Where it all began

So we are currently in lockdown here in the UK due to the Corona virus/COVID19. What better time to get some stamping done. I have been thinking for a while of starting a YouTube channel or at least recording my creations in a more streamlined way. So today I thought I’d share what I plan will be my starting point. Where it all began, no not my life story but rather how I got into Rubber Stamping as my preferred form of crafting.

I lived in South London when I was first married and there was a lovely place nearby called Merton Abbey Mills. There were fantastic independent shops selling handmade items, entertainment and exotic street food stalls. It had such a vibrant, fun atmosphere that we would head there most Sundays to have a nose around the Boot Fair or pick up some gifts or food. There was a store there called Booktree, mainly at that time selling books relating to many different crafts. It was run by husband and wife team Frank and Jenny. I wandered in there one day 29 years ago, (I remember because my son was two and he’s now 31) and discovered a small selection of wooden blocks with a rubber design which could be inked and printed onto card or paper. Jenny was happy to give me a demonstration and I was hooked. I have always been creative, (I did spend two years at art school but most of that time was spent drinking) but felt I couldn’t draw well, so here was my solution. I could choose a design, ink and stamp it, add some colour and I’d made a card.

The rest is history, I ended up working there until my family and I relocated to the South Coast. Here Frank and Jenny opened another rubber stamping and craft store which I managed until they retired and closed it. I was lucky enough to have some money which I used to open my own shop in a nearby town and I ran that for 7 years. I still run a Stamp Club where 12 or so ladies meet monthly to stamp together.

Here is the first stamp I ever bought, if you know me you’ll know I love sunflowers. It’s from hero Arts, one of my favourite US stamp companies.


3 thoughts on “Where it all began

  1. The sunflower stamp from Hero Arts caught my eye! It also was one of my first stamps back in the mid-1990’s. Mine came part of a set with some other flower and butterfly stamps. I still have them! I’ve never stopped rubber stamping after all these years, although there have been times I’ve been more or less into it. I still use wood block stamps exclusively. Here in the US, rubber stamping is not as popular as it was back then, and for a few years now I often find wood rubber stamps in charity thrift shops very inexpensively. I’ve moved back into a “more” phase of stamping due to finding so many great stamps for cheap! I have several blogs, and one is about postal letter writing and I sometimes have posts about rubber stamps and cards.


  2. Thank you for your comment Laura. I still treasure my old wood-mounted stamps. I will look up your blogs. x


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