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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Back from the Abyss

I am exasperated! I have tried so many times to get onto Blogger over the past week that I had just about resigned myself to the fact the I should look at another site. Finally managed to get on tonight through a back door. Is anyone else out there having problems?

Well, we're back from the trade show that was held in Birmingham, seems like an age but it was only a week tonight that it drew to a close.

However, it all started when Emma and I set off at 0800 hours on Saturday the 17th to drive to the NEC to meet up with Glenda and Adrian who had driven the van down in the early hours of the morning. Set up was pretty straight forward with no major hitches. It was a long and arduous day but with the most magnificent 90 minute respite for Glenda and myself when we attended a work shop in the afternoon with the wonderful Mr Tim Holtz. Then all too quickly, it was back to work and dressing the stand. We finally finished for the evening at 2055 hours and headed off to our hotel to meet up with Paddy, the fifth member of our team, have something to eat and off to bed at a reasonable time. Sunday would be a very long day.
The stand looked absolutely fantastic and drew so many compliments from our visitors and other exhibitors. We were all very proud and it was a real team effort, from everyone back at the office and in Production to the team at the show, that made it the huge success it turned out to be . So many people stopped to admire the artwork and Kathlene had done a wonderful job of setting out the art boards in the run up to the show.
In fact, the official photographer turned up to take photos of the stand and all of the beautiful artwork.
The days were very long, very tiring and very,very successful! Paddy demonstrated some of the new Stampbord products coming in April which went down a storm and complemented all of the new stamps beautifully. The Creative Acrylics were a runaway success and everyone loved our new catalogue.

The show closed at 1630 on Tuesday and we had to tear down the stand, pack up the van and make our way back to the North East. We had a good journey home, traffic was light and the road conditions were good once we were clear of the M42. All in all, it was an exhausting week but one that was extremely successful. We were all left longing for the weekend and days off and they couldn't come quick enough.
It was a quiet weekend for a change and not a lot got done - a little tidying here and there, washing, food shopping, Sunday dinner with Mum and Dad and just a little crafting - in a round about sort of way. Whilst sitting watching TV, I mounted some of the new stamps launched at the trade show, onto KlingOn and cut them out. There are so many new designs, I didn't get them all done but concentrated mainly on the A4 themeplates of Flora and Fauna and the Alphabets. I had already had the opportunity to use the Grungy Uppercase Alphabet on some Stampbord pieces:

This alphabet is fantastic, I really love it and it goes so well with the Stampbord, I can see that it is going to be one of my all time favourites.

There is another alphabet that I can't wait to use on some scrapbook layouts I have planned.
Here it is mounted onto KlingOn and all trimmed up. I'm pleased with my scissor work, just have to test them now. I was a bit brainless at the weekend (what's new I hear you ask), just hope I haven't decapitated something I shouldn't have. Time will tell...........


artyfartykat said...

Nice to have you back!
Sounds like a fantastic show! I'm sooo jealous you got to play with Tims Doo-dads! In the photo with Tim, I think Glendas hidden hand is holding them!
You worked so hard for the show Lynn, along with the rest of the staff and I'm so pleased it was a success.
I love the new alphabets too, but have only cut out the uppercase distressed, so I've a long way to go!!
You should be having a rest, but I know you've started prepping for the next TV show, but try and have some breaks, I worry that you do too, too much!! Take care. x

acrylik said...

Well done to you all on the show. I'm another one jealous that you got to play with Tim!

Your mirror and your Stampbord artwork with the alphabets are just amazing.

InkyArtitude said...

In through the back door again!