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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Pic on the left is me and Jackie Mackay, just about to brave the exhibit halls after a coffee to get us in the right mood for it. We had a drink and a chat with Jackie and her two friends before making our assault on the crafting goodies.
No crafting on my desk today, as I've been putting my new stash away.
Some stamps and stencils from Inkylicious.
The cloudy moon stamp comes with a moon mask & stencil in the pack. The tiny winter cottages, bunnies and fairies will go well with Card-io stamp scenes, I think.
Speaking of Card-io, some stamps to add to my Christmas stash from them.
Some fab glittery embossing powders from WOW!
And while we're on the subject of glittery things......also a couple of red inkpads.
A Clarity stencil, a Sweet Poppy stencil, and a stamp from Stamposaurus. ' I love you to the moon and back'. I've seen that sentiment in a Tim Holtz set, but at £20 a time, I didn't think I'd really use the other stamps in the set enough to justify it.
A few more Honey Doo stamps.
Stamps by Chloe next, gorgeous Christmas florals.
Finally, a couple of embossing folders and paper pads, all really cheap.
A few thoughts on the show- parking is a disgraceful £12 a time, and with tickets £10-£12, thats £25 spent before you've bought anything. I also must say the show was much smaller this November than any previous one, they had about a third of the hall sectioned off with a barrier, usually the show has taken the whole hall. Also, the aisles were wider this time, which made getting around easier, but I'm pretty sure was as much a ruse to make the show look bigger than it was. A lot of big names missing this year too- Indigo Blu, Paper Artsy, Crafters Companion, Visible Image, Lili of the Valley, to name a few.It definitely felt as though there were less visitors too. So, no, not very impressed. I doubt I will bother with it again, there are much better shows about, at far more reasonable prices.
Final shot is the latest two die sets from China to arrive. Stitched Squares and Stitched Circles.£1.79 and £2.39 respectively. And they cut just fine.