Wednesday, 24 September 2014


I can't believe it - I started a post for this earlier today, came back to it when family had gone ... and I accidentally deleted it ...  couldn't even get a cache copy to rescue it because it hadn't actually been published ... first time I've done that!

Anyway, my brother and SIL came to have lunch with us and spend the afternoon -they went to get mum from the home so we all had the time together. Enjoy lunch and then went up to the summerhouse in the garden for a cuppa - took these just before they left:

The real reason I'm here for this post is for WOYWW 277 (if you don't know what this is, click the link, find out and join in ... be warned: you will become addicted!).

I thought I'd show what I bought at Ally Pally Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show on Saturday (I won a ticket and managed to get there after quite a few years of not going). When I did the original post I went into a bit of detail about the items, but now I'm just going to show the picture (you're probably glad about that to save lots of reading). I've just remembered that I'd already put some stuff away - more distress ink pads to add to my collection and the new round applicator and pads that look like a better idea than the rectangular ones (we shall see).

The next picture shows what postie brought me. On top if a prize I won for a challenge and underneath is an envie full of ribbons - a little sneaky peek - sent for me to use some for my card for the first challenge on Buckwells crafty challenge blog which will start on 1 October. I am very privileged and excited to have been asked to be on the design team.

Thanks everyone who visited for last week's WOYWW and for your comments. For those interested in my progress with the Scan n Cut I made a couple of snowflake easel cards that you can see here.

Oh ... and I haven't got any further with sorting and putting my unmounted stamps into the wallets I showed last week ... it will be done ... some time!


  1. Enjoying your Ally Pally stash, thanks for visiting my desk already! Looks like you had a lovely day with the family.
    Helen 4

  2. What a superb collection of goodies and some of them you won, lucky you. Congrats on the design team and thanks for visiting already

    It's always great to spend time with family, I don't get enough of it being on the road all the time, I do talk on the phone a lot especially to my dad.

    Have a great crafting week
    Hugs Eliza, Yoda & Flat Susan

  3. Don't you just love the marker storage. Congrats on winning the prize. Those are some really nice family photos.Thanks for stopping by. #3

  4. What a nice pile of goodies there on your table. Looks like a lot of pretty stamps & papers.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments. :-)

    Happy Woyww and Happy Creating,

    Sandy #7

  5. Lovely photos of you and your family.

    Fab crafting stash. Wish my post turned out to be crafting stuff rather than the usual bills:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue 28

  6. OOOhhh what lovely new goodies you have this week. I always enjoy Ally Pally when I go, unfortunately it's a bit of a trek from South Wales! Will be going to the NEC in November tho!
    Have a happy week
    Lynda B 24

  7. Some lovely photos of you all together, Hazel. Family get togethers are so good - and SO important! You had a great time at Ally Pally, too. Some exciting new items there - enjoy using them.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #18

  8. thanks for stopping by my blog, Hazel.

    Your pictures document what had to be a lovely visit. And your desk... full of yummies. Creative Blessings!Kelly #66

  9. The pictures show a happy, loving family. Love the smiles!! The sneak peek on what is in the envelop makes me even more curious... seeing just parts of things that look intriguing... thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy woyww, happy creating and a hug from Holland, Marit #47

  10. Your going to be busy using your lovely new stash Hazel. A lovely family photo as well. Happy woyww Jill #11

  11. Ooh, lots of lovely new stash - I love the beach hut stamp set, and I also loved the snowflake stand up cards you made - thanks for the link to them - they are amazing. Hope you have a great week, and thanks so much for stopping by my desk earlier,
    Diana '32

  12. Looks like you have lots of lovely things to play with! Lovely pictures of family and I also love all those markers you have there! Now you need to get busy!
    Glenda #52

  13. It's always great to see new stash on a desk and yours is special because you won some of it so Congratulations! Great family pics too! Thanks for visiting, Chris45

  14. I delete mine in error often as I switch between iPad and PC (the idea was that learning two different computer systems would improve my mind, it confused it further). I love how you have all your markers organized. Some great wins and buys. Thanks for dropping by,
    Monica #58

  15. What a lovely photo of you all! Your mum looks really happy :-)
    And look at all your lovely new stash and winnings, you're going to have such fun with those!!
    Thanks for your visit :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 34 xx

  16. Hey Hazel, thanks for swinging by earlier. Love the photo of you and your family. What a great haul! I just got a voucher for SimonSaysStamp and had a huge online spending spree last night :) Cx #65

  17. Hey Hazel, thanks for swinging by earlier. Love the photo of you and your family. What a great haul! I just got a voucher for SimonSaysStamp and had a huge online spending spree last night :) Cx #65

  18. Looks like a lovely family day in a wonderful location!
    You got yourself a real nice treat of goodies and a prize also! Lucky you!
    Gabriele 8

  19. Hi Hazel, thanks for visiting, yes new dies are nice. They were a bargain from an online selling group - a new cyberspace friend too!
    I love the look of all your new goodies! Congrats on the DT as well, you are on quite a few now.

    I am trying to find more stuff to go, and haven't managed to find anything today, there must be loads!

