Back to work! and my shopping haul….

Well we are apparently amazingly lucky to have landed just hours before the volcanic ash left 1000s of travellers stranded, and with insurance companies citing “acts of God” as a get-out clause, for paying for … well, anything, really. While I would have been quite happy to stay at my sister’s for another 10 days or so, I think at some point she may have moved us out of my very generous nieces rooms and onto a floor somewhere!

Also a stroke of luck, as I mentioned in a previous post, my sister had something of a coupon windfall so I hade at least 20 50% off coupons between Michael’s and AC Moore to spend. I was able to make use of every one of them, as my sister spoke to the manager at both stores, and told them I was here from England and could we please use all the coupons we had in one transaction (rather than having me, my Sis, my nieces, etc all take one item thru the check out or make multiple trips back to the store – oh, wait, I did that anyway!) and they agreed. So for under £150 I got a ton of stuff. a TON. I have never done a “stash haul” sort of post, but I am really pleased with how much “bang for my buck” I got and I wanted to share some of my shopping “best bits”

My bestest best  purchases were clear stamps. Most fell at about the $5-$9 range – here are the Tim Holtz ones

and AC Moore was having a sale that was 50% off the ticketed sale price for many items, including these Prima pearl sprays that were something like $1.24 each

I got some really lovely little butterflies on wire, lots of stalks of flowers that easily separated into blooms, and these packing tape rolls for $1 – they are clear, really, the white is just a liner so you can see the pattern.

and my single MUST HAVE of the trip, the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  I am in love with it already!  I have been sorely in need of a scoring board (having kicked the Crafter’s Companion one to the kerb and not finding my very VERY old Aleene’s Boxmaker scoring board a viable solution) for a while now and after reading this blog post I was sold on the MS one, esp. the price.

The final goodie selection was a load of Stampotique stamps.  Not on sale, but I did get free postage so that was a huge savings in itself.  My sister opened the box before I got there and was very curious as to what I might make of them – now I’ll have to do something with them or she will think I’m crazy for buying them.  It would be bliss if they sold them unmounted or as clings.

That should keep me busy for a bit….