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CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

January 30, 2015

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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 […]

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Five Top Craft Trends at CHA 2015

January 24, 2015

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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 […]

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CHA 2015; Precision Base Plate for Sizzix for Tim Holtz

January 21, 2015

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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 […]

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CHA 2015 Day 2

January 20, 2015

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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 […]

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CHA Show 2015 – New Jewelry Products to Watch For

January 19, 2015

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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 […]

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CHA Show 2015: What’s New From Spellbinders

January 16, 2015

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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 […]

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

January 15, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

You just never know what you will find at the CHA show. Giant elephants, life size hot air balloons or a full scale knitted or crochet version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Or in this case YARNIA.     The folks at Spinrite (the makers of Patons, Bernat, Caron and Lily Sugar n’ Cream) went all […]

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CHA 2015: Day 1

January 11, 2015

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Technically this is my 2nd day at CHA, but the 1st on the show floor. Yesterday, I traveled from Richmond, CA to Atlanta, GA, to Los Angeles, CA, to Anaheim, CA. It was a long day of traveling, but I was happy to arrive in sunny California to see new products, companies and long time […]

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#CHAshow 2015, Here We Come!

January 8, 2015

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Tomorrow I head out with my crafty BFF Vicki to the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. If you have no idea what that is…well, check this out!   Follow along with us! TWITTER: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy Vicki: @CreativeGoddess Sara: @SaraJaneCrafts #TeamCTD/#CHAshow INSTAGRAM: Jenny: @CraftTestDummy and don’t forget YOUTUBE! New videos will be added daily!   […]

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CHA 2014 – Sara’s Crafty Picks

March 28, 2014

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Hello crafters!  I know many of you have heard about the new hot products like the Brother ScanNCut and Tim’s Distress Marker Spritzer, (I will be  needing both of those in my studio ASAP,) but I thought I’d show you some of my personal favorites spotted at CHA 2014.  These will be my tried-and-true booths […]

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CHA 2014 – Ranger Ink Booth Sights and Sounds

March 10, 2014

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It shouldn’t be a big surprise that Ranger Ink is my favorite booth to visit at CHA!  I love seeing all of the happy, familiar faces of people that work with the company and running into my friends from Ranger U.  I also love watching and taking video demo’s from the designer’s and getting to […]

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CHA Show 2014: Booth Love for Imagine Crafts

March 5, 2014

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Sometimes I get sucked into a booth at CHA not because the displays are so spectacular, but because the PRODUCT LOOKS SO YUMMY. This happened at winter CHA show 2014 at the Imagine Crafts booth. Er. Meh Ger. So much luscious color and inky goodness! Take a look: I just love this display of color, […]

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CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

February 19, 2014

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CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

  I’m sure you’ve been enjoying all of the great new craft products Team CTD found for you at CHA this year but have you ever wondered what goes on BESIDES walking the show floor? A LOT! I thought I would share a little behind the scenes look a la Vicki O’Dell The Creative Goddess […]

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CHA New Product: True Angle Rulers

February 18, 2014

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If you’re a quilter or papercrafter looking to take your designs to the next level, you’ve probably considered adding unique angles to your work. But angles are hard. It is hard to get them accurate. They are not easy to measure. But not anymore. Thanks to the folks at Quint Measuring systems. But before I […]

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CHA 2014 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Booth Tour

February 17, 2014

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Hello Crafters!  It was a great season for Tim Holtz‘ idea-ology line with so many new products to ogle over!  Personally, I love the new adornments, letterpress blocks, Found Relatives cards and ephemera packs!  But don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty more to see and get excited over!  I filmed a little video tour of […]

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CHA 2014: New Product: SandIts

February 13, 2014

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SandIts - New Product at CHA 2014

I’ve gone to CHA for a couple years now, and hands-down my favorite part of the show is the new products section. This year, one of my favorites was SandIts. Paul and his son (who is manning the camera for the video below) were charming, and their product is just plain neat. Paul told me […]

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CHA 2014: Spotlight on New Products

February 12, 2014

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As expected, CHA did not disappoint in showing off the newest products that all of the paper crafting companies were on hand to launch. After wandering up and down aisle after aisle of awesomeness, I’ve narrowed down all of the cool things that I saw to my top 5 favorites. Are you ready to see […]

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CHA 2014: Trend Spotting – Needle Arts

February 11, 2014

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CHA 2014: Trend Spotting - Needle Arts

