Sunday, 14 February 2016

Craft show review and stash

Hello lovely people,

This post is a little later than intended but as promised here is a round up from my trip to the Paper Craft Show at the National Motorcycle Museum last weekend.

I was interested to see how it compared to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC and the immediately obvious advantage is that entry is only £4 and parking is free :-)

It was well worth a visit but was a lot smaller than the NEC so didn't have all the variety that the NEC does.  I still managed to spned a decent amount though and got a few good deals.

I think because it was only on for one day and on a Saturday, it was very crowded and difficult to get close to some of the stalls especially early on.

Ok, here comes the stash...

A few new dies are always a must and I thought the swirl on the right would be lovely to cut up and tuck in amongst my flower clusters


Some stamps that are a bit different for me so I can try out a few new ideas


More stamps; this lot are my first purchases from Little Claire and I reckon they will make really cute little cards.
I shared a multi-buy with my Mum for these so they were a great price :-)


My biggest bargain of the day; a pretty Martha Stewart border punch for just £5, and I've already used it :-)


Something you don't usually see at the NEC is loose 12" papers but there were some at this show and the Pion papers were a fab price of £1/sheet so I couldn't resist just a few!


Some more papers at 50p per sheet


One of the new ideas I want to try needs some coloured inks so I bought a selection...and yes, there was no way I could resist those pink brads and pegs - lol!


It was worth a visit for the cheap entry price but really don't think it can compare to the NEC...
so I am planning to go to the NEC in March with a few crafting buddies!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed seeing my new stash and hopefully I will share some cards with it very soon.



12 comments:

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous stash... You did do well...
Can't wait to see what you do with it....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Sharon said...

Great selection of goodies, I bet you can't wait to get stuck in!
Sharon x

Lynsey said...

Hi Kat, glad you had a nice time at the craft show, looks like you got some lovely new stash! Look forward to seeing what you make with it.
Hugs Lynsey x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

V interested to see what you thought. Some great stuff there. I have had that border punch for years and love it. We decided not to go to the NEC as it is so expensive. They are getting too expensive for some exhibitors too, I see LOTV are not doing it. The car park and cloakroom to leave bags are ridiculously priced. Shame for crafters. You are lucky as you don't live far away. Going to Ally Pally instead in April, cheaper entry, free car park and cloakroom.

Squirrel x said...

Oooh yummy, best make sure your back door is locked today hun, or you might come home to a squirrel raiding your stash! Hugs xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A lovely stash haul Kat, always nice to have a bit of retail therapy and using the new items always brings new ideas in to your head. Looking forward to seeing your creations with them.
Lorraine

Lucy Woods said...

Some lovely goodies! Love the papers! Oh that's a much better price for the show! I heard the NEC is so expensive! A lovely day out but actually works out cheaper to buy the stuff online with the cost of the ticket, car park, petrol etc
Glad you had a lovely time
Lucy x

Jennifer Bradley said...

Great selection of goodies Kat, I always go the the NEC in November and was wondering about this show, so thanks for the review. Hugs Jennifer xx

Carole said...

Lovely, lovely stash Kat...looking forward to seeing your makes!

Christine L said...

Ooooh you got lots of nice goodies to play with....... I'm glad you found the show was good... I don't think I'll be going to the Harrogate one in March (famous last words!), as it was so poor in October. Don't really know what's the problem there, but there are now crowds, and few good exhibitors. BUT... I did buy some Little Claire stamps believe it or not! They are such cuties!

Big hugs
Christine x

Annette said...

A gorgeous little stash and I look forward to seeing what you make with them. I'd love to go to the NEC but it's just a bit to far to get to in a day.

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Gosh, lots of gorgeous stash! I can't wait to see that wee VW on a card. It looks fabulous. In fact it will be fun to see how you use them all, but that specially caught my eye. Love all those papers too. What a find! Brilliant. Enjoy lovely. Hugs, Wends x