Happy May Day Red Handed friends!
Although the gorgeous weather outside beckons, I’m taking a moment share some new springtime happenings on the RHR blog. I hope you’ll be as excited as I am — change is in the air and I can hardly wait to share.
The biggest thing you may notice is the addition of an “ordering online” page. This is something RHR fans have been asking for since the beginning and I’ve figured out a way to make it happen!
How’s that? Follow the easy-as-pie steps below!
- Take a look at the updated “ordering online” page of this very blog; download both the retail terms for online orders (our FAQ for ordering) and RHR spring 2016 catalog (all current Red Handed designs) PDFs. Both documents should download easily and open within your browser.
- once you’ve made some stamp-tastic decisions, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) outlining your order; usually I can assemble your stamps the same day and ship within 48 hours (subject to your selected payment method.)
- Voila! You’ve just ordered Red Handed Rubber Stamps online.
Yes, it’s true that I am in the process of building an online store. But as some of you may know: OMG IT TAKES FOREVER. So this is a work around of sorts — sort of like the “soft opening” before the actual storefront opens.
And the other exciting bit of news? New designs are coming! With any luck, they will debut at the end of June, just in time for your July/August vacation postcard needs. If you’re interested in keeping up on RHR studio news, be sure to follow us on Instagram (@redhandedrubberstamps) for sneak peeks.
WHEW! That’s a big bundle of excitement. Time for me to go outside and play, have an ice cold beverage, and dream of mountains of rubber stamps! What’s a lovely spring day without some thought of inky fingers?
Exciting news to share with inky fingered stampers throughout the kingdom: “Winter 2015” designs are posted on the “Products” page of the RHR website! Take a look and you’ll see some decidedly bookish themes, along with a handful of San Fran-centric images and our usual flavors of carefully chosen retro wackiness! If your local stamping goods/paper craft store doesn’t yet carry Red Handed Rubber Stamps, urge them to get in touch ASAP — we don’t bite, and we’re here to scratch your rubber itch!
More “action snaps” of the new designs soon, I promise…
Well, your intrepid rubber stamp monger (that’s me!) has done plenty of galavanting around these last few weeks! It was my supreme pleasure to stop by Oblation Papers & Press in Portland over the holidays while visiting my family.
From the first moment inside the store, I felt like I had come home. The hustle and bustle of shoppers, displays of stationery and hand bound journals, the constant clank of Chandler & Price presses — these were my people.
Although distracted by beautifully printed calendars and the process of handmade paper being created in the store’s “Urban Paper Mill”, I was a woman on a mission. Where were the rubber stamps? And specifically: where were the Red Handed rubber stamps? I was soon directed to a swoon-worthy corner of the store…
(what you can’t see: the stacks of airmail and glassine envelopes filled with vintage postage!)
“stationery with an ‘e’ ” and “book post” seemed especially appropriate here, all things considered! And based on the remaining inventory at the time, I’d say a few folks received RHR from Mr. Claus.
Because it was precariously close to Christmas Day, I scooped up a couple of last minute gifts. I may or may not have picked up a treat for myself as well. (how can anyone resist that display of bookbinding tools, so close to the register?!?!)
Should you find yourself in NW Portland with a bit of free time on your hands, visiting Oblation is the perfect thing to inspire, whether you’re looking for a timeless fountain pen or a perfectly pressed bon mot. What can I say? There’s no substitute for sublime shopping experiences.
PS: I would like to give a special thank you to Norrie at Oblation who kindly let me take photos inside the store and be a bit fan-girly. Thanks a bundle!
Right before the Christmas insanity, I had the great good fortune to visit Once Around in Mill Valley, CA. This charming, cheerful storefront was the perfect antidote for a rainy day (and boy, was it RAINING.)
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Once Around, you’re missing out on something special. What is that something? Why, a little bit of EVERYTHING…
(five-n-dime baubles, for sale in glass jars…)
(fabric color coded and stacked in cubbies…)
(a fine selection of Red Handed Rubber stamps!)
Once Around is your one-stop-shopping adventure for rubber stamping goods, RHR or otherwise! Look at that beautiful “airmail” rubber stamp! And how about that gent writing letters in the lower left hand corner?…
Every color of the stamp pad rainbow is represented here…
However, your eyes keep returning to the incredible selection of rubber stamps! Tiny arrow by RHR? They’ve got it! How about “by airmail” or “good for one ride in San Francisco”? Once Around can help you out.
Helpful staffers are knowledgeable in all aspects of crafting, sewing, and creating: questions are encouraged and opinions are freely given (in the right kind of way!) Classes and workshops on offer are a great way for all age groups to acquire new skills. Can’t make it to a workshop? The Once Around blog features a “Craft of the Week” that is sure to get you creating.
Stamping it up all over the place —
Some of the first “shared mail” of 2015 is actually mail that arrived at the RHR PO box back in October 2014. Ooops — remember when I mentioned in a previous post how crazy-busy October was? Yep. It was like that.
San Francisco gal JU13 and I have been long-time correspondents. Clever collage skills and bountiful use of rubber stamps hallmark each and every piece of mail JU13 mail that arrives at my box. The envelope above was sent around October 31st…
…while this postcard was sent a few days earlier (Oct. 27th, to be exact.) I love the fact that the postal “spray cancel” (a finger turning off a light switch) is splattered right over the top of that dame’s nose; could it be a co-incidence? Or a post office prank?
Keep on mailin’ in the new year!
Deck the halls indeed! I’ve updated the “Products” page of the RHR website with all-new RHR holiday designs. You’ll see lots of jolly Santa smiles, as well as a handful of not-so-seasonal themes: postal, vintage San Francisco, and some additional oddities close to my heart.
I’m thrilled to report that The Ink Pad (NYC), Flax Art & Design (SF), and Castle In The Air (Berkeley, CA) are carrying most (if not all!) of the Red Handed rubber line. Shopping for your favorite stamper? Or better yet: perhaps you’ve finished all of your holiday shopping? Let RHR stuff your stocking AND be the gift that keeps on giving…
Here’s a final tidbit of news: I’d like to give a shout out to Kept Creations in Whitman, MA; they are the most recent vendor to pick up the Red Handed line! Kim and the gang have a fantastic selection of for mixed media and paper crafters, as well as a roster of top-notch instructors (Hi Mandy! Hey there Kelly K.!) Stop by, say hi, and get caught Red Handed!
May your days be merry and bright (and your stamping be glittering and embossed!)
…it’ll be Christmas!
The RHR elves are hard at work (well, ok — that’s ME) designing up a new collection of yuletide rubber for your kringle-tastic card-making endeavors! Within the next week or so, be on the lookout for updates to the RHR “products” page; I’ll post the new designs over there. In the meantime, be sure you have enough cherry red, inky black, and pine green stamp pads — you’re gonna need ’em!
Holiday cheer and LOTS of firm impressions!