Saturday, August 8, 2009


Happy Saturday, everyone! I finally have CHA photos to share with you! Warning: this is a LONG post! :)

I have to start by saying that I had THE best time! I found myself surrounded by many of my stamping heros and online friends, and it was a dream come true! I'll do my best to give you the recap of a whirlwind two days at the CHA Supershow!!

Here's a shot of the fabulous MFT Lady, Kim van der Sanden, and her daughter Brianna Smith at the My Favorite Things booth on Friday. Since Kim lives close to Orlando, her family was there for the entire show. A big thank you to Kim, Martin, Brianna and Emma for all their hospitality! :)

It was so great to meet so many friends at the Splitcoaststampers booth. Here I am with THE Beate Johns (Beate) and Bev Gerard (TexasGrammy). I can't tell you how sweet and kind they both are!

More hugs and smiles with Joanne Basile (basilefamily) and Bonnie Sharp (eggette). I was so excited to meet Bonnie -- she's just fantastic!

The MFT Girls meet the Unity Girls! From left to right: Jennifer Buck, Sherry Campbell, Jimmi Mayo, Kirsten DuBosque, Maren Benedict, Carole Burrage, Joanne, and me.

Friday night we went to Tommy Bahama's for the MFT Cocktail Party. We had a blast! Here's a photo of the '69 Club: Amy Rohl (rohla), Beate, and Carole. Amy is on the American Art Stamp team with me, so it was a joy to meet her!

This is MFT illustrator Christy Beckwith and Kathy Daume' (20something), cheezin' it up! :)

Here I am with Kirsten DuBosque (ked). I LOVE this girl! Not only is she multi-talented, but she has the most contagious laugh and is SO stinkin' funny! We spent a lot of time together during the show, shopping and laughing! I miss you, girl! :)

My wonderful MFT friends! :)

Jody Morrow (texasjodylynn), Carole (TruCarMa), and Joanne. These three ladies are superstars in my book! They're smart, funny, obscenely talented, and absolutely fabulous! I'm honored to call them my friends!

Having a little fun with Carole while preparing make & takes Saturday. To the left is Kim's daughter Emma. She is just adorable!

Here we are, together at last -- the MFT My Favorite Challenge hostesses! Before CHA, Joanne and I had only emailed and chatted on the phone. It was SO great to finally meet her in person! We shopped, we talked, we laughed until we cried! I feel like I've known her forever, and I was holding back tears as we said good bye Saturday. I miss you, sweet friend! :)

There were so many more stampers I met during the show -- I wish I had photos of everyone! It was a thrill for me to be in such amazing company! :)

Thanks for letting me share my CHA experience with you! And, as always, thanks for stopping by! Now, more than ever, I'm convinced that papercrafters are the most warm, welcoming, and encouraging people around! I'm thankful for this hobby that has brought me so much happiness and has given me some of my best friends! Thank YOU for being a big part of it! :)

Have a wonderful day!


Susie said...

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos. You must have had a terrific time.

Kirsten said...

Ahhh, I miss you too, my sweet friend! I'm SOOO glad to have met you finally! You made me laugh so much my face hurt! LOL Can't wait till next time!

Bonnie said...

YAY!! Love your photos and thank you for the sweet words! It was wonderful meeting you and what a fabulous stamping family we have!!

Jackie Pedro said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics of CHA!! Looks like you had a great time!

Savor the Journey said...

Oh what fun!! I'm so glad that you had a fabboo time at CHA! Your pics are delightful ... and what a sweet treat to have met you there!


carole (TruCarMa) said...

Oh what fun we had! Next time, you're staying with us! Mmmm... donuts! :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Looks like you had an absolutely wonderful time!! Lovin' all the fun photos. Fun!! Fun!! Fun!!

Dawn Easton said...

Awwww what sweet pictures and great memories you have now!!! Thanks for sharing them with us, Christina!

Kelli said...

Oh Man Christina.... I would STILL be laying on the floor from tripping over my tongue at meeting these SUPERSTAH'S!!!! WOOOWEEEE!!!! that is some name droppin and hobknobbin you did!!! Thanks SO much for sharing the pic's with those of us who were stuck in real life!!!!

Michele Boyer said...

That looks like SOOOO much fun, Christina! I wish I could have been there too. :(