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2018


8/11/18 Our daughter-in-love Maggie Montgomery's claycast necklace - just one sample of her beautiful work, this one made with our retired design #005 – Lily of the Valley (1972)
More of her designs using Rycraft stamps: #242 – Maple Leaf,  #192 – Song Bird
 
  

 


8/11/18 Photos of Cathy's shortbread cookies

I don't have the original email that came with these photos... they have been on my hard drive for months waiting for me to get around to posting them. Sorry, Cathy H, that I can't find your letter. They are such beautiful cookies, and I don't even know which recipe you used but I am guessing it's Eleanor Rycraft's shortbread cookies. If you see this post, please contact me (again) and let me know the details. And THANKS for sending these photos to me!
  


8/10/18 Reply

Dear Jayne,

Thank you for your email. I am sorry we do not have a Martin Luther bust. We carved a custom design called "Luther's Rose"

which you can order online here:  
Best regards,
Carol Rycraft
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8/10/18 Email

Do you have the Martin Luther bust? Downtown Dough in Cedarburg, WI does not have it and suggested I contact you.

Jayne G
Mayvillle, WI


8/8/18 our Facebook conversation:


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8/7/18 Facebook - Carol's comment on original post which she just saw!

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April 2018 Facebook - Comments on the original post

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April 2018 Facebook - original post

8/7/18 #6

Ruth Anne,
Oh that would be so helpful to us! THANK YOU! 
Robin is busy carving new designs now for the fall, so I'll keep following up with him to make sure he gets around to carving this stamp ASAP. 😊👍
Carol
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8/7/18 #5

Thank you! I put this information as an update on my post. I will update again when I hear from you with the ordering directions. 

Ruth Anne 
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8/7/18 Reply

Hi again Ruth Anne,

Thank you for clarifying this for me! I mistakenly thought everyone was asking about Luther's Rose, which is also a very popular design.
Robin carved the Presbyterian symbol (custom stamp #949) in 2007, 
and when we moved to Costa Rica in 2016 (thinking we were going to retire), we destroyed this master, unfortunately. I asked Robin if he would re-carve it, and he says he will, hopefully in the next week or two. I will email you when it is available for you to order on our website. It will be a 2" diameter stamp at the same price as all of our cookie stamps at $12.99 each. 
All the best,
Carol Rycraft
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8/7/18 Email
Carol, 

I posted the picture below in the group “Happy to be a Presbyterian” on Facebook last night. I broke my stamp and asked if anyone knew where I could get a replacement. We must have had the wrong link. This Presbyterian cross is the one we want. Can you help?


Ruth Anne
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8/7/18 Reply

Hello Ruth Anne,

Thank you for your email.
I received 25 emails this morning about the Luther's Rose cookie stamp. 
Can you tell me where you saw it -- was it on FaceBook? -- because I am surprised so many people are contacting us about it, all in one day.
We carved this stamp for Old Lutheran in Moorhead, Minnesota back in 2009. 
You can order it here:
Then please do visit our website to see all the other beautiful cookie stamp designs Robin has carved (over 400 in all). 
This page lists all the categories of designs you can choose from: 
Best regards,
Carol Rycraft
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8/6/18  Email
I would like information on how to order this stamp.

Ruth Anne C

8/3/18 Facebook Comment

I have some of these stamps, and now I'd love this apple stamp. Thses are so nice, I'll eventually pass them down to my daughter!
Cindy K
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8/3/18 Facebook Comment

These are beautiful !

Dolores A

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8/3/18 Facebook Ad
Rycraft Cookie Stamps for Decorating Cookies & Crafts,
Handmade in the USA
It's back to school -- and apples for the teacher...
design #014-Apple at
www.rycraft.com/product/014...
Shortbread cookies painted with food coloring mixed with a little
water, corn starch and powdered (confectioner's) sugar.
Please LIKE and SHARE.

7/18/18 Email

Thank you for checking. Love my “real” rycraft so much and this Knock off ha ha. My friend just gave me the daisy, I have the house my granddaughter just used when we made cookies last week, and many others. I actually spoke with you which makes my collection even more precious to me. Sure, keep my email.

Have a great day; think I’ll go make some cookies!

Michelle

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7/18/18 

Hi Michelle,

It was good to talk to you. Thanks for sending these photos.

This is definitely a "knock-off" stamp. We had 2 companies knock off the Rycraft "trade dress" (the shape, size, look and feel of our stamps) in 1996 and 1997. One was Fox Run Craftsman and the other was Wilton. This is not one of the designs made by Fox Run, so it may be one of the stamps made in China by Wilton, although neither Robin nor I remember seeing this particular design before. Of course it could have been made by some other company... we can't be certain.

I am glad you enjoy using cookie stamps to decorate cookies, and I hope you will continue to add to your collection from our collection of Heirloom Designs. If you would like, I will add your email address to my email mailing list so I can let you know when we are having a sale. And if this stamp ever breaks, let me know... perhaps Robin will carve this design and add it to our collection. 😊

Thanks again and Best regards,

Carol Rycraft
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7/18/18 Email in response to a phone call
So nice to speak with you, Carol.
This is my favorite and has many memories.
  

  
Michelle R

7/3/18 Email 

Nelli,

I certainly don't mind. I wish you all the best, until we talk again...

