Saturday, 9 November 2013

NEC and Saturday candy



We are continuing with out Christmas spirit at Allsorts and this week and my teami Wendy has selected the theme of White Christmas, we have two sponsors this week FlonzCraft and Crimson Cloud. And warning in advance, this is a lengthy one so a coffee might be in order.

I know lots of you were planning going to the Hobbycrafts show at  the NEC this week and I am sure you will have had a great time. I went on Thursday and it was absolutely heaving, probably the busiest I have ever seen it even at a weekend, but there seemed to be far more stands than last year and such a variety as well with lots of new things creeping in such as lovely fabric stands and a noticeable increase in the popularity of beading.

There are always new crafty goodies to temp us but a couple particularly appealed to me, the first was the lovely Kim Costello whose name is so familiar to lots of us, she has very recently launched her own range of Paperbabe stamps....cool name Kim. This set crept home with me as I loved the reindeer and Kim explained to me the set is aimed at both the cute market and those like myself who veer to a more inky approach, it's a really clever set as the reindeer builds up with three different stamps and there are name stamps from Rudolph right through to Dasher and Vixen.

Another stand of interest to me was Craft Dragon, it's something I've seen demoed on C&C many times but the lovely guys there gave to a test run on it and even with my rotten dexterity and current weak hands, I was able to use the machine effortlessly, so it's definitely on my wish list. They told me there is a new machine just round the corner which as well as stamping and hot foiling will cut all the leading brands of die cuts so sounds like it will be a really cool piece of kit.

And I was able to meet up with quite a few sponsors from my various challenges and it was lovely to be able to thank them in person for their support. What I did learn for sure was that a day was most definitely not enough and next year it will be an overnight stay I think.

Now after all that waffle for a little bit about my Allsorts DT piece for the week and I am the first to admit that all white card terrify me, but I've given it my best shot using two Memory Box dies, a Spellbinder frame and embossing folder, the only colour I have added is a little white and silver Pan Pastel for the sky.


Last weeks candy winner is (re-drawn 15th Nov as original winner did not make contact and new winner Sarah mailed), please mail me with your full name and postal addy so I can send your goodies.

And this week I have a 'practical' prize, but an essential we all use every day, a hot glue gun for a lucky winner.

  • Add the Saturday Candy logo from my sidebar to your sidebar (not this picture)
  • Be a follower of my blog
  • A random winner will be selected from all comments left on my blog between now and Friday, so two comments during the week two chances of winning and so on.
  • The winner will be announced next Saturday
Have a lovely weekend everyone.

83 comments:

  1. Fantastic creation! I think white-on-white cards look so elegant and yours is truly into Christmas spirit.

    Hugs,
    Eemeli

    P.S. Thanks for the chance to win the yummy-looking stamp set.

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  2. I'm thrilled that you managed to get to NEC and had a good time, to boot!! The nearly-all-white card is absolutely beautiful! Have a great weekend, I am going to listen to the match commentary on the radio... need to get back to winning ways! Would love to win your glue gun, so thanks for the chance. Helenxxx

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  3. Brenda, love the WOW ( white on white ) which is a real WOW !! the craft dragon looks interesting !!

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  4. OMG Brenda, what a stunning card. I have just embossed a sheet of pearlised whit card whith that embossing folder ready to play tomorrow :o)
    Jackie xx

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  5. So beautiful and serene. Hard to believe its all white.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  6. Beautiful card. Glad you had a great time at the NEC.

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  7. Love your card, the bow is an nice idea.
    Hugs, Chantal S

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  8. A very sophisticated card Brenda!! Glad you had a good time at the Hobbycrafts Show xx

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  9. Ahhh white cards terrify me too. I've managed to make some, but they are not my favorites to make. I think yours is very pretty with the little houses and the silver.
    Lots of new stuff is presented at the NEC. Great to hear you had a lovely day.
    xxx Marianne

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  10. Love your white on white card Brenda, they always look so stylish!
    I was meant to be going to the NEC and couldn't make it int he end, I'm gutted I missed it - I won't miss it next years,,
    Hugs Laurie xx

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  11. Such a stunning card I love it. Glad you enjoyed the NEC unfortunately I am not going this year

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  12. Ohhh B, it might have scared you making it but it is one gorgeous card! Loving how you used the scenery diecuts then added the die cut frame in front, totally stunning! Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

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  13. sounds like a great trip to the NEC Brenda - I'm hoping to go next year instead of Harrogate - its been a long time for me! Love your card for alsorts and thanks again for the chance of winning your saturday candy! Hugs Rachel x

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  14. you did an excellent job with the all white card. Have a lovely weekend!

