Thursday, February 3, 2011

CHA 2011 - LA

The Craft and Hobby Association Show was at the LA Convention Center this year. I only attended one day and boy was there a lot to pack in.


So where to start… well it seems like every artist out there has a stamp line! Suzi Blu, Melody Ross, Donna Downey and many others are co-branded with Unity Stamp Co. I love Claudine Hellmuth and I stopped by the Ranger booth while she was demonstrating.  
 She signed this little tag that she created with her stamps.

I love her… so pretty and gracious and a sense of humor to boot! I tried to meet Tim Holtz but the line of his adoring fans was a bit too long. I love his creativity and his displays. Here are a few shots of both:




I also caught Dyan Reaveley demonstrating at the Ranger booth. I just love her use of color:


Susan Lenart Kazmer had a great booth with wonderful jewelry and her Ice Resin product… I wanted to meet her but she was way to busy… which is a good thing!

One of my first make and take came from Bottle Cap Inc.  I love this little necklace and they had this great tool for punching the hole in the cap:


The Eyelet Outlet had a fun make and take… you got to fill up a package with products and take-it home to create:

Aren’t they fun!

The displays at CHA are so creative and fun. I had a ton of favorites but for some reason I really liked this one:

Graphic 45... Not sure if it was the colors or that it evoked a nostalgic feeling?


I also love the Jenni Bowlin Collection… her bingo cards and silhouettes… so fun…


Here are 2 shots from Ribbon Ring… They have a great way to hold and organize your ribbons but I really could not get past these displays…maybe it was because it was the end of the day and I wished these were real! They are all made from ribbon!



I loved this idea in the FabScraps booth:



And I could not resist their adorable felt heart!


I love paper… especially textured papers. I spent a bit of time in the Black Ink Creative International Papers Booth. I have used many of their papers in my work. I could just hear my husband “and you need more paper because?”

Anyway here are a few shots of paper heaven!



Another of my favorite stops was Lansing Blumenthal. I know I mentioned them last year too. 
This was our make and take this year:


I love buttons even more than paper… well maybe not more but at least as well… here are a few shots of guess what buttons!




I thought this was a cute giveaway from Petticoat Parlor… laser cuts for scrap booking!


I received some great chalk from Colorz Chalk… they produce any size, any shape and any color:


I can not wait to play with this… look at all of these colors!

I was given some new products to try fromTri-Art that are distributed through Jack Richeson:


I thought this next product was absolutely fun... look at this beautiful ...FELT from Kunin Felt! Made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles!!





Now I love the name of this company:


They are right in my backyard in Lake Forest. This year they are teaming up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and will be donating $10,000.
They have 5 survivors in their company.

I created this make and take at Faber-Castell near the end of the day… when my feet, back and arm were super tired:

The last two things I want to share with you are my last minute meeting with Suede

He was very nice to Mary Beth.. (if you remember from Project Runway… he always referred to himself in the 3rd person).


I have to show one of my favorite displays… mostly because I love buttons as mentioned earlier and of course you all know that I love color… it was in the James Button and Trim booth:
To die for I tell you…if only it fit!!

Lastly...I found another heart to add to my collection… a heart in the bathroom at CHA!!

What I have shown here is just a tiny bit of this incredible show. Next year it will be in Anaheim so I am hoping that I can attend more than one day.


I hope you enjoy my tour of the show!!

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