The Creative Painting Convention 2017 in Las Vegas definitely receives five stars! Hats off to Jayne Jones and her terrific staff for a show that ran smoothly from start to finish. With all the classes, exhibit hall, vendors and registered attendees, she has huge responsibilites, tremendous workload and still manages to give us all her sweet smile the entire week.
We arrived in Vegas on Saturday. I taught the Sponsored Event “Signs of the Times” with Laurie Speltz on Sunday. The class was filled with talented, eager students. We had a great time sharing our unique techniques, tips and tricks to make painting easier and a little more fun.
Whew…late night hours combined with weary travelers, slow the pace just a little. However, we almost got finished and hope to see final projects posted on FaceBook.
For those that may not know, my husband, John and I are the founders and owners of Cupboard Distributing. Because Creative Painting is such a great show and we have an awesome, hard working staff, we bring them to help with our booth. (Left to right; Lindsey Applegate; Jen Key; Drake Newman…and no…they’re not our kids!!) However, Monday was a “play day”. We went to see Hoover Dam. Because our truck was packed to the hilt, and because we didn’t want to unpack the entire load, we were banned from entering the dam area. LOL, if they only knew what was in those totes…class supplies! Oh well, nice to know that Homeland Security is doing their job. We did get to park and enjoy the scenic view over Lake Meade.
Tuesday was set up day and this is no small task. Thank goodness for capable employees. Everyone knew their job and the booth went together little by little. It is quite amazing to watch as those huge stacks of boxes and totes are transformed into a fantastic booth.
Wednesday was opening day…and what a day it was. Our booth was packed from the beginning to the end of the day.Thanks to Jen and Lindsey for keeping the line moving quickly. John and Drake had their hands full restocking the product. I had the best job of all, talking to my painting friends, answering questions, showing off new product, tools and giving tips.
The patterns I designed for this show were a little different for me. I worked really hard to create really unique, trendy surfaces and patterns. I was a little nervous because these were outside my “box” and comfort zone. However, I was so pleased at how well they were received. A big thank you to all of our customers for their kind words, support and patronage. I am always overwhelmed with this wonderful group of painter friends. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love! All surfaces and patterns are available at Cupboard Distributing www.cdwood.com
Because Cupboard Distributing is celebrating 30 years in business this year, we added a contest. With every $30.00 purchase, customers received a ticket for a chance to win 30 of my newest pattern packets or a huge basket of Stampendous stamps. We had so much fun promoting our 30 years with these great prizes. Contest winners were selected after we returned home. Congratulations to Kay Stahm for winning the patterns and Regina Oswald for winning the stamps!
Thursday evening was my last class. We had a great time learning how to use stamps, as well as other unique techniques for creating unique projects and easily updating older designs.
All of a sudden it was Friday and before we could blink, we were tearing down the booth! Whew…what a fun and high energy show! I love this show and, even though I am bone tired, can’t wait till next year!