Sunday, 13 March 2011

Nay Bother at All!

One of the many phrases I was taught whilst at Inkspot in Hamilton this weekend!
I was taught some other phrases -but I cannot possibly share them!! Opened my eyes - I'll tell ya!!! Lol!!

On Thursday afternoon - me and Chris set off on the drive to Scotland, knowing it would take about 3 hours, but not knowing how gorgeous a drive up it would be....................

It was stunning - especially when the sun started to go down.
I am sure I went to Scotland as a child on holiday, but I cannot remember it. Me, Chris and Ben went on a caravan holiday when Ben was about 1, but we only went into Edinburgh for the day. So, I was really excited to get the chance to go and work in Scotland for a few days.

On Friday morning - I was SO nervous!! I know you will probably be thinking - why would you be nervous, you go on tv and demonstrate - that must be worse?! The thing is, I have been presenting crafts on QVC now for 5 years and yes, I still get nervous (which I think is a good thing) - but this was a completely new area to me and the nerves were there thick and fast! But, honestly, I should not have worried so much - everyone at the Inkspot and in Hamilton were lovely!

I was demonstrating lots and lots of goodies - Grand Calibur Die Cutting System from Spellbinders together with lots of gorgeous Nestabilities!

Beautiful stamps from Hero Arts - my favourite was definetley this Elegant Weeds set:

Another major love of mine Punches - Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page; Punch All Over The Page and lots of the gorgeous border punches too - including my current favourite deep edge punch at the moment - Bangle Chain! Isn't it fab...

And, I also played around with - sorry, worked with - Distress Inks too............................. I was in my element!

It was such a fun few days and I did not want it to be over - everyone at Inkspot were lovely and so friendly - if you ever get the chance to go and see them in Hamilton, which is near to Glasgow - make sure you do!

Their shop is packed full of lots of the big names in crafting, plus they have a big stationery department and a printers shop too where they print wedding invitations; flyers and lots more things! It is a jam packed full shop - Plus, if that isn't enough - right across the road they have a huge Fancy Dress Shop too!!

They also have workshop areas upstairs and on Saturday they had a children art class going on - I managed to see a little bit of it at lunchtime and you should have seen what these kids were drawing - amazing!

I cannot wait to go back for my own workshops that I am teaching there on the 8th & 9th April!

Friday 8th April (pm)
How to get the most out of your Grand Calibur Machine
This is a workshop to show you how to get the best out of your Grand Calibur and how to incorporate your die cut and embossed pieces into your cardmaking.
Whilst I was at InkSpot a lady did ask me if she would be able to come along with her Cuttlebug instead - Of course!! It is a workshop that will show you lots of hints and tips that can be incorporated with a Cuttlebug too - The more the merrier!!

Saturday 9th April (am)
Dreamweaver Stencils & Paste
Create stunning results with the Dreamweaver products! I will be passing on little hints & tips to help you create perfect results every time! I will also show you different colour mediums and how to use those with the stencils too!

Saturday 9th April (pm)
Alcohol & Distress Ink Techniques
A good play afternoon - getting messy with inks from Ranger!
I will show you how to distress; stamp and create your own backgrounds - plus lots more - using these fab inks. Make sure you bring an apron!!!

Each workshop is priced at just £20 or you can book on all 3 for just £50!!

If you would like to book give Inkspot a call on 01698 286401 - cannot wait to craft with you all again in Scotland!

Here are a couple of the pictures from the weekend at Inkspot - I will post again in a few days with my sample cards too.

For now, I am off to bed - back into work tomorrow to prep for my QVC shows on Tuesday 2pm - 4pm!!

See you all then



Crafty Helen said...

You can't beat a Tunnocks Amy - now you know you've been entertained in Scotland!! Glad you had a fabby time xx

jordiegirl said...

Glad you had a great time in Scotland Amy. It is a beautiful country, I went to many parts of it on holidays as a child.

Being a Geordie lass I understand the heading of your blog as a lot of the Scottish sayings are similar to what us Geordies say.

We Geordies would say 'Nee bother'

Steven said...

hi amy, can i just ask, im really intersted in buying some nestabilities, i have a quickutz revolution and a cuttlebug can i use nestabilities with these or do i need a grand calibur, i know it may depend on the size of nestabilities being used, thanks amanda, ps i loved the cards you made using the nestabilities.

scrapadoodle said...

hi amy, can i use nestabilities with a cuttlebug or do i need a grand calibur machine, i know it may also depend on size of nestabilities used, oh and also what else would i need to buy to use them on a cuttlebug, if they can be used on a cuttlebug, could you email me please, thanks amanda :)

She said...

Hi Amy, what great photos :-)NEED those stamps, they are lovely. Glad all went well 'North of the Border' I was thinking of you. I love the Martha Stewart punch too.......but need lots more practice with them (as Lindsay will tell you!!) Hoping you will share more phrases at weekend!! See you Saturday. Love S xx

lanniesmum said...

Hi Amy
Lovely to meet you on Saturday and looking forward to working with you 9th April.

little amanda 7609 said...

Oh that Martha Stewart Bangle Punch is on my must have list.