joy to the world

NEW LIFE. Nine stampers describe how stamping changed their lives. One who was destined to become an old lady with lots of cats is now destined to become an young lady with lots of stamps. Another tells about her 25 years of stamping adventures. Stamp company owner Mark Jetton turns in a "Failed Cover Idea."

Central section for "Failed Cover Idea" by Mark Jetton. (Stamp credits: Mini letter, other letters—Deadbeat Designs; woman—Leavenworth Jackson; others—unknown.)

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SUMMERTIME. Stampers share pastimes and scenes associated with the warmer time of year. One stamper likes to take trail rides. Another floats merrily downstream. A frog stays cool in a bubble bath and children dip their toes in a lily pond. The artwork here shows that anyone can relax on a porch swing—even a bear!

Summer Time by Linda Berge. (Stamp credits: All—Rosie's Roadshow.)


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IS THERE LIFE AFTER RUBBER. Since purchasing RubberStampMadness from the original owner in 1982, editor Rubberta Stampling has enjoyed working at her "dream job." She reminisces about the early days of the magazine, when there were no rainbow pads, die-cutting machines and rubber stamp conventions. All that has changed and RSM has changed, too. Read about her happy voyage from the past to the present.

How Rubber Changed My Life by Anne Stevenson was part of RSM #63, May/June 1992. This is one of Rubberta's favorites pieces from past issues. Two happy animals and a green-faced alien express the joy many people feel when taking up this hobby. Too bad the cat can’t get with the program. (Stamp credits: All—unknown.)

Stamping the Light

WHERE THE STAMPS ARE. RSM’s Stamp Store Guide provides helpful information about numerous stamp stores across the USA, two stores in Canada, and one in The Netherlands. If there isn't a store in your home town, perhaps you can find one when you’re on the road. Should you know of a stamp store not in the Store Guide, please send RSM the name and address—we’d like to add them to our Guide.

Tami Chronowski cuts a ribbon at her Washington, Illinois, stamp store, The Paper Forest.

 

The Summer 2018 issue also includes:

• Tips & Techniques. Kim Victoria shares a simple tie-dye technique.

• Stampfest and Fabric Stamping. In the Fall of 1983, the first Stampfest gathering took place. With a focus on eraser carving, this retreat has continued, with the most recent taking place last September. Kat Okamoto, describes how participants stamped on cloth napkins during the latest retreat. The results were varied, practical and beautiful.

• The Birds of Summer. Our fine, feathered friends are featured in The Reinker column. Learn also about the winner of the WOW! Embossing Contest.

• A Whole New World. Joyce Owen discovers her inner artist and creative spirit after watching a crafting show at TV about rubber stamping.

• Flower Power. Linda Accuosti tells how to use die cuts and paper towels to fashion colorful floral embellishments.

• Advertisers Rock! RSM expresses gratitude for support from long-time advertisers.

• Galleria. Stampers capture the timeless beauty and harmony of flowers.

• The Card Shoppe. Pam Korte has a passion for paper and loves making joyful cards.

• Best New Stamper. Anne Helms was "honored and excited" to be given this title for the Summer issue.

• Cover Artist. Nadia Bayazitov's cover reflects the serenity of country life.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of The Ink Pad, The Stampin' Place, Jim Stephan's Rubber Art Ink and Toomuchfun Rubberstamps.

• Looking Ahead. It's easy to submit artwork for publication in RSM. You'll find all the information you need in this column or by clicking http://www.rsmadness.com/submissions.html. We look forward to seeing what you’ve stamped!

• RSM Bulletin Board. Find a pen pal, ask for birthday greetings, enter a contest, read stamp company news, join a swap—all this and more in the RSM Bulletin Board.