Monday, 8 August 2016

Shop's 10th Birthday Demo Day

Hi bloggers, today we want to review our Shop's 10th Birthday Demo Day celebrations and what a fantastic day it was. With the sun shining and back to back blue skies it was the perfect day to be crafting outside!

So let's start by sharing with you what the demonstrators were inspiring our customers with....

Heidi was demonstrating the WRMK Alphabet Punch Board, inspiring everyone with some fantastic ideas to take you beyond just making banners. Heidi made some wonderful cards, albums and signs to show you just how versatile this tool can be. Take a look at a few of her samples below....

Next up is Stamping Caz who was demonstrating the MISTI alongside some Stampendous stamps to show you a range of techniques and tips for using the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented. Take a look at some of Caz's wonderful samples below...

Jo Wojcik also joined us on Saturday and was demonstrating the Crealies Create-A-Box dies and brought with her some fabulous samples of how you can think outside the box!! Take a look below...

Charry Wijers was demonstrating the Memory Box Stitched dies using felt, making some wonderful flowers and also Christmas characters....

We were delighted to have Pete Hughes from Sizzix join us on Saturday who was not only demonstrating some of the dies from his new collection but also providing us with inspiration using some of the other designers dies including the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling. Check out his wonderful samples below...

We were lucky enough to be joined by Sue Dix, designer of the Sweet Dixie dies and stamps and she had some great samples to share with us on how we can make the most of these dies.

For those of you who love foiling, Karen was demonstrating the Heidi Swapp Minc machine, showing you some fabulous techniques with the Minc Reactive mediums plus showing you a method for foiling a stamped design using fine embossing powder. Take a look at some of her beautiful samples below.....

Finally we had Suzie Candlin demonstrating the Cricut Explore Air machine with some of the latest Cricut cartridges. Suzie also had a Make & Take table where customers could make a cupcake wrapper and Suzie also included a free cupcake as well!

Alongside all the demonstrations we had a host of other entertainment including a Hook-a-Duck, where you could win yourself some crafting goodies by hooking the correct numbered ducks. You could try your luck at our Tombola to win some more crafting goodies! We also had a Raffle and a Candy Floss station for those with a sweet tooth. For other refreshments we had our usual Crafts U Love Cafe, the perfect spot to sit with a drink and a cake to make your shopping list!

Our card competition was announced at 1pm and once again we had some wonderful card entries. It was a tough job but we had to whittle it down to a Top 10 before our demonstrators picked the 3 winners.

Our Top 10 Shortlist consisted of:
Dee Sewell, Margaret Shelley, Mrs D Huggins, Nicky Haslam, Carol Warton, Bev Read, Zuzi, Lisa Plummer, Sheila Byrne and Maggie Mapes.

3rd Place: Margaret Shelley (Card No. 5) Winner of a £10 Crafts U Love Voucher

2nd Place: Carol Warton (Card No. 7) Winner of a £20 Crafts U Love Voucher

1st Place: Sheila Byrne (Card No. 8) Winner of a £50 Crafts U Love Voucher

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone that entered!

The Raffle, Tombola and Hook-A-Duck were all in aid of St. Catherine's Hospice and with your generosity we managed to raise £327.80, so a big thank you to all of you!

The winners of our Raffle prizes were:

Cricut Explore Air Bundle: Ruth
Sizzix Bundle: Jenny
Sizzix Storage (x2): Teresa
12 x 12 Joy! Crafts Spring Paper Bloc: Maisy Fox
Cricut Bag and Martha Stewart Punch: Sarah

Please note all raffle prize winners have been contacted.

We would finally like to say a big thank you to everyone that came on the day to show your support and appreciate all the lovely comments and kind words you had to say about Crafts U Love. We look forward to seeing you all at another Demo Event soon!

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