I am back home from CHA in Anaheim, CA and I can say it was truly an amazing experience!! This was my first CHA so I didn't really have any idea how HUGE it was and what to expect. I went with Spellbinders and several of the ladies from the DT. It was a lot of work, setting up & taking down the booth, helping in a class, doing demos and make-n-takes but it was worth every second!! I met soooo many wonderful, amazing and talented people!! I met some of the "Dirty Dozen" girls from SCS, Ellen Hutson, Tim Holtz and Suze Weinberg just to name a few. I seen tons and tons of beautiful design work, the booths were just unbelievable. But I have to say Spellbinders booth was so Beautiful, Elegant and Magical all wrapped up into one stunning display!!
I have a few pictures to share with you from Spellbinders Booth, two of my art designs for CHA and a couple of favorites. *wink*
Spellbinders Huge banner above the booth~
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Spellbinders Booth~ It's so beautiful & elegant!!
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The EXCALIBUR!!!~ This little beauty is going to be a MUST have!!!~
Click picture to enlarge~ Just a Note~This is the prototype for the Xcalibur, a motorized (electric) die cutting & embossing machine. It cuts and embosses beautifully with the touch of one button (Yes-Just ONE button!) and it is soooo quiet you can be using it and talking on the phone at the same time! No more ratcheting! The Xcalibur will be great for anyone who may have issues with strength due to carpel tunnel or arthritis or if you are a late night crafter (like myself) & just want a very quiet machine that will do all the work with the touch of a button and not wake up the whole house! While at CHA people had a chance to see demos with the Xcalibur and then Spellbinders asked for their opinion by filling out a survey and in return they were given a Spellbinders T-Shirt. How great is that-a company that cares and wants to make the best machine possible for their customers!! So like I said this is just the prototype and there will be a few changes-the color is going to be a little brighter (wine and black) and it will have black flourishes and swirls. Doesn't that sound pretty? The target price point is around $129.99 -could be a little more or less and it will be available for ordering at the summer CHA. I also wanted to mention because several people have asked, the Xcalibur will not replace the Wizard. I believe that the Wizard will be my go to machine for all of the tougher jobs-smashing bottle caps, charms and setting eyelets. The Wizard is that machine that you can run the kitchen sink through (j/k), it's the machine that will push the limits!!
How about some art? Would you like to see a couple designs that I made for CHA?
Here is my all time favorite piece! Teacup Cafe` Scrapbook LO~
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This is a teacup collection that was my Great Grandma's and now I have it displayed in my home. I will be honest it took awhile to do this LO but it was so much fun and I love the outcome! I wanted the LO to look as if you were outside of the cafe` looking in the window.
Spellbinders Dies-S4 111 Nestabilities Classic Scallop Oval Lg, S4 110 Nestabilities Classic Oval Lg, S4 137 Nestabilities Heart Scallop, L2 10 Mystic (font), S4 118 Coffee & Tea, S3 144 Tea Time, S3 145 Decorative Elements 1, S3 019 Illumination Charm 1
Prism-Prismatics-Tawny Light, Vanilla Cream, Suede Brown Medium, Herbal Garden Medium, Twilight Medium, Majestic Purple Light
Fancy Pants-DP Floral Chic-Fabulous #860, Blue Lace Trim
Copic Markers-Copic Sketch Markers-YR24, E15, V01, B21, B23, E27, E00, G40, G24, R81, Rv17, Airbrush System, Multiliner-Black
Inspired Crafts Products-Paper Glide
Glue Dots-Glue Dots 1/2", 3/16"
Kokuyo-Dot n Roll Adhesive
Creative Impressions-Yellow Brads, Blossoms & Leaves Felt Flowers
ClearSnap-Colorbox Ink-Chestnut Roan, Dark Moss
Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Frayed Burlap
Fiskars-Wood Grain Texture Plate
Other-Elmer's Glue, Foam Tape, Transparency, Red Line Sticky Strip Tape
Here is one of the cards I designed for CHA-Pure Joy~
Click the picture to enlarge~I used Copic markers for coloring in the stamped images. I love being able to blend the colors!! I wish you could see this card IRL, I used the Spica glitter pens and it sparkles!!
Spellbinders-S4 118 Coffee & Tea, S4 121 Doodle Parts, S4 109 Flower Creations 3, S4 123 Shapeabilities Flying Beauties
Fancy Pants-Floral Chic-My Sweetie #861 DP, Simply Stated Stamps #892
Copic-Spica Glitter Pen 10 Black, Sketch Markers-0, BV000, V17, B21, BV04, B23, GB45, Y00, Y19, Yr04, G40, G24, G28, C1, Air Brush System
Neenah-Solar White CS
Tsukineko-Brilliance Graphite Black Ink Pad
Other-Red Line Sticky Strip Adhesive
A couple of my favorite photos~While at CHA I had the pleasure of meeting Ellen Hutson, she is so wonderful, the sweetest lady and very talented!! (L-->R) Donya, Ellen, Me & Wendy It was so mush fun talking with Ellen, be sure to check out her blog.
Pinch me!! I still can't believe this next picture!! Woo-Hoo-the one and only Tim Holtz!! Stacey Caron (owner of Spellbinders) knew that I really wanted to meet Tim, so she introduced us and then my sweet friend Holly (from the DT) took the picture of us. How sweeeeet is that!!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to check back soon, I will be posting more pictures and art from CHA. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!