This weekend the BellaCrafts team were busy visiting the Ricoh Arena attending the Craft and Hobby Association’s Big Weekend. We had a fantastic time rubbing shoulders with some of the industry’s biggest and best! Such a wealth of experiences, knowledge and every level of business. The three day show was packed with seminars, talks, networking and even a chance at a screen test with Create and Craft! We of course threw ourselves in! There's a list of people and companies who made the event for us and we'll be making sure we take up every opportunity. 
We especially loved catching up with Sara Naumann again, we love, love, love her stamps and she is always such a friendly face with fantastic ideas about marketing and craft projects alike. We are already looking forward to the next event so we can have a good old gossip! If you haven’t seen her stamps (part of the Paper Artsy range) you really do need to check them out. Here’s a few of our favourites: 
We met Debbie Moore, and hear her inspiring business journey. We heard her story of how she began as well as the hurdles and triumphs along the way. It was really interesting and gave us something to really aspire to, her creativity and business acumen were very impressive and her products are, as you all know, beautiful and bang on trend. 
And as many of you know, we at BellaCrafts, couldn’t help getting stuck in and making our own contribution. Victoria taught a sewing workshop creating a collapsible storage box with just one fat quarter. Our much loved Jenniffer Taylor even took part and it was great to have a good old chat with her again. Jenniffer herself is excelling and business is great for our old friend. 
Belinda led a seminar and even featured on the “Ask the Experts” panel with people firing questions about all sorts of different aspects of the craft industry. 
All in all it was an incredible weekend with lots of fantastic contacts in the room including Create and Craft TV, Crafter’s Companion, Bert and Gert’s Events, Circut and more. As always we’ve come away with lots more ideas, big plans and exciting projects that we can’t wait to get under way... Watch this space 
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