CHA 2015 MEGA Show 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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  • 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!

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


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

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

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

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CHA Connected Gift Lounge at the Emmy Awards Announcement Ceremony


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHA Members Getting Crafty at Teen Choice!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Value of Presenting a Workshop or Seminar at a CHA Conference


When you sponsor a workshop or present at a CHA Conference you:

– Directly impact hundreds of companies with your message
– Build credibility within the creative industry
– Increase exposure for your business and services

For more information visit www.craftandhobby.org/CNC or contact Keli Bell-Cole, CMP, kbell-cole@craftandhobby.org

What Will You CRE8TIME For…? (Show Us Your Hands!)


At the CHA Winter Show iLoveToCreate asked, “What will you CRE8TIME for this year?

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We LOVED that question, and decided to have CHA Staff participate:

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You can view all of the photos on the CRE8TIME Pinterest page.


Now we’re asking for YOU to get your employees, co-workers and friends to JOIN US!

Here’s what to do:

Our goal is to collect 2,000 photos by the end of February.

Thank you for helping to spread the movement. It’s amazing what we can learn about each other through creativity!

CHA Celebrates Innovation at the 2013 Winter Show


The CHA 2013 Winter Conference & Trade Show drew 3336 buyers and 928 networkers, totaling  4264 attendees; of which 790 were international, joining us from 56 countries including Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany.

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While the temperature was down, the energy was up. Despite the unusual California weather being as low as some 30 degrees, exhibitors and attendees were all in good spirits yielding positive results. For some, this Show was the most successful it’s been in years.

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“We’ve been exhibiting at the Winter Show for the entire life of our company – seven years that is – and 2013 was our best Show ever! Our booth was busy literally the whole time. We’ve always seen the Show as – primarily – a way to build brand awareness and network with distribution partners. But this year we worked with a lot of independent retailers and wrote a lot of orders. We did more international business than ever before, picking up new distributors and retailers in Australia, South America, Europe, and Far East.” Sara Davies – Sales Director, Crafters Companion

“This year’s CHA Show was the best in years for us. Not only was it a great forum to see many of our current customers in one place, but it also presented an opportunity to meet new buyers from the international community.”  Ryan Newell – President, Spinrite LP.

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“The CHA Conference & Trade Show is the only event on the planet where we can greet hundreds of customers in three days. We cannot imagine choosing not to be there. The 2013 CHA Winter show was our best show ever; the quantity of customers, the quantity of leads and the sales dollars written were all record numbers. The CHA Winter Show was a great start for a new year!” Bobbie Medema – Marketing Director, Notions Marketing

Another key contributing factor to the positive momentum was the launch of the CRE8TIME industry consumer awareness campaign and the new CRE8TIME.org website.  CRE8TIME is a movement funded by the CHA Foundation, designed to encourage creativity by getting participants to pledge 8 hours per month to doing something creative. CRE8TIME.org serves as the hub of the CRE8TIME social movement. It is a community where “CRE8ERS” share their crafts, pledge their hours, get inspired, stay informed and learn how to reclaim 8 hours a month.

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“The positive energy from both exhibitors and attendees is very encouraging and speaks volumes to the vibrancy and momentum building for the industry. We look forward to carrying that excitement forward with all the new programs we are launching in 2013.” Andrej SuskavcevicCAE, President and CEO, Craft & Hobby Association.

Every year CHA gives out awards to select exhibitors for outstanding work in product innovation.  Those receiving awards for their products include: Innovative Product Award – Katy Sue Designs/Flower SoftSilicone Molds (www.katysuedesigns.com); Attendee Choice Award – Spellbinders Paper ArtsImperial Gold (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com); and two Honorable Mention Innovative Product Awards – June TailorT-shirt Transformation Ruler Center (www.junetailor.com) and We R Memory KeepersEnvelope Punch Board (http://www.weronthenet.com).

CHA accepts nominations annually from members throughout the industry with the purpose of identifying individuals and companies making significant contributions to humanity, the industry, and the Association. This year Creative Leisure News’ Mike Hartnett was the recipient of the Meritorious Award of Honor. This is the highest award recognition the Craft & Hobby Association can bestow upon an individual past or present member, and is given for significant contributions made to the Association. The Special Recognition Award went to Mari Eriksson and the staff of Fusion Beads, a retail store in Seattle Washington. This award is presented to a person, group and/or company for their extraordinary contribution in an activity showcasing the craft and hobby industry in a positive way.

In 2014 the CHA Winter Conference & Trade Show will return to Anaheim, California January 10-14 to celebrate the 73rd edition of the Show.

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The CHA “HOT 20” Announced for the 2013 Winter Show

The Craft & Hobby Association’s (CHA) celebrity media judges are pleased to announce their picks for the 2013 Winter “CHA Hot 20” list of products. The CHA Hot 20 are headlining products that will be introduced at the CHA Sneak Peek Media & Buyer Event on January 11, 2013 during the CHA 2013 Winter Conference & Trade Show held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from January 11 – 15, 2013.

