Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ally Pally - Day 1

Evening all... had a great day at Ally Pally for the autumn Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show - great company, great demos and great shopping...

 First stop as always is Paperartsy - Jo Firth-Young and Leandra demonstrating
looks like Jo's doing a Tommy Cooper impression "just like that" ... but was making some fab things with her stamps and paints
 and Leandra was rocking the backgrounds
 this was really fab IRL
 Jo crackling an MDF J...
 We did look elsewhere. This stand always has fabulously decorated mdf piecess,
 and the lady was demonstrating how to make this gorgeous flower... may be going back for supplies tomorrow!
Overall impressions, where there were less stalls there, certainly less people - although it was quite crowded early on - and nothing spectacularly new, apart from some new Hot Picks..!!
 but shop I did... various sizes of flat canvases, one of the new Hot Picks,some Prima bits and another Paperartsy stamp... that's the Paperartsy haul!
 some chip frames and shapes, lots of stencils (although I find I have the 12x12 numbers already, lol!!
some MDF letters (going to decorate them soon.. "create" they spell.  more stencils (bargains) pad of paper (standing behind the Clarity word strip stamps - got them Sam!!) mdf shapes, some Tim stamps and other bits and bobs.

It was great to put faces to names for some more twitter followers (Lynnette and Christine - Craftyfield) and meet up again with Alison, Lin, Jo V, and I've probably forgotten some more, sorry!!

Sorry about the photos, it was very dark when I took these and had to turn the light off to avoid the glare from the flash.

I am going back tomorrow, but apart from restocking some Frescos once I have checked which I need, and maybe some of those flower/seed bits won't be spending a lot!

22 comments:

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

As always, you got a fantastic selection of new goodies. Glad you enjoyed the day.

sam21ski said...

WOW very reserved stash for you!!! Can't wait to see what you do with your mdf letters, they look quite big. Love that stencil which says 'art' on it and yay I see you got the word chain Clarity stamps.

xxx

Claire said...

I love seeing other peoples crafty purchases! Thanks for sharing - it all looks great, esp that new hot picks set you got :-)

craftimamma said...

Lovely write up and lovely stash purchases Helen! Specially love the new Hot Picks and the stencils. Glad I'm not the only one who sometimes ends up buying something I already have! I somehow had a feeling it wasn't going to be as busy this time because I have had more reminders about it from the organisers than ever before and I'm sure one was an offer of discounted tickets shortly before cut off date for online purchase. Still wish I could have gone though. I think you might have seen my buddies Elaine and Judith who went just for today.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Carmen said...

Ohhhhhh. It was today :( Couldn't have come anyway - Ruby had a birthday party I had to take her to. I thought it wasn't as busy last time I went as well.

Love, love, love, LOVE, love that circle of circles stencil. That might be my favourite of your buys :)

Hazel Agnew said...

Can always rely on you Helen to keep us all up to date. Great stash as usual. Where will you keep it all. Glad that you had a good day and pleased for your lottery win. Xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Word chains...one there's a fab idea....I wonder if they could do one based on the stream of thought.....
Glad you had a good day, I think it might be worth going back just to watch the Leandra and Jo show again!

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Helen - fancy meeting up tomorrow? I shall be at AP all day I expect.

finnella03 said...

Enjoy the bits you got. Will be glad when I don't have to revise.

Sarah Dunkley said...

Fab post Helen! Looks like u had a good day. If you are interested in rehoming that 12x12 letters stencil I'll take it off your hands! X

Lucy Edmondson said...

Thanks for the write up, Helen, will be there about 10 am, look forward to seeing you!

Lucy x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love reading about the show and seeing your new purchases Helen. Tracy x

Brenda Brown said...

Looks like you had a shopping bonanza and a great day.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Virginia said...

Lots of new goodies!

brenda said...

Just cam over after seeing your comment Helen (thank you) because it made me reaslise I have not been over for a while or seen any posts from you.

See there are several I've not seen on my dashboard, not idea why but might need to do what I did with a couple of others where it happened and that is stop following and start again which seemed to work there.

Another day at Ally Pally, lucky you, enjoy. And the result, it's like deja vous from a couple of years ago.

B x

Astrid Maclean said...

Looks as if you had a great time! Wished I could have been there again, some wonderful new stash too by the looks of it :)

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Helen, great stash collection. Love the Art stencil, so useful. I hate getting home with something to discover I clearly loved it that much, I'd already bought it! So much so, I installed Evernote on my tablet/smartphone to start keeping track of what I have got. Might avoid some double purchases in future now. Hugs, Shaz xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I stopped by earlier this morning to visit, then my computer froze up and I had to shut it down for awhile. When I came back, your second Ally Pally post was already live.

You got some beautiful stencils, and I really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful things at the show.

Guess I'm lucky. I have so few stamps and practically no stencils (none from this century, anyway), I have no problems with double purchases. But if my inventory was as all encompassing as yours, I'd have to figure out a way to keep a good inventory of purchases. Of course, updating would be a bear, since you seem to buy new products daily (grin).

craftytrog said...

Great photos Helen, and all that lovely new stash!!! x

massofhair said...

Great haul on day one Helen, glad i'm not the only one noticing the changes at the shows. Will be interesting to see how shows will evolve next year :-) xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Loving what you have here Helen! Chrisx

Gez Butterworth said...

Lovely to catch up with your blogging Helen. I have been a bad blogger, sorry it's been so long! Looks like you've got a gorgeous selection of goodies to play with, Enjoy! ♥

Have a lovely weekend. Gez xx