Friday, July 27, 2012

CHA Highlights PLUS a Giveaway!


It's been a week since CHA ended and I'm finally back home, settled in, and ready to share some of my pics with you! The majority of these were taken with my phone, so forgive me if the quality isn't that great. Oh, and if you're patient and scroll down to the end, you can check out my awesome giveaway! This contest has ended - thanks for your wonderful comments!

A couple months ago I was thrilled to be asked to create samples for Tim Holtz' idea-ology line of products. I was also lucky enough to get to work with the new releases from Stampers Anonymous. I can't tell you how much I love the new sets! The bottom row and right side are all mine. I think the skull is by Tammy Tutterow and the other two are from Joy Kennedy. They both created some truly beautiful and inspiring cards with these new stamps!

This was the display featuring the original drawings by Mario Rossi III, who designed the Blueprint stamps. I thought it was so cool!

Now we move onto Ranger, where Tim demoed the new Metallic Distress Stains - one of my favorite products that was released. Tim is an amazing person and an incredibly talented artist. He makes it look so easy!

One of the great things about CHA is getting to see work by your favorite artists. I had a fun time trying to figure out who made these samples in the Ranger booth. The four large-ish pieces are from Kaz Hall, one of my all-time favorite artists. The balloon and the tag on the far right are by Candy Colwell, another one of my artistic heroes. I'm pretty sure the rest are Tim's. So much eye candy!

Here is a piece that I remembered from the Winter show. I searched high and low and finally found out that it was another fantastic work of art by Candy. Incredible, isn't it?!

I totally fell in love with the new Rock Candy dry glitter from Ranger! My box was covered in the new idea-ology paper, embellished with the new Mirror, Woodlands Tree, and Tinsel Twine. All the dies are from Sizzix.

Tim's Snowflake Rosette dies were some of my favorites from this show. I used them to create a snowy white wreath that was covered in Rock Candy dry glitter. The day the show opened I searched high and low for it and couldn't find it anywhere (my samples were spread throughout Sizzix, Ranger, idea-ology, and Stampers Anonymous)! As I was approaching the Dylusions display, something familiar caught my eye - it was my wreath! Dylusioned!

Okay, now we go across the way to the idea-ology booth. I wish I had more pics - it was amazing! Here are just a few samples that were on display. The snowman jar and travel cards are mine. I believe the rest are by Tammy Tutterow. I love the precious photo in the Believe piece.

Another great thing about CHA is getting to actually MEET some of your heroes! This is Linda Cain, artist extraordinaire, standing next to the awesome sleigh. She is one of the nicest, most talented, down-to-earth, people I've met in this business. And check out her gorgeous bag!

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the ridiculously talented Jim Hankins aka The Gentleman Crafter. He is as nice as he is talented - and let me tell you, he is SO talented!! His work makes my jaw drop on a regular basis.

Woo hoo! Now we're in the Sizzix booth - winner of the best booth AND best press kit. This was a little Halloween corner filled with all kinds of spooky goodness. That's my Configurations apothecary cart and also my 'Boo' surprise box. I'm not sure who did the Bell Jar (Tim?) and the silhouette frames are Tim's.

These two cards were displayed in the Tim Holtz Alterations section of the booth. Love those mirror letters cut with the Word Play die!

Another one of my favorites was the Bell Jar die. So many possibilities with this one! BTW, the background for this card was made with the new Ranger Silver Metallic Distress Stain. Coolness! The card on the right was made with the new Wreath die. Another fave of mine.

Now, I'm not fond of how I look in this (a little drunk and too happy?) but I couldn't leave out a pic of two wonderful artists! In the center is the AMAZING Karen Burniston, Queen of Pop-Ups, and on the right is the beautiful Gretchen Schmidt.

Here is one of Karen's new dies - how incredible is that card? Pop-ups are my new obsession!

This is another of Karen's samples, this time done with the Pop-and-Cuts system. I honestly could have an entire blog post dedicated to her samples. I was mesmerized!

Oh, now for the stunning samples from Eileen Hull. I LOVE the sturdy, dimensional samples made by Beth Reames using Eileen's ScoreBoard dies. I just ordered her Candy Drawer die and can't wait to play with it! Eileen is another gifted artist who is so nice in person. Sizzix peeps rock!

Now for some Chicago! On Wednesday evening my husband and I took the L into the city and did the fasted tour ever! Chicago in about two hours. :) My first mission was to find the silver blob. That's what I called it anyway. In person it is really incredible. I love the way it reflects the skyline.

If you've visited the blob, don't tell me you don't have a picture EXACTLY like this! Also, don't tell me I'm short - I know (just kidding, Evelyn). It's actually the blob's powers of distortion.

Woo hoo! I hope you haven't fallen asleep from this mile-long post! I was lucky enough to receive one of Tim's cool messenger bags (thanks, Joy!) and decided that, rather than keep it all to myself, I would give it to one lucky reader. Since that seemed a little skimpy, I added an equally cool TH apron (how stylin' will you be when you're stamping?!), an idea-ology catalog, a lanyard from the show that is made from Tim's new ribbon, and a tag from me. Whew! That bag will be packed!

