See you at CHA Blog Hop

See You At CHA Blog Hop

You guys! This week, the Social Committee of the Designer Section of the Craft and Hobby Association is hosting a MAHOOSIVE blog hop– five days of inspiration and information as we get ready for the annual Conference and Trade Show in January. Over 50 blogs are participating, and after all is said and done, one lucky reader is going to score a $650 Visa gift card. That lucky reader could be YOU! Keep reading for the lowdown…


I look forward to the CHA show every year. It’s packed with every type of crafting product you can imagine (many of which are debuted at the show) and populated by a big ‘ol bunch of craft pros tossing around inspiration and ideas like confetti.

And, okay, on a more personal note, there’s nothing quite like stepping off a plane from icy, wintry Idaho in a post-holiday haze and seeing green grass and palm trees and a gang of creative girlfriends ready to take the Anaheim Convention Center by storm. Each year, some combination of my besties meets up for some “Us Time,” and it’s just.. well, it’s joyful.03.AGs

The day before the Trade Show kicks off, there are always fantastic workshops, and I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a few. Actually, there are classes throughout the conference that cover a huge variety of topics. Whether you’re a designer, a pro blogger, a manufacturer, a business owner or a marketer, there’s plenty to choose from.12.World of Distress

But, once the show floor opens, it’s all serious business (or not)…06.IE Girls

Every time you turn a corner you see some incredibly talented person teaching a class, hosting a make-and-take, doing a demo… HOLY COW, it’s Seth Apter! (I’m a total fangirl.)11.Seth

There are samples galore at the manufacturers’ booths…

…and book signings by fantastic authors. Hey, that’s Dina Wakley!07.Dina

My very favorite thing about the CHA Show? The chance to connect with beloved old friends…04.AGs

… and make new friends, too. This one’s the strong, silent type. (And yes, that was some INCREDIBLE needle work to behold!)09.EasterIsland

Every year, I bring home the happiest memories, and enough creative go-juice to keep me crafting for months. 10.Scrapbook

What? Oh, yeah, that $650 gift card! Okay, here’s the deal. Clickity-click right here for the the full list of hop-able blogs for the week, and set aside some time tomorrow and Friday to check out the fresh posts scheduled for those days. You can enter to win that giant jackpot at every blog you visit!

There are three entry options, and I suggest you take full advantage of ’em all:

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 (your tweet must include the #CHAshow hashtag. You can tweet daily for extra entries!)
3. Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “Cre8Time” for crafting (this one has double entry value!)

Use this magic Rafflecopter entry form to do all that!

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Alrighty, then, get to hopping! Good luck and have fun visiting all the creative pros this week. And, as always, thank you so much for stopping by.