Craft expert Amy on her visit to Chicago’s Craft show


Amy and Suze Weinberg at the craft show Hi everyone,

Welcome to my first blog for QVC– how exciting!

I have just returned from an amazing and very busy trip to Chicago with Dawn and the buyers at QVC and just had to tell you what we have been up to!

We attended 'CHA' which is the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show held in America twice a year – it's where we go to find new goodies for you all, together with meeting all the USA craft experts and seeing them in action!

We, of course went to one of the most exciting stands – Ranger! Here we met up with Tim Holtz who gave us a personal tour around their huge stand – showing us all his own new goodies as well as products from Claudine Hellmuth and Suze Weinberg (pictured above). Oh, cannot wait for them all to arrive at QVC for you all! 

Tim has a brand new tool which is AMAZING, together with lots of stamps, dies and embossing folders. Keep your eyes peeled on-air for when these will arrive! But in the meantime, here are a few pics to get you all excited (they did me!) – I was in technique heaven!!

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We also met up with Nancy Hill and Chuck from DCWV – their new products are stunning! We put together kit selections with the buyers and I took photos of their amazing samples. Their products are so beautiful with embossed, glittered and foiled card and paper – gorgeous.

We R Memory Keepers had another great stand, where we met with Andrew who you will have seen on air at QVC. I was particularly interested in their Cinch machine as I have demonstrated it a few times on-air but was so excited by their samples – cannot wait to have another play now!

Andrew also showed us their brand new tool which is due into us at QVC very, very soon! I can tell you that it is so easy to use, creates amazing results and is, as always, amazing quality from WRMK – Oh, I love my job! 

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Making Memories was another favourite – I watched demonstrations and had a go myself with the Slice, my favourite die-cutting machine, love having this on-air to show you all. I have some really exciting news from them, but cannot tell you anymore than that!! I am sworn to secrecy – all will be revealed on-screen soon!

The most exciting bit though was meeting up with lots and lots of brand new suppliers – it's so exciting finding new goodies for you! There were companies from USA, Canada, UK and even as far as Japan, bringing their brand new goodies to show us all!

The buyers are now frantically back at work putting together kits with these companies and ensuring that we get them in stock quickly, as we are all so excited and cannot wait to get them to air! In the meantime – take a look at these pictures to whet your appetites!

Phew, what a week!

Catch up with you all again soon

Amy x


  1. Pauline Wardle August 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Wow, sounds good and cannot wait to see the new products especially from Tim, DCWV and Making Memories. I dont have a Slice at present as I usually wait for mark 2 products so teething problems have been ironed out. I dont get on with my manual die cutter (costs too much for dies) so am really hoping your big news from Making Memories will be a new Slice, fingers crossed anyway.

  2. Jak heath August 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Well done Amy, fabulously executed, loved the read.

  3. Tracy August 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Amy, I cant wait! I want to know all about the new items….. Please get them on air as soon as possible.

  4. Olivia August 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Sounds good, can’t wait to see all the new goodies 🙂

  5. Graham August 7, 2010 at 6:14 am -  Reply

    Excellent blog – Need more like this.

  6. Winnie August 7, 2010 at 7:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Amy,
    Like the Blog, looks like you had a good time, some exciting stock this time, needs some more stock for my craft room.
    Winnie x

  7. Claire Cant August 7, 2010 at 7:59 am -  Reply

    I love all the ranger stuff, but especially the claudine hellmuth stamps! I can’t wait to play with these 🙂 c x

  8. Cynthia Williamson August 7, 2010 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    We are really excited too Amy and can’t wait to see what you have for us.

  9. Sarah Turner (notquitemarthastewart) August 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    bet you had a fab time, so jealous as I would just love to go! Hope you got us some ace goodies to buy soon!

  10. cheremane smith August 7, 2010 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Amy Oooooo what a tease the new things look fab 🙂 glad you had a nice time but most of all glad you have found lots of new goodies for us can’t wait for them to come into stock..

  11. Deb August 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    What an exciting trip!
    Is Tim Holtz’s new Vagabond die-cutting machine coming to QVC?
    He has a video demo on his blog and it looks good. And his dies look great too. Any chance of another Tim TSV?

  12. Emma Wilson August 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic Amy…..soooo looking forward to seeing all the new yummy things you and the buyers have brought back for us Crafter’s. Would love your job, trying and testing, you are very lucky!!!
    Emma Wilson

  13. Nikki Brown August 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    WOW, lovely pics…. I am now on tenterhooks waiting for the new WRMK tool and of course need to know what the news is from Making Memories…..
    Glad you had a good time…..

  14. thomas August 10, 2010 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    fantastic to see you on this blog amy!! looks like you had a fab time in USA!!!! i just love the dcwv and tim holtz’s stuff!! put me down for 1 of everything!!! hope to see you on air again soon!!!!

  15. Oli August 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    love reading your blog, also love playing with your products whilst your on air. we definately need to see more of you doing your thing.xx

  16. kyle August 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    i just love watching your show. it is a highlight of my day and i always buy those amazing products x

  17. kyle August 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    wow, i really love reading your blog! i have sky+ all of your programmes for when i finish work! I really loved the time you were selling CD roms!

  18. Jenny Westworth August 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Looks like you had an amazing time Amy 😀 Looking forward to seeing you next on air…xxx

  19. mark August 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    you lucky girl!!! cant wait to see them fab products!!!

  20. julie August 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    you really do spoil us with all the new goodies, cant wait to see you show them on qvc.

  21. carol August 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    looking forward to seeing the new products. good on you for all your hard work

  22. Emma August 12, 2010 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Sounds like you have had an amazing time in chicago!So jealous you met Tim! Can’t wait to see all the new products on your show!

  23. Lewis August 12, 2010 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Hi, i always watch QVC and am looking foward to seeing all these products, they look great.
    i was trying to get tickets myself to go to craft show but i could not get the time off work,
    but thanks to this blog i havent missed a thing.

  24. Big Al August 12, 2010 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    I came across your blog accidentally and really enjoyed it. Think I may give crafting a try!

  25. Amy Shaw August 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Thank you all for your lovely comments!
    I really had a ball at CHA – I am so lucky to have this job.
    All the really hard work is happening now behind the scenes receving samples, putting kits together and getting them delivered into stock so that we can get them on air for you all to see as quick as possible! It is all so exciting!
    Keep your eyes peeled on upcoming shows and I promise I will blog again when they all start arriving – which won’t be long I’m sure!!
    Until then
    Take care

  26. Wendyk August 14, 2010 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Love the Ranger products especially Tim Holtz.. looking forward to seeing them on QVC…hope it’s soo. Wish I was there with you!

  27. Nicky Morrissey November 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    well done Amy x are you bringing out a dvd anytime soon?

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