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Friday, January 8, 2016

Put a Stamp on It!

A good pal of mine gave me a big bag of stamps and it has been such fun sorting them and playing with them....
Can you ever have too many stamps?
(the correct answer is no)

There are so many categories to sort them into....by country, by color, air mail, postal related, birds, flowers, horses, heads (of course!).....

It's a good thing I bought a lot of these clear boxed with compartments at Itchi-Ban-Kan.
Even I have to admit the sorting can get a little tiring so sometimes you've just got to play....

Stamp Head time!
I made four stamp head postcards for a Mail Me Some Art Swap.....
Here is the swap!!!
You will have to work fast and get yours in the mail by January 11 -- Monday -- but you can do it, I know you can.
I whipped mine out fast.


Adding some dialog is always fun too. I try to imagine what they are talking about...

This guy is reading a book...(I tried to find an animal stamp to put on that lower left lion (or whatever he is) but I ran out of time...



The "Heads" get their very own box. I can tell you, white males get the most stamps....I'm just sayin'. If you aren't a queen and you're a woman your chances of being on a stamp don't look real good. I love the Eva Peron stamps though.....I am sending her on some good trips.


Helen Keller on a stamp from Spain. Sorry, Helen, I just couldn't resist......

INCOMING
Here's what Christie Juhasz sent me using some old stamps -- pretty great, don't you think?

What would YOU do with an airmail envelope filled with stamps?

Why don't you tell me? I am going to close my eyes and pick one name from the blog comments and I will send one person some stamps,
Who collects stamps for art projects? What do you make? What are your favorite countries for stamps? How do you store them?

I have more stamp-related projects and I'll show you soon. In the meantime, I am back to sorting and playing with stamps.

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41 comments:

  1. GREAT mmsa entries.. and blog post.

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    1. Thanks, FinnBadger -- nice of you to say!

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  2. I used to collect stamps as a kid. I just love the colors and cool pictures. When I was in my early 20s, a neighbor of my boyfriend (now husband) gave us some WWII stamps - and I have no idea what happened to them, unfortunately. I really like airmail stamps from the US, but I don't know why. I use stamps in my art journal and in making cards. I think they make really cool focal images for card fronts combined with washi tape and cool paper. I also like butterfly stamps. I organize them in clear envelopes by type - such as butterflies, flowers, US, dinosaurs, etc. I love your head stamp people but I cannot do them as I am a bit literal. Tell you what: if you send me some cool stamps, I will make you some cool cards, with some extras to send to others :)

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    1. That's a lovely offer, Dawn C -- and oh yes--I use stamps in my travel journals too.

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  3. I love your stampheads! I've never tried, but I want to start with this. Must be too funny!

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    1. Eva A -- making Stamp Heads is really fun. I have gotten some amazingly creative ones in the mail from my mail art pals. They are harder to do than you'd think but once you get into it it is a lot of fun.....

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  4. Hi, the cards with the stamps are looking beautiful.
    I've many stamps too. Sometimes I create cards with stamps too. But not so much like you do.
    Thanks for showing.
    Best wishes, helen

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    1. Thanks, helen -- always appreciate a comment and I am glad you liked the cards.....

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  5. Love your stamp heads, mine went out yesterday! I just got a bag of 600 stamps from Etsy, in a big envelope with 10--count 'em--10 uncancelled stamps as postage! Whoo Hoo!

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    1. 600 stamps from Etsy? That sounds fun! And score -- on those uncanceled stamps.Have fun creating with them.

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  6. I love the stamp head projects at MMSA. I have some stamps and have been looking for some projects to do with them. I will occasionally pull them out and look at them with my sons. Sometimes we will look up the people on the stamps to learn about them, or to learn about the country.

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    1. Looking up the country or people with your sons is a terrific idea, Timdani. Thanks for sharing that...and thanks for the comment...

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  7. I'm new at collecting stamps. But I like to add stamps to decorate my notecards or writing paper. I love what you've done with the postcards! I enjoy your blog.
    Elaine

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    1. Thank you, Elaine T -- always lovely to hear from someone new. using stamps to decorate your writing paper is certainly a good idea too....

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  8. Pamela,
    Once again this is an inspiring post... I am not sure I can make those Stamp Heads by Monday but maybe maybe I can. I know I want to do it. Thanks for the reminder and a look your stamp collection. You do so much great work in your studio!