    Cazzy x

  20. Wow! That's quite a stash! Lots of creativity coming! I popped over to see your Snowflake easel cards - fabulous! Thanks for popping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #61

  21. Hi Hazel, it's so good to spend time with your family. We all seem so busy that time goes by so quickly. Ilove the storage system for all your markers, very organised and handy when you need them, great. Thanks for visiting me earlier and hope you have fun with the new stash. Happy crafting, Angela x 36

  22. Great stash from Ally Pally - we try to get to the Spring show but have never made the Autumn one - looks like you got to do some serious shopping - I do love a stencil ! Thanks for visiting Ali #10

  23. Great stash from Ally Pally - we try to get to the Spring show but have never made the Autumn one - looks like you got to do some serious shopping - I do love a stencil ! Thanks for visiting Ali #10

  24. I can't tell if those are stencils or embossing folders - but you do have lots of wonderful stuff! Deleting your whole post sounds like something I would do--seriously. And what a lovely visit you had today! So glad you got to see your mom, it's important. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #57

  25. Hi Hazel, thank you for visiting my page.
    Those are lovely photos of you and your family. What a privilege to have our mother still. My mum is 90 and I try to go see her as often as i can but we live thousands of km apart so I only see her twice a year.
    Ooo you got a nice bit of stash there. I love it when i have new stuff. Often it sits on my desk for days and i just look at it. Daft, I know!
    I went to visit your other page to look at the snowflake easel card. Wow! What a beauty.
    Thank you for letting me peep over your shoulder.

  26. There's nothing like new stash to lift the spirits, is there, Hazel! I've just treated myself and loved opening up the parcel!

    Thanks for your comment - I'm afraid it really is a tip, despite your very kind words about it! Not much creating has been going on and it's turned into a dumping ground. Most of the tip is the new stash that needs sorting - stamps to mount, etc. Everything is in such a muddle and it's driving me nuts because I can't find anything!! I really do need to get to grips with it.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #35

  27. Thank you for your visit to my blog earlier today Hazel! Some lovely goodies there on your desk! Have a crafty week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #22

  28. Oh WOW Hazel! Look at all of those goodies from the scrapbook show! Oh my goodness, you're going to have fun for the next few weeks just playing with all your new goodies!!!

    Happy WOYWW
    Amy E. #74

  29. You got some lovely things from Ally Pally. I love those papers in the front.
    Have fun playing with all the things you got.

  30. Hi Hazel and happy WOYWW, thanks for visiting my desk too. Tell me is a summer house like a room in the garden?? - lovely to see the family. You have a lovely selection of goodies on your desk, lots of fun there and I'll be sure to visit the new blog on Oct1 and see what you've been up to, congrats on the DT position. Cheers and have a creative week RobynO#29

  31. Thanks for calling by at mine yesterday. I'm really enjoying my catch up with my blogging friends today.
    How lovely to have family together should be full of days like that.
    Have fun with all your new stash this week.
    Annie x #12

  32. Ohhhh yummy yummy post and shopping items. I haven't been to Ally Pally in some time. I should make a trip there as my aunt live not too far from there.

    Also re the acrylic inks I would say that they wouldn't be suitable for the gelli plates as they are liquid ink and not like the tube acrylic and they dry too quickly - you could however mix them with acrylic paint extender (I've not tried this yet but it could be a way round it? Thanks for popping over to my blog.
    Anita #50 WOYWW

  33. GR-OA-N! Hazel, on the deletion how frustrating.. and well done on the stash and prizes to boot glad you caught up with family dear as well all happy today :D except for delete button..
    off to peek at scan n cut items Shaz in oz.x #27

  34. Glad you had a nice family visit. :) I don't blame you for not wanting to rewrite your long post, but I, for one, don't get bored with details of crafty shopping! Happy WOYWW & thanks for visiting! ~ Laura #80

  35. Lovely new stash, Hazel, well done on the winnings and congrats on the DT place. Looks like you had a nice time with your family too. The socks are an addiction, never mind brilliant, lol!

    Brenda 54

  36. Hi there Hazel, everyone looks so happy in your pics, you must have had a lovely day and how nice to be able to share it with your Mum. Hey lucky you winning the Ally Pally tickets - I couldn't make it this year, but always enjoy when we go ... you know I'm going to have to go have a proper snout at your goodies in the previous post now! :o) Have a great week, Annie C #37

  37. Hi Hazel, What a lovely collection of new goodies! There's plenty there that I would also have bought, because, you know, I don't really have enough stuff :) :)
    And a very nice win too! Congratulations!
    Thanks for stopping by earlier and for your nice comments.
    Have a good week.

  38. Looks like we both had fun at Ally Pally! I went in Sunday as its a bit quieter.
    Lovely pics wth your family :-)
    Hugs Debs 26

  39. Thanks for stopping by to visit my desk, Hazel.

    Great family photos on there and your stash from the show looks great too. You're the second person I've visited today who's bought the round Tim Holtz ink tool so I'll be interested to hear how you find it.

    Helen x (43)

  40. Hi Hazel. You have a lovely family. Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. You got a lot of wonderful goodies. Joynana #55

  41. Hi Hazel,

    It looks like you had a lovely visit with family. Those times are so precious; enjoy them as much as you can.

    Your desk looks nice and full of new goodies! I can't wait to see the ribbons you have hidden in the envelope!!

    Thanks for visiting me earlier. I can't believe it's Sunday already.
    Happy WOYWW,
    kay (31)

  42. Oh what a lovely little family reunion! You have got some nice stuff at Ally Pally - I missed this years show but maybe I will be able to go to the spring one - we will see!
    I had a look around your blog and love all your cards!

  43. what a great haul and I'm so impressed with the handy organization of all your markers! Thankfully my hand has been co-operating all week. I'm okay with it being a one-time mystery (touch wood). Thanks for visiting me earlier in the week! #6


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