Sunday, August 1, 2010

CHA Recap & Giveaway!

Well, CHA was amazing! Not only was the shopping fabulous (I dropped a boatload of $$ at the Papertrey booth), but I also got to see lots of famous crafters IRL..Dawn McVey was a highlight for me!

BUT by far the best part of the entire trip was meeting some of my blogging friends. Everyone was so friendly and fun...makes me wish that we could all (yes, YOU included) could get together for the world's biggest crafty party!

One of the first girls I ran into was Sankari. She & I first met almost two years ago through the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. She is even more gorgeous IRL, and I do believe she's in the Guinness Book of World Records for "World's Best Hugger!" (Psst...Sankari was also the winner of 2 Sketches 4 You's Ultimate Card Showdown last year!)

I also finally met up with Kelly Marie. We've had a blast working together on the Everything But the Kitchen Sink DT. She is super sweet and every bit as cute as her Lawn Fawn stamps!

I made sure to find time to pal around with Courtney! She is both the mastermind behind the EBTKS challenges & proud owner of Practicing Creativity Designs. (Psst...she's also Paper Crafts Stamping Royalty this year.) I adore her sweet Southern accent!


I was surprised...very happily surprised...to run into Belinda! We became friends a couple of years ago through a blogging group on SCS and have remained blogging buds ever since. She's also this year's Paper Crafts Gallery Idol! Woohoo!

The fabulous Rae didn't disappoint...she was born in the town where I currently live and was raised here in IL, so we had lots to talk about. I teamed up with her in bloggyland through the Use It! challenges last year. You may also recognize her as last year's PC Gallery Idol.

Whew! After meeting all those wonderful girls, it made me wonder how I ever got to hanging around such a talented and FAMOUS group of ladies! Ah well, what they don't know won't hurt 'em, right? *wink*

Alright, enough of the blather, let's get to the giveaway! I've got some fun blog candy that I picked up:
Papertrey Hawaiian Shores satin ribbon
Jenni Bowlin felt butterflies
My Mind's Eye Abbey Road brads
American Crafts Poolside Thickers

All you have to do is leave a comment ON THIS POST that answers this question: "If you could meet any crafty person, who would it be & why?"

This giveaway will close on Wednesday, August 4 at midnight CDT. Winner will be announced Thursday.

47 comments:

StampinCathy said...

OMGosh! How cool to meet up with some of your cyber friends. I would have my head in the clouds being around all the creative and inspiring crafters. There are so many crafters I want to meet. One is all the Unity peeps, but my IDOL of crafting is Tim Holtz! He is so awesome and talented. Maybe some day. Thanks for a chance at this sweet candy. Also thanks for thinking of us while you were at CHA! OH I would love to meet you too! :)

iammaryburke said...

I would love to meet Tim Holtz! I think his designs are absolutely amazing.

~amy~ said...

LOVE this post missy! I always enjoy pics of bloggie peeps getting together:)

such fabbie candy....hmmm...I'd love to meet ♥♥you♥♥....do I get brownie points for picking you? LOL...seriously though...come on over to this side of the US:)

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos. It would be too much fun to have a huge crafty party with everyone.

What a fabulous gifty you are giving out and I know I should say I would love to meet YOU and I would, but there are so many amazing people out there that I can't just pick one. I truly enjoy each one and their own personal style.

TanySol said...

Oh Ann! Beautiful pictures!
Thanks for the chance to win! I would like to meet Tim Holtz. I think, this person can learn a lot of new and interesting. And to tell thanks for its great production.
Thanks!!!!

Ayana Posadas said...

Your pictures look great and it definitely sounds like you had a lot of fun! I really hope to be able to go to CHA some day in the future!
Hmmm.... so if I could meet any crafty person, I think I would have to say Mariana Grigsby. Her work always inspires me. Thanks for having this fun giveaway! :)

Moni said...

FAb pics, love your candy, and love to win it. I love to meet Tim Holtz. I lovo his techniques and his designs. Hugs,moni

Nancy L. said...

How awesome of you to bring us blog candy!!
I've already met Nichole & Dawn last year in Orlando :)

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Ann, so sorry I missed you at the CHA! We probably passed each other and didn't know it. I'd love to meet Jennifer McGuire, simply because I've been a big fans of her & loved, loved her works. :)Hugs.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I've never heard the use of IRL before, so fun to think of all these wonderful sharing people physically being in the same place. I'm going to say Karen Baker, b/c we have discovered that we've got a lot in common, chuckle chuckle.

