Crafting on the go!

Hi friends! Last year after I got back from the Heirloom stamp show I completely unpacked my travel art bag. So many things had been accumulated over the years and some stuff I never used. I always stick duplicates in that bag or things I wanted to use up but it was time for a thorough clean out and that’s what I did.

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That bag set empty on my shelf until yesterday when I went to pack up stuff to bring this year. I told my friends that I would bring coloring tools to share with everyone so that’s why my marker selection is a bit excessive but I hope this helps you decide what you might want to bring on a craft retreat. Also, I totally forgot to open the flat skinny pocket on the front where I keep my portable paper trimmer and I added a roll of double-sided tape after I stopped filming. If you noticed I forgot an important item be sure to let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Stuff in my Bag (Affiliate links used)

OK, what did I forget? Let me know in the comments below! If you are going to the Heirloom Stamp Show this weekend please say “Hi” if you see me! The BEST thing about crafting conventions is the wonderful people you meet! I am so looking forward to this trip. Now I have to pack my non-crafty stuff LOL! I have my priorities. 🙂 Happy crafting!

Coffee ATCs & Stamp Show Ticket Giveaway!

Edit: the 6 tickets have been awarded for the Heirloom Stamp Show, thanks for playing! Discount presale tickets are still available if you are going and want to save a few bucks. I hope to see you there!

Hi friends! I am delighted again this year to be able to give away tickets to the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show & Paper Arts Festival happening in West Springfield MA May 31-June 1st. My only requirement is that I want to give the tickets to people who will use them so the first 6 people to leave a comment saying “I am definitely going to the Heirloom Show in MA and would love a ticket!” will get one.  So if you are going and want a tick comment now before reading the rest of the post so you don’t miss out! If you do want to go but missed the giveaway you can still preorder tickets at a discounted rate or sign up for classes on the Heirloom Productions website through May 28th. I’m not teaching this year, I am going to play and shop! I hope to see you there! Stamp shows are so much fun! I always meet good people and see interesting products that you don’t see in stores or online. I love the demos and being around energetic, creative people! Every year the folks at Heirloom have an Artist Trading Card contest and I always submit one. This year I made extra to trade! The theme is coffee:

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These were a lot of fun to make! I’m a coffee drinker (I bet you couldn’t tell!) and I have collected quite a few coffee themed rubber stamps over the years! Many were too big for ATCs which must be 2 1/2″x3 1/2″ but that demure size had me stretch my creativity and it was fun! Watch the video to see how I made these and if you go to the Heirloom show and make ATCs find me so we can trade!

Supplies:
Stamps *If ordering from one of these awesome small companies please let them know where you heard about their products! Thanks:)

Other Supplies (affiliate links used)

Remember, the first 6 people to comment telling me that they are going to the show and want tickets will get them. After that, you can purchase advance discount tickets on the Heirloom Productions website through the 28th OR pay admission at the door (it’s cheaper to buy tickets ahead of time.) I am doing it this way instead of a random draw so that I can get the winners names to Heirloom soon and people won’t have to wait around for a name to be drawn and miss out ordering online. I hope that all makes sense LOL! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Heirloom Class Update!

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Hi friends! I can’t believe in a couple short weeks it will be time for the Heirloom Productions West Springfield Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival! I just LOVE this stamp show! It is great to see demos from the wonderful vendors and learn about new products and see older supplies used in innovative new ways. If you get a chance I hope you can go, it is one of the few big stamp shows left in the country. I hope younger people check out these shows as well, it is so much richer of an experience than shopping online. In most cases you actually meet the people who make your stamps! I met my friend Linda (owner of Lost Cost Designs and Carmens Veranda – I used her stamps on the artwork featured below) and through her I have been able to teach workshops at the show. I have two workshops this year, one is sold out and there are still a couple of spots left in the other.

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Details on the classes:

The Beginner class with the butterfly mixed media painting is sold out BUT if someone cancels you can get a spot. Call Heirloom Productions between 10am-5pm Pacific Time at 541-574-8000 to be placed on a waitlist, first come first served.

The Intermediate Class with the tulip still has a couple of openings as of 8am, click here to register or to learn more about the class, if it fills up before you get there then you can call the number above to be wait listed. At this early of a date there is a good chance you will get in. If you have been painting along with me for a while or taken my Craftsy class you will be all set to take this intermediate class.

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I would also love to do a meet-up at the heirloom show if there is any interest, let’s say at 4:45 Saturday at the Lost Coast Designs Booth, maybe we could all grab dinner together or something? I love seeing my crafty internet friends in person!

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If you can’t make it to the Heirloom Show but you still would like to take a class with me I am still offering ALL of my lovely friends 50% off my Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step class at Craftsy. The class retails for $29.99 and it is $14.99 for my friends using this link. Hey, it is probably better than a live class because you can pause or mute me whenever you like!

I hope to see you in a class in person or online soon! Til next time happy crafting!

