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Elmwood Park, NJ, USA; January 25, 2012 —The Craft & Hobby Association’s (CHA) celebrity judges are pleased to announce CHA’s hottest 20 products being launched from the CHA 2012 Winter Conference & Trade Show. The “CHA Hot 20,” were selected from the more than one hundreds new products entered into the Innovations Product Showcase which is a small sample of the thousands of new products that will be launched from the Winter Show this week. The “CHA Hot 20” will be featured during an exclusive CHA Innovations Sneak Peek Media & Buyers’ Event at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, on Saturday, January 29.

Celebrity judges include Terri O, PBS-TV’s Super Simple With Terri O and CHA spokesperson; Jenn Mason, editor for CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS Magazine; Katie Hacker, T.V. host of Beads, Baubles and Jewels; Joy Macdonell, T.V. and online host of Crafting at the Spotted Canary; Julie McGuffee and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, co-hosts of Scrapbook Soup; Candie Cooper, designer, author and host on the T.V. series Hands On; and Tina Manzer, editor, Art Materials Retailer Magazine.

Descriptions of the “CHA Hot 20” products will offer only a small sample of creative products being introduced at the Show.

Yaley Enterprises Inc.’s Cool2Cast by Tiffany Windsor is a plaster product designed for embedding, embossing, stamping, coloring, glossing and more for jewelry, home décor and mixed-media crafting.

Leisure Art’s The Knook makes learning to knit easy with one tool – a new and unique specialized bamboo crochet hook, which replaces a traditional needle. No more dropped stitches with a hook and cord to keep them secure.

Purple Cow’s CraftGeek Pin is a portable stapler for adding decorative metal embellishments to creative products with 10 different pin designs, including hearts, daisies, butterflies and buckles.

Shoe Attitude’s KODAK Shoe Art Film is an at-home shoe decorator kit, including patented film with glue stick and printing instructions for how to design custom prints for shoes.

Flower Me With Candy’s Flower Making Tool creates one-of-kind edible handcrafted flowers made with fresh candy in original wrappers and combined with silk floral materials and fun accents to create uniquely designed and realistic-looking floral arrangements.

Craftwell’s eBosser is the first automatic and electric embosser/die cutter that handles materials up to letter and A4 sizes. Card makers can now make full-size cards in seconds without having to turn a handle multiple times. The eBosser cuts leather and up to eight layers of fabric at a time and is compatible with most cutting dies and embossing folders.

Sullivans USA’s The Cutting Edge Clear Rulers are designed to sharpen rotary cutter blades with every cut. The ruler’s diamond carbide edge maintains the cutter blade’s sharpness, making it last longer.

Dazzu’s Dazzu Light Craft Studio is a children’s product that combines patent-pending technology with traditional crafts. Each kit contains programmable, interactive lights that are a perfect addition to door signs, frames, journals, bracelets, photo albums and more. Kids can program their creation and share it online.

Yu-Gene Enterprise Company Ltd.’s USB Power Glue Gun is a product that uses a USB outlet from a computer as a power source for the glue gun, providing safe and steady glue flow for the modern “connected” crafter.

Prima Marketing Inc.’s Prima Press is a new “writing” tool that holds individual letter stamps so crafters can build the perfect word for each project, similar to an at-home print shop.

Diamond Head Upholstery Tack is a one-of-a-kind product used to revamp furniture by using upholstery nails made of genuine bohemian crystals or lust art glass cabochon stones. The trademark system allows users to change the crystal or stone and bezel without replacing nails.

Clear Scraps’ Send it Clear is a clear card kit designed for scrapbookers and card makers. The kit is made up of three clear card pieces, eight binding stickers and one clear envelope to make a 4-inch by 6-inch clear card. The cards can be inked, stamped, embossed and even sewn together for a one-of-kind creation.

Eco Green Crafts’ Eco Crayons are environmentally friendly crayons made of plants and bees wax kept tidy in a recycled paper box.

Beadalon’s Hybraid combines the best characteristics of wire and cord in a single beaded jewelry product. This unique cord adds texture, body and energy while behaving unlike any other beading material. The core of Hybraid is made of copper wire, surrounded by Spectra braided fiber and encased in braded stainless steel wire.

Epiphany Crafts Inc.’s Crafty Bands are used to create unique, customizable silicone bracelets using the Shape Studio Tool. Add a brightly colored setting and snap onto a scalloped stretchy band for a creative fashion accessory.

Hot Off the Press Inc.’s Copper Color Me is a paper product that makes creating the perfect color easy for cards and scrapbooks. The paper can be colored with nearly any product, including alcohol pens, markers, mists, chalk and more.

iLoveToCreate’s Tulip ScreenIt All-in-1 Screen Printing System is designed for a quick and easy method of at-home screen printing with professional results.

June Tailor Inc.’s Fringe In a Flash, Multi-Blade Rotary Cutter provides a fast and easy way to cut fringe for fleece tie blankets, pillows, scarves and more by using innovative rotary cutters with evenly spaced blades that cut three, one-inch-wide fringe strips or four, half-inch-wide fringe strips at a time.

Prym Consumer USA Inc.’s Babyville Boutique is the first complete sew-it-yourself diaper program that meets the needs of today’s eco-conscious mothers using cloth diapers.

Duro Art Industries’ Stick On Artist Canvas is a real artist’s canvas with a repositionable, adhesive back. The new product allows artists to display their work in new and different ways.

These and over 100 other new craft products will be on display in the Innovations Showcase on the Show floor at the CHA Winter Show January 29 – February 1. Access to the trade show is limited to qualified members of the industry only. This is not a consumer event.