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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Enveloped Opening and You're Invited to Come with Me!

A charming and delightful show opened last Friday night at SF Center for the Book --
You're going to want to go see it. The show is up till October 4 so if you live in the Bay Area or you are coming for a visit, you're in luck!
But -- I know some of you reading my blog aren't going to be able to make it here so here is a little show-and-tell for you guys so you don't feel too left out.

A Make and Take Table for folding and decorating envelopes...

There was a good turn out for opening night! Lots of postal lovers out there.

The mail art group I'm in was invited to help out at the envelope folding table....and we did!

Lots of paper was supplied! And rubber stamps, washi tape, glue -- bring your own imagination.

The crowd had no trouble with that....everybody was on board and that was one popular table..

Even though I was "on duty" I managed to play a little bit myself..

By the time the first hour was up and I got to look around all the food was gone! Don't you feel sorry for me?

I had to feast on eye candy instead -- and there was plenty of it!

Some wonderful postal goodness -- vintage stamps relating to mail.

I especially loved these French stamps with a postal theme...

And, who wouldn't love looking at a vintage envelope in a glassine sleeve?

Ar mail stripes? I am a sucker for them -- and don't they look lovely displayed like that?

Right up t the minute, this display included the new From Me to You stamps.

Time to go -- but here is a little bedtime story for you......

Delightful show. Girl reporter on the job for you. Hope you enjoyed opening night with me.
And if this isn't enough, you can contact SFCB and order a copy of the "bookazine" as they call it that accompanies the show.

Let me know how you liked it!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Dirty Job....Someone has to Do it!

Recently one foggy SF afternoon, I decided to bite the bullet and mount all the various cling stamps I have sitting around....
and, as it turns out, I had a lot.
(Mr Zip was carved by a pal several years ago and I am loving having him foam-mounted now)

I posted on the blog's FaceBook page and a few folks asked me --  how I mount stamps ? 
So you here you go, Melissa and Sparkle......

 A lot of cool stuff I haven't been using because the stamps weren't mounted or organized....or, in this case, even cut from the sheet...(stamps from 100 Proof Press).

These stamps are painfully small and hard to cut out and mount ...

But I DID it and look! These are so cool and I can use them for faux postage....they are in a little box of their own now...ready to come out and play.

Ah.....round ones. I found you don't have to cut them in circle....just cut out and trim and all is well.
There are a number of different ways to mount stamps. I think my favorite (besides having someone else do it for me) is to use "Quickie Mounts".
Basically a sheet of thick, firm foam with a sticky adhesive on it that you cut up and stick your stamps too.
easy -- especially if you do it without waiting years and having to mount about a million stamps all at once...

If you buy the "quickie Mounts" from Jim on Etsy you will get full instructions along with them. And tell him Pamela sent you!
I might add, Jim has a whole bunch of cling faux postage and cancellations stamps that I just love.
Not that I want to lead you in to temptation or anything like that....

Or, you can do as my incredibly clever pal, Karen Isaacson  (I Am Rushmore)does and just carve your own stamps and stick them on a piece of Styrofoam that you re-purpose from some trash pile....
she sent these to me years ago and they are two of my favorite stamps.

Or, you can mount them on wood can find wood blocks at various places and stick your clings on those...
I bet someone is going to ask me where I got him and I believe it is from a stamp company called Deep Red Stamps.

Now all my wood mounted and Pamela mounted stamps are all living together in happiness and harmony.
And I get to play with them all and have some stampin' fun.
I even cleaned a bunch of them using unscented baby wipes and paper towel. They liked that.

After all the mounting and cleaning and sorting and organizing I got to stamp -- I made a bunch of sheets of stationery.....but I was thinking, you could stamp tissue paper and make gift wrap or tissue wrap.....

Doesn't this kind of look like security envelopes? I think so....I found a bunch of this type of stamp at Scrap and I knew they had potential.

So, mount your stamps and have a good time afterwards as a reward. I have found a lot of stamps at Scrap SF among other places like thrift shops and the Correspondence swap table.
I know there are some blog readers, who rarely comment -- you know who you are -- Ellen and Judi -- who are real experts at all things stamp. I encourage any of you to jump in with tips for mounting stamps or cleaning or anything stamp related. And if you know a great source for rubber stamps, let us know.
Here are some of my most favorites:

100 Proof Press
Deep Red Stamps
Red Handed Rubber
Viva Las Vegas
Hero Arts
and as I mentioned above --
Jim's Stamps & Quickie Mounts

I look for postally themed stamps especially....faux postage and passport stamps and postage cancellations and letter carriers and typewriters.....
What do you like?

I know I promised the Postal ATC's but I got side-tracked by rubber stamps.
AT's ost will be coming soon. And I thought of something really cool when making them so hang on and you'll see.
In the meantime, I'd love to hear from YOU (yes, YOU) in the comments.
Thank you and have fun stamping.


Friday, July 10, 2015

J'aime les Cartes Postales - - Oh yes I do!

I have a thing about France. And postcards. And French postcards.

J'aime les Cartes Postals
I love the backs of them, the fronts of them, the vintage ones and the new ones....

The French really knew (know?) how to cancel stamps. There are often two, or even three, cancellations on each card.
(And, by the way, I could REALLY use some French mail artists to trade with if anyone in France is reading this).

And did I mention the handwriting?
The most beautiful cursive writing....
And they really know how to SQUEEZE a whole lot of cursive writing onto each little card...

Why don't we have lovely little paper bags made especially for postcards?

And look at this -- is it early mail art? Some little French kid drew on this card. Looks like a drawing of a kid riding a dog???

I also notice the hotels and tourist spots back in the day had had special stamps too....

I get endless pleasure out of my French postcards....besides admiring the postmarks and stamps and cancellations...I use them for art projects too. I found out you can get two ATC cards from each postcard. I love using them for ATC's and including some of the markings on the card into the ATC.

I spent all day last Sunday making Postal theme ATC's using French postcards as the starts...

So fun -- I got 25 ATC's -- and I'm still at it.
Want to see them all?
Let me know if you do.

Oui, it is kind of frightening, isn't it? But I work best with all my stuff out where I can see it...
I'll clean up...really I will...(someday).

I've always loved these rows of trees you see all over France...

Here's a photograph I took of French trees....same ones as the vintage postcard?

This is me in another life.
Oh yes it is!
I wonder I will come back as next time? Got to be something postal.
So, I hope you enjoyed the ode to postcards.
And, if you're going on vacation, I hope you will mail some postcards out and make some mailboxes happy.
Or, even if you are staying put, you can still pop a postcard in the mail and try to squeeze as much cursive writing on the back as those French people did...



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