Carol
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6/26/18 Reply 

Dear Carol,

Yes, it has helped a lot!! Thanks very much for your time! Maybe, i'll contact you later, too, if you don't mind...

Have a great summer!

Nelli
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6/26/18 Reply 

Yes, the stamp diameter is 2 inches, about 1/2" thick, and the handle is about 1" tall. The back of the stamp has glaze, the face with the design does not. The design goes into the stamp, so on a cookie or paper casting the design sticks out. The clay is non-toxic red terra cotta from California, and the glaze has no lead. You can use the stamp for cookies or crafts... instructions and recipes are on our website.

Hope this helps.

Carol
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6/26/18 Email 

Thanks, really!! :)

I cannot see any size specification. May I ask you to give me some measures?

Thanks again for the link! Have a nice day!

Nelli
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6/26/18 Reply 

Dear Kornelia,

Here is the link to the page where you can buy the Luther's Rose stamp... we just shipped them an order of stamps, so they have plenty in stock.
https://oldlutheran.com/collections/kitchen

Best regards,

Carol Rycraft
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6/26/18 Email 

Thanks greatly for your reply! I searched for it on Old Lutheran, but they dont sell it any more. However, I coud order something I like from Germany. I appreciate your answer anyway!

Blessings,

Nelli 
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6/20/18 Reply 

Dear Kornelia,

Thank you for your interest in the Luther's Rose stamp. We do not sell this stamp, but you can contact David Hunstad at Old Lutheran and he should be able to help you. His email is: david@oldlutheran.com

I am sending him a copy of this email.

Best regards,

Carol Rycraft
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6/20/18 Email 

Dear Sir,

I am interested to order a Luther's Rose stamp displayed on this website. http://www.rycraft.com/custom_2009

I would like to use one not larger than 30 mm in diameters. I would be thankful if you could inform me about availabilty and prices. Thank you beforehand.

Best regards,

Kornélia E
HUNGARY

5/15/18 Reply

Dear Charlotte,

What a wonderful letter. Thank you so much for your kind words. It encourages our hearts!

May God bless you and your family, and we hope you enjoy your stamps!

Carol Rycraft
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5/14/18 Email

Dear Rycraft Family

I hope you're well! I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful stamps. My husband and I marvelled at the level of detail and your craftsmanship, not to mention the care with which you had packed them to reach us safely here in Sydney, Australia, at record speed too. We read your story and the stamps have even more meaning because of what you've been through - we hope that your skills and business thrive for generations to come!

Thank you again and kind regards,

Charlotte F
Penshurst, NSW
AUSTRALIA

4/21/18 Email Reply to a phone call re a too-shallow stamp

Dear Mary,

Well we tried to get the new #312 stamp out to you by 4/20, but it just hasn't worked. The final stamp Robin has worked a couple of weeks on re-carving appears to be no deeper than the original -- and he has been frustrated trying to get it to the same size as the original.
I am sorry, but at this point, we feel we should just refund your money for the shallow stamp. I think you can create beautiful craft projects with the two oak leaf stamps you have now. Please look at these photos of projects made with them. The difference in depth doesn't show up in the final projects.
     
Instructions for these projects are found here:

http://www.rycraft.com/oak_clock_cc -- made out of clay

http://www.rycraft.com/oak_frame_pc -- made out of paper

Again, we are very sorry to disappoint you! I will put through a credit of $12.99 on your Visa ending #-2466.

Best regards,

Carol Rycraft

4/18/18 Email

Carol,

Thank you for clarifying this. I had a feeling that was what was happening, and I needed to confirm it. I think I now have all the older ones identified. The Wilton Company created a few white porcelain stamps when they sent out their Disney-authorized stamps and stoneware molds decades ago. That is where my white ones came from as well as the Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Pooh Bear ones. I am still working on setting up the 3x5-card file cabinets for the additional ones I just ordered. Now that I have more, I still don’t know whether I want to go alphabetical, by number, or by subject in the drawers. The cookie cutters in the 4x6 cabinets never seem to stay where I put them!!

I will send some pictures when I can as I go along ....

Thank you, again, for your help.

Phyllis
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4/18/18 Reply


The reason they seem to be "flipped" is that we photograph the master (which is an "outie") from which we stamp the cookie stamps that are "innies." So if it is facing right on the master, it will be facing left on the cookie stamp. So the ones you have that are identical to ones in our photos but seem to be flipped, they are the same designs. If there is a word on the stamp such as UFFDA, on the master it reads backwards so it will print the word properly on the cookie stamp... so in that case, we photograph the master that reads backwards, then flip it in Photoshop so it will read properly in the photo we show online.

It is possible that we do not have photos of some of the oldest designs. If you have any that we don't have (the website has the most complete compilation of old stamps), please send us a photo of it. We can tell you if we think it's one of ours.

Hope this helps.
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4/17/18 Email

Carol,

Is it possible that some of the online images in the "Collector's Handbook" or in the current catalog pages are flipped or transposed? Or, maybe not even listed at all?

