Winter Trees
FOODIES.
According to Wikipedia, “A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.” As you peruse food-related stamped art you'll find gingerbread men, cupcakes, a tongue-in-cheek recipe for Chicken Alfredo and a very happy cooker who doesn't have time to clean up her kitchen. Our fine-feathered friends feast on bird seed, while a kitchen that harks to days gone by brings back fond memories.

Vintage Kitchen by Yvonne Jenks. (Stamp credits: Woman—Carmen’s Veranda [Lost Coast Designs]; refrigerator, stove, wall clock—Stamp ‘N’ Doodle; mop—Graphic Rubber Stamp; light switch, wall plug—Neato Stuff.)
heavenly vistas

HEAVENLY VISTAS. Amazing cloud-theme artwork can open one's eyes to the beauty and drama unfolding overhead. There's wonder in the skies—be it soft, nursery-rhyme visions or a powerful tornado. One stamper was inspired by the technology of data storage exemplified in a new buzzword, “the cloud." Another took a Native American idea and stamped out Spirit in the Sky. In all, nine stamped pieces provide an opportunity to look at clouds "from both sides now."

Doreen Whips Up a Mean Tornado by Louise Coates. (Stamp credits: Lady with washer—Ken Brown Stamps [American Art Stamps]; tornado (partial)—Viva Las VegaStamps!; clouds—Leavenworth Jackson; tree line, two grass stamps—Beeswax; rain—Rubber Stampede; house (partial)—unknown.)


southern hospitality


SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY.
There's plenty cooking with the Savannah Stampers, who've been meeting for more than 20 years. Meetings include food—good food. At one point the idea of a recipe card exchanged was put forth and accepted. In fact, there have been two such projects over the years. Three recipe cards are shared in the story, which includes photos of each recipe cardmaker.

Crock Pot Chicken & Rice Soup by Wanda Lee. (Stamp credit: Chicken, wire background—Great Impressions.)

Wonders of Winter

FROM STAMPERS WITH LOVE. A Happy Valentine's Day Album provides eight different takes on ways to say "I Love You." From an ATC titled Be Mine to a cover-sized rebus titled Feb 14, this album provides plenty of ideas for making your own valentines.

Good For One Kiss by Diane Akers. (Stamp credits: Large, striped heart—Azadi Earles; Good for a Kiss Anytime ticket—Inkadinkado; checked heart—Rubber Stampede; small, double outline heart—Hampton Art; Good For One Kiss ticket—unknown.)

 

The Spring 2017 issue also includes:

• Stamps & Dies. A host of stamp companies offer coordinating sets of stamps and dies to make the process of cutting out stamped images quick and painless. Five sample cards and a list of resources for these products is included with this story.

• Fabulous Backgrounds.Steps for using alcohol inks for backgrounds on a variety of surfaces.

• Say it With Stamps. Meet Midwest stamper Wanda Hentges, whose cards combine inspiring sentiments with beautiful imagery.

• Tag Shoppe. Three stampers use the small canvas of a tag to tell stories and provide gifts for friends. Each artist shares tips explaining how her tag was made.

• Images of Special Woman. The Reinker followed her dream to create a stamp line. Working with Stacy Stamps, her first designs honor special women in her life.

• Eclectic Expressions. Kim Rippere found her passion in papercrafting.

• Best New Stamper. Alison Gervase earns this issue's honors with her wonderful—and moveable—valentine.

• The Cover Artist. Spring is picnic time. Terri Scalise Hamm gathered inspiration from children's books to fashion her marvelous cover art for this issue.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Short Takes. Learn about Dictionary Art Journaling, a gigantic stamp, letterboxing and the editor's visit to Savannah, Georgia. Helpful travel tips are also included.

• Spotlight. Reviews of SAR, Highlander Celtic, Delicata Inks and a new book for stampers.

• 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.