10 on 10 – January // CHA 2015

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

Welcome to the first 10 on 10 of 2015! You may have come to me from Kathleen Ries and her beautiful “beginnings” post – hope you loved it and continue the hop on over to my sweet and lovely friend Kim Bajorek!

Ready for a peek into CHA and walk a little bit of the floor with me?

Be still my beating heart! So many amazing goodies were showcased and demoed at the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 MEGA Show! I barely scratched the surface while I spent a single day at the show, but I wanted to share a little insight into my perspective from the show floor!

Before I even get into a few of the products that I can’t wait to get my hands on, I have to point out that I bee-lined straight to some of my favorite booths to see the people and products that have most influenced me in this wonderful crafty hobby I love so much! As much as I love the great products, they may have been just a touch overshadowed by the fabulous people who have shared lessons and tips to make my journey in this crafty world even sweeter! And I have to mention that my sweet friend Melissa was with me and was kind enough to grab my camera to get me in some of the shots 🙂

Do you love all Ranger products as much as I do? Dylusions, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi? All amazing! Dyan Reaveley introduced Dylusions Paints which looked so amazing and dried super fast – she absolutely makes me want to get into art journaling! Tim’s new Stampers Anonymous stencils look fantastic – so many are on my wish list! And Wendy Vecchi’s embossing powders are gorgeous. As she demoed them, she mixed some with her matching inks and frosted crystal – so pretty! And her stencil/stamp sets are awesome too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

My beautiful and amazingly talented friend Jen Gallacher was at the Echo Park booth and I was quite the happy camper to see her! We met through a crafty business networking group in 2013 and I’m in awe of the progress she’s made as a product designer and marketing maven. Go Jen! She has no idea how much she inspires me ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was at The Crafter’s Workshop booth, showing her beautiful new stencils. We got there just as the show was closing, but she was a doll and kept chatting with us. Her mama Eileen joined us too – she’s beyond adorable and insightful! She’s like Yoda, Carol Brady and Margaret Cho rolled into one!

Back in 2009, when my baby was born and I was up in the wee hours of the night nursing, I stumbled on a show called Scrapbook Memories – it was a TV show about scrapbooking! I had just started in the hobby, but I was truly in awe of Julie’s artsy approach and Stacy Julian’s colorful and story based scrapbooking. I made Julie laugh when I told her that I could be described as their perfect love child 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

Art Anthology had some lovely samples out and I was totally struck by these brushes on canvas… what a fun project! I love using their Sorbet’s in my techniques class – such a fun way to add texture, dimension and sparkle onto projects! They have a beautiful selection of vibrant colors and I can’t wait to try their new paints that offer different textural finishes.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

Spellbinders came out with an adorable line of fun and festive dies, perfect for parties and events of all sorts! I loved the party decor they had staged…you know it’s good when you immediately want to go home and create because you’re so inspired!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

Maggie Holmes and Shimelle Laine each have gorgeous lines with American Crafts. They were both incredibly sweet to chat with about all kinds of goodness…from photography and scrapbooking to babies to hoarding paper that we couldn’t live without and now find incredibly horrible and lots more! I couldn’t help but get a shot of Shimelle’s adorable red sparkly shoes…how cute is is that she’s from Kansas!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

A couple other must have products included new dies from Lawn Fawn – perfect for party supplies on my Etsy shop! And Deco Foil for the must-have, on-trend, metallic foil treatment on DIY projects! Using cardstock, a toner printer, creating a jacket with copy paper, and running through a laminator, we were able to create beautiful metallic foiled cards and projects. Very similar to the Heidi Swapp Minc, which was pretty amazing too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

I know it was brief, but I hope you like my quick peek into CHA Winter 2015! I’m already planning to stay for at least two days next year! So much to see and one day just really did NOT cut it!

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to my sweet friend Kim Bajorek – she’s a beauty inside and out, with an inspiring view of the world!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you!


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15 responses to “10 on 10 – January // CHA 2015”

  1. What a feast for the eyes…did you come home ready to roll up your sleeves and craft? It looks like you had a great, inspirational day. How fun!


  2. This was really a happy-article, I have never seen anything like this in Norway. An art exhibit, and how much fun to share creativity and to combine art forms. I love your pictures, they are inspiring – suddenly I want to use colors 🙂

    The shoes looks awesome 🙂


  3. So enjoyed all the pictures and insight from CHA. Always look forward to reading your posts. I am so excited for these items to hit the stores and we get to start using them.

    Take care



  4. What an amazing place! Such gorgeous shots you captured & I love the Art Anthology brushes too. Now all I can think about is….art journaling. I’m not entirely sure what that would entail but I really want to try it!


    • Thanks Kathleen! It’s like Disneyland for crafters (or craftaholics!) and you definitely get a total rush being there! As for art journaling, get ready to get creative, inky, maybe a little messy and a lot therapeutic 🙂 Art journaling can be perfectly described as a diary with an artistic and creative flair ❤ It's a great place to try new artsy techniques, write out dreams, fears, goals, thoughts, anything! Let me know if you do give it a try! xoxo


  5. Connie! It makes me happy to read your posts always — I always feel your enthusiasm in your words. I know how much you love crafting, and it shows! Beautiful images showing the amazing time you had at the CHA Mega Show! I bet your girls would love those red, sparkly shoes!! ❤


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