joy to the world

Ten talented stampers share their colorful visions on the most wonderful time of the year. Many charming pieces, including Serene Winter Scene, elves who Hold on Tight, and Santa Quintet will jump-start our holiday celebrations.

Happiest Season of All by Beth Ervin. (Stamp credits: All stamps—Hero Arts; reindeer punch—The Paper Studio; scarves punch—EK Success; jute ribbon—Tim Holtz.)


awesome add ons

SAY IT WITH STAMPS! This issue's Best New Stamper Darcy Mollett adapted this special card from one she made for a Mother's Day in the past. The sentiment blows us away!

Your Kindness by Darcy Mollett. (Stamp credits: Sentiment—Stampabilities; mice blowing bubbles—Stampendous; confetti, stuffy dots—Stamps by Judith.)



pattern pizzazzNO-STRESS LANDSCAPES. Discover how to create beautiful scenes with Distress Oxide inks. Sue Mangis Noroski, who teaches at Artsy Stamps & Paper Crafts in Loveland, Colorado, shares her simple techniques for making beautiful landscapes.

Desert Scene by Sue Mangis Noroski. (Stamp credits: Large desert scene—B&J's Art Stamps.)

Stamping the Light

THE MANY HATS OF DEEDEE CATRON. The earliest memory DeeDee Catron has "of making art" was when she was six-years-old and built a model airplane with her dad out of a cardboard soda can carton. Learn how DeeDee's art has grown to include designing stamps, specialty papers, die-cuts, stickers, and more.

Lady Luck Experiment by DeeDee Catron. (Stamp credits: Woman—Viva Las VegaStamps!)


The Holidays 2018 issue also includes:

• The Card Shoppe. Eight different cards provide plenty of inspiration for your holiday cardmaking projects.

• Rock On! Stamping on rocks—and then leaving them for someone else to find—is a new and intriguing pastime. Stamper Cean Schopf shares tips and techniques on how you, too, can "rock on!"

• Year of the Dog. The Carving Consortium Yahoo group created pages for a 2018 calendar commemorating The Year of the Dog. A Yellow Lab, shelter dog, Italian Greyhound, an American Eskimo dog, and a golden retriever take center stage on pages made for this group's annual exchange.

• Going with the Glow. Stellar artwork from stamper Deanna Tubb, of Espanola, New Mexico. Deanna started stamping "by accident" she says, but her scenes are astonishingly well-planned and well-executed.

• The Reinker. Don't throw away those dryer sheets! Pat Schulz shares her technique for using these castaways to make beautiful cards. She also explains a Black Ice technique that provides unusual accents with Mirror Paper.

• Best New Stamper. Darcy Mollett of Houston, Texas, is this issue's Best New Stamper. Darcy has artwork in both theme sections: Say It with Stamps! and Merry and Bright.

• Cover Artist. Jackie Grace creates luminous forest festivities for her holiday artwork.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of Dare 2B Artzy, Fred Mullett, StampaFe Art Stamps and Art Impressions.

• Looking Ahead. It's easy to submit artwork for publication in RSM. You'll find all the information you need in this column or by clicking We look forward to seeing what you’ve stamped!

• RSM Bulletin Board. Find a pen pal, ask for birthday greetings, enter a contest, read stamp company news, join a swap—all this and more in the RSM Bulletin Board.