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Thursday, February 3, 2011
The #1 highlight of the CHA trip for me was the Provo Craft Gala on Saturday night. It was a birthday party for Cricut, who turned 5 this year. Happy birthday, Bug!! Of course Wendy came as my guest, and WOW did we have some serious FUN!!! There were so many amazing people there - Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, Jinger Adams, Jim Thornton (PC CEO), Pink Stamper, Tammy Skinner, Terri Olsen, the list goes on and on. Wendy and I visited with several friends, but mostly hung out with Robyn & Tammy's gang for the evening. Here are a few videos and pics for you - just a small sampling of the evening...

This one features Jim Thornton, the Provo Craft CEO, who is hilarious - and several other PC employees. And the Cricut himself, or herself. Hmmmm.

The entertainment for the evening was quite the treat. They brought out dancers from Step Up 3D and So You Think You Can Dance. My hubby and I are huge SYTYCD fans, so I was really excited to see Joshua, Twitch and Comfort, and here is a dance they did. They were way too cool.

And one silly little clip that Wendy shot of us girlies hanging out, dancing and being goofy. It's mostly me and Robyn in the clip. And yes, I am well aware that faithfully watching So You Think You Can Dance does NOT make me a good dancer.

Here's me with Heidi Swapp, Rhonda Ferrar and some other chick. Somebody please remind me to go tanning next time I go to CHA.

While waiting in line to get into the party, look who found us. It's Emma Aguilar of My Creative Time and Sarah Pink Cricut!

Here's Robyn & Tammy's gang.  That's Courtney in the back, and then in the front row from left to right is Meryl, Karlee, Robyn, Angela and Tammy.

Me, Robyn and Wendy. I sure am blessed to have such fabulous friends!

Wendy, Terri Olsen and me. Terri is "TerriKrafts" from Stamps Alive, and she is one of the sweetest people on the face of the planet.

Me with Joshua. He's the season 4 winner of So You Think You Can Dance. Insanely talented guy!!

Wendy with Comfort. What a cool hip hop dancer she is! I need to take lessons!

Me with Twitch. This guy is a phenomenal dancer. I mean - wow!!! And what a sweet guy. I walked up to the bar, and he was standing there with Joshua. I told them "Drinks are on me!" And Twitch said "Isn't this an open bar?" To which I replied "Yes, that's why I'm buying." He laughed and we talked for a couple of minutes. Very down to earth and cool!

After the party, I took my crew out to Flemings for Filet Mignon. We laughed and had the best time, and the steak was practically a religious experience - it was THAT good!!!  Left to right, it's Angela, Becca, me, Brenda and Wendy.  Oh, and our Cricut bugs from our Gala Swag Bags.  Best night ever!!

Thanks for perusing our wild and crazy evening.  There's more to come, so keep checking back in.  And don't forget to leave a comment on each post this week for a chance to win the Bo Bunny Crush paper collection pack!!


LesleyfromWI said...

Looks like quite the party and a good time was had by all! Have a great time and keep sharing photos and videos.

Josie0602 said...

You all look like you had so much fun!! Loved seeing all your photos!

Melissa said...

WOW! It looks like a fabulous time!!!

RAP said...

How much fun! I'm so glad you were able to go!

Anonymous said...

What a great time you had. How was that when you met the SYTYCD dancers. My daughter 14 now , has been dancing for 10 years. It's a show that we can't miss, we've even see them live on Tour. She's going to love the photos. What a great experience. All the photos of all the other great designers are nice. TFS

AShu93 said...

That looks like a fun time!

sunnyday1k said...

Looks like you had a great time!

scrappinmac said...

love the pics!

JennyKozar said...

Looks like fun fun fun! TFS~

JenJackScrap said...

Ok, TOOOOOO STINKIN' FUNNY! Those videos were HILARIOUS! I was having a really crummy morning and after visiting you, here, it's totally turned around. Happy Friady, Gan!! Thanks for the giggles!!

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Dee said...

What a party!!!! You all look like you are having so much fun. I wish my work was that much fun (just kidding - I LOVE my job).

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you were able to go and have FUN!!! You deserve it my friend!

Dreama said...

What a party and fun time!

JANLYNN said...

Looks like a PAR' TEE. Thanks for shareing with us poor deprived subjects of your loving masses. Almost makes us feel if we were there.

Anonymous said...

I just watched your fun was that!!!? Thanks for sharing it with us. I'll be watching for the pics to be're gonna have to design more of your Rock Princess lo's to get them all in there. Keep us sure to rest too, tho.
Carol aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

Heather said...

TFS the videos!! I am a little jealous you saw AND met SYTYCD dancers!! Looks like it was a blast!

Kristie Maynard said...

Sure looks like y'all have a fabulous funfilled time! Can't wait to see all the great stuff that came out at CHA!!

Sharka said...

That SYTYCD Video gave me chills up the spine... both hubby and I luv the show and Twitch is something else!!! Your pic/w Twitch is AWESOME!!! Glad you enjoyed yourselves :)

Meshell said...

I am sooo thankful that you were able to have a great time at CHA. You have been working so hard, you deserved a good time!

scrapstampcrazy said...

Looks like some fun times and great memories. Something for a scrapbook about YOU!

lanejoy1 said...

Monique, it makes me smile just to see you having so much fun, and the smile on "your" face is priceless. All your pictures are so good and looking forward to seeing more and hearing more about your trip.

Angela said...

You never take a bad picture with that smile of yours! I'm so glad you got to go this time. Thanks for sharing with us. Love the Cricut plushies . . .want one!

Dedrah said...

Love seeing all the pictures from CHA. Looks like lots of fun.

Grammy GG said...

So glad you had such fun--it looks like a really good time for all. thanks for sharing it with us.

Shauna Carlson said...

Wow!!! It looks like you had so much fun! You deserve it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow info overload! My mind is spinning with so much information and so many ideas I can hardly scribble out all my ideas quick enough! I'm new to the Cricut world with an Expression and a Gypsy and "WOW AM I EXCITED!". Please oh please keep sharing!!!!

Kim M said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! What a party! Thanks for sharing the fun.

BikerGranny said...

I thoroughly enjoyed watching these videos and looking at the pictures - it made me feel as though I was right there with you having fun - thanks for sharing the experience! Looks like it was a BLAST, and I'm so jealous that you got to see the SYTYCD trio - I love that show, too, and go to the LIVE tours every time they come to town (Twitch is definitely on my 'favorites' list).

The story of how the Cricut was 'born' was hilarious - I figured the CEO of PC had to be a creative guy, but that skit was over the top FUNNY! :)

Thanks again for sharing!


Linda said...

Looks like you had a great time and met lots of neat people...TFS

Jane said...

Looks like a great time.

I just received the paper pack you sent me, its gorgerous (posted it on my blog). Thank you.
Stop by and take a look.

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Star said...

With that big beautiful smile of yours Monique, how can people not have a great time. Thanks for sharing your pics!

Cynde said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! I would love to go someday.

Unknown said...

Looks like a good time!!! Glad you were able to experience that this year.

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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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