Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival

My friend Sue and I made one of our twice-annual pilgrimages to rubber stamp and paper heaven yesterday, attending an Heirloom Productions festival in York, Pennsylvania.
We've been to York before, but somehow both forgot just how long it takes to drive out there. It took us a full three hours to get there, and two-and-a-half to get home. Add to that four hours of fabulous crafty shopping at 27 vendors, and we put in quite a day!

It helped a little that I do not use unmounted stamps, and that I don't have a die cut machine.  That meant that there were whole sections of the booths that didn't really apply to me. 

I went in figuring that I wouldn't buy too many wood-mounted rubber stamps, since I have several here at home that I haven't even used yet.  Silly me; I left the show with 12 new ones.  Argh!
(Someone please tell me why I keep buying Halloween stamps!  I don't even like that holiday very much, and it's not like we are all sending Halloween cards to each other.  Probably the most impractical thing in the world, but I get swept up in the moment!)

I also found some great papers for card- and tag-making, including two beautiful paper pads from 7Gypsies:
My favorite booth was Invoke Arts.  They had a lot of Tim Holtz products, and stamps, ephemera, and other supplies that suited my style better than most of the vendors. 
I picked up what they call "journaling tickets" and "adage tickets," which I just couldn't resist.
Besides the fantastic shopping opportunities, we enjoyed watching attendees doing the Make 'n Takes, and the vendors demonstrating their products and designs.
At the end of the day, Sue and I remembered to pose with our loot:
I think we both came home energized and full of new ideas for our creative projects!

Here's hoping you enjoyed a happily crafty weekend!


Anne said...

Ooh...wish I could've gone. I still remember how much fun we had at that card stamping class several years ago. My favorites from your new stash are the waltzers, the girl on the swing and the one in profile next to her. And the map papers. Glad you had fun!

Carin Winkelman said...

Fun fun fun! Those papers are gorgeous. When it comes to stamps I usually stick to patterns and alphabets or images that I know I will use as decorative elements (instead of focal images), like little butterflies or flowers or just shapes. Me and my sister will be attending an art supply fair in november that we go to every year. I so look forward to it and reading your post makes me want to go even more! ;-)

Janet said...

Wow! You got some great goodies. I love that postcard stamp. I've been looking for one of those. Also really like the little journaling tickets. You're going to have some fun now.

PS - I'm not that in to Halloween either but some people love it.

Andria said...

I wish you could have been there, too, Mom...I know you would have left with plenty of rubber stamps you don't need either! :-) I loved that card-making class, too. I wish that store was still open!

Caatje, your choice of stamps would be the wise choice, but I always get taken in by the cute stamp pictures! Have fun at the supply fair with your sister; should be a great time.

Janet, I've never seen a postcard stamp like this before, so I grabbed it up. I'm not sure how I will use the journaling tickets, but I'm sure I'll come up with something! :-) said...

Oh my... So much fun!! :)
Thank you for sharing the excitement!
Looks like you got some great loot & took home some inspiration, love it <3
Can not wait to see what you create in the near future.

Crafty Moira said...

OMG I've never been to an art supply fair and I know it would be DANGEROUS!

Andria said...

April, so many times I buy all these new rubber stamps, and then don't touch 'em. I really want to make sure I do something with all this fun new stuff!

Moira, it truly IS dangerous! :-)

Parabolic Muse said...

Okay Andria, this looks like so much fun!! I like those stamps you picked up. I love Halloween so I have lots of stickers and die cuts but not
Many Halloween stamps. My stamps are more decorative than specific but I love stamps!! It just looks like fun doing all that browsing. And unmounted stamps are really cool because you can get so many that are related in one sheet and them just cut them. I do need to start mounting them on foam though...