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:

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My Ranger U Sistah Annette Greene 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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 others. 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.

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New friend Johnnie Lanier, Anita 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.

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:

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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.

Thanks for the visit!  If we're not already connected, please sign up for my newsletter or find me on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Pinterest.

Marjie

92 Comments

  1. Susan T on January 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity!



  2. Tina Rathbone on January 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm

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



  3. Micki on January 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    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. Pam bray on January 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Looks like a fabulous time



  5. Cassie campbell on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

    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. olga on January 29, 2014 at 4:05 am

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

    ps. fanpage liked :)



  7. Alison on January 29, 2014 at 12:48 am

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



  8. Fran Weinberg on January 29, 2014 at 12:05 am

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



  9. Edie on January 28, 2014 at 10:08 pm

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



  10. Connie Mercer on January 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

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



  11. Peg Rounds on January 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    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. Terri R on January 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm

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



  13. scrapnsister1 on January 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    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. Christi Conley on January 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    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. debbie harris on January 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

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



  16. Barbara Albrecht on January 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    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. jean marmo on January 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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



  18. Helen Markee on January 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

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



  19. Denise Bryant on January 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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



  20. Violet on January 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    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. Lori H on January 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    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. Marianne Johansson on January 25, 2014 at 5:49 am

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



  23. julie on January 25, 2014 at 12:39 am

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



  24. Christine Kiehl on January 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    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 on January 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    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. shari vanpelt on January 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    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 on January 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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



  28. Doris on January 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Looks like you had a great time!



  29. Linda DesGroseilliers on January 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for the chance to win the apron!



  30. Annie on January 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

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



  31. Karen K on January 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

    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 on January 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

    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 on January 24, 2014 at 3:40 am

    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 on January 24, 2014 at 1:31 am

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



  35. Sandra ltb on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 am

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



  36. Jenny Apple on January 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    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. Laura Papercuts on January 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    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!
    Laura



  38. Claudine C. on January 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    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 on January 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

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



  40. Mo,nica on January 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    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. Kirsten Alicia on January 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

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



  42. Amante del Papel on January 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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



  43. valerie-Jael on January 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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



  44. Lisa Mita on January 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    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. Kay Wallace on January 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    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. Terry on January 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    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. Heidi on January 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

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



  48. Brenda Paulson on January 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Looks like you had a fantastic time!



  49. Sabrina Radican on January 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    All the pictures look wonderful!!



  50. Renee Zarate on January 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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



  51. butterfly on January 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    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. Melva Bates on January 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Looks like you had the most wonderful time.



  53. Anita Houston on January 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    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. Moz on January 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    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??
    Hugz
    Moz



  55. Hetty on January 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    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. Corrine on January 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

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



  57. Judy Shea on January 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    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. Annette Green on January 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    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. julie on January 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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



  60. Marilyn H on January 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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



  61. Alison/craftytrog on January 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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



  62. susan salyer on January 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

    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.
    hugs
    susan s



  63. Dorothy McCarthy on January 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    What fun you had!!!



  64. Susan Samuel on January 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

    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 on January 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

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



  66. Linda on the Prairie on January 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

    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 on January 23, 2014 at 6:59 am

    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. Redanne on January 23, 2014 at 5:18 am

    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. Ellen on January 23, 2014 at 4:39 am

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

    Hugs,
    Ellen



  70. Ruth L on January 23, 2014 at 4:02 am

    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. Minxy on January 23, 2014 at 4:00 am

    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. Astrid on January 23, 2014 at 3:27 am

    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. Silvia on January 23, 2014 at 3:08 am

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



  74. Sandrine on January 23, 2014 at 2:55 am

    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 :P hèhèhèhèhèhèhè) I would LOVE to wear this apron in my studio <3 Thanks sweetie !



  75. Trace metcalfe on January 23, 2014 at 2:14 am

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



  76. Dee Spillane on January 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

    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 on January 23, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Love the apron, Thanks for the chance.



  78. Jessica Sporn on January 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm

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



  79. Karen Schroeder on January 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Would loved to have been there…looks awesome!



  80. Brenda Brown on January 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    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. Sara Jansen on January 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    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. SusanK on January 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    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. Tami Howse on January 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    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 on January 22, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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



  84. Kate on January 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

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



  85. Kathi R on January 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    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. Caroline Duncan on January 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    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. :)



    • Marjie Kemper on January 22, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      I love a gal who’ll cross her fingers, toes, and eyes. We must meet some time in person, Caroline.



      • Caroline Duncan on January 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

        Yes…. that’d be great! I’m hoping our paths will cross!



  87. Fern Edwards on January 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Looks like it was fabulous!



  88. Julie Tucker-Wolek on January 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    How fun!! LOVING all the photos!!!!!!



  89. Sandy Mier on January 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

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