Welcome to part 2 of my tour of CHA this year!!!! I made a list of over 40 awesome things from CHA Mega Show 2015 to inspire you and share the show with you in a different way than just touring every booth. I also did a video tour of some of the booths here:

 #1-21 Click here:  40 Awesome Things From CHA Mega Show 2015 – Part One

22. Block Printing.

Blockwallah Wood Carved Printing Blocks at CHA 2015
Blockwallah Wood Carved Printing Blocks at CHA 2015

Blockwallah was at the show with traditional carved wood blocks for block printing fabric. PLAID released resin replica block printing blocks along with a link of fabric inks to use them with. Clearsnap had a new line of foam and rubber stamps for fabric.

 23. Electronics and Circuits. 

Chibitronics at CHA 2015
Chibitronics at CHA 2015

Chibitronics and Liteseeds by Jill MacKay both had LED light kits to teach about circuits as well as to create cool lighting effects on crafts. I thought these were really cool because they're bringing tech into craft and can be used to teach kids (and adults) about electricity and conductivity, Chibitronics' kit has a book inside that teaches about building all kinds of circuits in a fun, inspiring way. I need one of those!!!

24. Stencils.

 

Ed Roth of Stencil1 created this shirt with stencils from his company, Stencil1 - they're celebrating 10 years in business!
Ed Roth of Stencil1 created this shirt with stencils from his company, Stencil1 – they're celebrating 10 years in business! Stencil1 release new stencisl plus a set of amazing new stenciling tools and brushes!
Donna Dewberry shares abotu her stencil line with PLAID as well as some tips on refinishing furniture with stencils.
Donna Dewberry shares abotu her stencil line with PLAID as well as some tips on refinishing furniture with stencils.
2015-01 CHA 2015 PLAID - Martha Stewart Daubers
PLAID had several new stenciling tools from Martha Stewart, including these Daubers.
2015-01 CHA 2015 PLAID - Martha Stewart Foam Pouncers
PLAID had several new stenciling tools from Martha Stewart, including these Foam Pouncers.

Stencils are still HUGE and that means they are getting bigger and coming in more shapes and patterns. Stencil1 made a great showing but Plaid also had some fab stencils in their new Donna Dewberry line.

25. Inkpads.

 

Everyone has an inkpad now! My Favorite Things and Teresa Collins both licensed ink with Clearsnap's ColorBox line. 

26.  Unicorns. 

Eye Connect Crafts had jointed chipboard shapes but my favorite was the unicorn - pegasus. They had some great samples of it in their booth!
Eye Connect Crafts had jointed chipboard shapes but my favorite was the unicorn – pegasus. They had some great samples of it in their booth!

From unicorns in the Eye Connect Crafts (hey, go LIKE their Facebook Page and show them some love!) booth to unicorn dies from Marisa Pawelko in her Modern Surrealist line for Sizzix to unicorn stamps!!

27. Feathers, Arrows, and Tribal still in.

2015-01 CHA 2015 PLAID - Martha Stewart Stencils Tribal
PLAID's Martha Stewart stencil line had lots of geometric and tribal patterns this year.

Arrow Papers at DecoArt + stencils in these motifs by Plaid and by Stencil1.

28. Fabric finishes & Fabric.

Plaid had resin block printing stamps at CHA and Clearsnap had foam fabric printing stamps.
Plaid had resin block printing stamps at CHA and Clearsnap had foam fabric printing stamps.
Tip from Krylon - spray paint burlap to add clor and stop it from fraying before cutting.
Tip from Krylon – spray paint burlap to add clor and stop it from fraying before cutting.

Plaid had a fabric ink for block printing. Ilovetocreate has great new opaque fabric markers. Clearsnap added more colors to the ColorBox Crafter's Ink line. Krylon was sharing how to use spray paint on burlap in their booth. Everyone was working with fabric in some way. Linnie Blooms was a new company sharing handmade canvas components for crafting.

