Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CHA...Day 2!

Ok.....LOOOOOOOVE CHA! Where have you been all my life! Oh...well, I forgot I just started a couple of years ago, and now I see what I've been missing!!!

So, let's see...what did I do?  I've taken some great seminars and workshops! I participated in some wonderful techniques, and Make 'n' Takes; classes and advisory sessions!

Who did I see?  Jenni Bowlin, with Two Peas In a Bucket; the Ranger Team Players: Sarah, Tim, Mario, Wendi....a whole of them! (wonderful group of people, by the way); I met Jesse, the owner of Jesse James & Co. (Fabulous beads buttons and adornments); Randy, the owner of JustRite Stamps (Extremely nice and funny man, with a Fantastic Product Line!); Another Randy and his wife, the owners of Canvas Corp! and so many more!!
 This is Jennifer Mcguire and I at the Hero Arts Booth...I talked with Shari Carroll too!
"Ms. Timmy Stalker Friend" & Mr Tim Holtz!
Oh my goodness...we had such a wonderful time socializing with people from all over the world, who are everyday folks, crafters and scrappers, just like us!

And what did I BUY??!!

CHA Show Room floor!

This was the line formed for the Tim Holtz Make 'n' Take

Ribbon Ring Designers created items that look good enough to eat!

Craft Diva Fashions on display!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHA....Nothing else to say!!!

I am in Rosemont, Illinois; attending the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) 2011 Summer Conference & Trade show (July 18th -21st) and OH MY GOOD LORD!!!  If you are a crafter of any kind, as well as a business owner of some sort in the craft need to be at CHA!

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to attend for the first time! I'm traveling with my friend Jackie, and we're staying in the  "Aloft" Hotel, which is a chic, contemporary and very modern designed hotel, associated with "W" Hotels. Nicely designed place, but very different from the hotels I'm used to staying in while traveling.
That's funny...I kinda matched the decor a bit!

Anyway, on to CHA! Summer CHA is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, near O'hare Airport; this is a big beautiful place!

Business seminars, classes and workshops galore! Can you say exhibitors!!! The vendors that are here at CHA are some of my most favorite in the industry...give or take a American Crafts, Bazzill Basic Papers, Bo Bunny, Copic Markers, Creative Impressions, DCVW, Doodlebug, Echo Park, Grant Studios, Graphic 45, Heartfelt Creations, Hero Arts, Hot Off the Presses, Jenni Bowlin Studio, JustRite Stampers, K & Company, KaiserCraft, Lion Brand Yarn, Martha Stewart Crafts, Maya Roads, My Minds Eye, Notions Marketing, Penny Black Rubber Stamps, Petaloo, Prima Marketing Inc., Provo Craft & Novelty, Quick Quotes, Scor-Pal, Stacy's Scrap Shack, SEI Inc., Spelbinders Paper Arts, Sizzix, Tattered Angels, TomBow Inc., Tsukineko, Unity Stamp Co., Zutter Innovative....and the list goes on!!!

Now, I know some of you are wondering...why wasn't Ranger in the listing above...well, of course Ranger is here; it wouldn't be CHA with out them, lol! But since this was such a high moment for me and my (Timmy Stalker friend)...We were pretty much stoked & cooked after seeing Tim Holtz do his thing on the show room floor!

I have posted some extra pics of our first day in Chicago and at CHA! Stay tuned, because this was only the first few hours of our adventure...there's going to be lotsssss more!!!

Jackie in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel.
 Here we are...CHA!!! Yeahhhh!