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Today I'd like to share an experience I had at CHA to help bring awareness to a non-profit organization called Charity Wings. Elena Etcheverry founded this organization which provides free art classes to kids and organizations in her community.  Elena is the most inspiring and energetic leader you can imagine, and she  coordinated with Lorine Mason and the CHA Fabric Arts Council to present the Banners of Hope project that I posted about a few weeks ago.

Elena put a call out to designers asking us to take place in her ‘Live from CHA' program on the show floor. It was to be a series of live 8-minute U-Stream “throw down” videos in the Charity Wings booth at CHA.  Two designers would sit down at the same table and share a mystery box of supplies, and each create whatever they could within the 8 minute span.  I've never done anything live on camera before, so I thought okay… have at it!  Big thanks to Jim Hankins for taking all these photos for me as the clocked ticked on!

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I was paired with Roxane Stewart, a very funny Canadian gal I met a few days before the show. Here's Elena interviewing us just before we started. And then we found out what our supplies were…. styrofoam, purple paper, purple paint, adhesive, burlap ribbon, and paper flowers… you know, just the ‘go to' pieces we all reach for every day. <wink>

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I decided to treat the styrofoam like a canvas, and Roxane made hers into a clock.  Jenelle is behind us, holding the timer and keeping us on track.  I have to say, the 8 minutes FLEW.

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There was a small group gathered at the booth to watch it, and a larger group online (Elena had posted on Facebook ahead of time) that was interacting with us, asking questions, offering encouragement, etc.   It was kind quite strange to be in that loud convention center with a zillion things going on, yet seeing familiar names on the interactive screen at the same time (Hello, Martha! Hello, Diana! And thank you so much for showing up online and offering support).

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This was definitely an ‘out of your comfort range' experience, and I'm so glad I did it.  Roxane and I had heard the day before that we might *possibly* be able to smuggle in a single crafty ingredient, so I brought a roll of Tim Hotlz's tissue tape, and it definitely gave me some sort of comfort zone in knowing I'd have strips/lines pull into my design.

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Almost finished, complete with a group countdown “10-9-8….”

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And here is another ‘throw down' pair:

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 Nathalie Kalbach and Limor Weber

And now for Giveaway #2… a a bundle giveaway including wet and dry adhesives, a StencilGirl Products mini stencil, and the latest issue of The Stamper's Sampler:

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If you'd like to win this, just leave a comment on this post.

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Marjie

119 Comments

  1. Kathy P on February 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I love your Purple Heart Art! It was like being on Chopped!



  2. Laura Papercuts on February 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    It seems it doesn’t matter if it’s art or charity, or any combination….there’s always a good time to be had!
    Laura



  3. Sue Clarke on February 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    If it’s not too late I would love to enter this giveaway. How fun to create for just 8 minutes. Nice job too.



  4. Gill on February 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks Marjie!
    I get your newsletter!



  5. Peggy L on February 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Marjie, I just love this combination of items in your sampler What a perfect combination! And I just LOVE the mini stencil!

    Peace and Love,

    Peggy l



  6. Sandy Lane on February 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    love the ideas you share in the blog



  7. Margaret in AZ on February 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks for all the great photos from CHA.



  8. morningdove on February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    subscribed to your youtube channel.



  9. morningdove on February 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    this throwdown was too funny. pressure is on. I don’t think I could have done it.



  10. gio on February 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    What fun and interesting experience!
    Thanks for the pictures and the recaps, it’s a bit like to stay there!

    I’m in for the prize, of course!



  11. lacyquilter on February 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun.



  12. carmen on February 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

    A fantastic place to be (CHA), a beautiful charity (including the host) an looking at the pictures, an unforgettable experience! What more do you want! :-) Thanks for sharing this with us!



  13. Terri Y on February 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I would love to attend one of these great events. Do they ever come to Texas?



  14. Lissa on February 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Connected every way possible! Love all your creations!



  15. Tamiko McCurry on January 31, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Already connected with you everyway possible.. :) That is not enough time for me!! takes me that long to get my work area organized/situated!!! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!!



  16. Renee Zarate on January 31, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Oh, the pressure! You came up with a wonderful project, congrats!



  17. Pamela Bennett on January 31, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Looks like you had a great time.



  18. Terri R on January 31, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Looks like you had such fun!



  19. Gill on January 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Fabulous giveaway!
    Count me in please!



  20. Sue Horsley on January 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Great cause. Wonderful, inspiring art!



  21. Terry on January 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I think I missed commenting if that is possible! Maybe it was the 8 minutes and I started thinking about what I could do in 8 minutes! Love these pictures! Hugs!



