Day One of the CHA Paper Arts Show in Atlanta was exactly one week ago, on Tuesday, July 29. This day was dedicated to classes put on by show sponsors. That evening, the show floor was open to a sneak peek during a Welcome Reception, and attendees had the chance to browse and chat while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres. Here’s a recap of my experience.
I took three classes on Tuesday – one from Spellbinders, one from Sizzix, and one from Stampendous.
1. Spellbinders – Cele’brations Class
Taught by the designer of the new Cele’brations line, Richard Garay, this class was awesome. We created three cards using Richard’s stamps, inks, embossing folders, and dies, and I got tons of ideas about using them for future projects.
And, to our great surprise and delight, not only did we get to keep the products we’d been using, but they handed out three additional sets for each of us to take home. I later commented to one of the instructors that I felt like I was leaving with half the line, and she said, “You are!” Wow.
2. Sizzix – Stephanie’s Favorites
This class was taught by Stephanie Barnard, and we created cards using her interactive card dies. We made a Step-Up, a Stand-Up (with a variation), and a Flip-It. We got to play with some of her Trip-lits dies and matching stamps.
This class was fun, but a little stressful, as it didn’t seem as organized as it could have been. At the end, we were given a Stamper’s Secret Weapon, an interactive card die, and two catalogs to take home.
3. Stampendous – Beauty Journal with Fran Seiford
Oh, my. This class was probably my favorite. I got to play with Stampendous’s version of a gelli plate, called the Creative Palette. We were smooshing and swirling and brayering paint around, and it was just an all-out dirty fingers good time. Fran showed us how to use her Blossom Beauty stencil and stamp set to create infinite looks, and taught us how to make a journal using our monoprints – that was what we created, after all – to create a journal of sorts. SO much fun! AND we each received our own Creative Palette and stamp and stencil set to keep.
Below are Fran’s examples – mine is still unfinished. I’ll post my own when I’ve had a chance to at least add hair. Oh, and I’ve got a darling idea for a class using these supplies, so stay tuned for that to be coming in kit format soon.
In the evening, once all the classes were concluded, we had a chance to visit the show floor. I have to say, I’d expected it to be smaller than previous CHA Summer shows, but I didn’t expect to be able to complete the tour in less than thirty minutes. Still, there were some amazing projects on display, and lots of fabulous new goodies to look at, so I was thrilled to be a part of it all. In the next few days, I’ll be recapping what were, to me, the highlights, so I’ll close for now.
What do you think of the class projects you’ve seen? What ideas are floating around in your head?