This giveaway is closed! Thanks so much for all your comments!

All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email. I even allow anonymous comments so you can enter whether you have a blog or not! Just make sure I have a way to get ahold of you if you win. That's it! I'll leave the comments open until Monday and then use that random number picker thingy to choose a winner. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by!

225 comments:

  1. Fabulous to read through your adventures Shelly and all the samples are simply stunning, so much talent under one roof. I have emptied my bank balance already lol. Fabulous giveaway too. Thanks. Take care, Tracy x x .

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  2. Hey Shelly!! Thanks so much for the props, girlfriend!! You are just a sweetheart and a creative talent beyond measure. I love all of your stuff!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win your giveaway stuff. Keeping my fingers crossed! I so love all of our pieces at CHA. You spent tons of time on them and it shows....just incredibly wonderful pieces!!! Congratulations on being featured at Tim's booth. You are so deserving! <3 Candy

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  3. What a wonderful adventure, Shelly! :) I love all your artsy pieces on display and the photo of you and your husband in the silver blog is great fun, too! :)

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  4. Fabulous work by you and everyone! Loved seeing them at the show! Loved reading your post and seeing all the different pieces. (Stampersuzz)

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  5. WOW! Love this post Shelly with all the awesome art! Congrats on your work with Tim Holtz. I was lucky to attend a class when Tim was recently here in Australia. He is so down to earth and just fabulous!

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  6. I love your stuff....amazing talent! Will you be doing a tutorial on your halloween cards?

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  7. The pictures are fabulous Shelly!! Congrats to you for the well deserved recognition!

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  8. Thank you for the tour. I have some awesome blogs to visit, and a month's supply of inspiration. Come'on with Tim's new products!

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  9. Thanks for the photos and descriptions, fabulous!

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  10. Thank You for the pics! I have fallen in love with the Bell Jar! What fun to create some art for Tim! You are an inspiration.

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  11. Wow, what a huge group of inspiring projects! Thanks for sharing these. As always, I'm amazed.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your photos. Great projects.

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  13. Oh my am I inspired and can hardly wait to go use my new stamps I just received in the mail. What inspiration and oh my your use of rock candy is just wonderful. You are such a inspiration to me on a daily basis and thank you for your wonderful samples, directions, and details.

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  14. Wow, wow and wow... That's all I can say. It's all such wonderful eye candy!!! Thanks for sharing so much with us from CHA! I might get to go some day haha!! Thanks also for the generous giveaway, that's too kind of you!!!!

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  15. I would love to win the products. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  16. Who could fall asleep with all that eye candy and inspiration? Thanks so much for sharing your CHA experience and for doing this generous giveaway! Terrie Lightfoot

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  17. Wow! Looks like you had an amazing time at CHA! Thank you so much for sharing these goodies with us!

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  18. Wow, just wow. Photo after photo of beautiful, inspiring works! I love it all, but my favorite has to be the little house with the deer and the tree. Adorable and soooo chic! Thank you for sharing part of your amazing trip!

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  19. Oh Shelly -- how awesome to go to CHA! I am sure there are many of us who give their eye teeth to go! How doubly awesome to share Tim's messenger bag as blog candy -- so kind of you!

    Judy Jackson

    stampingjudy at yahoo dot com

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  20. Thank you for posting the pictures for those of us that don't get to go. All of it is jaw dropping! I sooo want to know how you did the snowman jar, I love it!
    Thanks for an opportunity to win some cool prizes, so sweet of you.
    Sandy northscreations@gmail.com

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  21. I am loving all of the samples from CHA! It is great to see the new products in use! Lots of lovely art work! Thanks so much for a chance to win an awesome lot of goodies and I know I could put them all to good use!

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  22. Wow, love looking at all those gorgeous samples. Thanks for sharing with those of us not in attendance. Loving your samples as always. And thanks for the chance to win a bag!

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  23. What a wonderful post... I am so loving all the samples and the inspiration is over flowing tremendously. So kind of you to allow us the chance to win some neat stuff. Thank you too for sharing your CHA experience with us.

    Regina Z.
    Mbnurse83@gmail.com

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  24. Shelly, what a generous giveaway! Loved your photos from CHA...looks like lots of inspiration!

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  25. Thanks sooo much for sharing your trip with us, that was so cool. Love your projects. Awesome giveaway!
    Misty/Scrapalooza
    scrapalooza@yahoo.com

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  26. Shelly, Thanks so much for taking the time to share these photos so that we can all experience CHA. The samples are all gorgeous, of course!

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  27. WOW Shelly! Thank you so much for sharing your pics with us. I can't get enough of all the fantastic details and creations by so many talented artists! And thank you for the chance to win such an awesome prize! I hope to see more of your Apothecary box in the near future!

    Julie Case
    julie4kw@yahoo.com

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  28. Shelly, it was wonderful taking a peek at all the fun things you saw and did in Chicago! I love all the fabulous samples everyone did, how inspiring!!

