Sunday, January 24, 2010


Hey there! This wasn't exactly the card I had planned to post today. I sorta made a card for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps a couple of days ago. When I got home from CHA this evening, I grabbed this FREE digi image at Splendid Stamping With The Greeting Farm and whipped up a card so that I could upload it in time to win the next free digi in the relay they've got going this week. (If you read this in time and want to get in on the action, click right over to the TGF blog for the deets. If nothing else, you can get Mer-Ian for free!!!)

Anyway, I finished my card and then picked up the one I had made for SNSS to go take pictures. Something seemed to be missing; I just couldn't put my finger on it, but there was something about the SNSS card I hadn't liked from the start and still didn't. So I sat down to try to fix it. Needless to say, it's now in the bin. No dice. Just can't post it. I'm not going to make that mistake again. I promise to come back later this week with something worthy.

But at least I have this cutie to share! It follows Sweet Sketch Wednesday #33. The DP is Snorkel by Cosmo Cricket. I put some sparkle to Mer-Ian's fins with my atYou Spica pens. I sure wish that sparkle showed up in pictures.

Today was my first day at the CHA trade show. Wowser! It's overwhelming to say the least. I'm interested in so many different crafts, that it's hard for me not to get distracted and look at things like... yarn. And I do mean YARN! Wait until I have time to upload some pictures. You won't believe the Lion Brand display! Oh, and I made a pink pig puppet at a scissors vendor. Fun!

I spent the first few hours looking around at the "new" exhibitors and doing some make-and-takes. Some were truly brand new, but others aren't new to us, but new to CHA. I spent a lot of time at Stampavie... colored the cutest darned image and made a gift bag. Hold onto your hats because Stampavie has some new artists, two of whom I'm in love with, and they are releasing the new stamps in March. I got to stamp a couple of them and bring them home, so I'll share those with you soon.

On my way from the "new" exhibitor area to the main paper crafting vendor area, I found Marie at her booth for The Greeting Farm. She is adorable! Just as cute as can be, and so petite. That girl has amazing talent. I'm a HUGE fan. And wait until you see the new stamps releasing February 15th. OMWord!!! I'd better not say more lest I blow the surprise, but let me just say that Marie doesn't disappoint... things keep getting better and better at The Farm.

I need to get off the computer and get to bed, but before I go I'll give you the list of who I saw today.

Besides Marie, I met and chatted with Randi Wall, Rachel Sztonyk, Sherrie Siemens, Cami Turnbow, Beth Silaika, Joy Kennedy (and some of the other girls at Our Craft Lounge), Sankari Wegman (who I forgot to mention I met yesterday at the TE Booth), Deb Felts and Jessica Diedrich! Woo hoo, we finally met in person!! I also ran into Lynn Mercurio again, and she introduced me to a couple of people, but darned if my brain isn't already asleep. Oh, and I also ran into Julie Johnson from Paisleys & Polka Dots (love her!), and the owner of my LSS Tami (sp?) and one of the girls who works there, Shelley, who I know from crop nights. It was good to see them again since I haven't been out there in a couple of months. Hey Des, Tami says she LOVES your house. Wish you were here, girlfriend!

Some of the people I also spotted today were Amy Sheffer, Tosha Leyendekker, Michelle (who owns A Stampers Dream), Marianne Walker, Lisa Johnson, and Jennifer McGuire. It doesn't sound like many, but that's mainly because I didn't spend as much time in the main paper crafting area. I plan to do that tomorrow. I saw soooo much today, but I still have tons to go.

I promise pictures will come later this week!

And, yes, the new products releasing from everyone are AMAZING!!! All must-haves, of course!!! We crafters are certainly doing our part to stimulate the economy, don't you agree?

Okay, as my friend Michelle would say, my jammies are calling me. Enjoy your day. And I mean it when I say, WISH YOU WERE HERE!


Kristine said...

Sounds like an absolute DREAM Lisa!! Glad you got to go.

Sammi said...

Such a gorgeous card Lisa.. love that paper! Isn't Mer Ian delightful!!
Wow - sounds pretty fun to me..and all those ppl you are meeting! Awesome :D

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW Lisa - you've done a fabulous job with this little guy! I managed to get this one done - hope I can get through the whole relay - LOL.

Sounds like your having a blast at CHA - can't wait to see those pics!

Kim Y. said...

You mean, I miss all these!!! You lucky girl, Lisa! :D Awesome card, by the way!

I had a great time shopping with you yesterday!

Patti J said...

Girl, I'm tired just READING about your day! Wow! How very exciting! How could you even close your eyes and sleep? I'd be too excited! Your card is just adorable - I'm going to try to work this one up today too! Have a great Monday - big hugs!!!

Jeannie said...

What a fun card! Great job!
Thanks for joining us at SSW.

Peace & Luv,

Becky said...

This is just to cute!! every thing matches so perfectly

Stacy said...

Oh, lucky you to be at CHA! How fun that must be! I love your card, the papers are perfect. Really wonderful job. Thanks for using the SSW, we hope to see you next week!

Sparkle said...

Such an adorable card!

Julia Aston said...

Your papers are perfect on this Mer Ian card! what a fun little guy too! Thanks for the link to the free download - don't think I'll be home from work in time to get a card done - but you never know!

sounds like another fun day at CHA!!

Alice Wertz said...

lovely card, Lisa!! so jealous that you are at CHA!!! hope you have lots of fun!! =)

Claire Brennan said...

Gorgeous card Lisa!!! and wow! you met some of my all time favourite folks!!! wish I could've been there!!!

Katie Skiff said...

How cute!! What a great image, and you did a great job!! Thanks for playing with SSW!

KymKreates said...

Wow sounds like you had a great time. I just posted my Mer Ian too. I think yours is adorable! Thanks for joining us this week at SSW and hope to see you again soon!

PaperCrafty said...

Super cute!! Love the fun colors and DP!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!!

Irina said...

you are not into name calling at all, not at all!! are you Lisa? ;-) you are such a tease!!!
Lovely card!!
:) Irina

Teri said...

A gorgeous card - fab take on the sketch!
Thanks for sharing it at Sweet Sketch Wednesday this week hun!
Teri x

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a cute card Lisa! I was thinking about grabbin him, but I don't have a printer... I wish I was there at CHA! Instead I am home, sick like a dog... You must be having a blast!

Lisa T said...

Wow, awesome job on the card! I am attempting to play along with the relay, too. That 6 PM deadline is tough!
Thanks for joining us in this week's SSW sketch. I love your take on the sketch!

Donna said...

Fantastic card and such a brilliant take on this weeks sketch...thanks for joining in the fun at SSW this week :) Donna x

Stamp and Smile said...

OK, I just watched the opening act of the Grammy's, not impressed! Lady GaGa!?!? Not even sure if I'm spelling it right... LOL! I have a lot to learn tonight... I'm out of the music loop!

Sweet card and fabulous coloring... as always! I'm so glad you had a GREAT time at the CHA and meeting so many sweet people in blog land! :)