Monday, April 6, 2009

Another Stamp Show...Yippee!

I hope everyone has had a good few days. I certainly did! My enabler friend and I paddled off to another stamp show. Here in Philadelphia, we were fortunate to have 2 Shows 2 weeks in a row. Hum...bad for the pocketbook but good for the economy. I broke my rule of purchasing only supplies. As we walked up and down the aisles, my mantra became "Frugal, Frivolous or Foolish." I tried to purchase things that I can't get elsewhere and things that I wished that I would have purchased the previous week. I got more Dove Blending Supplies and 2 more Flower Soft Colors. The Dove Blending fluid is only available around here on the Internet. The Flower Soft is the same so now I have my colors for the Holidays. Rationalization, Rationalization, Rationalization! :o)

I did purchase a few supplies and products that I will be reviewing in the near future. My biggest expense was at the Outlines Rubber Stamp Company. Take a look at their store. There stamps are so unique. I normally don't do a great deal of work with bling, but these cards and stamps are magnificent. The subject matter ranges from images for most Holidays to Birthdays to Just Because. I went back to the booth 3 times!!! Not only do they have stamps, but they also carry jewelery making supplies with crystals, ornament toppers and these handing snowflakes made from the stamps. Very difficult to even describe.

Here is my first attempt with just 2 of the stamps I purchased.

I must have taken at least a dozen pictures of this card and no matter what I did the glimmer doesn't show well. If you click on the picture and enlarge it the glimmer does show. The background mat is one stamp. It is painted with Yasmutomo Watercolor paints and then each line is highlighted with a gel glitter pen. The smaller stamp is done with CTMH Spring Iris ink and then highlighted with the glitter pen. All of the papers are CTMH. When you check out their store, you will understand why I did the card with so much bling. It was not a difficult card to make but it was time consuming.

How do I rank these as per my system....definitely Frugal. The stamps are well made and very easy to use. Outlines also had grab bags of unmounted stamps for $6. That is where I did the damage. The site also has similar bags for sale. In the days to come, I will share more of my efforts to stimulate the Pennsylvania economy. For Now, Happy Crafting!


Shirley said...

I wonder if you know Teresa at Tilting At Windmills.
She went to the same convention I bet and bought at the same booth! I love your card and your Follow Me. That's one of my favorite stamps and you really did it justice too!
By the way, Outlines also sells online and you can buy the stamp with cling, which is cheaper.

Have a great week Cindy

Becky said...

This is beautiful. love the colors.

Debsg said...

Gorgeous colours. Love those papers.