order your holiday gift certificates ASAP!

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We’ve all been there: sometimes, it is overwhelming to take part in the holiday-gifting rat race. The long lines, people arguing, a general feeling of grumpiness in every single store. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a holiday season where all the gifts are taken care of early, leaving you to actually enjoy the holidays with family, friends, and a mug of mulled cider?

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Red Handed Rubber Stamps is here to help! This year we are offering gift certificates for sale (in any denomination) for your favorite rubber stamper. Your holiday shopping just became hassle-free.

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If you’d like to purchase a gift certificate, follow the simple instructions below:

1: Email Jennie at redhandedrubber@gmail.com with the following information:

  • your name
  • name of recipient
  • dollar amount of gift certificate

2: I will type up an invoice for your purchase and email the invoice to you, with a total dollar amount for shipping. Payment for all gift certificate orders will be processed via Paypal (instead of the RHR online store) so that I can calculate “the real cost” of shipping. (The Square shopping platform makes it impossible to do this.)

3: Once your payment has cleared, I will send out your gift certificate! You will receive email confirmation that your item is on its way.

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Holiday shopping is one step closer to COMPLETED.

Red Handed elves are standing by to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll join you in front of the fireplace with a mug of cider in hand!

With inky fingers and lots of cheer —

Jennie

 

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new news from the land of Red Handed!

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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 (redhandedrubber@gmail.com) 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?

–JH

in the store: RHR visits Oblation Papers & Press in Portland, OR…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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(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.

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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.

–JH

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!

in the store: RHR visits Once Around in Mill Valley, CA!

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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.)

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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…

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(five-n-dime baubles, for sale in glass jars…)

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(fabric color coded and stacked in cubbies…)

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(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?…

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Every color of the stamp pad rainbow is represented here…

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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 —

–JH

holiday designs are “live” and in stores!

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.

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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…

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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!)

–JH

October: whatta whirlwind!

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October is one of my favorite months of the year: pumpkin pie, spooky Halloween decorations, and (believe it or not) a lot of birthday parties for friends (and my mum!) But 2014’s October has been exceptional and it’s not over yet!

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Remember in that previous blog post when I mentioned there would be store announcements for two new Red Handed venues? Well, due to the phenomena which I have recently dubbed “Awesome October”, there are FOUR new stores in three different cities where you can get your Red Handed fix!

Oblation Papers: Portland, OR

Analog Vintage: Washington, DC

Castle In The Air: Berkeley, CA

Once Around: Mill Valley, CA

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Having visited each store in person, I can say without hesitation that each one is a treasure chest of paper-y goodness, letter writing delights, and all sorts of gifts for giving. It is an honor to be on the shelves at Castle, Oblation, Analog, and Once Around because I am a huge, HUGE fan of each store (and the dear folks who run them.)

Don’t be shy — take a mini vacation and feast your eyes if you find yourself in the neighborhood of one of these fine establishments. I promise: it’s ABSOLUTELY worth it! (and you may end up finding a little “must have” treat for yourself…)

Stamping like a fiend —

–JH

 

great news from the RHR studio!

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Who doesn’t love a good art supply store? Flax Art and Design in San Francisco is one of the best and I am proud to announce that Red Handed Rubber Stamps are a new addition to their shelves! Head on over to the stationery department to take a gander at their specially arranged section of mail art and letter writing rubber, featuring RHR!

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What an honor to be residing right next to one of my rubber stamp heroes — Leavenworth Jackson! (it totally made my day.) Currently, Flax carries 10 – 12 different designs from the RHR line; they’re the “go to” place in San Francisco if you’re on the hunt for Red Handed items.

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I’ve been hard at work over at the Red Handed studio, preparing for this weekend’s SF Zine (pronounced “zeen”) Fest. SFZF2014 will be held in Golden Gate Park at the County Fair Building and I’m looking forward to seeing all of my long-time zinester and small press friends. If you’re interested in all things DIY and/or independently published books/ephemera, I’d encourage you to drop by.

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For those who are interested, I will have rubber stamps for sale at my table. RHR designs not currently stocked by Flax will be available. This is a special “one weekend only” opportunity to purchase directly from the source! Supplies are limited, so be sure to stop by early. I’ll be vending under the moniker of Red Letter Day at table #137.

Stampin’ it up in the best possible way —

JH