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Cool2Craft LIVE at CHA

Cool2Craft LIVE at CHA

Been busy this week finalizing details so that I can finally announce that Cool2Craft LIVE TV will be broadcasting LIVE from the Craft & Hobby Association Summer show!  Rise and shine and join me and my cool creative friend Lisa Fulmer as we kick off the Cool2Craft LIVE TV shows with the Innovations Showcase on Tuesday July 27th at 9:30 am (Eastern) (8:30 am Central, 7:30 am Mountain, 6:30 am Pacific).  This one-hour event will feature 20 short product demonstrations selected from the Innovations Showcase by CHA’s panel of media judges. The judges will be awarding prizes for most innovative products for the 2010 CHA Summer Show. This is a must watch opportunity to see a sneak peek at 20 of the hottest products being launched at the show!

On Wednesday July 28th at 10:30 am (Central) Lisa and I are headed to the trade show floor for a 2-hour LIVE special where we will be featuring 10 LIVE product demos and make ‘n takes from today’s top craft manufacturers. We’re revving it up for this high-paced craft-packed tour of the show floor to see what’s new in the creative world.

On Thursday July 29th at 10 am (Central) Lisa and I return to the trade show floor for a 2-hour LIVE special featuring 10 product demos and make ‘n takes from new exhibitors and familiar crafting companies you know and love! It’s a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at what’s new on the crafting horizon!

On Friday and Saturday July 30 – 31st I’m broadcasting live from the iLovetoCreate booth at the CHA Craft SuperShow.  This cool event will highlight several different demos from the iLovetoCreate creative team! Stop by and say hello at this cool consumer event!

For more info go to: http://www.cool2craft.com

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Terrific Texture Techniques Class


My creative friend Linda Peterson has recently launched the coolest on-line LIVE classes at CrafTECH University. What I love about this format is that you can join live and watch Linda as she demos on webcam and craft right along with her. Then if you have any questions you can ask them live by webcam, my microphone or by phone. It’s really cool!

I have a long list of classes that I plan to teach through CrafTECH University and I have one class that is available right now for purchase on-demand. As many of you know, I LOVE texture paste so I have taped a one-hour class that features all my favorite techniques with texture including spreading, stenciling, sanding, combing, marbling and painting. If you want to learn how to use texture paste in your crafting, this is the class to watch!

To purchase my Terrific Texture Techniques on-demand class, click here! I also have a sampler kit available which includes Texture Magic, two stencils and a palette knife – click here!

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Cool2Craft LIVE TV – it’s cool!

Cool2Craft LIVE TV - June 21, 2010Did you know that Mondays are the coolest crafting days? Every Monday you can tune-in right from your computer to watch live craft demos on Cool2Craft LIVE TV! Watch from your computer – join in the live text chat and ask your questions live.  It’s Cool2Craft LIVE interactive TV! Did I mention, it’s LIVE! Noon Eastern.

June 21, 2010 Featured Guests:

Sandy Laipply – Custom Cording – Click here to read more!

Lorine Mason – Child’s Sweatshirt Bolero Jacket – Click here to read more!

Ann Butler – Post-It Note Holder – Click here to read more!

Heidi Borchers – Water Bottle Pendant  – Click here to read more!

If you are a member of Facebook – click here to watch the LIVE show.

Everyone else can watch the LIVE show by clicking here!

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Cool2Craft LIVE tv – Monday May 3, 2010

Featured Guests Project on Cool2Craft LIVE tv Monday May 3, 2010Join me Monday at noon Eastern for the coolest LIVE demos! Watch from your computer – join in the live text chat. It’s Cool2Craft LIVE interactive TV!

May 3, 2010 Featured Guests:

Lisa Fulmer – Fabric Scrapbooking – Click here to read more!

Ann Butler – Purseonally Green Purse – Click here to read more!

Brenda Pinnick – The Magic of Three – Click here to read more!

Linda Peterson –Jewelry Basics – Click here to read more!

