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Merry Stamp

Happy Black Friday! I want to share my new Merry Stamp with you! I created it for my other store, RRB Studio, and it’s on sale for Black Friday. The stamp image was created with my digital illustration and is a simple , yet elegant design. I wanted big text on the stamp and so opted for just the word Merry instead of the full Merry Christmas. I am very pleased with the quality of the stamp and how the image turned out.

Merry Stamp
Merry Stamp with ink pad

The Merry Stamp is made of high quality wood and has a carved rubber stamp which prints very clearly. It comes with an ink pad in your choice of color. I used this stamp to create my own Christmas wrapping paper. I stamped with red ink on brown paper and it looks very nostalgic and vintage. If you are interested, you can head over to my other store, RRB Studio, and you will find this stamp and others for your Christmas stamping fun!

Mery Stamp on paper
Stamped paper

After I used the Merry Stamp, I added some other Christmas stamps I have in my collection to create a pattern, then tied the package with twine. I love to add a candy cane or a pine tree bough with Washi Tape, as a finishing touch. These gifts are for the grandkids so they got candy cane and tootsie pop embellishments. I used my Nutcracker gift tags, which I shared in a previous post, for that final finishing touch.

Wrapped packages with Merry Stamp
Wrapped packages

I hope all who celebrate Thanksgiving in the states, had a wonderful day. Hubby and I had a nice relaxing day and I made stuffed Cornish game hens for our dinner, with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie for dessert. It was all very yummy.

Thank you for popping in and have a great weekend! Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Nutcracker Christmas

In my last post I said I’d be sharing products with you from my other store, RRB Studio, since I will be closing my website gallery next month. The Nutcracker Christmas collection was reproduced from my original watercolor of a bold bright red Nutcracker! First up is a Nutcracker Gift Box. It’s size is about 4″x 2.5″ x 5″ and is printed on all sides. It’s perfect for candies or that little somethin’ somethin’!

Nutcracker Gift Box inside view

The Nutcracker gift box fits a small ball, for that special little one in your life!

They are sold in packs of 10 so it would be great to give out to all your guests at the end of the Christmas party filled with your favorite treats.

Next up is the matching Nutcracker Gift Tag:

The gift tags are sold in packs of ten and come with matching twine to hang the tag. On the back of the tag there is a To: and From: area.

Nutcracker gift box and matching gift tag (back)
Back of Nutcracker Gift Tag
Front of Nutcracker Gift Tag

Lastly in this collection is the Nutcracker Christmas Card:

Nutcracker Christmas Card

The Nutcracker Christmas Card is flat and is 5″x7″ in size and made of Matte card stock. The feel of the paper is very luxurious and is great for writing a personal note on the back.

These are just a few of the items in the Nutcracker collection. Head over to RRB Studio to see the matching wrapping paper and other goodies made with my Nutcracker watercolor painting. There’s a Christmas ornament, a folding Christmas Card, a candle set and even a cookie with the Nutcracker! Order early for your Christmas gift giving needs due to shipping delays and avoid the rush!

I will see you in the next post! Thanks for stopping by. Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Rooster Shopping Bag

Shopping Bags are so handy! I created this one using my digital illustration of a colorful Rooster! Rooster Shopping Bag is one that is perfect for hauling groceries or those great finds at the Farmers Market. It’s lightweight and has a flap on the side with a snap to fold for storage and is reusable. I filled it up with groceries and was amazed at how much weight it can hold for it’s lightweight feel!

Rooster shopping bag front
Rooster Reusable Grocery Bag
Rooster shopping bag rolled up
Folded Grocery Bag

When folded, the Rooster Shopping bag stays closed with a clever tab on the side of the bag. You can then fit it in your purse, back pack or bike bag until ready to use. How cool is that?

The major highlights;

  1. The dimensions are 12″ x 5″ x 16″ .
  2. The Rooster Shopping Bag is made of lightweight polyester.
  3. It folds up with a snap closure on the side of the bag.
  4. The bag holds up to 50 lbs. and is very roomy .
  5. The Rooster image is on both sides of the bag.
  6. This is a French Rooster ; )

Since I will be closing my website at the end of this year, I wanted to let you know that I have another little store where I put my artwork on ready made products. You can check it out here, it’s called RRB Studio. I will still maintain a blog with Tamarack Mountain Studio and share my art adventures with you, but I will no longer have an online art gallery. From time to time I may post a painting for sale on the blog with a link to purchase, but for the most part it will just be my art stories, and news about RRB Studio products.

This is one of those products I wanted to share and in the next post I’ll share some cool Christmas items!

Thanks again for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read my post!

Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Garden Roses Pastel

Since Fall is quickly turning towards winter, I picked the last of the Roses from the garden before they were gone and created Garden Roses Pastel. It was painted on grey PastelMat paper and is approximately 8″x10″ in size. I used a variety of pastels from hard to soft and really enjoyed the process. The Roses smelled so wonderful that I wished at times, I could incorporate the smell into the painting!

Garden Roses Pastel

It took me a few days to paint this piece and each day the flowers were more open than the day before. The first day I blocked in all the main passages and the second day I worked on building the forms with light and shadow. I painted the vase last because it was unchanging and then as a final detail, added the petal on the table. By the last day the flowers were gone and this is what was left:

Dying Roses

The photo is a bit distorted because I was looking down on it, but you get the idea. I saved the petals to make some potpourri and the little bud never opened. It’s always sad when flowers are done.

I absolutely love flowers and enjoyed painting this Garden Roses Pastel. My ultimate garden dream is to plant a Rose garden with a water fountain in the middle and benches to sit and reflect upon the surroundings. It would be a huge undertaking because our backyard is on a hill side and full of rocks. Maybe some day it will happen and give me many more Roses as subjects! Right now I only have three Rose bushes; one pink and two orange/pink varieties.

My next painting will be a homage to Fall and Thanksgiving with a still life of some mini pumpkins done in pastel. At least I know the pumpkins will last and I won’t have to rush through it. That will be fun! I’m also turning my attention to some other things, because I have art A.D.D. and jump around from interest to interest. I’ve been having a play at junk journaling! I’ll share that at the end of the year.

Thanks for stopping by~ And as always, I appreciate you! Much Love! ~Rhonda