Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stamps Recreated



Whenever I visit my parents in Chico, CA. I try to stop by The Penny Ranch. It is a shop filled with baseball cards, coins, comic books and a lot of collectibles. I go there for the postage stamps. The owner knows I don't want valuable stamps but just a lot of old cancelled stamps.  He brings out shoe boxes and old cigar boxes filled with them. I usually buy those boxes from him.  I like the cigar boxes as much as the stamps. He also sells me a lot of old letters and he knows I love airmail envelopes.  I will save most of those images  for another post. Here is a collection of some of my boxes that have come home with me for my art, collage, card making and my creative re-use workshops.







I started a "Stamp Cake" series using the cancelled postage stamps. They are so much fun to make and I am working on a series to reproduce. I cannot make them by hand fast enough to keep up with all the birthdays. The cake stand is made from discarded book pages, junk mail, and the insides of security envelopes. I cut the candles out from the sides of vintage airmail envelopes and the flames from are made from scrap paper. 

















I could not resist putting in one image of some of the old letters I have bought
from The Penny Ranch. I am working on some collage pieces with these envelopes and stamps.


16 comments:

  1. Such a good idea! I love old stamps and I love making cards. I'm already thinking about what I might make...

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    1. Thanks Simone. We should trade stamps! I bet you have some lovely stamps in your country. It is endless with paper and stamps and more isn't it?

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  2. Ok, you DO know you are killing me here. Those stamps are fabulous and I want them all. Your creations are even more fabulous. And excellent photos! When you post you really post!

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  3. Pamela shared this post to facebook where I just came across it and I agree with her, those piles of stamps are to die for and your cakes are so very cool! Cheers, Carroll

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    1. big mamabird -- thanks for visiting my friends blog!

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  4. Thank you so much Carroll. The cakes have been so much fun to make. I will have to thank Pamela for sharing on F.B. Pamela's art work and her blog are an inspiration to me!

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  5. Ok, I am saving this post, the stamps and envelopes make me drool and those cakes are a great idea! Pamela, thank you for sharing the link ;)

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    1. Very welcome, TomoyoHime-- I love to see what Monica is up to and she takes great photos.

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  6. Hi, these are very nice ideas! I love it.
    I'm coming over Cappuccino and Art Journal / facebook to your blog.

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    1. Hi helen -- say hello on my blog sometime too, ok? Love to hear from you.
      --Pamela @ CappuccinoAndArt

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  7. Those stamp cards are fabulous!!! And drooling over your shopping finds.. I love it when a store owner gets to know you and can set aside the things that you like.

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  8. Thanks tamdoll-- I go see my parents this weekend and will stop at the Penny Ranch. I wonder what awaits me?!
    Monica

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  9. I love these cards! Why can't I ever think of neat stuff to do like this? I love what you and Pamela Gerard post. Thank you, both!
    instagram @tanyasbag
    twitter @tanyam07

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  10. Thank you Tanya! I see Pamela is posting "eye" candy on FB during her trip.

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  11. Monica, where's this shop you're talking about? I really envy you! Really, if they ship overseas I'd love to get at least one box, willing to pay for it! I know I won't be able to sleep after going over your blog :)

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    1. This is a shop in Chico, CA. It is my hometown and I visit each time I visit my parents. It has been there since I was a child. Where do you live and what do you want to buy? I could ask them if they ship overseas. They are an small one family shop.

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