CHA Recap 1 of 3 and a Ranger Giveaway

I traveled to California this month for the Craft & Hobby Association’s Mega Show.  What a fabulous experience!

It was great seeing so many people I already knew and also meeting many online friends and fellow crafters in person for the first time. Becoming a Designer Member of CHA last year allowed me to take advantage of over 10 hours of free workshops and networking events at the show.  Topics included Contracts, Photoshop, Social Media and more.  If you are building a creative business in this industry, you may want to consider CHA membership.  In addition to the classes and events, I also spent a great many hours in the exhibit hall…. more on that in my next post.

And when I say fabulous, I mean it, but the beginning of the trip did have its challenges… my luggage was lost for 2 days, which was unpleasant to say the very least.  Yet so many people offered to help me, and bring clothes in their suitcases for me (I arrived a few days pre-show to attend another event) that it ended up having a true silver lining in that sense.  Thank you to all who offered help… it meant so much to me as many of us only knew one another through online groups, and yet you were all there ready to help.

I’m going to spread the trip recap over 3 photo-heavy posts, and each post will have a Giveaway. I’m sure many of you will recognize several of these faces:


My Ranger U Sistah – Annette Greene – she made that gorgeous blue head for the Graphic 45 booth.  It even has false eyelashes…. no details spared on that one.  Thank you so much Annette for showing me around the G45 booth, especially all those fabulous samples made by you and Gentleman Jim.


Anita Houston, Cheryl Wood Grisby, Linda Ledbetter, Candy Colwell, me, and Susan Mostek.  Anita and I were able to spend a day together last year, but this was the first time I met these other lovely ladies. It felt like we really did already know one another.  Wish we’d had more time.


Two of The Documented Life founders – Roben Marie Smith and Sandi Keene.  I put together my planner for The Documented Life project while on the plane to California, and carried it daily while at the show.  I really like having a small journal like that with me at all times and have to credit these sweet gals for the idea. Now all my lists are in one place ~ what a concept!  Yvonne Blair (who I met for all of 5 minutes and LOVE but sadly don’t have a photo with) introduced me to Sandi, who introduced me to Roben-Marie, and we all enjoyed a few minutes chatting and peeking at each other journals.


Everyone knows this gorgeous gal ~ Dyan Reaveley ~ who demo’d all day long in the Ranger booth. Love her!  I was so glad to snag a hug and photo when we bumped into each other in the lobby.


After sitting down next to this lady in a class, I knew she looked familiar… once I saw her name tag I introduced myself… it’s the very talented Meihsia Liu from the Simon Says Stamp design team.


Another Ranger U Sistah – Silvia Santoyo – all the way from Madrid, and with the biggest smile you can imagine.  So great seeing her again… wish we lived closer!


First time meeting Ann Corbierre-Scott, my fellow Xyron design team member.  We hit it off like we were thick as thieves.


Two new friends from the Prima ArtVenture Workshops – Roxane Stewart and Karen Bahit.  We had a lot of fun in classes, and celebrated Karen’s birthday as well.


Couldn’t resist another pic with Linda and Candy.  Two of the nicest gals ever.


So great to see Mario again!  One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Today he was giving away one hundred (really) of Tim’s newest dies…. the Frameworks honeycomb die. (I have Linda & Candy to thank for getting me on that line!)  I love, love, LOVE this die and already know I will need to buy the other 4 designs.  You can check out a ScrapTime video here to see how the Frameworks dies work… they are unique and full of possibility.  That Alterations catalog I am carrying is now fully marked and dog-eared.


New friend Johnnie LanierAnita Houston, me, France Papillon, and Amy Bowerman.  We were at a blogger event put on by Fave Crafts/Prime Publishing. Several manufacturers set up tables to discuss their products and potential blogging opportunities, and serious goodie bags were shared. I’ve known Amy a long time and was glad she introduced me to Johnnie.  Much more on France Papillon in the coming days… we’ve spent a lot of time together and had a wonderful time post-show here in New York.

Okay, I am linked out!  If you’ve made it this far, today’s giveaway was given to me by my friends at Ranger, and it’s for one of their gorgeous aprons:


Open to all countries – I will ship anywhere (and have done so several times on previous giveaways).

