Every year I travel to Oaks PA to get my fill at the Stamp Scrap Art Tour (SSAT) specializing in rubber stamps and paper crafts. I love this show because it is small and I can take my time and look through each and every booth. It's also easier to remain connected to the owners. I had the pleasure of having a few friends join me for the scraptastic weekend!! Shout out to Vicki, Christine, Ellen and Becky. We shut it down at the Make and Take it dessert party the night before the show. We, by far, had the most fun of all the crafters. My laugh was notoriously requested by some of the vendors I have come to know and love. It made me feel very good to know that my laughter and happiness helped brighten so many folks' evening.
Today I will share installment 1 of my haul. I was so happy that I bought with intention and often referenced my stamp, ink, pen, etc. catalog to make sure I wasn't duplicating any of my stash at home or buying something too similar to what I already have. Tiffany Spaulding at the ScrapRack taught me how to do it with her free online organization seminars.
Note: each company name is a link to their website. Please check them out. It's good stuff!
This was the first booth I went to. I fell in LOVE LOVE LOVE with the flat back "tin pin" embellishments. They are faces on buttons that fit perfectly on coordinating stamped images. I got the one called little chocolate faces and the stamp set called Eskimo Kisses. Here's an example from the booth of how the finished product looks.
I also was amazed by the Jet Ink Shrink plastic make n take they had. I cut out images the size of my hand and when heated they were reduced to the size of a necklace pendant! In the picture below you'll see I combined two of the images with twine to make an embellishment. I also hit the 50% off box to find bling and the cutest stamps.
The detailed presentations at Inky Antics were amazing! I learned how to make those HoneyPop cards and bought some preliminary supplies to create them at home. They had the perfect layers tools and the Bow easy tools! I'll be sure to post projects using these tools soon.
I was on the hunt for pre-cut shaped cards and I loved the ones at Purple Daisy Designs. I've also gotten a lot of religious sentiments from here in the past.
I got some pre-cut card kits from Repeat Impressions. I'm going to try the peek-a-boo pop ups and the step cards. I got some more flip cards as well and two new flip card stamp sets.
I hit the clearance bin at Rubber Cottage for these Roxs and Stickles - a deal for less than $2 each.
I hope you'll consider patronizing these retailers. Tomorrow I will post the remainder of my haul. Stay tuned!