Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CHA = Loads of Inspiration

Hello everyone!  Hope you are having a good week.

Crafters have a wonderful source for inspiration.  Its the Craft and Hobby Association.   Twice a year there is a trade show to show off the latest and greatest to retailers and designers.  The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show is next week in Las Vegas.  Why would that interest you?  I'm not a retailer or designer Sharon, you are saying.  Well . . . . . . if crafting is your hobby, the manufacturers share lots of sneak peeks in the weeks leading up to the show and it is a mega dose of amped up inspiration twice a year. While the show is not open to the general public everyone can benefit from ideas, projects, and inspiration.

As you already know I am a fan of Tim Holtz. I really look forward to his releases of Idea-ology, Sizzix, Ranger, and Stampers Anonymous.  The sneaky peeks have begun. You can check out the posts on Tim's blog timholtz.com.   Ranger here, Idea-ology here, and here, Sizzix here, and here.

Most, if not all of your favorite companies are giving sneak peeks.  Check it out!

It is every avid crafters dream to go to CHA.  That includes me.  Just to be there to see, touch and soak in all the new products and the booth decorations would be heaven!

Well, folks my dream is about to come true!  I am blessed enough to be attending the Las Vegas CHA Create n Connect show next week!  Really!  Wow!  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.  The lovely Jodie and Barb at Chico Scrapbooks have invited me to join them on their buying journey.

Chico Scrapbooks is a fantastic one stop shop for crafters and scrapbookers.  Jodie carries all of the Graphic 45 lines, loads of Tim Holtz and Ranger, Prima, Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye, and more and more.  There are classes and crops every month.  So much inspiration and the products and tools to complete your projects.  Please take the time to visit them on Facebook here:


I will be blogging from the CHA Show.  I will be on my ipad so I'll be limited in what I can do but will be enough to post some photos and a few words.  Stay tuned!

On the project front I have completed my Steampunk Spells box and mini.  In the midst of getting some photos.  I will leave you with a few of the front cover.  Please check back for more photos and details.

How's that for a tease?  Tee, hee.  Come back tomorrow night and I will have some more to show you.

Thanks for stopping by.  Really appreciate your support.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon


  1. Sharon, I am so jealous, I've always wanted to experience CHA. I hope you have a wonderful time! I love your steampunk spell box and can't wait to see more. Shari (cricutrookie)

    1. Awwwww Shari, wish I could pack you in my suitcase. I'm a big believer that those dreams that you put in your heart have a way of coming true. I did and knew I would get to CHA; just didn't know how. Your time will come! Thanks for all your support.

  2. You will have such a great time at CHA. Can't wait to vicariously enjoy your adventures! And yes, you are a tease. This looks amazing. Is it with new G45?

    1. Looking forward to it. Hope I remember to take pics, lol. Yes, Steampunk Spells is a new release. Check out my July 17th post for more details and pics. Thanks for the support.

  3. Can't wait to see what you post from CHA!!! Have a great time and give Jim, the gentleman crafter a big hug from me!!!


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