Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Home again...

CHA was so much fun! I arrived Saturday morning; we were a little late since our plane had to be de-iced before leaving Denver (Iain and the kids came home to 6+" of snow), headed straight to the Anaheim Convention Center, got my badge at the registration desk and went straight in for my "Book It!" class through Fancy Pants Designs. We made an adorable coaster book using their new line of Mulberry Road papers.

Checked in at the hotel before going out to meet the team of The Cat's Pajamas for dinner! I finally met Alma :) and also met Tracy and Janis who were lots of fun! Also there were Alma's honey, Anthony, and Tracy's friend Shauna. I was thrilled to finally meet everybody.

Sunday was an early start...a 7am class with Bazzill Basics. We made 5 different cards/tags using some of their new papers (Cardstock with an Edge). After we got done there it was finally time to check out the booths inside! I spent several hours wandering around and my favorite new lines were from Crate Paper, Prima, and Maya Road. Love their stuff!

My last class was with Canvas Concepts and the teacher was Suzy West, author of books such as Scrapbooking on the Wall which I just love..... Another cool thing about this class is that I got to meet Rocio, one of my online friends from my circle journal group, Seasoned CJ Survivors! We are about to start our third circle together :)

Sunday night I relaxed in the hotel room and watched "Casino Royale". I have to say, Daniel Craig made a pretty good James Bond, especially considering that Pierce Brosnan is such a hard act to follow! Came back home Monday evening to huge hugs at the airport. That was the best!!

Photos to follow later...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Think Spring!

With our yard still covered in snow, and more on the way this weekend, I thought I'd post a couple of Spring-ish cards from the new line of stamps from The Cat's Pajamas. Alma really outdid herself this time; I love these!

Here I am....

Just set up a new blog since our move from CA to CO at the end of last year. We are settled in our new home now, and everyone is back into the daily routines! The kids are thoroughly enjoying their new schools and Iain's job is keeping him busy with his travels...L.A. last week, Chile and Brazil this week! We have also been introduced to the phenomenon of Conifer snowfall...everyone keeps telling us this isn't "normal", but we'll wait and see next winter! We have some parts of our yard which we haven't seen since the first snowfall in October :)

We had some sad news last weekend...Sean Craig, one of the guys on Iain's team, lost his wife Audrey in a terrible car accident in California. We never met Audrey, but Iain and I were really shocked at the news and it reminded us how short and precious life is. Sean and his two daughters' lives will never be the same again. Iain and I hugged each other and Nattie and Jamie a little more this past can read about Audrey here.

I'm excited to be going to Anaheim this weekend to check out the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Trade Show where all the crafting companies roll out their new products! Alma from The Cat's Pajamas has made it possible for her DT members to go this year and we will finally get to meet after 2 years of working for her on card designs. It will be great! Busy, but great! I'm taking 3 workshops which are always fun so hopefully I'll come back with some ideas for cool new projects :)