Let’s Get This Party Started!

We are here… in Anaheim… and the crew is actually passed out as I type. We’ve checked in, and we are ready to hit the ground running bright and early tomorrow! We have already met some amazing people and we can’t wait to get a closer look at their products. *Name Drop Alert!* I rubbed elbows with the amazingly nice Dee Gruenig as she ate a taco… Thanks Dee!!!

It’s also our one year anniversary at Craft Critique! I started this blog on a whim at about 2AM last January with THIS post… since then we have grown beyond my wildest expectations! To be honest, all I wanted to do was share with my crafty friends about the products I already had in my craft room, have a reason to attend the next CHA, and maybe get some free stuff along the way. Now we have a large team of wonderful and talented reporters… vendors are seeking us out for product testing… we are bringing an even larger team of new specialty reporters very soon (stay tuned)…we have a new look in the works… and some very BIG ideas… it’s all quite exciting!

To celebrate we would like to share the love. CHA is filled with fun crafty goodies; and frankly, it’s too much for just one person to use themselves… so we are putting together at least TWO fabulous goody boxes filled with miscellaneous CHA goodness!

There are two ways to win a box… ONE: send us YOUR review from the floor! Just email us at and include pictures (as attachments) and blurbs about your favorite new crafty goods. Not only may we publish your article… but we will draw one name randomly from all the entries. The winner will receive a collection of precious freebies given only to Press!

The SECOND way to win a goody box is by leaving a comment on any Craft Critique post relating to CHA between yesterday and the 16th of February. You will get a DOUBLE entry into the giveaway if you leave a post on YOUR blog linking to Craft Critique’s CHA coverage… just let us know in the comments. Help us get the word out about Craft Critique! The more readers and exposure we get, the more opportunities we will receive to share the newest product information with you!

And a big hug to all of you who read everyday, subscribe and link out to us on YOUR blogs. We truly appreciate every single one of you!

Until tomorrow…

Martha eats an official CHA Churro!
Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

93 Responses to Let’s Get This Party Started!

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    Corina February 10, 2008 at 4:30 am #

    oo!! I’m so excited! LOL.. I’m off to post on MY blog about this.. thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Robin (Tqmnurse) February 10, 2008 at 7:49 am #

    WOW! so exciting…posting about your cha coverage on my blog right now!

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    olse0231 February 10, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    I have LOVED seeing all of the sneak peeks from CHA so far – thank you so much for keeping all of the rest of us back home in the loop! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cole & Lia's mom February 10, 2008 at 9:32 am #

    I found you through Corina’s blog! I don’t have a blog but I’m going to follow CHA through yours…sigh!

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    Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    I am so glad I can follow CHA thru your website. If only I could be there, aaaah. I don’t have a blog but someday I might.
    Wendy C

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    Jenn Balcer February 10, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    It was wonderful to meet you! Thanks so much for coming out last night, and I look forward to seeing you again this week!

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    ~Lana B.~ February 10, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    O what crafty fun to live vicariously through you at CHA!!!! Keep up the great reporting on all the new goodies and most importantly…HAVE FUN and be safe!
    ~Lana b.~

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    Cindy Vernon February 10, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Wow, what a fun giveaway. I love reading all of the reviews so I don’t mind at all spreading the word!

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    Yogi February 10, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    Hi there. I wiiiish I was there. But since I’m not, at least your sneak previews are making me salivate.
    the link is on my blog
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a goody box and for all the updates.
    Take care Yogi

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    llclsu February 10, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    Wow, what a prize! I’m jealous of all of you that are there–but I have faith that we’ll be updated with some great sneak peeks!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Linda F. February 10, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    Wish I were there! Maybe next year! I’ll be updating my blog later today and will definitely link back here! Thanks!

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    scfranson February 10, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    I’m excited to see the new products and drool, lol. Be sure to check in on Melissa Frances products, she’s my favorite but I can never find her products in local stores. I’m also anxious to hear about the trends you see, colors and patterns.

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    elizabeth February 10, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    oh i am so jealous that you gals are getting to look at all the new yumminess in person!

    can’t wait to see all the reports ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Deb Neerman February 10, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    Oh my, what I wouldn’t give to be at CHA!! Lessee, the DH? Any takers?!?

    I’m linkin’ up with you ASAP!

    Thanks for the chance to win some new CHA goodies!!!

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    Anna M-W February 10, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I love your blog!

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    mathstamp February 10, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    Oh, I am so jealous. I would probably pass out from all of the excitement if I was there. I can’t wait to hear all of the reports.

