Thursday, January 28, 2010

We're going the distance to bring you the BEST!



Front Row: Terra & Stephanie
Back Row: Heidi, Jay Jay & Katie

(Jay Jay is our Dt member from Germany. We were able to meet her and spend some time with her at CHA - a REAL TREAT!)

Wow, it's truly been a whirlwind but I have come full circle to and from my very first CHA show with Simon Says Stamp! For anyone who may be unaware of CHA let me give a little background...

In early 2004, the two most successful organizations serving the craft and hobby industry, the Hobby Industry Association (HIA) and the Association of Crafts & Creative Industries (ACCI), joined together to form the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA). Together as CHA, the new Association forms a single more dynamic and powerful force to drive the craft industry into the future.

CHA's vision, simply stated, is to create a vibrant industry with an exciting image, an expanding customer base and successful members. The goal is to stimulate the sales growth of the craft and hobby industry worldwide by creating consumer demand, helping members succeed and leading the industry.

CHA is actively involved in national promotional events designed to increase customers' knowledge and awareness of industry products with the branding campaign Crafts. Discover life's little pleasures. CHA continues to inspire occasional crafters to craft more often through it's consumer-motivated message. Craft stores from all over participate in CHA's annual campaigns, National Craft Month in March and Celebrate the Season in September. The promotions are geared to generate excitement about crafting and to highlight the many emotional benefits it produces. In addition to the promotions, every year the Association holds two annual trade shows, the largest craft and hobby supply expositions in the world.

As public interest in crafts has increased over the years, CHA has conducted a number of research projects, including the yearly benchmark Nationwide Craft & Hobby Consumer Usage and Purchases Study that reports the most popular craft activities and total sales dollars. Other studies include The Academic Value of Hands-on Craft Projects in Elementary Schools, one of the first studies to investigate the impact of hands-on projects and academic learning, and The Impact of Hispanic Crafters on the US Craft Industry that focuses on the growing Hispanic market. The Association continues to research consumer buying habits, crafts and education, and other pertinent information to the crafts industry.

CHA has also launched a powerful multifaceted communications program that's designed to generate consumer demand and drive retail traffic for craft and hobby supplies. The branding and public relations program generates millions of consumer impressions and stimulates sales. As a result, CHA has become a leading resource to the general consumer media on the subject of crafts and hobbies. The Association has also become an established presence on the Internet though its websites: the popular consumer website www.craftplace.org, the industry website www.craftandhobby.org, and the education website at www.teacherplace.org.


I'm very excited about all the really cool new products that we will be getting in soon and sharing with you all...I think you will really be pleased with the variety and versatility of the products that are coming SOON....(I know, I'm a tease but stay tuned we will be updating as everything comes in...).

Good news! There are several PRE-ORDERS going on now of brand new product at the show, that if you order NOW you will be among the first to have these beauties in hand! Check them out below! These collections are so awesome...you won't be able to stop at just one!! :)


Complete Lot of NEW 2010 Tim Holtz UM Rubber Stamp Sets!



Complete Lot of Tim Holtz NEW 2010 Distress Ink Pads & Refills


Magnolia Raising the Ceiling Collection 2010
This is the FIRST Collection for 2010!! Click HERE to get the new Magnolia INK magazine NOW!!



2010 Sarah Kay Collection Complete Lot!

We worked some seriously long hours while we were in California...this is not to say we didn't have a little fun too....



***Blog Candy Alert....Join our following and tell me about your favorite new line from those I mentioned above and you could win a FABULOUS candy from the show at CHA!!!! I will announce the winner on February 2nd!
***Fingers crossed the Groundhog sees his shadow***
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Have a great day!
*Mwah!*
Steph

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62 comments:

  1. What fun you all had! Glad you made it home! Those Sarah Kay stamps look sooo cute--and summery! I could use a little summer here. . .brrrrr!
    Lisa :-)

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  2. Looks like you all had a blast there :) I saw some of you on Jayjay's blog as well :)

    hmmmm do we really have to pick a favourite?? hmmmm I love the new Magnolia line but I think this is the first range of Sarah Kay's that I really adore!!

    hugss Ria

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  3. The Tim Holtz stamps are beyond beautiful!! GORGEOUS personified!! *Drool* ;) The Stampavie - Sarah Kay stamps are so fresh. Beautiful workmanship & just pretty. Love those too.

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  4. The Sarah Kay collection looks fabulous! I could use summery here too.

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  5. Looks like you guys had the best time ever there.
    Do you need to ask what my favorite is gonna be... ;D the new distress inks OF COURSE!!!! Can't wait to get my hands on them. =)
    Hugs, SannaS

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  6. Ooh it looks and sounds like you had a fantastic time!! If i had to pick a fave i would say the new Tim Holtz ink pads - yummy!!!!!!!

