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Elmwood Park, NJ, USA; January 12, 2012 —The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announces a star-studded line-up of internationally recognized Hollywood and craft industry celebrities including Tori Spelling, Vanna White, Deborah Norville, Tim Holtz, Mark Montano, and Terri O. are scheduled to attend the CHA 2012 Winter Conference & Trade Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Calif., January 29 to February 1.

Tori Spelling, actress, T.V. star and celebrity crafter, recently partnered with Darice Inc., the largest manufacturer and distributor of craft supplies in the U.S. for a do-it-yourself fashion jewelry line, Styled by Tori Spelling. Spelling will make a special appearance at the Darice booth #1219 on January 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to debut her new line.

Co-host of Wheel of Fortune since 1982, Vanna White, an avid crocheter and best-selling author, has been Lion Brand Yarn’s spokesperson for almost two decades. White and her daughter Giovanna will host Lion Brand Yarn’s “Yarn is Art” fashion show, January 30 at noon and 1 p.m., in the Lion Brand Yarn booth #1411.

Veteran journalist, Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, is a best-selling author and avid crafter who has capitalized on her love of fiber arts with The Deborah Norville Collection, a line of fine yarns for hand knitting and crocheting found in major craft stores around the country. Norville will be appearing at Premier Yarn booth #2901 throughout the day on January 29.

Tim Holtz, creative director for Ranger Industries, plays an integral part in development and design of cutting-edge paper crafting products. He will be making appearances at the Show on January 29 - 31 at the Sizzix booth #949 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Ranger booth #1338 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and at the Advantus/Idea-ology booth #1348 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mark Montano, T.V. host and author of Big Ass Book of Crafts series, among other craft books, will be appearing at Design Originals/ Fox Chapel Publishing booth #1209 on January 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and January 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., leading make n’ takes from his new book Vision Box Idea Book! Montano will be accompanied by Suzanne McNeill who will be appearing at booth #1209 on January 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 30 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and January 31 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., leading make n’ takes from her new books, Swags and Pennants and Zentangle 6s.

CHA is also pleased to announce its line-up of celebrity media judges for the CHA Innovations Sneak Peak Media & Buyer event. Celebrity media judges include Terri O. CHA spokesperson and PBS host of Super Simple with Terri O.; Jenn Mason, editor for CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS Magazine; Katie Hacker columnist for Beadwork Magazine and 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” (formerly Scrapbook Memories); designer, author and host on the T.V. series Hands On, Candie Cooper; and Tina Manzer editor of Art Materials Retailer and CHA’s new trade publication Craft Industry Today.

Other celebrities and industry notables attending the Show include Tombow’s Marie Browning; craft author, Marilyn Gossett; mixed-media professional, Ken Oliver; popular host of craft series “A to Z” and “123” Megan Elizabeth; and, collaborative designer for American Crafts’ “Amy Tangerine” lines, Amy Tan.

Celebrity bloggers will also be out in force. They include Valerie Maderosian, Ashley Hackshaw, Patti Wilkinson, Heather Mann, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Kristen Turner, Jennifer Hadfield, Alisa Burke, Corinne Leigh, Traci Bautista, Angela Daniels, Margot Potter and Lauren Klein-Baltazar who will all be making appearances at ilovetocreate’s Blogger Lounge in booth #1818.

About the Craft & Hobby Association The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international nonprofit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products worldwide in the $29 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, membership or its award-winning CHA Conferences & Trade Shows, including hours, workshop classes and must-see events, please visit www.craftandhobby.org