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It’s 8:00pm, and my day started at 8:00am with a State of the Industry meeting and panel discussion, where we heard from senior people at Etsy, Jo-Ann’s, F&W Publishing and Craftsy. (And I love Craftsy!)

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He’s from Etsy, she’s from Craftsy.

Then they opened the doors and the crowd went onto the show floor—

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…the aerial view! (They had bagpipers, too!)

Once on the show floor, there was so much to see, especially at the Ranger booth. The lovely Debbie Tlach doing make-and-takes:

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Debbie Tlach demoing Melt Pot mixed media at the CHA Ranger booth.

And Tim Holtz

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Tim Holtz demoing his new Distress Paints at CHA. (Of course I must have these too!)

And the Vintaj booth. (I am already planning a video class on this patina technique!)

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Giving an aged patina to embossed Vintaj findings.

Then I went to the Craft Attitude booth—I’d seen their Jewelry Attitude line at the Designer Sneak Peek last night and it is SO cool. Candie Cooper is an absolute delight and was super-sweet in sharing tips and ideas with me on this new item. Basically, you print your photo onto a sheet of Jewelry Attitude, then glue it to your jewelry piece—the film is translucent, so you get a very delicate, see-through effect that can then be combined with resin, stamping, inclusions and so many other things that I can hardly wait to get home and play with it. (I have a class plan in mind for this product, too!)

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Candie Cooper at the Craft Attitude booth, answering my nosy questions and showing me the Jewelry Attitude product, which is a super-cool way to add photos to jewelry.

Then to iLoveToCreate to pick up a business card (I understand there’s a glue here I need to experiment with for jewelry), to say hi to the lovely Julianna Hudgins, and to see their cool VW bus.

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Here’s a road trip! The cool VW bus at iLoveToCreate. (The Duncan/Aleene’s/ Crafty Chica/Scribbles/Tulip people.)

A quick dinner, then on to the International Showcase and Reception, where I get to hang out with the lovely Carolyn Schulz and the always-inspiring Sara Davies of Crafter’s Companion. (Can’t wait for the class tomorrow on Spectrum Noir pens!) At the showcase, I fell in love with a new product called Kroma Crackle, which is a single-application crackle and can be mixed with acrylic paints before use. The results are gorgeous and I can’t wait to experiment with it.

Whew! Well, it’s time for me to empty my bag of catalogs and product sheets, decipher the notes I took at meetings and get ready for tomorrow!