What a week and weekend!
Summer CHA in Orlando was quite fun as usual. Catching up with old friends at Inky Antics/Stamper Anonymous, Spellbinders, Core’dinations and Prism then meeting new ones at Unity Stamp Co and Petaloo made it all the more fun! I meet up with some local friends from South FL (LaVerne, Tammy & Michelle) and online friends from afar (Chris & Peggy). All was good and definitely a worthwhile visit. How can you go wrong with it only being 3 hrs away by car?? 🙂
All the manufacturers were excited and a little nervous about the economy. This show is typically smaller than the winter Anaheim show, but it was much smaller even still. I believe the economy and new location (years past the summer show has been in Chicago) had a lot to do with it. It was a bit sad to see so few manufacturers there, but those who came, were enthusiastic and great to talk to.
One new product from Craftwell caught my eye. It’s the first electronic die cutter that I would buy. At a great entry level price of $199, it can cut from SD cards loaded with images or hook to your computer when paired with an extra software package. This system can cut grunge paper and thin chipboard! No sticky mat needed either. Hmmmmm, must keep my eye on that one!
The Consumer Show was full of vendors and well attended by over 5000 people over the 2 days. People were excited and got to see many things not normally available to see at the consumer level. Industry “stars” were walking the floor, Donna Downey, Unity Stamp Company, Ana Cabrera, Paper Trey and others, were available to chat and take pictures with – lots of fun for everyone around. I think the consumers were happy! I worked at the Scrapbook Central/Cherry Blossom booth demoing We R Memory Keepers cool tools! It was fun and I got to hang with my best scrapping buddies!
Great time – you should attend if you can!