Sunday, November 14, 2010

Original Rubber Stamp Convention

I have been in So California for the past 3 days - doing a variety of things. I did meet a friend and spend the day at the Original Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, Ca. It has shrunk significantly since I first started traveling down back in the early 2000's. However, there were some fun booths to check out and old friends with whom to catch up. A few interesting tidbits:
 - Judikins is always coming up with fun designs and new items. I spent a large amount of time in this booth, mainly visiting with Mary Jo (McGraw) and Judi's parents! However, for you clay aficionado's, they have rubber plates that you can sent through your pasta machine with polymer clay, adding design and texture. The item is called a "Clay Squisher" and is in the current on-line catalog
- One sad note was that Stamp Luis Obispo had to close their store. You will know them as Studio's Blackbird/Invoke Arts. Building retrofits and landlord issues came into play. You can still order stamps and items here.
- Stamper's Anonymous was all about Tim. He was demo-ing his new Vagabond machine, dies and other products. He was also using the new color washes and Perfect Pearl's mists. The mists are colored mica mists similar to Glimmer Mist and Radiant Rain product. The colors can be found at the Ranger Ink website.  Check out Tim's blog for some samples.

I will be heading home Monday evening.  But first I will be spending the earlier part of the day with Mary Jo McGraw at the Judikins warehouse taking a couple of workshops. Check out some of the website's mentioned above - they have wonderful galleries (and some tutorials) that are sure to get the creativity sparked!

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