To be in the running, just leave a comment on this page and “like” my Facebook business page if it’s new to you. I am so appreciative that nearly 600 of you have already done that!  If you want to receive updates when I add content to the Facebook page, you’ll also need to hover over the “Liked” button and choose “get notifications.” I found that out recently when I realized I wasn’t seeing any new posts from Kate Crane and a few other artists whose pages I knew I had “Liked” – sometimes Facebook decides which updates they send you, but choosing to “get notifications’ will change that.

Thanks for reading and sticking with me through this long post.  There are two more where that came from, and two more Giveaways coming as well.

I’ll draw and annouce the winner for the Ranger Apron Giveaway in one week – on January 29, 2014.














Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Hope I can squeak in!

  3. Wonderful pictures Marjie. Looks like an awesome time. Mario is one of the nicest people :-). And it’s fun to finally put faces to well known names.

  4. Looks like a fabulous time

  5. Cassie campbell says:

    Love all the new rangers products all the great work and inspiration. The videos are great of you guys. Thanks for a chance to win :-).

  6. Wow !!! So much fun You had ! i would like to be there too !!!

    ps. fanpage liked 🙂

  7. Glad you had a great time at cha!! I already liked your page!

  8. Fran Weinberg says:

    Looks like such fun. Wishing I was in a position to attend and rub noses with some of my fave people. 😉

  9. I love Ranger and I am very excited for alll the new stuff to be available!

  10. Oh Marjie awesome givaway-crossing fingers and toes! I have already liked your FB page :):)

  11. Peg Rounds says:

    This would be so cool to win. I’ve never been able to attend CHA and even this time around missed all of the fun posts about it because I had the flu. It would make a great birthday for me, too, as my birthday is Jan. 29th. 🙂

  12. Thanks for the pictures and the giveaway. It looks like such a fun time!

  13. scrapnsister1 says:

    so much fun to meet up with everyone I’m sure. Sorry about your luggage mishap but so nice of everyone willing to offer assistance! I too could definitely use that apron.

  14. OH OH I so need an apron!! Love these CHA pics – I would feel like I’d died and gone to heaven if I could ever attend a show!

  15. Whooowhoooooo…liking your FB page…and your posts….thanks for the chance to win some goodies!!

  16. Barbara Albrecht says:

    It’s so much fun seeing you with people I’ve met or know from cyberland…fun to put a face to the name. And…thought I “liked” you a long time ago…just went to check for sure and have now for sure “like” you on FB.

  17. Love seeing all these CHA recaps! Such fun!~ Thank you for the chance to win!

  18. Helen Markee says:

    looks like you had so much fun! meeting new people, seeing old friends! and all that inspiration!!!!

  19. Denise Bryant says:

    Love seeing all the great pics from CHA! I also now like you on FB! Thanks for a chance to win the apron!

  20. I would love to have attended that CHA! What a blast that must have been. I’ve been drooling over those TH framelets when I saw him demo them. They look awesome.

  21. Awesome pics Marjie! Thanks for sharing, always like to see what people think of the new products. Can’t wait for the next installment!

  22. Love reading and seeing pictures from CHA!! Looks like you had a fabolous time!!
    Gorgeous giveaway as well!

  23. always enjoy pictures of CHA. all the great new products. liked your facebook page.

  24. Christine Kiehl says:

    Wow! What a fun post with pictures!! You were able to meet so many of the industies heavy weights!! Thank you for sharing your experience with your fans!

  25. Deborah Hopkins says:

    I would love to win your apron. How lucky you are to go see all the new fun items. Cant wait to see how you use them all. Thanks for chance to win !

  26. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us, sounds like so much fun. I liked your facebook page and would love to win this awesome apron, thanks for the chance.

  27. Diane Swanson says:

    I would love to win that apron and alter! CHA looks like so much fun! Thanks for all the pics!

  28. Looks like you had a great time!

  29. Thanks for the chance to win the apron!

  30. I would love to have to add some fun stuff to this apron.

  31. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on the Frameworks dies! I’m jealous that you won one but happy you can now provide cool projects with it!

  32. Barbara K says:

    I so enjoy your blog and facebook page. It’s been so much fun following you!. Can’t wait to hear more about your CHA experience.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Gigi Black says:

    Oh my, your journal is bulging, which means you had a great creative time. I LOVE trade shows and this is one I wish I could have been at.

