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Issue arrival time:
Spring: Early February
Summer: Early May
Fall: Early August
Holidays: Early November
STAMPING ALL YEAR LONG
The final decisions for artwork in the rubber stamp art book, Stamping All Year Long, have been made. Artists are being contacted. Look for more information about the book in the Fall issue of RSM. Thanks to everyone who submitted for the book.
FILM STRIP CHALLENGE
The newest TEMPLATE CHALLENGE involves FILM STRIPS. Click here for a PDF with images you can use in your artwork. The PDF also includes submission details. Feel free to use other film strip images besides the ones on the PDF. We're looking forward to seeing your film strip(s) come alive with stamped images and scenes.
Best New Stamper
Margaret Hubbard is the Summer issue's Best New Stamper. She hails from Kingston, Ontario, and has been stamping 20 years. Her artwork is featured in the Reinker column. The only requirement to be named Best New Stamper is that you haven't previously had your art published in RSM.
The Summer issue includes a story on stamp company owner, Vicki Blancq, known as Jambalaya. Her company Jambalaya's Stubby Stampers includes more than 4,000 images. Here's an excerpt from the story:
Stubby Stampers was started more than three decades ago by Andy and Charles Wright. Andy was a teacher and wanted to stamp her students’ papers with encouraging and fun images and phrases. Wanting more images than she could find back then, Andy began to make her own stamps. Other teachers soon were asking to buy her stamps, and the company Stubby Stampers was launched!
Current owner, Vicki Blancq, met Andy Wright at a craft show. "I was instantly hooked on stamping. Paper was my new obsession. I worked full time in retail, but when I retired around 2000, stamping took over my life. When the Wrights decided to retire, I couldn’t let Stubby Stampers go. It’s my life!” she said.
Early in 2014, Jambalaya and her husband Hank purchased the company and gave it a new name: Jambalaya Stubby Stampers. Their home in New Orleans houses the company's rubber works. There is no storefront, but shoppers are invited to visit http://www.stubbystampers.com.
Vicki Blancq of Jambalaya Stubby Stampers