And we made stamps!

Today was my first full day in Chicago–wow!!! I have never been to the windy city before and was really excited and scared and happy and anxious all at once about traveling alone. But you know what? I am having a blast! My seat mates on the flight over were wonderful company, including a woman who volunteers to fly bone marrow for transplants across the US who shared how she gets the most out of traveling alone. That was a prayer answered! I have thoroughly enjoyed just quiet over the last 24 hours as I sit in my room. I have read 50 pages in a book since I left my house!
I also got a first-hand experience with being taken advantage of — the shuttle bus driver at Midway Airport took me on a 3 hour wild ride to everywhere BUT where I needed to go until nearly midnight last night. But I learned my lesson. Today I got online, learned all about the trains and even went out for a spin. Tomorrow I am looking forward to a train ride, a short walk, and breakfast at a place that got a great rating on Yelp! Traveling is growing on me. A LOT!

All that traveling was so I could arrive in time for my class today— the Teresa Collins Stampmaker Certification Workshop from Photocentric. Boy, did I learn alot!! We played with their software, played in Photoshop and altered photos using picnik. 

We made stamps of course but also stencils and embossing plates. It is AMAZING! I absolutely cannot wait to work this tool into my classes as well as start offering custom stamps and embossing templates too. I am so excited about it!!!! We even embossed leather!
These were some samples from the company of projects hey made with the embossing templates they made with the Stampmaker:
Teresa Collins shared a bit about using your diecuts to make stamps and we got some fabulous ideas. The room was buzzing with everyone's creative energy. It was a fab way to start the show!!!
I also met some wonderful people I can't wait to get to know better. CHA is so invaluable for that! Here's Betsy Burnett working with the photopolymer material in the class. Tomorrow I have classes all day long and hope I have some more great things to share with you. 

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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3 thoughts on “And we made stamps!

  1. Makr your own stamp what a dream come true not to be tied down to what is out there

    Posted on July 18, 2011 at 11:33 am
  2. That looks so cool! What an awesome class. I can’t wait to see what you make with your new skills.

    Posted on July 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm
  3. Will you be teachin a class on what you learned anytime in the near future @ Collective Journey?

    Posted on July 23, 2011 at 7:20 am