Wow what a day ! Another one to add to my book of moments to remember ! :)
I was a bit nervous to attempt the journey again as the last time I was a bit shaken (but not stirred) by the tube ride. This time I thought it would have been easier to travel over(it wasn't) because my mother in law gracefully invited us to sleep over at her place. So we had a lovely afternoon and I've finally tasted the lovely bacon and liver with dumplings (puddings in the corner), that was always so famous in the family. So thank you Joyce, the dinner was delicious.
Come 7pm we started to get prepared to go to the Church of the Redeemer, we also asked my sister in law, Heidi, to come over so she can have some fun making cards with us.
The first person to greet us was Carley she was at the entrance and it was so nice to finally meet her. She seems so happy and full of positive energy by her photographs and I was right ....she's even more so ! So Carley if you're reading this, I'm making you a special ATC tomorrow so I can send it on Monday.
It was almost surreal to see Leonie chatting away with a lady in the middle of the room so I thought I wouldn't be a pest and waited until she was free so I could say hi to her so we carried on chit chatting between Carley...Vince, Heidi and myself. I turned around to check if Leonie was finished but she was actually next to me smiling and said 'You've made it' ! LOL
Leonie was amazing, and she's as lovely, loveable and as much fun as she seems on the telly. We had a few minutes chatting then Leonie started a workshop on one of the two areas (she would start with one group and then move to our table later on). I was really impressed how she gives equal attention to everyone, and she seems to be everywhere at once making sure we're ok and checking on our card making progress.
Another highlight (and they were many) of the night was that I was able to try first hand the Slice. We had two make-and-takes: one from the papermania Forever Friends range and a very cute snowman from Personal Impressions. You can see our output above. It was fun using the slice and I think Vince kinda got the hint I want one for Xmas now! LOL
We also met a lovely couple Tracy and Paul ! You gotta check Tracy's blog, especially her singing (she's got a fabulous voice). Paul actually crafted with us to Tracy's amazement. I really believe paper crafting is for everyone so it's really nice to see more men card making.
Heidi (my sister in law) had a wonderful time and her cards were beautiful, she kept saying she's a total beginner but was really a natural. So Heidi you need to craft more ! ;)
There was so much to do during the night: a lady giving massages, cakes and tea (wine too), clothes and jewellery being sold too and finally the raffle. I was really lucky and won so much; stamps, papers, adhesive...it kept coming ! Thank you Carley it was so much fun and hearing people 'that's me' while we were crafting when they won something.
I also forgotten Leonie's book and I was gutted because I wanted her to sign it for me...well she had brought some books from Search Press to purchase and spotted her book so I bought it again. I said to Leonie, that's proper dedication...we both started laughing. I also got Paula's latest book 'Celtic Cards' ! I've got to have Paula sign her books too.
I had a wonderful time, well worth going through panic attacks. The biggest thank you, I want to give to Vince as he's always there for me, so without him I couldn't have enjoyed the night the way I did. So thank you Vince !
Another big thank you is for Carley and Leonie as they made us feel so welcome and all the organisation for creating those workshop and making that night possible. Also thank you to Heidi for coming over and having fun with us and finally thank you to the lovely Paul and Tracy as they were so friendly, we really enjoyed your company.
Me and Leonie
Me and Carley
Me and Vince (took the picture myself to be very Web 2.0)
Carley tallying the raffle tickets (they made 200 pounds for MacMillan which is great)
Carley let me have one of her ATC and I really liked this one, gorgeous !
Leonie posing for the camera while the flash 'shocked' some crafters.
Another one for luck, with suspicious looks !
Lovely cakes and tea where all lovingly prepared by those ladies (sorry guys I can't remember your names)
Full view of the room it was a full house yet comfortable and not overcrowded
Vince chatting away with Heidi
Leonie kept on going all night (She's got rechargeable batteries - that's her secret LOL)
'Now you use this ickle bottle of glue...'
Despite Leonie's best effort ....no comment ! wink
Leonie caught whilst she was shimmering around the room and Tracy getting her camera ready
My lovely SIL, Heidi, making her snowman card, she also 'discovered' Stickles so used them to great effect on her card, gorgeous work Heidi !
Best for last, Paul and Tracy ! Lovely to meet you guys !