CHA Recap – Day One

Hello everyone!!  I’ve been back from CHA for a week today and I’m still tired!!  There was so much packed into the 4 days that I was there!! So lets get started!

Day One: Thursday, January 7th, 2016


I arrived in California at 10:30 am and I was ready to hit the ground running.  I had no clue what to expect or what this event would even look like but I was eager to learn.

I stayed at the Red Lion Hotel which was right across the street from the convention center.



The hotel was decent!!  I had two queens sizes beds all to myself!! The staff was very polite and the entire establishment was clean and inviting for my first impression.

The other bonus to this hotel was IHop!!  It was adjacent to the hotel.  I love pancakes!! I went in their for breakfast.  The palm trees cover up the IHop sign in the picture above, LOL!!!

While waiting for my food, I was startled by Suzanne from So Suzy Stamps!!  She found me in IHop!!  Talk about CIA mission, LOL!!!  It was the first time we’ve met after working with each other for over a year!!  How awesome is that.  Another bonus, was her mom was with her!!  Mama Denise!!!  Such a fantastic women.  We sat and ate breakfast together.

Once we were done with breakfast, we headed straight to the convention center.  It took us a minute to get inside, non of the the parking garages were open. We eventually found one and made our way in, not without a hiccup!  We were directed in one direction and it turned out it was wrong. We took our chances and walked through an open door where they were setting up a volleyball tournament.  Thank you, we were in!  LOL!


The front of the convention center.


The posted schedule for the show room floor

So the first thing you have to do one is pick up your badge and goody bag from the registration table.  (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of that).


A bag full of stuff came with the registration but for now these are the most important items.  You need that badge to enter all of the events and the directory was my guide.  Now I can hit the ground running.

On Thursday and Friday, there’s classes and workshops.  The showroom floor didn’t open until Saturday so it wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be.  Which was perfect for me since, this was my first time.  I can see and move around with no hassle.

Now let me just give you some info on my badge type.  I went to CHA as “Press”.  That means, my job is to report on the entire event.  Take pictures, blog about the event and spread the word.  In order to do that, all of the class and workshops were free for me to attend.  Now that means, I can only audit the classes.  I couldn’t actively participate, which was a bummer, but I made the best of it.  It was up to the instructors, to allow me to participate. Each class has a set amount of materials they prepared for each paid participate.  If they had extras and allowed me to play along then I did.  Despite all of that, I really enjoyed all of my classes.

First class: Beautiful Boxes sponsored by Brother International Corporation taught by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer from 2-4pm


I was super excited about this class because as all of you know, I have the Brother ScanNCut 2 and absolutely love it.  Plus I follow Julie on all of her social media outlets.  She is amazing and super knowledgeable.

This class was pretty full and the staff working the room were warm and friendly.

I sat to the back since I was press and didn’t want to take anyone space.  Believe me when I say all of the seats were taken.

I spoke to Tina who was the Marketing Manger for Brother and she gave me permission to periscope some of the class.  (I thought I set up my katch account properly but apparently I didn’t so I can’t link the videos here.  I’m upset about that.)

Julie, taught the class how to create two beautiful boxes while exploring all of the new features that the ScanNCut 2 has to offer.  Super cool and fun.  I learned a lot about my machine.

She also taught us how to create stamps and a stencil with the ScanNCut 2.  Take a look:




Totally amazing.  The possibilities of this machine is endless. Here are some of the new features she shared with us:

  1. 300 DPI Built-in Scanner with RGB Recognition: the machine can read black and white and color just by a push of a button.
  2. SVG Data Readability: All of those SVG files you currently have can be cut out with your ScanNCut 2.
  3. ScanNCut Online: You can create something on your machine and save it to the Canvas and have access to it no matter where you go.
  4. Stand-Alone:  You don’t need a computer hook up to use the machine.  You didn’t see any in the photo above.

These are just some of the features she talked about in class.  I truly enjoyed taking this class and learning all about my ScanNCut 2.

I would recommend this machine to everyone.  I love the fact that it can cut almost all of my stamped images.  (Remember to cut, the machine has to read closed lines.  So if you have an image that is whimsical with open lines, it might not read it.  Trail and error is the best way to see) No need for coordinating dies.

The sweetest part of this class was the end, when I was able to talk to Julie face to face.  Awesome.  She is full of life and energy.


I have to say I don’t like how I look in this photo, but who cares right!!  LOL!!!

Thanks Julie for this amazing class and thank you Tina for allowing me to walk the room and tape and take photos of the class.  I need to also thank the lady who let me sit over her shoulder to tape and photograph her projects. I didn’t get her name but just in case she happens to read this, Thank you!!