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    Katie Skiff February 10, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    Super Yay!! I added it to my blog and it will stay up top until next week!!

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    scrappin{jewlz} February 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    Wow, I so wish I was there (especially because I have albums there, for Clear Scraps!)

    How awesome for you guys to have a goody box to give away.

    I will make a post on my blog (already have you linked in my favorites!) and have made a post on the Cricut messageboard as well (lots of people there!)

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    reflections:0) February 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    Thanks…:0) I love all the peeks….


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    Jackie February 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    I am really enjoying the sneak peeks and will definitely post this on my blog – I know others will want to see, too!

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    Cathy M February 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    How much FUN it would be to be at CHA!!! I don’t have a blog….I’m just a blog surfer, but I’m lovin your sneak previews of all the fun new stuff. Thanks for a chance.

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    Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    Wish I could be there too, but I’m too far away, so looking forward to reading what you have to say…!

    lisa mitchell
    (Barcelona, Spain)

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    Michelle February 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    I am so jealous – and kicking myself for not finding a way to get to CHA! Have a great time ladies.

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    Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    Wow….I’m sure you’ll have an awesome time there in Anaheim. I will definitely be checking back for sneak peeks from CHA!! Thanks for the chance! :o)

    Cindy Coffman

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    Jessica February 10, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    I’m looking forward to seeing all the sneak peeks! And congratulations on your one year anniversary. I wish you continued success in the future!

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    Elaine February 10, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    I’ve been patiently waiting for CHA news. I think your blog is going to ROCK with talented reporters covering the event and vendors!! Hopefully you can snag some goodies from other vendors to share as well!! Have a great time (and get plenty of rest before hand, because I’m betting you’ll get very little rest while you’re there!).

    Yes, I am putting a link on my blog about this!!

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    tammy b February 10, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    i’m lame, no blog here, but i’m a faithful reader of yours! wishing i was there, what a fun way it would be to spend my 42nd birthday (today)!

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    Belinda February 10, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    Wow, exciting. I can’t wait to see what else is going on at CHA!

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    irene February 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    So jealous!!!! I so want to be there looking at all the goodies! I know you will do the bestest of job keeping us updated!!!! Right??? Will be checking back fathfully! Have a great time!

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    Katie February 10, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Your site is new to me and I’ve enjoyed browsing. Can’t wait for the updates!


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    Katie February 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    Back again, I added a link and have yet to post today so I’ll give you all a *wink*wink*

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    Amy February 10, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Congratulations on such a successful year! Hope you enjoy every moment of your CHA experience!

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    Momsnack February 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    Checked out almost all of your sneak peeks yesterday – wow – some really great product coming out! You are a lifesaver for those of us not fortunate enough to see all this IRL. Thank you so much!
    NancyS (momsnack)

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    Janet B February 10, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    The sneak peeks are great! Enjoy CHA! Wish I was there…..

    Janet B

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    Tracy in Michigan February 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    I can’t wait to hear all about it!! Thanks for sharing both the info and the goodies!! Tracy Smith,

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    Cheryl February 10, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    I would sure love to spend a day with you at CHA, but winning some of the goodies would feel good too!! Thanks for keeping us posted!

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    luvzenkm2 (Leea) February 10, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    Loved the sneek peeks, bring on the video and pics from CHA….I love this blog, I just posted it to CK message board!

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    Debbie/StudioBeeCreations February 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    whooooowhooooo…I wish I could post from the FLOOR…but unfortunately, I am not there….I am soooo excited to see what you have to show us….I am running to my blog now to post about your CHA coverage…I can wait to see whats NEXT!!
    I know you’re gonna have a BLAST!.
    creative blessings, Debbie

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    Peggy Maier February 10, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    I’m a regular subscriber via your RSS feed! You do a wonderful job! Thanks for the updates you’ll be doing from CHA for all of us who wish we were there. (Thanks for a chance to win, too!)

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    Annelies February 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    So nice of you! We’re at home jealously reading all the news of CHA and you’re so kind to share a part with us. Thank you for the chance!

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    inara February 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    I posted a link to your blog on my blog, so consider me entered in the goodie draw!!! Yay!!!

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    Mary A February 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm #

    Congrats on the anniversary, and thanks so much for all you do!