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  15. This is so gorgeous! love looking at white on whote and always have wanted to try one...I keep putting it off...they scare me for some reason...need to just grab th bull by the horns and....

    Yours is wonderful.
    Sounds like lots of fun at the NEC. Wish I could have been there as well!!!!!!

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  16. Sounds like you had a great time! I'd love to go to the NEC, will have to start saving my crafty pennies instead of spending them ;) Thanks for the chance to win your glue gun.

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  17. Your all white card is beautiful Brenda - the touch of colour in the sky is lovely. Glad you enjoyed the NEC and it looks as though thingsa re picking up. The last time I went was the least busy I'd ever known it.
    Beryl xx

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  18. This is stunning Brenda, such a beautiful design and I love the way you have done the sky.
    Sue xx

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  19. A delightful card, Brenda. Such a pretty scene and that white sky looks wonderful. I've been meaning to try a WOW Christmas card for the month-long Christmas cards challenge that Beccy of beccysplace.blogspot.com is hosting. She posts a new challenge every day, and one of the challenges is a WOW card. Then again, I probably won't have time to join, since I'll be leaving for a trip to Sydney, Australia next weekend to visit my best friend and her partner and see a bit of the country.
    Sounds you had a great (but probably exhausting) day at NEC. Great to hear that there are new tools out there that will allow you to keep on crafting, despite the limitations that your illness is imposing upon you.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Marianne x

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  20. Lovely card Brenda.. the white on white looks stunning...sounds like you had a great time at the NEC....its just a little too far away for me...

    Anne

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  21. Spectacular Brenda....the scene is beautiful and I love the style of the card. That foil machine looks very interesting. Sounds like a fantastic day you had at NEC

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  22. The white on white card is gorgeous.Lovely Dies and a beautiful bow.
    Gr Elly

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  23. I love this card! White on white is so elegant and the way you have done that sky is amazing. Glad you had a nice time at the NEC, those stamps look really good. Michelle x

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  24. Очень красивая открытка в белом цвете .

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  25. Brilliant ... Lovely card Brenda ..

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  26. I love your card Brenda, it's beautiful and elegant.

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  27. Oh that's a lovely card, so clean and simple but also most impressive - Nice mix of patterns!
    hugs serafeena

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  28. Beautiful and elegant card, I love it

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  29. Simple elegance. I love white on white - this is lovely and very classy!

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  30. I always wondered how the full white card would look and always dreaded to make it trust me....:0
    but looking at your lovely, elegantly done awesome card I am left with fingers in my mouth....
    Your card is a "STUNNER" believe me...

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  31. Congratulations Rhonda!
    Wow, sounds like a great informative day for you Branda!
    Pretty sure you would learn WAAAY more having a sleep over!
    And maybe a few more treasures would go home with you!
    Love the white card, and those are on my list to try this morning!
    Have a great weekend!

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  32. A simply stunning creation Brenda, loving the all white, and the bits of sparkle. I can only imagine how much fun the Hobbycraft show was, I never was able to go to a hobby/craft show, as they seem to be always way too far away from me :-(
    Have a fabulous weekend Brenda, hopefully with a little bit of sunshine! It's sunny but chilly over here.

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  33. Gorgeous card Brenda. I love all white cards and this one's a beauty. I don't think you need to be scared of doing all white cards!

    Sounds like you had a good time at the NEC. We were at the show at the SECC 2 weeks ago and we noticed some new stands but on the other hand some old favourites were missing. We still enjoyed it and came home with some new goodies. One of my favourites was a small stand selling fabulous Alpaca yarn. I'm now knitting a beautiful scarf with my purchase!

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Take care,

    Kat xx

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  34. Gorgeous W.O.W. card! Thanks so much for another chance to win some fab candy! Hugs, Robin

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  35. Congrats Rhonda! Fabulous card Brenda! Thanks for a new candy offer too. Hugs, Robin

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  36. Super that you made a scene with the White on White brief - very effective - especially with the ribbon.
    Looks like you had a super time at the NEC.
    Paula (PEP)

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  37. I love white on white cards and yours is awesome!
    Hugs,
    Ardilla :)

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  38. Love white on white as I think they always look so elegant and yours is no exception to that , you did a brilliant job.

