My sister, Lynn surprised June & I with a Smash Book Album for the show. We used it for autographs and notes and finished it off (actually mine's not quite finished yet) on Monday night adding all our make n take items and various other things. We worked on it until about 1:30am! I'll have photos of my book in a later post.
I have to say that my favorite booth display had to be Graphics 45. What a fabulous booth they had - complete with vintage costumes for their staff! Here's glimpse:
Naturally, we had to stop at Spellbinders and chat with Stacy for a bit and for a lot longer to drool over their gorgeous samples!!! They weren't allowing photos this year, but many of the samples can be seen on the blogs of their design team members - so check it out! They were giving out t-shirts to wear on the first day and had roving people on the floor looking for people wearing them. In the two days - we each won a spellbinder die!!! How awesome is that! They rock!
May Arts Ribbons - need I say more??? Simply gorgeous! I want them all.
Watched Wendy Vecchi do her thing at Ranger - followed by Tim Holtz.... They both signed our Smash Book Album. Tim's got a new Stamp 2 Cut machine (along the lines of Cricut, Pazzles, etc.) and a line of new stamps to go with it. New watercolor markers out in the Adirondak colors and there's a Sno Cap ink pad that I require LOL. Not to mention various other things.... Wendy had a book signing later over at Stamper's Anonymous - so we each scored her new book with an autograph and got to say hi to Ted Cutts.
Here's a couple of glimpses of the Stamper's Anonymous booth. Lots of fun retro things!
Magnolia has a lot of new images and their booth was filled with their gorgeous samples. They even gave us each a free Magnolia stamp! Here's a little sample.
Scor-Pal was demoing their No Shim mat along with their light-weight bottle caps and epoxy bubbles to stick on them and how easy to run them thru the Cuttlebug or Big Shot. They also have a die cut that fits the centers of the bottle caps perfectly. Those 1" dies are just a teensy bit too small.
Wound up at a table with Suze Wineberg when we stopped for lunch on day two. Spoke with her for a moment and got her autograph. Hadn't seen her around in a while. She's kind of retired, but still very much interested in what's happening in the crafting world.
On the first day, we noticed a lot of people with big floppy hats with flowers running around and finally inquired where they came from. It was Prima - so we hopped on over there to find out they only gave out 50 a day first thing in the morning. Needless to say - we were in line to get in early the next morning and scored our big floppy hats. Same deal - wear the hat and maybe win a prize. Later in the afternoon, I finally had to take it off - my head was hot and we kept banging into each other LOL. Not two seconds after I took off my hat, someone from Prima tapped June on the shoulder and she won a prize!!! They're mailing it to her - will tell you what it is when it arrives. Here we are in all our loveliness in floppy hats LOL. Yes - there are still tags on - they wanted them left on for some reason.
Notice that we're all wearing our Spellbinder t-shirts too !
Here are photos back in the hotel room where you can see them with the flower on it. They actually gave us each a little bag of stuff to decorate the hats with, but had to beg some glue at one of the booths to attach at least one. The rest we used in our Smash Book.
June & I
There were so, so many companies with gorgeous papers and lots of fun embellishments too. I think this is enough for one post - don't want to wear you out. Stay tuned for CHA Part II.....