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    JeanM February 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Watching your blog for all the news! Keep it coming. Sorry no blog YET

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    Elizabeth Wickland February 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    I just found your site and I can’t wait to become a regular reader and hear all about what you’ve got to say about the new CHA releases!! I’ve passed you on to all my blog readers, too… =D

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    Wicked February 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Had a wee bit of a computer error, so I am not sure if my post is going to show… So, I am leaving another : ) I am a serious product junkie – I have tons of stuff for “just in case” or “when I start doing that technique”, “take that class”, “read that book”, I will be prepared! So, getting a sneak peek is extra exciting – and as usual, I want everything… Thank you guys SO much for putting out a FABULOUSLY fun to read, but its good for you, too, product. Blog?!? I can barely read my email – heheheheheh – Christi in CT

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    Nimue February 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    This is sooooo frustrating. It’s so hard to wait to see it all. I see a little bit here and a little bit there and I want to see it ALL! thanks for sharing what you can. It must be hard finding the time.
    – Nimue

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    Carolyn February 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    Love your blog and look forward to all the product reviews from CHA. I love new product and have tried several I was on the fence about after reading your critiques. Thanks so much for all you do. Have fun in California

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    Darlene February 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    Oh I can’t wait for your descriptions! I actually met Dee G too at a local stamp store in the Chicago area when she was attending a show here. She just walked into the store. I remember Glynna the store owners mouth just dropped open. I will post this too. Enjoy your stay–you can rest up when you get back home. darlene

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    Linda February 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    Have a great time…I can’t wait to read about all the fabulous new stuff out there!


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    Etha February 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    How exciting ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for all the links and updates for us poor souls who can not be there!!

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    Nan and B.A.G.S. the pug -aka Aine February 10, 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    lol… LINK LINK LINK …

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    Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 7:35 pm #

    Oh, wish I could be there!!! Have a great time and thanks for introducing me to all these products that I now HAVE to have! ๐Ÿ™‚


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    Kentucky Girl February 10, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    Ooh! A Cha Churro!!! How funny! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I LOVED the previous entry with all the sneak peeks. OH MY WORD! I’m gonna be broke (even more so!)

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    Kathy W February 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    The sneak peaks are wonderful for those of us who can’t be there, and it helps us make our wish lists faster! Better than the Sears toy catalog at Christmas….thanks so much for the news and all the great product critiques that help keep us in the know.

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    Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    I can’t wait to see all the sneak peeks from CHA….I’m sure my wish list will be long…sure hope my piggy bank survives all the shaking…look forward to your next update!!

    Lori G from PA

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    Mary Dawn February 10, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    i’m just getting into the madness of papercrafting…i’ll definitely be adding you to my blogroll!

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    skyviewstamper February 10, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    I don’t have a blog to link too but I love Craft Critique! You have stopped me from somethings and enabled me on others!! Can’t wait to read the reviews on whats new!! Have a great time…….we’ll be waiting!!

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    Shannon February 10, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    I look forward to all the reviews.

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    Ember S February 10, 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    Awesome!! Can’t wait to check out the blog this week! Hope you girls have a blast!!

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    Miffy February 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Thanks for all the peeks! I’m off to leave a linky on my blog now ;).
    (ooh, and Feb. 16th is my birthday…maybe I’ll get lucky!!! )

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    Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Oh wow! Thanks for allowing those of us at home to participate. Have fun…but keep posting updates for us! We’re living vicariously through you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Terri F

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    Kitty Mom February 10, 2008 at 11:45 pm #

    THANKS for giving us ‘home bound’ a chance to experience CHA. I love your critiques and have used many of them before purchasing tools.

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    Brenda February 11, 2008 at 12:33 am #

    Thanks for posting all the sneak peeks..wishing I was there!! Thanks for this chance to win!
    ~Brenda H.

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    Cindy Vernon February 11, 2008 at 12:58 am #

    I have posted about the Craft Critique coverage of CHA on my blog at

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    Cindy February 11, 2008 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks for your great coverage of CHA! Looking forward to reading more.

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    basicstamper February 11, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    I JUST found your blog. I am really looking forward to the CHA sneak peaks!

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    Linda SS February 11, 2008 at 3:07 am #

    I’m having so much fun following your links and visiting all the photo’s and excitement at the CHA. Thanks for sharing and also for a chance to win the blog goodies:)

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    Bluemoon February 11, 2008 at 5:58 am #

    I love your blog and can’t wait to read and see pics all about the new products! I posted your craft critique addy on a provincial wide craft group, because I like your articles so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    theng February 11, 2008 at 7:56 am #

    Congratulations on turning one! I thoroughly enjoy the frank reviews. Now with CHA, there is so much to catch up on. Have fun!
    Here’s a link to my blog, which I just started this month:

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    Angel W February 11, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    CHA sounds like so much fun. I’m glad you all are there so we can see it from your perspective!!

