The show was held in a modern venue called Cite de la Mode et du Design - a much better event than last year's and bursting at the seams with absolutely gorgeous stash , unseen in the UK. What's more there were loads of vendors selling 12 x 12 papers .
I adore the simple graphic quality of the French dies and stamps. My absolute favourite has to be Simply Graphic. The fine quality of their dies and their chic designs are a sheer delight Carabelle score very highly too with their stunning stamps and stencils and a close joint third would have to be Carto Scrap whose stamp set prices were so reasonable at around £5.50 for a 8cm x 15 cm set and Ephemera who had fabulous enamel shape packs in gorgeous colours for a mere £2 per pack.
There was evidence of a lot of items from the US that weren't yet available in the UK which was surprising - like the Heidi Swapp Lightboxes and a lot of the new We R Memory Keepers tools and punches.
I tried to restrict myself to products not available in the UK though . Here's a little peek.
... and the sweetest little calico carrier bag to hold them all courtesy of Simply Graphic.
One of my favourite purchases ( not shown in the photo above for some reason ) was from a supplier called Aladine who were selling tubs of foam backed rubber stamps in a variety of themes for a mere 10 Euros ( just under £8) . Now I don't usually like foam stamps but these were only foam backed ( making them lighter to transport ) . The actual stamp was a very good quality rubber - 36 of them in total plus a cube ink pad in black.The designs were right up my street and I couldn't believe the quality .
The photo below doesn't do them justice.
An absolute bargain and I know I'm going to be using them again and again.
I can highly recommend the show and what's not to like about a weekend away with best friends, stash shopping and the best food in the world .
Best buddies in the world
Iles Flotante - a pudding to die for
Flowers at the Marche at Place d'Aligre
Choux pastries at Odette's
Love the French scrappers' love for vibrant colours
Rummaging at the market
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Carabelle's wonderful array of tampons ( no not the sanitary variety - that's what stamps are called in France )
Eclair, mille-feuilee or tarte framboise ? That'll be all three then.
A bientot mes amis