CHA in photos

Every time I go to CHA, I plan to get great photos.  And video.  And it never happens.  It is such a crazy busy time and I end up regretting the lack of photos afterward.

But I did get some (not so great) photos with my iPhone.  Thought I would share them here for a bit of fun.  Notice that I have no photos outside of the Hero Arts booth.  Yep.  We were that busy!

Just randomly…

My Shari and I.  She calls me "my jemmifer" and I call her "my shari."

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This is the adorable Lisa Johnson. She is so sweet, gorgeous and cheerful.  She was working the Marvy booth across from Hero.  If you have never been to her blog, you must check it out (HERE).

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This is our demo area – where we have the Hero Arts make and takes. It actually only shows part of it – it is big.  They go on throughout the day.  This is my favorite part of the show – love showing people new techniques.  That is sweet Sally in there…

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Here are two of Hero's original artists – Sally and Nancy.  They have been there for over 20 years and are such incredible people.  Sally is our fashionista and Nancy is our cheerful gal.  They both like to call themselves the "moms" of the group since they take care of us.  Love them both dearly.  Check out all the empty booze in front of them – ha – we thought it was funny. :)

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Here we are in class.  We all get so energized when we are teaching, and it shows in this photo.  That is Sally next to our crazy Shari.  Carol is in the middle – she is the amazingly organized one who preps our classes.  Let's just say: she rocks.  And that is Aaron, Hero's CEO.  He is the best boss ever and a great guy.  (And I am not saying that just because he may read this.  In fact, if he does read this, I will be embarrassed that he saw I said it.  Hee.)

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Here are Lisa and Tami – two of the most talented artists I know.  And kindest!  They are showing off our new supplement – all woodmounted stamps.  This was during set up of the show.

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And, yes, when I am with my Shari, our maturity level drops significantly.  :) Here we are trying on (ugly) hats in the hotel gift shop.  (Colin just looked over my shoulder and said, "Is that really you?  Are you with your Shari?"  Ha.)

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What did I say about our immaturity?  Another example of my Shari…

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Ever wondered what a big classroom looks like at CHA?  Here is one before class starts – 75 retailers in the class…

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Oooooo… rubbah goodness here.  Be sure to look closely…

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This is Lisa demoing our little girl stamps with Copic Markers.  She is sooooo good at this and it is so fun to watch her work.  Amazing stuff.

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Check out that cutie!  That's Mr. Colin in Tim Holtz's Idea-ology booth.  It was a sample I made for him using his new papers and clocks.  Lovin' those clocks.  (I will share a better look at this project soon.)

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Here is sweet, sweet Tami.  I am so excited she is working with us.  This girl is a delight.  Complete delight.  She led her first-ever make and take here and it rocked.

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And here we are leaving the show.  Boy, were we exhausted.  That's Todd in the front (our VP and funny man), Tami, Shari (nice expression), Carol and Richele.  Wish I had a better photo of Richele.  She works with Hero, too, and is very talented, kind and hard-working.  Love her.

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On thing you will quickly find out about us – we are a huggin' bunch.  We hug a lot.  :)

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That's all for the trip, but here are the iPhone pictures since I have been home.  Things are busy in our house.  We finally are redoing our downstairs bathroom.  They tore out the ugly tile and found 3" of concrete under it.  Not sure why, so they tore it out.  Here, you can see down into the basement.  Nice.

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Just thought I would throw in cute Colin.  He was helping his daddy pick out a new coat.

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And, here is my car.  I loved this car…

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… but now I drive this.  It was realllllllly hard to switch to a minivan.  REALLY hard for me.  I just don't feel like a mini-van-mom.  But with Colin and the girls, and my parents and brother living close by, we really need it.  The third row of seats in the Pathfinder weren't great.  So, here is the new mini-van.  Sigh…

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Yes, it had been a busy week. I am now tired…

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I will be back with a real project tomorrow.  Take care…

Video: New Clear/Cling Stamp Storage System

Awhile back, I shared how I store my clear stamps in binders.  (You can see the video HERE.)  This system works very well and I highly recommend it.  However, since I stamp a lot and have to quickly work on assignments, I needed something quicker to flip through.

So… I came up with another system I love.  I still keep my less-used stamps in the binders, but I put my more-used stamps on this spin rack.  I also have my cling stamps here, too.

Thought I would do a video of this new system for you.  Please forgive my rambling – I am on quite a few get-over-this-ear-infection meds. :)   AND, if you like this new system, it is on sale at 2peas – for 50% off!  Click HERE to find it.  I bought two of the Simply Renee Clip It Minis and stacked them together.  You could also the get Jumbo and do the same and hold even more.  I am so excited… I love how this works for me!

Here is the video of the spin racks…

And here is the old video of my binder system…

By the way, those sleeves that the stamps are in?  HERE they are.  When I put them on the rack, I cut them in half.  Works fab and easy to get into.

