Saturday, July 30

Back to Reality ...

Returning to reality after vacation is never easy - especially after having such a fun time at CHA Chicago. I did miss my family and friends and my furry family but I did not miss work and the daily routine. I have to admit I haven't created ANYTHING since I've been back but that's about to change .... projects are now presenting themselves and it's time to be crafty again! Hopefully a break will spark some new ideas and projects. 

I wanted to share the projects I did for Creative Imaginations over the next few posts starting with a NEW collection from Samantha Walker called "A to Z" - perfect for school photos and memories!! Kate, my Niece's daughter is the subject of this layout using the "A to Z" collection. I also created a card for that special teacher.

School days
Teacher u rule card
TFL and I'll be back tomorrow with a few more projects! 


Tuesday, July 26

Ribbon in the Sky ...

I'm going to tie-up my posts about CHA Chicago with these last few photos of ribbons ... OMG, I wanted yards and yards of each one!! Maya Road never fails to have FAB ribbon selections as you can see ...


Then, May Arts ... can you say heaven ...

So, CHA Chicago was a blast. I met some awesome people and became closer to my RAH friends!! Thanks again Sharon and Lisa for the invite! It was a GREAT experience! Now, time to get back to creating - lots of ideas are brewing! Have a great week!

Sunday, July 24

Long Cool Woman (in a crafty couture dress!)

One of the displays that always amazes me is the Crafty Couture Designer Contest - the dresses are incredible and here's a few  ...



Just my Imagination ...

One of the highlights of my trip to CHA Chicago was hanging out with the crew at the Creative Imaginations Booth! I was able to meet the integral people behind the scenes that make it all happen! I was excited to meet and work with Eva Doblias a fellow CIDT member - and we helped with a few make and takes at the booth - a great opportunity to meet people and work with the amazing Luminarte products. I also had the opportunity to take a class with the talented Marah Johnson and I LOVE the mini album we created! Here's a few pics of the booth activities, including a few samples of what I created for the booth ...

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IMG_0125 Eva and yours truly 

More pics to come ...

Saturday, July 23

These are a few of my favorite things ...

Here's a few more of my booth FAV's from CHA Summer ...

So much FUN! More to come - kinda tired tonight! Will have some photos from Creative Imaginations Booth tomorrow!! 

Friday, July 22

Flowers are a girl's best friend ....

... and there were plenty at CHA Chicago!! Of course I'm quite partial to Petaloo Flowers LOL!! I was excited to meet Chery and Jeff Cohen the owners of Petaloo and the booth was loaded with gorgeous new products ... here's a peek ...

IMG_0074And here's a peek at my projects for the Petaloo Booth ...


The waiting is the hardest part ....

Waiting to get into CHA was fun ... it was hot, which wasn't fun, but the anticipation made me feel like a kid waiting for Christmas. Bagpipes played which gave me goosebumps but unfortunately I didn't see them - too far back in line as you can see ...

DCWV had one of the best booths which was the first booth you saw upon entering the show ... 

How clever is this upside down Christmas Tree ?!?!?!?

Based on pictures I've seen from previous CHA Shows, Graphic 45 has phenomenal booth presentations and this year was no exception ...

Couldn't resist snapping this shot of the Martha Stewart Booth ...


Chicago,Chicago ... I will show you Around!

Well, CHA-Chicago was soooo much FUN!! But HOT doesn't even describe how hot it was ... heat index over 100,humid,bad hair days,staying indoors most of the time (which is hard for me to do ... I need to be outside as much as I can). It was well worth it - the show was awesome!! I was like a kid ... the new products are so amazing and the designers totally blew me away - the talent out there is incredible!

I'm going to share a few posts to capture the highlights of the show, starting with the convention center and signage ... (I didn't spend a ton of time editing the pics)



Lisa and Sharon,the store owners of my favorite LSS Right at Home Scrapbooking and some or our Design Team members were invited to attend the show and we all stayed the the Hilton Rosemont - close to the airport ...


IMG_0011  And when I say "close to the airport" I mean ... close to the airport!!

I'm embarrassed to say how many plane pics I took ... but you get the drift!! More pics to follow so stay tuned and more importantly stay cool!



Tuesday, July 5

Lovin' Summer

Summer here in New England is such a short lived season that we cling to every moment and cherish every sunny day. I want to soak in these few months and make the most of them. To help me stay in this moment I been creating summer layouts as much as possible. This one was done with Creative Imaginations IOD Beach Cottage line. My nieces took their kids to the beach after confirmation and my layout features Miss Katelynn enjoying that gorgeous, sunny day. A special THANKS to my talented friend Jenn Shurkus for encouraging us to capture the best season of the year with summery projects. Check out Jenn's blog for awesome summer-inspired projects posted DAILY in July - it'll be so much FUN!! ENJOY the season.

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