Monday, February 2, 2009

CHA: Day 3

I apologize for not posting yesterday...busy day at my daughters' cheer competition.

Today I will describe for you my final day at CHA, and what a busy day it was!

Kathy and I started off the day taking some portraits of each other, photoholics (and big hams) that we are!

This one is reminiscent of the poses that my tween-aged daughters like to strike! How cool am I?! Hehehe

I had to make sure that I got some parting photos with my fellow design team members:

Kathy Morgan, Jenny Stockard, and me:

Scrapbook Deals 4 U owner, Martha Galvez, and me:

Kathy, me, and Nicole Capote:

We headed off to Provo Craft to do one of their fabulous make and takes. Each day they taught something spectacular. On this day, we made a wonderful Americana wall-hanging. I just love it!

Chatterbox had a wonderful booth, full of new products and inspiration.

Look at this homemade brad making tool. Simply place thumbnail photos into decorative frames to make your own cool is that?

I LOVED this pretty!

What a super fun mini-album made out of denim! Another must-have in my book!

Fancy Pants is coming out with a colorful beach-inspired line of paper:

A fabulous Fancy Pants mini album made from chipboard, felt, and transparent sheets:

Of course American Craft is coming out with new Thickers...just love these fun fonts!

Pebbles debuted a super cute paper line called "So Tweet":

I was told that it wouldn't be a CHA without hitting the chocolate fountain at Rusty Pickle!

Here are a couple of paper lines that I really enjoyed out of the company called gcd:

Next we stopped at the Ranger booth. It was decorated with little houses personalized by well-known scrappers. Here were a couple of my favorites:

One of the highlights of the show was when I got to do a make and take taught by, none other, than Tim Holtz! I sat right across from him!!!

The Clear Scraps booth was filled with lots of inspiration. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces:

I'm proud to say that I know Sally Lynn MacDonald, who debuted a new line of hybrid albums for Clear Scraps:

Sally Lynn and me:

And that concludes details of my experience at the 2009 Winter CHA.

Later that night, Kathy and Linda took me to Huntington Beach. We had such a great time! We walked along the pier to get to a wonderful restaurant called Ruby's Surf Side Diner. They had the best burgers and shakes! It was a beautiful night, a little chilly, but with such a refreshing breeze. Afterwards, we visited a street fair. Here are some scenes from our evening together:

I want to thank everyone who made my CHA experience so memorable and pleasurable. I'll always cherish these memories. A special heartfelt thank you to Kathy and Linda for being so accomodating and such great friends. Love you all.

My LONG road home!!!

All times are in EST:

8 am - Woke up so Kathy could drive me to the airport. Poor thing, it was 5 am PST!
9:45 am - Fly from Santa Ana to Minneapolis
12 pm - Arrive in Minneapolis
12:30 pm - Board plane in Minneapolis to Hartford
12:45 pm - Pilot informs us that Hartford is closed...disembarked plane
5 pm - Fly from Minneapolis to Detroit
7:30 pm - Arrive in Detroit
9 pm - Fly from Detroit to Hartford
11 pm - Arrive in Hartford
12:30 am - Arrive home, after hour drive in ice and snow!

Needless to say, I slept all of the next day!!! ;)

Saturday, January 31, 2009

CHA: Day 2

Kathy and I started off Day 2 with another yummy breakfast at Mimi's Cafe (See Day 1 post). Stayce picked us up and we were off to another day of fun. I was out in Anaheim 10 years ago and WOW the Convention Center has changed! They were just starting to build the current fancier glass structure. Here it is today:

Each day we entered and exited the convention near the Creative Imaginations booth. I just had to get a photo with Cheryl Mezzetti! She's so sweet!

I just had to start off the day by doing the Tim Holtz Grungeboard luggage tag make and take. I haven't photographed it to show you yet, but I did take pictures of some very cool product and designs that I found in his booth.

I love these new masks:

Isn't this design amazing?!!

Just look at the dimension in this layout!

The man, himself, standing by some of his new releases. I've got to get some of these new metal embellishments!

Kathy and I got to meet and chat with Heidi Swapp:

Jenni Bowlin had some super cute things in her booth:

I just love her BINGO cards!

Some cute new embellishments:

I thought this was such a sweet project:

Jenni Bowlin, me, and Donna Downey:

Some really cute paper from Pinecone Press:

I just love this new vintage Sassafrass Lass line:

Cosmo Cricket's Everafter line is soooo pretty:

Some new pretty things coming out from Tattered Angels:

Just look at these gorgeous albums!

Stayce and Kathy won Slices, as well!!! How lucky is that? The three of us! Although, truth be told, I think they would have been just as happy with the M&Ms!!! Love you, girlies! ;)

Some of the potential cartridges I will have to get for my new Slice:

We finished off the evening with a wonderful meal at Joe's Crab Shack.

I just love my new sweatshirt...just a little something for me to wear when I'm copping a 'tude, hehehe:

Linda...she looks so regal here! Love this picture!

Stayce and Kathy, posing by some of the other funny shirts:

I love this shot of Linda, Stayce, me, and Kathy!

I hope you enjoyed my recap of Day 2, as much as I enjoyed sharing it! <3