1984 - 2013: Celebrating 29 years in business


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We were a small family-owned and run business, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Sonora, California.
We were in business from July of 1984 when Alex was just six months old, until 2013
We personally designed and physically manufactured our stamps and accessories and were blazing new trails to innovation.

We did not accept illustrations from outside artists, as this company was our medium for our own art.



Karen Canto

I am now devoting my time to my healing practice.
(I am an Usui/Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher and Certificated Life Coach).

I am also making coloring books and cards using new original designs
as well as making wire jewelry.
Click here to go to my website

I have been teaching art and motivating others since 1984.
After many many years on the road I (or rather Alextamping) am no longer doing shows or traveling. It makes me EXTREMELY happy to be at home and not on the road, (Carlos says I pack well, but don't travel well)... I do miss all the friends we have made all over the country.

I enjoy writing, gardening, dancing, knitting, painting, drawing, quiet time, and being with friends.


5yr old Karen

This is my kindergarten photo taken a really really long time ago at Northside School, Levittown, NY


Carlos Canto
He drew many of our designs, and continues to support whatever I am interested in.
Example: he took up knitting to be part of our weekly knitting group
He is a writer, gardener, dancer, philosopher, and outside-the-box thinker.
He is also the rural mail carrier for Soulsbyville, CA.

Alex Canto

Our inspiration! The namesake of our company.

Alex and Anna Wedding Photo

Alex and Anna are now living in Arizona.
They were married on March 29, 2014 - The Theme of the Wedding was Vintage (1920's) Science.
Alex is a machinist and Anna is a physics professor at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

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