    Thank you for the chance to win your generous giveaway! WOW!! lol
    Mary-Beth
    acelticangel@yahoo.ca

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  29. Looks like you had a great time in Chicago. Thanks for sharing your memories and the great haul. Lovin' your Halloween piece. Carolyn Bosley / cbosley@gates.com

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  30. What a fabulous post Shelly!!! I love everything you created for the show, your snowman jar and apothecary box are my faves :-) I love seeing photos of all of the Creative Folks getting together!

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  31. Great pictures, TFS! I'd love to be in the drawing!

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  32. Love your creations, especially the Configurations display. It's nice to be able to enjoy part of CHA all the way from Canada!

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  33. Wow, it would be so cool to be there in person but you certainly showed so much. Thanks for that and I love your work. I can't wait to play with all the new goodies. Thanks for the chance to win goodies.

    Andrea
    andrea61@netspace.net.au

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  34. looks like you had an amazing adventure and who wouldn't want one of those bags? thanks for sharing your talents!

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  35. Great pics and such a wonderful time we had!!! You made walking the floor so much fun...and your projects are truly amazing works of ART! Fabulous creations, my friend!

    ~Linda

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  36. You not only did an excellent job of portraying all of Tim's new products but your art pieces are just superb! I love seeing what you come up with! Who wouldn't like to win your giveaway...awesome! Thank you for letting us follow you around CHA and Chicago!

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  37. Oops - I forgot my email address is opossumqueen1955@yahoo.com. Looking at all your pics and reading about your trip made me forget that important bit of entering!

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  38. I wish I could quit you Stamptramp! LOL! HA! Absolutely love your style! You inspire me!
    Thank you!

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  39. All the pictures, products, samples are amazing. Wish I could of been a fly on the wall to see how all the wonderful samples were created. Thank you for giving such a comprehensive tour and for sharing your talent.

    Mary Anne E
    scrap 4 me at yahoo dot com

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  40. Thank you for sharing your wonderful works and the great pics from CHA. Its always a treat to read your blog. And thank you for the chance.

    Karen Filipino
    kngo7 at hotmail dot com

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  41. Such amazing samples, you ,ust be so proud and oh my there are so many yummy products that agirl just must have!!!!thanks for the very kind and amazing giveaway !
    Trace x
    tracey.metcalfe@yahoo.co.uk

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  42. Oh my!! What an amazing time...all those lovelies, in person and on display!
    A blog to browse time and time again!
    Metallic distress stain??? Must find out more!!
    Thanks for sharing Shelly.
    Feisty

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  43. Thank you so much for sharing....what a wonderful adventure!
    So much talent in one place, I wish I could have been there.
    Thank you for all the inspiration and for an amazing givaway.

    Angelica
    angsta@hotmail.com

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  44. Shelly~ What great pics of CHA and the superSTARS! And you are one! Love all the samples you made... the Apothecary Configuration is my favorite : )
    Thank you for the generous chance to win some Swag! Please toss my name into the Randomator Thingy: Erin~ eringlee (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  45. Dear Shelly, Thanks so much for the tour. It was like being there. Your photos were clear and showed a lot of detail. Grat variety.

    Donna Smith
    sugarpine573@gmail.com

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  46. What fabulous new products, samples are so inspiring!

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  47. wow! amazing post! but...then u are amazing to me as well! I have told u b4 I love your work...of course I cant sleep with all thats going on in my life, but I so appreciate the recap! This CHA passed me by for sure...so I am grateful for posts like yours! ty ty ty! and keep on wowing me!

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  48. Shelly - your art at CHA is amazingly gorgeous and I totally love that dylusioned wreath! Thanks so much for the chance to win some goodies, what a generous lady you are!

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  49. Oh my!! I am in love with all the pictures of the samples you shared!!! Need to find out how you did the snowman head jar, cute!! Also learned from you about the Scoreboard(?) dies, I thought they were only for the Pro machines-I am hooked now!!!
    Thanks again for sharing all the great pictures & awesome swag, I am swooning at just the thought of getting the new dies & making some of your sample projects.....which to do first is the problem!!
    ~Lisa
    thedunz@pacbell.net

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  50. What anb amazing post, love it and all the amazing talented people, what a lot of inspiration, I can't wait to buy lots of the new products, thanks so much for the opportunity to win some lovely things, I always love your work -

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  51. Thank You Shelly for taking the time to share this very special post with us all. For those of us who will likey never make it to CHA, you allowed us to take the Journey thru your gifted eyes. Sharing all of that Eye Candy makes it extra special. Good Luck to the winner of this mouth watering...jaw dropping prize package!! sweettreats3228 at aol.com

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  52. Thank you Shelly for your amazing whistlestop tour of the CHA, my favourite pieces are the apothocary drawer unit and the steampunk word piece but everything looks amazing! Really like the look of that snowflake rosette too. Thank you for giving us the chance to win the fab candy too. Anne x anne.redfern@sky.com

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  53. Loved all your pictures from CHA. I'm always so envious of all the ladies who get to go and see all my stamp art idols. So much talent in one place just boggles the mind. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a cool prize!

