Wednesday, 20 October 2010

WOYWW 72 – the one without the snappy title

I’m very glad we have WOYWW. Without it, Wednesday would pass by in a blur and get forgotten. We’d also find ourselves saying “OMG, where HAS the month gone”, rather than “OMG, where HAS the week gone”. Vitally important, that. We all think it’s making the weeks go by really fast but in actual fact it’s punctuating the month quite nicely, thank you very much, and slowing time down a tad.

OK, I’ve waffled enough. You don’t want to hear my mad ramblings….. hmmmm….I’ve heard that somewhere before…. *ROFLMAO*

We’re here for one thing and one thing only. Our illustrious, standing-in-for-Shopkeeper-Gal, Julia has this fab blog HERE where you will find out more about the wonder that is WOYWW. Go see. No, don’t go see, not yet anyway…. Heheheh

I think I’m playing a game with you guys without realising it. It’s called “see if you can work out what has changed on my desk this week….” The study books are still there but the CJ is actually open (*can I just add that it's not my entry page - didn't want to spoil the surprise for Alison, whose CJ it is, so am showing her own page!). We now also have the addition of a new storage box for my paltry collection of Copics (Silly Monkey Crafts has them on special at the mo, so I’m trying to work out how to extend my collection a little…..) and you might just spy a Joanna Sheen stamp of a lilac. This is for use in the CJ. I’ve been decidedly tardy in getting that one out in the post! To cap it all, the stamps I was originally going to use have also been used on the first page, and Mr B was cross with me for wanting to use the same ones. So – horror of horrors, hardship of hardships *snigger* – I’ve had to buy some NEW stamps to use. I’ll use the original one as well, but I need to modify it somewhat….



I have also figured that if I’m to use that button over there to the right… yes, that one, the one that says “Major Stamp Addiction”, I ought to put my money where my mouth is and show you guys what gives me the right to use it.

Voila.


In almost all these drawers (what’s that, 16?) there are stamps. Rubber stamps, acrylic stamps, see through stamps, un-mounted, wood mounted, kling on and EZ mounted. Wheels and medallions, borders and corners, cute and artsy – you name it. But it’s not all of them, no siree! There’s also, lurking somewhere, a postcard album filled with my un-mounted celtic knotwork stamps. As you can see, a real addiction. I tried counting them once. Did a rough guesstimate. And didn’t dare tell my then husband that it was somewhere in the region of 500. That was 4/5 years ago….. oops. Admittedly, some of them are TINY. Like the Stamp Tapestry peg stamps (got about 4 sets of those…..). So what would you do? Count them individually, or as a set? After all, I do use them individually on other projects where I don't use the whole set...

I’m a big fan of getting as much as you can for as little outlay as poss. Like buying medieval tile stamps from The Stampsmith – a WHOLE A4 sheet of them, about 25 stamps…. Cool….. I rarely buy wood mounted stamps these days – I simply cannot justify spending ten quid on a stamp when I can get a whole sheet of them for that. It has to be REALLY special (or a Hollyberry House medallion) for me to splurge like that!

The drawers themselves are labelled according to theme, but I think I’m in need of a bit of a sort out. "Miscellaneous", for example, is bursting at the seams – I need to create a new drawer for “Architectural” for a start. The one labelled “Fauna” may well need to be divided up into “Animals” and “Winged Creatures”. But under those circumstances, where would I stick the dragons? In “Fantasy” or “Winged Creatures”. The mind boggles….

And whilst we are on the subject of storage of stamps, as you can see from my medieval drawer (below) , my weapon of choice used to be the flat Ferrero Rocher boxes. They are the perfect depth for wood mounted stamps, and stack quite nicely too. They also hold a lot of UMs. I have more of those than I really want to admit to, though I will say that my post -Christmas gift from Mum used to include a stack of them she’d rounded up from her friends.


My fave companies? Anything with a decent Angel policy, for a start (hear that, Hero Arts?). But actual companies – Third Coast Rubber are top of my list. Stampsmith, Clarity, Crafty Individuals, Paper Artsy, Magnolia, Sarah Kay, De Stempelwinkel, Katzelkraft…..I could go on, and on, and on…. Which manufacturers always make you reach for your bank card without too much hesitation?



OK, that’s it. You can go now…… See you around!

32 comments:

Candace said...

so much stash! I wouldn't know where to begin

Enjoy your day and thanks for sharing

Candace #15

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Well, Morti, I cannot tell a lie. I have about a dozen stamps. I'm not much of a stamper, but I personally like anything that is bird related. I was amazed that some companies don't let you use their stamps in handmade (and sold) projects, and even more mortified to learn they won't let you stamp the image and resize it digitally. Now why not, if you've paid for the stamp? Thanks for this really interesting topic. I would love to have this conversation one day when I don't have 155 or so other people to visit (grin). Happy WOYWW from no. 12 this week.

Mandi said...

OMG those drawers are PACKED full lol Super stash
I have a few of those tapestry sets, not used for eons!!

I love the 'spot the difference' game you have created lol Only kidding

Thanks for sharing your space
Have a great week
mandi xx

Cheryl said...

great work space you have here love those stamps you have, love cheryl xx 25

Sue said...

Hi ya Morti
fab pics, lovely book on ya desk, luv all them storage drawers, lots goodies in them,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x(13)

JoZart said...

All I can say is... top up your insurance as you've got a fortune in them thar drawers!!! Scary how much they must all be worth. Then again to us they are priceless.
Enjoyed your ramblings and spying on you,
Happy WOYWW
JoZarty x

Hels Sheridan said...

Oooh, I just wanna delve into those drawers!! If I could only have one company.. Stampers Anon... that covers A LOT ROFL Have a great day! Hels (40)

Helen said...

