Bombshell Stamps just released additions to the line. Yippee! I can’t wait for my order to show up!
Holy moley! Can it really be 2 weeks since I last posted? I can’t believe how busy I’ve been. Got lots to talk about so let’s catch up, shall we?
Like most long-time stampers, I faced the day almost 2 years ago that I was running out of room for all my wood mounted stamps. I already had a mix of mounted & unmounted stamps. So I decided to unmount all my wood mounted stamps. Oh no! The horror! lol! What’s a girl to do?? For all you wood mounted purists, I can hear your hearts breaking. I had no choice…there was literally no more room.
I started this project very naively. Figured it was no big deal. Just a few weeks of work. Maybe a month or 2 at the most. I purchased about 20 sheets of cling foam on line from Sunday International since no one local had it & got started. I am a complete idiot. It took me almost a year to finish the ones I already had. I also didn’t take into account any new ones I would purchase along the way – both mounted & unmounted – that needed to be mounted on the cling foam. Guess who tries to buy mostly unmounteds now? That’s right, me! Why, you ask? Because I neglected to mention that not all companies use the same methods or adhesives to mount the stamp to the wood. I learned that the hard way…after many blisters & broken nails. I had to finally put some in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften them enough to remove from the wood mount.
I also didn’t plan in advance a system to catalog each one. Yeah I know, I’m an idiot. I already told you. At first I decided to stamp the image on an index card and write the company name on each card. This was taking too long. Then I get the bright idea that I should just yank the indexing sticker from the wood mount since the stamp company name is on there and just paste or tape it to an index card. Ah, so much easier! And yet so dumb! What about the stamps that don’t have an indexing sticker? What about the stamps that have the index image printed directly on the wood? Like I said, no advance planning. I had purchased a new printer that had a scanner & got the bright idea to scan the images by company. I could then keep them in a file by company in my laptop. Genius! Ok, not so much. I still have a box of indexes that need to be scanned.
So here we are, almost 2 years later. 95% of my stamps are now on cling foam. Still trying to organize a good system to catalog everything. I have a huge collection of stamps – combination regular rubber & clear. And I’m running out of room again!