Chibitronics at CHA 2016!

chibilights kit

Sometimes when you are walking around the show floor of the CHA Megashow (this one was held in January of 2016), you find booths that really catch your eye and get you exciting about crafting at a whole ‘nother level. Such was the case at the Chibitronics booth. Their idea is to integrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) WITH crafting.  I love this concept- getting kids experimenting with making creative things AND feeding their brains with science! Take a look […]

Dina Wakely of Ranger Wows at CHA 2016

Dina Wakely's Paints and fine tips for mixed-media art.

I’m not gonna lie- seeing all of the cool craft demos at CHA 2016 is as much fun as seeing the new products. And when you can stand just a foot away from an artist like Dina Wakely and watch her demonstrate, it’s a little breath-taking. Lucky us, Sara got some EXCELLENT videos at the Ranger booth- and now you get to check them all out! In Part One, we see Dina talking about her new stamps and stencils… …And […]

28 Lilac Lane Buttons by May Flaum for Buttons Galore

May Flaum's 20 Lilac Lane collection for Buttons Galore

This post and video are part of our coverage of the Craft and Hobby Mega Show (industry trade show) also known as the CHA Show 2016. It was January 7-12  in Anaheim California and we were there to get all of the new product information and demos for YOU! Please check the CHA 2016 tab for more coverage and all of the videos are on the CHA 2016 playlist on YouTube. Enjoy!  While trotting around the show floor, I ran across […]

Plaid Booth Tour & Demos at CHA 2016

Steve, Vicki and Jenny!

One of my favorite booths at CHA show is Plaid. You might not think “Plaid” when you think of super-brands like Mod Podge, Martha Stewart Crafts, Bucilla Needlearts, or Handmade Charlotte, but Plaid Crafts is behind them all! Let me show you some of the highlights from the booth! First, I say Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza giving a demo on the Photo Transfer Medium:  Get yours here! (affiliate link) We also had a quick photo op with Vicki O’Dell! […]

New from Silhouette at CHA 2016

Silhouette America is a trusted (and familiar) name in digital die cutting- but they are still innovating with two new products this year. We had a chance to catch up at the show and film TWO demos-one of the Mint (a stamp-making machine) and the Curio (an embossing/etching/diecutting tool.) First, take a peek at the MINT: Next up we have a demo of the CURIO- it’s a nifty machine that etches and embosses as well as cuts. Take a look: […]

Vicki’s CHA Trend Sightings

Vicki's CHA Trend Sightings

If you ask three different people who went to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show what trends they saw forming you would likely get three different answers. Partly because different people are drawn to different craft forms and partly because the show floor is HUGE and there is no possible way to remember every thing you saw. Having said all of that, here are some trends I saw.     Fiber arts are BIG! Think embroidery, felting, “painting” with […]

Tim Holtz and Sizzix at CHA 2016

New Sizzix Products from Tim Holtz at CHA 2016. See ALL the videos!

One of the things we LOVE about CHA is the ability to see our favorite designers and all of their new products. For today’s installment of CHA show 2016 coverage, we are hanging out at the Sizzix Booth with Tim Holtz. Over these FIVE videos, you will see the booth tour, steel rule dies, and framelits. Grab a cuppa, kick back and enjoy! Sizzix Booth Tour: New Framelits Shapes: New Steel Rule Dies: And the new Vagabond TWO!! And the […]

CHA 2016 – Ranger Ink Designer Challenge –

Ranger Designer Challenge from CHA Show 2016

Greetings, my crafty friends!  It is the end of day two here at CHA and let me tell you, we have been a busy bunch!  Being a Ranger gal, every year I always enjoy going to see the Ranger Ink designer challenge.  This year was no exception!  The designers were challenged to use Tim Holtz’ new Distress Crayons in creative ways in conjunction with Dina Wakley’s new Media Board.  Not familiar with these new products?  I would highly suggest you […]

Richard Garay Collections from CHA 2016

Richard Garay cha 2016

  Richard Garay released a line with Spellbinders at CHA 2015 and it was a great success- and this year he is back with a retail line! Here in these TWO videos, you’ll see Richard give us an overview of the lines and a die cutting demonstration, and then a closer look at the “Lumberjack” stamps. Now let’s take a closer look! This post and video are part of our coverage of the Craft and Hobby Mega Show (industry trade […]

Spellbinders: New Tools at CHA 2016

CHA 2016: New Spellbinders Tools! See them in this quick 2-minute video.

