Stampaway USA 2013

Stampaway USA is ranked the #1 stamping convention in the US, and I feel very fortunate to live so close to Sharonville where it is held.  Folks come from all over the US and even as far away as Australia to attend.  The week starts with classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Saturday being the big shopping event at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Vendors include some of the largest names in the crafting industry down to a small, locally owned stamping shop.

Judy and I took 3 classes on Friday and learned some interesting techniques with parchment, aka vellum, which is very intricate and beautiful.  We learned the basic patterns and how to add color on the back of the vellum for a soft effect.  Click on the pictures to enlarge to see the really beautiful lacy patterns.

Teacher's sample from parchment (vellum) class

Teacher’s sample from parchment (vellum) class

Teacher's beautiful Cross card sample in parchment class

Teacher’s beautiful Cross card sample in parchment class

Teacher's sample of parchment bookmark - mine is only half way finished :)

Teacher’s sample of parchment bookmark – mine is only half way finished 🙂

We also took a class utilizing decortative paper napkins with mica powder watercolors (I want!!), shimmer mist, and other embellishments to make interesting card tops shown below.

Elegant Style with Glitz class samples

Elegant Style with Glitz class samples

The other class was taught by Shari Carroll who has designed stamps for Hero Arts and most recently works for Simon Says Stamp.  She has some great tutorials on YouTube and my favorite technique she taught us was ghost stamping.  Here is an example of the ghosting technique:

ghosting technique sample

ghosting technique sample

Saturday we shopped til we dropped and bought stamps and supplies from companies whose items are not carried locally.  I bought a beautifully detailed poinsettia stamp from Northwoods, and I hope I can do it justice on my Christmas cards this year.  I’ve got my work cut out for me!  Next year’s event is on August 8 and 9 – mark your calendars!!

Shopping at the Convention - The Paper Cut booth

Shopping at the Convention – The Paper Cut booth

Shopping at Stamps by Judith & Heather booth

Shopping at Stamps by Judith & Heather booth

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