Part of the fun of going to CHA is trying to spot new emerging trends. One trend I spotted coming out of the CHA Mega Show this year has to do with needle arts. I’ve done some looking around since I’ve been home as well and I’m pretty sure all sorts of needle arts will […]

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CHA 2014 – Spellbinders A Gilded Life Booth and Video Demo

February 5, 2014

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This year at CHA 2014, Spellbinders debuted their new line with A Gilded Life.  We caught up with A Gilded Life desiner, Shea Fragoso, at CHA 2014 where she demonstrated a make-and-take for us, creating a gorgeous necklace in mere minutes!  I was very excited to see the new acrylic covers that come with all […]

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CHA 2014 New Product: Amazing Tape

February 4, 2014

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As I was strolling through the new product section at CHA, I came across a product that I’ve seen in my Local Quilt Shop, but might be new to lots of crafters: Amazing Tape. What’s so amazing about Amazing Tape? First: it isn’t tape. That’s right, it has no adhesive at all. It is best […]

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CHA 2014 Trends: Things are Getting Sticky

January 30, 2014

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Fabric Duck Tape

After a long weekend at CHA, I had an even longer drive home (about 7 hours), and I thought about all the things I’d seen in my 2.5-ish days at the show. And there was a lot. Lots of lots. But I kept coming back to one thing. Sticky. There was a lot of sticking […]

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CHA 2014: Recap of New (& Improved) Product Highlights

January 29, 2014

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I love scouting the show floor for new products at CHA- sometimes they are not necessarily “brand new”- but tweaks/ improvements on existing products. So let me show you some of the highlights I found! Impress Art has developed new soft-strike metal jewelry blanks that look like sterling but a fraction of the cost. And […]

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CHA 2014: 3Doodler Printing Pen

January 28, 2014

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I have been intrigued by 3 D printing machines ever since I first heard from them. However, with a price tag of over 2K, it’s not really in my budget. But this little gizmo I spotted might be a fun fill-in (forgive the pun) until the price goes down: the 3Doodler. I had to stop […]

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CHA 2014: Collage Clay Demo from Plaid

January 27, 2014

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Can I just admit flat-out that I adore Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza? In addition to creating fun & inspiring videos AND being some of the nicest people on the planet, they also create  spectacular new craft products. This year they are adding to their Mod Melts line and are debuting Collage Clay! If you […]

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Jenny’s Picks from #CHAshow: Spellbinders Tool-in-One

January 23, 2014

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As I mentioned earlier, I often have folks ask me what my CHA show favorites are. Sometimes it’s a wowzer new machine like the Brother Scan-N-Cut, but sometimes its a simple thing that makes life easier. Enter the new Spellbinder Tool-In-One. This cute little gizmo features a rolling brush and a little tool kit to […]

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CHA 2014: Three Top Trends in Paper Crafting

January 21, 2014

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I’ve been up and down the oodles of aisles at CHA hunting for the latest and greatest products and it’s been no easy feat! It can be overwhelming to search out the best of the best, but I’ve narrowed down everything I’ve looked at into the Three Top Trends in Paper Crafting for 2014. Now […]

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CHA 2014 – Art Anthology – Video Paint Demo with Jen Starr

January 20, 2014

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Greetings from CHA, Craft Test Dummies!  I was so happy to find Jen Starr at the Art Anthology booth and see all of the amazing paints available from the velvet dimensional paint to the color sprays in amazing colors.  It is so cool to see just how versatile these paints are and watching Jen demonstrate […]

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CHA 2014 Video Demo – Ranger Ink – Dyan Reaveley – Dylusions White Ink Spray Pad Technique -

January 15, 2014

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Hello Crafters!  We are at CHA 2014 and here is Ranger Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley showing us a FAB technique using her Dylusions Ink Spray Pad with Ranger Ink and how to get the perfect white ink pad in conjunction with her White Linen ink spray!  Finding that perfect white ink pad can prove to […]

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CHA Show Winter 2014: Lion Brand Yarn Booth Love

January 14, 2014

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CHA Show is such an amazing event- the new products are a given. But really the BOOTHS are one of my favorite things! This year, the Lion Brand Yarn Booth wins for my personal favorite. They re-created monuments and geographic icons in YARN. The theme was Yarn of the World. Check this out! Stonehenge. Check […]

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CHA Mega Show 2014 – Designer Sneak Peek

January 11, 2014

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  One of the newer events that  CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) has been sponsoring is the CHA Designer Sneak Peek. It’s a chance for the designer members to see some of the newest products available for the show and talk to the creators and manufacturers one-on-one. Sometime it is difficult as a designer to […]

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