Monday, 1 August 2011

CHA Update Part 1

this CHA will definitely go down as one to be remembered in more ways than one

- it was one of the few times we have arrived for the start of set up with everything sitting there and carpet laid ready to go.  its unreal when you can just turn up, open up the crates and get stuck straight into setting up without having to wait for anything to show up.

- its been quite some time since we have had the success that this show produced for us which was surprising i guess as we were preparing for the worst – especially with the economic climate we are in at present and the amount of small scrapbooking businesses dropping off.  the strong certainly are the survivors and they were there to spend…

- i discovered that American hospitals are nothing like they are portrayed – and i now have nothing but praise, especially for Resurrection Medical Hospital.  maybe because i had travel insurance but i somehow managed to see more than my fair share of this one– three visits in fact – BUT i was in/out and seen by a doctor within a 15 minutes which is almost unheard off back here in Oz unless your are practically dying.  upon admission the second time around i found that handing in your wrist bracelet with your details on it from two days earlier sped up admission dramatically, gosh even the receptionist laughed at me being back so soon.... i returned home to Australia with a fractured wrist and the remnants of the shingles…. but nevertheless still in one piece – well kind of - pride was a little shattered.

- with a fractured wrist i took way less photos than i usually do but over the next couple of posts i will give you a little glimpse of our stand and the time i spent away and even some of the new products we have got in store that will be released over the next couple of months.

before i let you know about our new releases i want to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to Ranger Industries for the paint, perfect pearls/mediums and craft mats, and to Glue Arts and X-Press Graphics for the tape runners and glue.  big/huge thank you to these companies for their support.  it was actually in the ranger booth where i “somehow” accidentally fell backwards over someone's tote bag and broke my wrist – both Alain (owner) and Tim were calling me “tumbles” by the end of the show….thanks boys – i still can’t believe i did it – though it seems everyone else can. hmmm

CHA Kaisercraft Make and Take

Using the solid dress form from Kaisercraft SB2122 (2 pk),
- paint the dressform by blending the two colours  Adirondack Acrylic Paint dabbers,    Pool and Juniper together using a piece of cut and dry foam
- once paint is dry stamp the kaisercraft flourish texture image onto the wooden dressform using Ranger perfect medium stamp pad.
- dab some bronze perfect pearls over the wet image and then gently dust off the excess.  - lightly spritz with water to set the perfect pearls. 
- decorate the rest of the dress form using a selection of kaisercraft embellishments such as lace – gather around the bottom of the body, adhere some pearl strips at the neckline to create the necklace and paper blooms clustered together at the top.


Shelley said...

Wow Mel, you did have quite an adventure and I bet your glad to be home. Cant wait to see some more photos of what you had time to do in between hospital visits etc. Glad your back safe and sound, and I hope you are on the mend, I am loving the new Kaiser for the next 3 months its all gorgeous.

Lorelle said...

Oh Melissa, what a terrible time for you. By the way, you were very lucky, getting admitted in those fast times are really unheard of here too. But it could have been because of the type of insurance you had. I had a friend wait 22 hours in emergency to be seen!

Anyway, glad you're back home safely and had a good time in the end.

Russellee said...

Mel I am glad that your stand went well at CHA. Sorry to hear about your wrist. Things like that can put a dampner on photo taking and things could have been a lot worse. Looking forward to seeing the new Kaiser ranges and hopefully your lovely layouts using them.

Julia said...

So glad to hear you're okay Melissa! I came over a few times, snapped a some photos but unfortunately missed chatting with you. Thank you for allowing GlueArts to provide your adhesive for the show! We're so thankful for the opportunity!

Kirsty said...

Oh Mel, you poor love! Get better soon!!