One of my favorite crafty weekends of the year – Stampaway USA. Folks from all around the world – yes, around the WORLD – attend classes all week long and then shop at the big show on Saturday. It started for Judy and me with three card classes on Friday in Sharonville. The first class taught Stampscapes for Men. These cards are made with a variety of landscape rubber stamps and a variety of inks and inking techniques. Wow, are these ever strikingly beautiful.
Stampscapes Card #1 – Class taught by Janet Winkle – Stampaway USA 2014
Stampscapes Card #2 – Stampaway USA 2014
Stampscapes Card #3 – Stampaway USA 2013
Next we took a class by Inky Antics and learned different various weaving and folding techniques, like these giraffe and mouse mitten cards. Fun!
Inky Antics Woven Card – Stampaway USA 2014
Iris Folded Christmas Card – Stampaway USA 2014
In the third class we made cards with lots of creative folding and some with working mechanisms. I still have to finish up a few of them because we ran out of time; hopefully I will get to do that this week sometime.
The Stamp Doctor’s Booth – Stampaway USA 2014
Stamps by Judith & Heather’s Booth – Stampaway USA 2014
Saturday was the big vendor exhibit and sale at the Sharonville Convention Center. Judy was happy with some new stamps and her favorite Wink of Stella glitter pens in various colors. I know she will enjoy adding some glittery accents to her pretty cards. I bought some stamps and papers and can’t wait to get to play with all of them. One set is called the Art Impressions Watercolor stamp set and features a Tuscan village on a hillside. I have played with it just a little and hope to get the technique perfected in a week or two. Here is a first attempt. Thanks for stopping by!
Art Impressions Tuscan Village stamp set – 1st attempt
Happy Easter! Today started out to be a bit damp and dreary but really turned into a lovely day with beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Here is an Easter card I made with my Honeypop set by Inky Antics. The images were colored with regular colored pencils and blended with gamsol and a paper stump. I really like this technique but sometimes it is tiring for my fingers and hands. I love the retro feeling of the honeycomb paper and the 3-D egg adds a nice surprise to the card.
Easter Honeypop Card
Center of the Honeypop Easter card
Looking down from the top of the card into the center to get the 3-D effect of the honeycomb paper
I hope you had a terrific day and were able to spend it with those you love and enjoy being with like I did. This week I will be getting ready for a girlfriends’ weekend at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do, a bed and breakfast spa retreat that focuses on crafting! I am so looking forward to it and have so much to organize in my head and in my rolling craft bag. I can’t wait to start packing.