Saturday 4 February 2012

Hobbycrafts at Bluewater

3 days of the show over all too fast, just tomorrow to go. The new venue for the Hobbycrafts show at the Bluewater mall, which is only 5 mins from the M25 at the Dartford Crossing seems to be a big hit with the customers coming to the show. At the entrance to the brand new glow events venue you will find several restaurants, and of course all the shops at one of England's largest malls. 

In the show upstairs is the stitches section with lots of fabric ideas, findings etc, and downstairs is the Hobbycrafts section where we are (stand BB42)
Lin and I have been doing lots of demoing with freso acrylic paint, new stamps, lots of lovely new wooden items and of course all the lovely embellishments that we like to use in the process.
Now I know that what we make might look complication, but it really isn't. For many years, I have always followed a simple procedure to create an item.
  1. Make a background. In this case it was often paint, with more paint stencilled on top.
  2. Stamp in archival. Either on top of the background, or on another piece of card painted in the same colour combination.
  3. Embellish. Wood items, tags, ideology, know how to do it.
So now you know the inside low down, here are some of the items we have made over the last 3 days.
A bit over embellished perhaps! Lol
Everybody loves this owl
Lin got busy stamping images onto fabric , heat set, then colouring them with layers of frescos.
This one is a bit of a book cover styled piece, also by Lin.
This one actually looks quite Christmassy.
This one uses a Lynne Perella stamp. All coloured with more frescos.
As was this house from the Hot Pick collection which really comes to life.
This sample from Lin is gorgeously and unusually pink.. I think claret has become on of our most used colours this weekend.
And of course, everyone loves a bit of crackle! Another Lin sample on a new block of wood that costs next to nothing. She stamped the image onto tissue and attached with glaze making the tissue transparent.

Right I need to go to bed, fingers crossed people brave the weather to come out and see us tomorrow, a little bit of snow down here so far all the roads are well gritted down this way. But follow me on twitter, we'll be driving to the venue around 8am, and can give you updates on the conditions then.
Have a great Sunday !


Inkypinkycraft said...

Wow these are fab, hope all these new goodies will be on
Ine, I think I need some!!! Hugs trace x safe travels x

Kirsten Alicia said...

Gorgeous samples & I got to see lots of them in 'real life', which makes me very happy! I hope you 're almost at Bluewater by now & your last day is a big success. See you at Stamperama next week.

Helen said...

I have as you know been following the samples on twitter, but love to see them again here - hope your journey today is OK and you don't get stuck... also hope that it's gone by next Sunday so I can get to Stevenage by train, lol!

Sid said...

All fab stuff !!

Anonymous said...

How lovely that you spoilt us with samples. Its never as easy as you tell us but i will have a good look again and try my own. Hope you will have another great day, sure people will enjoy watching both of you demonstrating.

Von said...

It's great to see the older stamps being used in conjunction with the new :)
Von x♥x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous. Thank you for the gorgeous samples Leandra and Lin.


Artyjen said...

thanks for sharing your great pieces with those of us too far away ;)
xoxo Sioux

Siobhan Brignull said...

great to see you both on friday, soz I didnt say goodbye, you were both supa-busy demoing, gutted no portaloo's but will defn come to AP, so you know what to do, hope your travelling was safe today, L & K siobhan

maria's knutselplezier said...

All of the samples are fantastic, beautifull colours and nice subject, I like them all, and it gives my again some inspiration thanks


Lin said...

great to see you on saturday...your samples are fab as are Lin's...left earlier than I wanted to avoid the snow on the way home but loved the show so much more room than ally pally..think this one will be a hit!! See you at Stevenage

yoursartfully said...

I had the best time. Playing for four days....what more could a girl want? Shops would be the answer and we had those too!!! Was a great venue, great products to demo with and great company.....lets do it again soon!

Lin x

Sandra said...

Love them all
Sandra x

sandra de said...

Such fabulous samples, always inspiring.

Rebecca said...

Super work, don't you just love that owl? Amongst others! LOL
Happy craftin

Neet said...

Thanks for all the fabby samaples you have shown us. Hope I have not missed the next ArtsyCrafty yet as I am sure you have lots going on in your head(s).
Hugs, Neet