Category Archives: Etsy Finds

Black Friday Sale at Designs By CnC

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Discover handcrafted Christmas cards, gift tags, gift card holders and more at Designs By CnC!  With many different designs available, you’ll find the perfect card that reflects your unique style.

Visit us on Etsy at DesignsByCnC.Etsy.Com during our Black Friday Sale, November 21-29, and you’ll save 15% on your purchase.

The History of Rubber Stamps

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Recently, I purchased several hundred rubber stamps at an estate sale.  As I was sorting through all of these beautiful rubber art designs, I began wondering about their history.

Rubber was first discovered in 1736 by Charles Marie de la Condamine during an exploration to South America.  However, in 1770 a man named Joseph Priestly stated that he found a substance that was suited to rubbing out lead pencil marks.  In 1839 Charles Goodyear invented the process of vulcanization, the stabilizing of rubber.  He went on to patent this process in 1844.  About twenty years later, the first rubber stamps began to appear.

According to the United States Patent Office, Fred R. Tannery of New York filed a patent for the rubber stamp on August 18, 1959.  This was a hand held invention with the structure of a rubber stamp that had changeable characters.

Rubber art stamps are extremely popular in the United States.  With their intricate design rubber stamps are used for many different types of paper and ink applications, such as handmade greeting cards and scrapbooks.  They may also be used with other techniques to decorate textiles, jewelry and pottery.

Over the years, many rubber stamp companies have come and gone and many of the stamps have now become collector’s items.  One such company is Personal Stamp Exchange (PSX), which was founded in 1980. Wood mounted stamps manufactured by PSX are known for their high-quality craftsmanship featuring very detailed illustrations.  PSX closed down in the early 2000’s with the licensed images being sold to Inkadinkado.  The scrapbooking company, EK Success then bought Inkadinkado and was in turn purchased by Wilton Industries in 2007.

 

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Floral Heart Wreath Stamp by PSX Rubber Stamps

 

 

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Rooster Stamp by Inkadinkado

 

 

Azadi Earles stamps are known for their whimsical nature.  Azadi Earles Stamp Company was bought out by Uptown Rubber Stamps.

 

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Christmas Gift Tag Stamp by Azadi Earles

 

 

One of the original art stamp companies is Uptown Rubber Stamps which was founded 35 years ago.  This company is still in existence today now operating under the name of Uptown Design Company.

 

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Believe Star Stamp by Uptown Rubber Stamps

 

 

 

A truly unique line of rubber stamps is this stamp set of male faces from Alexstamping.  This company was in operation from 1984 -2013.

 

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Male Faces Stamp Set by Alextamping

 

 

I would be totally remiss not to include one of my favorite stamp companies, Stampin’ Up.  Beginning in 1998, this home-based company began with two sisters that shared a love for rubber stamps.  In 1997, the company published its first catalog featuring artwork exclusive toStampin’ Up.  The company started with just a few demonstrators and has now grown with thousands of demonstrators selling Stampin’ Up rubber stamps.  Many of their retired stamp sets are highly valued by collectors.

 

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Furnished With Love Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up

 

 

Now comes the difficult decision – which of these wonderful rubber stamps do I keep for myself and which go into my Etsy Shop?  To see our complete offering of over 180 rubber stamps visit us at DesignsByCnC.

 

 

 

Etsy Finds – Handmade Christmas Cards

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‘Christmas Cards! ‘ by DavidsDesigns

Handmade Christmas Cards!


Green Tree Embossed Holiday …

$9.99

Snowman Christmas Cards, Emb…

$7

Homemade Christmas Card

$2.5

Christmas Card Set, Holiday …

$18

Handmade Winter, Holiday Chr…

$4.75

A reindeer Christmas card. O…

$3.99

4 Handmade Christmas Cards -…

$18

Christmas Cards Handmade – …

$5.99

Christmas Card, Bath Salt Ca…

$9.75

Modern Christmas Card Set – …

$24

Christmas Card

$4.5

Santa Hat Greeting Card. Set…

$7.5

Merry Christmas Smiling Deer…

$13.99

Handmade Christmas Cards #1 …

$15

Christmas Card Set, Embossed…

$15

Let it snow glitter card / c…

$4

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My Favorite Etsy Purchases

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I first discovered Etsy back in 2011 when I opened my shop DesignsByCnC.  As I began to become more familiar with the site, I soon discovered a world of both handmade and vintage goods.

I enjoy supporting my fellow Etsians and often purchase both supplies for my shop, as well as gifts for myself and family.  Today, I would like to share some of my favorite Etsy purchases!

My top favorite is this awesome Healing Skin Salve from Flaherty Naturals.  I love the way it glides onto the skin without feeling greasy.  It works wonderful for dry skin during the winter and the sting of sunburn in the summer!

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Healing Skin Salve

 

A great gift for a coffee lover is this Sampler Set from The Coffee Nook.  I tucked this into my husband’s Christmas stocking last year and it was a big hit!

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Coffee Sampler Set

 

Every Christmas each member of the family receives a new ornament.  This whimsical Snowman Ornament from Townsend Custom Gifts made the perfect gift for my daughter that enjoys riding her motorcycle.

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Snowman Motorcycle Ornament

 

The perfect gift for the son-in-law that loves to hunt is this Natural Camo Soap from FreshAsaDaisySoaps.

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When creating my handmade greeting cards, I use high quality cardstocks.  I love the wide range of colors of the Parchment Cardstock from The Envelope Store!

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The Parchment Collection Cardstock

 

Etsy’s Christmas In July Sales Promotion

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The Christmas In July sales promotion is an Etsy community driven event that will held July 1st – July 10th, 2016.  This annual event gives you the opportunity get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at unique handmade designer and vintage shops throughout the Etsy site.

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During this event, everything in my store will be discounted!  This includes beautifully handcrafted Christmas greeting card sets and gift tags.  There’s also a large selection of unique rubber stamp sets that make great gifts for the crafter on your holiday shopping list!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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In 1909, after listening to a church sermon about Mother’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.  The idea was accepted by local clergymen who presented sermons honoring fathers on the first Father’s Day on June 19,1910.

On this first Father’s Day, Dodd arranged a celebration in Spokane Washington, at the YMCA.  She wanted to honor her father, the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart,  a single parent who raised his six children there.

During the 1920’s Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was attending school back East.  When she returned to Spokane during the 1930’s she once again began promoting the celebration hoping to raise awareness at a national level.  Although she had assistance from manufacturers of tobacco pipes, ties and men’s clothing, the American public resisted the holiday.  People viewed it as an attempt for merchants to  replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day.

Over the years, many bills were presented to Congress to establish Father’s Day as a national holiday.  Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.  It wasn’t until 1966 that the third Sunday in June was designated as Father’s Day in a presidential proclamation issued by Lyndon B. Johnson.  Finally, it was made a permanent national holiday signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

I have discovered some great Etsy finds that are perfect for celebrating Fathers on their special day of recognition.

From RKGrace a Mossy Oak Camo Flask:

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From FattysSoapCo – Blue Moon Beer Soap:

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At the CoffeeNook – Fresh Roasted Guatemala Coffee:

 

Fresh Roasted Guatemala Coffee, Roasted Coffee

 

From the ScissorMill a Personalized Ammo Box:

 

At lazerdesigns a Personalized Grill Set:

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At LeatherInceptions a Leather Motorcycle Bag:

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