Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Very Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Original Rubber Stamp Convention...

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.  


This Original Rubber Stamp Convention has long been a staple in the Los Angeles area, and I guess I took it for granted.  There weren't as many vendors there but it was good too see my old favorites there like Judikins and, of course, A Stamp in the Hand, of the infamous pears, who also happens to be the organizers of this convention.


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.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Sending Sunny Thoughts Every Monday for SCS Baker's Dozen Swap

I think creating so many cards for the SCS VSN kinda knocked the wind out of me, so I took a much needed breather from crafting.

In the meantime, I was thrilled to be able to join a new ongoing card swap called the Baker's Dozen on SCS in which we are partnered with another stamper and are to send each other handmade cards on every Monday for the next 13 weeks.

I honestly can't say that I stamp that often, so in addition to it being super fun to receive fun mail every week, this is definitely going to be quite a challenge especially my free time has decreased considerably. That means I'm definitely going to have to schedule down/me time for sure!

I was paired with Dawn Mercedes who happens to be the swap hostesses too! She sent me this very sunny cheery card. I absolutely love the way she used washi tape! I have very few rolls since this trend kicked off during my 4 year crafting hiatus.  You can see her blog post here and much better picture for this card she created:


I sent her my watercolored PSX Iris card as my first last week.

Today, the second Monday of our swap, I sent her this card that I watched as a demo at the Rubber Necker booth at the Rubber Stamp Convention that was held this weekend by A Stamp in The Hand. I absolutely fell in love with this flower stamp.  The high pigmented colors were from Color Bursts powders that was mixed in with water barrel brush. Then it was embossed to dry before the 2nd outline layer was stamped in clear embossing ink, and embossed with gold powder.  I too love that pencil drawn sketch frame around the flowers which is another stamp.

Since these were in a lovely bright orange, I thought to send this off to Dawn since orange is her favorite color.




I sure do miss learning all sorts of new stamping techniques when I attend stamp conventions.  I was short on time and cash, so hope to return again when they return in November later this year.

I'll share my Rubber Stamp Convention experience and buys in a separate post later this week.

Thanks for visiting!!


 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Heidi Swapp Chat Project Life Arrows "Smile Like You Just Won the Lotto!"

Yippee!! All 10 SCS VSN Challenges Completed! 

Even though I didn't scrap continuously over the course of the Virtual Stamp Night Event, I honestly am just breathless because today was a marathon to get the last two cards finished, photographed, edited, draft blog entry with all supply info, and uploaded to both gallery/blog!! I don't think I've ever made 10 different cards in a week, ever! I definitely need a breather after this event. 

However, I'm happy that I can now go into production the rest of this month by making multiples of many of my cards to build up stock to send to each of the monthly hostesses in the ongoing Ronald McDonald Card for a Cause donation.  Definitely less stressful when it's just mass production once card concept has already been completed.

So this is the very last challenge calling to use only the scraps from the event.  

Challenge Title: Go to your Happy Place (Include scraps resulting from previous VSN Challenge creations)
Hostess: JBgreendawn (Stacy)
Keyword: JUN15VSNJ



The little banners were perfect to use up all those solid cardstock scraps I had as a result of the last couple of cards, specifically:
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I truly believe in manifesting what you want out of life by just changing your outlook daily. 

Recently, I came across this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo which was trending on the New York Best Sellers List earlier this year.  Marie Kondo is a professional organizer in Japan and she advocates that the process of tidying up by keeping ONLY what brings you joy and to purge the rest is actually an incredible transformative catharsis in increasing happiness and satisfaction in one's everyday life.  




Yes, I started purging like a maniac after a life time of pack rat tendencies.  It truly was liberating to just be surrounded by what brings me absolute joy! Imagine getting dressed in a closet with only clothes you love NOW.  This process is what brought me back to my crafting supplies because I realized how much I appreciate and still find joy in about 99% of my supplies. The rest, I purged by selling or donating. 

