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....