Thursday, December 31, 2009

TWO Reasons to Celebrate!

We have TWO reasons to celebrate!'s a New Year! Two...There's a New Stamp Set! What a great way to start off the new year!

Here's a video introducing our new stamp set:

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This set is so versatile! At only $12.95 (only $10.95 for Club Members), it won't break your budget! The set contains 40 stamps!

Check out what our Design Team created using this set. Click here to visit the gallery!

Here's to a great New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Where has the year gone?!?!

I can't believe 2009 is almost over! As I get older, the years go by so much quicker! :)

I have so many exciting things planned for The {Stamps} of Life. On the first of Jan., our new stamp set will be revealed and then on the 7th, there will be an announcement for our Club Members and then on the 11th, there will be an announcement for everyone. :) Lots going on! :)

We had a wonderful Christmas at our home. My parents spent the night, we went to the Christmas Eve service at our church and then we woke up at a reasonable hour the next morning to open presents. I hope you had as wonderful of a day!

Vicki created a great Christmas scrapbooking layout using our digital stamps. Isn't it cute?!?

For step-by-step instructions, click here

Our Design Team was really busy this month with the Love2Hug stamps. Here's a great slideshow showing off their work:

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We love to create slideshows of our gallery creations. Make sure you upload your creations so you can be included in future slideshows!

Well, the countdown until the next set now begins....I can't believe they have a huge celebration in New York, just for our next debut.... {ha, ha!}


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very wonderful Merry Christmas. I taped a quick message for you...

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Big hugs!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A New {Life} with Stephanie Video

I'm often asked how I got started in this incredible industry. Trust me, it's been wild and crazy! :) Here's a video to share how it all started...

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It's getting closer to Christmas...I'm almost ready, but not quite. At least I finally addressed my Christmas cards! ;)


Friday, December 18, 2009

Shake it Up! Stamping Project Sheet

While browsing through the gallery, I ran across an incredible card. I just had to know more about it and contacted the creator. The stamper, Gilbert, was gracious enough to create an INCREDIBLE project sheet for me to share with you! Here's the card...

Isn't it wonderful!?! The project sheet is awesome! Gilbert wrote out all of the supplies needed, the full instructions and visuals to go along with it all! Gilbert, YOU ROCK! To see the step-by-step, click here!

Gilbert, on behalf of stampers everywhere, Thank you!!!!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December's 30 Second Card Video!

It's time for one of our favorite video segments! A 30 Second Card {in 5 minutes}!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Joy2Christmas Gallery Slideshow and....

As I write this blog post, I'm sitting in my office watching YouTube videos with my hubby and oldest daughter. (Little one is in's 10:48pm).

Taylor Swift is my current fav...her song Love Story touches my heart and reminds me of when hubby and I met (he was 18 I was 16).

I also love Taylor's You Belong with Me. My oldest loves to mock me with this one....I was the band geek in high school and she is the varsity cheerleader. ;) If you aren't familiar with these, look them up. :)

I'm excited to share this slideshow with you. Christmas is a very special time of year for my family and I love looking at the great cards you all created! The slideshow is kind of fast, but don't forget, you can see all the creations in the gallery by clicking here.

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On another note, remember when I mentioned my little one's hair for her dance competitions? Well, here's a photo...

This isn't the best picture (taken with my iPhone), but it shows what I have to do! It's FIVE huge rolls of hair. NO CURLERS! Just hair, gel, hairspray and bobby pins. Can you say CRAZY?!?!?!

I'm not good with hair...I'm really not. So, I got creative...I cut a toilet paper roll into thirds, gelled the hair like crazy and wrapped the hair around it and pinned it in place. We let it dry for three hours and then carefully pulled the tp roll out. NICE! I'll get a better pic when she competes again. :)

Big hugs!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gift Idea for Your Carpool Kids or....

Sometimes you need a little gift for some of the people in your life. Here's a project I'm creating for my middle school carpool kids. It's a quick and easy project (get your kids to help!) and will be enjoyed by all. ;)

What will you fill yours with?

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Are you ready for Christmas? I'm not! ;) At least our tree is up and the house is decorated, but I have quite a bit to do still. ;)


Monday, December 7, 2009

So Forgetful! Yikes!

Sometimes, life gets REALLY busy. So busy, in fact, that you forget to do things you always do. Like picking up a kid from school, or eating lunch. (Yes, I forget to eat lunch all the time...I don't think I've ever forgot a kid, but you'll have to ask one of them...) {grin}

So, what did I recently forget? Well, to choose Gallery Winners! Yikes! So, today, I went to the Joy2Christmas Gallery {Wowsers! There are some GREAT ideas there!} and I randomly chose a clear stamp winner and a gallery winner. And, here they are....

Clear stamp winner....Kim in NY...

