Last weekend I dragged my friend Heather (of So Forking Good fame) up to Pleasanton for the Scrapbook Expo. I’d never been to an expo before. Oh my, talk about sensory overload at its best.
My primary reason for going was to scout out new addictions. I’m nearing completion on my Distress Ink collection, I have over a third of the available Copic colors, and I’m starting to worry that someday I’ll run out of things to buy.
I was simultaneously pleased and disappointed to see that EVERYONE was demoing Glitter Ritz. On the one hand, it’s awesome seeing products I love succeed, and the more people who love this stuff, the more people will sign up for my classes. On the other hand, I already knew what they were doing at every demo (and at half of them, I was thinking, actually, it’s easier if you do it my way…).
But I did find something that got me pretty excited, and that was the booth from Heartfelt Creations.
First, I just saw gorgeous stamps that I just couldn’t wait to get at with Copics. Then I realized that each of their stamps coordinates with a Spellbinders die. They even have exclusive Spellbinders dies designed to go with their stamps. ohmygodheaven. It may have escaped your notice, but I am constantly looking for easier ways to cut out my stamped images, so this booth got an immediate “I need them all” from me.
I exercised some restraint though, and limited myself to one stamp set (for now). I decided on the Innoscents Flowers 2 set, which can be cut with Blossoms 2 Nesties.
The coordinating die is clearly listed on each stamp set’s label, so there’s no guess work.
And they’re so simple to use. Emma Lou, who is just the sweetest person you’ll ever meet, was demonstrating at the Expo, and after trying it I can tell you it’s just as easy as it looks. All you do is cut a template by cutting the shape out of a scrap sheet of cardstock. Use the shape for whatever you want, and keep the outer portion/frame/whatever you want to call it.
Line the die back up on the frame so that the cut lines match, and tape down just one edge or corner.
Now flip the die back at the tape, and align your stamp with the opening, using a post-it to hold the template down.
Flip the die back into place…
Run it through your machine…
And WALLAH! Perfect cut, no effort. This is what crafting is meant to be, people.
This stamp set came with 4 flowers in different Nestie sizes, so they can be layered for all kinds of fun looks. I can’t wait to play with them more. If I know me (and I think I do), it won’t be long at all before I’m ordering way too many stamps from this place. I’m already in love with their petal collections.
(Oh, and in case you’re curious…Copics used: RV000, 02, 04, 06, 09; YR 00, 04, 07, 09)