Monday, January 6, 2014

CHA Inspiration

I have spent the better part of December next to this window working on CHA projects.  To say that I am happy with the result, is an understatement.  I'm ecstatic!
I was so inspired by the new line of paper called Wallflower, Found Relatives (which I have wanted for a long time), our new metal pieces and to be quite honest...the Distress Paint color Iced Spruce.  Everything was about Iced Spruce...I used up the whole bottle (and we all know Distress Paint goes a long way).
It is all cleaned up now. 
Well, except for the paintbrushes.  I mentioned on Facebook that maybe I should go with the "clean as I go" method rather than the "use all I have" method.  Funny thing is that I did clean as I went, but still ended up here. 
So now it is all packed up. 
A months worth of work.
Sometimes work is just work.
But this time I got to tell stories - I ALWAYS do my best work when there is a story to tell.  I think we all do. 
So even though I can't show you what I made just yet, I can show snippets of three of the projects. 

A story of my father

 A story of a trip to France

 A story of things precious to me
Now the 2nd half of the process begins...traveling to Anaheim, unpacking the props and setting the booth.  Debbie and Richele will also be there helping to get everything set up and ready for CHA to start on Saturday.  I'm looking forward to the process (I really do love it).  I also am looking forward to seeing old friends and talking to those that stop by the Idea-ology booth. 

Many hours were sacrificed this month by the group of women that created samples for us (creating samples in December is always a challenge).  Seriously, why does CHA have to be so early in Jan?  I know it has to do with the paper crafting show in Germany, but still it makes us all just a little bit crazy.
Thank you girls!

Mou Saha
Jan Hobbins
Vicki Boutin
Richele Christensen
Tammy Tutterow
Shelly Hickox
Anne Kristine Holt
Kaz Hall
Connie Fong
Heather Smith
Chelle Fowler

I will be posting on Facebook and Instagram during the show set up.  I never want to commit to a real blog post during the show, since our schedule is hectic.  So if I get one out to you it might be a small miracle but I will cross my fingers.
now carry on,


  1. Just the small snippets make me drool! I can't wait to see all the samples! Creating in December - well it's worth it when you get to work with Tim's new products right! Safe travels!

  2. Wonderful sneak always I am waiting with breath held. Can't wait to see more. Enjoy!

  3. Your sneak peeks are so gorgeous - can't wait to see more. I'm so excited about Wallflower and Found Relatives too!! Hope you have a brilliant CHA!
    Alison x

  4. I can't wait to see more than a sneak of your (and everyone Else's) projects and I can't wait to hear the stories that go with also! Have fun and hopefully it's a more relaxed busy! :D

  5. Truth be told....Normally I skip right over "sneaks and peeks" because I have the patience of a six year old. But these lovely photos really reached out and grabbed me. Oh my! I can't WAIT to see the rest of those projects!

  6. Wow Paula, I want to se more...your sneak peeks are fantastic!

  7. I'm loving wallflower too! Oh I can't wait to see more. Your work looks beautiful. Thanks to you and all those who work to make the show a true feast for the senses!

  8. Your peeks are indeed enticing! Can't wait to see them all! :)

  9. I'm excited. YOur projects look amazing- they always are. I am most excited by the arrows. I am so OVER the arrows and chevrons but the way you used the arrow is fresh and new and I LOVE IT. I cannot wait to see everything.

  10. Can't wait to see your projects in person at CHA this weekend! ♥


  11. Can't wait to hear your stories, see all the beautiful inspiration, and hopefully learn some new great techniques with Tim's goodies. I can't imagine you guys having to think about CHA projects during the holidays. The holidays are certainly hectic enough. Thanks for that sacrifice. Looking forward to the outcome :)

  12. Your peeks look amazing!!! I find it unbelievable that you get through the holidays and only have a few days to gather your samples...holy cow! Well, job well done!! Can't wait to see all that is waiting for us!!!!

  13. Thank you so much for the sneak peeks. I can't wait to see the rest of it!

  14. I love your sneak peeks, Paula! I can barely wait to see the projects! Wish I was on FB to see your day-to-day info but alas, I'm not. Have a safe, great trip and enjoy CHA, it sounds so fun ... lots of hard work but fun! :) xx BTW, I got my box of goodies (Christmas memory prize) and I love them. Thank you very much.

  15. Travel safely! I love sneak peeks in general and yours / this group of artists / manu grouping in particular. I am starting to fantasize about which of these lovely things might be in the March kits. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Love the peeks and can't wait to see the full projects! Have a great time at the show!

  17. I still can't get over how beautiful that bubble wrap is!! I can't wait to see the full reveal. Have a blast at CHA!

  18. Your blog name is so appropriate, you are certainly having some very lucky days. To be able to use your pick of all these wonderful products is simply a dream come true. Have a safe and happy trip, Paula and thanks for the sneak peaks.

  19. interesting little peaks :)
    Have a great trip!

  20. Love your peaks. Can't wait!

  21. Outstanding frame around the good looking guy in the sneak peak, your Dad maybe? Love the arrow and the wire wrapped around it. I hope, I hope, I hope, the letter blocks are released soon. And I agree with Sue, the bubble wrap, is to die for, HA!
    Can't wait for more, boy this is going to be good!

  22. I can't wait to see your projects and the booth! The booth is always fabulous! That's my favorite part of CHA. Have a great time.

  23. I always love the pictures you post of the booth.I'll be watching for anything you post anywhere! Thanks for all you shared.

  24. These teasy peeks look so wonderful that I can't wait to see the whole. You do such beautiful and appealing-to-me work; looking at CHA will be a delight through your eyes.

  25. I love your Ranger Designer Challenge piece. Could you share a little about what you used for this piece. Specifically what you used to create the flower and the sentiment. THANK YOU!

  26. I just had to look at this post again. It is so intriguing and can't wait to see the whole disclosure! You are a genius on how to use calendars in the most beautiful ways.

  27. Thank YOU my friend :) Your peeks look amazing!