Saturday, August 1, 2009

CHA thoughts and projects

CHA is winding down after months of hoopla. This year was the first year that it opened its doors to the public. The public responded with over 4000 pre-registrations. There were long lines everywhere from the minute you walked in the door. After having you print out a barcode when you purchased your ticket, you then had to stand in line for one of three employees to scan it in. Other events that I have attended that used the barcode feature, had kiosks set up that you could walk up to yourself to make check-in faster. After waiting in this line we went upstairs where the next line was starting. Again, they only opened one door for everyone to enter through. Even concerts and sports events have more than one door for the crowd. Finally we entered the hall and I must say I was sadly disappointed at the few vendors who were there for the papercraft industry. After all the hype, I expected something big that would take me hours to wander through. I had walked the aisles and visited the vendors in just over one hour. Am I ever glad I didn’t buy the 2-day ticket! I did get to make some fun projects though. The first one below was made at the Impression Obsession booth.


If you click on the picture for a closer view, you will see the one of the new background stamps Mitra will now offer. You will need to purchase one of her new mega blocks that has a neat handle to ensure perfect stamping. Next, we stamped and colored the new snowman. We added a dab of Polar white flower soft to his pompom, then sprinkled a bit on the card for snow. We applied the new shaker cups coming out to the image. It fit perfectly in the circle of the blue layer. We stamped the tree, added the ribbon and put the card together.

100_1429Next up, is the make and take from Stampendous. This is the new little Rooco critter. Isn’t he adorable? He is named after an actual pet that Fran (the owner) had growing up. We stamped him in black, lightly colored his left side with gray pencil and added fun flock. The sentiment was stamped and layered and a small heart sticker was applied. The scalloped circle was punched out and ribbon was tied around the layer before gluing it down.  

100_1428This purse was made at the Splitcoast booth. The first make and takes of the day were sponsored by Just Rite Stamps. Many of the SCS celebrities were there such as Davin, Becca F., Beate Johns, Jenn Balcer, Debbie Felts, Jerri J. and more. We took a cupcake and sat down to work. After making the cute little purse, the Just Rite rep gave us each a winter catalog of the new stamp sets. I headed to the booth that was selling the stamps and bought two new sets, Birthday Wishes and the 2 3/8 wooden stamper with the font and cupcake center.

100_1432Here is another fun quick project we made. A Chinese take out container that can be filled with whatever we like. Nothing too heavy of course :)

100_1434 This fun snowflake was made using the new Create a Flake 1 die set. The layers are alternated between white glitter layers and silver metallic ones. The silver ones are embossed. Here is a shot of the backside as it is a bit different.

100_1435 Please excuse the hands, I ripped my thumbnail and the darn personal manicurist is on vacation.

100_1431 Here are two of the new glimmer mist colors by Tattered Angels that will be out soon. The one on the left says Haunted Shadow and is really a neat purple with gold accents. The bottle on the right is Jack O’Lantern orange.

100_1433Finally, this little blue butterfly. I did not make it but it found me. If you have followed my blog, you know how important the blue butterfly is to me. If not, go to my first posts back in March please. As we were walking out to leave, this little guy was on the floor just by the door. I picked it up and placed it on top of everything I was carrying out but it fell off. I didn’t know this until I came out with my second load and the wind picked it up to get my attention. My friend Char and I both felt this was a sign that I should keep it. I have it tucked in a pocket of my CD holder in my car which sits just over my head on the visor. I will take all the good luck charms I can get.

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