  34. Fran Weinberg says:

    Looks like soooo much Fun! Thanks for the recap and opportunity to win the apron.

  35. Sandra ltb says:

    no facebook – but I follow you here – love your work!
    thanks for the recap!
    Sandra ltb

  36. Jenny Apple says:

    Your lucky lucky duck! What I wouldn’t have given to go to CHA. I think if I had gone my brain would still be bouncing around in my head from all the overload. And thanks for sharing all the photos. They are wonderful!

  37. If I made it this far” ???? seriously, I’m hanging on by my inky fingernails….for your next post!
    I didn’t know that about the notifications either!

  38. Thanks for the recap Marjie, I was watching all the Facebook updates along the way. Looks like you saw tons of awesome peeps and had tons of fun.

  39. Gail Bales says:

    Thanks for sharing CHA and for the chance to win the wonderful apron! You are too kind!

  40. Love when you share your CHA visit with us……. Almost like being there.. So sad and annoying with the luggage problem. Great to be amongst friends who offered help.
    Thank you so much for sharing !!!! Love your photos, remarks and most of all your ART ! You are so talented !!!!!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  41. Great to see the start of your CHA recap. I’m glad you had a wonderful time, thanks for sharing the experience.

  42. wow this is an amazing giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!!!

  43. Looks like you had big fun! Sorry, but I dodn’t do Facebook for anybody! Valerie

  44. Being someone that has the pleasure of meeting you – thank you for sharing the posts and looking forward to the rest of the updates.. I hope all is well and your luggage found it’s way back to NJ.. I hope you got some shopping done while you were missing your clothing.

  45. Seeing all these photos is almost as good as being there…well, ALMOST! Love that new die of Tim’s, too! When I was checking out that video, I spent a bit of time seeing other CHA 2014 videos, too! You are an enabler, Marjie Kemper!! Cool apron! Thanks for the chance to win it! Mwah! KayW

  46. What a great experience and such fun pictures! Sorry about the luggage mishap, but you survived!!! Welcome back and glad you had such a great time. Don’t count me in the prize drawing as I have aprons and never use them – my bad!

  47. Well CHA looks like alot of fun & inspiration! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  48. Brenda Paulson says:

    Looks like you had a fantastic time!

  49. All the pictures look wonderful!!

  50. Great pics! Looks like a fabulous time was had by all. Thank you for sharing.

  51. So fabulous seeing the pictures of all that crafty rendezvous-ing… such fantastic smiles all round! Sorry to hear about your luggage, but I might have guessed that Craftyblogland would rally round in its usual generous way. Looking forward to lots more adventures (and yes, I have three of the Frameworks on pre-order already… SO cool!). I was lucky enough to get a TH apron when I did his workshop last year, so no need to put my name in the hat – let someone else have the chance…
    Alison xx

  52. Looks like you had the most wonderful time.

  53. Gorgeous photos! You saw some people I didn’t! Sorry about the luggage…airport panties to the rescue! It was so awesome to spend time with you again!!!

  54. What a lucky lady you are to have spent time with great creative people!
    Thank you for your ongoing inspiration and a chance to win such awesome Ranger gifts.
    I’d probably have a heart attack if I won and then how would I enjoy them…lol??

  55. Hi Marjie, thanks for sharing your CHA experiences with us. How fabulous to meet all the famous and creative people. I would love to go to CHA one day and meet you all. Love following you on your art journeys.

  56. You are sweet to give away that apron, just begging to be blinged up! xox

  57. WOW.. I’m overwhelmed by all this fantastic fun and amazing people.. Sounds like you had a fab time, cuz you are fab yourself.

  58. Marjie, I’ve already got a Ranger apron of course, but I just had to hop over and say that I’m SO glad we got to hook up again. Thanks for the shout-out. You were one busy girl at the show and I know you took away a lot of valuable info to build your business and enhance your creative process. Until next time…!

  59. great post and awesome giveaway! Seeing some people i hadn’t seen in other posts. Thanks for that.

  60. Wish I could have seen you there. CHA was so much fun!

  61. Lovely to see your photos & all those happy smiles, & ohh…a giveaway! Cheers Marjie xxx

  62. I enjoyed every step of your journey. shared with all I could on FB wanted them to smile too. You are so precious Marjie the world loves you! Thanks for a fun fill adventure from my home.
    susan s

  63. What fun you had!!!

  64. Susan Samuel says:

    What a time you must have had. Am really envious. Would love to win the apron as I am always making a mess – or so my husband says!!!