First class done √

Onto my first Seminar:

Hands-On Lab: Learn To Take Better Photos With Any Camera by Helen Bradley from 4-6pm

Since it was a seminar, I didn’t take photos because it was a very intimate class setting and I didn’t want to be rude.  I was invited to have a sit so I did.

We learned all about the cameras we are currently using.  How to set the camera up and take better photos.  I knew how to use my SLR prior to the class but she did give me some good pointers on the ISO, White Balance and working without a tripod.

After the class, I took a couple of photos at 10pm at night:

I use my Canon 70D Lens 50mm 1.4 f/stop:  I changed my ISO since I wasn’t using a tripod and it was super dark outside.


Flower 2


I was totally amazed and grateful for that lesson.  Can you believe these were take at night!! The camera is amazing and so was that seminar.

Before I left the convention, I stopped by the registration booth to ask some questions about the do’s and don’t as press and I ran into Jennifer Priest!!  Another young lady that I follow on different social media outlets.  This young lady is full and I mean full of information and she doesn’t mind sharing it.

Now this really isn’t a good picture of me but what the hectic!! I was in great company!


Thanks Jennifer!!!

Ok, folks, this was a long post but so worth it.  I will be back with the more CHA recaps.  I hope you enjoyed this post today!

If your on Instagram, you can see all of the photos I took by typing #kreativekymonacha2016 in the search bar.

Thank you so much for stopping by!



Hello – Muse Challenge

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today playing with the Muse Challenge!!  I can’t tell you the last time I had a moment to play along with them.  This was one of my favorite challenges to play in before I became super busy with DT work, LOL!!!

The Muse this week is Anita Bowden, here is her card:


Take a look at my card:

Hello (Muse)

I decided to create this card because I looked out of my window about an hour ago and realized that it was snowing.  This is our first snow fall for the winter season.  I’m not happy about it. I’m not a fan of the snow.  So I thought this scene went perfect with my how my outdoors looked like.

This card was easy to create.  I just die cut Your Next Stamp Houses on the Hill Die and adhered it to a piece of Recollection Black Cardstock for contrast as did Anita.  Then I used Tsukineko Radient Neon Amplify! to add my snow.  My sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.  It was a single hello stamp that I received as a thank you for ordering.

Super easy and fun.  I made this card in 5 minutes.

Supplies used:

houses on hill dieRecollections Black HeavyweightRadiant Neo AmplifyRecollections White Heavyweight

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Your Next Stamp January 2016 Blog Hop


Hello everyone!!  Yayyy, I love this blog hop featuring new products from Your Next Stamps makes squeal!! LOL!!

This release is super cute!!  Yesterday’s sneak peek was fun.

If you’ve been hopping along, you would have arrived from Julie’s blog and if you’d like to start from the beginning, you can click on over to the linky at the bottom of this post and start at Holly‘s blog.

My favorite set from this release is the Little Darling Archer stamp set! I love the arrows in this set.  My one little word is forward and those arrows are my symbol so I was excited to see them.

Are you ready for my big reveal?  I made two cards to inspire you!

Take a look at my card:

True Love with arrows


True Love arrows (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Little Darling Archer

Other Supplies: Recollection White Cardstock, Copic Marker R46, Versafine Black Ink

Take a look at my second card:

Its a spinner card that doesn’t open.  Its a one layer card.  Super cute and fun.

The front

Happy V Day (YNS)

The back

Happy V Day (YNS) 2

YNS Supplies: Roses for You, Cute Butt

Other Supplies: Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock, retired Stampin’ Up! Stacked With Love DSP, Recollection Black Cardstock, Versafine Black Ink, Copic Markers, Stampin’ Up! Linen Thread

So what do you think?  I had so much fun creating these cards to inspire all of you and show you the versatility of the stamp sets! Which one of these items are favorite?  I would love to hear from you!

Be sure not to miss any blog along the way, because one lucky commenter will have a chance to win a $25 YNS gift certificate. Winner will be announced on the YNS blog on January 20th.  So don’t forget to leave a comment on each of the blogs participating in the blog hop.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special promo code to get
20% off your entire purchase!!


Thanks for stopping by!!


Your Next Stamp January 2016 Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!!! I’m back again for this month’s Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!!

We are getting ready for our January Release Blog Hop tomorrow with a sneak peek today. Are you excited? I am!!

Take a look at my card that I’m giving you a sneak peek of:

Hi there, valentine

YNS Supplies: Puppy Love Stamp Set

Other Supplies: Versafine Black Ink, Copic Markers, Random Twine, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Recollection White Cardstock

You know my style is Clean and Simple and that is was the look I was going for with this card.

I stamped the image and sentiment, colored him in and added the ribbon.  Super simple and easy.

Oh by the way, I added some of the paint drips to the card.

I hope I see all of you tomorrow for the January 2016 Release Hop!