For example, in the older "Grapes" I have, the leaves are on the left and the bunch of grapes is on the right. The one on your web pages, is the opposite - bunch on the left, leaves on the right. Also, the older "Train Engine" I have doesn't have the smoke or steam from the smokestack and faces left like No. 087 Heirloom Stamp on Cookiestamps.com. It is exactly like the "Old Sacramento" stamp from Eleanor Rycraft but that one faces right.

I am trying to identify and index some of my collection and I am finding some of the older ones difficult to identify.

Thank you.

Phyllis S
Portland, OR

3/6/18 Reply

Carol, 

This information is very helpful and I will try using the cooking oil on the cookie stamps instead. It is easier to find, edible and, of course, if you are washing and using the stamps, there wouldn’t be much residue on them. The mineral oil does kind of sit on the surface so, yes, I’d rather it be absorbed. 

Thank you for helping me think this through. 

Phyllis

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3/6/18 Subject: Your orders have shipped 

Hi Phyllis, Robin says he doesn't know anything about mineral oil. I went on Google and it says it is not for cooking, it is not edible except for use as a laxative. We have always used veggie oil to season the stamps because it is absorbed by the clay -- mineral oil is used for cutting boards to seal them from moisture, so perhaps it would not be good to use on cookie stamps (?). We always wash the stamps after we season them or use them to make cookies, then put them away. We have never had trouble with them turning rancid... it is only when people use butter to season them that there is a problem (butter does turn rancid). I hope this helps. Google is a good source of more info.😊 

Carol 

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3/5/18 Reply

Carol, 

No recipe booklets is fine. Right now, I have plenty, thank you. I’ve also started building another order a little more carefully and hope to stay a little more organized about which stamps are which! First thing, I need to index the ones I have just gotten! 

Quick question: Through the years, I have always seasoned my cast iron and these cookie stamps with mineral oil because it never gets gummy or rancid, which cooking oils tend to do. There is no build up, I never have food stick to either of those and have had not adverse affects on conditioning them with mineral oil. 

Now, I will be seasoning a good number of new stamps at one time and was wondering if you have thoughts as to whether there would be anything wrong with continuing to use mineral oil to season them. Please let me know before I begin .....

Thank you, again.

Phyllis S  
Portland, OR

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3/5/18 Email

Hi Phyllis,

Robin is shipping your 2 orders placed 2/27 by UPS ground today in one box: UPS Tracking #... We didn't put in any recipe booklets, but if you need any more, just let us know and we'll mail them to you. Thank you again for your orders. We really appreciate it! And don't forget to send us pix of your collection. 😊

Warm regards,

Carol 

3/3/18 Reply

Dear Cynthia,

What a lovely letter to receive this morning. We are always encouraged when our customers are pleased with Robin's designs. We hope you truly enjoy using your new stamps.

God bless you,

Carol and Robin Rycraft
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3/3/18 Email
Dear Rycraft,

I just opened and examined my order (#1111) of eight Rycraft Cookie Stamps. Each one is a true work-of-art! I can't wait to introduce my grandchildren to the joy of stamping and decorating homemade cookies! What sweet family memories we'll bake together using your lovely Rycraft Cookie Stamps! Thank you Robin, and all who make Rycraft Cookie Stamps possible. Your sacrifices bring forth much joy.

Warm regards,

Cynthia Mc
Escondido, CA

3/3/18 Email

I figured out the problem … the boxes after the items weren’t showing up to click in. Probably my browser. I did get my order placed however. Thank you for your help.

Regina
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3/3/18 Reply

Hello Regina,

I am sorry for the confusion. I had hoped it would be pretty easy to order on our website.

You can go here:
http://www.rycraft.com/index_alpha   -- click on a link, and add the quantity next to the type of stamp you want, then add to cart...

or you can search by design category here: http://www.rycraft.com/designs_by_category -- click on a category, look at the designs, click on a design you like, and add the quantity next to the type of stamp you want, then add to cart...
or you can search using the SEARCH BOX at the top right of every page... enter a name like ROSE and lots of things come up, including a link to the ROSE design... and so forth.

I am sorry we do not have a way for you to save your favorites in a wish list for future ordering.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,

Carol Rycraft
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3/2/18 Email

Hello,

I was on your website and am a little confused by your ordering procedure. I’m pretty sure I’ve purchased individual cookie stamps from you in the past, but can’t figure out how to do that on this site. Is this not available anymore? Regina M Ferguson

3/7/18 Reply 

Dear Erica,

Thank you for your email. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I have been sick in bed more than once this past month, so I've gotten behind in my work.

We are Christians, and we are conservatives as you might have guessed, and we believe in our President, Donald Trump. We also believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, and that His Son is Jesus of Nazareth Who died on the cross and was resurrected from the dead (if he did not arise from the dead, then Christianity has no meaning). We believe that the 10 Commandments are the surest foundation on which to raise children... as well as all the commands we are given in the Bible -- specifically the New Testament which is the New Covenant between God and his people -- and His people are those who BELIEVE in Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.

I don't know if you read my testimony -- you can go here if you haven't seen it yet:
http://www.rycraft.com/meaning_fish

I don't know what else to tell you. My heart goes out to you, raising 6 kids alone. I was a single mom for 12 years, so I know what it's like. I hope your husband is at least supporting them financially! Visiting them does not fulfill his obligation as a parent who is equally responsible for bringing them into the world.

