Friday, February 24, 2012

Gorgeous Goodies from Stitches

Morning folks...huge thank you for all your birthday blog good wishes...I truly appreciate you all taking the time to join in the celebrations...sorry that there wasn't enough cake to go around...blame The Furry Boy who demolished more than his fair share and on the subject of sharing I've got a big pic fest for you all...time to put the kettle on...find a comfy sofa while I share some of my favourite new goodies from the crafty sweet shop aka Stitches and perhaps it was just as well I couldn't make any purchases at the manager/nervous breakdown and bankrupt/living on bread and water are the words that come to mind.
Our first stop was Personal Impressions where the Lord of All Things Holtziness was strutting his stuff and oh my giddy aunt...I immediately went into the familiar syndrome that all us crafters suffer from..."I Want Everything"...

 the wish list is growing by the minute at the Hero Arts Wall...

If you've met Tim...been to one of his workshops or seen him on QVC you will know he has a great sense of humour and while I was trying to set up the shot of Debbi and Mario...he kept fooling around and jumping into my viewfinder...still can't believe that I ordered him out of the shot or he was going on the naughty step...well I am after all old enough to be his Mom...
and do you know what...he has mischief written all over his face...I'm sure he's been on the naughty step before... 
Then we moved on to the Sizzix Stand...the most beautifully decorated stand at the show...great job by my buddy Paula of the sweetest girls in the craft industry and Pete Hughes 

oh boy I could have stayed there for the whole 2 days...check out all these gorgeous new Timmie dies...I went into "died and gone to heaven" mode immediately...
 lots of fabulous samples from Pete Hughes

And that was Day 1...well a girl's got to pace herself...have lots of breaks for coffee and lunch and of course the all important social networking...just a fancy name for good old fashioned chin wagging with  crafty buddies.
After staying up until silly o'clock on Monday night to watch Tim on QVC...Debbi and I were feeling a tad frazzled on the morning of Day 2 but this must-have was definitely worth losing a little sleep is winging it's way to the cubbyhole as we prepare yourselves for alphabet overload...

but hey we put our best feet forward and steeled ourselves for another fun day of ogling even more goodies starting off at Paperartsy and I'm so excited that The Papeterie will be stocking Leandra's gorgeous stamps....
 and fabulous Fresco Finish paints...
check out this gorgeous sample...
then I hopped over to see Hels and all her beautiful Art Parts samples...yes the new designs will be coming to The Papeterie soon too...
I was positively drooling over all the fabilicious goodies on the Studio 490 Wall...the wish list is a mile long by now...
and there was just time to whizz by Fiskars to take a quick pic of my samples in situ...
before we headed off for an afternoon of workshops starting off with
really enjoyed this fun workshop and we came away with a very generous goodie bag containing a die...a brand new double sided embossing folder...tape runner and an ink pad
Kaiser Craft
I was so looking forward to this workshop...shame that the tutor didn't seem too interested in helping us complete the project and with no room in the cubbyhole at the moment for anymore unfinished projects there was nothing else for it when I got home but to bite the bullet and do my own thing.

Now you know why I am still buzzing about all these new head is a-whirl with lots of ideas for classes and workshops and I'll be hot footing it across to The Papeterie as soon as they arrive....bring on play time. I'll catch up with you all tomorrow over at Penny Black Saturday for another fabby challenge and surprise surprise my DT card at this moment in time is still at the blank card stage.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Wowee Kath, that is cruel - to put all those alluring goodies under a girl's nose and not allow her to buy anything! Mind you, I bet the bank manager was still reaching for the smelling salts at just the thought of the anticipated onslaught on the account! Hugs Sxx

  2. wow wow wow, crafters heaven !!!! Can't wait for it all to come to Papaterie
    waiting patiently
    Alison xx

  3. Goodness me I would be spoilt for choice where do you begin?? I've already got my DI markers on order and can't wait and more spellbinders dies and double embossing folders OMG! xx

  4. Looks like you had a fabulous time Kath. All those wonderful new goodies to tempt us...a crafters paradise.
    Debbie x

  5. wow Kath! Love the plaque you made fab colours. looks like you had an amazing time at Stitches, just as well you were only spending someone else's money.
    I couldn't resist the alphabet die on QVC should be here soon.

    Have a lovely day.

    Carol xx

  6. ...amazing photo's much to take in and yes I think a lottery win is much needed cos everything is a 'must have' ...thankyou for sharing those yummy moments...Mel :)

  7. It sounds and looks like a fabulous time was had Kath, crafteeeeee paradise, Love the fact that Timmie nearly ended up on the naughty step!!(lol) x x going to Farnham craft show Sat, so I hoping there will be lots of goodies there too!!, Have a great friday, Hugs May x x x

  8. Phew . . . I'm already worn out from whizzing round the stalls by photo! LOL!

    Fabulous pictures Kath . . . wish I could have been there! xxx

  9. Oh wow, what a lot of fab goodies there. Can't wait to see what there will be at the NEC next month. Hope they will have some of these. Gorgeous samples too.

  10. Well I put the kettle on Kath - but my tea went cold! I couldn't tear myself away from all the goodies in your photos. I would have chained myself to the Sizzix stand!
    Tim's personality came over better on QVC this time and I agree, he does seem to be naughty step material LOL!

  11. Morning Kath wow what a time you must have had i bet you ran out of paper with your wish list.So pleased you had a great time.
    Kathleen x

  12. Some amazing new products there,Kath....and love your completed project.

  13. Love the finished frame Kath, mine is still in its sad state, maybe later......maybe not!
    En xx

  14. Fabulous pics, thanks for sharing loved looking at them. Didnt go this year as just closed my shop down and didnt see the point in tormenting myself wished I had just gone for a nosey now though lol!!!. Gorgeous goody bag and creation from Kaisercraft.
    Lyndsey xx

  15. Mwah, really really need to win the Lotto this weekend. Thank you for taking so many gorgeous pictures for us Kath.
    It must have been like being in crafters heaven hugs Karen x

  16. Gosh I would have had to take out a loan if you had let me loose amongst all these gorgeous things. You looked as though you had a fun time Kath. Just coungin the sleeps to the Girls want to have fun day out.

  17. Lots of yummy goodies, I feel a crafty spending spree coming on! lol xxx

  18. Great pic Kath, thanks fo much for sharing. I am thinking I must be related to you as you like so many of the things I do - Tim, Hero Arts, Sizzix, Studio 490, Hels, PaperArtsy....or am I just the same as ALL crafters?

  19. Thank you for taking so many pics to give us a tour - real treat & I had to giggle at you being old enough to be Tim's Mom!! You certainly had an amazing time & I'm not suprised you were exhausted by the time you came back - Brummy Jet Lag is not the easiest syndrome to recover from when you've had some Stitches as well.........
    Paula (PEP)

  20. Oh my gosh Kath - I would give anything to go to something like this and Tim Holtz looks like a blast. I am getting ready to take one of his one line classes. I am so green with envy!!!!!!!

  21. Oh so glad you had a good time..Lucky me I'm lucky enough to be doing a workshop with Hels next month :-) S xx