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  54. Hi Shelly

    Love your fabulous adventure, I really hope and dream that one day i might make it across the pond to see all the bundles of inspiration in the flesh.....(and share in getting drunk with you!!) Cannot thank you enough for the the photo....totally made my day. Im in total awe of your Apothocary piece.....that is totally jaw dropping!!!metallic distress stains are on my bucket list for sure.....i NEED

    .....oh and the blob, gotta love that blob, looks awesome!
    thanks shelly

    kaz x

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  55. ...a super montage of colour, inky art & smiley faces, a posting to delight the eye & heart & a gift too!...Mel :)
    Thank you Shelly for all of the above...
    mel.hookham@tiscali.co.uk

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  56. The pictures you took with your phone turned out great!!! I only wish that I could have attended - specially since I live in Chicago!!! :( Thanks for all the updates! I want all the new items, but then again, who doesn't! :) And thank you for the chance to win these wonderful goodies! Nicie ibarrax4@sbcglobal.net

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  57. Wow, CHA is completely amazing - I'd love to come over for it one day. And meeting your heroes is one thing - but your samples are right in the middle of everything there... you've totally joined the gang! Wonderful photos really capturing the atmosphere, so thank you for giving us a real taste of it, and thank you also for this exciting and generous giveaway - another little taste of CHA...
    Alison x

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  58. hello Shelly,

    I've been searching the internet for video's of CHA the whole week and finally I could find some since saterday and good ones at scrap time...

    It's so nice to see here some more close-up photos of cards and projects you and the other designers did for the different booths. This was something I was looking for when Tim announced his new stuff : what did YOU create with it!

    You are someone me and other people look up to, but I guess it's nice for you to meet other designers in real that you admire too :) There is always something to learn from each other.

    If you have more photos to share, please do : I never get bored !!
    greetings from belgium
    Inge

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  59. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing all these awesome photos from CHA!!!! That silver blog IS amazing!! All the 'samples' you and everyone made are fab!! And YES, the Gentleman Crafter is wonderful!! And that giveaway!! You rock!! Have a great weekend!!...Stay crafty..Pam

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  60. Wow what a great trip through CHA 2012, thank you for sharing. Your samples totally rock.

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  61. Thanks, Shelly, for such a fun blog entry. I loved seeing those gorgeous art pieces, and learning more about some "new-to-me" artists. Great. On top of that, the chance of winning super-duper blog candy -- had to write my comment in the hope of being the very, very, very lucky winner.
    You give us all so much pleasure with your wonderful art pieces -- thanks so much!
    Greetings from Sally in France
    stampsally@yahoo.fr

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  62. Thanks so much for sharing your CHA experience, AND for the chance to win goodies even if we couldn't be there! I would love to have this 'grab bag' of marvelous 'schtuff'!

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  63. Shelly, thanks for posting all of the fantastic eye candy!!! All of the samples are fabulous! Can't wait to get my hands on some of the new products. Bobbie Eccles
    Bobbie.eccles@gmail.com

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  64. I enjoyed seeing all the samples created for the show, looks like you had a fun time! Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Love all your highlights from CHA. I too am a Linda Cain fan, I have has had the privilege of taking classes with her at Creative Cuts and Crafts in Elmhurst, Il. Thank you for your trip through pictures.

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  66. WOW! looks like you had a great time at CHA and visiting Chicago. thanks for sharing all the pictures and chance to win bag.
    stamping sue
    stamprsue@aol.com
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  67. Thanks for the CHA showing! Looks so wonderful. And, thanks for the giveaway!
    leslie_bradley94@yahoo.com

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  68. Oh Shelly, thank you so much for sharing these pictures! The apothecary cart is the coolest thing ever. Thank you for the chance to win also. big hugs to you
    candy hill
    stampincandy05@hotmail.com

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  69. What a grand time you had! Thanks so much for letting us live vicariously through your experience. Lucky and talented you - lucky us! Thanks again.

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  70. Great photos and it sounds like and looks like a fantastic show with awesome need goodies to play with. So glad you shared with us. Thanks so much for sharing and for the great giveaway.

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  71. Shelly,
    Thanks for the wonderful tour of CHA. I almost feel like I was there. Your work is fantastic thanks for sharing all your ideas with us.

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  72. Shelly, thanks for always sharing your wonderful talent and projects. You are an incredible artist yourself. It would be fun to go to CHA and take it all in...sensory overload, I'm sure. Cute picture of you and hubby at The Bean. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway.
    Cheers!
    Christine

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  73. Wow, so much to take in. I'll have to look at these again, and probably again. How nice to see all the items you made on display. I love that wreath!

    Karen Christopherson
    karen_b_me@yahoo.com

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  74. Wow, Shelly, what a fantastic time you must have had! I love your pieces that you made and appreciate seeing other artists. And how cool to work with Tim; what an honour. Thank you for the chance to win cha treats :-)

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  75. What a show! I am always amazed at the new products that Tim Holtz comes up with! Thank you for your pictures and a chance to win the cool goodies!! I am so glad I ran across your blog!