Digital stamp winner....Chris in IN...

Don't these two cards totally inspire you?!? To see more, check out our Joy2Christmas gallery here. Have you uploaded a card or project to our gallery?!? I'd love to see what you've created!

Now it's time for another video. This one is a {Life} with Stephanie video and you know the's for the die hards only. ;) This one answers some more questions I received on Facebook. ;)

If you are receiving this update via email, you'll need to visit the blog to see the video. Click here to go there now!

In other news, my two daughters each had competitions this last weekend.

The older one, the cheerleader, took second place on Saturday and first place on Sunday! Go, Aliso High School Varsity Cheer! :)

The younger one, the dancer, took first place on Sunday! Go, SouthCoast Freestyle! :)

We were proud parents this weekend! I'll look for some pictures soon to share Katie's hair do. It's INSANE! :)

Big hugs!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A "Knock Your Socks Off" Type Tip!

Ok, it's not very often when someone is able to knock my socks off...But...Karen in New Mexico managed to do it! :)

She sent me an idea that was new to me and I knew I HAD to do a video on it.

So, here you go!

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Karen, you ROCK my world. ;)


Monday, November 30, 2009

December 2009 Stamp Set is Revealed!

It's that time! Time to release a new stamp set! Woo Hoo!

So, without anymore waiting, I'd like to introduce the December 2009 stamp set, Love2Hug....

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Check out the Gallery for examples of this stamp set!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gift Card Project Idea and Color Challenge Winners

Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming! {I sound like my kids!}

I can't believe it's already that time of year again. Time flies!

In the spirit of gift giving, Design Team Member, Joana Studer created this great Gift Card CD Holder.

For the full instructions, visit the site by clicking here.

In other news, our Color Challenge Gallery contest has now ended. Our winners are:

Liz from Alberta won a the December Clear Stamp Set with this card:
I love how clean and simple this card is!

And Jamie from MO won a December Digital Stamp Set with this card:

I love how the snowflakes are embossed!

I love to see what stampers create with our stamps. Have YOU uploaded to our gallery lately?!?

Our next stamp set will be released soon! December 1st is almost here!!!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

I have so much to be Thankful for. I have been blessed with an incredible husband, two beautiful daughters, parents that have stood by me through thick and thin, and a great group of FRIENDS!

I count all of you as one of my blessings. The last few months have been AMAZING! Not even in my WILDEST dreams did I expect to be doing what I'm doing right now. I am so happy! :)

Here's a short Thanksgiving video:

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey! The best is yet to come!

Hugs and Blessings,

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Joy2Christmas Design Team Slideshow

It's almost Thanksgiving! One of my favorite days of the year! I love getting together with family and friends to count our blessings and EATING! ;)

Hubby is the turkey king in our house...(that means he cooks the turkey...not that HE is a turkey!) {grin}

Speaking of Hubby, {yes, he has a name...Ken} he put together this great slideshow of our Joy2Christmas Design Team creations...enjoy!

We are featuring some beautiful work from The {Stamps} of Life Design Team. This video is full of great ideas using the Joy2Christmas stamp set released in November 2009. Have you made a project you would like to share with us? You can upload it to the gallery at

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1. Time is running out on this month's Color Challenge! Click Here to check out the great creations so far! Upload yours, too, for a chance to win next month's set FREE! A winner will be chosen on 11/29.

2. Our Joy2Christmas Gallery is INCREDIBLE!!! Have you seen the creations?!? Click here to enjoy some great eye candy! Make sure you upload your creations for a chance to win next month's stamp set FREE! {Yes! We love contests around here!}

3. Have you seen the December 2009 Sneak Peek?!? If you are a Facebook Fan, you have! Click here to see the sneak peek AND to sign up to become a Fan!

4. Lastly, don't forget, only a few more days remain to qualify for our EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION Club Member Stamp! ALL current Club Members will automatically receive this stamp! Do you want one?!? Sign up Club Member before 11/30/09 to receive yours! {Free stamp will be sent with the December 2009 stamp set} Oh, and just so you know, this is a numbered stamp...that means there will be MORE in the future! You just never know when I'll be throwing in an EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION Club Member Stamp! {grin! I love being the boss!} :) Click Here to become a Club Member!

Big hugs to you all!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A New {Life} with Stephanie Video

Hello my Friends!

I have another episode of {Life} with Stephanie to share with you today. This one is titled "Favorite Time" Enjoy!

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P.S. Did you receive our Newsletter this week? (This is a Twice a Month Newsletter, NOT the blog updates) If not, we have now added on our website a "Sign up for our Newsletter" button. ;) We send out a newsletter twice a month, so if you are interested and you didn't get it, sign up! (Click Here to go to the website)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Episode of a 30 Second Card

I'll be honest. When I first started this video series, I did think I could make a card in {about} 30 seconds. Yes, I really I thought I could. :)

Little did I know...

