Ok, I think I have remembered all the stamps that I got. RubberNecker Stamps had this cute cat stamp and a sentiment that says, Have a Purrfectly Wonderful Christmas. Of course I couldn't resist it because I LOVE cats and thought it would be a cool stamp for Christmas cards and cat lovers! :)
Now that I have learned so much from the Expo and seeing so many cool stamps, I am completely more addicted to stamps than I ever thought I could be! :)
This stamps are from the Memories and Beyond Store--that's another store that has beautiful papers and some stamps from all kinds of companies. I think I am getting into some of the artsy ones, now that I am learning better techniques for coloring. I'd like to start owning some Copic markers, but I am hesitating on taking that first step for some reason. I'll like the artsy stamps more if I had those markers, since they blend well!
PricklyPears was one of the other companies too that I saw at the Expo. I have some customers who are looking for items for Hanukkah, so I've been collecting a small stash of items for people who are of the Jewish faith! Star of David and the Menorah are the 2 I got from there!
July 13, 2010 Wow, again it's been months since I updated.
I went to the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Tinley Park this weekend. I have never been to that expo before and I checked out the exhibitors online to see what I would see. The show and what they had there was way better in real life. It was unbelievable how many stamps out there that were so neat.
There was one booth that had these stamps that were like a double image, so then when you folded them it would turn into a 3D image of a shirt, dog, other animals and other types of clothes.
Another booth had some Cuttlebug and Sizzix items, and lots of Nestabilities items too. Creative Memories and Close to My Heart were there too.
There were so many stamps for every occasion and so many different fonts, designs, and images I was just in awe. There were artsy type stamps, funky shapes, cute flowers, lots of cute baby and kid stamps. I also saw LOTS of Halloween and Christmas and other holiday items there too. If I had a million dollars to spend I am sure I could have easily spent that much money there! There was also a booth with just about every ink pad with a reinker in every color imaginable.
There were three memorable booths there. One was Bugawumps. They have a lot of bug and insect stamps-very cute and unusual. Funky sentiments too. They have a website and a blog. Website: www.bugawumps.com Blog: http://Bugawumps.blogspot.com I purchased a dog stamp there and a goofy looking dude cooking on the grill. They also had the coolest chalk but not chalk that you could use to color in images. It was softer than chalk but easier to apply and you could blend in with lots of colors. I also learned a little bit about how to do shadowing and shading with colors and so that the images look like the light is reflecting.
Another HUGE booth was Rubbernecker stamps. They had LOTS of selection in all holidays, kids stamps, adult stamps and artsy ones. Very, very nice place. Hard to make a decision of which ones I wanted. I brought home one of a little girl in a strawberry dress, and of a cat tangled in Christmas lights. Super cute. I've made a card with the strawberry girl.
Probably the most memorable and awesome booth was Sweet Stamps. (www.sweetstamps.com_)
The owners were super friendly and taught me a few things too. She had (as all of the exhibitors) had samples of cards they've made using a variety of stamps. Many of her cards looked like she was using lace to embellish her cards with. I mean I've seen some talent at the expo, on 2 peas and on Etsy, but I've never seen this kind of talent. If you go to the website, you'll see what I mean. She demonstrated how to do the parchment crafting and it's really not that hard. I picked up a kit to use and I've decided I wanted to learn this technique. I can make cards with lots of variety, but I need more techniques too.
I loved the stamps there too. I had such a hard time deciding what I wanted to buy-again I could probably have bought one of everything in there. They were super, super nice and friendly. Her booth was the first I saw and it was beautiful too. She was super organized, and it was really easy to figure out her layout. You could really find everything you needed. They had some inkpads in lots of colors too--I think I'll be ordering online from them soon! :)
Without further ado, here are some pictures of the stuff I got, as requested by some friends on ScrapCentral! :)
The pictures aren't the best quality, but this was also my first attempt at taking a picture of something so tiny! I am enjoying this new found craft of mine. I am interested in making some miniatures eventually, but for now I need more practice. I've made a few flowers too but not anything quite ready to show yet. I also found that Elmer's Glue works better. The tacky glue I was using was, well, um, too tacky. You can kind of see it in the pics but those are practice and not going on anything for Etsy. The card has some quilled leaves on but those were made with bigger strips of paper and it was easier to not make a big mess! :)
It's been a long time since I updated. Ha, and I thought I would do better updating. Oh well. Hubby has been to the dr after his most recent MRI and we got some good news so far. His tumor has shrunk 25% but he still needs chemo. We were both scared of what he was going to say but at least that's good news that's it's responding! I know he has a long way to go, but we're hoping he stays on this path! He's eating better too now and I guess his taste has come back too.
Anyway, I am still running my shop on Etsy. I've been thinking of new things to make and I suddenly have bitten by the quilling bug. Quilling is an ancient form of making shapes using rolled strips of paper. So far, I've learned some basic techniques and have been trying some more complicated shapes.
I took some pictures of the things I've been working on. The Happy Birthday card I made has a flower on it that was made by sarascrapping.etsy.com. She is a GREAT seller with a lot of talent!
I took a trip to visit my mom and stepdad about 6 years ago. I had lots of memorabilia from that trip and decided to make a scrapbook. I enjoyed making those first pages, and since then my style has changed so much. I never knew how much joy I get out of making things out of paper. It also is very relaxing for me when I am under stress.
I found the Etsy site through another website I frequent that is for scrapbookers.
I decided that, in addition to making my own albums, and gifts for friends and families that I could make some money doing it too, and that's how www.paperika.etsy.com was born!