Hello Happy Crafters!
I am presently in craft heaven in Phoenix, Arizona. Each year, AFCI (Association for Creative Industries – formerly CHA) has a huge convention for shop owners, designers, and other industry professionals to flock to the desert and see all the goodies our favorite vendors will be releasing over the next 3 to 6 months.
The vendors also offer education classes where you get to play with new product and learn new crafting goodness. I was fortunate enough to get in to Graphic 45′s class, taught by G45 owner Diane Schultz’s daughter, Charee Filimoehala.We got to play with the brand new (not yet released!) traveler’s notebook, and their recent Princess release.
The project was designed by the fabulous Annette Green. (Sorry for the hotel lighting!)
Some of the project was done according to directions, then I kind of went rogue and added other touches.
A wonderful time was had by all! (And YES, you will be seeing their traveler’s notebook as an upcoming project kit. Paper collection still undecided.)
The other class I was fortunate enough to attend was with the amazing Wendy Vecchi. I have taken her classes before and taught many (many) classes using her wonderful products. Alas, as this is mixed media, it doesn’t lend itself well to kits, but when I teach in person, she is my go-to designer for mixed media classes.
Look at all the amazing product we got from Ranger! (Who produces some of her product.) Stamps, stencils, inks and more! She has designed a new stamping station that I can’t wait to get my hands on. (Not shown here.)
It was SO much fun making these cards. I’ve one yet to complete, but look forward to some good inky fun when I can spare some Me Time to play.
Today the convention show floor opens and I am heading that way now! I will be checking out Graphic 45’s amazing booth, meeting the designers from Stamperia, checking out the latest from Kaiser, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions, and SO.MANY.MORE.
Yes, it’s Disneyland for creatives. I’ve wanted to attend this convention for years and I cannot wait to see what the day has in store.
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