Haring around at the NEC !

Haring around at the NEC !

Hi there,

Thanks for popping in.

Haring around the NEC today! So many people, so many Crafters all under one roof. If anybody ever says humans are dumming down, send them to a craft fair like this. You meets hundreds, nay thousands of people – men and women alike – with a real thirst for arty knowledge. It is wonderful. Really makes my heart sing. People of ALL ages , from all walks of life, discussing ink pads, paints, tricks, mixed media techniques, parchment, Groovi and on and on and on.

Tomorrow it‘s my turn again on the Tv at noon. I shall be showcasing those amazing Hidden Hares which we launched as Groovi and Fresh Cuts last weekend, but this time they’re being released as

3-way overlay stamps and stencils!!

The stamps are astoundingly good…..

Linda SpencerJanet PringDebbie McMullinMaria Moorhouse

Jane TelfordMaria Moorhouse

Julie DunnAnne Dimitriou


And the stencils? Well, they just are too cool for words!
Barbara LancasterMaria MoorhouseCarole PankszteloDebbie McMullinJane TelfordAnne Dimitriou
Shelagh Metselaar

Anyway, best go. It‘s bonfire night at Norma‘s tonight. Highlight of the week, getting together with the locals around Berkswell and huddling up round the bonfire. Wellies in the boot and off we go!!!

Feels good to be part of this community. What a great bunch of people.


love & Hugs,



25 thoughts on “Haring around at the NEC !

  1. Awesome samples from the amazing design team. So sad that I can’t make it to the NEC this time. Here’s hoping it goes really well with no light fingered visitors this year. Xxx

  2. Hi Barbara
    Looking forward to watching you on Hochanda tomorrow – what lovely stamps and stencils. The design team have provided inspirational samples as usual. BTW Happy Bonfire Night!

  3. Had an email earlier about these stamps and stencils that made me go oooooo. Now I’ve seen them in more detail I’m definitely going oooooo and my finger is hovering over the add to cart button. Enjoy your fireworks. Xx

  4. Evening bloggy friends, happy Friday to you all. Wrap up warm if you’re off out watching fireworks, bit parky out there tonight! Xx

  5. Will definitely be tuning in tomorrow – the stamps look fabulous. Amazing samples from the design team. Thanks for all the inspiration

  6. What lovely samples from the DT. Each time I say I’m not spending you come up with another ‘must have’ so will be ordering tomorrow.
    Glad all is going well at the NEC for Clarity. Paul gave a great demo, loved the flowers he made with the dies. Had a go at this technique this afternoon with material left over from my old workshops and some origami papers, it’s quick and simple and I made several cards in no time flat. Thanks Paul.
    Hope the weather stays fine for your bonfire night. Enjoy.

  7. Lovely to hear that the show is busy. It is wonderful to meet all the like minded people there. Fred and I spent quite a while yesterday afternoon chatting to a lady from the Lake District over coffee. Never did get her name but very friendly. Back again tomorrow with daughters and maybe two granddaughters. X

  8. Great show today from Paul looking forward to tomorrow show with you and the lovely hare 3way stamps look great always wanted to go to the Nec May be next time bob always seems to be working when on put won’t be after April 😍 so hopefully next year. Well enjoy your fireworks hope they have a lovely warm bonfire to and great day tomorrow xxx

  9. Well I am shattered after a day at the NEC, so I have even more admiration for all of you who spend 4 days there, full on! I enjoyed Paul’s show, and met several lovely Clarity people, including yourself. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and I came home with a lovely bag of new goodies.
    Enjoy the fireworks tonight and sleep well. Hugs Annette X

  10. Just caught up on the live show from yesterday with the new dies. I had to laugh at the heart nesting dies as when you pointed to the mistake I thought ‘what mistake, rectangle is spelt correctly?’…. Oh dear, all I can say in my defence is its been a loooooong week. Xx

    1. If it’s any consolation Donna, I thought exactly the same! I haven’t even got the excuse of having a hard week!! Love and hugs Alison xxx

  11. Hi Barbara! It was great to see you and the rest of the team today at the show. I had a fab time looking round and soaking up the atmosphere there. Paul did a brill show which we managed to watch.
    Hope all goes well tomorrow and Sunday then safe journey to Germany!
    I do hope you enjoyed your fireworks tonight!
    Love and hugs to you all! Xxx

  12. Hi Barb,
    Didn’t Paul do well? I really enjoyed his show and the cards that he made were really good as well. They looked relatively easy and as he said went back to the days of teabag folding which I used to really enjoy. I particularly liked the flower with the blue petals. Will be giving these a go I think. Nice to see you standing at the back offering your support to. Looking forward to your show tomorrow even though I’m not purchasing anything. Hope the fireworks were good. Love and hugs Alison xxxx

    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope you’ve all had a good day. I’ve been trying to find touch up paint for the car – somebody managed to scratch our new car yesterday – I really wasn’t best pleased when I saw it! Didn’t leave a note or anything. It’s only 3 weeks since we got it as well. Eventually had to order one from the Ford dealership which will be ready to collect tomorrow morning so that’s a trip to Darlington that I want expecting to make. Love and hugs to all, Alison xx

  13. Great samples from the DT Barbara and did not get a chance to watch today but will definitely have a look on catch up. These hares are gorgeous. x

  14. Hi Barbara
    I had a lovely time at the NEC today. Didn’t get chance to say hello as you were surrounded by people. Managed to see part of Paul’s show. It’s fascinating to see how it all works.
    Loving this latest hidden hares collection.

  15. Hi Barbara
    Really enjoyed Paul’s show today, didn’t he do well. The new stamps and stencils are great, they will fly out the doors too. Lovely design team samples again, aren’t they a clever lot. Hope you enjoyed the fireworks tonight.
    Love Diane xxx

  16. Hi Barbara wonderful craft show, but your my favourite. All your team are so helpful, and your products are the best quality. I am lucky enough to live in Berkswell. You must try and call in at Berkswell potteries if you ever have time. Xxx

  17. Hello Barb, I bet it is heart warming to meet so many people and just talk arty things. Hope the bonfire was enjoyed by all. Oh and thanks, my Christmas wish list just got even longer, not sure if it will be stencils, stamps or both?? Beautiful samples, really making it hard to even decide. Take care all. Bx

  18. I had such a fabulous day Barbara. It was great to see everyone and I thoroughly enjoyed all the demos. I arrived home to find my Hidden Hare Fresh Cut dies had arrived so I will be playing this afternoon before heading off to the footie with Eva. Good luck with the live show (Hals- und Beinbruch) not that you need it.

  19. OMG – just love these!!! Hope Santa leaves me some crafting money next month and I need these little hares in my life!!!

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