Monday, January 13, 2014

California - Day 4

Make Pretty Things!

What a day!  CHA was incredible.  I was there from the moment the doors opened until the very end!  Eight magnificent hours of gazing, touching and smiling - and that was all at Tim!  Just kidding. Ha!  

I cannot possibly share my entire experience in this one post so today's post will focus on the people of CHA. 

I HAD to have my picture taken with some of my idols and here they are:
Celeb spotting
Attending CHA is such an unreal experience because all the celebrities of the crafting world walk around the show like regular people. Chatting with each other and even ME...sharing compliments, shop talk and everyday occurrences.
Hi Vicki!  Didn't mean to cut you out in my earlier post!

Vicki Boutin was the first celeb I chatted with at the Simple Stories make and take booth. As you know, Vicki is huge in the scrapbooking world and her samples were seen throughout the show (at Simple Stories, Basic Grey and more). She scraps her family and does an amazing job with the hybrid albums like SNAP and Capture. And she IS Canadian!  It was nice to chat with her about teaching and designing. 
Such a cute booth!

The next booth I stumbled upon was Heidi Swapp's. The picture at the top of the blog is her "pretty" booth. I absolutely love her style. She always seems to be steps ahead of the competition in terms if product innovation and I admire that. 

We chatted about her eldest son doing all of her Christmas shopping this year bc she was just too busy. He recently got his driver's license so she gave him $500 and told him go and make her look like a "good mom". I could only imagine how demanding her job is and to top it off, she has 5 children ranging from 16 to 6. 

While at the Heidi Swap booth, Carina, the creative designer of Carta Bella came over and we made a make and take together. 

Heidi & Carina at the Make & Take Table

Carina chatted with me (!) and Heidi about her "Glamping" Tour. What a great girl. 

I had a little lunch and wandered quite awhile more and then it happened. Just when I thought I had missed Tim demoing...there he was, like a mirage. 

Tim in action

He was demoing alcohol inks and showing off his new alcohol ink palette and blender pen (a must for The Pickle!). 
Hello Tim!  Even got an autograph.

He also demoed his new shears. It was hilarious when one woman said she uses his scissors to cut everything from paper to peanut brittle!  That lead into a story from Tim. He mentioned a fan had messaged him and told him his scissors cut chicken very well (who knew?).  He said he does not cook at all so he pictured the family with a spoon, fork and Tim scissors all at the table setting!  So funny!

More fun stuff to come but I better run before the kids get restless here!!  We are tackling Disney's California Adventure Park today. Hope all is well!  



Debbie said...

Can't wait to see all the new product at Paper Pickle - especially anything from Tim. I love the Heidi Swapp Colour Shine spray. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Jackie Plank said...

Ohhhhhhhhh you lucky girl!!! Check out the new Julie Nutting doll stamps, they are so sweet and a must have for sure. Also Echo Park's Grad paper!!

Nicole said...

Wow! Looks like you had a amazing day! Did you see the Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils? They look like they would be perfect for cards? Did you see the Ranger Media Heavy body Acrylic Paints? They look like they would be great to add texture when using stencils. Both are must haves!

Betty Meyskens said...

I have just watched a couple more videos from CHA and I would love to try the new Mini Blending Tools from Tim Holtz. He was using them with his stencils - they look like they would be so easy to use. I can't wait to see what you bring in as well.