by Debby Lewis
What can keep away hundreds of obsessed artists, scrapbookers and cardmakers from the StampScrapArtTour? Nothing! Not even 8+ inches of snow in Columbia, South Carolina.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12-14, 2010 marked the third time that the Stamp Scrap Art Tour has come to Columbia, SC. SSAT works hard to put-on a superior show. They fully support the vendors and create a fun experience for everyone.
Saturday had a bit of a slow start, but it picked up greatly throughout the afternoon. We Southerners may be wimpy about snow, but not about our stamps & papers!
Sunday Morning I was up bright and early and heading over to the event. I was looking forward to seeing friends from previous years. I picked up my door prize ticket and donated to the Shriners ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hospital for an opportunity to win a HUGE basket of all things stampy, scrappy and inky!
This year, Scrap Stamp Art Tour gave away a total of $1300 shopping bucks to the customers throughout the show & raised over $630 for the Shriner's Childrens Hospital.
Personal Goal #1: Say hello, ask questions, check out the merchandise, visit all 21 vendors, see the demos & make-n-takes, and take photos for you. Personal Goal #2: Go bankrupt making my own purchases. Let's just say I accomplished both goals 🙂
The first vendor I visited was Amy McGrewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Close to my Heart booth from North Charleston, SC. (www.amy.mytctmh.com) As you can see, they were having a great time.
My next stop was at DarcieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. DarcieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is part of a group called Art Gone Wild. DarcieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s carries a variety stamps from the cute to the very detailed.
Here's a look at the impressive Just for Fun booth:
I continued to my very favorite booth, Stampers Anonymous…. Hugs all around with Ted Cutts and his entire family working the show. Stampers Anonymous creates signature stamps from Tim Holtz, Studio 490 with Wendy Vecchi, and Teresa Collins.
Here is a video of Ted demonstrating some Tim Holtz product:
There were several southern vendors at the show: The Stamp Place & Scrapbook Station from West Columbia, SC , Random Arts from Saluda, NC, Woodware USA from Charlotte, NC; Carolina Crafting Concepts from Union, SC, Stamps & More by Eleanor in Piedmont, SC and Memories in the Making from Chapin, SC (picture below).
Shannon and Monica (above) are event coordinators and vendors. They had just returned from CHA and had quite a bit of new items. (I could not resist the new Kaiser Craft Paper and Maya Road Mist.)
Want to see some of my purchases from the show? Head over the the South Carolina page of PaperCrafter's Corner and you can checkout what I got here.)
I had a great time at the show Sunday… meeting up with old friends, making new friends, and checking out products I'd never seen before. And now, back to stamping my heart out!
The Stamp Scrap Art Tour visits Columbia, SC each year. You can sign up for their newsletter on website or visit their blog for inspiration, tutorials and giveaways. We look forward to seeing them again next year!
Many, many thanks to Debby for contributing such a great article to PaperCrafter's Corner!