1. How popular this series would be.
2. That I have NO concept of time.
3. That I can make people laugh....(but is it AT me or WITH me?!?!)

So, without anymore waiting, I present the next episode...ok, you have to wait one more moment... I have to say, I've also learned to NOT use pigment ink when taping my 30 second card video episodes. You'll soon see that pigment ink is S-L-O-W to dry. (That's why it's a decent embossing ink...)

So, if you try this at home, don't use pigment ink. Really. You'll soon see why....

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

{Life} with Stephanie Video {For Die Hards Only!!!}

Before I share the next episode of {Life} with Stephanie, I'd like to share an incredible card I found in our Joy2Christmas Gallery. It was designed by Danni and it really caught my eye! I love this card!

Danni, thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Have YOU been to the Joy2Christmas Gallery yet?!? If not, click here! We would love to see YOUR creations!

Ok, now, on to the next episode....this one answers a question asked on our Facebook Fan Page....


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Gallery is HOT!!!

I'm amazed at our Joy2Christmas gallery submissions! Already 31 uploads and the stamps haven't been out that long yet! Have you taken a tour yet?!? Check it out here!

Are you like me and still working on your Fall/Thanksgiving cards? If yes, then you will really want to see this slideshow! If you uploaded a creation, you'll also want to check it out!

We are amazed by your creativity and are very proud to share your beautiful projects in this video. View the uploaded projects that you created using the Thanks2Fall stamp set by The {Stamps} of Life. It's time to get stamping and get your latest work into the November Gallery for next months video!

Now I'm in the mood to stamp!!! :)


P.S. Time is running out to join the Stamp Club and receive the FREE Limited Edition Stamp in December!!! (All Current Club Members will receive the stamp) Sign up now! If you have signed up and haven't heard from me yet, please let me know. Hugs!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Color Challenge Time!


November Color Challenge TSOLC02

This month's colors:
Rose Light (Light Pink)
Rose Dark (Dark Pink)
Intense Kiwi (Bright Green)
(These color names are Prism Papers Colors names. You do not have to use Prism Papers for the challenge).

Let's take our Christmas Cards to the next level with these non-traditional colors!!!

The November Color Challenge begins today! Players
will have until the 28th to post their cards using any of The {Stamps} of Life stamps or digital images to the Challenge Gallery.

Players must include TSOLC02 in their upload titles to be entered to win a
December release stamp set (US & Canada) or the November release Digi set and their choice of another Digi set (International players or US players can choose 2 Digi sets instead of stamps). Random winners will be announced on November 30th.

Winners will also have their cards featured on The Stamps of Life blog! Good luck!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fun Stamping Project

Hi Everyone!

I've been so busy calling new Club Members! I love visiting with the new members and I'll be honest, I lost my voice when I woke up today! ;)

Here's a new video for you...It's on a great technique. Enjoy!

Do you need a new technique to liven up your stamping projects? Stephanie will use the November 2009 stamp set from The {Stamps} of Life in this episode of {Quick Tips} to demonstrate how to mask. There is much more for you at so be sure to check it out!

I can't wait to see what you create using this technique. Upload your projects to our gallery to share them with the world!


P.S. There's been lots of talk about our first Limited Edition stamp that ALL Current Club Members will be receiving in their December Stamp package! This stamp will NEVER be for sale on our site and is my gift to my Club Members. Don't miss out! Sign up now to be a Club Member! You must be signed up by Nov. 25th to qualify for the Limited Edition Stamp. Oh, and did I say this was the "first" Limited Edition Stamp?!? WHOA!!!!! {grin} You just never know when they might show up! ;)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thanks2Fall Gallery Contest Winners!

Things are hopping around here! All current Club Member Stamp Sets have been mailed. Get your stamping fingers ready!!! :)

It's time to announce our Thanks2Fall Gallery Contest Winners!!! Our clear stamp winner is a beautiful card by Michelle D.

Michelle, you win a FREE clear stamp set in December!!! Merry Christmas to YOU! :)

We only had one digi entry to our gallery last month. (boo hoo! C'mon digi stampers, upload your projects!!!) And, since the card entered already won our Color Challenge Contest, I decided to choose another winner from our Clear Stamp Gallery. This winner will win a digi set of her choice. :)

The winner is Jen W. :)

Now it's YOUR turn! Once you receive your Joy2Christmas Stamps, upload your projects to our gallery for a chance to win! Winners are chosen randomly, so the more you enter, the better your chances! You can still upload to our other galleries as well, to show off your work. (However, to be eligible for the monthly contest, your project needs to use the current set.)

Big hugs!!
The {Stamps} of Life

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The November 2009 Stamp Set DEBUT!!!

