A Trip to Anaheim for the Annual Craft and Hobby Association’s Trade Show


Welcome to CHA

Welcome to CHA

I made it!!

I made it!!

OH MY STARS!!! is the perfect expression that we use quite often here in Texas (along with “y’all” and “fixin’ to…”) to describe CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association’s trade show. For me it was the “Creative Heaven for Artists!!” I first heard about CHA in the early 90’s when Carol Duval, a wonderful crafter and TV personality, would go and show us through video all the great new inspirations and products that would be coming to our local craft stores in the coming months. As I sat there glued to the TV, I watched Carol walk the showroom floor and talk with all of the people, the celebrities (for me), and show all the new products. The creativity was so evident, and everyone was sharing ideas, demoing new techniques and products! It seemed to be heaven on earth…and I wanted to go.

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Fast-forward to January 8th this year. I walked into the Anaheim Convention Center, and picked up my name tag and my info packet to attend the CHA MEGA Conference and Trade Show. It was the beginning of a dream come true….

Going as a Creative Professional allowed me to tour the showroom floor; visit with incredible designers from not just the USA, but also France, Japan, Canada; and see inspiration and creativity everywhere. And of course get a first look at the new products that will begin to roll out as early March.

Being an ICE Resin® Design Team member was the highlight of my time at CHA. I was able to help both Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman in their workshops. I met the wonderful Ranger team. It was so fun to know that they all create too!!


April and Susan - yes we were eating cake- Plaid was giving it away!

April and Susan – yes we were eating cake – Plaid was giving it away!

I had the privilege of meeting for the first time face-to-face one of my team members, Susan M. Walls-Beverly. Instant Friendship!! She and her friend April took me under their wing, as this was my first time at CHA. We even had the most wonderful time at the ICE Resin® booth, sharing the creative possibilities of ICE Resin® while demoing the new products, including the new ICE Resin® Tints, Milan bezels, Foils, Molding Putty, and a host of other great products and accessories! I loved meeting all the people who stopped and visited with us! Another highlight was taking two workshops with the ICE Prince, John Petersen! He is so energetic, funny, talented, and creative!! I love that these two Design Team members, along with Susan and Jen, are forever friends!!

John, My girls and Me

John, My girls and Me

The two Susans and me!

The two Susans and me!

Touring the CHA Floor was impressive. All the booths are created with incredible displays and products, and are so inviting to those that attend. “Make and Takes” are at nearly every booth. There are giveaways, book signings, and more. Workshops run for four days, and are broad in scope —  from business courses, to product debuts and new techniques — there is something for everyone! It takes a full two days to see everything and absorb it all.

Here are a few photos of the two ICE Resin® workshops taught by Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman.

Susan sharing her artistic style

Susan sharing her artistic style

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Sharing how to make components

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A close-up of her table…and look at the Ranger aprons!! Thank you Ranger!

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Jen Cushman – Sharing the love of casting with ICE Resin®

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Working with wire and leather!

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Talking about our new Tints for ICE Resin®

Attendees at Susan's class

Attendees at Susan’s class

One of the most special booths was Charity Wings, a nonprofit organization, where the Arts and Crafts Community gather, give back, and create.   They had created a blackboard for everyone to write what they would take time to create. It was an inspiration.

The board at Charity Wings

The board at Charity Wings

What I want to create in my lifetime

What I want to create in my lifetime

My one regret was not taking enough pictures. Everyone was snapping pictures with everyone, and I think I was so in the moment that I forgot, and at times, I was in awe as I saw these wonderful designers and artists — Sandra Evertson, Heidi Swapp, Traci Bautista, and Cathie Filian, to name a few — sharing their creativity, their time, and their heartfelt products. I wanted to soak it all in. At the end of each day, I thought, “I should have taken more.”

At Dinner with Susan, Sandra Everton and Deby Anderson

At Dinner with Susan, Sandra Evertson, and Debby Anderson; not pictured John Petersen, Traci Bautista, and me with my girls….

I know that this first CHA will be the most memorable, as I fulfilled one of my artist dreams:  to not only attend, but to be able to share and be a part of the ICE Resin® family.