    Zoe x x

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  7. WOW IM SOOOO JEALOUS IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE ALL HAD A SUPER FANTASTIC TIME,I LOOK FORWARD TO ALL THE NEW CRAFTY GOODIES YOU HAVE COMING OUR WAY.....
    MY FAV NEW LINE THAT YOU HAVE LIST IS THE DISTRESS INKS AS I USE THESE TO COLOUR MY IMAGES AND I LOVE THEM SO IM TOTALLY SUPER EXCITED AND CANT WAIT TO GET MY GRUBBY LITTLE MITTS ON THEM LOL

    TAKE CARE
    &
    HAVE FUN

    LOVE N HUGS
    LIZA
    XOX

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  8. Sounds like fun! I'm lovin' the new line of Tim Holtz Distress inks ... but those new stamps of his are pretty lovable too!

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  9. I love the new Sarah Kay stamps especially the one where the girl is diggin in the garden!

    BTW, cute groundhog picture! LOL!
    -Stacie

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  10. Looks like you had an ace time at CHA **jealous**...lol...My favourite is ALL THE TIM HOLTZ STUFF.... Just waiting for a large order from yourselves and am having trouble containing myself...x

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  11. I wish I could have been at CHA, maybe next time!
    I absolutely love the new Tim Holtz stamps =) but I like the other ones too!

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  12. My fav new line would have to be the Tim Holtz Products! I love them all from the ink, to the new sizzix dies and embossing folders to the embellishments. I love them all and cannot wait to get my hands on them!

    bast830@comcast.net

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  13. Toooo much choices *g*. But I think the Oskar goes to the new Magnolia line. I totally adore this collection.
    But Tim's new Distress Inks are a close second.

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  14. I think my favorite new line would have to be Tim Holtz's new products... I am dying to get my hands on so many of them, including the new colours of distress inks, the folders & dies, the papers, the book, stamps, the list is endless!!

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  15. Since I was a child , I love Sarah kay! And the new collection is fantastic!
    thanks

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  16. Ohh wow!!! It's to pick one, the Tim Holtz stamps are really cute, Sarah Kay collection is gorgeous and what can I say about Magnolia, I love Magnolia stamps!! lol
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Hugs
    Hazel

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  17. Well, this is a difficult choice to pick just one favourite. I'm really torn between the new Magnolia Stamps and the Sarah Kay ones, but the Sarah Kay stamps win the day, they are my favourites.

    Looking forward to seeing all the new goodies you've found!!!

    Hugs
    Penni
    X

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  18. I love the new Tim Holtz stamps and Distress inks!

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  19. The CHA just looks so much fun, we get nothing like that over in oz i just have to drool pics of everyone at the CHA!
    i just love the range of tim holtz stamps they are great asi have many of the full size ones but would love the smaller ones for cards!

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  20. The Sarah Kay collection looks amazing!

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  21. Glad you girls had fun during the hard long days of work.
    Loved the twitter notes you left.

    Definately love the new stamps of tim and ofcourse those new colors distress inks.

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  22. Definitely all stuff from Tim Holtz - esp. papers, inks, stamps and THE book. I wait for them impatiently.

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  23. Has to be Tim Holtz stamps!! The hand and eye chart WILL be mine!! I love them all:) I also love the new distress inks.... ooooh I can't choose!! Glad you had fun. Thank you for keeping us updated on Twitter!!

    Louise x

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  24. I am so excited about the Tim Holtz inks!!! The creative juices are already flowing. Now I just need the inks! ;)

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  25. What? Pick just one? I have Heidi to blame for falling in love with Magnolia AND Sarah Kay (I bought my first stamps from SSS, so someone has to take the blame). But, since you want me to only pick one, I'll say Magnolia. I only have one of her and she's SO lonely in the stamp drawer. I have a feeling some of the new releases will be calling out to her soon!

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  26. new stap sets by TH rule :PPPPPPP

    you have a great photo from CHA - lovely faces :*

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  27. My choice must be Tim's stamps.

    I would have loved to be there with you all, what a great time it must have been

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  28. Oh how I wish we had something like this in (Scotland). I just love love love Sarah Kay and Magnolia. Do I really have to choose just one. !! It would have to be Magnolia. I just love Tilda etc to bits.
    Glad you all had a great time, thanks for passing on your excitement to us.
    Hugs Suzi x

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  29. I'm loving it all but if I have to pick Tim Holtz's stamps with the Sarah Kays a close second!

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  30. Sounds like you managed to find some time to have a bit of fun mixed in with all of your hard work. :)

    Wow, if I had to pick one of them I'd say the Tim Holtz stamps. As much as I've admired his stamps I've not had to the chance to get any and they do look lovely! :)

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  31. I think it all looks fun - but the Tim Holtz stamps look really fun!

