Friday, 3 February 2012



 I’ve had a lovely day today, mainly because I wasn’t at work :-D  I went to a new Craft show at Bluewater shopping centre, and had a nice time wandering about, umming and ahhing over what to get.  I have figured out that without my usual cohorts to this sort of thing (two of my work colleagues) that I am a lot more restrained, they are obviously a VERY bad influence!!  

 Not that you’d know it by what I came home with though!!  

 One purchase I did make that was unplanned though was this bracelet...

hmmm, looks expensive no?  

 I do really like Pandora bracelets but they are very expensive, and I know what I am like for loosing things, so this looky likey that I put together in the upstairs hall for £7 is a good compromise, and I’ll take the risk that it breaks, I lose it, or it goes out of fashion before you can blink, or that the metal makes me break out in a nasty rash!!   

Anyway, here’s a quick run through of my other purchases, first up the boring bits, tools,

but I needed these and they were a good price, then  embellishments... 

hmmm still not sure about those yellow flowers, it was the black, blue and red ones that I really liked!!  Then some pins, bakers twine and charms

And papers
MME (again... I'm nothing if not predictable!!)

And onto the exciting stuff - dies

Copics (I've had a count up on how many I've got now, I'm not sharing, its too big a number!)

Then the really exciting bits

Some Indigo Blu Stamps

And a bit of a surprise buy for me... gilding flakes and glue

 Hmmm, you can't see the colours from the top, let me turn it upside down :-D

 I really wasn't sure I'd like this, but OMG I stamped the heart in the glue stuff, and used a teeny amount of the guilding flakes and they are stunning!!  Wish I'd got some of other colours of the guilding flakes now!!  And for a first go it was really easy too, you know how you look at some of the demos and think, yeah, but you know what you are doing I'll never get it, but it was really easy.  I'll make something up over the weekend with the image I've done and share it with you later

Edit - what an idiot, I'll show you my first attempt with this stuff.  I think I was a bit harsh brushing off the excess, I'm quite heavy handed really!! 

Right, that's it from me today - if you are going over the weekend, let me know what you thought and what you got!!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx


Julie said...


Sally said...

What a lot of lovely stash you've got. Love the guilding have reminded me I've got some stashed away somewhere.... Love the heart stamp looks so effective.
Hugs Sally xxx

CraftyLoops said...

Gorgeous goodies Sue and I LOVE your gilded stamped image, its beautiful. If you want more gilding flakes, try them here at Crafty Notions,

Lee x

DesignerDiva said...

Wow that's some serious shopping for someone who was restrained! I love it all, I have some gilding flakes too (obviously not used yet) put what you brush off back in the pot to use again, no waste then. Love the colours of the bracelet Sue -gorgeous, and those stamps are super yummy, wish I lived near Bluewater!
Hugs Laurie x

Lisa Jane said...

ooh looks fab Sue .. especially that heart with the gilding flakes .. i saw them on CnC this week and wish i had got some now !
I think Pam was there too!
Lisa x

Penny said...

What a stash of goodies, i love those dies.. I put an order in with simon says and am regretting now looking into those for counting copics...hmmm its scary to add them up! (check out my blog later this week and you can see mine!)
those glue/flakes are amazing, ive seen them before but never used them!

Amanda R said...

I wanna come shopping with you!

Rusty said...

looks like you had fun!! love the bracelet, my favourite colour!! ... what is gilding flake?? Did I miss something somewhere? x

Dee's Craft Room said...

Hi Sue

I love what you have done with the gilding flakes and would love to have a go at this myself. Whenever I have used the flakes in the past it has always been with double sided adhesive sheets. If you do not mind sharing your secrets I would love to know what glue us used so I can have a go.

Many thanks.