Thursday, July 21, 2011

From CHA

Tim Holtz and Joan

First. I was fortunate to be able to take a 3 hour class with Tim and I learned lots of new things using the Melting Pot.  Once I get home I will take some pictures of the projects we completed.

After the class was over, Tim did demos in Rangers booth of lots of new products.  I have spent lots of time watching him both Tuesday and Wednesday.  He is so very good at what he does and takes crafting to the next level for me.  Cathy is so good at  being my camera gal and so patient letting me stand and watch the different demos.

Becca and Joan

One person I really wanted to meet this week was Becca.  I admire her so much and love her work.
I was standing and talking to Diane from Capadia Designs whom I was also anxious to meet and Becca said to me "are you Joan".  I was so thrilled and she is just as sweet in person as she is

Cathy took lots of pictures of things that really jumped out at us.  Keep in mind that all the things show are covered with Designer paper which is just amazing.

 The Kaiser booth - made with a new paper line which will be out this fall.

Graphic 45's new Premier line.  New boxes with an accordian chip board piece inside shown below.

This area was all made with their new fantastic Christmas line.  Graphic 45's booth is awesome

 Diane, the owner and designer of Graphic 45. 

Heartfelt Creation Booth

LaBlanche Stamps - more on this later

We have a 2 foot square bag and it is about 2 feet tall and this is what it looked like at the end of the day.  Full and heavy and our backs and feet are very tired.  The hotel we stayed at this year has a shuttle that takes us to the convention center and to the nearby resturants.  We haven't had to move our car at all this week which has been so nice because the parking cost in Chicago is very high.
It has been a great week.  Jon is driving in this afternoon to pick me up.  I think he misses me.
We will try and get some good pictures today so I can show you more of the excitement.


Donna said...

Joan, I am jealous! Becca and Tim all on the same day. Looks like lots of great things. Your pics are marvelous. One of these days I'm going to go to CHA myself. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

Sharon Peele said...

Wow Joan, you sound like your having lots of fun!! I used to live in South Elgin, so say Hi to Chicago for me!!! Can't wait to see more!!

Darlene said...

WOW ... look at you 'rubbing shoulders' with Tim AND Becca! How awesome!
These projects are AMAZING and I'm sure you'll have TONS of ideas & techniques to share with us when we get together again in August! FANTASTIC!!
Awesome photos Cathy! Thanks for being there with Joan ... of course I see your 'bag is full' of goodies so I'm sure it's not too tough of an adventure! LOL!
Safe trip back home ... look forward to hearing more!

Patty said...

This is so exciting. Thanks for keeping up updated on the CHA, it's nice to see it, if we can't be there in person. Sounds like this excitement will last for months. I can't wait to see everything that's new, and all the new stuff you've learned.

Evette K. said...

Oh my gosh...meeting Tim Holtz, what a great thing Joan. Lucky u. It looks like CHA is just so awe-some that I would never be able to take it all in. WOOOOOOWWWWWOOOO. Can not wait to see more pics. Safe trip home.

Mary Gutierrez said...

how super duper got to meet Becca..sounds like you're having way too much learning alot....I'm jealous!!

Donna said...

Joan, I too am so envious, Tim and Becca, whom both are just wonderful!! And I can't wait to see all that you bought !!! And pictures too.
So glad you are having a great time, maybe next year I will go!!

Safe trip home!!

Anonymous said...

So glad you got to meet the people you wanted to. Great photos with Tim and Becca! Bet your head is spinning from all the excitement and fun! Can't wait to see your posts when you get back! Hugs, Becky Jo

Mrs. Swandog said...

Oh my gosh....I can't wait to hear all about it and see it all....everything looks so amazing...have a safe trip home...

Shirley said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I've taken several classes from Tim over the years. But I was so impressed that your met Becca whose creativity is phenomenal. I read her blog every day along with yours. Looking forward to more comments and insight into your trip to CHA. Safe trip home.
Shirley L.
Roseville, CA

Patti J said...

Oh my goodness! Tim AND Becca??? I'm so jealous! Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and I can't wait to hear all about the tag you pictured! Hope you are getting rested up now :) Take care!

Tanya said...

Wow, Becca and Tim, so lucky! Looks like so much fun!

Payne Holler Cards said...

how FUN!!! really looking forward to seeing your trip home!

Unknown said...

fun fun fun Joan. I have been living vicariously through your posts from CHA. So happy that you got to go and have so much to bring back and share.

Karen W said...

I can't even imagine seeing all of this at once!! I took a class with Becca and she is as sweet as she can be and so talented. We wanted to clone her and take her home. Glad you had a good time. Can't wait to see the new goodies.

Maire Gamber said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time! Wish I was there!