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  76. What a wonderful giveaway!!! Thanks for the great photos of the amazing samples. Absolutely stunning pieces. Your apothecary cart is phenomenal. I also love that you linked your fellow artists. I can't wait to check out their blogs as well.
    Mary Lubin
    mary.lubin@verizon.net

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  77. I enjoyed visiting CHA with you. (I wish) The examples in your photos are awesome. Already have some stuff on PO. Thanks for the opportunity to win...
    Shellee
    rmackey13@sbcglobal.net

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  78. Thanks for sharing your pictures and memories from CHA - what an awesome experience!!!! :) Jodi

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  79. Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful pictures from the show. One day my dream is to attend. Tim Holtz is my favourite and I have tons of his products. I can't wait to get his new products. So many I need to have.

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  80. I enjoyed all the photos of your trip and all the creative ideas you shared. My want list just turned into "I will get this" list. Thank you for sharing these.

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  81. Wonderful pictures and thanks for sharing some of your experiences at CHA. One day I hope to attend.
    I would love to win this prize package, especially the Halloween Lanyard! BTW, your creationa are always stunning!
    Gale

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  82. It all looks so amazing! Great job on all of your samples! Thank you for being so generous with your giveaway! Good luck to everyone!!

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  83. I can't believe I missed this post - and you're in my Google Reader and everything! It was great meeting you!!!!

    ~Gretchen

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  84. I always love visiting your blog and this was no exception. I had already seen some of your magic on Tims blog but this was even more fun and I am hoping some tuts are in store for us. All this eye candy and a give away my gosh girl thanks so much. I closed my blog so will send you my email. Its theo35@comcast.net

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  85. Great job with all the photo's. All the samples where fantastic. Another wonderful CHA.

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  86. Shelly, LOVED this post. It's about time that you get the recognition you so deserve. Your artwork is incredible, girl! Keep it up, we all are so inspired by your creations. Thank you for sharing your photos with us and your trip to CHA AND a chance to win some blog candy.
    - Debbie Kaste
    dkaste@wi.rr.com
    http://www.debbie-did-it.blogspot.com

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  87. Oh, how could you stand it, all that art gorgeousness. I would be on roller skates trying to see it all. Your creations were so fabulous, thanks for all the pics and ideas.

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  88. Shelley, Wonderful pictures, thank you so much for posting them. Also for the awesome giveaway! gabbey101@yahoo.com

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  89. so glad you are posting pictures.........and what beautiful items.


    appreciate the giveaway.........

    Kathy S.........

    kslogan at bellsouth.net

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  90. Wow, what an amazing trip that must have been! The new products, the incredibly talented people, the out of this world creations! You very lucky girl. I hope we get those messanger bags in Canada because they look way cool. Can hardly wait until the new products are available for us to get. Thanks for sharing your trip on your blog. Your work is fantastic.
    An admireror,
    Kathleen Sundby

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  91. Hi Shelly!
    Kavi from ATT sending you a big thanks for sharing your awesome pics from cha! So many talented people creating such wonderful things for us to drool over. LOL And to have an opportunity to win one of those great messenger bags-WooHoo-thank you!
    Hugs-
    Kavi Coulson
    kavicoul@yahoo.com

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  92. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. I always want to see more samples from shows and you did not disappoint. What wonderful things everyone created.

    Thanks also for the give-away. So generous.....

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  93. Gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing! All the projects look amazing!!!!

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  94. Great post. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

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  95. Shelly,
    That Apothacary box is to die for! All of your samples are fantastic and I always get inspiration from you! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Michael

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  96. Thank-you SO much for sharing everything!!!! Your samples, pictures... everything is great. You are SO inspiring!!

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  97. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing these incredible creations! I am in love with your apothecary cart. I so wish I could see all of this in person one day. Thanks for helping to make me think I was there. It is all so amazing! Thanks for the chance to win a fab giveaway. I would be in heaven.

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  98. Thank you for the "show", would have loved to have been there! I think I need another Configurations box for my vintage medicine cabinet type things. Wondered what to do with them. You apothecary box gave me the idea. THANKS!

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  99. Awesome post! I love hearing about CHA. I really wish I could attend one of the CHA shows. Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Jill Fox
    jillfontenot518@yahoo.com

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  100. Thanks for the great photos and shares from CHA - wish I could have gone too. Love the amazing projects and ideas.

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  101. Fabulous inspiration. Thanks for sharing your pics. Loving your work ... the apothecary cart is inspired. Thanks too for your generosity and the chance to win some tim holtz goodies.

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  102. Thanks for your wonderful pictures, Shelly. And I must say, it's YOUR fault I HAD to pre-order the bell jar die. I always open your e-mails first whenever I get one because I know I'm never disappointed with what's inside!

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  103. I love your work, it always inspires! I especially go for the skull card on the middle of the bottom row. I didn't think I wanted that stamp but now it's a must!

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  104. Fantastic pictures! What a great experience. Thanks for sharing all about the happenings at CHA. col_olear@pacbell.net

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  105. I absolutely LOVE all the pictures you shared. Can't wait to get the NEW products and start creating. Thanks so much for sharing and it was FANTASTIC, not boring..............
    Linda from Alaska

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  106. I know I've left comments about it before, but I WANT THAT BELL JAR DIE NOWWWWWW! How cool is that thing?!

