Tuesday, 16 April 2013

WOYWW - Ally Pally Stash !

Last Saturday my friends, Lynda & Theresa & I headed up to Alexandra Palace for the Big Scrapbooking & Stamping Show.

It's a long drive - 3 1/2 hours each way - but it's a lovely venue - just a shame that the weather wasn't good enough for us to sit outside & have our lunch as we have in previous years - the view over the city is stunning.

We thought there seemed to be less stalls there this year - but there was still plenty to see - good demonstrations and of course loads of shopping !!

So this week my desk is covered in yummy stash !

And a couple of projects I managed to squeeze in between getting back on Saturday night and having to head back to Bristol Airport on Sunday afternoon !

So at the front is a ring binder album with Project Life style pockets plastic folders in it - I have seen some lovely examples of this on the WOYWW blogs - so I am keen to have an experiment !!

To the left is a new alphabet die - the whole show was awash with dies - loads of different brands & hundreds of designs !!
We were commenting in the car on the way home how crafting fashions come & go !!

I found some lovely stamps - as usual Tracey at Lavinia Stamps was doing some lovely demos of her fairies & landscapes !!

I found 2 new fairies that I liked - and had a quick play with them on Sunday morning too !

So here's a page in my journal - using some of the new Dylusions inks - including White Linen which softens down the vibrant colours ! - and some new colours of Sparkle Medium I used through a new stencil I found.

Its just a playing around page - Never Stop Believing Magic Can Happen !

This fairy caught my eye as well - gathering pollen from the flower - with an Inkylicious Twinchie of rudbeckia stamped at the bottom !

Stencils were the other big thing at the show - they had many from several companies - which is fine by me as I love them !!

The Peacock & Owl I had on my wish list but the others were just pure temptation !
Looking forward having a fun time experimenting with them !!

Anyway - hope you all have a fun crafty week ! Looking forward to seeing you desks & projects this week !


  1. Lovely stash. Never been there, although it is on my wish list.

  2. Ooh lucky you, we'd have loved to have gone, but after Stevenage in a wheelchair we thought Ally Pally might be a little overcrowded, so bought stash online instead.

    Your purchases are fab, we're getting interested in PL too, and stencils are always good. Have fun playing, your journal page is fab.

  3. Just LOOK at all those fun new toys!!! Jackpot! Your journal pages are stunning. Obviously you need more stuff to create more wonderful art. Bravo!!!

  4. Looking forward to seeing what you do with all your new goodies. Sounds like a great day out.
    Love the Lavinia pages jn your journal.

  5. Love, love, love your journal pages! Those fairies are sooo cute. What a haul you have of georgeous stash!
    Krisha #114

  6. What a lovely lot of stash you got at AP:)

    Your journal pages look amazing.

    Happy WOYWW. Susi #59

  7. What a great shopping expedition! Lots of lovely new items to try out. The journal page colours are beautiful. So alive.
    Have a great week.
    Margaret (glitterandglue #89)

  8. We had a hell of a storm today, roads were blocked as they were more like rivers and a boat would have been a good way to get anywhere. My poor store was flooded too, but I have not been there yet as I was trying to get to school and back safely. I took my shop partner dinner at home and flowers as she had a nasty tiring day trying to get things back to normal once the water had subsided. Glad to hear Ally Pally was busy and full of traders.

  9. wow did you leave anything for anyone else to buy looks like you got some really lovely crafting stash. Your pages are beautiful really stunning
    Have a great WOYWW today and enjoy the rest of your week
    Ria #40

  10. I haven't been to Ally pally for a few years now but always loved it there!! You got a great lot of goodies - enjoy playing with them! Sarah x #130

  11. Wow, such fun goodies you have there. I am loving those stencils! The owl and peacocks are jumping out at me. Your pages are lovely, such great backgrounds! Thanks for the kind visit!! Winnie#76

  12. Great Goodies that you found! I love the pages you made with photos of the wildlife park.

  13. Oh I love that faded ink effect!! xx

  14. Gosh that is a long drive from south west Wales! I love it there and we have family in Newport, Pembs so we visit often (but not as much as we would like!) I don't do PL but I am addicted to those divided page protectors.

  15. Hi Ali, Glad you had a good time at Ali Pali, you have so much yummy stash on your desk from the show I want it all!
    I love the stencils especially the peacock and owl, I like the wheat as well. True your comment on crafting fasions, remember only a couple of years ago you could not move at the shows for martha stewart punches, now as you say its masks and dies. Love your journal page - very magical. Thanks for your visit earlier. Hugs Mo x #35

  16. Wow! What a great stash of crafty goodies, sounds like you had a fab day. Shame about the weather, but then that's the UK for you!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Woyww Liz@73

  17. Wow, you have some wonderful fun things there. What a nice variety of stencils, I love them but don't use them enough. That fairy is so detailed, it looks as though it has zentangles on it. Have fun! Barb #132

  18. Such beautiful stencils to add into your art have fun with your new stash hugs Nikki 6

  19. What great stamps! Your work is lovely.

  20. Fantabulous stash of goodies, my mouth is watering. I love, love, love your page with the gorgeous sparkles of colour and the fairies. Fairies are a fav with me.

    Gill x

  21. Your book is looking beautiful. The colours are so enjoyable. And thank you for visiting.

  22. Thanks for the visit to my blog the other day - yes, my desk is too tidy for me too... hope my mojo comes back soon! I am drooling over the stuff you show - wowzah! Those templates are great! Enjoy playing and testing them! Happy woyww, Marit #100

  23. fantastic stash you have there but the highlight is the fairy journal layout, I so love it, excellent creation.

    Happy Belated WOYWW
    Eliza 46

  24. What a lot of yummy eye candy you have for us this week, Ali! You hit the jackpot at Ally Pally and I love all your brilliant art work!

    Thank you for coming by to visit me earlier! Hope you have a wonderful week breaking in your new toys! Darnell #32

  25. Lots of lovely stash, jour journal page is so pretty.
    Karen #61

  26. G'day Ali
    I'm running late but thanks for stopping by my desk. My guest has arrived early and is staying in my art room so no WOYWW for me next week. Oh wow and craft show to go too...we don't have them here and if I want to go to one interstate its a 4-5hr plane trip in one direction so a 3.5hr drive I wouldn't blink an eye at LOL. Great new treasures for you to play with. Your journal page looks divine.
    Annette In Oz #83

  27. Wow, love all the fun stamps you have there. Enjoy, sounds like the weather put a damper on lots of people, lots of places. I'm so ready for warm Spring days.
    Enjoyed your WOYWW desk and photos.
    Running late, but being gone the 2 days wore me out! Drove home in a snow storm, still very cold, strong winds, and snow on the ground here. Unreal.
    Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend