Here we are almost to Christmas and we find ourselves, yet again, facing another virus, Omicron, hoping I spelled that correctly. One of the things I enjoyed so much about traveling to convention centers doing shows was visiting with customers. The thing that was said to me more often than any other comment was that the hobby of rubber stamping had saved a person’s life. Well, I imagine that many people feel that same way today considering the stress of everyday life as we know it. I’m glad to be still making stamps and taking orders. Many of you know that I started my company in the 90;s and other than taking a few breaks due to being a caregiver for my mother in Oregon for six years and making a move to Idaho 11years ago, I’ve been manufacturing stamps and running my business steadily for 30+ years. I still index (stamp on maple wood blocks) my mounted stamps and thoroughly enjoy doing so. Of course, I also offer rubber on cling and just rubber images. My card this month features the igloo mailbox. It is available as 1189-J, Sm. measuring 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ and as 1190-M, Lg. measuring 2″ x 2 7/8″. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
With Halloween just a few days behind us, it’s time to think of the next motivational holiday to inspire us, or perhaps it is a good time to simply enjoy the outdoors. Living in North Idaho surrounded by the beautiful mountains, and with lakes and rivers nearby, it is fun to stamp scenes that remind me of the locales. The card I am sharing today is just that. It is a fisherman in a stream with a fish on his line. I am very proud of this drawing that was done by my mother in 1949. She drew it on an envelope that she sent to my brother who had joined the Marine Corps and was in boot camp expecting to be sent to Korea when through with boot camp. The stamp is 0224-N, Mtns., Fisherman in Stream with Fish, and the “Happy Birthday” stamp is 0919-D.
Well, here we find ourselves in another Covid crisis, well at least here in North Idaho. Our hospitals are filled to capacity and our governor has initiated the Crisis Standard of Care. Putting that concern aside, I find that making cards to stock my card rack at the local hardware store has become my main focus. The card I am displaying today was made using a photopolymer scene and a die-cut that I purchased on the Internet, as well as my Stamps Galore 0267-F, Log Cabin drawn by my mother in the ’90s. The cabin was stamped, cut out, and attached with dimensionals. All cardstock and ink are black and white as shown.
This last month has been a busy one with my granddaughter, Bailey, getting married and family from Missouri visiting. I did make time to stamp; however, most of my stamp-related time was spent pricing individual items that I’m selling for a friend who has moved to Hawaii and has decided to give up her stamp collection. The card that I’m sharing today was made by Donna Hamblin and features the Lg. Loon Fishing, 1024-P. The “Happy Birthday” is by Stampin’ Up.
I stay busy making cards to sell at the local hardware store and sales have been going so well that I asked a friend to help me make cards. The card I am showing today was made by Carol Mercilll who is the person helping me make cards for the store. In this card, she embossed the Rose Fan, Sm., 0837-N, and the words, “With love” in copper embossing powder. For an accent embellishment, she glued 3 copper branches onto the card. It is a simple easy to make a card but is very elegant in appearance.https://stampsgalore.com/product/rose-fan-sm/
With the Clark Fork High School Graduation coming up on June 9, I’ve been making graduation cards for the local hardware store where I have a card rack displaying my homemade cards. I’ve been using die cuts, rather than stamps for most of these. I’ll share my favorite with you here. The other card using stamp #0838-T that I’m displaying today is a stamp of a fan drawn by my mother. The card was made by Jacque Schremser. She stamped it on vellum and layered it over the designer paper.
I’ve been making Mother’s Day cards for the local hardware store where I have a card rack displaying my homemade cards. The card displayed here today is made with the Hummingbird Stamp number 0252-I drawn by my mother. If you want to order the Hummingbird stamp, contact me through the comment section of any stamp on my site as it is available only by special order. The other stamps used in this card are unidentifiable at this time.
Wow! Time has flown by and I, admittedly, have been neglecting communicating with customers. I’m writing just a brief paragraph here to let you know that I’m still quite involved in rubber stamping. Lately, I’ve been making cards to sell at our local Hardware Store. In that I have quite a supply built up, I intend to get back to being active on my website. With Covid-19 still a threat, I have promised myself I’ll even post more sample cards.