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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.


Happy New Year! {#OneLittleWord}

Abide #OneLittleWord 2016 #olw

After a whirlwind 2015 I am so ready for 2016 and all it has in store for me and my family! So with that in mind, my #OneLittleWord for 2016 is "abide"...which means:

Full Definition of abide...

transitive verb

1: to wait for: await

2: a- to endure without yielding: withstand

     b- to bear patiently: tolerate

 3: to accept without objection

intransitive verb

1: to remain stable or fixed in a state

2: to continue in a place: sojourn

For me, the word "abide" will be a reminder to persevere as I trust in the Lord...I'll be explaining all about how I came upon this word and my verse for the year (along with helpful ways you can incorporate both in your quiet time with the Lord & in your art journal) in the workshop I'm doing for the online event Truth Scrap. I hope you join myself and 5 other awesome artist as we share with you techniques and tips on how to link together your faith and your art, it's going to be such a fun day!  -I'm totally staying in my PJs all day for it and just have a chill time with the Lord, art, and all of you joining us! I'm so excited!

Did you choose a word or a verse for 2016?  Share it if you did so you can inspire others!