Monday, August 10, 2009

First trip to the Sharonville, Ohio stamp convention

What a wonderful weekend. Who knew there could be so much stuff, in one location, just for rubber stampers (and acrylic too!) I found some great new stamp companies that I'd like to invest in as well as my favorite, Northwoods.

If you have not used a Northwoods stamps, you don't know what you are missing. Their images are beautiful and their sample boards and galleries are top notch. I really like this company as they are the friendliest, most generous people you will ever meet. If you can, take a look at their website at: . They currently do not have an online store, but that will be up and running in the next month or so, so be sure to check back. I spent most of my convention budget with them and it was so worth it.

A stamp company that I'd not heard of was Inky Antics They have some really darling, as well as humorous stamps. You can find something for any occasion with Inky Antics.

I also loved the stamp sets from Starving Artistamps
If I had more money budgeted they had a funny Witch Trio stamp set that I loved.

Judikins was another booth that was a must see and a class I was able to attend. Their embossing work is amazing on the sample boards they had and in the classes they taught. I sat in a class taught by Judy Wantanabe and she demoed Mica Glaze, Diamond Glaze, braying techniques, and embossing techniques. Oh what fun I could have if I had all the craft money in the world! Judikins website is Judy has some tutorial videos under the projects tab.

This was definitely the place to be to find all the stuff that I see in magazines but never can find at my LCS. I've never seen so many different colors of embossing powders, alcohol inks, micro beads, flock, flower soft etc. I was even lucky enough to pick up my first Copic markers to play with, and I was able to fill in some of my missing Tombow water color markers.

I can't wait until next year!

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