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Rubber Art Stamping & Card Making.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


Not enough days between Wednesdays- these weeks just fly past. Almost finished all my friends/work colleagues Christmas cards, I just have to stamp the inside sentiment. They're in the post below, by the way. Doing this up on Tuesday night to schedule, so my desk has some of my purchases from the NEC, where I did indeed meet up with Andrea, we had coffee and a chat.  Love meeting WOYWWers, so nice to speak in the flesh to our friends online. Completely forgot I had my camera in my bag, so no pics, sorry! Waffling away here, so pop over to our Head of Desks, Julia, at The Stamping Ground, and come see the desks of the world in all their glory.
 So what did I get?
Mainly stamps, what a surprise! A couple of Indigo Blu ones, a couple of Lavinia stamps, some Inkylicious, but my absolute favourites- a company called Visible Image were there. I've seen them lately in Craft Stamper, and they have some delicious Gothic stamps.

The set on the left in the picture below I fell in love with when I first saw it.
You can also see a Poinsettia die in the first picture, I  have the Spellbinders  Layered Poinsettia, which is fine for larger cards, but a bit overwhelming on smaller ones. This one makes a lovely sized small flower, (Nellie Snellen, btw).

This one came from Inkwell stamps, which will be great for simple Wedding cards, and the coolest thing is they also have a 'Mrs & Mrs', and a 'Mr & Mr' stamp for civil weddings.

Indigo Blu- you can see the Ella Bella stamp in the top picture, and this one I bought to use for family/friend cards this year. They had a gorgeous sample on display, which was what sold me on the stamp.

Apart from a few odds & ends- a set of square dies which had 14 squares in it, some tape,a couple of ink pads and a couple of embossing folders on sale,the only other thing I bought was some packs of pre cut & scored cards. I usually cut & score my own, but liked the scalloped shape on these, and cutting square cards from A4 limits the size somewhat, and they were reasonable, the largest, which fold to 6x6, were £4.99 for a pack of 50, with envelopes. And they'll be the perfect size for the bauble stamp.
I have to say that overall, I thought the Hobbycrafts show was not as good as previous years, although that does somewhat depend on your area of crafting. It seemed this year that well over half the show was beading or fabric retailers, this seems to go in cycles, I've noticed. Each year there is a heavy leaning to one particular craft. Last year it seemed every other stall was beads. I also noticed a number of regulars absent - Paper Artsy for one. Also missing were Crafters Companion, who I don't buy from very often, but they usually have a big stand, and some good bargains.And a lot of others had far smaller stalls than they usually do. So do have a lovely Wednesday, I'll be catching up with you later.
 Quick PS-For anyone with bent 'bug plates- a couple of posts down is a method to flatten out your warped Cuttlebug plates- I've done it and it does work.


Regina Hamilton said...

Now, that's one nice stack of crafting goodies. I like those poinsettia die. #13

Eliza said...

Wish I was there to play with those new toys and that bundle of scalloped cards for the price amazing, love the stamp you are going to use on them too.

Happy WOYWW & Happy Crafting
Eliza & Yoda 2

Helen said...

Looks like you got some great new toys!! Leandra (Paperartsy) said she wasn't going to do general shows any more, just ones that concentrate for stampers. Glad you had a good day anyhow. Helen 17

Neil said...

Hi there. Just popping my head round the door to say hi.
Thanks for the peek into your creative world today. An impressive haul. I think Visible Image are cool too.
Hope you have a good week too.

House of Bears said...

What a lot of lovely stamps, we're on our way round to play!

The bears #74

Glenda Brooks said...

I love the IndigoBlu stamps! I need to find those!
Glenda #70

Hettie said...

Somebody had a good shop despite there being a few stalls missing. I didn't go because I would spend alot before I got to a stall with tickets, petrol and PARKING - my bug bear with NEC!
Love the two cards I can see below.
As for my spinner, you just buy them and stack them, though now you can just by the layers instead of a new base which you don't know what to do with!
Thanks for calling by.

Robin Spitzer said...

Looks like you had fun shopping. Loved all your stamps. The little Pointsetta looks perfect for a card. I am using the TM on a few cards almost done with them..all the time thinking, how am I going to get this in an envie?


Hugs, Robin #80

Belinda said...

Love looking at all those stamps. Girl, you rock, finishing all your Christmas cards. I have not even begun. But this year is a shorter list (that is suppose to make me feel better). I looked at your previous post to see some completed cards and those are stunning. Lucky friends you have indeed.

Have a blessed day my friend!
Belinda (65)

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz oooo lovely stamps there especially the indigo blu. You had a good day stash wise didn't yo. You liked the tando things on my desk but sorry to disappoint they aren't stamps but chip board shapes but a good win anyway I photocopied them before using so I can cut them out again in
Have a good week

Gita said...

Great new stash of stamps!! Enjoy!! Brigita #88

CraftygasheadZo said...