CHA was filled with star power with designers, artists, manufacturers, and companies that are working to get the best products to you, so that you can create without limits and reach your star potential.

Welcome to CHA

Until next year….

Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and GreenCraft.   She is currently on the 2016 ICE Resin® Design Team. For teaching engagements, contact her directly via email. Visit her blog or become her friend on Facebook  to see her latest inspirations and the joy in daily living.

Email: chantal515@verizon.net

Blog: ChantalJohnson.blogspot.com

Facebook: Chantal Johnson


May the New Year Allow Your Journey to be Golden

amber-6-susan-lenart-kazmerICE Resin will be in booth 647 at CHA.

Color on Metal with Iced Enamels™ and ICE Resin© at Winter CHA 2014

ICE Resin at CHA

ICE Resin® is going to the Primetime Emmys!

Da, Da, Dan, Ta Da…(can you hear the trumpets sound???) ICE Resin® is going to the Primetime Emmys!

That’s right! Celebrities who are part of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards will have a brand new opportunity to show off their creative talents in DIY jewelry making.

Susan Leanrt Kazmer Emmys 2013

We love Art Unraveled because all our friends bring some of the best found objects to the Shopping Extravaganza. As soon as Susan saw this vintage corset, she grabbed it. Hmmmm, wonder what it will become and if it’s part of the ICE Queen’s party dress for the Primetime Emmys. Stay tuned!

The ICE Queen; Susan Lenart Kazmer, will be at the Connected Gift Lounge, where she will be showcasing her jaw-dropping, award-winning, mixed-media designs and showing the celebs how to make ah..mah…zing ICE Resin® jewelry. This Make and Take event is being sponsored by CHA and the North American Bead Association. ICE Resin is one of a select group of jewelry-making manufacturers who are proud to be participating in this star-studded crafting event.

Susan, her business partner Jen Cushman, and artists of the ICE Resin 2012-13 Creative Team – Jen Crossley, Cindy Cima Edwards, Lexi Grenzer, Thespoena McLaughlin, Lesley Venable, Pamela Huntington, Josephine Jones, Sandy Martin, and Susan Walls – are busy in their studios designing fabulous pieces for the nominees and event using our wide range of ICE Resin and Art Mechanique bezels, charms, components and more! Kristen Robinson, of Rue Romantique, will be joining the art making, as will a few of our super inspired team members; Carol LaValley, Misty Grosse and  Jennifer Priest.

Stars attending the Emmys will receive a bursting Swag Bag filled with bling from all of the sponsors. We’re working on our part of the presentation now.

In the weeks leading up to the event there will be Twitter chats you can join, contests you can enter, prizes to win, and lots more surprises.

ICE Resin will be sharing LIVE from the event and YOU will be able to be a virtual, vicarious part of the fun! Keep up with the ICE Queen and her Court on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram,Google+, and Pinterest. We’re kicking off the fun with a Facebook chat featuring the ICE Queen herself – join in on August 14, 2013 at 6pm PST for a chance to win a copy of her new book, Resin Alchemy, and chat with us about the upcoming Emmy’s gifting event. RSVP for the event here – don’t miss one minute of the excitement! https://www.facebook.com/events/369890143138074/
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We are excited that Cindi Bisson has remained a part of our Team

We are pleased to announce that Cindi Bisson has agreed to continue on our 2012-13 Special projects Team!

“Dare to Be Different” is her motto and her busy studio is proof.Cindi Bisson

Cindi is a delightful person and a talented mixed media and jewelry artist. But that is far from all…

Home decor? Yes. Upcycle? Of course! Paper crafts? You bet. Rubber stamps? Her own line premiered through Stampington in ’06. Teacher? Yes. You may have enjoyed her classes online, When Creativity Knocks, at CHA, Maker Fairs, Scrapper’s Dream Vacations and many others. Writer? Check her out in Bella Crafts Quarterly, Scrap n Art, and The Polymer Arts Magazine.

Cindi’s blog is Behind These Eyes. She was our Superstar Saturday guest when this blog was not quite new, she also hopped with Industrial Chic earlier in 2012, you can find technique videos and beautiful projects she made by searching this blog.

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