Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
These are my final CHA uploads....CHA was a lot of things: meeting inspirational people, learning new techniques and trying new products and being enveloped by creativity and even getting some "freebees". The above pix are some things we received in classes or at different booths throughout the convention. Sometimes you'd get a shirt or apron and if you wore it throughout the event, you might be chosen to win a prize! One thing you will never need to bring should you get to a CHA event....tote bags!!! Everyone is giving one away and I came home with nine of them (two of which I decorated as a make and take!)
The second photo above was all the stuff we were given at the Tim Holtz workshop...besides the 8 different products and techniques we tried in the two hours it took to make the tag book you see in the picture, we also learned a few AMAZING things...like, um, (close your ears SU demos!!) we learned that ink, being a suspended medium, does not need to be stored upside down! Gasp! I know, right! And another kernel of wisdom...the best vellum adhesive?? A glue stick!! It's true! We tried it...dried clear! So much for all those adhesives we've been buying up!! I am free! Honestly, Tim's workshop was the highlight of our trip. He is funny, charming and knows and loves his craft...and he was EVERYWHERE at the show. I have a TON of respect for him and his products! Wow. I shook his hand but stopped short of getting a "stalker picture"...this time! ;)
These next pix show another highlight of the show for me...this is Heidi Grace (who doesn't know Heidi Grace designs....check her out online!) She sat in that chair for HOURS taking requests and making little sketches for each person who waited in line! We were actually there at 5 pm when she took our requests....I asked for a frog....and she said she'd never made one before!! I "sketched" two big eyes and she took off from there.
Here he is....my original Heidi Grace frog....first edition!!
And I can now say with confidence that I have been part of Heidi's design consultant team ;) Well, not really, but almost....
Finally, here is one of the biggest pluses for a guest like me....ideas! I had so many different kinds of ideas come rushing to me during this weekend it was overwhelming....here are a few booths that inspired....too many to post, but this will give you a taste :)
Thanks for living vicariously through me these last few posts. I am almost all packed for Africa, so my next post will be after I come back! Be blessed everyone! I'll miss you!!
PS Forgive the spacing issues...more pix, more problems...I finally gave up on the edits! K~
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This was one of the products Jenni was displaying! She has an entire line of these Bingo boards as well as a set of miniatures! Check out her site (http://www.jennibowlin.com/) ....so so ADORABLE!!
Friday, July 25, 2008
This is me with some of the Cornish Heritage Farms designers and amazing creative artists! Me, Lori Craig, Julie Campbell and Lisa Silver. They had been training on Copic markers all day, but were gracious enough to stand in for a picture. I also met Becky Olson, but didn't get a photo with her. What a blessing to meet everyone! I love these ladies over at CHF!Lisa and I were able to talk a little bit during the show which was so nice! (everyone was very busy, but 'connecting' was a great pleasure, even for a bit!) I was also able to meet Richard Pomeroy, one of the CHF owners....he was great! I got a picture with him, but he is sticking out his tongue...so I won't post that one! Tee hee... ;)
This is me with Lisa Johnson! She designs for Papertrey Ink, but I also follow her Poppy Paperie blog. She also just released her first stamp set under PTI. She is a sweetheart
Finally......big drumroll!!! One of my very favorite people in the stamping industry....yes, I was (and AM) beside myself in wonder that we connected......I finally got to meet GINA K!!!! AHHHH! Oh my! Gina is one of the most generous and wonderful people and she was just the sweetest thing! Here we are in a now famous photo op: (famous in my house that is!!)
I also got to meet Deb Olsen, and Tim Holtz...two people whom I respect greatly in their creativity and craft. Deb and I shared a hug and Tim and I a handshake. More about Tim's workshop later....
There were a lot of other people I admire but didn't connect with during CHA...including Kim Hughes from CHF, Nichole Heady at Papertrey Ink, Em of Stamping Bella fame and Kurtis A (Stampin' Kub). I didn't really see them in the three days I was there, but I wished I had.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
But I do have a MYSTERY TO SOLVE!! On the first night of VBS, a package was left on my front door at my house....can you help me solve it?!
These were found in a bag hanging on the door handle! My first thought was an SBS9 sister who was in the neighborhood....but from England?? Shouldn't I know who was in town??? Or is this from my still mysterious Secret sister from across the pond?? Then I thought maybe a Splitcoast stamper person fulfilling a WishRAK, as they put only Kim Leach rather than Kim Marie...then I thought maybe my SBS sister Sue would be the culprit as that little smiley at the bottom is her trademark...but I just can't figure it out....Did you visit me, Sue??
