I finally got round to taking some piccys of all the goodies I bought at the NEC earlier this month when we went to the Hobbycrafts ICHF exhibition. I reckon I did pretty well -i bought lots of nice crafty goodies, but didn’t spend an insane amount of money – which (as i’m sure we all know) is soooo easy to do!
Here’s what I bought:
1. Rock Candy Distress Stickles. I have to admit, I have a few bottles of Stickles on my shelf, but everyone always ranted and raved about rock candy. I figured i should give it a shot to see how it differs from the rest of the bunch. (I can’t for the life of me remember which stall I bought it from though, sorry)
2. Impression Obsession 6×6 rubber stamps: I have never seen rubber stamps this big before, and as i am a background stamp junkie, I needed these! I wanted the lines, but then saw the flourish…i couldn’t make my mind up…so i bought both! £9.99 each, but i will use these A LOT! (Stamps and Memories £9.99)
3. Paperartsy flower dies. I visited the Paperartsy booth a few times, because I simply kept getting drawn back to to drool over Leandra’s samples. Just before we were about to get chucked out of the show, I saw Mark packaging up some flower dies, and I had to have them!! (Paperartsy Stall £7.00)
4. Sticky tape – A crafter’s staple diet! I always like to stock up on tape at the show because they are great value for money. (check out the multibuys at Card Craft Plus)
5. Bloom and Grow Alpha stickers – I love alphas, and earlier this year I bought some Bloom and Grow papers that i have nearly completely used up, but the colours looked great. At £1.00 per pack, how could I resist? (Every Crafts A Pound: £1.00 each)
6. Glue pen – I have had quite a few of these in the past and i think they are great. The tip is quite chunky so you get good coverage and it sticks really well. £1.00
7. La Blanche Foam stamp: These are a new type of stamp that are silicon, so the etched impression is a little more solid than rubber or acrylic stamps would be. I wasn’t sure about it at the start because sometimes foam stamps don’t give an even stamped impression, but when I saw these in action i have to admit I was impressed! There were quite a few artsy designs, but i chose the flourish – flourishes are always versatile! (Artist Trading Post – £6.75)
8. Cars Border clear stamp by Dimension Fourth – Okay, Confession…I saw it, and I wanted it. I fell in love with it! What a perfect little stamp for little boy cards! (Dimension Fourth: £3.00)
9. Hero Arts Cling Friend Definition stamp. I have been wanting this stamp for ages because it gives such a classic feel and is fantastic for backgrounds. I was so glad that i was able to pick it up at the show as every time i looked online it was out of stock! (Card Craft Plus £12.99)
10. Sticky back canvas – Another product that i have been meaning to buy for a while now. There are so many uses for this fun product and i cant wait to get messy with it! (Artist Trading Post – £10)
11. Meiflower Charms & other goodies: You have probably seen me use little metal charms on a few of my projects – and in most cases these are from Meiflower. They have such a HUGE range of pretty little embellishments that melt your heart. I love peering over all the trays with my little bowl, picking up a selection of goodies, and it only comes to a few pounds! (Check out their full range at Meiflower.co.uk)
12. Woodgrain embossing folder: I saw this embossing folder at quite a few stands, and every time it caught my eye – i couldn’t go home without it. See how I have used it already on a this card. (Crafts U Love – £3.99)
And there you have it, now all i need is some time to play with them all!!
Have a great day!