After having lots of fun on the workshop, I stayed over in Rushden and then Sunday morning headed over to the NEC for the UK's biggest Craft Trade Show, Craft Hobby + Stitches International. This is the place where all the trade companies showcase new and upcoming products together with all there existing products The show is not open to the general public, it is where all the shops go to network, check out the latest trends and place orders.
Over the Christmas period I decided to make some lifestyle changes, one of which was not to do any of the retail shows. It was a really hard decision for me to make as I love doing them, working with the team at Pinflair and meeting all the lovely crafters, catching up with friends new and old.
It is the first time in about 8 years where I have not actually worked the show, so it was very strange for me to walk around and actually look at products in more detailed not have to rush back to the stand.
It was great catching up with various exhibitors, Clarity, Pinflair, Katy Sue Designs, Tattered Lace, Tonic, Creative Expressions to name but a few. There are some lovely products on the horizon from all of the above, some of which are already available. Clarity have some amazing new stencils in A5, 7x7, storage folders, stencil brushes, I really don't know how Barbara and the team at Clarity come up with so many different ideas and designs, each new batch just blows me away - check out the Clarity website HERE. Pinflair have some amazing new mediums that will work on so many different surfaces - check out the Pinflair website HERE. The team at Katy Sue Designs keeps going from strength to strength with the various product launches, from the silicone moulds perfect for cake makers and papercrafters as well as the papercraft CD's and coordinating stamps, with the recent launch of the "Fabulous" range for us men called Fabulous Fellas (how cool is the title!) we all know how hard it is to make cards for us men! Well Katy Sue Designs have solved that. There is a CD rom and 2 different sets of stamps - check them out HERE
Well this is a short and sweet blog, but check back tomorrow to see what I got upto when I introduced Clarity Stencils to the ladies at my local craft shop, Pantiles Craft, Games and Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells, but before I go, I will leave you with some samples I made for the Clarity Stencil stand at stitches and some other samples using Clarity Stencils & Stamps