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Over the last weekend I have been indulging in all things paper for a change….there are some out there that think you should mix your interests up but how can you really explore mixed media as an art form if you don’t have the media and the requisite skills to mix?

Paperific offers all sorts of opportunities to try out product and learn new skills through their “Make and Take” programme. A day can easily be spent exploring all that is on offer – in my case, I ‘tagged’ with Azza at Scrappmats, ‘structured’, ‘foiled’ and ‘scultped’ with Jo at Izzii and acquired bits and pieces from Yazzii, Art Stamps Australia and others.

Such fun.

Paperific will be back in August 2011 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale.

 

 

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WOW!

Paperific at Melbourne Showgrounds has been great up until mid afternoon on Saturday…..when the weather changed!

I must say it is the first time I have ever been hailed on INSIDE the building.  The show was evacuated after the roof failed to keep out the weather and the display area, cafe and toilets were  flooded and hailed upon with great enthusiasm!

Stallholders scrambled to cover stock and raise boxes from the floor as some patrons shopped on until evacuation became a priority!

Needless to say, the building is in no fit state for the public today and the last day of trading has been cancelled. Off to pack up the stock now and to survey the damage!

We were safely moved across to another building while the situation was assessed, at which time I braved the elements and retrieved my car….and it now sports a lovely wavy finish over the roof and bonnet courtesy of the golf ball sized hail that pummeled it!  Whilst waiting for the decision to stay or go, there was one mighty deafening flash and thunderclap as one of the light towers at the Showgrounds took a direct hit – I looked up to see the  floodlights lights glowing and the tower flashing green. It certainly has been one of nature’s more spectacular shows!

If you missed out this weekend…Don’t forget to come in August!

There wasn’t time for much more than a quick restock of the pantry and a major wash of clothes after the trip back from Adelaide, before it was out to the airport to collect Andrew and Sofie.  The Paperific show was on again and this (thankfully) is the last show for the year.

Hot weather and I do not agree and the venue had some issues when it came to dealing with the heat, especially on Saturday.  I was definitely not at my best and I am particularly grateful to Robyn and Sue for the care and kindness when I found myself quietly expiring from the heat.  Robyn and Sue had come all the way from Broken Hill for this show and spent valuable shopping time making sure I was alright – thank you both very much, ladies.

I am just relieved that Sofie had come down for this show and had taken the demonstrating reins – I’m sure that the customers would not have been impressed to have seen fainting first hand!

Paperific organiser and new owner Naomi has announced new dates for the shows in 2010 – the expo’s 10th birthday year.  Make sure you come along and celebrate in March and August for 2010.

paperific

Sofie has posted on her blog about the swap …. and she has some pictures as well!  You can see here the cards I sent her.  I can’t wait to see what she will create to send back!  She has made some great ATC’s that are used for displays on the site so I am really looking forward to this.

She has also reminded everyone to have a look at the scrapmatts site as the new product for September is up…this includes the new nested shapes range (some of which I have used in my ATCs) and words!  I’m guessing this is what card makers are looking for!

Just in time for Christmas!

Just in time for Christmas!

Today I posted cards for the first ATC swap I have done with anyone.  After the Canberra show, Sofie and I decided we should exchange cards and we challenged each other to use a new green with gold ribbon from ArtStamps Aus.

Sofie has been busy at the Stitches and Craft show at Rosehill in the last week and I have been home recovering from my cold.  I decided I would get to work on my cards and made six or seven featuring the vintage nude pictures I like working with….as well as the green and gold ribbon, of course!

These are a couple of the cards I didn’t send to Sofie (they didn’t get the “challenge ribbon” in them either!)….I wouldn’t want to spoil her surprise when she gets her packet in the next day or two!

Mixed media ATCs

Mixed media ATCs

Naturally, Murphy’s Law dictated that I should have a flat battery in my camera when I wanted to photograph all the cards – this one overly dark shot I managed to squeeze out of it before that nasty flashing red light told me I couldn’t possibly expect it to perform any longer!

On Sunday, Sofie came down from Sydney with her friend Debbie to see the show.  With Sofie on the stand demonstrating, I was able to snatch a couple of quick photos when things were quiet…. and there weren’t all that many opportunities!

Sofie demonstrating Dimmensional Magic and Gelly Roll pens to a captive audience.

Sofie demonstrating Dimensional Magic and Gelly Roll pens to a captive audience.

Across the way from our stand was Catharina’s Country Collection – it was a rare site to see Catharina with time to stand still and listen to Linda taking about the Westalee Rulers and tools.

Caterina

Another highly successful  craft event has been held at EPIC in Canberra and I have negotiated the roadworks on the Hume back home.

The crowd was larger than previous years and on the Scrapmatts stand we offered a range of product never seen in the national capital before… and it seems it was a great success with paper crafters of all persuasions.

Andrew and I were joined on the stand by Tony – who, by his own admission, had never heard of ATC’s.  Of course I had to make one especially for him to take home!

ATC for Tony

Just along the aisle from our stand were first time exhibitors at this show, the ladies from Waratah Fibres.  I found these wonderful bags of colour which I pounced on with plans to use it in my fabric postcards, however some of the orange found its way to the ATC.  This is hand dyed silk throwsters waste – delicious colours I can’t wait to do more with!

CraftAlive in Wagga is over for another year and by all accounts, it was a great success.  Numbers through the door were far more than last year and I hope all our visitors found something to tempt them.

Local craft groups were well represented – Riverina Woodworkers, Linden Patchwork and Needlework group, Wagga Machine Knitters, Wagga Potters Group and CWA all mounted great displays and demonstrations of their crafts.

Many of the stallholders have made their way straight to Canberra and are recuperating and repacking in preparation for the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair which opens on Thursday at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Maybe I will see you there as I will be demonstrating for Scrapmatts once again. Andrew tells me there are some brand new designs in the chipboard range being launched at this show so pop round and have a look.

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

Four days of crowds, great sales, late night shopping on Saturday night with heaps of people taking part in the purple scarf competition, stacks of demonstrations later and I am officially TIRED!!!!

On Friday evening after the show, Andrew and I went into town for some dinner.  Andrew is always on the lookout for design inspiration for his scrapmatts and these delightful shoes certainly attracted his attention!

Red Shoes

Saturday evening trading was sparkled up by the event organisers conducting a purple scarf competition.  Several of the exhibitors offered prizes to those who had taken part in the making of and wearing their own purple creation.

There was a most excited 4 year old who had made a lovely felted, appliqued and stitched purple number excitedly announcing to anyone who would listen that she had won.  Great to see the new generation getting involved!

Then there was us….. yes, we both sported hand knitted scarves with suitable scrapmatts attached…..unfortunately, there are no photos of my “outfit”.

However –

scarf

…………………………………someone was seen wearing this and was also lucky enough to score a prize donated by the lovely girls from Blue Willow Cottage!

Over the weekend I managed to complete stage one of the purple project for the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne this month.

Stage 1

Stage 1

This was knitted using one 50gm ball of Jo Sharp DK yarn and a size 5.5mm circular needle…..there was something in the region of 400 stitches to cast off!

Stage two of this project is spreadout on the kitchen table drying …….

Stage 2

Stage 2

These are scrapmatts daisies that have been given the treatment using a purple Gelly Roll pen and then a coat of Dimensional Magic.

The next step involves beads, sequins and other pretty stuff!!!

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