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2024 Scrapbook Expo in Denver

A group of us went to the Scrapbook Expo in Denver,  May 17, 2024.   It was a fun time, not quite as many vendors as the one I attended several years ago, but certainly enough that I found most things on my list.  My favorite vendor that I visited first was Krazy Kreations.  I purchased numerous outlines from them years ago but never used them so I wanted to get instructions once again.  They had a ‘make and take’ so not only did I receive instructions but I got to use the technique.  Sal will link you to their site at the end of the blog post.

 

The shoes, flowers, greeting and hearts are all glossy stickers.  You put the shoe stickers on super fine glitter paper,  roll with a brayer tool to set them firmly in the paper and then you color with alcohol markers and then fussy cut the image. I used a light and dark pink to get a little shading.  The background is three strips of DSP with a little line sticker on the left side.

I added a happy birthday die cut from pink glitter paper for the inside when I got back home.  The line edge is a sticker as well!

 

Pretty rough looking die cut.  

It was pretty in real life but the camera didn’t work well with the glitter paper, Sal.  I could have used the super fine glitter paper and colored it but I had lots of Stampin’ Up! paper in my stash so I wanted to save the super fine glitter paper I purchased at Krazy Kreations for my Christmas projects when it is my turn for another Shoebox event.

Another vendor I visited and made their make and take was the Spellbinders booth.  I have seen the wax kits in advertisements and wanted to try using them.  Their card also used a letterpress system to get the tree branch.  It has indents and fine details but hard to catch in a photo.  The faux strings behind the wax seal are actually from a die.  I toyed with buying that die but decided I have a stash of bakers twine so best to save my money – for now!

 

The next make and take was at the Stampalistic booth, it is a tin box with a top we made from an amazing stamp set that created layers by stamping on different colored papers and then fussy cutting and popping up each layer.

I went back to Krazy Kreations and purchased the borders you see on the bottom of the tin.  The flower jewels are from my stash.

I asked if the jewels were Swarovski crystals since they were so bright.  She said Swarovski has changed and calls them  ‘Illuminations’  so I think the answer was yes, but I am not sure.  Anyway they are Illuminations.

 

And you purchased the stamp so you can make more?

No, Sal.  It was a lot of fussy cutting.  Now if I had one of those fancy machines that would cut it, I might have.  I sold my Brother because I had absolutely no room for it and no time to learn it.

Lastly, we met and compared our treasures. Sharon had found a make and take with a whole kit to take home that makes 8 cards- www.simplestories.com.  This was the make and take.

Everything, including the background paper, was a punch out, but a heavy duty punch out, not just a thin sticker.  I was impressed.  This is something I can do with my grandchildren and they will be able to make a lovely card.  They had Christmas card kits but I was hoping for a graduation card kit and birthday kit.  I will have to go online for those.

Most of the make and takes were $5 so very reasonable.   I had brought cash to make myself keep to a budget and my last purchase of the outline strips from Krazy Kreations, I was counting out my leftover change, but I kept to the budget.

Sharon, Lucille, Terry, myself and Michele!

I headed to the bathroom before we left and when I got back to the group they were yelling “You won”.  I won a $20 gift certificate from Acushla Stamps (Acushla is Gaelic for Darling).  I chose Petticoat Parlor stamps- a ‘Tea For Two’ stamp set and a ‘Sympathy’ stamp set.

SCORE!

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It was a fun day!  I would have come back for the second day but I had a party planned for our little graduating kindergarten grandchild, Emmitt.   He wanted a chocolate donut and a cake so our dear friend who does cakes for a living made a large chocolate donut cake!  She actually made a chocolate and vanilla which was perfect to have one for Jaxson who doesn’t care for chocolate.  Yes, he is my grandson, but he sure didn’t get my love for chocolate!

Thank you, Barbara Lane, for wonderful cakes!

Stay tuned for cards from our next shoebox event which is tomorrow.  I am the hostess so I will be posting those cards next.

Thank you for letting us bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

SAL,   Sharing A Lot of fun with friends

Karen

(Krazy Kreations is the link for this post)

Riddle of the day:

Question:  I am easy to lift but hard to throw.  What am I?

Answer:  A feather.

 


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