Friday, January 29, 2010

CHA & Back!!

Hello Everyone & Happy Friday to you!!  I'm back home safe & sound and I've got lots to share with you!  I had a blast at CHA--it's almost a crime to have that much fun I tell ya but boy am I tired.  The time change kills me, standing on your feet all day & not getting much sleep is exhausting!  Our flight out to CA was quite turbulent & I thought I was gonna have to put my "puke bag" to good use, LOL--poor Marti!  When we landed it was torrential rain but cleared up on Saturday and was in the mid 60's the whole time we were there, which was really nice.  While I was flying home last night--hubby was passing me in the air on his way to Las Vegas for business.  It is a VERY rare thing that both of us are travelling, but thanks to GREAT friends (Sylvia & Sally) who took care of my kids & doggies while we were away.  Nothing better than having great friends in your life--thanks guys!!

(Check out the Gina K Blog Hop Below this Post that I participated in last night if you haven't already!)

I got to meet so many of my cyber pals which is always a treat--I met my new BFF's Kerry Donovan Casey & Kristen Catalano, Heather Rollins, Debbie Corbari (my sweet pal), Jeanne Streif, Vicki Garrett (crazy chicka), Jenn Balcer, Cindy Lawrence, Amy Sheffer (my VA neighbor), Kim Hughes, Kim Howard, Shelley Gardner (yes, SU owner), Cath Edelman, Lynn Mercurio, Jessica Diedrich, and tons others!  I had my picture taken by many people which is kinda scary cuz' I'm sure there are ALOT of funky pics of me floating around, LOL!  Lots of fun dinners out with friends, Diana Crick took a few of us girls out to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse & we had ALOT of laughs (ask Diana about the "taxi"--LMBO)!  "Shut the front door" & "Oh My Gawd" will be in my head FOREVER!!  If you ever get the chance to go to CHA you need to--it is a wonderful experience I tell ya!  Summer one is in Chicago--I might be there :o)

Lots of new fab products and gadgets as well---some I have pics of in my slideshow below!  But my faves were:

-New Cuttlebug in Aqua & Dark Pink (aqua will be coming home to me, hee hee) and over 40 new CB embossing folders, new 12" embossing folders, new embossing & cutting folders, and new Quilling dies (cut out & twirl)

-New Prima glittery roses, swirls with mini roses, weathered flowers---all Gorgeous!

-Saw all the New Magnolia stamps (Pirates, FairyTales & Wedding) and new magazine--all too cute!

-New Zutter Paper Distresser--electronic & super cool!  Put your papers in the slot and run them back & forth to distress your papers as much as you want (will be getting this for sure)

-New Slice Hands-Free machine & new cartridges (one of these is coming my way too, hee hee)

-New Ultra Fine Flower Soft---LOVE it!

-New Imaginisce Scooter Papers--think doggies & cute vespas! Love it!

-Viva Decor products--unbelievable & cool, will be using these soon!

-New Graphic 45 papers, new Scor-Buddy that is small & portable, mesh ribbons, silk screening projects from Plaid, and more!  You will definitely want to save your $$$$ for all of these things!

And oh yeah---I'm on the FRONT COVER of the new CardMaker Magazine--it's so surreal I can't even believe it, LOL!  You can check it out below---that's my stuff on the front :o):

Bright & Cheery

Just one quick project for ya today, cuz I'm still trying to recover and get back in the hang of things and thought I'd do a Lockhart project to celebrate my cover (cuz that used a Lockhart image too)!  I used a Lockhart stamp called "Zinnias" and colored it with copics--added stickles & diamond glaze to give it some more texture!  The papers are by Basic Grey called "Origins"--I love them because they're so cheery & bright!  I started off using a sketch but then messed it up & turned it into my own, LOL!  The ribbon and buttons are from PTI.  Just a fun & cheery card for your stash!

Slideshow of CHA pics!

Alrighty I'm outta here to go catch up on lots of work, but I'll be back tomorrow with some new projects!


  1. Thanks for all the great info about new products coming out - sounds like we will all be going broke!! Looks like you had a great time. Sure wish I had your energy and enthusiasm - can you bottle that up and sell it, too??

  2. Hi Suzanne...Love the bright and cheery card!! Thanks for sharing your CHA experience with us. The new products look to be must haves. Look out check book!!!

  3. congrats on the cover I was going to come to tell you so, I got my copy yesteray!

  4. oh my GAWD how can you even make anything? i m so wiped out i can't find but like 2 brain cells still!!!

    congrats on the cover shot!!!

  5. Hey good to see you back glad you had so much fun and thanks for sharing all the great pictures. Those maggies and the primas are to die for ! And that big cuttlebug holy cow I can see it now and the paper distresser sounds just awesome !

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  7. Hi ,
    Welcome back.
    Great inromation about the new products.