  22. Christine Kiehl on January 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Once again, Love the post with all of the pictures and details! Wish I could have gone!



  23. Susan T on January 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity



  24. Jenni Brown on January 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    thanks for the opportunity to win and i have followed your youtube and liked you on facebook…thanks again



  25. Diane Swanson on January 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    That would really put the pressure on! Looks like you had fun!



  26. Marie-Anne Raeman on January 31, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Its looks you had a blast :-)
    love to join the giveway



  27. Vicki Love on January 31, 2014 at 11:13 am

    So much fun seeing CHA through your eyes! Someday I’ll get there!!



  28. Michelle Reaves on January 31, 2014 at 9:49 am

    What fun to follow along with you! I can’t imagine trying to complete a project in 8 minutes ACKKK! Bravo to you for playing along!!! I’m a follower of your Blog, Facebook and Newsletter :-)



  29. Alda on January 31, 2014 at 9:46 am

    What a great give away. So nice to read about the cha. Would love to go there sometime.



  30. Dorothy McCarthy on January 31, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Excellent giveaways!!! Thank you!!



  31. maria soto on January 30, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    great post, thanks for the chance to win some great products



  32. Robin Wilson on January 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Love the heart you made. this gives me inspiration to work with foam, Wish I could have been there with you.



  33. Nadia Homenick on January 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I love Charity Wings and I got to watch your “throw down” at home in AZ which is super cool.



  34. Lura Brown on January 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    charity wings is awesome ……and we get to meet incredible people like you. the throw downs were great, i saw the first day and was at cha the next two so missed them cause i was working. i love being a small part of charity wings, it saved me. hope to meet you sometime. thanks for the chance to win. xoxo



  35. Shawn on January 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Always looks like so much fun. Can’t wait to get my hands on so many of these new products. Thanks for the chance to win.



  36. Vickie Doswell aka okienurse on January 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What a winner. Looks like you had a lot of fun at CHA! I think you did really well working outside your comfort zone! Thanks for sharing the info on the group!



  37. mindy simmons on January 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    STILL have to HOPE*HOPE*HOPE to be a winner. blessings !



  38. Sharon du Coudray on January 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Looks like you had great fun at CHA. How cute are Elena’s green wings? I can hardly wait to see what comes from the new products you tried.



  39. SusanK on January 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Another fun giveaway…you can get stuck stenciling or reading! lol



  40. Gilda on January 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the great give away.



  41. jasmine Patrick on January 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    You must have had so much fun!!!!



  42. Lori on January 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    What a great cause, and a great way to raise awareness! Your project turned out fab, thank goodness for tissue tape! lol



  43. Tanya on January 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Such fun! What an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing:)



  44. Melva Bates on January 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Great post. Loved it.



  45. Mo,nica on January 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Thank you for sharing this funny event. And what a great cause it supported. Impressive what you achieved with the materials provided. I can see you had good use of TH tissue tape…lol
    Thank you so much for offering another give-away.
    Sending hugs from SPAIN



  46. Caroline on January 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Gosh, I had bn catching up with France Papillion (heard you had a wonderful time together), forgot to visit here. 8 minutes?? I would have taken that long to realise what ingredients were?! Amazing & am sure you won’t forget that anytime soon! Tfs



  47. Judy Rice on January 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

    What a blast! Looks like you had a great time at CHA. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.



  48. Sandra Mouwen on January 29, 2014 at 7:07 am

    What a cool experience! Only 8 minutes! You did an excellent job! Such a great cause! Hugs, Sandra



  49. Toni on January 29, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Ha ha! Laughing all the way through! Well done x



  50. Fern Edwards on January 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    8 minutes is a lot of pressure – way to go! Thanks for the chance to win the great giveaway!



  51. Anita Houston on January 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I hated to miss your craft off! Bummed! I know you were a hit!



  52. stamping sue on January 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

    having a time limit can be nerve-racking but looks like the two of you had fun with it. thanks for the chance to win your give-away…..can always use glue, new stencil and a magazine to read. thanks again.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/



  53. Caroline Duncan on January 27, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Looks like you had a ball creating in the Charity Wings event!! Where can we view these vids? The giveaway goodies look so awesome and I’m crossing everything possible… tee-hee!



