For years I’ve crafted alone at home or took an occasional card class at Impress Rubber Stamps with a friend or my sister-in-law, Anne. It wasn’t until late July that I ever worked on cards with other people. The few friends I had who enjoyed paper-crafting lived an hour or several hours away from me, so my growing hobby was a lonely one. Not anymore, though! Last May 2009, I discovered there was a whole world of rubber-stamp and paper-crafts expos that traveled all over the nation. I had no idea that such an expo existed, and I was disappointed when I learned that I had just missed out on the Heirloom Festival by a week.
Since missing the Heirloom show last year, I made up for it by attending two expos: the Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo August 1, ’09 in Puyallup and the CK Convention at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue November 6-7, ’09.
So, here is a video I made for my blog in order to give you a synopsis of my day. There were many more booths, demonstrations and “make & takes” than my video shows. I didn’t want to be too obvious with my little camcorder, so I just recorded a few things and I apologize for the amateur, shaky video but I’m new to video-making. My friends Lori H. and Sandra W. joined me for part of the day so I wasn’t solo the whole time. It was fun to see my friends Christine David, Alicia Bard with Close to My Heart (CTMH), Johnny Sprada, and I enjoyed seeing Paula Best’s art, and meeting: Lisa Lee with Inchie Arts, local Kim L. Merboth with Stampin’ in the Rain, local artist Nami Nakamura with DeNami Design Rubber Stamps, and another local talent & author: Shirley Rainman with Make an Impression.
This video took ALL night to get uploaded to YouTube, and if it looks murky and fuzzy, please check again later because it’s still processing as I type this at 10:00 pm.
Between making cards, greeting friends, shooting video and eating lunch, I found time to explore and shop! Here are the goodies I just had to have – lots of cling rubber stamps, Spellbinders Nestabilities, metallic stickers, and I finally bought the Punch-Ins books I had been considering for a year. I also bought two of the “Best” stacked storage units for housing my 12″ x 12″ paper! I bought the floor model from the vendor and saved a lot of money. All in all, it was a really fun and sunny day – one of the best days I’ve had this year.