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8 Hot Products from the CHA Show

Our team attending the Craft & Hobby Association's 2015 Mega Show last weekend in California enjoyed three days of non-stop crafting action. They discovered a bunch of new products hitting the market, reconnected with some familiar faces and made lots of new friends, too. 

"Having a chance to meet and get to know the artists and designers who really make up this wonderful industry let you understand how crafts not only give a personal touch, but leave you wanting to join in and experience more," says our Andrea Atwater. "To me, crafting is soothing, healing, brings friends and family together and is just all out creative fun with basically no rules!”

One of the most anticipated events at the annual Mega Show is the unveiling of the year's Hot Product winners, a true celebration of ingeniuty.

"Taking in the colors, textures and original designs; seeing how modern crafters have revived needle arts, revved up DIY home décor and mixed art with craft for mixed media – I wanted to share this positive energy with everyone who thought arts and crafts were passé!" says our Anne Grbic.

Here are the top 8 Hot Products for 2015 in each of their categories:

  • Bead & Jewelry 
    Beadalon: Artistic Wire 3d Bracelet Jig

  • Cake & food Decorating
    Alumilite: Amazing Remelt

  • Fabric & Needle
    Fabric Editions: Fabric Elements

  • Floral
    Little B: Little B Petal Packs

  • Kids
    Fox Chapel Publishing: trend books for kids

  • Paint & Art
    Lumi: Lumi Photo Printing Kit

  • Paper
    Sizzix/Ellison: Sizzix Inksheets

  • General
    Hazel & Ruby: DIY Décor Tape

How to Make Those Cool Shoes from the CHA Show

The Craft Attitude shoes were such a big hit at the Craft & Hobby Mega Show this past weekend that we thought we'd post a quick how-to tutorial.

Here's how Andrea Atwater created these one-of-a-kind shoe showstoppers:

1) Size and print your image to fit the area you would like on the shoe area. (reverse print if there is any text)

2) Print in best quality / glossy photo preference.

3) Apply glue to the area on the shoe and rub it in the canvas generously but without clumps.

4) Flip the image and apply over the glue on the shoe and rub the film. You will be able to pull up and reposition the image on canvas, but you will need to do it quickly so the bright colors don't stain on the shoe.

5) Trim the area around the image with a cutting tool. Don't worry about cutting the shoe. The film is very thin and you only need light pressure to cut. TIP: Use a sharp knife so there is no tearing.

6) Rub the film in again for a nice grab on to the shoe. The film will dry tighter. 

Materials Needed:

- Pair of light colored shoes. I used bright yellow Vans but a white or cream pair would be fine also. The film is clear, so the image need to show through.

Craft Attitude printable film

Glue stick

Cutting tool