Last week I was at the Craft and Hobby Association Megashow, commonly called CHA. Now that we are home and unpacking, expect to see a LOT of posts from the show- mostly videos and demos that were LIVE on the show floor and/or recorded on Periscope.   Since I uploaded this  THREE DAYS AGO, this 2-minute video has over FIVE THOUSAND VIEWS!!! So far it’s the “winner” video of CHA 2016. Take a look at the new tools from Spellbinders […]

Vicki’s Favorite Picks from the CHA Top 20 Products


Every year at the CHA Mega Show the top 20 new products are shown to the media and judges vote to determine the best of the newest products. This year there is a wide variety of products in the Top 20 but here are a few of my very favorites. The winner won’t be announced until later in the show so I will be curious to see if any of my favorites is the winner.     This is how […]

CHA 2015 – Heidi Swapp Booth and Minc Video

Heidi Swapp CHA 2015

If you are a regular reader of Craft Test Dummies, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Heidi Swapp.  Heidi has a been a fixture in the paper crafting industry for over a decade and has always been a never-ending source of inspiration for me.  Her products always trigger my creative side and prove to be incredibly versatile.  This year at CHA, Heidi did not disappoint as we got to see a plethora of new products!  Check out […]

CHA 2015 – Beadalon 3D Bracelet Jig


Hey crafters!  This year at CHA Beadalon took home the award the Top Product of the show for their brand new 3D wire bracelet jig.  You can make all kinds of fun bracelets with this clever tool!  I can imagine this being a must-have tool for any and all jewelry makers and beaders, from beginner’s to seasoned veterans.  Take a look at our video demo below from the show and let us know if you have any questions!     […]

CHA 2015 Debut – Ken Oliver Crafts

Ken Oliver Crafts

This year at CHA seasoned designer and crafter, Ken Oliver, debuted his very own line of paper products and stamps at the show.  Ken has four new paper lines as well as color bursts, stamp pegz and click-it stamp pads.  We were fortunate enough to have Ken show us some of these new fabulous products in a few video demos.  Take a look at the videos and some of the booth candy let us know what you think!   We […]

CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

Last year I shared with you my BTS CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki post from CHA and I thought I would do the same this year. It’s fun to go to CHA as a designer member and as a member of the media for Craft Test Dummies. I get to attend lots of great functions and chat with some amazingly creative people.     The first event I attended was on Friday evening and it was the “Designer Sneak […]

Five Top Craft Trends at CHA 2015

CHA Trends 2015: Marquee /Lights

Going the the Craft and Hobby Mega Show is a must, not just to drool at the new product releases for 2015, but also to spot trends and colors that will be must-haves for crafting and home decor. Wanna peek? I made you a video: But just to recap….. FOILS: The trend of shimmer and shine extends from home decor to paper crafting to fashion. There is even a new foiling machine from Heidi Swapp called the Minc! Foiling is […]

CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

Ever have difficulty cutting through certain materials while using your thin-rule dies like Framelits or Thinlits? Well, Sizzix has come up with a new metal base plate that allows you to cut more precisely and cleanly! Take a look: And don’t those new deco sheets look fun as well?? The Precision Base Plate will be available in March, and we are hoping to have one at CTD to give a full review then.

CHA 2015 Day 2


Today was my 2nd day on the show floor. I concentrated on scoping out fashion brands and products for new things and people to work with. It was a crazy day of talking and walking. I saw more things than one post can contain, but I’ll share some highlights. I might go into depth in later posts. The day started with touring the Plaid booth with various designers and people. They have a chalky finish line complete with wax, antiquing […]

CHA Show 2015 – New Jewelry Products to Watch For

CHA Show 2015 - New Jewelry Products to Watch For

The second best thing about going to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show every January is seeing all of the new products being released. Of course the best part is leaving the snow and cold and going to Anaheim for a few days. There are several new products being released soon that we here at team CTD thought you would want to know about. Check out this list of videos I shot during the show.   CHA Show 2015 […]

CHA Show 2015: What’s New From Spellbinders

Spellbinders new product #CHAshow 2015

Spellbinders is again expanding their line of papercrafting into mixed media and home decor with new dies, embossing folders, and now…… rhinestones and trims! I was invited to the media breakfast and snapped these pics and video for you. I’m hoping we’ll get some of these goodies to review for you, too!     I was invited to the media breakfast and snapped these pics and video for you. I’m hoping we’ll get some of these goodies to review for […]