Well in any case, THANK YOU!!! I was blessed....Tildas have become a new favorite of mine as my blog readers well know and now I have even more coloring to do!! Thank you to my secret pal...I'm only sorry I didn't get to hug you in person!! :(
Any help to solve this one would be appreciated!!!
Oh, and by the way......I LOVE THE FROG CARD! I just can't stop looking at all the glittery frogs! ;)
Monday, July 14, 2008
These maps show my mission destination. The first is the entire African continent and the second, zoomed in, map has the city of Beira, which you can see if you click on the photo. Thinking about the fact that I will be eating in Johannesburg on my way to Beira is just under 3 weeks is too overwhelming! Better get back from Chicago first!
Have a blessed next couple of weeks if I don't catch up with you! Work on that sketch! I'll post any entries I receive through Tuesday pm.
Oh! My mom is finally entering rehab in the hospital! A major victory!! Thanks for--and please keep--praying!
God loves you! Me too!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The second set I just found out about last night. It's Melanie Muechinger's "Jumping for Joy" set from Gina K!! I merely voted on a blog card posted for one of her challenges and my name was randomly drawn to receive one of her newest sets! Melanie makes the most FUN sets ever!! Click on her name to check out her really fun blog! And be on the look out for a card using this set in the near future!! I mean...African animals!!! Do you think that relates?! :)
For those of you saying, Kim, you win everything!! I want to encourage you! You can win, too! The odds are very good! Sometimes all it takes is a comment on a person's blog or creation. Be brave!! Also I choose a handful of blogs to visit regularly. You don't have to read a million different blogs (although is VERY tempting!) Just pick a few, check in and trust me, y0u'll have an opportunity to win, too! The more you try, the greater your chances!
Speaking of blog winning....have you tried my card challenge yet??? The prize packages are a SURprize! You'll see!
Jump for Joy today! It is a day of REST! Rest in God's presence today and I will guarantee it, you will have peace! God is so so GOOD!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Gina K has a sketch challenge up on her blog and since the prize was wonderful (Koh-li-noor pencils) I decided to play along! This was my entry based on her sketch. I need a graduation card for today, and this is it! Isn't she (yes, she...eyelashes!!) adorable? The DP (you were going to ask!) is hand made...about a MILLION years ago, my now 22 yr. old--then 7 year old, son and I went to a crafting day at school and using water, oil and paints made this "stationary". It always looked like a pond and lily pads to me, so I have saved it til today!! All images are Gina K's Just so Hoppy and Baskets of Happiness sets. I stamped the frog on PTI's designer paper, Everyday blessings. The rest is scrap dp I received from wishRAK.
Bloom brightly today. God has given this day; its beauty is just for you!!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
One project has been sending these thank you notes to those who have joined my prayer team for my trip! These little 3x3's use Cornish Heritage Farms Delicate Wings stamps, which were a stamp of the month last winter. You can still buy the stamps individually. The cardstock I used was from Current, Inc a company that I used to buy A LOT from in the "old days". The colors of their CS is just so vibrant and beautiful. And it seemed to fit my project perfectly!! I love Monarch butterflies! I tried using PTI's Plum pudding in and a bit of the ribbon on this next one....I think it turned out just as beautiful, don't you??
This next card is for a co worker...these are also images from Cornish Heritage Farms. Asela Hopkins designed these flower stamps, as well as the butterfly. And this sentiment is one of my top 10 favorite sentiments ever! I used SU's CS Confetti White and a scrap color as well as PTI's Spring Moss Twill ribbon.
Finally, here's my challenge entry to Jackie's blog. The challenge was to make a card with a scottish theme....and well, this little scotty dog is the closest I could come! This is a bella card as you can see...I received this image in a bella swap a long time ago...I checked my WishRAK DP stash and voila! Plaid (what clan? I have no idea! But some Scot women must have pink and green in their family plaid, right?? LOL!) The buckle made it seem more Scottish to me for some reason! Hoo boy! Although I happen to love all plaids and scottish accents, can you tell I'm Irish?? Well, Jackie I hope this will do! It was fun to think of how to make it work :) Thanks for the challenge! You know, she's opened up this blog candy challenge to everyone! Why don't you all try it??
Cheer up, all! It's a good day!