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 :)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: How to Alter a Tin With Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape

Today I'm up on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog!! I am SO excited to share with you a project that features one of Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Collection's newest release (coming soon!!) - Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape in Ash and Oak!

I'll share some sneaks but you will need to get to How To Alter a Tin With Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape post for detailed steps :)

So check out my How To Alter a Tin With Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape post and get your tissue tape ON with the Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape!

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Design Memory Craft: PITT® Artist Pen Journal Book Cover Tutorial

Today is my turn to post on Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Blog! I have to admit I don't doodle much but when asked to try my hand at Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® PITT® Artist Pens...well, now is a good time as ever! LOL!! I loved how it turned out - what do you think?

Just a couple of peeks as the rest is featured on the Company blog :)

Ooops! Can't show any more - click on to PITT® Artist Pen Journal Book Cover Tutorial post for more details and full supplies list. Would love to read what you think!

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Seasons Givings 2016 WINNER(S?)!!!

First of all, I want to THANK EACH & EVERYONE of you who took the time to hop and stop by my Seasons Givings Blog Hop - Year 4 post!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a BIG ONE, right?! LOL!!

I am so grateful that I am not only announcing the BIG prize winner but also one more as a surprise :)

So congratulations to
................................... Neva Cole for the BIG prize!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

For the 200th follower, I am sending a make'n take kit that was used in 2015 at Spellbinders' booth using the Celebra'tion Collection by Richard Garay...
.................... arlsmom aka Lynda!!! Congratulations and thank you for being a new follower!!

Again, thank you to you all for participating. I hope to continue to inspire you all with my artwork so that you can re-create them for your family and friends!

Winners, please contact me at m higuchi at comcast dot net.

Many thanks and a happy new year!!

Now off to pack for CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) trade show in Anaheim, CA!