Inc. Peg is editor-in-chief of “12 Most” which is a dynamic community of influential, globally-renowned writers & business experts publishing amazing content. She is also founder of the popular Twitter chat #MyBookClub which featured the brightest authors on social media.

Join us for an hour of great conversation this Thursday as we “Hangout” with Guy and Peg. http://tiny.cc/HangoutwithUs

2015 Hot Product Award Winners Announced

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A record number of new products were submitted this year, and the celebrity and media judges selected the award winners based on what makes the product unique; how it will improve the crafter’s overall experience; and the interest it generates in crafting for non-crafters. The panel of expert media and celebrity judges, included Julie Bonnar, editor, Craft Focus; Sarah Crosland, Editor, Crafts Beautiful Magazine; David Cruz,of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker and founder & creative director of Finding Cupid; Nancy Nally, Owner, Nally Studios LLC; Erin Phraner, Editor, Good Housekeeping TV; and Jen Tryon, Owner, Tryon a Homemade Life.

The 2015 CHA Hot Product Winners are:

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Beadalon_ArtisticWireArtistic Wire™ 3D Bracelet Jig by Beadalon, allows the design of perfectly round, continuous, all-in-one bangles, cuff bracelets, and curved components in 3D using wire, stones, and beads. www.beadalon.com.

 

 

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Alumilite_AmazingRemeltAmazing Remelt by Alumilite, is an FDA compliant, completely reusable, flexible mold making material. www.moldputty.com

 

 

 

FABRIC & NEEDLE CRAFTS

FabricEditions_FabricElementsFABRIC ELEMENTS by Fabric Editions, Inc., features artist Rebekah Meier’s pre-cut line of fabrics for mixed media collages. www.fabricedtions.com.

 

 

FLORAL CRAFTS

PrintLittle B Petal Packs by Little B LLC, are a revolutionary new way to create fast, easy and beautiful paper flowers. www.littlebllc.com

 

 

 

GENERAL CRAFTS

Hazel&Ruby_DIYDecorTapeDIY Décor Tape by Hazel & Ruby, is washi tape produced in 4”, 8”, 12” & 24” rolls including solids, designed patterns, and interactive that allows consumers to add their own content.  www.hazelandruby.com.

 

 

KIDS CRAFTS

FoxChapel_TrendBooksTrend Books for Kids by Fox Chapel Publishing, are fun books that turn kids on to crafts and introduces them to a creative hobby that will last a lifetime.  www.foxchapelpublishing.com.

 

 

 

PAINT & ART

Lumi_PhotoPrintingKitLumi Photo Printing Kit by Lumi, is a new alternative to screen-printing, using the power of the sun to print customized t-shirts and textiles. www.lumi.co.

 

 

 

PAPER CRAFTS

SizzixInksheetsSizzix Inksheets by Sizzix/Ellison allows crafters to easily simulate the popular metallic foil and chalkboard trends and impress permanent, stylish colors onto cardstock, craft foil, leather, magnet sheets, wood paper and more. www.sizzix.com.

 

The winners were announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on January 11, 2015 during the CHA MEGA Show in Anaheim, CA, the world’s largest creative arts marketplace.  The annual event brings together the entire crafts and creative industry for five days, with small and large retailers, independent chains, and vendors from across the world.

 

2nd CHA Foundation Gala to benefit CRE8TIME & Kids In Need Foundation

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The Craft & Hobby Association Foundation is holding its 2nd Annual Gala celebration on Sunday evening, January 11, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Last year’s Gala was a huge success and with your help, we plan on continuing the tradition.

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This year, the CHA Foundation is happy to announce that proceeds from the Gala will go towards the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) in order to fund two $1,000 art education grants to benefit school children. KINF has been a partner of CHA’s for more than a decade and coordinates our Annual Show Harvest. To date, our industry has contributed more than $1.5 million in supplies for elementary, junior high and high school art programs from donated products following the annual MEGA Show.
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You’ll have an amazing experience from the moment you arrive on the “blue carpet”.   The night will include an open bar, three-course meal, live band and a silent auction and raffle to benefit the CRE8TIME Movement and the Kids In Need Foundation.

In addition, you’ll participate in the craft industry’s version of the Oscars! A program hosted by the hilarious duo of KIZER & BENDER that includes the prestigious CHA Industry and Hot Products Awards Ceremony, and concludes with the CHA Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Don’t forget your dancing shoes!  We’ll see you there.

379760_811886878826675_167912115_nThe CHA Foundation is a 501 c (3) charity that fosters creativity and supports the craft and creative arts industry. CRE8TIME is the Foundation’s consumer outreach initiative dedicated to encouraging consumers to take time for themselves to do the creative things they love.

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Join us to celebrate the industry!

Reserve your seats today!

We are in the process of seeking donations of unique items for the silent auction, starting at a minimum value of $100 USD.  By donating an item, you’ll be making a tax-deductible contribution to support the CHA Foundation mission.

As a donor, you will benefit from exposure of your company’s brand to those who attend the event and in emails sent to promote the event. Donors will be listed in the Gala Event program. The items you donate will be on display with your brand name throughout the evening.

To send your pledge, or for more information, please give me a call at (201) 835 1207, or email cmartell@craftandhobby.org.