On day three of CHA, Candie Cooper and I were ready to roll! We were thoroughly coffeed and breakfast’d, so Candie headed to her jewelry making station and I finished capturing images of the Plaid booth.
Did you think we were done with the booth tour? Not even close! The Plaid booth was big and busy, which are two things we love to be during trade show! Here’s more of our fabulous displays, starting with Angela Anderson and Chris Williams hamming it up at the Plaid Extreme Glitter make-and-take station. How did these girls manage to keep their cheery smiles all day? Only they know the secret . . .
There’s so much going on at the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter 2011 trade show that it’s hard to capture everything – but let’s start with a tour of our home base! We pulled out all of the stops this year and went crazy featuring projects with your favorite Plaid product. There are large display units with vignettes ranging from Denim Destruction (our new fashion product) to Learn to Paint (painting has never been easier!). We’re also very excited about our Social Media-Craft TV-PlaidOnline side of the booth – our digital media covers one whole aisle! The display is pretty amazing and makes a big impact. Cathie and Steve are demoing a frame and promoting their new series on Plaid Craft TV (click to see a preview!) Without further adieu, here are some photos from the show floor.
Cathie and Steve getting ready for a long day of making frames – they are always happy!
I know you’ve heard of Hot Glue Gun Helpers by Cathie and Steve. No? They are only the coolest tools for using hot glue without those nasty burns! Cathie and Steve brought the tools to Plaid and they are now available at the HGGH Etsy Shop. I’d also love for you to watch a video about these awesome tools here.
The exciting news about HGGH is that they in the TOP 20 finalists for the CHA Innovations Award! As the name suggests, this prestigious honor is awarded to the most innovative product of the winter show as determined by a panel of judges. For the nomination Cathie and Steve had to set up a table and give a 60-second presentation in front of a group of CHA press and bigwigs. Then they had 40 minutes to show off how the HGGH works at their station. It’s a lot of pressure, but Cathie and Steve handled it like champs (of course).
Plaid is about to head to the senior prom of the arts and crafts industry – the 2011 CHA Winter Trade Show in Los Angeles, CA! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Craft Critique provides a great description of CHA and the event here. I’m also excited to let you know that CHA is having a live broadcast this year featuring Terri O! She’ll be doing interviews and telling us all about what’s new. You can find that webcast here.
We’ll be on a plane tomorrow morning, and I’ll have a regular technique post for you to hold you over until Friday. Once we get there, we’ll be doing live blogging from the show. There will be A LOT of pictures and updates. Keep in touch with us over the next few days and wish us luck on our trip. See you in L.A.!
Day three is the winding down day on the CHA floor! I had just a little time before I had to catch my plane, so I was only able to see a few booths before I left. Here’s what caught my eye.
This Halloween dress form at the Girls’ Paperie was absolutely GORGEOUS! A lot of tulle, ribbons, paper flowers and a really cool hat.
I was about to leave the Girls’ Paperie booth when I caught these Mod Podged frames displaying paper! This one was done with maps . . .
and this one with book pages! Are these cool, or what?
On my way out the door I couldn’t help but stop by the Provo Craft booth. There was so much activity! I was so drawn to the make n’ take, the owl frame you see above. Isn’t it cute? The little owl guy is from their cartridge called Hoot ‘n’ Holler, and it’s a Cricut Lite cartridge. I may have to get a Cricut just for the owl above.
Before I left I was also drawn in by a Cricut Cake demonstration. I’m not a baker, but I have complete appreciation for cake decorating now that I’ve seen what you can do with this machine. These butterflies above were cut with the Martha Stewart All Occasions Cake Art cartridge and some frosting sheets. The results were gorgeous.
More cakes done with the Cricuit? Can you believe these?? I LOVE the blue and brown one. I’m starving.
So that’s it for CHA! What a week. So many people, so little time. The show was amazing, and we can’t wait for Winter 2011 in Los Angeles. Don’t forget to comment on this post to win a collection of new FolkArt colors to celebrate our time in Rosemont at the show. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday.
There is so much going on at this show, my friends! Today I stepped out of the Plaid booth to see what else I could find on the floor. Turns out there is a lot to see, so I have a ton of pictures to share. Before I left the Plaid booth, I caught this snapshot:
Here are our friends Cathie and Steve with the lovely designer Erin Schlosser. Do you see the hot glue gun applique on Steve’s shirt? These two were getting ready for another day of demo-ing their fantastic new product, Hot Glue Gun Helpers!
