Monday, February 25, 2013


Hello, My Friends!

It's time for some eye candy!  Here's the pinwheels2stamp idea gallery....along with the winners!

Can't see the video? Click Here!
Here's a close up of the winners....
Designed by Sonya L. in NC

Designed by Denise D. in MO

Ladies, please email me with the stamp set of your choice (value $12.88 or less) and your address. Congrats on winning!

Make sure you check out ALL the great ideas in the Gallery!  There are OVER 6000 ideas using our stamps, just waiting for you!

Also, for YOUR chance on winning, upload your boots4rain projects to our gallery.  Winners are chosen randomly and YOU could be next!  ;)
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SO Much is Happening!

Hello, My Friends!

We are packing for our next event!  We leave early Thursday morning for Grapevine, TX!  Woo Hoo!  We can't wait to see our TX friends!  :)

But, before we leave, we need to share with you the NEW EXCLUSIVE Die Release!  Here's the video....

Can't see the video? Click Here!
 For more info on the dies, click here.

And now, for the NEW Flip-it Die and Coordinating Framelits!  :)

Aren't these wonderful?!?  This set is probably my all time favorite!  I use it often!  In fact, we use this in our Make and Take when we are at events!  :)

And, YES.... both of these will work in the Big Shot, Big Kick, Vagabond and Cuttlebug!  
AND....Club Members get discounts on these products!  :)

Happy Stamping and Die Cutting!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's Late....

Hello, My Friends!

We had a wonderful weekend...well, yesterday was a little icky...we had to go visit our tax guy, Robert.   Don't get me wrong, I love Robert as a person...(he's also a believer, so we enjoy his fellowship...)...but, taxes are always an icky topic!  ;) 

But, to make the day better, Ken took me to Olive Garden for dinner.  That helped my mood!  I {heart} Olive Garden.  :)

Then, today, after church, my Mom, Dad, Sister-in-law and Nephew came over for dinner.  I really {heart} my nephew, Ben.  He is now a little over two years old and he is such a little man!  He was jumping on the couch, running, playing with his cars, feeding Cookie under the table...oh, what pure joy!  He is such an amazing blessing!

It's late...I should be in bed...instead, I'm checking out all the wonderful eye candy in our Gallery!  Our web designer has been doing some updating, cleaning up, organizing...well, I guess Spring Cleaning!  ;)  Since she is working on it, I've been spending more time looking around and I'm....


I love to see all the talent everyone has!  I'll be honest, I'm so humbled by how incredible you make my stamps look!  :)

I wanted to share a few with you before I jump in bed for the night....

I love this card by Paige Grabau!  Can you imagine getting it in the mail?!?!  What fun it is!

Both of these Flip-it Cards are by Christa Potgieter in South Africa!  ;)  I love how Christa added something 'extra' to the edge of the Flip-it Card middle section.  See how the umbrella and the bee go off the main middle section?  Isn't that a great idea!?!?!  I love it!

Above cards use these products:



Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Card, Fancy Frame Flip-its
Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Card, Fancy Frame Flip-its

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK Fancy Labels
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK Fancy Labels

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 15, 2013

A New 30 Second Card in {5 Minutes!}

Hello, My Friends!

Happy Friday!  It's a warm day today and I'm working from home....I'm thinking I might need to take a few minutes from my day and go sit outside to enjoy the sun!  :)

Here's our next episode of a 30 Second Card in {5 Minutes!}  I bet you will love this card when it's done!  It's one of my favorites!

Can't see the video? Click Here!
To see some of the products in the video, visit our website:  The Stamps of Life

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lots of Fun!

Hello, My Friends!

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you have a day full of lot of {LOVE}.  :)

It's time to announce the Flip-it Gallery Winners!

We had SO many wonderful entries!  It was hard for the team and I to choose our winners!  We also had some random winners!  Below you'll see all of the winners.

By Dania

Created by Trisha

Created by Linda Mott

Created by Maria Angelica Langston

Created by pdhowell

Created by Tinabos
Created by Sarah B.

Created by Lisa Silver

Created by Silvia Peterson

Created by Jessica Lepine   
 A BIG Congrats to the winners!  Thanks so much to EVERYONE that participated!

Winners, please email us through our website and let us know your mailing address and Flip-it Die choice!

