Some friends and I were out in Puyallup, WA last weekend for the Heirloom Show.
This is a great crafting festival with tons of vendors and demonstrations of the latest rubber stamps, embossing powders, papers, inks, and products that any crafter would need to create their masterpieces. It is amazing and travels all over the United States. If it comes to your town I highly recommend you get your crafting friends together (and your full wallet) and spend the day here. This is the second year I have been to this and I have not been disappointed. Some of the vendors will even let you take pictures so you don't get home and forget what something looked like.
Here are a few of the vendors that participated in this show and their websites so you can peruse their supplies and maybe make some online purchases:
www.makeanimpression.net- Lots of rubber stamps, punches and pictures of how to create beautiful cards with flower punches.
http://embossingcandystore.com/catalog/index.php- Need embossing powders in that perfect color? You will find it here.
http://www.morningstarstamps.com/- I bought some really cut acrylic tags from them and they had some ideas for really cut candy bags. They even have a schedule of shows that they will be at until October. Maybe they will be in your area.
http://amstamps.com/- They have these beautiful, thick embossing powders that you melt onto art glass to make stunning jewelry. They even have step-by step-tutorials for using their products.
www.alotarubberstamps.com- This vendor had these gorgeous 3-D cards and a stamp to make
'tea bag folding' on the cards. Very cute!
www.stamplandchicago.com- Some great techniques on how to layer your inks and stamps.
www.carvedstamps.com- This woman is a metal artist and designer, and a letterboxer! Check out her Transformed Playing Cards. They are beautiful!
And this one is my favorite:
www.lindystampgang.com- These great women have some absolutely beautiful sprays, spritz's, embossing powders, mica powders, stains, and kits that are so gorgeous! They even have some great demo videos to show you how to use them. I spent the most money at this vendor and can't wait to try these products. There are gonna be some awesome LTC's made with this stuff! Stayed tuned!
I will add all of these links to the side bar on this blog so you can find them easily the next time you have an idea and need a little bit of guidance with your techniques.