Good morning Friends,
Just a quick-ish post today...yesterday I had a great day with my friend Amy up at the Craft, Hobby & Stitch retail show at the NEC. We came away with new ideas 'overdrive', our heads were buzzing so much. So many fabulous examples of crafts and cards, especially from one of my favourite Companies, Paperartsy...but also Lavinia Stamps, Woodware and Creative Expressions to name but a few.
I'd arranged that we would meet up with the lovely Christine Emberson, who together with her fellow Spellbinders DT member Yvonne from the Netherlands, was still excited (of course) by the 2 awards they collected on behalf of Spellbinders at the previous night's ceremony. It was so nice to catch up with her.
We also had a nice chat with Julia Watts and I spent ages with Hels, being shown some of the lovely new paint and crackle medium products being brought out by Creative Expressions. Ali Reeve and Sue Wilson were busy demoing too and it was great to see Sue's new dies close up...as well as the beautiful cards she has been showing on her blog recently. Ali was chatting to some others all the time we were there, so I didn't get the chance to catch up on the lives of our hens!
We came away with lots of ideas for future workshops and of course, we wanted it all...but wanting and getting are two very different things!
Below are some very quickly snapped-with-my-phone shots from the Sizzix stand, which always has a lovely display (though we both thought last year's was better). The first two are Tim Holz's display (sadly he was in South Africa not Birmingham!)
|A retro 50's feel with these new dies, which I liked a lot|
|Some lovely Vintage creations|
|Hels Sheridan demoing some lush new paint products for Creative Expressions|
I have two days off now to catch up with some crafting, but first of all..yes..need to find some space to work in the craft room!
Before I go, thank you for all your comments on yesterday's 'white on white' - effectively a simple but time consuming card as there were a lot of die-cut elements and particularly as I also decorated the INSIDE, which I failed to add the photo of to my post! I have added it now..but to save you looking back, here, my friends is the inside of yesterday's card!!!
Bye for now and hope you get some crafting time today,
Love and Hugs,