Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LIVE from CHA/Create n Connect Vegas Manufacturer Spotlight: Prima

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Prima is all about flowers…

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...and now we are even more! As scrapbooking evolves and changes into an exciting art form, Prima, the established leader in flower embellishments, always offers the most exciting and innovative floral-themed products to craft retailers worldwide. Season after season, Prima introduces artisans and crafters to a huge collection of the best flower styles for scrapbook embellishments ever made. We use a wide variety of materials to create these floral masterpieces, from mulberry paper to luxury fabrics of all types. Our flowers are hand-made by skilled artisans, never by machine, in processes than ensure the finest quality and craftsmanship available.

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Prima is a wholesale only company, with the exception of Prima Hybrid. We have in-house Sales Representatives to assist your every need. We are an International company and are represented by several distributors. Please check our Distributor tab for additional information and other international customer requirements.

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As a responsible manufacturer, Prima is committed to re-cycling and environmentally safe production methods. We use re-cycled materials and renewable resources whenever possible, including our own production waste papers. Many of our packaging designs are suitable to re-purposed into scrapbook embellishments. As flower makers, we are naturally sensitive to the natural beauty around us and will make every effort to ensure we actively keep our world safe.

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We’ll be interviewing Sharon Laakkonen, Prima's global education coordinator- which include the design team, as well as the education team! Sharon has been with the company almost 8 years, she manages much of the social media, and wears other hats in the company as needed.

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Prima’s prize for our raffle is winner’s choice - $100 worth of assorted products from the winner’s choice of one of Prima’s new lines some of which are here in this post and some which you will see featured during their interview.  Get your tickets here.

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We’ll be broadcasting from the Prima booth Tuesday at 1130 am Pacific/230 Eastern.  Tune in here

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You can connect with Prima:

On the web

On their blog

On Facebook

On Twitter

Monday, July 22, 2013

Schedule for LIVE from CHA/Create n Connect Vegas


We have a timetable filled with all kinds of fun from the CHA/Create n Connect Trade Show floor: make n take demos, new product launches, insider tips and more from our manufacturer friends!  AND don’t forget about our exciting designer mystery box challenge! 

Note:  Things happen in a busy trade show sometimes necessitating a slight change in the schedule.  We will do our best to stick to this as much as possible.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

LIVE from CHA/Create n Connect Vegas Manufacturer Spotlight: Rowlux


This revolutionary material from Rowland Technologies has been utilized in award winning point of purchase displays, packaging, signage, artwork, footwear, lighting, interior design, retail display fixtures and beyond. Our new frontier is the craft industry! There's absolutely nothing like it on the market, and without a doubt Rowlux® Illusion Film is THE future of crafts! 


Rowlux® Illusion Film is made in the USA and comes in a diverse range of spectacular eye-catching colors and patterns.  These durable, translucent, 12" x 12" polycarbonate sheets add instant pizzazz to craft projects, seasonal accents, party decorations, scrapbooks, greeting cards, jewelry, furniture, frames, gifts, favors, accessories, art and DIY home decor projects. Easily cut with scissors, Rowlux® is also the perfect material for scoring, folding, embossing and die cutting. The creative possibilities are endless. This innovative and inspiring new craft material manipulates light to create dazzling visual effects. The illusion of depth and motion is the result of thousands of tiny parabolic lenses that are molded into the surface of both sides of the material. These lenses create a pattern of light reflection and refraction resulting in stunningly brilliant optical effects.


To instantly add "POP" and "WOW" to your projects, just add Rowlux®!

For special promotions, giveaways and to keep up to date on the exciting Rowlux® Illusion Film craft revolution, be sure to:

Follow Rowlux® on Twitter

LIKE Rowlux® on Facebook

Follow Rowlux® on Pinterest

Subscribe to Rowlux® on YouTube


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Get Your Own “Charity Wings” from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L


Our friends at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L are launching a new product – these 3D Foam Wings – and generously donating a portion of the proceeds to the Charity Wings Art Center.  We’ll be helping them to launch this product LIVE from CHA/Create n Connect Vegas next week AND you’ll want to stay tuned because we’ll have a great giveaway to go along with it! 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Duct Tape Crafting Event: World’s Largest Duct Tape Wings

September 2, 2013 (Labor Day)
10AM – 4PM at the Charity Wings Art Center, 287 Industrial St., San Marcos, CA
We’re having a duct tape party and you’re invited!  Join us as we make an attempt at making the world’s largest pair of duct tape wings!
Not only that but the party will include: 
Can’t be there in person?  We’ll be livestreaming it from the Charity Wings Art Center so everyone can join in on the fun!

