Friday, February 3, 2012

Stampin' Friends at CHA

I had the most fabulous time at CHA last week meeting some of the most kind paper crafters. It's a treat each year to catch up with ladies I've met previous years, and meet some new ones, that I've wanted to meet for some time.

I started off, on Saturday, with a Copics class taught by Suzanne Dean. Suzanne is a miracle worker!! I kid you not. She starts the class by telling us all, by the end of class we will all be at the same level and will be able to color with Copics. Me, being the loyal pessimist that I am, had serious (and I mean serious) doubts. But I have to say, my confidence level has risen astronomically!! Her teaching techniques (and, are fantastic!! I highly suggest taking her class if she's ever near you. Shoot, even if she's not, it's worth the traveling time.

I have many photos to share with ya'll. My favorite products (paper and embellishments), and photos of stampin' friends. Some I've known for awhile, and some new friends, just made. :)

First of all, I treasure this picture of Laurie Schmidlin and I. We met on Splitcoaststampers about 5 years ago, and have been the best of friends ever since. Since she lives in Montana, we treasure the times we get to see each other.

Linda Duke and I live only a few miles away from each other, and only just realized that a couple of years ago. Now, of course, we squeeze in lunch and coffee when ever we can. :) All three of us drove down to CHA together this year, and took the Copics Class from Suzanne.

Here's a photo of our uber talented teacher, Suzanne Dean. She's a crack up!! Too fun!! Not only did we learn tons, but we had a super fabulous time while learning. Who knew learning could be such fun!!

What a treat it was to meet these sweet, sweet Verve Divas: Susan Liles, and Jen Del Muro

Julie Comstock, President and Designer for Cosmo Cricket...she is just a hoot, let me tell you. LOVE Cosmo papers, and thoroughly enjoyed talking to her about the new lines!!

Tina Gilliland was one of Suzanne's helpers in the Copics class. She's a real crack up!! :)

Sweet Lynn Mercurio...our DT coordinator for Waltzingmouse Stamps!! She keeps us all organized and on the ball, and is just the sweetest ever!! :)

Jessica Diedrich...hilarious and sweet as ever!!

Val Stangle, Julie Ebersole and Cindy Lawrence. All true blue gems!! LOVE 'em!

Sweet, sweet ladies: Jami Sibley, Lori Craig and Ellen Hutson at the Dirty Dozen Dinner. Jami and Lori give the best hugs ever and are always the first to welcome everyone. Ellen is so charming too!!

Val Stangle, Cindy Lawrence, me and Dina Kowel. Dina is so kind and colors like no other. Seriously!!

(This is Dina's photo that she posted on fb. I didn't get one taken with my camera. )

That's it for the name dropping....*grin* There are many other charming and sweet paper crafters that I got to visit with, but didn't get a picture of...*sigh* CHA is always so much fun. Meeting paper crafters, and seeing all the new product...speaking of which...tomorrow I will be posting some of my favorite things. I'll tell ya now though...there was burlap everywhere!! LOVE it!!

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Melissa Cash said...

Waaaa, can you hear me cryin' like a baby cuz I didn't get to visit with you and Laurie. Glad to see you though, even if it was for just a minute. Lets get together for lunch sometime soon. {hugs}

Dina K. said...

See, I cropped it for you and everthang... you are coming down with Pat, right?!!?!

Marisa said...

Looky at you two smiling Divas :) Great pics and glad to hear you had a wonderful time.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Hey, beautiful lady! It was such a joy to spend time with you at CHA! Love ya, sistah! :-)

Carolyn King said...

Was so great to see you at CHA. Just wish you didnt crap out so early so we could have had more time (hee!) Had to get you back!

(Yes, kicking myself that I didn't even get a photo---guess that is what exhaustion does to you!)

Wanda Cullen said...

So much fun to see pics of all you beautiful gals! CHA is on my bucket list...maybe one day.

Vickie Z said...

Well, didn't you all have a great time!!! Love your pics!!

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