back from cha 2013…

hey everyone!  well it’s good to be back home after being gone a week at the cha (create n’ connect) show in las vegas followed up by a couple days of much needed fun to celebrate mario’s birthday at disneyland…

mario

i wanted to let you know that starting monday (tomorrow) i will be sharing the highlights from the show booth by booth.  each day i will feature one of the companies i designed product for at the show, the booth displays, the amazing samples (with close up photos), and even share some giveaways that we managed to stash in our suitcases from the show.  be sure to check the blog daily as this starts monday so if you’re viewing the blog via some type of feed reader, you may being seeing the posts a day late and i don’t want you to miss out on any of the giveaways…

today however, i’m sharing some pre-show pics since we arrived in las vegas 3 days before the show actually began.  there is always so much to get done for a show – lots of planning, prepping, packing, shipping, sample making, and setting up.  all of course with lots of help from friends to bring it all together which in the end it was a perfect show.  it’s funny though that shows always seem like a whirlwind to me!  there are so many friends i want to see and have a chance to walk the show floor, yet i never seem to have to time to do it (i need more hours in my days i think).  we started early sunday morning with booth set up and since i am involved with designing products for several companies at the show, there are so many details to get into place.  it’s crazy that when you first walk into the convention center all you see are crates, boxes, and wires hanging from the ceiling.  yet in 2 short days, we transformed it into a wonderful visually creative experience…

sizzixrangerbooth rangerbooth2 ideaology

on monday i taught 105 students in my distressed holiday card class for ranger.  the day started with a 6am class set up followed by a 2 hour jam packed workshop where the students got to make these 2 holiday card projects using lots of new distress, idea-ology, and the stamp/die combo set from sizzix and stampers anonymous…

class cabinetcard treecard

at the end of the class, we surprised the students with a bonus project that mario and sara spent literally weeks prepping and making 105 of these awesome christmas tag cards to give to each student 100% finished to display in their store (yes, they even laced all 105 ice skates)…

mariosara bonus

after class we headed back to the show floor to put the finishing touches on the booths to be ready for show time which all started the following day.  can’t wait to share more of the show details and creative inspiration this week on the blog.  be sure to check each day to see all of the great projects and displays, and more importantly, post a comment each day for your chance to win some of the new show stuff.  be back tomorrow starting with ranger…t!m

 

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