WOYWW#209 and the really Big Show

It is WOYWW #209 already and I missed #208!!  The big party!  Oh well, I forget what was going on last week, anyone else feel the days whirring by??  I did notice there were lots of stops on the hop:174 that is the most I have seen!  Go Here to Lovely Julia's blog to start or continue the hop: http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/  Have fun!
And what is on my desk today??  We had the Heirloom Stamp Festival show in town this weekend!  I've been going off and on since the year it started in 1993!  It was really fun to chat with vendors that have been coming since the start, "Stampland" is one, I love their stamps!!

I only purchased a few stamps this year that weren't "word" stamps.  I purchased a grab bag of 15 Sentiments for 5.00, I thought well this isn't a big risk, I liked everything the company had, when I got home and stamped them out (they were unmounted cling) I was delighted to add them to my collection, every one was great!! I also purchased 6 sets from our Daily Bread Designs, They were my main reason for going!   The other great tool I purchased was a mega mount, which is leading to my work desk!!
The mega mount and is an awesome tool for big back ground stamps!  if you go here to fellow WOYWW'er Lindsay's blog, she did a splendid job covering the show, she video'd awesome demonstrations! http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/ and there is a demo on this block, but be careful, if you watch it, you may be doing the same thing I am showing here!!
Here is the block, I am showing you the back so you can see the handle and the convex edge.  By rolling the stamp you get a beautiful image with very little effort!! If you like back ground stamps, you know how much work they can be, along with the waste of ink and paper with bad impressions!!
I tried the Meaga Block  show and LOVED it!!  So I decided to remove all my big stamps from their blocks and Go For It!!
I unmounted 72 big stamps!!
Using the microwave method, I had this done in about 90 minutes!
  I tried to put them in one drawer, but they were crammed in so tight, I couldn't get them out!  They went into a drawer from my storage set/workcounters.
The next issue was ink, they demo'd these with chalk inks and pigment inks.  That was no problem, I have  20 chalk pads and about 30 pigment pads.  But, while they are new they are also too dry to use, Grrrr!!  I have a recipe from Linday's blog (again) on how to make homemade ink for pennies!  yes I am a BIG "Frugal" fan!!  Did I mention I met Lindsay at the show?  She is even more lovely "live" than on her videos!! Any way I had all the stuff to make my inks, but nothing to put them in!  Happily I found the perfect storage container at the Stamp show!!  And it was only 10.00! Now was the time to make the re-inkers!!
18 re-inkers for my chalk pads cost  about 14.00 and that included the containers!  You all know a pigment/chalk reinker sets you back at least 5.00 per color!!
I mixed each shade using Gouche Paints ( opaque watercolor like paints), Mixing them on a acrylic block, matching the color, re-inking the pad- this took me two hours to do.
So here is the desk mid production:
This looks worse than it was, using diaper wipes helped keep things clean.
and 10 minutes  after the last color was mixed:

Really, when I work my room hits tornado phase, but because I have a place for everything, clean up is a snap!!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have fun on the hop!!
Ginny M




lylacamaya said…
I am so envious (in a good way) that you went to the Heirloom show. My area does not get any stamp shows at all. I always love to hear the stories from the stamp shows. Thank you for sharing.

I also make my own chalk & pigment inks too. I have used a recipe like Lindsay's for years.

Lindsay is the best. I bet she was a lot of fun at the stamp show.
Winnie said…
How fun to attend a stamp show. I am looking at all those wood stamps and drooling. I just recently got the acrylic mount you are showing, but have to practice with it as I wasn't good at it yet. Your pics with the before the tornado and after could have been taken at my place too! Winnie#79
Belinda said…
Oh I too am so envious of your trip to the stamp festival. I have never been to one. I am currently looking for more sentiment stamps. So that sounds like a great place to have been.

I might have to shake off my fears and try the microwave technique with my wood mounted stamps. I also like the big stamp block for backgrounds.

Thanks for sharing all your goods.

Come by my desk if you have time.

Belinda (#88)
Ria Gall said…
Hi Ginny
my goodness how busy have you been you must be thrilled with it all and I bet you can't wait to start crafting with it all now
Wishing you a very happy WOYWW and hope you have a great week
Ria #39
Krisha said…
I turn sooo green when WOYWWers show photos of stamp and craft shows, there just isn't anything like that around here anymore. I miss the BIG stamp conventions we used to have. :(
I love my big rocking mount, even after some people warned me NOT to get it. Most of My stamps have been off the wood for years.
Krisha #11
Julia Dunnit said…
Oh brilliant Ginny, the re-inkers are just fab..and of course, the ten minute clean up is sensational! I've tried the big rocker mount too; totally get it, totally see why it would be worth un-mounting, but I didn't get one, I don't have enough big stamps to make it worth while, unlike you - what a great collection.
susibee said…
Wow! you have been busy. Love the idea of making reinkers and might have to have a go at that.

Happy WOYWW. Susi #64
April Story said…
WOW! You have been uber busy. I'm off to go check out the Frugal Crafter. :-) April #137
Wow, Ginny, thank you for the report on the Show and all your great purchases and what you did with them! Really interesting stuff! I hope you have a wonderful week! xxoo Darnell (I'm just visiting this week, so no no.)

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