Hi, Sarah here filling in for Vicki while she is being creative in Canada. After following Vicki's blog for a while, I had the pleasure of meeting her at The Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, TX. Now I look forward to the convention coming to TX so that I can work with Vicki and Sandi in the Crafty Secrets booth. If you have ever been around these two, you know how much fun that can be.
Today we are going to take a quick trip to Chicago, so grab your coat and hat, too (it's windy there) 'cause we're off to...
Stampland houses a unique stamp museum and gallery as well as being home to the manufacturing of Stampland stamps.
It is owned and operated by Darlene Domel and "Picasso" Gaglione.
Here is a peek into one of the cabinets filled with vintage rubber stamps. If you thought rubber stamps were a fairly new invention, think again. They have been around longer than all of us.
One of "Picasso's" favorite set is this one which includes Bozo, Laurel and Hardy, and the 3 Stooges.
The museum is full of treasures from old to new.
Many of the hand stamps in the museum have seens years of useage and are pieces of art themselves.
There are rows of boxes filled with brand new, beautiful pink rubber stamps designed by Darlene and Picasso. Here are my friends Pam and Louise getting in a little shopping.
If you are in the Chicago area be sure and visit Stampland. It is open by appointment only so call ahead to make arrangements for a museum tour and a fun-filled class with Darlene. You can find more info at their website...Stampland.
I would like to share with you a fun and laugh filled exercise that Darlene told us to try when we got home. This is more fun to do with a couple of friends.
Her is what you do:
Randomly pick about 20 stamps and put them in a box or bag.
Everyone pick out 3 stamps without looking at them.
Now, create a card front using only those 3 stamps. (We also used only 3 colors of ink.)
Pass those three stamps to your friend and let them create until everyone has used those three stamps.
Show your work to each other and be amazed at the different ideas that you and your friends came up with using only the 3 stamps.Louise and Pam.
Thanks for visiting today and have yourself a creative kind of day! You can visit me at my blog Vintage Figments.