Thursday, July 25, 2013

My time at CHA, part 1.

Hi all!

I've just come back from CHA (Craft and Hobby Association's big craft convention), and let me tell you, it was so much fun!

It had always been my dream to come. I've always marveled when I'd see posts from my favorite scrapbookers and bloggers about what they did and what they saw. If you aren't familiar with the show, it's basically a convention where companies put out their best items and new releases. They each have a booth, and the owners and/or designers work there. I knew that going meant I'd see lots of inspiration and meet lots of crafty peeps and eeeeeks....scrapbooking celebrities!

Enter Some Odd Girl -- Y'all know I love Some Odd Girl and designing for them! They invited the DT to help out and work the booth for CHA this year. I ecstatically said yes! And with the help of my in-laws, my hubby, and a co-worker who took an extra shift for me (and my boss who approved it), I was able to come for a couple of days.

More about SOG's booth later though. I will save her for another day, in case Kristy wants me to share my pics on the SOG blog.

Here are some pics of the show. I'll probably spread them out on three posts because I've got quite a few! :) I did not have much time to go to all of the booths, so I got as many pics and stops that I could. It was definitely fun going around with people that I know (yay for seeing Bay Area peeps!) and it was also nice going about it alone.

By the entrance:


Heidi Swapp





Heidi was super sweet and super nice! She even had Santa Claus and fab make-n-takes! My time on the floor was limited so I was unable to sit and do one :(. I'm so glad I got to meet her though.

The Crafter's Workshop



For those of you who love stencils, you'll love TCW! I really enjoyed seeing different styles of scrapbooking.  I got a couple of free stencils from them. 

Basic Grey


Basic Grey was awesome! They had a big booth in the middle, with lots of eye candy and even a photo set-up. I had a wonderful Capture make-n-take that included their much sough-after calendar stamp. Let me tell you, it's amazing and easy! The lovely Ann-Marie Morris also showed Theresa, Jossie, Kerry, and I through it and took pics with us.

Tim Holtz and Ranger:





Tim Holtz also had a big booth! Full of wonderful cabinets and vintage and dark decor! He was always surrounded with the ladies, and I've got to say that I see now what most are talking about when I see him in person. He's pretty attractive! :)

We R Memory Keepers



I didn't get to stay here long, but it was all very amazing! I really want WANT WANT their new 3x4 punch!!!

Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper






I'd have to say that this is probably my most favorite! I love the displays, and the country chicness of it! Love those lights and pretty embellies (check out the gold!!). It's all very cute! And so is Maggie H!

Studio Calico:


Aren't these just drool-worthy???  And I love the wood tones!! 

Dear Lizzy:





Another beautiful line! Those bits of banners everywhere were so alluring. Elizabeth Kartchner was very sweet! And so is her new line. When I was taking a pic with her, I was a little shy. She made me feel comfortable right away by giving me a tight squeeze on my arm!

More pics and info tomorrow! Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting!!


Jo Davies said...

Oh Rinne you're so lucky!! I'd love to have been able to go! Some of my designs were displayed on the Whimsy Stand so I was there in spirit if not body :) the pics are fantastic x

Judy Bagwell said...

Wow!! You got a lot of great pictures!

Jossie Michel said...

love all the pics you took! I am so happy we both got to meet up their! Congrats again manning your booth!

Sheena Brooks said...

Oh my - you got to go to CHA! It must have been so exciting! Thanks for sharing your pics!