And, if you wanted to see the other types of systems similar to this (but all on sale 50% off), you can click HERE.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

A bit of enabling…

Just a quick post tonight to share a few of my new favorite things.  (And, yes, I am feeling much better.  Not 100%, but the pain is tons less!  Thanks for the well wishes.)

First up… a bit of enabling for all my Copic friends out there.  I have been struggling with storage of my Copics – trying many different things.  I really wanted something where I could keep color families together and easily pull them all out at once.  And, I wanted something I could easily see from the side.

Then, I found the perfect solution, thanks to sweet Heather.  I can't say enough good things about this new system – Color Cubbies.  Amazing.  Built well, lovely white, slightly tilted, perfectly perfect.  I have 4 of the units and it is just right.  Here is a (bad) photo – I don't have all my markers in there, but it gives you an idea.  (Colin likes to steal them and color away!)  I just love this system.  If you are interested in buying any, please visit HERE – the gal there is very kind.  (You can also see Heather's set up HERE and Jana's HERE.)

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I am in the middle of redoing my studio – thanks to a new flat screen tv I got for Christmas – and I will re-photograph my cubbies when they are set in their new home.

Next up – a bit of wall decor.

Ken and I love HUGE canvas wrap photos.  We have had two above our sofa for quite some time, waiting to find the perfect third piece to complete the look.  Then I found Red Letter Words.  For Christmas, I had her make a wrap canvas for Ken, using the names of our favorite beaches/bays from the Caribbean.  It looks fabulous in real life, but this photo gives you the idea, even though it isn't a good shot… (In real life, the walls are dark chocolate – love them.)

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She will create a canvas with any words you want.  Check her out HERE.  Makes a great gift.

(And, nope – I wasn't paid to say I like these things.  I just like them.  :)

Off to watch The Usual Suspects.  Night.

Sick, prize, share and links…

Well, my ears and throat were bothering me a bit at the end of CHA.  After a night of pain last night, I went to the doc only to find out of a double ear infection.  Thank goodness for drugs that will knock it out soon. :)

A prize!  I need to do a prize.  I have a few to do, in fact.  Will be doing over the next few days – will pick random winners from comments on previous posts.  The winner today gets this great stamp set…

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Somehow I ended up with two of these Close to My Heart stamps, so one will be going to Lynette C, who left me a comment a few days ago.  I will email you!

Thought I would share one of the projects I did for Tim's Idea-ology booth at CHA.  This card shows two of my fave Idea-ology goodies – the ornate frames and metal flowers.  There are SO many things you can do with these products.  It also uses one of my favorite Hero Arts Silhouette shapes, the Three Ferns, which matches the stamp HERE.  I just cut it from white cardstock and inked it like crazy with Distress Inks.  To give it shine, I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mixed in water.  Oh, and I love how THESE greetings fit in the metal frames.

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Supplies: Tim Holtz frame and flowers; Hero Arts pearls colored dark red with Copic Markers, vintage music from my neighbor; Distress Inks and Blending Tool; Hero Arts greeting.

Some links..

  • I did an interview over at Magnolia Grace, click HERE to see it.  She is adorable, as is her etsy shop.
  • My dear Lucy is amazing.  Check out her video on sewing HERE.  Many have asked about how to sew on paper.  She shows you how!
  • Got lots of requests on Tami's card that I showed a few days ago.  You can find out more HERE.  Thanks, Tami!

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  • Great blog candy (a signed Hero Arts catalog) and photos of the newest Hero stamps HERE.  Nancy is a doll!
  • All you Bachelor fans – you are going to love this.  Remember crazy Michelle?  HERE she is.  Well, she was a waitress at a hotel near CHA, and one of my friends saw her!  She was nice until they asked her if she was on the Bachelor, then she wasn't so friendly.  So funny.  I so wish I was there…
  • Speaking of the Bachelor… I don't like any of the girls.  They are all too mean.  Blech.  I thought I liked Ali, but she reminds me of a snotty girl I knew in collage.  I guess I like Tenley most.  I know they all don't like Vienna – I missed whatever that was about.  I also hear many people think Jake is a geek.  But I like him.  I like geeks. They make good husbands.  I know firsthand. :)
  • Remember the great big owl stamp from Hero Arts?  It is now digital!  It comes in clear and in many colors.  I love the green
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Well, I am off to get some rest.  Night.

Home!

I am home.  Missing my Hero folks so badly.  But happy to be back with my family… and to a wonderful husband who had the laundry completely done.

I am exhausted, but will post tomorrow.  I have some fun things to share and a giveaway or two.

Thanks for all those who send TONS of cards for kids!  Smooch!

More tomorrow…

One of the sweetest people …

… In the world is Kelly Goree from Basic Grey. And you must see their new lines… Amazing!

Show is over, now it is time for another big dinner. I go home tomorrow and will do a real post.

Night!

One of the sweetest people ...