  8. OH MY GOODNESS SUZANNE! I am happy your back we missed you terribly and OMG! I felt i had a blast just by looking at the pictures. How on earth did you guys managed to say goodbye.I would of been crying like a baby. I wanted to see more pictures!! LOL! OKAY GIRLFRIEND WHAT IS COMING TO CHICAGO AND WHEN!!!!??? I live in chicago (YIKES!)I bought some of the new pearl flowers swirls yesterday LOl!they are too cute.Gosh new CUTTLE BUG folders YES!THANKS FOR THE 411!!!! LOVE RubyM:)

  9. Congrats for making it on the cover
    of the CardMaker,I will have to buy
    this one.I am glad that you had such a good time,loved all the pitcures.
    Linda W.

  10. Congratulations on the cover! Looks like you had a blast at CHA. Wish I could have been there to meet you. Maybe in Chicago. You've inspired a whole new love of cards for me.

    Angie Hunt

  11. Really cute card. Congratulations on the cover - it is really pretty. And you guys had way too much fun without the rest of us.

  12. Congrats Suzanne. That is so exciting. Thanks for sharing the pics.

  13. Congrats on the cover! Great projects! Thanks for the share on CHA! Looks like a blast and fun to see the new products!!! Nice springy card too!

  14. Oh, Suzanne, how exciting to be on the cover!!! Congratulations! Thanks for the slide show - it's so nice to put some faces to the familiar names. Glad you had such a great back to reality!

  15. Thanks for sharing your CHA experience with us! Fun pics and congrats on the Card Maker cover, that is soooo awesome!

  16. Ooooooo, looks like you had so much fun!!! Wish I was there to see all the great booths especially the Magnolia's!!! Thanks for posting the pictures!
    Congratulations on the cover too! :)


  17. Hi Suzanne,

    I'm so glad you had such fun at CHA. Congratulations on getting published, I'm going to have to pick that magazine up and get you to sign it next time I see you :) I love your new Lockhart card too, what fun colors!
    Hugs, Christine :)

  18. Glad to hear you had a wonderful time at CHA and made it home safe and sound! Love your pictures! I'm definitely Chicago Bound this summer...and HOPE to see you there!!! It would be AMAZING to meet you in person! CONGRATS on being a superstar cover girl! can I have your autograph? Seriously!!! You ROCK hun!
    Hugs~ Kim

  19. Welcome back and thank you so much for sharing all the new products! Looks like you had a great time. It was fun to look at your pictures.
    Congrats on be published on the front cover of CardMaker!!! How awesome is that!

  20. OMGosh Suzanne! What a trip you had! Your head must still be spinning. You sure hit Calif. at the right time.......we've had fabulous weather.......glad we could share it with you (heehee).
    Those Prima swirlies are gorgeous --- aqua Cuttlebug cute, cute, cute --- Tim Holtz is adorable --- Graphic 45 (love it) --- and that new Tilda on the purse is a MUST HAVE (cuteness galore)!
    Thanks for all of the sneak peeks! And loads of fun pics with new/old friends.
    I know you'll have tons of memories until next time.
    Huggies ~
    Sharron ♥

  21. "OH MY GAWD" this mad eme crack up. I had a great week with you and can;t wait to see you again. Awesome job on the cover. You go girl. YOU ROCK!

  22. Hi Suzanne! Welcome back! Looks like you had alot of fun at CHA. I would love to attend a CHA. Do you know if they'll ever have one here on the East Coast (New York area?)

    Congrats on being published in CardMaker mag. I just got this mag mailed to me and your card looks lovely there on the cover. Congrats again! hugs, Angela

  23. Congrats on the Card Maker cover, Suzanne! Love your bright and cheerful card too! And thanks for sharing pix from CHA...I'm hoping to go next year.

  24. Hi Suzanne, I am so happy to see that you are home safe and sound. Missed you..I guess you could say I am addicted to your you had fun at CHA, thanks for all of the wonderful pics. I so love seeing them. Did you get a chance to see the Copic booth? That would be one of my favorite ones. Hugs, Lisa G

  25. Big time congratulations on becoming a cover girl!! That's way too cool! Loved your CHA pictures.

  26. Congratulations on the Card Maker cover! Your pics are great and thanks for sharing the new products.

  27. Congratulations!!! Suzanne J Dean the cover Girl!!! Thanks for sharing you pics and the new products. Looks like you had fun. Looking at your pics, I am loving the new Maggies and the Primas....

  28. Magazine use only the best goodies for the covers...YEAH have some of the best goodies. Cover cards, Dirty Dozen...seems to me you are doing something very, very right!
    Thanks for the great pics from CHA. I only live 6 hrs from Chicago and my cousins lives there to. Sounds like I need a trip & I could see the best of the craft at work. WOW!

  29. Thanks for sharing your photos! I lvoe the new Maggies - that Pirate Tilda is adorable!


  30. congrats. on making the cover. Wow you are famous. I love your designs and your talent. Debi in MA


I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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