29. Unfinished materials.

Using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.
Using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.
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Matthew Priest using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.
2015-01 CHA 2015 SMOOTHFOAM Make N Take with Jennifer Priest 5
Crafters using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.
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A make n take I taught for Smoothfoam

Linnie Blooms is a new company with canvas components for crafting. Eye Connect Crafts was in the new vendor area as well, selling loose pieces for jointed and laced chipboard pieces. Smoothfoam was offering fun new shapes like photo frames to finish.

30. Planners

Planners in the Webster's pages booth - they're amazing!!! You need one. So do I!
Planners in the Webster's pages booth – they're amazing!!! You need one. So do I!
2015-01 CHA 2015 Wesbters Pages Planners
Wesbter's Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner's planner with us!!
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Wesbter's Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner's planner with us!!
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I love these menu pages in the Webster's Pages planners the most – so smart and NOT scrapbooky!!! But still cute.
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Wesbter's Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner's planner with us!!
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I wish this pic had been clearer – these are the colors of the Webster's Pages planner and matching folios.
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Wesbter's Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner's planner with us!!
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Wesbter's Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner's planner with us!!
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These pages were great for taking notes about what happened in the month so you could reference this when scrapbooking later – Webster's Pages planners.
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I'll take one of these ones please!
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Everyone has a planner now but my faves were in the Webster's pages booth. Heidi Swapp also has a planner and many of the new paper lines had planner-like uses and looks.

31. Watercolor.

Ken Oliver's line of watercolor-ish papers
Ken Oliver's line of watercolor-ish papers
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Megan Hoeppner's watercolor wash-look line for Webster's Pages.
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Ken Oliver Crafts' new COLOR BUSRT powders make creating a watercolor easy.
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Ken Oliver Crafts' new COLOR BUSRT powders make creating a watercolor easy. They can be used with stencils and masks as shown on these samples in his booth.

Papers, fabrics, and techniques were focused on watercolor looks, ranging from bright colors to softer pastels. From Ken Oliver's new papers to Amy Tangerine's 8th line with American Crafts to Wesbter's Pages new papers, there was watercolor in almost every paper booth.

32. Bling.

Matthew learned how to use the new Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator.
Matthew learned how to use the new Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator.
Crystal Kubaton in action - photo by April Renee for Crystal Ninja
Crystal Kubaton in action – photo by April Renee for Crystal Ninja
 

Nail art with @theduckbrand #cute #nailart #gems #nails #art #ducktape #tape #easy #stars #skulls #crystals

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Cupcake Throne and Cupcake topper from the class Wendy Russell and I taught for Westcott Brand.
Cupcake Throne and Cupcake topper from the class Wendy Russell and I taught for Westcott Brand.

Bling was big at this show. Duck Brand had new adhesive gems with glitter inside as well as shaped bling stips and strips of glitter tape. Crystal Ninja presented with a new tool, the Crystal Kubaton, to compliment their super popular Crystal Katana. Marvy Uchida had a new tool for dispensing and applying Swarovski crystals with applications for papercraft and fabric – Easy Crystal  Applicator. Marisa Pawelko (modersurrealist.com) came out with a line of licensed printed patterned bling sheets with the Buckle Boutique.

33. Wire.

Katie and Wendy Russell in front of the MD Hobby Craft booth, which was like a metal wonderland!
Katie and Wendy Russell in front of the MD Hobby and Craft booth, which was like a metal wonderland!

Be it chicken wire in the MD Hobby and Craft to wire jigs from Beadalon to Twisteez wire masks and kits (click the link to LIKE their Facebook Page!!), there was wire in use alot more on the show floor.

34. Metal

A chicken wire dress form with metal flowers from the MD Hobby Craft booth
A chicken wire dress form with metal flowers from the MD Hobby and Craft booth

There were alot of metal projects, especially in the MD Hobby and Craft Booth. ICE Resin once again has Iced Enamels, a product for enameling metal. There were metal home decor pieces by Carol Roeda. Faux Metal Marquee Letters (cardboard) from Heidi Swapp.

35. Thin Papers.

Hazel & Rubys booth decorated with their masks/stencils and super thin decoupage papers
Hazel & Rubys booth decorated with their masks/stencils and super thin decoupage papers

DecoArt and Hazel & Ruby both had thin papers that were great for decoupage or other home decor and altered projects.