That is a lot of stamps. Fave companies? Well, Stampers Anonymous, (Tim, Wendy) Magenta, Paperartsy,.... too too many to list. (38)

Maria (inkymits) said...

OOh i want some draws like those,and the stash to fill them!

Maria x #73

secret scrapbooker said...

WOOOOAAAHHH !!!! thats ALOT of stamps lol....think i need more now haha.:0)
Kate x

Jules said...

Oh I would love to own that many stamps! You must have so much fun playing with them all :D Jules (63)

Elizabeth said...

Impressive stamp collection. I've got to agree with you about the Angel Policy - what would we buy stamps for if not to use them! I love Magnolia, Sara Kay, Sugar Nellie, Clarity, Crafters Companion, etc., etc. Elizabeth #60

Twiglet said...

Amazing stash storage!! Your stamp collection is overwhelming - I think I have about a dozen!

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Hi Morti, its official I have stamp envy, lol! I do hav a lot myself but you defo have more than me, lol!

Have a super WOYWW hugs Heidi x

Carola Bartz said...

Wow, what a wonderful stash of stamps! I'd love to come over and play. As for favorite stamp company - I don't think I have just one, but I really love Cherry Pie Art Stamps, Artistic Outpost, Stamp Francisco, Inkadinkado, Stampers Anonymous... okay, the list goes on...

Terry & Kim said...

It looks like a store with your drawers of goodies. I like Stampin' Up!, but then I'm a demonstrator for that company. I love all types of rubber - clear and wood-mounted.

Terry #4

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely desk and what a wonderful array of stamps. I'm a newbie to the WOYWW so please be gentle with me!! Best wishes, Kym (No 42)

Doone said...

ah I DO spend a tenenr on ONE wood stamp - cos I like wood and I am a grumpy old woman - and I use my wooden ones ALL the time rather than faff with plastic and motunign and acrylic blocks - and I dare you to make a stamp book ( alter a book and stamp each of your stamps in it as a catalogue/inventory...ask Lizzie (Iwant2dosomething.blogspot) to show you my one I did for her so we could swop stamps when we wanted - needless to say I'm still waiting for my one from her, and have you noticed the longer your blog the longer my comment? madness is catching...

Dxxx (104)

Dx (104)

Sunshine Girl said...

That cj entry is fabulous and its nice to see that someone else has a stamp obsession other than me! - thanks for sharing (no. 46)

butlersabroad said...

Crikey girl, that's a lot of stamps! I'm a sucker for most things Penny Black, love that they have different ranges (cute, flowery, nature, brush stroke etc) but there are so many great stamp companies out there, the playing field has really changed in the last 10 yrs, used to be Hero Arts or nothing! However, my Nicki button is coupon queen and I seriously live up to that!

Hugs
Brenda 87

Julia Dunnit said...

Our insurance guy said to count each stamp as one because otherwise the 'genera;' price would appear unfair. This owuld be back in the day after I closed my shop and had a collection in excess of 4000 and before anyone had invented clear stamps and unmounted wasn't an option! I still favour wood mounts, can't help meself. Mostly anything by Dawn House will cause me to break out in needy hives. Love your collection, how lovely to gaze upon it - and how fun tohave the problem of how to categorize dragons!!!

Susan Allan said...

Interesting page in your journal...nice, warm colours.

How can you find things...do you know what is in each drawer?

Have a great week
Sue xx 72

Christine said...

Wonderful to have the opportunity to look in your drawers! I am GREEN with envy - you have so much lovely stash! :-) Christine #14

Chrissie said...

Fabulous book and just look at all those fabby drawers!
Envy, envy!
Chrissie #27

Alex said...

OMG and Wow is what comes to mind lol - i have found lately that Lili of the Valley makes me reach for my wallet, I love fairly cutesy images, I was an Elzybells fanatic after all lol - but I am super impressed with the amount of stamps you have, I have been selling a load of the ones that I haven't used in a while off lol so I can buy others!!! he he

Hugs

Alex (133) x

Linda C said...

Hey Morti, I think you need some more stamps! LOL Happy WOYWW!

Linda C#86

voodoo vixen said...

Bejeepers woman, you have a lot of stamps!! And kudos to you for having them all in their drawers and sorted (except the dragons because I would want them in the winged things and spend hours in the fantasy drawer looking for them)!! Happy woyww from Annette #33

peggy aplSEEDS said...

well, i agree, you really have the right to use that Major Stamp Addiction button! i wonder if i would be confused about which stamp to use or if it would be easy to make art if i had those stamps to play with. either way, i love the thought of playing with them and your drawers are great!

Sunshine Girl said...

Hi, me again! You have won the blog candy on my blog! have put an email link on there for you to get in touch with me. Congratulations!

Ciara said...

Wow, that's a whole lotta stamps! Do you remember what's in all those drawers?

I think you do have a bit of an addiction to rubber ;-)

Ciara
xx

Paula Gale said...

Way to go you!!!! Lovin the amount of stamps you got.

Interesting point on the angel policy of stamp companies - not sure what HA's are but surely people buy them to make cards for selling or for personal use or both - i'd boycott any company that doesn't allow free use of something you've parted you money for - its like buying a loaf of bread and only being able to make sandwiches with it and not toast!!! (odd metaphore, but it makes sense to me LOL)...

how about making up a catalogue and filing stamps alphabetically (silly idea, i know!!!)

Paula x x x (97)

Ohhh Snap said...

lol You have soooooo many more stamps than I do :D. And copics (I only have 6). Love your storage drawers, only I have this rabid compulsion to keep sets together.

I love papertrey ink (and I believe their angel policy is pretty decent too, but couldn't swear to that). I also love stampin up but seems pricier. PTI also has divine paper (110 lb) 24 sheets for $5, except for the white which is 40 sheets for $6.

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