Chi-CHA-Town Summer 2012…or simply Summer CHA 2012 Part 2

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in CHA 2012, Photos

Here we go with the second part of CHA Summer 2012 in Chicago :) BTW- did I mention that it was HOT in Chicago and COLD? Well, hot as soon as you left a building, it hit you like a wall and then you started freezing because the AC was so cold. I carried a woolen jacket with me to wear inside…shaking head- LOL

This was one of my favorite Christmas Lines at the Show . My Mind’s Eye – Rhonna Farrer. Loved the awesome mix of trendy chevron with vintage postcard and notebook paper patterns.

Sneaking behind the cute Mou Saha- haven’t seen her since we both taught in France years ago.

Here is Bettina at her fun my StampBox booth

Loving the stamps!

Loved what I saw from this new company Farmhouse Paper Company which came out with some amazing new papers and chipboard and albums. The quality was awesome and I can’t wait to play with it – will show you more soon.

Per and Mia from Sweden – we laughed so hard because on the small floor we said good-bye a million times just to see each other five minutes later ;) It was fun though- they are sweet and awesome!

I had a blast with my Prima Marketing peeps :) They are so fun and I had a great time doing my Make n’ Takes there – see me in action- LOL


I will show the Make n’ Take as a tutorial in a video very soon :)


One of my favorite new products from CHA- these lightbulbs by Prima. I used them on this canvas here- and it was hard to use them…I wanted to keep them- just for me and hidden from the world- LOL


LOL- this picture is cracking me up ;) Not sure what we wanted to do…but it was funny.


Here is the Ruby Rocket booth- loved the wedding kinda decoration and see this:

VELLUM- shriek. Probably the biggest surprise of this show. Making a come back and you know what…I like it! (you have found me playing dead whenever someone asked me to use vellum the years before ;) )

These patterns are so cool- can’t wait to get my hand on these- I have lot’s of ideas!


Tammy, Gretchen and Karen at the Sizzix booth.


Loved the Stampendous decoration- so many fun ideas on how to use their stamps etc.


Fun stamps and blueprints at Stamper’s Anonymous.


Loved those at the Idea-ology booth- times are over where I was hunting those down and saw the handle off to make my little christmas tree myself- LOL


Awesome products and projects by Wendy Vecchi

and here she is herself thinking “what is this evil Kraut doing now?” ;)

And I loved these with the fitting paper by My Little Yellow Bicycle.


All in all it was a nice show – I loved meeting everyone and working at the show, it was inspiring and fun to see the new products and booths, but it was a small show and it was EMPTY. A lot of manufacturers were not there. As a CHA-Designer I will make sure to voice my opinion (hope they won’t put something on the bar code of my badge next time, if I do so ;)) . There are definitely things that are not going in the favor of neither CHA, nor the manufacturers nor  the retailers. If I would take the plunge to go there again with outraging airfares in summer from Germany? I doubt it …unless it is tied up again with something else.

Have a wonderful weekend you all and see you tomorrow :)

Huge hugs















Comments (3)

  • mjmarmo


    What fun seeing all your photos!


  • Sue Clarke


    Sad to hear that is was “empty” and wonder if it is a sign of the economy?
    Well it couldn’t be a sign of less interest in the hobby!


  • Lisa Flaherty


    “Playing dead” if someone asked you to use vellum! Hahahaha! I laughed so hard at that! And your “special barcode” on your badge if you voice your opinions–too funny! But, I think it would be for the greater good if you did share your thoughts and opinions about the show. I agree with Sue, that it may be a sign of the economy, with so many of our favorites having to close their doors , or get absorbed by larger entities, and the expense of participating in a trade show. :(

    Thanks for the peek into the show, and that MME Rhonna Ferrar Christmas is gorgeous! Can’t wait! Fun to add those lightbulbs in with it!


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