  54. Nelda Johnson on January 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Wow! Great giveaway…thanks!



  55. Terri R on January 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    It looks like you had a blast.



  56. Kate on January 27, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    You go girl! Way to take a challenge and rock at it. Looks like you had tonz of fun at CHA. Thanks for offering such awesome goodies!!
    Kate



  57. eSeN on January 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Wow! What a great cause and good for you – I think I’d be stuck, but your art looks lovely and so put-together :)



  58. Kirsten Alicia on January 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    EIGHT minutes??? I’d be a weeping heap on the floor! Well done for doing it, your canvas looks gorgeous. You won’t forget that experience in a hurry. :)



  59. sara j on January 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Great job….and so cool you did it!!! What a hoot it must have been.



  60. PetraB on January 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Oh gosh, this must have been weird but it also looks like great fun. Well done.



  61. valerie-Jael on January 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Oh my, that must have been a strange 8 minutes, but you managed magnificently, well done! Glad you had such a fun time. Valerie



  62. julie m on January 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    looks like fun. wish we could see the projects. the giveaway is great. these are a few of my favorite things/



  63. Yvonne Carruthers on January 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Wow! How fabulous! xx



  64. scrapnsister1 on January 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Very crafty! Musical mystery scrappers… :) We did this at a crop once and it was great fun!



  65. Christi Conley on January 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Amazing projects! I just found out about Charity Wings myself and it certainly is an incredible organization ~ thanks for the great pics!



  66. jasmine Patrick on January 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Just love your recaps of CHA and love all the new products, just wish I could buy them all!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this terrific prize!!!



  67. Hetty on January 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you for telling us about Elena and her project. I will look into this and what a fun challange you did.
    You can always do something new and learn that you can do this!! Great pictures.



  68. mindy simmons on January 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    have never read a stamper’s sampler -for shame on me. & I’ve been stamping for some 30 yrs. would LOVE to have one, AND a new cute stencils AND can never have enough glue …especially this zip dry {also have never tried} ..would be GREAT for making washi stick <3 !!! BLESSINGS TO YOU…w/ gratitude for the chance !



  69. germaine on January 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    They were excellent projects that you did in 8 fryckin’ minutes!!! I would love to win this prize pack giveaway. you can never have enough craft supplies!!



  70. Diana on January 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    HI Marjie!!! it was so much fun watching folks i “know” and cheering you on!!
    it was almost as good as being there live!! next year, if this is happening again, i so want to be right there there to cheer on all those folks!! Great job on the challenge!!



  71. Sabrina Radican on January 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    That looked like so much fun and so beautiful!!



  72. Anne R on January 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Wow Marjie, that is some pressure, you certainly did a great job in your pair! Great photos. Thanks again for the chance to win. Anne x



  73. butterfly on January 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    What a completely fabulous Charity challenge… and what a terrifying bag of goodies to create with! Your eight minute canvas is a wonder, and it looks as though you’re all having so much fun in a good cause too. Thanks so much for another lovely giveaway chance – wow!
    Alison xx



  74. Lynn Stevens on January 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Oh the pressure!!!! Years ago I did something like that in a carving group. It was very stressful. Looks like you had it under control the entire time Marjie. Great job on the styro canvas!
    Hugs Lynn



  75. debbie harris on January 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    wowowowowow!!!….loved the post!!….and loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the opportunity to win this awesome bundle!! <3



  76. Helen Markee on January 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    looks like you had fun. What beautiful art in a few minutes!! Thanks for the inspiration



  77. Barbara Albrecht on January 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    What fun!!! It takes a brave soul to participate in something like this! Bravo for YOU!! I didn’t get to catch the video of your throw-down. Is it posted somewhere?



    • Marjie Kemper on February 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Hi, Barb. Thanks for writing! No the video was only on Ustream live, but not put on YouTube far as I know. It was fun (daunting, but fun!).



  78. Becky Redfern on January 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    How fun…I’m not sure I could have some up with something in 8 minutes with styrofoam!



  79. julie on January 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    that’s so fun! thanks for sharing!



  80. Ruth L on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Wow, 8 minutes… great challenge, don’t think that I could create with a stopper behind me, but anyway in pairs seems to be a lot of fun ;-)



  81. Karen K on January 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

    We did something similar at a stamp-a-thon day where each table was given the same supplies but you could also use anything at your table that was used in the shoebox card projects…..we won of course! Very stressful with the time limit and trying to incorporate 8 people’s ideas in one small project!



  82. bakazoo on January 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for sharing, Love that I can connect so many ways!.



  83. Kim H on January 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

    What a fun time ! I’m just getting into using stencils and mixed media for my artwork this would be s great addition!



  84. Jessica Sporn on January 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Sounds like so much fun – and the pictures back that up. Your project looks pretty cool too!



