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CHA 2011 Supershow: Chicago

July 21-24, 2011
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont (Chicago), IL

Following successful debuts in Orlando, Anaheim and Rosemont/Chicago, IL, the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Craft Supershow will now be held as the CHA Craft Supershow Section at TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories (JF&A) Show. This event has great synergy with the audience of crafters and craft and hobby enthusiasts in the Chicagoland area that have attended the Craft Supershow in the past.

The CHA Craft Supershow Section will draw over 8,000 crafters from across the country and feature industry-leading exhibitors showcasing unique craft products and supplies available for sale during the show. This along with the 25,000 attendees that the JF&A Show brings, it will surely be the ultimate craft shopping experience in Chicago! Expert crafters will assist attendees with hands-on projects and make-n-take demonstrations on the show floor.

“We launched the Craft Supershow to promote the benefits of crafting, such as the value proposition, quality time with family, stress-relief and to introduce and remind consumers of the pleasure of crafting,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association. “We are very excited to bring this fun and informative event as part of TransWorld’s 34+ year tradition of finely attended Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Shows in the Chicagoland area.”

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CHA Blog Carnival – sponsored by The Cat’s Pajamas

This CHA Blog Carnival is proudly sponsored by The Cat’s Pajamas.

Ready for the swingiest, swankiest stamps and dies around? Pour that martini and get your Cat’s Pajamas on! Visit The Cats Pajamas for more information about these products as well as their entire line of stamps.

And please, if you are listed below, don’t forget to share this link on YOUR blog and with your friends to complete the circle of crafty love. Thanks to all who participated and shared your wonderful ideas!

Want to see some great photos from the Jenni Bowlin booth?  Just check out Megan’s blog.

Christine has great coverage of the entire show as well as videos of Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth and Suede from Project Runway.

Check out all the cool banner photos on Vicki O’Dell’s blog.

Robyn shares some of her favorite finds at CHA including the Epiphany Button Studio.
There are lots of lots of posts on the Paint Me Plaid blog.
Get a look through the eyes of the Mod Podge Rocks creator Amy Anderson with her CHA posts.
Lots of great photos from the show including the Websters Pages booth on the Unkit blog.
Michele shares her CHA photos including some pictures of the new Cricut Imagine.
The I Live. Teach. Create blog has posted lots of photos and videos of their favorite products and booths.
There is great coverage of all things sparkly at the CHA Super Show on Ellie’s blog.
Christine Middlecamp has lots of great photos from the show including some awesome Maya Road shots.
Leslie has great coverage of the Scrapbook Royalty Super Crop where her friend won the Making Memories Slice Machine that our own Sarah Moore had the pleasure of awarding.
The PaperCrafter’s Corner shares lots of stuff from Ranger ink.
A great perspective of the CHA is on Claudia’s blog complete with photos.

Nan shares her favorite photos from the show on her blog.

Jenny from Craft Test Dummies has lots of great photos and posts of her time at the show.
Nancy Nally from Scrapbook Update shares her top 10 picks from CHA Summer 2010.
The Creating Keepsakes Blog does a fun “cute booth tour”.
Erin Bassett, the Yudu queen, gives you a peek at some of the new products for the Yudu machine.
The Copic Marker team was on hand at CHA showing off some of their new products like the new swatch books.
Get a look at the My Mind’s Eye booth with the videos on their blog.
Chica and Jo have lots of great information on some new CHA debuted products as well as lots of videos.
For lots of photos and a great explanation of what CHA is, check out Julie’s post.
Scrapscene shows off some of the great Make and Takes at the Show.
Here is Jessica’s list of the 10 products she loved at this years CHA.
The paper pile has several videos from CHA including Tim Holtz products.
Angie shares her CHA slideshow on her blog.

Deena’s new paper line that she designed was unveiled at this year’s show.

Amy got photos with great friends and designers and posted them on her blog.

And we’ve got more CHA articles coming this weekend… including our trend watches and favorite booths! Thanks for reading!


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CHA Supershow Contests: America’s Next Top Crafter & Fashion Fever

Two exciting contests kept the crowd entertained while wandering from booth to booth at the CHA Supershow on Saturday.

The first of which was America’s Next Top Crafter hosted by the Modern Surrealist, Marisa Pawelko, sponsored by Westcott.

This fast-paced competition pit three crafters against each other in a race against the clock to decorate a scissor holster in the way they felt best represented their crafting style. Each individual had an array of supplies to work with, but only 10 minutes on the clock before each piece was judged by a panel of celebrity judges, which just so happened to include Craft Critique’s very own Editor-in-Chief Sarah Moore! The Double Stitch Twins were also there to lend their expertise as well as Stephanie Girard, author of Sweater Surgery.

After 10 minutes had flown by, each of the contestants explained a bit about their piece. And the winner, Cami, explained that her holster was representative of her home in Mexico. She went home with a very generous prize from Westcott. Great job Cami!  Here’s a shot of all the participants, judges and host of America’s Next Top Crafter:

Another contest that actually began way before the Supershow even started was Fashion Fever. Sponsored by the National Sewing Council, this contest involved having a great imagination and concept of design, not to mention some killer sewing skills. In the months proceeding the show, 7 finalists had been chosen to compete during the show for the grand prize of a trip to Los Angeles for the Winter Supershow in 2011, including hotel and airfare.

Their mission? To create a fantasy themed clothing piece in under 48 hours with just $100 to spend. The piece was to represent Macy’s upcoming Glamorama Fashion Show which will take place August 13th at the Chicago Theatre. This year’s theme for the show is Fashion.Fantasy.Music.Magic. and will star Macy Gray. The finalists were to design a piece with this theme in mind, and imagine the final product being worn on the runway by Macy herself.

Each of the finalists remained hard at work right throughout the show (they began at noon on Friday, and had to be done by 4:00pm on Saturday):

While a couple were professional seamstresses, most were just starting out in the fashion world as students.

Once the pieces were complete, each contestant either wore her own piece or had a model wear it for a highly anticipated finale fashion show before the winner was announced.

After the fashion show all contestants came out for the big announcement. I am in awe at all the designs, what a wonderful job.

The grand prize went to Vanessa from Evanston, Illinois for her dragon inspired design. She said the billowing fabric pieces on the side of the dress represent dragon’s wings. Congratulations Vanessa!

There was so much more to do at the Supershow than I had thought, these contests made it all the more fun. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year! What kind of contests would you like to see or participate in?

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