There were a lot of scrapbook companies to see, so I stopped first at Graphic 45. WOW. One of the most impressive paper displays in the show was for their new paper collection “Halloween in Wonderland.” I can’t imagine how much time this took to put together, and I’m hoping they used a lot of Mod Podge!
Here’s a close-up of the clock. I’m going to tell you right now, cutting that circle around the face couldn’t have been easy. The results are amazing!
Off to the Making Memories booth I went to see some electronics in action. There were a lot of machines at this show, and I stopped to take a peek at the Slice Elite. This little guy (or girl, if you prefer) may seem tiny and cute, but he sure packs a punch! The new Slice cuts more precisely, cuts 40% faster AND can cut through thicker materials. Who can argue with that?
Here are some examples of onsies decorated with fabric cut by the new Slice Elite. Love the ducky. LOVE that the Slice Elite cuts fabric!
My next stop was Spellbinders – I’m telling you, I couldn’t live without their oval and scalloped dies for my Mod Podge projects. I had to see what was new at their booth, and I was so pleased to learn about their Grand Nestabilities. These are my small dies on steroids! These dies (along with the Grand Caliber machine) can cut and emboss up to 8 1/8″ wide. Awesome, huh? Read more about them here.
Spellbinders has also released some new holiday dies, and here’s a sampling above. My favorites? The mittens and the bats. I must have!
I love American Crafts. Pretty much everything they make . . . I love. I got to see a preview of the new Dear Lizzy Enchanted line, and it’s very pretty. Lots of laser cuts, glitter foam, mini pearls and plastic roses – and of course BUTTERFLIES! Even if you aren’t a butterfly person, you might be inclined to try this line in your paper crafting.
I liked this display of bottles using the Dear Lizzy goodies. Who doesn’t love paper flowers?
I didn’t get to spend much time in the SEI booth, but I did snag a photo of this new banner celebrating their “Monsterville” line. This is not only cute and colorful, but very unique. Most of the paper lines I saw were pretty, but this is a little more masculine and perfect for kids. Learn more about it here.
Off to My Mind’s Eye to see what they’ve got goin’ on! They have several new lines, but I think you might really like Lost and Found. It’s another pretty paper line, but this one is unique in its vintage inspirations. Plus there are a lot of blues, and I like that.
Here’s a close-up of the Lost and Found rack. Lots of embellishments and even pennant pieces. I love making banners.
My last stop for the day was KaiserCraft, and they had several new lines to mention. My favorite was Hippy Girl, because I like the brights, and deep inside I may be a little bit of a hippy. Just a little.
So, as you can see, lots of paper crafting companies out on the CHA floor! Join me tomorrow for my last day at the show, and see other photos from my walk today at our Flickr photostream. Also, don’t forget our contest to win some new colors FolkArt paint! Just leave a comment. See you soon!
What a day at CHA! I thought day one would start off slowly, but I was wrong – it came in with a bang. The show actually started not with a bang but with a band, complete with bagpipes. As a company, we were thrilled to see our President, Mr. McCooey, marching along in the procession:
Mr. McCooey is the CHA Board Chair, and we are so proud. He’s in the blue shirt and glasses above.
Here’s Chris Williams, our Education Director, posing with FolkArt painted projects (some of which she did!). We had a display of some of our favorites to celebrate this blog!
Two of our salespeople, Katrien and Libby, are excited to start the day. Check out Tim Holtz in the background at the Ranger booth. . .
Here’s our Make N’ Take – a beautiful painted glass using bright colors of FolkArt enamels and our new adhesive painting templates. These little templates make painting on a glass a snap! The theme? Girls’ Night Out! It was a big hit with the crowd. We actually have instructions on the website for these glasses. Check them out here.
One thing we were very excited to debut at the show was FolkArt Enamels in glitter colors of Silver and Gold. These look GORGEOUS on glass! Not sure when they are going to be in stores yet, but I’ll keep you updated.
Fabulous brightly colored glass with FolkArt Enamels and some Mod Podge accents (with fabric!). Combining paint and Mod Podge works for me. . . .