Supplies used:

Onyx Versafine InkCopic MarkersWe R Memory Keepers Corner ChomperRecollections White Heavyweight

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Second Post for today
If your looking for the CS Take It Make It Challenge, click here

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with the Sparkle and Shine Challenge!!!

I really love this challenge this month.  It allowed me to come out of my comfort zone and create a card with a scene. I absolutely love it.

Here is the inspiration photo that guided us this time around:


Now take a look at my take on this photo:

By Your side

OMG!!  Tell me this isn’t amazing!! I love this card so much.  Those birds are amazing and after seeing the many ways they can be used.  I had to use them for this challenge.

Here is how I created this card:

  1. I cute my black card base to a standard size A2 card, 4.25 x 5.50 scored at 4.25.
  2. I used Concord & 9th By Your Side Bird Die to cut the birds out of the black card base.
  3. Then I cut Simon Say Stamp Fog cardstock down to 4 x 5.25, so that it could fit behind the birds to give them a better contrast.
  4. Before inserting the fog cardstock behind the birds, I added some dimension to the card panel using (closed store) Top Dog Die Bats die to create some extra black tree branches.
  5. I added those trees to the top of the card pane using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  6. Then I stamped my sentiment from Concord & 9th By Your Side Stamp Set using Versafine Black Ink.
  7. After the ink dried, I slide the fog card stock into place behind the birds. I adhered it down with Tombow Extreme adhesive.
  8. To add the red birds, I die cut them again using Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock and them cut them of the branch.
  9. I adhered them to the black birds already there using Tombow Extreme adhesive.
  10. Then I used a black thin marker to add a black line near the birds beak.
  11. I used Tsukineko Radiant Neon Amplify! to add some snow to the scene. Super cool to watch the snow pop up.
  12. For my sparkle and shine, I added Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy to the birds wing tips and the top tree branches.

What do you think?

Now its your turn to give this challenge a try!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Right at Home!! The winner this challenge will receive a $15 gift card to her store and be asked to join us next month as our Guest Designer. 

Supplies used:

Recollections Black HeavyweightSSS Fog cardstockTombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveOnyx Versafine InkRadiant Neo AmplifyDistress GlitterReal Red CS

Thank you for stopping by!


CS Take It Make It: Take a Stamp Challenge Inspiration

I’m here today with CS Take It Make It Design Team for our CS Take It Make It: Take a Stamp Challenge for the month of January.

This month’s theme is Take a Stamp!!  That means take any stamp and create something, anything goes!! Now if that isn’t easy, I’m not sure what is!!

Take a look at my card:


This image, Tiny Townie Penelope Has a Pencil is from Stamping bella and I think its the cutest thing!!  I created a pack of 5 cards to give away to a friend.

I stamped the image in the bottom right hand corner and then colored the image with Copic markers.

Here are the colors that I used:

Pencil: C4, C6, RV11, RV13, V95, Y21, Y19, YR23, E30, E31, W4, W9

Skin:E00, E11, E23,

ShirtB12, B14, B37,

Skirt: R24, R46, R59

Super fun to color!


We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for January is: Dail Art!

Dali Art


From left to right: assorted Indian ribbon and self adhesive Bindi embellishments, self adhesive gems in 5 colours and two sizes Indian Butterfly stamp.

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

penelope-750x750MFT Hybrid Black InkRecollections White Heavyweight

Thank you so much for stopping by!


CASology 180 – Open

Second Post for today
If your looking for Home is Where the Heart is Blog Hop, click here

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card just for you!!  

This week’s cue card is :

Week 180 - Open

Take a look at my card:

Tree hugs (CAS)

Are you wondering what my card has to do with our cue card?  Everything!!  Trees are out in the “OPEN”!!  They bear the weather, animals climbing on them, power lines running through them and people curving on them; and yet they still stand strong and tall!!

I love this Tree Hugs stamp set from Concord and 9th.  The trees look so life like.

Here is how I created this card:

  1. I used Recollection White cardstock and created a standard A2 size card, 4.25 x 5.50, scored at 4.25.
  2. Then I stamped the tree image three times using Versamark ink.
  3. After that, I lightly inked up the side of the trees with Distress Ink Old Paper with a blending tool and a mask.
  4. Then I stamped the sentiments from the same set using Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink. I doubled stamp one of the hearts and BFF because carving in trees are as clean cut as we would like.

I absolutely love how this card turned out.  I can’t wait to make another one.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment below letting me know.

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

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Our Guest Designer this week:


Our Sponsor this week is Craft Classes Online!

Supplies used:

 Tree Hugs Recollections White HeavyweightOnyx Versafine InkDistress Ink Old PaperReal Red Classic Ink

Thank you for stopping by!