I hope you will search for the Truth, for God, because His Word says that if you seek (and keep on seeking), you will find, if you knock (and keep on knocking), the door will be opened unto you. (Luke 11:9,10)

"For in Him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'" (Acts 17:28)

All paths do NOT lead to God. "There is a way which SEEMS right to a man and appears straight before him, but its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 16:25) There is only 1 way to get to Heaven, to have Eternal Life: Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life... no man comes to the Father but by Me." (John 14:6).

I hope you have a Bible -- if not, you can find one online: the simplest version to read and understand is "The Good News Bible," or another accurate translation is the New International Version, or I especially like the Amplified Version (which is more wordy).

God bless you.

Carol Rycraft

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2/14/18 Email 

Hello! :) 

I found your website through a blog I subscribe to called Shower of Roses. She is a catholic homeschooling mama and her children made some cookies using your stamps to give out for Valentines day.

I was very intrigued with your story and read through the whole thing! I got to the bottom about retirement and coming back in time to vote in the election and was so curious to see who you all voted for! I am only asking because you included that little tidbit in your story so I thought you wouldn't mind sharing.

I myself am a single mama to 6 beautiful children. My husband left the family when I was pregnant with the youngest baby. But he still visits them regularly so that is good. The children and I are about to buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny home to travel a bit around the U.S. to see our beautiful country. We will be homeschooling along the way. I plan on having them learn a lot of the U.S. history as we travel. I am very much looking forward to taking the kids along parts of the Oregon Trail and visiting homesites of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I hope to make it to some Living History museums as well. We come from Washington State but I'm hoping to eventually make our way out across to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia!

I am building a tiny kitchen on the bus and would love to take along a few of your stamps on our journey. So I was looking through your catalog of those as well! They are all so beautiful! I think I will be getting a few of the more traditional Scandinavian heart styles that would be appropriate for Christmas or Valentines or really any time of the year. I love to bake and I want to share that in the children as well.

Part of this email was to ask about the election and the other was just to tell you what beautiful stamps you make and I look forward to buying some! {regardless of which way was voted :)} I also wanted to let you know that I myself am not a Christian. I grew up in a non denominational household loosely celebrating Christian holidays. I am respectful of all beliefs and try to instill good morals and values in my children. I just never found the basic beliefs of Christianity to ring true to me. There are all kinds of people on the Earth and many of them can be good and Godly even if they don't follow the same path.

Thank you for your time! :)

Erica G
Anacortes, WA

2/17/18 Reply
Phyllis,

We do custom stamps for those designs we don't want to add to our Heirloom Collection... the ones we add are the most popular and most-requested by our customers, or those which catch Robin's fancy that he wants to carve. Send us your design ideas, or drawings (.jpg, .png, .pdf) and we'll let you know what we think. We can do a custom stamp for you of any size from 1" to 3" diameter, no problem. There is a design fee which depends on the complexity of the design and how long it takes for Robin to carve it. Then the cost of the stamp also varies depending on the size. You can order just one stamp if you like. Please note that we also sell to our wholesale customers who order 7 or 8 dozen stamps at a time, so you don't have to worry about ordering too many stamps for Robin to handle.  

Carol  
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2/16/18 Email
Carol and Robin,  

Oh, my goodness! That is amazing.  It’s also comforting news to me because I found a couple more stamps on your website while I was reviewing the recipes and I was starting to feel guilty.  When I ordered, I actually thought you had an inventory of stamps from which to choose.   What exactly is a “custom order”?  Is it an image from which hundreds or thousands of stamps are ordered?  Or, can it be just a couple of them for an individual?  There are a couple of images I have always hoped to find either as a mold, stamp or cookie cutter. I have looked for years and have been unable to find them.  Would they be something you or Robin would consider as stamps in the future?  Or, would they be a “custom order”?       I have a huge collection of cookie cutters, many of which are handmade, and a couple of dozen cookie stamps. I also have a lot of antique Springerle, gingerbread and Speculaas molds, boards and rolling pins; but most of those are filled with medieval, Victorian and/or European symbols and images.  Sometimes, when I do a full sheet of Springerle or butter cookies, I love to have contemporary, more “American” images on the cookies that are easily recognized by everyone.  The last couple of years, I have been marking the dough and stamping the images with your stamps and others and then cutting with cookie cutters - and there are almost no scraps left after the first round of cutting.  The cookies are fabulous and it’s so much fun to do!  Like building a big puzzle picture and then cutting out the pieces.  Especially, if it’s Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving.  Now, it will be even more enjoyable because I won’t have to repeat so many images - I will have more stamps!   I am busy making room in my filing cabinets for more egg cartons and stamps!   Thank you for putting my mind at ease about ordering so many at one time.  

Phyllis
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2/16/18 Reply

Hi Phyllis,

Thank you for your concern. Yes, we do have a master for each design, so it's not a problem to make them, and they all are identical, except for the hand cleaning of each stamp and placement of the handle by hand, which makes each one slightly different. Robin has made stock for all the designs now, except the alphabet and numerals which he probably has already made for you by now. He fires them, then glazes them, then fires them again. I told him to ship both of your orders together so they'll probably go out sometime next week. You'll know when we ship because that's when I'll do the PayPal invoice for you. 

