CHA Trade Show Feed

My Favorite Products from CHA 2016

The CHA Trade-show is a fun time to see new products and connect with industry friends.

CHA Mega Trade Show 2016

This year I was working in a booth or in meetings for most of the show so I didn't get a lot of time to just meander around looking at products, but I did see some great things by taking creative routes to lunch...




  • Ranger has Journal Insert Pages...handy to use for travel and then slip them into your art journal when you get home.

    CHA 2016 - Brother ScanNCut Booth and Aprons



  • ArtFoamies were a big hit in the mixed media world at the how you can bend the long ones to get the shape you need (ie: the hair on the sample below).
    CHA 2016 - Brother ScanNCut Booth and Aprons



  • Yarn sweet yarn! Can you believe you can make a shawl with this Lion Brand yarn? (It's so new they don't even have a link for it yet!)

    CHA 2016 - Brother ScanNCut Booth and Aprons



  • Now this iLoom is something my nieces would love since it involves an iPad (and app).
    CHA 2016 - Brother ScanNCut Booth and Aprons
    CHA 2016 - Brother ScanNCut Booth and Aprons

I'm sure there's plenty I missed, but I'm really excited to get my hands on some of these and try them out! What ones are you hoping to try???


Are you ready for new craft products?

It's CHA time! Which mean all the new craft products are being unveiled and will be hitting store shelves soon. -It's an exciting time of year for the arts and crafts industry, and I'm thankful to get to be a part of it.  

CHA 2016 - Anaheim Convention Center


I'm over at the Brother ScanNCut booth demoing the NEW ScanNCut2 machine...and they even blew up a photo of one of my projects display on the outside of my demo station.  :)
CHA 2016 - Brother ScanNCut Booth


The theme of our booth is a candy shop so we have lots of samples of delicious looking papercrafts, sewing, and embroidery candy...along with the real stuff of course. May Flaum created this little vignette with the help of her ScanNCut. 
CHA 2016 - May Flaum Candy Display Brother ScanNCut


As I was headed out the door to the show I whipped up a few of these adorable candy huggers from an SVG file Lia Griffith created, the lucky few that got them loved them! If you're looking for lots of great SVG files you've got to check her site out.

Lia Griffith Candy Huggers


Also during the show I've been whipping up this kirigami pattern because it reminds me of candy! Philip Chapman Bell created the PDF file and I've been cutting it out on my ScanNCut2 and then assembling them.  It's super fun!

Paper Candy made with ScanNCut

 After the show wraps up I'll be sure to post a follow up on any cool new products I come across while a the show!


Happy crafting!


Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.


The Second Best Time of the Year {#CHAshow}

Yep, you guessed it, it's CHA time!! I arrived down in Anaheim yesterday to help set up the Brother booth (#1575).

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And then last night was the Michael's sponsored Block Party that was really fun. There awesome were food trucks and a band that covered just about every genre of music!

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If you're down at the trade show make sure you come by the Brother booth # 1575 and say hi!


CHA 2014

Ahhhh. It's that time of year again...the time when all the arts and craft manufactures unveil all their new products for the year at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show.

CHA2014 Trade ShowThis year I'm working in the Brother booth (#663) demoing the ScanNCut machine...stop by and say hi if you're there or for those of you at home who want to see the machine in action, check out my YouTube videos or some of my ScanNCut projects blogged about so far...and as always, if you have any questions about the machine, CHA, or crafty things feel free to ask!

CHA2014 Trade Show - ScanNCut diecut machine ScanNCut Erin Bassett



Surviving post CHA

I went to the CHA winter tradeshow last week and had a blast. I worked the ZIG-Kuretake booth and taught a doodling fun!!! I also networked and did all the other fun CHA designer & blogger stuff. And, somewhere along the way I picked up germs and have been sick ever since.  :(


ZIG-Kuretake CHA-W 2013 Workshop
I actually remembered to snap a photo before my workshop started!



ZIG-Kuretake CHA-W 2013 Workshop
Part of the wall I colored in the booth - this flower was almost as big as my head.


Let me back up. First off, I drove home from CHA and of course it took twice as long since there was traffic, and then when I got there my husband was outside with our dogs. Our oldest dog, Granola...we call her Nola, was super lethargic and when I looked at her I knew something was wrong. Really wrong. The right side of her face was sagging and drooling and her neck was swollen with a mass it. Of course since it was after hours we had to go to our emergency vet (our animals never have emergencies at normal business hours!)...where we spent hours having her tested, x-rayed, ect.  Fun times. Long story short, she stayed there two nights and ended up having surgery on the second day to remove the mass on her neck, a small mass on her knee, and one on her eyelid that we were scheduled to remove the next week.  

She now looks like Frankenstein. I'll definitely spare you the photos, but trust me it's NOT pretty...but she feels a lot better. And surprisingly all the staples and stitches don't seem to be bothering her (yet). And even better, the vet called and said that the pathology came back and everything was benign. The one on her neck had abscessed, but they were able to remove all of it, so they don't suspect it will cause her problems in the future. Thank the Lord too, since the whole shebang was a pretty penny! My Hubs now says she's an actual Golden Retriever, meaning she's made out of gold! LOL.

In more dog news, our puppy Willow just turned 5 months old.  She's the best puppy! Very obedient and fun to have around. She's  quirky though...she keeps turning her beds inside out so that she sleeps on the smooth side instead of the "fur". She does it with the pad in her crate too. So weird, but I've stopped trying to fix it!


Willow Dog 5 months
Willow, 5 months old.   -   Why she keeps flipping her bed inside out I don't know. She also has bigger beds to sleep on, but likes this one!

Hope all is well with you!  I have a lot of exciting things coming up blog wise so make sure you either follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to my newsletter to keep up with everything.

Also, in case you missed the announcements, 21 Secrets of Art Journaling 2013 is now open for registration!  Join myself and 20 other amazing teachers for these workshops for the low price of just $'s really a steal!!!! Click here for more info.