March 28, 2009

Copic Certification Class update!!!

Well, I had another busy week! I know I keep saying that in every post but this week was extra busy but extra fun!

Monday night Chris and I packed up the kidos, with over-night bags, backpacks and lunches and took them to my Mom and Dad's to sleep over, so, that my Dad could take them to school the next day because I was going to have an early start!!!
Tuesday morning, I got up at 6:00 a.m. got ready, stopped at Timmie's for my requisite coffee, and "Jill", my handy dandy GPS, and I hit the 401, west to Brampton (just west of Toronto) for the Copic Certification workshop. I was worried that I would get stuck in traffic and be late for the class but traffic was moving well and I arrived in plenty of time to stop for another coffee and headed on into the conference room of the hotel.
As, soon as I walked in I spotted my good blogging and stampin' sistah Kimmie from Kraftin' Kimmie's Korner! She already warned me that she is a hugger so I was prepared for a big warm hello, smile! Kim, is just as I had known her to be in blogland, super sweet, oh soooo FUNNY, down to earth and just a genuine good soul!!!! Love that!!! We hit it off IRL just as we had in blogland! I also, met Kimmie's good friend Andrea and she is a sweetie too and has a great sense of humour!!! We hope to meet up again and hang out for longer time stampin' and yakkin'!!!!!

Then I found a seat, but little did I know that, I was going to be sitting with a group of super duper talented and super sweet ladies! I had the privilege of sitting next to Kerry, from Cards by Kerry! What a great gal and soooo talented! She is in the running for MFT idol on Splitcoast stampers in the MFT forum!!! Go check it out and I know when you see her stunning creations you will vote for Kerry, smile! I had the great privilege of seeing the counting book up close and it is even more gorgeous IRL!!!

Then to my right I was seated next to the very talented Julia Stainton! Such a soft spoken, sweet lady...just oozing with talent and kindness! She is also the mother of 5 children and I don't know how she does all the fabulous papercrafting and Design for Cornish Heritage Farms, all the while, raising 5 kids, but she does...see, super talented people!!!! Well, go check out her blog, Belle Papier, her creations are super stunning and I just love her style! I sat next to her and watched her colour this CHF image for this stunning card! All I can say is....WOW!!!!!

Then to top it all off, I was lucky enough to be seated at the same table as Sherrie Siemens! Sherrie is on the Copic Design Team and Designs for Cornish Heritage Farms. She is now the Canadian Certification teacher and was Co-teaching with Marianne walker, Copic product specialist! So, I have been stocking Sherrie's blog Card Creme for a long time. I think since I started buying Copics, many of the techniques for colouring with Copics, I've learned from Sherrie's fabulous blog and video tutorials. She was so inspiring! Sherrie uses Copics to colour on so many different surfaces not just paper and buys all her embellies, like flowers and gems, in white and uses her Copic Airbrush System to colour them to match her project!

Well, what a fabulous day!!!! I learned so much from Marianne, who did a fabulous job teaching the workshop and Sherrie too! I also, learned so much from Kerry and Julia and had a great day and had so much fun at lunch with Kimmie, Kerry, Andrea and Amy and I also want to give a shout out to Amy *wave* another great stamping, blogging, crafty, Canadian gal that I met!!!!

Well, it was a fabulous time but my drive home wasn't so great! The traffic was bad but it was worth it! When I got home I showed my hubby and kidos my lovely certificate and all the great goodies that we got and I have now proudly added the Certified Copic Designer badge to blog...YAY!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!



Sherrie said...

Great pics Tara! I had such a fun day and was so glad you were at our table...we had the best table! It was great to meet you in person!

Chris said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day Tara and so lovely to meet up with so many blogging friends, that's what makes it even better! Congratulations on your certificate. Hugs, Chris xxx

Kathy said...

Wow Tara sounds like you had alot of fun! I must admit I am very jealous!! I am such a stalker to all those CHF ladies!! How cool you got to meet a few of them!!!
Have agreat week-end :)kathy

Kim said...

I'm so jealous!!!! I would love to go to a certification class! :) CONGRATULATIONS that you got to go to one hun! Looks like you had a fabulous time!!! And that you got to meet some wonderful and talented ladies! Now I really need to meet you IRL so you can teach me some coloring techniques! :) CONGRATS again hun!
Hugs~ Kim

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh wow, sounds like you had a super time!! I would love to go to certification...they need to come to Calgary!!

Hugs, K

Louly said...

It sounds like you had a fabulous day Tara and met lot's of lovely people.
Congratulations on your achievement!

Poppy said...

congratulations looks like you had a great time.

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