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My First CHA

My First CHA & My First CHA Giveaway

Today I am sharing some photos showing my projects from the CHA Mega Show this past January. This was the first CHA event I had ever attended: not only was fortunate enough to be there, it was the first time I had projects being displayed as well. I had been asked to make cards for Tim’s space in the Ranger booth for Idea-ology (4), as well the Sizzix booth (2) and unexpectedly ended up with a couple more in the Idea-ology booth.  Tim, Paula, Richele & Mario your kind (and encouraging) words, enthusiasm and support made this a wonderful experience - Thank you all.

CHA for me was a massive hands-on sneak-a-peek. I took a lot of classes; starting with 2 days at Prima's Artventure (6 lcasses over two days) followed by an all day Ranger-a-thon on Friday and then Saturday, Sunday and Monday I collected samples of products and completed every make-and-take I could on the show floor as well as a couple more classes and a the Paper Arts Make & Take Exchange (yes, I had to pay for overweight luggage on my flight home).  The hardest part for me since coming home, having seen and touched all these new, and exciting things for real, is waiting for them to arrive on the store shelves. I'm not very good at waiting...patience has never been my strong suit.

It wasn’t easy to take grand sweeping photos of the entire booths as they were congested with people watching the demos, making the make and takes and ogling the display racks of new products and the samples that supported them. These are photos the display vignettes followed by photos of my cards, I hope you enjoy my CHA.

Idea-ology section of the Ranger booth

I love the die-cut frosted film over the fragment on this one.

Left side of the Idea-ology booth 
(love the collectibles, especially those collars)

Right side of the Idea-ology booth 
(I love Paula & Richele's wallpapered panel)

Above is a link to Tim's Periscope tour of the Sizzix booth, 
it was preserved by iGirlZoe and her husband (others videos are available on her youtube channel you click the link in her name).

 I am forever grateful that I got to see this clip.

I have a tutorial in the works for this typewriter card.  I am just waiting (impatiently...) for the last few pieces to arrive so I can finish it.  If there are others you are interested in seeing let me know; if there is enough interest i'll be putting more tutorials together.

Thank you all for your continued support.


The winners from My return from CHA giveaway!
you can see the lotto on my instagram

I will be e-mailing you to collect you mailing addresses 
and get your prizes sent to you right away. 
Thank you everyone who took the time 
to participate in my giveaway.

Technique Remix 01 – 20.16

Technique Remix 01 – 20.16

Time: <2 Hour
Yield:  1 – #8 Tag
Wet Ingredients:
  • Ink – Alcohol Aqua, Butterscotch, Honeycomb; Archival Jet Black; Distress Black Soot, Embossing
  • Markers –Distress Black Soot
  • Other – Distress Crayon Picket Fence, Mixative Silver
  • Paint – Distress Black Soot
Dry Ingredients:
  • 3 – #8 Black Tags
  • 1 – #8 Kraft Tag
  • Embossing Powder – Frosted Crystals
  • Hardware – Mini Fasteners, Word Band (observation)
  • Other –  Chalk (white), Foil Tape, Soft Pastel (crimson)
  • Ribbon – Crinkle Ribbon, Jute String
  • Circle Punch 1/4 and 5/8
  • Marker Spritzer
  • Texture Fade – Playing Games
  • Stamps – Documented, Game of Life, Limitations (thinlit/stamp set)

Keep reading/looking/scrolling all the way to the end of this post for my first ever, return from CHA and giveaway for three lucky blog readers!













My return from CHA giveaway!

 Along with all the other materials and designer media, Ranger supplied an apron for each of their classes at CHA; Tim, very generously, signed three of these aprons for me to give away on my blog…How amazing is that?!  All you need to do to be entered into this giveaway is:
   1.   be following my blog and
   2.   leave a comment on this blog post*
Comment cutoff will be midnight February 3rd 2016 (MST). Three lucky winners will be randomly selected and announced the following morning.

*please be sure to sign in or leave your email address, so I have a way to contact you.

winter woolly

winter woolly

Yield:  1 – #8 Tag
Time:  <2 hours
Wet Ingredients:
  • Ink –Archival Potting Soil; Distress Early Espresso, Frayed Burlap
  • Other – Picket Fence Stickles
  • Spray Stain– Distress Early Espresso
  • Paint – Distress Iced Spruce
Dry Ingredients:
  • #8 Manila Tag
  • Cardstock - Kraftcore #14, Kraftcore Metallic (silver)
  • Hardware – Arrow Adornment, Jingle Brads, Star Fastener, Typed Token Christmas
  • Other – Small Talk Sticker
  • Ribbon – Crinkle Ribbon, Yarn
  • Textured Surfaces (burlap) 
  • Die – Holiday Greens, Tag & Bookplate, Tiny Tattered Florals
  • Stencil – Holiday Knit












at this point, I discovered
I needed a smaller flower