CHA Recap 2 of 3 and another Giveaway


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!


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>


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.


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).


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.


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


And here are a few other ‘throw down’ pairs:


 Nathalie Kalbach and Limor Weber


Cindi Bisson and Joe Rotella

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:


If you’d like to win this, just leave a comment on this post.  I’d love it if you also connected with me in any of these ways:  newsletter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 3rd. There are still a few days left to get in on my Giveaway #1, too – the winner for that one will be announced on Wednesday, January 29th.

Thanks for visiting!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


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

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

  3. Sue Clarke says:

    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. Thanks Marjie!
    I get your newsletter!

  5. 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 says:

    love the ideas you share in the blog

  7. Margaret in AZ says:

    Thanks for all the great photos from CHA.

  8. morningdove says:

    subscribed to your youtube channel.

  9. morningdove says:

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

  10. 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. Looks like a lot of fun.

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

  14. Connected every way possible! Love all your creations!

  15. Tamiko McCurry says:

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

  17. Pamela Bennett says:

    Looks like you had a great time.

  18. Looks like you had such fun!

  19. Fabulous giveaway!
    Count me in please!

  20. Sue Horsley says:

    Great cause. Wonderful, inspiring art!

  21. 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 says:

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

  23. Thanks for the opportunity

  24. Jenni Brown says:

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

  25. Diane Swanson says:

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

  26. Marie-Anne Raeman says:

    Its looks you had a blast 🙂
    love to join the giveway

  27. Vicki Love says:

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

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

  30. Excellent giveaways!!! Thank you!!

  31. maria soto says:

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

  32. Robin Wilson says:

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

  33. Nadia Homenick says:

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

  34. Lura Brown says:

    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. 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. 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 says:

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

  38. Sharon du Coudray says:

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

  40. Thanks for the great give away.

  41. You must have had so much fun!!!!

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

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

  44. Great post. Loved it.

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

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

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

  50. Fern Edwards says:

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

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

  52. 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

  53. 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 says:

    Wow! Great giveaway…thanks!

  55. It looks like you had a blast.

  56. 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!!

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

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

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

  63. Yvonne Carruthers says:

    Wow! How fabulous! xx

  64. scrapnsister1 says:

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

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

  66. 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. 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 says:

    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. 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. 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. That looked like so much fun and so beautiful!!

  72. 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. 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 says:

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

  76. Helen Markee says:

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

  77. Barbara Albrecht says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  79. that’s so fun! thanks for sharing!

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

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

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

  85. Gigi Black says:

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

  86. 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 says:

    How fun. I liked you on Facebook.

  88. 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 says:

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

  90. Karen Schroeder says:

    Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

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

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

  93. What fun and for a great cause!!

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

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

  101. Denise Bryant says:

    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 says:

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

  103. isolina petrz says:

    Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win such goodies

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

  106. April Lopez says:

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

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

  108. DIane Swanson says:

    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. 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. great idea. would love to try these products.

  111. Gail Bales says:

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

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

  114. Marilyn H says:

    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. What a fantastic idea–and what fun!

  116. Congrats Marjie!! You rock!!

  117. 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 says:

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