Monday, February 6, 2012

Magic at CHA??

Magic, I think!!!  Yes... magic... or something like it.  I came home from CHA and I have to say if nothing else, it inspires you.  Truly!!!

My first day of CHA was nothing short of stressful.  It was almost noon and I realized in two hours I had seen ONE booth!  ONE!  And... in that two hours... I dropped my camera and broke it!!!  I already had sore feet and what I was hoping wasn't shin splints!

Immediately you realize there are those in the business who 1) will snub you... 2) will look at ONLY your title on your badge BEFORE they speak.... 3)  can be intimidating with just a glance of their eyes.  Yes... needless to say... it seemed like a most MISERABLE two hours!!!  AND... to top it off... I realized there TRULY WAS 160,000 sq. feet of space to wander! O! M! Gosh!!!  But... once I realized this was THEIR game to play and NOT mine... things turned around.  I left the first day determined to be JUST ME, REGARDLESS of what THEY expect and want!  I am who I am and I will NOT change to be the "game" they like to play.

Day two... I'm happy... having fun... loving the whole experience.  AND... I learned.  Not from the rude vendors of yesterday... but from the REAL heart of CHA.  The designers who had THEIR work displayed at every booth.  THAT is me.  I am a designer and not only did I learn form their awesome creations, but I was inspired.  Inspired to create.. inspired to try new things... inspired to do the best I can and then keep trying harder.  THAT is what I learned and wanted from CHA.  :-)  I made a few truly amazing contacts and dare I say I think that we will be friends for a very long time.  Yes.. CHA has it's "issues" but... all in all... it was quite an experience and even a bit magical at times.

My card today was created using the "Wags n Whiskers" digi stamp, "Angelica".  Isn't she beautiful??  I love fairies and everything magical.  :-)  I colored her with my Copic markers and added a bit of Frost Stickles to her wings. 

My paper is Pure Luxury from Gina K Designs, Blue Raspberry and Key Lime Accents... love love these colors!! The DP is from Echo Park.  My ribbon is one of my favs that I always forget.. or.. maybe I'm not forgetting so much but hording it... hee hee... Turquoise Stripe

I hope you have a fabulous day!! Stay tuned for some fabulous "hops" coming your way this week.  Fun fun!!  *HUGS*



Marti {Pez-A-Doodle Designs} said...

that ribbon DOES totally rock :) glad it went better after that first day! and yes there are some folks there who are very full of themsleves...i don't pay them much attention either. i am there to learn not play some high school popularity contest

alex said...

Very well said, a lesson for us all, well done you :-)

Teresa Arsenault said...

Wow! This card is all kinds of fabulous, Tina. I can plainly see that you were great inspired. I love the colors, the embossing, the glitter and that ribbon is so cool. Love it, love it.

jennifer said...

Tina your work speaks for itself. Beautiful. If they were rude it was probably jealousy because you most definitely inspire me. Keep up the awesome work. Jennifer

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Beautiful fairy card!

Sharon in Arizona said...

Beautiful card, Tina!!!! Love how you matched all the colors to that extroidinary ribbon. I love that image so I'm headed there now to get me one!! So happy to hear that the majority of your CHA experiency was magical and beneficial. I keep hoping each year the Anahiem show will fall "just right" for me. Hugs, Sharon :o)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Excellent coloring on this fun image!!


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