Apologies for the blurry photos, these were taken with my iPhone in poor light, but they will give you a flavour of what the stand looks like. I’ll get some better photos today as I’m taking my camera in with me.
The stand does look lovely, there’s lots to feast your eyes on and we had some amazing feedback yesterday. What you see on the wall is actually just empty packaging – there’s no way we could have carried that much rubber. We did make one tactical error when filling in all the paperwork – we ended up with signage that just says Elusive Images and really, it should have had our strap line (Rubber Stamp Heaven) so that people know what we do! However, we made friends with our neighbours, Craftwell, who have a very snazzy cutting machine which we used to cut out some vinyl letters to go under our sign.
Their machine is called eCraft and I have to say it has actually impressed me big time. I’ll come back to you with a full report once I know more on pricing, but I’m definitely having one myself, if nothing else just for the sheet feeder option. Annette will be pleased as she cut about 400 arch shaped pages for the retreat on our old Pazzles machine and the most she could do per sheet was two at a time. The eCraft has a sheet feeder!! So you can set it away cutting 100 and it will just pull in the sheets from the tray. There’s no sticky mat and it seems to be very simple to use in it’s basic mode, but also connects to a computer and can do all the sophisticated stuff like welding. Seems like a serious rival to the Cricut, but until I know how much they are, I can’t give a complete verdict. I’ll come back to you on that one.
Here’s some more pictures of the stand.
Lynn spent ages rolling up sheets of artylicious paper (which Annette had spent hours printing). It looks absolutely fabulous and really gets lots of people stopping to look.
We found a lovely mannequin in TJ Maxx to display Lynn’s tags. Shame she’s too big to bring back with us. Anything we don’t take back like that will be donated to the Kids in Need Foundation who have organised a drop off point at the show. I’ll probably donate some of my demo stamps to them to save me some weight and space in my suitcase on the way back. Hey, I’ve got shopping to bring home. Magazines mainly.
So day one is over and done with and we’re confident that there are a lot of people in Canada who absolutely love our style of stamps. We had more interest from Canada than the USA, but there’s still three days of the show to go. We were chatting to Dyan from Art from the Heart who is working on the Ranger stand, and she told us that this show starts quiet and gets busier towards the end. The trade show at the NEC is usually the other way round, so I’m pleased she told us that before the show started. We’ve seen quite a few Brits – we had a good chat to Rob from Once upon a Stamp and Andy from Sir Stampalot. Joanna and Richard came over and we’re going out to dinner tonight at the Cheesecake Factory – yumm!
Talking of dinner, we had a rather disastrous one last night here in the hotel. We ate there on our first night and it was fine. We’d gone straight from the show to Michaels as we’d all collected a 40% discount voucher last time we were there which we could spend from Sunday onwards. So we got back to the hotel exhausted and ordered a couple of panninis and burger with a side of fries (see I’m talking like a native now as well as driving like one!). Well the fries arrived first – in a giant paper cone stood in a wire stand. I’ve never had fries served like that before!
Turned out to be the best part of the meal, they were delicious. So we all tucked in while we waited for the sandwiches. And waited. And waited, and watched the burger sitting on the gril for ages. Eventually the food arrived and the burger was burnt on the bottom and the fries with it were cold. The other two cooked sandwiches were cold, but they came with freshly cooked crisps which the waiter explained was what caused the delay. So the sandwiches went back and new ones were prepared, but again they came out at a temperature that can only be described as tepid. Add to that the fact that ‘tuna melt’ bore no resemblence to anything we’d give that name to back home (it looked like sandwich spread) and we were disgruntled, grouchy customers.
So I complained to the manager, and to be fair, she handled it absolutely correctly and didn’t charge us a thing for the meal or the snacks Lesley then went and bought in the hotel shop. She apologised that it was her number one chef’s night off, but even when “Mr Easy” is back on duty, I don’t think we’ll be eating there again.
You’d think we were obsessed with food because Lynn and I started a tradition a couple of years ago of photographing our meals. I think there’ll be a food scrapbook coming out of it at some point. Look at my healthy breakfast.
Talking of which, my alarm has just gone off so it’s time to get up and go and get some!