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  32. I just love the new Magnolia line! It's superb!!!I wish I could join all the fun at CHA!!!!

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  33. That is so tough - I love the new canvas line from Donna Downey and Prima. I LOVE Tim Holtz's new stuff

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  34. I had sooo much fun at CHA in Orlando last year so I am green with envy.

    I love my Tim Holtz distress inks so can only image how cool the new ones are. I think though that the new Magnolias are just ADORABLE!! I don't own any yet but I can dream.

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  35. Wish I was there! Everyone had so much fun! My fav are the new Tim Holtz stamps (and of course the new dies and embossing folders he introduced). :o) TFS!

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  36. What a wonderful trip you had. I am so jealous. I wanted to be there but the trip from the East Coast was too far. If I HAVE to pick a favorite it would have to be Tim Holtz’s new Distress Ink colors. I love them! Can’t wait to see all the new things!

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  37. i think my favourites are the new 2010 Tim Holtz rubber stamp sets! They r so cool! :)

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  38. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Sarah Kay Stamps! I think those would have to be my fave.

    Snow, Cold and Blowey here (only 9 degrees out right now) so I am SO ready for spring!

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  39. Wow, that's a lot of new stuff. I think my favourite are the new distress ink colours. I just love the effect of distress ink. Thanks for the update and the chance to win some blog candy again:)

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  40. wow looks like you guys had the best time.
    Im loving the new Tim Holtz stamps - they are what i shall be investing in
    love tasha xx

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  41. I L-O-V-E Tim Holtz's new stamps!!!!!! Amazing, to die for :) Super Duper!

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  42. Glad you've had a great time! I love the Distressed Inks... haven't got any but the more to choose from when I can afford some, the better!! Oh, and those SK stamps are divine!

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  43. can't wait to try the new Tim Holtz distress ink...

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  45. So many fabulous things!!!!!
    I love the new Tim Holtz Distress Ink colors :-)

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  46. What a hard choice I am so stuck between the sarah kayas she brings back childhood memories and the new magnolia set as I adore these and am very slowly building my collection, do I really just have to choose one you make us make some really hard decisions , but I think it will have to be sarah kay and my childhood memories that wins out. Thanks for sharing Julye

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  47. My favourite favourite is the new Sarah Kay stamps...hands down!! Can't wait to get my mitts on them! Thanks for bringing us the biz from CHA and for another fab candy offer! bx

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  48. It's lovely to see you all having such a good time at the show. My favourite new line has to be the Tim Holtz stamps. So many new designs and the beauty of his stamp sets is that they all stamp so crisply.

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  49. Fabulous photo's :-) I can't wait for the new releases to come in :-) I am waiting for the Sarah kay stamp of the little boy holding a melon ,,, soo cute :-) and everything Tim !! :-)

    Luv
    lols x x x

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  50. I want all of the new Tim Holtz line. I am hooked on Distress Ink and I love the embossing folders, the wood and brick ones would make great guy cards. Oh and stamps, stamps and more stamps.

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  51. My favorite new lines are the Tim products and Wendy stamps!! There are so many and they are all so wonderful it's hard to decide what to get first, lol!!

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  52. My fav new line would have to be the Tim Holtz Products!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. I want the Tim Holtz stamps AND inks!!!!!!!!!!

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  54. It's so difficult to choose! Tim Holtz stamps are awesome but Magnolia make me cry :))) I want them - they are so pretty!

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  55. oh, so tolle Bilder, ich finde alles so toll.
    das Bild mit jaijai ist toll, sie ist eine ganz liebe
    lg gila

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  56. The CHA show sounds like SOOO much fun. I love all the new stuff - hard to choose what is best, but I think I will go with Tim's new stamps and ink pads. Out of these I am leaning towards the new set of distress ink pads - you can use these with anything!

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  57. Loved that post - would love to go to CHA...it looks AH-MAY-ZING! As for a favourite...it has to be the new Tim Holtz line. I could literally have one of everything...if only! xxx

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  58. Looks like alot of new goodies were at the CHA. My favorite is the new Magnolia stamps for 2010. Thanks for a chance to win some candy.

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  59. I'll have to pick the Tim Holtz stamps! They're my absulte favourite!

    --Mina

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  60. my fav new line is Tim Holtz - everything, His new dies look anazing and all those yummy new colours and paper pads.

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  61. Looks like CHA was a lot of fun!

    I think my favorite of these four would be the new Sarah Kay stmaps ~ they are just too cute.

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  62. WAw it seems you all had fab time! So love Sarah Kay stamps and Magnolia line and Tim Holtz stamps. I love everything. All products are my fav! Hugs;moni

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