Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CHA Winter 2012 - Day 2, Graphic 45, Petaloo, My Minds eye, Tim Holtz

Day two started off with a different kind of energy. The opening crowd was half of that from the day before. There was no opening ceremonies, just the security staff checking and making sure that everyone getting into the show had their appropriate badge and that they belonged there. No sneaking in was going to be allowed.

Once the doors opened, that mad dash from yesterday was more of a walk of determination.  A different kind of agenda was taking place.  Those booths that you did not get to yesterday are now the target for the day.  What great new items do they have in store for the public to see, touch and smell..(yes smell)

I do have to say, that by the end of yesterday I was so darn fed up with this rolling bag that was attached to my hand and following me all over the place.  I would turn around and there it was.  I would want to step to the right or the left and there it was.  To think that I have this attachment for the 3rd day in a row is getting old...lololololol

Ok, onto the goodies.    My Mind's Eye was one of my stops.  They have such wonderful paper and I really enjoyed chatting it up with one of the reps.    I would love to carry everything they have but I promised myself that I would stick with my budget.    (Ugh, a woman on a budget and admitting it....lol)

Next, I went back to Grapic 45 so that I could take pictures and show you the new goodies that we will be getting in with their paper lines. OH, what fun!!! Metal Butterflies and cute small brads.

Can you imagine taking a small set of needle nose pliers and tweaking those wings so that the butterfly looked like it was flying?   Now imagine adding one or two of those cute metal brads...OooooLaLa!

Now, I made a wonderful find!!!... as I was walking around I found this cute booth called Petaloo.  They have the most amazing flowers and WHAT DID MY EYE'S SPY but Grapic 45 paper!   It was being used to show off the awesome colors and how wonderful they blend and compliment the Grapic 45 paper lines.....Yes!!!     So...I "squirreled" and we are getting some of these wonderful flowers in our store to compliment and work with all the Grapic 45 paper lines.   Such a grand find!!

Next I was back at the Ranger booth for another make and take and it was using the melting pot again. Applying Perfect Pearls with the resin they use and I made another piece of bling.
Yes, you see correctly.  Tim Holtz signed the back of my bling!!.... Whooo Hooooo

I watched Tim demonstrate the new pens that Ranger is debuting  and at first I thought they were just another marker and thinking they would not be an item that we would carry at this time.  Well, I squirreled again.   We are getting those wonderful pens and they should be shipping mid February.    The things that you can do with those pens are awesome and they are priced very nicely compared to other products on the market.  We will carry a limited supply, so be sure to be the first one to go on line and purchase them once we announce that they are in the store and available.

I will try and get some pictures of them today and post them on our Day 3 of CHA
(such a brain fart, should have done that yesterday)

Have an awesome day and we will catch you later

Monday, January 30, 2012

CHA winter 2012, Tim Holtz, Teresa Collins, BoBunny, Simple Stories, My Minds Eye

CHA Winter 2012.
What can I say?  What should I say?   But WOW!.. 

This has been an experience.   From the moment I walked in this morning to the last booth I was at, it was a ride!   I has such an awesome opportunity to meet the people behind the scene to those on  the front lines.

Opening the doors....

I was 3rd in line to get in the doors.  From my vantage point I really got an in sight into the early hours of the opening.   We were surprised with a "flash mob" and all camera's were flashing and clicking like crazy.  One of the dis-advantages of being in front, you do not get to see what is happening in the rear.  But my ears told me all I needed to hear.  People were having fun!!.  (I am hoping to get a video from a friend, so please check back)

Having waited for a very long time, we were surprised once again.  Bag Pipes!!!... They are such an awesome sound and it came from afar and the closer they got to the front entrance, the more intense the excitement got.   What a wonderful and talented group and what a way to build up the the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Once that ribbon was cut, it was a MAD dash into the convention center.  Everyone spent days mapping out their path, mapping out who was giving limited specials to the first 50 or 100 people, who had the best goodies.... it was CRAZY!!!!!

Me... I headed straight to Ranger and my first make-in-take was quick and easy and very cute.   They were demonstrating a "melting pot" for a hard resin onto Tim Holtz's new "Tire Tread" material.   FUN.. FUN.. FUN.... 20 min later, I was in line at Tim Holtz Idea-ology.......

The was was 1.5 hours... When I got to that stool, I was so darn happy.  The sweet gal that was helping with the make-in-takes was so sweet.  She saw the look on my face and I am sure it was red from being so hot.  (you know that feeling... right.. private summer moments) ANY WAY...... This make-in-take was Tim's new releases.  The Pocket Watch... what a fun thing to play with!!!.  I wore it all day long.  (hope it Tim appreciates it).  Now, understand I am hearing hoops and hollars behind me and in the distance I could see Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi.  I felt so bumbed that my timing was way off and that I would not get to meet either of them....