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    1. monicelee -- you are a queen of stamps -- I adore those birthday cake cards you made using stamps (and the ticket ones too). You are incredibly creative and inspiring.

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  9. Although stamp heads are not my thing to make, I always get inspired by yours! I am going to put the stamps you sent me to good use. I am going to mention you and your blog on mine, when I post about them. ^^

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    1. Cool -- TomoyoHine -- I will look forward to seeing what you do with the stamps i sent you and seeing your blog post.

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  10. I use my stamps to make birthday cakes and the airmail edge on the envelops are candles. Hey, maybe my name will be drawn out of the comments and a surprise will come my way! I JUST got out my stamps and maybe maybe I will get the stamp heads out on the 11th! I am trying to anyway.

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    1. monicalee -- your cards are A-MAZING!!!! You are just so creative. I wanted to put photos on here of the cards you made but I didn't think I should.....but if anyone is interested they should click your blog on the sidebar -- The Artful ReCrafter.

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  11. pamela: lovelovelove this post! & the glimpses at your organizational strategies! ok, so first i would duly ogle and fondle said philatelic treasure. again & again. then me and the glu-stik would get busy....i store in old cigar boxes and tins and a few plastic totes like you pictured. i esp. swoon over magyar post stamps....but rarely does any stamp fail to please....

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    1. I like Magyar stamps too....and i am laughing over the ogling and fondling........you are so funny.

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  12. My stamps are like all other things in my house.... here, there, and sometimes everywhere

    Love the tag that you did!

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    1. Well, Dori -- stamps all over the house sounds good to me.

      And I'm very happy to hear you liked that tag because I made it for YOU!! I really shouldn't have posted it before sending it to you but I couldn't resist.....

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  13. What a wondrous collection of stamps! I like those plastic boxes. I currently have all mine separated in envelopes which I suppose is better than no sorting but not as cool as those boxes. I received your MMSA swap cards today - they are even better in person! Thank you, too for the extra head stamps. One can never have too many head stamps!! Or any other stamps, for that matter! And, thank you for the kind words about my post card (shown above). Christie

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    1. Hi Christie -- oh! I am happy my cards got you ok in that brightly colored envelope. Hope you get lots of good ones for the swap. I loved that postcard you made for me -- in fact, i love everything you make for me.

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  14. I love the stamp heads, especially Helen Keller!

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  15. I love it all--the darling little box you have them organized in, the variety of stamps, and your wonderful stamp-head post cards! As someone already said, that tag is very cool as well. I think stamps are a bit like a sprinkle of sunshine, and they remind me of a time when things were less complicated. I still have the stamp books I filled when I was a little girl. :-)

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  16. Michele -- so great that you have the stamp books you filled as a little girl. I wish i did -- but a good friend who grew up in Poland gave me her stamp album from when she was little and I treasure it. I am happy there are so many stamp lovers out there -- they are little treasures, aren't they?

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  17. Great sorting and even better play. Wonderful stamp heads. xox

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    1. Thanks, Corrine -- you know those Stamp Heads are always fun to make.

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  18. Years ago my daughter got a large tin full of cancelled stamps from an elderly friend of ours. They were from her correspondence with people all over the world over a period of many, many years. When my daughter left for college I acquired the tin. Take it, she said, and I've been enjoying them ever since. Collage heaven, right! Thanks for sharing and maybe I'll finally sort the remainder of mine. Or not.

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    1. mim -- we do love our stamps, don't we? I have a bunch still in a box and they are not organized....kind of fun to reach in and get a handful of random stamps....i used stamps today in a little accordion book I made....

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  19. what fun! love the whimsy and wow... what a collection!!

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    1. thanks, Caterina -- so many art projects to do with the stamps -- they are going fast!

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  20. A bit belated here (I'm behind catching up with my favorite blogs), but I just had to say, the thought of having too many stamps...! You are so funny! Of course the correct answer is no!

    I love your cards. I enjoy your philatelic creations!

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    1. It is never too late to join the party, Paper Chipmunk -- and of course we know we can never have too many stamps! LOL. And thank YOU for the lovely, stamped mail i got last week.

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  21. I wish I had one of those boxes for my stamps! The store doesn't have an online catalogue, though. :( Oh well...

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    1. Sandra L. -- you can find those boxes in quite a few other places -- but they are more expensive. Container store had some and hardware stores usually have them and sometimes Target....they are popular for fishing lures and nails so a hardware store might be your best bet....good luck.

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