    Thank you for all the pictures from CHA!

    I love Halloween. Your cards are making me want to go downstairs and get back to work on my Halloween project. I think I will! Right after I cross my fingers and hope to win. :-)

    -kory

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  107. Great photos Shelly - thanks for a really in depth look at the samples! I see several things I'm adding to my shopping list.

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  108. Long post...not at all...I loved seeing all the projects up close! Your CHA creations are wonderful, too. It's fun seeing the faces of some of the terrific artists who have only been a name to me.

    I love Chicago...and yes...have a picture of the "blob" just like yours. Next time you're in the windy city you really need to take a couple extra days to see more than a 2 hour tour.

    bjstamps at suddenlink dot net

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  109. Love the photos! Thanks for sharing, so fun! Hope I get to go one day.
    Tanya
    Phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  110. Thanks for giving us a peek into what looked to be a fabulous show.

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  111. Thank you for sharing!! I'm a huge fan of your CrEAtiOnS! Absolutely LoVe the Apothecary! sueirvine@comcast.net

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  112. Thanks for sharing all of the fabulous CHA projects. It must be amazing to be there in person. I'm so close, yet haven't made it to a real show.
    Glad you got to see a little of our beautiful city. By the way we call that silver sculpture "The Bean" in Chicago. Think about it, it does look like a big kidney bean. Did you splash in the water sculptures with the changing photos? It was probably hot enough.

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  113. Oops, forgot to add my email. barbarawshngtn at gmail dot com

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  114. Gorgeous inspiration ... thanks for sharing!

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  115. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures from CHA. I'm a great fan of your work!
    Janet Wilson

    janetswilson@btinternet.com

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  116. love your pictures especially the ones of chicago we are planning to go there in september and are really looking forward to it
    the show picts are ineresting love all of the halloween projects im seeing

    carolyn003@centurytel.net

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  117. wow, lots of great pictures and links to other great blogs. It must be a "keep pinching myself" atmosphere to be surrounded by such art/artists at CHA. Wish I had all day to just sit and look and read and absorb. would love to have one of your tags, and a little TH swag is always good too. cehlinger1 at gmail.com

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  118. Great post!! Loved all the pics of the fun at CHA. Your wreath is wonderful, what a great way to use the new snowflake die, (lucky girl to already have it)! My favorite though is the apothecary cart, it is stunning, one of the best pieces.
    Plus a chance to win some wonderful goodies, Thanks Shelly as always your blog is a joy to visit
    jusdeb2 at hotsprgs dot net

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  119. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing all your photos of all the fabulous things going on at CHA!

    My email: sassyberry@juno.com

    - Alicia
    http://Leashah.blogspot.com

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  120. Love the photos - what great inspiration! I would love to win the bag and goodies; thank you for sharing! Claire. ceustace@mail.com

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  121. Shelly--you have to be one of the most generous people on the planet! First you always share your super awesome art creations with us, usually with a step by step photo tutorial and now you are giving away your much coveted swag from CHA! You are just the best! Thanks for sharing the photos from CHA (I saw that snowflake rosette wreath on Dylan's blog and was wondering who made it---what surface did you attach the rosettes to and what adhesive did you use to attach the new glitter?) and thanks for the chance to win the great Tim items and a tag made by you---so much fun!!

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  122. Your samples are just beautiful and fun. All of the other samples are beautiful too. I am looking forward to quite a few of the new products coming out soon and it is so nice to see them used in projects. Thank you so much for sharing all of these photos.
    Annie in DE

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  123. Your work is always incredible. Thanks for sharing it and your time at CHA with us.

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  124. I love visiting your blog for new ideas/ways to use products and always enjoy your creations. Looking forward to see what you are working on next. Thanks for the opportunity to win some "Tim" stuff.

    angie a.

    angiecrop@aol.com

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  125. Thanks for the great pictures. I can't wait to start buying!!!
    Sara P.
    sarajplush@gmail.com

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  126. Fabulous photos and not too long!

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  127. So cool! Thanks for fabulous pictures and giveaway! Always love your postings, Suzy

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  128. What a fabulous time!!! Wish I could go!! It's wonderful photos like yours that help make people like me feel part of everything! Thank you so very much! BTW your stuff is incredible!! No wonder they asked you to make stuff!! I appreciate the chance to win such super neat stuff. Barb F

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  129. What a nice way to be feel like I was at cha . Thanks so much for all the details and pictures.
    Roseann
    Roseannstps@aol.com

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  130. Hi Shelly,
    Thank you for the up close and personal tour of CHA. As I will probably never get a chance to go in person, it is wonderful that you have provided such an awesome look at what can be found there.
    Your samples are amazing as are all the other samples you showed us. I am having a hard time deciding what to put on my wish list this time as everything is so great.
    Thanks for the chance to win that awesome messanger bag and the extra goodies you are putting into it. That is very generous of you.
    Thank you again for the tour of CHA.
    Donna Jean Eno
    donnajeaneno@yahoo.com

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  131. Wow, such cool stuff. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Julie
    anniecooper1313@yahoo.com

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  132. I am in love with you configurations apothecary piece, any chance you will be giving that away? You are an amazing talent, and thanks for the pics for those of us who did not get to go to CHA.
    Hugs,
    Christy Fox

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  133. looks like great fun-thanks for sharing.

