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Easy Patchwork Apron with The World’s Favorite Scissors

PrintI recently began work on a series of inspiration projects for Westcott Brand, The World’s Favorite Scissors! Westcott manufactures more scissors than any other brand in the world and their quality is amazing! Many of the models come with a 10 year or limited lifetime warranty!

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Click HERE for the full step by step project tutorial for this fun apron and be sure to stay tuned for more great projects to inspire you to slice and dice your way to creative joy!

CHA 2015 Mega Show Total ReCap

Today.2Greetings Dear Friends! I made it back from the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 Mega Show and am excited to report that yet again, the annual trade show was a smashing success for Modern Surrealist and all of our partner companies! There was so much exciting stuff going on at the show that I barely know where to begin!

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Step into my office… er Sizzix display!

I spent my mornings in the Sizzix booth, demonstrating several of the shape cutting tools from my new line. The steel rule dies (shape cutting tools) at the focus of the make n’ take were the Chandelier and Hoop Earrings. Some folks even opted to get super creative and combine them with the Lips, Zodiac and Peace Signs! Click HERE to view the full photo album from my appearance in the Sizzix booth and to see many of the awesome earrings created by the attendees.

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Elmer, buyer from Boy Scouts of America joined in the earring making fun! He’s such a great sport!

The basic materials provided for the earrings project were vibrant Rowlux Illusion Film (which also made a big splash at the Designer Sneak Peek event) and my new licensed line of Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheets for The Buckle Boutique! If you’re not familiar with these sheets, they are adhesive back sheets of soft acrylic rhinestones that can easily be cut with scissors, trimmers, steel rule dies and even electronic cutters! They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and at the show we introduced our new Quad Sheets which are the first ever adhesive rhinestone sheets to feature licensed surface designs AND multiple designs on one sheet!

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Make n’ Takes at The Buckle Boutique booth

Here’s a video from The Buckle Boutique booth where I show the fun make n’ take we did with the NEW Wide Cuff die (shipping to stores this May along with all the rest of my new dies that debuted at the show) from my new collection with Sizzix. Click HERE to view all of my Sizzix dies that are currently available at retail.

Shawn Mosch who heads up marketing for The Buckle Boutique did this lovely blog post which details the SKUs of our debut collaborative collection of licensed bling and illustrates the utterly massive amount of crafty fun that was had in our booth!

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Even the guys got into the bling!

At the Designer Sneak Peek event, I presented the Modern Surrealist licensed bling sheets as well as the newest version of Rowlux Illusion Film which was featured on the Charity Wings LIVE from CHA Webcast. Click HERE to see the demo video of our NEW OPAQUE Rowlux Illusion Film Sheets! Charity Wings also stopped by the Sizzix booth to give viewers a sneak peek at the NEW shape Sizzix cutting tools from Modern Surrealist and Eileen Hull. Click HERE to watch the video from that LIVE webcast (my segment starts at 00:10:00)!

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Unlocking the Magic with Brother and Disney! And check out the fabulous apron I made with the Innov-Is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine!

At the show, I had the wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the brand new Project Runway Limited Edition Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine and the SC9500 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine. I had a such fun time working with my new Brother family! The booth display featured many of the projects I’ve designed as the new brand ambassador for Brother Home Sewing & Embroidery! Click HERE to view the full photo album from my appearance in the Brother booth at CHA!

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Good times in the Westcott Brand booth with Joanne Fink, author of the Zenspirations book series

And of course it would not be a CHA Show without making a appearance in the Westcott Brand booth! I had an absolute blast reconnecting with Joanne Fink to cross promote her Zenspirations book collection with the award winning Axis iPoint Evolution pencil sharpener! We also did a really cute quilting make n’ take to show off Westcott’s new Pinking Shears! To view the full photo album from our appearance in the Westcott booth, click HERE. I had a fabulous time coordinating the Party Time with Westcott Brand Workshop with friends Wendy Russell and Jennifer Priest, where attendees learned 5 new coordinating party decor projects. And speaking of fun times with friends, check out this fun album highlighting several shots with my fabulous friends in the crafting industry!

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BFF Elena from Charity Wings Art Center and Official Emcee of LIVE from CHA

Another one of the highlights was filming an interview for the MSNBC show Your Business, which gave me the opportunity to share my entrepreneurial tips and tricks with viewers! Stay tuned for the segment to air sometime in the next few weeks!

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Interview with MSNBC’s show Your Business!

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out all of the exciting events from the 2015 CHA Mega Show! If you have any questions regarding the products mentioned here or the product development and promotional services that I offer, I would LOVE to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me at:

marisa@modernsurrealist.com or (773) 243-6186