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    Andria aka prairie mom February 11, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Love your blog. I am excited about your coverage of CHA. I didn’t know I could even get a double entry for posting on my blog about your coverage. Yesterday I posted about the coverage of CHA by other blogs, and of course yours! So I guess that gives me a double entry! Have fun!

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    Angel W February 11, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    I’ve linked to you on my blog!

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    NanaBeth February 11, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    Well I don’t have a blog, but I do want to thank you. You are the very best at showing all the cool new stuff from CHA. Maybe I can post a link on the fiskateer message board?
    But I really wanted to thank you for all the fabulous links on your site. I have learned so much from all these incredibly talented people and they are so generous about sharing their craft-there are some fantastic tutorials on some of them. Thanks for all you do!

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    SusanH February 11, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Thanks for sharing all the good stuff from CHA – looks like everyone’s having a great time. And thanks for the chance to win!! I don’t blog but maybe I should go start one??

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    Lynda K February 11, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Love, love, love the Cricut and the Cuttlebug soft animals…great idea! Enjoy the sunshine – none here in Illinois.

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    Brenda February 11, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    Fantastic ideas here ! I found your blog via another scrapbook friends blog {Scrapbee Debbie Harris..thanks Debbie } and I am so glad I did !
    It is wonderful that you all do this, I am PINK with envy ! What a great service to provide to all of us who cannot be everywhere . I love that you enable us to make informed decisions, instead of just going off half-scrapped and buying whatever ! Our local scrapbook store does demo their items, but of course they don’t carry everything !
    I will definitely being adding you to my blog, of course I am a blogbaby, just under a month old…but when I grow up I wanna be an informed blogger just like you !
    Thanks for the ” candy ” chance !
    Have great fun !
    Think Pink !

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    Leslie February 11, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Thanks for the CHA coverage! I’ve linked to CC from my blog:

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    Jarie February 11, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    I read your site everyday. Thanks for letting us know what is going on at CHA. I knew about the some of the new Cuttlebug embossing folders but didn’t know about the butterfly dies. Also I liked that Fiskar border bunch that was highlighted.



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    Aznewmom February 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    Ohhhhhhhhhh, I sure wish I could be there. Everyone is posting such fun CHA comments on their blogs today. I’m just sooooooooooooo jealous. LOL!
    Have fun gals.

    AKA: Aznewmom

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    leenda February 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    This is such torture seeing all these goodies that we have to WAIT to try…. It’s fun to see new products & activities at the big show! The Cuttlebug products look fantastic. Thanks for keeping us updated!

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    Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey February 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    Ahhh….the CHA… it must be so fun to see all the new stuff. I posted a link on my blog to the Craft Critique. What I have seen online looks so exciting… the new cuddlebug folders, the butterfly lace, the flourish chipboard… all of it looks so lovely.
    Thanks for this chance.

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    kethry70 February 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    can’t wait to see all the goodies- the peeks so far are fab!

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    Alicia Barry February 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Congrats on your first year.

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    kscraps1 February 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm #

    I love seeing all of the new stuff! I have a post on my blog:

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    Anonymous February 11, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    Congratulations on your 1 yr anniversary. Thanks for all the sneak peeks from CHA. I don’t have a blog but enjoy reading yours. Thanks for a chance to win the goodies.
    JoAnn B.

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    Anita February 11, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    It sounds like you’ll have a great time! I’m jealous!

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    Gailanne February 12, 2008 at 12:37 am #

    It’s amazing to hear about CHA through Craft Critique and the other blogs to which I subscribe. I feel like I’m there! Now I need to win a lottery so I can go nuts buying the fabulous new products that are being introduced.

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    terry February 12, 2008 at 2:36 am #

    I love your site. It it wonderful to get to see all the new stuff and hear from people who have used it. Keep up the great work.

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    Monika/Buzsy February 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    Great reviews! Love all the yummy pictures of new products and samples! I just posted something on my blog… put your link down too…–4.html

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    MANDEE February 15, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    Mandee (

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    Jeani February 15, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    Can’t even imagine how much fun CHA would be . . . wow!! Thanks for the chance to win! jeani

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    Anonymous February 16, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Wish I could have been at CHA! Thanks for the chance for some wonderful candy!