Sunday, January 31, 2010

What is new and exciting from CHA?

Lots! Too much to cover in one post I think. I spent 4 days looking at everything & doing make n takes. All that was after an adventurous trip down there.
My flight out of Toronto had 2 transfers. I should have paid more attention to what they were as the trip took much longer than it should have. My first stop was in Philadelphia which is on the east coast. Yup, the east coast, not the west coast where Anaheim is.
I arrived there just before 6PM and when I got off the plane I was advised that my connecting flight was now the following morning. Not thrilled but what can you do? Pay for the motel and suck it up. In the future I will make sure I do not pack my winter coat in my checked in luggage as once in my motel, I could go nowhere. I was up at 4AM the following morning to catch my shuttle bus at 5AM so that I could arrive before 6AM and get on my 7AM flight to Phoenix. Have I mentioned that I am not a great morning person?
From there I caught my last flight in to Orange County where my friend Ludmila was there to pick me up so that we could race back to the motel so that I could change, get fed and then race off to my class with Tim Holtz. It certainly was cutting it close.
In the class we made grunge paper flowers using die cuts from his new flower die from Sizzix. These were assembled in a small frame along with some of his new Ideology pieces.
If you haven't seen this die or any of his others, you must check out his blog. These are my MUST HAVES from the show along with his embossing folders and all of his new Distress Inks. Thank you Tim for not doing cute.
Participants all received a copy of his new book Compendium of Curiosities which I must say is the best technique book ever. It is like having his portion of Ranger U in book form but even better. If you like to play with ink and stamps and Ideology then this book should be on the top of your shopping list.
The rest of Saturday is a blur. I know that we went for dinner but I forget the name of the place. We were tucked in bed by 11PM which was still 2PM for me. Exhausted I set the alarm for 7AM on my cell phone. We wanted an early start to the day so that we could get up and dressed and fed and still have time to stop for a coffee. The thing is, my phone alarm was set for 7AM but for that other time zone. I was up, showered and dressed before I realized it was awfully dark for 7AM. Ludmila was in the shower when I broke the news that it was only a little after 4AM. LMAO! I was a stupid cow for all that day but she was pretty good about it all things considered. Needless to say we both went back to bed.
I am off to do some housework and maybe take a few pictures of my class project and other make n takes. Come back later for the other installments of my CHA experience.

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