Saturday, July 31, 2010

CHA ... a final wrap up

After a full day of travel I finally made it home last night around midnight. I fully admit to sleeping in today. Actually I slept so late I am a little embarrassed to tell you what time I managed to crawl out of bed. Had to sleep off a bit of what I like to call the CHA hangover.

I thought you deserved a little post CHA wrap up report. Here are some of my CHA findings and thoughts. KI Memories felt like the KI from 5 years ago. It was like they went back to the basics when I first fell in love with their product. They had really neat specialty ledger paper, paper clip buttons and these fun scrolled worded borders.

Sometimes I think REALLY aren't we over this whole "flower" thing yet and then a manufacturer like Sassafras Lass reinvents the flower. They also had vintage metal flowers and a some beautiful new paper releases.


I did a little jig when I saw Cosmo Cricket released Tiny numbers ... I can't tell you the number of times I had wished there were numbers included with the original alphas. This makes me happy.


If you know me you know I adore color especially unique color combinations with a little something extra that makes you think ... "they I would have never thought of that but it works". Well Bella Blvd really had the color combinations that made my heart sing. The use of grey, red, orange and **gasp** purple had me itching to scrapbook. They had another line called Socialite I adore it has a similar feel to Hello Beautiful shown in the photo below but with more yellow.


I couldn't resist this roll of tags from the House of 3 collection from Pink Paislee. They also had a collection of flowers people had made into necklaces that looked like they had jumped right out of the pages of J.Crew. Pink Pasilee also had great felt embellishments and glitter alphas to go with all their new collections.


It was the show of the fabric trims because they were everywhere. I spotted these neat flowers over at the Bo Bunny booth. All I can say is there is a headband in my future to be made with these. Bo Bunny also had adorable brad collections (as you can see from this photo) to coordinate with all their lines.


There was so much more that I didn't photograph. I love the direction Studio Calico is going with their papers. They are super unique and really speak to my inner graphic designer. Crate Paper hit a home run with all their releases I am bummed I didn't get a photo from their booth. Core'Dinations released 2 new embossed cardstock lines with Graphic 45 and Stacy Julian. The Graphic 45 papers include a harlequin and hounds-tooth patterns and the Stacy Julian papers are a colorful collection of words. So much fun. I could go on and on about all the things I loved at the show but I have some unpacking to do.

Have a great Saturday!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

CHA ... yes I am still in Chicago

Hi from my comfy bed at the Embassy Suites in Rosemont. Today was the final day of the show and it was great. We were writing orders until the lights were turned off at 3 pm. And thanks to the CHA fairy our crates arrived super quick and tear down was a snap. Here are some more photos from the show ...

Kimber and I doing a book signing for Remember This :)


Do you remember the other day I posted about CHA essentials ... WATER is another one and Jill gave us water bottles we promptly dressed up with Jillibean Stickers. Aren't they adorable. We probably could have sold a few of these this week too.
Jill taking a break over at Lili Bee our CHA neighbors.

Jill and Kimber looking cute.


Tear down ....


I have more photos to share from the show floor but this is all I was able to get through tonight. Give me a few days and I will do a post of some of my show favorites. Tomorrow is a all day travel day for me and Saturday I will spend recouping with friends in the Oregon wine country so don't expect to hear from me til at least next Monday.

Be good and happy crafting :)

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CHA ...

... I just downloaded my photos but I am just plain too tired to edit and post. See you tomorrow :)

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CHA - Opening Day

I realized that yesterday's posts says CHA day 2 and in reality today is the first day of the show. I have kind of lost track of the number days I have been here it's all starting to blur together. We were super busy today and I didn't take many photos but here are a few more I hope you enjoy.

Bagpipers ... gotta love a man in a kilt (nuf said).


More Jillibean booth photos ....

Jillibean Soup design team members Karen and Juliana with the "Big Bean" Jill.

 Time for bed see you tomorrow :)

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Monday, July 26, 2010

CHA day 2

Hi it's day 2 in Chicago and we're ready to rock and roll. The booth came together nicely today and we're super excited for the start of the show.

CHA necessities .... CHOCOLATE


Say "Hi" to Jillibean Soup DT member Jenifer.  


Paula and Kimber rolling Sprout T-Shirts we're giving away.


Hey Becky I got Paula to play Vannah White to get a this shot especially for you.


A little preview .... that's my boy in the layout.


The carpet still needs to be vacuumed but it's all ready for the big day.



Have a great day :) it's time for happy hour ....

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello from CHA

Waving HI from Chicago. I am totally beat from a hard day of set of up. All of our work has paid off the booth is really coming together. Here are some photos from today ....


Cha-03 Cha-04




Enjoy :)

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Friday, July 23, 2010

oh where oh where has Summer gone ...

This really is 2 questions in one isn't it. It's almost the end of July and really that leaves us 2/3 of the way thru summer. For some reason this has me questioning what I have been doing with myself. Let's forget all this and just get down to business. I have tons of things to share but of course too much to post all at one time. So let's play a little catch up starting with Scrapbook and Cards Today.

This is my layout on the cover of the summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today. I love how it turned out. One of the super cool things about this layout is being able to scrapbook Kelly Goree's son Carson. So often cover assignments are photos from people designers don't know. This made the project more personal.

Tomorrow I am headed off to Chicago for SUMMER CHA. I will be with the Jillibean Soup crew. I can't wait to see everyone. I am hoping to try to post while I am there as my way of getting back into the groove of blogging more often. The word here is hoping ... if you don't see me for another week don't think I have yet again abandoned you. Have faith friends.

Time to go to bed I have to leave for the airport at 4:30 am and I am not a morning person. Happy Trails.