5 Reasons You Should Experience a Stamping Convention

This Saturday is the annual Stampaway Convention in Cincinnati. We have gone to this for the past 3 years and never regret it. In fact, it is one of my favorite mommy days of the year. Even if you aren’t close enough to visit this specific stamping convention you should find one in your area to attend. The inspiration alone is well worth the price of admission but these events offer so much more than that. If you enjoy any kind of paper crafting or stamping then here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention.

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Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

 

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Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Gets Creative Juices Flowing

Crafter’s block can be even more frustrating than writer’s block. You want to create, or maybe even have to create, but the ideas simply aren’t coming. A stamping convention is the perfect place to get those creative juices flowing again. Everywhere you turn there are new designs, ideas, and examples of creative work. There is no way that you will still be blocked after a day at the convention.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Find Unique Items

There are so many unique items at a stamping convention that you won’t find in the craft store (like the stamp used in this project). These aren’t limited to stamps, either. You can find ribbon, stencils, tools, and more that are unique to the vendors selling them. I have found templates for boxes, specialty rub-ons, and glow-in-the-dark shrink paper for unbelievable prices. You never know what cool stuff you’re going to find from year to year.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Learn New Techniques

Did you know that you can cut soda cans with your Sizzix? I didn’t until I watched a woman do it at the convention 2 years ago. She also showed you how to color your cutouts so that the ink sticks to the aluminum. There are always fantastic demonstrations to see and they free to watch. Learn how to make realistic 3-D paper flowers or new gorgeous inking techniques from vendors. Some even offer make-and-takes for a small fee. (A make-and-take is when the vendor provides the materials and guides you through making a specific craft. You then take home the items that you have made.)

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Take the Inspiration with You

There is so much to take in that you couldn’t possibly remember all of it. Thankfully, most vendors don’t mind you taking pictures of the displays. If you buy a product to make a specific idea you see, you can take a photo for later.

Note:

  • Always ask a vendor before taking a photograph of anything. While most do not mind, some expressly forbid it.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Meet the People Behind the Designs

One of the coolest reasons you should experience a stamping convention is to meet the people behind the designs you love. It makes the designs more meaningful and it is fun to hear the stories behind them. A lot of vendors create their own unique stamps and each line has its own style. One of my personal favorites was getting to watch a demonstration by Tim Holtz. Watching the way that he layers inks and designs was mesmerizing. Unfortunately we didn’t get our picture with him because the wait for photos was simply too long. It was still incredibly cool.

Some of My Favorite Project Ideas from Last Year

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

You know that I love all things deer!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Does it get any better than these amazing Halloween cards?

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

This awesome wall art proves that stamps are for more than cards and scrapbooks!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

What about this gorgeous Christmas card? Can’t you just imagine a beautiful piece of stained glass?

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

These glittery ghosts are too cute to spook!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Hee hee! Talk Nerdy to Me!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Surprise the man in your life with these creative tool cards!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Are you excited to check out a stamping convention? Before you go I want to leave you with a few tips for attending. First, wear comfortable shoes. These conventions can be quite large which translates into a lot of time on your feet. You also want to bring a tote bag. Not all of the vendors have bags for your purchases. Lastly, I like to bring a small notebook and pen to jot ideas and techniques on throughout the day. Which of these 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention are you most excited about? Did any of them surprise you? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.