36. Spray Paints.

2015-01 CHA 2015 Krylon Spray Paint GLOWZ Glow In The Dark
Glow in the dark spray paint from Krylon!! I'm thinking good for the lightswitch cover in the kids's rooms… wonder how I could have gotten that idea?
2015-01 CHA 2015 IRONLAK Spray Paint
Graffiti anyone?
2015-01 CHA 2015 IRONLAK Sugar Spray Paint 2
I wanted everything in this booth! They had an alcohol acrylic paint pen that was INCREDIBLE!
2015-01 CHA 2015 IRONLAK Sugar Spray Paint
These are pretty rad – Spray paint with aersol made from sugar, by Ironlak.
2015-01 CHA 2015 Krylon Spray Paint new packaging with project ideas on can
Krylon had a HUGE variety of spray paints for everything you can imagine.

From the sugar-based aerosol spray paints from Ironlak to both Krylon and Rustoleum being at the show, spray paint was in the house!

37. Ethnic and Cultural

From Block Printing, Crafty Chica, to Stencil1, there were ethnic and tribal motifs in many booths. It's nice to see more cultures than just “Mainstream” being embraced!!

38. Wood.

Donna Dewberry shared how to create a resist technique on wood with stencils on this piece.
Donna Dewberry shared how to create a resist technique on wood with stencils on this piece in the PLAID booth.

Wood papers that could be diecut in the ARC Crafts booth. Kyrlon was sharing ways to finish wood in their booth as was Plaid.

39. Molds and Moldables.

Cathie and Steve sharing info about the improved Mod Melts tool!
Cathie and Steve sharing info about the improved Mod Melts tool!

Cathie and Steve have even more Mod Melts molds at the Plaid Booth with an improved Mod Melts tool (I will be trying it out here soon!!). ComposiMold was back at the show with their reuseable mold making material. ICE Resin had their mold making material for use with ICE Resin. Clearsnap repackaged Magic Stamp, a moldable foam for making your own stamps.

40. Yarn.

Yarnia - in the Spinrite booth at CHA 2015
Yarnia – in the Spinrite booth at CHA 2015
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Yarnia – in the Spinrite booth at CHA 2015

There was another fashion show in the Lion Brand yarn booth with Vanna White and I missed it!! Here are some other posts about it. Spinrite had a great “Yarnia” display based on Narnia.

41. Licensing with outsiders.

2015-01 CHA 2015 KELLYCRAFT Duck Commander - Matthew 2015-01 CHA 2015 KELLYCRAFT Duck Commander 1 2015-01 CHA 2015 KELLYCRAFT Duck Commander 2

The best exampe of this was the KellyCraft booth who licensed a line of stamps with the guys from Duck Dynasty! It's hilarious but totally smart. Companies are partnering with people who will being non-crafters into crafting.

42. Office Products.

Deflecto Cupcake Stand- photo by Nancy Nally
Deflecto Cupcake Stand- photo by Nancy Nally

 Deflecto had what would usually be office products reimagined and repurposed for craft storage and display. 

43. Opaque Things. 

Xaver using the new Opaque Fabric Markers at ilovetocreate
Xaver using the new Opaque Fabric Markers at ilovetocreate

I already talked about opaque fabric paint markers from Plaid but Sakura of America had Pen-Touch Opaque Paint Markers in Colors and Metallics as well as new Permapaque opauqe pigment markers.

 44. Cork.

Duck Brand had cork stickers and adhesive backed items. Tombow did a mini cork board make n take in their booth. And someone (gosh I can't remember!!) had cork sheeting!! It's not just for your platform shoes anymore…

  

 Here are some other awesome recaps from CHA!!

Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrrealist CHA Recap

New Jewelry Products at CHA

Jen Cushman's CHA Recap

Crafty Lady Abby (2 parts)

Cheryl Waters' CHA Recap

Summer Fullerton: So There I Was

The Crafty Scrapper CHA Recap (4 Parts)

CraftTestDummies.com Recap (multiple parts)

 

 

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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