Let's back up a bit...while at Grapevine in July 2008, a group of us decided we wanted to experience the Mesquite show in January. Beverly and I had both been considering the idea for a while; Cheryl was a newbie stamper then with all the excitement of winning the Golden Ticket to explore Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory; and Doylene has been a scrapper for years who is just now branching more and more into stamping and cardmaking.
From stepping through the door and finding a treasure trove of techniques being taught all the way through the great prize drawings (and no, none of us won--the drawings were just exciting), it was a marvelous day. A bit of warning: the floors are concrete so wear very comfortable shoes and the food vendor left a lot to be desired both in selection and food quality. Luckily there are several fast-food options close by and with the wristband, you can come and go. The entrance fee also covers both days and some people were definitely going to attend that way so they could partake of the many demos in a more leisurely fashion.
It was a super day for everything but my wallet LOL! I went for a few specific things, but of course, came away with many more. Stand-out booths for me were:
- Stamp Camp (found out she is local; I love her artsy, unmounted stamps) http://www.stampcamp.com/
- Inky Antics (retailer for Gamsol in small quantities and the Carla Craft binding system) http://www.inkyantics.com/
- Seaside Stampin' Ink (super teacher of techniques using household materials and great pricing on mini-spritzer kits) http://www.seasidestampin.com/
- Stampers Anonymous (tons of Ranger products, including Distress Stickles) http://www.stampersanonymous.com/
Please consider coming down next year and having a great time...I know I plan on returning (and no, there is no compensation for me from any of this--just have to share the cool convention fun!)