Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CHA and a New Beginning

The reason I've been MIA from blogging is that I was away at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Show in Anaheim, California.  This has been a busy year for me, preparing for this show with a new line of dies done by Sizzix.   For over 15 years, I have been creating 3-dimensional paper flowers with craft punches, but as I strive to achieve the most natural-looking blooms possible, I realized that dies were the way to go.
The line is called...Susan's Garden (catchy, huh!!) and was launched at this show with rave reviews...thank you very much!  The dies are a Thinlet by Sizzix and work beautifully in the Big Shot and Vagabond (as well as other machines available).  Instructions for creating the flowers are included in the packaging and now that I'm "official," I will in the next month (or so) have a website where I'll share tips and projects.  I even have a Garden Faerie die that I've dressed up in petals displayed in the lighted tree!
Two of my designs--Black-eyed Susan and Peony are on a steel-rule die can cut fabric as well as paper; the two pillows I did on this bench shows off a quick way to create dimensional design in quilting!

It was a great show and I loved seeing old friends, as well as, meeting new ones.  I arrived home late last night and once I get laundry done, I'm anxious to do some baking--Enjoy!



29 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! I am so proud of you! I love knowing such talented friends. Congrats on your success! Hugs, Linda

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  2. They are beautiful Susan. You are so very talented, and a beautiful, kind and caring lady too. Much love. x

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  3. Wow, how cool is that! The flowers are beautiful!! Congratulations!

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  4. You are so wonderfully creative - it all looks so beautiful; no doubt the product of much hard work! Fabulous flowers! x

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  5. It looks like you had some beautiful things in your booth–wish I could have seen that in person! The Craft & Hobby show sounds like a lot of fun, and I'm glad you got great reviews on your products! :) Looking forward to seeing your new website!

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  6. So much talent in one lovely person. Missed you.
    Jane x

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  7. I'm so happy it went well, Susan! The black eyed susans are so beautiful and I love the topiary one. :) Love, love, love the faeries, too!! Just gorgeous!! We've all missed you, my dear friend! Lv, me

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  8. Well now, I wondered where you had run off to. This looks like it could be very exciting, Susan, all the best with it!

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  9. Hello Susan...would you believe I ordered my Big Shot, by Sizzix, about 4 days ago. I'm looking to create the die-cut flowers, out of felt, for a pillow project. I will certainly be looking for Susan's Garden.

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  10. How exciting! I didn't know this about you but oh, what gorgeous flowers. You are very talented and have an eye for beauty. What fun to go to a big conference like that. You must come home buzzing with inspiration and ideas. I'm always so inspired by others. I can't wait to see more! Get some rest, sweet friend!

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  11. Oh my goodness, how exciting for you! You are so talented. Sounds like you had a fun time. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  12. These are so beautiful, Susan! I would like a whole garden of these! I'm glad the show was a success ---- though I knew you'd be a hit. Love you, my friend!!!

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  13. How lovely your creations are, dear Susan. I can't wait to hear more about your new line. Talent knows no limit with you my friend! xoxo ♥ Martha Ellen

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  14. You are so talented. I have one of your lilies and I love it. My students also love it and always ask me to wear it. I'm glad you had fun.

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  15. Huge congrats Susan on this project! I can't wait to see more!
    I have been missing lately too... Had foot surgery just a few days before Christmas so I have spent a lot of time on the couch! Daytime TV is getting old! Finally able to be on the computer more, and am getting a tiny bit more ambulatory! I am on crutches and wearing a walking boot. Off work for about 3 months!
    Looking forward to checking in here and hearing more developments on your new venture, and checking out your baked goodies!
    DeniseB

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  16. Wow, you are multi-talented, and your work looks beautiful!

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  17. Susan, FABULOUS! make sure you let me know when they will be in the stores.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  18. wow...this is just marvelous! You are so talented, Susan.

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  19. Well, as everyone else has said, you are SO talented!!! Wow! Gorgeous displays.

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  20. Thank you--Everyone! Flowers, like baking, bring back those wonderful memories with my Grandma Gladys, my mother, and my daughter Kelly. It was another part of Kelly's Bucket List that she ask me to continue sharing my love of flowers. It was a very emotional show for me knowing this.
    Oven is now fixed and I will be back baking shortly. Love to all, XOXO

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  21. oh my goodness susan, i did not realize this is what you meant by a trade show! how incredible, everything you do is so creative and expert too. yet you must be the most humble lovely person i know. congratulations on a sucessful, meaningful show. i am very sure your grandma and your mother and especially kelly were proud. glad you are back home safe and sound.

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  22. What a trade show! I know you did a wonderful job! The booth looks amazing!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  23. Susan! You talented gal, you! I had no idea you did flowers, too! And you are a fabulous baker. Wowsers. A woman of MANY talent. Thanks so much for sharing. Susan

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  24. So proud of you! Simply gorgeous!

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  25. I'm sorry I didn't get to see you in person but I did get to see the samples Mom brought home. They are amazing, simply beautiful and I would never try to eat them, pee on them, or harm them in any way! I love you lots! xoxo Cashie

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  26. These are gorgeous Susan! I know that Kelly was there at the show with you, feeling very proud of her mom!!!

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  27. Wow, amazing. You are so talented!!!

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  28. I was there, got to meet you, do a make and take at your booth and was able to get into your class. It was nothing but amazing!

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