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  134. Thank you sharing yur pictures. It is fun to see the show through your eyes.

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  135. Thanks for sharing your CHA trip.
    You had some very nice things to say about your peer artists.
    You have to be just as nice as all of them. Enjoyed seeing your work and the work of the artist that you admire.

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  136. Thanks for the tour, enjoy looking at all the samples and new products.

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  137. Wow, what an amazing giveaway and an amazing post! Love all the pictures! Seeing all the samples from the show is super cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  138. Love your work. Saw one of your projects on the Sizzix blog and loved it! Love all things T!m and would love to be your winner!

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  139. Hi Shelly - Thanks so much for your wonderful post today. It's really nice to be able to see those close ups from our favorite booths. Your samples are amazing as always! Best! Kathleen D

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  140. Hi Shelly, Your art just gets better. Miss the challenges. But sounds like you are haveing a blast. Keep my fingers crossed I be lucky. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  141. Shelly, spooky stuff never looked better! Thanks for the journey through your artistic and inspirational works, and for the chance to win such goodies!
    Dorly Weitzen
    dormik at netvision dot net dot il

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  142. Wow! This blogpost was jam packed with eye candy! There are so many beautiful projects. This is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  143. Ahhh ,,, CHA looks like such great ART candy. I'd be on a sugar high the whole time I was there. Thanks for the wonderful pics and sharing your wonderful pieces. I've learned so much from you. Keep it coming!

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  144. Thanks for sharing the pictures of all of the great samples and products from CHA.
    stampiout@sbcglobal.net Debby

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  145. Thanks for sharing CHA and the beautiful samples with us. Love your work! Fantastic giveaway - hope I win!

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  146. Oh, wouldn't that be too cool to win? Thanks for a chance!
    Aloha, Kate

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  147. thanks for sharing CHA samples... love seeing what can be made with all the new stuff.... can't wait to play. thanks for the chance at such a great giveaway

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  148. Your work is awesome! I particularly love your apothecary cart.

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  149. WOW great post. I love the Boo box and can wait to get my hands on some of those white colorable trees! Thanks for sharing the loot! Vickie okienurse@gmail.com

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  150. Fabulous photos, Shelley! Can't wait for some technique blogs.Thanks for sharing & the chance to win. Deb Adams (lesadamsind@internode.on.net)

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  151. What fabulous projects! Beautiful! And, what a wonderful generous giveaway! So would love to have it!!!!!!!
    whity631@yahoo.com

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  152. Wow...what a tour. Thanks so much. It blows me away to see everyone's pieces in one place. Your Halloween apothocary is amazing...not at all like the other configurations boxes I've seen. You always seem to find a way to make things unique, a fabulous talent. Thanks again for sharing so much of what you do!!

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  153. Thank you so much for taking us along with all your photos you took! I think if I had been able to go I would have been so caught up in all the excitement that I would have forgotten to take pictures!

    I just adore your snowman jar! I know what will be sitting out this Christmas at my house and I have the perfect jar that I've been saving for something very special.

    Thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

    Big smiles,
    Jenny
    mjapplecolo@yahoo.com

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  154. Oh Shelly, what wonderful photos...I just lov Chicago. Loving all your new items, and can't wait to try out those new dies...

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  155. Thanks for sharing all your photos and thoughts. I'm looking forward to all the new products. Like everyone else, I would love to win! renee.zarate@comcast.net

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  156. Shelly - Loved the photo tour. Getting to see some of the samples is great. Loads of ideas. Thanks for the CHA walk through. jocelyn2@aol.com

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  157. Thanks for the virtual tour. Maked me wish i was there. Your items are pieces of art. Ann
    aprintup2121@yahoo.com

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  158. Shelly, thanks for the tour. Gorgeous art and so inspirational.

    KarenK
    kkhk50@wowway.com

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  159. Shelly, you make the most amazing things. Turns out you're also extremely generous, too! Thanks for the opportunity to share in CHA with the photos and the chance to win. ~Tara (tara dot did dot what at gmail dot com)

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  160. Shelly you are one TALENTED lady! LOVE the photos and your samples were absolutely divine! Thanks for the show summary and the chance to win! Tracy P.

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  161. Love all the pictures from CHA and your apothecary piece is unbelievable! There are so many of Tim's new pieces that I am drooling over - I wonder if Santa will think I was a REALLY good girl this year? Well maybe I can at least be decked out in some Tim finery if I win!

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  162. what a generous giveaway! i enjoyed all the pics from CHA too. thank you so much for the chance to win the great stuff.

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  163. I am so in awe of your apothecary cart! Thanks so much for the chance to win in your generous giveaway! You can contact me through the ATT Yahoo group...

