Today was my first full day in Chicago–wow!!! I have never been to the windy city before and was really excited and scared and happy and anxious all at once about traveling alone. But you know what? I am having a blast! My seat mates on the flight over were wonderful company, including a woman who volunteers to fly bone marrow for transplants across the US who shared how she gets the most out of traveling alone. That was a prayer answered! I have thoroughly enjoyed just quiet over the last 24 hours as I sit in my room. I have read 50 pages in a book since I left my house!
I also got a first-hand experience with being taken advantage of — the shuttle bus driver at Midway Airport took me on a 3 hour wild ride to everywhere BUT where I needed to go until nearly midnight last night. But I learned my lesson. Today I got online, learned all about the trains and even went out for a spin. Tomorrow I am looking forward to a train ride, a short walk, and breakfast at a place that got a great rating on Yelp! Traveling is growing on me. A LOT!
All that traveling was so I could arrive in time for my class today— the Teresa Collins Stampmaker Certification Workshop from Photocentric. Boy, did I learn alot!! We played with their software, played in Photoshop and altered photos using picnik.
We made stamps of course but also stencils and embossing plates. It is AMAZING! I absolutely cannot wait to work this tool into my classes as well as start offering custom stamps and embossing templates too. I am so excited about it!!!! We even embossed leather!
These were some samples from the company of projects hey made with the embossing templates they made with the Stampmaker:
Teresa Collins shared a bit about using your diecuts to make stamps and we got some fabulous ideas. The room was buzzing with everyone's creative energy. It was a fab way to start the show!!!
I also met some wonderful people I can't wait to get to know better. CHA is so invaluable for that! Here's Betsy Burnett working with the photopolymer material in the class. Tomorrow I have classes all day long and hope I have some more great things to share with you.