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Monday, June 2, 2014

More Rubber Stamps -- and Stamp Heads

Here is the second stamp post....Starting off with a box of vintage stamps I bought at the flea market years ago...

I haven't really used them much but they are really fun.

And you can tell by this price -- $8.00 for the whole box -- that I got them ages ago.  I doubt  we would be that lucky now.

With my studio all cleaned up and new cupboards and drawers I've been having a good time getting myself organized. I have several drawers of rubber stamps all organized.....
(but I am still not cleaning my stamps....)

I like these rather shallow plastic containers with lids that I buy over in Japantown  for storing my stamps. I put them in the boxes, loosely organized by theme, and because the plastic is clear I can see what I am looking for pretty easily. I just stack these boxes in the stamp drawer.

I put the very small stamps together in a smaller box. 

THE SECRET
Well, maybe not a secret to all of you - but if you don't know about
100 Proof Press
you really, really should. This is my go-to catalog for stamps, as you can probably tell by the stick-it notes. And if anyone asks me what I might want for a gift....well...I know where to look.

Anybody want to know?

Page after page of deliciousness......

Casey's in the East Village, NYC

I just keep an eye out for stamps everywhere I happen to go. If you are in N YC, check out Casey's and The Ink Pad. Look in thrift shops, flea markets and centers for creative re-use. Teacher's supply sites online (or in person) often have interesting stamps. I got my days of week and French language stamps at a teachers supply.

And, if you are a traveler, it is really fun to pick up rubber stamps in other languages. I have some fun ones from Russia and Turkey.
I love my days of the week stamps -- just wish I knew where I actually got them.
I know it was a website for teachers.
The red MAILED stamp is a little find from Scrap.

Assembling pages for Planet Susannia.
These aren't finished -- but I got out my rubber stamps to work on them. I have started  getting custom made stamps too -- like that mailman you see there.
If you have a good image for a rubber stamp, you can get them made at
Rubberstamp.net

Top -- by me
Bottom -- by the wonderful Cleo Allen

Besides playing with rubber, I have been doing lots of other things -- like making envelopes....

Large and Small
Outgoing mail -- one oversized interoffice envelope and a tiny little one that is the minimum size for mailing.

Making a box of my photo cards as a gift for someone who especially loves them.

And I have been back it it -- yup, making more stamp heads.
Somebody -- stop me!

Stamp Head Postcard

Stamp Head Postcard
Come on...admit it..this is funny...

Stamp Head

What can I say?

Stamp Head
Now George is playing cards with himself.

Stamp Head in booklet
Made two little booklets -- one for Vizma and one for Planet Susannia.

So.......playing with stamps, making Stamp Heads, a zine, two booklets, photo cards...
and this afternoon I hung artwork ion my studio....busy...busy...

So, I shared -- now how about YOU guys????
What web sites do you get your stamps from? Inquiring minds want to know.
I am looking for postal related stamps -- anybody have a good source for mailman stamps?
And has anyone ever seen a woman mail carrier stamps?
Come on, I know you are out here, share the love -- where are some more places for good rubber stamps?
I keep seeing stamps on mail I get that I can't find...I know there there are some mailman stamps out there waiting for me to find them and give them a good home.

31 comments:

  1. I just love your stampheads! :D

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    1. Thanks so much, Hawwa -- they are fun to make.

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  2. I've bought the same stampset on the top of your page a few months ago (the dutch version)! What a wonderful collection of stamps you have! And those stampheads I just love! Must try that sometime myself!

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    1. Mme. nosenose-- oh yes -- try making some Stamp Heads -- but they are addictive! I'd like to see those stamps in Dutch....

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  3. Laughing at the Tammy Faye Baker image on your stamp heads....nifty catalog I shall check it out. I love your stamp box organization, everything is totally visible. Fab idea that I might just have to try out and they can stack up too. xox

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    1. I know--I couldn't put a stamp head on her -- I had to leave that face! lol
      The stamp storage system works really well for me, Corrine.

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  4. I just made my very first stamp head. what has taken me so long? your stamp organization is quite marvelous. fun to get a peek at your collection.

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    1. Your first? Karen, you will be a master at making them. can't wait to see.

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  5. Those stamp heads are too funny! The first one is my favorite. George is a close second. LOL!

    Gollykers! You are the queen of stamps! I really must sort mine now. They deserve a little more respect. I never know if I should store them image side up or reversed. They deserve space of their own too, instead of being where ever there's room. I cleaned half the used ones though.

    River City Rubber works has fun mail related stamps but I'm not sure if postmen are included. Do you have this stamp?

    http://www.123stitch.com/item/Deep-Red-Stamps-Mailman-Postcard-Cling-Rubber-Stamp/5X702006

    http://store.scrapbook.com/drs-5x702006.html?utm_source=google-shopping-feed&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google-free-shopping-feed&utm_content=drs-5x702006&kw=drs-5x702006&cmp=GSHOP&gclid=CNeEiYvH3r4CFZSMMgodYjEACQ

    I Googled your interest and discovered quite a few stamps you might like! Have fun!