So, the idea of smiling everyday like you've just won the lotto is how I feel when I choose to only surround myself with what brings me joy.  It's exhilarating and brings about so much clarity in life. It's a very healthy form of building and maintaining self esteem and helps to manifest only the joyful things in all aspects of my life.  

Recognizing joy, appreciating joy, and wanting more of that joy is my happy place.

Plus, I just freaking love Heidi Swapp! 

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I'm so happy that I participated in this Virtual Stamping Event because I really learned a lot.  Even though I unfortunately uploaded to the SCS gallery about 2 minutes too late, I'm still proud of myself for churning out 10 different cards within a week.  

It was the rule to complete the card within an hour that was most life changing.  
The one hour time limit really pushed me to
1) just make do and use what I have
2) not every card has to be a multi layered master piece
3) go for the finish instead of mulling over a million options, and
4) clean up after each card.  I've never made that many cards before in one week! 10 completed cards, wow!


During each of the 10 challenges, I was shopping out of the few things from my storage unit that I threw into boxes to use.  So it was a trip to use only what I had on me. No running out the door to buy the PERFECT item to compliment the idea stewing in my head.  Instead, JUST MAKE DO WITH WHAT I HAVE.  

While not everything I created was the multi layered masterpiece I would have preferred, it was certainly the frequent sensation of getting it done, multiple times, day after day that was new to me. Amazing! 

Additionally, I learned I take about an hour to photograph, edit, draft blog post with all supply identifications, and then upload to gallery/blog. So I need to take that time into consideration. 

Ha! I can't believe I'm going to share a picture of my current work space, which is part of the challenge.  This is my geeky BF's computer desk in the corner of the bedroom.  Things are toppling off the edges as I work so I have supplies on the floor and on another chair behind me. I pretty much have to clean up after each crafting session.  


I'm so grateful to all the hostesses for organizing the event! Thank you ladies! I had a blast!

Thanks for visiting!


  

"Smile Like You Just Won the Lotto" 
Paper
Bazzil CS & SU Smooth White CS
Stamps: Heidi Swapp Chat Project Life Arrows 

Ink:  SU Positively Pink; SU Lavendar Lace; SU Tempting Turquoise; SU YoYo Yellow
Accessories: Heidi Swapp Chat Project Life Arrow Die; Lifestyle Crafts/QK Tide EF
Size: 4.25 x 5.5"

Live, Love, Hula Imaginesce Penguin Hula

Almost at the finishing stretch of the SCS Virtual Stamp Event Challenges.  This is my 9th card submission to the event!

Challenge Title: Happy Dance
Hostess: Brenda (aka tessaduck)
Keyword: JUN15VSNA



Again, using up scraps.  Tried to make this a little fun for me by fringe cutting into the stamped green hula grass skirt (Glorious Green ink onto the Green Galore cardstock).

Yup, I used the MojoMonday #402 card sketch again. This sketch just really appeals to me!



  • The Green Galore you will see a lot of because I have tons of those already pre-cut at 4.25 x 5.5" for a SU Demo project in my previous life.  
  • I'm happy I finally got to whip out the new Lifestyle Crafts / QK Tide Embossing Folders I bought on clearance with a coupon recently at Joann's. 
  • The floral pp is left over from this birthday card I made for my 2 year old niece, who's now 6. 
  • I don't even know where I pulled out the double sided May Arts ribbon from.  But you can clearly see how it's still wrinkled from being recently untied to use on this card. 
Ok, 2 hours left to clean up, start on the last card for the VSN Challenges event, photograph, edit, and upload to blog and SCS.  It takes me about an hour just to do the photographing/upload/blog write up! So I need to get to it! 

Thanks for visiting!


 

"Live, Love, Hula" 
Paper
BG Lollipop PP, Bazzil CS & SU Smooth White CS
Stamps: Imaginisce Penguin Hula; Sentiment Computer Font is Minstral

Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; SU Glorious Green; SU Pink Passion; Copics Y38 & R85
Embellishments: May Arts Ribbon 
Accessories: Spellbinders Circle Nesting Dies; Lifestyle Crafts/QK Tide EF
Size: 4.25 x 5.5"
 

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