It's Monday night and my feet hurt (Note to self: no new shoes at tradeshows, they cause blisters). But I have to report that I'm having a fabulous time.
As I approached the Ranger Industries Booth, I noticed Tim Holtz was conducting demonstrations. As I came near to his thrown...I mean booth...I said, "Look, Tim is surrounded by women, what a suprise?!" He looked up and gave me the weirdest look. Instantly I'm thinking, "oh crap, he thinks I'm insinuating that he's gay!" so I quickly added, "what a horrible job to be surrounded by beautiful women all the time!" He relaxed and laughed, responding, "ya, it's just horrible!" Whew! That was a close one. I almost offended one my favorite designers!
I was able to spend a couple of hours learning distressing techniques from the master...that's right the distress ink queen learned from the king-TIM HOLTZ! I learned how to be "fearless" with the distress ink, crackle paint and alchol ink. I let Tim know how ya' all tease me about being sloppy with my distress ink and he has a message for all you neat freaks in Alaska, "be FEARLESS!" Tim was passing out his demos for us to take home and the one I requested happend to have crackle paint, distress ink, grundge board and his new hardware. The stamp quote is especially appropriate because I've been worried about how slow it's been at the store lately. Tim can't possibly know how inspired I am by the quote stamp. He even signed the back of his demo for me and I was able to get a picture with him. I see a scrapbook layout with a tag on it in my future! Seriously though, the man is really down to earth and a lot of fun. If you ever have the opportunity to take a class at an expo, I highly recommend taking a Tim Holtz class.
PS...Be ready for some seriously fun/cool classes using grunge board, distress ink, crackle paint, embossing powder, alcohol ink and rockin' hardware!