Just got back and am too tired to upload pictures. Had a poo poo journey home due to flight being delayed and missing connecting flight to Manchester to Heathrow. I would normally sit and ride out the nightmare hadnt I needed the lavvy and subsequently not being able to use one for 30 minutes (thank god for pelvic floor exercises). Every obstacle we could have met, we met! Am laughing about it now but at the time I was within an inch of stabbing my eyes out with the wheels of my suitcase. Had it not been for watching an awesome inflight movie (Things we lost in the fire with Halle Berry.... god damn brilliantly edgy film) I think I would have died of bad breathness from the guy sitting next door to me who CONSTANTLY complained about EVERYTHING at 50 decibels.
CHA was awesome.
Knackering, if Im honest. Trudging 8 square miles of paper lushness was a dream come true and bumping into those who inspire you is a brucey bonus (that includes Miss AE - my defining moment. Call it what you will but that woman is a hunk of lovely). I will add pictures tomorrow of my fave things at the show including a little fab company who have been about for 2 years called My Little Shoe Box (Asian Marigold is gorgous but not all the new lines are on there). I didnt care much for last years line but this year - STREWTH! So cottagey and neat.
Obv love BG new releases (Check our Archaic and the lil dinosaurs ... I dont have boys but I just love it) but not as much as Scenic Route - love Scenic Route so much right now (and Vicky Boutins work is my superrific favvo).
My freinds over at Maya Road and Fontwerks outshone the chipboard and stamp market (aside from our very own delish Banana Frog who debuted in the new manufacturers hall - was showing support to the British girls down there and waved the lil union jack for them).
Am most disappointed with 7 Gypsies as they didnt have anything majorly new but then again their stuff is timeless (so shut up, kirsty).
Sassafraslass is a company I have baulked over in the past but kind of lubbed their new line with a lickability factor of 9 out of 10.
W R Memory Keepers is a fond fave of mine and came up trumps as did Fancy Pants.
Have to say that Chatterbox's new line is tipping the balance in the most GORGE favour whilst Heidi Swapps new line didn't exactly thrill me. But top marks to their stand and Heidi's entourage sporting matching outfits with pink gum ball freebies and glitter pink lippo.
Teresa Collins also debuted with a great line of papers (which I have to say I did NOT like the look of on line. But IRL they are scrummy loo laa).
Rusty Picks is a line im not particularly fond of neither BUT!!! They have Coluring-in ranges this season which will give prima paintables a run for their money.
Talking of Prima I still have a strong dislike for their papers (and paintables) but I ADORE everything else. Prima's felts and lace paper runners, flowers and bling is what they do best. And Kenny is such the darling of the whole stand.
American Crafts started off (years ago) as a rather graphic, blocky style range of papers. But this year they are going great guns especially with Thickers - I think Thickers saved AC.
Love Elsie lines are more muted than I imagined and not as grand as her entree's of last years launch but I have to give her top trumps for the embossed papers and accessories. Plus her super sweet nature lends itself to the whole personaility of her lines. Elsie let me stow some stuff away in her fabbo kitchen stand in exchange for english chocolate. She is my first love and she gets a big thumbs up for her energy and charm.
Doodlebug is a fruity and fun as ever - as a lover of all things fun and bright they certainly know how to throw a party.
K&Co is not loved by all but I happen to love thier absolute attention to embellishment details and colour co-ord. God save K&Co and all that sail with her.
Did not like one Karen Foster release at all :(
Making Memories are launching a new die cutting machine which is bloody marvellous. Its electric, portable and cuts on the paper rather than running paper through it. Its called The Slice... look out for it in June.
Tim Holtz brings grunge joy to the artisans. Long may he reign. LOVE the Tim-meister.
Creative Imaginations surpass themselves with their bare elements range complete with jewellery you can scrap on. LOVE IT. Karen Russell's curtain call this year is a stunning range of delightful papers that will end up in my craft supplies (for sure!).
Pink Paislee debuted this deason with a huge attraction and I can see why. Going to see lots of this, me thinks.
Raspberry and Paper Trunk also debuted with yummy lines to cater for all palettes.
And finally Hambly. If it wasnt for Hambly Id hang up my herma and start knitting. Loving Hambly, loving Alisons vision and they are my super true love of the acetate and sticker world.
So I finally get home to a hot bath and candles by my supersweet hubs. We have a lot to talk about and whilst Belle is at Momma's, talk is what we must do. Making the decision to publicise a sponsored event has gone banana's and we are in receipt of so many things we need to sort out to make show there isnt a circus made of such a simple call for help. There are two or three mistruths in the tabloids which we need to clarify and we also felt it necessary to express our disdain toward the local press selling out to The Manchester Evening news who then further sold the story to EVERY UK tabloid with our knowledge. We want to tell you that we have not received ONE penny for this story although we will contact the MEN to request that they might make a donation to Ellies fund. We have taken up the offer of telling Belles story to a leading womens magazine with 100% proceeds going to Ellies fund and we are in talks with 8 independant tv documentry companies who want to document Belle's journey to Nevada (that is something we are most interested as we DO NOT received a penny but they raise the profile of children with undiagnosed conditions, the lack of support they and their families receive, reaching out to other families in order to half any burdens etc). GMTV and CBS (USA) have been in contact to raise this issue on daytime tv. I don't think we are so keen to do that to be honest. Its a lot of work for a 5 minute slot. Belle's life is worth more than 5 minutes of "fame". Her life story up to the age of 12 could fill a book let alone 5 minutes with the rather delightful Phil and Fern (love these guys). But, who knows what these people can do for us although if they want to help then we are here to listen. You just can't imagine what its like to have people WANT to listen to you.
Going now, eyes weigh a ton and I have super clean sheets to dive in to. Oh yeah.