Saturday, 9 April 2016

"Crafting at AllyPally" show - today

Hi guys, just home from Ally Pally and the crafting show... it was much better today than in recent times. Hope it continues to be so... Hochanda were filming live from the show so maybe that's why... there were certainly more people!

Anyhow, as I always promise, i tried to take lots of photos for you... here goes. Lauren, hope there are enough to help what you missed by doing your make and takes!
 Didn't start taking pics till after I'd raided the bargain bins at Paperartsy... and a few other things too (more of that later)
already quite a crowd round Leandra and JoFY doing the first stint at the demo table.  a long queue to sign up for the make and takes (which filled up so quickly!)

 Kim Dellow taking the first make and take
 Leandra was demoing with the new Tim/Ranger pastes - this is the opaque paste through a stencil, infusions dropped on a small area and spread over the tag,... we liked this one a lot!
 then she used the Crayola twistables crayons - blending into paint, great effect this and it helps spread the crayon having a layer of glaze or other product before you start adding the crayons we learnt.
 so I had to add a pack of the crayons to my second go through the PA till....
 after a good couple of hours and a bit more, I tore myself away to see what else there was on show.. I like this big wooden carved stamps (Lin S and I have seen these before, and they look great on the fabric at the back of the stand) but they're quite pricy so I didn't get any.
 Anna Marie Designs stand, looking gorgeous as ever.
 sat at the bottom of a pillar to eat lunch and grab a coffee before heading back to PA for some more Twits demos... bit of a birds' eye view, MDF man always gets a big crowd..
 the lovely Lucy demoing transfers... check out her beautiful apron she made.
went for another sit down and chat with Gabrielle.. PA still very may be able to see Alison (Craftytrog) in the red top and the other end of the demo desk in the pinky purple one, is Anna (not seen her for ages,was lovely to catch up and drool over the PA stuff!)
then it was Gabrielle's turn (left) and Kim Dellow (right) to take the demo stand..  Freya, Gabrielle's daughter grinning at me!

Gabrielle was demonstrating her "animal" tags using the Emma Godfrey stamps.. so clever

Jo V enjoying the demo too
 then after the end of the show it was time for the PA Twits drink in the bar - Jo and I managed to grab a table with enough chairs for everyone whilst they closed down the stand for the night... the heavy rain of the morning had gone and there was a great view out of the bar window (couldn't be bothered to go outside for you though!)
 group shot... Leandra tweeted one which made me think I'd better do one for the blog.. Everyone look at the camera... Emma!!!
 take two.. Emma still not looking...
 ok, let's call it done!
You probably recognise, from LtoR
JoFy, Emma, Alison, Jo,, Leandra, Milly (Leandra's daughter on Elf duty today) and Kim

Was a FAB day, and yes... I did buy a bit...
 had to spread to two bags today though, it would have fitted in one but was too heavy.. and you know how those handles dig in.. so spread it between two.. ahem!!
 the bargain box grabs... a pack of Prima cards (12x12 design, 6 different  - there was only one in the box, and I intend to use them in bits rather than the whole sheet in a project..) some wooden hearts, cotton reels, hessian fat quarters, black tags, couple of discontinued Frescos.
 I know Sam likes her close ups..
 this one's a bit less glary I think!
bit more of the Paperartsy haul - archival inks, couple of journals (oops) the rest of the infusions, some Prima butterflies and some Prima Artstones (for my next powertex project)
 Couple of Donna Downey stencils, the crayolas, some stamps, and the Christina Adolph rub ons that Leandra mentioned in her last scope.
 another close up
and the non PA bits.. (plus some double sided tape that escaped the photo)

and the tag from Gabrielle, her famous fish!

Might just need to put my feet up now!


sam21ski said...

Oooh fab account of the day and thanks for the close ups of the goodies. I think you were very reserved with your purchases, expected you to have got more than you did for some reason, but non the less, a good shop xxx

Miriam said...

looks like you had a fabulous day.... and your'm. off to look for those Donna Downey stencils! lol!!

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Helen, lots of niceables there,lol. Looks like you had a great day, loving the Archival inkpads, and all those awesome stencils. Xxxx

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Helen, lots of niceables there,lol. Looks like you had a great day, loving the Archival inkpads, and all those awesome stencils. Xxxx

PaperArtsy said...

