Sunday, September 06, 2009

Fishy Tails

When I was clearing up or should I say clearing out my studio, I came across this little leaflet that I got many moons ago from PSX ( Personal Stamp Exchange)
It tickled me that they demonstrated embossing using a heat ring. Those were the days when there wasn't a heat embossing gun, and we all used toasters, light bulbs, or paint strippers! I even used a candle to heat emboss with at one show!! Health and Safety would have been round in flash these days!! was that a pun??lol
Anyway , the leaflet got me thinking and I found the very first stamp I ever bought, a little fish from PSX called Tropical fish. I am so into anything from the sea, and I collected fish stamps for years! These days I collect "stuff" instead.
I already had a splattered inked card from here, and it fitted perfectly, so using the original stamp ( which btw the foam had shrunk on it , and had to be re-foamed as it didn't stamp properly) and another fish stamp, some fabulous seashell charms from jewellery I made over 10 years or more ago, I created this little card.
The little glass nuggets were coloured by dropping alcohol ink on them and letting them dry. The little fish is a Willeez found here.
What was your first stamp, and do you still have it? Make something with it and let me know....
Happy Creating!

15 comments:

Carolands said...

What a nice tale Jennie and a lovely card. I love PSX stamps.xx

Susie Jefferson said...

Those were the days, hey? And then there was the one where the old lady put her card INTO the toaster instead of waving it above it...

PSX were the best though. I used to count the days till the next catalogue and the new stamp samples.

First stamp - can't remember exactly, but one of them was a PSX heart quilt design (saw a great sample) which just didn't work for me. I ended up hating it with a passion and giving it away - after 12 or so tries, I still couldn't do anything nice with it. And I seem to remember a few teddy bears as well...

Laura said...

I agree what a wonderful fishy tale. Like the imagery too. You have got me thinking. What was my first rubber stamp?

Nicks said...

My first stamp was a Happy Birthday message, not sure that counts... first images were a set of mini stamps from a rather well known company.... will you forgive me if I don't use them??

Anesha said...

Love what you created. Thankfully heat guns were around when I started :-) Love PSX stamps as their images were so detailed and lovely. Still use the rose I bought years ago.
Have a nice sunday.
ANesha

Claireabelle said...

Wow, this is fab Jennie!

my first stamp? probably a Dawn Bibby one (how times have changed lol)
x

Kath said...

Gorgeous card Jenny. I can't think what my first stamp was! Probably a PSX though because I liked those ones.

Sid said...

Jennie, I love this piece, very surreal and 'underwater'. That fish stamp is of a saltwater tropical fish called a Regal Tang. Can't remember what my first stamp was !!

Linda Elbourne said...

I used a paint stripper the first time I embossed ... I had n't heard of distressed then so I binned it because of the big brown scald marks :0)
My first stamp was a frog fishing on a lily pad!
I love what you have done with your stamp ... the colours are great!

Katharine said...

Very pretty underwater scene. Sorry I cannot remember first stamp, mmm may have been a beach hut!

Merry said...

What a wonderful card. Amazing how quickly things change...can't believe you used a candle for embossing. If I did there would be no paper left.

CraftyTart said...

Love the colours Jennie.... the fishy is great! My first stamp... words I think.... strangely, I need to use them now!.....

Julie Ranae said...

Seeing that leaflet sure brought back memories. I used to sell that leaflet in my stamp store when PSX were THE stamp company to buy from.

Looks like many of your followers are taking the same walk down memory lane, so thanks for sharing!

joanne wardle said...

my very first stamps were greetings, I didn't "get" stamping back then, Then I had some docrafts gift stamps. I still have them but haven't used them in ages.

And I used my toaster for ages before getting a heat gun!

Martha said...

Oh my goodness, I have an old container of that metallic embossing powder in the squeeze bottle. The container is so very inappropriate for light as air powder! It goes everywhere when you squeeze it. But just looking at it makes me smile so I hang on to it! I learned to emboss on the electric element on my stove. I have a heart stamp from PSX that might be the first one I ever bought.

Thanks for the happy memories!