Saturday, 16 September 2017

Crafting at Ally Pally show

Hi, one and all.  Rounded my week off with another long day on my feet!! The Crafting at Ally Pally show is on this weekend.
Got there early,and the skies were cloudy but it was clear enough so took some views from the top of the hill outside Ally Pally.

 good view of the city Canary Wharf tower blocks between the trees
 Alexandra Palace in all her glory..


 signs of autumn
 stopped to chat to a stall holder on a cigarette break (him not me!) from the final setting up, tried to answer his questions about what all the tall buildings we could see were!
 Had time for a coffee and cake to fortify myself, then to the queue to get in at 10...


 obviously first port of call - Paperartsy...
 Leandra was demoing Oxides over embossed stamping
 the make and takes underway - this table by Courtney, Leandra and Mark's daughter, and the second by Raquel
 settled in to watch demos - Leandra
 and Lauren - let's see how long her tidy workspace lasts...
WOYWWer Cindy doing a make and take with her mum
 Lauren demoing for Jo V and me
 watching Leandra as well!!
 still tidy Lauren;  it's no good protesting, I will keep taking photos!
 after a good long time I pulled myself away to see what else was happening and if there was anything else I "needed"
Visible Image stand.. (not so fond of polymer stamps but the designs are gorgeous)
 Button Moon (nearly bought a bag of ribbon)
 bit of a crowd for the dies and stuff here...


 though some of the stands had quite a crowd round them, there definitely seemed lots fewer people here than normal
 lunchtime.  look how empty it is! (those of you who've been will appreciate this)
fab samples on the Card-io stand

 Carabelle Studio were here from France for the first time... love their stamps but they're very pricey...
 Alison and Hazel were having a rummage in a box of loose stamps...

 and there was a make and take using Oxides with their stamps

















this was as I sat and had my lunch... about 1pm probably.   very empty.  also fewer stalls I think than normal.







 when I got back to Paperartsy, I had a lovely surprise as Alison Bomber was there



She didn't want me to take this but I bribed her by showing her I'd bought some of her stamps...
 having a quick play - Leandra is watching on
 Leandra then made Alison have her picture taken in front of her own stamps - so I got one of them both - love this!
 Leandra demoing Oxides over a crackle Fresco paint background
 more make and takes at Paperartsy

 love the Infusion storage box - get them made Mark!!
 Leandra doing vintage grungy with the Zinski monsters
over a background from Infusions over Frescos
 then moving onto JoFY stamps
 HA!!  caught Lauren with a messy table... not very messy to be fair! 5 hours - a record!
 Leandra adding white pen scribbles...
 to her finished masterpiece
 tidy again!















I had a really smooth journey home, connections at tube and mainline train worked perfectly, and got home just before it rained



my purchases fitted into one of the small Paperartsy bags (if you know your bag sizes!!)  This will probably surprise some of you.....












and here it is.   Some stencils - the ones standing are Kim Dellow's (Paperartsy) one Carabelle stamp (standing) some packs of paper flowers and some double sided tape

3 large stencils by Imagination Crafts, and a few (ok, 6) new Paperartsy stamp sets...




now I need to eat and put my feet up!
I've not been home an hour yet - hope you're impressed at my speed getting this out there.


26 comments:

jojo79 said...

Great to see you Helen. I see you gave in and brought a Carbelle stamp in the end

Jo
x

Gabrielle said...

Goodness! I feel as though I was there! Fabulous round up as usual! Wonderful haul. So sad to see it as empty as it was at lunchtime - feel doubly guilty for missing it now...

Miriam said...

I've really enjoyed your pictures, especially as I couldn't be there! Fab stash too....you've been very reserved...maybe it was our conversation about storage the there day..lol!

craftimamma said...

I am very impressed by your speedy post. Well done!

It definitely does look quiet. It is a shame as I remember the first time I went visitors were shoulder to shoulder virtually the whole two days. It's nice to be able to get round bit not good for exhibitors and the show's future possibly.

Love the look of your purchases and will come back for a closer look from the laptop later.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Kirsten said...

