A funny thing happened on the way to the Original Rubber Stamp Convention that's held 3 times a year in Los Angeles area.
When I inquired if the Stamp Convention had additional exhibitors in additional hallways like it used to be, the organizer cocked her head and patted my arm. "Oh, honey, we've only been in just this one area for the past 8-9 years now."
Yes, I can't say I remember attending since about 2002?
Boy things sure have changed! It wasn't as jam packed crowded across several of the convention halls anymore. I walked in very easily with no wait in any lines. Had clear views of all and any of the stamped sample cards on display. There were no crowds near any of the stamper celebrities, with the exception of Tim Holtz.
The Stampers Anonymous booth was way in the back and that was my last stop. I was such a good girl until this booth. I caved and purchased his infamous Crazy Birds and all of it's accessories. Eek!
I saw all these gorgeous cards using the accessories so I gave into a weak moment.
Then I went back to the Rubber Necker booth because I liked so many of their sentiment stamps. They were so humorous, but decided to forgo them because I was watching a demo on their watercolor style layered poppy flower stamps using Color Bursts pigmented powders. I splurged on just ONE more set and got this poppy set after I put back all the sentiments I had picked out. I'll be back in November at the next Convention when my budget will allow another purchase.
A Stamp in the Hand will always be dear to my heart because I remember the exact moment I saw and fell in love with their pear stamps and their celebrity stamper, Joyce Hazen. Imagine how thrilled I was to see her still representing the company. I learned sooooo much from her back in 2000 as an early SU Demo, stippling, using markers to transfer the ink, blending, collage stamping, and I can't even remember what else. Here she was this past Saturday demonstrating their new Black Bird stamps on various cards and ATC's.
After that, it was high time to get out of there. It's not what it used to be, the vibe, the buzz, the hundreds of stampers, but I had a really great time getting reacquainted with this local community of crafters. I also really am grateful that I took a day off from life and had a little bit of long overdue me time for some fun.
I'm looking forward to playing with my new goodies this coming weekend.