WRONG!!!!... Happy Girl.. Happy Dance!!!

Mario is so sweet and kind and Tim was to gracious to take a moment out of his VERY busy day and take a picture with me.    Love them both!!!!!!!!!!   Ummmm... did I mention that we have goodies coming??

Next was Teresa Collins Designs!!....What an opportuity, I have to say.   I was to surprised to find that the very people I wanted to meet, they were ALL there.  Nick Nash.. (cutie pie), Julie Jacob (what a sweet heart and so darn cute), Teresa Collins, herself and Gentry her daughter.  That was a bonus.  We see the names of her children on her bling and it was such a pleasure to meet Gentry.  Very sweet girl and cute.  (hey guys!!!!). Teresa was so gracious.  I know it must be a very long day to stand in those beautiful heels and dresses and smile every time a stranger wanted to take a picture.  I am honored and blessed that she allowed me such an opportuinty. (yes, we have 2 lines coming from Teresa Collins Designs)

Then, onto Graphic 45.   I was sitting there with one of Diane's daughters placing an order and Diane came out.. let me say that all the dresses that every one of the girls were wearing were just gourgeous!!!!  Stunning!!!.. Diane was elegant and gracious.   I asked her daughter if I could take a photo with Diane and she said "sure".  I jumped out of my chair, stood next to Diane and I felt like a little school girl next to one of her idols...lol.   (OH.. AND... we have 2 lines coming!!)

Even Beautiful Ladies must take off their shoes.  Their feet hurt just like the rest of us.

Now by this time I have to eat.   Needed fuel.. so off to the food bar!!.. not the best, but the best I could find.  There was no way I was going to leave.   LOLOLOLOLOL

I spent a few moments collecting my thoughts and when I turned around there was Bo Bunny!!!!

I stepped into the booth and met Matthew, the owners son.  He was so funny.  We joked and laughed at some of the antic's we both saw and witnessed throughout the day.  He was a hoot. He even recited a saying that he had to type 100 times when he was in the 7th grade.   Cracked me up.   I stuck around for a drawing that they were holding at 5 pm.  Sad to say, I did not win anything but they were SO generous with their give -a- ways.  
Oh, and yes we have 2 of their new releases coming. 

Day 2...Wonder what I will find???  Stay tuned!

Here's a little sneak peak of what will be coming soon to the store!



Follow Your Heart  


After this, my day was done.  Many long hours standing on my feet and boy did they let me know that.   Now I sit in the hotel room planning tomorrow and my plan of attack for day 2........

Friday, January 27, 2012

Cup of the month by Cheri using Teresa Collins TIMELESS

I love what I call "to go" cups. I use them Daily, and it's an addiction. I LOVE these cups.

This is one of my most favorite "to go" cups, I love that I can change it when the mood strikes.

For January I am using the Teresa Collins Line called Timeless, I love the pinks, grays and black! I thought it was a perfect way to ring up the new year with all of those clocks, aww good times!!

To start make sure you have your cup/mug template.

1. Using the PINK STRIPE and CLOCK transparency cut your entire template from these sheets.

2. Cut a strip from the BLACK DAMASK paper, you only have to cut around the top of the damasks because you will cut the bottom using your cup template.
3. From the bottom 3 border strips on the DIE CUT SHEET, using your template trace and cut both the top and bottom of the borders.

Now that you have your pieces all cut select your DIE CUT Shapes and start layering. I also added a BRAD in the center on one of the die cut pieces. I had just enough "wiggle" room to make that work, be sure to test that out before you punch your brad thru as some cups/mugs don't have much room - YIKES!! lol!!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bo Bunny Timepiece window art by Charlie

I love playing with different things, more than working on a 12 x 12 piece of paper. A friend, Jodie from Sharin Memories, asked if I would do something with this old frame she had. She wanted to hang it up in her store. The moment I saw the window frame, my mind had already created the story that should be on it. You can see it at Jodie's store. She would love it if you stopped by and say Hi.

While making this project, I took advantage of the glass and when I taped the paper on one side, I used the reflection from the other side as my back ground.  I mounted the pictures and embellishments on the actual paper on side 1 and then mounted the pictures and embellishments on the actual glass on side 2.  This turned out better than I thought it would.   My husband loves it so much, he want to purchase it from Jodie.  How do you put a price on that?   Love him so much!!
Side 1
This is the front side of the window. I used Bo Bunny's Timepiece paper line for this project because I wanted the age of the window to tell a story and with this paperline, it tells it quite well. 

Side 2
This is the back side of the window, completing the story. The pictures are of my Twin Grandsons. They are getting their first set of wheels. Grandpa is showing them how to use the peddles and how to stear and how to just sit on them....lol. We had so much fun that day. Great memories. Love this project so much, I am on the hunt for another window to do the same for our home. If you know where I can find one, please, please let me know.

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