A Tribute to my Mom with RubberMoon Stamps

14 Apr


When our new RubberMoon Arts Team came together and we were choosing posting dates, I knew I HAD to have today for my blog post.

What is special about today.  It is my mom’s birthday!!

She would have been 70 today, IF she were still with us.

This picture was taken circa 1961, when she graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Ca.

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My mom was a card maker EXTRAORDINAIRE!  She had one hobby and that hobby was rubber stamping.

I was her only child.  She adopted me with her 1st husband when I was just a baby.  So because I was her only child, when she passed away, I inherited, ALL of her crafting items!!

Some things I gave to friends, some I donated, others I kept, to have her with me always.

Her scissors…(see her name, in her writing?)



Her pens….(see her initials in her writing?)


…and Oh My Gosh…her STAMPS!!!  SO MANY STAMPS!!


I also have  a lot of these packets that she’d have all done up with all the supplies pre-cut etc. to make a certain card. The sample was tucked neatly with all the pre-cut supplies.

Today, I am taking one of those packets and putting a RubberMoon spin on it.


My goal is to stay as close as I can to her original design and color scheme, but use RubberMoon stamps.

1st step, I took the Checkerboard stamp and stamped the background.


This is how it looked.  I didn’t really like it, but I knew how to fix it.


Sew ribbons on it!!


I added two parallel strips and sewed the edges under the card.


Next, I got all the papers I needed for the paper pieced Shroom Bloom and stamped the necessary pieces.


For the pieces I needed to add color to, I used Inktense pencils and a blending pen.


Here are the pieces cut out and colored.


Here is the little mushroom all pieced together!


Now, here is a close up of my Mom’s card I was design “lifting” from.

Remember, her card was already done and does NOT HAVE RUBBERMOON stamps.


Here is my RUBBERMOON “Take” on her original card!!


This close up shows the little “oh la la” stamp and the tiny heart from Lindsay Ostrom’s Heart Tree.


Here are a couple more pictures of the cards side by side.





Well, that about does it, for this long blog post.


It meant a lot, to me, to have the opportunity to do this post and use so many of her things, honor her and still use RubberMoon Stamps.

I know she would have had shelves FULL of RubberMoon stamps had she had the chance!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Remember to love those close to you….today, NOW!

 Because you know what? Tomorrow doesn’t guarantee they will still be here.

This has been me, Jeannie, with today’s RubberMoon post…and telling you all about my sweet mom!

Have a great day!


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In Loving Memory

~Nesla Irene Wood~







8 Responses to “A Tribute to my Mom with RubberMoon Stamps”

  1. Chris Janne April 14, 2014 at 5:01 am #

    Thank you, Jeannie, for sharing your special memories. I love that you stitched the ribbon to the card. Something I had not thought about.

  2. Janna April 14, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    This is a precious story. Your mom was a talented and organized person to have left you such treasures! How special was she ans how special are you to use the apirit of her to create for us, Thanks for sharing your art today!

  3. artandalchemy2 April 14, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Reblogged this on artandalchemy2 and commented:
    Love this creatively designed post by new RubberMoon Creative Design Team member Jeannie Richey De Gruccio!

  4. ellie617 April 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. She was beautiful!!

  5. Kristen Powers April 15, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Thank you for sharing so much , not only your wonderful creativity but your story and heart! I DO totally understand. I really do ❤ Your mom was beautiful and so are you!! xokp

  6. Barbara Rogers April 15, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    very lovely and touching post ….great job!

  7. Brenda April 15, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    What a wonderful post.

  8. Rush'd Lady May 7, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    I love your cards! Found you first on Pinterest and linked your blog to my blog. This is really cute and love the mushroom. We visited Richmond, Mo. this last weekend with friends as they have a Mushroom Festival, so your card was timely! I love your cherry card too! I believe I have that stamp set! It’s neat that your mother was a stamper and you inherited her craft stash. My mother is a scrapbooker, but doesn’t not appreciate card-making at all. She has said it’s a waste of time. . .

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