Looks like you got a few bargains. One day I will get to one of these big shows!! Take care Zo xx 79

Roberta B said...

Hi ya lady, I have been MIA cause Im all over the state right now.. so it was nice to get up this morning and be able to hop on here to see what people are doing. And yea I love all the stamps.. they are so addictive. :-) the 1.00 ones get me everythime. lol thanks so much for shairing your space with every one. Bright blessing to you and yours. Roberta 68

Roberta B said...

i hoped around your page again since it's been afew.. and wow wow I love the red one with the moon in the middle. That is awesome looking. Roberta 68

Krisha said...

Maybe not the best show this year, but you did manage to gather a lot of really nice stash!
Krisha #4

Jana TangledPen said...

Your stash is looking very promising. I see some beautiful cards in the future :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!!!
Jana #67

pearshapedcrafting said...

Hmmm! Had a good time then? He!he! What a lovely lot of goodies you found! I love those Visible Image stamps and your lovely Indigo Blues. I didn't go this time as I found that Paper Artsy weren't going. Have fun playing with all your new goodies! Chrisx 61

Christine said...

Didn't you do well! Love those stamps .... Visible Image ... hmmmm! have to go look at those .... thanks for sharing ....
have a good week
Bishopsmate #99

Andrea said...

hi shaz
great stash you have there I haven't unpacked yet!.. I bought the same poinsettia die for the same reason it will be perfect for smaller cards. love those indigo blu stamps ...that's a good stamp haul you have there and glad you got some of your favourites too.. unlike me who couldn't find mine!.. then your a pro...im still in learner mode!as it was my first time I didn't have anything to compare it too so it was the opposite for me and a bit much !.it was fab meeting up with you and hope you have a good week ahead crafty hugs Andrea #35 x

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Shaz, kool name and love your blog tittle, now you had me drooling all over when I went to Lavinia Stamps, now drooling again at your desk, I don't own many stamps, all of yours are gorgeous, wow your Christmas cards with the new stamp will be fabulous,I see you already got a bunch of beautiful ones already made, I'm a late starter. I had a good snoop around, you can pop out so many gorgeous cards, I'm very impressed, card maker extraordinaire you are, thanks so much for visiting, how you can find a few more hrs in your week, Dianne #77

Danie May said...

Wow what fabulous new stash you have and I bet you are going to have lots of fun playing with it all. Can't wait to see some of those new stamps in action. Happy WOYWW! Danie #31

artatag said...

What a great lot of lovely stamps!! I envy you!
Gabriele 58

Lisa-Jane said...

I adore those cards you made with the silver wreaths on - so much so that I pinned them, they are gorgeous! Glad you had fun at the NEC and I agree about slanting towards other crafts. #49

Debs Willis said...

Fab haul Shaz! I saw Visible Images at Ally Pally - gorgeous stamps!
Thanks for the 'bug fix' lol :-)
Debs #78

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Shaz!! So sorry I didn't get my act together last week - did you get my text? The show was very busy wasn't it, I was glad I didn't really want a lot of things as some of the stalls were impossible to get into. Have a great Wednesday!! Cindy #54

BJ said...

Can see you are a definitely a stampaholic, like the die and yes I seem to be drawn to scalloped cards this year too - thanks for visiting me BJ#64

glitterandglue said...

Thanks for visiting - poor goose indeed - must do something about him!! You had lots of fun at the NEC - love some of those stamps! Were Crafter's companion really missing - we got some emails suggesting they were due to be there this year. We didn't make it ourselves, but we usually go down. The ready prepared cards were a good deal!! Well done.
Have a great week trying out your purchases.
Margaret #42

gardenpinks said...

Wondered how you got on at the NEC and now we can see!! Fabulous haul of scrummy stamps and I see you have a couple of tree stamps - adore trees! Can't have too many of them :)
Love the look of that card too.
Well done Shaz.
Lynn x

famfa said...

I just commented on Andreas blog to say how nice to meet up with you. So to you, how nice you met up with Andrea. Hope you had fun and enjoy using your new toys
Famfa 11

DeDe Haysom said...

Love your stash, lots to play with, I'm a little envious. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. Have a great week..Happy Crafting De De #37

Cardarian said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog and get well wishes for my mom! I love all the things you have bought at the NEC but the Poinsettia really caught my eye! It looks very nice and I am sure it isn't very bulky! I will have to find it somewhere! I hope you enjoy all your new stash!
Lots of hugs,

Kyla said...

ooh, some fabulous NEC goodies. I know what you mean about waves of types of craft. I noticed a lot recently have TONS of beads. Isnt it a shame there isnt a mixed media and assemblage show-I know I would go!

I love the stamps, and I reckon with some careful knife work you could cut the Mr and Mrs up for using for civil services too...may have to keep a look out for this one.

Thanks for visitng my desk already
kyla #51
ps-your Christmas cards turned out fabulous

Claire Hartburn said...

oooooh love your stamps !!!

what a great collection, your Christmas card is lovely ..

Claire #71 x