Hey Folks!  I went to CHA this year (my first time) with a couple of friends of mine, Cindy
Bosnyak (with Crafting At The Nest where I taught last month) and Brenda Carls.  We had a ton of fun.  I took lots of pictures, met some awesome people, took some classes and made bunches of make-n-takes.  Because this trip was several days long, I am breaking this post up over the next few days.  I’m going to start with people I met and then show you the Graphic 45 Booth and projects.  Then I will follow with Spellbinders, Ranger, Ideaology, Alternations, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Dyan Reaveley with Dylusions, BoBunny Kiasercraft, Sizzix, Prima and more.  FYI, some of my pictures are blurry.

First up, the highlight of my trip.  I got to meet and sit down with Laura Denison with Following the Paper Trail.  She is my biggest inspiration and the reason I do what I do.  If you don’t know her work, go check out her awesome projects.  She is also an Ambassador with Graphic 45 and was a Graphic 45 Design Team Member for 2 years.

Laura Denison and Me, Melissa Merritt

Here are other people I met along the way.
 Tim Holtz and Me
Dyan Reaveley with Dylusions and Me
Me and Diane Schultz with Graphic 45

Joanna with Graphic 45 and Me
Me, my friends, Brenda and Cindy, and on the right is Toshi with Copics
Me and Mathew with BoBunny
Me and Jamie Dougherty with Prima
Me, Trina McClune with Prima, and my friend, Brenda
Jo Pearson, Creative Expert for Michaels and Me

Time for the good stuff:


Which is my favorite collection
This book is made by Annette Green (G45 Design Team Member), her website is HERE.  She will be teaching at Crafting At The Nest on January 31, 2014 (but not this book).  Can’t wait to hang out with her.
On the right side is Jim, The Gentleman Crafter’s Curious Cabinet.  His website is HERE.  I did met him, but forgot to take a picture.
Additional pictures.

Laura Denison’s Potting Bench
Jim, The Gentleman Crafter’s Home Sweet Home Hutch
Additional pictures:

Jim, The Gentleman Crafter’s Nightlight
Additional pictures.

Tomorrow I will post ABC Primer, Once Upon a Time and Time to Flourish projects from Graphic 45, along with some other pictures.  
Again, I had a great time, it was a lot of fun.  I met a lot of people from all over and made some new friends.  It was definitely an exciting experience for me.  I did learn something about myself, I am a very nervous flyer, but it did get a little better on the way home.  Post some more tomorrow.

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