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September 12, 2010

Purple Haze

Mr Blogger has not been playing nicely lately!  For the past couple of days he has been telling me "service unavailable" whenever I try to get to my dashboard or when I try to comment on anyone elses blog.  He seems to have let me get to my dashboard today on my third attempt, so maybe this post will appear!
Went to The Craft Barn Extravaganza yesterday and blew lots of dosh (I really shouldn't be let anywhere near stash with money in my purse!).  One of the things I bought was a Spellbinder butterfly die which you can see here.  After watching the demo for Viva Papersoft I had to have some, so got a couple of colours as well as a paper pen and applicators.  I played with those earlier and made this card... yes, another card!
I've also used some Inca Gold on this card, which was another purchase yesterday (got three pots). I wish they would sell it in smaller pots because it goes a long way and there are so many gorgeous colours that it would be easier on the old bank balance if the pots were half the size at least!
I had a list, which I stuck to in so far as I bought what was on the list... but then I made a few impulse purchases as well, including the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper pad... well how could I resist?  I had Hot Pick 1006 on my list, but I got 1009 instead, because I wanted that too and that one was ready mounted whereas the 1006 was only in unmounted and I hate, loathe and detest mounting stamps!
I bumped into Alison watching Beatrice demoing Katzelcraft stamps, and had a lovely chat with Helen over a cup of tea.  Jo Firth Young was demoing the Letterpress and was suprising unjetlagged after her trip to New York. Was a great day, despite the weather, although my bank manager is probably not of the same opinion!
Anyway, the big news of the week/year/century is obviously that Tim Holtz is coming to teach a class in the UK, courtesy of Artsy Crafts.  Big dilema for me.  Apart from the fact that paying for this now is nigh on impossible, although I could find the dosh at a pinch, if I did go to the event in February then that would be it for the year in terms of retreats, so I wouldn't be able to do a full Artsy Crafts weekend as well.  Now, I am in awe of Tim Holtz and his techniques but.... do I sacrifice a full weekend of Lin and Leandra and their amazing team for 4 hours worth of Tim?  Having given it a lot of thought, I had to consider is Tim a better teacher than Lin or Leandra.  In my opinion, not really.  He may be as good, but not better.  Having attended Artsy Crafts events and seen lots of videos and step-by-steps on the web of Tim's techniques, I think Lin and Leandra can do what he does (though maybe not the skiing down mountains, saving the world type stuff that Linda E attributes to him, lol).  I also love his stamps and his projects are amazing but... I also love Leandra's stamps and both Lin and Leandra produce amazing projects too.  At the end of the day, I think Lin and Leandra's stuff has the edge for me.  Again, this is just my opinion and my personal taste, but I prefer the stuff that l!n and THE Leandra Franiche produce over the stuff by Tim ...... don't shoot me!!  So, while I congratulate Lin and Leandra on the amazing coup of getting Tim over here to teach a class, and I am sure lots of crafters here in the UK thank them from the bottom of their hearts, I am going to save my pennies for the amazing Artsy Crafts weekend in May and pass on Sir Tim of Holtz.... which I am sure won't have the slightest impact on him, lol, and I hope everyone who manages to get a ticket  to the February events has an amazing time (I'm sure you will). I, on the other hand, will look forward to an equally amazing time in May :)  Good luck for everyone at 8pm tomorrow when the tickets go up for grabs!!


Helen said...

Good purchases! As you saw, made a few of the same kind of things myself! I just haven't had the oomph in me to do anything 'proper' with them - have just been mucking about!
May even decide not to sign up myself yet.....

Nicks said...

i won't shoot you, cos I kinda agree!

Doone said...

yay - I just said the same to LB on her blog _ I am Absolutely With YOu and echo all your thoughts - totally - I Will Not be Seeing Tim,

and HOPE I see you in May or Octber at THE arsty Crafts weekend

I hope all who do go to the tim thing have a good time, I know we will later oninthe year even without him...


Linda Elbourne said...

I won't shoot you either ... I will just miss you :0) LOVE what you have done here ... LOVE the colours ... sounds like you had a fabulous time at the Craft Barn!

Carmen said...

Well I bet you knew I wouldn't be going. I'm missing one Ally Pally this year - there is no way I can miss April and that's what my pennies will be saving towards.

Gowjuss creation you've made there. Loving that purple. Was that in the Cuttlebug? Thinking I need one again. Afer selling mine to buy the BIA which I sold to buy the melt pot... maybe a bug will be my big Ally Pally purchase - not selling the melt pot though ;)

Tracy Evans said...

I love that butterfly and the added gold looks lovely. Hope you have a good time at the Artsy Crafts weekend. It's a good job I don't go all these shows I would have to sell my body to pay for everything I want LOL. Have a good evening, Tracy Evans x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Kay, love the card :-) Do you have to go into the bank incognito now? LOL Ah well, you can't take it with you and beans on toast is good for tea ;-) Mind you them beanz ain't cheap no more!
Anne xx

Yours Artfully said...

Aw Kay, I just read your lovely, lovely comments and I've gotten all emotional. Doone also said the exact same things to me recently and I can't begin to tell you how that makes me feel. For you guys to think that Leandra and I are a better offer.....well, cor blimey (that's my clapham junction accent!)I couldn't be happier. Thank you so much, those few words mean the world.