More glass! I couldn’t get enough of these pieces! I’m just loving the bright colors so much. Aren’t the flowers on that vase cool?
Below the entire display were these glass blocks, again decorated with Enamels. NEVER thought I would be a glass block lover, but I think the effect of painting in the front AND the back for a shadowbox look is delightful. My plan? Get one of these blocks and Mod Podge in the back, paint in the front – what do you think?
To finish out the glass painting, there was a pretty cool display of bright Gallery Glass colors and projects. Six NEW colors were released at the show (see that black triangle in the upper left hand corner of the label?). There are several very modern Gallery Glass projects in this glass painting roundup on our site. Check them out.
So what else was going on at the Plaid booth? We can’t forget about Cathie and Steve! This crafty twosome is not only talented, but they are both just SO nice. They were there doing a demonstration. . .
of the Hot Glue Gun Helpers! This product was previewed at the Winter Show in Anaheim, but we finally got the parts and pieces to do a REAL demo live in Rosemont! They actually did a project for the Girls’ Night Out theme – the silver invite card you see above.
What is so cool about these tools? You can read Cathie’s blog entry about them here, and then catch a Cathie and Steve exclusive video right here. If you have ever suffered a burn from a hot glue gun, I promise you are going to want to learn more. In the photo above, Cathie is spreading ribbon over HOT glue with her finger – that little cap prevents heat from burning her finger tip! Amazing, huh?
Day one has been awesome – we were also lucky to meet some very crafty peeps today!
Marisa Pawelko of Modern Surrealist – this girl makes the most fabulously funky jewelry!
The girls from When Creativity Knocks (they are going to film me tomorrow, ack! More on that later).
Then last (but certainly not least, right?), here’s lil’ ol’ me, in front of our rotating banner featuring this blog. What a day! I’ve had a blast, and I’m exhausted. More tomorrow as I examine what else is being featured on the floor. See you soon!
Here we are at the Craft and Hobby Association’s Summer trade show! Wow . . . we arrived at O’Hare, drove immediately to the hotel and then went to the Stephens Convention Center to find a ton of boxes like this:
Yes, it was very similar to the warehouse in Raiders of the Lost Arc. Big boxes everywhere! But never fear, our trusty trade show team was already putting things together:
Here are Shauna and Kasey, setting up a mannequin that displays Plaid iron ons.
Chris comes out of the back room from setting up to give me a smile!
Our painted glass display is amazing! I’ll have to show you some detail shots tomorrow.
We make paint, but we also make jewelry! Here are Chain, Chain, Chain and Flavor, both available at JoAnns
Cathie and Steve will be demo-ing Hot Glue Gun Helpers, the coolest new tool for working with hot glue! Avoid burns . . . glue (and even paint) peel right off the mat and tools. More tomorrow with live pictures of the demonstration.
Plaid staff walks through the booth, making sure everything is in order. I can tell you that it looks fabulous so far, and it’s going to be exciting to walk in tomorrow morning and see it in action! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the first day of the show. I’m going to have SO many pictures! And a giveaway. . .
I’m interrupting our regularly scheduled programming to bring you an exciting announcement - Plaid is going to be at CHA Summer in Rosemont, IL in a few short days! For those who aren’t familiar with CHA, it stands for Craft & Hobby Association, and they host the largest convention and trade show in the crafting industry. Of course we are a part of it! The CHA show is typically a time to release new products and/or show off new projects. I’ll be blogging live from the show, but I wanted to share with you a few preview photos from the booth assembly downstairs in our warehouse. It’s so exciting to see everything come together. Check out what we are up to:
Fun new Gallery Glass designs
Colorful hot glued accessories from Cathie & Steve
More beautiful glass projects with Enamels. I’m digging these bright colors
You may not be there to experience the action live, but check in next week Monday through Wednesday for blog entries detailing everything that happens at the trade show. You won’t want to miss my pictures and updates. Who knows, we may have a giveaway or two. . . .
One last thing! If you do live in the Chicago area, consider stopping by the CHA Craft Super Show on July 30th and the 31st. This is the part of the festivities that is open to the general public. Plaid is giving away FOUR HUGE GIFT BASKETS as door prizes. You can also experience tons of crafty workshops.
Check back starting Monday the 26th for our CHA postings!