Hiya! I'd typed out this HUGE post about CHA with pictures and my blogger zonked it. Ugh...
I hope I catch the gist of it again...
Lori Craig, Julie Campbell and I roomed together, after we arrived late that evening. Long queues for luggage, excessive amounts of Starbucks caffeine and copious amounts of giggling kept us up late.
Lori, Julie and I went to the Copic Certification class all day. There were tons of stamping rock stars in this class. I couldn't help but be intimidated. I had the opportunity to watch Debbie Olsen in action. Amazing stuff!!! Serious talent!
Here, Debbie's giving some pointers to the group (and some serious rock stars, I tell ya!):
Bev and Vicki hard at work:
After our dinner, we went to the lobby of the Hyatt for an informal lesson with Ellen Hutson (!!!) on coloring with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. What a wonderful discussion! I learned a great deal. What I found most interesting was that Ellen talked about who inspired and influenced her in her art and here she was doing the same for us. Thank you, Ellen!
Julie, Ellen and I:
We scrambled this morning to get to the show on time (a slight issue with the shuttles not running) and made it in time to see the kick-off of the convention. A parade of bagpipers marched through the hall... it was quite a sight to see...
Here's Tim Holtz and Ali Edwards demoing at Ranger:
After the close of the show, we headed to the Hyatt for the SCS Cupcake Reception. There were so many people there that I knew but had never met in person! I met Sharon Harnist and Gina K... both the sweetest ladies ever (and of course, I didn't get photos with them... I'm kicking myself now). I also met AJ and Teresa (both ladies are super sweet and talented -- and they'd been big sisters for me in the past on SCS).
I actually don't have any photos for Saturday... I spent a good chunk of it in the booth, demoing and talking to customers. Gina K stopped by again and I forgot (AGAIN) my camera! She's a doll and talked with us for quite some time. What a treat! After I wrapped up at the booth, we headed to the airport to head home.
CHA was a fantastic experience. I realize that the convention about the product, but I think it's really about community. Women 100 years ago used to sit together, creating quilts or making clothes. Now, we get together to stamp, create scrapbook pages and preserve memories. What a blessing to meet so many people that share and enjoy doing what I love to do too!
Thanks for stopping by! Sorry for the novel...