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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. πŸ™‚

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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.  πŸ™‚ 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.  πŸ™‚

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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…


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85 thoughts on “CHA in photos”

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I hope you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. It is nice that there are companies out there that are great to work for, with products made in the USA. I just have to add that Colin is just so adorable, love the video of him helping with the die cutting! Have a great week.

    Trish

  2. OOO La La! Lookie at the new stamps!!! Thanks for sharing that pic. I wasn’t thrilled to get a minivan either, but it has turned out to be a blessing sometimes. Thanks for sharing all the fun.

  3. thanks for the fun pictures. Allows us to see what it’s like there. LOVE the cuddle picture with you and Roxie. Aren’t doggie cuddles the best? We have our Sydney!!

  4. Great to see all the pics from the show. Thanks for sharing them (and all the other ones too)! My hubby said he’d NEVER get a mini-van… until I was preggers with #2 and asked him who it was who usually put the little people in their car seats… and now with 4 kiddos there’s no other option anyways. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re feeling better. Hugs!

  5. Looks like you had tons of fun! Loving the pic of you and Shari in the green hat…you look totally young…like 15! And Collin is so sweet…what a cutie-pie!
    Enjoy the van…it does help with the extra seating and great color too! TFS!

  6. Jennifer

    I agree Shari is a very special person. I spent some time with her one weekend at a retreat. She is so kind and caring. I hope to see her again.

    Oh…I just love some of those new wood stamps. I will be ordering the daffodil as soon as I can. Perfect for Easter cards:)

    Looks like you have had big fun, busy and long week. I hope you get your rest and feel better soon.

    Have a blessed week:)
    Sandi N.

  7. TFS! Love to cuddle with my animals…we have 3 cats and a kitten…the kitten LOVES to be in your face. I don’t like that. Looks like you had a FUN BUSY week!!!

  8. Great photos! I’m with ya on the mini van. I just can’t do it! I drive a crew cab Chevy and even have a hard time thinking of going to a car! lol…That third seat would come in VERY handy though!

  9. Thanks for all the CHA information and for pointing out other blogs. You keep my creative juices flowing! Now get well soon. (oh, and I hear ya on the minivan-I’m not a minivan mom either…even though we had one for 2 years).

  10. Jennifer you are awesome. Take a break and get some rest. I just sent you 41 cards for the Cards for Kids drive and made a bunch more at a crop this weekend. It is kind of addicting-making cards for these kids and their parents. I feel so selfish working on stuff for myself. But it feels good to know how much they appreciate the effort I’m giving. Peace and Love,
    Cindy

  11. Thank you, Jennifer, for this fun look into CHA this year! Loved seeing all the Hero artists; you truly appear to be a big family! It shows! Great pictorial of your weekend!

  12. You are a busy busy lady! Thanks for taking the time and sharing the photos w/ us. Love the relationships you have w/ your coworkers – so sweet. You’re so lucky to have a job you enjoy working w/ people you love. And we’re lucky that you share all your talent with us. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Jennifer!!

  13. Thanks for sharing the pictures…loving the stamps! πŸ™‚ BTW, I had a hard time accepting a mini-van, too…I still have a hard time picturing myself in that thing as I take my son to soccer…I feel like a cliche, ya know? Oh well…it’s a lot more comfortable, though…sigh…

  14. Hi…I think your site is working fine…nice pics! I tweeted…Colin…so CUTE! yes…I want to see all those stamps up close and personal! lol…

  15. Glad to hear that you are feling better chica! Thanks for sharing all the pictures. i totally felt like I was there. I will for sure see you at Chicago this summer. Maybe I’ll have a surprise for you too! wink..wink! I’m not telling you though.

    Hugs
    Latrice

  16. It was such a pleasure to peek over at you all working, smiling and having fun doing what you love! (((hugs)))
    BTW… I wasn’t sold on my Mini van when we got it and now I’m so in love it’s sad. My husband bought a Pilot last year and I still prefer my Odyssey because the kids have so much more room and there is less bickering. Yes, I know, shocking that four girls would bicker huh! LOL!

  17. Jennifer,
    Love the pics. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Can’t wait to see some projects with new products….say that fast several times :o)
    Thank you

  18. Jennifer TFS!!! a little of your life with us. i just had a wonderful time just looking at all of the photos. The new stamps look just wonderful. Looking forward to some samples.

  19. wow, that is quite a big car – I coudn’t imagine having to park that XD But perhaps your parking slots are a tad bigger than ours here in germany πŸ˜‰

  20. Love all the pics, but especially that cutie patootie boy at the end. And Roxie. πŸ™‚ Looks like a fabulous trip! I want to hear more about the bathroom! When we redid our kitchen, you could see through to our basement. Always comforting! πŸ™‚

  21. I dream of the day that I can go to CHI–always looks so amazing! I would have a hard time with the minivan thing too! With only a 4 year old, we haven’t needed to make the switch yet.

  22. thank you for sharing pics from cha. looks like you had a lot of fun. lots of new stamps to look forward to and all the great ideas. That Colin is a cutey! go relax a little and enjoy your family. stamping sue

  23. what fun you have. Working with people you love is the best, isn’t it?
    I’m with you on the minivan, I can’t wait until I drive something else.

  24. really enjoyed the photos and just to tell ya mini vans aren’t that bad I always thought they were still better than a STATION WAGON. HA HA

  25. I am so happy to have discovered your blog. Your style is more similar to mine and I’ve discovered other blogs that I enjoy too. Thanks for sharing! I love your CHA experience; I would love to be there. I HAD a minivan for eight long years while my girls where little. Little kid, big gear and tons of friends. Great to have a van. Thankfully, I got a new car four months ago and I’m loving it way more than the van!

  26. Great pictures which really gave me an idea of what fun you have at CHA. I’m sure you worked very hard, too, as evidenced by your cuddle picture with Roxie. Hope your ears are better, too! Can’t wait to see all the new HA products. Saw the catalog and want them all. Understand about the mini van, but it is a necessity at this stage in your life. I’m sure you will eventually appreciate having one! Love those pictures of cutie Colin. I really enjoyed your last video where he didn’t want to have you take his picture. He’s at such an adorable age. Hope you get some rest, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with all of us.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

  27. I don’t know how you blog after such a busy week. And I don’t have a mini-van, but I always wanted one…for the storage…for the little compartment in the floor to put grocerys in. Hope yours has it! Rest well. I enjoyed your pics.

  28. Hi Jennifer:

    Wondering if you tried the new American Crafts adhesive and whether it was anywhere as delightful as the stuff that isn’t being shipped to U.S. anymore. I am still in mourning over that one. I did try your recommendation of Mono Tombow tape runner and it’s okay. I still miss the old stuff. Thanks.

  29. Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful photos. It was fun to have a peek into your world during CHA.
    P.S. You can never post too many photos of your adorable Colin.

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