Legendary FIlm Strips. Stepping up the challenge to create stamp art based on film strips, this section features pieces by 10 talented stampers. A film strip Valentine, an homage to Andy Warhol, a personal story and more are included. One stamper even used "real" film strips on her artwork. Another placed Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Luci and Dezi and Elvis on hers. And then, there's a call for "A Little Whimsey."

A Little Whimsey by Susanne Rose. (Stamp credits: All—Viva Las VegaStamps!)


Stamping Retreats. A report on stampers gathering together to learn new techniques, share ideas and have fun. Retreats hosted by Tonya Weakley in Illinois, Mickey Woodcock in the United Kingdom and Stampscapes-focused retreats by Karen Wallace in Illinois are described in detail, along with photos and ideas for setting up your own stamping retreat.

A well-attended Stampscapes retreat in Savanna, Illinois included these stampers: front row, left to right: Marge Dady, Trena Brannon; row 2: Pat Anderson, Kevin Nakagawa, Mirjam Das, Barb Gibbons, Trish Hilbrand, Melanie Trainor; row 3: Lynette Etzel, Linda Grady, Cheryl Miller, Tonya Weakley, Loretta, Nancy Dawes; back row: Karen Wallace, Carol Fosdick,
JoAnn Valeriano, Bev Thiem, Pat Moore and Sandy Knecht.

PS I love You

P.S. I Love You. There's lots of love in RubberStampLand and stampers love to share their affection through their artwork. The artists in this section interpret this theme of P.S. I Love You in many ways. All scenes were stamped "from the heart." Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Shades of the Past: A section of Janene A. Jackson's full-page artwork. (Stamp credits: Bicycle, group of three posts—Inkadinkado [EKSuccess]; girl—Repeat Impressions; grassy dune—Rubberstamp Ave; leafy branches —Rubberstamp Tapestry; single dune—Seaside Stampin' Ink; bird—Stampin' Up!; spooky branch —Stampscapes; sentiment—Verses Rubber Stamps.)

Dutch Tile Blues

Dutch Tile Blues. Blue on white is recognized as a symbols of Dutch style and history. Delft tiles began to appear all of Europe in the 17th century. Twenty-first century stampers, Linda Accuosti and Diane Tignor put this simple color scheme to use in their stamp art, mimicking the look of these tiles. They describe their technique in this feature story.

Home is Where the Heart Is by Linda Accuosti. (Stamp credits: Flower—Rubber Monger, windmill—Stampin' Up!; heart—Rubber Stampede.)


The Spring 2016 issue also includes:

• Doin' the Bunny Hop. A story about Bunny Wotherspoon's nearly six-decade rubber stamp adventure.

• The ATC Shoppe. "Hello Mr. Roboto" was Cinda Bauer's response to purchases made at a rubber stamp convention. Four charming ATCs came to life once these new stamps became part of her collection.

• Storytelling with Stamps. Join Brenda Clark, a talented stamper who loves to tell stories with her stamps. Two quarreling sisters, a lonely traveler and an undersea adventure are the topics for scenes shared in this issue of RSM.

• The Beauty of Nature. UK stamper Sammy-Jo Woodward lets her art-light shine, sharing tips and techniques used on five beautiful scenes.

• The Butterfly Effect. An gallery of artwork showcasing four different approaches to stamping butterflies.

• Black & White Plus One. Three collages on this theme feature nature, rays of the sun and a cheery "Hello!".

• Short Takes. Carol Thomas is inspired to hop on a plane and visit two stamp stores as a special birthday gift to herself. A report on party time at All Night Media back in the 1980s.

• Best New Stamper. Michele Kosciolek brings her unique talent to the Film Strip Challenge and is the Best New Stamper for this issue.

• Cover Artist. Christina Hecht loves to send and receive letters, which gave her inspiration for this issue's cover art on the P.S. I Love You theme.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Rubber Stamp Companies. A two-page list leading you to the best locations to purchase stamps and stamping supplies.

• Spotlight. Reviews of JudiKins, StampDiva, Paper Sweeties, and Rosie's Roadshow.

• 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

• 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.