The Craft and Hobby Association held it's summer trade show in mid-July. Many activities occurred in the Craft Fusion Area, including The Next Iron Crafter. What is The Next Iron Crafter, you ask? This contest was for buyers who attended the show and was loads of fun. There were 7 episodes over a three day period. Of course, there were several manufacturers who donated products and prizes. Oh…and we'd never pull this off with out the AH-MAZING CHA staff who coordinates all the details. Thank you to all!!
We don't want to forget the fabulous hosts who donate their time as well…..TerriO, Cindi Bisson and Yours Truly!!! Yup, dat be me.
Last year, CHA ran a similar contest for the buyers at the show called Minute to Craft it. This year, it was called The Next Iron Crafter…and though similar to last year, the crafty staff at CHA came up with a couple of ways to make it even more challenging and exciting.
Here's how it works: The host chose 3 contestants from the audience. Those contestants, using the donated craft supplies, had 10 minutes to create an original piece of mixed media art. Before the contestants could begin, the host would reveal a secret theme which was unique to each episode. For example, a couple of the themes were outer space and fairy tales. The contests had to create their projects so that it related to the theme. That’s not it though! The contestants also had to incorporate a secret product. Some of those were food coloring, sprinkles and metal stamps. Loved the creative ways that these crafty ladies and gentlemen used the mystery product. Was so cool!
Each contestant won either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place and left with a fabulous gift. Really, everyone won, as there were tons of giveaways for the audience members also. Those guys really knew how to cheer and give encouragement.
It was such a thrill to host and all of the contestants did such a great job. Here are some pictures of the contestants.
The last episode was extra special. The contestants were Anthony, Jason and Paige from CHA. Each of them chose an audience member to craft with…the prize went to that audience member. It was great seeing the CHA staff getting down and dirty.
A great time was had by all (at least it seemed that way to me). Can't wait to see what they come up with for the next Craft and Hobby Association trade show. I'll be anxiously waiting….