  65. Cathy Basinski says:

    It looks like a fabulous time. Would love a Ranger apron!!!

  66. Linda on the Prairie says:

    Thanks for giving us faces to match with names. That Ranger apron would be perfect for me, as I get any product I’m using all over myself. Don’t suppose it comes in biohazard suit style?

  67. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    I loved seeing these happy photos of you and your artsy amigos at CHA. Some of these ladies are very familiar to me, some are new. I’m so glad you were able to go…and glad you finally found your luggage!

  68. It is always a pleasure to look through people’s photos from CHA, I love the ones with Anita and Candy. How lovely too that people offered to help when your luggage went walkabout – crafters really are the best! Thanks for the chance to win the apron. Hugs, Anne x

  69. Wowww Marjie, awesome pics. Thanks for the chance to win! Hope this beautiful Ranger bag find the way to the Netherlands.


  70. Thanks for the photo report from CHA, Marjie, everyone looked so happy there, I really envy you all who could be a part of it!

  71. I have followed your journey through all the pics that France was posting, looks like an amazing trip xo Thanks for the chance to win x

  72. A great set of photos Marjie (some of which I’d seen on other blogs already. It looks as if you girls all had so much fun!! Thanks for sharing, of and also for that facebook tip, never knew that… Looking forward to the next two installments!

  73. Thanks for sharing all these photos. Seems you’ve had wonderful days 🙂 Looking forward to the next posts.

  74. One of my dreams would be one day to be able to visit CHA ! One day… Ranger is one of my fav’ brand ! (and makes me think about Tim 😛 hèhèhèhèhèhèhè) I would LOVE to wear this apron in my studio <3 Thanks sweetie !

  75. Trace metcalfe says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun…cannot wait to seethe other posts x trace x hugs x

  76. Dee Spillane says:

    Wow, so great to see all those people I follow. Can’t wait for more on France too, she has such great posts. This was a fun update.

  77. Pamela Bennett says:

    Love the apron, Thanks for the chance.

  78. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. Love seeing your smiling face in all those pictures!!

  79. Karen Schroeder says:

    Would loved to have been there…looks awesome!

  80. Fabulous seeing all these lovely photos Marjie. The excitement of this show comes through so strongly in your words and pictures. Glad you had so much fun, wish I could have been with you. Sometime maybe.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  81. What fun! For some reason I feel a kinship to you – I am sure it was your kindness and the fact that you reached out to me during a difficult time. I still have the ticket you sent me with the butterfly and wax on it…in a place of honor in the Fun Room. It is so exciting seeing your development in this world – I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more than you. I always love your work, and I imagine how much fun it must be to meet some of these people. Thanks for sharing!

  82. I think I could make that apron even more gorgeous with some splattering of Ranger coloring mediums! Your recap is super and it’s so nice to put faces to names you see out and about.

  83. Nice! I was supposed to go to CHA two years ago, but there was a family illness and I couldn’t go. I was supremely bummed. Oh, well. Perhaps another year. So glad you got to go and mingle! Looks like it was great fun!
    Fondly, Tami

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Tami, any way you can plan ahead for next year, I’d recommend you do it. So worthwhile.

  84. Looks like you had fun! Love seeing all those pictures. Have fun playing with all your new goodies!

  85. Wow. Looks like you had a great time and spent some quality time with great people.

    So glad that you got together with France and were her NY tourguide!

  86. I had fun looking at all the pics and people you shared… so I know you had a fantastic time there in person!! Thank you for sharing all your enthusiasm, time and talent with us! Looking forward to all the good things you’ll do this year…. and I hope you’ll come teaching some time in North Carolina. Thanks for the fun giveaway…. crossing my fingers, toes and even my eyes that I’ll be the lucky wearer of this apron. 🙂

  87. Fern Edwards says:

    Looks like it was fabulous!

  88. How fun!! LOVING all the photos!!!!!!

  89. Sandy Mier says:

    What a great time for artists/friends to enjoy a reunion! and surrounded by all the creative energy and good STUFF!