CHA Show 2016 – My Journey

CHA Show logoCHA Show 2016 in Anaheim, California was a wonderful experience. I have been a CHA member for 3 years and this is the first time I was able to attend the ‘MegaShow’, so you may have to forgive my ‘honeymoon demeanor’ (at times) but  this was all new to me! 

Lisa Marie Jimenez and Roberta Birnbaum start CHA

Lisa Marie Jimenez and Roberta Birnbaum

I am aware that most of the time I was ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed’, almost childlike you could say. And to that I say, ‘ I was living every moment, taking it ALL in, and I realized that I was happy!’. I extended my stay for a week so I could visit with my friend, Lisa, with whom I attended the Show.

Lisa and I tackled the show together. We arrived at the Hilton late Friday night and ‘did the floor’ together on Saturday. I made notes about the booths I wished to re-visit. Sunday we were on our own to re-visit booths, do Make’nTakes, and attend workshops and meetings. I found this was a great way to do the show with a friend especially when we have different interests. We also shared notes and handouts for all the workshops. This way we were able to cover a lot of ground.

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Visiting Lisa’s Jewelry

I had the best time and I’m looking forward to MegaShow 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Make sure you check out my other post on the CHA MegaShow 2016 –CHA Show New Products


Planning for The CHAShow 2016

I have been planning for the CHAShow 2016 for almost 5 months.

This is my first time attending the annual MEGA Craft & Hobby Association Convention in Anaheim, California, and the anticipation is building!  For the CHAMegaShow website: CLICK Here

What to do about the OVERLOAD of information to digest?CHA Show crazy housewifeAll my CHAshow-related emails are in their own folder. As I read through I am making notes of what booths and people I want to see. My registration info is there along with any special invites or important info I will need while I am at the show. All my travel info is in there, too.

I downloaded the CHAShow Mobile App for my cell and I’m taking the time to use it to its full potential.

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The CHAShow app Dashboard helps you navigate the show, input your schedule, make contacts, etc.

Make sure you take the time to add yourself to the attendees list so people can find you.

It also allows you to view the Exhibitors List and ‘mark off’ who you want to see. All the booths you check are highlighted on the accompanying map, and the app even suggests the most ‘optimal route’ for you to walk. 🙂 — That’s cool!

I have signed up for all the workshops that interest me (kept it to a minimum). I am also not arriving until late Friday night. I decided not to spend time or money this time on crafting workshops.

One of the first pieces of advice I was told a while ago was ‘Don’t over-schedule yourself and just focus on spending time on the Show Floor, browsing the booths, and networking.’ This is what I plan to do.

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I have plenty of business cards and maybe a special somethin-somethin to go with each one I hand out. *wink — We Canadians have goodies up our warm, CanadaGoose sleeves 🙂CHA Show Cdn foodMy bag is partially packed. I am leaving lots of room to bring things back with me to Niagara Falls. 🙂  and my friend, Lisa, is bringing each of us ‘rolly suitcases’ to schlep all over the CHAShow to hopefully fill up with lots of creative inspiration!

CHA Canada logoI am looking forward to many get-togethers, and especially the CHA Canada meeting on Monday morning at 7:45. So ALL YOU Canadians better be there for coffee and noshes! I am a PROUD Canadian CHA member and would love everyone to become involved.


P.S. Tomorrow I will have a fun announcement about what I will be doing at the Show- so stay tuned!

See you at CHA MegaShow2016

I am gettiRoberta excitedng SUPER excited about attending my FIRST CHA MegaShow next month.

A group of CHA Members got together to bring you this amazing blog hop and chance to win over $600!  Many thanks to the amazing Lisa Fulmer for organizing this hop.

What am I excited about?

  • Mostly, I can’t wait to see/meet certain people. There are creative individuals who I have been online friends with for years and years and I can’t wait to finally meet them.
  • There are friends who I originally met online but we have already met in person, and I can’t wait to see them again.
  • There are new products that I’m anxious to see and excited about being inspired in my work
  • I am finally going to meet Jonathan Fong!jonathan fong logo

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Jonathan Fong

Here’s the thing: I think that as we get older it becomes harder and harder to find things that impress us, scare us, excite us, etc., SO, when something or someONE comes along that makes me look twice, I take notice. I get excited when I discover someone who inspires me or makes me laugh or makes me think. I realized I had a CRAFT CRUSH on Jonathan over one year ago.  I mean, how can you not love what this man does; his style, and his talents in design, writing, art and crafts? I think it was when I saw this picture of him that I knew:

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Photograph by Lynn Pelkey. Jacket: H&M. Shirt: Ralph Lauren Polo. Bow tie: Brooks Brothers. Sunglasses: Warby Parker.

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Decorating running shoes while HOOLAHOOPING! WHO does that? Who CAN do that? 🙂

Jonathan Fong is an accomplished designer, decorator, party planner, floral designer, writer, published author, artist, crafter, and teacher. His own personal style is impeccable, bold, engaging, and totally fun.  His persona immediately attracts you and you want him for your best friend.

At the CHA Mega Show 2016 Jonathan will be doing a Make N Take with Eileen Hull’s Sizzix dies in a secret booth location to be announced soon and also at The Charity Wings Art Centre Booth on Saturday from 3-4 pm. Make sure you seek him out and say ‘hi!’ from me! 🙂

Make sure you visit the CHA BLOG for all the details and a complete list of participants over the next week.


Here’s how you can win the humongous Visa gift card:
1. Leave a comment on my blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”
2. Tweet about the giveaway (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries) and  LOOK, here’s a tweet I made for you:

3. Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting (double entry value)
Anyone and everyone in the US and abroad is eligible to enter. CHA staff are the only folks who are not eligible.

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CHA PaperArts+ Show 2015 Workshops

What an adventure I had at the CHA PaperArts+ Show 2015 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

I’d like to thank CHA for making my attendance possible; I’m a very lucky girl! 

This was my first CHA Show and I am happy to say that I loved every minute of it. Today I’m sharing with you pics from the 3 workshops I attended: 

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CHA PaperArts+ Show 2015
I learned a lot about Therm O Web and all the great applications for Deco Foils™.  I really love the Deco Foil™ liquid adhesive!
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John Petersen loves what he does — and it shows! I loved the 2 workshops I took with him and learned a lot from him.  I can’t wait to break out the pastes and inks and create beautiful DIY projects for my home.
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CHA PaperArts+ Show 2015
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CHA PaperArts+ Show Chicago 2015

Standout Memories and Products from the CHA PaperArts+ Show Chicago 2015

  • Linnie blooms — I never met her (Linda) before and not as familiar with the product line — canvas book items, journals,snap bracelet   –  being  Powertex designer this line is the perfect marriage with my mixed media Powertex pieces.  **Robi hidden treasure
  • 2-step stamping!
  • Zentangles ( still 🙂 )
  • Adult Coloring Books
  • COLOR!
  • imagine Crafts decofoil adhesive
  • –  Stamp and matching die sets like. Tea-4-two, the zentangle stamps are gorgeous, also Tracy’s gorgeous floral stamps
  • The Crystal Katana
  • DreamtimeCreations.comcha paper arts show 2015

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