Woo Hoo! It's time!!! Well, it's a little early...but with Halloween tonight and the first being a Sunday, we figured we should show the new set now! I am so excited to share the Joy2Christmas set with you! Here's the intro video...

Remember when you were a kid and it seemed like Christmas would never get here? Well at The {Stamps} of Life your wait is over as we are proud to present the November 2009 stamp set called Joy2Christmas. Stephanie has some wonderful ideas to share with you and for much more be sure to go to

Club Member sets will be sent out on Monday. (Darn, the post office doesn't work on Sundays!) If you are a digi Club Member, check your email boxes! (If you don't see it there, check your spam folders!) ;)

Our Design Team is starting to upload their creations to the gallery, so keep checking back!

Here's a close up of the set:
The set has 32 stamps! Can you believe it?!?

If you aren't a Club Member, you can sign up here


You can purchase just this set by clicking here.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Color Challenge Winners!

We had a great response to our first ever Color Challenge! Here are the winners...

MaryNSC and stampinchrissylea! MaryNSC won next month's clear stamp for FREE! And stampinchrissylea has won next month's digi stamp set for FREE as well as one more digi stamp set of her choice!

Here are the winning entries:
Clear Stamp Winner, MaryNSC:

Digi Winner, stampinchrissylea:

To see the great entries Click Here!

Stay tuned for our next Color Challenge!

Our New Stamp set will be debuting soon!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More Halloween Goodies!

I received the most adorable email the other day from Vicki Martin. Once I saw the adorable project she was sharing, I immediately asked her if she would allow me to share it with you all.

Here are some pictures:

Aren't they adorable?!? Here's the 'recipe':
Stamp Set: October Thanks2Fall- The Stamps Of Life
Paper: Bazill Textured Black
Ink: SU Only Orange, Memento Tuxedo Black,
Accessories: Orange Ribbon, Transparancy Sheet, decorative scissors

Box dimension: 3 1/4" x 4", scored at 5/8" on all sides
Transparancy dimension: 6" x 2 7/8", scored at 1 1/4", 2", 4", 4 3/4"
Nugget wrapper dimension: 1" x 3"

She then sent me this adorable card:

Here's the recipe for the card:
Stamp Set: October Thanks2Fall- The Stamps Of Life
Black cardstock, printed paper, cats eye inks, October stamp set
Scallop edge border punch
CTMH ribbon, clear embossed bats

Vicki, thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

I also want to thank all of YOU for sharing our new Club with your stamping friends and family. I hear from women all the time saying their friend sent them the website or forwarded our newsletter or mentioned us on a message board. Thanks so much for spreading the word!!! :)


Monday, October 26, 2009

Design Team Gallery Projects

It's almost Halloween! Are you ready?!? {I'm not!} :)

It's so hard to get ready for Trick or Treaters when it's 85 degrees outside! I think fall weather decided to leave us alone in Southern Ca!

Here's a great slideshow of our Design Team Gallery Projects for the Oct. 09 set.

View the amazing projects created by The {Stamps} of Life Design Team set to music in this video. We are sure that you will enjoy their great ideas and you'll want to get to work on your own projects. For all of the latest from Stephanie Barnard visit

On a personal note, my daughter's Homecoming Dance was a success! I was the photographer for about 30 kids at a private party {ON the BEACH!} Fun! One of my daughter's friends was kind enough to take our picture....{I wish I could share with you WHO took the picture, but I have to sleep in the same house as my teenager and I'd fear for my life if I told you!} {grin} ha ha...{BIG grin}...

Did you see the Sneak Peek on Facebook?!? I can't wait to share the whole set with you! The set name is.... Joy2Christmas :) If you want to become a fan on Facebook Click Here!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Another Great Project Sheet!

My Design Team has been BUSY creating great projects for us! Here's one from Joana Studer.

How cute is that?!? For the {free} Project Sheet, Click Here.

On a more personal note, our Homecoming game was last night and sadly we lost. But, I was able to get a photography pass to go on the field. What a rush! Here's my cutie....

Lastly, if you are a fan on Facebook, you've already seen this video...(not a fan? Click Here to become a fan...the fan page gets the news first! I even posted a sneak peek for the next month's stamp set!)

This video is for die hards only. It's NOT a stamping video. It's a {Life} with Stephanie at your own risk. {grin}

(And no, it's not a stain on my shirt. I think I hugged my drink too close!) :)

Stephanie reveals more secrets about her daily life. What type of diet drink do you think is her favorite? You won't forget after this new episode! For more of the latest from Stephanie be sure to visit


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New {Free} Project Tutorial!

Life is busy at our house! Between calling new Club Members, I'm busy getting my oldest daughter, Kirstin ready for Homecoming season. She's now a Varsity Cheerleader at our local high school (3200 students!), so she's busy with her team creating posters, banners and getting the 'perfect' dress for the Homecoming Dance. ( be young again!)

