Thursday, February 04, 2016

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Make My Heart Smile with 3D Hearts and Pigment Powder Card Tutorial

Hello everyone! I am so excited to show you all my Valentines Day card on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog!! It's refreshing to create something girlie when you are a mom of boys! HAHAHAHA!! When I saw these 3D Foam Hearts, balloons came to mind! LOL! This is the card I created...what do you think?

Showing you some sneaks but you'll need to go to the blog for the detailed steps out and full supplies list :)

OK - better stop! LOL!! See what you like?
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Happy (early) Valentine's Day!!

Monday, February 01, 2016

CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) Mega Trade Show - Winter 2016 (Part 2)

My continued post about my happenings at last month's CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) Mega Trade Show - Winter 2016. If you missed Part 1, please click: CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) Mega Trade Show - Winter 2016 (Part 1).

It's Sunday (1/10) morning - Day 2 of CHA! Today I attend two breakfast events (7:00AM Michaels Bloggers Breakfast & 9:00AM Spellbinders Media Breakfast) and led a make 'n take at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (Booth #755) at the end of the day (3:00 to 5:00 PM). Then off to a business dinner.

Not a bad looking bunch for 7:00AM! LOL!! Had a nice chat with Jo Pearson, spokesperson for Michaels and one of the judges of Craft Wars on the TLC Channel a couple of years ago. So fun to chat with her!

Spellbinders Media Breakfast is always FUN - lots of information on their product line and inspiration behind them. LOVED the featured designers - Stacey Caron, Becca Feeken, Debi Adams, Donna Salazar, Seth Apter and Tammy Tutterow. ALL are amazing talent!!

Finally got an updated picture together with Spellbinders Co-Founder, President and Licensed Designer, Stacey Caron, before the media crowd came in. LOVE HER~!!

Then walk off two breakfasts by wandering the floor to look for trends and fun designs...

Thought this was cool to have a studio right on the show floor - we had another that was more of a stage format that Create and Craft folks were using (LIVE broadcast).

Happy to see these AMAZINGLY TALENTED artists - Carisa Zglobicki and Chrissie Tobas!! It took Chrissie and I to fly to LA to see each other - um, we live in neighboring towns back in Chicago. Go figure! LOL!!

FINALLY got to meet this sweet person, Rose Curtis, at CHA IRL (In Real Life)!! We have worked together (website-related) - she from AZ and me from IL over Skype. SO excited!!

Then off to lead a make 'n take project at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (#755) featuring Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L newest release! We had retailers create a lanyard dec - so cute and fun to make. Featured product: Girlie Grunge Gauze (coming soon), Girlie Grunge Art Medium (coming soon), Dodz Small and Dodz XL. See the Steel Rule Die and the larger spiral blossom die cut? Those are Donna's newest release (SR-034 Jumbo Roses and S4-573 Big Blossom - coming soon) with Spellbinders Creative Arts!

AND while I was doing the make 'n take, the uber talented Donna Salazar and Marisa Job sandwich me for a quick picture (thank you, Richard Job for taking the picture of us crazy girls! lol!)!

Then off to dinner with friends to talk about crafty business while roomie (and the rest of my designer friends - lol!) watches Downton Abby (a popular UK TV series).

Day 3 - I'm off to the Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Booth (#2701). I had fun adult coloring this 5th Anniversary postcard designed by talented Jamie Dougherty with retailers! They can take it home with them or the Company will mail it for you! How cool!

This wonderful bold artwork was created by Design Memory Craft Sales Guru Tammie Wilson! Caught my eye = LOVE! See! Even the folks who work there are artist themselves :)

Got to hang out with these crazy talented peeps - Rita Barakat and Mou Sau who are members of the Design Memory Craft Design Team.

See the scarf around my neck?! It was colored with Design Memory Craft® Steampunk Gelatos® by dissolving each Gelatos® color with water and misting the liquid onto the white scarf. The office challenged me to alter mine to take to the show. LOVED how it turned out...ombre design!

