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5 August 2014

The demo desk from both sides...

Last weekend was a fun one!

On Saturday I was at The Craft Barn where I had the first chance to demo my NEW stamps!! yes, new stamps.  
Its always a lot of fun to demo new products - but I'm not sure customers on Saturday were ready to contemplate Christmas - I think we're all enjoying the gorgeous weather we have here in the UK at the moment to think about Christmas just yet... and so I found myself demo'ing the flower stamps and stencils. When I demo the samples are along the 'less is more' 'clean & simple' lines because I want the stamp designs to be the focus..
(& look at the amount of YELLOW I've used on these cards - I am embracing yellow!!)
One of the new plates has a design created to be stamped over the top of the my flower stencils as shown below (and also doubles as a lovely fragile snowflake...):

I also created a couple of christmas cards.. but I'll show you those later in the week.. easing you into the festive seasons gently..

You will start to see the new stamps arriving at your local PaperArtsy stockist but they're not 'officially' released until later this month....oooh and paint - lets not forget the paint!! (more about that later in the week too...)

On Sunday I dosed myself up against a thumping migraine/sinus headache and went to Stamperama in Stevenage.. and I'm so glad I did - I had a really good time..
Much as I love demonstrating and teaching it was nice to be on the 'other side' of the demo desk.  I was able to walk around the show, see what was new, chat to the crafty people I know that were there, watch demos (love watching demos!) and SHOP!!  :o)
Its been a while since I've been to Stamperama and I forget how easy it is to get to and what a nice show it is - not too big and all the stands are craft specific... smaller than in previous years but still worth the visit.

x

12 comments:

  1. Lovely lovely stamps and cards - can't wait to see them in real.life! I have spent this afternoon making Christmas cards!! Our local retirement home has its fete on the weekend and I had offered to make some Christmas cards for them - and then forgot!!

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  2. It was great to see you on Sunday, Jo. Love the cards from your Craft Barn demos.

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    1. Nice to see you too Helen - looked like you were having a lot of fun!

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed watching your demos last Saturday and spent far too much money. Could you possible tell me why my paint does not stay within the contours of the stencils. When I lift the stencil off, I do not have clean lines around the edges. Many thanks. Jan Adams

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    1. Hi Jan.
      It sounds as if you may be using too much paint. If you're using a sponge to apply the paint use a small piece of foam with little paint - 2 light coats are better than one heavy and the paint will be less likely to seep under the edges, also: pat the paint onto the stencil rather than pressing (pressing will for paint under the edges). If you're using a brush same 'rules' apply - less paint and more coats/layers.
      Hope this helps - let me know how you get on.
      Regards
      Jo

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  4. The peeks of your new stamps have already put them at the top of my wish list!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  5. Wow these samples are so beautifull , I really love your designs!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  6. So good you got to look around the Stamparama show & buy products you needed!

    Always look forward to your new stamps Jo, they are happy smiley stamps which can always bring a amile to my face.

    Wonderful CAS cards, your whimsical style designs lend themselves to the CAS genre, have my eye on a couple of stamp sets:-) x

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  7. great cards , congrats your new stamps are again gorgious!! I love them and they go on my wishing list again!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  8. Your samples and new stamps look gorgeous, Jo. I was so sorry not to be at stevenage. I hope you are feeling better. If I can help with the migraines please get in touch as I'm doing better at the mo,

    Lucy x

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  9. I love all those examples. Excited to see when the stamps and paint become available in the US. I hope my online store gets them soon! ❤️❤️❤️

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  10. Lovely card. I like the CAS style

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