In Stamping News, Design Team member, Vicki Garrett has created the most adorable Paper Pieced Pumpkin Card Tutorial. She took photos for each step, so you can follow along!

Click Here for the FREE tutorial!

Have you uploaded your project for our Color Challenge? Time is running out and our winner will be chosen next week, so get your entries in! You can enter as many projects as you want!

Also, don't forget to upload your regluar projects using our October 2009 set. A winner will be chosen from that gallery to win next month's set! (Actually, it's two from the clear stamp gallery and one from the digital gallery!)

To visit the October Gallery, Click Here!

Off to find some shoes that match the 'perfect' dress....


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Another 30 Second Card {in 5 Minutes}

If you are a fan on Facebook, you've already seen this video. But, if you aren't a fan (yet!), here's the next episode: {Oh, Yes, I now know I folded my card incorrectly when using the Scor-Pal....} {grin}

Stephanie races the clock again in an attempt to finish a project in thirty seconds. How do you think she will do this time? There is a great idea here so be sure to watch! Many more examples of the Thanks2Fall set being used can be found at Let us know what you think, we love your comments.

Another tidbit...just a hint about the November 1st has 32 stamps! :)

Lastly, I want to thank my wonderful Club Members. We set a goal on Club Memberships for the month of October, and we met our goal on Oct. 16th! WOW!!!! I love you all so much! Thanks for making my dream come true!!!!

Hey, become a fan on Facebook so you hear the Breaking News first! Click Here to Become a FAN!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Project on the Website!

Halloween is a time for treats! {Yummy!} If you enjoyed the last project video on the treat bag, you'll also love this great project by Design Team Member, Joana Studer. :)

For complete instructions and a supply list, click here.

Happy Haunting!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

A New Project Video!

Hey Everyone!

Fall is in full swing around here! The leaves are turning colors, the weather is getting cooler and it's getting darker sooner. Halloween will be here before we know it!

Here's a great project for your Trick or Treaters. Follow along on the video and then click here to get your free pattern! Make sure you upload your projects to our gallery! I can't wait to see your variation of the Treat Bag!

The {Stamps} of Life

Friday, October 9, 2009

The September Gallery

Is your card in our most recent video? Check it out! :)

Stamps come to life at You did it! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful designs uploaded to our September 2009 Gallery featuring the Back2Basics set. Time is flying by fast so make sure that you upload to the October gallery before the month ends. Your project may appear in next months gallery video! We enjoy your creativity and are very thankful for your participation.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Are you up for a challenge?


October Color Challenge TSOLC01

This month's colors:
Orange, Peach & Green and any Neutral Colors

The October Color Challenge begins today, October 7th. Players
will have until the 28th to post their cards using any The {Stamps} of Life stamps or digital images to the Challenge Gallery. Stamps haven't arrived yet? You can still play! We have a few free digital images in our Freebie section for you to try.

Players must include TSOLC01 in their upload titles to be entered to win a
November release stamp set (US & Canada) or the November release Digi set and their choice of another Digi set (International players or US players can choose 2 Digi sets instead of stamps). Random winners will be announced on October 29th.

Winners will also have their cards featured on The Stamps of Life blog! Good luck!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Contest Winners!

Did you know we have contests at The {Stamps} of Life?!? Well, of course we do! That's half the fun! ;)

Our first winner is Lori. She received the {green} colored signature Back2Basics Stamp Set.

Woo Hoo, Lori! She wins a free stamp set! :) Hugs to you, Lori!

Our second and third winners are randomly chosen each month from our gallery. One winner from the clear stamp gallery, and one from the digital gallery. The clear stamp winner is:

Beth Buss! Isn't this card adorable?!? Beth wins a FREE clear stamp set! Go, Beth!!!!

Our Digital winner of the month is Darla Reger!!! Darla wins a FREE Digital Stamp Set! Go, Darla, Go Darla!!! :)

So, my question to YOU is, have YOU uploaded to our gallery?!? If not, WHY?!? You could win next month! So get busy uploading! {grin} {Just a note...the September contests are closed, so to qualify for the next gallery contest, you need to use and upload to the October Gallery}

Also, the October Stamp sets are now YOU have the only signed set?!? If yes, send me a photo of you holding your winning set, and YOU will receive a free set! Fun, fun, FUN!!!

Oh, and just a sneak peek to the future....another fun announcement is coming soon...... ;)



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Video Part Two...October 2009 Stamps

Wow! That's really all I have to say! {grin} Sales for our second stamp set have exceeded all expectations, and it's only October Fourth! Woo Hoo! I love you all so much for making my stamping dreams come true! Thank You!!!!!