 

W. Springfield Classes are Now Open for Registration!

Hi friends! I just got word that the classes I am teaching at the Heirloom Productions stamp & Paper Arts Convention in June in West Springfield MA at the “Big E” are open for registration! Classes will be on June 3rd, a day before the show opens so you don’t have to miss any shopping time if you want to attend one or both classes!

Here are this year’s classes I am teaching at Heirloom sponsored by Lost Coast Designs.

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Mixed Media Layer By Layer 101 dives into fun mixed media techniques you can use on your cards, scrapbooks and art journals.

Time & Date: 12:30-2:30pm June 3rd 2016

You will learn:

  • Stenciling
  • Found object stamping
  • Watercolor background techniques
  • Highlighting
  • Collage
  • Flicking and spattering

You will use (Supplies provided by instructor for use in the class)

  • Watercolor powders
  • Inktense blocks
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Stencils
  • Matte medium
  • Ephemera
  • Household objects
  • Painting boards (art surface)
  • Black and white pens

Supplies are provided but you are more than welcome to bring your supplies if you want help learning how to use them.

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More Mixed Media Layer by Layer!

Time & Date: 3-5pm June 3rd 2016

Want to make a day of it? Take both classes and really dig into mixed media. This class will be a bit faster paced and go into more advanced design and techniques. This class would also be suitable for crafters familiar with mixed media techniques who prefer to work at a brisk pace.

You will learn

  • Gesso resist background
  • Gesso rubber stamping for texture
  • Coloring and layering with Inktense and watercolor crayons
  • Watercolor powder backgrounds
  • Inktense backgrounds
  • Doodling/tangeling Pen techniques
  • Stenciling to guide your eye through your design
  • Selective stamping (stamp in the hand technique)

You will use (Supplies provided by instructor for use in the class)

  • Watercolor crayons
  • Inktense blocks
  • Watercolor powders
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Stencils
  • Matte medium
  • Painting boards (art surface)
  • White gel pen
  • Rubber stamps

I hope to see you in West Springfield in June, either in one of my classes or on the show floor at the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show, it is such a fun weekend and I have been going for years! Bes sure to say “howdy” if you see me! Please don’t wait if you want to take the class though, the classes filled in May last year and I want my blog readers to get first dibbs:) Feel free to invite your friends to the show too! I love stamp conventions and I want them to thrive and if you have never been I urge you to attend, they are so much fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Show Ticket Winners and a Card Tutorial!

Howdy friends! First, let me announce the 8 lucky folks who won tickets to the Heirloom Productions stamp show in W. Springfield Mass for next weekend: Lynne, Debby Graham, Ginny Maxam, Maureen Robertson, Chris Baxevanis, Richard, Amalia Montano and Marie Mordeszewski!!! Yay! I hope to meet you all at the show! No worries if you did not win, you can still purchase discounted tickets online until the 3rd for $6 or at the door for $8. I can’t wait to go! Winners, I have sent your names and emails to Heirloom Productions and they will email your personalized tickets within a day or two.  Since we are all about the stamping today I thought I’d show you how to make one of my famous “Headin’ out the door on the way to a birthday party” cards:

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This card was made for a friend of my daughters right before we left for the party. Watch how quick and easy it is as I make the card in real time in under 20 minutes coloring included!

The stamps are from Penny Black and the paper is from Fancy Pants. I just realized I got the cardstock and patterned paper both on sale for cheap at the Heirloom show last year, cool huh? If you want to buy one of the bow making jigs my husband makes you can here.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick card project and try a quick and simple card yourself sometime, remember this is supposed to be fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I have tickets to giveaway & a coupon code! Life is good!

Hi friends! I am absolutely giddy, the folks at Heirloom Productions have given me some tickets to give away for the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp show in W. Springfield Massachusetts! I want to make sure the tickets go to folks who want them and live close enough to attend so if you want to win just leave a comment saying if I win tickets I will go! Also, because I am nosy, tell me what you want to see most at the show, a vendor, demos, your favorite crafter perhaps…just kidding! 😀 If you are not sure what to expect check out the Heirloom Productions website where they have a full list of vendors and classes that will be at the show. I will pick winners Sunday and post the winners names on my blog. You will receive your tickets via email. One of my favorite vendors that will be at the show is Lost Coast Designs, I bought my first stamps from them 3 years ago and have been a die hard fan ever since. Because I know everyone cannot get to the show I have a coupon to share with you if you buy more than 6 items, you get 20% off and free shipping! The prices at Lost Coast Designs are very reasonable so that is a really good deal! Use this code when shopping: RSCVC and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay sent you!

***how to use the coupon code: Use the Shopping Cart as usual and put “RSCVC” in the comments area to get your special pricing. If you use a credit card, she will calculate the discount before running your card; if you use PayPal, she will refund the discount back to your account.

Speaking of Lost Coast Designs, here is a fun card I made today with their Wizard of Oz stamps, watch the tutorial to see how!

