Sunday, August 1, 2010

CHA - Day 1 Report

Hi peeps! Happy Sunday! Wow, my CHA trip was AMAZING!! I get to meet so many people. I just love the friendship that's formed through this creative outlet of card making.

Today I want to share my 1st day experience at CHA. I arrived Friday morning around 11. My flight arrived a bit early, which is good. Head straight to Hyatt O'Hare, checked-in, stored my carry-on luggage & off I went to CHA! First girlI noticed was cute Paulina (Pretty Pink Posh) from DeNami Design. I learned that her mom, Nami designed all their stamps and all  the cards at their booth were all made by Paulina. Her designs rock! Their booth definitely has the most cards sample.

After saying hi to her, I looked for Paper Crafts booth & said hi real quick to Maren Benedict, one of PC Go To Gals. She's so adorable & very energetic. Since she had line of people waiting, I told her I'll come back later on the day to take picture with her. :) And I met Shemaine from Love My Tapes, who's also HA Flickr girl.

Kelly Marie, me, and Paulina. Amazing gals. Love them!!

Went back to shop at DeNami booth, guess who else stopped by, but the super cute Kelly Marie owner of Lawn Fawn stamps! She's so friendly, down to earth, simply amazing girl! So happy I get to meet and hang out with her a bit. I even get to share my Gallery Idol card with her and she also signed it for me! Heh... Yes, I am that nerdy. But she designed amazing stamps, that are so much fun to work with.

A few of the hundreds of card samples at Denami booth, all by Paulina.

Next stop, Splitcoast Stampers booth! Made the coolest grunge bracelet with Diana from Eclectic Paperie. Meet with Lynette Kauffman, another talented card maker. I tried to go in toPapertrey Ink booth. You wouldn't believe the line to get in to this booth. So, I only made their make & take instead and came back for shopping later on the day. I did get a pic with the super sweet Dawn from PTI. Loved, loved her! She's so nice & friendly. Her designs always one of my favorite at PTI line.

With Dawn, she's just the sweetest!

Then, I met Belinda Chang & her friend Ren-Yi.  And what a small world, when Ren-Yi shared that her dad was born in Medan, where I was born, too. The 3 of us hanged out for a while. While shopping at My Favorite Things (Belinda was such an enabler, she showed me the cutest banner die from them, that I just have to buy!), I saw Rae Barthel, last year Gallery Idol winner.

And, she's soooo cool & so sweet! She introduced me to the rest of Paper Crafts gals. Cath (Moxie Fab - yay... I have Moxie Fab badge now!), Susan, and Jennifer. They're all so nice & friendly. Meeting them truly made my day.

With the super energetic & cute Maren.

Cath (Moxie Fab!), me, & Jennifer

My first day went by so quick. Oh yes, not to forget, I also met Latrice, one of the HA Flickr girl. Not only she's a card maker, she makes awesome jewelry, too!

Me, Belinda (Gallery Idol 2010), & Latrice. 

Phew... that's a long post! There's just so many wonderful  things I can say about CHA. Thank you hubby for making me go! Tomorrow I'll be back with report of my 2nd day at CHA! Have a great super duper Sunday! Hugs!!!!


Ann said...

Darn it, you're right...we probably passed by each other without even knowing it! :P Looks like you had tons of fun!

Jenny said...

Yay, how fun! Glad you had a great time! :)

Julie M said...

Wow, Vera - did you get any shopping done in between meeting so many people?!!!

Thanks for the report - it's the closest I'll probably ever get!!! Looking forward to the next installment!

Julie :o)

Barb said...

Wow! So many wonderful, creative people you were able to meet, Vera! How exciting! Love all these look so pretty in each one! I'm looking forward to tomorrow's post!

Michele Gross said...

Oh my gosh, your first day was amazing! Don't you just love Paulina?! I'm so excited she's coming to CO later this month and we get to hang out!! Can't wait to see Day 2 :)

Lin said...

Vera, I love seeing your sweet face up close and personal :) Great post today; your excitement shines right through! Looking forward to more tomorrow!

Ren-Yi said...

Hello Vera
i had so much fun running into you and getting to know you. What a great team we make running around doing make & takes and buying stuff ;) I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations, and i hope in future we'll cross paths more :) in the mean time, yay for blogs and internet! keep in touch!

Nancy said...

Looks like you had a fabulous 1st day, Vera! I'm so glad you met Kelly, she's such a sweet heart and one of my favorite people! I'll be back to hear and see how day 2 went. Thanks for sharing all your great photos!
bless you!

Anonymous said...

Wow Vera! I looks like you had an amazing time at CHA! I wish i could go to CHA! Loved seeing all your picks and hearing about your great time! Can't wait to see part two!

stampingandstitching said...

Great post Vera! Loved reading about and seeing all the photos from your first day at CHA.

Lynnette said...

Hi Vera, I'm so glad we got to meet even though it was brief. I love your photos and your sharing of your CHA trip!

~kelly marie~ said...

I just love this post! So fun!

~kelly marie~ said...

It was such a blast to meet you! I can't wait for next time!

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