Here's some more about the stamp set:

(If you are receiving this blog post as an email, you'll need to visit the blog to see the video... Click Here to see the video)

Stay Tuned...tomorrow I'm going to announce our September Winners!!!

The {Stamps} of Life

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The October Stamp Set is Now Available!

It's here, it's here!!! 34 brand new, yummy stamps!!! Check out the video to see them in action!

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Visit the site to order now!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Oct. 1st is Almost Here!

It's almost time for our second stamp set debut! :) I can give you a few hints about this next set....{No more pics, though! Ha'll have to wait a few more days!}

34 stamps
It's NOT a Halloween Set.
It's NOT a Thanksgiving Set.
It's NOT a Fall Set.

It's ALL of the ABOVE!!!! ;)

I filmed the intro video for the Oct. set yesterday and couldn't stop playing! You will love it!

Also, an update on our gallery...please upload your creations using our first set, Back2Basics! Don't forget there will be two in the digital category and one in the clear stamp category. The winners will be chosen randomly from all uploaded creations. (Design Team Members are not eligible to win).

So, start uploading!!! (You'll need to register first for the gallery!)

I can't wait to see what you create!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tips, Tricks AND the Secret Weapon!!!

Hi Everyone!

We are having a great day today at The {Stamps} of Life. :) I taped a beginning Stamping video to share my favorite tips and tricks. Now, if you are a seasoned stamper, you still might find it useful, so check it out.

Oh, I also talk about the "Secret Weapon and where to find it....." {grin}


Monday, September 21, 2009

A Card From the New Gallery

When Nikki emailed me this adorable card, I knew I had to share it with all of you! Isn't it incredible?!?

I love the colors and how she used so many stamps on it! :) Nikki is also having a very special blog challenge on her blog that I think you should check out. Click Here to visit her blog.

Oh, did I mention our gallery is OPEN?!? Have you added to it yet?!? Don't forget, you need to register first and then you can start uploading or commenting! :)

Another fun tidbit...we had to order more of the Back2Basics stamp sets! Woo Hoo! Our sales in our first 15 days EXCEEDED what we expected to sell the first month! YES! It's all thanks to you!

Thanks so much for helping me spread the word!

Big hugs!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I Posted a Sneak Peek for the Oct. Set!!!!

Did you see the Sneak Peek?!? You did if you are a Fan on Facebook! {grin} Facebook Fans get to see the Sneak Peeks before anyone!

Become a Fan and be one of the first to see the Sneak Peeks!

CLICK HERE to go directly to the Fan Page!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

A New Segment...{Life with Stephanie}

Did you see the previous video?!? A Card in 30 Seconds.... if you did not see the video....YOU HAVE TO! It's my all time favorite video! (And no, I haven't sent the card to Aunt Gail yet...I will soon!)

To watch the 'famous' or is it infamous?!? :) Video, click here!

Now, on to a different kind of video segment...well, kind of. As I've been mentioning, I want to get to know my stamping friends better, and I want you to know me better. So, we've created a new type of video segment....{Life with Stephanie}. Now, these segments are only for the die-hard friends. They'll offer you a peek into my life that not many get to see. (Including close friends!)

After this first {Life with Stephanie} episode, I'll be sharing a Behind the Scenes video of what my studio/office/stamp room REALLY looks like....hahahaha! You are in for a real treat! {grin}

Ok, here's the first episode of {Life with Stephanie}

If you are receiving this via email, you can see the {Life with Stephanie} video by clicking here.

The {Stamps} of Life

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My {Favorite} Video, EVER!

Ok, I'm raising the bar on my videos. This one is my all time favorite!

If you are receiving this in your email box, you'll need to visit the blog to see this video! Click Here to go directly to the blog! You won't want to miss this video!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Our Website Gallery is now OPEN!

My web designer has been working non-stop behind the scences and I'm thrilled to announce the website gallery is now OPEN!

This gallery will replace the Facebook and Flickr go to the site, register and upload your projects!!!!

I can't wait to see what YOU have created!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The {Stamps} of Life September 2009 Design Team Projects

Here's a fun slideshow of a few Design Team projects.... Enjoy!!!

Check out the great projects our Design Team created with this month's stamp set!

(If you are receiving this message in your email box, you'll need to visit the blog to watch the video. CLICK HERE to see the video.)



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Club Member's Card

One of my all time favorite things about my job is seeing what stampers create with my stamps! So when Club Member, Janine Verster from Washington, emailed me a photo of her first creation with her new stamps, I was thrilled!

I was so thrilled, I asked her if I could share it with you. :)

So here it is:

Isn't it adorable?!? Here's what Janine had to say, "The cards I have made so far, are so effortless as the stamps are so easy to align. They are of the high quality you mentioned, as every time I stamp I get a crisp & clear image. I am very thrilled about my new stamp set and can’t wait for next month’s set."