Carol
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2/15/18 Reply
Carol,  

Oh, oh.  I just read the introduction to this confirmation of the first order, and I did not realize you did not have an inventory of stamps when I placed the larger order on the 14th. Since Robin is making them to order, please no rush on them.  I simply wanted to get the order placed at some point and decided to use the discount. I was so excited to hear you were back to making and selling them again, I had to try.   Does he have a master to use?  Is each one made by hand.  If so, does that make each stamp of the same pattern different?  Hopefully, such a large order is not going to be burdensome.  

Thank you for your patience with this.

Phyllis
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2/15/18 Reply

Yes, there is no lead in the terra cotta clay used or in the clear glaze used on the imported stamps. Same for our stamps.  

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Feb 15 Email:  Question re "Import Stamps"

Carol,

Now, that I have more than one of them I have a couple of questions. Are the glazes and the clay used in the “import stamps” lead-free? Are they food safe?

 Phyllis
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2/15/18 Email

Carol,  

I will go to her website now and order it. I got the package of stamps from her last night and everything was perfectly packed. I also got the recipe booklet so we’re good.   Now that I see so many of them side by side I do still prefer yours with the different colored glazes. I actually know my couple dozen of yours by heart by their color!  Wow!   Thank you for the lead on the book. I will order it right away.   No hurry on the special order either.  Also, if it is easier to send them in more than one parcel, that’s okay, too.  I checked out PayPal invoicing and it will be very simple from my end. Let me know if you need more information or have any questions.  

Thank you, again.  
Phyllis  
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2/15/18 Reply
Hey Phyllis,

I just heard from Peggy. She found the books and has reinstated them on her website so you can order them from her now: http://www.cookiestamp.com/product/COLBOOK 

Carol
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2/15/18 Reply
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2/15/18 Email
Carol,  

No, I surely don’t need that many of them. Peggy also sent one with my order to her.  So, maybe 6 or 8 of them is fine. I can enclose them with gift cookies, etc.   I ordered both craft books and the paper casting kit from Peggy at Cookiestamp.com and they came with the order yesterday.  

Thank you.  
Phyllis  
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2/15/18 Reply

Phyllis,

The recipe booklet is very small (printed 2 sides on 8.5 x 11 paper with 8 recipes). We ship one with every stamp. If you don't need 58 of them, let us know and we'll send however many you need. There is no separate book of recipes. We have 2 books on crafts: The Art of Paper Casting and The Art of Clay Casting.

Carol  
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2/15/18 Email

Carol,

Does the recipe booklet come with purchase of stamps? I thought there was a separate book of recipes.  Is there?  

Phyllis  
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2/15/18 Reply

Hi again Phyllis,

Okay, thank you for your order... when we ship I will itemize everything on an invoice and email it to you and will include the 15% discount. Then I will do a PayPal invoice which is a summary of the order (to save my entering it again item by item)... and you can pay the invoice through PayPal as you would usually do.  I have added the recipe booklet to our website as an item you can order separately at $.25 each if you so desire. It is found on page:  http://www.rycraft.com/recipe_booklet

Thanks again,
Carol  
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2/15/18 Reply

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2/14/18 Email

Carol,  

I would like to place this special order today and use the Valentine’s 15% Discount you offer (save15).   Below is the list of stamps I had in my cart on the website this morning (18). I have not looked up the SKU or Item No. for the alphabet or number stamps.  I have also attached the Word document as a table with the same information if you need it.   Name - SKU - Item No. Iris - 243 - CS243 Lotus Flower - 483 - CS483 Sunflower - 262 - CS262 Apple Basket - 350 - CS350 Apple - 014 - CS014 Pansy - 295 - CS295 Grape Wreath - 327 - CS327 Dogwood - 532 - CS532 Daisy Face - 510 - CS510 Three Tulips - 237 - CS237 French Cross - 546 - CS546 Tea Leaves - 495 - CS495 Sheaf of Wheat - 063 - CS063 Hummingbird - 249 - CS249 Mallard Duck - 386 - CS386 Wise Old Owl - 399 - CS399 US Army Emblem - 478 - CS478 Windmill - 115 - CS115
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Alphabet A - Z  (26 letters, 26 stamps)
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Numbers 0 - 9  (10 numbers, 10 stamps)
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I have a PayPal account and you can invoice through that.  However, I haven’t done that before.  I may need more information on how to go about doing that.  My email is on an older desktop PC and I use a newer laptop for anything online.  If I can login and pay at PayPal from the laptop, everything should work.   I would like a detailed list of the stamps and discount price as some kind of invoice or receipt of this purchase, either at PayPal or by email.  Is that possible?   I’ll check out the recipe booklet that comes with the stamps as well as the ones online as you suggested.  I would still like to receive a copy of the Collectors Handbook (wherever they are). Please let me know when and how to order one.    Please acknowledge this order by reply email.  If you have any questions or need further information, please let me know.  

Thank you.  
Phyllis
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Also: 2/14/18 Email

Carol,

Please add the following stamps to this order:   Maple Leaf - CS242, both Holly Sprigs:   Holly Sprig (1) - CS023, and Holly Sprig (2) - CS420.   Don’t you have a stamp that is a Christmas package with a ribbon?  I thought I had seen one and now I can’t find it.  

