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 :)

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Marisa Job said...

These are great pictures!! It was wonderful to see you again!! Big hugs!

Seth said...

So glad that our paths crossed at CHA Margie. And thanks for the shout out in your post. You are the best!