The CHA celebrity panel judges selected the “CHA Hot 20” from dozens of new craft products entered in the Innovations New Product Showcase. The following were selected as CHA’s Hot 20 products of the CHA 2013 Winter Show:

Faber-Castell – Mix & Match Gelatos Misting Kit enables the creation of colorful mists using a simple process and the tools using the 8 NEW Gelatos colors. Booth #1549.

Sticky Sticks LLC – Sticky Sticks are tongue depressor-sized craft sticks with the most amazing adhesive on one side of one end. They stick permanently to paper, ribbon, felt, foam, and wood. Booth # 2305.

CTF Enterprises, Inc. – FixNZip is a patented, zipper slider replacement that repairs zippers without tools or sewing. Booth #2105.

We R Memory Keepers – Envelope Punch Board is the first and only Envelope Punch Board on the market! Just punch and score for perfect envelopes. No scissors necessary. Booth #1664.

Ranger Industries – Tim Holtz Distress Paints are fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces and are reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains–perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Booth #636.

Environmental Technology Inc. – EnviroTex Jewelry Clay® is a new professional grade Jewelry Clay® that will not shrink when cured. EnviroTex Jewelry Clay® will adhere to glass, metal and wood. Booth #1429.

Fiskars Brands Inc. – The AdvantEdge™ Punch System adds decorative borders to craft projects while the slide-and-lock technology keeps the paper in one place and slide the punch cartridge from one lock-in slot to the next, keeping every punch perfectly spaced. Booth #1000.

Fiskars Brands Inc. – Fuse Creativity System® is the only 12” system on the market that can die cut and letterpress in one easy pass through the machine. Booth #1000.

Beadalon – The Jewel Loom™ designed by International Jewelry Artist Julianna C Hudgins fits perfectly in the palm of your hand allowing for ease of use for a comfortable grip and ultimate control while bead weaving. Booth #1237.

Plaid Enterprises Inc. – Plaid FolkArt Handmade Charlotte Stencils designed by Rachel Faucett, include functional, family-friendly designs that come to life with FolkArt paint. Booth #1401.

Plaid Enterprises Inc. – Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glass Paint is specially formulated, high performance premium paints that are permanent, dishwasher safe, and UV/weather resistant. Booth #1401.

ImpressArt® Metal Stamps – ImpressArt® Design Stamp Packs offer jewelry and mixed media artists collections of metal stamps in themes ranging from weddings and family to sports and shabby chic. Booth #733.

Spellbinders Paper Arts – Spellbinders Imperial Gold is brings out the 4th dimension with die templates that cut, emboss, stencil and deboss. Never before have you had the ability to cut & create in multiple layers with a single die template. Booth #2565.

Katy Sue Designs – Silicone Molds for decorating cupcakes and candies are FDA compliant perfect for fondant, candy or chocolate top instantly. With developments in food safe colourings such as pens, crafters can now transfer colour techniques to their cakes. Booth #2725.

Purple Cows, Inc. – Encaustic Paint is handmade in the USA from the highest quality of naturally purified beeswax, damar resin with a 1:8 ratio and the finest dry pigments. Booth #2581.

Global Solutions, Inc.– Self Adhesive wax seals are an easy way to make your project special. Simply peel and stick the seals on to invitations, scrapbooks, cards, soap or wine bottles. Booth #610.

The DMC Corporation – Emma Broidery: Memory Thread How To Guide features more than 60 pages of instructive photographs and projects that educate, encourage and inspire crafters and stitchers alike. The book includes step-by-step instructions for trendy jewelry making and paper crafts as well as needlework applications. Booth #1337.

Craft Attitude – JEWELRY ATTITUDE™ is a way for jewelry makers to personalize their metal, leather, beads, charms and accessory jewelry items with photos and names. By printing right on the inkjet compatible film, photos and words are crisp and clear. Booth #477.

Krylon – Krylon® Glitter Blast™ Glitter Spray is a uniquely intense, sparkling glitter finish with exceptional depth that makes it easy to achieve an irresistible look on almost any surface. Booth #2508.

June Tailor, Inc. – T-Shirt Transformation Ruler Center, lets you mark and cut perfect T-Shirt blocks for quilts, tote bags, pillows and more. Printed grid lines and 45° markings to perfectly align and center t-shirt graphics. Booth #1291.

The CHA Hot 20 represent only a glimpse of the thousands of new products that will be launched or on display at the CHA 2013 Winter Show.

CHA media judges include Jenn Mason, mixed-media artist, designer and Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazines; Nancy Nally publisher and editor of Scrapbook Update, a leading online source for scrapbooking industry news and information; Stephenson Darling a director for Northridge Publishing, a leading publisher of scrapbooking and crafting magazines and idea books, including Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Bead Trends, Create Idea Books and Creative Retailer Magazine; Julie Mc Guffee, author, craft industry veteran who is the current host of Scrapbook Soup; Jenny Barnett Rohrs is the founder and “craft evangelist” at CraftTestDummies.com, the “Consumer Reports” of craft product review blogs; Ana Araujo a 20-year industry veteran, author and Host and Executive Producer of the online Craft TV Channel When Creativity Knocks, and the host of the new show Mama Knows Best.