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

My next stop on my journey was Chicago – I flew over with Bettina from My StampBox and we had a good time…two Krauts at the border from Canada to the U.S. …interesting….I must have come across pretty krautish too, because voicing my opinion over United Airlines Costumer Service (why the heck do I get yelled at that I didn’t check in again at the kiosk if I checked in online and have a boarding pass that says- go right to baggage drop off?) ended up in having my luggage receipt glued down right on the boarding pass bar code…which lead to a lot of waiting time in any following line. Thank you, United, always a pleasure flying with you….NOT ;)


First sight at the entrance to CHA – CANADIANS ;)

Here are some random images from CHA in no other than the alphabetical file order ;) :


Amy Tangerine for American Crafts- loved the embellishments. Also fun to see that she came out with this minibook

Lot’s of companies came out with books for Artjournaling or in form of something similar like the Smashbooks.


This picture of Anna Dabrowska and me makes me laugh! We had a good time – just too short.

Also loved meeting Bernie Berlin from a Place to Bark and my fun friend Cat Scanlon.


Little Insider by Cat, Carmi and Claudine ;)


This photo was taken before Christine, Ronda and I met Julie – Christine looks like a model and is tall like a model…this photo shows how Ronda and I look silly next to her- LOL.


Lot’s of new Christmas lines- a lot of them with a vintage 50s design. Liked this one by Cosmo Cricket a lot.


Also a trend for me was seeing jewelery like pendants as embellishments.


Lot’s of Mixed Media Make n’ Take- here is Ronda doing a fab job at the Crafter’s Workshop Booth – Love the new Templates!

and here is Ted from Crafter’s Workshop :) – they have, hands down my favorite Stencils on the market right now.


speaking of Julie’s Stencils- these are her awesome stamps with Creative Obsessions that go with some her Stencils – I …NEEED….THEM


Die Cut With a View- DCWV had the best Halloween Decoration- you couldn’t miss it right in the entrance



Debbie and Paula working for Idea-ology- so fun to see them!


The fab Dina Wakley also at the Crafter’s Workshop Booth


Stencils Stencils everywhere- now also back as chipboard embellishments – like here titles by Fancy Pants

and homedecor still big – here Frames by Fancy Pants


Spray paints still going strong – here Heidi Swapp’s new Collection of Color Shine – 12 new colors with a little ball inserted.

The colors have a nice even shine and cover wonderfully- if the clogging is really prevented by the ball inside- I have to test – it would be awesome if so!


Typewriters, Typewritter keys and Typewritter font – big trend!

seeing sweet Holly Simoni from Spellbinders

Feathers seem to be a big trend- I loved those by Jenni Bowlin


Wood buttons everywhere

Awesome seminar by my friend Julie – she rocks seminars- just as does Joe Rotella. I had some lovely time with Julie and miss her already :(

Leica Forest and me – she is so cute!

The amazing talented Lisa Pace doing Make and Takes and the Maya Road booth!

Hard to see- but loving those Maya Road Kraft Stickers- which come as hearts or circles- you can spray them or whatever and then add them to your background or art journal page – love it.

More CHA pictures coming with the next post ….it is a load of pictures, I know…. :)

Wishing you a wonderful creative day

Huge hugs













Comments (6)

  • Holly


    Love you Nat!! It was so wonderful to see you at CHA! I wish we had more time together. I am in awe of your talents my friend. hugs


  • Sue Clarke


    I love reading and seeing all your have to show us about your CHA trip Nat.
    Makes me feel as if I’m almost there. Those Halloween decorations are awesome.


  • Liz Thayne


    Really love reading all your CHA posts- so much lovely stuff is coming our way- can’t wait. Glad you had such a good time.


  • Ullis/LillBlomman


    So fun to watch all pictures from CHA! It looks like we are gonna have a fun autumn with all the stuff coming out;) And my wallet will be soooooo empty:) Hugs!


  • Jenny Petricek


    So jealous of you! I live about 90 miles from Chicago, and had it marked down on my calendar to go to CHA, but summer chaos got in the way! What great products! I especially love all the vintage pieces–those wired feathers w/text are the best! Hope they’ll be available in stores soon!


  • Laurie


    Nathalie, you have one of the best jobs in the world!


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