Thanks, Janine! As a club member, your next stamp set will be sent on Oct. 1st! Woo Hoo!

Are YOU a club member?!? If not, click here to become one!

Here are just a few things others are saying about the stamps:

*Got my stamps today. They are everything you said they were! I usually hesitate to buy acrylics with solid designs as it is hard to get a good image, but yours are perfect! Thank you!

*Hi Stephanie..just wanted to let you know that I received my first order from you today..the Back2Basics-Set 1. I am thrilled with them, I also love the free paper sheets..thank you so much. Those look really nice to work with.I will get to use my new stamps this weekend..thanks so much hon..your service is wonderful.Big hugs to ya from Oklahoma

*What will You be saying about the stamps when you get them? :)



Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wowsers! :)

The response to our launch is amazing! Thanks so much for your support and "Welcome!" to our new Club Members! (I've enjoyed talking with each of you on the phone!)

I had a few questions and I thought it would be a good idea to answer them here, as well.

Question: I live outside of the US and Canada...(in the UK), can I purchase your digital items?
Answer: YES! ANYONE can purchase the digital items we offer. AND, you can participate in the digital contests. :)

Here are two digital examples by our very own design team member, Jeanne Streiff. In both cards, she used the digital images to make larger images than the original clear stamp size!
Imagine the possibilities of making the images smaller or a bit larger! Wow!
Another Question: What type of digital files will I get?
Answer: You get each image, three ways! In jpg, png and as Photoshop brushes. If you are new to digital, the jpgs will be your friend. If you are a pro, then you will love the Photoshop brushes. You get all three types, so the choice is yours!
To purchase the clear stamps and or the digital stamps, click here.
Just announced!!! Prism Papers is including in EVERY KIT this month, three sheets of 8.5x5.5 cardstock in THREE colors! The cardstock will be included in your kit! Woo Hoo! Go, Prism, Go Prism! :)
Don't forget to follow me on Twitter and on Facebook!

Monday, August 31, 2009

It's Time!!! I'm so excited!!!

It's finally here! :) The big reveal day!!!!

The video explains it all...... {grin}

If you are getting this information via email, you'll need to go to the website to see the video:

JUST ADDED!!!! All orders this month will include three 8.5x5.5 sheets of cardstock from Prism Papers!!! Now you can make a card right when you open your stamps! Thanks, Prism!!

Visit the new site:

To sign up to join the club, Click Here

This has been such a long journey. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for going on it with me. {hugs!}

Let the fun begin!


Thursday, August 27, 2009


Well, I have to update the blog for the Sept. 1st release, so here's a sneak peek at the FAQ section. {grin}

I'm so excited! My dreams are starting to come true! :)


I want to become a Club Member…what are the benefits?

Well, the best benefit is that you’ll be cool if you join! {grin} Another great benefit is the price! You SAVE money! You can’t beat that! AND you get your stamps before anyone else that’s not in the club! Club Members get their stamps sent out FIRST! WOO HOO! Oh, and you get a cool little blinkie saying you are a Club Member to put on your blog/website and on message boards.

What is The {Stamps} of Life’s Angel Policy?
Clear Stamps: We allow crafters who individually hand make finished items for resale to use our clear stamp designs as long as the quantity manufactured or sold of any given design is handmade and does not exceed 200 pieces. If possible, please credit ‘The {Stamps} of Life’ somewhere on each creation. We do not allow our designs to be used in any type of mass manufacturing process, whether this be via mechanical, photographic or handmade means. Digital files: are for your personal use only. If you wish to use our digital items in your commercial work, please contact us to purchase a commercial license. When sharing your work on the internet in galleries, message boards, etc., please link to our website, so others can find our great products. :)

How do you ship my stamps to me?
We send them via the US Post Office, First Class. We’ve found this method to be the most economical and pretty fast. It usually takes up to five working days to get your stamps to you, but most times, it’s quicker! And the price! You can’t beat our shipping prices!

I live in CA, why do I have to pay sales tax?!?

Well, it’s the price you pay for living in our great state. Stephanie lives in CA too, and it’s what happens when you live in the same state as the company you order from. AND, our state needs the funds. Bad. But yuck, no more politics talk….too boring!

What type of digital files do you sell?

When you purchase the digital version of our stamps, you receive the jpg, png AND the abr files which are Photoshop brushes. We send you all three, so you can decide how to use them. Just a note about the files, they are sized just like our clear stamps, SO, if you enlarge them too much, they will lose their crispness. Keep this in mind, when you are creating. Digital files are for your personal use only. If you wish to use our digital items in your commercial work, please contact us to purchase a commercial license.