I think we should call you Speedy Lindfield!! Well done and thank you for getting this post done so soon after you got home. Great photos of the PA stand, but goodness, the rest of the hall looks very empty. I'm glad you enjoyed the day, will look forward to seeing what you do with your new goodies.

Scrapmate said...

Thanks for the quick round-up of the show. It does look quiet. I hope everyone is not planning to go tomorrow because thats when I'm going and I prefer it when it's not a mad scrum to see things.

Sarah B said...

Always love your posts Helen - feel like I been there in person. Looked quiet ? Great stash too xx

Chris Cresswell said...

I've really enjoyed looking through the story of your day Helen. Love the photos of the view from the hill. Great photos of the show too. I'm so envious to know you could shop at Carabelle Studios. I wish they'd come to Port Sunny. If they come back to Ally Pally I will definitely go! I love their stamps and stencils. You have made brilliant shopping choices as usual. Now you need another week off to enjoy them lol. Thanks for sharing your fab day xxx

Monica said...

just love this post and wished i was closer, that looks like a great Show. I just bought Carabelle stamps on-line after watching Azoline's video on Wanderlust 2017.
Monica

Wanda Hentges said...

I love reading your recaps, Helen, and seeing the pictures!!!!!!!! I am super impressed at the speed of your post. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kyla said...

Loving this post its like being there for free!!! I know what you mean about polymer stamps but visible image ones are not like others....I have heat stamped them into velvet etc in the past...really robust.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Thanks for this Helen!You did restrain yourself well - I see some of the goodies I have my eye on too! Would have loved to be there but France was calling!!Hugs, Chrisx

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Great to see you. I'm going to mess up
Lauren's desk tomorrow. Just because!! lol

Seth said...

Thanks for sharing. I feel like I was almost there.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I remember the first time I learned about Ally Pally. I followed your blog to the show and saw the insane number of people who were there. You could barely fight your way into the PaperArtsy demos, much less stand around and watch as long as you did. I remember you were planning to meet some friends, but never found them because of the huge crowd. Now it looks almost empty. Seems at least from your photos from years past, it has steadily been on the decline.

You made some beautiful stencil purchases, but you can keep the stamps. It does look from seeing them, you are ready to test them out for both Halloween and Christmas. I was glad I visited today. It's a good record of what Ally Pally has become.

brenda said...

Thank you for the pictorial tour of Ally Pally Helen, it's a show that I've never been to so it's nice to get a visual visit (didn't spend any money that way either !).

B x

Hazel Agnew said...

A wonderful tour Helen, thanks for taking me round. Great stash! Xx😊

butterfly said...

Great to see you too, and yes, I forgive you the photos! I don't think I ever encountered one of the heavingly busy shows but, by the sound of it, I would have turned tail and run! I'm thrilled that you've invested in the new word stamps and really looking forward to seeing what you get up to with them, as well as with the JOFY and Zinskis. Still slightly regretting not getting those two tree sets you have there...
Alison xx

craftytrog said...

Great photos Helen! It was a lovely day! Wish my journey home had been as easy, there were delays due to trespassers on the track! Got home around 9pm!!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Thanks for the fab write up, Helen. Would love to have been there to see everybody. Would have loved that Carabelle stand!

Lucy x

Bryan Evans said...

Thanks for sharing your day, I really appreciate all of the pics!!. It is always nice to put pic to names.

Fergus Fisher said...

Enjoyed the virtual tour. Thank you.

voodoo vixen said...

Hi Helen, thanks for visiting me! LOL Looks like you had a wonderful day at Ally Pally, some serious crafting going on there, have never been myself...

Lauren Hatwell said...

Brill photos Helen. You will not be surprised to hear I had fallen off the Tidy Wagon by Sunday afternoon!? LOL. Lx

Angela Radford said...

There you are Helen! told you I'd pop back. Brilliant photos. Very jealous though my Paper Artsy AB stamps arrived today so that made me happy. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela xXx

roth phallyka said...

feel doubly guilty for missing it now...


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