Catherine said...

I'd love to meet Kristina Werner. She used to work at Stampin' Up and her creativity amazes me!

Karen B. said...

I think it would be rather fun to meet all you EbtKS gals all in one place. Something made you click to put together a great for a neat challenge. That nice to see names with faces, glad you had fun.

Brandi said...

Oh man... there are some many crafty ladies I want to meet! Right now though the top of the list it Teresa Collins... the stamp making machine she just came out with is awesome and all of her blingage is calling my name. It seems like I could connect with her after reading her blog.

Looks like you had a fabulous time at CHA! :) Thanks for the chance to win some candy! :)

Amber (bambi64) said...

Well it seems as if I've met most of my crafty idols, including Tim Holtz but there are at least two that I haven't met yet, JulieHRR (as we share the same birthday) and Beate. The sad thing is that Beate lives 45 mins away from me and I have yet to met her! Glad you had a blast at CHA. I was there 2 yrs ago and loved it, was wishing I could have gone again this year.

Rhonda Miller said...

If I could meet any crafty person I think it would be Jennifer McGuire. I love reading her blog and all the inspiration she has to offer.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I have a huge list of candidates for this, but I think Gina K because she had the guts to jump right into the Stamp TV thing and that's on top of what she was already doing with the company! gutsy lady!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OMGosh:) It looks like a FUN time!!! I would totally want to meet owner and creator of Unity Stamp Co (Angela). I would ask her if I could work for her (you can't turn a person down if they are RIGHT there!!!). I would offer to do anything at her work! ANYTHING!! I also think she is amazing and super sweet!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Ok, so I'm gonna tell you someone who I haven't already met at last CHA since I've ALREADY met them and I'm not gonna say YOU b/c then people will think you rigged it if I win. ;)

I've love to meet Savannah O'Gwynn! I've love to see if her online personality matches the way she is in real life. Plus, her enthusiasm is pretty darn infectious.

I'd also like to meet one of my stamping idols, Jennifer Buck.

Jenny said...

Sooo fun!! Glad you had a great time!! :) :) :) Hmmm which crafty person... I would say Jennifer McGuire. I love her blog and style. I would love to meet her and her sweet daughter.

FibreJunky said...

I missed it when Tim Holtz came to the LSS here last year, so I am dying to meet him, but there are so many talented people in this industry, it's nearly impossible to pick just one!

AnitaRex said...

Loved seeing who you met up with and how you explained how you met them! The next crafty person I would love to meet is Dawn McVey. My gf hung out with her a few months ago and has only good things to say!

Isha said...

I would love to meet anyone from the crafting community but I would love to meet Jennifer, cos she was my inspiration for my entry to stamping world. Then I would like to meet you to say thanks for giving this chance to win this lovely candy:)

Sherri Thompson said...

Ooh, tricky one, Ann! It's so hard to choose just one person, since I love so many papercrafters! I would have to say that my current favorite right now is Kelly Marie Alvarez. She seems so sweet and I just can't get enough Lawn Fawn lately!

JoLynn said...

Just reading this made me giggle. What a good time we had! You didn't mention to your readers how short an amount of time it was that you met up with all these gals! You are good!

Hands down... I would love to meet Cathy Zielske in the flesh.

clouds shadler said...

Ann, I'm so happy you shared yer CHA pics with us all, how wonderful! Perhaps next yr for July we can both be at CHA and meet up, I'd luv to meet ya :) I luv yer hair :) So ok, if I cud meet any person I'd luv to meet Ashley Cannon Newell and secondly Kelly Purkey, wonderful talented women, both because they're always bringing something new to the plate and regular bloggers, i would like to interview them and ask them how they find time and creativity, ya know? a personal one-on-one, hehe :)

Hugs
C

Courtney Baker said...

Girl totally loved hanging out with you! Seriously you are so fun! So wish we lived closer!

Simone said...

Ann I looks like you had an amazing time! Loved the pics and your stories about each crafty gal! I dont think I can just name one - there are so many amazing designers out there! My top three though would have to be Jennifer McGuire, Dawn McVey and Ashley Cannon Newell :)

Eisbärin said...