Eileen Hull – ScoreBoards by Sizzix Blog Hop Winner Announcement – Click here to read more!

If you are a member of Facebook – click here to watch the LIVE show.

Everyone else can watch the LIVE show by clicking here!

Monday May 3, 2010 Noon Eastern (11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific)

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Friendly Plastic Fusion Illusion Class!

Friendly Plastic Fusion Illusion with Linda PetersonI am so excited to announce that my creative friend Linda Peterson has just announce an exciting new on-line LIVE Friendly Plastic class! This is so cool because you will be able to watch Linda live on video and craft right along with her.

This on-line LIVE on video foundation class is highly recommended for beginners. Basic Friendly Plastic techniques. You will learn how to use various heating elements and apply those skills to fusing plastic elements together to create mosaic or dichroic effects in Friendly Plastic.  Learn Linda’s secret tips that she only shares in class!  The techniques you learn in this class are essential to your future Friendly Plastic project success! As a bonus, Linda will show you how to create set your focal piece into a faux silver pendant.

Click here for all the details of how you can sign-up and how you can pre-purchase your class supplies!

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Cool2Craft webTV – Monday April 26, 2010

Join me Monday at noon Eastern for the coolest LIVE demos! Watch from your computer – join in the live text chat. It’s Cool2Craft LIVE interactive webTV!

April 26, 2010 Featured Guests:

EcoHeidi Borchers – Mosaic Tile

Linda Peterson – Friendly Plastic Earrings

Sandy Laipply – Parkinson’s Quilt Project

Tiffany Windsor – Rolled Fabric Roses – YEP! I’m stepping up to the demo-cam!

If you are a member of Facebook – click here to watch the LIVE show.

Everyone else can watch the LIVE show by clicking here!

Monday April 26, 2010 Noon Eastern (11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific)

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A.C. Moore In-Store Make ‘n Take


I had the great pleasure to go to the A.C. Moore store in Greenville, NC yesterday on behalf of Aleene’s Tacky Glue/iLovetoCreate. OMG!! What fun I had sharing the vintage Aleene’s Forged Foil technique with the shopping customers. They were HUNGRY to learn new crafting techniques and jumped at the chance to sit down and craft hands-on. And when there were not more chairs available they stood! They kept saying “I’ve never seen anything like this! This is so much fun!” “This gives me so many ideas!”

So what does this tell me? We MUST, MUST, MUST get the craft consumer engaged in face-to-face crafting. When I quizzed them about this project being available on-line, they asked “How would I know what to find?” “I wouldn’t even know where to look, what to call it or if I would like it!”

Again – what does this tell me??? What I’ve known all along! That we must get back to the basics of teaching face-to-face and encouraging and support them every step of the process. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement of young and old when they have crafted for the first time or the 1,000th time!

I also saw that teens and tweens are hungry to craft.  The teens were eager to sit down and craft with their mothers or grandmothers. Unfortunately, the tweens seemed to be kept on a tight schedule because time and time again when I invited them to sit down and craft, their mother’s consistently said they didn’t have enough time. Interesting! I also asked everyone I could if this was the first visit to this store (this A.C. Moore in Greenville, NC had just opened a few weeks ago). Several said it was their first time to this new store but I was pleased to hear how many were back for their 2nd and 3rd visits.

Also, we must educate the store staff. For many of them, “crafts” were new to them, having just been hired from other industries including food and clothing retail. One of the front-end supervisors had managed a scrapbook store so she immediately saw the cross-over in wanting to use this cool technique on her scrapbooking pages.  This staff took their breaks to come and sit down and craft and they were so excited.  For those staff who could not sit down, I left supplies so that their co-workers could teach them! Jamie (pictured to right) even came up with her own idea of what to foil – a box that she had been planning on to cover with gift-wrap paper!

So, I had the most wonderfully amazing day doing what I LOVE which is connecting face-to-face with the craft consumer!

It was awesome!

Thank you iLovetoCreate and Aleene’s Tacky Glue for making this possible!

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