If anyone is considering going to the show this weekend, then definitely go. There was a fabulous range of exhibitors, bargains galore, demonstrations and workshops (if you get there early enough to sign up). I watched some Create & Craft filming with Anthea Turner - a good excuse to sit down for a while.
Yes, it was crowded. Yes, I couldn't get a seat to eat my sandwiches at lunchtime (found a corner with clean purple carpet to sit on - and met 2 lovely ladies, one from Cornwall, another from Scotland, had a good chat about embroidery). Yes, I had to keep taking painkillers regularly and mid-afternoon was forced to sit down with a cake/drink. But, I met so many lovely people, saw some really useful demo's and treated myself to a huge amount of stash. I have got a ticket for the trade show in February and hope to get to the public show in March as well. However, I will definitely stay in a hotel overnight and get some rest.
For those who asked, this is the stash list -
Packs of Kraft card and Super Smooth Ivory card.
8" square Kraft cards and envelopes.
2 x Xmas Owl decoupage sheets and a backing paper (from House of Zandra).
Mini Cardboard Tiles.
Purple 'Brush Bucket'
Ink Blending foam pads.
3 x Shimmer Magic sprays.
Simply Cards & Papercraft mag.
Hot off The Press Vintage Christmas mag and kit.
Stretched Burlap frame.
Xmas Clay Cutters.
Imagination Crafts - stencil tape, 3 x stencil templates and 2 x Sparkle Medium.
Quick Cards Made Easy mag & goody bag.
2 x finger lift tape.
3 x packs of gems.
3 x Distress Inkpads.
2 x 12"x12" file folders.
2 x large acrylic blocks.
Penny Black stamps - Air Mail.
Owl Embellies & Horse World Embellies.
Penny Black 'Slapstick' stamp - Ragged Angel (gorgeous|!!)
Happy Birthday Owl stamp from Ludiec.
Nellie Shellent stamp - Cowboy.
MDF Mini Book.
6 x Xmas ribbons.
Sub to Creative Cardmaking mag - with Free Docrafts Papermania Wheeled Large Tote (this was the best thing ever. I was struggling to carry my bags, and this swallowed up everything, plus coat, and it was really easy to wheel around, plus the walk back to the car. Go for this sub offer when you get to the show, or take a wheeled shopping trolley with you.
Double pack of Cute Puppies & Kittens CD-Roms.
Pack of heart embellies.
100 extra bonus points for getting to the end of this - imagine how long it took for me to unpack my tote and write the list!! And now I have to find homes for everything in my craft room!
ps I forgot to put my WOYWW badge and did look around for anyone else wearing one, but didn't spot any.
|Mel, Anthea and Nigel from C&C.|
A really good scrapbooking session.