Awesome round up as usual Helen!!! Thank you xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Always love reading about your day and seeing what goodies you buy. Thank you. So glad you had a fabulous time . Tracy x

Caz said...

WOW - great day then?!?! :-)

Have promised myself not to look at anything else until after my birthday at the end of the month as hubby has been given a "wish list" with quite a few PA bits on it.....with instructions that PA is priority!! I'll come back and check this post again afterwards if there's any money left for some ideas on what to spend it on!



Unknown said...

Looks like you had a fantastic day, love your haul x

Unknown said...

Well done Helen, I never remember to take photos as I go. Bet your exhausted now. Fantastic haul BTW.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Lovely blog post and a lovely day! Thanks Helen!

Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Fabulous report Helen, thank you! Lovely to see pics of the PA gang and stand (Eeek, I could see my artwork up there ;D). Lots of lovely goodies you purchased but I agree with Sam I think you were quite good. I hope lots of that stuff is available at Port Sunny ;-) I am glad you thought the show was better and busier than the last few too.

Lesley Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Thanks Helen. What would I do without you? The whole day passed in a blur and I left feeling a bit crestfallen that I'd missed out on everything on the PA stand. Well, NEARLY everything. Gabrielle and I now have a bit of a mini competition going on... So it's GAME ON for tomorrow. Oh YEAH! It's Fresco's at Dawn to see WHO can come up with the most OUT OF THE BOX idea... BRING IT ON I SAY... LOL


Claire said...

Fab post! Thanks for sharing and taking all the piccys! I love the look of those Donna D stencils and I have my eye on the infusions and also those crayolas too :-)

Sarah B said...

Looks like you had a fab day Helen - great pics, almost like being there in person. It's good to hear the show was better as last time I was disappointed. Can't wait to see some of your stash in use xx

Hettie said...

looks like another fab day for you with a good haul. Hope you left some for others like a good girl!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was SO glad you shared this. This was WONDERFUL to see. I've followed you to Ally Pally before, and this time was super.

I've had some of those twistables for YEARS and don't use them. I have glaze, too, so now I have a project I must try as soon as I can find the time. My box only has six, though. I'm thrilled to learn a bit more about what I can do with these waxy goodies.

Colourisious has those carved stamps, too. The ones they sell are from India. I agree they are pricey. Here in the states they start at around $30.00 (US) each, so I can only imagine what the big ones must have cost in the UK. Lovely to look at on fabric, but hard to get a good image unless you are an excellent stamper and have good padding underneath.

Once again, thanks for taking me to this show. BTW, I had never heard of Anna Marie Designs, but I sure like what I saw!

Brenda Brown said...

Looks like a great day Helen, you have lots of new goodies to play with, have fun.
Happy Sunday.
hugs Brenda xxx

Gabrielle said...

Was lovely to see you and rummage through your purchases! Had a fabulous day as always!

craftytrog said...

A fab day! Great photos as usual Helen, & good to see you!
Alison xx

Kirsten said...

Wonderful retelling of your day with fantastic photos of everyone & your amazing haul of goodies. Glad you had a great time.

Sarah Anderson said...

Glad to hear the show had improved a bit, always sad when they go downhill. Love that tag with the infusions on - need to look those up! Looks like you had a fun day, off to check out the Christine Adolph rub ons as I have one of her stamps from years ago and just love it xx

Julia Dunnit said...

So you bought a bit then! I'm not huge into stencils but I love the patterns you've bought are lovely. In fact, I feel the need to see if I've even got any paste.......! Glad you had a good day, it looked like fun.

Kyla said...

Just a few small purchases then?!! Loing the look of some of those stencils.
Glad you had a lovely day.

Etsuko said...

Thank you for the nice pics of the PA stand and your lovely goodies, I'm very enjoying to see them. Really you had good time Helen. xxx

Julie Lee said...

It was such a great show, Helen. Thanks for such an interesting and comprehensive post, which is a lovely memory. Looks like you purchased some beautiful things, xx

Kaz Hall said...

Wow!! What a fabulous weekend you had!! Thanks for sharing Helen, must try and visit ally pally!

Claudia Hemmings said...

Looks like a great trip, and a lovely haul of goodies to play with back home - enjoy!

butterfly said...

Looks like a truly splendid time was had by all! Thanks for sharing all these fab photos.
Alison x