The 2014 CHA Hot 20

Be among the first to get your hands on the BEST NEW
PRODUCTS at the 2014 CHA Mega Show!

We’re talking Creativity . Originality . Ingenuity . INNOVATION! And the CHA 2014 MEGA Show is the ONLY place you can see all of the newest and most innovative products to hit the marketplace – and all in one place! You won’t want to miss the NEW Product Preview VIP Event (open only to Buyers and Media), on Friday, January 10, 2014.


Let’s talk CHA Hot 20!

What’s the CHA Hot 20? Just the hottest new items of 2014, hand-selected by an esteemed panel of industry experts, from this year’s new product submissions. Attend the New Product Preview VIP Event and you’ll be among the first to get up close and personal with a select number of never released, newsworthy products, and the companies that created them. You’ll also have an opportunity to speak with the innovators and trendsetters who are shaping the craft industry.

CHA is dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to help you grow your business! Don’t miss the New Product Preview VIP Event. Space is limited. Be sure to get your tickets when Education Program Registration opens on November 5. .


P.S. Exhibitors: We want your new items! If you would like to participate in the 2014 New Products Program, please click here to enter product/product line(s) that will launching to consumers in 2014. Please note that any product available for sale in 2013 will not be considered for display or for the Hot 20). In order to be considered, entries must be received by November 29, 2013.

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.


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.


“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.


“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 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. 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.


“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 (; Attendee Choice Award – Spellbinders Paper ArtsImperial Gold (; and two Honorable Mention Innovative Product Awards – June TailorT-shirt Transformation Ruler Center ( and We R Memory KeepersEnvelope Punch Board (

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.


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, 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.

The “CHA Hot 20” Announced for the 2012 Winter Show

Celebrity judges select top innovations at craft industry’s largest trade show

CHA’s celebrity judges are pleased to announce CHA’s hottest 20 products being launched from the CHA 2012 Winter Conference & Trade Show.  The “CHA Hot 20,” were selected from the more than one hundreds new products entered into the Innovations Product Showcase which is a small sample of the thousands of new products that will be launched from the Winter Show this week. The “CHA Hot 20” will be featured during an exclusive CHA Innovations Sneak Peek Media & Buyers’ Event at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, on Saturday, January 29. 

 Celebrity judges include Terri O, PBS-TV’s Super Simple With Terri O and CHA spokesperson; Jenn Mason, editor for CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS Magazine; Katie Hacker, T.V. host of Beads, Baubles and Jewels; Joy Macdonell, T.V. and online host of Crafting at the Spotted Canary; Julie McGuffee and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, co-hosts of Scrapbook Soup; Candie Cooper, designer, author and host on the T.V. series Hands On; and Tina Manzer, editor, Art Materials Retailer Magazine.

 Descriptions of the “CHA Hot 20” products will offer only a small sample of creative products being introduced at the Show. All images can be seen on the CHA Flickr account

Yaley Enterprises Inc.’s Cool2Cast by Tiffany Windsor is a plaster product designed for embedding, embossing, stamping, coloring,glossing and more for jewelry, home décor and mixed-media crafting.

Leisure Art’s The Knook makes learning to knit easy with one tool – a new and unique specialized bamboo crochet hook, which replaces a traditional needle.  No more dropped stitches with a hook and cord to keep them secure.

Purple Cow’s CraftGeek Pin is a portable stapler for adding decorative metal embellishments to creative products with 10 different pin designs, including hearts, daisies, butterflies and buckles. 

 Shoe Attitude’s KODAK Shoe Art Film is an at-home shoe decorator kit, including patented film with glue stick and printing instructions for how to design custom prints for shoes.

Flower Me With Candy’s Flower Making Tool creates one-of-kind edible handcrafted flowers made with fresh candy in original wrappers and combined with silk floral materials and fun accents to create uniquely designed and realistic-looking floral arrangements.

Craftwell’s eBosser is the first automatic and electric embosser/die cutter that handles materials up to letter and A4 sizes.  Card makers can now make full-size cards in seconds without having to turn a handle multiple times.  The eBosser cuts leather and up to eight layers of fabric at a time and is compatible with most cutting dies and embossing folders.


 Sullivans USA’s The Cutting Edge Clear Rulers are designed to sharpen rotary cutter blades with every cut.  The ruler’s diamond carbide edge maintains the cutter blade’s sharpness, making it last longer.

Dazzu’s Dazzu Light Craft Studio is a children’s product that combines patent-pending technology with traditional crafts.  Each kit contains programmable, interactive lights that are a perfect addition to door signs, frames, journals, bracelets, photo albums and more.  Kids can program their creation and share it online.




 Yu-Gene Enterprise Company Ltd.’s USB Power Glue Gun is a product that uses a USB outlet from a computer as a power source for the glue gun, providing safe and steady glue flow for the modern “connected” crafter.

Prima Marketing Inc.’s Prima Press is a new “writing” tool that holds individual letter stamps so crafters can build the perfect word for each project, similar to an at-home print shop. 

Diamond Head Upholstery Tack is a one-of-a-kind product used to revamp furniture by using upholstery nails made of genuine bohemian crystals or lust art glass cabochon stones.  The trademark system allows users to change the crystal or stone and bezel without replacing nails. 

Clear Scraps’ Send it Clear is a clear card kit designed for scrapbookers and card makers.  The kit is made up of three clear card pieces, eight binding stickers and one clear envelope to make a 4-inch by 6-inch clear card.  The cards can be inked, stamped, embossed and even sewn together for a one-of-kind creation.


Eco Green Crafts’ Eco Crayons are environmentally friendly crayons made of plants and bees wax kept tidy in a recycled paper box.


Beadalon’s Hybraid combines the best characteristics of wire and cord in a single beaded jewelry product.  This unique cord adds texture, body and energy while behaving unlike any other beading material.  The core of Hybraid is made of copper wire, surrounded by Spectra braided fiber and encased in braded stainless steel wire.

Epiphany Crafts Inc.’s Crafty Bands are used to create unique, customizable silicone bracelets using the Shape Studio Tool.  Add a brightly colored setting and snap onto a scalloped stretchy band for a creative fashion accessory.

Hot Off the Press Inc.’s Copper Color Me is a paper product that makes creating the perfect color easy for cards and scrapbooks.  The paper can be colored with nearly any product, including alcohol pens, markers, mists, chalk and more.

 iLoveToCreate’s Tulip ScreenIt All-in-1 Screen Printing System is designed for a quick and easy method of at-home screen printing with professional results.

June Tailor Inc.’s Fringe In a Flash, Multi-Blade Rotary Cutter provides a fast and easy way to cut fringe for fleece tie blankets, pillows, scarves and more by using innovative rotary cutters with evenly spaced blades that cut three, one-inch-wide fringe strips or four, half-inch-wide fringe strips at a time.

Prym Consumer USA Inc.’s Babyville Boutique is the first complete sew-it-yourself diaper program that meets the needs of today’s eco-conscious mothers using cloth diapers. 

Duro Art Industries’ Stick On Artist Canvas is a real artist’s canvas with a repositionable, adhesive back.  The new product allows artists to display their work in new and different ways.  

These and over 100 other new craft products will be on display in the Innovations Showcase on the Show floor at the CHA Winter Show January 29 – February 1.  Access to the trade show is limited to qualified members of the industry only.  This is not a consumer event.