Ladies Camera Club

31 Jan 2009


Give it up for my roomies Nic, Nic and Steph.You would think it somewhat awkward to be sharing a room with girls you only know online.
You worry about not fitting in, being smelly and snoring loudly.
You worry that the hotel towels will barely cover your nipples let alone your backside and that letting it all hang out for a laugh is but a chance if not obvious option.
You hope they wont laugh at your big knickers and winceyette jammies or notice that underneath 3 miles of makeup, you are an old hag with a voice to match.
Luckily none of the above factored into equation (ok, the towel did but still - the little bugger wouldn't even meet together, it was the size of a face cloth).
Oh we did have moments where our weak bladders performed to its best and chins blended into your neck giving you the classic "chinneck" look (where you don't know where the chin ends or the neck begins). Tears combined with mascara gave us beautiful grey streaks on our faces and puse, rosy cheeks burned from almost busting a blood vessel when we tried to contain the outburst of spontaneous laughter. The girls know sarcasm really well and fortunately I was able to withstand the FBI interviews under spotlights as they forced me to cuss and swear in my english accent and take the proverbial pee. We say the same words but of course my accent makes it funnier. Bloody and B****cks were the choice words of the week but the more I spoke, the more repetitive the sayings got.
Nic Harper has been a firm favourite designer of mine since i joined SC. Her attention to detail is flawless and I knew I wanted to befriend her immedgiately. Notice that I spelled that wrong? Steph thought there was a G in the word judging by how she says it. I had to correct the poor darlings grammar but then I have room to talk with all my typos! Nic H has lots a lot of weight and is looking tres foxy. Couple that with her deep, Ohio accented voice and you have sarcasm on a stick. I loves me some quick witted people and she is the bestest at it. My fave line from her this week was the line of the whole trip. I couldn't repeat it, it would bore you to death but it tickles me something rotten. Me loves Nic H.
Nic Samuels pretends to be quiet and demure and adorable and yes, she is adorable and yes she is demure but secretly that girl has a wicked sense of humour. Can you believe I got lucky with the comedians of the show? You know, we both sport Mom-bob hairstyles which is so 2009 - respectable, neat and convenient. We clearly don't have a problem with our noted fashionable hair, we loves it. She has the most amazing eye colour and her layouts coupled with her photography is awesome. She makes the most amazing layouts of her beautiful children, real cleaver stuff at times. Me loves Nic S.
Stephanie Howell? Possibly the only woman who can talk at a million miles an hour and who I can keep up with at that rate. When I first met her on the Saturday of the show, all I heard was blurpalurpablurb Harper. blurpalurpablurb Sadie. blurpalurpablurb Jimmy. I cried with laughter recalling that and that is how she talks. Who else would she be harping on about - thos epoeple are cleraly her life. Her layouts are very much from the heart both artfully and journally. She is funny, very witty and can pull a billibob inbred face at the drop of a hat - but seriously, those pictures are going to have to be shared privately. She has a terrific, beaming smile and whose Mommy tones made your heart lurch every time she talked about missing her kids. I cry with laughter thinking about all the faces she pulled during that summer romance we all shared together. Me loves Steph H.
The pictures were taken at Newport beach on the Tuesday before we left. We rented a car for $28 and aimed for Scrapbook Oasis. The bloody thing was shut as the owners had gone to CHA (funnily enough). Instead, we paddled in the Pacific, hit the pier and grabbed lunch where I sampled my first crab chowder (erm, vom) in this delish little bistro:It was Nic H's first time in the Pacific and on a pier (so I hear now). Had I of known at the time I would have made it a bit more spesh but in hindsight, we already had a good time.
We also made time for the 10th Birthday social of Two Peas. Now Im not strictly a two peas girl, I get lost on their boards and I find it too hard to navigate. But still I have been a member there for almost 5 years now and shockingly barely knew a soul there. We left not long after scoffing a rather delish cupcake a piece to join the Sc team for a rather fine Mexican meal.
Pounding the floor with those girls was the best and it seemed we all homed in on the same supplies that grabbed our attention. Perhaps I was the most over zealous on the BG stand but then I always am. I got to cuddle up with my fave BG designer - dinky Kelly Goree. She is an absolute diamond and she is my favourite and my best.
Joining us from time to time was Emily. Emily has a beautiful knack of nailing layouts with simple undertones - one that I can't seem to nail myself. She is quietly spoken, very sweet and super duper crafty. At one point she saved me from an almost horrible moment at the corner of Prima and for that I owe her my life. Thank you Emily - me loves you for that :)
April and Scarlet, the busiest of bees and ducking and diving from hither and dither. Plotting and planning future kits with perfection and spreading Kentucky sunshine smiles all the way. We didn't get to spend a great deal of time with them but when we did, it was lovely. Me loves A & S
The same goes for Lorie. Lorie is a helper-outer at SC and is incredibly funny and kind. i warmed to her immediately as we chatted about our girls. I haven't got one picture of her on her own, going to sort that out and borrow one from somewhere but she naughtily caught me scooping up on the all you can eat ice cream spread put on by SEI at their launch party that we attended (burp!). Lorie spent an age lining up to have her picture taken with Jane Seymour and although I didn't hang about much, i got a cheeky shot of her talking about her painting techniques. Me loves Lorie.
Shadowing us and keeping an eye on the rowdy crowd was Greg (Aprils husband) and Stephen (in house graphic designer). Total and utter "boys will be boys" and great to have as mediators and jokers. Me loves them but not like LOVE them. Mwahahahahhaha
I met some British contingencies out there including Emma from Artbase, Jill from A Trip Down Memory Lane, Vicky from Capture the Magic, Sarah and Leanne from Sarahs cards, Kathy from Personal Impressions, The QVC buyers (Jo and Abbie), Dawn Bibby and Becks. Also I got to chat with Bev Fletcher from Banana Frog, Shimelle, Marion from Sugar and Spice plus Sue and Richard from Craftwork Cards.
Not much celebs treading the floor but I was delighted to bump into CD Muckosky who is a real darling and I managed to spurt out "We love you Donna Downey" like a dork as we stopped to say hello - she is looking really skinny right now. I obviously hate her for that. Heidi Swapp was there but not generally scmoozling and I saw the Timeister. I stopped to chat with Anna Griffin whom I met at QVC in November and revelled in the fact that I could tell her that we adored the Darcey line and really, that was that on celebsville. I am pretty bummed that I missed Emily Falconbridge though :(
And finally I got to meet some Studio Calico members - Ally (Scrapally - dinky and adorable), Brenda (Scrappermamma - me loves bit of Brenda hair and ultra brilliant eyes..... Im in immediate love with her), Reyanna (she is so sunny and smiley and funny) and Joanne (Spa girl, i just loved her) as well as Heather Fuentes who has beautiful looks plus lots of other remarkably friendly people from Scrapbook Trends and Craft Critique.
I dont think (except bedtime) there was a moment where one of us was not talking or laughing. Being with like minded people in a huge convention centre does have its plus points but sharing a room with them is even better although i have to say that 5am wake up calls should be banned even if I went to bed at (shock, horror) 10pm...say what?

Gotta go and settle in for the night after discovering I owe the Tax man jack sheet. Now thats the kind of tax return we all deserve (thanks Lyn xx).

30 Jan 2009

So, CHA...............

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.
And language.
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 loves

And that my dears, is that.
Which ones are you getting?