Thank you.  
Phyllis  
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2/14/18 Email

Robin,  

Since we talked on the phone, I understand a little better now about the differences in the stamps - and how to tell the difference. In a way I am glad you were able to keep all the “import” inventory. I would also like to see Peggy succeed which is why I have ordered from both. I have such fun building a full sheet of Springerle cookies from the stamps it almost doesn’t matter to me which they are - except in principle.  As I said, Robin’s images are more elegant and relaxed. Yet, they are detailed enough to capture the essence (so to speak) and still stay simple. I can almost tell at a glance which are yours and which are not. My goal when pressing dough or clay is that the image depicted has to be immediately recognized - whether it is ever colored or not.   My “wish list” has been built over the years and is very long so, yes, I would like to place the special order with you today and use the discount.  I will build it in an MS Word document. I can then paste it into an email or attach it for you to use. Do you have a preference one way or the other?   I also have a list of images I would love to see as stamps. For example, I completely missed the stamp with “Violets” ... and of course, I could go on and on ...  I will send over a picture or two of the card file drawers with egg cartons and stamps as soon as I can.   Please add my email to any newsletter or updates you may have.   It was good to talk with you this morning and I am glad things are going well - welcome back from “retirement”!  

Phyllis
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2/14/18 Reply

Hi again Phyllis,  

I know it is confusing. The "Import Collection" as we called it were the stamps which were made in China by the competitor we fought in court -- and we ended up receiving all those stamps from them as the settlement for that law suit.  We sold them along with the stamps Robin makes by hand called "The Heirloom Collection" on our old website: cookiestamp.com.  We sold the website to Peggy along with our inventory in Dec 2015.    Now Peggy sells the Import cookie stamps and we sell the Heirloom stamps. You can see how the "knockoff" imports were copied from Robin's designs by comparing the stamps called "Sunflower" or "Sheaf of Wheat" on the 2 websites... as you have already done. 

Wheat:
http://www.rycraft.com/product/063 http://www.cookiestamp.com/product/1018

Sunflower:
http://www.rycraft.com/product/262 http://www.cookiestamp.com/product/1009  

All of the import stamps look very similar to the corresponding Heirloom stamps (of the same name). Heirloom stamps are more expensive because they are handmade by Robin. I encourage you to buy the import stamps (which are much cheaper) from Peggy when you like the design just as well as our Heirloom Collection designs... she appreciates all the business we can send her! and we like to help her make a success of her business.  

Yes, you can order all of the letters and numbers... why don't you just email me your list of the stamps you want, I'll apply the 15% discount, and send you an invoice on PayPal... then you can pay us before we ship. The shipping chart here shows you the S&H fees: http://www.rycraft.com/shipping,_terms_&_conditions
How does that sound?  

Here is a link to see what the letter "B" looks like on fondant:  http://www.rycraft.com/fondant_cupcake_toppers  
I apologize for not having a way to save your cart on our website... our website host is StoresOnline and so far I can't get them to give me a way to add a "Wish List" or some such thing so people can save their favorites. But just call us at 1-208-398-9156 or email us and we'll take care of you.  

Hope this helps!
Carol
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2/14/18 Email
Carol,  

Thank you for responding so quickly.   I did place an order at www.cookiestamps.com, thinking it was the same as you. But they also did not have the books. So, I will check again with her. I will also check out the recipes at your website as you suggested.   I do have some questions about the two different websites and stamps.  

1) I am building another cart on your website and have, again, notice differences in stamps you have compared to what your distributor has.  I am concerned about purchasing “knockoffs” which you said you sent to your distributor. Are there still “knockoffs” on their website?  

2) For example, I ordered the “Sunflower” and “Sheaves of Wheat” yesterday from www.cookiestamps.com and, today, as I was ordering from your website, the images on the two stamps are different. Are they just two different versions?  Please clarify.   If I wanted to special order the monograms and the numbers as a set (26 and 10 stamps), would that be possible through you directly from an email? Could I still apply the 15% discount until tomorrow. I have been wanting something clean, safe, large and sanitary enough to stamp letters and numbers onto cookies.  I didn’t see any sample images of that. Do they work well on cookies or fondant?  Are impressions fairly sharp and clear if used on the right medium? Would such an order be possible without the back-and-forth navigating on the website?   I do not know how to save my cart except to checkout. Please let me know as soon as possible about the two questions above.  

Thank you.  

Phyllis
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2/14/18 Reply

Dear Phyllis,  

Ok, I'll do the refund this morning. Re: your questions:   
(1) you will definitely get #022 Snowflake... not to worry... the Santa Claus description was a mistake when typing in all the design descriptions when I set up the website last fall (I copy and pasted, and forgot to change this one, so I'll go in and get that fixed).  

(2)  Yes the apple stamp is #014  

(3) When we thought we were retiring in 2015, we sold our inventory of Collector's Books to our distributor Peggy Luckwald -- you can find them on her website here:     http://www.cookiestamp.com/product/COLBOOK. I just talked to Peggy and she said her stock is low -- she will check to see if she has any more books. You can call her at 1-800-479-2723 or email her at peggy.cookiestamp@gmail.com.  

