Good Morning Blog Friends!
I do get blog withdrawal (lol), when I haven't been here for a few days or more and hopefully will be back to normal blogging patterns next week..I'm having a great week off work; loving being in the craft room, busily preparing for the craft fair Saturday (today is going to be a sewing day), but I can't believe that it is already Wednesday.
I have been managing to get around most of your blogs and leaving comments, if I have missed you - a thousand apologies! I did notice that quite a few of you mentioned that you went to the craft show at the NEC last weekend and were disappointed by the fewer exhibitors etc...I have a theory of my own about this...I used to go to the NEC November show regularly, but always found it way too crowded. Then about four years ago, Tom and I decided to try the Alexandra Palace show, mostly because we could factor in a weekend in London. It was smaller; I love stamping, so all the major stamping companies were there and I loved it! We decided not to go to Birmingham any more and have been to Ally Pally ever since.
Last year, they sold tickets for the first time on C&C and all of a sudden, the show was as busy as the NEC and not nearly as fulfilling as previously. We are going in April, but I've noticed on the list of exhibitors that quite a few 'names' are missing, so I'll let you know! But I actually think that there are too many shows now..I'm seeing them advertised all the time and only the massive companies, can afford to attend them all... It's gone from one show a year at the NEC and Ally Pally, to virtually one a month!
It's getting a bit of a case of same old..same old...isn't it? Or is it just me? There is one big Company, that I go out of my way not to buy from, that seems to dominate, which never attends Ally Pally, so that's something at least! Creative Expressions organises it, so it's mostly stamping, die cutting and altered art and I hope it stays that way!
We actually feel quite 'deprived' down in the Southwest - we have a few shows at Exeter (which somehow I never manage to get to) and that's it really; but then most of the companies are from the North, I guess. Let's hope that when Bristol eventually gets its arena, things will change!
Anyway, this was going to be a short post! See I have got blog withdrawal! Ha! On to the card....
For the owl, I simply drew around a circular Spellbinders die for the outer shape and a smaller one for the eyes, the rest I created myself. I actually prefer the freehand style to using stamps and stencils, but you have to be in the mood and this one did take rather a long time.
I used an 8x8 card and decided to create a bit of a wacky shape, just for fun! The flowers and leaves are cut from Spellbinders dies and just given the Zentangle treatment! So that's it for today, no special materials, stamps etc...just a shape to draw around and a pen!
Have a good day everyone! No WOYWW for me again: you really don't want to see my desk at the moment...no really you don't!
Love and Hugs,