Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CHA wrap-up

Warning:  This is a photo heavy post!

Phew!  I am recovering from CHA.  I had a blast and missed some of my friends who couldn’t make it this time around.  Next time, right? 

My list of order forms is more than an inch thick so I won’t share everything with you but here are some highlights and pictures.  (Most pictures are courtesy of my friend, Kelly, who came along to be our photographer and help me out.)

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The view from the parking garage overlooking the convention center.

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WE WANT IN!

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ALL OF US!

We walked and walked and walked the floor.  Something like 7 miles on the first day.  Yeah, I love my Merrell shoes! 

Here’s some of the eye candy from Graphic45.  I ordered the Wizard of Oz line and stamps and some other goodies.

And from Jillibean Soup.  I ordered all of their new 6x6 pads and those awesome felt flowers.

Kaiser had some amazing new lines and I got them.  I’m most excited about the Miss Nelly line. I’ll also be carrying some of their basic gems and pearls, by request.

Of course I ordered some regulars like Spellbinders, Hero Arts, Lifestyle Crafts (used to be Quickutz), BasicGrey (even though they weren’t at the show), Unity, Webster’s Pages, Our Craft Lounge, Crate, Scor-Pal, Zva, LilyBee, Petaloo and Copic

I think my favorite booth this year was October Afternoon.  They did a whole western theme and it was adorable!  I got put in jail for buying too many goodies.  :)

My Mind’s Eye has some AMAZING new lines – 12 new lines in 6x6 pads.  So excited about that!  And some great new collection kits too!

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Then I was excited to order from some new companies like Authentique, Simple Stories, First Edition and Sticky Thumb.  The first two have some amazing paper lines and Sticky Thumb had the BEST dimensional dots I’ve ever tried.  It’s a nice, firm foam that won’t compress when mailing and is SUPER sticky.  Plus the pack comes assorted with carious sizes and shapes of dots, not just circles or squares.  Yay!

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Love My Tapes introduced some lace tape in addition to their fabric tape line and I’m excited about that too!

I’m adding the two other sizes of clear tubes from SRM Stickers since the standard tube is so popular.

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And then of course, Echo Park.  I adore their paper.  Here’s me and Madison.  I will tell you that they introduced stamps at the show but I did not order them.  They didn’t meet my quality expectations (which I told them and suggested a US based, better manufacturer for future stamp runs).  I have very strict quality expectations for the products I carry and they just didn’t meet the cut this time around.  But, the paper lines are AMAZING.  I am especially excited about the Halloween line, which is very versatile beyond Halloween.  The holiday line is adorable too.

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Part of the show that makes it so fun is seeing everyone and all the quirky things you encounter.  Here is a girl wearing a dress made entirely of paper.

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Other notable photo shoots – part of the IHP team with PC Magazine editor, Susan Opel and the PC Meet and Greet and me with Moxie Fab Cath!

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For me, the highlight is always my IHP dinner.  I love my girls.  (l-r): Lynn, Kimberly Crawford, Carolyn, me, Lori, Kendra, Judy (IHP alumni but always part of my team!  She was even in my SU downline a decade ago!) and Deb.

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And lastly just some things for fun!  There’s a few more things but there has to be some surprise, right?

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check Facebook for the latest arrivals!  I always announce there first!  And don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter on the homepage!  Things should start arriving in just a couple of weeks!

4 comments:

Peggysuez said...

Fun, fun! Loved the photos! Hey quick question, will you also have Little Yellow Bicycle Twig Christmas line? Does it even come in a 6x6? Excited about Echo Park!

Lisa F said...

I'm VERY excited about the MME 6x6 and Jillibean 6x6 and Echo Park and Cosmo and Basic Grey... Ok, I need to get a job so I can buy all these new goodies!

Judy Rozema said...

What a great post! Love seeing all the stuff you ended up ordering. I got some Sticky Thumb stuff this week and absolutely LOVE it!! Had to drive 3 hours to get it, so will be glad you have it. :)

Thank you for the sweet comment too :)

xo

Gretchen said...

Now that's what I'm talking about!!! :)