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  164. Just found your blog and am addicted. Love your work!
    Gena
    Mdgd 3477 at yahoo dot com

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  165. Thanks for the tour, and yes have a bean picture or three. Your creations are wonderful and thanks for pointing out other artist too.
    Dorothy MCGroarty maranddot @yahoo.com

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  166. I love everything Halloween and this year's Ranger is the best.Just started following you after seeing your creations on Tim's blog-and now you've linked me up with Candy.I'm in Halloween heaven!

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  167. Wonderful highlights, it was nice to see of the things up close that I had admired in other photos.

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  168. Wow, gf, you are one HOT commodity! LOL! Your pieces rocked CHA...love them all...such fab attention to detail! Thanks for sharing, and for the opportunity to win!

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  169. Wow, gf, you are one HOT commodity! LOL! Your pieces rocked CHA...love them all...such fab attention to detail! Thanks for sharing, and for the opportunity to win!

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  170. Wow, gf, you are one HOT commodity! LOL! Your pieces rocked CHA...love them all...such fab attention to detail! Thanks for sharing, and for the opportunity to win!

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  171. So much inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!

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  172. I hope we get more detailed pics of your Halloween and Christmas projects. Love all of them. Thanks as always for sharing. And the chance to win! theresa.petermann@gmail.com

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  173. Your pics are fabulous! What a dream to go to change and see everything plus meet the artists! I love your samples!

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  174. What a fantastic post full of CHA pics! It's fantastic that your art was all over the show. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful creations, Shelly. I especially love your apothecary config cart. Thanks for the chance at your fab giveaway, too!

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  175. How generous of you! Thanks for the CHA tour. Janet Walters janetw3@earthlink.net

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  176. How amazing CHA was this year! Thanks for your little tour, which showed several things I had not seen! Your creations, were, of course, TOP NOTCH! You just blow me away with your work. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. I am going now to order tons of stuff from Ranger and Sizzix!

    nancydwalker46@gmail.com

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  177. There are some amazing products coming our way and you make such fabulous projects with them!!! Thanks for the chance!
    Kathy Eddy
    kmeddy@centurytel.net

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  178. Wow! You were the bell of the ball, weren't you?! You had pieces of your art in several booths, and deservedly so! Congrats!

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  179. Oops! Here's my email stefrick@optonline.net

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  180. Love all that way cool artistic goodness! What a treat to be a part of the excitement at CHA.

    Lisa H
    lisa_hoel@yahoo.com

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  181. Oh My Gosh, Shelly...I just love all of the photos you posted! The samples are AMAZING!! I have admired your work for a while now and have to tell you how wonderfully talented I think you are! My very favorite thing you posted is your Configurations Apothecary Cart. Love, love, love it!! Hoping to see more about your projects on your blog now that CHA is over. Thanks also for the opportunity to win such a cool prize package!

    Luvs2scrap at aol dot com

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  182. Thanks for sharing. your samples are so fabulous.

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  183. The samples you've made are Amazing!! It must be a neat feeling designing for the man himself. Ha! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Shari (cricutrookie)
    cricutrookie at aol dot com

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  184. WOW Shelly your work is amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing all the other CHA samples! It's kind of like being there! Lisa neve4everr@aol.com

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  185. From one Shelley to another (Shelly), wow, what an amazing time you had at CHA. I am so jealous of your opportunity to see all the new products live and up close. I loved all of your photos and letting us know who did what. I have to admit your Dylusioned wreath really topped my list of fav examples. Thanks so much for the peek into the show!

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  186. I love your projects!!! Please share more pics of them with us. I always get inspiration from you for my own projects.
    Alison J
    artstmpr at verizon.net

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  187. Wow great creations! How much fun it must have been to be there
    Stacy
    scrap.stacy@yahoo.com

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  188. It looks like you had a really lovely time!

    I hope I'm not too late to enter!

    June jelts_online AT yahoo.com.sg

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  189. I adore your blog! its pretty much amazing!

    Regards, Ida,
    ida1978@gmail.com

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  190. I certainly enjoyed your brief tour of CHA. Samples are fantastic!

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  191. I love your blog!! I am going broke buying supplies! lol I get so inspired that I want do do everything. Now I am dreaming about the pop-ups! Oh my!
    mamabefana@gmail.com
    if you don't already know this Befana is a christmas witch in an Italian children's fable.

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  192. Thanks so much for posting all of the wonderful photos and sharing some goodies. CHA must be fascinating. Love your blog!
    -Martha

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  193. I really enjoyed your photos & info you posted while at CHA. I liked all the samples. Thank you for sharing & thank you for the nice giveaway. It would be really nice to win the bag, apron, tag, etc. : )

    Brandy : )

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  194. It was such fun 'attending' CHA through your eyes! You've shared such wonderful photos with us of outstanding art and artists. Thank you for taking the time to do this and a big 'thank you' for sharing your creative ideas on your blog. Your tutorials are well written and photographed. Kudos on being you!

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  195. Thank you so much for sharing the adventure of CHA with us! It is quite an honor to be asked to create items to be displayed in the booths....congratulations! You deserve it! And thank you for such an awesome giveaway; you are very generous.

    Kris Whittaker
    KristineWhittaker@gmail.com

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  196. Thanks for sharing your CHA adventure and for the chance to win the awesome giveaway!!

    Cathy

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