Saturday, 5 September 2015

Day 2 - Creative Crafts Show, Sandown

Hello, Crafters.

We had another super day yesterday although it was quite slow to start. We knew there were plenty of visitors as there was a queue so we just had to wait until they worked their way round to us. As the previous day, we had lots of visitors to the stand. I always think it's disappointing when people refuse to enter our Prize Draw because they worry that their details will be misappropriated.

I can understand these fears, I might feel the same if the boot was on the other foot! But anyone coming to our Stampin' Up! stand can rest assured their email addresses are for us only, so we can notify them if they win the prize and also to be able to send a monthly email giving them details of the latest Stampin' Up! offers.

The prize consists of 5 Stamp Sets, Washi Tape, Designer Series Paper Stacks, Baker's Twine, Buttons and Pearls.

Yesterday, during my lunch break I took a stroll around the show  to see what else was on offer. As I was strolling along, minding my own business, as one does (LOL) a man on the stand I was passing said "Ah, Stampin' Up! He knew because I was wearing my SU apron! I did the Ta-Da gesture with arms out, sort of bend at the knees, "Yes, that's me!"

Needless to say I went over and asked him if he wanted to become a demonstrator. He laughed at my suggestion and said he was too busy.

We chatted for a while, then he handed my a sheet of whitish A4 cardstock that felt like velvet. It had an all over design of roses on it, ideal wedding stationery cardstock. He asked me if I would stamp on it.

I resisted the temptation to drop it on the floor and jump on it!

I said "Stamp on it?". "Yes" "What kind of ink" "Any" My brain was working on stamping on a sheet of paper, anyhow, any ink that it didn't think to ask "Why?" Last night I used the holly stamp from the Embellished POrnaments Stamp set once using our water-based inks in Chocolate Brown, one in our Black Archival Ink (this looked the best), one in Memento Tuxedo Black and one in Jet Black StazOn.

I also coloured some leaves using Blendabilities and some with our markers. Finally, I sponged a corner in Old Olive. In cas he wants to use it to show his customers, I adhered my contact details to the sheet! More about this story tomorrow!

The card I'm showing you today is number three in my through the window Christmas cards. The Designer Series Paper I've used for this card is another from the new collections in the Christmas catalogue - it's called Season of Cheer.

I had two great suggestions from one of my YouTube subscribers (many thanks DJ49☺).

The first suggestion was to put acetate between the window frame and the Designer Series Paper. You could also add some snow, possibly using Dazzling Diamonds Glitter at the back of the acetate along the horizontal ledge. The second suggestion was to use Fun Foam for the cat to make it feel more like a cat. I imagine this would work (although I haven't had time to try it yet - I'll get back to you some time soon on that!).

Must dash or I'll be late for Day 3. Have a great weekend and happy crafting,

JanB.

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