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  39. Hi B, love what you have made here. Tracy xx

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  40. You have done a fabulous job Brenda as you were like me a bit out of the comfort zone!! Love the effect in the background
    x catherine

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  41. Such a shame we dodn't get to meet Brenda. Fabulous card, love the use of the diecuts, just been playing with a few of my new goodies. Please don't enter me for the hot glue gun, I am sure I would just burn myself with it x

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  42. This is gorgeous Brenda, love the dies you've used and the way its framed.
    Glad you enjoyed the NEC - wish it wasn't so far!
    Avril xx

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  43. How lucky you are to be able to attend these fabulous shows - no such luck here I'm afraid!

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  44. Your wow card is stunning Brenda, I love it. It sounds like you had fabulous time at the NEC too.
    Thank you for the chance to win a glue gun.
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Lorraine x

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  45. I love your all white card, it's very elegant
    Jackie x

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  46. I love your white card they look so elegant.
    Thanks so much for another chance to win some fab candy!
    Liebe Grüße Elfenkind Katrin

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  47. Simple, but beautiful card... I love it. Super candy, thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. Simple, but beautiful card... I love it. Super candy, thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. Beautiful card Brenda :-)
    Thanks for the chance to win some fab candy!
    skimmia

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  50. This is fabulous Brenda, very well done, knowing how you are not happy with WOW, love all your elements and the layout.

    Kath x

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  51. all white cards are so stunningly elegant, I love this embossed scene x

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  52. Such a stunning WOW card and I love the way you've done the sky xx

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  53. Thanks for helping out, your card is gorgeous.
    Is this glue gun electric or battery? I,m looking for a battery one. Xxx

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  54. Oh my word Brenda this is so beautiful I love seeing these white on white card designs they look so elegant the detail and die cuts that you have used are all top notch.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  55. Gorgeous and beautiful, love the moon background you've made.
    luv
    Debby

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  56. What a beauty, a stunning WOW card, love it so much! Jx

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  57. All white isnot my favorite, but you inspire me to do something with snow and Christmas, so I´ll set myself to make a card that I can send if later this month... Hope you have a fun and relaxing sunday, Gerrina

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  58. Hi Brenda! I love this White card!!Wow,beautiful!
    Have a great week!
    Hugs,Kari :)

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  59. Love your all white Card. So pretty and elegant. Thanks for sharing! :0)
    cindys-greencricut.blogspot.com

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  60. Oh the white on white is so elegant, this card is wonderful ! Superb design Brenda !
    Have a lovely sunday !
    And thanks for the chance to win !
    xxx

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  61. Love that delicate white on white card - beautiful work! NEC sounds great with all those new influences... haven't made it this time around. Hoping to get to the next Ally Pally...
    Alison xx

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  62. I love white on white and you have done it very well! :)

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  63. beautiful white card... never thought a full white card can be so pretty!! and that stamp set is very nice!! congrats to Rhonda..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  64. That card is gorgeous and so very elegant, lovely goodies, glad you enjoyed your trip. Must try to get some more the PaperBabe stamps - I love them and have one individual stamp and one set which are stunning! Thank you for the chance Brenda, try to rest a bit today.
    I hope to be able to load up a card later today because you have inspired me to try WoW xx

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  65. Stunning Card Brenda!

    I love the white on white, it's so elegant.

    Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

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  66. A beautiful white on white card Brenda, love it.
    I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the NEC. When I went a couple of years ago one day just wasn't enough so this year I went on the Friday and Saturday and stayed overnight in a hotel. It meant I could spend more time watching demos etc and made for a more relaxing visit.
    Well done to the winner of your Saturday candy.
    Mags
    x

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  67. Love your all white card - so lovely.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  68. Wow! Brenda :)
    Your best shot at W-on-W definitely hit the bullseye.
    Such a beautiful card - love it!
    x

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  69. Amazing! WoW is always fantastic. Your's is truly stunning, Brenda! I love the fancy frame around your beautiful scene. It's truly stunning card!
    Hugs,
    Eret

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  70. That's beautiful - I love how elegant the white-on-white looks - and your beautiful bow is perfect. Congrats to your candy winner! And I enjoyed reading about the craft exhibition. Hope you have a good day today!

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  71. Wonderfully serene and elegant card Brenda. Nicola x

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  72. Stunning and classy card and i'm so jealous that you went to the NEC, i so wish i could go, but unfortunately i'm a little bit too far away :-(, Luv Sam x

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  73. Wow, such a wonderful card, love the white monochrome.

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  74. Gorgeous white on white, Brenda! You have combined the variety of dies so well together!

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  75. Hi Brenda
    Beautiful white creation, love the details and a beautiful design too.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  76. Such a gorgeous card ....beautiful impact u create with white.

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  77. About all your creations, for me my favourite is C&S....It is so elegant!!! Tksss!!!

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