Saturday, June 13, 2009

On the Road to West Springfield, MA

Last Saturday, Ali and I had a great time checking out all the great vendors at the Heirloom Productions' Rubber Stamp and Paperarts Festival in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

What a great convention! This was the second time for me and Ali's first time at this particular venue. I love all the energy and the wonderful spontaneous conversations that spark up between stampers as they peruse all the great products.

We visited some personal favorites like Stampsmith, Invoke Arts, Impression Obsession, Collage Closet, Lost Coast Designs and Magenta. We also found some great vendors who we hadn't met before - Motivet, Stamp Camp, Luni Stamps, and fun Vintage Charmings.

We saw lots of fun products including some great fibers at Class Act. At Denami Designs, we found some really cool pre-cut pop-up cards. Everyone had a ton of inspiring sample projects showing a wide range of levels from beginner to seasoned stamper. I really enjoyed watching the many technique and product demonstrations provided by so many of the vendors.

Here's an example of Angelina fibers demonstrated at Class Act. I saw this product demonstrated last year and bought a bunch of different colors. This year, Class Act was also demonstrating how to use the fibers to create great backgrounds behind images stamped on acetate. This is an example of the fibers used directly with a stamp.

This year, there were so many great "make and take" projects available that we couldn't possibly do them all. We did pause in our pursuit of new stamps at Some Assembly Required to try their great Hasty Lace system, a parchment craft which allows you to quickly create the look of lace using their unique templates, vellum and dry embossing in a new way.

Here's the sample I made:

There were so many amazing vendors there that I can't possible mention them all. If you want to take a virtual tour, you can check out Heirloom Productions' wonderful vendors links list.

I am still trying to mount all my great new stamps! Gotta love new rubber! So many possibilities!

Heirloom Productions' Rubber Stamp and Papercraft Festival travels all over the United States. If you are interested in future dates, check out their 2009 schedule!

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