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    1. Thanks, Limner.......I did know about Deep Red. I like those two Stamp Heads too....Poor George doesn't know what to make of all this....

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  6. Another great post, Pamela. This, and the last one, have inspired me to do a bit or organizing (and ordering!: fun stamps are en route to my p. o. box). Thanks for sharing all this creativity.

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    1. Thanks Adrienne -- I needed the kind words. I am thinking of quitting doing the blog......
      Yes--circus stamps enroute to you. Hope they get there very soon.

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    2. Oh, nice! Thank you. I meant I ordered some new rubber stamps, although I'm delighted to hear circus stamps are on their way.

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    3. Adrienne -- I sent the circus stamps on a circus envelope!

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  7. The stamphead postcards are really awesome!

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    1. Thanks Connie --coming from you that is saying something. I love the ones you have made.

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  8. I confess: I never made a stamp head that I liked. What's wrong with me?? Am if ... gasp ... different?? But on a more cheerful note, because I am a cheapskate when it comes to stamps, I focus on the great variety at the local Mennonite mission benefit store. I suspect there is a tub of them in the back room, and they let them out bit by bit. I don't spend more than 75 cents.

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    1. I love the...gasp...different? It is good to be different. Funny. Thanks for the comment. And where is the Mennonite mission store????

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  9. Thank you for giving us a look at your rubber stamp collection. I have about 350 myself, organized in a series of plastic drawers. For custom-made stamps, over the last two years I have ordered from Simon's Stamps in MA, who gives prompt service (often shipping same day as ordered) via Priority mail and pays postage on orders over $40, usually about four stamps. Their website is:
    http://www.simonstamp.com/

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    1. Jack -- thanks so much! Appreciate the tip -- may be a good place for the folks in New England to use. RubberStamp.net has free shipping over $20 so that works for me. You have 350 stamps?????? And mailman stamps you want to share with me?

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  10. Seeing your stamp heads reminded me of this post I saw earlier this morning, which reminded me of your stamp heads, by the way. ;) http://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/2014/06/philatelic-atrocities.html

    I've been getting some mail related rubber stamps from Levenworth Jackson http://www.ljackson.com/index.html There isn't a female postal carrier, but there are some fun things in there.

    Don't stop your blog! I don't get to come here often, but I love it when I do and I always scroll back through everything I've missed while not visiting.

    By the way, is there any way to mail order the plastic containers you have for your rubber stamps? I haven't found anything that shallow and at this time, have to stack mine rubber stamps on top of each other in their boxes. Your boxes would work much better.

    Hugs, Sharon in TX

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    1. Hi Sharon -- I don't think you can mail order but the shop is Diaso -- I think there is a Diaso.com -- maybe they have online ordering.
      I do know about Leavenworth jackson -- love her stamps. She started here in San Francisco and is now over the bridge in the east bay.
      And yes -- i met Niko at Ex Postal Facto and I love his work!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.....

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    2. Pamela, can you tell me the dimensions of your plastic storage boxes?

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    3. Sharon-- 9x12-1/4 x 1 and also 9x12-1/4 x 2-1/2

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  11. Wow! You are a hoot! Well, I have a friend visiting S.F. for 2 weeks AND I told her the places on your blog And what to look for ME!

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    1. How fun! Diaso and Itchi-ban-kah and MaiDo -- all in Japantown and the Chinese Joss shops on Jackson Street and Scrap and Rare Device and Flax and Caffe Puccini and the Ferry Plaza market and...well....the list goes on.....I'm sure she will have fun and I hope she gets you lots of goodies from SF!

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  12. Daiso is THE BEST! I live in Asia and shop at them all the time for art/craft supplies. They are a Japanese company. Oh I am a stamp junkie too - and I travel around the world collecting stamps : ) I've had them and carved in Vietnam and bought loads of wooden stamps in India and nepal. but no post men - love your little characters. wandering in from seth's blog : ) cheers from Singapore.

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    1. Cathy -- We have a Diaso here in San Francisco too -- in fact, a couple of them and I love them. Nice to meet another stamp junkie. Glad you stopped in from Seth's blog and nice to "meet" you! Thanks for the comment.

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  13. Great post, Pamela! Your stamp organization is superb. I love all of your postal-related stamps, as well as non-postal themed ones that you manage to turn postal. I got some lovely mail from you not long ago and SO appreciate hearing from you. Your stamp heads continue to be awesome and fun...I never get tired of seeing people make those! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Andria -- always nice to hear from you. Glad you are still enjoying the stamp heads.....And happily I can actually find the rubber stamp I am looking for now that I'm organized....

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  14. quitting the blog? but it is such a font of inspiration for so manY!
    mail on wing to you this morning!
    xo, polly

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