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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