After I was done helping out (actually playing! lol!), I wandered on the floor to end up back at the Spellbinders booth to see the raffling off of the "Tricked Up" Platinum Machines. Each machine was designed by our talented licensed designers. I managed to take these designed by (top:) Debi Adams & Tammy Tutterow and (bottom) Donna Salazar & Seth Apter.

This pretty lady is Mary Busch, V.P. of Marketing for Spellbinders, announcing retailer winners and holding up Stacey Caron's "Tricked Out" Platinum Machine :)

The day ended with a quiet dinner of reflection with my roomie at Morton's, thank goodness I shared the desert with Betsy (I forgot about their HUGE slices!). It was YUMMY! LOL!!

Next morning, she was off for the last day of CHA and breakdown of the booth. I headed for the airport (SNA) back to the FROZEN land of Chicago - HA! Farewell CHA in Anaheim, CA! Looking forward to the 2017 show in Phoenix AZ :)

Thanks for sticking with me this far! LOL!
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc) Mega Trade Show - Winter 2016 (Part 1)

What can I say about this annual event? It's exciting, fun and exhausting! LOL! I have been fortunate to attend for several years and it never gets old.

On Friday, January 8th, flying out to Orange County (CA) Airport took forever as my plane didn't show up until 40 mins later! Weather in Chicago was perfect - figures! HA! But lucky me, hubby gave me a pass to the United Lounge = SCORE!

When I finally got to the Anaheim Convention Center, I rushed up to Girlie Grunge Mixed Media Canvas Class by Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®. It was so nice to see everyone creating a wonderful project. Donna is an amazing artist - LOVE HER!!

Afterwards, there was the CHA Mega Block Party outside which was a bit chilly for LA but still a lot of fun and caught up with industry friends! Finally was able to hang out with my roomie :)

The next day (1/9) was the first day of CHA! But first we got our vitamin C fizzy drinks ON to start the day - CHEERS :)

We made it! Excited to see everyONE and everyTHING! Can't believe how big this sign is - LOL!!

This is my wonderful roommate, Betsy Burnett, who has put up with me for three years - LOVE HER!! She gets me! LOL!! She also has a HUGE HEART coming here to bring awareness to her cause and passion - Operation Christmas Child (#CrazyShoeBoxLady). I admire and respect her for all she is doing and for the Craft Industry that has embraced her with support! LOVE this industry!! GO BETSY!

I walked the floor to see every thing but was so overwhelmed with product and talking to friends. Didn't take much pictures. BUT here are some fun pictures - you may recognize my crazy friends (Top: Susan Opel, Middle: Susan Opel & Julie Comstock, Bottom: HeeSun Kim & Eun Young both from S. Korea)! HA!

This booth - Lion Brand Yarn had the most striking booth. I literally stopped in my tracks to take a look at the detailed knit work. They won the Critics' Choice Booth Award - just amazing! It is awarded to one exhibitor that best represents the creative spirit of the industry. What do you think?

I was invited by Offray to try their newest tool called the Bow Genius™, a bow making tool. It was nominated CHA 2016 Hot Product Award for the General Craft and Floral Craft Categories. So I went to the scheduled make 'n take to create a Pomander project and had SO MUCH FUN!! I hope to do a review about this tool in the very near future :)

After meeting up with Betsy, she and I went back to the hotel to put our feet up to talk about the day (we went our separate ways most of the time) and got ready for Prime/FaveCraft Bloggers Network Event at the Hilton. Great to see friends and meet new ones!

Wonderful conversations with manufacturers who want to work with bloggers on how to get brand awareness out to the market place. LOVE talking about marketing - I am in my element. Thanks to the hard working crew at Prime Publishing/FaveCraft!!

So that concludes Education Day and Day One of CHA! Stay tuned for more - coming SOON!

Thanks for visiting :)