(4)  The recipe booklet comes free with each stamp you purchase, plus all of Eleanor's recipes are on the website here: http://www.rycraft.com/recipes      Scroll down to "Eleanor Rycraft's Original Cookie Stamp Recipes". If you want to order extra recipe booklets, I will add them as a separate product you can add to your cart for $.25 each... give me a day to get it posted to the website.     

(5) Yes send us a scan of the stamp you can't identify and we'll see if we can figure out if it's ours and if so, when it was carved.  

Thanks again, and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day!  
Carol  
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2/13/18 Email

Carol,  

That would be good. Thank you. I’ll probably order a few more stamps ...   I have some questions:   The Snowflake stamp I ordered is called “Santa Claus” at the cart and at checkout. Please tell me that’s okay and it really is the Snowflake.   Do you still have the Apple stamp?   I wanted to order the “Stamp Collectors Handbook” and the “Recipe Book” but, when I went to the pages to add to my cart, there was nothing there.  Are they still available?   I have a few stamps from the late 80s-90s that I could not identify on your website. If I send you an image, would you be able to help with that?  

Thank you, again.  
Phyllis
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2/13/18 Reply

Hi Phyllis,  

Thank you for your order. Yes, the simplest thing to do would be for me to issue you a refund of $19.78 (15% of $131.90) on your same credit card. With your permission, I will do that tomorrow. Let me know.  

Thanks,  

Carol Rycraft
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2/13/18 Email

I just placed an order for 10 stamps and returned to your home page and saw the Valentine’s special for 15% off (save15). I didn’t realize I needed to add that to the order. Is there any way the 15% off can be applied now? I hope so - that is enough for a few more stamps!   Please let me know as soon as possible.  

Thank you.  

Phyllis S
Portland, OR




3/7/18 Email

Carol, 

Oh, no! I am sorry that you have been ill - please take care! Also, the flu this year has been horrible and different than usual. I had it for weeks before I could feel any better.

I have the hard copy of the collection, and I have checked out the online pages. I found a couple of them already; I just need to find all the rest of them ...

I am also trying to find sample images of the designs I would like to see in stamps. When I do, I will forward to you and Robin for consideration as custom stamps.

Yes, the cooking oil is working much better than the mineral oil.

Thank you.

Phyllis

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3/7/18 Reply

Dear Phyllis,

This has been sitting in my Inbox, waiting for me to look these up in the Collector's Book. But I've been sick in bed more than once this last month, so I decided to give you the link and you can scroll through each year to find the photos of these 4 stamps. I am sure they are there. http://www.rycraft.com/new_1967 Have fun! Carol


Carol Rycraft
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2/14/18 Email

Robin,

No hurry on this. Just when you have time.  

The image attached is of my oldest stamps.
 
[L to R: #051 – Myrtle Turtle (1969 Eleanor Rycraft), #057-1E – Butterfly (1978 Eleanor Rycraft), #099 – Linda (1969 Carroll Rycraft), #190-1E – Tulip (1983 Robin Rycraft].

I have had them since the late 80s, early 90s. “Myrtle Turtle” is STILL my favorite! I would like to know a bit more about the others because I do not see them in your “Heirloom” images. I have about 1 dozen other older ones that I have found on your website so I do have some information. I have collected them for so many years; and, oh, I still love each one. Besides stamping a ball of dough, I will stamp a whole sheet of rolled out dough and then cut circles, squares or ovals around them. Just lovely!

I also have another stamp as old, about 2”-2 1/8” in diameter. It is white porcelain (I am sure it is porcelain) with bright white glaze. The image is of three hearts, all exactly the same shape, each a different size: One tiny one in the center, another around it in a single “eyelet” pattern and these both are surrounded by a larger, plain heart. It just won’t photograph - except as a “white blob”. Maybe you can help identify that one as well or provide more information.

Thank you for your assistance on this.

Phyllis S
Portland, OR

2/15/18 Email

Thank you for the contact info. Christmas cookies, especially German varieties, are a favorite in our family. I have a spreadsheet of about 8 Springerle recipes that I use/combine depending on weather/rain, size of stamp, flat area on stamp vs printed design. I also use a springerle rolling pin made in Germany. I put a lot of emphasis in only using stamps with deep sharp designs. I find the older Rycraft designs too shallow, but have had good luck with many of the newer stamps I’ve purchased. Each batch I adapt the recipe according to the stamp I’m using, but always use hartshorn for the leavening. I bake only one cookie for the first two test times – usually baking at 285 degrees for a varying length of time according to size/thickness of cookie.

   
   

Regards - Cheryl
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2/7/18 Reply

Dear Cheryl,

Thank you for your email and the beautiful photograph of those cookies. Was it taken before or after they were baked? What recipe did you use, if you don't mind my asking?

Yes, our former employee (when we lived on the farm in Corvallis) and now seller of Rycraft stamps in Albany is Hazel Mickelsen and you can... email her at: hjmickel@gmail.com.

Yes, we have the stamps here on our farm in Emmett where Robin makes them in our little workshop which we remodeled last year: http://www.rycraft.com/remodel

Be sure your family gives us a call before they make the trip to Emmett from Boise, to set up an appointment to meet Robin at his workshop. Thanks.

