Howdy Friends!!! Happy to finally post about my Creativations/CHA experience and my product line debut with American Crafts!!!!
It took months of planning and hard work and a dedicated team behind me to make it all happen. I want to share photos mostly and a few words (mostly LOVE for the people I shared this experience with...and lots of THANKS and gratitude!!!). The experience has been amazing, humbling, surreal and EXCITNG!!!!
My first visit to the offices of American Crafts. This was back in March 2016. I have to say that the experience was one-of-a-kind and the people behind the brand are all amazing, too. So glad they took the chance and signed me on.
Eva and Lindsay...my team (and later Jordan). They helped me navigate all of this crazy and their knowledge, talents and overall awesomeness helped make this release come together. Thanks for EVERYTHING!!!!!
I was excited, ready and a little terrified, lol!!!
This lady...Heidi Swapp. She gave me the push and I will be forever grateful for her support, confidence in me and friendship. Thanks, Heidi!!!! Glad I made the short-list.
And out of those early days came this. So much hard work, support, talent and team work went into this release. Thank you to every single person on the AC team that helped make this happen.
My booth vision...
The Vicki Boutin Mixed Media booth. Wow. The talent in the team who creates the CHA/tradeshow booths is beyond compare. I may have cried. Thanks for making my vision a reality!!!!!
My crew...Catherine, Nick and Megan...they are the best. Love the laughs, advice and friendships. Thanks for putting up with me!!!
Layle. My mentor, my sounding board and one of my dearest friends. Thanks for everything!
My girl Jennifer McGuire...kind words...and support. Love her!
I love seeing so many friends!!! Aida Haron, Jen Gallacher, Kim from Paper Smooches and Brigit Koopsen!!! So much talent at this show...and amazing people.
Christine from Scraptime.ca Shot a video...
Tonya and Cynthia from Doodlebug Design...so much love for these two!!!!
Kelly and Mike from My Stamping Studio. So glad they were there! Love them, too!
My Beth Kingston...she gets me...she makes me laugh...of course, I love her, too!
This. These ladies are so talented...and sweet and funny. Kinda ROCKS to be standing along side of them.
Amy Tan...signing her book. All kinds of hardworking and awesome there!
Amy's mom Chiao Tan...supports us all. Always posts on my Instagram and is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met!
Shimelle...loved her release...Love her!
Aly Dosdall and Liz Kartchner. Too beautiful ladies inside and out.
Maggie Holmes and Lisa Parkin...they took care of me! Love them too!
Ladies from Peru and my girl Yamille! She hustles...love that!
Susan Opel, Laina Lamb...freakin' love these two!!!!
Big thanks to Grant...you took the chance...thanks for that!
Lindsay...she puts up with me. It takes some work, lol! Thanks, friend!
It was a great show. Great experience. Great shoes. Sore feet! LOL!!!
All in all...I loved every minute of it. (I say Love, Love it and AWESOME..a lot. It's who I am. It's how I feel. I have a lot of energy...passion..and excitement in me...sorry...LOL!) This show had me going from the minute I stepped on the floor. I missed seeing many, I didn't leave the booth at all and then it was over. That being said, I met so many store owners and people in the industry who are also passionate about crafting. That was good for the soul! I am EXCITED to see where this will all take me!!!
Stay tuned! I am playing with all of the new product as I write this. I will have tutorials, videos and lots to share. I want to help you gain the confidence to use it all, help the stores sell it and get people comfortable with adding mixed media into all of the "art"!!!!
Thanks for stopping by! I will be back with more soon!!!!!