CHA was not almost all about the stash.
I mean it was but it wasn't.
Hanging out with Nic, Nic, Steph and Emily for most of the time was the funniest thing.
I know how annoying it can read sometimes when someone says they had a good laugh and giggle at a certain event, I mean its kind of expected that we had a few laughs - we were away from the boys for starters!
And honestly I am going to be annoying (whats new?).
All I did for 5 days solid was laugh my head off.
Im hoarse from talking and laughing and fooling around.
And then we got some time out with April and Scarlet of SC bossage who were closely shadowed by Lorie, Greg and Stephen. Everyone was so busy in that department but then running a huge kit company is a busy job.
Greg was constantly on video patrol, I had to watch my manners.
To see some of the videos go over here - but I warn you, they are gruesome close ups of us all!
Saturday we pitch up and go through the doors at 9am. Having spent the night with my roomies of Nic, Nic and Steph I got to know what middle america does for their morning perk.
Eggs, biscuits, bacony creamy saucy thingy.
Great wodging cups of half shot, extra frothy non-fat skinny latte macchiato, sunny side up, hold the cream, double caramel sauce and chocky sprinkles to go.
Caffeine is the wake up call of America and Starbucks is cashing in on stimulating the nation. I wish I was a Starbuck franchise and then I could pump copious amounts of espresso though my veins for 24 hour alertness (and of course be very very rich).
Our first port of call was the new Paris Hilton lines.
Only because it was en-route to the bad boy stands.
Move along, nothing to see here I said to myself.
The papers are dire in the sense of digitalised bling and chiuauau doggies.
Even one has a printed title, entitled "my first drink".
I mean if she wants to cash in on an industry worth 4 billion dollars, she has got to get it right. They are just not what you (the reader and scrapper extraordinaire) are looking for and as much as I should have, I couldnt point my D200 at them to take a snap.
Hmmmmmmm, me thinks its not ever going to be stocked in the UK.
We did try and line up to see her but there were far too many journalists there and a suspicious amount of men hoofing around her stand. And we kept geting told to stay back which meant practically having to lean at a 45 degree angle if we wanted to get a peep.
Luckily Greg "James cameron" Foster got in there with his trusty steed, Stepehen for a personal autograph from Paree as she breezed into the buiding almost 4 years later than expected.
After viewing her collection, I knew the rest of the show was going to be superb. And it was to a certain extent. So here are the pics and some little thoughts along the way. Brace yourself, there are lots of pics :) Some are really poor quality but the light in there is cack as it is.
Oh, before I do, Basic Grey came up trumps this year. After suffering abyssmally with Boxer (yuks) and Cupcake (double yuks) last year their 5 new babies will be mine - all mine :)
Melissa Francis Vintage loveliness
These locks and keys are my abso favvo
Crate paper is all yum, but that is expected of them these days :)
Chatterbox gets better each year - I love them so much **sigh**
Cork is going to be big this year - me loves the cork jobbies
Jenni Bowlin - vintage at its monochromatic best.
The onlything from Doodlebig that touched me this year was the stand - everything else was same old, same old
Pink Paislee is slurpoliscious this year, i loved all their lines
Kezia of Tinkering Ink fame has moved on up to Autumn leaves with these pretty papers (I have some poppy papers in my new line too, we have great minds!)
Prima, just flowerlishus and the absolute kind of floralness
Graphic 45 has the best stand ever - its like 7 gypsies but more profound. Loved it :)
Fancy Schmancy Pants gets groovacious
Anna Griffin has a fabulous array of new lines out... we were amazed!
Us Sc girls loved this Darcey line:
Maya Road rocks the chippyboard
Basic Grey - my fave paper form the Bittersweet line
My fave paper from the Wisteria line
My fave from the Porcelein line
Blingy tattoos (rib ons, actch)from BG - slurp
Mini packs of stamps by BG - afforable delights :)
Major Blintastic from BG
Heidi Swapp has these papers coated in a gummy thingy that you paint over and it stays gummy. I cant explain it but it will be needable!
My Minds Eye is superb this year, I was really impressed. I hope that a distributor in this country can do us justice and buy it all.
Cosmo Cricket is also very tempting:
SEI has 4 new lines of which I love very very much. My first love with SEI was with Grandmas Kitchen line but they have come along way and should be celebrated.
Creative Imaginations - when you strip back the cartoony themed papers they relish on, you can slurp on Karen Russell for pure vintage eye candy
Spotty Felt - hooray!
Making Memories had a mediocre release of papers buut their embellies are to die for , so Ill let them off.
I love these wooden letter - a LOT
Look! Pins with flags on them...me loves
And that my dears, is that.
Which ones are you getting?