Monday, January 31, 2011

CHA Day 3 - just a few photos...

Greetings from California - after another long day I am too sleepy to edit all of my photos or do much writing.  Here is a bit of eye candy for you  - I'll fill in the details as soon as I can.  I am still seeing lots of amazing things and my head is full of ideas waiting to be turned into realities!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

CHA Day 2 - so much to see...

Saturday the show floor opened - the sensory overload is in full swing!  Everywhere you look there are amazing displays.  I had just one class on Saturday and then I started to visit the exhibits. It is a good thing that there are three more days to take it all in...

I'll just mention a few Cricut highlights - there is a new Expression, the Cricut Expression 2, Anniversary edition, with a color touch screen and the ability to cut from both original and Imagine cartridges.  Cricut CraftRoom is the new way to design with your Cricut images.  It is web based and therefore compatible with both Mac and PC and it is free!  It is still in beta but lots of work is being done to combine the best of both Design Studio and the Gypsy and make the CraftRoom available for everyone as soon as possible.  There are new Cuttlebug folders and some of them allow you to move the placement of the embossed image.

I'll have much more to share about the new Cricut products tomorrow.  I wanted to post a few things that caught my eye and show you a few photos about our Saturday activities.

We saw the new, sparkly eyed Cricut bug at the ProvoCraft booth.  If you check out the home page of you can see the redesigned logo and fresh look to the home page.  Mandy, Jane and I had our photo taken with the bug...

and Enfys preferred the plush toy version we got later in the day at the "Birthday Bash." 

I thought this stack of pillows was a lot of fun - it reminded me of the Princess and the Pea.  The show is not just for papercrafting - knitting, needlework, jewelry making, quilting and other types of hobbies are represented.

I was lucky enough to meet Julie Comstock (Cosmo Cricket) and Anna Griffin (the ever-so-elegant Anna Griffin).  It is great to  see and meet the people behind your favorite products.  They were kind enough to pose for a photo with me (thank you Julie and Anna!).

Julie has designed a new line of products for EKSuccess that she refers to as "fashion crafting" and it is amazing.  You can read more about it HERE.  These won't be available for a little while longer but I know I'll be eager to buy some of them.

I have lots of ideas about how to use these beautiful things...

It was the end of the day but I asked about the Glubers (see THIS POST on the Cosmo Cricket blog).

Julie actually gave me a quick demo and made one of her beautiful flowers for me.

After the show closed we went to the Birthday Bash to celebrate the fifth birthday of Cricut.  There was a giant card to sign.

Jane and Mandy met Teresa Collins who posed for a photo with them.. She was so sweet and friendly.  It is great to know that she has designed both an Imagine and and Expression cartridge - I am sure they will be fantastic ones full of frames and flourishes.

Some of the people at the party had a chance to go back to their hotels and change - can you guess who has the flower on her toes...?

...none other than Jinger.  She did her famous hair flip on stage near the end of the show...

...and what a show it was!  A couple of videos and then some live dancing.  Jim Thornton (ProvoCraft CEO) did a little bit of dancing...

and then we saw several dancers from the show "So You Think You Can Dance" who did amazing hip hop.  At the end of their set, there was a bit of  a dance competition...

and Jim Thornton was declared the winner by an applause vote.

Here is one more pretty thing I saw - more details and an update coming tomorrow...

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

First Day at Winter CHA

Diane, Jane, "Marilyn." Mandy and Enfys
Welcome to Hollywood!  We had a very busy day but did manage to meet up with "Marilyn" and have this photo taken Friday evening.  Enfys was delayed on her journey from England due to weather conditions so she had to stay in Houston Thursday night.  She arrived just in time for the second session of workshops.

After leaving a very snowy New England (the snow is getting close to the top rail of the deck), it was a wonderful treat to see the palm trees in Los Angeles.

The change in temperature is amazing - so pleasant and warm (although the Australians think it cold having come here from their summer).

We arrived bright and early for a day of workshops and seminars.

Mandy and Jane
Once we had our badges and tickets there was time for a cup of coffee before we got busy learning about all sorts of products.

Mandy and I were both in the Tattered Angels class and had a lot of fun learning how to use the glimmer mist, chalkboard and glam products for all sorts of great effects.

It was very messy but fun and we made lots of samples.  I will post more photos once I get everything organized.  The classes actually move so fast that it is difficult to take photos during the process but I'll show you some of our finished items as soon as I can.

Enfys, Jane and I all did a class with Hero Arts with lots of stamping techniques.  For this card we inked a large damask stamp with Scattered Straw Distress ink and then inked another large dotted stamp with Broken China Distress ink.  Then we "kissed" the dotted stamp to the damask stamp to transfer the ink and placed the card on top of the stamp to get this two toned image.  All sorts of interesting combinations are possible with this technique.

Resist papers and resist with embossing are very popular.  This sample was embossed with white powder and colored with distress inks.  The blue color was deepened in the flowers and green markers were used to color the leaves.  The stamp is another Hero Arts stamp.  Each class includes some items to take home and this stamp was one of them - I am sure that you'll see it again on my blog since I particularly liked this one!

There are products for all sorts of hobbies here - this was one of the ones featured as an innovative new product.  It is a pin dispenser - so much easier than picking them up from a pile! (As a sometime quilter, I really liked this one!).

The Yudu Card Shop is also featured as an innovative product and it was fun to see how it can print on ribbon.  There were a number of premade screens and some had a group of sentiments which can be taped so you print only one phrase on your project.  I'll look forward to seeing more of this on Saturday - it really is simple and small when compared to the large original Yudu (but I am still thinking about getting the larger one...).

The full show begins Saturday and there are also classes and seminars throughout the show.  I will try to get around to see as much as possible tomorrow but the hall is enormous so it will probably take more than one day!

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