Check out the video for a complete how to on making the duct tape feathers we need for these wings:

Make 1, make 2, make a whole bunch!  Get your family and friends together for a duct tape feather making party!  We'll need lots to fill those wings!  When finished, send them to the Charity Wings Art Center, 287 Industrial St. San Marcos California 92078

OFFICIAL event Sponsor:                                          Product generously provided by:

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

LIVE from CHA/Create n Connect Vegas 2013

FREE Online Streaming Event LIVE from CHA in Las Vegas!
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July 23 & 24, 2013
11 am - 5 pm VEGAS time!
It’s almost time!!! We’re just over a week away from our LIVE from CHA/Create n Connect Vegas summer FREE livestreaming event and we are SO excited!  We’ll be bringing you interviews right from the trade show floor and showing you the latest releases, projects, techniques, and ideas from amazing manufacturers including:
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What is CHA?  CHA stands for the Craft & Hobby Association and they host a Conference and Trade show twice a year. This event will have manufacturers and designers from around the world who will give demonstrations and sneak peaks at their new product lines.Watch the video for more about the CHA conference and trade show now known as Create n Connect:
Not only that, but you can win some fantastic prizes from our raffle featuring prizes from each of our manufacturers valued at $100+!  But wait, there’s more….
The Designers’ Mystery Box Challenge
We have something really exciting planned with amazing craft designers called the Mystery Box Challenge.
  • Designers will be given 5 minutes to examine the contents of the mystery box and form a plan.
  • They will have 15 minutes to "design on the fly" and create a project using all of the supplies contained in the box LIVE on our show!
  • Each designer will pick a winner at the end of their interview to receive the mystery box contents and the original artwork the designer creates!  This gives you even MORE chances to win with your raffle tickets! 
Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets goes to benefit the Charity Wings Art Center and helps us to bring art to the lives of those who need it most.   Head on over here to purchase your tickets for $20= 1 raffle ticket, $30 = 2 raffle tickets, and $50 = 5 raffle tickets.   OR purchase your tickets through Paypal:

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Stay tuned for more updates about all of the upcoming Create n Connect excitement!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Encaustic Mixed Media Class with Jessica Greene


Monday, July 15 AND
Tuesday, July 16
6pm - 9pm

Silver Wings and up: $65
Starter Wings: $78
Non-Members: $95

(Get your Charity Wings Art Center membership here starting at $10 a month to save on class fees!)

($25 kit fee payable on the day of class)

Mixed Media Encaustic Play:  Hot wax plays nicely with a range of other mediums to provide stunning outcomes. In this class we will dive deep into exploring the best ways to marry various mediums with wax. We will play with watercolor, inks, mica powders, charcoal, graphite, oil pastels, and a little bit of oil paint. Then using colored encaustic paints, we will explore the use of stencils and masking to add depth and texture to the paintings. A bit of collage will also be included. By the end of class you will have completed 3-4 small paintings that capture the versatile nature of encaustic.

You can register for this class here.



Testimonials about Jessica’s classes:

"Jess Greene understands art and teaching so thoroughly. Her intro to Encaustics, “Technique Overview Extravaganza class was not only very informative and instructional, but also lots of fun and open to many styles of interpretation. Jess is incredibly inspiring and creative and transfers that enthusiasm and knowledge freely as a teacher. We 4 students in her workshop each came away with completely different results from the same guidance through the process. I plan to take more workshops from her."
- Mary W.

"It was more than I hoped for and expected.  I think it was your groundedness and confidence, Jessica, that made it all go so smoothly - like hot wax on a very absorbent substrate - us."
-Joyce R.

You can find out more about Jessica here:

Check out Jessica’s website.

Connect with Jessica on Facebook.

Follow Jessica on Twitter.