Oh, I almost forgot!  We have some NEW Sizzix Products on our site! 

SPECIAL PRICE:  $24.99 Club Members pay only $21.25

Regular Price is $27.99 Club Members pay only $23.79

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Cookie!

Hello, My Friends!

I have another {Life} with Stephanie Video to share with you today.  This one is about Cookie!

Don't forget, {Life} with Stephanie Videos are videos for stamping...just life!  :)

Can't see the video? Click Here!
We will be announcing the winners of the Flip-it Card Gallery on Thursday!  We will also be releasing a new SIZZIX product that day, as well!
Stay tuned!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

THREE New Stamp Sets and NEW SIZZIX!

Hello, My Friends!

Happy Thursday!  (Woo Hoo!  It's almost the weekend!)  I'm so excited to share with you THREE new stamp sets AND a new product from Sizzix (that I designed!)

Check out the video to see the new stamp sets!

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Here's a close up of the new sets....

The patterns4boots set coordinates with our boots4rain stamp set!

framefive2stamp coordinates with the Sizzix Framelits #5 set!
These Sizzix label #5 dies coordinates with the framefive2stamp!
And here are some designs by our amazing Design Team.....

 And the new Sizzix......

Sizzix Word Labels by Stephanie Barnard (that's me!)  :)

Make sure you check out our Gallery to see tons of inspiration!  

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Shape Changing Chicks: Tutorial

Hello, My Friends!

I have a FABULOUS tutorial to share with you today!  Design Team Member, Anna Wight is so sweet to share it with us.

When I first saw this card, I think I let out a little scream!  It's adorable and I'm thrilled that Anna is letting me share it with you all!

Here, in Anna's words is the tutorial.....


Earlier this week I posted this "four cute chicks" card and wrote about how I was able to create the various body shapes for the chicks. Since then, I've had several questions and requests for more details on how I was able to create the various body shapes using the same stamp, so I thought I'd put together a quick "how to" in photos. Hope this is helpful!


For my supplies, I'm using the Eggs4Easter set by The Stamps of Life, a clear block, an image mask (made from a sticky note), and ink for stamping.


What makes this shape changing technique possible is the unique way the chick stamp was made. The center of the stamp is not filled with polymer, which allows it to be shaped differently than it's original shape. If the stamp's center was filled with polymer (like most clear stamps are), it would not be possible to change the chick's shape.
Let me show you how!


Place the chick stamp on a clear block, ink the image, and stamp the chick in it's original shape. Also stamp the chick on a sticky note and cut it out to create the image mask needed for the next steps.


Adjust the shape of the chick on the clear block and ink it for stamping. See how the open area in the center of the chick's body allows the reshaping? If this area was filled in with polymer, the body shape would not be able to be changed.


With the sticky note mask placed over the first stamped image (mine is white with a red and yellow dot), stamp the second (taller) chick in place. By covering up the first stamped image with the image mask, you are preventing the ink of the second image from overlapping the first image.


Once again reshape the stamp on the block. This time make him shorter and, well, plumper! Again, it's that open center of the image that's allowing it to be reshaped.


With the mask still in place over the first stamped image, stamp the third chick in place.


Remove the mask to reveal your grouping.


Finish building your chicks with other stamp images provided in the set, masking as needed. I masked their bodies while stamping the legs, so I could adjust the length of the legs and not risk getting ink in their bodies.


On my original card I used this technique to stamp an original shaped chick, two tall chicks, and added a fourth plump chick that was stamped on a separate sheet of paper, cut out, and adhered to my card using foam adhesive for a bit of dimension.
While it's not always possible to reshape stamps like this since most of the time the centers are filled edge to edge with polymer, keep your eye out for possibilities of when you can! Sentiments are easily changed from straight lines to curves, so keep that in mind, too!


eggs4Easter by The Stamps of Life

Ink: Black Memento, Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger, Dusty Durango by Stampin' Up!
ShinHan Touch Twin markers: Y36, YR31, YR32, R3, R2, GY175, 0, CG.5
Paper: Neenah, Bo Bunny
Other: Prismacolor Pencil (Kelp Green), button, baker's twine, tracing wheel

Anna, thanks so much for sharing this amazing tutorial with us!  I can't wait to see what you come up with next!  :)  (and welcome to our Design Team!)

Happy Stamping!