Blog Hop ~ See You at CHA!

Welcome to the See You at CHA Blog Hop, which runs the week of December 7-11, 2015.  The Craft & Hobby Association will be celebrating its 75th trade show next month in Anaheim, CA. The show attracts an international audience to see the latest new craft products and trends, order products for their stores, take classes, network and have fun. In addition to the product exhibits, there are a wide variety of art/craft classes and business workshops.

CHA 2016 Blog Hop

To celebrate, nearly 60 CHA Designer Members have prepared posts and contributed funds for a gift card that will go to one lucky winner.

This will be my third time attending the show, and second time teaching there. I did an interview with CHA earlier this month. I can’t wait to immerse myself in not only seeing all the new products, but also taking all sorts of business workshops.  Here’s a link to a recap post from last year, to tell you more.

Curiosity Crew CHA 2015

Recognize these gals? That’s many of the Curiosity Crew meeting up at CHA last year. Getting together with old and new friends is one of the best parts of attending the Show.

If you’re attending the 2016 Show, you can find me in the Convention Center at these times:

  1. I’ll be teaching a mixed media workshop (W105) for DecoArt on Thursday, January 7, from 2pm-4pm.
  2. I’ll have a Designers in Action display (Pedestal #5) in the Exhibit Hall from Saturday, January 9, through Tuesday, January 12.
  3. I’ll be a Greeter at the Designers in Action section of the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, January 10, from 3pm-4pm.
  4. I’ll be at the Designer Meet & Greet event in the Designers in Action section of the Exhibit  Hall on Sunday, January 10, from 3:30-5:30pm.
  5. I’ll be doing a Make & Take project for Eileen Hull in her Sizzix/Scotty Booth #231 on Monday, January 11, from 10am-11am.
  6. I’ll be demoing stenciling and color blending in the Designers in Action section of the Exhibit Hall on Monday, January 11, from 1pm-2pm.
  7. I’ll be a Greeter at the Designers in Action section of the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, January 12, from 11am-12pm.

If you’re not attending, please follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for show updates, including lots of photos of new product releases. I hope to do a few Periscopes from the Show, too, so please follow me there (through Twitter) if you’re a ‘Scoper.  Here’s a look at my class project using DecoArt’s Media Line:

CHA 2016 Mixed Media Workshop from DecoArt (Marjie Kemper) Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show - Anaheim CA - January 2016

You have plenty of chances to enter to win $600+ Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Click here for a full list of blog hop participants.  Everyone is eligible to win, whether you live in the U.S. or internationally. These are the entry options to win our $600+ Visa gift card:

  1. Leave a comment here (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)
  3. Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value) using this form:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hope to see you out there or virtually…. and… good luck!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Kim Strating says:

    98% of the time, my Spellbinders Grand Calibur is involved, so I guess that’s my “can’t live without” tool, lol.

  2. My favorite tool is regular glue (for smaller projects); it really holds whereas other adhesives (not the redline or Scoretape) don’t.

  3. Gigi Black says:

    What fun. I can’t wait to see what will be new in 2016

  4. Hope to see you at CHA!

  5. My absolutely have to have art supply is acrylic paint❣ I use it all the time in almost every piece. Thanks for the chance to win Marjorie!

  6. Marjie, I am weeding out blogs and keeping only the best. YOU are the best. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful things with us. Have a very happy happy!

    • Oops! forgot, my fave is…I’ve been sitting here for more than a minute trying to decide on one! I love color, so anything that creates color.

  7. What a gorgeous class project. I love those bits of book pages – and some of the words on those bits are so evocative of the piece as a whole. “beautifully arranged” …. “graceful forms”….”young woman.” Did you plan that? My can’t live without products are Liquitex Matte Medium – I use it every day, and the Gelli Plate.

  8. My guillotine cutter! can’t cut a straight line with my scissors.
    stamping sue

  9. I love all kinds of markers and pens.

  10. Fern Edwards says:

    That looks like a great project for CHA, my favorite supply at the moment is the Silhoutte Cameo machine.

  11. TracyM #6773 says:

    BEAUTIFUL class project – EVERYONE will enjoy it!!!
    Sounds like you’re going to be very busy, hope you get some free time to have FUN 🙂
    PS – I can’t live without my self healing craft mat, it is part of every project I create. I use the cutting side to cut, the grid on the cutting side to align and the reverse side for when I am adhering layers together => YES, it is an AWESOME tool!!!

  12. My go to tool is my die cutting machine and dies!!

  13. barb macaskill says:

    I would love to be able to attend CHA but since I can’t travel due to health issues I am thankful that Charity Wings does the live show from the floor!! It is the next best thing to actually being there!!!
    My must haves are dies, paper and adhesives!! TFS!

  14. My favorite tools is my Vagabond. Can’t live without it!!

  15. Judy Ritchie says:

    A very Exciting week for you Marjie. Hope I can make it there!

  16. Teresa Doyle says:

    I would have a big smile on too if I were there! Enjoy!
    I can’t live without my Tonic paper trimmer.

  17. Memoriesbymanda says:

    Fabulous canvas!
    Stamps ( and inks) are my can’t live without craft supply

  18. Week, so excited for you Marjie, wish I were going too. Have fun!!!!

  19. Jean Bullock says:

    The craft tool I cannot live without is my Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife. This years CHA sounds so fun!

  20. Looking forward to seeing you at the show

  21. Paper, Pens, Ink, Paint & on & on

  22. Girl, you are on fire! So happy for you! After much thought, my can’t live without tool would have to be my paper cutter. I have many tools I love more, but I couldn’t do what I do without it.

  23. Loving this hop! My fave tool is adhesive – liquid, runners, dots. I need it all!

  24. Thanks for being part of the See You at CHA Blog Hop!

  25. You are going to be a very busy gal! So pleased that you will be working with Eileen in amongst all the other things you will be doing. I hope you get to take a class with the fabulous Andy Skinner too, he is amazing! Even though I cannot enter the Tweeting part of the Blog Hop, my favourite tool is my Big Shot Plus – I love it!! Anne xx

  26. See you there! I can’t wait for CHA!

  27. Hi, Marjie! Your piece of artwork on today’s post is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it and participating in the CHA Blog Hop. To answer the questions above my one can’t live-without product is my Big Shot. I use it every day as I’m crafting every day. Some days blend into the next day as I’m creating through the early morning hours! However, if I could get the Spellbinders Platinum Die-Cutting Machine, I will hid away my Big Shot LOL. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Blog Hop and am excited about all the upcoming products. I’ve also tweeted about the Blog Hop at Have a blessed day and a wonderful time at the show in January.

  28. Looking forward to seeing you at the show Marjie.

  29. I cannot live without STENCILS!

  30. Kristy Tyra says:

    My new ‘can’t live without it’ tool is Ranger’s Archival Ink in black. I am doing more and more in mixed media and I needed something that was permanent.

  31. Hi Marjie! Congrats, how exciting! You will be a busy girl like me at the show! Thanks for popping in on me periscope! See you CHA!

  32. Wow, what a post full of excitement! I know you’ll share all the fun from CHA when you’re there, and I can’t wait to hear all about it. I’m off to do as much as I can giveaway-wise (though I’m not a tweeter). What a generous gesture by the assembled CHA Designer Members.
    Alison xx

  33. How exciting!! I heard it’s here in Phoenix in 2017! I can’t wait for that!!!!!!!!!!