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CHA Show 2014 Recap: Sizzix Artist Trading Blocks

by Amy Bowerman

Hi guys!  I have returned from CHA show and am really missing sunny California.  In any event I’ll be sharing several CHA show recap’s over the course of the week.  I have waaay too much CHA goodness to share with you for just one post!  Today I’ll be showing you what went on in the Sizzix booth and the Artist Trading Block workshop taught by Eileen Hull and myself.

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Booth #633 was where I spent a good part of my time at CHA.  I’m not great with direction (if you spin me around in a circle I don’t know where I am…true story) so I was happy for this giant “Sizzix Booth #633” floor marker as a reminder to turn right.

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The venue where the show was held was lovely.  This photo doesn’t do it justice but those fountains light up rainbow colors and the light show continues with lights imbedded into a winding path.  This was quite the sight after dark.  A rainbow fountain?  I’d say that’s right up my “alley” :)

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Being an East Coast girl I don’t get to see many palm trees.  I was delighted to be greeted by this tropical forest upon leaving the airport on arrival.

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When I arrived at the Sizzix booth to set up the Artist Trading Block display I received yet another delightful surprise…look who made the Sizzix Catalog….yours truly!  Not only that but Sizzix gave me a shout out in the Press release about Artist Trading Blocks.  You can check it here on PR Web.

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I hadn’t seen some of the ATB’s  that were  created for the show as many of our contributors were attending and brought them along.  Seeing them all together was a real feast for the eyes!  Can you say Eye Candy?

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Behold the all walks of Art ATB  display!    So many people commented on how wonderful it was to see all the different styles of Artist Trading Block art.  The ATB wall was a popular photo opp at CHA.

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We set out a few blocks on the demo table during the rep meeting and the picture snapping continued.  A few of these blocks had just arrived back from Sizzix headquarters where they were filmed in a video!  Look at those ATB’s gettin’ all famous and stuff.

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Here’s me mid-demo on opening day of CHA.  It looks like I’m taking a breath before launching into my schpeel about the awesome artistic opportunities that you will discover with Artist Trading Blocks.

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Here’s a peek at some of the fun goodies our workshop attendees received.

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No wonder there was a line :)

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Not the best picture, but look I’m an  Art Teacher!

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I love sharing my tips and tricks here at Plucking Daisies with you guys.  It was really cool to be able to share some of my tips in person.  Some things just can’t be captured with a photo.

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The attendees at our workshop wowed me with their block rockin’ skills!  The class was only 2 hours and part of that was spent listening to Eileen and I talk about her new Cherished line and The ATB movement at large.  It just goes to show you how fun and easy Artist Trading Blocks are to create.

All in all we had a fabulous time at CHA showcasing Artist Trading Blocks with Sizzix.  I’ll be sharing my top product picks and the great people I met at CHA 2014 later this week.

Have an inspired day!

Amy*

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1 Marjie Kemper January 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Great recap, Amy! It was wonderful seeing you in CA and you did a wonderful job for Sizzix!
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2 Claudine Criner January 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

Wow, thanks for the recap, it looks like you had a fantastic time and loads of eye candy there!!!
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3 Audrey Pettit January 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

Looks like this was truly a fabulous event for you, and that the new ATB craze is a huge hit! That is so exciting! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful things that happen for you this year. You are a rising star, my friend!
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4 Anne Rx January 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Great post Amy, lovely to see that wall of blocks too, thanks so much for sharing your photos. I am not surprised that the blocks went down a storm, they are fabulous. Congratulations on getting published in the Sizzix catalogue and for the shout out – you really deserved both for all your hard work! Anne x
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5 Dee in NH January 20, 2014 at 7:07 am

How exciting!!! In the catalog and teaching at CHA! You must be on cloud nine! Thanks so much for sharing the excitement with us!

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6 Buttons January 20, 2014 at 2:11 am

Looks like this was so much fun Amy! I’m not surprised your booth was inundated with ‘snappers’ looking at all those wonderful blocks. Jenny x
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7 Janj January 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Hey Teach! Looks like you created a spectacular splash with lots of color, fun and goodness. Congrats my friend…so very exciting you are in the catalogue and got a shout out too!
So very happy for you…you still must be floating!
Enjoy you memories!…Jan
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8 Anita Houston January 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Wonderful post Amy! The Blocks were a huge hit!!!
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