Monday, July 21, 2008

CHA Chicago Day 1

I made it to Chicago...all by myself! I was really here! I was pinching myself everyday. It was so surreal! I finally got to meet the amazing and very talented Kathy Marie Perez in person. I am so happy that I got invited to be a guest of her and her boyfriend Jon from Paper Jam Studio . Her Mom Debbie and friend Alane were there too. We had the best time! Can you believe it was so crazy, that we never even got a group shot of us all??!!

Even though it is a little 'old hat' to Jon and Kathy Marie, it was a new exciting expirience for me, Debbie and Alane. The first day I arrived was Thursday, the day before the show opened. There were classes to be taken and lots of fun to be had!

We all took a class with the AMAZING Tim Holtz . Look at ALL the stuff he gave us! Paint, inks, markers, brand new stamps, colorwash, embossing powder, Glossy accents, etc!! WOW!!!
Here are some of the free goodies I got at the show. Making memories handed out the mint green aprons for everyone to wear. They were picking random people at the show and just giving them tons of product...oh, and a free Slice. Debbie, Kathy Marie's Mom was one of the lucky winners. It was so exciting! There definately was a lot of cool stuff to be had. Lots of free totes, some MM clear stamps & block, MM puffy letters, some Piggy tales embelishments fom the new "twinkle, twinkle little star", a set of "Mr Campy" papers from Cosmo Cricket and some great new scissors from Fiskars given out with a little autograph card from (Stephanie) one of the Fab Fiskateers . Good stuff! Good stuff!!

Thursday night we went to a little sneak peek party over at s.e.i. The new Christmas line "Glitzmas" is AWESOME!! Can't wait to get it!!

As guests we got a full set of papers from the "Poppy" line, along with embelishments and brads....and a shirt, a mini album kit and a "thanks" chipboard word album. WOW! Isn't this paper so pretty??!!

It was here that I first met the Studio Calico gang IRL! Yay Me!! Here is a pic I took of the "sandwich" (for those who do not know, that would be Davine, Nicole and Nicole).
I was so happy to meet these gals. I also met April, Greg and Scarlet, but I did not get any pics of them :-(
I did see them all quite a bit over the couple of days though. Plus they got to wish me a "Happy Birthday" in person. That was very COOL!

All for now. I will have more to share tomorrow...LOTS more!! :-)


ahardy said...

looks like you had an amazing time at CHA ... and on your birthday ... SO COOL!
love all the pics and the cool loot you picked up!

karen m. (akaliz) said...

wow! dawn, i am so jealous! what a great bday. i'm glad that you got to do all that cool stuff...and a Happy Birthday to you!!!

pm me or email me with your addy? k?

AnnaMarie said...

WOW what awesome pics! I am so jealous! Looks like you had a GREAT time!! :)

TAMI said...

What a fab way to spend your birthday! I hope to get to go back to CHA sometime in my future...I can't wait for all the new product to hit the stores!

aimee said...

holy cow! love all your goodies! i'm so jealous! lucky you!

Stacy said...

Such awesome goodies. I'm so glad you had fun.

Pam said...

WOW! Way cool! Looks like you had a blast! I got to meet Kathy at the Junkitz booth at CHA 07 and she is so sweet! That was so sweet of her to have you as her guest!

So glad you had fun! Welcome home!

ricanlaw said...

You know I hate you!
Okay, not really. Dawn you so deserve this and I'm am reall thrilled that you had this amazing experience, for such a sweetheart and amazing person.


Anilu Magloire said...

How cool that you got to go!!! Love your goodies and the pics :)

Davinie said...

It was so great to meet you IRL Dawn!

Tara said...

Droooooool. That would far and away beat any birthday I've had! Only a fellow scrapbooker would understand how a bag full of paper and pretties can make your day!

mommy2alex said...

WOW, what a birthday gift - I cannot wait to see all of your wonderful creations using your cool new loot!