Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Stamp Companies In Stores I Frequent
So, yesterday, or was it the day before?..I said I'd give the names of stamp companies I find myself buying from repeatedly which are readily available in local town stores. First I gotta tell ya' we had no stores at all here when we first moved from New York. It was a cows and horses town with a population of 33,000. Well it still blows me away that in less than 12 years, the horses are all gone, the cows have been removed to greener pastures and the population (and traffic) has almost doubled. It wasn't what I'd expected nor hoped for. But, alas, progress brings with it some good things. In short order, about 3 yrs. ago, the stores increased and Michaels, then Joann's and finally Hobby Lobby came to the rescue. Before that, I frequented a small stamping shop 20 miles away. I really didn't mind. It's still open. The reason I don't shop there anymore is not because of the big craft stores, but because of the Internet and all the companies it has to offer.
So when I'm in the aforementioned big box craft stores, and I confess, it's far too frequently, I am attracted to stamps in particular by Stampendous, Stampabilities and Hero Arts, and Hampton Arts when I can find them. These are all wood-mounted stamp companies for the most part. In addition I am always buying Studio G's Dollar stamps. These can be found in clear (several tiny stamps on a sheet...a super value), or one single wood-mounted stamp. I find the latter to have better quality, but that doesn't stop me from getting the clear ones too. I seem to be collecting them and do a happy dance whenever I can get 5 to 10at once. I mean, where can you buy that many stamps for $10? Gotta luv it, right? Lately, due to space issues, I am buying more and more of the larger clear stamp sets which are increasingly prevelant. The company names are too numerous to mention here. I am almost always satisfied with their quality and design. Nuf' said about my tastes, such as they are.
Now on to that blogger I was telling you about who is making video tutes that are quite good. At Jan's blog I guarantee you will enjoy her style of writing too. She is a fun lady. I've been subscribing to her blog for quite some time and I'm so glad she's doing videos. I am a visual learner.
And finally to my card. I designed it for the mostly non-stamping ladies in my Bible Study. I used all SU papers includng ds. Even the stamp is an oldie retired from a set called Best Blossoms. I used Nesties for the mat and a little subtle bling. The technique I used is from Gina K's Stamp TV. And the technique is called Watercolor Spritz You can find a blinkie on my sidebar. Luv that place.
I'll be back tomorrow with a post and a card. Happy Tuesday.