Hello and thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
My idol in the crafting world and person I would SOOOO love to meet is Nichole Heady! I love everything PTI and even though I have a hard time (or rather expensive one) to get them here in the UK I do have a sizeable PTI stash!
Love, Alexandra

Stampin'GHmom said...

It looks like you had a great time at CHA. I'm sooo jealous! I would love to go one day. I think the crafty blogging celebrity I would like to meet the most would be Kristina Werner. I just really like her creations and the way she uses her products.

carpediem said...

It would have been so much easier if you asked for our "top ten" list!! lol Tim Holtz was at the top of my list but I had a chance to meet him at one of his workshops last month!
I think I would choose Nicole Heady as I feel that she is a creative genius.....love her designs and admire the way she runs her business! laura j

craft-princess said...

WOW! How great to meet all those wonderful people!! My list of people I would want to meet are huge but as for a well known artist I would say Tim Holtz...such a mastermind! Love his stuff and would love to learn from him! As for a blogging buddy I would say Annmaree...we live clear across the world from each other but I have gotten to know her over blogging/e-mail and we feel like we get along so well (like long lost sisters!) and I would love to meet her in person!

Thanks for a chance to win and I'm so glad you had a wonderful time!

HazelQ said...

Looks like you had an amazing time at CHA :) I really would like to meet Jacque Beddingfield and Debby Yates just to name a few, their creations are truly inspiring.
Thank you for the chance to win :)
Hugs
Hazel

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I would want to meet Tim Holtz.

dazey said...

What a fun time you had! I think I'd have to put Jennifer McGuire on top of my list -- love her projects and she seems like such a genuinely nice person.

Maureen said...

Ack!!! You're making us chose one? No way...my list is very long....Dawn Mc, Julee T., all the Verve Divas, YOU!!! Aimes, Kristina B.....so many for the obvious talent reasons and to see them IRL....I'm still jealous you were there....I need to start saving....LOL

Angie Tieman said...

Two words: Jealous! Pooh!

If I could meet one crafty person, it would have to be Ann from Creative Antics, because she's also a teacher!

LeAnne said...

Looks like fun! I'd love to meet Laurie Schmidlin.....her style attracted me right away when I first starting perusing blogs and blogging myself. I am always amazed at her creativity, especially while she is out in the boonies on her ranch, taking care of her family! Awesome prizes, thanks for the chance to win!
Hugs,
LeAnne

Deanna said...

Great photos girl thanks for sharing!

I would love to meet IRL... Sasha from http://sassysasha.typepad.com/mygoodies/ her scrapbooking blows my mind!

Belinda said...

Yeah, the best part of CHA was running into blogging buddies and all the fun crafty gals/guys! :)

Cindy Lee said...

Great photos Ann!! How I wish I could be there too! I would love to meet all of my bloggy friends! Thanks for sharing :)

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh I didn't know you were going to CHA!! I went in January in Anaheim and loved it - meeting so many people that I "knew" online. I love the photos you shared! I don't think I could put just one person down that I'd love to meet - I would love to meet all my CAS idols - JulieHRR, Natasha Trupp, Carly Robinson, Susan Rahailia and of course you Ann since we were on the SCS CAS DT together (and that was my first DT!!).

CuttlebugCourt said...

I would like to meet... Robyn - the pink stamper. I think it would be fascinating to hear her journey of how she got started and got so huge on the blogging world and how her family has dealt with it through the stages. Thanks for the chance to win!

Agata said...

Fab pics! Love seeing you and all those faces! I'd love to meet Jennifer McGuire since it's because of her I started stamping and she's always inspiring me. Thanks for a chance to win!

Vanessa said...

Ok, that's difficult! I'd love to meet all the sweet ladies I know from blogworld! And Nichole Heady, Betsy Veldman, the PC crew, Melissa Phillips and the Hero Arts crew, because they all inspire me! Thanks for this chance :)

Mandy said...

Dawn McVey. I am SO jealous!! :)

Ren-Yi said...

i would like to meet claire brennan (i love her wms stamps...) and she lives far far away.

it was really fun to meet you too! :) looking forward to see your creations :)

Anthonette said...

Hi Ann,

I loved all your pictures! I'm happy you were able to go to CHA. I loved meeting a bunch of the crafty girls back in January. I hope we get to meet one day.