  85. Gigi Black on January 27, 2014 at 1:03 am

    You are so brave to do a ‘throw down’, but it is kinda fun!



  86. SusanK on January 27, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Love following your recap of CHA and all the special projects! Please count me in on the giveaway; with the polar vortex back I could use some new reading material. And that adhesive may just have to be used to batten down the hatches! Wind in excess of 50 mph with blowing snow. When is spring?



  87. Jean Bullock on January 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    How fun. I liked you on Facebook.



  88. Claudine Criner on January 26, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    How fun Marjie and what a great cause! I can’t imagine what it must have been like creating something on the spot like that but what a great adventure!! Thanks for sharing!!



  89. Dee Spillane on January 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    That challange must have been quite intimidating for me anyway. You did well.



  90. Karen Schroeder on January 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!



  91. Brenda Brown on January 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Wow I think I would have dried up with purple. You did a great job, you are so creative xx



  92. jean marmo on January 26, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    So jealous of all the people you got to meet and play with! Looks like fun!



  93. Carolyn Dube on January 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    What fun and for a great cause!!



  94. Corrine on January 26, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Looks like you had the best ever time at CHA, doing all kinds of fab stuff and meeting so many new art friends. So happy for you. xox



  95. Kathy/NorthCarolina on January 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    What a fun exercise! You are such a good sport! I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with how much you got done in such a short time, and how good it actually looks!



  96. Cat on January 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Wow! I am impressed with your creation in just 8 minutes! That would have been way outside my comfort zone as well so Cudos to you for doing it anyway.



  97. Judy Shea on January 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Omgosh.. I would be so nervous. Sounds like you did great. Yay. Your trip sounds like one to never forget.



  98. shari vanpelt on January 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I can’t believe you created that in 8 minutes, love it! Looks like a fun time. Thanks for the great giveaway, I’d love to win.



  99. Julie Tucker-Wolek on January 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    How exciting!! I have always loved Elena’s organization and love love love what she does for the crafting community!! How fun you got to be a part of it!!!!



  100. susan salyer on January 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    How fabulous. my how your have grown in your art. This was wonderful
    susan s



  101. Denise Bryant on January 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Can’t imagine what it’s like to attend CHA in person! But we love seeing all the pics and getting a chance to win a fabulous prize! Thanks for the chance!



  102. isolina perez on January 26, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Looks like you Had a great time at cha. Thanks for the giveaway



  103. isolina petrz on January 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win such goodies



  104. Kay Wallace on January 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    That was one huge piece of stryofoam, Marjie! I am totally impressed with what you created in 8 minutes! I would be still sitting there, staring at the Styrofoam, 8 hours later! But, how fun! Thanks for the chance to win some of your CHA goodies! Mwah! KayW



  105. Violet on January 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    That looks like you had a lot of fun creating at CHA. please enter me into the draw. Awesome prize.



  106. April Lopez on January 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    What a wonderful prize. I follow you all over the place! But I’m not a stalker, really! Love your work.



  107. joy on January 26, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Looks like you had a great time with all of the other designers, Marjie!



  108. DIane Swanson on January 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I would LOVE to win this giveaway! I NEED those items-esp the Stamper’s Sampler! I’ve been looking all over for it! Your throw down looks like so much fun and I’m proud of you!



  109. dotsdabbles on January 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    WOW…it is sometimes the surprises in life that are the most fun! You look like you are having so much fun and it would’ve helped heaps having someone there with you too to laugh along with. Go Girl!!!



  110. Doris on January 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    great idea. would love to try these products.



  111. Gail Bales on January 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Love your project! Turned out so pretty. I wouldn’t even have gotten started in 8 minutes!



  112. Astrid on January 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    How fun that must have been!! Well done you for being so brave!! I watched Nat and Limor on Facebook, but the reception was so bad I had to give up in the end. So sorry I missed you!! Your project looks fantastic, I am full of admiration with those products, wow!



  113. Tami Howse on January 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    What fun!!! I think crafters are the funnest people! Fondly, Tami



  114. Marilyn H on January 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I wish I would have made it over there to see this. Sounds like you had a lot of fun……and no way do I think I could have made anything with those supplies, at least not in 8 minutes.



  115. Sandy Mier on January 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    What a fantastic idea–and what fun!



  116. Kaz on January 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Congrats Marjie!! You rock!!



  117. Marianne Johansson on January 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Sounds like a really good cause!! Good to be able to take part of such projects!
    And you really looked like you had a good time!



  118. Linda on the Prairie on January 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    A good cause and you looked like you were having a great time!