Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CHA Recap, Part 1

Okay, so I know you've all been on the edge of your seats, waiting for my take on CHA. Well, to tell you the truth, I'm overwhelmed with it! I have SO many pix, and met SO many people that I don't know where to start. It has the potential of turning into a mini series, like the Thornberries, or something! LOL

So, I figure that I'll start off with the highlights, and then throw in a pic or two in subsequent posts. I spent all morning editing my photos with the people I met, but I still have to go through all of my product photos! LOL

Here is one of my favorite pix (THANKS, Carole! ;)), because it shows all of my favorite girls that I was primarily hanging out with. There ARE a couple missing (Christy Beckwith, Amber Hillman (bambi64), and Kim's awesome friend, Jamie), but I'm sure that I've got them on my memory card somewhere! I was a bit comprehensive with the pictures - I'm sure you could find SOMEONE to verify that!? LOL

I love all of these chicks! We literally never stopped laughing! We all immediately hit it off, and I can't wait till the next time we get together! I think I was happiest to meet them.Top row from left: Cammie, Alma (TCP), Laura (Lov'n Life n Vegas), Deb (beadn & stampn), Michelle (flaxychick), Kim (the fabulous MFT bosslady); Bottom row: Joanne (basilefamily), Carole (TruCarMa), and Me.
This is me and one of my stamping idols, Nichole Heady (PTI), at a very bad angle. She so sweet, I'm so glad that I got the chance to meet and talk with her, even if I DO have several chins in this picture!

This is Cath Edvalson and Kim Kesti at the Paper Crafts booth. Both are so super nice!

This is none other than Tim Holtz. I'm not very big on distressing myself (as evidenced by my previous post), but darned if I was going to come home from CHA without a Tim Holtz picture! LOL

It was pretty funny how I got it. My first pic was one of him amongst his throng of admiring women, doing a cool project with his Ranger products. Next, I thought, "Hmm, maybe I could have someone take a pic of me standing behind him, so that we were both in the picture!?" So I did. Very funny picture. Then, Laura decided to do the same thing, but she got closer and even put her hand on his shoulder for the splitest second! Well, not to be outdone, I started to tip toe back to up to him, when he figured that he'd better address this situation or we were liable to never leave him alone to finish his demo! He nicely took my camera from me and took THIS pic. (There's more to this picture, but for now, I'll leave it at that. Joanne, you SOOO owe me... ;)) Finally, we ALL got in a pic! He was very gracious to humor us with all of our giggling starstruck-ness.

This is Laura, Michelle, and I with Eric from Cosmo Cricket. We were harassing about eliminating the 8x8 paper packs from his latest 3 lines, and attempting to talk him into changing his mind. We also found out that his first and last name is an anagram for Cosmo Cricket. He was so nice, and even had pity on us to give out some new paper packs for coming back on Sunday! Wohoo! So, you'll be seeing the new Mr. Campy and Jack's World from me very soon! :)

This is the very sweet duo of Gina K and Melanie Muenchinger. We ended up having a meal or two with them, and they couldn't be nicer!

This is another complete sweetie, Jenn Balcer, who gives the bestest hugs ever! I was SO happy to meet her at the SCS Cupcake Reception.

And lastly for today, this is Emily, from Stamping Bella. We had the opportunity to spend a good bit of time with her and Nicky, and it was so much fun!

We all really did have so much fun! We even had the chance to do a little shopping at a local stamping store in Chicago, Stampology. Those guys were awesome and even treated us to some authentic Chicago deep dish pizza and drinks! Oh, and we did a little shopping there, too! ;)

Wow, I think that this is all of the pix and links that this post can handle! I'll be back tomorrow with more superstars and maybe some products, too! LOL

Check back soon for more deets! I've got to do some cleaning around the house. :( Back to reality! LOL

xox, Kirsten


  1. Oh goodness, I will say I got all shaky and nervous when I saw the title of this post, and immediatley scrolled down to check out YOUR photo with Tim Holtz. I do owe you big time my friend. I'm still laughing... "me too me too me too!"

    Needless so say, I had the best time hanging out with you, thanks for all the laughs, and of course your kind cropping too!

  2. There everyone is! I'm so glad you brought a camera so that I could remember what a blast we had. It was so fun meeting you. And remember.....blalalalalalalalalala

  3. awww I wondered if I missed out on a group photo :( Can always photoshop me in there ;) Was great meeting you and hanging out with you. You are just too cute!! I know what you mean about a mini series.. I'm still not done with my uploads!!

  4. Don't let this go to your head, but meeting you IRL was definitely one of the highlights of my trip! Just looking at you made me laugh! (I mean that in a good way, of course...) And you're so much prettier than your avatar!!! But your avatar is pretty, too... hee hee!

  5. blblblbblblb!!! I so miss you, my sleeping pal!!! I am just so happy that I got to spend time with you. You are so funny and sweet and crazy, I just love ya! These pics are making me laugh.

  6. I literally teared up reading this and listening to all the fun, and seeing all the amazing pics!!! I'm so glad you all had a fun time!!

  7. It's sounds like ya'll did quite a bit of harassing! :) Those poor men! LOL
    Sounds like you had a blast! I can't wait to hear your take on the new stuff coming out!

  8. Great photos!!! What a blast you must have had! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  9. It looks like you had such a good time, I'm jealous!


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