Sunday, 18 September 2016

Happy 1st Birthday to The Craft Channel!

This week The Craft Channel celebrated its 1st Birthday, and I was lucky enough to be invited to a cocktail party in London to mark the occasion.  My other half Steve came with me and we had a great time, even though we did not know anyone there - of course I recognised all of the presenters but had never met or spoken to them before.  Julian Ballantyne was there to greet us and made us feel very welcome, and by the time I had checked our names in with the lovely Debbie Kershaw and Beccy Seddon they were already talking football!

The invitation said that there would be some special crafting guests, but we did not know who - all I kept thinking was "please let Anna Griffin be there" as I love her products and am so happy that she is back on our screens in the UK!  So... guess what?!  Yes, amongst all the other lovely craft guests and presenters Anna was there!

By the time I plucked up enough courage to speak to her she must have spoken to a ton of people (not that she is scary at all, the complete opposite - I was just in awe about being able to meet her!), but she was still kind enough to spend about 20 minutes with me, listening to me ramble on about all of her products that I have and how much I love them! So thank you Anna for making my day! Not too keen on having my photo taken, but here I am with the lovely Anna!

I think I managed to spend a few minutes with most of the presenters, as well as many of the behind the scenes staff - buyers, graphics, producers, even the CEO and founder James Doak - lovely man!  All such lovely people and more than happy to spend time with us chatting about craft (well that was me anyway, Steve just kept saying he was the "plus 1" when asked if he crafted! LOL!)

I don't want to miss anyone out in my thank you, though I am sure I will (sorry!)  I met Dawn Bibby, who I have been watching since her days on QVC which really got me back into crafting (picking things up from childhood when I was always making things at home with my Mum - sewing, baking, colouring...)  Rosella, Dawn Wheeler, Wendi Rhodes, Lesley Wharton, Debbie Kershaw, Beccy, Kevin and the lovely Jaqui Joseph - she was wearing the most amazing sparkly trousers and was so fun to chat to!  There were a few people missing, but maybe I will get to meet them one day.

I also met some lovely fellow crafters that I hope to meet up with again soon!

So thanks again to everyone at The Craft Channel for a year of crafty goodness and a lovely evening to celebrate!  Looking forward to many more years of shows!

Of course my Happy Birthday card had to be made with Anna Griffin goodies, and I am adding this card to the following:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 13/09/16 - 19/09/16 

Anna Griffin Materials Used:
Fantastic flips card making kit, fantastic flips sentiment stamps, pink & green ink, flourish die from the spring seasonal die set, metallic card layers & papers


  1. What a lovely time you had Mandy! As to see your most loved Crafter too! Beautiful card.

  2. This is just fabulous, thanks so much for joining us at Through The Craft Room Door xx Jan DT

  3. Mandy! It was so nice to meet you and Stephen at the party. I was as thrilled to meet you as you were to meet me. Thank you for all of your kind words. I hope to see you all again on a trip to the UK. If you are ever in the US, please come visit! - Anna


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