home for the holidaysHome for the Holidays. "If you want to be happy in a million ways," goes the song, "for the holidays you can't beat home sweet home." Stampers create joyous scenes to celebrate the season.

Christmas Morning at Home by Sheril Cunning. (Stamp credits: Man and woman—100 Proof Press; candy canes—Stampa Barbara [Stamp A Mania]; big package—Rubber Stamps of America; girls—Neato Stuff; window, tiny packages, teddy bear—unknown; Christmas tree, holly—stickers.)
looking for adventure

Looking for Adventure. The Transportation theme inspired stampers to imagine all kinds of travel adventures. Some went by car, others by train, while one created her own "weinermobile." This quote from poet Anne Mehring speaks to their visions: "Travel. Move. Explore. Take mental pictures of each place and every memory will be filled with joy. Don't forget to pack your imagination."

IDo You Know the Way? by Collette De Grandpre. (Stamp credits: Ladies in swan car—Carmen’s Veranda [Lost Coast Designs]; alphabets—PSX; checkered road— Darcie’s; sun, tree—unknown. Paper by Jodie Lee for Pima Marketing.)

copic magic

Copic Magic. Sue Speck describes and shares her "Copic blending breakthrough!" Now she heads into her craft room and colors and blends her little heart out—with excellent results! You will, too, after reading her story in this issue.

Four Leaves by Sue Speck. (Stamp credit: Four Leaves—JudiKins. Copics: R39 Garnet, R05 Salmon Red, YR04 Chrome Orange, Y17 Golden Yellow, BG07 Petroleum Blue, BG02 New Blue, G46 Mistletoe, G24 Willow. Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Bazzill Raven. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bob Ross Gesso Black. Dies: Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Rectangles Short, Impression Obsession Tied Line.)

faux postage

A Pop-Out Card. Learn how to make three-dimensional cards that mimic window displays and also fold neatly into an envelope for mailing. Sherry Morley calls them "diorama cards" and they have become her favorite kind to make. Sherry provides a simple template for you to use, as well as detailed instructions for three pop-out cards. Two feature holiday images, while one has a year-round theme.

Supermoose by Sherry Morley. (Stamp credits: Cityscape—Hero Arts; Supermoose—Riley & Co.; tiny flag—Rosie’s Roadshow; cloud—Stampendous; sentiment—Impression Obsession; stars—Stamps by Judith.)


The Holidays 2015 issue also includes: 

• No Ordinary Ornament. Carolyn Hasenfratz provides step-by-step instructions and templates for making a shadowbox-type ornament.

• Stamping on Ceramic Tiles. Laura Pervier fashions holiday coasters that make wonderful gifts. Laura sells coasters at stamp shows in the northwest. Her booth sports a sign with a friendly cat banner indicating that she's "Under Kitty Supervision."

• Winter Wonderland. Snow-filled holiday greetings by Nadia Bayazitov.

• Visions of Christmas. Seasonal cards with a vintage flair in the Reinker column.

• Nature's Inspiration. Eye-catching texture and dimension make three holiday cards stand out from the rest.

• Stampin' Safari. Barbara Gibbons makes notebooks with animal themes. She describes her technique, which includes stamping on craft foam. The results are wonderful.

• Best New Stamper. After ordering stamps from RubberMoon and being encouraged by then-owner Debra Valoff, Jackie Grace took the plunge and submitted artwork to RSM. The result: she is now the Best New Stamper for this issue.

• Enjoying the Journey. Multi-media artist Lea Cioci started her artistic journey at a very young age, inspired by her father who was a carpenter and self-taught artist.

• Staying Up-to-Date. Calendars by four stampers provide ideas for making your own.

• Album of Elephants. From Africa with love from three stampers—one of whom has her elephants moving with the music.

• Stamp Stores. Find a stamp store in your neighborhood or somewhere you're visiting with this handy stamp store locator. Photographs from stores in New York, New York; Herndon, Virginia; and Ironwood, Michigan are featured.

• Spotlight. Reviews of Art Neko, Red Handed Rubber Stamps, BoBunny, and Invitations Everywhere, a book about Dee Gruenig of Posh Impressions by her husband Warren.

• Cover Artist. Nadia Bayazitov draws inspiration from her fun-loving family to create her wonderful cover art for this issue.

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

• RSM Bulletin Board. Find a pen pal, share a birthday greeting, enter a contest, read stamp company news, join a swap—all this and more can be found in the RSM Bulletin Board.