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CHA SuperShow Summer 2011, Chicago

The CHA Craft Supershow Section at TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show is being held this weekend, July 21-24, 2011 at the  Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. There are Manufacturers as well as retailers in attendance for prime shopping.

Craftside is there, giving attendees a free journal at their booth, and showing off all their great crafty titles.

And demos to show you how to use the cool products at the show.

There are plenty of hands-on make-and-takes like this one from Lion Brand yarn.

There are some crafty celebs in attendance too.

There are FREE make-and-takes at some of the booths, like this one from My Favorite Things, which also included a FREE stamp set for attendees who participated. Their make-and-take schedule is available on their blog.
Plenty of cool deals and projects in their booth as well.
And some great free projects from the Splitcoast Stampers gang and manufacturers which change each day.

And another free make-and-take from Taylored Expressions, who also brought along all their great products.

And special deals just for attendees.

And let’s not forget the great projects to inspire you!

So, if you are in the Chicagoland area, you have two more days to check out the show! Let us know if you will be there or if you attended, what do you think? We would love to know!

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CHA Craft SuperShow: Giving back

Along with a whole lot of creativity, crafters also have a lot of heart. Just ask the charitable organizations that participated in the CHA Craft Super Show over the weekend in Chicago.

Several groups reached out to crafters at the event and asked them to share their talents to help others in need by creating a card, sewing a pillowcase or making a donation. And the crafty attendees were more than willing to help out.
Westcott opened its booth to Scrapbook Royalty, which is changing and expanding into For a donation, crafters could make a scissor holder and also receive a pair of Westcott scissors.
The money collected was given to Charity Wings, which helps non-profit organizations host unique creativity-based events online and at venues across the country.

Elena Lai Etcheverry founded Scrapbook Royalty in April 2006 with the idea of helping organizations host crops to raise money for their causes. She’s now expanding the volunteer-run, non-profit group to include other types of creative events.

Along with Scrapbook Royalty, the Charity Wing umbrella now includes Creative Wings (mixed media and fine art), Lil’ Wings (a place for kids), Club Royalty (a club that’s all about charity, crafting and sharing) and Brave Girls Club (Brave Girls Camp scholarship fund).

So far, the group has hosted more than 80 events and fundraisers, and collected more than $310,000 for 46 different charities including American Heart Association, Autism Speaks, Boys & Girls Club and Cancer Coping Center.

Charity Wings provides a web site, online registration, donations, silent auction and goody bag donations for the events it helps host.
“We want to raise money and awareness for good causes,” Etcheberry said. “We’re here as a resource.”

During the Super Show, Charity Wings hosted a crop for Crops of Luv, which makes albums for children who were granted a wish through Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The group ConKerr Cancer also was at the Super Show, asking crafters to sew pillowcases to give to children who have cancer or other serious illnesses. During the two-day event, attendees sewed 200 pillowcases for the group.

The Chicago group has sewed 9,000 pillowcases, while nationally the group has delivered more than 200,000 pillowcases.

“We’ve had excellent response. People are saying they don’t know how to sew, but in five to 10 minutes they have it sewn. They’re smiling at the end,” said Susan Abraham with the Chicago chapter. “They’re happy to be sewing it for a kid.”

ConKerr Cancer hosts sewing events or crafters can sew pillowcases in their home and give them to the group. They will also bring sewing machines and fabric to hospitals so children can sew a pillowcase for themselves and for a family member.

The group is sponsoring its first Miles of Pillowcase Smiles the week of Sept. 13-19 with events being planned throughout the country. In the Chicagoland area, an event is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Our Redeemer’s United Methodist Church in Schaumburg. Check the web site for events through the U.S.

Who wouldn’t smile after seeing all these bright, colorful fabrics?

The local American Cancer Society chapter also had a booth at the Super Show. They were asking attendees to make cards to be given to breast cancer survivors. The cards were left blank so survivors could use them as they’d like.

Over the two days, crafters made 200 cards. They will be given to survivors during the 11th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer five-mile walk that is Oct. 17 in Montrose Harbor.

Look at this basket of card goodness:

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CHA Sponsor: Taylored Expressions

We got the opportunity to check out the sweet new products at the Taylored Expressions booth during the CHA Craft Supershow. But just barely; the booth was PACKED with fans and shoppers!

Fabulous new stamps, and coordinating dies! YAY!  And Taylor was on hand giving everyone a mini lesson.

Here’s a great video of Taylor showing everyone how to use her new Taylored Dies:

and shots of her adorable samples:

We caught up with Taylor earlier in the week (before the craziness of CHA) and asked her what inspired her to start her business… here’s what she said:

“In the world of papercrafting it’s easy to get lost in the abundance of ideas, techniques, and materials. When I started stamping I remember being overwhelmed by all the choices and not knowing what patterned paper matched my cardstock or what embellishment would look good as a finishing touch on the card I was creating. As my journey evolved, I learned to coordinate products creatively often combining manufacturers and I still enjoy doing that today! Taylored Expressions is an extension of my creativity and I’m excited to give others access to custom coordination and super cute stamps!”

Taylor has graciously offered Craft Critique readers a Sweet Treat for Craft Critique readers: FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50 now through August 1st! Use promo code CC2010.

Thanks Taylor!

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