So I went to the stamp convention Sunday in Carson.
According to my friends, this used to be much bigger, but it still seemed like a lot of vendors to me.
I ended up buying a few things. Surprise, surprise.
But I did try to keep that in check. Mainly I wanted to look at the ideas there. And I wanted to find something that would make me try something new.
So that new thing is going to be watercoloring and using pastels. I don't do too much of that now and it seems a bit labor intensive for making a lot of cards. So I probably wouldn't use it for Christmas cards, but maybe for swaps of 10 or fewer or for cards I make specifically to give to someone.
Anyway... here are some photos of a few of the things I bought:
I have no idea what I am going to do with this one. I don't usually work with stamps of this style. The samples I have seen tend to be very detailed and embellished and, well, somewhat over the top for me.
But I like the little guy with his funny wings.
And I like that the sentiment is "Pretend sometimes."
The stamp is from Stampers Anonymous.
I got all these at a booth called Savvy Stamps.
The dot background stamps will be pretty good for many occasions and types of cards. The poinsettias were just pretty and they had some nice examples of how to use them.
They had a ton of stamps, all on the small side, which I like. I could have spent a fortune there, so I made sure to set a limit for myself.
They have a decent gallery area on their Web site.
This cute little Christmas stamp is from Memory Box.
It is about 2 inches tall by 1 inch at the widest point of the image.
I walked by this display a couple times and didn't see this stamp until I went back to show a friend something else they had.
But once I saw it, I wanted it.
I did get a couple other things that don't photograph so well. Things like unmounted rubber stamps and acrylic stamps.
Overall I had fun. They have this show a few times a year with varying numbers of vendors. I think once a year would be about enough for me.
Now I just need to find the time to play with all my new toys.