I am usually NOT a lucky person. I never win raffles; I don't even win at Bingo. So imagine my surprise when the incredibly talented TINA WALKER invited me to attend CHA Winter 2014 in sunny Anaheim, California. I am a h-u-g-e fan of Tina's. Not only does she make all sorts of lovely things as a design team member for MY MIND'S EYE, but she is an incredibly talented mixed-media artist and the owner of FROG DOG STUDIO, a monthly mixed-media kit club. Tina and I have been "facebook friends" for quite a while, and I jumped at the chance to meet her in person!
For the two or three of you who read my blog and are NOT into scrapbooking or crafting, CHA is a huge trade show that happens twice a year. The newest lines and the next big thing in the crafting industry are made available to buyers so that they can determine what products they want to stock in their stores or provide in their kits. And in addition to the new products on display for you to touch and
drool on admire, all the big names in the industry are there! The icing on the cake? Quite a few of my crafty friends were going to be there, too. To say I was like a kid in a candy store was an understatement! There are not enough thumbs-up or like buttons in the world to convey just how excited I was - seriously.
Of course I INSTAGRAMMED all about it! And, just in case you missed the flood of pics on Instagram or Facebook, I am sharing a few of my faves here.
I am pretty sure I took a picture of every single piece of paper and ephemera pack that was being displayed by every single manufacturer. I won't make you sit through all of them - pretty sure Blogger would ban me for life if I tried to upload all of my paper pics here! But I will share one of the crate wall at HEIDI SONBOUL'S booth - simply because I have so much fun saying the name of her new company. Chickaniddy. chick-a-niddy. chickaniddychickaniddychickaniddy. Yep, it makes me smile saying it. And all those fun crates made me smile, too.
So...what made my very first CHA so incredibly special to me? These people (and a fun lil' adventure or two):
I flew in from H-town with my wonderfully talented friend, HEATHER LEOPARD. Before we even got to our hotel, we had to make a stop here:
Say what you will, but I am a huge luvah of the double-double with a chocolate shake!
I spent a lot of time hanging out with these two wonderful ladies - Tina and Melissa - who renewed my love of all things mixed media:
So many light bulbs went off as they answered my mixed media questions that I am positive you could see my head lit up from outer space!
I loved hanging out with the friends I knew and making new ones, too:
And it was super cool to meet my Facebook friends "in real life" like the CHIC TAG girls Malika Kelly and Jennifer Haggerty:
Yep, that would be me with my eyes closed. Maybe I was trying to show everyone my expert application of eyeshadow?????
Heidi Swapp taught Melissa and me how to expertly apply mist on a stencil:
She even graciously signed my work and posed for a picture with me...
...as did my idol (because she designs many of the MY MINDS EYE papers that I hoard as well as does all sorts of cool home design/decorating projects) JEN ALLYSON (nicest.person.ever.)
See that dazed look in my eyes? Pretty sure my brain had just finished short-circuiting...
And...most totally adorable picture? The one of me with Baby Jack...
...oh, and his mom, Amy Tangerine.
And, of course, you haven't fully experienced CHA until you've had your picture taken with Tim Holtz...
...who, as it turns out, is just as fond of the cheesy grin as I am - ha!!!
And...there were purple cows...
And Disneyland with my besties...
...where we rode rides, and talked, and laughed until our sides hurt...
Until next time...I'll be back.