The card was literally made from scraps near my paper cutter, don’t you love it when projects work out that way. I had just enough poppy paper left over from yesterdays project to use on this card. I only own 4 sets of label dies but they get quite a work out, I love cutting a label layer out of the center of a piece of card stock that is hidden because I can stretch that perfect color paper scrap and save weight on the card for mailing. It is two ways to save money! How about mixing and matching your markers? I recommend newbies to try out different brands in different colors so you can see what markers you prefer, they all work well together as long as they are the same type (alcohol or water-based) and they blend well together too. Why commit to one brand of markers when you are not sure it is the best for you? I love scrap cards, I always feel so good making something with leftovers, it’s like a free project, don’t you think? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What I Bought at the Stamp Show!

Howdy folks, here is what I bought at the stamp show:

Happy crafting!

The Last Demos from the Heirloom Stamp Show and Paper Arts Festival!

Wow, what a weekend! I had such a blast at the Heirloom Stamp Show in West Springfield MA this weekend! A few people actually came up to me to say “hello” because the recognized me from my blog, I felt like a celebrity! Now I know how Martha Stewart must feel, yeah right! 😛 I was so surprised at how tired I was today though, I uploaded the final videos, made a trip to the grocery store and unpacked my bags and that was my day in a nutshell. I didn’t put anything away though, it is all sitting on my craft table because you know I’m gonna show you what I bought…just not tonight, I’m too droopy and poopish for that! So without further ado here are the final demos!

Let’s start off with Stacey from Sweet Stamps who is going to share a different glitter sheet stamping technique (I think I like this better than the permanent marker technique!):

One of the booths I liked the most was Rubbernecker Stamps, I shopped it both days actually and the ladies doing the demos were so sweet, here is Julia with a very easy shading technique and a DIY inkpad idea:

Ann from Rubbernecker showed us how easy it is to get a watercolor look with their watercolor flower stamps:

Here is a super fun technique from Pat, the Technique Junkie herself, of Technique Junkies Newsletter, using Goosebumps spray mist. I love how she encourages us to use what we have!

Mary Beth from QKR Stampede shows us an easy way to use metal leafing, I have leafing that I never got the hang of so I can’t wait to try this, really cute stamps at her booth too (I came home with a couple!)

Stamp On It! had some beautiful samples of Peel Off Stickers that were embossed, it looks really complicated but it is easy, check it out!

And that wraps up the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show & Paper Arts Festival coverage from me! I hope you enjoyed these reports as much as I enjoyed bringing them to you. I highly recommend visiting a stamp convention if you can because it is so fun and inspiring. Also big thanks to all of the vendors that graciously let me film their demos and to Heirloom Productions for allowing me to cover the event. Thanks for visiting the stamp show with me and til next time happy crafting!

Highlights from day 1 at the Heirloom Stamp Show & Paper Arts Festival!

Howdy folks! I had a ball at the Heirloom Productions show in West Springfield yesterday and today I am going back for more. They are open from 11-4 at the Eastern States Expo if you want to come down and see what all the fuss is about yourself (although it might be hard to see it all in 5 hours-I did not get to everyone yesterday so I am glad to have another chance today!) The best part about going to a stamp show is seeing the new products available from stamp companies and meeting the fabulous demonstrators, in most cases the owners and designers themselves! Check out this fun demo from Judikins:

Here is one of my favorite stamp companies, Lost Coast Designs, and their rubber offerings, I went to their booth first for best selection!

Local King Rubber Stamps was new to me last year so I made sure they were one of my first stops yesterday (I have to hit my favorites before I run out of cash LOL!)

I have used the rip ‘n flip envelope templates from Green Sneakers for years (making envelopes is a great way to use up those leftover papers from a  stack) here Nick demonstrates his interactive card templates and then I bought some!

I also wanted to be sure to film the demonstrator, Melinda, at the Impression Obsession booth, she is so funny and sweet and the way she uses the backgrounds is fabulous.

I also wanted to share the fun designs at Too Much Fun rubber stamps. They will be at a show in NY next weekend and you can find the details on that here.

Stampland has some creative stamps too, their website is under construction right now but you should be able to order from them soon or find them at a stamp show.

So how did I do bringing the stamp show to you? I will post more from the show tomorrow including my personal haul (keep in mind I have been saving since last year!) but for now I need to get ready to go back! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy Crafting!

Blogging on the run from the Heirloom Stamp Show!

Howdy folks! I am at the Heirloom Stamp Show and Paper Arts Festival in W. Springfield Mass this weekend! I got permission to cover the event so stay tuned for lot (I hope) of fun quick demos from the event.  This is a great girlfriends getaway, I drove down with 2 friends and we stayed up last night and made artist trading cards for the ATC contest at the event. Here is Sarah’s:

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Here are mine:

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The theme is Sending You Sunshine so of course we are submitting the sunnier ones;) I got a couple of quick videos from the make and take last night (I’ll save you from watching the 3 minutes of uncontrollable laughter that Kathy shot of me driving) so here I am being all professional…yeah right.

This project was made at the Endless Creations booth:

I’ll be back later tonight with more video (hopefully) and if you happen to be at the stamp show say “howdy” Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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