Best regards,

Carol Rycraft
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2/6/18 Email

Dear Robin and Carol –

I have been purchasing/using Rycraft cookie stamps since the late 1970’s when I attended OSU. Originally I bought them in Corvallis stores (where we lived), and most recently (about 3 years ago) from a lady in Albany who has a booth at the Scandinavian Festival in Junction City, OR. Could you tell me if this person is still selling your cookie stamps locally (I live in North Albany)? Is it possible to get her contact information? Are they available to view and purchase anywhere near here? Also, do you sell the stamps at your new location in Emmett? My family is from the Ontario/Boise area and occasionally we make a trip that direction, so may have an opportunity to purchase them at that time.
(Note:  Rycraft designs shown below: #368 – Nativity,  #413 – St Nicholas,  #020 – Frosty,  #317 – Old St Nick)

Thank you,

Cheryl Frey

9/20/18 Reply

Hi Renee,

Thank you for your email. What an interesting story and question. Robin and I don't recognize the top part of the design... yet. Please take a photo of the other side of the stamp so we can see what color the glaze is... that will give us a hint as to what year it was made, or if it is one of our stamps or a "knock-off" stamp.

Best regards,

Carol Rycraft  
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9/20/18 Email

Hello!

I inherited a collection of wonderful Rycraft cookie stamps last year, and for Christmas my husband made me a display board, so I'll be able to enjoy them year round (and hopefully be prompted to use them more often as well, which I imagine was also part of his plan). I have my stamps arranged in order of their year of creation, but I have one stamp that I've been unable to date, and I was wondering if you had any information on it. I've been through your online collector's catalogue twice, and see several different roadrunner designs, but none of them like the one I have, which seems to have thistles in the background.



Right now he's leading the pack at the very end of the display, and every time I look at him I think he looks a little arrogant. Can you help me put him in his place?

Thanks, and Happy New Year :-)

Renee 

2/7/18 Reply

Dear Michael,

Remember you? I was actually just thinking about you the other day, fondly. Robin and I were so happy to have been able to help you when you needed it. It's wonderful to hear how you have grown up and matured and what a wonderful work you are involved in now. And I'm glad to hear Frank has become a stable upstanding father and citizen... I am proud of you both!

Robin and I tried to retire to Costa Rica in 2016, but it turned out to be way too expensive, so here we are in a small town (6K people) in Idaho and loving it... God has been so good to us, giving us "the desires of our hearts" in a very unexpected place. We have an acre, just the right size for the 2 of us, with a railroad track just behind which is perfect so we are back at work now since October earning a living. We're both in good health and looking forward to spring (it's just around the corner). And enjoying socializing with loads of people in our new church who are our age and conservatives like us and God-loving like us, plus there is a wonderful choir to be part of (I love to sing!), and so our lives are full and we laug a lot these days! Our newest activity: we both joined the gym and we go 2-3 times a week – me for the "Silver Sneakers" class for the old folks, and robin lifts weights (a 1st for him!). Plus, yesterday we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!

Here's a link to the page on our website about our little farm: http://www.rycraft.com/remodel
And here's a link to our Christmas newsletter: http://www.rycraft.com/merry_christmas_2017

Thanks for the pix... great costumes. Send pix of you and Dan and Frank et al, too, so we can see how you've aged. Ha! And please give our best wishes to Frank next time you talk to him, and hug yourself for both of us!

God bless you,

Carol (for Robin, too)
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2/6/18 Email

Hi!
I hope this email reaches you.

I hope you remember me. You took me in when I was homeless probably around 12 years ago. You've been in my thoughts lately so I thought I would reach out.
I want to say thank you. I don't know what I would have done without your generosity.

How are you? Are you still in Ojai? I thought about you durig those recent fires.

I am currently a consultant in training at... (the promotion from lead line therapist isn't official yet). I graduated with a BS in Psychology in 2012 and just went back for my masters. When I graduate I will have a masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism. I will also be a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). I do in-home therapy with children with autism. I've been doing that for about 12 years. I'm in Texas now. Frank... is starting an NPO in which he runs workshops helping parents and their children build things together. I just designed the logo for him. I was a director on the board of directors for an NPO that links costumed characters with organizations that promote education, or advocacy for at-risk and special needs communities. I stepped down (along with 5 other board members) due to the founder refusing to work with us. But I'm still a costumed volunteer along with my boyfriend, Dan... It's a lot of fun and I make my own costumes. Man I really hope you remember me or this is just a super weird email. I look forward to hearing from you.

With love,

Michael F
RBT Lead Line Therapist - TX

1/20/18 Reply

Hi Patti,

Thank you for your email. Yes, the stamp is cut square instead of round.
 
No there is no outer edge on the stamp. It would look like this one (attached photo #186 carved in 1982). You can stamp the dough either before or after you cut it into squares. If you stamp dough already rolled out, then cut into a square, the sides will squish out around the 4 sides somewhat the same as they do around the edges of a round stamp (see other photo of our basket heart stamp #223). The St Patty's Day photo shows what happens when you roll o0ut the dough, then stamp it with a round stamp before cutting it out.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,

Carol Rycraft
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1/19/18 Email

If I order a square stamp, does that mean the actual stamp is square shaped?
Want to roll out the dough to cut into squares, then stamp with square stamp. Do they have an outer edge that stamps as well?


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