Monday, February 18, 2013

CHA Winter 2013 Photos


This past January Beacon exhibited at the Winter Craft & Hobby Association Conference & Trade Show that was held in Anaheim, CA. We who live on the East Coast were looking forward to escaping to a warmer climate but, much to our surprise, it was bitterly cold, windy and gloomy for most of the week we were there.
The CHA Show is a trade show open only to retailers, distributors, wholesalers, and professional designers as compared to a consumer show which is open to the public.  The consumer shows allows for the direct sale of product to anybody who wishes to buy some. 
We always enjoy demonstrating Beacon’s superior glues by offering CHA attendees the opportunity to do a make-take. They actually sit down at our booth and create a unique project of their own design rather than just a “cookie cutter craft” that everyone makes exactly alike.
This make-take project of a felt clutch bag was hugely successful as you can see from these delighted attendees who are showing off their handiwork.
The fantastic handle clutches are from the Feltables line from the New Image Company,,and are decorated with the gorgeous flowers from Prima Marketing,, along with assorted ribbons and trims as embellishments.  The clutches are available in a choice of three colors: heather gray, turquoise, or fuschia.

Here is a very enthusiastic fan of Fabri-Tac and 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue expressing her delight. FABRI-TAC did a great job gluing all the flowers, trims and embellishments to both the felt clutches as well as to the felt bib necklaces.

Gotcha! Beacon’s president David Meshirer stuffing the raffle box! Just kidding…he was helping a customer enter the contest.

The first lucky raffle winner! Hundreds of attendees entered Beacon’s GLUE & GOODIES BASKET raffle worth $300.00. Each basket contained a generous selection of Beacon glues along with a $100.00 VISA gift card, a box of yummy Godiva chocolates, and other treats. Four baskets were raffled during the show, one each day.

Another fantastic make-take designed by Beacon’s multi-talented designer, Susan I. Jones. This felt bib necklace was a huge hit with everyone. Everybody had a blast creating their own unique mix of flowers and trims.

Susan Jones (right) and her equally creative sister Judy Belkacem posed with a very happy buyer and her necklace. Great job, ladies!

This brave gentleman wasn’t afraid to get in touch with his feminine side! Yes, he sat down and made this necklace all by himself. We were quite impressed.

Another great make-take was a paper lantern that was decorated with pretty paper napkins using Fast Finish Decoupage. Instructions for making this project follow the photos.



FOLDING PAPER LANTERN, WHITE We used a 10” size, but the lanterns are available in many different sizes.
TWO-PLY PAPER NAPKINS Must be two-ply!


  1. Place a small amount of FAST FINISH DECOUPAGE in a small plastic bowl.
  2. Separate the two-ply napkins, tossing the plain white part and keeping the design.
  3. Tear the napkin into pieces of various sizes, but not too small. Depending upon the size of the lantern, you may need several napkins to cover the lantern.
  4. Open lantern and attach metal frame as per lantern directions.
  5. Dip brush into FAST FINISH and cover a small section of the lantern with product. Gently press a piece of the napkin over the wet surface until it adheres.
  6. Brush more FAST FINISH over napkin as this will seal the napkin piece in place.
  7. Continue this process until the entire lantern is covered with the napkin pieces and is completely coated with FAST FINISH.
  8. Select ribbons in various colors to match the pattern and cut different lengths. Attach to the bottom of the frame.
  9. Cut a smaller piece of ribbon and attach to the upper frame in a loop for hanging the lantern.
  10. Once lantern is dry, you can remove the frame and fold the lantern for storage.

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