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July 23, 2011

CHA Conference

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Once again the three days in Chicago went by very fast. The Special Canadian Designer Showcase the first day was wonderful. Each designer was given the same products to work with and what they came up with was incredible. I can’t wait to get home and have a good look at the CD of instructions.

That evening we went to the Taste of Chicago. Many local restaurants came together to treat us to a tasting party, with portions that meant you weren’t going to need supper. It was a lot of fun. A usual the Chicago deep dish pizza was amazing.

The next day we waited with excitement for the doors to open. Wescott presented us all with lovely carry bags and off we went to see all the new products.

I went first to the Provo Craft booth to do a make and take and try out the new Cricut Expressions machine. We were to learn how to cut and use vinyl. The project was great but our machine didn’t work and it seemed many of the machines had to use different settings to get the vinyl to cut. Bruce and I were both using the same machine and we were not impressed.

After that we checked out many booths over the next couple of days. I discovered new papers from Canvas Corp that I just had to buy. Then I purchased the whole line from My Little Shoebox. I just love their papers and every season Helen comes out with more designs to tempt us. We were also very pleased with the new series from sei. They never let us down. I also found some lovely fall papers from American Crafts. I will start posting images over the next few days.

I only took one workshop this year. Helen from My Little Shoebox did an acrylic album with her new papers. It was nice to sit back and play with the new products, especially the new diecut 3D flowers.

We also tried out the silhouette cutting machine from Sizzix. I was impressed with how well it cut vinyl for iron on transfers. There was lots of detail and all the areas were cut well. We each made a lovely bag.

We attended the Canadian Section meeting and I was a little disappointed in the turn out. I saw lots of Canadians at the event but they didn’t bother to come to the meeting. Hopefully in the future others will begin to realize what the CHA Canadian Section can do for crafting in Canada.

Due to the excessive heat we didn’t go into town and do any sightseeing this year. It was just too unhealthy to be out in the high heat and humidity.

I look forward to going to CHA again next year and can’t wait for all my orders to arrive.


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