Sunday, 30 January 2011

It's that time again - CHA - yah!

Well, Andy and I are back in the States at the Craft and Hobby Association show in LA - what a bummer!

Weather is just gorgeous, shame we aren't seeing any of it but we are hard at work for you, sourcing out new collections and products from companies we already work with as well as new and exciting products from companies we don't as yet!

Penny Black was one of our first stops and it was wonderfully to see Shaida, Elizabeth and Susan and catch up on their new stamp designs as well as a new product range for them - trio cardstock. These collections are more or less A4 size but come in wonderful solid colours (single-sided) and a decent thickness of card to make a great base of card making. Here's a sneaky peek at some of their new stamp designs as card samples (also using their new coloured cardstock):

Kaisercraft stand was looking as amazing as ever. Here are some pictures of their new paper collections and blanks to decorate:

At last, what we've all been waiting for, some new watercolouring stamp designs from Art Impressions. Gina, get your marvies out and roll those sleeves up, they're on their way!!

Here's just a little sampler for you:

And some new Girlfriends designs too:

Main things standing out so far around the show are Bird Cages and Mannequin sewing dummy things (can't remember their proper term!):

and cute designs:

Watch out for new stamp designs from Magnolia too, can't show anything yet but here's a sample from their booth that I really liked. It shows circus tilda (which I was very blinkered and could only see her sitting on the circus horse) and she's sitting very pretty in the garden and looks gorgeous:

Loving this design from Mo Manning too:

We are working so hard for you guys that we didn't have time to stop for Starbucks on the first day which didn't go down too well with Andy:

We made up for it after the show with a big pizza from the California Pizza House - yum yum!

Anyhow, It's so exciting seeing all this new stash, can't wait to get it in the shop and start playing - and yes, I'm planning on doing more playing (can't be hard to beat as I've not had much time to do any for the last year and a bit!!!).

Please note, whilst we are here in the States, I'm unable to access emails so please be patient if you have emailed Sir Stampalot. I'll get through all emails on my return as quickly as I can (before I start playing, I promise!). If you have a question or concern that needs addressing more urgently, please don't hesitate to contact the shop directly as my colleagues that weren't as fortunate as us to venture across to CHA, have been left in charge - I have complete faith in them :)

Anyhow, until the next installment....

happy crafting

- janicex

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Blog Hop Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our fun blog hop
We hope you enjoyed hopping between our blogs.
It was lovely to peruse all your comments

The winner of the candy on my blog is ..........................


Kat, please email with your full postal details
so that she can send your prize to you.

A full list of all the winners can be found on the challenge blog

If you are still after participating in some fun, then there’s still plenty of time to enter our January Challenge
A Winter's Tale
For more information, check out the Sir Stampalot Challenge Blog.

Have a lookie here at the fab prize:

It includes a very exclusive set of wood mounted stamps that were very limited when released several years ago and the manufacturer no longer exists now, so the set is no longer available at all, anywhere else! This stamp set itself is worth nearly £70!
Additionally, in this month’s box of prize goodies:
Designer Eyelets &Snaps from We R Memory Keepers
Forget Me Not Blue brads from Lasting Impressions
Forget Me Not Blue assorted buttons from Lasting Impressions
Gold Swirly Clips from Woodware
Happy Birthday clear stamp set from Kelly Panacci
Alpabet Soup rubber stamp set from Printworks
270g Pearl Card from Woodware
Pack of safety pin embellishments
Pastel coloured Flat Pinz from Junkitz
2 packs of Layered Sentiments from Colorbök

Good Luck to Everyone.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Sir Stampalot Blog Hop

Happy New Year one and all. I hope you all had a wonderful and reStful ChriStmaS and had plenty of fun laSt night!

ThiS month, Brenda and the GirlS from our Sir Stampalot monthly challenge have organiSed an extra treat for you all in addition to the regular monthly challenge. The additional treat, iS a Blog Hop, which StartS today and will finiSh at midnight BST on 10th January.

For thoSe of you who have never joined in a Hop before thiS iS what you need to do:

1) Start from here and leave a comment on thiS poSt.
2) ViSit all the DT blogS too - nine in total liSted below
3) Leave a comment on each.
4) Collect a letter clue from each
5) USe thoSe letterS along with the oneS already given in the grid below to make two wordS and mail your anSwer to Brenda at

Your Starting point iS here “SmudgeS” and each blog you viSit will tell you where you Should have arrived from and where you need to go next, but if you get loSt you can come back here and Start afreSh or go to the challenge blog ...........have fun.........

SmudeS (you are here!)
Pinky (you go here next!)

_ _ R _ _ A _ _ A _ _ _

Your clue for the letter you need from SmudgeS iS in thiS poSt – good luck.

There will be a prize up for grabS on each blog you viSit and a winner will be Selected from all thoSe who leave a comment. So don't forget to leave me a comment at the bottom of thiS poSt So that you will be entered into the draw the prize for thiS poSt:

There will be a further prize for the winner Selected from all correct anSwerS mailed to brenda at
Here'S the overall prize, So don't forget to email your anSwer to Brenda in addition to leaving me and all the other Blog Hopping HoStS a comment:

I expect I've miSSed Something So pleaSe don't heSitate to check out all the ruleS on Sir Stampalot monthly challenge blog.

Have fun everyone!
- janicex