Hey, I thought Stephanie worked for (or owned) Inque Boutique?!?
Stephanie did not own inque. She ran most of the company (others might argue that point, but the previous owner won’t!), but she did not own it. Sadly, the owner decided to retire and the products were sold. As a company, inque no longer exists and the stamps are getting harder and harder to find in stores. If you are looking for a particular set, try eBay.

Are you a friend of Stephanie’s on Facebook?!? If not, WHY???? Be her friend to get behind the scenes info, updates and more! Click Here to find her on Facebook!
And….don’t forget Twitter!!!!! Click Here to follow Stephanie on Twitter!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Stamp News...Coming Soon!

I've been busy behind the scenes, getting ready for the big debut. ;) Tune in on Sept. 1st!

In other news....
My oldest just started driving....yikes! She's actually a very good driver, but I still make her text me when she gets wherever she is going.....just so I know she is still in one piece! {grin} Will I ever get over being a nervous Mom?!?

Just had a year is a big one. This year was nice and quiet. Ken had the day off and the rule for the day was everyone had to do what I wanted to do. We walked around Laguna Beach, got some yummies and went to a nice dinner. With the kid's activities, just spending time together as a family is a real treat.

We still have three more weeks before school starts, but my youngest is already searching online for the 'perfect' book bag {Mom, backpacks are so NOT cool....} and my oldest is busy with AP Science homework. What is up with homework during the summer?!?

Well, I better get back to stamping....errr, I mean work....{grin!} I can't wait to share with you my secret!!!


Monday, August 3, 2009

My Two Loves Meet.....

It's no secret that I've been spending lots of time on photography. With two different photography businesses going, I've been keeping busy!

But, stamping is in my blood. It really is. I itch when I realize I haven't gotten ink on my fingers lately. So, I've decided to combine my two loves. (Without ink!)

Here are a few photos with some stamps added......(Yes, I created these stamps! However, in Photoshop, technically, they are called brushes...)

So, what do you think? I think it's a marriage made in heaven! ;) Digital stamps and photographs. Although, I'm thinking I still need these as real stamps. Stamps that I can stamp into ink and get that high I get from creating a masterpiece. {grin}
Can I let you in on a little secret? Promise not to tell anyone?!?

Hmmmm....maybe I should wait.....I know....I should create a video to share my new secret.....THAT'S IT! That's what I'll do.... ;)

See you soon!


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Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Newest Creation....

Our Senior Portraits business is really picking up...Here's an example of our recent work...

For more information, visit, {Posh} Senior Portraits


Friday, June 5, 2009

Model Search!!!

Hi Everyone!

The photography side of my life is going really well! I have expanded to High School Seniors and have FIVE seniors scheduled for the next two weeks. :) (all girls...isn't that funny!?!)

Anyway, I'm finding myself with lots of new ideas for props/poses etc., and I need a few models.

I'm currently looking for newborn twins. {FUN!} They would need to be under 10 days old, so if you (or someone you know) is currently pregnant with twins, (and in Southern Ca willing to travel to Laguna Niguel) PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!! (more details below).

I'm also looking for a six to seven year old little girl. (I have the best props just waiting to be used!!!) Again, you must be willing to come to Laguna Niguel, CA.

If you or someone you know fits one of the descriptions above, please go to my website, Stephanie Barnard Photography and contact me through the contact page.

For your time, you will receive a free portrait session AND a $150 print credit.

For the little girl, I will ask you to send me a snapshot via email. Just a note: not every little girl will be chosen, but I *might* be willing to pick 2-3 little girls. (I need different looks).


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wow, it's been a long time....

I can't believe how long it's been since I've updated this blog. Thank you so much to those of you that have emailed me and asked me what I've been up to. :)

Well, I've been busy. When life gives you lemons...well, you know.... {grin}

Artistic Medley is going well. I'll be honest, slower than we expected, but with this economy, many stores just aren't interested in new products. But, we are making contacts and proving ourselves to our clients. Eventually, everything will pick up.

Since I've had free time on my hands, I've finally taken the jump to become a 'pro' photographer. The website is up and clients are starting to call. :)

It's interesting, because I've always dealt with companies/editors/etc. and now I'm dealing with the local public. I'm just thrilled that I've found another creative long as I can CREATE, I'm happy.

So, if you are interested, feel free to visit the website...

Pint Sized Portraits

I've finally gotten the blog up and going and you can find it here...

Stephanie Barnard Photography Blog

Am I still stamping and scrapbooking? Of course! Just not everyday.

The most important thing is finding something that makes you happy. And I have. I've re-discovered my love for my family. I've re-discovered old friends. And I've found a new way to be creative. I'm so blessed.

Just the other day, I was photographing a six day old baby. During the photoshoot, I paused for just a moment, and realized how incredibly happy I was feeling. It was such a joyous moment for me. {Ok, I'm such a sap!} {grin}

Go check out the website and leave me some blog love.